Friday, December 28, 2018

Oil of oregano

I have been meaning to blog about this gem for far too long.  I hope it finds you well before the cold or flu.
Oil of oregano was first discovered over 3 thousand years ago in Greece as a topical antibacterial.  It contains carvacrol and thymol which are very powerful antibacterial, antifungal and even antiviral. It is also high in phenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.  It is most beneficial to get at least 80% carvacrol and only wild Mediterranean oregano(origanum vulgare)is effective.
At the first sign of a cold(or even before if a family member is sick)gargle, swish and spit with a enough water to gargle with(about half ounce)and a few drops of oil of oregano four times a day. Depending on how strong your oil is you may need to dilute it more or make it stronger. You can also take the oil sublingual less diluted but be aware it does cause flushing. I personally find it more effective to gargle since most problems start on the mouth(sore throat,etc). If you are fighting something intestinal, you can also swallow the diluted liquid but please be advised it's a very important to follow up with pre and probiotics. Oil of oregano is very strong so it will not only kill bad bacteria but it will also kill the good stuff.
Note: it could cause allergic reactions to those allergic to Lamiaceae family plants, including basil, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, mint, and sage.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sweet and spicy tofu

This is absolutely delicious! I don't think i will ever make tofu any other way again!

Here's what ya need:

1 package firm organic tofu
3 tbs toasted sesame seed oil
1/2 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
5 tbs peanut butter(room temp)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1.5 tbs fresh chopped garlic
2 tsp chili powder

Drain the tofu for at least 10 minutes by placing it between two plates with some sort of weight on top, 5 lbs max or of course a tofu press. 
Blot the tofu with paper towel and cut it into cubes. I cut my cubes about three quarters of an inch all around. Place them on parchment paper on a baking tray and bake on 400 for about a half an hour. If you have an air fryer about 10-15 minutes on 400 will also do the trick. You can stir them halfway through to get a nice even crispy coating.
In the meantime whisk all the other ingredients together is large bowl. 
When the tofu is done dehydrating and slightly cooled, add it to the sauce and mix for an even coating. Marinate this for at least in half an hour. Put a little of sauce in a saucepan on medium heat and stir in the tofu.  Continue stirring until you have a nice sticky coating on all the tofu. Mix with your favorite veggies and/or rice and Enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sneak peak of Country Heat

Beachbody is donating $5 to the Red Cross fire relief for Alberta for everyone who does this sneak peak of Autumn's new program Country Heat and it is all FREE. So get on and join me!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

S'mores Shakeology

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
1 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs
1 cup ice

1. Place almond milk, extract, Shakeology, 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a serving glass and serve immediately.
3. Thank me later ; )

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wellness Wize Chocolate Chip Cookies

It took me quite some time to perfect this recipe. I am so excited to finally share it with you! So preheat your oven now at 350 degrees and here's a list what you'll need:

Dry ingredients
1/3 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Wet ingredients
1/4 melted coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut nectar (sugar)
1/4 cup organic whole soy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

*Parchment paper is recommended

First you want to mix and melt the coconut sugar in with the coconut oil. Then you can add the rest of the wet ingredients together with it.
Next mix all the dry ingredients together themselves. Lastly you mix the two together and then fold in the chocolate chips. Depending on how many and how big you want your cookies plop down about 6 equal blobs of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 about minutes.
Wallah, perfect vegan cookies! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Simple 3 ingredent healthy chocolate

One day I thought, 'There must be a way to make my own chocolate'. I could never find all that I wanted in one bar. So whether you don't want the chemicals, don't want to pay over $5 a bar for organic fair trade or simple want a perfect bar made just for you, this recipe is amazing!

Ok so here is what you need:
1/2 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup organic fair trade cocoa
maple syrup to taste, about 1/8 cup
chocolate molds. I use a granola bar mold
cayenne pepper 
nuts, crushed

This recipe makes about 10 4x1 inch bars.
Simply mix the coconut oil with the cocoa until smooth. 

Then add other ingredients.
Get creative, marshmallows, peanut butter. I've tried them all. 
Next add them to the freezer. I generally freeze them overnight but because my bars aren't too thick, they only take about an hour. 

To get the chocolate out of a mold like this, I just let them warm up a few minutes at room temp then put the mold face down on a paper towel and gently tap them out.

