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Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Do I Weed it or Eat It?

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I opt to eat it! 

This little weed is a nutritional powerhouse.  It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.  It is a good source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. I also has antibiotic properties. 

Omega-3s are a class of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, so you must get them from food. Unfortunately, the typical American diet contains too few omega-3s, a shortage that is linked to a barrage of illnesses including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Purslane is native to India and Persia and has spread throughout the world as an edible plant and as a weed.   Many cultures embrace purslane as a food.

Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with yellow flowers. They look like baby jade plants. The stems lay flat on the ground as they radiate from a single taproot sometimes forming large mats of leaves.

Purslane can be eaten raw in salads or added to sandwiches along with lettuce. It can be steamed, sautéed, juiced or added to smoothies.  The taste is similar to watercress or spinach.  Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste.


Purslane can grow anywhere, from backyards to gardens, sidewalks to driveways. A drought-tolerant succulent, purslane can grow in dry arid soils, but it prefers the fine textured soils of gardens or pathways, where you’re likely to find it.   As an annual, if the plant is allowed to go to seed, purslane will grow in your backyard or garden every year.

Before grazing in your yard or picking from someone else’s yard, be sure to wash the purslane thoroughly and make sure it is free of any pesticides (most IMPORTANT!)   Keep an eye out at your local Farmers Markets for this green weed.  I found some from a lovely Mennonite lady at my local farmers market – organic and fresh picked just the day before.  I was at her booth several weeks and asked what was the green baggie – she said PURSLANE.  I knew what it was and its benefits so I said “I’ll take all four bags.”  They were only $1 each.  I told her as long as she came across them in her garden/yard – most Mennonites grow naturally and organic – “pick those weeds and I’ll buy them”.  She lit up and said “My pleasure”.   In the meantime, I have been investigating my yard and have found some.  WHEEE!

Here’s my morning SUPER WEED SMOOTHIE!   My dad jokes with me about going out in the yard and getting grass clippings for my smoothies and salads – well, he isn’t wrong. I have dandelion leaves and purslane (wild weeds) from my yard and cilantro from garden in this smoothie. Incredible nutrition from it all. 

Super Weed Green Smoothie
This green smoothie is packed with superfood weeds such as purslane, dandelion leaves and cilantro from the garden/yard. I feel like Superwoman after drinking this green elixir and ready to take on the day. Easily digestible, detox friendly, alkalizing and TASTY!
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  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 TB. chia seeds
  3. small handful fresh dandelion green leaves
  4. 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh purslane weed
  5. small handful of fresh cilantro
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. frozen mango chunks (BIG handful)
  8. small handful frozen pineapple
  9. NuNaturals liquid stevia (several drops) or your choice of sweetener - to taste
  1. Blend till smooth in Vitamix (30 seconds or so) and top with favorite toppings - I used Navitas Naturals Trail Mix (goji berries, mulberry and goldenberry blend) and raw cacao nibs.
  1. May The GREENS Be With You and "Here's To YOUR Health!"
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Super Weed GREEN Smoothie

Do you pick weeds from your yard/ garden and implement them into your diet?      Which ones?

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My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars – NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU!

My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars – NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU!

Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars

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 I have been making these Amazing, Great-Tasting, Nutrient-Dense Protein Bars for years for myself and my family. I am now happy to announce that I am making them available to YOU!

Each bar is hand-made with quality, organic and natural ingredients and superfoods.  Only the BEST for my family and YOU!

What makes these bars so nutritious is that the ingredients are raw foods, so they retain their vitamins and minerals, unlike many cooked and processed foods. And because they are blended they are easy to digest. The balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in these bars makes them perfect after a workout, as a quick snack, a meal replacement, while hiking or playing hard, for days out with your kids, or for a natural energy boost. 

They are a Super-premium “Meal in a Bar“.

* Raw *

* Gluten-Free *

* Dairy Free *

* Soy Free *

 * Hand-Made With Love for Extraordinary Health *

* Made Fresh to Order *

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For these bars, I use Organic Superfoods for Nutrient Density and Energy along with tonic Herbs for Adaptability & Muscle Repair. 


Dates, Almonds*, coconut flakes*, Walnuts, Raw Cacao Powder*, Dandy Blend™, Sunwarrior™Blend Protein Powder*, lime juice*, coconut oil*, Maca powder*, cinnamon and sea salt. (* denotes ORGANIC).

Each bar is approximately 2.8 oz and 2″ X 3″ X 5/8″ in size. Because they are handmade, some variation in size and weight can occur.

Dates have a natural balance of many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and potassium. They are high in fiber and a great source of energy.   Dates are rich in Polyphenols, a plant antioxidant that has a high capacity for reducing oxidative stress.

Almonds are a unique package of nutrients – a great source of highly absorbable protein (6 grams per ounce) along with dietary fiber, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.

Coconut Flakes are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal, as well as boosting the immune system.   It’s also a great source of healthy fats.

Walnuts pack a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids! They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E.  Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein!

Raw Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals) is one of the richest sources of immune-boosting antioxidants found in nature. It provides important minerals including magnesium and iron. Raw Cacao is also a concentrated form of healthy dietary fiber. All raw cacao products contain the unique alkaloid chemicals theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine that help you feel happy.  Raw cacao is energizing, adaptogenic, mood enhancing and simply great tasting.

Dandy Blend™  is a delicious herbal beverage with the taste, body, and texture of coffee. Dandelion root is what makes Dandy Blend unique as it contains over 50 trace minerals. Certified gluten-free due to a special extraction process.

