Reishi Mushroom Cocoa

5 Ingredient Chocolate Reishi Goodness.

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This is our simple take on this adaptogenic drink that we have incorporated into our routine. Reishi mushroom has so many benefits and to learn more you can click here. There are many forms of this drink out on the market today, so we decided to share our simple at home version. But if you are new to adaptogens then we do recommend you start of in small doses to see how your body response. Reishi is very bitter, so this recipe is great for a beginners, because you can always adjust to taste.

This drink really hits the spot on a chilly night, (served warm)

  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp- Reishi powder (very strong, and bitter start with less at first)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp- Organic cocoa powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp- Organic Coconut sugar (adjust to taste)
  • **Optional add 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder.
  • Warm up some milk and add to your blender, we prefer using any plant base milk.

 

Blend up and enjoy! Really hope you all give this a try at home and let us know how it goes 🙂

Missing In Action

Hello friends!

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We are back and have an announcement, during these past couple of months Raphael and I have been planning our wedding that took place in Napa, California on Friday December 29, 2017.

Raphy and I have been together for almost 6 years, and time has really flown for us. We’ve always known that one day we would get married when the time was ‘right’. Then next thing you know 5 years passes by, and we realize no moment is ever going to feel like the perfect time for us. Fast forward–to planning our wedding in just over 1 month.

We can say with no regrets it was perfect just how we pictured it small, very intimate, and filled with love with the people we love. We are sorry to have been gone for such good chunk of time. But we just wanted to have all focus on our special day, and enjoy each and every moment of planning it all out. It was definitely the best way to end our 2017, and begin the new year on this new journey of marriage.

We wanted to pop on here and share some photos with all of our friends here. Hope you enjoy!

 

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All smiles

Thank you all for reading, we will be back with more soon!

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites

Hello Friends!

We have a wonderful recipe we want to share with you all for our Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites A whole food healthier treat for everyone. The recipe is simple and includes some really great ingredients. Keep reading for the recipe and step by step instruction.

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites Recipe

Makes 16 muffin sized bites, Prep Time 15 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Until you are able stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour – (Bobs Red Mill carries some, we picked ours up at a local health foods store in the bulk section)
  • 2/3 Cup Chocolate Chunks – (Semi Sweet or Dark/Milk your choice)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 1/2 Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
  • 3 Medium sized bananas
  • 1/4 Coconut Oil – Liquid
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Preheating oven at 350°F while that’s getting ready start mixing all dry ingredients together: Spelt Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Power, Baking Soda, and Spices.
  2. Next take another mixing bowl peel the bananas and mash them but leave them a bit chunky, because you will then add the almond butter and cream/mix together.

3. Take a cup or small bowl and beat the 2 eggs before adding into the wet mix. Then add the vanilla, and coconut oil and mix thoroughly.

4. Finally add the dry mix into the wet mix in small batches until you get a smooth thick batter.

5. Lastly add the chocolate chunks, one tip we like to use is to sprinkle a bit of flour on them before adding to the batter to ensure they don’t sink to the bottom. (You can save some for topping if you want a more ascetic presentation.)

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7. Prep the muffin tins with liners, we wanted to make ours festive for October so we used Halloween themed liners.

Finished Product should look something like this. One tip is to let them cool down completely so that the sides don’t stick to the liners. As you can see in one of the photos we did not have any patience and had tried some fresh out of the oven then realized the sides were completely stuck to the liner.

Hope you all try out and enjoy this recipe it is a great treat for kids to through into their lunch bags, also great for adults with their tea and coffee anytime of the day. This is a yummy dense and rich tasting bite you can enjoy without the guilt. Please feel free to add any nuts or dried fruit of your choice. Even switch out the almond butter for peanut butter, cashew butter, any nut seed butter you like.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Last minute gift doggy edition

Home made Doggy Biscuits

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Great gift idea for a dog lover

We thought we would include a last-minute gift for all of you dog lovers out there. And even if you don’t have dogs this is a great gift to give someone who loves their dog. We love to hand these treats our to our friends and family who have pups in their lives, they also seem so surprised that we thought of their extended family. And of course you can buy all the biscuits you want but something homemade and made with you love is priceless. Because you know exactly what ingredients are in it. So here is a simple recipe you can whip up last-minute, that your dogs will love.

Ingredients

  1. Coconut oil or cooking spray
  2. 2 ¼ Cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  3. 1 Cup old-fashioned oats
  4. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2- 1 Cup low sodium chicken broth (add as you blend puree, add to much dough may become to wet)
  6. ½ Cup Sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
  7. ½ Cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature

Take a medium-sized sweet potato peel and cut into small chunks. Then grease a baking sheet with melted coconut oil before roasting at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes become soft. Once they are soft, blend it up with some chicken broth. At this point it is easy to add too much broth while blending so we recommend adding a bit at a time, add just enough to allow for blending. (It will depend on the size of your sweet potato, how much liquid you may need.) The puree does not have to be smooth we prefer some chucks.

Combine all dry ingredients and mix well, then add your wet ingredients until it forms a dough like ball. For this particular batch we added to much chicken broth to our puree, and so we ended up with a wetter dough. But we made it work, just add more flour if this happens to you. The dogs will still end up loving it don’t worry. We also ran out of baking powder so we googled how to make it. Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda with 2 tablespoon cream of tartar mix well with a whisk and bam you have baking powder. Just a quick tip if you are like us and didn’t have it on hand.

Time to get to kneading and rolling. Knead for 30 seconds and then roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

From this point you can start cutting out your biscuits flouring as needed as you go along re-rolling your scrap pieces. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Bake at 375°F for about 20-35 minutes depending on how crisp you want it.

You should end up with something that looks like this. We always buy containers at the dollar store and then line them with tissue or parchment paper and stack them in layers.

