This recipe started as a spin on a delicious shake in traditional Indian cuisine. I find it to make the perfect sip for transitioning to “EVERYTHING IS PUMPKIN SPICE” season, while still residing in a hot, semi-tropical climate.
The key spice in this recipe is CARDAMOM! This singular use of a warming “carminative” provides a unique flavor, separating it from the Pumpkin Spice craze of Autumn. Paired with a juicy tropical fruit like mango gives it a perfect transition out of the Summer.
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to FINALLY have a finished ratio of ingredients for the dairy-free mac-n-cheese sauce that I KNOW my daughter will like time after time. For parents who have children with picky tastebuds and texture preferences, these types of go-tos can be lifesavers in the kitchen!
This particular recipe I created to include a sneaky source of beta-carotene rich vegetables for coloring, and hemp hearts for ALA Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and heart health.
Did you know that bitterness, agitation, and anger in Chinese Medicine go hand in hand with weak digestion and overall liver/gallbladder function? Some terms come to mind that I’ve heard before: “Being emotionally constipated” or “Diahrrea of the Mouth” …. (Can I hear an amen?) Dealing with this normal human emotion healthfully includes supporting and addressing our body, not just our mind, soul, and spirit. An often-neglected balancing measure for nutritionally addressing anger/bitterness is coincidentally with BITTER herbs … how serendipitous! (more…)
My recent dive into learning the art and practice of colon hydrotherapy has been quite the journey (and I’m just getting started!). The opportunity fell on my lap during somewhat of a stall in my own life, holistically speaking. Since I’m on the topic of colon health… and stalling in life, let me explain how they correlate: stalling in life is like constipation is it not?… An emotional stall in life AND/OR physical constipation can create these symptoms: (more…)
In today’s world it’s not easy for the fungus not to be among us! This junk will linger dormant in our bodies, waiting to show its gnarly little face when we encounter times of chronic stress, emotional struggles, or if we decide to improve our health and eliminate toxins from our body. The big question is, how and where is this yucky stuff gonna come out? The most simplistic and common way the body tries to purge itself of fungus is through the largest eliminative organ in our body: THE SKIN! (Ewe!). Rashes, hives, athletes foot, yeast infections, thrush, acne, kerotis pilaris… and even canker sores can be placed under the vast umbrella of fungus and candida. (more…)
I recently did a liver & gallbladder flush while exclusively breastfeeding my 4-month old infant. While heavily detoxifying the body during pregnancy and breastfeeding can harm a baby or mother’s health, there are health benefits to the mother & child when liver and gallbladder congestion is cleared with a flush. (more…)
Written by Michelle Minahan Thompson, R.N. and Jessica Minahan White, CHC
Omega-3′s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s and 9’s are called “Essential Fatty Acids”. This means that our bodies cannot produce them on its own and we must source them through our food intake. While too much fat in our bodies can contribute to a wide range of possible health complications, a proper ratio of Omega 3’s to 6’s fatty acids has a positive effect on our bodies, such as preventing arthritis, psoriasis, promoting proper eye and brain health, cardiovascular health, preventing diabetes, (more…)
One common concern when following a plant based diet, free of dairy, is CALCIUM. Of course my calcium concern arose with my entrance into childbearing years, but should be a point of thought for every American. America after all rates top in the world for osteoporosis!
We need calcium for more than just building and maintaining healthy bones… calcium is used in the body to contract and dilate blood vessels, and is vital in the process of muscle contraction. Lack of adequate calcium INTAKE, ASSIMILATION, or ABSORPTION overtime will force your body to pull calcium from your bones to keep your blood vessels and muscles working properly…. [with a side effect of fragile bones and increased osteoporosis risk… yikes!]. (more…)
I love to use my juicer. In fact, so does my husband. On my recent maternity leave, I taught him how to use the juicer. He was hooked! I’ll never forget the line: “I love this power tool thingy right in the kitchen!” My favorite items to juice in my juicer are those green vegetables that I don’t otherwise necessarily enjoy eating raw… celery, parsley, beets, kale, dandelion greens are among my top-used juicing ingredients. If you own a juicer, consider yourself LUCKY. Don’t let it sit un-used!
Making Time to Juice
Between jobs, social life, family, and housework, pulling out a juicer and concocting a health beverage that sometimes doesn’t even taste great may not sound fun OR ideal. (more…)