Gringgott’s Golden Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk

Everyone needs a little magic in their morning ⚡️

Mine just happens to come in the form of wands (a Harry Potter lover’s dream come true) & books & golden potions (Herbalism was a thrilling class, as you can imagine, and did you know: mandrakes are real!).
Turmeric Milk
To indulge our inner HP fanatics, I whipped up this recipe with all the ingredients specifically concocted to transform your morning in 5 minutes, just like magic. And might I say, it’s worth its weight in Gringott’s gold!
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Featuring cracked black pepper and coconut oil to enhance turmeric’s absorption, the MCTs in coconut oil as a powerful brain booster, ginger to increase metabolism and a little stevia to make this drink taste.. well… golden!

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Though turmeric has been harvested through India and Indonesia for over 5,000 years, this staple of Ayurvedic medicine has recently taken the spotlight as more than just a pantry cooking spice, with potent properites as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-oxidant.
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Everything It Touches Turns To Gold

Step aside Tom Cruise… turmeric + white jeans is a whole new stunt of Risky Buisness!

But aside from staining your attire and kitchen counters, turmeric’s golden properties boast a ton of health benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory from Turmeric’s main compound: curcumin.
    • The MCT’s from the coconut oil in this recipe assist in transporting fat-soluable curcumin into your cells making it more effective.
    • In turn, turmeric increases our ability to digest fats!
  • Curcumin indirectly boosts the growth of neurons to enhance memory and prevent degeneration of the brain.
  • Its anti-inflammorty effects help combat the unwanted side effects of exercise by reducing pain, joint swelling and mucle stiffness.
  • Enhances the functioning of our livers to aid in daily detoxification.

Turmeric

Magical Turmeric Milk Recipe

  • 1 Tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tsp virgin, cold-expeller pressed coconut oil
  • 1/2 C boiled water
  • 1/2 Warmed rice/almond/coconut milk
  • A pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 100% Pure stevia to taste

NOTE: for the full health benefits of turmeric, be sure to purchase the potent powders commonly found at your local health food store.

Pour all ingredients into the blender, blend for a latte-like foam, adjust as desired, and enjoy! 🙂

To your mornings with a little dose of magical,

Suzanne Eden

 

Three Ways To Get Lucky With The Rock Your Shamrock Shake

Happy St. Patrick’s day readers! 🙂

There is no shame, just shamrocks when you get lucky with this entirely holistic, St. Patties inspired shake!

A cooling blend of fresh mint, creamy bananas, crunchy cacao and a vibrant green shade, it is the glass of gold at the end of this rainy days rainbow, the lucky charm to your St. Patrick’s day and every wellness junkies drink of choice for the occasion!

With today being dedicated to all things green, this shake is sure to satisfy any indulgent craving with no shame to our diets and decked in shiny, detoxifying benefits. No matter how you choose to celebrate on the occasion, this is a blend to rock your shamrocks!

St. Patties

Holistic Highlights – How This Detoxifying Beverage Puts All Other Shakes To Shame

Natural Hue

  • Absent of artificial dyes and colourings, the vibrant green of the shake is courtesy of the sea algae Spirulina and the taste is masked entirely by peppermint. This sea algae is known for its chelating benefits by binding to toxins and heavy medals to help excrete them from our bodies.

 

The Power Of Peppermint

  • In the summer months I use handfuls of mint leaves plucked fresh from the garden but in the winter, the minty flavour is obtained with pure peppermint. Note: for optimal taste and wellness use pure peppermint as regular extracts will have both a strong taste of alcohol and a more potent flavour.
  • Mint is a natural stimulant and detoxifier. The scent alone can be enough to relieve anxiety and increase energy, the opposite of alcohol which is a depressant and will have you feeling run down and sluggish by the end of the night.

 

Sham “Rocks” 

  • The rocks of the smoothie are raw cacao nibs. Slightly bitter and a perfect pairing in this shake. Alternatively, you can use some Giddy Yoyo chocolate chunks. 
  • Cacao nibs are a rich source of antioxidants which help to neutralize and eliminate free radical toxins from our bodies.

