Hydrating Ginger Lemonade

Hydrating Ginger Lemonade

This yummy, refreshing Ginger Lemonade is full of metabolism boosting, anti-aging, blood purifying, bloat-minimizing ingredients! And it is oh so simple to make!! This immune-boosting, hydrating delicious lemonade is only made with five simple ingredients!

Hydrating Ginger Lemonade

Makes 2 large servings (drink one fresh and store one for the next day!)

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 TB fresh grated ginger root
  • Juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • For serving: 2 tsp raw honey (or more to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Place the water in a saucepan over high heat and let it come to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add your fresh grated ginger and let simmer for about two minutes.
  3. Take off heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Once cooled, add the lemon juice and cayenne pepper and mix.
  5. Strain the ginger lemonade into a large jar (with lid). Let cool completely.
  6. When ready to drink, pour your fresh Ginger Lemonade over a bit of ice and add just a squirt of local raw honey and mix. Enjoy!

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*Recipe adapted from EarthyAndy

Immune-Boosting Jamu Juice

Immune-Boosting Jamu Juice

This Indonesian anti-inflammatory elixir is so refreshing and full of fabulous immune-boosting ingredients and phytochemicals! Traditional Jamu Juice, or Jamu Jamu, is an Indonesian medicine made from natural ingredients, like roots, fruits, flowers, seeds, and leaves. More recently, Jamu has been kicked up a notch with the addition of turmeric. Jamu is a natural anti-inflammatory tonic that boasts a ton of health benefits. You can drink it cold, how I like it, or warm it up like a tea.

This recipe will make you more than enough to get you through your week! I usually freeze a jar and keep another fresh jar in the fridge.

Immune-Boosting Jamu Juice

Ingredients (Version 1):

  • 3/4 cup fresh organic ginger roots (skin on)
  • 1-2 TB organic turmeric powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 fresh organic small pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1/8 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 TB organic raw local honey

Ingredients (Version 2):

  • 3/4 cup fresh organic ginger roots (skin on)
  • 1-2 TB organic turmeric powder or 1/2 cup fresh organic turmeric roots (skin on)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 fresh organic pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 3 peeled oranges
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 TB organic raw local honey

Equipment Needed:

  • Heavy-duty large blender, like a Vitamix, or a juicer
  • Nut milk bag / fine cloth
  • Large glass jars with airtight lids

Instructions:

  1. Pull out your large heavy-duty blender (or you can use your juicer instead) and have it ready!
  2. Wash your fresh ginger roots really well with warm water and toss into blender (no need to peel).
  3. Add in the turmeric powder (or roots – again, no need to peel).
  4. Slice up your pineapple and add it to the blender.
  5. Add in your fresh lemon juice. Optional for Version 2: Add in peeled oranges
  6. Blend on high speed for about one minute.
  7. Grab a nut milk bag or fine cloth and pour the blended Jamu through the strainer into a large bowl for a smooth drink. Pour back into the blender and add the black pepper or cayenne and honey then blend for 30 seconds.
  8. Pour your strained Jamu into large jars with lids and seal!
  9. Now it’s time for SHOTS! 😉 Pour a bit in a glass and enjoy hot or cold!

Store in the fridge with an airtight lid or in the freezer and thaw a couple of nights before drinking!

Cheers my friends!

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Not Your Traditional Vanilla Latte

Not Your Traditional Vanilla Latte

I am loving starting my day with a smoothie and having so much fun playing with different smoothie add-ins and options!

The other day I was missing coffee…which I haven’t had since November! My husband grinds the beans fresh every morning and the smell of fresh brewed coffee enveloped and consumed me! I decided to make a little coffee smoothie with a small splash of coffee…and it was so delicious!

But why just stop with ordinary coffee?!? Might as well get some great health benefits! So I purchased some one-size serving samples of Four Sigmatic’s Instant Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and Chaga.  

