𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀!
Here’s a recipe to sweeten your long weekend - 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘨𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦, 𝘨𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦, 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦!
🥮 2 medium sweet potatoes, grated
🥮 4 flax eggs*
🥮 ¼ cup honey
🥮 ¼ cup maple syrup
🥮 1 tbsp vanilla extract
🥮 ½ cup coconut oil, melted
🥮 1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
🥮 2-3 tbsp coconut flour
🥮 1 tablespoon baking powder
🥮 1 tsp baking soda
*4 tbsp ground flax seeds + approx 10 tbsp water. Mix and let sit until gelatinous, approx 5-10min
*or you could sub 3 medium-sized 🥚
1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
2. Combine the sweet potato, flax egg/egg, vanilla, honey, maple syrup & coconut oil in a large bowl.
3. In a smaller bowl, combine the baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and coconut four and stir.
4. Stir this into the wet mixture until combined.
5. Line an 8x8 cake pan with parchment paper or liberally coat pan with coconut oil. Spread the batter in the pan, and bake for 35-45min.
6. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
7. Allow the cake to cool before icing (refrigerate if short on time).
· 3 tbsp Almond Milk (unsweetened)
· 2 tbsp maple syrup
· 3 tbsp coconut oil
· ¼ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
· 2.5 tbsp coconut butter
1. Once cake is cooled… Add all the frosting ingredients into a medium bowl and mix over a double boiler until smooth (or in a small pot on very low heat). You can add extra almond milk or maple syrup if needed for consistency.
2. Spread on top - cool in fridge to solidify if desired.
3. Throw on some summer berries 🍓- and 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮𝙮𝙮𝙮!
Adapted from a recipe by Nicole Dinardo @nicole.nutrition She’s a nutrition genie - give her a follow! 🧞♀️
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 & 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱!
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“𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿”. It’s a 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 in Chinese Medicine commonly associated with the last 2 weeks of summer, but few people know that it was traditionally applied to the last 2 weeks of each season. It’s about 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, about 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 before the next transition or phase. It benefits us to eat well, supporting our digestive organs - the ‘Spleen’ (pancreas) & Stomach.
Many are preparing for back to school in Sept, so I thought I’d share a recipe that’s great to have on hand if you need a quick breakfast or snack that the whole fam will enjoy - and is super healthy, too!
𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗠𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗻𝘀
🔸1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries
🔸1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (or sub: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or coconut flakes - or some of each!)
🔸1 ¼ cup grated zucchini
🔸2 cups grated carrot
🔸4 tsp. grated ginger
🔸1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
🔸¼ cup maple syrup or honey
🔸¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
🔸3 eggs or sub 3 flax “eggs”
🔸2 tsp. vanilla extract
🔸½ cup coconut oil melted
🔸¼ cup unsweetened plain nut milk (eg almond or coconut)
🔸1 ½ cups almond flour
🔸½ cup g/f flour (I like oat flour, or chickpea flour for extra protein)
🔸2 tsp. Cinnamon
🔸1 tsp. baking powder
🔸¼ tsp. baking soda
🔸½ tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line muffin tin(s) with 15 paper liners (or use silicone muffin cups)
3. In a large bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Whisk to combine.
4. In a 2nd large bowl, combine zucchini, carrot, and ginger. Mix in the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, apple sauce, cranberries & seeds and vanilla. Mix just until combined.
5. Carefully mix 1/2 of dry ingredients into the wet. Then add nut milk and mix just until combined. Add remaining dry ingredients.
6. Divide the batter into the muffin cups.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. After removing from the oven, cool in muffin tin for 3-5 minutes. Then remove muffins from the tin and continue to cool on a cooling rack.
Adapted from the inspiring @almostproperly 😋
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𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆! I want to share with you my 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯...
𝗛𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀 & 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗶𝘇𝘇
Hibiscus is a cooling and refreshing tea, great for summer. (Note if you have low blood pressure, avoid or use hibiscus sparingly, as it can lower blood pressure.)
Rosemary is slightly warming, enough to keep it balanced and add a unique accent of flavour. It’s also great for circulation.
