Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

Wow it’s currently -15 and dropping, so basically it was nearly impossible to get out of bed this morning. Thankfully, I am now sipping on this magical turmeric latte and have warmed up enough to tell you about it.

I recently discovered something called VIOME which is this super cool gut microbiome (aka all your bacteria that make up your gut) test where you send in a stool sample and they will analyze it and report back your SPECIFIC gut microbiome data and personalized food/diet recommendations that will promote optimal gut functioning and therefore optimal you functioning. I’ll do a whole post all about my results and how much I’m OBSESSED with what I got back and how amazing I’ve been feeling since switching up my food intake based on their recommendations, but for now I’ll just give you a short little teaser.

My results consisted of a bunch of different sections, such as my superfoods, what foods to enjoy, what foods I should cut out completely, how much I should be eating of each, whyyyyy I should be eating this way, and an analysis of my microbial richness, inflammatorry activity, and metabolic fitness. Among many other things. But for the purposes of this post I will just tell ya that they recommended I have lots of turmeric.

Insert this latte into my life. Boy oh boy am I glad my Viome told me to have more because this latte is absolutely outstanding and I look forward to having one every freakin’ day. AND IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Turmeric contains curcumin which (when consumed with a little black pepper to make it more bio-available) is one of the best anti-inflammatory compounds in the world and we all know by now that chronic inflammation in the body is the root of all evil so basically we should all be trying to get as much of this curcumin as possible.

Also, if you struggle with gut issues or have sneaky intolerances, or even just bloat or have bad gas, you should 100% get your own Viome test done!!! Seriously. Life changing, people. You can use the promo code “bbb10” at Viome.com for $10 off your sample, too!

Happy Monday my fellow health foodies!

 

Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (decaf works too)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • appx. 1 inch nub of fresh turmeric
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • pinch of black pepper
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Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blender contents into a pot and heat over medium heat while stirring occasionally until the desired serving temperature has been reached. Enjoy!
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Tropi-Cali Pitaya Bowl

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Every year the fam-jam vacations in California and every year I look forward to it more and more because of the plethora of options I have for smoothie bowls here hehe. As you guys probably already know, I’m absolutely out of my mind obsessed with smoothie bowls (for good reason, might I add) so obviously I’ve gotta give you a Cali inspired smoothie bowl while I’m here!

Now you can make smoothie bowls with just about anything you can freeze,  but my absolute FAVORITE types of smoothie bowls are either made with acai or pitaya (or both, which the Mad Beet in Pacific Beach so graciously has on their menu) because for starters, I la-la-la-loooove the taste, but also because they’re both superfoods containing loads upon loads of health benefits in each scrumptious spoonful.

This particular smoothie bowl that you’re feasting your eyes on happens to be a pitaya bowl, which is not only a treat to look at, but also a treat for your insides. Let me drop some nutrition facts for ya here:

  • Low cal but high in nutrients like fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Iron (to name a few)
  • Contains prebiotics which are crucial in maintaining a healthy gut (aka a healthy everything because gut health is life)
  • High amounts of fiber help maintain a healthy digestive system too
  • Loads of antioxidants help combat effects of free radicals and unstable molecules which could potentially cause inflammation and thus chronic disease
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants help boost your immune system
  • Did I mention it’s, like, really pretty?

Okay so now you know how good this stuff is for you and you can see how nice is it to look at, go and make your own! You can order frozen pitaya online through Pitaya plus or I usually can find it at Whole foods (and sometimes Safeway). Enjoy 🙂

Tropi-Cali Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pink pitaya
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Add the pitaya, coconut water, and honey to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!


Dairy and Gluten-Free Date Walnut Banana Bread

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Living in a house with your boyfriend’s parents can cause confusion at times. Like, for example, when you’re out of bananas so everyone unknowingly goes out and buys bananas and you end up with 238479287350 bananas in the house.

But that’s not necessarily all bad because out of all those bananas came this recipe of absolute amazingness. Not only does this recipe use up some overripe nanners, BUT it’s also dairy free, gluten free, and refined sugar free people!!!!! It doesn’t get much better than that! And it tastes bombbbbbb. So bomb. I had trouble falling asleep last night because I was so excited to eat more of this today. There’s zero chance this loaf makes it through a full day.

And one of the best parts about this banana bread is that it’s made with all natural ingredients. Oat flour. Coconut sugar. Cashew milk. All that equals not only happy taste buds, but a happy tummy and that means a happy mind and body.