 

Shamrock

 

The Rock Your Shamrock Shake!

 

Recipe: 

1 frozen banana 

1/2 tsp Spirulina 

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract 

1/4 cup coconut milk 

Pure peppermint extract to taste (alternative: fresh mint leaves) 

Liquid stevia to taste 

1 Tablespoon raw cacao nibs 

 

Instructions:

Simply blend all ingredients together, except the cacao nibs, and adjust flavours as desired. Stir in cacao nibs and enjoy!

Tips and tricks: 

  • The banana makes all the difference! Make sure it is spotted brown and completely frozen for a sweet, creamy blend. 
  • Use pure extracts to avoid the bitter alcoholic flavours of conventional brands and to reap the most health benefits
  • Adjust flavours as needed. This smoothie is simple to alter depending on how large your bananas are and how you like the texture and flavour, you can play around to get your perfect shake.

 

Settling in from a brisk mornings walk along the water with this shake, chlorophyll kombuchas, and nothing but green things the whole(some) day through!

Wishing you all the luckiest and greenest of St. Patties days, 

Suzanne Eden 

Your Holistic Survival Guide & Energizing Kale Lemonade Smoothie For A Blended Week On Turbo

To my fellow readers and owners of Vitamix blenders, you are all too familiar I’m sure, of the initiation right that accompanies these powerful blenders. The one that encompasses splattered walls, tie-dyed shirts and dripping ceilings. The reason I am not to be trusted in the hands of a blender with a turbo setting.

This week went a little something like that.

A week on turbo, blended with meetings and clients and Wednesday’s  international teleconference to yesterday morning’s workshop. Into the mix came a flurry of lemons and as many green things that could possibly squeeze into my blender to boost energy levels and keep my immune system strong as my sleep dwindled. On these high-speed weeks, it is vital that we keep our lids on to avoid a messy explosion and this article will show you how!

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Now I admit that it was a challenge to pull myself out of bed this morning at 5:30am and last night was spent with considerable time on the couch contemplating how to negotiate my way up the stairs to bed. My body is exhausted but  I have managed to find enough energy until my rejuvenating and long awaited full nights sleep tonight.  Though I hope these weeks for you are few and far between, when they do arise I want you to be able to make it through with energy and without the dreaded sickness that often awaits you at the end.
  • With these hopes, this is your holistic survival guide to your weeks on turbo!
  • 1. Energizing Mornings
  • A proper start to the day is essential for lasting energy. No matter how early, there is always energy to be found in a cleansing warm lemon water with cayenne pepper followed by a green smoothie.
  • Lemon water will boost metabolism, hydrate and improve energy production at a cellular level.
  • Smoothies are easily digestible (less energy for digestion = more energy for you!) and provide a readily available zap of energizing nutrients to the body. My favourite smoothie this week is with thanks to my mystery valentine who left a bouquet for me on Valentine’s Day after this post:  https://lifeofeden.com/2015/02/12/10-reasons-every-girl-needs-a-bouquet-of-kale/ – we all thank you!

 

  • 2. Lavender
  • Essentially” the best smelling conference I have ever attended. Yesterday I was in a room diffused with peppermint and smelling essential oils to my heart’s (or nose’s) content. Though peppermint and citrus are next on my list, lavender is my current household favourite and with over 200 constituents it is my top recommendation for anyone looking to experiment with these oils.
  • The aroma has a calming and relaxing effect on the body
  • Apply lavender to the back of the neck and temples to help ease muscle tension
  • A few drops on your pillow case will calm a busy mind & promote a restful sleep

 

  • 3. ACTIVEist

 

  • Of course there was yoga, and lots of it! My mat is permanently sprawled out on my floor waiting for me as soon as I find a work break to ease tension, reduce stress and provide mental clarity.
  • My favourite exercise in the morning, however, is a run on the rebounder. There are few reasons that exercise takes presidence as one of the most important components of energy control. Exercise:
    • Stimulates blood flow for increased energy
    • Increases oxygen flow to the brain for mental stamina
    • Aerobic exercise promotes mitochondrial production in the body

 

  • 4. Adrenal Support

 

  • Cue my international teleconference on adrenal fatigue that I put on for practitioners across the globe on Wednesday! Our adrenal glands need extra support in times of mental and physical stress. A good adrenal support formula includes both adaptogens (herbs that help the body to cope with stress) such as Rhodiola and Ashwaganda and adrenal glandulars. My favourite: AORs Otho Adapt.

