Peach Pie Oatmeal

10426218_10154654498450085_7200371421128801903_n Peaches are all over lately! Take advantage while you can! I'll be posting a few scrumptious recipes with these  fuzzy fruits!

Peaches not only are naturally sweet and delicious, but are also great fro skin health and eye health. Peaches are filled with vitamins A and C make which help regenerate skin tissue.

Peaches also cleanse toxins from the body. They have a diuretic effect which helps cleanse your kidneys and bladder. They are also a healthy stress reliever! Peaches help to reduce anxiety and are even referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

Peaches also help you lose weight! They are rich in fiber which keeps you feeling full longer. One peach contains about 35-50 calories. They even help to fight obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Peaches are rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants.

All these health benefits from a delicious fruit!? I'll take it!

This recipe is perfect for any peach lovers out there. The gooey peaches mixed with maple syrup and oatmeal makes this recipe taste like peach pie for breakfast! I highly recommend you try it for yourself!

Serves 2 people

Ingredients: 

  • 4 small or 2 large peaches
  • 1 mashed banana (optional)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Toppings:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw Almonds
  • Freshly sliced peach

1. Over medium heat, simmer sliced peaches in maple syrup and cinnamon. Add in mashed banana. Cook until peaches have softened.

2. Add in almond milk, water, and oatmeal. Cook on low heat and stir frequently until oatmeal is gooey and fully cooked. About 10-15 minutes.

3. Top off with shredded coconut, almonds, and fresh peach! Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Oh cinnamon..a beautiful fragrant spice that is reminiscent of the Fall, apple picking, and halloween. Cinnamon not only smells good, but has a plentitude of health benefits. In Chinese medicine  and Ayurveda, cinnamon is recognized as a superpower spice used to treat colds, indigestion, and cramps. It’s also believed to improve circulation and increase your energy! Here are some other benefits:

  1. Honey and cinnamon combined have been shown to relieve arthritis pain.
  2. When cinnamon is added to food it acts as a natural preservative, preventing food spoilage.
  3. Cinnamon is a natural and effective remedy for healing migraines and headaches.
  4. Cinnamon helps to stabilize your blood sugar, which is great for if you’re wanting to lose weight!
  5. Cinnamon is anti fungal and fights candida infections and makes your immune system stronger.
  6. Smelling cinnamon alone, improves memory and cognitive function.
  7. Cinnamon kills cancer cells by stabilizing blood sugars, and has been shown to help stop the production of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. It also is a promising treatment for tumors, gastric cancers, and melanomas.
  8. Just a 1/2 teaspoon a day of cinnamon can lower your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lower your blood sugar levels to help treat Type 2 Diabetes.
  9. Cinnamon is a natural E-coli disinfectant. You can mix cinnamon oil with hydrogen peroxide and spray your cutting board and kitchen sink especially after you have cut meats. Spray it in your refrigerator. It’s safe and natural.
  10. When you begin to feel that cold coming on, add some cinnamon to your tea and stop the cold in its tracks. Cinnamon’s anti-bacterial properties will kill off anything causing your sore throat, cough, or cold.

Now you can see why other cultures revere cinnamon as having super healing powers. But don’t overdo it on the cinnamon, eating too much of this spice can be toxic. It’s only recommended to ingest in small amounts. So add it to your smoothies, oatmeals, teas, or any other warming dishes. Include more cinnamon into your diet this season if not for its undeniable health benefits, than for its irresistible smell and taste!

Yields 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP cocao powder
  • 1 TBSO honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk

Toppings:

  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao nibs
  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter
  1. Mash the banana, and cook on low heat with cinnamon, cocao powder, honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond milk, and oatmeal.
  2. Cook on low heat stirring frequently until oatmeal is fully cooked and creamy, about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve in bowl with an assortment of toppings! Enjoy!

Beauty Simplified: My Favorite All-Natural Beauty Products

Beauty Products Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? All the more reason to take care of it! What you put on your skin topically eventually soaked up by your pores and makes its way inside your body, which is why I use all-natural products with no sulfates, aluminum, or harmful ingredients.

It's always important to maintain a balance of natural oils on your skin. Don't over wash your face, or put too many products on your face if you don't need to. If you notice you have dead skin, exfoliate, and if you are dealing with breakouts use tea tree oil and lavender oil on your skin. Don't overdo it, or else you'll make your skin angry. These are products I use often and love, and they are gentle and don't take away from my skins pH.

