Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa (Gluten Free, Low Fodmaps, High Protein)

Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa (Gluten Free, Low Fodmaps, High Protein)

Craving a sweet, chocolate treat but want it to be a little healthier? Here’s a recipe I’ve created to give myself some added protein while giving my sweet tooth what it craves — all without going over my daily calorie or sugar goals! A note on honey: I’ve added honey to this recipe for a couple of reasons: 1) it adds just enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth; 2) it really helps soothe my throat during flu season, allergy season, or whenever I feel like I’m catching a cold. Which can be frequent because, you know, immune deficiency… That being said, if you are vegan or low FODMAPS or if you have an allergy (or any other issue with honey) you’ll obviously want to omit the honey completely OR use a sweetener that works better for you. A note about chocolate: For those of us who are on Low FODMAPS diets, there is conflicting information out there about whether or not chocolate is “safe.” Despite recent studies, it is generally considered safe in low quantities. More information can be found here. However, if it is a trigger food for you; if you are allergic to chocolate; if you are vegan; or if you are lactose intolerant… PLEASE listen to your body. Omit the chocolate or use an alternative. Okay? Okay. All right, enough about that… Let’s get on with the good stuff! Ingredients 1 Tbsp of chocolate protein powder (I’m hooked on Perfect Fit Protein Powder by Tone It Up because it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Low FODMAPS, and has 15g of protein with only 80 calories per serving…...
Soothing Ginger + Honey

Soothing Ginger + Honey

Just a super-quick post before Game of Thrones comes on (because, y’know, it’s Sunday night and I’m addicted to GOT/GRRM, so I’ll be off the radar for at least the next hour or so…). I wanted to share with you a quick and extraordinarily simple recipe that, according to ancient Indian wisdom, is thought to heal colds, coughs and even allergic symptoms. This recipe keeps coming up over and over again in my Ayurvedic classes, and with Kentucky allergies setting in this year, I was feeling under the weather tonight and finally gave it a try. I also took a lot of vitamins, nutrients, antihistamines and probiotics today (along with using sinus rinses several times) so I can’t say with 100% certainty that my relief of symptoms was due to this mixture — but regardless, I’ll share the information here and allow you to make your own decisions. Disclaimer As always, please consult with an actual doctor, ENT or allergist/immunologist before trying any new treatment. If you are allergic to ginger or honey, this recipe is NOT for you. And of course, this recipe does NOT negate the need for medical advice, allergy shots, antihistamines or other immunotherapy. Consult your doctors, folks, as I am not qualified at all to give you medical advice! About this recipe Ayurveda, or the “knowledge of life,” is an ancient science that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The sister of Yoga, Ayurveda is a knowledge that was first recorded in the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas are ancient Indian books of knowledge (in fact, the term “veda” is Sanskrit for “knowledge” or...

Ayurvedic Lemon Water

According to ancient Ayurvedic tradition, you should drink one glass of warm lemon water upon awakening each morning. Ayurveda — an ancient healing tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years — says this is good for gastrointestinal health, clearing the digestive tract, flushing the kidneys, encouraging bowel movements, and may even help soothe the throat and chest during or after a cold or respiratory infection. The following recipe came from my teacher Katie Silcox, who originally shared this on Yoga Journal: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/alchemy/2013/02/01/a-morning-ayurvedic-routine-for-lasting-change/ For best results, drink this shortly after sunrise each day: Ingredients 1/2 fresh lemon 1 cup water, warmed 1/2 tsp ginger root powder (alternatively, you can use a pinch of cayenne pepper) Directions: Squeeze the fresh lemon into the cup of warm water. Add the 1/2 tsp. of ginger root powder or the splash of cayenne pepper. Drink slowly while watching the sunrise. Note: If you are not having issues with your digestive health or bowel movements, you can omit the ginger and cayenne and just do warm water with lemon...