 

  • 5. Vitamin C and D

Both essential to support and boost the immune system in times of stress.

  • As stress increases, the need for vitamin C increases to counteract the harmful effects and reduce the release of stress hormones in chronic stress.
  • Vitamin D is especially important to supplement through the winter as we do not get nearly enough sun exposure and it is essential for immunity and stress management.

 

kalesmoothie

Energizing Kale Lemonade Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 organic lemon (peeled)
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 leaves of curly kale
  • 1/4-1/2 C coconut water to desired consistency

 

Blend all ingredients on Turbo… Just be sure the lid is on first!

  • Holistic Life Hacks:
    • By the time I had received my kale it was a frozen ice block, so once it thawed I popped it into the freezer to preserve it and blend it into smoothies. This is the perfect trick to any greens you think might soon go bad.
    • Save the stems! I don’t like to waste any part of food if I can help it. Tough but loaded with nutrients and fibre, I save my stems and steam them later with carrots and broccoli, coconut oil and sea salt.

To keeping our lids on through our blended turbo weeks,

Suzanne Eden

The Bermuda Triangle of Hamilton & the Rocky Road Trip Inspired Smoothie

If it wasn’t already, it became undeniably apparent this Thursday, that I didn’t inherit my mothers sense of directions. It is, that I’m slightly… Directionally challenged shall we say? Plop me in a forest and I can find my way back, but stick me behind a wheel or god forbid, put a map in my hand and who knows where well end up. One things for sure, it’s bound to be an adventure. If you’re looking for a rekindling of your faith in humanity (as everywhere, of the many places I stopped for directions, people went graciously out of their way to help me) or looking for a scenic tour of the province, hop on in as my passenger and give me the directions!

Thursdays 1.5 hour drive found me backtracking & lost amid the labyrinth of the one way streets of Hamilton concluding with a 3.5 hour journey to my destination. Hamilton now being the brunt of all jokes and the Bermuda Triangle of my adventures.

I did, however scenic, arrive at my destination and settle in with my aunt to talk business over a smoothie fix from Fiddleheads. Perhaps the best smoothies I have ever had as I have admittingly day dreamed about them since the very day I took my first sip. I was almost as excited for the smoothies as I was for the summit I was about to attend. My heart is truly edible.

Fiddleheads

I had to recreate my own version of this delicious smoothie for you, of course, so keep reading!

But first, before satisfying the taste buds, lets satisfy the soul with a few sips of my top lessons learned from the summit:

Top empowering messages from women to women (or women to man, this applies to you too!):

  • The three P’s
    • Passion: follow your passion, know what you love, surround yourself with it, keep clear visions and you will never lose your way (so long as I’m not driving you there)
    • Perseverance: keep moving forward (eventually you will find your way out of Hamilton)
    • Persistence: create your own doors when you find a wall, be flexible in life and take it in stride, persist to connect and share your passion. Our speaker spoke at We Day by persisting after being turned down numerous times. Turns out no-one had actually read her story. She was told that she didn’t have a chance, the speakers had been chosen, but she could meet with them for a half hour and in that time she had sold her story and the space was opened for her to share her passion in front of a stadium of enthusiastic listeners.
  • We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are leaders of today! Life is too short to work in a profession you don’t like.
    • Amen! Keep your vision and work for it, love it, live for it. Create your life, your work, from the heart.
  • If it is to be, it is up to me.
    • You take control of your own success/ failure and embrace self improvement. Learn how to fall and get up quick with a smile on your face and always keep your vision. Trust in the magic, greatness is squared.
  • Inspire someone everyday.
    • In how you live, in the way you utterly support another’s dreams, inspiration multiples.

