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Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)


Like with regular cheesecake you only need to learn one recipe in order to have the ability to come up with a million variations. 

This recipe is super basic and can be manipulated in several ways. We will give you some suggestions! Enjoy!

Crust:


1/2c pitted dates
1 cup walnuts (this can be substituted with any nut of choice except for cashews- pistachios, pecans, almonds or a mixture of all of them)

Filling:

1.5 cups soaked cashews 
Juice of one lemon (or try lime!)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (any liquid oil works here- toasted walnut or olive oil are also very nice)
1/2 cup coconut milk (canned or homemade! homemade is simply 1 cup of coconut flakes blended with 3-4cups of water)
1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup (honey, agave, and dates are also great substitutions)

Simply blend the crust ingredients together and press in a pie tin. Place in the freezer as you blend all of the filling ingredients together and then pour the filling on top of the crust. Place the final product in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Variations:

Blueberry- add 1/2 cup of freeze dried blueberries to the filling
Key lime - substitute lemon juice for key lime juice
Pumpkin- add 1 tsp pumpkin spice to crust and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree to the filling
Chocolate- add 3 tblsp of cacao nibs to the crust and 1/4-1/2 cup raw cacao to the filling
Vanilla bean- add 1 tsp vanilla to the crust and 2 scraped vanilla beans to the filing

What is your favorite cheesecake flavor? Let us help you recreate this classic into something more wholesome and healthy!


Sprouting Nuts and Seeds and Why

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)
Sprouting is the act of germinating a seed. This makes the nuts and seeds more easily digestible and allows for you to absorb all of the nutrients available. Seeds and nuts also have naturally occuring "anti-nutrients" aka enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, polyphenols, and saponins. These are necessary for the seeds and nuts so that they do not prematurly germinate but they can cause problems when digestion occurs. Sprouting increases the digestibility of many of the components of seeds making them higher in fiber, protein, B12, Magnesium, and Zinc. 

The process of sprouting is super simple. You simply take your nut/seed and soak them for the required amount of time followed by time with the nut/seed staying moist but also aerated. The second step allows the seed to germinate and will produce a small tail like in the picture above. 

THE SOAK & SPROUT GUIDE

NUTS

Almonds: needs 2-12 hours for soaking. Sprout for 2-3 days if truly raw. The length you choose depends on what you want to use them for; for example, 48 hours of soaking will allow the skins to fall off.

Walnuts: 4 hours soaking, do not sprout

Brazil Nuts: 3 hours soaking, do not sprout

Cashews: 2- 3 hours soaking, do not sprout

Hazelnuts: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout

Macadamias: 2 hours soaking, do not sprout

Pecans: 6 hours soaking, do not sprout

Pistachios: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout

BEANS & LEGUMES

Chickpeas: 8-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Lentils: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Adzuki Beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Black Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 3 days for sprouting

White beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Mung Beans: 24 hours soaking, 2-5 days for sprouting

Kidney Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 5-7 days for sprouting

Navy Beans: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Peas: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

GRAINS

Buckwheat Grains: 30 minutes-6 hours soaking (time varies), 2-3 days for sprouting

Amaranth Grains: 8 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting

Kamut: 7 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Millet: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Oat Groats: 6 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Quinoa: 4 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting

Wheat Berries: 7 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting

Wild Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

Black Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

SEEDS

Radish Seeds: 8-12 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting

Alfalfa Seeds: 12 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

Pumpkin Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting

Sesame Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting

Sunflower Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting





Elderberry

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Elderberry is especially popular during the winter months. Elderberry is a fruit that has been used for century and there is evidence that it may have even been used by prehistoric man. It is one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet! Elderberry is wonderful for those experiencing symptoms for cold/flu as it boosts the immune system and helps lessen inflammation. It's high Vitamin C content is what is responsible for boosting the immune system. Becuase of it's anti-inflammatory effects it is also beneficial to use for those suffering from sinus infections. It has also been used effectively to treat diabetes as it has blood sugar lowering properties. 