Sunwarrior™ Blend Protein Powder is a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile exceptionally high in Arginine, Lysine, Leucine, and branched chain amino acids.  Warrior Blend is an easily digestible, nutrient filled superfood perfect for anyone who wants to amplify their health and fitness levels. Best of all, it tastes phenomenal.  

Lime Juice is valued for culinary purposes as a preservative and flavoring, as well as for its nutritional value.  A good source of vitamin C and Dietary fiber, it helps facilitate digestion and may prevent constipation.

Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties.

Maca (Navitas Naturals) Due to its extremely rich nutritional value, this root not only aids recovery but also promotes rapid healing and eliminates different kinds of stress related problems.  Peruvians believe that even a small amount of maca can sustain performance and energy for hours.

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient. Plus, it’s anti-microbial, a great source of chromium which helps control blood sugar and boosts brain function. It also contains manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.

Sea salt contains trace elements and minerals.

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My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars are handmade fresh to order by me in small, individual batches with love and positive energy. Each order will take several days to handcraft, wrap, and travel to you. Please place your orders with this in mind.

**  Please store the bars in the refrigerator upon arrival for they are perishable and this ensures a longer shelf life. They will last several weeks sealed in the fridge.  Bars can be frozen for longer life – thaw before eating. **

Indulge your friends, family, and colleagues with my Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars for
activities, parties, meetings, workouts, snacks and just all round “good sharing”!


Check out testimonials about the bars already!

“The superfood protein bars are incredible….better than anything you can buy in the store and so much healthier. My husband has eaten 2 today so far and I am trying to use control and not keep up with his count. I will definitely be reordering the protein bars.”   ~Serena A., Kansas, USA

“I love the bars! In fact my daughter whom can be picky about flavor and texture loves them. I am impressed with the quality of the ingredients they are superior bars to anything you can buy at your local health food store.”  ~Christine O., GA, USA

“Hi. Just wanted to drop you a quick note… I LOVED those chocolate protein bars. They kept me energized throughout my weekend workshop.”  ~Ilke, GA, USA

“These bars are unlike any bars I have ever had, and I have had a lot of bars!  I am very active and am on my feet all day.  They give me the energy I need to get me to dinner or to endure a tough workout.  The ingredients meld together so nicely.  They are not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I will definitely buy more!”  ~ Stephanie W., GA, USA

  “Just a quick note to let you know the protein bars arrived yesterday and they are FANTASTIC! Thank you so very much. I love them.  I tell you they are better than any protein bar I have ever had and better than any brownie as well.  They are fresh, moist, delicious, chocolatey goodness and everyone deserves to try these.  They are the BEST!”   ~ Victoria, TN, USA

I was hesitant to spend the money not knowing how they would taste.  I love Larabars and I was very excited to bite into your bars and feel like I was eating a Larabar, except with a fresher and even better taste.  Absolutely love your bars!!!  They are the perfect size and half of one is good enough to satisfy my craving of chocolate for the day and it feels good to be eating something healthy.  Thanks!”  ~ Vernice, TN, USA



* To Place An Order:  Email me @ kibbymiller@tds.net with your name, shipping address and the quantity you wish to purchase.  The bars are $5.00 each.

* Payment:   I accept PayPal.  Upon receiving your email with order details, I will send you a Paypal invoice.  Once payment is received, I will prepare your order from scratch and notify you when package is shipped.

* Shipping:  All items are handmade in very small batches by me. ** Please allow up to 1 week from purchase date for me to have them ready for shipment .** Thank you for your patience as I lovingly hand-make your bars.   I ship using USPS Priority Mail.  I can ship up to 12 bars for $6.50.  Over that amount, email me for a shipping price quote.

This includes boxes, packing materials, trips to post office, printer ink, and the time to lovingly pack and label each order.

 *** I have no control over your package once it is in the hands of USPS so we can not issue refunds for undelivered or lost packages. You will need to contact USPS if they make a mistake with your delivery. If you are concerned about this please request that I add shipping insurance to your order. ***

Customers are responsible for any local fees, duties, taxes or brokerage charges that may be incurred on your package upon its arrival in your country. Please inquire with your local post office to find out the fees associated with your order prior to purchasing from me. If for any reason you do not claim or are unable to claim your package from Customs, I will not issue a refund. I ship Priority Mail International, and send tracking information with delivery notification. I can email proof of mailing to international customers and I am not able to offer refunds to international customers for undelivered packages.


I want you to be very happy with your purchase. However, due to the nature of the product, I am not able to accept returns.

I look forward to hearing from you and to be able to provide these AMAZING, nutritious, superfood protein bars to you, your family and friends.

Contact me @ kibbymiller@tds.net to place your order NOW!


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Gluten-free Veggie Pizza – Vegan option and Delicious!

Gluten-free Veggie Pizza – Vegan option and Delicious!

Gluten-free VEGGIE Pizza

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I LOVE a good pizza!  However, the gluten in most pizza recipes don’t resonate well with my body and constitution.  I’ve written about it before with the Healthy Quinoa Pizza Crust article/recipe.  When I purchased Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Foods book and saw that she had a “Miracle Gluten-free Vegan Pizza Dough” recipe, I got excited. Yes, I get excited and giddy trying new recipes!  I am always open-minded when approaching and working with a new recipe, but sometimes skeptical because they don’t always come out as good as they sound or look in the pictures.  I have worked with some gluten-free ingredients before, but I was new to xanthan gum and tapioca starch.  I thought these ingredients would create a “binding” in my digestive tract/colon.  Sorry, for the bluntness, but sometimes that how I look at foods.  How is this going to work its way thru me – fast and easy OR slow and heavy.  The researcher that I am, I researched all the ingredients that I was not used to in my daily cooking/preparing and found that they are all plant-based and perfectly fine.  So, I pulled out my apron and I went to playing with this new dough.

