Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Well a girls gotta survive this brutal winter somehow, right? Hot chocolate and winter are a match made in heaven, and I decided that Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate and dark chocolate would go together just as well, and man was I right! I mean dark chocolate anything is good in my books...

I always opt for using high quality dark chocolate 72% or more. I also added cocao powder, for a boost of superfood nutrients and added chocolate flavor, can't hurt right? Again, I sweetened this recipe with an all-natural sweetener, maple syrup. The dark chocolate and cocao powder can be quite bitter, but the maple syrup and Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate balance out this hot chocolate perfectly.

There are a variety of health benefits form eating dark chocolate as well. Not as sinful as you originally thought, huh? Disclaimer: everything in moderation. Dark chocolate and pure cocao are extremely high in antioxidants, one in particular,  resveratrol, which has been demonstrated to protect the heart from heart disease. Dark chocolate and cocao are also high in iron and magnesium, so you may want to think twice next time you are crave chocolate, because your body may be trying to tell you something.

Oh and it gets better…I even whipped up a dairy-free but heavenly whipped cream!! It came out tasting like vanilla ice cream, I almost ate the entire jar…And guess what it's made out of…almond milk!

Ok now heres the best part, the recipe. I'll let it speak for itself. Hope you find an excuse to curl with this hot chocolate to keep you warm!

Ingredients:

Makes 2 servings

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (or other oil that isn't overpowering)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. xantham gum (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

Directions:

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

1. On low heat whisk all ingredients together in saucepan and mix until chocolate is completely melted and mixture has begun to boil.

Whipped Cream:

1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, if using a vitamin, start on low speed and then gradually to high speed.

2. Blend until desired consistency is reached, it won't get too thick without the anthem gum. If serving immediately add a few ice cubes to cool down.

3. I didn't have xantham gum, so I placed my mixture in the freezer for about and hour and then scooped a dollop for on top of the hot chocolate, and it was perfect!

Peach Fig Coconut Berry Smoothie

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Peach season may be ending, but don’t worry because frozen peaches are always available to buy! Did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables are sometimes more nutritious than fresh fruits and vegatables? This is because the frozen fruit and vegetables are picked when ripe and frozen immediately. Instead of being picked prematurely to ripen off the vine.

Tips to making the best smoothie:

1. Use frozen fruit: Whether you freeze your fresh fruit at home or you buy it in the store, adding frozen fruit to your smoothies will make sure your smoothies are icy cold. Adding ice instead of frozen fruit works as well, but it waters down the flavors of your smoothie and doesn’t make your smoothie as cold as frozen fruit does.

2.Use a liquid that goes with your smoothies flavors: Coconut water, and almond milk are the liquids I always choose to use. Water works as well, but I like the coconut flavor that the coconut water adds, and the almond milk provides a nice creaminess. I always use my homemade almond milk recipe, which is super simple and delicious! When making more tropical flavored smoothies opt for coconut water and when wanting a more creamy smoothie use almond milk.

3. Add in leafy greens: I love to add in fresh spinach or kale into my smoothies and smoothie bowls. Just a little goes a long way, and the sweetness of the fruits always cover up the bitterness of the greens. You smoothie will be rich in nutrients and you’ll get  a serving of greens!

4. Use nuts, nut butter, or vegan protein: Add more protein to your smoothies with protein rich foods like nuts, nut butter, hemp seeds, or vegan protein. After working out its great to drink a protein rich smoothie, because it digests easily and helps your muscles recover and grow. My favorite brand of vegan protein powder is Sunwarrior Protein, because all of their ingredients are plant-based and recognizable; no harmful additives, chemicals, or added sugars.

5. Use berries: Berries are lower in calories and sugars compared to fruits like mango, pineapple, and banana. They are also rich in fiber, and antioxidants.

This smoothie is filled with peach flavor, and the fresh coconut water gives it a tropical feel.

