Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

May you enjoy the sweetness of this life! Here's a quick and easy recipe to fulfill your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup  cashews (raw or roasted and salted) 2/3 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup shredded coconut 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons almond butter 1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips Hefty pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg *Optional: add a splash of almond milk if your dough isn't sticking together well. JUST A SPLASH! *Optional: mini-pinch sea salt if you're not using roasted salted cashews

Method:

Blend the cashews, oats, and coconut in a food processor until you've created a fine-ish powder.

Add the syrup, vanilla extract, and almond butter and blend again until it sticks together to form a dough. Add the splash of almond milk if it doesn't turn dough-y.

Add the chocolate chips and pulse briefly or mix in by hand.

Roll the dough into little balls and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, or in a pyrex food container. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 3o minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Summer Melon and Avocado Pudding

This pudding is cool, creamy, and utterly refreshing.

Ingredients:

1 avocado, just the flesh 2 cups ripe de-rinded melon (honeydew or Santa Claus melons are nice because their pale green flesh lends to the delicate hue of the pudding) 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 tsp. lemon juice Teeny pinch salt *Optional: honey to taste if you like it even sweeter

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

You might need to stop the blender and stir the ingredients with a spatula a couple times just to ensure even blending.

Place in a container and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!)

Serve and enjoy!

*Optional: Serve with a little wedge of lemon...squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over your bowl and enjoy!

Benefits:

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cantaloupe/Honeydew: This melon is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruit, which means it can help us to fight off unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

 

Simple Raw Brownie Bites

Chill these tasty bites for a chewy chocolatey treat!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup raw walnuts 1-2 tbs. almond butter Pinch of salt 3/4 cup pitted dates 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

*optional: 1 drop doTERRA wild orange essental oil and a little orange zest *optional: 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract *optional fun add ins: cacao nibs, paleo chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried cherries or blueberries, cinnamon, cardamom

Method:

Place nuts, nut butter, and salt in a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.

Add the dates, cocoa powder (and vanilla, essential oils, spices, or other add-ins if using) to the bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined. While the food processor is running, you can add a little water, a few drops at a time, to help the dough stick together.

Use your hands to form 1-inch (or littler) balls and place them in an airtight container. Allow them to chill for at least an hour (trust me, they're delicious cold!).

They will keep for up to a week. Bon apetít!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers,  including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

 

 

Basil Grape Smoothie

It's toasty warm out there! Here's a nice cool smoothie recipe to help cool your jets.

Ingredients:

1 cup homemade almond milk 1/2 small avocado 1/4 cup pepitas (soaked for at least a few hours, if you've planned ahead) 1 large handful organic black seedless grapes Juice of 1/4 lime 1/2 drop doTERRA lime essential oil 5 basil leaves 1 handful blanched spinach

Method:

Put all ingredients into blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

*Note: 1 whole drop of essential oil might be too much for the sensitive palate, so dip a clean toothpick in the lime oil, and stir it into the other ingredients before blending.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Grapes: Grapes are packed with vitamin C and manganese and contain a variety of antioxidant phytonutrients such as beta-carotene and resveratrol (think red wine!). These tasty little jewels are thought to help support the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, and nervous systems. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lime Essential Oil: Lime essential oil is a powerful respiratory aid due to its anti-mucus and natural decongestant properties. It also aids in the cleansing of the lymphatic system, reduces muscle spasms and cramps, and is a proven pathogen inhibitor (think disease and cancer prevention!) See here for more information about this amazing oil.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K (think blood builder/purifier!), vitamins A, C, B2 and B6, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Popeye apparently knew how to protect himself against inflammatory problems and oxidative stress-related issues, while promoting his cardiovascular and bone health. AND he got the girl! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Coconut Bliss Bars

Coconut bliss bars are the yummiest snack EVER. They can also double as dessert.

This recipe was inspired by Stephanie Eusebi Nutrition & Wellness.

Looking to make a nice dessert or energy boosting snack? This recipe is super simple and delicious. Feel free to add other types of nuts or dried fruit to appeal to any palate. I added pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) to this batch and it was delish!

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded or flaked coconut
1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate or carob chips (preferably a brand with no refined sugar)
1 egg
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
teeny pinch cinnamon
teeny pinch nutmeg
1 pinch sea salt
*Optional: If you like them a little sweeter, feel free to add a few tablespoons of maplesyrup to the mix

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Whisk the eggs.