This dough is not like ordinary pizza dough where you roll it out, let it rise and roll again.  No yeast, no gluten flour and such.  This dough reminds me of a fantastic medium-thick pizza dough with a nice, light fluffy, chewy texture yet still had a firm crispy bottom and edge crust.  It is different but wonderful!  It totally surprised me and gave me my “pizza fix”.  The best part – my belly loved it and so did my colon.  Easily digestible and I didn’t feel heavy or stuffed after eating it.  Easy in – easy out.  I did make a few adaptations to what I had on hand for the recipe, so I will share that with you.   Are you ready to make some amazing gluten-free and tasty pizza?  Well, join me now and I will take you thru the steps to the end.  🙂

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My plate on the left. Scott’s on the right with goat cheese – he likes his goat cheese. :)


Gluten-Free Veggie Pizza
A fantastic pizza dough recipe that is easily digestible which you can add any veggies or toppings of your choice. This pizza dough reminds me of a medium-thick pizza dough and will bake well. Great texture, chewy center and with a crisp firm crust and edges. Yields 1 10-inch pizza.
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  1. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour ( I used sorghum flour)
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  3. 1 TB. baking powder (aluminum-free)
  4. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. powdered stevia (I used NuNaturals powder stevia - check out iHerb.com)
  6. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
  7. 1 TB. Nutritional yeast
  8. 2 TB. arrowroot starch
  9. 2 TB. tapioca starch
  10. 3/4 cup cold water
  11. 1 organic egg OR "flax egg" substitute (1 TB. ground flax seed mixed with 3 TB. HOT water - let sit a few minutes, then use in recipe)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and line with parchments paper (I always do this JUST IN CASE).
  2. Sift the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, stevia, italian seasoning, arrowroot and tapioca starch together into a large bowl. You can use a standing mixer if you like.
  3. Pour the cold water into the bowl slowly and stir. Or if using the standing mixer, with the mixer running on low speed, pour the cold water into the bowl slowly. Next, add your egg/egg replacer mixture and mix well till incorporated.
  4. Wet hands with water, form the dough into a ball and place on the center of the greased baking sheet. Wet hands or lightly oiled hands (olive oil and coconut oil work great) are an absolute must to prevent sticking. Wet hands periodically while pushing down firmly on the dough and pressing it into a 10-inch round pizza shape, working from the center out.
  5. Bake for about 9 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, top with desired toppings and bake for another 30 minutes (depending on your oven) or until the edges are crispy and the bread is well done.
  6. Carefully move the pizza onto a cutting board. It will be somewhat fragile, so be sure to wedge a spatula underneath to separate it completely from the baking sheet (or if using parchment - just slide it gently onto cutting board - that's why I like using parchment paper - makes life easier). Once you've got the pizza on cutting board, cut to desired sizes and enjoy!
  1. Enjoy with a side salad and you've got a healthy, nutritious, easily digestible meal.
  2. Any leftovers refrigerate well.
  3. Pizza crust can be made ahead of time. These crusts can also be made, baked and frozen (carefully) for later usage in the week.
  4. I used asparagus, tomato, onion with a homemade marinara sauce and topped with some goat cheese when the pizza came out of oven. Pesto would be great with this with your toppings of choice. Experiment and have fun with it!
Adapted from Kimberly Snyder - Beauty Detox Foods
Adapted from Kimberly Snyder - Beauty Detox Foods
Kibby's Blended Life http://www.kibbysblendedlife.com/

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This is DEFINITELY a winner and keeper in my kitchen repertoire of recipes!

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Raw “No Bean” Refried Beans recipe + Book Giveaway

Raw “No Bean” Refried Beans recipe + Book Giveaway

Raw “No Bean” Refried Beans

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I have a delicious, nutritious and easy-to-make recipe for you all today.  It is adapted from Kimberly Snyder’s NEW book The Beauty Detox Foods .  I love Kimberly Snyder’s work and have been a fan of her information, recipes and Glowing Green Smoothie (aka GGS) for over 3 years now.  Her first book, The Beauty Detox Solution is fantastic and I highly recommend it. Her GGS was my first green smoothie and I was hooked from day one.  Green smoothies have been an integral part of my healthy lifestyle and I SWEAR by their benefits.  I pre-ordered this new book (Beauty Detox Foods) months prior to its official launch date –  MORE PLANT-BASED, PROPERLY FOOD COMBINED RECIPES!  Yay!   Food geek, here!  🙂

I’ve been perusing through this beautiful book for several days now and drooling at EVERY SINGLE RECIPE.  I’ve been taking notes, writing down ingredients for new shopping list and already playing in the kitchen with several recipes to share with you all.  I have already made ALL the recipes in her first book and will do the same with this one. 

I used to love the texture and taste of refried beans in recipes, but I don’t swing that way anymore.  Beans and I aren’t on good terms any longer and have parted ways mutually and I have found a new relationship with this dish that is here to stay.  This “no bean” dish has the taste and consistency of standard refried beans but without all the health and beauty downfalls.  This recipe is beauty enhancing, digestive friendly and tastes amazing.  My kind of food!! 

The star in this show is raw SUNFLOWER SEED.  Let’s look at some of the nutritional benefits of these simple seeds:

# Apart from being a rich source of Vitamin E, raw sunflower seeds also contain linoleic acid (essential fatty acid), amino acids, and minerals. Amino acids, as we know, are the building blocks of proteins and the minerals contained in raw sunflower seeds include magnesium, potassium and zinc.