Inspire

~ A bite for the Road ~

Quick and easy road trip approved snacks:

  • My aunt supplied me with raw almonds and walnuts at her office to suffice until the smoothies as my stomach sounded as though I has been traveling 3 and a half days instead of hours
  • At the venue, the food ended up being platters of cookies the size of my hand and fudge squares, so I kept to the water until we happened upon the herbal tea! Blackberry raspberry tea to be exact.
  • And for the long trek home through the dark as my directions slipped down the side of the seat (you thought I was lost with directions…) and it took another 2 hours, I packed a fresh, juicy apple to enjoy.

With uplifting imagine Dragons through the stereo, I finally found my way home by 1am and collapsed into a warm and cozy bed, no directions needed.

So perhaps the greatest lesson I took from this road trip:

May we all be with the intention to get a little lost, lose our path a little ways, learn to enjoy the rocky road and reach out to others until we find our path once again. All roads will eventually lead you to where you need to be but our greatest lessons may come from veering off the map. My lesson this time: investing in a map, having emergency supplies of rationed food, and Imagine Dragons is always a good idea.

Without further ado, here is my take on the smoothie I indulged in from fiddlesticks.

The Rocky Road Shake

A rich,  decadent chocolate smoothie cut with the sweetness of fresh, juicy strawberries and a slightly rocky edge of raw cacao nibs.

Rocky road

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 3/4 C fresh, organic strawberries
  • 1/4 C Unsweetened coconut/almond milk
  • 1/2 C Spinach
  • 1/2 tsp Chlorella
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract (alcohol free)
  • 1/4 Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP Carob powder
  • 1 TBSP Raw cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP raw cacao nibs

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients apart from raw cacao nibs. Add milk to desired consistency.
  • Add the raw cacao nibs and blend a few seconds to grind them up until they are small chunks.

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With a delicious smoothie in hand, I am off to get lost in the forest for an afternoon of fresh air, sunshine and hopefully some deer sightings along the way.

To the rocky roads through our own Hamilton’s,

Suzanne Eden

A warm and fruity twist on fresh apple cider

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It’s a thanksgiving tradition in my crazy, wonderful family to make fresh cider with the apples from my grandparent’s orchard and one I eagerly anticipate every year. There is nothing quite like that personal connection with your food and nature. This year we used vibrant red apples, nearly the size of my head, and more normal sized yellow ones, my personal favourite with a slightly sour tang. Any blend of apples will create its own unique taste of cider, you cant go wrong. A few apples stolen to munch on and some elbow grease later and you have a beautiful drink ready to sip and savour. After tasting fresh cider, I can promise  that you will never again be satisfied with store bought. It is so worthwhile to find a nearby orchard that sells their own fresh cider. Not only does it taste incredible but it’s much healthier too.

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Here is a fresh, warm take on a classic treat:

Organic apple cider
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 organic fruity tea bag

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For the tea bag I used one with cranberry, raspberry, rosehips, and a few other flavours but anything fruity will do.

Simply warm the cider at medium heat with your cinnamon stick until it’s lightly steaming. Remove the stick and pour cider over your tea bag in a mug, allowing it to steep to taste. That’s it! So simple, so incredibly delicious. You can also sprinkle a little cinnamon in there.

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Thanksgiving was truly magical this year. I was surrounded by family, an incredibly gorgeous day, autumn hiking through the back trails of their farm, turkey, dairy free pumpkin pie, bear hugs with the birthday girl (my cousin with me in the photo above)… stop me before this becomes half of the article! What were you grateful for? Better yet, what are you grateful for right now?! Thanksgiving is a perfect reminder for us to be in a constant state of gratitude. After all, with home-cooked turkey and family, who couldn’t be? It is one of the most powerful forces and when you begin to live in a state of gratitude, you will attract to you more things to be grateful for.

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”

– Rhonda Byrne – The Secret

Thanksgiving should be everyday, in every moment. I keep a gratitude journal on my bed side table to write at least three things that I’m grateful for every night before I sleep, though it always turns into a full length page at least. When we begin to see in gratitude, we begin to live in gratitude.

With much loving gratitude for you,
Suzanne Eden