Whisk the melted coconut oil into the egg mixture.

Add in the vanilla, coconut, and chocolate chips (and optional maple syrup) and combine until well-mixed.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the top and edges are golden and crispy.

Allow to cool (if you have the willpower!). Slice off a piece and enjoy!

Benefits:

Cacao: (Dark chocolate)Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Action Packed Trail Mix

Spring has sprung! Time to hit the trail (mix)! My über adorable nephew was just here visiting, and I needed to come up with some energy-boosting snacks, stat. When you only have 2 minutes before heading off on an adventure (in our case we went snowshoeing in the high country...had to enjoy the last of the snow!), then this is a perfect treat.

I always have some dried fruit, and crispy (soaked and dehydrated) nuts and seeds on hand, just in case. This time we also added some raw cacao nibs and a few crack almonds chocolate covered almonds to make our mix chocolatey and delicious. Hope you enjoy this special snack and whatever kinds of adventures you can dream up!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crispy almonds 1/4 cup crispy pecans 1/4 cup golden raisins Hefty sprinkle tart dried cherries Hefty sprinkle cacao nibs Chocolate covered almonds to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and place in a container that can withstand your adventure (I don't recommend glass if you're going hiking, biking, running, etc....But I really hate plastic). Try a wax paper bag if you think it won't get destroyed. Grab a handful as needed and enjoy!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or "good" fat and protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Raisin: Raisins are high in fiber witch can aid in relief of constipation. They a good source of iron (thus helping with anemia), arganine (which can enhance libido and aid with sexual weakness). They also contain calcium and boron, both of which are crucial for proper bone health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies...Nom nom

Ok seriously, these cookies have like 5 indgredients, all of which are nutritious and delicious. Next time you get a sweet tooth, I hope you give these a try!

This recipe was inspired by Taylor Made it Paleo.

I've had an insatiable sweet tooth of late, and don't like to load up on refined sugars. So I found this delightful paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe and thought I'd give it a go. Much to my pleasant surprise, these cookies are simple to make and delicious indeed. They're like little, glossy, fluffy, chocolate chippy bites of heaven. You'll see what I mean about "glossy." They've got a little sheen like they've been painted with lacquer. May you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup chunky nut or seed butter (I used almond butter and it was divine.) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (preferably no refined sugar added)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Using a large spoon, scoop the cookie dough into little balls and place them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (leave ample space between each as they expand).

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Benefits:

In moderation, chocolate chip cookies can be good for the soul.

Geranium Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Rose Petals

photo Instead of fruitcake and candy canes, why not try a different kind of dessert that is sure to put everyone in a good mood? This chocolate bark recipe includes a drop of doTERRA's geranium essential oil, which is known for its ability to put even Scrooge in a good mood. Plus, the salty sweet combo is sure to please any palate, even this guy!

"Bah! Humbug! Oh, wait...Did someone say geranium chocolate bark? Yes please!"

Have a happy holiday, and don't forget to pass the chocolate!

Ingredients:

1 bar of organic, fair trade, chocolate (preferably 70-80% cacao) 1-2 drops doTERRA geranium essential oil Flake sea salt or pink Himalayan salt 1 hefty pinch ground cardamom *Optional: 1/2 cup shelled roasted and salted pistachios

Method:

Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Place chocolate peices in the pan and melt slowly, constantly stirring to ensure even melting.

When chocolate is completely melted and smooth, turn off the burner (about 2-3 minutes).

Add the drop or two of doTERRA geranium essential oil and stir until well-blended.

Mix in a pinch of cardamom.

Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet. With flexible rubber spatula spread into an 8×10 rectangle about 1/4 inch-ish thick.

Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, dried rose petals, and (optional) pistachios.

Refrigerate (or put outside if the weather is cool enough) and chill until firm (about 20-30 minutes)

*Refrigerate up to 5 days (if it last that long…which it won’t).

