Chickpea Flatbread with Greens & Roasted Veggies

Chana (chickpea) flour is a staple in Indian cooking. I love the texture and flavor it provides. Many of my favorite Indian sweets are made with a base of chana flour and ghee. These flatbreads or pancakes were inspired by my travels in India and an old recipe by Yogi Bhajan for jalapeno pancakes. These make a wonderful brunch or dinner. They are loaded with protein and absolutely delicious. A perfect addition to your weeknight meals. 

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Flatbread:

  • 1 1/2 cups chana flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (if you want more heat, add some of all of the seeds)
  • 3-4 large green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Roasted Veggies:

  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3-4 small to medium zucchinis, cut into half moon pieces.)
  • 1 T avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Greens:

  • 2 bunches collard greens, washed, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 T ghee
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

  • goat cheese whipped with lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper
  • cashew or nut cheese
  • labne (Lebanese yogurt cheese)
  • avocado
  • zataar

Preheat the oven to 400. On a lined baking sheet, toss the yams and zucchini with oil, spices and salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through until golden brown and soft.  

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In a bowl combine water and chickpea flour. Whisk until smooth. Add salt, green onion and jalapeno. Add a generous amount of oil to a cast iron skillet and bring up to medium heat. Ladle batter into pan and cook for several minutes (until golden brown), flip and cook until golden brown on the opposite side. Continue until the batter is gone.

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In the same pan used to cook the flatbreads, add 1 T ghee and garlic. Top with the collard greens and 1/4 cup water. Stir and cover. Steam the greens until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat. 

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To assemble: Place a flatbread on a plate and top with cheese (if using), greens, roasted veggies, avocado and zataar. Drizzle with olive oil and dive in. 

Herby Lentil Tart

I love this tart. It has so much flavor, is warming and comforting. I developed this recipe last Thanksgiving when I needed a main dish, but wanted to do something different. This recipe is super versatile, as you can play with the flavors in the filling. It would be delicious in the summer with  pesto seasoned lentils. You can also create mini tarts and serve as an appetizer. Enjoy!

Recipe:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils (I used French)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp each of fresh sage, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 T pomegranate molasses
  • 2 T mustard
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Preheat your oven at 425. Remove puff pastry from the freezer and let it come to room temperature.

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly caramelized. Add a sprinkle of salt and the herbs. Stir until fragrant and add the lentils. Season with a bit more salt and cook until everything is combined. Taste and adjust flavors to your preference. 

In a small bowl combine molasses, 1 T olive oil, 1 T mustard and pepper. Pour over lentils and stir until combined. Allow the liquid to cook down by about half. Add the chopped walnuts and stir to combine. 

On a parchment lined baking sheet, roll out the puff pastry. Brush with olive oil, leave a 1 inch border around the edge. Brush the edge with water and fold over 1/2 inch to create a raised crust. Brush the center of the tart crust with mustard. Pour the lentil mixture into the center of the crust and spread until even. Sprinkle with crumbled gorgonzola and place in the oven. Bake for 30-45 minutes until the edges are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and serve warm with a beautiful green salad. 

Oil Pulling 101: What is it and why you should be doing it

Lets talk oil pulling! One of my favorite Ayurvedic practices.

Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic technique used to cure many ailments and to disinfect the mouth. It is between 3000-5000 years old. I have been oil pulling for about 6 years now and it has made a huge difference. In fact, the last time I went to my dentist he asked me what I was doing and told me not to tell anybody about it because it would put him out of business (can I get an amen!)

Like many Ayurvedic and Eastern philosophies and traditions, they have come to the west and been modified. This isn't always a bad things, but part of what makes these ancient techniques so effective is because they have been practiced for centuries in the same way. There is a science behind them that can't be argued with. 

I wanted to provide breakdown of exactly what oil pulling is, how to do it and the benefits. Like many eastern traditions that comes to the west, there seems to be a lot of incorrect information out there. People who have read about it once and decided they are going to change it (which is fine, but there is a lack of understanding on why it is done a certain way). 

What the heck is it?:

Oil pulling is the process of taking a tablespoon of oil in your mouth (traditionally un-toasted and unrefined sesame oil, but you can also use unrefined coconut oil) and swishing (or "pulling" the oil between your teeth) for 15 to 20 minutes (yes, you HAVE to do it for this long, I will explain in a bit). Spitting the oil out and then brushing your teeth. In Ayurveda (as well as most eastern philosophies) a lot of what is going on with our health reflects in our mouth and on our tongue. Good oral health=good overall health.

Things you need to know:

  • Needs to be done on an empty stomach (best done first thing in the morning before your brush your teeth)
  • DO NOT swallow the oil as once it is swished it is loaded with toxins from your body. 
  • Rinsing and brushing your teeth after pulling will help to remove any remnants
  • 20 minutes seems like a really long time, but I make it a part of my morning practice. When I wake up, its the first thing I do. I hop in the shower and get dressed all while pulling. By the time I'm dressed and start to do my face it is time to spit.
  • If your jaw is hurting while you are swishing, you are swishing too vigorously. You want it to be a gentle and slow swish.

Why 20 minutes?

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The technology behind oil pulling is that it mixes with the enzymes in your saliva to pull the toxins our of your blood. It takes the 20 minutes for this to happen. So if you only swish for 10 minutes you are probably getting the benefit of whiter teeth (which I understand, is one of the reasons people do it), but you are missing out on so many other amazing benefits!

What's the Point?

