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5-Minute Creamy Superfood Chocolate Pudding

I've just finished leading our REINVENT Whole Food Autumn Cleanse where we cut out sugar and all sweeteners for two weeks. It completely resets the taste buds.  Today, I was ready for a sweet treat. Without refined sugar in your diet, other foods begin to taste sweeter and a little sweetness goes a long way. I want to share with you one of my secrets to staying away from refined sugar, which -- let's be real -- is HARD in our culture. Sugar is everywhere, and it's crazy addictive.  Read More

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Ode to the Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pecan Muffins (Gluten-Free)

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love me some pumpkin and winter squash. Every Autumn as the leaves begin to turn, I harvest some from my garden and buy many varieties of these babies to make all sorts of tasty treats. Why? First because anything made with real pumpkin is just fabulous in my book. It can go savory or sweet, and it's really good for you. (More on the health benefits below). Read More

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Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

The hot weather has arrived with gusto, and I’ve got two fun drinks to keep you cool, an Iced Matcha Latte and a Watermelon-Mint Cooler. Read More

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Kayaking, Picnics, and my Best Ever Wrap

Yay for the first kayaking outing of the season! Been waiting all winter for this. Our favorite place to kayak is on beautiful Patuxent River. It's so quiet and we spotted many ospreys and turtles sunning themselves. This called for a really delicious picnic lunch. Read More

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Tigernut Granola (Grrrreat for your gut!)

I grew up loving granola (who doesn’t?), but I no longer like or want the sugary stuff that makes up most granola. Lately I’ve been making Tigernut Coconut Granola. What a treat! This granola is really good for your gut. Tigernuts are not a nut -- they are actually a small root tuber. They are an excellent source of resistant starch which makes them a superfood for your digestion. The most important ingredient for growing a healthy gut garden is indigestible plant fiber, such as resistant starch. Resistant starch is a prebiotic – it is the preferred food for the beneficial probiotic bacteria in your colon. This type of starch resists digestion. What this means is that it travels through the digestive system without breaking down and becoming fuel for the cells in your body, like other foods do. Read More

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3 Secrets to Staying Healthy That You Shouldn't Overlook

If you want to bring your body into balance and heal any health condition, there are three steps that are indispensable. I think they are three of the most important things you can do, and yet it’s so easy to cast them aside and instead look for a magic pill or supplement or dietary protocol that will fix everything. In today’s blog, I’m sharing my secrets. I can often get so focused and engaged in my work that I forget about these rock star healing protocols myself. But this weekend, I put them into full swing. Guess what? They really work! Read More

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Make Friends with Fiber + Chickpea Sweet Potato Extravaganza (easy dinner!)

I've been working with a number of clients lately on increasing fiber intake. Fiber is super important for heart health, supporting cholesterol levels, maintaining balanced blood sugar, and supporting healthy digestion and elimination. You should aim to get around 30 grams of fiber a day. Start with a whole foods diet and include lots of beans, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I often add flax seeds or chia seeds to my breakfast which adds fiber. Beans are one of my favorite ways to increase fiber intake. I especially love making anything with chickpeas since they are so tasty and versatile and are packed with nutrition. So today I want to focus on chickpeas and share a delicious recipe I've been making this winter. Read More

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Pudding for Breakfast? You bet.

"What do you eat for breakfast that's fast and healthy?" I get this question a LOT. You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Eating breakfast within an hour and a half of waking up, and making sure you get some protein, fat, and fiber will help set you up for success all day. A typical American breakfast with lots of simple carbohydrates like a bagel, toast, muffin, or cereal will leave you hungry in an hour and can keep your blood sugar riding the roller coaster. This will leave you reaching for more carbs or a sugary snack. Instead, eat a breakfast that will nourish you, balance your blood sugar, and give you steady energy until lunch. If you're like many people I work with, you don't have a lot of time in the morning to prep breakfast. I've got you covered! Read More

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My Favorite Winter Beverage - Warm, Sweet, and Comforting!


You must try Ojas Milk, a delicious hot, sweet, spiced creamy beverage. I LOVE it as a special winter treat and have enjoyed serving it to many visitors to my home! I made it during the holidays this week for my relatives who all enjoyed it, even the little ones.

It’s a warm, comforting beverage that builds your Ojas, according to Ayurvedic philosophy. Ojas is your life-force or life-sustaining vitality.  This recipe is adapted from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

The dates provide a natural sweetness. Enjoy for an afternoon snack or in the evening after dinner.

OJAS MILK

Time: 5 minutes, plus time for soaking the almonds
Serves: 1 (easily doubled or quadrupled for a crowd)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic almond milk (or another milk of choice)
• 10 almonds, soaked overnight, and peeled
• 2 whole dates, chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom
• 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
• Pinch of saffron

Soak the almonds in a little bowl of water for 5-8 hours before making this to make them easily digestible. The skins will pop right off the almonds. Once the almonds are soaked, this takes a few minutes to prepare. Put the almonds in a bowl of water in the morning or early afternoon and you can make this after dinner.

Place all ingredients in a (except saffron) in a blender and blend to a creamy consistency. Pour into a saucepan and gently bring to a low boil. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of saffron.

Enjoy! Love in a mug!

NOTE: Some people heat the ingredients in a sauce pan first, and then blend the hot liquid. I prefer to blend the ingredients first, so that I do not put hot liquid in a plastic blender. The heat will cause the plastic to leach chemicals into your food. It's healthier to blend the cold ingredients first, then heat. 



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The Truth About Cleansing - 4 Biggest Myths Debunked

Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse” or “detox,” do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains? The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health. The following are four myths you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a cleanse. Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body is craving. Read More

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