How to Make "Detox Coffee" Lattes


Let's talk about the elephant in the room---detox. It seems like half of the qualified nutritionists I know HATE the word detox. I get it. It feels a bit sensational and overused.

But the reality is that it's a necessary and healthy part of our body's processes and I wouldn't want to be without my detoxifying organs.

Your kidneys, liver and GI system handle the elimination in your body. Kidneys make urine and your liver is a filter for chemicals, alcohol and any of the stuff that your body says, "Whoa nelly! We didn't need that in here!"

That's probably why I get grossed out about eating animal liver because I think about the liver's function in the human body. Let's just let that sink in for a hot second so you can be as grossed out as I am about what might be going through a cow's liver these days.....

So yes, take care of your naturally detoxifying organs. There's times where we put "stuff" in (oh, HELLOOOOO bottle of wine!) and it puts a little...

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Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Granola

A couple years ago I became addicted to the granola that occasionally came on my food co-op's truck. Everyone in my house loved it, which meant a $10 bag was gone pretty quickly and there was typically a long wait for the next batch delivered.

I found this recipe I adapted & it's been great for breakfast, snacks, and to give as a gift.

The problem? Sometimes when I made it, I'd stand over the cooled pan of granola, eat a whole bunch and get an oatmeal gut ache. So when I saw this Grain-free pumpkin spice granola from my Oh She Glows app, I tried it. Total success. Can't believe how much it tastes just like the tried and true oat variety.

Granola is basically just a mixture of oats and nuts (and maybe seeds and dried fruit!) and seasonings, covered in wet sticky stuff and baked.
This recipe is really no different.

Below is my simplified adaptation of the original recipe. 

Who says pumpkin spice can't be enjoyed all year??!


Delicious Grain-free Pumpkin Spiced Granola

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How to make a midday matcha latte pick me up



Despite our BEST efforts to avoid the mid-afternoon crash, sometimes it happens anyway. And sometimes you just need a shot of caffeine to power through that pile of to-dos you've been putting off for a month.

Enter matcha tea lattes.

Have you heard of all the buzz around matcha yet? Literally meaning "powdered tea", matcha boasts the benefits of green tea we've been hearing about for decades. Except it has the potential to deliver a more powerful punch than the leaf varieties.

When I was in college, the nutrition department head from China mocked American green tea, saying it was the watered-down version of the real deal. Very generally, matcha has gained popularity because of its super-punch of beneficial antioxidants called polyphenols. Basically, any food-sourced antioxidant is known for its powerful disease preventative effects. Probably even more enticing to some is that's it's associated with weight loss. But I digress. Let's get back to making matcha taste...

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I want IBS, migraines, fibro or my auto-immune issue to stop dictating my life: a simple test to help reduce the symptom-causing inflammation


Do you know that every time you have an irritation, an aggravation, a symptom, it's usually been brewing for a while before flaring up? 

How do I get rid of symptoms like joint pain, brain fog, migraines, and digestive issues and the underlying causes of IBS, fibromyalgia, auto-immune conditions?

Keep reading, there is a solution!

If you’re dealing with stubborn issues that you can’t seem to get rid of no matter what you try, you might consider testing for food and chemical sensitivities. 

Sensitivities are a type of inflammatory reaction that is DIFFERENT from food allergies and most providers and doctors are unaware of the difference.

If sensitivities are the cause, medications will typically only mask the symptoms. The symptoms will return or even worse by the hidden inflammation caused by sensitivity reactions.

Sometimes medications will even lead to other side effects or issues.

If food sensitivities are the cause of your issue, you could easily end up...

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Myths about metabolism

I’m going to talk about metabolism, why starving yourself doesn’t work and hormones. 

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Are some sugars like honey & maple syrup, better than others?


Prepping for the 3 day sugar "reset" happening this week and I got a question in my inbox:

Q: Do I have to give up the honey in my golden tea for the sugar reset?

And it got me thinking about the benefits of some of my favorite sugars that I want to share. I'm not encouraging that we should now douse things in maple syrup like Buddy the elf, but instead you might find that honey and maple syrup are good substitutes or periodic additions to your lifestyle, especially above regular old white sugar.

General guiding rule of thumb: if something's been "bleached" or whitened, then it's pretty well stripped of it's minerals.

Before I get into sugar, let's go back to basics of what it is. It's a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are used for energy. And of course there is actual vitamins and minerals from healthy carbs that are beneficial too. But people aren't especially active today in a world of convenience. And unless we're being really intentional about it, life leans into carbs. So,...

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Planning for FOCUS, Attaining Goals and Action in 2017

We are going to talk about finding your focus, goal setting, execution through action and create purpose driven goals that will save you money. Time management is vital. Forgive yourself right now that you can’t do everything at once. First is you need to score yourself with the following: Physical health, mental wellbeing, environment, hobbies and restoration, relationships, friends and families, finances, purpose or career, spirituality, and personal development. Then give 3 months to work through any of these areas. 


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Easiest Fruit Salad for your Christmas Party! Essentially 1 Ingredient + Fruit

I want to share to you a fruit salad that is so genius and simple. You can use mandarin, canned or fresh oranges, pineapple, mango and grapes. You can also add blackberries and cranberries. Then mix the fruits with either Greek Orange Cream Yogurt, vanilla yogurt, orange oil, plain greek yogurt, and stevia.


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How do you Want to Feel at the End of the Day?

People are feeling guilty this week. I want to talk about it in a way that reframes it. You can ask yourself, how do you want to feel at the end of the day? Get a notebook and start writing feelings, ideas and thoughts on it. It’s like a trial and error and you can gain self-awareness.


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Useful gift giving: DIY homemade vanilla extract

Handmade things make thoughtful gifts, but of us are craft-challenged. Homemade vanilla extract only requires a couple ingredients and you can make multiple gifts in less than 10 minutes.Plus, you know it's something the recipient can actually use! 

Easy gift giving + save money on vanilla extract if you go through a pile of it (seems like I was making a smoothie recipe for a while that called for an obscene amount, like 2 Tbsp). 

Step 1: Procure some vanilla beans. I'd recommend an online source because it's likely the beans are fresher. I went with eBay, but Amazon or a bulk herb store, like Mountain Rose Herbs will work just fine. Sorry, not a lot of extra research about vanilla bean grading here. I usually get a mix of big plump beans and some less-state fair worthy varieties in my pack and they both work just fine.  

Step 2: Procure some liquor. Usually vodka, rum sounds nice too. 

Step 3: Procure some jars. You could order these...

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