There are A LOT of health claims behind oil pulling. While I cannot attest to it "curing" anything, I can tell you what it has done for me. I originally began oil pulling because my teeth had become extremely and increasingly sensitive due to receding gums caused by grinding my teeth. It was to the point that I was using a prescription toothpaste (which was so gross and loaded with all sorts of chemicals that are not good for you). My teeth were so sensitive that it hurt when I smiled and cool breeze touched them. A friend of mine mentioned oil pulling so I went home and began my research. I started  every day for 20 minutes. I made it part of my morning sadhana (practice). Within 3 days, the sensitivity in my teeth had gone down significantly. I also started to notice my skin becoming clearer, some digestive issues being resolved and, overall, feeling more energized. An added bonus is that people were asking if I had my teeth professionally whitened! While I truly don't believe in a quick fix, I was seriously impressed with the outcome. While I no longer oil pull every day (usually 3-4 times a week), it is still a part of my regular routine and I am very grateful for it. Below is a list of benefits oil pulling claims:

  • Promotes oral hygene
  • Reduce Headaches
  • Increase Energy
  • Decrease teeth senstivity
  • Promotes Healthy Skin
  • Helps with digestive issues
  • Detoxes the body

Since I began oil pulling regularly, I have noticed some pretty amazing shifts in my body. Honestly, if the only thing it did was make my teeth sensitivity go away, I was sold. This is not to say that everybody will have the same experience. This was mine and I wanted to share it as it has been a really great tool for continuing to learn new things about my body. If you haven't tried it and are curious, check it out. You've got nothing to lose. If you have tried it and have a success story, please share. I believe in creating a community where we can share our successes and discuss our different opinions. Happy pulling!

Resources:

  • I like to use Napa Valley Organics Sesame Oil which is cheapest from Thrive Market
  • This is the website I have referred people to for years. Its a great resource for oil pulling- http://www.oilpulling.com/

January Goddess of the Month: Tricia of Your Joyologist

This Month's Goddess has a special place in my heart. Growing up in the Sikh community, mantra is in my blood. There is a technology behind repeating something over and over again. It sneaks into your subconscious and you start to believe it. This also goes for negative mantras. This is the exact reason I chose Tricia as the January Goddess. She makes beautiful mantras for you to carry with you, drink from and hang on your wall. Not only are they positive and uplifting, but empowering. She remind people to LIVE their lives, to find their passion and to take each breath with intention and meaning. 

What inspired you to create your own business?

The sudden loss of my father was a big wake up call to me as to how many people are just existing and not truly living and how short life really is.  I knew that I wanted to do more to make a difference but didn’t know how, so I started in the world I knew, which was the touring concert world.

Why affirmations and mantras?

I have personally seen a huge transformation in my life from using affirmations.  When you choose to truly use them powerfully by actually working to believe what you are saying you will start to be woken up to all that truly lies within you.  Also, they are quick to the point turn around to get out of any negative thought patterns that surface!

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?

Oh that is a tough one! If we are talking in my direct personal life, I have to say my mom and this is something I am recognizing more and more now that I am a mom.  She has always always always been there for me, even when she questioned my choices. She has been so hard working my entire life, something that growing up I didn’t appreciate because I wanted her around more, but she was working so hard for us as a family to support us. 

For as long as I can remember, even back as a trouble making teen I could tell her anything, and call her at anytime and she would be there for me.

Also honorable mentions to Sophie Jaffe, Robyn Youkilis, and Tristan Prettyman all badass heart conscious ladies who are doing their best to raise babies AND have a meaningful career serving others and themselves. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two things with you, which two would you choose and why?

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I’m not going to lie…this question drives me crazy!  I need more details! What exists on the island?  Are these food items, personal items, any item period?!?!  ha!  So I will just go with the first two things I think of. My vitamix to make creative meals from what I find (but is there power there?).  Any device that could play pandora music stations as I like music to change up my days and shift my moods but I need variety. 

What is your morning ritual?

HA! feed my infant (breastfeeding a four month old) then feed my toddler.  Life with a new baby hasn’t afforded me much space for a ritual….but we are just this week working on getting her on the 7-7 sleep schedule and once I have a week or so to try to catch up on the last almost 5 months of little sleep, my goal is to wake up at 6am before the kids and have a little time to handwrite out an intention for the day, perhaps do some morning pages in and get a little 20-30 minute workout in!

How do you honor your feminine body?

By loving it wholly no matter what state it is.  Yes, my intention is to get exercise in the am but that is because I feel more alive that way, not because I need to lose weight or be a certain size.  I will no longer stand for shaming my own body!

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

Where don’t I find it?! Honesty I find it in making a home cooked meal, in singing out loud with the radio while driving, while going to be before 10pm, in watching my daughter learn something new.  So often it is in the little moments. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Cut the word Should out of your life!  It is so ingrained in us and we don’t even realize how much that word controls our choices.  Try taking it out and most of the time you will find the word that replaces it is WANT which is such a more powerful word that puts you in control of your life. 

Bio:

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My name is Tricia.  I am 32 years old.  I am 5’10”.  I love green juice and yoga, and wine, and gluten free pizza, and laughing a lot.  I am a rock and roll roadie at heart, and by first career.  I speak wise words, deep thoughts, and cuss like a sailor.   I believe food is medicine.   I have lived/am living a freaking amazing life full of breakdowns and holy shits of the good and bad kind (well really they are all good as breakdowns lead to breakthroughs).  I create my life moment to moment.  I believe it is all possible.  I savor life.  I love being alive.  I love you.  I believe in you.

2018 Intention Setting

"So it is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over, a new ones just begun." -John Lennon

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Let's talk about New Year's resolutions. For one, we give them so much power, when in reality we can create change in our life whenever we wish. We do not need the permission of a new year to do so. My experience with them is that they can lead to self-shame, guilt and disappointment. When I was about 16 years old, I decided I was no longer setting resolutions, but goals or intentions that I wanted to accomplish for the year. These did not determine my worth if they were not met and I did not get down on myself if I "broke" them, the following day would be a new opportunity for me to continue to change I wished to see. 

This is not to say that resolutions or bad or not helpful. Some people find them to be extremely successful. I personally find that it is a more positive experience to sit down, connect with myself and dream big. I get personal and I write down my deepest desires. 

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But how do I do this? I like to light a candle, burn some palo santo and sit down with my journal either in front of my altar or in a quiet space. I put on music that makes me feel happy and positive. First I close my eyes, taking a few breaths to set myself. Then I open my journal and begin to write. Here is an example of what it could look like:

2018 Intentions and Manifesting:

  • Spend less time on my phone
  • Spend time with women who light me up
  • Travel more
  • Teach at least 1 workshop each month
  • Teach at at least 1 retreat

Do you see how these are intentions and things I want to manifest, not restrictions. There is more of a flow and room for breath, rather than "lose 15 lbs," "stop eating sugar," etc. It isn't that these are bad goals but I want to create less rigidity in my life and more room for flow and magic. When we open ourselves up to the flow of the universe, things beyond our imagination begin to happen. 

