Eat Well, Feel Well, Be Well

I am so in love with Nutrition these days I can hardly stand it! Yes; it’s after midnight, & while the rest of the house is peacefully slumbering a sudden and gigantic “must write” wave washed over me, compelling me to rise from under the blankets, tiptoe-ing past my son sleeping on the hallway floor in the laundry pile to the computer:) ! I was laying in bed for some reason starting thinking back to my college days, & all the courses I took (and there were quite a few I would prefer to have skipped). Is it any wonder Nutrition & Maternal Child Health were my absolute favorites?  Some of you; my beloved readers might know that in addition to being a Nutrition nut, I am considering going back to school to finish pursuing my Midwifery dream/calling in a state where midwives attending home births are illegal!  And when am I considering it? Only RIGHT ON the heels of finishing Yoga Teacher school. What’s really been grappling me is whether I really want to stuff my head with more knowledge (2-4 years more)!……. Yes, I consider myself an eternal “student”, but not in the sense I want to go on puffing up the ego with endless degrees and certificates. But, I digress; because that’s another story for another day. 

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It was such a subtle sweet memory bridging the past, present and future into the eternal NOW moment. One that affirmed positive thoughts like-

        “Yes, you are on the right path.” “You are doing what you came here to do.” “You are           fulfilling your purpose.” “You are doing and sharing what you love & you are so blessed.”

 Ah….. there is nothing like creative juicyness flowing. It never gets old. It’s ever fresh. And you know what else is best fresh? You guessed it, FOOD. Fresh, real, live, whole, food is what this body craves. Every single day I am thankful for the high quality Nutrition that I choose to put into my body. I know it is allowing me to live a vibrant, juicy, purpose-full life. A life full of health and happiness. And sharing it with others makes me ridiculously happy:)

Eat well. Feel well. Live well. Be well!!!!

The Total Wellness Super Shot

 

It’s time for a Total Wellness Super Shot my friends. Have you had yours today? I have always thought that creating “kitchen magic” held some special, sacred place in the book of life. Of course it goes back to my belief that Food is Love as all card carrying Italians know. I may have already shared this but I think I may have read Strega Nona too much as a kid (cackle). The neighbors still occasionally call, text, or show up with something or someone for me to bring my love of wellness and the alchemical transformative process to.

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A recent flu run- in had me playing with potions again. Both the kids and hubby had not had just one, but two bouts with this high fever, headache, cough, body aches, etc. for days over the holiday months. I nursed all three of them back to health. Meanwhile, I kept taking all the usual suspects like I do for wellness, and I was beaming and a little that I had come through unscathed. And then, when I stopped super charging my immune system and I least expected, it hit me and it was time to step back, I mean lay down, & receive all the greatness and nurturing I had been pouring all over everybody else.

Honestly, it is kind of torture for this mom to be sick. I mean, it just isn’t practical for it to happen; but it does. When they bring me things- like water, fruit, medicine, or draw me a bath; I feel really silly. I am still working on being the one taken care of and not the one doing the caretaking!

So here it is. The Total Wellness Super Shot I came up with. Combine: purified water, 1 tbsp. organic liquid chlorophyll,  fresh ginger (diced), fresh squeezed lemon juice, a dash of lime juice, a dash of cayenne pepper, & a dash of himalayan pink salt or sea salt. You can serve with a lime or fruit chaser if need be, but all four of us take it raw. Easy peazy. I like to use World Organic liquid chlorophyll concentrate. You can vary the amount of water according to taste. I make a glass jar as a concentrate, refrigerate, then we pour that into a shot glass. Voila!- The Total Wellness Super Shot.

Cheers to your health! Forget about the flu shot, & all the terrible chemicals it’s laden with that will make you sicker than the actual flu:( Remember those drug companies want your $$$. They make no profit from your health. I just want you to share this blog with your friends, so they can be super healthy too!!!

A Day in the Life

Many folks ask me “WHAT CAN YOU EAT”? then, when I share that I am mostly vegan these days. Usually, this is preceded by some funny facial expressions that seem to imply that living and eating this way is restrictive, austere, and results in starving in some himalayan cave kind of situation. I have to cackle….. It just isn’t true. There is so much color, variety, and deliciousness to be found in this way of eating. I eat plenty, and I am packing a little winter buddha belly right now to prove it. Sometimes hiberating like a bear sounds very appealing in the cold season. I am getting that urge even though our NC weather is warm and throwing me off!