Benefits:

Cacao (Chocolate): Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Geranium Essential Oil: Geranium is analgesic, antidepressant, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, and a tonic for the liver and kidneys. Geranium is also a hormone-balancing oil, and provides a sense of security and comfort. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Pistachios: These nuts are rich with antioxidants, phytosterols, unsaturated fats, vitamin B-6, and thiamin. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Cinnamon Cherry Chocolate Almond Bark

This spicy sweet chocolate bark can be made in bulk and makes a great gift. It's almost holiday party time, so it's best to arm yourself with some chocolate. (Seems like perfectly reasonable logic to me...right?) Need to make dessert in a pinch? Chocolate bark is super simple and fast. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and can cool in the fridge (or outdoors, now that it's chilly enough) in about 20 minutes. I like this recipe because of it's spicy, sweet, savory-ness. And the tart cherries add a nice textural and flavor dimension too. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 bar of organic, fair trade, chocolate (preferably 70-80% cacao) 1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped 1/2 cup dried tart cherries, roughly chopped 1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil 1 pinch chile powder (New Mexico Chimayo is my favorite!) 1 pinch ground cinnamon powder

Method:

Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Place chocolate peices in the pan and melt slowly, constantly stirring to ensure even melting.

When chocolate is completely melted and smooth, turn off the burner (about 2-3 minutes).

Add the drop or two of cinnamon essential oil and stir until well-blended. Mix in the nuts, cherries, and a teeny pinch of chile powder.

Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet. With flexible rubber spatula spread into an 8×10 rectangle about 1/4 inch-ish thick.

Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon and another teeny sprinkle of chile powder.

Refrigerate (or put outside if the weather is cool enough) and chill until firm (about 20-30 minutes)

*Refrigerate up to 5 days (if it last that long…which it won’t).

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao (Chocolate): Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Chile: Ah, the beloved chile. A sacred plant where I come from (New Mexico), this pungent pepper has a myriad of health benefits. The phytonutrients found in chile can fight inflammation, clear congestion, boost your metabolism and immunity, while balancing your blood sugar. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Black Bean and Squash Chile

Have a Halloween party coming up? Use pumpkin in this recipe for a festive holiday meal. Whoever invented the "slow cooker" is my new best pal. Who knew that it was so easy to cook beautiful, homemade meals with very little preparation? I recently discovered the crockpot that had been hiding at the back of our kitchen cupboard. Could it really be so simple as tossing a whole mess of ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on, come back a few hours later to a beautiful dinner? Pretty much.

On days when you don't have a lot of time to cook, let a slow cooker do the work for you. When you ladle yourself a bowl of hot, yummy goodness, you might wonder why it has taken you so long to clear the cobwebs off this handy kitchen tool. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2-3 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained 1-2 cups cooked winter squash, cubed (pumpkin is orange and delicious, but kabocha or butternut would be yummy too!) 3 stewed, or really ripe, tomatoes, chopped 1-2 cups veggie or chicken broth 2 teaspoons chili powder (Chimayo chile from New Mexico is best in my opinion) 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt *Optional: cubed avocado, thinly sliced green onions, chopped cilantro *Optional: 1 cup ground or cubed turkey, ground buffalo, or chorizo *Optional 2 drops doTERRA oregano essential oil

Method:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.

Add onion and pepper, and cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in the remaining ingredients, except for the essential oil.

Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours.

If desired, add 1-2 drops doTERRA oregano essential oil to the whole batch before serving.

Garnish with avocado, cilantro, and/or green onions.

Benefits:

Black Beans: These magical legumes are touted for their abundant protein and fiber content, but are also packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients such as folate, tryptophan, and manganese. Great for gut, heart, and overall health. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Bell Peppers: NOTE! Bell peppers, a member of the nightshade family, are not for everyone. They are on the "dirty dozen" list of pesticide laden produce (when not organic), and have been known to cause inflammation in some people. HOWEVER, they have lots of health benefits too: Sweet bell peppers are high in vitamins C and A, and contain other antioxidants. Don't cook over high heat or they loose some of their nutritional wallop. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent which helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. It's also beneficial for the digestive tract due to its production of digestive enzymes, acids, and juices. Its essential oils stimulate peristalsis, relieve gas, and aid with digestion. Cilantro also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and helps to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Oregano Essential Oil: Oregano is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic oil. It battles common intestinal, skin and lung infections, while fending off colds and flu. It is also a general nerve tonic. Be BEWARE! A dab will do ya. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Pumpkin: This tasty winter squash is packed vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium, as well as dietary fiber. It’s also contains high amounts of carotenoids, the little nutrients which help to neutralize free-radicals within the body, and is low in calories. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Add some chorizo, turkey, or buffalo for an added boost of protein and flavor.