I always encourage people to dream big! Reach for the stars, because you never know how the universe will respond. How are you setting intentions for the new year?

Drool-worthy Twix Bars

About a year ago I thought to myself "there has got to be a way to make a healthy Twix bar." I have no shame in admitting I have eaten way too many of these in my life. So into the kitchen I went to create. It took a few tries, but I think I nailed it. The cookie is slightly sweet, salty and crunchy. The caramel has the perfect texture; chewy and delicious! These are perfect for the holidays (or, let's be real, anytime of the year). They are gluten, grain, and refined sugar free and vegan. If you make these, make sure to use #bodyblissrecipes on instagram so I can see your beautiful creations! Happiest of Holidays to you! May it be filled with family, friends and so much love!

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Cookie:

  • 3/4 cup organic peanut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (I also successfully used hazelnut meal)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

Preheat the over to 350. Mix everything together in a medium bowl. Line a bread pan with parchment paper and press the cookie batter into the pan. Using your hand or the a wet spatula to smooth out the top. Pierce the cookie several times with a fork at bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place in the freezer.

Caramel:

  • 10 dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes
  • 2 T cashew butter (almond butter also works0
  • 1 T melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp each of pine pollen, reishi and maca 
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Put everything into the bowl of a food processor and process until creamy (I like to make sure it is a creamy paste and no date pieces remain). Remove the cookie from the freezer. With wet hands, spread the caramel over the cookie. Take a wet spatula and smooth it out until it is flat and place back in the freezer. Let set at least an hour.

Chocolate:

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In a double boiler (if you don't have one, place a glass bowl over a pan of water and bring to boil, make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl when it boils). Chop or break up the chocolate and add it to the bowl with oil and cacao magic. Stir until melted. Remove the bars from the freezer. With a sharp knife cute in half length-wise and then into 1 inch slices width-wise. Dip into chocolate either on all surfaces or dip the bottom and drizzle over the top. Place on a cookie sheet and put back in the freezer until set. 

Goddess of the Month: Coco Kislinger of Coco Bakes LA

Happy December beauties (yes, I realize it's almost over). First off, I am way behind on my blogging schedule because I slipped on my stairs a week and a half back which resulted in a concussion and whiplash. I was instructed to stay off all screens, but I am officially back!

I couldn't be more excited about this Goddess of the Month. We have actually never met in person, but I feel like we are soul sisters from another life. Coco is kind, down to earth and keeps it real. She is a fellow Scorpio and it was so lovely to get to know her a bit more through this interview. If you have not checked out her website yet, click HERE. She makes the most delicious (and totally healthy) treats you can imagine. I am grateful to officially call this beauty my friend. Welcome to the Body Bliss Tribe, Coco.

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What inspired you to create your own company?

When I quit my jobs at Huckleberry I knew I had to create a few great recipes when gluten free wasn't too mainstream. It just felt like the right move and people picked up on it. The idea that I could give back a delicious, flavorful, not blindingly sweet, properly textured baked good to people who couldn't and maybe hadn't had any in years, had me sold. 

Why baked goods?

After I graduated from College I thought I would just take a year off and go study at the Cordon Bleu and ended up coming back to the states and working in the bakery. Because pastries or baked goods are very very close to my heart. When I was little my mom made sure that when my brother and sister and I all got home from school there was some sort of snack; be it cookies, gingerbread, brownies or any variety of cake. Baked goods and food in general have a way of making people very happy and that makes me happy. 

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

My mom started her jewelry company when I was one year old. That means she had a five-year-old a three-year-old and basically a newborn, yet found a way to make sure she was the most loving and supportive mom she could possibly be. My mama is incredibly inspiring and not just to me. She is a real life super woman. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two food items with you, which two would you choose and why?  

I don't love this question because I don't like limiting myself (ha!). I think I'd have to say coconut as long as I had the proper tools to open them all and they didn't already exist on the island. Second runner up, corn. I could eat corn in ALL of it's various states everyday (if it didn't hurt my tummy). 

What is your morning ritual? 

My morning ritual is trying to continue my rituals. If we're being completely transparent, I wake up and whisper to Beau that I'm the luckiest girl in the world.  Without forcing it, I list the things I'm grateful for and manifest the things I want for that day and the immediate future. I also have a habit of checking my phone. I'm working very hard to disconnect more.  It's not working. Still trying. 

How do you honor your feminine body? 

Wow. 3 weeks ago I couldn't have answered this question but today I can say that I listen to myself to my body. I am constantly checking in with myself. If I get outside of my window of tolerance, I check in, if I crave a certain food, I listen and eat that food. The best decision I ever made was to start listening to what I need, don't need and how I feel. 
I also have meaningful, powerful, beautiful love making time with my man. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

I am a person who loves a partnership. It's in my birthdate. 11/2/88. I feel best when I'm in a partnership, when I can love and care for my partner and myself so I'd say that cooking for Beau and myself is my ultimate bliss, next to laying with him in bed listening to music. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Take care of you. 

Spiced Golden Milk

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Golden Milk: You've probably heard of it as turmeric is now the "it" superfood. Growing up in a yogic household, golden milk was served to me regularly. A rich golden cup full of turmeric, honey and almond oil.

These days you will find it at coffee shops, in the refrigerated section of your grocery store and in powder form on the shelves. One important aspect about turmeric that many do not know is that in needs to be activated in order to be usable by the  body. This can be done by combining with a good fat (ie, ghee) or by cooking at a low temperature for an extended period of time. 

It is a common misconception that black pepper helps with turmeric absorption. Black pepper contains a compound called peperine, which inhibits the metabolic breakdown of turmeric in the gut and liver so that it remains in the body longer and increases the effects. So it is beneficial to combine black pepper with your turmeric, but it does not help with absorption. For this reason I like to add black pepper in addition to either simmering the powder in water or mixing with a healthy fat.

