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Heart Healthy Sauce

Venusian Aioli Sauce

Serving Size:
6
Time:
1.5 hours
Difficulty:
Medium

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup packed spinach leaves, 2 sprigs of parsley, lemon juice to taste, 1/2 pitted avocado, garlic to taste, 1 pinch Kosher salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

  1. Combine the yogurt, spinach, parsley, and lemon juice into the blender. Add fresh Avocado. Add the garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Blend pulsing the the machine on and off. Blend until you have the desired consistency.
  3. Transfer to a non reactive container, and refrigerate until ready to use.

PRO TIPS

I found this sauce in Wolfgang Puck’s ” Make It Healthy” cookbook. He calls it “Low Fat Green Goddess Dressing.” I created my own version by switching out ingredients.
This dish can be a little tart because of the yogurt and lemon juice. Make sure to taste as you go. The salt and avocado will all balance to the tartness. Overall, I love my version. It’s very light and clean tasting. This sauce works well with seafood.

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower Potato Sa

INGREDIENTS

1 large head cauliflower, cut into small pieces, 6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped, 1/3 c. mayonnaise, 1 cup. dill pickles, finely chopped, 1/2 red onion, 1 tbs. Dijon mustard, 1/4 thinly sliced scallions, and 1 cup chopped celery.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Steam cauliflower until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
  2. Add mayonnaise, yogurt, pickles, onion, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss to combine, ensuring the cauliflower is evenly coated. Taste and adjust seasoning. Fold in 1/3 c. each of scallions and dill. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, sprinkle paprika and remaining herbs over the salad.
  4. Plate.

Pro Tip

I give creative credit to Lauren Miyashiro. I loved eating this! The flavor was very close to real potato salad. The difference is the veggie crispness. Remember, the dish is comprised of mostly vegetables. Be careful of the water content. I would make 1 improvement. Next time, I will add more eggs to deepen the flavor.

Enjoy!

Keto Snacks

Ketogenic Snacks

Hack One.

If you are going to embrace the ketogenic diet, then you will have to learn how to be your own accountability partner. By creating inner strength, you will develop lifelong success.

Hack Two

If you are just starting out, then find a friend who will motivate you to succeed. Going on the keto diet with a friend will help to make the journey easy. You can also be each others support team

Hack Three

Choose keto carbs that are actually yummy. The nature shop offers healthy and yummy keto snacks that even non keto dieters will love.

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Virtual Cooking

Virtual Cooking

Welcome to the virtual Cooking! These virtual cooking series will showcase a variety of topics, including gluten-free cooking. I am soo excited to share some of my true loves.

Whether you are new to the world of plant medicine or have created secure connections with herbs, you will experience a unique perspective to conduct your own plant adventures. The purpose of the gathering is to encourage well being, and good health.

Some happiness literature shows that increased fruit and vegetable consumption was predictive of increased happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being. ” Daily food diaries on 281 students tracked over 3 weeks showed that a high level of fruit and vegetable consumption appears to be predictive of greater emotional well-being on the following day. We will cook with whole foods, vegan foods, and fresh lean proteins. When recipes call for flour or sugar, we will offer gluten-free or sugar-free alternatives.

The gathering hopes to bring together people of diverse backgrounds who enjoy learning about a variety of healthy and delicious foods. In each meeting, we will work together to encourage one another to move towards improved psychological health and a balanced inner being.

Registration includes a digital recipe so that you can gather ingredients at home. Join me in making tasty and natural dishes right at home.  Click on the link to see our current offerings at Angels Working On Earth LLC.

Virtual Cooking Offerings

Gluten Free Cooking
MON, JUN 14, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

Salt Scrubs

Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Pink Himalayan salt can be found in Punjab region of Pakistan, near the Himalayas’ foothills. Not only is Himalayan salt beautiful, but it detoxifies the body internally and externally. As a scrub, the salt removes dead skin cells and helps to scrub off excess dirt, and oils, on the skin’s surface. It balances our skin’s PH. Plus, it is a natural aid for acne and softens the skin. Pink Himalayan salt has similar minerals to table salt and contains up to 98 percent sodium chloride. The differences are it consists of trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. The pink tint and taste are derived from these minerals.  