Last and most enjoyable step, EAT!

**Because of the oil you will need to keep them in the fridge but personally I always preferred cold chocolate**

Monday, March 30, 2015

Do you struggle to meet your daily water intake?

  Since World Water Day passed recently, I thought this would be a perfect time to blog on the subject. If you are like most Americans this is probably an issue for you. According to Darin Olien, author of the amazing book Super Life and co-creator of my healthiest meal of the day, most of us don't even get in 25% of the recommended intake! Before I give you some suggestions on how to sneak and even enjoy more water in your day, let me remind you why its so crucial for our well-being.  More then half of our body is composed of water! It is so vital to us to function properly. Our bones need it, our skin needs it, our intestines surely need it. Every single part of our bodies crave water in order to preform at optimal vitality . Our kidneys do a great job at filtering what goes in and out of our bodies but what happens when they are not fed properly? They shut down. Out of business. Not a great situation to be in. We must continue to nourish our bodies to live a healthy stress free life.

  So how much water do we actually need? Well there are a few old rules that have been over turned. First is the 8 glasses rule. Only 8 glasses a day!? That is only about a quarter of what the average person should be drinking. This is one of the reasons we are all out there sick, tired, and even stressed out! It is now recommend to drink half your weight in ounces. Now another one said to drink when you are thirsty. Well lets think about that one for a minute. What happens when you are thirsty? Dehydration sets in! You have a dry mouth, fatigue, headache, your skin will also start to dry out. What happens when your skin drys out? Wrinkles! Who wants that? Not I! Water can help you loose weight also. Drink a glass about 15-20 minutes before eating and not only will it help you to not over eat but it will also lubricate your intestines which will lead to better absorption of nutrients.

  Now comes the fun part. How can I get more water into my diet you ask? Well for one, eating more fruits and vegetables can help keep you hydrated. Watermelon is way up there but I'm sure that's no surprise. Strawberries actually contain the same amount of water as watermelon but what vegetable carries the most? Cucumber! Cucumber is a whopping 96% water. That is pretty amazing. Other great food sources are celery, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini and tomatoes. YUM!

  One of the most colorful ways to enjoy plain water is to spruce it up a bit by infusing it. This is a huge craze right now so you will also look "hip" doing it. BONUS! You can experiment here and add a few of your favorite veggies, fruits or even fresh herbs to your water and then you will have a H2O packed snack to look forward to at the end. Cucumber and mint water are very refreshing on a hot day. You can always freeze a few slices of your favorite veggies or fruit to act as ice as well. Here I made a delicious orange/raspberry.

  Another great way to meet your intake is to mark a water bottle like this:
  Here I have it marked for every half hour but you can make it for every hour if that is better for you. I suggest half hour because its best to keep your water intake steady. You can use different colors for AM and PM to make it more colorful and fun. So here is how it works. Lets say you weigh 200 lbs. Your daily intake would be 100 ounces. An average adults waking hours is about 15 but we will leave off that last hour so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. You will want to consume about 4 ounces every half hour. How did I get that? Simple divide 100(ounces) by 14(hours) to get 7.14285(and so on) then cut that in half and u get 3.5714(and so on). So round that up to 4 ounces every half hour. That's not much at all if you think about it.

  So why are most Americans living dangerously close to dehydration? Well if you drink caffeine, alcohol, soda(PLEASE don't!) or after an strenuous exercise or if your running a fever you will want to up your intake as well as if you are just out and about in warmer weather. A good rule of thumb is to at least not count all caffeinated beverages and soda but  better yet to add on just as many ounces as that can of soda or coffee. So lets say you drink a 12 ounce can of soda. Do not count those 12 ounces as part of your water intake and add on an extra12 ounces of water on top that. This is especially important to do with every alcoholic drink your consume. Why do you get a hangover after a night on the town with a few cocktails? Because you are dehydrated, you didn't drink enough water!

  How can you tell if your getting enough water without having to count ounces? Well lets just throw in a little Dr Oz analogy. The lighter color your urine the better. Now of course vitamins, medication and even food can change the color but its still a great rule of thumb for most people.

  If you have any comments or suggestions to add I would be happy to hear them. Cheers!