Most of you already know that Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, but did you also know that turmeric has a long list of benefits including, but not limited to:

  • blood purifying
  • lubricates the joint
  • can repair damage to the nerve center caused by drug abuse
  • promotes digestion
  • immune support
  • nourishes the heart and circulatory system

If you're going to make golden milk, I find the most effective way to do so is by cooking the turmeric powder in water. The turmeric powder needs to simmer at a low temperature for at least 8 minutes to make a paste. 

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I grew up using a recipe by Yogi Bhajan. I use his traditional way of making turmeric paste, but have made a few adjustments and added some delicious spices. 

Golden Milk:

  • 1/8 tsp organic turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 T ghee, almond oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • a pinch of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
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In a saucepan add the turmeric powder and filtered water. Bring to a boil and turn down to a low simmer. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Continue to whisk the paste while it simmers. Cook until a paste forms (at least 8 minutes or longer). Add the milk, ghee, pepper, cardamom and ginger. Bring up the heat until the milk is hot, but not boiling. Once hot, remove from heat and strain through a mesh strainer. Add sweetener to taste and enjoy.

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Note: You can make a larger amount of paste to keep in a glass jar in your fridge for up to 40 days. Just increase the amount of turmeric powder and water. When you want to make golden milk, simply heat up your milk and other ingredients with anywhere from 1 tsp to 1 T of turmeric paste, strain and enjoy. 

Add-ins: To superpower this already amazing drink you can add reishi, ashwagandha, pine pollen, spirulina or chlorella. The possibilities really are endless. For adaptogen companies I love and trust head over to my "Products I love" page. 

Once you've made the paste you can add it to other dishes and drinks.  I like to add it to oats, lattes, curries, stir fries, etc. 

Turmeric is an amazing root that can have really impactful benefits on your health. I highly recommend making it a part of your regular diet. To add to all the incredible benefits of turmeric, regular consumption can lead to a beautiful golden glow. You really can't go wrong. 

Resources:

https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/yogic-diet/yogic-foods-recipes/golden-milk-healing-tonic-vitality-and-flexibility

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/turmeric/

https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/is-turmeric-effective-only-when-combined-with-black-pepper/turmeric_black_pepper/

Self Care During the Holiday Season

Self Care can be challenging any time of year, but it can be extra challenging around the holidays. Holidays are not particularly easy for a lot of people. They bring up core issues, sadness and depression. There is also a pressure to buy the right gifts, make the right meals and to look a certain way. It is, sometimes, all too much.  I personally, love the holidays but also feel the stress of the season so here is my guide for self-care from now through January 1st.

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Meditate:

was given the gift of mediation at a very young age. I realize that it does not come as easy for everybody. Even if it is just a quick 3 minutes meditation every day. Take a moment to sit in a quite place, close your eyes and breathe deeply. If you have more time, that is wonderful, but 3 minutes is just long enough to connect and reset. I like to practice the alternating nostril breath. To do this plug your right nostril with the middle finger of your left hand and inhale to the count of 8. Hold for a few moments and then plug your left nostril with your thumb and exhale. For more information on this meditation click HERE.

 

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Make good food choices:

This can be tricky as the "right" foods are different for everyone. What I mean by this, is to eat as much of a whole food diet as you can. Especially this time of year our bodies crave warming foods like winter squash, root vegetables, dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans etc. I like to batch cook roasted vegetable and grains so that I can throw together a quick bowl when I'm hungry instead of going to those convenience foods that don't make me feel very good (let's be real, I have an addiction to boxed macaroni and cheese). These foods will not only make your body feel good, but will also keep you grounded and balanced around all the chaos of the season. Learning to listen to your body is a learning curve. For example; usually when  you are craving sugar (yes, you may have a sugar addiction, but that's a conversation for another time), your body is actually craving protein. Try eating a slice of organic cheese, an egg or some baked tofu. It will typically curb the craving. When that doesn't do the trick I will eat a date with almond butter, a piece of organic dark chocolate or a homemade goodie made without refined sugar. My philosophy this time of year is to eat really well 85% of the time and to indulge the other 15%. The reality is that there is no point in completely restricting yourself from all the things you love, but the constant over indulgence isn't healthy either. There is a balance and it's important to find which balance is for you. The whole mentality of "the diet starts Monday" is not healthy. It creates an anxiety around your food with effects your digestion and the way your body takes it in. Try to give yourself permission to enjoy what you eat and not guilt trip yourself. At the end of the date, eat the pie, have some roasted vegetables and go to sleep, you're gonna be ok!

 

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Attitude of Gratitude:

No matter how busy I am, I always take time to write down 5 things I am grateful for each day. Not only does this put life into perspective, but it also makes you stop and think about how much you actually have. We can get so caught up in all the things we want and not have appreciation for what we already have in front of us. It's powerful to recognize those things and send out grateful energy. Not only does it feel good to do this, but it also cultivates more positive energy in your life.  Why is this in my self-care for the holidays post? Because self-care isn't always about taking a bath or eating a cookie, it's also about connecting with yourself, honoring your body and creating an awareness of what you need. On the flip side, it is also ok to journal about all the things that are effecting you. Journal it out. Write about your frustration and your stresses and then set intention to surrender or release (if you're ready) and if you're not that is ok too. Self-compassion is a hard thing to learn, but it is of utmost importance. Learning to not be so hard on yourself will truly have a huge impact on your life. 

 
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Move Your Body: 

 

Whether it is getting outside for a walk, doing 15 minutes of yoga, getting some cardio in or just putting on a song and dancing your heart out, MOVE YOUR BODY! There is so much science and research about the effects exercise not only has on the body but on the brain. It is an incredible anti-depressant, lifts your spirit, strengthens your body and releases toxins. On an energetic level it also shakes all the shit off. So if you're feeling super low, get that body moving and sweat it out. You don't have to run 3 miles for it to be effective, just do something that gets your blood circulating and your heart rate up. Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if a day goes by and you don't move. Just start again tomorrow. 

