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Vegan Cherry Chocolate Shake {two awesome recipes}

I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect vegan chocolate cherry shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them.

Vegan Cherry Chocolate Shake

Version 1 {The winner}

  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
  • 1 cup chocolate coconut milk ice cream ( I used the So Delicious brand )
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • a pinch of sea salt

Blend & Enjoy
I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect Vegan Chocolate Cherry Shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them. Get the recipes here: http://thelotusroot.com/vegan-cherry-chocolate-shake-two-recipes/
Version 2  [The runner up}

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla coconut milk ice cream
  • 1 cup frozen organic cherries
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 3 tsp raw cocao powder
  • a pinch of sea salt

Blend & drink it up!
I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect Vegan Chocolate Cherry Shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them. Get the recipes here: http://thelotusroot.com/vegan-cherry-chocolate-shake-two-recipes/

Let me know what you think if you try one (or both!)

Liz

Honesty time: On Self-Love

I found out last week that the day before Valentines Day was “The International Day of Self-Love”. It makes me happy that this is a thing.

I love that so many people were focusing just as much on self-care as they were on romantic love over Valentine’s Day weekend. It breaks my heart when people feel unworthy of taking care of themselves. I love seeing people empower themselves, and seeing them thrive. This is one of the reasons why I do what I do.

In my early 20’s I struggled with anxiety. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to overcome it naturally. I figured that I’d need to learn how to take the best possible care of my mind, body & soul to make that happen. After all, if I didn’t do it, who would? I was living in Hawaii at the time, thousands of miles away from my family. Counselors at school just wanted to put me on drugs (which just made me feel tired and out of it – no bueno). My parents did the best that they could while I was growing up, but there were things they never could have known that I needed because my body is uniquely my own. Things like eating healthy, yoga and meditation were not mainstream like they are today.  I had to figure out what worked best for me by checking out lots of books from the library, and doing a lot of experimentation. I was amazed by how much better I felt after taking proper care of myself.

On Self-love and Self-care

Thanks to those experiences, I’ve grown to understand the importance of self-love + self-care (especially of the all-natural, chemical-free variety when appropriate). It’s so important to me that I built a business around it – and try to inspire others to take part in it daily.

BUT – there’s still a part of me that resists it.

Many of us grew up getting the message that self-care / self-improvement is sometimes a good thing, sometimes scoffed at or ridiculed (especially if it’s considered “hippy-dippy” **),  often thought of as selfish, a waste of time or money (the latter being the biggest sin of all to many), and something that you sometimes have to hide if you don’t want to be torn down.

Things shifted for me the day I realized that people usually mock things that they’re afraid to do themselves (a.k.a haters gonna hate.) Things changed when I got a better understanding of what people will do to manipulate, control and inflict pain when they themselves are hurting. Now I know not to entertain any of that nonsense.

But sometimes, there’s still that small voice in the back of my mind saying things like:

 “Who do you think you are you selfish you-know-what?”

“You spent HOW MUCH on healthy food? (healing/ supplements,etc..)”

“That was a total waste of money.”

“There are more important things to do right now than making juice, doing yoga, etc…”

Or, “You’re gonna look like a total egomaniac / narcissist / weird hippy / fill-in-the-blank when people see what you’re spending your time on”..etc..

My goal is to inspire, but I’m still healing that part of me that feels like I need to protect myself by hiding or by resisting the things I know I need to do to care for my mind/body/soul.

Can you relate?

Ironically though, I realize that the best way to get rid of that shame, and to quiet that harsh inner critic is some good-old-fashioned self-love & self-care.

So, in my attempt to continue to heal so I can serve best, to help inspire others who may feel the same way (or who could just use some fun (mostly) natural tips + ideas), and to say F— YOU to my inner critic, I’m going to begin a 60-days of Self-Care challenge on instagram. Will you join me? (Feel free to start at any time – more details here)

+ Day one: TRIPHALA (Read more about it / how to use it here) +

With lots of love,

Liz

**You know I’m all about the hippy dippy

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Triphala for healthy skin, detoxing, and more

Triphala is a highly revered, time-tested ayurvedic herb which is thought to be beneficial to every system and organ of the body.

It helps regulate & cleanse the digestive system. It’s so gentle that it’s considered safe enough to be taken everyday. It also helps cleanse the blood & liver, and doesn’t deplete the body because of its high nutritional content. These cleansing actions are extremely beneficial to the skin. It’s helpful for the eyes, respiratory, glandular, cardiovascular and immune systems.

It’s believed to be anti-aging, and is known in ayurveda to speed healing, and to rejuvenate every part of the body. It’s great for all three doshas, and considered safe for most people, from infants to the elderly* (although it’s normally not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing / ** if in doubt make sure to check in with a qualified physician.)

Triphala is made up of 3 nourishing fruits, including vibhitaki/bibitaki, haritaki, and amla/amalaki. Amla is extremely high in heat stable vitamin C (which is normally very easy to destroy with temperature changes). It’s said to have 20 times more vitamin C than oranges.

