Cherry Vanilla Almond Milk

Sleeping potion 

Sleeping potion 

Every year when January comes around I make the resolution to go to sleep earlier.

I am convinced that after working in the film industry for so long, that my brain no longer has the mechanism to tell me to go to sleep. Years ago, I would fall asleep anywhere else in my apartment (couch, dining room table - you name it- anywhere but the bed!) 

This year I did make that same resolution and also discovered Cherry Vanilla Almond Milk!  

As I write this blog post, it is currently 10:35pm.....

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I was prepping and planning my first juice cleanse (more on that in a later blog post) and while I was making my almond milk I discovered we had run out of dates at home. I was trying to think of what I could use to sweeten my nut milk and all I had was dried cherries.  I had bought pounds and pounds of organic cherries this past summer and dehydrated them knowing that I would need them when they were out of season. 

Why was I hoarding cherries? They are the highest melatonin containing foods.  

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. The pineal gland is activated to produce this hormone once darkness occurs. As melatonin levels rise, you feel less alert leading you to your precious beauty sleep.

Yes foods contain hormones. 

Melatonin will help you reach your deep delta-phase sleep. This higher quality of sleep has many benefits such as less recovery time after exercise, more productivity, better mood, more clarity, and no brain fog upon waking.

Win!

Here is my recipe for this miracle sleeping potion.

Drink this 20 minutes before going to bed. 

Cherry Vanilla Almond Milk Ingredients

Cherry Vanilla Almond Milk 

Ingredients:                                                      

1.5 C Almonds (soaked)                                                                                                                                                   4 C Water                                                                                                                                                                           1/3C Dried cherries (soaked)*                                                                                                                                         1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder

Method:

Rinse out your almonds until the water is clear. You want to get rid of all the enzyme inhibitors!

Blend the almonds and water for 60 seconds or until you don't see anymore almond granules. 

Pour the contents of your blender into your nut milk bag over a bowl and squeeze, squeeze squeeze.

Rinse out your blender and lid.

Return your almond  milk to the blender, add cherries & vanilla, blend until smooth. 

Pour, drink & sleep!

Time saving tip:                                                                                                                                                                 Soak a greater amount of nuts then needed and rinse them off. Portion them in 1.5C and freeze them. Next time you need almonds for almond milk, pop that out of the freezer and add water to help thaw. 

* Fresh or frozen cherries will work also. 

Comment below if you have any questions, I'd love to see your creations.

Audrey is the founder of Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc. a plant-based dessert and food education company in Vancouver, BC. Trained as a certified Whole Food Educator and Raw Food Chef, she is passionate about Making Health Sweet and empowering people to make better food choices. She enjoys playing in the kitchen, yoga, sewing & riding her bike in the sun. Follow her on Instagram @1ivinglotus or FB 1LivingLotus

 

 

Soup's On!

 
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Long before I started my business, it was pretty much clock work that I  go to the farmers market to purchase my produce. After Living Lotus was born and I vended at more and more farmers markets, there was little time for me to be able to go to my “home” market.

So last week when I hit up Trout Lake Farmers’ market, I was overjoyed! I was even more overjoyed when I found boxes of local, organic red peppers on fire sale.

With the weather turning colder, what better to make with my treasures from the market than soup?

The beauty of this recipe is it’s cheesy flavour (not to mention how easy it is to make). 

Smoked Red Pepper Soup

Serves 4

6c red peppers chopped
2 avocados                                                                                                                                                         1 + 1/3 c Cashews soaked
1 + 1/3 c Water
2t Himalayan crystal Salt
1/2t Smoked paprika

This is a raw soup, so throw it all in a Vitamix until warm and you're good to go!

If you don't have a high speed blender, feel free to roast or steam the peppers to soften them up, then use an immersion blender on everything.

You can reach me here if you have any questions :)

Audrey is the founder of Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc. a plant-based dessert and food education company in Vancouver, BC. Trained as a certified Whole Food Educator and Raw Food Chef, she is passionate about Making Health Sweet and empowering people to make better food choices. She enjoys playing in the kitchen, yoga, sewing & riding her bike in the sun. Follow her on Twitter @1Living_Lotus or FB 1LivingLotus

Healthy Food, Healthy Skin

One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is, "How do I fix my skin?"

Skin is the largest organ of the body. When the body is detoxing, more often than not, it shows up in the skin. In the many years I yo-yo'd off and on dairy and gluten without fail, my eczema would come back - sure sign of detox. 

Food allergies, poor diet, lack of certain essential fatty acids, acid/akaline balance are just some of the contributing factors that relate to your skin. 

