Elixir of Life – The Tropical Tummy Soothing Smoothie

e·lix·ir (əˈliksər)
noun
  1. a magical or medicinal potion.
     elixir of life

This recipe works magic on a sensitive tummy! The Elixir of Life is really not my recipe,  I lovingly borrowed this from my guy, with a few tweaks to make it GFYC approved.  He is Puerto Rican and I love that the ingredients he uses are all local to PR.

What I really love about this recipe is the papaya.  It is chocked full of tummy-loving digestive enzymes.  The coconut water and banana support your healing with electrolytes, potassium and magnesium.  The perfect trifecta for post-yoga nourishment.

2 Servings

Ingredients*:

2 cups cold coconut water

½ medium papaya

1 frozen banana

2 tablespoons bee pollen (optional)

e·lix·ir /əˈliksər/ noun noun: elixir; plural noun: elixirs GFYC Hunting for Local Ingredients at a Local Puerto Rican Market
Hunting for fresh ingredients at local farmer’s markets is my kind of shopping spree!

*When shopping for ingredients, look for local and organic options.

Directions:

Pour coconut water into a Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  Peel and deseed the papaya.  Cut the papaya and banana into 1-2 inch chunks and add to the blender.  Secure lid onto blender and blend on high until smooth.  Pour elixir into two, 16 oz glasses and top each with 1 tablespoon of bee pollen (optional).  For optimal enjoyment, drink one and share one!

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I love to hear your GFYC stories and questions, feel free to share below.

 

Not Your Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies: gluten free / no added sugar

Not Your Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies

(because Granny doesn’t make ’em gluten free, no added sugar and low in cholesterol, but still yummy!)

Not Your Granny's Oatmeal Cookies by Gluten Free Yoga Chick
Not Your Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies by
Gluten Free Yoga Chick

These cookies were entered into the San Diego County Fair’s baking competition.  Since there is no category for “gluten free”, I had to enter these into the “Healthy Baking” category.  To make them “healthy” (rules were they had to be low sugar), I simply took my original GF Oatmeal Cookie recipe, substituted dates and bananas for the sugar and modified the wet/dry ingredients to make the right consistency.

These cookies aren’t very pretty compared to the competition so I’m not sure if they will win a prize, but everyone in the office seemed to think they were delicious and that is better than any ribbon!

My favorite part of entering the Fair's baking competition is meeting fellow bakers and getting to see all of the edible art!
My favorite part of entering the Fair’s baking competition is meeting fellow bakers and getting to see all of the edible art!

Yield 24 cookies

Ingredients (in order of use)

3 tablespoons unsalted organic butter (or use coconut oil and make them dairy free)

1 cup chopped medjool dates (pits removed)

1 tablespoon molasses

1 whole organic egg

1 ½ tablespoons vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

2 medium mashed ripe bananas

1 cup all-natural crunchy peanut butter

3 cups gluten free quick oats

1 cup unsweetened raisins

⅓ cup raw cacao nibs

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

With a fork, mash together dates, molasses and butter.  Once this buttery sweet mixture is mashed together, use an electric mixer to whip together.  Add egg, while mixer is on low, add vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and bananas.  Slowly mix in peanut butter.  Turn off mixer.  Slowly hand stir in oats, taking care not to over mix.  Add raisins and cacao nibs and stir to combine.  Spoon one large tablespoon of dough per cookie onto cookie sheet, placing one inch apart.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned.  Allow to cool on a rack.

Since it is in the healthy category, does that mean I can eat cookies for breakfast?  Yes please!
Since it is in the healthy category, does that mean I can eat cookies for breakfast? Yes please!

 

Paleo Friendly Cauliflower Rice Mediterranean Bowl

 

This Paleo friendly cauliflower rice dish is a delectable way to get more veggies into your diet!

Gluten Free Yoga Chick Cauliflower Rice

Recently I started reparative cleanse to heal my body after accidentally ingesting gluten, and to re-ignite my digestive fire to get it humming harmoniously again.   I believe we are all an advocate for our own health.  It is very frustrating to go to a restaurant and be very diligent about letting the server know you are allergic to a particular food or on a particular diet brave enough to ask about ingredients and menu options, and still come home with a terrible stomach ache, headache, or low energy  that lasts for days and sometimes weeks.   The result of insensitive or perhaps unknowledgeable restaurant staff can be devastating to someone with food allergies. For those with Celiac Disease, the damage done to the small intestine after ingesting gluten is permanent and debilitating. In my case, getting slipped the big G left me with all of the symptoms of the stomach flu, anemia, and skin issues and in need of major gut repair.

The cleanse I am on is great because you can eat as much of the approved foods as you want.  That means no need to be hungry, or drink strange juice concoctions.   What you eliminate is any inflammatory food or known allergen.  That means no grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nuts, etc.  The hardest part is eliminating my beloved coffee!  Along with this clean diet, I am taking some high-quality digestive enzymes and digestion supporting herbs prescribed by a health coach and fellow Gluten Free Goddess, Kelly Ann Greene.  Be on the look out for a guest blog with Kelly if you are interested in learning more about the cleanse!

