- 1 ½ cups of coconut milk
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup spinach or mixed greens
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar, optional
Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Four kinds of cinnamon:
1. Korintje Cassia Cinnamon- sweet and mellow.
2. Ceylon Cinnamon- complex and fragrant, with a citrus overtone and rich buff color.
3. China Cassia Cinnamon-strong and spicier than Korintje, with a potent, sweet flavor
4. Vietnamese Cinnamon-extremely sweet and flavorful.
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons beet powder
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons cacao
2 teaspoons coconut sugar, optional
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup ice
Blend and enjoy
* 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
* 3 tbsp coconut milk
* 3 eggs
* 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
* 1 tsp pure vanilla
* 1/3 cup coconut flour
* 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
* 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
* 1/4 tsp baking soda
In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients and then stir in dry and mix until combined.
Heat a griddle on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle for each pancake. Cook until the bottom is brown and then flip (2-3 minutes).
Food goes far beyond satiating hunger at meal times. Providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs to thrive is a very special ritual — one that should be treated special.
Creating your eating ritual to be one of mindfulness and honor is the key to a healthy relationship with food.
Practicing mindful eating not only transforms your health, but your relationship with the foods you ingest, as well. Follow the steps below for eating more mindfully...
Pay attention to your breathing throughout your meals. Take the time to breathe deeply. Deep breathing helps with combating stress, which is a crucial component to your overall health. Ingesting your food with mindfulness will aid in healthy digestion, which will in turn increase your eating experience.
The state of your mindset while eating holds as much importance as the quality of food you put into your body. Eating with sadness and anxiety will have a different impact on your digestion and nourishment as eating the same meal with gratitude and love.
While making healthy food choices is incredibly important — be mindful of the state of your mindset each time you eat.
Chew your food well. Chew each bite until it is completely broken down, allowing your digestive tract to not have to tackle the job.
To help with making less of these kind of choices, ask yourself before every meal if what you have prepared will serve you to reach your goal of optimal health. This worked for me in the past.
Ask what would give you energy; what would sustain you, what would make you feel satisfied and well nourished. Is it asking for a raw salad, or something more warming?
When you get this tip under wraps, your eating experience will change tremendously. Your body knows what it needs deep within its core — listen to it.
Often when you think of sage it's during the holiday season and especially Thanksgiving. You get visions of your grandmother's sage dressing or croutons, and the turkey or chicken that has sage on it that tantalizes every taste bud! Yet there is more to sage than cooking.
Few benefits of Sage:
While we love grandma's dressing, croutons, turkey and chicken. Use sage for its medicinal purposes too!
To ripen an avocado put it in a brown paper bag with a banana and leave it on your counter out of direct sunlight, or in your pantry until desired ripeness is achieved! Happy eating!
Carolyn Akens, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Author, Holistic Chef, Raw Food Chef/Instructor