How is it used?

Himalayan and regular table salt are used in the same way. Chefs and healthcare practitioners use it as part of cooking and preserving delectables. Serving dishes, cooking surfaces, and cutting boards are sometimes made from blocks of Himalayan salts. Some people also use pink Himalayan salt and bath salts interchangeably.  

Why does the body need salt?

The body needs salts for a variety of functions. Sodium is a crucial trace mineral found in salt. Salt can relax muscles, maintain proper fluid balance, prevent dehydration, prevent low blood pressure, and support the nervous system. Eating salt can reduce infection, depression and kill harmful bacteria as reported in some research.

Exfoliation

Softly rub the skin in circular motions with a salt scrub to removes dead skin cells in a process known as exfoliation.

Invigoration and Cleansing

Himalayan salt scrubs can invigorate the skin and helps to improve circulation due to its abrasiveness.

Remedies

What Makes You Beautiful?

What makes you beautiful? To me, beauty is about the heart! It’s inside out! Of course, what we see first is outer beauty. In time, it becomes readily apparent that the absence of the heart leaves us less attractive! It’s all about love! Let’s begin with six simple tips to improve outer beauty! 

 Beauty tip 1: Exfoliate

We advise you that you read the article about hydration first. We discussed how you could improve hydration and the benefits to the skin. To keep your skin lovelier, make sure you exfoliate. The dead skin cells make the skin appear dry and dull. Start from the inside out! Experiment with herbs and spices! Try cucumber masks as moisturizers and flaxseed scrubs as an exfoliate. Use what you have. There is no need to spend tons of money on expensive non-natural products. I bet you can find what you need in your pantry or refrigerator. The imagination is boundless! Once you’ve buffed the old cells off, you’ll glow! You’ll feel good about yourself.

Beauty tip 2: Be Vigorous

Do an activity that leaves your cheeks flushed, your lips plump, and your skin glowing and dewy. Am I talking about sex? Use your imagination! Love what you do! Increased blood flow is essential. Oxygen brings a flush to the skin and makes us appear younger.

Beauty tip 3: Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption

Smoking spreads toxic substances into the body. Alcohol can dry out and eyes and cause puffiness. We suggest that you reduce or remove these activities so that you can look younger and lovely.

Beauty tip 4: Rest

 Sleep does make you lovely as you look well-rested. Try aromatherapy oils in your bath, meditation, and drink fruit-infused waters if plain water isn’t appealing. The focus is on reducing stress in mind, the body, and the spirit. 

Beauty tip 5: Beautiful Hair

The keratin in our hair makes it healthier and stronger. Keratin is a critical protein and structural component of our hair and nails. What are you putting in your body? Eating protein-rich foods such as eggs, nuts, seeds, shellfish, and meat makes for healthier locks.

Beauty tip 6: Grooming

Where do we begin? Grooming is an individual preference. For some, it’s all about the eyebrows, and for others, it’s something else. If you are a newbie, get a beauty consultation. But, if you feel adventurous, start with a few things that can change your look quickly and dramatically.  

Just find an aspect of yourself that suits you best and feels right. A suggestion. Hairstyle? There’s nothing like a great new style that makes you feel beautiful! Experiment with wigs! You can recreate yourself every day. Create your own world.

Hydration

Hydrating Your Skin Is Very Important

Drinking lots of water is necessary for your overall health? Did you know that hydration is necessary for your complexion as well? No matter your skin type, the importance of hydrated skin cannot be understated. Why?

What Causes Dry Skin?

Some individuals naturally have dry skin. However, a change in the season, environmental irritants, not drinking enough water, or even using moisture-stripping products can cause dryness.

