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Chocolate Mint Ice Cream DREAM the Raw Vegan Way

Sunday, July 24, 2016

While the recent heatwave didn't result in raised temperatures in Los Angeles (it only ;) got to 107˚F here) as much as it did in other areas of the States, it was plenty enough for an excuse for eating pounds of watermelon and frozen treats for a few days in a row!

Most RAW foods are already cooling as they are but when it's this hot, cold (temperature-wise) foods just feel good, period. And when they're the yummiest desserts without sugar and cream and gum and coloring and what not... all the stuff that can leave someone suffering afterwards, there's no reason not to indulge :)

Chocolate-mint ice cream, anyone? Personally, I love both cacao and fresh mint, and I've never been a big fan of chocolate-mint anything. It's very rare that I like the combination in any form but it has happened. Mint is cooling though, besides being so delicious and full of aroma when picked fresh from the garden so it had to be part of the fun and ended up being an ingredient in the originally planned cacao-berry-superfood "ice dream", as I call them.

So what went into it? Well....lots, but just pick and choose your own ingredients if you don't want to duplicate this exact creation. This version however is loaded with antioxidants-rich goodies:

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream
Ingredients (serves1-2 people):
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 banana that has been sliced and frozen (much easier to blend slices)
6 heaping tsp cacao powder
2 tsp coconut butter
1/2 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp Spirulina
sliver of fresh ginger
1 tsp bee pollen (not vegan)
sprig of fresh mint
4-6 ice cubes
1/2-1 cup cold water (add slowly while checking consistency)

Blend it all into a divine, soft serve, "ice dream" meal. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve and enjoy....while sitting in the garden, bird-watching - that's a must! ;)


"Black Magic"....Straight from the Earth

Friday, May 20, 2016

Shilajit..... "what!?" is the reaction I get form many people when I mention the name of this "thing" I love so much :)

This wonderful substance that is neither a supplement nor really a food (although, I'd call it that) is a mineral pitch (a tar-like substance, a resin) that literally oozes out of layers of rocks of the Earth in the Himalayas and other high mountains in the world.

So...what IS IT???
Shilajit is an ancient adaptogenic "herb" (it's classified as such, most of the time) that has been part of the Ayurvedic system for thousands of years and is also referred to as "destroyer of weakness" by some. It is taken by many people, including myself, who are familiar with its wonderful health-supporting benefits, kind of like a supplement once or twice a day.

Why take it? 
The food supply we rely on for "nourishing" our bodies is simply NOT sufficient and can NOT provide all the minerals and other nutrients we need to function at our peak. Minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, enzymes, amino acids, etc are all lacking in today's sad-looking produce and not to mention other foods in grocery stores. And, while we can go to the farmers markets for fresher and more nutrient-dense foods or even grow our own, there is simply more need for nutrients for counterbalancing the toxic load we are exposed to in our daily lives. Most people reach for supplements and/or drugs in desperation and hoping to fix imbalances and or "treat" dis-eases in their bodies. Unfortunately, introducing these synthetic substances can, of course, further the existing problem(s).
This magical resin is a great way to provide our bodies with the nutrients its lacking.

What are its health benefits?
Shilajit is well known for its fulvic and fumic acid content. It is very high in 80+ trace minerals, provides a full spectrum of amino acids, many enzymes, phytonutrients and all of these together can make an incredible difference in someone's health when taken on a regular basis.
The complex nutritional profile translates to its powers for helping
- increase the body's adaptibility
- neutralize toxins and heavy metals
- assist the absorption of nutrients in foods you take in along with it
- get rid of "bad estrogens" and pesticides
- regulate hormones
- increase energy and sex drive
- tonify the kidneys (it's a Jing herb)

Seeing this list, I think you get an idea...it is amazing to have around AND take, no matter how strange it is ;)

I treasure it and it's one of my favorite foods.

The resin...

...is quite hard and can't even be "scooped" at colder temperatures. I took a picture of the open jar on a cool day and it was impossible to get any amount of it out.
However, it melts naturally on warmer days or when heated. You may heat it gently if it's not a hot summer day and you need to melt it on the stove in a double boiler. Do this by placing it in a bowl of water with its level lower then the lid / opening and pacing that bowl in a pot that you will heat GENTLY on the stove.

Once it's melted, it's very easy to "serve". You need to start with very little (pea size amount is suggested) and you can build up from there. You can't really overdose.

I've been consuming Shilajit for many years and I love it so much that most days I take 1-2 teaspoons of the powder (an extract) and this was my first time trying a resin, which can be just sucked on like candy but will probably not appeal to most people.....that is my hones and best guess.

Taste-wise, it might be something to get used to. I loved it from day one but when you first open any high quality Shilajit it will probably "shock" you because of the smell and then the taste when trying it. It has a very strong, kind of "smokey - as described by many - and, in my opinion, coffee-like flavor.