 

 

The Holiday season should be something that in enjoyed. It should be spent with the people you love and enjoy spending time with. But, unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is the time of year when you really need to put your mental health before anything else. Take a bath at the end of the day, read a book that brings your joy, eat foods that nourish your body, but that also taste delicious. It's so important to take time each day to connect with yourself. Connect with what is stressing you out and causing you anxiety and see if there is something you can do about it. Try to stay present in the moment, BE IN YOUR BODY and breathe. If this post does nothing more then give women the permission to take care of themselves and be a little selfish,  then I have done my job. 

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Banh Mi Bowl

Fun fact about me; my husband and I lived in Vietnam for a short time a few years back. One of the things I loved most about it was how many veggies are in the daily diet. Vegetables were always the star of every dish. We would go to the market and the isles would be lined with bins overflowing with brightly covered fruits and veggies. It changed the way I cook and I am forever grateful for that. 

The other day I was missing our beautiful little apartment in Saigon and the flavors of the city. I threw together my take of a banh mi. A banh mi is a sandwich, usually eaten for breakfast or a snack. This version is deconstructed, vegan and served on a bed of pad thai noodles. 

For the Bowls:

  • 1-8 oz package rice noodles 
  • 1 package extra firm tofu (my favorite is Hodo soy)
  • 3 T corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced

Noodle Sauce:

  • 3 T Tamari
  • 2 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T toasted sesame oil

Cashew Sriracha Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for several hours or overnight
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/2 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Cook noodles according to package instruction. Drain and toss with a bit of raw sesame or avocado oil. 

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Drain the tofu and wrap with clean kitchen towel, place a plate on top of the cake and let sit for about 30 minutes. If you are using Hodo Soy Tofu, you can skip this step. Slice the tofu into 1/4 inch slices. Place corn starch and salt in a bowl and toss until coated. Heat a pan on medium to high heat. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan (I like to use a cast iron). Place tofu in the pan and let cook until golden brown (3-4 minutes on each side). Remove tofu from the pan and place on a paper towel.

Prepare the veggies.

To make the noodle sauce combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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In a high speed blender add all ingredients and blend on high until creamy (about 30-60 seconds). If you want it to be thinner, add a bit more water. If it gets too thin, add a small handful of cashews. 

Assemble the bowl by placing the noodles in a bowl. Drizzle a couple spoonfuls of the noodle sauce over the noodles. Arrange the tofu and veggies to your liking. I like to bunch them together around the side of the bowl. Drizzle with cashew sriracha sauce and sesame seeds. Dive in!

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Goddess of the Month: Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie

I have been so incredibly excited about this Goddess of the Month. Body Bliss Lifers meet Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie!* I first discovered Philosophie Superfoods while staying with a friend in LA. She showed me her smoothie cupboard and pulled out three brown envelopes with bright labels. She said they were created by a local mom and vegan/raw chef. I used them every day for the remainder of my trip. When I got home, I immediately placed an order and I have not been without since.

Not only does this beauty make amazing superfoods blends, but Sophie is a true inspiration. She teaches to believe in magic, to be the best you, you can be and to work your ass off to live the life YOU want to live. I am beyond grateful to have her as a friend and support system in this life. Without further adieu, let's hear what this Goddess has to share:

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What inspired you to create your own company?

I wanted superfoods to be accessible to anyone and everyone. I also wanted it to be easy to get a nourishing boost of superfoods, all rolled into one bag. I know for myself personally, I was so sick of running out of a certain product, mid way during my smoothie, having to run over all of LA to find the right Maca, hence philosophie was born!

My husband was a big push behind starting philosophie superfoods! We were floating in the sea in Israel, realizing I was starting to really wear myself down with meal planning and cooking for so many different people all through out LA.  I knew creating my own personal blends for people to use on their own, was the natural and organic next step. 

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Why superfoods?

Because I fully believe in them, and the impact and power they have on our bodies!

What is your morning routine?

If the kiddos actually end up sleeping in their own bed (which rarely happens ;) ) I'll try and get a few extra minutes of sleep! If they are with me, its major snuggle time, then brekkie! We love to make superfood smoothies or waffles together, depending on what everyone is craving! In our house, we REALLY listen to our bodies! 

Once we get them out the door to their school (a Waldorf, obsessed with it!) i try to find some beautiful morning light to stretch a bit. Next up, its time for a sweat! Hot8 yoga, Soul Cycle, or the Culver city stairs are my main go to's lately! I'll rush home for a quick shower then its time to check my ever growing email, and get to work!

My favorite Superfood Coffee recipe found here:

So easy, I throw these ingredients into my Vitamix Blender:

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by so many incredible women, from friends to family. My incredible, beautiful, inspiring mother Phyllis, is also a huge impact on my life and philosophie. She also braved a huge battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and was one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives. I was so inspired by this that I created the Cacao Magic Mushroom superfood blend which includes 3 medicinal mushrooms: ReishiChaga and Cordyceps. These 3 mushrooms have been used for centuries to heal people and are known as “the ultimate herbal substances”. I began to do more research than ever during the time she had cancer to get to know the magical herbs of the world and using them myself.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?  

Reishi and Chaga for their incredible healing benefits! Truly foods you can live off of.

How do you honor your feminine body? 

By speaking kindly to it and allowing my self to be authentic and free!

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Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

Through my kids, husband, work, workouts, helping others, laughing, a great meal! A sweaty yoga flow does wonders for the soul and mood. Making time to move your body is key in maintaining Bliss for me!

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Don't listen to the noise, trust in yourself and your authentic being! only YOU know whats best for you, and don't hesitate to say NO to something that doesn't serve you!

