My Favorite Teas, Tonics, and More!

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I believe that everyday your body has the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself.  Through mindful practices that soon become habits, your body can instantly start to change for the better.  From the inside out, you may experience more energy, better skin, and overall better feeling about not just your body.

Here are some of my tried and true favorites.  For only a week, to maybe a consistent healthy ritual, how long is up to you and how you want to feel.


Warm Lemon Water with ACV and Turmeric

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

Green Juice

  • kale
  • spinach
  • parsley
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon


  • kale
  • pineapple chunks
  • mango
  • almond milk/coconut water
  • avocado
  • flaxseeds



Cleansing Water

  • Slices of cucumber
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon
  • pitcher of water

Beet Juice

  • beets
  • carrots
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon



Tea Packets (or fresh)

  1. Milk Thistle (liver cleansing)
  2. Dandelion (spring detoxing)
  3. Ginger (gut health)

Turmeric Latte

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • raw honey

PS.  What are your go to superfoods??  What would you add?  Take out?  I think this is a basis, but feel free to have a little *healthy* fun!



Chia Seed Pudding

Because it’s never too late/early to think about breakfast!


I am practically Queen when it comes to easy semi-homemade recipes.  Trust me, I made sangria last night.  White super fruit sangria from a bottle and a chopped up plum.  Queen. So since I’m pretty good at it, I’m going to share it.  Share my strengths.  Why make shit complicated?  I kind of wanted to talk and ramble in a way, but I’m really just more excited about the food.  Life updates shall come soon enough.

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe from back in the days.  I’ve been making this make-ahead breakfast/dessert for years.  Since my organic vegan days.  Total health food.  Yes to progress!  We have our almond milk base, but feel free to use soy, rice, or organic milk.  Chia seeds which are amazing.  A power house of omega 3 fatty acid, the good fat found in salmon, eggs, flax seeds, and some nut butters.  The fiber helps for digestion and keeping us full, the healthy way.  And of course, we have the antioxidants and vitamins that come with every kind of plant-based superfood.  Cinnamon is a healthy spice I love to add in all things with a sweet tone to it.

It is once again, simple, adaptable, and great for busy weekdays.  As a healthy breakfast you may keep it simple with just 3 ingredients.  Spruce it up with fruit, sweetener (raw honey!), nut butter, or granola.  Seriously, options are always up to your creative minds.


Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • dash of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or mason jar.  Cover and store in the fridge for 1 hour to overnight.  For something a little more sweet add banana and honey.  Other fruit, granola, and nut butters work perfectly as well.  Enjoy, my dears!


I should let you know that I officially have an extra 15 minutes some mornings.  You may use that to snooze or put on that blush and winged eyeliner.  Regardless, you’ll feel like a total badass.


Black Bean Quinoa Salad Pt. 2

The joy of making a salad.  You can read a recipe and make five or more different versions after the original.  At least, that’s how I look at it in my eyes, and I want to do what I want.  So, the other day I wanted an easy and quick lunch to make a head.  This is what came about.


As you know, I am trying to get back on track, food included.  I’m on a mission to spend less money on frivolous meals and take time to make my own.  Truth be told, I really don’t care for meal prep.  I make my salads or sandwich the morning of and make dinner from scratch, if I ACTUALLY feel like it.  I know, but I blame it mostly on my schedule. My schedule varies on a weekly basis, and honestly, as well what I feel like making.  Some weeks I live off rice and beans, other weeks I can eat out every other day.

A couple of salads like this a week can really do the trick though!

Fresh ingredients are important for a recipe like this too.  I’m talking either local or organic ingredients.  If you are in a warmer climate, local might be best.  You want to make sure your tomatoes are sweet and herbs are vibrant.  I used parsley, just for a little something different, but cilantro would be great as well!

I was going to add a little avocado for this recipe, but I would definitely recommend to add right before serving.  You want to make sure it stays a pretty green with a buttery finish.  It really takes this salad to the next level.  You guys should know, I am a firm believer of a bad ass salad.


Black Bean Quinoa Salad Pt. 2

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt

To prepare.

Cook quinoa accordingly.  Set aside and let cool. Rinse black beans out of the can and add to quinoa.  Dice both tomatoes into thick chunks.  All together you can add the tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, and salt.  Fold all ingredients together and enjoy!

Makes about 2 or 3 servings.  Keep refrigerated for a week.


And I did the math… To make a batch of this salad can come out to about $7 tops, including the avocado.  With fresh more sustainable ingredients lasting for a week.  I think that tops a single serving for the same price.

Let me tell you about that healthy living with a budget, baby 😉

PS.  Because this really was a meal prep, excuse the poor lighting and multiple settings.  Sunday night and lunch Monday morning were still delicious!

For more or similar recipes, check out my salad from last year!



How To Make a Bad-Ass Salad

Good morning everyone!

I hope you guys had a good day yesterday. Mine was pretty good and productive, and I noticed that totally helped make this week go by.  By keeping up with work, yoga, and my job, I can’t believe – wait, yes I can, that it’s Thursday.  It was actually so hard for me to wake up, I think I’m actually pushing my body to limits once more, but I’m determined to get done what’s needed.  You know, just do it. Technically today is like my Friday 😉

Here’s what I’ve been loving lately.  I try to make it a few times a week.  When I don’t, I miss it.  It’s delicious.  Makes you feel good.  It is a light way to fill you up.  It’s almost a how-to on a recipe, soooo, I hope you enjoy!

A Bad Ass Salad


A Bad-Ass Salad must contain:

  • Good hearty greens/vegetables
  • Protein
  • Good fats
  • Spices
  • Dressing
  • Yumminess

My salad I’ve been hooked on lately has been a “Detox” Bad-Ass Salad.  Similar to this one, but I added some oomph, nutrition facts, and options for a better, healthier, more filling, bad-ass salad.


“Detox” Bad-Ass Salad 

  • Kale – an anti-inflammatory food, full of antioxidants, vitamin A and C, more calcium than milk, and full of fiber and sulfur which is great for detox.  
  • Sprouts – phytoestrogens and isoflavanoids which are known to be anticancer properties.  Depending on the sprout, may have different vitamin and protein content
  • Quinoa – a complete protien, full of fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, and is gluten-free.  If you buy this fair trade and organic, you are not only helping yourselves, but other small communities.
  • Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds with an Organic Ayurveda Chili Blend – healthy fats, fiber, essential amino acids, protein, and magnesium.  The spices are great for taste, digestion, and mineral content.
  • Avocado – highest amount of protein in any fruit!  Also is part of the healthy(unsaturated) fat family and is full of fiber.  Love.
  • Cilantro – rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  A good detoxify-er for it stimulates digestion.
  • Olive oil, apple-cider vinegar, and lemon – Healthy fats, detoxifying properties, clearer skin, and help with digestion.
  • Himalayan sea salt – an unprocessed raw salt to taste.


So there you have it.  The power-house of all salads.  Now you can make it using different greens such as chard, different sprouts, carrots, seasonal raw veggies, beans, and hummus.  You can also give your dressing a sweet kick with some raw honey.  You can add superfoods such as goji-berries or cacao nibs to chia seeds or hemp seeds.  Seriously, salads are easy and endless.  And to make a filling and tasty is not hard at all.  I absolutely love good salads with the warmer weather, and between my oatmeal and salads, I love to show how it can be done right!  Maybe one day I’ll have a more indulgent salad for all you deserving foodies 😉

Enjoy your day beauties!