Coffee-asana
Coffee-asana

Recipe for the Mind, Body and Spirit:

It is so important to love your food, even on a restrictive diet.  This Mediterranean bowl is cleanse friendly, filling, and a feast for the eyes.  The main attraction of this dish is the cauliflower rice.  Cooking the cauliflower quickly, as in this recipe, will eliminate the sulfur smell and taste.  Add your own herbs and spices to the rice recipe and it can be a great compliment to any main course.  You may not mistake this for real rice, but the texture, flavor, and color satisfies the mind, body and soul.  Cauliflower is high in potassium which regulates body functions, and one serving has almost as much vitamin C as a whole orange!

Ingredients: (Serves 4 people)

Cauliflower Rice:

1 head of cauliflower

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt to taste

Mediterranean Bowl:

2 cups Spinach

½ head of Romaine lettuce

½  cup pitted green olives

30-40 small or medium size pre-cooked shrimp

1 cucumber: peeled, deseeded, and chopped

1 cup purple cabbage, chopped

½  cup olive oil

½  cup apple cider vinegar

salt to taste

Method:  Cauliflower Rice

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Cut off any green leaves or brown spots from the head of cauliflower.  Chop the cauliflower head in half and remove the core, then cut the florets into uniform size florets.  In small batches, place the raw florets in a Vitamix on low speed, using the plunger to chop the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Be careful not to over chop. I use #3 on my Vitamix dial. If you are using a food processor, use the pulse feature to finely chop your cauliflower.

Gluten Free Yoga Chick Cauliflower rice Prep
Notice my settings on the Vitamix… have I told you how much I love this machine?

In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium heat and add garlic.  Lightly saute the garlic, being careful not to let it turn brown.  Add the rice to the skillet with the salt and saute until slightly toasted, adding the cilantro at the end to wilt into the rice.  Do not overcrowd the pan or you will end up with soggy rice!  Remove from heat and set aside.

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Method:  Mediterranean Bowl

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt to make the dressing.

Divide the lettuce and spinach in four separate serving bowls.  Layer the rice, cucumber, shrimp, olives and purple cabbage onto your beds of lettuce.  drizzle your oil and vinegar dressing over the top and enjoy!

This recipe serves 4, but it is easy to make more or less if needed.  If you don’t plan on eating all of the cauliflower rice, freeze the uncooked chopped cauliflower in serving size freezer bags.  It makes a great go-to side with any dish.

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I am on day 9 of this cleanse and with meals like this I feel like I could keep going!  I feel great and lost ½ inch off my belly already.  If you  have been feeling low energy, have had stomach issues, or just want to do a reasonable but effective fall cleanse, I recommend you try this one.  Please leave a message or a comment and let me know if you want to learn more about this cleanse, or have your own experience with a cleanse you would like to share.  Let’s help ourselves and each other love our food, love our bodies, and transform our lives!

Chocolate Energy Bites

Chocolate Energy Bites

A friend and I went on a hike on the beach bluffs in So Cal and we needed a healthy treat to take along.  I threw together these delish energy bites and they were a big hit!  I even had leftovers  and took them to my team at work to give them a little fuel while facilitating the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health Teacher Training course.

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Health Benefits:

No added sugar!  Balanced mix of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates plus the added benefits of Shakeology’s superfood blend to give you tons of sustained energy.

Ingredients:

1 ½ Cup raw almonds

1 ½ cup raisins, dates, or unsweetened dried cherries

1 scoop chocolate superfood nutrition or protein powder.  (I use Shakeology)

1 tablespoon 100% unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon coarse ground kosher salt

1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil

½ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut (optional)

 

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Arrange them beautifully on a plate and serve as a treat. No need to tell anyone they are actually HEALTHY!

Method:

Add ingredients to your Vitamix in this order: almonds, dried fruit, Shakeology, cocoa powder, salt and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.  Use a food processor if you don’t have a Vitamix.Start the machine on low speed, don’t be shy about using the plunger tool to mash the mix into the blade (don’t worry, a Vitamix will turn off before it overheats).  If the mix is too dry, add the remaining coconut oil.  When the mix is ready the fruit and chocolate will be completely integrated and the almonds will be in ground into small, pebble size pieces.  Empty the container on a clean surface. Using your palms, roll spoonfuls of the mix into bite size balls and roll into the shredded coconut.  Serve in mini muffin papers to make them a little more special.  Presentation counts, we eat with our eyes, too!

If you substitute your own chocolate protein powder for Shakeology, just be sure that the scoop isn’t too big or the mix will be too dry.  If it does turn out dry, just add more coconut oil.