29 April 2014

Healthy eating: creamy kale chips

Creamy kale chips, another fabulous recipe from Jiva healing. Visit them at www.jivahealing.com.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Julie Daniluk, a Canadian nutritionist who specializes in recipes that heal inflammation. They are creamy, cheesy and delicious and packed with nutrients.

  • 1 cup cashews, (soaked 2 hours)
  • 1 cup raw sweet potato, chopped or grated
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp grey sea salt or pink rock salt
  • 2 Tablespoons filtered water
  • 10 cups green curly kale, washed, large stems removed, torn into bite size pieces

Cooking instructions

  • Blend the first 6 ingredients thoroughly until smooth in a good food processor or Vitamix.
  • Pour over kale and coat the kale.
  • Place kale onto parchment paper and dehydrate for about 6 hours.
  • If you don't own a dehydrator then place them in the oven at 65 C (150F) and dry them for about 1.5 to 2 hours.

27 April 2014

Gluten free brownies

A recipe from my friends over at Jiva Healing. These vegan black bean brownies are truly divine. As well as being gluten and dairy free, they are packed full of minerals and fibre. They are a wonderful treat and easy to make as well! This recipe has been adapted from The Minimalist Baker.

  • 1 420 gram can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 2 large flax eggs (2.5 T flaxseed meal + 6 T water)
  • 4 T coconut oil, melted (or substitute another oil of choice)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar, slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • For sprinkling on the top (optional): crushed walnuts, pecans or dark chocolate chips
Cooking instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  • Lightly oil a 12-slot standard size muffin pan (not mini)
  • Prepare the flax egg by combining the ground flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a few times and then let rest for a few minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and puree, about 3 minutes.
  • If the batter appears too thick, add a spoon or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but not runny.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.

Visit the Jiva Healing blog for more recipes.

24 April 2014

Preparation for Lotus position with David Keil

I love these short clips on anatomy- and how to work with injuries from David Keil. Lotus is a pose many people struggle with especially if they have knee pain or tight hips...David says the glutes muscles are playing a big part too, which is why these stretches should help.

Thank you for sharingDavid Keil·

22 April 2014

K-taping tennis elbow (or yoga injury)

You don't have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. In fact, many yoga practitioners get the symptoms when overloading in chaturanga dandasana and other poses.

K taping is great for helping you work with injuries. In fact, on my last trip to Mysore I taped my injured wrist and I could be spotted around the shala every time I raised my hands above my head (it was a neon pink tape) and it kept me going for my six-week stay.

There are some great videos on how to K tape and this is one that I have used for elbow pain (wrist one to follow).

01 April 2014

The most stylish yoga bag EVER - Agoya tote

I have posted before my love of handbags & of course my love of yoga....these bags by agoya combine the two. I'm currently rolling my mat and shoving it in my hand bag when I'm on the run ...this might be the way to go for me, as these bags/mat carriers are the most stylish I have EVER seen.

For more details about these beautiful hand crafted items contact hello@agoya.cc