Crystal Charged Food!! Cooking with Love

I LOVE food! It is not a secret. Growing up I was blessed with a mother that always made me homemade food and I am so happy to share my lifelong experience with food and love with you.

Everyone knows processed foods are not really the best for us, designed for a society of busy people and somehow transformed into an interesting ingredient mashup. I have eaten my share of this convenience and realize that I am much more happy (and healthy) eating food prepared with love from the heart….not a box.

People ask me what diet I follow, truth is I strive for the best of all worlds! Why? because I have tried and tested and experimented and realize what feels the best to me. Paleo, Vegan, Gluten free, I like to eat the tasty healthy food in all categories. I say no to pesticides and well, chemicals really, as well as harmful processing and unnecessary ingredients. We all know how we FEEL, and that is very important when eating right! The point if food is to nourish us, even if you are busy, your food should make you and the ones you love Feel good, energized and ready to live life to the fullest, not tired and run down.

I am here to help!! I am so grateful for everyday to be able to increase the health benefits of the food I make for myself and everyone around me. I have studied many different healing arts and practices such as Ayurveda (India) and Chinese herbalism ,as well as research such as that from Masaru Emoto and the Gerson institute to name a few. Growing up around exposure to different religions and cultures I observed many different types of people performing their daily cooking and eating methods. My further studies in cultural anthropology have made me realize one thing! One of my true passions is healthy food! MY holistic approach has brought me to realize that ingredients are important but attitude and love while preparing your food is too!

Growing up I had chronic asthma among other allergies. I limited my participation in physical activity due to asthma attacks and my allergy to cats, dust among others, prevented me from doing many things. I was always naturally inclined however to “healthy food”. Since I was a baby my mother cooked me only real homemade food and always communicated with me to find out what I needed. Growing up in a society much different than my mothers Portuguese roots and with increasingly modernization of foods available to us, some things I ate we did not realize were contributing to my asthma. Thankfully, through all my research and experience and attention to food, I have freed myself from the heavy hand of asthma and autoimmune issues and not needed to use an inhaler , steroid medication or breathing device for many years now.

The fun part of all of my life experience through the hard trials is that now I have a large collection of information that broadens the variety of delicious healthy foods I can prepare and offer everyone around me. My motivation is to only make food that satisfies everyones dietary needs (or “restrictions”) while bumping up flavor and nutrient content. Who wants to be healthy? We ALL do. Who has time to prepare and eat 20 heads of broccolli? NO ONE. That is not practical, and I am tired of hearing all the CAN’Ts about food.

I will go further into how I choose my ingredients in another post, here I just wanted to share a little bit about how I like to think about food.

I use the kitchen or space where I am preparing food as an opportunity to create positive healing intention. I wear crystals and smile and do a little dance and sing all to promote positive healing into the food itself. If you believe even partly the research of Masaru Emoto and his study on water ( we are water and alot of our food is most certainly part water) then the method which I utilize when making food for myself and others will only increase the benefits of my food! Delicious, extra nutritious and healing….yes please. Plus who wants a moody, negative, angry person making them food? NOT ME!

I cook with love and I wear crystal hath panja bracelets, I use natural stone mortar and pestles to fresh grind my salt and use my hands as much as possible.Reconnect with your food, reconnect with yourself. Love your food, love yourself.

 

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Check out my crystal hath panja jewelry! in my shop . I also do custom designs 🙂

Be the positive change you want to see in the world.

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Vegan superfood Key Lime Pie

Oh my gosh!! Healthy and Vegan and Raw and Avocado!! Who says being healthy is boring and bland? NOT I! And for real….its pretty darn easy. I love avocado, so I thought about the final taste of this recipe in a win win scenario. If it came out tasting too much like avocado then it would be ok with me….BUT…I know some very NON AVOCADO people who I wanted to include in my enjoying this pie(not talking about the people who get itchy when they eat it, just the ones who say they do not like avocado.) I was super surprised that one of the biggest avocado decliners I know….ate more than one slice of this pie, said “mmmm” the whole time , and had (still has!!) absolutely no idea…that it is basically all avocado(hehe). Though I love to come up with my own recipes, this specific pie was a slightly customized version of Mona Zavosh recipe featured on Popsugar. I substituted a few things and everyone loved it!!