I am going to share a day in the life today. That’s right;  breakfast, lunch, & dinner beloveds. Some of my readers have been asking what a typical day is like, can you give me “whole meal” recipes?  Ask & you shall receive darlings.

Breakfast:  Mixed berry smoothie. Organic strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, & blackberries. All frozen because they are generally out of season. Chia seeds. Hemp seeds. A smidgeon of raw honey. A half cup of blueberry kefir. Water enough to cover berries. Dried garden lavender flowers. Calories- No need to count them.

Outing to Whole Paycheck for weekly food stuffs. Bishop must stop at the snack trough and proceed to charm them into the idea that two are better than one! All smiles over the super sale on organic oranges, & avocado’s. SCORE! Home with the booty, & out to the garden. Giddy like a child over the few random green onions growing, admist the mostly barren winter landscape. Must be from that compost……Nature is teasing me with her unpredictability.

Pause to munch some wild growing parsley by the side of the house; and back inside for lunch brigade. Feeling not only blessed…Tangible Abundance!!!!

Lunch: Black sesame rice crisps. Mango pineapple salsa. A sprout & grape tomato nest drizzled with lime juice. A handful of organic blueberries. Yummy in the tummy.

Afternoon Snack: almonds, cranberries, walnuts, rice flakes, & goji berry bits.

Dinner: Typical scenario. I need simple and scrumptious. Time is of the essence. This can be made in roughly the amount of time it takes to get fast food and it’s cheaper people! Spare yourself about a billion chemicals and additives. Black Bean Quesadillas are the answer. I start with a small amount of home-ade ghee (clarified butter), & add sprouted organic corn tortillas to skillet. I used organic black beans topped with some Daiya (vegan shredded cheese made with pea protien), cilantro, fresh jalapeno pepper diced, & a bit of red onion. I added some carrot to the skillet for about a minute, & used that to top the quesadillas then sprinkled with lime juice. Served with avocado mashed in the shell with lemon juice, salt, pepper. Garnish with gala apple wedges. I would usually serve this with salad, but tonight I chose not to.

Fridge to plate: 15 minutes or less. I am bursting to tell you- in many ways veggie life is far more efficient…….And I LOVE efficient.

LIFE IS GOOD!!!  How could it be otherwise?  We are meant to be bountiful, blissful, & beautiful!  Eat well, and suffering will diminish!

Get Blissed!!- Strawberry Ravioli with Cacao Sauce

For a devotee of Divine Mother, this may be the most blissed out time of the year. I wanted to co-create some extra juicy kitchen LOVE to kick off the first day of Navaratri that began yesterday. Navaratri is the ten days of worship of Divine Mother, with three sets of three days each honoring different aspects of Devi. The first day also happens to be my spiritual mother’s-birthday, so my heart was longing to make something divinely sweet and offer it to Her!!

I had three wishes- that it be raw, delicious, & really easy since grocery getting had us eating a late dinner. We will be having it again… and again. The kids didn’t say much b/c they were too busy engulfing it.  It’s FABULOUS. And it’s healthy and full of super brain food like raw cacao…..

Strawberry Ravioli with Cacao Sauce

(inspired by Fawn M. at  www.goneraw.com, & then tweaked so I didn’t have to make the cacao sauce on the stove). It’s mainly raw, although I’ve heard agave can never really be raw or it would turn to tequila in a couple days, so you could also use date paste (dates with water) instead of the agave. There are also “bliss balls” featured in this pic, but you won’t find the recipe on here. I’m not sure I can ever part with that one……!

Servings- 2

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries

Pear Cream filling:

1/2 cup cashews, presoaked

3/4 medium bosc pear, or bartlett

1 tbsp lemon juice

Cacao Sauce:

2 Tbsp raw coconut oil

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp agave nectar (more or less to taste)

Preparation:

**soaking cashews for 2-4 hrs. is recommended but not neccessary.

* pear cream filling can be made a day or two in advance if you like.

To make pear cream, in a blender, food processor, or magic bullet- grind cashews into a flour. Coursely chop the pear, & add it along with the lemon juice until smooth. Set aside.

Combine the cacao powder, agave, & coconut oil in a bowl & stir until smooth in a seperate bowl.

