Light, Fresh, Simple Costa Rican Scramble

A beautifully simple and deliciously light, sustaining breakfast.

herbeggThese eggs feature minced cilantro, mint, and parsley, but are great with any fresh herbs you like!

Real eggs: Check this website for information on what kind of eggs you’re buying–it’s up to you, but I try to choose the most humane eggs I can find, meaning free range, organic, antibiotic-free, veggie-fed, and no beak clipping. When I’m lucky, like today, I get fresh eggs from a friend!

Why This Combo is Great for Your Body:

Eggs (read this article to buff up on your egg-pronioa), an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats, also happen to be slightly high in sulfur. This is only an issue when it comes to digestion (sulfur, found in foods like broccoli, cabbage and onions, can cause bloating–the last thing you need to start your day with).

However…

Herbs like Mint, Cilanto, Parsley, even Basil, Thyme, and Oregano, are not only high in valuable minerals and chlorophyll, but help aid in digestion and combat bloating (and are great for heartburn, too). These tasty little plants will freshen your breath all day, fill your body with disease-fighting nutrients, and boost the glow of your skin!

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon each: minced Cilantro, Mint, and Green Onion (bottoms) (and/or parsley, basil or any other preferred fresh herb)

real Eggs, whisked together in a bowl

1/2 teaspoon Avocado Oil (or other high-heat oil, or broth, for oil-free)

Himalayan Pink Salt (or other, whole-mineral salt) to taste

Optional:

1/2 clove minced Garlic

Directions:

  • Heat a small skillet and add oil until hot in skillet at medium temp.
  • Add whisked eggs to hot pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  • Add fresh all minced herbs and scramble to preferred doneness.

Serving Suggestions:

With 1 tablespoon vegan mayo, 1/4 sliced avocado, and several ripe, sliced, small tomatoes.

A substantial and lasting breakfast that feels as light as the herbs it features.

So. Good. 

I’m fully addicted.

Enjoy!

Perfect Texture Gluten-free Noodles

This is my favorite brand of gluten-free pasta; it holds its al dente texture well into its days of becoming leftovers, and even holds up in homemade soups!

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Other kinds of gluten-free noodles either fall apart shortly after cooking, overcook quickly, or are filled with corn, potato, or other unnecessary starches that can pack on the pounds.

With this brand of brown rice pasta, you get excellent texture, most similar to traditional noodles, while avoiding the high sugar (created in your body from simple starches) and hard-to-digest and inflammatory properties of glutenous noodles.

I enjoy the option with added rice bran, because of the exta nutrition, fiber, and chewiness.

Cover in your favorite pesto sauce, or toss with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, basil, lemon, garlic and olive oil for a quick, simple and delicious summer dish.

Enjoy!

The. Best. Stevia.

Stevia is my favorite 100% sugar-free sweetener.

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But, you have to buy the right kind or it’s just plain terrible!

Stevia Rebaudiana is a sweet-tasting plant (sugar-free) native to South America. The compounds in the stevia leaf that taste sweet are called steviol glycosides, and provide a range of sweet and bitter-sweet flavors.

The Healthiest way to consume Stevia is in its whole form, as powdered green leaf.

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However….

The most delicious way to consume Stevia, in my experience, is with the following brand:

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NuNaturals Stevia. Check your local grocery store for the pure NuNaturals extract (powdered or liquid) to get the sweetest (never bitter) Stevia on the market. You can also check out NuNaturals’ website.

This makes a great sweetener for just about anything. It takes very little to make things sweet and is never bitter or licorice-y tasting.

Enjoy!

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

I love starting my day with Bentonite Clay.

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Bentonite Clay is a naturally sourced clay and an alkalizing supplement which rids your body of pesticides, pathogens and heavy metals, helping your body run smoothly and efficiently.

I notice I feel more balanced and energetic when I consume it– it’s one of my new favorite things to keep around!

How it Works: 

Bentonite clay is comprised of super-absorbent ions with a negative-charge, while most heavy metals and pathogens have a positivecharge. As the surfaces of the clay move through your body, these unwanted toxins are drawn with physical magnetism to the clay. The clay absorbs these particles and releases healthy minerals in place.

I’ve had great luck with this liquid source so far, but in the future I will be using powdered clay–it makes fantastic toothpaste (more on that to come).

