Sometimes a girl just wants warm and cozy, especially when one lives in Calgary, AB where it can be a chilly winter…all 5-6 months of it. I’m an Island girl at heart and miss the warmer weather. I choose to make a lot of soup and warm comfort foods through the winter to make up for it. If any of you know me then you know I have a hard time following recipes and in turn I create some new ones! This hit all my needs; warm, cozy, satisfying and with some sustenance. I adapted the recipe from Love & Lemons (www.loveandlemons.com) creamy vegan corn chowder. Delish and family approved.
Often in the afternoon or evening I need something warm and relaxing that is going to get me past the afternoon lull and taste really good! I created this drink because I am trying to stay away from caffeine after 2pm and wanted something that would have more health benefits. I love the taste of Chai but the concentrated syrups are full of sugar and many of the tea blends are caffeinated. Roobis tea, also called red bush tea, is not caffeinated and is derived from the leaves of the rooibos plant native to regions in South Africa. The tea is high in antioxidants, minerals and has been thought to improve blood circulation and settle the stomach. What’s not to like really? This forms the base of my drink and I combined it with turmeric which is another health powerhouse with it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Don’t forget to add the black pepper as it helps to increase the good benefits of the turmeric and let the body utilize it. The healthy fat of the coconut oil helps to satisfy and is good for the brain. I love the creaminess of the full fat coconut milk, I like to blend it for extra froth. YUM! I hope you like this as much as I do.
Awhile ago I was having trouble focusing, which for a semi-A personality was a challenge. It could have been changing from school, to summer, to being a mom, to building a business and not really knowing where my focus should be. I think it was a little of ‘everything being new and not knowing where to start’. A good friend of mine shared with me her morning ritual which helped to ground and focus her daily. From that I created my own which involved quiet time, reading, drinking my lemon water, some yoga and setting some goals with positive affirmations. This can be done in the morning or in the evening if it works better but I highly recommend it. It sets the stage for the energy you want to have and gets you focused on goals for the day or week. It’s a really important part of self-care and making time for yourself, especially if you are a parent. It’s easy to get sidetracked in our fast-paced world. This is not to say it happens everyday but when it does things seem to be a lot more focused.
Just like mom used to make, accept without the processed sugar and flour! Sorry mom. Love the comfort food from my childhood but I’m just revamping them a bit. This uses seasonal fall fruit; pears and apples but has reduced sugars. Growing up on the farm this would be served warm with fresh cream. Since I don’t have that luxury today I will whip some organic cream or coconut cream for the top.
We all know drinking water is good for us but people often take drinking water for granted. Around of 70% of the body is made up of water, it is needed by all cells and organs in the body for them to function properly. It is also used to lubricate joints, protect the spinal cord, regulate body temperature and assist with the passage and elimination of waste in the body. Keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on your overall health! To break it down, here are my top 5 reasons you should drink warm (or room temperature) pure water with a bit of lemon every morning.
- Improves Digestion
- Immune Booster
- Healthy Skin
- Improves Elimination
I am asked this question a lot and mostly it’s closely followed by, isn’t it expensive? I want to share why I buy most of my food organic, free range and grass fed. Yes it can be expensive but there are ways to save money by eating as local as possible, buying in season and looking for sales or bulk and then freezing them. We also eat less meat each week to account for buying better quality meat. For my produce I turn to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) for their list of the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” (link below). These lists refer to the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated by pesticide use. I keep these lists saved on my phone for easy reference when I’m shopping to help decided organic vs. non-organic purchases. Hopefully they will help you too.
In 2007-2008 when I was in my enormous pregnancy glory with child #1 I had the opportunity to work on a weight loss show called X-Weighted. This was back in my media days not in holistic nutrition, and thank goodness because I’m not sure I would agree with some of the strategies! Anyhoo… as these participants were getting smaller I was getting larger! I really connected with Gaia who was a mom with some body issues. Although she was a powerhouse on the outside she had some stuff to work through on the inside. Gaia played roller derby and her game name was “Lulu”. She developed the basics for this recipe so she could still enjoy the things she loved. Now I do this all the time – take comfort foods and revamp them to make them healthier. I make this recipe often and everyone likes it. Thanks Lulu….. (a side note, she now works in media so the tables have turned).