Healthline states that “lion’s mane may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and help repair nerve damage. It also has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities and been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, ulcers and diabetes in animals.” In regards to chaga, Healtline states that it is packed with antioxidants and its extract may fight cancer and improve immunity, chronic inflammation, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

I am LOVING my new morning smoothie! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Healthy Vanilla Latte Smoothie

Prep Time: <5 minutes

Ingredients

Coffee:

Smoothie Base:

Instructions

Prepare your Four Sigmatic’s Instant Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and Chaga as instructed on the directions. Only use 6 oz and after mixing, add in the ice cubes to start cooling it down.

While your coffee cools, fill your blender with all of the smoothie ingredients. Add in your coffee mix and blend!

Optional: Drizzle with a little homemade sugar-free chocolate syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon for a little spice kick!

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Have a a blessed weekend friends! See you all back here on Monday!

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Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Y’all. This is my new favorite smoothie!! It is so so easy to make and tastes like an almond butter vanilla dessert. I can’t even describe it well because it tastes so dang good! You could easily swap the almond butter for peanut butter or other nut butter of your liking.

I used only seven ingredients (not including ice and water)!

  • organic almond butter
  • organic coconut milk
  • organic coconut oil
  • Truvani vanilla protein
  • organic hemp seeds
  • collagen
  • d-ribose powder
  • ice and water

What is D-ribose powder and why should I add it to my smoothies?

According to Dr. Axe, D-ribose, or Ribose, is created naturally by our bodies. “It is important because it helps provide our cells with sufficient energy. This is key to all of our many cells maintaining both their integrity and their function. In fact, scientific studies show that D-ribose may help a number of serious health concerns, including heart diseases, fibromyalgia symptoms and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Is D-ribose a sugar?

By definition, ribose is a type of simple sugar or carbohydrate that our bodies produce and then use to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Dr. Axe explains,

ATP is the fuel burned by the mitochondria found in our cells. As you may already know, ATP energy production is absolutely key to health since ATP is the body’s most basic form of energy. Even though D-ribose is a simple sugar, it’s important to note that it is not known for raising blood sugar. In fact, takers of the supplement are often warned that it can lower blood sugar.

Benefits of D-ribose

There are many benefits of adding D-Ribose to your daily routine. It has been found to boost skin health, may help manage Myoadenylate Deaminase Deficiency Symptoms, helps treat fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it enhances exercise and supports heart health.

You can find high levels of naturally occurring D-ribose in the following foods:

  • Grass-fed beef
  • Poultry
  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Mushrooms

Are there any dangers to supplementing with D-ribose?

Some potential side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea and headache. Does ribose raise blood sugar? Actually, it may decrease blood sugar so, typically, people with hypoglycemia or diabetes should not take these type of supplements. In addition, you should not take it two weeks prior to any surgery due to its possible blood sugar effects.

Drugs known to moderately interact with this naturally occurring sugar include insulin and other antidiabetes drugs. Other things that may have more minor interactions include alcohol, aspirin, choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate), propranolol (Inderal) and salsalate (Disalcid).

Dr. Axe

After some research and discussing it with my alternative doctor, we decided that I would benefit from adding D-ribose to my diet. I purchased this one on Amazon.

Now back to the smoothie!! Here is my delicious recipe for this vanilla almond smoothie:

Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Prep Time: <5 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to your high-power blender and blend for a few minutes. Add some extra almond butter to the back of a spoon and spread it on the inside of your glass cup. Pour your blended smoothie into your prepared cup and sip away!

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Friday Favorites: Gluten-Free Snacks!

Friday Favorites: Gluten-Free Snacks!

It’s another Friday Favorites over here!!! I love this day and try to be creative with what my “favorites” are that I share…and today is no different!

