Chia Fresca Upgraded

Chia Fresca Upgraded

I’ve created this new variation of my Chia Fresca that’s even more nutritious, and has a wider range of flavor possibilities. I ran out of oranges one day and had to come up with something. So I used what I had available. I used frozen organic pineapple, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and a scoop of the Madre Labs Immune Punch SuperFood blend. It was delicious! It saw so good, this is what I’ve been drinking ever since. Madre Labs Immune Punch is on sale right now, 25% off, till the end of May. This stuff is amazing. Grab some while it’s still at this low price. They are best-sellers, with hundreds of excellent reviews for each product for good reason. I’ve been having this every day in my chia drink, and even though I’ve been staying up late, getting up early, not getting enough sleep, I’ve stayed healthy. Read more »

Vegan Ceviche

Vegan Ceviche

Traditionally, ceviche made with raw fish, marinated in lime juice with chopped up vegetables like tomato, cucumber, onion, cilantro, and grated carrot. It’s served on a tortilla, and often garnished with slices of avocado which make it really delicious. This is a vegan version, that’s very quick to make and equally delicious. It’s a great, quick to prepare, light meal that’s perfect for summertime lunch or dinner. You could also serve it on a salad, as a side salad, or as a dip with tortilla chips (this would be especially good for parties). Read more »

Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca: Chia and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

This is my new morning drink ritual. I love it! When I wake up in the morning I can feel that I’m dehydrated. I think it happens to all of us naturally when we sleep. Chia seeds are great for stamina and, when soaked in water like this, they become very hydrating. This is an easy way for me to incorporate apple cider vinegar into my daily diet too. This drink is so delicious and hydrating it’s addictive. You can easily play around with the flavorings, especially with the wonderful variety of flavored liquid stevia available now. So let me tell you a little bit about chia seeds and how wonderful they are. If you’ve never seen them before, chia seeds are tiny and look similar to poppy seeds except they are shiny. They come in white, but are most commonly found in a mottled gray-black color. The little black specks you can see in the photo are chia seeds. Chia […] Read more »

Orange, Carrot, Celery Juice

Orange, Carrot, Celery & Ginger Juice

This is a delicious, sweet, creamy juice, with just a hint of saltiness from the celery. Celery is high in natural sodium and is essential to include in your juices when you are doing a juice fast. Leaving as much of the pith on the oranges as you can gives you more riboflavin and a nice creamy texture. I’ll tell you the easiest way I’ve found to do this below. This bright orange juice is also high in Vitamin C,  beta-carotene. Read more »

Gluten free banana bread with cream cheese

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Here’s another banana bread recipe that’s gluten free, wheat free and grain free. It’s adapted from the Nourished Kitchen Guide to Grain-free, Dairy-free Baking, Sweets and Treats. I made this for some friends and they loved it. I didn’t have chocolate chips, and they are very hard to find there (in Mexico). So instead I bought a bar of milk chocolate and cut it into ‘chip’ sized pieces with a chopping knife. I actually prefer my ‘homemade chocolate chips’ to commercially bought ones because they taste better and you have the option of choosing to use healthier chocolate. In hindsight I thought this would really nice with some chopped pecans (or walnuts) added to it. Read more »

Savory Quinoa

Quick and Easy Savory Quinoa

Quinoa, like most grains, is a little bit boring by itself. Add some spices and a little coconut oil though and you can transform it into something that could be eaten all by itself. Well, I can at least. I make this in my little rice cooker. Rice cookers are just perfect for cooking quinoa too. They automatically turn the temperature down to warm when the quinoa is perfectly cooked. And you don't have to worry about them boiling over as long as you don't fill them too close to the top. You can cook it in a saucepan too, you just have to pay more attention to it. Read more »

Savory Wild Rice Pilaf

Savory Wild Rice Pilaf

This savory wild rice pilaf recipe is so delicious I usually eat half of it while I’m making a stir-fry to go on top of it. No kidding! If you want to make rice to go with any dish, but want something a little more special than just plain brown rice, try this! If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet you can leave out the salt in this recipe, this seasoning mix still gives you a really flavorful pilaf. You can also make it with just brown rice if you don’t have wild rice available, just use 2 cups of brown rice. This cooks just like brown rice. I cook it in my 6-cup rice cooker, and it comes out perfect, but you can also cook it in a saucepan. What I like about the rice cooker is that you just set it up and it manages itself. Read more »