Mexican Chocolate Ice Box Tart

Impress your guests with this easy chocolate tart.

Inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil's recipe for the chocolate ice box tart from his beautiful cookbook True Food.

Looking for a way to include "healthy" fats into your diet? Well, look no further. This is my most favorite homemade chocolatey dessert of all time. A dab will do ya, as it is pretty much entirely comprised of fat. And while the jury is still out on whether coconut oil is as miraculous as many claim it to be (I think it's just fine in small to medium-sized doses), it makes for a truly delectable dessert.

This chilled confection is actually warming due to the alchemy of the spices usually found in Mexican hot chocolate. May you enjoy this sweet treat as much as my husband, dinner guests, and I did! Plus it's great to send leftovers home with party goers, or snag a bite for breakfast the next morning! The cocoa contains plenty of caffeine, and coconut oil is known to provide sustained energy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 3/4 cups ground almonds 1 1/3 cup organic fair trade cocoa powder, divided 1/3 cup local honey, divided 1 1/3 cup coconut oil, divided 1/2 cup almond butter 1 pinch sea salt 1 pinch cinnamon 1 pinch cardammom 1 pinch powdered ginger 1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil

Method

In a bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, almonds, 1/3 cup of the cocoa, 3 tablespoons of the honey, and 1/3 cup of the coconut oil.

Mix until well-combined to make the crust.

Press this mixture into the bottom and along the sides of a 11X7X2 inch sheet pan, or into a pie plate (for thicker pieces).

Allow to chill for 30 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Pour the filling into the chilled tart shell, and allow to chill for 2 more hours (or until firm).

Cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

Benefits

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Honey: Often called "Nature's sweetener," local, raw, honey is a great way to add sweetness to your life. Raw honey is packed with vitamins and minerals and offers anti-bacterial and and anti-viral properties. But according to the Ayurvedic tradition, don't cook honey. Adding significant heat to honey both strips it of its vitamins, minerals, and enzymes while creating cellular toxicity. So add it to your cool dishes, or to warmer dishes AFTER they have finished cooking. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Chia Porridge

Warm your belly with this yummy and versatile breakfast porridge. As the mornings get chillier, our bodies naturally reach for more warming foods. We are naturally inclined to swap the raw green juices for nourishing breakfasts that help us stay sated for longer and keep us warm from the inside out.

This chia porridge recipe was inspired by my very dear friend, Julie. Her recipe differs slightly, but that's the beauty of this simple recipe. It is completely versatile. Just add a scoop or two of chia seeds to some nearly boiling water. Whisk it every few minutes until it "sets" in a nice porridge-like consistency. Then add whatever else sounds good that morning: ghee, coconut oil, nut or seed butter, fresh berries, dried fruit (like goji berries or apricots), a scoop of protein powder, maca powder, or bee pollen, and perhaps a dash of honey or pure maple syrup if you like it a little sweeter. This delightful bowl of goodness will keep your belly full and happy for hours.

What are your favorite hot cereal add-ins? Enjoy!

Ingredients:

(Serves one, as pictured)

1 1/2-2 cups water dash of salt 2 scoops organic chia seeds 1 scoop high-quality protein powder 1 tbs. coconut oil 1/2 blueberries 1 drop doTERRA black pepper essential oil *Endless optional ingredients: walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pepitas, honey, maple syrup, chopped dates, apricots, goji berries, shaved coconut, nut or seed butter, nut or seed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom...you get the idea.

Method:

Place water and salt in a saucepan and allow to come to a boil. Turn off heat. Add 2 scoops of chia seeds and whisk together to avoid clumping. Cover and allow to sit while perusing the rest of your ingredients. Three minutes later stir again. Allow the chia seeds to "gel" (should take just a few more minutes). Then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together again until smooth, creamy, and well-blended. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Black Pepper: Black Pepper essential oil is great for your digestive system. It stimulates salivary glands and secretion of digestive juices meanwhile neutralizing gas formation in the intestinal tract. Also a great cleansing agent! Black pepper oil also increases circulation, reducing inflammation, and provides relief for arthritis and other muscle and joint discomforts. Great for athletes! See here for more.