~~INGREDIENTS~~

-Crust –

12 vegan graham crackers ( I used Annie’s Organic Honey Grahams)

9 medjool dates, pitted( I used one cup  Wild & Raw Organic Sun-Dried Mulberries)

5 tablespoons triple-filtered coconut oil

1 lime, zested( I zested all of the limes I used for the juice! used to garnish and add extra for those who wanted)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

**For a superfood boost I added 1 tbsp of gelatinized maca to the crust!!

-Filling-

1 cup raw cashews, soaked in 3 cups water overnight

3 medium avocados, about 14 ounces(  I used 6 mini ones)

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon triple-filtered coconut oil

1 tablespoon lime zest

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

-Topping-

2 cans cold coconut cream whipped with powder Monk Fruit

2 tablespoons Organic Hemp Hearts/ seeds

1 lime, zested ( I had extra for yummy fun)

~~DIRECTIONS~~

  1. Place graham crackers into a food processor ( or vitamix) pulse until fine. Take the mulberries and a splash of coconut cream into the vitamix , blend until smooth. add oil, zest and salt. Blend and combine crust ingredients until mixed completely.
  2.  Press the crust into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.( a pie pan will work also) Freeze the crust while you make the filling.
  3. Drain and rinse the cashews. Blend with 1/4 cup lime juice until smooth. Then blend in the rest of the filling ingredients until completely mixed and creamy.
  4. Pour the filling over the frozen crust and smooth out the top with an offset spatula. Freeze the pie for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Once the pie is frozen, top with the whipped topping, lime zest, and hemp seeds.
  6. Allow the pie to thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy this tart and creamy treat morning, noon, or night!

 

How to Measure for your Hath Panja Bracelet

I am so excited to make beautiful crystal jewelry and I want to make sure that like the piece, the fit is perfect for you <3

Take photos just like these and send them to me in your order and you will be wearing your new crystal love in no time.

 

Steam isn’t the Absence of Water

Steam isn’t the absence of water *
Mother’s not the absence of daughter*
One is made from the other*
The world is made by the lover*
The alphabets comprised of letters*
The bird is encompassed by feathers*
Reach over and pull the lever *
Show your smile and change the weather*
Show your soul and change the people*
Make the future**allow the sequel*

 

 

-Chacha Bizarre

Superfood “CHACHA” Sprinkles

Superfood for super days and feeling super awesome!! I talk about superfood all the time and to me a superfood is anything that is…well…super ! Super packed with nutrition per morsel and bite because like I said before, no one has time to prepare or eat 20 heads of broccoli a day..for real.

Ok !Ok! you say, sign me up, what do I do, where do I buy it and please let it taste good! Don’t worry sweet friend, I totally hear ya’! Superfood “Chacha” Sprinkles is one of my all time favorite recipes for a yummy snack you can use to bump up the nutritional value of ANY dish (salad,popcorn,burritos,sandwiches,soup, tacos make as a dip for carrots…really mostly everything) and its easy to take with you too! I keep a little shaker of it in my bag so if I have the chance to make a salad( or am in a meeting with friends who do not eat like I do) I can just shake some on and OHMMMM my, we have nutrients.

All you need are the ingredients and a bowl to mix them all up, perhaps a jar to keep it in and a travel shaker ( yes please reuse a sweet salt shaker that is empty or the like).

*****Superfood Starseed Sprinkles******

(I call it my Chacha Sprinkles but you can call it whatever your heart desires)

2 cups Nutritional yeast

1/2 cup Cashews (powdered in a coffee grinder, food processor)

3 tbsp Spirulina ( I love it, some people not so much …if its new to you start smaller 🙂 My favorite is from Raw Revelations Superfoods and you can order HERE )

2 tsp Garlic powder (  I alternate with Hing)

2 tbsp Cayenne ( I like it spicy but if it is not your thing leave it out or use less)

2 tsp Asafetida(hing) {I use instead of garlic, similar flavor so either or, unless you like the remix!!}

1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup Sesame seeds

1/2 cup  Hemp seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

3 tbsp Mustard Seeds(yellow) {these little guys have a kick so again, try it out or leave it out }

3 tbsp Kalonji (black ) seeds – now these I really like but they are a bit different, do not worry if you can not find them( at local middle eastern or indian spice place) If you get some I hope you love them like I do, if not the mix is still super delicious without them.

YAY! So you have all the goods, mix it all up in a bowl and then jar it for convenient sprinkling later.

 

Yes sprinkle it on everything and if you make your own remix please share it with us, we would love to see what you are inspired to eat!!