If you are gluten-free, you will LOVE this post! I am sharing all of my favorite gluten-free snacks! From pre-packaged items, to fresh fruits and veggies, here are some of my favorite gluten-free snack items:

*Note: I currently can’t eat all of these because of my diet restrictions with Systemic Candida; however, when I was following ONLY a gluten-free lifestyle, these were/are (some I still can eat) my favorites.

**Note 2: I will never be able to eat sugar like I did before. So some of these items I may not be able to eat ever again :(. However, natural sugars (like dates and honey and those from fruits) I will be able to eat again once my Systemic Candida is healed completely.

MY FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS

Siete Chips

These are my favorite!! I seriously have eaten an entire bag in one sitting! So watch out! 😉 I have to force myself to stop or pour just enough into a bowl and then put the chips back in the pantry. Eating straight out of the bag is dangerous! Haha!

I love eating these just as is…or with homemade guacamole (just squash an entire avocado in a bowl, sprinkle a little onion and garlic powder, chop up a small cherry tomato, maybe a little purple onion, cilantro and fresh lime juice, stir and that’s it!).

Flax4Life Chocolate Coconut Brownies

A sweet friend introduced us to these AMAZING brownies (ok, maybe not the healthiest snack, but hey, it has flax in it so that counts, right?!?) and they are so yummy! Now I can’t eat this currently because of my diet restrictions with Candida, but for now, my boys and hubby absolutely LOVE these!

Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Waffle + Almond Butter

I know, SUPER easy but SO good! I use to LOVE to quickly toast a frozen gluten-free waffle (the pumpkin spice was my favorite) and top it with organic almond butter. It was filling and delicious!

Veggies + Hummus

This is the hummus that we buy at Costco and it is one of Clark’s favorites, too! We both love cutting up fresh organic bell pepper and dipping it in this hummus. I also like to dip fresh organic broccoli, celery, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, and carrots.

Coconut Yogurt + Berries

This is one of my personal favorite yogurts. It is contains only raw young coconut, raw young coconut water, and probiotic cultures…that’s it!! They also have a few other flavors, like raspberry, cacao, and vanilla. You could add a little bit of raw organic local honey (how many times can I say ‘raw’?! haha!) and then top with your favorite organic fresh berries. One container gives me at least two servings.

Chocolate Protein Shake

I make my favorite chocolate protein shake often for breakfast or lunch, but if I don’t drink it as my meal, sometimes I will make a super-fast version and drink it as my snack. I use 4 oz coconut milk, 4 oz water and a few ice cubes, 1 scoop Truvani chocolate protein, 1 TB almond butter, and blend! It is filling, delicious, and satiates my sweet tooth!

Apple + Almond Butter

I love eating a crisp organic green apple with a big tablespoon of organic almond butter! My boys love it, too! The almond butter helps to make this easy snack a little more filling, and the crisp apple is just so delicious!

This Kirkland almond butter is the one that I love to purchase. I have also been digging crunchy almond butter recently, so if I am out of this one, I will grab the Sprouts brand organic crunchy almond butter.

Larabars

Before I had to restrict my fruit because of my Systemic Candida, I LOVED the Carrot Cake Larabar! It was by far my favorite one!! With only a few clean ingredients, these bars are still my go-to bars for my boys and one day I’ll be able to eat these again!

Sprouted Rice Cereal with Almond Butter + Blueberries

I know this is going to sound super crazy…but I LOVED this snack before Candida! I would fill a bowl with this Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps cereal, topped with a heaping tablespoon of organic almond butter, added in about a tablespoon of coconut flakes, some hemp seeds, a few chopped walnut, and a handful of fresh organic blueberries. I would splash just enough of a nut milk (or Ripple milk) to get it a bit soft and be able to mix it together, but not too much! Y’all. It was DELICIOUS! This is one snack (or if I made a big bowl: breakfast) that I miss SOOO much!

Rice Cakes with Almond Butter + Fruit + Honey

I loved topping a rice cake with organic almond butter, slicing a bit of banana and laying it on top, then drizzling it with raw local honey. Such an easy, filling snack that would give me a little boost of energy!