 

*To receive 15% off your total purchase with The Philosophie, use code "bodybliss"

Fall Latkes

Latkes are one of my favorite things to make. They are so versatile, easy to throw together and delicious. I got home late from work one night and needed to throw together a quick dinner. I had parsnip, potato and apple in my fridge so I grabbed them and threw together these yummy little cakes. The smoked paprika adds a delicious, smoky element, while the sage adds a subtle green flavor. I topped them with homemade apple butter and sour cream. Needless to say, we went to bed with happy, full bellies.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1/4 small white onion
  • 3 T gluten free flour
  • 1 T The Philosophie Green Dream (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to tase
  • Ghee for frying

First thing you will need to do is squeeze some of the water out of the potatoes. Shred the potato with a food processor or cheese grater. Place the potatoes into a clean kitchen towel and gather the ends squeezing the potatoes over a sink until most of the water is gone. Place potatoes back into a medium bowl. Shred parsnip, apple and onion. Add flour, superfood powder, paprika, sage and salt (adjust to taste) and pepper. Mix everything together until coated by flour.

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Heat a cast iron skillet on medium/high. Place 1 tablespoon of ghee in the pan. Shape mixture into 2-3 inch patties. Place the patties into the hot pan and press down on the backs of them with the back of a spatula. Cook until golden brown and crisp (about 3-5 minutes) on each side. Remove from pan and let rest on a paper towel lined plate. 

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To Plate: Place latkes on a plate and top with a dollop of apple sauce or apple butter and sour cream. You can top with green onions or chives. 

ENJOY!

Warming Pumpkin Oats

Now that I've clearly stated that I am obsessed with anything pumpkin and anything pumpkin spice, I figured it was ok to make every recipe from here until January 1st pumpkin (JK). The other morning I was whipping up some oatmeal and has some pumpkin puree in my fridge. I starting throwing some stuff together and out came this delicious bowl of magic. 

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Recipe:

  • 1.5 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree (I used Trader Joe's)
  • 1 T ghee
  • 1 T black strap molasses
  • 1/2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • a pinch of ground clove

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium until simmering. Cook about 5 minutes until oats are cooked. I topped mine with coconut yogurt, homemade apple butter (recipe coming soon) and chocolate covered cacao nibs. Its like a warm fuzzy blanket in your mouth. :)

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

Something you should know about me: I am obsessed with pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice scented candles. As soon as the cool weather hits and the leaves start to change, I am in the kitchen using as much of the orange stuff as I can. Last night, I threw together this super quick and delicious chia seed pudding. It is loaded with adaptogens, superfoods and good fats. Happy Pumpkin Season and stay tuned for more pumpkin-y goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nut milk (I used homemade coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T chia seeds
  • 3 T pumpkin puree
  • 1 T maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 T The Philosophie Cacao Magic
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of sea salt

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Using a whisk, whisk until completely smooth. Pour into two 8 ox jars, cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours to overnight. I topped with homemade apple butter, cacao nibs, pine pollen and pepitas. 

Note: Use code "bodybliss" when ordering from The Philosophie to receive 15% off your order.

Goddess of the Month: Amy Colville of aMYLK

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Amy is a beautiful soul inside and out. She has created a company out of her passion for living a healthy and whole life. When she agreed to be a Goddess of the Month I was thrilled. I knew that my readers would love to hear her story and how she started a delicious nut milk company. She is down to earth and has so much wisdom to offer. Amy, thank you for sharing your truth and for being a part of the Body Bliss Life Family! <3

 

INTERVIEW:

What inspired you to create your own company?

I’ve always had a creative mind when it came to business.  Even as a small child I loved coming up with “inventions” with my dad.  We came up with a lot of original concepts that actually eventually ended up being brought to market by others.  That’s the thing with ideas, you have to act on it right away, or someone else will!  I find the creative process really fulfilling, I love business, I love learning and I love self directing my life. I think if you interviewed most entrepreneurs you’d find they share similar traits.

Why nutmilk?

My family and friends have all asked the same thing!  Nut milk?  The simple answer is that I found something I’m passionate about that I LOVE enjoying and producing AND there was a hole in the market!  Globally, no one is producing and selling nut milk (soon to expand to seeds and possibly grains) that compares in taste, quality and nutrient density to aMYLK.  People love it and that lights me up inside!

It all boils down to LOVE.  I felt guided to this place.  I spent a lot of time soul searching, connecting with Source and seeking joy.  Many years ago I experienced some heart break and consequently some health issues that lingered for many years. Through the process of trying to heal, I explored a lot of dietary changes and life and mindset changes. I introduced daily smoothies, elixirs and protein shakes to my diet. When I learned that the nut milks that I was using were filled with synthetic vitamins and stabilizers and very few actual nuts I started to think about making my own.  One day, it all just came together and I knew. I thought, THIS IS IT!  One week later I had formed a company.  I LOVE what I’m doing.  This is my passion and I[‘m so excited, hopeful and happy to share it with others.  Finding and passing on what works for me brings me more joy than I can express.

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

My mother. She is giving, graceful and kind to her bones. It is hard not to admire my mom for her elegance, sophistication, intelligence and beauty.  She’s got all these hidden talents and is incredibly hard working.  The most wonderful thing about my mother is that she has never faltered in her faith in me.  I have always felt supported. She has made home making and child rearing an art form. Her life is art to me.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?  

Pine Pollen and Mucuna Pruriens.  Amen. I am in love with Pine Pollen and I imagine pine trees would be hard to come by on a tropical island.  Pine pollen is gold. It makes me feel like my body is humming.  A simple sniff of it and I feel all tingly. I love it. It can act as an aphrodisiac, but I find that it is highly energizing for me.  It can help balance hormones which is especially important for both men & women as they approach middle age. 

Mucuna Pruriens is my second choice because of it’s ability to help elevate one’s mood. If I were stranded on an island I think I might feel a lot of tension from fear and loneliness. Macuna Pruriens can soothe the nervous system and elevate your mood. It takes the edge off and supports your overall well being.  I can just see myself now, cracking open some coconuts and making aMYLK elixirs with a big smile on my face sitting on a sandy beach somewhere. Yes.  I would be just fine.

What is your morning ritual? 

Journaling.  My life is very full.  With four children ages 8-16 and a start-up company the ONLY me time is very early in the morning and this is sacred time for me. My children all know that if they wake up and mommy is writing, they need to let me be.  It is in this space that I remember who I am and connect with my soul and decode all the daily occurrences that life presents to me as opportunities for growth.  This is where I speak to God.

How do you honor your feminine body? 