Okay I can’t talk anymore my thoughts are just consumed with eating more of this banana bread soooo I gotta go. Make some right now so you can experience this deliciousness with me!!!!

 


Dairy and Gluten-Free Date Walnut Banana Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large organic free-range egg
  • ¾ cup mashed bananas (+ a couple extra slices to put on top)
  • heaping ½ cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ¾ cup chopped medjool dates
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, mashed bananas, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the cashew milk in slowly while mixing until you achieve a nice batter-like consistency. Then fold in the dates and walnuts (saving a few to sprinkle on top).
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared bread pan and if you’d like you can press some additional banana slices into the top and sprinkle on the remaining dates and walnuts.
  7. Bake for about 30-35 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing it from the pan. Slice and enjoy!


Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

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Two words: HOT FUDGE.

Three more words: TO DIE FOR.

But actually. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in hot fudge?! Holy moly. Corn syrup, cream, sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn starch, and a bunch of preservatives. Yum?

No. Not yum.

But so tastyyy though.

*many tears*

So I had to do something about this. Insert my date-sweetened carob chocolate syrup. Made with all natural ingredients anddddd it’s actually good for you?! Shutup. No way Jose. But I ain’t messin’ with you guys! And the best part is that it actually tastes like decadent hot fudge!!!

Okay taste is tied for the best part because all the health benefits you get from this baby are also amazing. For those of you who don’t know what carob is, it comes from a pod grown on a carob tree and is frequently substituted for chocolate due to its sweet, chocolate-y taste. Anddddd, carob is a super healthy alternative to chocolate because it’s high in fiber and antioxidants, has very minimal fat and sugar, and has no caffeine or gluten. Score! Combine that with the unbeatable flavor and nutritional value of dates and you’ve got yourself a heck of a healthy sweet treat.

TBH I have been known to just eat spoonfuls of this stuff straight from the jar, but it’s just the best to keep a jar of on hand to top nice creams, smoothie bowls, dip cookies in, and really just put on everything because it’s freakin’ delicious. Sometimes I just throw a dallop in with some cashew milk to make some dairy free chocolate milk and ohhhh baby is it tasty.

So basically what I’m trying to tell you here is you need this stuff in your life ASAP so just read this super simple recipe just below these little words and you could be enjoying healthy hot fudge within mere minutes from this moment. DO IT NOW!!!

Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Silk Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup carob chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend for at least 3 minutes until your chocolate syrup is smooth and warm.
  2. Use as a topping for nice cream or in smoothies or whatever else you please! Enjoy!

 

 

 


Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Dried Fruit, Almonds, and Pears

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When I was growing up, I absolutely despised salads. I’m not sure what it was, but leafy greens and me did not mix whatsoever. Especially lettuce. I had a literal spidey sense for lettuce. If I was eating something and there was a teensy little stray piece of lettuce hidden away in there, I could sniff it out in a second.

Fun Fact: your taste buds change every 5 to 7 years so this is why you develop a liking for certain things you used to dislike and vice versa.

I’m super thankful that now I am older and my palate is much more sophisticated and I have learned to love a good salad. Especially a kale salad. And this salad? Oh, it’s a good one. I could eat it literally every single day and never get tired of it. It’s sweet, crunchy, light, and refreshing yet filling.

Anddddd it’s gonna make you feel so soooo good. Let me just give you a quick little rundown of what your body will be soaking up from just one salad.

  • Kale is low in calories, has zero fat, and is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants. And it’s anti-inflammatory FTW.
  • Dates are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, and vitamin B6. It’s also a great natural sweetener and has been shown to be effective in healthy weight gain and lowering inflammatory markers.
  • Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. They also help to reduce hunger and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Pears are a fantastic addition too because they’re high in fiber, copper, potassium, boron, manganese, antioxidants, and vitamins C and K. They also have been shown to improve digestion and can aid in weight loss.

So on top of being absolutely delicious, it has all that goodness.

WHAT.

Yep, it’s basically a miracle in a bowl. So get going! All it takes is 10 minutes and then your taste buds will be having a little dance party because they’re so happy. Enjoy!

 


Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Dried Fruit, Almonds, and Pears

  • Servings: 6 side or 3 full salads
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 1 bunch of kale, finely chopped and massaged
  • 7 Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup dried black currants or cranberries (sometimes I find it’s hard to find currants so I sub cranberries)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 1 pear, diced
  • Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • a dash of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. In a blender, add all the ingredients for the dressing and blend on high until it looks thick and creamy (about 10 seconds).
  3. When you’re ready to eat, add the dressing to the salad and toss everything together. Enjoy!