• 11Apr

    Cinnamon Coconut Kefir Water New

     

    Cinnamon coconut water kefir is one of the easiest beverages to make for vibrant health. If you’re dealing with low energy, blood sugar issues, excess weight, sugar cravings, and digestive issues, coconut kefir will help you heal. This wonderful fermented beverage is rich in beneficial bacteria, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial for digestive and immune system health.

    I love making both raw milk kefir and coconut water kefir. I also like using nut and seed milks like walnut, coconut milk, or pecan to make different types of kefir and they are all delicious!  Coconut water kefir is one of my favorite healing beverages because it tastes so refreshing and light. This kefir is perfect for anyone who can’t enjoy milk kefirs.  When I took the Alcat test and found out I couldn’t have dairy for 6 months, I consumed a lot of coconut water and coconut milk kefir and it really helped me feel so much better!

    Cinnamon coconut water kefir is easy to make especially if you have access to young Thai coconuts. These coconuts have a white outer shell. If you can’t find young coconuts in your area, you can use high quality raw coconut water to make your kefir. This is the brand I use when I can’t find young coconuts in the store.  Once you get your coconut water, you will ferment it with kefir bacteria cultures to create a bubbly, tangy drink that will help heal your digestive system, cut sugar cravings, detoxify your body, support your endocrine system, and strengthen your immune system.

    How to Open Young Coconuts

    • Place one of your coconuts on a towel and turn on its side so that the pointed end faces your knife hand. Use the knife to saw the pointed top down until you see the light brown inner husk.
    • Set the coconut up on its flat bottom and use the edge of the knife to poke an opening in the brown husk. Cut open a hole and pour water into a sterilized glass jar. Scoop out the white meat with the back of a large spoon and freeze meat in airtight containers to use in other recipes.

    Here are two good videos to show you how to open a coconut. The first video uses a large butter knife to open the coconut. The second video uses a cleaver to open the coconut.  See which method you prefer when you click on the video links.

    My recipe today is a simple twist on the basic coconut water kefir recipe. I added a cinnamon stick to the recipe to create a delightful cinnamon flavored coconut water kefir. Ceylon Cinnamon has some fantastic health benefits so adding it to your kefir will create an even more powerful healing drink.

    If you want to try some more of my fermented recipes, please check out my yummy pomegranate pineapple water kefir and purple cabbage and apple sauerkraut. Click the links below to see the recipes.

    Fermented Purple Cabbage and Apple Sauerkraut

    Pomegranate Pineapple Water Kefir

    Also check out these tasty recipes to help with pain relief, fighting inflammation, and helping you avoid catching a cold or the flu.

    Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

    Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

    Share this recipe with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!

     

    Cinnamon Coconut Kefir

     

    Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir

    Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

    Makes 1-quart

    Ingredients:

    4 cups young coconut water—use 3-4 young coconuts

    4 tablespoons rehydrated water kefir grains or 1 packet of kefir starter

    1-Quart sterilized glass jar with lid

    1 Ceylon cinnamon stick (my favorite cinnamon sticks)

    Directions:

    1. Pour the room temperature coconut water  into the glass jar. Add the kefir grains and the cinnamon stick. You can also leave the cinnamon stick out and add it during a second ferment if using kefir grains instead of the kefir starter. If using the kefir starter, warm the coconut water to 92 degrees F. and pour into the glass jar. Stir in the kefir starter with a  large spoon, add cinnamon stick,  and cover the jar loosely with the lid.

    2. Let coconut water kefir set at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Coconut water kefir is ready when it turns milky white or cloudy, fizzy, and tastes tangy.  After 24 hours, pour a small amount of kefir into a glass and taste. If the kefir is fizzy, milky white or cloudy and you like the taste of the kefir, strain out the kefir grains and cinnamon stick, then place the kefir in the refrigerator for up to 7—14 days. If you didn’t add the cinnamon to the first ferment you can add the cinnamon stick now after you strain out the water kefir grains and do a second ferment for 1 day.

    3.  If you are using the water kefir grains, once you strain them out of the coconut water kefir, you need to store the grains in sugar water made with ¼ cup of organic sugar and 1 quart of pure spring water in a covered container until you’re ready to make another batch of coconut water kefir. I usually just use the kefir grains to make another batch of coconut water kefir right away. If you don’t want to do this, the water kefir grains can stay in the refrigerator for several weeks in the sugar water.

    4. If using the kefir starter, you can remove ¼ cup of the coconut kefir and add to another 4 cups of coconut water to make a new batch.

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  • 09Apr

    Golden Milk, is a unique tonic that applies the attributes of a special Indian root called Turmeric, and strengthens it with many other organic ingredients. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a cleansing substance for the body. It is known to be beneficial to the inner organs, the spine and the joints. The milk recipe displayed here has been shared to potentialize its healing properties.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Cups of Almond Milk (homemade recommended)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Local Honey (may be added after milk is cooked)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil (optional)
    • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Turmeric
    • 1 Cinnamon Stick or 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
    • Small Pinch of Black Pepper and Grated Ginger (the fresher the better!)

