CHAGA + CBD +COLLAGEN HOT CACAO RECIPE

While I know that compared to the rest of the country it's basically beachy weather here in San Francisco, these damp 40-50 temperatures have still had me feeling winter. Recently on a chilly afternoon, when I wanted to cuddle up with a book but still had a few hours worth of tasks I wanted to check off my to-do list, I decided to get cozy with this clear-headed, energy-producing and nourishing drink before taking on the rest of the afternoon. Here is the recipe everyone on Instagram asked for, along with the "why's" of the ingredients that went into this cup of cocoa. 

Nourishing Ingredients: 
2-3 Tablespoons of Chaga Mushroom Powder
1-2 cups of water or mixture of water and favorite nondairy milk. 
2 Tbs of Raw Organic Cacao Powder
2 teaspoons of MCT Oil with CBD---> can sub this with coconut oil, ghee and CBD product of choice. 
2 teaspoons of date syrup/maple syrup/raw honey or 1 whole date, pit removed 
Dash of Vanilla Extract 

FUN OPTIONAL ADD-INS: 
1/2 teaspoon of Pearl Powder 
1 tsp of Reishi or Ashwagandha Powder 
1 scoop of Collagen---> optional, see notes for the WHY 

* I buy my Chaga from the bulk section at a health food store, where it is not yet ground into powder. You can buy it online here. Or the powder here. You can also consume the entirety of the product, for this drink, I choose to steep it instead. 

Method: 
If you bought your Chaga mushrooms not pre-ground, in a clean coffee grinder, fresh grind the Chaga mushrooms. Transfer 2-3 tbs of the Chaga powder to a french press, add enough hot water to your french press for a single serving, unless you are using water and nondairy milk, in which case do half the amount of water to make a stronger tea, and let steep for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, add the rest of your ingredients to a blender. 
Pour your Chaga tea into the blender and blend until frothy, about 15 seconds. 
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy :) 

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Cauliflower Tabbuleh

Grain-Free+Colorful+ Herbacious Cauliflower Tabbuleh 

I'll admit, I've been making Quinoa Tabbuleh for years as an alternative to the bulgur traditionally used. Since my obsession with cauliflower rice began a couple years ago I decided to try out really fine cauli rice as a sub for bulgar, the result, a delightfully crunchy cruciferous side dish to compliment any Mediterranean Style Meal you may be making.  For all the lovely ladies reading this! While I don't always steam the cauli rice, hence the crunchiness, in order to be conscious of goitrogens, found in cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc, which can be bad for our thyroid health, if this is going to make it in your regular routine or you're already healing a hypoactive thyroid, steaming the cauli rice for a minute or two will go a long way to make this better for you! You could also roast the cauliflower rice with a little olive oil and lemon juice @350 for 10 minutes if your oven is already on!

I'll admit, I've been making Quinoa Tabbuleh for years as an alternative to the bulgur traditionally used. Since my obsession with cauliflower rice began a couple years ago I decided to try out really fine cauli rice as a sub for bulgar, the result, a delightfully crunchy cruciferous side dish to compliment any Mediterranean Style Meal you may be making.

For all the lovely ladies reading this! While I don't always steam the cauli rice, hence the crunchiness, in order to be conscious of goitrogens, found in cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc, which can be bad for our thyroid health, if this is going to make it in your regular routine or you're already healing a hypoactive thyroid, steaming the cauli rice for a minute or two will go a long way to make this better for you! You could also roast the cauliflower rice with a little olive oil and lemon juice @350 for 10 minutes if your oven is already on!

Ingredients   1 medium head of cauliflower  1/3 cup diced red onion  2 cups packed chopped parsley measured after chopping with leaves & stems  1/4 cup chopped mint leaves measured after chopping  1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves measured after chopping  1 garlic clove minced or crushed  1 cup or about 3 plum tomatoes chopped, if using vine tomatoes make sure to drain some of the liquid  2-3 small Persian cucumbers diced into small pieces  1 red bell pepper diced into small pieces  3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice one large lemon  4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  1/2 teaspoon allspice  1/2 teaspoon baharat* optional  1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes  Salt and pepper to taste  INSTRUCTIONS  Add cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse until desired size. A little smaller then 'packaged' cauli rice, but not quite cauli cous cous. You may need to do this in batches.  If you're going to cook your cauliflower (thyroid health!) steam or roast the cauliflower rice. See notes above. Let cool before mixing together.  Mix together the onions, parsley, mint, cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, spices with the cauliflower. Toss to combine.  Drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil over the top and sprinkle over the salt and red pepper flakes. Toss again until mixed well and serve immediately. Store up to 2-3 days in an air tight container.

Ingredients

1 medium head of cauliflower

1/3 cup diced red onion

2 cups packed chopped parsley measured after chopping with leaves & stems

1/4 cup chopped mint leaves measured after chopping

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves measured after chopping

1 garlic clove minced or crushed

1 cup or about 3 plum tomatoes chopped, if using vine tomatoes make sure to drain some of the liquid

2-3 small Persian cucumbers diced into small pieces

1 red bell pepper diced into small pieces

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice one large lemon

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon baharat* optional

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Add cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse until desired size. A little smaller then 'packaged' cauli rice, but not quite cauli cous cous. You may need to do this in batches.

If you're going to cook your cauliflower (thyroid health!) steam or roast the cauliflower rice. See notes above. Let cool before mixing together.

Mix together the onions, parsley, mint, cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, spices with the cauliflower. Toss to combine.

Drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil over the top and sprinkle over the salt and red pepper flakes. Toss again until mixed well and serve immediately. Store up to 2-3 days in an air tight container.

Reclaiming my Hormones

Reclaiming my Hormones

Women cycle monthly, and it affects our mood, the way we relate to the world and the way the world relates to us. What could you do if you could harness that intuitive feminine energy and power? Could you be limitless? I think so :) Helping other women eat for their cycle as a part of a holistic health plan is my passion. If you’re on hormonal birth control, there are things you should be doing to support your body to give it the extra help it needs. If you’re transitioning off the pill or another hormonal form of contraceptive to find your natural cycle, there is so much to do to ease the transition and give your body the best fighting chance to return to its natural rhythm.