Now that we know this, how do we attempt to fix it? From the inside out.  It's probably not entirely shocking that I am going to say whole food. Popping a pill will not fix the issue. Nor will creams and chemicals. These are only bandaid solutions. It is better for your body to have the whole food because the nutrients work in conjunction with each other.

Eg. In order for your body to absorb calcium you also need boron, phosphorus etc. which is also found in that same food. Because of this, your body also absorbs more nutrients from food than it does for supplements. 

There is synergy in food people!

One of my many mantras - "Eat the food- not the chemical" applies here. 

I looked into the separate ingredients of a specific skin medication and found the foods that help with the same function and/or contain the highest amounts of those nutrients. 

Here we go.....

Ingredient : Hepar sulphuris calcareum

What it actually is: Calcium sulphide.  It is made by burning the white part of the inside of oyster shells together with sulphur flakes.

Where you can get it: It is a chemical, so it doesn't exist in food!

How this relates to food: Sulphur in the body behaves like fly paper. The toxins stick to the sulphur, get carried into the bile and then get expelled out of your body.

Sulphur containing foods: 

  • Broccoli
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • garlic
  • chives
  • onions
  • cauliflower
  • turmeric extract
  • leeks. 

Glutathione is an anti-oxidant that is found in all of our cells that most people are deficient in. It contains sulphur. You can increase your glutathione levels by eating more of the above foods. Also add in Brazil nuts for the selenium which you need in order for your body to produce Glutathione (3 a day can give you your RDA of selenium)

Ingredient: Carbo vegetabilis

What it actually is: Vegetable charcoal- in homeopathy it is diluted.

How this relates to food: Charcoal promotes blood circulation.

Food that increase blood flow:

  • Garlic
  • Almonds (raw with the skin on)
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw cacao
  • Cayenne
  • Ginger

Ingredient: Silicea

What it actually is: Silicon dioxide

What it does: Chelates aluminum from the body, keeps the skin hydrated and firm. 

Foods that contain the same mineral content:

  • Beets

  • Bell peppers

  • Alfalfa

  • Parsley

  • Cilantro

  • Leafy green vegetables such as kale 

So with all these things considered, I made a juice.

Skin Cure All juice recipe from Living Lotus Food & Nutrition: Fennel, Kale, Cucumber, Green Apple
 

Skin Cure All Juice

Serves 2 ( But I usually have a double serving)

1 fennel bulb 
3 leaves kale
1 cucumber 
2 green apples 

I always juice my cucumber first  so that I can run it through the juicer twice. If you are using a gear juicer, the second pressing extracts very little pulp if any. If you are using a centrifugal juicer, run it through three times.

Try this for a week and let me know how you feel in your skin.
 

Audrey Wong, Living Lotus Food & Nutrition

Audrey Wong, Living Lotus Food & Nutrition

Audrey is the founder of Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc. a plant-based dessert and food education company in Vancouver, BC. Trained as a certified Whole Food Educator and raw food chef, she is passionate about Making Health Sweet and empowering people to make better food choices. She enjoys playing in the kitchen, yoga, sewing & riding her bike in the sun. Follow her on Twitter @1Living_Lotus or FB 1LivingLotus

Welcome

Living Lotus Food & Nutrition: Making Health Sweet!

Welcome to Living Lotus where we make health sweet.

You are probably wondering what that means. Quite frankly, we are tricking you. Our mission is to provide gluten free, vegan, plant based desserts free of soy and refined sugar. These sweets will give you vitamins, minerals and nutrients that traditional desserts do not. This is where the trick comes into play. We are injecting health into your diet, you are eating ligher and you have no clue ! 

Food should be a joyous experience. Eating food and being healthy should be one of the same, not mutually exclusive. Guilt is not a word we should associate with food. After all, food is a staple of life.

If you are on a restrictive diet, transitioning to a cleaner one, or simply do not want to eat the same way, we can help. Just shout. 

In this space we will provide you with knowledge. We all do the best with what we know, so we thought it would be nice to share. In this spot you will find nutrition info, tips for in the kitchen, updates on where we are and anything you might want to know about a plant based diet! 

And lastly, (but of course not least)  in order for you to REALLY learn, we don't expect you to learn solely from words on a page. We will provide workshops for you. Here, you will get to see the words on the page in ACTION. We are developing a series of dessert workshops for you to better your health with. 

Get ready to be inspired, energized and amazed because we have a lot to share with you.

Thank you for taking the time to better your health, one dessert at a time :)