What are some of your favorite gluten-free snacks? Share below!!

See you all back here on Monday! Have a blessed 4th of July weekend!

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Sugar-Free Lemon Mug Cake!

Sugar-Free Lemon Mug Cake!

If you know me, you know I LOVE lemon anything!! Lemon pies, lemon cupcakes, lemon bars, lemon anything!

However, some of my favorite lemon recipes are loaded with cane sugar and dairy…which I cannot have because of my health issues (you can read about my health journey with Systemic Candida here).

This microwavable lemon mug cake is sugar free, gluten-free, Keto-friendly, dairy-free, and Candida-safe. If you are further along in your Candida journey and can have fruit, you could top this cake with fresh organic raspberries and coconut cream! It is perfect!! If you are more of a chocolate fan, this recipe will hit the spot as well!

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SUGAR-FREE LEMON MUG CAKE

This sugar-free lemon mug cake is the most easy recipe to dive into at the end of a long day and it is made with only six ingredients:

  • Tiger nut flour is an amazing gluten-free flour! I wrote up a lot of info about this amazing nut-free flour here.
  • Egg – I use only one pasture-raised egg in this recipe.
  • Baking powder – I use Danielle Walker’s homemade baking powder recipe, since a lot of store bought versions have gluten, aluminum, corn, and/or GMOs. It is super easy to make your own and you probably have all the ingredients on hand!
  • Lemon juice – I use the juice of one fresh, squeezed lemon
  • Organic Stevia – I use only a couple drops of organic, whole leaf stevia for added sweetness.
  • Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract – I use Sprouts-brand organic alcohol-free stevia extract, or you could use this one as well.
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COOKING MUG CAKES

Mug cakes are usually baked in the microwave for only 90 seconds at high power (800W). Or, if you are more patient and/or don’t have a microwave, you can make this mug cake in an oven-safe ramekin and bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated 350ºF oven. Whichever way you decide to bake your mug cake, you will know it is cooked through when you insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean or with no crumbs on it.

So without further ado, here is my favorite lemon mug cake!

SUGAR-FREE LEMON MUG CAKE

Total Time: <5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Microwave:

  1. Mix all of your ingredients in a microwavable coffee mug or bowl (make sure it is a large mug as the cake will double in height).
  2. Microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  3. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes. Top with fresh organic raspberries, lemon zest, and a dollop of organic coconut cream.

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a small bowl and pour the batter into two small ramekins, or one medium ramekin.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cook through. Check after 8 minutes as it make cook faster depending on your ramekin size. Use a toothpick to test doneness.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes and then top with fresh organic raspberries, lemon zest, and a dollop of organic coconut cream.

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Sugar-Free Chocolate Almond Butter Mug Cake

Sugar-Free Chocolate Almond Butter Mug Cake

This mug cake is one of my favorites for satiating that chocolate craving! I use tiger nut flour instead of almond flour for this recipe because of its natural sweet flavor and health benefits.

Chufa, also known as tiger nuts or earth almonds, are not actually nuts! They are small edible tubers. They are about the size of garbanzo beans and have a sweet, nutty flavor. They are rich nutrients and antioxidants and have been linked to several health benefits – ranging from better digestion to a reduced risk of heart disease1.

Tiger nuts were one of the first plants cultivated in Egypt and traditionally used as both food and medicine.

Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

Tiger nuts are:

  • tubers rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial plant compounds.
  • a good source of insoluble fiber, which can prevent constipation and help your digestion run smoothly.
  • rich in fiber and arginine, both of which can contribute to lower blood sugar levels. They also contain compounds that may reduce how much sugar is absorbed in your gut after a carb-rich meal.
  • rich in heart-healthy fats.

Tiger nuts may also contribute to a stronger immune system by fighting infections, including those from antibiotic-resistant bacteria2. And since tiger nuts are not part of the nut family, they are completely safe for people with nut allergies and they are naturally gluten-free.