Coming next week, simple recipe for Superfood Popcorn using the chacha sprinkles!!

Festival Gratitude Hair Love

I can hardly believe it has been another year of traveling to transformational festivals and events. After this upcoming Untz festival in Mariposa, Ca I will be making my way to Enchanted Forest Gathering in Laytonville, Ca. There are alot of festivals on this years list so if you do not make these next few do not worry, there is still a chance to find me for some hair love or even just a BIG HUG!! { I love those}

Gratitude to all of the beautiful and amazing people who work so hard to not only organize these events but also hold a positive space for people to learn and grow. I offer discounted rates for all of you super troopers working behind the scenes and build and green team!!! It gets sweaty and dusty and hot {I totally know!} So book an appointment with me to get a refreshing hair love time slot for anything from clipper cuts and cleanups to a brand new design! More amazing than being in nature is getting your hair done in nature! I use only the most amazing pure gifts of nature on your hair and skin (spring water, essential oils, coconut oil etc) My goal is to use nothing that is not pure enough to eat so you do not have to stress.

Tell me your hair dreams and I will help create it. Send me an email with any ideas and inspiration and I will custom design it especially for you.

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Neem

About 7 years ago I came across the Neem Tree from India. I was inspired by Ayurveda (** one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems.) I was instantly all about NEEM! I first tried capsules with the leaf and after further research I opted for the veggie caps which are complete with flower ,leaf,and bark. I started using the oil (external use only please!) in my hair and on my body. I switched to the Neem toothpaste, tooth powder, mouthwash  and soap. It was not long before I felt amazing. I felt like I found a magic cure all, which is traditionally how Neem has been regarded in India .

Growing up in India various friends share how Neem grows all over and memories of simply snapping a fresh twig and fraying the end was used as a toothbrush and quick mouth cleanse. The shade under the tree is cooler than surrounding air and cleansed of bacteria and pests. In proportion to the tree, there is an area around each trunk in which no germs or insects can live….they simply do not like it there. There is a long list of “anti” properties including:
  • anti – bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-microbial
  • anti-viral
  • anti-parasitic
  • anti-septic
  • anti-diabetic
  • blood-purifying
  • spermicidal
 I have read different research studies and information on Neem and it is quite a blessing. In my experience using it has helped those I recommend it to tremendously. From people with painful eczema and dry skin, to digestive issues or even just wanting vibrant hair, Neem has many uses and benefits. I hope to inspire you to adopt Neem into your daily life in one form or another..or ALL of them 🙂
**{Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old natural healing system, originates in the Vedic culture of India. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also has  many concepts which were originally described in classic ayurvedic medical texts thousands of years old. Ayurveda is”science of life” (Ayur = life,Veda = science/knowledge).  Ayurveda guides health on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between and dynamic integration of the mind, body, and spirit and environment. Ayurveda provides ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses. }
Find out more about Neem : http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-benefits.html
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  Get Neem : Click here to go to one of my favorite websites for Neem.
{I have tried quite a few brands that sell Neem and Neem products, Neem Tree Farms is where I order my products but sometimes I need a product while traveling and so have other brands that are sold in stores. I will list my favorites here: Organic India,Auromere,Theraneem .}
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My Minnetonkas

My Minnetonka

Gratitude Adventure

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They were the only ones in the store AND were my size! They felt perfect. I had been dreaming of the perfect moccasins to shelter my little feet during all of my walking and travels that more recently had been abundant. MY Gratitude Adventure had started and I needed to start with gratitude for my feet, which would carry me on the journey of adventure in the years to come. They found me in this little store that I just happened to pass by, in a city I just happened to be passing through. This store had a few of each article, brand new but  interesting assortment of eclectic pieces. It has been over a year now and my Minnetonkas have traveled many adventures. I have literally worn through the heel and toe of each sole. Each step I took with gratitude. #gratitudeandventure #gratitudeadventure  

 

This is what the Tree sees ( Big Sur California)

Lifting hearts with hugs /Adam Enrique Rodriquez live art painting( Lightning in a Bottle Festival Bradley California)

Forest and Festival

I have walked over mountains and across many miles across festival grounds. Bringing  hugs and appreciation to people I meet, with my moccasins carrying me each step of the way. From discovering new awe inspiring people to finding peace in nature, I feel I might have experienced the most diverse beauty of my life in the  time I have been in these moccasins.