Sunflower seeds being rich in phytosterols and a good source of dietary fiber, aid in reducing the cholesterol levels in the body.

# Copper is also required by the body to help carry oxygen to the red blood cells. 25% of the daily requirement of this mineral is easily covered by one ounce of raw sunflower seeds.

# Sunflower seeds contain vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction. It is known as folate, and it is responsible for the body’s cells to manufacture DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).

# The nutritional value of raw sunflower seeds that is contained in one serving (1/4 cup) includes 11.0 g of fat, 3.0 g of fiber and 6.0 g of protein. These seeds also provide the daily requirement of iron in the body, which comes to about 13%. Apart from containing Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6 is also an important part of sunflower seeds.

# Sunflower seeds are also a rich source of Zinc, which helps the body recuperate from injuries, and fight infections. About 10% of the daily requirement of this element can be obtained from these seeds. (source)


Raw "No Bean" Refried Beans
This is FANTASTIC on top of salads and wrapped in a green leaf wrap along with fresh chopped cilantro, avocado slices, chopped scallions, chopped tomatoes, salsa, etc. Make it your own. So tasty and beautifying for the body. Yields 2 1/2 cups.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and rinsed well
  2. 1 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked in a bowl 2 hours prior to blending)
  3. 2 TB. fresh ground flax seeds
  4. 1 TB. raw unpasteurized miso paste (if you don't have this, use extra pink himalayan salt to taste)
  5. 1 TB. paprika
  6. 1 TB. chili powder
  7. 1 TB. cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
  9. 1/4 - 1/2 cup spring or filtered water (depending on consistency of sundried tomatoes)
  10. High quality pink himalayan salt or sea salt - to taste
  1. Pulse the sunflower seeds a food processor several times, then add the sundried tomatoes, flaxseeds, miso paste and seasonings.
  2. Pulse again, then slowly add the water to the mixture until it has a consistency that resembles refried beans - almost smooth, but with some texture.
  3. Adjust seasoning and add in sea salt to suit your taste.
Adapted from Kimberly Snyder, Beauty Detox Foods
Adapted from Kimberly Snyder, Beauty Detox Foods
Kibby's Blended Life http://www.kibbysblendedlife.com/
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Finished product in the food processor and ready for eating!

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“No Bean” refried beans on an organic collard leaf with chopped cilantro, avocado slices and chopped scallions. Delicious!

In honor of sharing this recipe (with MORE to come soon), I wanted to offer an awesome GIVEAWAY to go with it.  April is a great month for me (It’s SPRING, my birthday and anniversary), so it’s a great time to share with some of my favorite people (my lovely readers).  I purchased an extra copy of Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Foods along with my own and YOU have a chance to win a copy by leaving a comment below telling me why you would like to win this book.

Giveaway comment entries are welcome till Sunday night, April 7th and I will announce the winner on Monday, April 8th.

Good luck!

The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Superfoods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You

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Giveaway is now CLOSED.

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Friday Friend – Linda Wagner! + Giveaway

Friday Friend – Linda Wagner! + Giveaway

Friday Friend – Linda Wagner


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Today, I am so happy to share with you all my beautiful friend, Linda Wagner from Linda Wagner.net. 

Isn’t she GORGEOUS!

I came across Linda’s website and blog over a year ago.  Her recipes, articles and her presence were absolutely refreshing and inspiring to me.   We started up a friendship thru comments on her blog and personal emails.  She is one of the reasons that I started my blog in the first place.  She made a comment that if I started a blog, she would read it.  I thought – “REALLY!”  So, I thought about it for a month and ventured out into the blogging world and it has been one of the BEST decisions of my life.  So, Linda!  Thank you for those words of inspiration and motivation.  I am doing something that I am passionate about!

Linda, also, does something that she is passionate about.  She has helped hundreds of people across the country achieve radiant, long lasting physical and emotional wellness.  Linda is an experienced and skilled Nutrition Coach who utilizes a holistic methodology to invigorate the mind, body, and spirit.  It is her passion to assist others in achieving their true, unlimited potential.  Linda has the unique ability of identifying root, underlying issues for both basic and complex nutritional concerns.  She is easy to talk with and very down to earth.   She assisted me with some health issues (such as Candida) back last Spring.  I was able to address the issue through nutrition, supplements and stress reduction and got those little buggers under control in my body.

Linda now lives a happy and healthy existence, however it wasn’t always that way.  Even as a competitive athlete following a mainstream ‘healthy diet’, she experienced what so many suffer from on a daily basis; weight fluctuation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, acne, frequent colds and flu, yo-yo dieting, disordered eating, loss of purpose, brain fog, insomnia, chronic pain, and a strong disconnection from myself.  Boy, does that sound familiar!?  She was following all of the so-called healthy eating guidelines and doing everything she was supposed to do.

Linda knew there was more to life and health and so begun her quest in a healthier lifestyle. Linda has trained extensively with some of the nation’s foremost PhD’s, Clinical Nutritionists, Biochemists, Athletic Coaches, and Sports Psychologists.  

She has the same holistic methodology that I believe in and live also.  She does not believe in restriction, suffering, deprivation, counting calories, diet foods, excessive exercise, or trying to heal the body from the outside.  She believes in eating wholesome, delicious foods with abandon, having fun, feeling inspired, eating out, having a sense of purpose and passion, feeling EMPOWERED, confident and beautiful in your own skin!!