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Chia Seeds: "Chia" is the Mayan word for strength. Once an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, they are now favored by athletes and birthing mothers for their strength and energy enhancing properties. They are a great source of omega-3 acids, calcium, protein, fiber and potassium. Plus they’re low in cholesterol and sodium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Borscht

Beets. It's what's for dinner. There's something so magical about this dish. Maybe it's the rich-magenta hue, or the smooth and creamy texture. Whatever it is, I've enjoyed this dish since infanthood and wanted to share it with you. There are lots of variations. Some like it chunky, others like it puréed. I prefer the latter. Serve it warm or cold, by itself or topped with a drizzle of créme fraîche, truffle oil, or snipped chives. You really can't go wrong with this velvety soup. Bon appétit.

Ingredients:

6 medium sized beets, skinned, roasted and chopped 1 medium sized onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, skinned and shaved (using a potato peeler) 4 cups chicken, beef, or veggie broth *1 can kidney beans (optional) A splash of cooking sherry 4 tbs. nutritional yeast (optional, but lends to the creaminess) 2 bay leaves Juice of 1/2 a lemon Salt and pepper to taste 1-2 tbs. coconut oil for sautéeing 1 drop doTERRA lemon oil *1 drop doTERRA dill oil (optional)

Method:

Heat up a medium stock pot over a medium flame.

Melt coconut oil and add the chopped until. Sautée until lightly browned and aromatic.

Add the shaved carrots, beet, and beans (optional).

Sautée together until the flavors have cross-mojinated. (About 3-5 minutes)

Add the broth and the bay leaves. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer.

Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.

Place in the blender (may have to blend in batches) with the nutritional yeast, sherry, lemon juice, and essential oils.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or chilled. Serve as is, or top with créme fraîche, a dollop of Greek yogurt, fresh herbs, or a swirl of truffle oil.

Benefits:

Beet: A great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is a crucial nutrient especially for those who are (or are looking to get) pregnant. They are also very high in manganese and fiber. These root veggies contain nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information (raw) (cooked).

Carrot: Carrots are well known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient, beta-carotene, which is GREAT for our eye health. However, these root vegetables are also a great source of a variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K. Studies have shown their effectiveness in the prevention of colon cancer, and their benefits to our cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dill Essential Oil: Dill is a powerful anti-bacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative(prevents gas and fermentation in stomach and intestinal tract), and digestive aid. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Kidney Beans: These legumes are packed with fiber, folate, and tryptophan. They also abound with a special trace mineral called molybdenum, which helps combat sulfites (a food preservative commonly found in wine, and foods found in salad bars). They are also an excellent source of protein, and minerals such as manganese, iron, and copper. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast is a staple source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. It is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, is rich in folic acid and other nutrients and amino acids. Nutritional yeast is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Onion:  Like garlic, onions are high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. They are a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, fiber, and manganese. They help protect our blood, bone, and connective tissue. See here for other health benefits and nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Un-Metallica Cilantro Smoothie

Detox your bod of heavy metals with this cleansing smoothie. I can explain. I actually like a few Metallica songs. But I am not fond of allowing heavy metals to wreak havoc on my body. Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent that helps rid the body of heavy metals (like those found in pesticides, fertilizers, aluminum-based deodorants, cigarette smoke, aluminum foil...the list goes on). So if you're feeling the need for a gentle sweep of the digestive system and your bodily tissues, give this smoothie a try. Not everyone enjoys the flavor of cilantro. If that's the case, use half cilantro and half spinach or another less pungent green as the base of this smoothie.

Cilantro is also a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, often used by Ayurvedic practitioners to alleviate unwanted inflammation in the body.

Make sure to drink LOTS of water after you drink this. Once you shake any toxic substances loose, best to flush them from your system by staying hydrated. Happy cleansing!

Ingredients:

1 cup packed fresh cilantro 1 cup water or coconut water 1 scoop high-quality protein powder 1/2 cup blackberries (frozen or thawed, depending on the temperature and consistency you prefer) Juice of 1/4-1/2 lime 1 drop doTERRA cilantro essential oil *Optional: 1 date if you like it sweeter

Method:

Put all ingredients together in your blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Blackberries: Blackberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They contain powerful anti-oxidants which help soothe internal inflammation, boost heart and digestive health. They also abound with vitamin K, which helps with maintain healthy blood and bones. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent which helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. It's also beneficial for the digestive tract due to its production of digestive enzymes, acids, and juices. Its essential oils stimulate peristalsis, relieve gas, and aid with digestion. Cilantro also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and helps to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cilantro Oil: Cilantro is a great digestive aid and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps control free radicals and leaches heavy metals from the human body. It is also a strong antibacterial and anti fungicide agent. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there's so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Chocolate Dipped Strawbellies

Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries (except for maybe a sip-o-champagne to go with it...hint hint). Guess who's on a chocolatey fruit rampage...Me! I'm almost a little sorry that I found out that melting chocolate is so easy and delicious. Almost. That being said, this is truly one of the fastest and most rewarding desserts, that requires minimal effort, that I know of.