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Check out this article for some important information on Bentonite Clay, and give it a try!

Upgrade Your Skin Care with the Oil-Cleansing Method

Revealing a beautiful complexion at home has never been more affordable, non-toxic, gentle, or effective.

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Plus, it smells nice too!

Why you should make the change:

Traditional facial cleansing/moisturizing products almost always contain toxic ingredients which slowly poison you from the inside out. I.e. Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Petrochemicals etc. Check out this article and more to brush yourself up on these unhealthy, cancer-causing additives.

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The good news is:

You don’t need to spend your money on these poisonous products OR pricey “all-natural” facial cleansers or lotions. Ever. 

You can cultivate glowing, healthy, happy skin with ONE (edible) tool AT HOME.

Coconut Oil. The Oil Cleansing Method. I was introduced to this efficient method a year ago, and have been a convert ever since.

If using oil on your skin freaks you out, remember that Oil Dissolves Oil. When you wash your face with oil, it dissolves the dirty oils on your skin and replaces them with good, clean, healthy oils.

Take a look at the ingredients in Dr. Bronner’s soaps, or any of the new paraben-free, all-natural skin-care products. They’re all comprised of oil. Just a simple combination of oils–that’s it! And they’re almost always based, if not exclusively made, with coconut oil.

That‘s because oil is the most effective and healthy way of cleansing the oils on our skin. Period. 

Coconut Oil also has Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral, and Anti-fungal properties which help with healing and preventing blemishes and keeping your skin clean.

The oil-cleansing method is easy, it feels great, and it’s super healthy for all skin types.

Here is what I believe to be the most simple and effective cleansing method for any skin type:

Oil-Cleansing Method:

  1. Wet your face with water.
  2. Using a quarter-teaspoon of Virgin Coconut Oil (from a trusted source), gently rub the oil into the skin on face and neck using small circles, working your way up to the forehead. You can do this for up to one minute. This part is fun! It should feel enjoyable and gentle, like a mini-facial.
  3. Get a washcloth wet with hot water (Not too hot! You want it to be just creating steam, but not so hot that it irritates your skin).
  4. Place the warm washcloth over your face and feel the steam melting the oil and working into your pores. Gently wipe away the oil in a patting-motion.
  5. You’re done! Your skin should look glowing-clean and feel fresh! If you have dry skin, you can even put a teensy bit of oil back on your face, and violàYou have a perfectly washed and moisturized face, from ingredients safe and good enough to eat!

A Few Tips:

  • Work in a little Baking Soda with the oil while you wash for an exfoliating facial-scrub!
  • This method works great especially for makeup-removal. The oil dissolves anything, including the hardest-to-remove waterproof and long-lasting makeups. Check out the Detoxinista’s great article and forum on healthy makeup options to complete your skin-care upgrade.
  • Coconut oil is great all over the body. So good, it has even been used traditionally in cultures near the equator for sunscreen! (Being a Ginger, I am careful with this one, but have found nothing better than coconut oil and a hint of raw aloe vera juice for after-sun skin care.)

Hope you enjoy this simple and healthy new way to cleanse and moisturize!

Healthiest Fried Zucchini

Sometimes, you just get a craving for some fried food…

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This version of deep-fried zucchini (my favorite french-fry substitute) is gluten-free and fried in Avocado Oil, so you can feel good about eating it!

There have been two giant zucchini in my kitchen just begging to be used in a dish.

My intentions were for soup, or curry. But, after a night out, I needed something rich–not light.

Thus, deep-fried zucchini.

Fortunately, I had a bottle of avocado oil I needed to crack open, and plenty of hungry friends to help mitigate my deep-fried binge.

Avocado oil is an extremely stable oil, and can be heated to high temperatures without producing carcinogens or other disease-causing toxins–making this your best choice when you just have to indulge in a deep-fried treat.

Ingredients:

For the Zucchini:

1 Large Zucchini

1-1/2 c. Tapioca Flour (same as tapioca starch)

1/4 c. Organic Corn Starch

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne pepper to taste

3 Eggs

Avocado or Coconut Oil

Optional:

1 oz. shredded or grated Cheese (goat or sheep is always a better choice!)