𝘐𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 & 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴:
🌺 Gather some loose-leaf dried hibiscus and rosemary. (@theherbalclinic is a good place to grab some!)
🌺 Brew an extra strong batch of hibiscus & rosemary tea, at a ratio of 2:1 (2 parts hibiscus: 1 part Rosemary). I like to make almost 1 litre to have extra on hand.
Let the tea cool for an hour, then put in a glass jar in the fridge to chill for a few hours. You can store it in the fridge for a week or so.
🌺 When ready to drink, fill a mason jar with 1/3 tea mix and 2/3 soda water.
🍋 I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice to make it extra tart & refreshing.
And yes, in case you noticed: while it may not be the 100% TCM thing to do, even *I* will put a few ice-cubes in my drink in +40 degree weather! (albeit with room temperature bubbly 😉)
🍹 𝙆𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙪𝙥 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮!
Try it and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend 🌞
#summerdrinks #alcoholfree #healthydrinks #coolingsummerdrinks #patiodrink #nonalcoholic #quenchyourthirst #summer2020 #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #healthylifestyle #healthmatters #onthetable #refreshing #hiciscus #rosemary #caffeinefreeicedtea #cheers
We’re in the thick of summer now. The heat is 𝘏𝘌𝘙𝘌. In Chinese Medicine, it’s the yang within yang season, bringing us abundance of daylight, energy, activity. Some people love it - but if you’ve got too much constitutional heat, it can be a tough season.
In TCM it’s the season of 🔥. At the same time, astrologically we’ve got Mars in Aries - which is also pure 🔥🔥🔥.
Fire can be a wonderful, 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦. It can also destruct. Use your fire wisely. Keep it in balance as best you can.
TCM Summer 2020 tips:
☀️ Drink: cucumber water
☀️ Eat: Watermelon slices
☀️ Avoid: greasy foods, excess hot spices, refined sugar
☀️ Enjoy tea: Peppermint, Green tea or Matcha
☀️ Find: Nature, shade, trees, flowers
☀️ Play: Activities that spark joy
☀️ Wear: A mask! They’re uncomfortable & hot - I get it! But we don’t want to be back on lockdown during the heat of summer. Work: together on this, so we can enjoy being outside and participating in (some) of the activities that we have long awaited for ✌️🙏🏽 😷
Wishing you a safe, healthy & joyful summer ❤️
#acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #healthconscious #summer2020 #yangseason #5elements #fiveelementtheory #personalgrowth #evolve #selfdevelopment #selfgrowth #inspiredaction #selfawareness #healthyminds #healthymindset #mindshift #heartmedicine #fireelement #wearamask #sparkjoy
The next eclipse is tomorrow, July 4!
Buckle up: 𝗙𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗻, lighting up the Capricorn - Cancer axis (again, but the last for awhile).
A full moon eclipse is not the time to start any new, grand endeavors / routines / projects. Take the added pressure off yourself -you’ll be feeling enough already with the energy of this full moon.
My challenge to you with this one?
🌕 Witnessing is hard work.
🌕 Especially when mercury is retrograde and squaring mars (!) . This square can highlight the 𝙚𝙜𝙤 or bring clashing communication. Now amplify that by the full moon eclipse (!!). Wherever this falls in your personal chart, we’re talking 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 energy. But in the Cancer/Capricorn axis, this energy can be both 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 (♋️) and 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 (♑️), with the potential for energetic surges that are hard to release - or, put more positively - 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘁.
🌕 Full moon eclipses are not the time to initiate, yet this energy will make you want to DO something with it all. So I’m not saying sit at home on your couch and bottle it up! However, 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 for the next 48 hours from setting any new intentions or starting new routines.
🌕 Instead, 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 what you’re feeling. If you have energy to release, find healthy ways to clear it. Use it to do a good workout, purge your closets, let go of emotions or physical things that create internal chaos & external clutter.
🌕 Steady yourself as best you can, keeping in mind the long game. Be mindful of the ego and be extra kind with your words 🙏🏽 You may have more to say, but remember to LISTEN. Others are feeling a lot right now, too.
On that note, thanks for ‘listening’ to this, and I’m here to listen, too! What’s coming up for you on this full moon?