My beauty regimen looks like this...I use a gentle cleanser in the morning, Origins Gentle Cleansing Oil. Then spritz KORA Organic's Citrus Energizing Mist to revive and tone my skin in  the morning. I'll wash my face with Origins Modern Friction twice a week to exfoliate dead skin from the surface. At night, I'll wash my face with my Clarisonic brush and Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel. The Clarisonic is more effective then washing your face with your hands, because it gently washes deep in your pores to get rid of dirt deep down in there, instead just washing dirt off the surface with your hands. It also helps to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin on the surface. My skin has become smoother and I have less breakouts now. It's definitely worth the investment. Especially if you have acne-prone skin.

At night, after washing my face, I'll spritz the Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist and then use Eco. Pimple Clear all over my face and Kora Organics Rosehip oil. The Pimple Clear is a mixture of tea tree oil, which dries out and kills pimple causing bacteria, and lavender oil, which also kills bacteria and heals your skin. Tea tree oil can be extremely harsh and drying, but this mixture is more gentle and gets rid of pimples overnight. It's my favorite product! The Rosehip Oil is a natural and nourishing moisturizer. I only use one pump of this because I don't want to clog my pores. I'll use  a few pumps of the Eco. C serum in the morning or at night depending on how dry my skin is.

The Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub is a natural sugar scrub mixture that gets rid of old dead skin to reveal plump pink lips!

Alba's very Emollient Body Lotion is my favorite! Its vegan and super moisturizing. It soaks right into your skin leaving it feeling creamy and silky. It's not greasy or oily at all. People always compliment me on how soft my skin is, and it's really because of this moisturizer! I will never use any other!

Eco. Erase Body Oil, is perfect to use right after your shower. It helps to heal scars, stretch marks, blemishes, and leaves your skin feeling super soft and supple.

I love Ojon's Rare Blend Hair Oil! I have curly thick hair thats prone to frizz especially in the summer and it helps tame it! I use about a quarter size amount and apply it to my wet hair after showering. I'll use a tiny bit more after blowdrying my had as well, to add shine and tame my baby hairs.

For eye makeup remover, I use natural coconut oil. Why buy expensive makeup removers when you have a natural product at home you can use? I buy large tubs of coconut oil and theres so many uses for it. You can use it to condition your hair, oil pulling, eye makeup remover, body lotion, and of course to cook with. Coconut oil is extremely handy and versatile!

1. Carisonic Aria 

2. KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm 

3. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel

4, Ojon Rare Blend Hair Oil

5. Eco. Pimple Clear 

6. KORA Organics Energizing Citrus Mist

7. Eco. Erase Body Oil

8. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

9. Eco. C Serum

10. Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist 

11. Origins Modern Friction

12. KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Oil

13. Origins Gentle Cleansing Oil

14. Alba Very Emollient Body Lotion 

 

Spicy Kale Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

photo 2 copy Where do you get inspiration for your recipes? A lot of the time I get my inspiration from seeing whats in seasons at the local farmers market. What looks the most fresh and ripe, and I also think about what food combinations will go well together. In the summer time I like to eat lighter and make refreshing smoothies, juices, and salads. Especially when its hot outside.

I bought a bunch of beautiful locally grown kale for $2 and it lasted me about 6 meals! With the right food portioning and mixtures, your options for kale recipes are unlimited. I'll use a leaf in the morning in a smoothie blended with almond milk, banana, and berries. For lunch or dinner I'll massage the kale with olive oil and mix in seeds and other veggies. Its a good idea to use ingredients you already have in your kitchen so they don't go bad and are wasted.

I'm an advocate of eating a nutrient rich plant-based diet no matter what diet you follow. Ever since I've become vegan, I've made sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods as well as foods rich in calcium. You have to be mindful when beginning any new way of eating. You have to be prepared and know what foods will provide you with certain nutrients, because you shouldn't feel tired and weary, you should feel rejuvenated and great! Thats the whole point of eating, to nourish your body, and give it the fuel it needs to run and heal properly.

My dream one day is to be able to have a big backyard and live off the land as much as aI can. Grow a garden and create beautiful dishes from produce I grew! I think the more we realize how harmful man-made and genetically engineered food is, the more we go back to our roots. Our bodies have always been used to breaking down whole foods, so when we introduce highly processed food with chemical additives in them, our body doesn't know what to do and prepares for the worst. It doesn't know how to break down those foods, so they clog you're digestive system and get turned into fat. Your body also puts on weight so that in case you get sick from these foods it has fat to feed off from. When man used to hunt and wasn't able to find food it would eat the stored energy (fat) that was stored in your body. Our body's ecology will not change this way of working. So the thing we need to change most is what we put in our mouths.