For the Spicy-Aioli Dipping Sauce:

1/4 c. Vegan Mayo Alternative (I like this brand)

1 tsp. Hot sauce (I went for the splurge and used Sriracha)

2 med. Cloves Garlic, minced

Directions:

  1. In a large wok or skillet, pour in about 2 inches of Avocado oil, and turn the heat to med. high.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients for aioli. Set aside.
  3. Chop the zucchini in half. Slice into medallions about 3/4in. thick.
  4. In a paper bag, place 1/2 c. Tapioca starch, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Toss medallions into bag and gently shake until all surfaces of zucchini are lightly coated.
  6. Whisk three eggs together in a pie pan.
  7. In a second shallow dish add the remaining tapioca flour, corn starch, and a pinch of salt and pepper. This will be your coating.
  8. Check to see that your avocado oil is hot. You can test this by dropping a bit of flour into the oil–if it sizzles loudly and quickly it’s hot enough. If not, you may need to turn up the heat on the burner.
  9. Dump a few pieces of zucchini into the pan with the whisked eggs and make sure the pieces are covered with egg on all sides.
  10. Move zucchini to dish with the coating mixture and toss to cover thoroughly in flour.
  11. Gently shake off any excess–but not too much, this is the most delicious part!
  12. Toss into hot oil and watch closely. The zucchini should fry very quickly, and you want the squash to retain some of its firmness. It’s about one minute or less, usually.
  13. Remove finished zucchini from oil and place onto a plate lined with paper towels, paper bags, or even newspaper.
  14. Sprinkle salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and a little bit of cheese on top and repeat the process with more zucchini.

Wait for them to cool and dip in the spicy aioli.

So. Good.

Mmmmmm…. Clear-conscience comfort food!

Cheap, Toxic Ingredients in American Beer

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Three years ago, after a dose of antibiotics (which I avoid unless absolutely desperate–mostly because of this), I became mysteriously allergic to specific brands of (cheap) beer. Now I can see exactly why. Check out this article on the GMO corn, corn syrup, rice, and propylene glycol (a solvent found in antifreeze and plastics) in popular beers like Pabst, Miller, Coors, Budweiser, Corona, Guinness and more:

Cheap, Toxic Ingredients in American Beer

Daily Oil Pulling

A long-debated and alarmingly simple Ayurvedic health ritual–and my new favorite habit.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method of removing toxins from the body, and claims to pull toxins out of the bloodstream through contact with the gums, as well as whiten teeth, assist in dental hygiene, reduce mouth and body aches, reduce menstrual symptoms, and aid in total-body health.

Science has neither proved, nor disproved these claims over hundreds of years, EXCEPT, in a relatively recent study, which found that

“Coconut oil exhibited antimicrobial activity against S. mutans and C. albicans. Sesame oil had antibacterial activity against S. mutans whereas sunflower oil had antifungal activity against C. albicans” –Source

S. Mutans is a bacteria, commonly found in the mouth, which contributes to tooth decay. C. Albicans (mutated) is responsible for Candida outbreaks and overgrowth. While sesame oil is traditional, coconut oil is gaining more and more popularity for this ritual. Coconut oil, by working effectively against overgrowth of these organisms in the mouth, actively contributes to oral, and therefore overall-body health.

I, personally, like the taste of coconut oil, and after some adjustment, am loving this ritual.

So, here’s what you do:

  • First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water to stimulate the saliva production and the circulation in your gums.
  • Place one Tablespoon of clean oil from a trusted source (I’m using this right now ) in your mouth, and slowly pull it through your teeth and gently swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes.
  • That’s right, 20 minutes. Don’t worry if you have trouble with this at first; it’s a little unusual to keep something in your mouth for so long, but you’ll get used to it, I promise! I recommend beginning with 5 minutes, and working your way up to 20.
  • After 20 minutes, the oil will have mixed with your saliva and will be a whitish color–spit it into the trash! This is important, you don’t want to let all that hard work go to waste by swallowing it, and you don’t want it to clog up your pipes either. So, into the trash it goes.
  • Now give your mouth a rinse, and brush your teeth, knowing you’ve done something great for your body for the day!

I enjoy the ritual of the oil-pull, and notice my mouth feels cleaner and my breath is fresher since I’ve begun the practice–I highly recommend it.

Here’s an interesting article on the Oil-Pull.

Giving the oil-pull a try? Let me know what you think!