Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine, WELLNESS

Black Sesame + Coconut Smoothie

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Aside from the fact that I love everything black sesame (ice cream, mochi, bagels, soups, etc.) - I love this dark dreary smoothie for rainy days. And a while back, charcoal has a moment - and I’m just saying’, black sesame needs to replace it. Activated charcoal should never be consumed in the way it was promoted - it’s a medical grade ingredients that prevent absorption of toxins (or anything that you ate with it or previous to it), so needless to say… that was a dangerous trend.

We can get our fix for jet black smoothies another way - BLACK SESAME! Black sesame seeds are high in magnesium, protein, and calcium - this smoothie contains almost 10 grams of protein!

So, not only are they healthy, but they are bomb tasting, too.

 
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BLACK SESAME + COCONUT SMOOTHIE


1 Frozen Banana

1/2 cup black sesame tahini - or black sesame cereal - or black sesame seeds

1-2 cups Coconut Milk

3 tbs Local Maple Syrup *you can sub this for honey, sugar, etc

*blend + add sesame and coconut on top + serve*



I’ve linked all of the ingredients below - my favorite way to make this is with Black Tahini because you can use the tahini as you would in any other recipe, it’s shelf stable, easy to use and it’s pretty :)




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Food as Medicine, WELLNESS

Tropical Spirulina Smoothie

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SPIRULINA - my absolute favorite ingredient. I have always loved adding a chlorophyll rich supplement to my diet, whether it’s lots of leafy greens, algae, or pure chlorophyll drops. 

I havent had spirulina in a minute, so I added it to my last Thrive order since it’s nutrient packed and great for hormonal breakouts (more on that in another post).

I opted for the powder, which was a total accident, a good accident however because you get more nutrition out of the powder than the tablets anyways.

I have a bit of a fear of green powders because some of them were pretty damn awful years back - spirulina however, is so mild flavored, and it’s pretty much flavorless once it’s paired with anything else.

Thank god for Minimalists Baker -life her Sprulina Smoothie Recipe - it is BOMB! I edited it a bit and added a tropical twist with Pineapple + Mango.

Tropical Spirulina Smoothie

1 teaspoon Hawaiian Spirulina

1 frozen banana (chopped up for ease) 

1 c coconut milk (then I thinned it a bit with water)

half handful of each: frozen pineapples, frozen mango and frozen spinach

*optional* a couple drops magnesium, some pee pollen and black sesame seeds

 

 

 

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Food as Medicine, PLANT REMEDIES, + MORE

Blood Orange

 

Blood Oranges – their beautiful deep red color makes it one of my favorite citrus fruits. The blood orange Pelligrino was my favorite drink (that can has 32 g of sugar, damn!). My stepfather Dominic grew up growing and eating blood oranges in the hills of his hometown in Sicily, so he buys them every year. Food is funny in the way that it connects history, health, emotion and visual beauty together.

Aside from the blood orange being beautiful, it also has incredible health benefits too, so it’s worth switching blood oranges for your tangerines on occasion. They contain:

-        Anthocyanins – Blood oranges have that deep red bloody color because of their highe concentration of this flavonoid, higher than all other orange types (kinda sounds like something Trump would say). This anti-oxidant helps inhibit cancer cell growth, induces programmed cell death (our bodies way of removing precancerous cells rather than supporting them), and helps protect cells from mutating.

-        Vitamin a – Blood oranges of course have a provitamin a, beta carotene that supports the reproductive and immune systems, cell function, and vision.

-        Vitamin c - which stimulates the production of collagen, supports the immune system, increases iron absorption, and it’s necessary for cartilage and muscles. One blood orange has 66 mg, almost 100% daily value of Vitamin C.

Clearly, these fruits are amazing. You can eat them straight, add to a salad, or smoothie, blend with coconut milk and make popsicles.. or juice them.

One of my favorite ways to consume blood orange is squeezing it into sparkling water, the better version of San Pellegrino arancia rossa 😊.

Diversity of color in your diet is so important, not only for the body, but the mind too. Don’t we all feel better when we consume something thoughtful and beautiful? You deserve pretty food!

PLANT REMEDIES, + MORE, Food as Medicine

How to Make a Glycerin Tincture

I love infusions, tinctures and decoctions - essentially concentrating the medicinal benefits of a plant. Tinctures are a great way to preserve a plant for medicinal use, or for skin care, food and flavoring. 

The glycerin tincture is a great alternative to the grain alcohol based solutions - especially for skin care since alcohol is irritating.  You can make this recipe two ways, cold and hot. 

Cold Infusion - Soaking herbs in solution for 1-2 weeks.

Hot Infusion - In heat safe jar place in double boiler slowcooker for 4 hours (or on a stovetop, on medium heat).

All of the ingredients should be super easy to find from your local grocery store, I got everything at Down to Earth in Honolulu. 

Ingredients / Materials

Vegetable Glycerin

Distilled Water

Herb of your choice (Calendula, Lavender, Rose Buds, Licorice Root, Turmeric)

Cheese Cloth

Funnel (optional)

Lots of hand towels + sink access!

 

Steps

1. Gather the ingredients + materials

2. Add the herbs to the jar

 

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3. Mix the glycerin + distilled water in a 3:1 ratio (3 glycerin : 1 distilled water) + add to jar, make sure to fully submerge the herbs.

 

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4. Cap + Shake the herbs - make sure to agitate and shake them up daily if you choose to do the cold infusion method.

 

 

5. Label it! Write down the name of the herb, date, ratio of ingredients (3:1 glycerin to water with herb name).

 

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How to Strain Your Tincture

1. Use a clean ball jar, a funnel and cheesecloth!

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2. Place the cheesecloth in the funnel for straining - pour the infusion (depending on the herb it may be thicker after infusion) onto the cheesecloth - it will now slowly strain through to the jar.

 

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3. if it gets stuck or wont drain, fold the sides and lift the saturated cheesecloth just a bit to work the infusion through.

 

4. The herbs are now ready to be composted or thrown away - or you can turn them into a body scrub if they are granular!

 

5. Pour the herbal glycerite into a dry glass container or dropper bottle and use this internally in food / drink recipes or as a face mask / cleanser booster!

 

I love pairing these glycerites with my cleansers or to add to a clay or botanical mask (a couple of drops!). Generally glycerin is a mild ingredient, it's a cleansing + toning emollient, so it draws moisture to the skin and helps remove excess dirt + oil - essentially it's gently cleansing without being a detergent. Due to its cleansing properties, it could be drying when it's overused - so if you are cleansing with glycerin make sure to tone and moisturize.