Juice Cleanse Benefits

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (7)
Drinking juices is like taking an instant shot of nutrients. The lack of fiber allows the body to easily absorb the nutrients of each fruit and vegetable found in the juice. Juicing can also help you reach the daily dose of fruits and vegetables that are suggested with a healthy diet. We offer 1,2, and 3 day juice cleanses and find that each of them has their own benefits. Our most popular is the 3 day juice cleanse. This cleanse allows you to detox and also gives you a chance to break away from your regular diet. It can give you a moment to reflect on whether or not you have addictions to certain foods: sugar, carbs, fats. This realization can then help you make changes in your diet once you have completed the juice cleanse. The juice cleanses also allow the stomach and gut to rest and repair. A lot of people are on anti-inflammatory medicine becuase of heartburn or acid that is accompanied with their regular eating habits. Juicing eliminates the typical ingredients found in ones diet and let's the body heal and repair rather than work in overdrive. The same goes for the liver- less=more with the liver. It gives it time to more efficiently process that things that are put into the body. Juice cleanses also result in a hydrated body and increased energy. 

Astragalus

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (5)
Astragalus is a plant in the legume family that has been used in Chinese Medicine as a stress reliever, mentally and physically. It is an adaptogen that has many benefits. We will briefly go over a few of them in today's blog post. 

1. Anti-inflammatory- Astragalus contains polysaccharides which have anti-inflammatory capabilities. It is super important to find ways to increase the intake of foods/herbs/and adaptogens that are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often said to be at the root of all diseases so finding ways to lessen inflammation within the body is key.
2. Boosts the Immune System- this is where astragalus really shines. It has been used for centuries as a way to boost the immune systems and studies have shown that astragalus controls the t helper cells which regulate the immune system. 
3. Slows or prevents the growth of tumors- The saponins, polysaccharides, and flavonoids founds in astragalus have been successful at decreasing or eliminating tumors in the body. 
4. Protects Cardiovascular system- The flavonoids found in astragalus are antioxidants which are helpful in reducing plaque build up in the arteries. 
5. Alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy- Astragalus has the ability to reduce common symptoms related to chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

Herbs for Anxiety

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Experiencing persistent anxiety is life changing. It can make you feel like you need to avoid situations and can also make daily tasks like falling asleep seem nearly impossible. Anxiety presents itself in a multitude of ways. It may make you shy away from social situations or ramp up your stress if you're put into situations that make you uncomfortable. 

There are many pharmacueticals that are prescribed to alleviate these symptoms but we'd like to offer some information on herbs that can be used in their place. Also, in terms of diet it is best to remove sugar and processed foods and to replace them with anti-inflammatory foods. This includes foods that are fermented: yogurt, kimchi, saurkraut, kombucha, and kefir. It also includes things like raw fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds, and occasionally things like wild caught fish.  

Kava is a root that has been used to treat anxiety for quiet some time. It is used for many things but most commonly it is taken to relieve anixety, insomnia, stress, and restlessness. It works by stimulating the dopamine receptors leading to feelings of euphoria and calmness.

Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens work by bringing the body back to balance. Ashwaganda contains alkaloids that support neurological health. It works to reduce stress levels and cortisol levels which in turn reduces anxiety. 

Magnesium
is not an herb but if there is a deficieny in the body it can lead to feelings of anxiety as well as loss of sleep. Magnesium deficiencies affect the central nervous system which is what leads to an increase in anxiety and sleeplessness. When taken it can help relax the muscles, improve mood, and help relieve restlessness. 

Valerian Root is used most commonly as a sleep aid but it can also be beneficial for anxiety. It works by increasing GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and in large quantities can become a sedative. Pharmaceuticals that are commonly used to treat anxiety (xanax, valium) work in the same way- increasing GABA. 

CBD oil is one of the many compounds found in cannabis oil (there are over 60!). Most people only know of THC as it is the compound that causes the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD does not have the same psychoative effects of THC and has been used to treat many things related to mental health: anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name a few. 

Raw Young Coconut Yogurt

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)
Raw young coconut meat can be purchased as shown above or already removed from the shell. We sell raw coconut meat that has already been removed from the shell if anyone is interested in trying out this recipe!

