I have been craving chocolate lately. I don’t normally deprive myself from what I am craving. Since cleaning up my diet and tuning into my body, cravings have become an indicator that I am lacking something in my diet. I try to figure out what it is I’m lacking, then eat the healthiest nutrient dense version of what it is, to satisfy my need. However, I am doing a 28 Day Cleanse, so this is ALL mental.
I decided to whipped up a cleanse friendly treat. BUT there was a bit of a casualty…. my beloved Vitamix, Zippy (yes I named my Vitamix) crashed!! We’ve shared 6 long years together. I am truly crushed! She seems only to have enough oomph to mix up liquids. I have used Zippy every day for the past 6 years, unless I was traveling and sometimes she even traveled with me.
I was able to complete my mission, however the batter wasn’t as smooth as I like it to be, but it tasted just as good!!! These Donut Holes go really well with a Bullet Proof Chaga Tea!
There’s a link below to print of a PDF of the recipe.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine dates, black beans, chocolate protein powder, pumpkin seed butter, sea salt, and cacao powder in the bowl of your food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in unsweetened coconut flakes and place on the covered baking sheet.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour to set. Enjoy! 3 balls equal one serving.
I got 4 chickens a few weeks ago. I knew I would enjoy having them, but I seriously have become a CRAZY CHICKEN LADY. Yes, I’ve even looked at sweaters for my chickens online!! They are the first thing I think about when I wake up, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed. I LOVE my chickens!!
My girls have been good to me, producing 3-4 eggs per day. So needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of eggs and been giving some away. The other day I did a trade with a friend. She has some beautiful collard greens she traded me for some eggs. I knew I wanted to use them to make a wrap of some kinds, so I decided to put a spin on egg salad and it came out delicious!
Avocado Egg Salad
4 Hard boiled eggs mashed
1 Avocado mashed
1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
4-5 Sprigs of fresh Dill
2-3 chopped scallions
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Simple as that! You could eat this on it’s own, in bread, on crackers or like I did, wrapped in greens and added some tomato.
An easy nutrient dense meal, which was great when I needed a quick lunch. It has been so hot here, I haven’t have much of an appetite. This has been the prefect meal to enjoy on those hot days. Especially when you don’t really feel like chopping up veggies for a salad or using the oven.
Do you have a favorite egg recipe? Feel free to it share below.
My little Golden Healer Daisy, will be 13 this year. Over the past year she has been really slowing down. In her prime, she loved to do agility, nose work training, hiking, swimming, running, pretty much anything as long as she is with me. (It’s amazing to be adored so much.) With age, has come some serious arthritis. I do a lot of supportive modalities to help ease her pain and keep her comfortable. One of the things I do to help support her aging body is give her Golden Paste.
Golden Paste is a concoction of turmeric, water, fresh ground pepper and coconut oil. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial plants that grows 5 to 6 feet high in the tropical regions of South Asia. It has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wound treatment, for well over 4,000 years. It’s well known for it’s powerful antioxidants, effective anti-inflammatory properties, study have shown it is helpful in preventing and even treating cancer, aids in protecting the liver from toxins, and so much more.
When turmeric is ingested on it’s own it has poor bio-availability in the body, which is believed to be a result of being rapidly metabolized in the liver and intestinal wall. Studies have shown that combining turmeric with black pepper increases the bio-availability of turmeric by 2,000% in humans and 154% in rats, according to the October 1992 issue of the journal Clinical Pharmacokinetics.
How To Make Turmeric Golden Paste For Dogs
Australian veterinarian Dr Doug English has seen great results with a turmeric recipe he developed called Golden Paste. His website provides a lot of supportive documentation on the benefits of turmeric. Here is his recipe: Dr. Doug English
1/2 Cup of Organic Turmeric
1-1 1/2 Cup of Filtered Water
1 1/2 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Cup of Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
1. Add turmeric and water in a pan (Start with a cup of water, add more if needed)
2. Stir on medium/low heat for 7-10 minutes, or until paste consistency (if too watery add more turmeric)
3. Add pepper and coconut oil, stir well
4. Allow the mixture to cool, then store in an air tight jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
*If the mixture doesn’t mix well, you can put it in the blender for 1-2 minutes and it will incorporate the mixture.
Giving Golden Paste To Your Dog
You can add the Golden Paste directly to your dog’s meals by mixing it with some water, raw goats milk or kefir. Some may even lick it off a spoon. Most dogs don’t mind the taste at all, however my girl does! Mixing it with goats milk or bone broth, has been helpful to get her to eat it.
Start with about ¼ to ½ tsp, depending on the size of your dog. You can increase the amount from there, up to about a Tbsp for larger dogs.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making the Golden Paste, Primal Pet Foods carries a Golden Raw Goats Milk that offers the benefits of the turmeric, and probotics from the goats milk, along with good health fats.
In Love and Magic,
~Jen and Daisy~
*Disclaimer* This information is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
My youngest boy is obsessed with pancakes! He wants to eat them morning, noon and night! I wanted try something a little different. I picked up some Maple Yogurt at my favorite farm Swallow Tail Creamery. I figured using yogurt instead of milk, would make a more dense and delicious pancakes…. and I was RIGHT!!! I also wanted add some protein to punch up the nutrition in them, so I add my favorite collagen product, Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins. I wasn’t even finished cooking the 4th pancake before Elliot was screaming for more!!!
Yogurt Protein Pancakes.
2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
1 scoop of collagen powder (I used Vital Proteins)
2 tablespoons sweetener (I would have used honey, but was out, so I used coconut sugar)
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups (16 ounces) plain yogurt or I used Maple yogurt from my FAVORITE local farm Swallow Tail Farm
1/4 cup water
In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt and water. Stir into dry ingredients and mix together.
Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot griddle coated with coconut oil. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until the second side is golden brown.
Add butter, maple syrup, your other favorite toppings, and ENJOYED!!!
Saturday morning I had to rush out the door for an appointment. I didn’t have time to make my normal superfood smoothie for breakfast. I had a half of an avocado and some chicken left over in the fridge. So I got the idea to make a chicken salad. I added the chicken, avocado, mixed in some lemon juice and sea salt…. it was DELICIOUS! So I decided when I got home to make another batch and kick it up a notch!
It is my new favorite go to lunch/snack/dinner!
1 avocado mashed
1/2 cup -1 cup of cooked chicken
The juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion
2 ribs of celery finely chopped
Sea salt to taste
Mixed together and enjoy. Super simple, nutritious and delicious. Simple as that!!!!
Next time I might try adding in some different type of herb, like basil or maybe curry. So many options!!!