February 14, 2014 by Living Girl Living Foods
My apologizes for being MIA for a few weeks, things in the lecturing and instruction world have been a bit busier. This is probably the first time in weeks that I have actually been on my computer instead of using my phone!
But let’s get juicy 😀
I have some fantastic recipes I would like to share with you all tonight, each one has something a little different to offer. Many of the ingredients used I have mentioned in much depth in previous posts. I am going to try to do my best to link these so you all can collect as much information as possible. If there is something I missed and you happen to think of it please let me know. I truly appreciate everyone’s feed back and hope to have a Q&A post up soon.
Now let’s get to these delicious recipes
All Things Nice Spiced Cacao Tonic Recipe
3 cup of coffee or tea, I like to use a homemade batch of dandelion tea and chaga tea
1 tablespoon raw carob powder
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (you can do just two tablespoons of cacao if carob is not available or you do not like the taste)
1 tablespoon coconut nectar (you could also use 2 or 3 fresh dates instead if you prefer)
1 dash of salt
1 tablespoon raw maca powder (optional)
3 cups of water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
The All Things Nice Spices will really depend on your taste buds, but I would say a mix of all of these equaling 1/2 tablespoon; cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black & white pepper and chili powder.
Blend until smooth and pour into your favorite cup!
Feel free to try your hand at some barista art too 😀
If tonics is something new to you, I have a post that goes into detail about them and a few ideas on ingredients to make your own concoction.
If you are not familiar with Carob it is a wonderful alternative to Cacao if you happen to be sensitive to caffeine or would like to rotate and or limit your consumption. Carob has this nutty chocolate flavor that is truly fun and unique to play with in the kitchen.
May be your turning your head at your screen right now about the idea of using pepper in a tonic. Black and white pepper have numerous health benefits from aiding with an upset stomach, bronchitis, treating nerve pains, and aiding in prevention of colon and liver cancer.
White pepper isn’t all that common I suppose in some kitchens or recipes. There is a time and place for white pepper. White pepper has a milder, more delicate flavor than black pepper, and is useful for adding a peppery flavor to light-colored foods. More expensive white pepper is hotter than black because it contains more piperine, the volatile oil that gives pepper its characteristic flavor. White pepper contains slightly less essential oil than black pepper.
Some unique health benefits of White Pepper
- White pepper stimulates the taste buds in a way that an alert is sent to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion ❤
- · Pepper is an excellent source of manganese, a very rich source of iron and vitamin K, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber
- · White pepper has long been recognized as a carminitive, (a substance that helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas), a property likely due to its beneficial effect of stimulating hydrochloric acid production. In addition, white pepper has diaphoretic (promotes sweating), and diuretic (promotes urination) properties.
- Overall this is wonderful for detoxing, and can be helpful during the winter or holidays when we have the tendency to over indulge or feel stressed
A while back I was asked to share some “sports drink”-like drinks. I have one to share with you all and an option to make it a little sweeter by simply adding blood orange juice. This is a super duper simple recipe that hopefully will be something easy to find the ingredients for too.
8 ounces of coconut water
1 tablespoon goji powder
Stir well and enjoy ❤
If this isn’t sweet enough for you, or isn’t feeling like fireworks going off for your taste buds I recommend juice two blood oranges and mixing it in. I personally prefer it this way!
This concoction is packed with essential amino acids (hello protein hubba hubba), vitamin c, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and over 20 trace minerals. YUM!
I have a few more drinks and things I would love to share with you all but I see this post is already becoming rather dense. Jinkies! Well I hope you all have the chance to make some of these magical drinks and even come up with some of your own brews. Our kitchens can be our playgrounds too if we let ourselves have FUN.
Thank you all dearly for taking the time to stop by my site. Wishing you all a delicious, magical and laughter filled weekend. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