I have a lot of Venus in me and I don’t diminish it for anyone.  We are really funny in America about our attitudes toward sexuality and sensuality. On the one hand we are bombarded by media to be sexy and to look amazing, and then on the other hand we are not supposed to “show off” or be too sensual or we might give people the wrong idea.  What if we could just BE without SEEMING to be anything at all? I have come to love, cherish and celebrate my femininity. I let my hips sway when I walk because I am a woman! I’m proud of my curves and how I feel when I own them.  In a world of Yang, it feels good to let myself be Yin. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

I am a joy seeker. “Seek Joy” is the number one tenet of my life. In everything I do, I aim to feel joyful.  I have found that happiness isn’t the destination, it is the journey. It is following the trail of breadcrumbs which are the tiny sparkles of joy in life that lights me up. I try to follow the tiny sparkles every day. I smell the flowers. I read. I hike. I make aMYLK smoothies. I swim in waterfalls & I travel as often as I can. I do these things for the simple reason that they bring me joy.  When I feel joyful, I light myself up and I radiate the world with my happiness.  I have designed my life so that even the things I have to do, I feel pretty happy to do.  At a minimum, I aim to feel grateful, because even things that seem hard, painful and challenging have purpose in our lives. It has taken some time for me to realize this. LOL.  

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Let love lead.  

About Amy:

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Amy Colville is the Owner and Chief Joy Seeker at aMYLK, a plant-based mylk company located in Portland Oregon. A  mama of four, former collegiate soccer player and lifetime entrepreneur, Amy now finds her bliss making and delivering the world's best plant mylk.

Curried Yam and Carrot Soup

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This is one of my favorite Fall and Winter soups. It is warming, thick and delicious. The combination of the sweet yams and carrots with the fragrant spices from the curry powder immediately warm the body. This soup can easily be made vegan by using coconut or avocado oil instead of ghee. It is almost effortless and takes no time to cook. Fall is officially here and I am not mad about it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 T ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large yams, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 4-5 carrots cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I live better than bouillon's no-chicken broth)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • pepper to taste
  • toasted pumpkin seeds, black sesame seeds and hemp seeds for garnish

How to:

In a soup pot on medium heat, melt the ghee. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent. Add yams, carrots, curry powder and salt. Cook until coated and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Add broth, bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and cook 25-30 minutes until yams are tender. Using either an immersion blender or a high speed blender (blend in batches if needed), blend soup until completely smooth. Pour back into soup pot and add coconut milk. Season with additional salt if needed.

In a small cast-iron or stainless steel pan toast pumpkin and sesame seeds. Ladle soup into a bowl and top with seeds. 

Notes: This soup is very versatile. When we get deeper into weather you could use winter squash in place of yam. You could also use parsnip or other root vegetables in place of carrots. I always encourage people to play in the kitchen. n

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Sexy aMYLK Latte

I first discovered aMylk through instragram. I was drawn to a company that made organic, high quality nut milks that were not filled with a ton of extra sugars and thickeners.  I reached out to Amy to see if she would like to collaborate on a recipe. When she said yes, I was over the moon excited. As you know, I am always eager to support and collaborate with kick-ass women who run kick-ass companies. Then when she asked me to infuse my feminine self into the recipe, I could I have burst with excitement. So into the kitchen I went to play. I pulled out all my hormone balancing/aphrodisiac herbs and adaptogens. Meet this delicious aphrodisiac and hormones balancing latte. I will explain why I used each ingredient below. I could not be more pleased without this turned out. It is delicious, a little sweet, loaded with amazing things to support and ignite your feminine body, plus its pretty and who doesn't like pretty things?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup aMYLK shop vanilla Hazelnut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (regular, decaf or sub a cup of filtered water to make without)
  • 1 T Ahara Rasa Hot Date Ghee (optional but oh so delicious)
  • 1 T The Philosophie Cacao Magic or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps
  • 1/4 tsp pine pollen
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • dried rose petals (i bought mine at Whole Foods)

heat the hazelnut mylk on low until hot, but not boiling. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy. Pour into your favorite mug and top with crushed rose petals. Indulge and enjoy.

CHOCOLATE has been known for centuries as a sensual food. It has been found to increase dopamine levels. Its aphrodisiac qualities come from a chemical called tryptophan, a building block of seratonin which a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. 

Chocolate always seems to get the spotlight when it comes to aphrodisia, but VANILLA is just as powerful. They enhance the hormones in the body that are associated with love and happiness. 

The caffeine in COFFEE ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow. 

MACA has a multitude of amazing benefits from mood boost and memory to female hormone balance, sexual health and fertility. This lovely root stimulates the organs responsible for hormone balance so they can function optimally. 

CORDYCEPS are the mushroom of sexual health. It increases the libido, make it easier for you to "get in the mood." It is also great for physical endurance.

PINE POLLEN is currently one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps to balance the testosterone levels in your as well as helps to increase libido. 

Because of GINGER'S of it's anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been long revered in helping with menstrual cramps and chronic pain. It's also an effective treatment for morning sickness. In some Hindu traditions; garlic, ginger and onion are not consumed as they are believed to rev the first and second chakra too strongly. 

CARDAMOM is related to ginger and can be used in many of the same ways. I use it daily as it tastes so delicious and lessens the acidity in coffee. 

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Heavenly Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

A couple weeks ago I was have a massive sugar craving. Like the kind where I was considering running down to the store at 10:30 pm just to get my fix. It was note cute. I managed to get through it but the next morning I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something healthy and delicious that would satisfy my sweet tooth. And this chocolate peanut butter chocolate bar was born. It is loaded with good fats, adaptogens to help my body cope with stress and that sweet salty flavor combo that this girl is always chasing. 

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Ingredients:

In a double boiler or a glass bowl fit into a saucepan with water (you do not want the water to touch the bottom of the bowl when it boils), add coconut oil, coconut butter and cacao butter. Stir until melted and combined. Remove from heat and add cacao powder, cacao magic, maca, reishi, he shou wu and honey. Whisk together until smooth and combined. Pour into a small parchment paper lines pyrex or chocolate molds.  Place flat in the freezer for about 10 minutes until slightly firmed. Remove from freezer and drizzle with peanut butter. use a butter knife to marble. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back in freezer until set. Remove and cut into squares.