Ingredients:

1 container of fresh, organic strawberries (I MEAN IT! ORGANIC OR DON'T DO IT...Strawberries are high atop the list of the pesticide-laden "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies list) 1 bar organic, fair trade, dark chocolate, broken into pieces (at least 70% cacao) *Optional: 1 drop doTerra lavender, tangerine, or wild orange essential oil to kick it up a notch

Method:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and dry the berries. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over a VERY low heat. Turn off the heat when the chocolate is perfectly melted. *Optional: add the drop or two of essential oil. Hold the berry by its stem and gently roll in the chocolate until it is evenly coated. Place the berry on the parchment. Repeat with the rest of the berries. Place the berry tray in the fridge for at least 10-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to set. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Strawberries: These precious berries are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients which help boost our immune function and decrease unwanted inflammation in the body. They are also great for regulating blood sugar and are off the charts with Vitamin C content, but also abound with dietary fiber, folate, and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lavender Essential Oil: Known as the “mother of all oils” for its sedative, mood modulating, analgesic (reduces pain), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also great for digestion, and has a calming and soothing effect. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Tangerine Essential Oil: DoTerra’s Tangerine Essential oil is an extremely powerful blood purifying agent, digestive aid, anti-septic, and relaxant. It can help improve blood circulation, and reduces internal inflammation. The neurological benefits abound as well. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Medallions

Yum. That is all. So we had dinner with some friends the other evening and I was pressed for time to make an impressive dessert. So I whipped together my three favorite ingredients (fruit, nuts, and chocolate), added a drop of doTerra wild orange essential oil and a yummy time was had by all. This confection is sweet, salty, and aromatic. The nuts are balanced by the fresh fruit, and would work with just about any fruit/nut combo in any season (autumn: cranberry pecan, summer: orange macadamia...imagine the possibilities!). I look forward to hearing about the creative spin you put on this dessert. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

1 bar organic, fair trade, dark chocolate (say 70% cocoa or higher), broken into small pieces 1 cup organic blueberries (or the berry/fruit of your choice) 1 cup marcona almonds (or the nut of your choice) 1 drop doTerra wild orange essential oil

*Optional: shredded coconut, fine sea salt, goji berries, a sprinkle of orange zest...anything you think would go well with chocolate.

Method:

Line a 6-cup cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Melt the dark chocolate over a VERY low heat. When the chocolate is thoroughly melted, turn off the flame and pour in the drop(s) of essential oil. Stir until evenly blended. Using a spoon, drop roughly 1 tsp. of chocolate into each cupcake liner and spread evenly across the bottom. Sprinkle with a few berries and nuts and whatever other toppings you like. Drizzle the whole confection with another spatter of chocolate. *NOTE: If the chocolate is hardening too fast, just re-melt over a LOW flame. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set. Clean the pan and the spoon with your tongue and hide the evidence in the sudsy dishwater.

Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality. Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Vegan Chocolate Pie That Tastes Like Chocolate Pudding, Fo Real.

This pie should be illegal to make it's so yummy. I've been a little downtrodden lately about how terrible I feel after eating bar chocolate. My husband loves the stuff, and so do I. But even after a few couple squares of dark chocolate, even the highest-quality organic/fair trade, I have a distinct chocolate hangover. Boo. Is it the soy lecithin they use as an emulsifier? Or the type of sugar they use? Who knows. All I know is that it was high time to find a chocolate alternative that I could enjoy without feeling like I've been out drinking all night.

Enter this amazing chocolate pie. I found the recipe in my 2012 Natural Grocer's recipe calender, made a few ingredient adjustments, and voilá! The best chocolatey, puddingy, confection EVER. No seriously, I mean EVER.

What's better is it fits within most of the silly dietary rules that so many people are following these days. It's vegan, paleo, and gluten-free friendly. So grab a spork and dig in!