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Linda says that each year just gets better and better.  Long gone are the days of counting calories, restricting & deprivation, yo-yo dieting, torturous work outs, frequent colds, emotional breakdowns, etc.  She LIVES life now and doesn’t obsess over it.   Linda wants to share her knowledge with you so that you too can enjoy the freedom that comes from true health.  She wants you to know what it feels like to glow, radiate, THRIVE, and SHINE from the inside out!

Linda and I also have another thing in common – passion for GREEN SMOOTHIES!!  Linda recently released a new ebook called GREEN SMOOTHIE DETOX.

Green Smoothie Detox

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In The Green Smoothie Detox ebook you will get specific, step by step instructions that are easy to follow, gentle on the system, and will produce amazing results! The unique thing about The Green Smoothie Detox is that you get to enjoy beautiful recipes that are very easy to prepare and delicious to eat! These delicious foods help to boost energy, reduce cravings, promote rapid weight loss and cleanse the body. There are no gimmicks, pills, powders, or starvation, just the right foods eaten in the right way.   I have had the honor and privilege of reading this book and blissfully trying out many of the recipes.  They are AMAZING, Nutritious, Healthy and Nourishing smoothies.

Go over to her newly designed website: Linda Wagner.net  and check her out, along with her wonderful recipes and so much more.  I have probably tried all but a few of her recipes and they are ALL fantastic.  I hope you will enjoy her site as much as I do.  Visit her on Facebook, Twitter and more.

Thank you for your generous offer to share more of your knowledge to those looking to take their health to the next level, Linda!  Keep shining bright!  I love you! 

** Linda has graciously offered any reader at Kibby’s Blended Life her one-on-one services at a 10% discount off all services.  That is wonderful!!  Take advantage of this opportunity.

** Linda has also graciously offered 3 readers at Kibby’s Blended Life to win a copy of her Green Smoothie Detox ebook


Just leave a comment below letting us know why you would like to win this ebook.  Do you drink green smoothies now and if so, what is your favorite blend?

**  Giveaway ends on Friday, March 15th and I will announce the winners on that date!  Good luck!  **

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Ayurvedic VATA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic VATA Superfood Smoothie

Vata’s Superfood Smoothie

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If you don’t know already, I LOVE my green smoothies!  Ever since I started drinking them warm/hot (HOT Green smoothie), I can have them during the winter with GREAT results. I was craving something yesterday during the afternoon and was being aware of what my body was wanting.  I was craving GREENS!  I needed something that was going to feed my body, cells, tissues with amazing nutrition, filling for my tummy and tasted fantastic.  I had a new ayurveda superfood smoothie recipe and knew it was time to try it out.   I adapted this lovely VATA smoothie recipe from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Scott was out in his workshop (putting the final touches on the small kitchen island he made for me, so that I can face everyone for my upcoming cooking class. Plus it might be the new layout for the videos from now on – MORE kitchen centered with better lighting – Yay!).

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Can I just say that SCOTT IS THE BEST!  If we want or need something and he can make it, he will.  He is so creative and brilliant at coming up with a design and putting it all together AND it looks great! 

OK, back to story here.  I was feeling depleted and knew that I needed something quick so that my body could utilize the nutrients immediately and digest easily.  Enter the VATA Superfood Smoothie!  I made one for myself and it was fantastic.  I loved the color, but I also loved the thicker texture and taste.  Scott stepped inside the house to ask me a question about the time I finished scraping the last residue out of the glass.  I offered to  make him one – rarely does he turn down a smoothie or ANYTHING that I offer for him to taste – he said “YES, Please!”   A few minutes later, he’s drinking his smoothie and making YUM, HHHMMM, THIS IS GOOD noises.  We have a winner!

Vata’s Superfood smoothie

SERVES 1 person

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 banana or 1 cup mango – I used a banana
  • 1 TB. Maca powder
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • 1 heaping TB. goji berries
  • 1/2 tsp. Spirulina
  • 3 dates
  • 1 cup or more leafy greens ( I used organic spinach)
  • 1 + tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Reishi powder or 1 opened capsule Spirit Reishi
  • 1 tsp. Ashwaganda powder
  • a few drops of stevia – if desired for more sweetness

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender – I use a Vitamixand blend till smooth and warm. If you want to try some other fruits for VATA, check out the post I shared with you on Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines.

This smoothie was so filling and nourishing.  I felt so much better and I had plenty of energy after drinking it. I felt like Popeye after “eating me spinach”.  I drank it around 2:30 in the afternoon and wasn’t hungry till dinner.  THAT says something for me.  When Scott came in for dinner, I asked him how the smoothie worked for him – sustaining wise.  He said that he was surprised at how filling it was and he wasn’t hungry for hours also.  It is a meal replacement all by itself.  I will definitely be making this smoothie quite often.  I can see kale being a great green in this smoothie.  See, I’m already fantasizing about having it again with optional variations.   Yes, I am a nutrition foodie geek and PROUD OF IT!  🙂

Hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as Scott and I did! 

I will post Pitta and Kapha Superfood smoothie recipes later in the week.


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The Difference Between CACAO and COCOA Powder

The Difference Between CACAO and COCOA Powder

It’s TRUE!  There REALLY IS a difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder.  With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, be informed and educated what type of chocolate treat you want to purchase for your spouse, lover, friend, family or HECK, mostly yourself.  🙂  Years ago, before I took any care with my health, I used cocoa powder in all my baking recipes.  I didn’t know any better.  When my health took a nose dive (over three years ago) and I decided to do something about it, that’s when I changed my diet over to an all RAW, plant-based diet/lifestyle and learned about this mysterious, dark, seductive ingredient called raw cacao powder.  Were have you been all my life, gorgeous one! 