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Why I used what I used:

Cacao has 40 times the antioxidants than blueberries, is loaded with iron, magnesium and calcium, has anti-depressant properties and elevates your mood. No wonder we crave it when we are on our moon cycle. 

Maca has long been used to enhance the libido and balance hormones. It also gives you a natural energy without caffeine. Yes please!

Reishi is one of my favorite mushrooms. Like all adaptogens, it helps the body to adapt to stress; however, Reishi specifically helps with stress on the body. It also helps with liver functions, adrenals, hormones balance and helps to fight of illness. This is just a small list of the amazing benefits of Reishi*.

He Shou Wu has been used throughout history for longevity. It blood building and is said to be a support for beauty (hair and skin). 

*Make sure to use code "bodybliss" when ordering from Root and Bones to get 15% off your purchase.

Goddess of the Month: Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones

When I was pondering the idea of starting a blog, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was honor kick-ass women. A huge part of my platform is honoring and uplifting women, giving tools to help them live their best lives and feel good in their bodies. So here marks the first monthly "Goddess of the Month." I could not be more thrilled about this interview:

On a super hot Summer afternoon I sat down with my iced cold brew to interview Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones. I was drawn to her and her company for so many different reasons. Her high quality herbs and mushrooms are truly some of the best I have come across. They are high vibration and affordable. Since discovering Root & Bones, I have used them every single day and sometimes multiple times a day :). Alyssa is truly an amazing woman. She knows her stuff, she has passion for what she does, she is connected, conscious, grounded and is unapologetically herself.  I could have talked with her all afternoon. Check out what she had to say below and don't forget to hop on over to my instagram @bodyblisslife for a fun giveaway!

What inspired you to start your company?

I was truly inspired by the herbs themselves. I started using them during acupuncture school to help deal with the stress of a 3 1/2 yr Masters program. I was really focused on finding things that were going to keep me sane, healthy and keep my mind at ease. I dove right into tonic herbs. It was love at first sip. I've been taking them for over a decade now, and am so grateful to them for transforming me. What made me want to offer them as a product is that it is a way of reaching more people than I can just reach my my acupuncture practice. Its a simple, and effective way to increase your daily routine into something that can benefit body, mind and soul. 

Why tonic herbs/adaptogens/mushrooms?

Society is stressed out beyond belief. We have the fight or flight instinct for a historical reason, but we react the same way whether we are thinking about our 401k or if we are in a traffic jam and someone is honking at us. We are deteriorating because there is such a host of symptoms that come from stress. In Chinese medicine when we give herbs they are very specific to the person and condition, whereas these adaptogens are good for everyone.

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?

My Grandma. She is a kick ass little lady. She  just lives her life the way she wants to. She is a no-apologies kind of lady. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?

I would take Reishi. It is the first one I tried and is the most well known for calming the nervous system down. He Shou Wu to keep my skin moist on this hot island. 

What is your morning ritual?

I do lemon water, chlorophyll, stretching, breathing and then make a bomb-ass coffee adaptogen drink. I try to drink it outside no matter what the weather is to have that time in nature and get started with my day. I try to do most of movement in the morning: Walk in the woods, weight lifting or stretching. I love doing that in the morning.

How do you honor your feminine body?

Movement and dancing around. It doesn’t have to be a certain kind of music. I could get down to Enya or Rihanna. Giving myself acupuncture every week is something that really helps me reconnect with my body and get out of my mind. I also think its really important to masturbate, even if it’s not even a sexual drive, its more just loving on the yoni. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

Nature!  I grew up in Oakland in a cement warehouse. My brother and I shared a room with no window to the outside. I feel like my childhood was deeply deprived of nature. I feel so invigorated and inspired by nature which is one of the reasons I live in Arcata. Being around thousand year old redwood trees is incredibly humbling. Any stressful day I can go into the woods and feel like better. Almost everything starts to feel trivial when you are in nature. It puts things into perspective I love it and I love being alone in it. It is where I get some of my best thinking done. 

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Iced Root & Bone Rooibos Latte

  • 1 cup strongly brewed rooibos tea
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 T coconut butter
  • 1 tsp R&B Reishi
  • 1 tsp R&B Cordyceps
  • 1 tsp R&B He Shou Wu
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Blend in a high speed blender and pour over ice.

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Don't forget to use "bodybliss" at www.rootandbones.com for 15% off your order

Summer Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

This outrageously delicious tart is perfect for a summer evening. It takes minimal time to make and minimal oven time (lets be real, nobody WANTS to turn the oven on in this hear). The crust is grain free, made with ghee and oh so yummy. Enjoy and if you make it, please tag and #bodyblissrecipes on instagram. Have a great week, loves!

Crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour or almond meal (I used trader Joe's)
  • 1 flax egg (you could also use an egg)
  • 2 T melted ghee. (I used Ahara Rhasa's bulb and rind)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. If dough seems a bitt too dry, add a bit more ghee or a drizzle of avocado oil. Press into tart pan or pie plate until even and covering all sides. Place in oven and allow to bake until golden brown on the top. Let cool while preparing filling.

Filling:

  • 1 medium package, room temperature goat cheese (I used the new zatar goat cheese form Trader Joe's. I HIGHLY recommend it)
  • 1 pint golden or heirloom grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 T toasted pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Set your over to broil and raise the rack to second from the top. Mix the goat cheese in a small bowl until soft and spreadable. If you want it a bit thinner, you could add a couple teaspoons of milk of choice. Spread into crust and arrange tomatoes. Sprinkle with pine nuts,  drizzle with good quality EVOO and sprinkle with salt. Place in the over, keep a close eye and remove once tomatoes are a little blistery and the crust is browned around the edges. Let cool about 5 minutes, slice* and serve along a beautiful green salad.

*Because of the nature of the crust, it doesn't come out in clean slices. I sliced and then scooped out. Not for great presentation but it tasted amaze-balls so who cares. :)