Ingredients:

Makes 2 smoothies

  • 4 small frozen peaches
  • 4 small fresh figs
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 dates
  • water from 1 small coconut
  • 2 TBSP homemade almond milk
  1. Blend ingredients together in blender until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Peach Pistachio Pancakes- GLUTEN-FREE and VEGAN

IMG_7360 These fuzzy fruits are in season and all over the place! Super sweet and delicious! I've been adding peaches to just about any recipe I can lately, and let me tell you, you can't go wrong.

These peach pancakes are super fluffy, gluten-free, and vegan. I made a pistachio milk earlier this week and added it to this pancake mixture which turned out to be a great combination! Not only will you save tons of money making your own nut milk, but you will also be able to control what goes in to it. There are so many chemical additives in store-brand nut milks, that its not as healthy as you may think.

Peaches have super healing properties! They are beneficial to your skin and eye health. Peaches are filled with antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Peaches also aid in weight loss, they are full of fiber and keep you feeling fuller longer, and only contain 35-50 calories in one peach! They are also known to detoxify your body. Peaches are a diuretic, and help flush out any toxins in your body. Peaches are also known to reduce stress and anxiety.

Pistachios are filled with protein, fiber, and potassium. One serving of pistachios has the same amount of potassium as half a large banana! These nuts also contain more than 10% of the dietary value of fiber, minerals and vitamins like B6, thiamin, phosphorus, and copper. A serving is one ounce, which is 49 pistachios! So eat away at these nuts, you get to eat more nuts per serving than any other nut!

The sweetness of the fresh peaches, creaminess of the pistachio milk, and crunch from the whole pistachios will have you thinking you're eating dessert for breakfast. These are the fluffiest most satisfying pancakes out there! Be creative, you can substitute different fruits, and nut milks depending on whats in season!

Yields 4 large pancakes

Ingredients:

1. Mix together in bowl the gluten free pancake mix, pistachio milk, pistachio nuts, coconut oil,  and cinnamon.

2. Thinly slice peaches. Add to mix or add to pancake batter after pouring onto skillet.

3. Heat about 1 TBSP more of coconut oil in pan. Pour a little more than 1/4 cup of pancake batter, and place about 4 thin slices of peach into pancake. Cook on one side for about 4 minutes, until pancake batter begins to bubble in the center, and is brown.

4. Flip pancake over and cook on other side until pancake is cooke through and golden brown. About another 3-4 minutes.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all your pancakes are made. Top pancakes off with fresh peaches and maple syrup, and enjoy!

Nut Milk Recipe

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You may be thinking to yourself, why didn't I think of this sooner? Thats what I thought when I made my first batch of nut milk. Its super easy and simple to make, and you really don't need that many ingredients. So why do we keep buying store-brand nut milks?! Because its right there when you shop for your groceries? Okay I get it. Its "easier." But let me break it down for you. How much are you spending on nut milk? My boyfriend and I were going through 1-2 half gallons of nut milk a week, and in New York City it costs $5 per half gallon. Equalling $5-$10 of nut milk a week. A half gallon equals 8 cups.

Heres an example of what is costs to make almond milk. 1 pound of raw almonds from trader Joe's cost me $6.99. 1 pound of almonds yields 4 cups. With 1 cup of raw almonds I can make 4 cups of almond milk, so with 4 cups of almonds I can make 16 cups of almond milk! Thats twice the amount of almond milk that I would get for a half a gallon of store brand almond milk that used to cost me $5. Lets compareStore brand almond milk filled with harmful chemicals and additives cost me $5 for 8 cups. My homemade, pure, all-natural almond milk costs me $3.50 for 8 cups. WIN! Yes, different nuts vary in price, but I'm sure you will make almond milk the most, because it's super versatile. However, I tried experimented with making pistachio milk! I know right?! Sounds amazing, and it was! Super creamy, with a hint of pistachio flavor, and it came out a beautiful creamy pastel green. Many almond milks contain a harmful ingredient that you should look out for called carrageenan. Carrageenan, which has no nutritional value, has been used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods.  

Research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. All forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer. When laboratory mice were exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they developed a "profound" glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.