For this recipe, I also use my homemade baking powder (recipe from Danielle Walker) or you can purchase this clean one, too.

Chocolate Almond Butter Mug Cake

Total Time: <5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 TB tiger nut flour
  • 2 TB carob powder
  • 1 TB melted coconut oil
  • 2 TB coconut milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 TB organic almond butter (or nut butter of choice)

Instructions

Mix all ingredients (minus the almond butter) in a large microwavable coffee mug or bowl. Once mixed, dollop the tablespoon of almond butter right in the middle (no need to mix).

Microwave for 90 seconds. Let cool 2 minutes. Top with a bit of coconut cream and enjoy!

Variation: You could also omit the almond butter and top with fresh strawberries or raspberries and a dollop of coconut cream.

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  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tiger-nuts
  2. https://draxe.com/nutrition/tiger-nuts/

Delicious Sugar-Free Fat Bombs

Delicious Sugar-Free Fat Bombs

These fat bombs are DA’ BOMB! Haha! No, seriously, they are the perfect sweet treat but also pack a protein punch!

All you need is carob powder, coconut oil, almond butter, collagen peptides, and salt.

I love using carob powder for many reasons! First and foremost, it is allowed on the candida diet. Secondly, it is naturally sweet and has many health benefits, including that it is low in fat and sodium, contains calcium but no oxalates, it’s high in fiber, naturally gluten-free and caffeine-free, and is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants. Another BIG plus for those who suffer from migraines, carob does not contain tyramine. Healthline.com states that Tyramime is a byproduct of tyrosine, an amino acid. Foods that contain tyramine may trigger migraine headaches, and chocolate contains tyramine. Carob, however, does not contain tyramine and is considered safe to eat if you get migraines. Also, fun fact…carob powder is Fido-friendly. It doesn’t contain high levels of theobromine, a compound that is toxic to dogs and cats in large quantities. Win win!

Sugar-Free Fat Bombs (Candida-friendly, Keto, No Bake)

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (pure almond butter – no added sugar)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • Stevia to taste, if needed (I find carob powder to be enough sweetness)
  • Walnuts, quartered

Instructions

Mix all ingredients (except walnuts) together until smooth. Pour into silicone ice cube trays (I like these ones) and top with 1/4 walnut. Freeze. Pop out and eat when you need to cure that sweet tooth!

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My Top 4 Favorite Cookbooks

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I have been battling systemic candida since November 2019. My diet is very strict and doesn’t allow much wiggle room. I have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for many years, however, trying to kill off candida takes more than abstaining from gluten. Since November of 2019, I have also cut dairy, caffeine, sugar (even from fruits), alcohol, and a variety of veggies and grains.

Within the last week, I have been slowly adding in some of the food that was restricted in the beginning stages of the Candida Diet. But, even though it is slowly improving, it is still not gone. I have started transitioning to more of a SCD and leaky-gut diet in order to heal my gut and prevent candida from getting into my bloodstream.

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I LOVE ALL of Danielle Walker’s cookbooks! I have all of them now and reference them often. Her recipes are kid-approved, too! I know that when I pick a recipe from her book, the whole family will enjoy it. Plus, I am able to stick to a gluten-free, dairy-free, SCD diet with the majority of her recipes.

Minimalist Baker is another favorite of mine! I try to eat more plant-based these days, but with my diet, I can’t make many of Dana’s recipes at the moment because of the use of maple syrup, beans, and some grains. However, my kids LOVE her muffin and bread recipes and I love how her cookbook is mostly gluten-free.

I purchased the ebook version of Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook and LOVE it! So many beautiful bowls, smoothies, salads, and vegan options, most of which I can eat with my restricted diet. I love how fresh and colorful all the recipes are and they are so delicious!

If you want to purchase your own Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook ebook or hardcopy, click here and use code LGRECI at checkout.

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