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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Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

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Guess what today is!!!!

Okay yeah so it’s a measely ole’ Wednesday, August 15th to be exact. What’s so special about that?

WELL. Today just so happens to mark my 100th blog post WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! So I’ve decided to post about my favorite thing to eat of all time. Ever since my tongue first tasted pink pitaya, I knew we were destined to be in each other’s lives forever and ever. Since moving to Edmonton, however, the pink pitaya is scarce due to it being a tropical fruit and Edmonton being far from a tropical climate.

However, on the off chance when I am able to get my hands of some of that pretty pink stuff, I devour every last bite because it’s SO FREAKIN GOOD and good for you!!! So 100th post, i dedicate to you pink pitaya (the highest of all honors).

Okay Bailey, that’s cool and all, but what even is the stuff? Pink pitaya (sometimes referred to as dragonfruit) is the fruit of a cactus grown usually in California, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. There are two types, white flesh and pink flesh on the inside, both spotted with tiny black seeds. The white fleshed dragonfruit is very common to find in supermarkets, however the pink fleshed dragonfruit is my personal favorite as I find it much sweeter and more flavorful than its white fleshed counterpart.

Now what’s so great about this fruit, you ask? WELL lemme spit some knowledge at ya about pitaya:

  • low in calories
  • high in antioxidants
  • rich in proteins, fiber, a wealth of vitamins and minerals, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 (healthy fats)
  • high levels of vitamin C help boost immunity
  • helps detoxify the body by flushing out toxins and waste metals
  • boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion
  • way too many more benefits to list!

So celebrate my 100th post with me by doing your body (and taste buds) a favor and make this smoothie bowl right now!!!!!!

Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen Pitaya Plus dragonfruit
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ¼ cup of your favorite granola (I use Oh She Glow’s Mocha Empower Glow Bars crumbled up)
  • fresh chopped bananas and strawberries
  • Barney Butter Chocolate Almond Butter
  • a drizzle of raw honey

Directions

  1. Add the frozen items and cashew milk to a high-powered blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth.
  2. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!


How Yoga Healed My Anxiety

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Do you ever feel that knotting, twisting feeling in your gut while everything around you kind of fades to black? Yep, that’s anxiety! What a feeling. It comes on with no warning and just loves to stick around to mess with you.

Anxiety has been so kind to have blessed me with it’s presence ever since I can remember. In fact, it was so prevalent in my life during high school that I began having these fun little things called panic attacks! (not actually fun, I’m being extremely sarcastic here).

Anyways, I ended up going through therapy and getting on an anti-anxiety medication which I continued on for several years, and while it did drastically improve my anxiety, it also seemed to diminish my personality. I didn’t have as many emotions anymore and I didn’t like the idea of having my body’s natural serotonin uptake dependent on some synthetic drug. So I decided to take control of my body back and find other ways to gain control of my anxiety.

During the process of tapering off my anti-anxiety meds, I had serious withdrawal headaches and even become slightly depressed for a short period of time since my body wasn’t able to produce enough serotonin naturally. HOWEVER. While this time period seemed to be quite dark, it actually ended up being enlightening because I discovered one of my saviors: yoga.

YOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, I freakin’ love ya babay!

I had done yoga before, but I feel like I hadn’t done the right class because I went to my first flow class in Seattle and boom, I was hooked. I learned how to breathe, to take complete control of my body, to actually truly feel how it feels to be completely relaxed.

Breathe, stretch, pose, shavasana. My new favorite words. I couldn’t believe how enlightened I felt. Honestly, it changed my life. I had no idea through just the power of breath and body movement I could take back control over my anxiety. Any time I felt an anxiety attack come on, I’d take a mental step back, do some deep breathing, get my mind right, and move on.

SUCK IT ANXIETY, you can’t stay here anymore. Bu-bye.

But besides being able to take control of my anxiety, yoga is also amazing for you in like a bajillion other ways. Here, I’ll name some for ya:

  • Improved flexibility (duh)
  • Stronger muscles
  • Improved posture
  • Prevents breakdown of your body (eg joints)
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved blood flow
  • Drains lymph and improves immunity
  • Improves focus and peace of mind
  • Makes you happier

So I’m going to expand on that last point really quick because I believe this truly is my favorite part of yoga. And it’s not just like “oh I enjoy yoga so it makes me happy.” No. There have actually been studies performed that showed heightened activity in the left prefrontal cortex in people who practice yoga frequently. Why does that matter? Well because heightened activity in the left prefrontal cortex has been correlated with increased happiness levels as well as increased immune function.

Another study found that people who consistently practice yoga showed increased serotonin levels (mood boosting neurotransmitter) and decreased cortisol (stress) levels. So basically that explains exactly why yoga was able to bring me out of my lack-of-being-able-to-produce-enough-serotonin based depression. Yoga literally brought my natural serotonin production back and now it’s better than ever.

So I could go on forever on why yoga is wonderful and healing and the most fantastic thing to ever do for yourself in every way possible, but I don’t want to ramble. So just give her a try. Fun fact: sometimes I move all the furniture out of my living room, light some candles, dim the lights, and throw on a youtube yoga video if I don’t feel like leaving the house. I’m obsessed with Boho Beautiful’s yoga videos, she has one for everything! Youtube yoga videos are also great if you’ve never done yoga before and feel self conscious, you can get your bearings by doing some yoga at home and then feel more comfortable once you do actually hit the studio!

