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.

Cauliflower Rice

Avoiding grains? Looking for a less-carby starch? Cauliflower rice is the answer! My nephew came to visit this week, so this photo is a beautiful illustration of creativity in the kitchen. We were trying to think of a grain-free starch to go with our lemon chicken and this came immediately to mind. For those who are sensitive to grains, gluten, or who are just trying to pack in an extra serving of vegetables, this a delicious and totally versatile recipe.

Cauliflower is a total shining star of the nutritional realm. It is packed with anti-oxidants, and is anti-inflammatory, great for your gut (lots of fiber!), and your heart. What's more is it will please even the pickiest palates. Delicious by itself, or served up with any dish that would otherwise call for rice. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

1 small head of organic cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 small onion, chopped finely in a food processor 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil Salt and pepper

Method:

Put florets into a Cuisinart food processor (or use a knife) and pulse (or chop) them into a teeny, rice-like consistency.

Saute the onions in coconut oil over medium heat until translucent.

Mix in the cauliflower and stir until well-combined.

Season with salt and pepper.

Saute the mixture for 5-10 minutes until softened and/or lightly browned.

Adorn with any other seasonings you like, serve and enjoy! Goes great with any type of protein, or as a base for curries, or any other dish that would otherwise call for rice.

Benefits:

Cauliflower: Holy antioxidants! Need a gentle cleanse, this is your veggie. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, as well as phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and quercetin (think cell detox and protection!). See here for more nutritional information and health benefits.

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.

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.