Flower Child Granola

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A delicious twist on your classic granola, this baby is gluten, grain, and refined sugar free! Created in partnership with LINNÉ Botanicals using ingredients from the incredible RENEW face serum (one of my all-time favorite products!).

Whether used on your skin or in your breakfast bowl, the ingredients used in this recipe and LINNÉ’s lush face serum have been shown to strengthen capillaries, build collagen, reduce free radical damage, lessen hyperpigmentation and reduce inflammation. The amazing pink tones in the milk come from the wonderful antioxidants found in the rose hip and hibiscus—color = nutrition!

Think it’s weird to eat your beauty products? Think again: if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put in on your face? Our skin is our largest organ, and the ingredients used in our beauty products should be treated with the same amount of scrutiny as we do our food.


RECIPE: Flower Child Granola

Time: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

4 cups of nuts/seeds (almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts)

1 cup coconut flakes

¼ cup sea buckthorn

¼ cup cacao nibs

¼ cup rosehip (soaked for 1 hour)

¼ cup hibiscus (soaked for 1 hour)

¼ cup goji berries (soaked for 1 hour)

2 tbsp sesame seeds

½ cup ground flax

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup honey

½ cup coconut oil

MAKE IT

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Add dry ingredients (nuts, seeds, salt, turmeric and botanicals) to a bowl and mix. Next, add honey, coconut oil and vanilla to a small sauce pan and whisk to combine. Pour mixture over dry ingredients, and stir to coat, then spread granola out on your baking sheet and sprinkle with maldon sea salt. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and fragrant. Check the oven 25 minutes in, and give your granola a good stir.

When your granola is finished let chill completely to set. Store in an airtight container for 7-10 days. 


 

Perfect Roast Chicken

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Roasting a chicken can be intimidating, but it’s actually really easy and great for leftovers. Make sure to buy organic, pasture raised chicken and save your bones for broth!

PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN

Serves 4
Prep Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

1 organic, pasture raised chicken

½ cup coconut oil or ghee, melted

1 lemon

½ head garlic

Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

Salt and pepper

MAKE IT!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Take chicken out of the fridge to prep and get up to room temperature before cooking.

Place chicken on a cutting board. Pat dry with a paper towel. The dryer the chicken the crispier it will get.  Using a sharp knife, and with the chicken breast side up, cut the loose skin between the breast and the leg so that the chicken can lay flat. Next, generously season with salt and pepper. Really get in there, making sure to season both sides of the chicken and the cavity. 

Place chicken in a cast iron skillet or roasting pan. Cut a lemon and head of garlic in half. Place half of the garlic head and both sides of the lemon alongside the chicken. Add fresh rosemary, if using. Cover with melted coconut oil or ghee.

Roast for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is nice and brown and the juices run clear. If the juices are still a little pink, cook a bit longer, checking every 5 minutes.

Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes after taking out of the oven. You can eat it right away with roasted garlic and lemon, or cool and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Don't forget to save your bones for broth!

 
 

Why You Should Eat Chocolate. Like Every Day.

In case you didn't know what a cacao bean looks like! (via Pinterest)

In case you didn't know what a cacao bean looks like! (via Pinterest)

Ancient Mayans referred to cacao as the “food of the gods”. And no, it’s not just because of its seriously delicious taste. Cacao beans—the base for chocolate, as you may know—are loaded with fiber and nutrients, like iron, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc and more.

Well that’s good news, right? But what do all these “healthy” things do? Here are just a few of the benefits of adding chocolate to your diet.

A mega source of antioxidants.

More than blueberries, in fact! Studies show that antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that contribute to aging. I'll eat to that.

Good for your heart!

Cacao has been proven to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Protect your skin from sun damage.

The flavanols (aka plant-based nutrients) in cacao beans increases blood flow to the skin, shielding it from sun-induced damage.

Improve your gut health.

Your gut has good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria really like to feast on dark chocolate, which helps them grow and protect your gut.

Be happier!

For real, though—cacao increases production of serotonin, which explains why we crave more chocolate during the winter months, when we get less sunlight and Vitamin D.

Before you hit up the candy aisle, make sure to choose your chocolate wisely!

To get the maximum health benefits from your chocolate bar, buy organic (preferably raw) dark chocolate without additives like dairy or processed sugar. Be sure to read the ingredients, and trust me: you will soon start craving the good stuff not just because of its nutritional value, but also for its taste.

A few of my favorite brands of chocolate bars are: Raiz The Bar, Pana, AlterEco Foods, Green & Blacks and Theo.

Raw cacao (powder and nibs!) are a pantry staple in my home, and used in everything from smoothies to hot drinks and baking.

In honor of the almighty bean, here is one of my favorite recipes using raw cacao.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY NO BAKE COOKIES

Prep: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes to chill)

gluten free vegan chocolate cherry cookies

Makes about 10 cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup raw cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup raw agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
  • ¼ cup dried cherries, diced
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Maldon sea salt

MAKE IT!

Start by mixing agave or maple syrup and cacao powder in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until fully combined.

Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until the dough is completely mixed together. Then spoon one tablespoon of dough onto a baking sheet or platter lined with parchment paper and form into a flat disc.

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating.

NOTES

  • These bad boys are totally customizable—use any nut butter, dairy free milk and dried fruit that you like (or have in your pantry already).
  • You can also make them into energy balls instead of cookies.
  • Great for traveling or as an “on-the-go” snack.

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xx Mia