Wash strawberries & pat dry. Cut 1/4 inch segments that can then be sliced to create a pocket. Depending on the size of your berries you may want to slice them lengthwise or crosswise. Remove the stem with a V cut to preserve the natural heart shape of the berry.

Spoon the filling into the strawberry ravioli and place directly on a plate. This is a great dish to share. Now gently drizzle some of the cacao sauce on the ravioli & serve immediately.

Karunamayi's Blessing at the Washington D.C. Homa. Mmmm Motherly Love.....

XOXOXOXOXOXO

KaRa

Raw thing, you make my heart sing!- Apple Avocado Salad

“Let thy food be thy medicine & thy medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Isn’t it interesting that the father of medicine knew this and somehow many of us have totally been disconnected from that which bestows the body/mind/spirit with everything it needs to thrive? Let’s RECONNECT & EN-LIVEN!!!

Living, raw foods make my heart sing!!!…. I feel incredibly nurtured and blissful tasting the simplicity of an orange or a grapefruit. I get that tingly taste on my tongue which is “electrical” because that is the nature of citrus fruit, either organic or heirloom. I don’t get that same feeling when I eat conventional fruits and veggies. They taste like chemicals, or very bland in comparison to me. Raw Rules!!

Onto today’s salad………

APPLE AVOCADO SALAD

1 organic braeburn apple- cut in chunks

1 organic hass avocado- cut in chunks

1/2 cup fresh cilantro- chopped

1/4 red onion- diced

1 tsp black sesame seeds

1 tsp white sesame seeds

1 tsp golden flax seeds

1 tsp tulsi leaves (dried and ground in mortar/pestle)

himalayan pink salt or celtic sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste

feta cheese to garnish (you can substitute raw cheese to keep it all raw or omit to make it vegan)

Toss, & enjoy on a bed of leafy greens, or AS IS. If you want a little dressing here’s a super easy home-ade one.

HONEY CITRUS DRESSING

3 TBSP fresh squeezed orange juice

1/2 tsp raw honey or agave nectar

salt & pepper to taste

My gratitude & Love in service to the Mother of the Universe who keeps helping me put one foot in front of the other on the path home.

Shanti Om.

Mango Peach Peace Lassi

I was getting asked for recipes all the time; & realized I needed a way to share with the world some kitchen love without time consuming handwriting or emailing.  Not to mention I am an Italian/Irish mama; so I hardly ever rely on recipes!! I store these things in the recipe box in my heart.

Most of the time what I make I call kitchen magic.  What I do is consider everything a co-creation with Spirit in the sense that I let go, love, laugh, play, & mix together what I have on hand. I am not afraid to try and have something be a flop. My patty pan squash the other night is a great example of a flop!!! I also get a thrill taking other recipes and giving them a little “tweakage”. My kids are by far my biggest critics, & my hubby is my biggest fan. Some of my best dishes involve drumming, dancing, chanting, or singing in my kitchen as I am making them.

So here goes my first recipe blog share. I’m going to do these from time to time, although I am not  going to give away the farm so to speak, because I have started writing my first book, & it’s a collection of recipes! Summer is fruit-tastic, and makes me want more smoothies, fresh fruit, & cold drinks! Lately, I have been making mango peach lassi’s and they are a hit with the whole family.


MANGO PEACH PEACE LASSI

1 – 2 whole organic peaches (sliced)- fresh or frozen

1 -2 cups mango- fresh or frozen

1/2  pint organic yogurt

2 Tbs raw sugar, or 2 Tbs raw honey

2 cups almond or coconut milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

cinnamon to taste

nutmeg to taste

shredded organic coconut to garnish

Put all items into a blender, & blend away!  I like to use the frozen fruit so that ice isn’t neccessary.  You can add ice to reach desired consistency. You can also substitute water for the milk, or use your preferred type of milk. Add the whipped cream on top, garnish with the coconut & voila! Enjoy. Serves 1-3 depending on how much fruit you use.

WHIPPED CREAM

1 cup heavy whipping cream (I like local and rbgH free)

2-3 TBS of raw sugar

Using an electric mixer on lowest setting, add the whipping cream to a metal bowl with the sugar, & mix for a couple minutes. Then slowly increase the speed until you have a fluffy cream.  The more fat content of your cream, the more bubbles you will get, the more fluffy it will be. One cup of cream makes 2 cups.

As Strega Nona says “The ingrediente secreto is Love. Always Love.”