Thank you flowers  Big Sur, California

Across borders

California really has beautiful nature and the most abundant number of transformational festivals. There are many transformational festivals around the world and I have gone to as many as I could  these last few years with my Minnetonkas. I have not only been to wonderful locations all across California but also I have visited beauty in Tulum Mexico and Costa Rica.

Above the clouds ( Big Sur California)

 

A journey of a thousand steps

My childhood was darkened by the heavy hand of asthma. I was unable to participate in many physical activities and always wished I could one day “run the mile”. Thanks to nature I have been free of those shackles for over 12 years now. There was a time in my life however, not a few years from when I first was free from my childhood hardship,  where I was told not to walk,or stand, or sit or lay down.  The injury to my spine seemed to have an interesting method for healing. I thought about people who can not walk since birth, those who suffer an extreme injury and lose the ability later in life, as well as those who overcome obstacles and walk again even without limbs or support of their family. Not only  inspirational people like just mentioned, but also  conquering of my childhood oppressor of asthma, gave me a new love for the simple pleasure of walking. This contributed to my motivation for my gratitude adventure, I was compelled to walk each step, full of gratitude.

 

I could feel the earth through the shoes, I can feel the earth in my heart. I did not feel tired, my gratitude brought energy and anticipation for the adventure. ( Big Sur California)

 

I have ran miles and hiked up mountains and most certainly taken many steps full of gratitude. I have worn my Minnetonkas in nature as well as all through cities on my travels. I even have worn them dust coated and soil seasoned on fancy outings. My  love for cultural anthropology has given me such a colorful foundation for looking at all the beautiful experiences I have had on this gratitude adventure. My mixed heritage gives me many perspectives of love for this beautiful land that we are blessed to walk on.  Thank you sweet mother for this life without you I would not know the strength of Love that kept me going on my journey. Thank you Earth mother for this world that I get to share with all the other beautiful souls. Thank you Minnetonka for these moccasins that traveled with me on this path. Thank you …Gratitude

 

The overwhelming joy of running through fragrant waves of flowers and feeling the warm rays of sun through tall noble trees. ( Big Sur California)

Holiday laughs while we are all in the same place at the same time in between travels. Gratitude for the sweet moments with the family we find in our life journeys.(Beverly Hills California)

Walk to meet heaven. Big Sur California

 

Worn all the way through, disintegrated the insole.( Photo by me: Envision Festival Uvita, Costa Rica)

New Favorite Vegan Cookie Recipe

I love treats! But I also like to feel good… So I love finding new recipes that bring the best of both worlds. Healthy treats do not have to taste like cardboard or worse…weird sweetness. I found the inspiration for this recipe  from Sweetly Raw , I love Heather and all of her Recipies!  I did a little bit of an experiment when I tried my version of this recipe {with my skeptical friends and family} I made two batches of cookies: one with this vegan recipe and one with a paleo recipe that included eggs. It was an overwhelmingly clear result..VEGAN COOKIES!!! I did not even tell anyone that the cookies were different ingredients, I simply put them all out and watched the magic happen. I am here to share my success so here it is…the magical recipe for every ones new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe {and it is super simple and quick!}

 

These take a whoppin’ 10 minutes to bake!!! And if you do not get distracted like me it is about 5 minute prep time.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees ( Bake time 11 minutes!!!)

Ingredients

1 Cup Organic Almond Flour

1/3 cup oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips I used  Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips- 1×9 OZ
3 tbsp Avocado oil  or melted coconut oil

3 tbsp coconut nectar/maple syrup/honey {I used a combo }

1/8 tsp celtic sea salt{ I used Red Salt}

1/4 tsp Baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla extract {I love vanilla so I may have snuck in a bit more}

{These cookies got such a good response that I doubled the ingredients for my next batches and they were still gone before they cooled!}

{{ IF you feel adventurous you can substitute a little of the oats(1 or 2 tbsp) for a little bit of raw cacao powder or one of my favorites.. sneak in superfood mixes!! It bumps up the nutrient content and these cookies are already super healthy might as well make them even more quilt free!! – here are links to the superfoods I tried .. and everyone loved .~coffee LESSS latte fix, remedy your adrenals and Heavenly hot chocolate mix }}

*~*~*OK! LETS MAKE THESE COOKIES NOW!!~~~~If you have a food processor, put the oats in first..then dry ingredients…then wet.