Vitamin C can hydrate the skin and increase collagen production (preventing wrinkles & increasing elasticity). It can also help strengthen the blood vessels below the surface of your skin, which can help repair or prevent broken capillaries & spider veins.

How to take it: You can find triphala in capsules (from brands such as Organic India or Gaia Herbs) or buy it in loose powder form – I got mine at Mountain Rose Herbs. ( I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, just a fan of their high quality products & sustainable practices.)

I usually take 1/4 of a teaspoon of the powder in some warm spring water with about 1 tsp of honey. You can start with 1/8 of a tsp of the herb and slowly work your way up to 1 or 2 tsp depending on your own needs and tolerance for it. Check out this article to learn more about dosage. Feel free to take it plain or with the vegan sweetener of your choice (a little bit of coconut sugar?)

It is quite bitter, so for me the honey helps it go down more smoothly (the taste has actually grown on me).  I like taking it this way instead of in capsules since the bitter flavor helps get digestion going. It’s suggested that you take it first thing in the morning or right before bed.

You can also take it in a cup of tulsi tea, which tastes great, also has amazing health benefits and is said to amplify some of triphalas actions.

Ancient ayurvedic herb for glowing skin http://www.thelotusroot.com/triphala-for-healthy-skin-detoxing-and-more/

Triphala for healthy skin, gentle cleansing, digestive health, and more http://www.thelotusroot.com/triphala-for-healthy-skin-detoxing-and-more/

Do you ever take triphala? I’d love to hear how you’ve benefited from it. <3

Liz

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is for informational purposes only. The information shared is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. **Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have. Use your own discretion and do your research before trying any herb, essential oil or health regimen, especially if pregnant, nursing or have a health condition.

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Ayurvedic herbs for the skin

Today I wanted to share this video by Prashanti de Jager, one of my favorite herbalists, on the top ayurvedic herbs for clear & healthy skin.

(Spoiler alert: the herbs are triphala, turmeric, brahmi, and neem – more about triphala and how to use it HERE.)

To sum it up:  Any herb or food that is rich in antioxidants, bioflavanoids, or is cleansing to the liver and/or blood is great for your skin. Herbs / foods that support the immune system improve the health of your skin as well.
He also touches on why it’s a good idea to use herbs & herbal based products.

+ Learn more about the health + beauty benefits of turmeric {and a healthy hot cocoa recipe}:  here

+ Learn how to make a delicious turmeric / cocoa / peanut butter smoothie: here

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Cocao Turmeric Peanut Butter Smoothie

cocoa turmeric peanut butter smoothie

I had something else planned for this weeks post, but this smoothie recipe is too good not to share.

If you’ve heard about the amazing benefits of turmeric, and have been wanting to add more into your diet, this is an easy way to sneak some in.

Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond, Coconut or Cashew Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tsp of Raw Cocao powder (have you heard that raw cocao is actually amazing for gut health? Anything good for the gut is great for the skin, brain, improving your mood, balancing your hormones and increasing immunity)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 3 Tsp of honey or coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 4 Tsp peanut butter*

*You can replace it with almond butter or your nut butter of choice if you prefer, or if you’re concerned about aflatoxin in peanut butter.
{I love peanut butter so I decided not to worry about it. I left it out a few times but to me the pb is what makes it.}

(if it sounds better to you, substitute coconut oil or coconut butter.  The fat will help you absorb the nutrients.)

  • Blend & Enjoy.

Fancy blenders are lovely but not required. $15 travel blender from target. Done.

Try it! It’s the bomb.

-Liz

p.s: Today is day 31 of the #herbalmedicineeveryday challenge on instagram, but I’m having so much fun I’m going to see how long I can keep going. I’m so happy that other people are having fun with it too. Feel free to join us. :)

Does this recipe sound good? You may also love this hot cocoa with a healthy kick ( a variation of ayurvedic golden milk)

 

cocoa turmeric peanut butter smoothie sacred geometry

 

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Hot cocoa with a healthy kick

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

Golden milk is a hot ayurvedic drink traditionally made with milk, honey & turmeric (and a few other ingredients, depending on who you ask.)

I’ve put my own spin on this by adding some mineral rich cocao and a few more spices.

This is my absolute favorite way to get turmeric into my body, and it’s perfect for this time of year.

It gives my mood a boost, and the spices in this drink make it extremely nourishing & warming.