    To make the milk, simply mix all the following ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a light boil for about 5-7 minutes (or until golden yellow)

    This drink is super healing, and also detoxifying.  It is recommended that you drink a small glass of water after drinking this golden milk to help flush out your system.

    Benefits:

    • Prevent and Stop the Growth of Cancer
    • Treat Respiratory Illness
    • Cold and Cough Remedy
    • Ease Menstrual Cramps
    • Alleviate Aches and Pains
    • Relieve Insomnia
    • Cure Arthritis
    • Revitalize Blood
    • Increase Bone Health

     

    Sources:

    http://nutritionstripped.com/turmeric-milk/

    http://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/yogic-diet/solstice-diet/golden-milk-healing-beauty-tonic-vitality-and-flexibility

    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-turmeric-milk-for-beauty-and-health/

    http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/turmeric

  • 02Apr

    http://www.idealistrevolution.org/i-drank-warm-honey-lemon-water-every-morning-for-a-year-heres-what-happened/

  • 29Mar

  • 29Mar

    “When I first heard about the “BBC Smoothie,” I was intrigued. BBC stands for banana, beetroot and coconut.

    I had never thought of putting whole beetroot (I sometimes put beetroot juice) in my smoothie. But being an adventurous cook, I decided to give it a go.

    It tastes absolutely amazing! But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t “healthify” the recipe with some kale, cilantro and ginger for extra chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Please note that you don’t need to watch BBC to get the full benefits of this smoothie.

    So this is what I came up with. Feel free to play around with this recipe. Just keep the main BBC ingredients: bananas, beetroot and coconut milk (or opt for a fresh coconut).

    Servings 2-3

    Ingredients:

    • 6 ripe bananas
    • 1 small or medium beetroot
    • 1 cup of kale
    • ½ cup coconut milk
    • A sprig of cilantro
    • Small piece of ginger
    • A dash of cloves and/or cinnamon (optional)
    • 1-2 cups of water (more or less, to reach the desired consistency)

    Instructions:

    Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

    This smoothie should be on your bucket list. You’ll thank me later.

    !”

    Author: Osha Key

  • 23Mar

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  • 21Mar

    These green smoothies and juices are often green, bright green and not exactly the most delicious looking meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these green smoothies and juices, you’ll crave them! After having one of these super smoothies, your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great as well.

    http://www.loseweightbyeating.com/green-smoothies-juices-beginners/

    My tips to enjoying your daily green juice:

    1. Start slowly, if you make a goal to replace all your meals with these smoothies and juices you may get sick of it and give up. Instead make a goal to replace 3 meals a week with the smoothies, after a month of doing this you will start craving them and will find yourself wanting one daily if not more!
    2. Add creaminess to you Green Smoothies and Juices with almond milk.

      Start with veggies you can’t taste! Spinach is my favorite as it has no flavor when blended with yummy fruits, cucumber also has a mild flavor and is a good vegetable to start with and carrots are almost as sweet as fruit and make great juices.

    3. Follow the 2 to 1 equation. Two fruits and one vegetable, this will keep your smoothie sweet and delicious instead of tasting like a blended salad.
    4. Add water or almond milk to thin your smoothies, not juice! Juice will only add calories and chances are it was pasteurized which means it was heated up and therefore lacking in nutrition. Almond milk is a great way to add protein and best of all it naturally boosts your metabolism!
    5. Stock your freezer with organic frozen fruit and vegetables. When companies freeze produce they flash freeze immediately after picking, so you get the most flavor and loads of nutrition too. Plus it’s always available and makes for a chilly delicious smoothie. You can also cut and freeze your own fresh fruits and veggies and store them in bags, Tupperware or jars for quick ready-made smoothies.

    Not all Green Smoothies and Juices are green in color, this Grown Up Strawberry Banana Smoothie (recipe below) is the prettiest pink.

    Juicing verses blending:

    To juice you need a juicer, if you have one by all means use it especially if you like the thin consistency of juice over a thicker smoothie. To make a smoothie all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!

    I personally prefer to make smoothies, when you juice you discard so much of the fruits and vegetables losing some of the nutrition, by making a smoothie you’ll be fuller longer, plus you won’t go through as much produce and will keep your grocery bill lower. Choose your preferred method then start creating your 2 to 1 drinks.

    10 of my favorite Green Smoothies and Juice Recipes:

    Get creative with ingredients in your Green Smoothies and Juices, try my 2 to 1 equation (#3 above) to ensure super yummy Green Smoothies and Juices.