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Let the hounds enjoy! You can also give them a try, we did it just tasted like bread to us lol.

Tea Time

Pinkys Up

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Tea is life

It is that cold time of year, and we thought we’d share some of our favorite and new teas with you. During the colder months we tend to go a little crazy with tea, don’t know why but it just offers the most comforting feeling for the two of us. Little did we know, when we pulled out our whole selection we had not realized how much we accumulated in such a short time. We have about 1-3 cups a day, (drinking lots of water in between) and of course in the evenings we try to avoid any tea that is caffeinated. I would say we are not your typical Tevana drinking people. Although they may have some tasty stuff, along with the support of Oprah. It is not worth the price of having their employees shoving their products down your throat. How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by the Tevana staff? Anyway, during the warmer weather we do enjoy lots of other teas and we will share them as the seasons change. So in this posts we will list the teas description and how/when and where we like to enjoy them, also we will include where you can purchase all of these.

 

Listed from left to right.

  1. Tazo Classic Chai
  2. Simply Balanced Mint
  3. Traditional Medicinal Organic throat coat
  4. Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Pear
  5. Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast
  6. Harvey & Sons Fine Teas Vanilla Comoro
  7. YamaMotoYama Genmaicha (Green tea w/ Roasted Rice)
  8. Stash Premium Chamomile herbal tea
  9. Traditional Medicinal Roasted Dandelion Root

Descriptions and Where to pick them up

Chai Tea is Raphy’s go to morning tea, since he has weaned himself off of having 3  shots of espresso each morning. This tea is a black tea, that has many spices including ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and star anise mixed in. Although every brand has their own combination of spices, so it can vary. Raphy will have this in the morning and sometimes during his lunch hour for a mid-day pick up. He likes to have it with a splash of soy milk and sometimes a bit of honey. This one we picked up at Raleys, but you can get this at any market.

Mint tea specifically peppermint is something we have when we have nausea, itchy throat, uneasy stomach. This literally is like drinking warm pepperminty water, you can add honey and a sliver of ginger for flavor. It is caffeine free and herbal tea. This one we picked up at Target.

Throat Coat is something we have anytime we are feeling a bit under the weather. It really helps calm the throat and keeps it from being so dry. The ingredients include echinacea root, and licorice root. It is caffeine free and is an herbal tea. Which can make the aroma you get when you steep this tea is quite strong, and unlike anything I can describe, it is not for your novices’ palette. It smells and has a sweetness to it. But no worries just add a lot of Manuka honey to your cup, and it shall aid you to gulp it down. This one you can pick up from Target or your local Vitamin shop.

Trader Joe’s Ginger Pear is so yummy, and during the summer months we found ourselves making sun tea with a few hibiscus leaves mixed in. Serve with a cup full of ice and some mint leaves. This tea is a white tea with chamomile, ginger root, and lemon peels mixed in. Definitely a crowd pleaser even when served warm with a splash of milk and honey.

This Trader Joe’s Irish breakfast tea is Raphy’s go to for when he is not feeling the spice of chai tea. He will reach for this black tea instead. Good for a mid-day pick up, this tea is great on its own or with some coconut sugar mixed in. This breakfast tea uses Assam tea leaves grown at high elevations according to Trader Joe’s. We like it because it comes in a bulk sized box with 80 tea bags for $2.99 usd. What a deal.

Vanilla Comoro this is a very new tea we’ve been trying out, firstly the packaging really drew us in because we could see ourselves reusing it of course. It is a decaffeinated black tea packaged in silken sachets which are very appealing to the eye. The black tea leaves are mixed with vanilla, so when drinking this tea on its own you sort of feel like your having a rich milky drink even when there’s no milk. When you add some honey or milk it literally tastes like a treat. So if you find yourself having a craving for something sweet but don’t necessarily want to have a candy bar or a patisserie just reach for a cup of this. This one we picked up at Target.

Roasted Rice Green tea, typically this tea is served in sushi restaurants. This green tea is very aromatically pleasing to us. It has toasted rice mixed inside so when you steep this tea you get that pleasing warm smell. We do not have this tea with honey or milk it is something we like just straight plain and simple. No additives needed. We mostly enjoy this warm, and not iced, or cooled. This one we picked up at our local Asian Market.

Chamomile, is an herbal with no caffeine and is so good before bed. And helps calm the mind and helps us sleep better. We like to have this tea with a bit of honey or just on its own. Usually we like to steep real flower buds, but when we aren’t able to find them or forget to order them we substitute with tea bags. We find that the real flower buds offer a much sweeter cleaner taste. But prepackaged will have to suffice for now. If you get the chance to buy the real deal we recommend it. You can pick this up at most grocery stores, the whole flower buds we like to order online through Amazon or whichever has the better deal.

Roasted dandelion root, is herbal and caffeine free this tea is good for stimulating the liver and supports digestion. I just really enjoy the flavor of this tea with some honey. I find it does help with digestion. I like to have a cup of this tea after a meal, it has sweetness with a slightly bitter roasted taste in the end. Which is why I do enjoy it with a bit of honey. This one we picked up at our local Vitamin shop.

Jasmin tea last but not least I did want to mention it comes in green or black tea and many combinations in between. I didn’t have a picture of it to post up, on the count that we finished all of it. But we love Jasmin tea, in any form it has a very floral taste and aroma. And it is not for everyone, but I grew up drinking this tea we like to enjoy it in the evening hours or for breakfast. You can usually get any form of this tea in your normal grocery store or we like to get our from a local Asian Market.

So that about wraps up all the teas we’ve been rotating through for these colder months. Please let us know if try some out and let us know your favorite teas or any recommendations you may have for us! 🙂