Pureblack (Pürblack) 
The Pürblack resin is nicely packaged. It comes in a very nice glass jar, similar to an expensive, high-end cosmetic. It also comes with a tiny foldout info sheet and a serial number is engraved into the jar to be able to keep track of the batch it comes from. Pürblack guarantees quality and purity, which is the most important issue when it comes to selecting Shilajit. I have not tested its purity myself but I'm planning on doing so and to compare it with other sources, just beacuse I'm curious and I think it's fun :) I do not know how one would know if the Shilajit taken in is really pure or even real vs. being a counterfeit but I think I would "feel" the difference.
Either way, I have not taken Pürblack for long enough to comment on this but I will certainly keep taking it and update you on whether I feel the difference or not (compared to the effects of the other Shilajit I've been taking for years).

How to take it..
I'm happy to take Shilajit straight, with a spoon. But most people will not like that idea, I'm certain of that, especially the first time.
I blend some into tonics most day where I combine it with other herbs and make a wonderful warming concoction of it that is the most nourishing and balancing meal in itself. I must say, I'm looking forward to my tonics every single day and blending Shilajit into them is my favorite way of taking this stuff. I just love this stuff!

Make sure the resin is melted and dip a toothpick or a small wooden utensil or whatever you may prefer and take a tiny dab of it. Take it straight if you're like me or add it to a glass of water or nutritious drink and let it dissolve off of the toothpick/spoon. Once all the Shilajit is off the spoon, stir your drink and it's ready to consume.

When NOT to take it?....caution
Some people say do not take it while pregnant. Of course, nobody wants to take responsibility for your health and, ultimately, YOU are in charge. As they say, "when in doubt, always consult your health practitioner"....of course, in my opinion, that's you! Most doctors and practitioners will not even have the slightest clue what shilajit IS if you ask them. I will tell you this much, it's the most amazing substance to take WHILE trying to get pregnant and planning for a baby and, personally, I would take this (and it's one of my top choices) while pregnant as well....if I ever have the experience. My intuition is that that's when women would need it most! (Anyway, listen to whomever you trust, whether that is your doctor or your own body. I choose my body : ) as you already know if you've bee reading my blog.)

The other thing to mention is that you might experience detoxification symptoms. The more toxic our bodies are, the worse we feel when detoxing. If you feel "horrible", cut back a bit and go slower or assist our detoxification by drinking more water, taking in substances that help remove the toxicity and assist their leaving the body once they're out of the cells.

If you're on medication, be aware that Shilajit can neutralize toxins and prescription drugs will most likely be recognized as such so they might be carried out with it and therefore, their effects will be lessened / prevented. Also be aware that Shilajit assists the absorption of nutrients so if you're taking something else, a natural supplement, for example, you may feel the effects of that/them even more.

All in all, I highly recommend Shilajit for everyone. I know I will never stop taking it.

I will finish my jar of 
Pürblack and add an update here to share about its effectiveness. 
Give it a try and let me know how you feel!

DISCLAIMER: Pürblack sent me this jar free of cost so that I can try it and share about it with you.
My conclusion: I LOVE IT :)

You can learn more about 
Pürblack Shilajit and get your jar here: https://purblack.com/


Beautifying Lemonade

Monday, April 18, 2016

Oops, it's been a few days that I promised someone that I'd post this recipe..
He was begging for it and made me promise....when he saw me sipping it ever so enthusiastically the other "hot" day.

As I haven't posted anything in so long, due to a rather painful separation from the person I loved and spent my life with, a relocation to Los Angeles, a brutal car accident (which I still don't know how I survived), and my new business that kept me busy afterwards pretty much 24/7, this is a BIG deal to be back here! Yay! Hi AGAIN! :)

If you also happen to live in L.A. then you know it's been back in the high 80s to 90-ish degrees in the past 2-3 days and so refreshing drinks feel even more refreshing now AND we might as well "cheat" a bit and make them even more nutritious and healing than their commonly-known, traditional versions, right? Of course!..because if you're reading my blog, chances are, you're also into amazing foods for their health benefits, healing and beautifying qualities and the possibilities of its longevity-promoting effects.

Well, here's how I've been making "lemonade" lately....and, let me just say, it's been eye-catching. Yes, I DO take it with me often when I leave my little paradise behind and people ask me what I'm drinking. Most think it's a green juice...but nope. I blend ingredients for this one!
Great for your skin and gut health and a great detoxifier....so get in the garden and the kitchen and make this:

Beautifying Lemonade

Ingredients to be blended:

2-3 cups of the best quality water you can get
juice of 2 lemons
handful of fresh mint 
slice of fresh aloe gel (I used about a 3/4 inch thick slice)
favorite sweetener (I use raw honey* or maple syrup** usually) 
a really thin slice of ginger
pinch or two of (ground) cayenne 

*not vegan, ** not RAW

Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender that breaks down the mint leaves and the lemon seeds (which are best to keep in there). Grab a couple of straws and pour two servings of this wonderful treat if you have someone to share it with. If not, you will not have a problem finishing it all by yourself, I promise!

Enjoy! :)

And I'll be back soon.


P.S: I'll be reviewing a TON of yummy and super healthy products in the next few weeks and some of them will involve giveaways too so stay tuned! You never know....you might get lucky and end up with a bunch of goodies delivered to your door! You can't beat that!