Saturday, March 10, 2012

Easter Candy

This version of coconut buttercream eggs cuts down on the holiday guilt. It is a bit healthier since it has mostly raw and mostly vegan ingredients.

Coconut Butter Cream
1 cup raw coconut, chunks or flakes
1/4 cup solid raw honey
2 tablespoons liquid raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 scraped vanilla bean
pinch sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Shape into 12 eggs and refrigerate on a piece of parchment paper.

Chocolate Coating
1/4 cup raw cocoa butter
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons agave syrup
pinch pink Himalayan salt

Melt cocoa butter in a food dehydrator at 105F. Whisk remaining ingredients together and let cool slightly. Dip eggs in chocolate coating then place back on parchment paper, returning to refrigerator for 5 minutes. Put chocolate mixture in dehydrator to keep melted. Dip eggs for a second time and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Support for Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is a great decision, whether it is a New Year’s resolution or a commitment to better health. Withdrawal can be very challenging and may tempt one to give up on quitting. The following can be a source of physical support to help ease the discomfort of detoxification.

These smoothies are packed with antioxidants and cruciferous vegetables which are known to protect against lung cancer.

Lung Detox Smoothie 1
1 pear
1/2 cup arugula
1/4 avocado
1 date
2 cups water

Lung Detox Smoothie 2
1 apple
1/2 cup dandelion greens
1 leaf red cabbage
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cucumber
2 cups water

Lung Detox Smoothie 3
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup Swiss chard
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup tomatoes
1-1/2 cups water

Place any set of ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth.

Lung Detox Tea
This tea helps break down and expel mucus from the lungs and reduces inflammation in the bronchia.

1/2 gallon water
2 tablespoons elderberries
1 teaspoon licorice root
4 whole clove buds
1 whole orange, sliced

Place all ingredients in a large pot on the stove. Heat to boiling. Cover, boil 5 more minutes. Let sit covered for 5 hours for maximum extraction. Strain and serve. This amount can be ingested in 1 day for 1 week. Take a break for one day and resume the cycle if needed.

Enjoy good health!