There are many different ways and recipes that are available to make coconut yogurt. Today we will be sharing a two ingredient recipe that we have tested and found to be delicious! Feel free to use your probiotic of choice- just make sure there are no added ingredients (herbs, vitamins, etc.) as these ingredients may affect the culturing process negatively. 

1 lb package of raw young coconut meat
1 tsp Elemental Wizdom Probiotics (https://elementalwizdom.com/collections/optimize-the-gut/products/super-human-probiotics)

Place ingredients in a Vitamix and blend! Once everything is completely blended place into a container that is suitable for a dehydrator or oven. The ideal temperature for culturing your yogurt is 108-112 F. If you do not have a dehydrator and your oven does not go that low try setting your yogurt out on the counter or in a warm pantry covered with cheese cloth. 



We have been all sorts of fun things with this yogurt! We added a bit of maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg to one batch and we have also made this wonderful mango lassi recipe using the yogurt:

1/2 c coconut yogurt
2 c water or coconut water
1/2 c frozen mango
1 tsp tumeric powder
1/4 tsp cardamom
Pinch of himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp honey/ sweetened of choice
1 tbsp rose water

This can be found on MindBodyGreen at (https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20191/recipe-for-glowing-skin-coconut-yogurt-mango-lassi-with-turmeric.html).  


Gingko Biloba

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Ginkgo Biloba tea is a new favorite of mine! I am always looking to mother earth to support my mind, body and soul and variety is key! Passion flower was a favorite in 2015 and was a staple bedtime tea and a wonderful choice for a busy afternoon that I wanted to run calm and smooth. It was believed by the Spanish Missionaries to be a symbol of Chirst's Crucifixion and was celebrated as a nerve tonic and a way to reduce opiate dependency. It is a sedative and some varieties contain serotonin. It is has been used historically as a nerve tonic and sleep aid.

 

I just got my large package of loose powdered Ginkgo Biloba tea. After steeping my black tea or yerba mate, green, tulsi or chai, I add a 1/2 tsp of ginkgo biloba and mix. Next I add in sugar alternatives such as raw honey, monk fruit, xylitol, or agave. Yum!

 

I am so affirmed with my day when I am educated on what I am putting into my body and know the quality is superb. My organic Ginkgo Biloba boasts of many calming and soothing benefits including increased blood flow especially in the smaller arteries. Studies have now shown that Ginkgo may improve stem cell growth. Amazing! It's helpful in calming Parkinson's Disease and would be a great addition to any Mucuna Pruriens seed regimen you may be on. This dynamic duo pairs nicely with Raw Cacao treats and can be added to bars for soothing effects during caffeine dependencies and withdrawal symptoms. Please be aware if you are on blood thinning medication Gingko thins the blood and may be too much if already taking medication.

 

Enjoy these links on how to make your everyday tea into a truly alchemical healing journey.

 

 

http://dreamteaboutique.com/health-benefits-of-ginkgo-biloba-tea/

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Ginkgo-biloba-may-boost-brain-functions-by-increasing-stem-cell-growth-Rat-study

 

http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/the-top-6-benefits-of-passion-flower/

 

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/mucuna-pruriens-and-brain-health/

 

http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/raw-cacao-benefits.html

 

Cleaning your teapot from time to time is very useful in riding lime scale, mineral build-up from hard water, that accumulates in your teapot. Mix 1/2 C Vinegar and 2 C water in the pot and boil and let sit for 10-15min. Rinse and repeat with fresh water. Voila!

 

Cheers to your health!

February's Food as Medicine Class

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)



We talked about Vitamin C last week and we thought we should spend a little more time discussing it. Our Food as Medicine Class will be held on February 17th from 2p-4p. This class will feature our traditional Food as Medicine format where we discuss topics related to healthy eating and raw foods but will also include an interactive component. We will be making Vitamin C Superfoods Immune Hearth Pills using Acerola cherry, camu camu, reishi, acai, honey, rosehips, and orange peel. 

This class is $45 for a couple and includes a bottle of Vitamin C pills to take home. If you would like to buy more of the pills to take home they will be available for $5 a bottle. They make a wonderful gift especially during this extremely frigid winter season. You can sign up https://bardosmassageandwellness.fullslate.com/" target="_blank">HERE.  