All of the ingredients have amazing health benefits (especially when taken together) – here are just a few:

  •  Raw cocao is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and those “bliss chemicals” we love so much (phenylethylamine & anandamide).
  • Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s great for the joints, brain, heart, skin & immune system, and has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression. It’s also known to increase flexibility of the tendons (perfect for yogis & dancers).
  •  The pinch of pepper in this recipe actually boosts your bodies ability to absorb the curcumin in turmeric by up to 2000 percent! [Source]. It also gives the drink a great kick and makes it taste a bit like chai.
  •   The healthy fat in coconut oil also allows the curcumin + the magnesium in the cocoa to be absorbed better.
    “When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system, thereby in part bypassing the liver.” [Source]

I could probably go on all day about the health benefits of the rest of the ingredients, but on to the recipe…

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

Chocolate golden milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond or coconut milk (or the milk of your choice)
  •  One 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  •  1/2 a teaspoon dried turmeric powder (or one 1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons raw cocao powder
  •  Raw honey to taste – I used 1 1/2 tablespoons ( feel free to substitute coconut sugar or the sweetener of your choice if you’re vegan or want to use something low glycemic.)
  •  1/2 tsp unrefined / cold pressed Coconut oil (or ghee if you’re not making it a vegan drink.)
  •  a pinch each of cayenne, cinnamon & black pepper
  • optional but delicious: a few cardamom pods (cracked open)

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/Directions

  •  Add milk to your pot and start to simmer on medium heat..
  •  Add your piece of ginger.
  •  Stir in the other ingredients.
  •  Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 – 10 more minutes.
  •  Pull out your piece of ginger (and turmeric if you used the fresh root)
  •  Pour into a mug and enjoy. nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

 

I hope you give this one a try – Share a pic of your chocolate golden milk with the hashtag #herbalmedicineeveryday on instagram and let me know what you think!

Liz

If this drink sounds good, you may also enjoy this raw cocao turmeric smoothie recipe.

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Disclaimer: Please note this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose or suggest treatment. Please be sure to do your research and consult with a medical professional before consuming any new herbs or spices, especially if pregnant, nursing, or have any medical conditions.

Day 3 – Nettle leaf infusion

Today is day 3 of my #herbalmedicineeveryday challenge, and I’m making a nettle infusion, inspired by the great American herbalist Susun Weed.

Nettle is rich in iron & vitamin K to name a few things, and it’s gently cleansing to the body. To really get all of those nutrients out of the plant, you need to steep for at least 4 – 10 hours.
Learn how to make your own infusions, here: http://www.susunweed.com/How_to_make_Infusions.htm

I’m giving myself a challenge this month. Are you in?‏

As I mentioned in Mondays post, my challenge for the rest of the month is to get more nourishment into by body by enjoying different herbs every day. I have quite a collection of herbs here in my mini home apothecary, and I really need to start using them more. (Plus, there are so many great herbs to be found at health food & grocery stores.) We’re getting less nutrients in our food these days – the soil is more depleted then ever, and the “medicine” has been bred out of a lot of the food we eat for a long time now (see this article for more info) – so it’s always a great idea to nourish with herbs.

(Yesterday’s gray weather called for a spicy / sweet / chocolatey version of ayurvedic golden milk, with turmeric + other spices – recipe soon to come – sign up here to have it sent to your inbox next week. )

I’ve been fascinated by herbalism since I was a kid, when my dad would bring home mysterious bags of herbs to brew from Chinatown in Chicago.

Another early memory is of Kava drinking sessions with friends in high school. They had a whole ceremony for it – we would have to clap before receiving our wooden bowl of kava to drink (which they called a bup, because it looked like a combination of a bowl & a cup.) Very official.
Since then I’ve slowly been getting to know some of our many plant allies. It never ceases to amaze me how each plant has something different to offer to fix our ailments.

One of these days I’ll make it official and become a certified herbalist – in the meantime I’ll just continue to learn about and experience the healing power of plants.

Anyway, I’d love it if you’d join in on the challenge one day, or every day, for the rest of the month. I’ll be posting daily on instagram (by far my favorite social media platform)

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I’m using the hashtag #HerbalMedicineEveryday – feel free to follow it or use it on your own photos to share what herbs you’ve been enjoying.

Not on instagram? Feel free to share your pics on facebook. I’ll be posting on my blog throughout the month, too.

Got an herb you’re not sure how to use? Let me know and I’ll try my best to help you out or do a post on it.
Hit reply or ask anonymously, here. {I’ve been loving all of your questions and if I haven’t answered yet I’ll be in touch soon! Keep ‘em coming!}

Liz

 

herbal medicine everyday

Starting today I’m challenging myself to get more herbal medicine into my body (to get some of the nutrients I may not be getting despite a healthy diet.) For the rest of the month I’ll be enjoying some of the many herbs I’ve bought but haven’t used yet. Feel free to follow along or join me on instagram by using the hashtag #HerbalMedicineEveryday

Starting simple today with some passion tea (hibiscus + licorice root + orange peel + cinnamon + rose hips + lemon grass)

Starting today I'm challenging myself to get more herbal medicine into my body (to get some of the nutrients I may not be getting despite a healthy diet.) For the rest of the month I'll be enjoying some of the many herbs I've bought but haven't used yet. Feel free to follow along or join me on instagram by using the hashtag #HerbalMedicineEveryday http://instagram.com/thelotusroot