If you are mixing by hand then simply mix the dry ingredients really well and then the wet. I like to use my hands so that is what I did.

The dough is a little crumbly but i just made equal size balls and flattened them a little with my hand and they came out amazing!

******BAKE FOR 11 minutes and ENJOY!!!*******

 

 

Superfoods!!

Superfoods! Superfoods?

Nutrient rich foods containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols, Yes Please! Thank goodness for superfoods because without them being healthy would take so much more time! Who doesn’t want more nutrients in their life? But honestly eating 10 heads of broccoli a day seems a bit ridiculous right? Superfoods make eating healthy easier because you need less and usually get way more benefits and it is so much quicker!Join me in discovering new ways to eat delicious food as well as experiment to find flavorful new combinations utilizing ingredients from around the world.

Raw Revelations is one of my favorite places to get my superfoods .  Raw Revelations has sustainably sourced, fair trade, amazing quality superfoods from all over this sweet planet. After seeing such positive results from changing my diet (chronic asthma since childhood gone!) I began searching for a delicious new and more efficient way to keep the healthy food going. One day I was wishing there was a place that had all of my favorite exotic superfood ingredients. In my searching for such a place I  came across a gem in Murrieta, Ca. It just so happens that this wonderful place had been around the corner from my home at the time. I am so glad to have the opportunity to experience their tonic bar in person. Many people who have been dedicated Raw Revelations patrons through farmers markets and online around the country , have never been to the tonic and elixir bar. Its worth an adventure trip I assure you!

Although it is difficult to choose a favorite product there are some amazing signature blends that I absolutely can not live without ( click the link to check out the sweet ingredients!):

  1. Latte Fix!

One of my first loves discovered at Raw Revelations was coffee fix (which is in the latte fix) before the latte fix mix was even an idea. Latte fix is so delicious and I like to make it “bulletproof” style with nice healthy fats ( ghee,grass fed butter,MCT or coconut oil). It is marketed towards “weight-loss”  but I like to think of it as healthy weight regulating. It supports healing in various parts of your body in order to get things running like they should in balance and a “side effect” is weight-loss if your body was holding on to anything extra. The way it is balanced helps balance you! Latte Fix beverage mix  is a well balanced food and remedies many things that can be “off” from the many stresses to our body throughout the day(including coffee). It tastes good, it makes you feel optimal and it is amazing for your health.  Replacing coffee was not my intention when I first started purchasing latte fix, I actually put it in coffee sometimes as I love the flavor, but goodness knows I do not need the caffeine. I prefer the original formula with whey protein, but there is also now a vegan version that is maybe just a lick less creamy but equally as delicious.

2.Bag of Tricks!

Yes it sure is! A nice bag of tricks! A healthy bag of tricks! I love this because it is yet another blend that you can mix into smoothies(or whatever beverage you blend in the morning with stuff. The blends are ready to scoop into your recipe and go. I used to have all my favorite herbs and superfoods separate, which not only can contribute to waste(overly enthusiastic package opening),but also takes extra seconds that we might not always have. To have them pre mixed and ready to use is very helpful. Yay! Bag of Tricks

3. MSM morning mix !

GOOD MORNING! Wake up on whatever side of the bed you want but start your day right with this pepper upper. Admittedly it is not the most yummy delicious mix in terms of palate but MSM is naturally a bit different compared to our normal everyday diet. For me the warning of tartness was more of a motivation to practice being good to my body, rather than an intimidating turn off. I fell in love with this energizing super mix as soon as I tried it for the first time.It is worth the seconds of bitterness for the clean energy and revitalized feeling you experience.

What does it do exactly??! Msm morning mix works so quick within 10-15 minutes I feel less inflammation, goodbye tummy ache, hello hydration ,detox and increase nutrient bio-availability! It is recommended you start the day with MSM morning mix, feel so great you can skip the coffee or make your coffee work better!! If you start your day with this blend, the rest of the day will be more efficient within your body. The water you drink will be more easily used by your body cells and necessary function. Many people drink a lot of water but its not actually hydrating them! AH! Nutrients from your food also are more useful if your body actually gets the most of it. Who wants to eat healthy food and take supplements when your body is not even able to incorporate it in your body functions? Not I!

I could go on forever, the truth is I love all Raw Revelations products. Check out their easy to navigate website and search by condition to find something amazing that you will love and that will make you feel amazing!!

~~Raw Revelations Superfoods~~