Baked Grapefruits with Honey, Ginger, and Cardamom

Shake off the January "Blues" with this enlivening, fat-burning snack!

This recipe was inspired by Joyful Belly Ayurveda and More than Paleo.


Oh baby, it's cold outside. Frigid temperatures and overload of tasty treats have you feeling a little sluggish? Grapefruits are a beautiful citrus fruit that can help bring a little zest into our lives, and help get our bellies back on track. According to Ayurveda (yoga's sister science), bitter and sour are the two flavors  to favor this month, as we transition past holiday indulgence and move toward cleansing in preparation for spring. Grapefruit offers both, and is a delicious canvas for other digestive boosters such as ginger and cardamom. And an added bonus: grapefruit improves fat metabolism, and encourages bile to move through the liver for a cleansing effect. Yum yum!

Honey (local and organic if possible!) is a wonderful sweetener in small doses. Like grapefruit, it stimulates fat metabolism, so you can enjoy this combination without guilt. If using, make sure to drizzle the honey on after the grapefruits are baked. Honey is widely considered to become toxic when exposed to extreme heat.

And feel free to try other flavor combinations as well! Try it with a dusting of cinnamon and a sprinkle of walnuts for a little variety. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 grapefruit, rinsed, sliced in half, and seeded
Pinch ground cardamom
Pinch dried and ground ginger
Drizzle of local, organic honey

Alternate topping:
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
Handful of chopped walnuts

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Place the grapefruit halves, rind down, on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
Sprinkle with your spices
Place the cookies sheet in the oven for 15 minutes or so
Allow to cool a smidge, serve, and enjoy!

Benefits:

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.

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.

Grapefruit: This citrus fruit is packed with Vitamins C and A. The pink varieties are an excellent source of the phytonutrient, lycopene, which has been touted for its ability to battle cancer-causing free radicals. Grapefruits also contain phytonutrients called "limonoids" which help inhibit tumor formation and growth. 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.

Metabolism Booster Tea

Melt away the sludge in your gut with this spicy, sweet, tart brew!

This recipe was inspired by Joyful Belly Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, yoga's sister science which works with Nature to balance our bodily systems, lemon, honey, vinegar, and cayenne combine to create fat busting, digestion and metabolism boosting elixir.

Vinegar and lemon encourage bile from the liver and gall bladder into the gut. Bile helps the body to digest high-fat foods, which would otherwise linger in the digestive system making us feel akin to beached whales.

After spells of eating super rich and fatty foods (like the holidays, for example), it's great to give your belly a rest and break up any sludge in your digestive system. This combination of vinegar, lemon juice, honey, chili powder, doTERRA grapefruit oil, and water combines to help kick start your metabolism while cleansing your blood and lymphatic system.

Drink this special brew upon waking, a half an hour before meals, or sip slowly after meals. Enjoy it up to a few times a day between meals until you feel your pipes are sufficiently cleansed. Happy digesting!

Ingredients:

1/8 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Pinch cayenne pepper

Juice of half a lemon

1 drop doTERRA grapefruit essential oil

1 Cup purified water

Method:

Heat the water until hot but not boiling.

Put the remaining ingredients into a mug and mix them together.

Add the hot water and stir until well-combined. Sip and enjoy the new sense of freedom in your digestive system. :)

Benefits:

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.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: This citrus oil boosts digestion and helps to clear the lymphatic system, while flushing the body of excess fluids. It is also beneficial for treating aging or loose skin. It is mood balancing and uplifting to the mind, and may help to relieve anxiety. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

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.

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.

*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.

"The Sweeper" Green Juice

Overindulgence have you feelin a little sluggish? Clean your bod with this green juice. I normally wouldn't encourage drinking raw vegetable juice during the chilly autumnal and winter months. The science of Ayurveda says that's a major no-no. BUT there's nothing to cleanse the system quite like a green drink when your body is inundated with an influx of holiday food (yes, please, I'd like another glass of egg nog with my fruit cake). Try this elixir for breakfast the morning after a massive meal (or successive massive meals). Or better yet, see if you can not over stuff yourself in the first place!

Ingredients:

1 cup purified water 1/2 organic cucumber, peeled 2 celery stalks, de-stringed 1/2 lime, peel removed 1 handful fresh cilantro 1 drop doTERRA lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil *OPTIONAL: If you need to sweeten this just to get it down your gullet, add 1/2 an apple

Method:

Place all ingredients in your high-powered blender and blend to smithereens. Pour contents into a glass, garnish with a celery stick and enjoy!

Benefits:

Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. 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.

Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Grapefruit Apple Smuice (Smoothie Juice Hybrid)

Gently cleanse your digestive and lymphatic systems with this tasty elixir. In spite of these surprise April snowstorms, tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses are bursting forth en mass. These heralds of spring are telling us that now is a good time to gently cleanse the body of toxins and extra pounds that we may have accumulated during the winter months. This tangy drink is a tasty way to aid this natural process.

This juice contains a powerful combination of ingredients that will help flush away toxins while soothing your digestive system and offering your body nutrients it needs to help develop and maintain healthy cells. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit, peeled, pith and seeds removed 1/2 cucumber, peeled 1 small apple, cored 1 1" hunk of ginger, peeled Juice of 1/4 lemon or lime 1/2 cup coconut water or purified water 1 drop doTerra grapefruit essential oil

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to smithereens.

*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:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They're also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. 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.

Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. 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.

Grapefruit: This citrus fruit is packed with Vitamins C and A. The pink varieties are an excellent source of the phytonutrient, lycopene, which has been touted for its ability to battle cancer-causing free radicals. Grapefruits also contain phytonutrients called "limonoids" which help inhibit tumor formation and growth. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: This citrus oil boosts digestion and helps to clear the lymphatic system, while flushing the body of excess fluids. It is also beneficial for treating aging or loose skin. It is mood balancing and uplifting to the mind, and may help to relieve anxiety. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

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.

Citrus Cucumber Cleansing Tonic

This multipurpose beverage pleases the taste buds while flushing toxins from the body and regenerating your cells. Every morning I curl up in the window sill and gaze outside for even a few minutes, while partaking of whatever type of breakfast I can dream up. Today I felt a little sluggish, so opted for this delicious and simple juice. It's thicker than a "juiced" juice, but not quite as thick as a smoothie. If blended long enough it has a velvety texture. The flavor profile is gently sweet thanks to the apple and cucumber, but has a little edge thanks to the ginger and lime. The tarragon rounds out the flavors. Just delightful. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water 1/2 cucumber, peeled 1/2 apple, seeded and cored 1/2 inch hunk of ginger, peeled, 1/4 lime (you can either use the juice, or toss the whole lime wedge in if your blender can handle it) 1 sprig fresh tarragon 1 drop doTerra lime oil

Method:

Put all ingredients into the blender (I like my Vitamix) and blend to smithereens!

Serve with a lime wedge 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 meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They're also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. 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.

Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. 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.

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.

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.

Tarragon: Tarragon is an excellent source of minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, and zinc. It has also been used in various types of traditional medicine as an appetite stimulant, and as a remedy for anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence and hiccups. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Kitchari Kitcharee Kitchadee

This dish is as versatile as it is nourishing. Experiment with seasonal vegetables and various seasonings to tailor it to your dosha and taste preferences. Kitchari is a deeply nourishing and cleansing porridge that has been a staple comfort food in India for thousands of years. Ayurvedic practitioners tout this magical dish as an ideal meal to help those in need of purification and healing. Kitchari is very easy to digest, and thus allows the body to devote its energy to healing and detoxifying. It is also thought to balance any dosha, or bodily constitution. Don't know what your dosha is? Take this quiz and find out!

Traditionally, kitchari is made from mung dal and basmati rice, but this version uses quinoa and red lentils instead. It is equally as nutritious and delicious. This dish can be made as a meal any day of the week, but if you are more interested in partaking of a kitchari cleanse, talk to your local ayurvedic practitioner or see here for some ideas.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa (or basmati rice)

2 cups red lentils (or split yellow mung dal split yellow)

7 cups-ish water

2 tbs. ghee

2 tsp. cumin seeds or powder

2 tsp. turmeric powder

2 tsp. coriander powder

Pinch salt

Chopped fresh cilantro to taste

Seasonal, organic veggies such as butternut squash, sweet potato, cauliflower, greens, zucchini, etc.

Optional (and tougher to find) Ingredients

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)

2 tsp. fennel powder

3 tsp. Mmustard seeds

Method

Heat large soup pot and melt in ghee.

Sauté seeds and spices in the ghee for 1-2 minutes.

And quinoa and lentils and stir to mix.

Add water, bring to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or so.

In the meantime, prepare your veggies, and be sure to cut them into smallish pieces.

Add veggies to the pot. Stir to mix, adding extra water if required. Bring back to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until all ingredients are fully cooked.

Serve into a bowl and salt to taste, then garnish with chopped cilantro.

*NOTE: For a more filling meal, accompany with a ripe slice of avocado.