Ingredients:

Crust: 2 1/2 cups organic walnuts or pecans 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted

Filling: Flesh of 2 large, ripe, organic avocados (pit and skins removed) 1 cup water 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter 1/3-1/2 cup local honey (or organic maple syrup for a little "darker" flavor) 3/4 cup organic cocoa powder 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, combine nuts, baking soda, and salt. Blend until finely ground.

Add coconut oil and pulse until well-mixed.

Scrape the batter into a 9" pie plate and form into a crust with your fingers.

Place the crusted pie plate onto a cookie sheet (to keep the bottom from burning) and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before filling.

Blend all the pudding ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.

Grab a spoon and eat the pudding and feed the pie crust to your dog. Don't tell anyone.

When the crust is completely cooled, pour the pudding into the crust and refrigerate until ready to eat.

This is a great pie crust for those who have eliminated gluten and/or grains from their diet.

Benefits:

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, both of which are important to promote a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that maple syrup can also be useful for muscle recovery and immune system support. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines as an anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive aid. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium, and B-complex vitamins including Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin A. In small doses it’s great, but don’t overdo it! This powerful spice can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers,  including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberries. Yum.

Ingredients:

1 1/5 cups fresh or frozen (and thawed) organic blueberries (or any other berries you love) 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, or to taste (blended date paste would also work) 1/2 cup chia seeds *optional: 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs, OR 1 teaspoon cardamom....get creative!

Method

Blend or mash berries with the date paste or sweetener of choice.

Stir in the chia seeds and mix well.

Pour mixture into a sterilized jar and allow to set in the fridge for an hour or overnight.

Will keep in the fridge approximately 3 weeks.

Note: Excess jam can be stored in the freezer in zip lock bags.

Benefits:

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Chia Seeds: “Chia” is the Mayan word for strength. Once an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, they are now favored by athletes and birthing mothers for their strength and energy enhancing properties. They are a great source of omega-3 acids, calcium, protein, fiber and potassium. Plus they’re low in cholesterol and sodium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Brain Booster Smoothie For One

Grab a spoon and dig into this pudding-like super-smoothie.

This recipe was inspired by www.vegiehead.com.

Craving ice cream or pudding? This smoothie makes an excellent substitute. Somehow the blended avocado creates a rich and creamy texture. Combine it with your favorite berries, coconut, and any other super-food tickles your fancy, and your brain (and belly!) will be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup raw coconut flakes Flesh from 1/2 an avocado 1 cup organic strawberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup coconut water 1 medjool date 1 Tbsp. goji berries 2 Tsp. chia seeds 1/4 Tsp. ground cinnamon

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve immediately.

Benefits:

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Chia Seeds: "Chia" is the Mayan word for strength. Once an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, they are now favored by athletes and birthing mothers for their strength and energy enhancing properties. They are a great source of omega-3 acids, calcium, protein, fiber and potassium. Plus they’re low in cholesterol and sodium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there's so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Blueberry Cardamom Chia Pudding

Blueberries and cardamom lend a unique flavor to this tapioca-esque pudding.

This recipe was inspired by food52.com.

This pudding is a dainty little treat. If you're trying to find dairy alternatives to yogurt but are craving something creamy as a breakfast, snack, or dessert, this is a great replacement. Try it with any type of berry that tickles your fancy and be prepared to savor!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic chia seeds 2 1/2 cups almond milk (or rice, or coconut milk) 1 cup fresh (or frozen and thawed) organic blueberries 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Method:

Blend milk, blueberries, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and syrup together in a blender on high until smooth.

Pour blueberry mixture over chia seeds and whisk together. (Or put the whole shebang in a large jar and shake until blended.)

Let rest for a few minutes, then stir/shake again.

Ten minutes later, stir/shake again. Refrigerate and allow to rest overnight.

In the morning, give it a stir/shake and check texture. If it’s too thick, add a little more almond milk.

The texture will resemble a teeny-pearled tapioca pudding. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Chia Seeds: "Chia" is the Mayan word for strength. Once an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, they are now favored by athletes and birthing mothers for their strength and energy enhancing properties. They are a great source of omega-3 acids, calcium, protein, fiber and potassium. Plus they’re low in cholesterol and sodium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, both of which are important to promote a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that maple syrup can also be useful for muscle recovery and immune system support. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.