It's almost Day 4 of my Gentle and Natural 21-Day Detox
, and so far so great! Ups and downs are to be expected in the process- especially in the beginning, but it's all quite manageable. What's the answer? Snacks!
My snack of choice (among many) is of course Kale Chips
or Popcorn (and I ain't talking about the sodium-abundant, cancer-promoting, acidic, chemical-laced, dangerous, far-removed-from-the-original-source, fake-popcorn bags that you stick in a cancer-causing, dangerous, etc, microwave
Do it cost-efficiently and more healthfully by getting Organic kernels from the bulk aisle ($0.83 for a whole week's worth!). Take a tablespoon of Coconut, Olive, or Almond Oil to a skillet, add in your kernels (FYI: a little goes a LONG way) and 2 minutes later, you'll have yourself fresh, light, natural, delicious, nutritious popcorn that you popped yourself using a heart-healthy oil. Feel good snacking, and get snacking on this stat. Perfect for sharing with the entire family or household, as it's been a go-to move in mine lately...
What's in a name?I'm delighted to've received some free goodies from San Franola Granola, a new local biz here in Granola capitol that prides itself on hailing from "a state of American immigrants with a lineage of surfers, sailors and soccer players"... Uniquely San Francisco, originally Californian and authentically West Coast- "Dad channeled a little sun, sand and fog when coming up with this recipe".Need I say more?
Bonus clever points are awarded them for setting themselves apart from the rest, for creating this chunky, crunchy mouthful of pure all-natural ingredients, AND cute packaging.
Thanks San Franola Granola. You're the real San Francisco Treat.
4 Days until the Detox begins!! I cooked up some Lentils to prepare for the cleanse, as these little legumes are oozing with nutrients!
Heart-healthy lentils come in a variety of colors, and their benefits are pretty extraordinary as they are high in: protein, essential fiber, folic acid, Vitamin B and C, amino acids, antioxidants, and iron. Not to mention, they help lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels, ward off weight gain, cancer, heart disease and other ailments.Here's an easy, delish, and detoxifying recipe, perfect for the cozy fall!Lentil Saute:1 cup Lentils2.5 cups Water3 tablespoons Olive Oil1 small Shallot2 cloves GarlicKale Leaves2 stalks Celery, choppedDashes of Cumin, Turmeric, and Sea Salt
(Remember my post about the magical, anti-inflammatory spice called Turmeric
?)In a skillet, bring oil, garlic and shallot together for 3 min. Add in lentils and water, stir. Cook for 25 minutes, then add in celery, kale and spices. Add more water if needed to achieve a stew-like consistency. Enjoy!
To celebrate an old good friend's move to San Francisco, I had a blast using my awesome Waffle Maker that I got for Christmas last year to make Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles this past weekend. (Remember my post about Buckwheat
? Full of nutrients, and no sinking/bloating feeling afterward either!) But this one's about the special vegan butters I whipped up so Waffle Recipe to come another day...
I usually can't do without berries, so I'm glad Strawberries are still around. I'm missing the Blue ones already...
Traditional Apple Butters take hours if not days to make, not to mention, a fancy canning process is usually in order. While I can't wait to take up Canning, for this brunch I opted for a 1 hour version that was super easy and mighty tasty over buckwheat waffles as well as gluten-free toast the next day.
2 cups chopped, peeled, cored Apples (get a variety for richer flavor!)
2-3 tablespoons Agave Nectar
1 tablespoon Cloves
1.5 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
Bring apples to boiling water in a pot for 1 hour. Then add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring over low heat till water is nearly dissolved and mixture is chunky. Let cool for a while, and serve. Really. That's it. Enjoy (as much as you want)! The best thing about this butter? You can pretty much slather it on anything...
I'm stoked about my new wooden cutting board that my awesomely handy boyfriend made for me, so I'm christening the board and chopping up apples and attempting an Apple Butter. Recipe to come Monday, since it'll be coming together as I go.
PS- Tomorrow's the last day of the Early Bird Special for my 21-Day Detox Program. We have a wonderful group so far! Don't miss out! And as always, send me a note if you have any q's.
To learn more and sign up, go to Yoga Garden's Website
A new look, for a new season... I hope you like it as much as I do!
Today's recipe is a heart warming, delicious, subtly sweet soup that you'll fall for.
Apple Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash, halved and baked face down for 35-45 minutes till tender
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 small Apple
1/2 tablespoon Sea Salt
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon Vegan Butter (try Earth Balance)
Once squash is baked, let cool for 10 minutes, peel and discard skin, and throw flesh into blender. Add in Coconut Butter, Oil, Salt, and Apple. Add water to achieve desired consistency. Transfer mixture to a pot and stir over low heat till hot. It's ready to serve. Garnish with Black Pepper or Parsley. Enjoy!