Most chocolate that is consumed is milk chocolate, high in sugar and low in cacao content. It is also made with dairy products, fillers and in some cases high fructose corn syrup. So it is fair to say that not all chocolate is created equally from a health benefit standpoint.

All chocolate is made from the cacao (cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.  Cacao powder is simply the cacao bean, that through a cold-pressing process, has had the fat (cacao butter) removed. With the fat removed, cacao powder becomes hydroscopic, so it dissolves easily in liquids. Cacao powder can be used to make chocolate by mixing it with cacao butter and sweetener.  (source)

What are the Benefits of Raw Cacao Powder?

Thanks to its high amounts of magnesium, antioxidants, and flavonols, raw cacao powder is considered to have many health benefits.  The powder is dark in color and rich in nutrients. The bitter taste of raw cacao powder is often mixed with carob or stevia, a natural sweetener, to make it more palatable.  I LOVE its rich, deep, bitter, earthy taste alone!

Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea.

The higher the percentage of cacao in the chocolate (in my opinion 70% and higher) is where you will see the most impact from the nutrients and anti-oxidants.    Often you will see packages labeled now with “% cacao.” What that refers to is the percentage of cacao bean solids present in the bar. There is an inverse relationship between the percentage of cacao in a bar and the amount of sugar.  So:

      • A 75% cacao bar has 25% sugar.
      • A 65% cacao bar has 35% sugar.
      • The higher the % cacao, the less sweet
         the bar and the stronger the
         chocolate taste. (source)

Cacao powder is the most versatile of the raw cacao products, because it is finely ground and ready to be added to smoothies, homemade energy bars, raw and baked bars, cookies, and other desserts. It blends well with water, nut and dairy milks.

These antioxidants and other properties may help to:

  • Support cardiovascular health and help to prevent atherosclerosis
  • Protect from free radicals and environmental toxins
  • Flavonols boost blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce anti-inflammatory responses
  • It elevates the mood by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain
  • Improve overall well being and energy levels
  • Acts as a catalyst (drives into tissues) ingredient to enhance medicinal properties and assimilation of herbs, super foods, etc. in tonics, teas and food.  OH YEAH!

For storage:  Keep in cool, dry conditions. 

Adverse reactions:  Raw cacao powder contains a small amount of caffeine and is considered a slight stimulant.  I can have raw cacao in small quantities and in moderation.  It does stimulate me ever so slightly, so I don’t drink hot tonics or eat treats made with it in the evening.  I’ll go weeks without having any and then use it a few days out of a week – whatever my body wants.  

Check out these recipes I have used it in:

SO MANY OPTIONS for it!  Be sure to purchase a quality, organic raw cacao powder.   Navitas Naturals is my favorite!

NOW, let’s look at regular cocoa powder. 

Some people don’t think there is a difference between the terms but I beg to differ.  The terms “processed” and “unprocessed” have two separate meanings.  Therefore, in my personal opinion, they are two separate entities when coming from a nutritional view point.

Broken down, cacao refers to either the tree, beans or pods of the cacao tree that are raw and unprocessed, while cocoa powder is the processed and refined version of the exact same plant. Though they are not the same, they are also not mutually exclusive, as cocoa powder cannot be made without cacao.

Cocoa powder is the de-fatted chocolate solids left after the cocoa butter is removed from the chocolate, creating a low-fat powdered product. There are two main types of cocoa powder: natural and Dutch process. Natural cocoa powder has a slightly reddish tint and is highly acidic. Dutch process cocoa powder has been treated with alkaline and has a darker brown color.

The main difference between the cacao and cocoa, once again, lies in their states. Cacao is unprocessed while cocoa is processed.  Cacao also has a better nutritional content compared to cocoa, but that’s only because most of the nutritional content disappears once cacao has undergone processing. 

You want to know how I am STILL using my old cocoa powder container?  As a DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes!   This recipe will sop up any excess scalp oil, and help keep you lookin’ fab and fresh on those days you need a quick hair pick-me-up and don’t have the time (or energy) for a full-on wash (which was for me on Saturday!) 🙂


Here are a few things to consider when you desire your next chocolate fix or you are buying your sweetheart (or yourself – I consider myself “my sweetheart”) chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

• The sweeter the chocolate, the less healthy it is. 🙁

• Darker and the less sweet the chocolate, the healthier it is. 🙂

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Avocado Salad with Roasted Walnuts and Ayurvedic Dressing

Avocado Salad with Roasted Walnuts and Ayurvedic Dressing

Avocado Salad with Roasted Walnuts


This gorgeous avocado salad is adapted from Eat, Taste, Heal (Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook) which I highly recommend to purchase.  This salad is perfect for Vata dosha (mind-body constitution).   The crunchy walnuts and ripe, rich avocado make this a wonderful and winning salad combination.  The tart and creamy dressing just enhances it even more.  I will provide variations at the bottom of the recipe for Pitta and Kapha dosha’s.  If you are new to the Ayurveda lifestyle, go here to see what dosha (mind- body constitution) you are and read more here and here.  I opted to warm the dressing so that it had a soothing and nourishing aspect to the salad.  I love adding warm ingredients to “room temperature” greens so that it grounds me and digests easily during cold weather.  