And there I go rambling again. OKAY. That’s it, no more obsessing over yoga. Just go do it already!

*As an added bonus for reading this whole post, here is a photo of me slipping while getting out of my wheel pose because I decided to wear the world’s slipperiest boots of all time. Enjoy!

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Cauliflower Steaks with Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato Puree

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I know what you’re thinking: What. The heck. Is a cauliflower steak.

Yeah, I thought the same thing the first time I tried it too. I was at The Keg with my boyfriend’s mom having some pre-hockey appies when I saw it on the menu. I thought, “hmm, I have no idea what this is, but I do love cauliflower and I’m not really hungry for anything right now, so yeah, I’m getting it.”

It wasn’t the preferred order of nachos, but I was feeling good about it because I knew I wasn’t going to come out of the restaurant feeling sick to my stomach. So I had the mental image of some sort of concoction of cauliflower blended up with something and then cooked to look like a steak. Then, to our surprise, a giant hunk of grilled cauliflower came out on a plate for us. Literally just a giant slice of cauliflower. We were a little unimpressed.

But after stewing it over for a while, I wasn’t opposed to trying a cauliflower steak again. It was good, it was just not what we had pictured. And I knew I could make it better. So I set out to try my own combos and this is what I came up with. The new and improved cauliflower steak.

This meal is also one of my favorite things to make when I haven’t been eating the best because it’s entirely plant-based, sugar-free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body craves. Eating a plant-based diet is great for your gut, and since 90-95% of your body’s serotonin (a neurotransmitter that plays a large role in mood, behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire) is produced in your gut, a happy gut equals a happier Bailey. Whenever I haven’t been eating great I can always feel a greater fluctuation in my overall happiness and this dish never fails to get me right back on track.

All you need are just a few simple ingredients and within minutes you’ll have a delicious, filling, healthy meal guaranteed to make your gut happy as can be. So what are you waiting for? Get to chopping!

Cauliflower Steak with Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato Puree

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, sliced into large steak-like pieces
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 + 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 baked sweet potato, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Silk Unsweetened coconut milk

Directions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, place your cauliflower steaks in the pan and season with the garlic powder, salt. and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes then flip and cook the other side for another 5 minutes, or until to the desired tenderness.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the other 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add in the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Then, add in your brussel sprouts, salt, and pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally for about 7-10 minutes, until the desired tenderness has been reached.
  3. While the cauliflower and brussel are cooking, place your sweet potato, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, and coconut milk in a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree.
  4. Once everything has finished cooking, make a bed of sweet potato puree on a plate and top with the cauliflower steak and brussel sprouts. Enjoy!

 


Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

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It’s that time of year again, the time of the sicklings. Well, I guess the second time of year for Edmonton because the first time everyone is sick is when it starts getting cold and now we’re getting the second wave of sickness because it’s been months and, you guessed it, IT’S STILL SO COLD.

Now I haven’t gotten sick yet, (probably just jinxed myself) but everyone surrounding me has been sick for weeks so I’m feeling either invincible or like I’m going to be sick any second now. BUT I snagged a giant bag of oranges for 50% off at the grocery store this morning so I’ve decided to fight as hard as I can against the sickness. Vitamin C power, baby.

I keep up with my foodie trends and I’ve noticed that tonics have been on the rise lately, so what better to make with my vitamin packed oranges than an immunity boosting tonic?

Side note here – what even is a tonic? I’ve always heard the word and just kind of gone along with it, but what sets a tonic apart from your average joe drink? I’m googling it. OK according to dictionary.com, a tonic is described as, “a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.” Ahhhh, so does that mean a gin & tonic will heal me? Hehe I’m all for that! JK I don’t think that’s the same kind of tonic (which confuses me). So tonics are all powerful healing drinks, boo-yah.

So what makes this guy a tonic, you ask? Have a seat, my friend, I gotcha. Let’s just list the ingredients here:

  • Fresh Orange Juice: B and C vitamins to seriously boost that immune system and energy levels.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: also a great source of vitamin C and promotes hydration.
  • Turmeric Root: contains a powerful compound called curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties in circumin play a huge role in the inflammatory pathway in the body, helping to fight off chronic illness (which is why it’s so great in this tonic).
  • Ginger Root: contains gingerol which is also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and indigestion, boost your immune system, and relieve muscle pain and soreness, just to name a few key benefits.
  • Cinnamon: is another substance that is a strong anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants, and helps fight off foreign invaders in the body to keep you from getting sick.
  • Raw Honey: a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal and aids the body’s healing process.

So yeah, it’s a tonic. And not the Gin and Tonic kind of tonic, the real healing kind. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather and think your immune system could use a boost, or if you’re like me and just want to prevent what seems like the inevitable at this point, be nice to your body and give this tasty tonic a try.

 

Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric root
  • 2 Tbsp ginger root
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to how sweet you want it)
  • ½ – 1 cup water
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Directions

  1. Juice your orange, lemon, turmeric root, and ginger root.
  2. Add cinnamon, raw honey, and water, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
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