We now look at food as something to treat our taste buds and cravings, and no longer see it as nourishment and medicine. Yes, food should taste good, but it also shouldn't become an addiction. Sugar is 7 times more addicting than cocaine! That just blows my mind! And we allow our children to grown up with this poison, and feed it to them all day long and see it as rewards or just meals. When children receive a good grade on a test, what else do they receive with it? A lollipop, cupcake, a party filled with snacks like processed cakes and chips. What happened to enforcing good eating habits and rewarding kids with un-harmful food? This is where addiction begins. Society plays a big role in our children's future, which is very much dependent on sugar. I hope that  diabetes and obesity epidemic will make parents and children want to learn about nutrition and ways to eat healthier . Health coaches are great sources for this kind of information. I would love to help you learn how to reduce your sugar cravings and get rid of them completely!

This recipe includes many of my favorite ingredients! Sweet potato, kale, quinoa, black beans, pumpkin seeds, and the most delicious Serrano peppers and cucumbers found at the farmers market. Its packed with so many yummy flavors, each bite will have you wanting more!

 

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Spicy Kale Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 5 Leaves of kale (de-stemmed)
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • ½ cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1 pepper (diced)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup black beans
  • 2 cups Serrano peppers
  • 4 TBSP olive oil (for sweet potato)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil (for Serrano peppers)
  • ½ ripe avocado (for garnish)

Dressing:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 6 TBSP olive oil
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

1. Preheat oven to 400’F. Cut sweet potato into small cubes and coat with 4 TBSP of olive oil and minced garlic. Cook for about 30 minutes, until cooked through and caramelized.

2. Sautee Serrano peppers in olive oil and salt and pepper on medium-low heat in griddle pan until charred on all sides, about 20 minutes.

3. Cook ½ cup of quinoa and ½ black beans together with 1 cup of water on low heat for about 15-20 minutes until cooked.

4. To make salad dressing, mash avocado, and stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

5. Roughly tear kale leaves into bit sized pieces. Massage kale with ½ of salad dressing mixture for about 3 minutes.

6. Mix in quinoa and black beans, cucumber, pepper, Serrano peppers, roasted sweet potato, and pumpkin seeds. Finish dish with sliced avocado and pour the rest of the salad dressing on top. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

Banana Almond Butter Nice-Cream

photo copy 2 This recipe is called “nice-cream” for a reason. It’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to reach for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Nice-cream is nice to you. You won’t feel bloated, heavy, or guilty after eating it! The base is banana, and thats what gives it a richness and creaminess similar to milk based ice creams. Also, making this at home yourself, you know and are in control of what goes into your bowl and body. It’s so simple and easy to make! Banana nice-cream is versatile too. You can mix in any frozen berries of your liking, dates, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, cocao nibs, get creative! For this recipe I chose to use what I had in my kitchen, and it didn’t disappoint! So I chose to mix my nice-cream with almond butter and crunchy raw almonds.

Ever since I have become a Holistic Health Coach, all my friends ask me, “do you ever eat anything unhealthy?” My philosophy is that you shouldn’t stress about eating a certain way, it should be manageable and good for you, and it shouldn’t take over your life and your thoughts. I’ve learned to listen to my body and manage my cravings. Now when I crave sugar, I reach for a banana and top it off with nut butter and cinnamon, or a piece of 72% dark chocolate. These have become my guilty pleasures, and in the summer my favorite is icy cold banana nice-cream!

It’s not about withholding from your cravings, its about listening to what your body is telling you that you need. Under stress you may want to eat more, and more unhealthy foods, like fried, processed, and sugary foods. But instead, reach for a handful of nuts, or fruit. Don’t fill your body with food that will make you feel worse. It takes time to have this control, but I recommend always having healthy foods that you love on hand. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted by that candy bar or chips by having them at home. Revamp your pantry and kitchen into a beautiful healthy food sanctuary, where you go to nurture your body, not abuse it. When you do this, and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetable, nuts, and dried fruits to snack on, you become in control of your food options and can manage your cravings more easily because you are introducing new temptations into your life, like oatmeal, dark chocolate, and peanut butter and banana on toast.

I hope this recipe becomes one of your guilty pleasures to reach for in the summertime, and get creative with the flavors!

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Recipe:

Yields: 2 servings

3 ripe bananas sliced (frozen overnight) 2 large TBSP almond butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter) 4 TBSP unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup raw almonds 1. Freeze sliced banana overnight.

2. Place banana, almond butter, and almond milk into food processor or good quality blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more almond milk, but add in a TBSP at a time until it reaches a smooth consistency.

3. Top off the nice-cream with roughly chopped raw almonds, and enjoy!