For the salad:  (All ingredients room temperature)

  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts – coarsely chopped
  • 1 or 2 (depending on size) Avocado – halved,pitted, peeled, and cut into chunks (warm for extra creaminess if you are going to forgo the cheese)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes – coarsely chopped or 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup grated raw goat cheese or crumbled chevre goat cheese (optional)
  • greens of choice for salad base (I used an organic greens blend)

For the dressing:

  • 4 TB. coconut yogurt or organic goat yogurt
  • 2 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB. lemon juice
  • 1 TB. filtered water
  • 1 tsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup or a few drops of NuNaturals Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

(This salad serves 2.) 

  1. Tear with hands or chop the fresh greens and place into individual bowls. 
  2. Toast the walnuts in a small, dry saute pan over low heat until golden brown – stirring frequently, approximately 5 minutes.  Watch so that you don’t burn them!
  3. Combine the avocado and tomato in a mixing bowl along with the toasted walnuts and cheese (if using).   
  4. In another bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients.   Add dressing to the avocado mixture and gently toss well.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  5. Spoon or scoop by hand (which I do) this mixture into the bowl of fresh greens.
  6. You can also just add the ingredients for the salad individually and pour the dressing over that for a prettier presentation (I did in picture above), then mix it up and SAVOR each bite.

Dosha variations:

Pitta:   Substitute cucumber, squash, broccoli or zucchini for the tomato and  sunflower seeds or raw almonds for the walnuts; olive oil is fine in moderation.

* Dairy information for Pitta’s:  Pitta benefits from the cooling and nourishing effects of dairy.  Sour cream, along with hard or salted cheeses, easily aggravates Pitta.  Yogurt is fine in moderation for Pitta types, but it is best taken slightly watered-down.

Kapha:   Substitute artichoke heart for the avocado (can get frozen if you don’t want to deal with fresh), and broccoli, mushrooms, celery, or green beans for the tomato,  substitute sunflower oil or coconut oil for the olive oil, use honey instead of maple syrup, omit the walnuts and use sunflowers or pumpkin seeds instead (yum!!) and use goat cheese and yogurt in moderation (fine for this recipe). 

* Dairy information for Kapha’s:  Kapha types should generally avoid dairy, due to its heavy, oily and moist properties.  Dairy products easily create mucus and congestion in Kapha types.  Yogurt, goat’s milk and goat cheese are fine in moderation.

Next week, I am going to go more into the food guidelines for Ayurvedic dosha’s (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and give you all better understanding and make this lifestyle more easily adaptable for yourself.

I hope you try this recipe – it’s WONDERFUL!  Scott and I absolutely LOVE it!  Let me know if you use the variations and how it turns out for you.  I am going to add toasted pumpkin seeds next time – that sounds wonderful! 

I will be drawing winners for the Yerba Mate tea giveaway on Friday night and announcing winners on Saturday, January 29th.  Keep your eye out for the post!  Good luck and enter if you haven’t already!!  🙂

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WEEKEND TREATS: Banana Powder Date Paste AND Cinnamon Date Paste

WEEKEND TREATS: Banana Powder Date Paste AND Cinnamon Date Paste

Are  you looking for a good date this weekend?  Well, look no further for I’ve got TWO amazing ones for you today!   (I know it’s cheesy, but I had to)  🙂


This simple and DIVINE recipe has the consistency similar to a caramel dip,but none of  the refined sugar and processed ingredients.   It is absolutely perfect for spreading, dipping and snacking on right out of the jar.  Also great for using in raw truffles in place of the sweetener and binder ingredient.  It is great in hot oatmeal or spread on gluten-free pancakes or toast.  I am getting hungry thinking of all the possibilities to use this with.

I received this LOVELY product from Mum’s Original awhile back and couldn’t figure out anything (great in smoothies and avocado pudding) SPECIAL for it until just now. Let me introduce to you – BANANA POWDER.  She is creamy, sweet and healthy.   This ingredient is going to get a lot more action in my kitchen now.  You just wait and see.  🙂


From Mum’s Original website:  Mum’s Original Banana Powder is produced from a delicious red banana variety, sweeter and heartier in flavor, grown to their fullest potential with the only help of natural sunshine. Our careful dehydrating and milling process ensures that our Banana Powder maintains its dense nutritional composition that includes high fiber content to gently cleanse your digestive system. Pop into a daily smoothie for a great source of natural energy, help to decrease blood pressure, and relax your muscles after a work out.

This banana powder is very reminiscent of lucuma powder to me.  It is powdery fine, lends a creamy texture and smoothness to recipes and is deliciously sweet.  You could use a fresh banana in the recipe below, but it wouldn’t last very long in refrigerator due to banana going gooey and oxidizing – the paste will change on you quickly – not as sustainable.  The banana powder allows for a fresh taste, consistency and texture.   I REALLY like it!

Banana Powder Date Paste/ Spread:

  • 30 pitted dates – I used Deglet Noor dates (cheaper).    If you use Medjool dates, you can probably use less – maybe 15 (they are bigger in size).
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 -3 TB. Banana Powder

Cinnamon Date Paste/ Spread:

  • 30 pitted dates – I used Deglet Noor dates (cheaper).    If you use Medjool dates, you can probably use less – maybe 15 (they are bigger in size).
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TB. cinnamon 

1. Chop your dates.  (A couple of slices with the knife – not too small)
2. Add dates & water to food processor or blender (I use a Vitamix) and let soak for an hour (they will soak the water up and expand in size).  Plump you little beauties! 🙂
3. Blend until smooth.  In a food processor you may have to stop and scrape down sides a few times.
4. Mix in banana powder OR cinnamon (whichever recipe you are doing) and spoon into a jar for storage (or a few in your mouth for tasting).  Right?!  You have to check the goods before serving or storing. 🙂






Other Variations:

Raw cacao powder, mesquite powder, carob powder, Acai powder (Oh my!)  – TASTY and Good for you! 🙂

OK!  I just finished putting a heaping TB. of the banana powder date paste into my morning oatmeal and the same amount of the cinnamon date paste into Scott’s oatmeal and HOLY MOLY!  They are both amazing!  You’ve got to try these recipes!  