Today we are going to share two recipes for simple teas that are high in Vitamin C. 

Tropical Vitamin C Tea

3 tblsp rosehips
1 tblsp lemongrass
3 tblsp hibiscus 
1 tsp dried lemon peel
1-2 cinnamon sticks crushed (take cinnamon sticks and place in a small towel, pound using a roller)
Pinch of saffron

Place all of the ingredients in a container and use anywhere from 1tsp-1tblsp per cup of tea. 

Why these ingredients you may ask?

Rosehips contain approximately 710% of the recommended daily dosage of Vitamin C. That's 50% more than an orange!
Lemongrass has high levels of magnesium, calcium, and iron. 
Hibiscus is high in Vitamin A, C, and B. It is also full of minerals such as copper, zinc, and iron. 
Dried lemon peel is high in Vitamin C and alkalizes the body. 
Cinnamon is used mostly for flavor in this recipe but is a wonderful addition as it helps maintain proper blood sugar levels. 
Saffron is very high in Vitamin C (135% daily dosage) and also help the body accelerate in producing enzymes that break down toxins.

White Pine Tea


White pine needles have up to 5x the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges. It is also known to have antimicrobial benefits that can also aid the immune system. This tea is awesome because not only is it nutritious but gives you a reason to go out and search for a white pine! The recipe is basically this: go out and forage approximately 3 cups of young pine needles, take them home and thuroughly wash, cut the pine needles into smaller segments, boil 3 cups of water, lower the heat, add the pine needles, simmer for 20 minutes. 

You don't want to boil the pine needles as it will kill some of the Vitamin C content and also produce a bitter taste. 

Vitamin C

Posted on December 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Our Food as Medicine program is designed to meet your nutritional goals while enhancing your mental, physical and spiritual health. We use synergistic and logical raw material as our food source for intelligence our body can use, transform and repair. Vit C is a miracle material that our body needs to repair. Using Megadoses of Vit C can literally transform your pain into healing. It is recommended to take 12-15g of Vit C per day as a healthy individual. Megadoses can be taken if illness occurs increasing your dosage daily to your tolerance level. You know you've taken too much if your bowels are loose.

Using Food as Medicine it is recommended to find highly Vit C nutrient dense foods in the form of powders or frozen berries to accommodate this nutritional need. No one wants to be popping supplements everyday, although it is essential in alot of cases, let's find some resources that include the intelligence of mother nature combined with our modern day research to fine Mother Nature's BEST forms of Vit. C.

Camu Camu Powder


Acerola Cherry Powder


Aronia Berries (Frozen)


Goji Berry


Amla Berry Powder


Alchemy in it's purist form is a duality of science and spirituality, combining esoteric thought with practical applications. The physical nature of life is laced with spiritual connection explored and expressed through Biology, Science, Physics and Metaphysics. This duality lends itself to conscious understanding, transformation and connection to our natural world and inner world. We study nature to gain intelligence. Vitamin therapies and Raw Food as Medicine is a byproduct of years of research in the connection with disease and illness and Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies. This respect for nature and our fellow man and our pursuit of happiness is the essence of spirituality as we learn to care for ourselves and others.


Accepting first that we don't have all the answers moves us into a place of searching for truth. There are countless Government studies on the effects of Vit C on everything from cancer to pain to depression. Vit. C in structure is very similar to glucose. Cancer cells thrive off glucose. If glucose is not present, it absorbs Vit C thinking it's glucose. Then O2 and H2 combine to make hydrogen peroxide killing the cancer cell and not harming healthy cells that have the enzymes to break Hydogren Peroxide down.


Find a wonderful documentary on the subject along with peer reviewed studies on Vit C and other essential Vitamins at Doctoryourself.com with Dr. Andrew Saul.

I encourage you all to do your research and find the right Vitamins in megadoses that can bring you or your loved ones into a state of health. Amazing information that will put your health into your own hands.


My children and I haven't needed antibiotics since starting on this journey. There are ways to treat illness without the use of conventional medicine as a first resort. I am not against conventional medicine if it necessary, but thanks to Vit C, juicing, Oregeno Oil, Olive Leaf extract and many more resources we have not needed to.