    Tropical Sunrise- ¼ cup pineapple, 1 orange peeled, 2 carrots, 1 tablespoon flax seeds, 1 cup water

    Purple Passion- ½ cup cherries, ¼ cup blueberries, 1 cup raw spinach, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup water

    Crazy for Kale- ½ cup cherries, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup fresh kale, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 cup almond milk

    Metabolism Booster- 1 orange peeled, 1/3 cup strawberries, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk

    Grown Up Strawberry Banana- ½ cup strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup raw spinach, ½ cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Electric Green Boost- ¼ cup pineapple, one orange peeled, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk

    Scrub Yourself Clean- ½ cup strawberries, ¼ cup pineapple, 1 cup broccoli florets or parsley, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 cup water

    Even kids love Green Smoothies and Juices, my daughter loves this Crazy for Kale Smoothie (recipe below) and of course has to have her own jar.

    Apple Pie- 1 apple peeled and cored, ¼ cup blueberries, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup water

    Sweetie Pie- 1 cup sweet peas, 1 banana, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, chia seeds, ½ teaspoon honey

    Crisp Mango Cucumber- 1/4 cup mango, 1 orange peeled, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon flax seeds

  • 21Mar

    No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By drinking these potent beverages, you’re literally changing your cells. You’re providing your body with vital nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants in an easy-to-digest form. Everything about you will improve, including your sleep, your happiness, and the quality of your skin.

    Here are 10 recipes to get you started!

    SMOOTHIES…

     

    1. Blueberry Smoothie

    This is not only great for your health, but it’s loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids, which are vital for cellular health and disease prevention.

    • Big handful frozen or fresh organic wild blueberries
    • 1 Banana
    • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
    • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
    • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 cup hemp milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water as your base

    2. Kidney Nourishing Smoothie

    I call this the “flat tummy smoothie.” Not only do cucumbers hydrate your body, but they’re also fabulous for flushing out toxicity in your kidneys.

    • 1⁄2 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
    • 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
    • 8 oz coconut water or unsweetened hemp/rice/almond milk
    • 1-2 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
    • Tbs raw organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)
    • Ice (optional)

    3. Cranberry Lymph Flush Smoothie

    Cranberry concentrate is a wonderful way to keep your bladder free of unwanted bacteria naturally. Bonus: cranberries are a great source of vitamin C.

    • 1 cup of mixed berries
    • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened Cranberry juice concentrate
    • 1⁄4 avocado
    • 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk/hemp/almond/rice milk
    • 1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • Ice (optional)

    4. Pumpkin Pie

    Looking for a savory treat? Want to eat pumpkin pie without the guilt? This one’s for you!
    • 3⁄4 cup pureed pumpkin
    • 1⁄3 cup coconut/hemp/almond/rice milk
    • 1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
    • 1⁄4 cup coconut water
    • 2 tsp raw, organic honey or stevia
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
    • 1⁄2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • Ice (optional)

    5. Blackberry-Cinnamon Smoothie

    Blackberries a fabulous source of Vitamin K, which is essential for absorbing calcium and bone growth. (And it tastes so good!)

    • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
    • 1 cup coconut water or unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp/rice milk
    • 1Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
    • 1⁄8 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 handful of spinach
    • Splash of vanilla extract
    • Tbs raw, organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)

    JUICES…

     

    6. The Green Monster

    Drinking this green juice will alkalize your body and leave you feeling fabulous. Even better, it contains parsley, which is loaded with Vitamin C and iron, which can be difficult for many vegan or vegetarians to get enough iron.

    • 1 and 1⁄2 cups coconut water
    • 1 handful kale
    • 1 handful spinach
    • 5 stalks celery
    • 1 apple, cored and chopped
    • Juice from 1 lemon
    • 1⁄2 bunch parsley

    Note: add the coconut water at the end to your juice.

    7. Delicious Detox

     

    This is a great drink for juicing newbies because the carrots add enough sweetness to make you feel like you’re not even drinking a green juice.

    • 3 carrots
    • 3 stalks celery
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1⁄2 bunch kale
    • 1⁄2 bunch parsley
    • 1⁄2 bunch cilantro
    • 1 lemon squeezed

    8. Cleanse Your Blood Juice

    Beets are known to cleanse the blood and colon. By doing so, you’re supporting and strengthening your liver and gallbladder.

    9. Simple + Sweet Green Flush

    This is great for anyone with digestive issues, because the apple aids in digestion and improves bowel function. It’s a fun and easy treat for juicers at all levels.

    • 1 green apple
    • 1 pear
    • 1⁄2 inch fresh ginger
    • 1 lemon, peeled
    • 1 cup kale or spinach

    10. Carrot + Apple

    Looking to reduce water retention? This one’s for you, as carrots help to eliminate excess water from the body! This is perfect for anyone who is feeling bloated and wants to flush!

    Originally published at MindBodyGreen

     

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    Here’s another fun smoothie recipe for you! Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. It also helps to promote beautiful and healthy skin. heart emoticon – Margaux Authentic Self Wellness

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