I’ve got some GREAT posts lined up for next week.  See you then!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

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How to Make Kitchari – Healing Stew + Video

How to Make Kitchari – Healing Stew + Video


In Ayurveda cooking, Kitchari (or kichadi) combines protein (mung dhal) and carbohydrate (basmati rice) into a single dish – it’s best known in Ayurveda as a cleansing and complete protein meal.   This amazingly tasty dish heals digestive distress, balances the metabolism, is a potent blood cleanser, liver cleanser, assists in healthy weight loss, allowing the body’s tissues to detox what they don’t need and absorb the nutrients they do and is a breeze to make!   Your body will feel so good that extra weight will fall off, you’ll sleep better, your digestion & elimination will improve and your skin will shine.

 In Ayurveda, digestion is of  #1 importance! Based on ayurvedic understanding of agni (digestive fire), white basmati is most preferred form of rice as it is lightest and easiest to digest. Specifically in terms of a kitchari cleanse, we are looking to eat light digestible food that is nourishing while also allowing our bodies to digest the accumulated ama (toxicity due to excess or improper foods that the body has not digested fully, leading to a variety of maladies from indigestion and gas to excess cholesterol and more). When your agni is stronger, you are more capable of digesting heavier foods. A kitchari cleanse will help to strengthen the agni.   Regular brown rice is actually pretty tough to digest – it takes a long time to get through the system.  If you feel heavy, bloated, are not hungry, or are not pooping, switch to white rice, like basmati. You’ll probably feel a lot better.

Use Mung Dhal (aka mung dal or mung dahl or moong dal…it can be confusing!)  They are yellow and split.  They have been used for centuries to detox the body. Don’t use whole green mung beans – they are not as digestive friendly and can cause extra gas or bloaties (what we DON”T want!)  Check out this article for better clarification on the RIGHT dahl to purchase – helped me immensely!

There are LOTS of variations on Kitchari, but here’s one that I especially love in the Fall and Winter months . This recipe is tridoshic friendly – healing for all doshas (balances Vata, Pitta, & Kapha).  If you don’t know your dosha (Ayurvedic body-mind type) – take the test to find out.   Stay with 2 or 3 veggies in this dish so it is more easily digestible.   Enjoy!


  • 1 cup white organic basmati rice OR organic quinoa (I’ve tried this and it’s great too!) – soak overnight and rinse well
  • 1/2  to 1 cup mung beans (see variations below), soaked overnight and rinse well (NOT the whole green ones)
  • 2 TB.  ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 TB.  fennel seeds
  • 1 TB. cumin seeds or powder
  • 1 TB. ground turmeric
  • 2 TB. chopped fresh ginger
  • 5-6 cups water (more if needed – if adding extra veggies)
  • 3 leaves of Swiss chard (can also use spinach or kale)
  • 1 cup each (or more – I LOVE my veggies):  carrots, sweet potato, celery (optional veggies: asparagus, green beans, beets)
  • 2 tsp.  sea salt (more to taste)
  • cilantro for garnish – We like LOTS!  (Can also use parsley, dill or basil)
  • lime juice

Rinse rice and beans well (several times) and set aside. In a large pot, heat ghee over medium heat. Once ghee has melted, add fennel, cumin and turmeric. Stir well, (keep in mind the turmeric will stain EVERYTHING – so use stainless steel measuring spoons over plastic),  then add rice and beans and combine well.

When rice & beans begin sticking to the sides of the pot, add ginger and water.  Cover and bring to boil.  Stir and set timer for 20 minutes to allow rice & beans to cook at medium heat.

While the rice and beans are cooking, let’s chop the swiss chard, cut the carrots, sweet potato and celery and chop any cilantro you’ll be using to garnish and further assist digestion (and it tastes amazing!).

Once rice and beans are cooked, add vegetables and mix well. Add more water if necessary (depending on how many veggies you added),   then cover and allow vegetables to cook to finish the dish (about another 20 minutes or so).  The finished consistency should be rich, thick and soupy. (I show you what to look for in the recipe video).

Before serving, add the lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro (also known in herbal medicine to clear heavy metals out of the body). Season with more salt to taste.   This is a very filling and satisfying stew.  Start with a small bowl and see how it fills you up – then if you want some more, add a few more servings.  Be mindful and aware of how much you eat (at every meal) and ENJOY in a peaceful environment (no computer time, tv or loud distractions) with good, satisfying company and peaceful background music for BEST digestion and nutrient assimilation.

This pot will make enough for 6-8 servings (depending on size of bowl).  For any leftovers, it is best to reheat in a little pan on the stove (you will want to add a little water to thin out)  – for lunch and/or dinner over the next few days.  Use within 3 days. Just remember that the longer something stays in the refrigerator (or freezer), the more lifeless it will become.  FRESH is the BEST. 

Dosha appropriate variations:

  • Kaphas do well with more beans and spices and less ghee and rice.
  • Pittas do well with equal parts beans and rice, lots of cilantro, and some ghee & appropriate spices.
  • Vatas do well with more rice, ghee and spices and less beans.

This is a STAPLE in our household!  We LOVE it!  I hope you do too!

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