This is extremely scary to learn, when carrageenan is being added to so many processed products on the market and it being consumed unknowingly. We think almond milk, a great milk alternative, yes. But companies still find a way to sneak in harmful ingredients into our products and body's. Would you consume something that could potentially cancer or diabetes? I didn't think so. If you do have to buy store brand almond milk, I recommend buying Silk's Unsweetened Original Almond Milk, because this does not contain carrageenan. But if you have the time, make it yourself! It tastes so much better, is better for you, and cheaper! Really can't go wrong!

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Yields 4 cups

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts,  or hazelnuts)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 large date  (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
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1. Soak 1 cup of nuts for at least 12 hours in water.

2. Drain water that the nuts were soaked in.

3. Boil 4 cups of water.

4. Add the soaked nuts and 4 cups of boiling water to blender with salt, and sweetener (maple syrup or date), and vanilla extract if you like.

5. Blend until nuts have been liquified.

6. Strain mixture in a bowl with a fine strainer or cheese cloth to separate milk from the nut meat.

7. Store nut milk in mason jar, and use within 3-4 days.  

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!

 

Blueberry Lemon Coconut Oatmeal

photo 3 copy I hate to say it, but I think I was on banana overload. So I decided to switch it up a bit this morning and opted for a summery oatmeal recipe! Breakfast is my most favorite meal, because you can mix and match so many ingredients in so many different ways, especially in oatmeal and smoothie recipes. Wouldn't you agree?

I told you a while back about my cleansing experience with my naturaopathic doctor and all the supplements he recommended for me to take and foods to eat to help with imbalances in my body that were causing me to gain weight in my mid-section (like many women) and have horrible outbreaks of tonsillitis. I've really seen improvement! Its kind of crazy to experience how healing natural medicine is first hand! After my liver/gallbladder flush and coffee enema regime my digestive system is completely healed. I went into his office yesterday and asked why I never feel full anymore, and he told me its because I'm actually digesting my food properly when it enters my system. It no longer sits in my stomach and weighs me down with a full sensation. Which I have to say is kind of crazy, but I also don't feel hungry at the same time, so its not like I want to eat all day. I remember feeling bloated and having  stinging stomach pains by the end of almost every day this time last year, and not knowing why, because I thought I was eating a "healthy" diet. But now, the significant improvements I've experience first hand, surpass anything I could have imagined, and its just getting better!

Also, because of the gallbladder/ liver flushes and coffee enemas, I've gotten rid of most of the antibiotic residue that was left in my system from over the past 5 years. And I was taking a lot of antibiotics to heal my tonsillitis. This not only has improved my digestion but has also allowed my hormones to become more balanced and I can now lose weight more easily around my mid section. I used to work out like crazy not knowing why I could shed pounds everywhere else but not mu mid-section! Now I know why, and it feels so great to not have to stress about working out and see improvements in my body! I will be doing more coffee enemas and one more flush to improve this even more, and can't wait!

I use a lot of Premier Research Labs products, and highly recommend their probiotics. They aren't processed and are vegan and gluten-free. Their products are as pure as they come, and extremely healing.

This recipe reminds me of blueberry pie. Its filled with sweet blueberries, and the lemon juice and rind add the perfect amount of tartness. The shredded coconut adds a creaminess and nice bite to this recipe. The toppings really bring the oatmeal together!

Hope you all are having a great healing summer!

Blueberry Lemon Coconut Oatmeal

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup oatmeal (I use gluten-free oatmeal)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

1. Simmer blueberries in lemon juice, lemon rind, and maple syrup for about 3-4 minutes.

2. Add in oatmeal, and almond milk.

3. Cook on low heat stirring frequently until oatmeal is fully cooked and has a creamy consistency.

4. When oatmeal is fully cooked, take off of heat and mix in the shredded coconut.

5. Add your favorite toppings! I topped my oatmeal off with chia seeds, fresh blueberries, raw almonds, shredded coconut, and a dollop of my favorite almond butter!