Many beneficial nutrients that naturally help to keep your face hydrated are reduced as you grow older. When the skin’s natural moisture barrier is exposed to sunlight, the natural barrier decreases, and the skin ultimately wrinkles as we age. Therefore, it becomes more important to make sure you’re treating your skin with an extra dose of hydration.

Why should you care about hydration?

A hydrated complexion looks more youthful-looking. A hydrated face will help to improve skin elasticity which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hydrated skin also helps to control oiliness. Research shows dehydrated skin produces more oil as a reaction to a lack of moisture. Most people believe that the best course of action is to try to dry out the skin using harsh drying agents. This is a misconception.

Fully hydrated skin can fight and flush out toxins more effectively. Why? Your cells are functioning at their optimum best.

What Can You Do?

Maintaining a soft and hydrated complexion requires drinking an adequate amount of water each day. How many glasses should you drink? Approximately eight water glasses per day is a great start, but your skin still needs an additional boost of moisture.

Therefore, maintaining your skin’s integrity involves staying hydrated and using effective skincare products in your daily routine.

Vegan Strawberry Shake

Vegan Shake Series

Vegan Strawberry Chia Shake

Serving Size:
1
Time:
5 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa powder, 1/3 Cup flaxseed powder, 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 Cup Spinach, 1/2 Cup Strawberries, and 1 Tbsps. chia seeds,

Directions

  1. Prep the ingredients.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Pro Tip

This is another vegan smoothie. The vitamins and nutrients are designed to improve digestion, improve energy and prevent inflammation

Cooks Essentials

The Ninja brand offers several options to help you make that perfect smoothie. My suggestion is Ninja Professional 72 oz.

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Vegan Ginger Shake

Vegan Shake

Vegan Ginger & Chia Seed Shake

Serving Size:
1
Time:
5 minutes
Difficulty:
Simple

Ingredients

  • 1 Tsp, vanilla extract, 2 Tbsps. ground flaxseed, 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tbsps. cashew butter, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cardamom.

Directions

  1. Prep all ingredients.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Pro Tip

This is an ultimate healing smoothie. The vitamins and nutrients are designed to improve digestion, improve immunity and relieve an upset stomach.

Cooks Essentials

The Ninja brand offers several options to help you make that perfect smoothie. My suggestion is Ninja Professional 72 oz.

Vegan Mocha Shake

Vegan Shake

Mocha Shake

Serving Size:
1
Time:
5 minutes
Difficulty:
Simple

Ingredients

  • 1- 2 Tbsps. cocoa powder, 2 Tbsps.’ ground flaxseed, 1 Cup spinach, 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk and 1/4 avocado.

Directions

  1. Prep all ingredients.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Pro Tip

This is a wonder smoothie tonic! The vitamins and nutrients in spices and fruit will improve immunity, reduce constipation and improve energy!

Cooks Essentials

The Ninja brand offers several options to help you make that perfect smoothie. My suggestion is Ninja Professional 72 oz.

Tea & Beauty

Beauty Inside & Out

Tea is best any time of the year. My resolution for 2021 is to live my best healthy life now! It is about prevention and strengthening my immune system. How do I accomplish this? I started by eliminating stress from my mind, body, and spirit.  

Staying On Tract

How do you avoid temptation? It would help if you found a satisfying and healthy choice. Allow me to suggest an antioxidant-rich and detoxifying drink to add to your routine to help you get on track. Tea anyone?

Why Do I Love Tea?

I love tea because it can be relaxing, stimulating, detoxifying, and as a result, make you more beautiful. How? Tea can hydrate your skin by starting from within. Tea can also lend to peace of mind. Green tea is known to bring about Zen. Have you ever heard of “The Way of Tea?” Many cultures use tea as a part of ceremonies and meditation. It tastes good and allows you to have a few minutes of zen, and time for yourself. It strips away the stress of the moment and strengthens the immune system.

Tea Types

There are many types of tea. I prefer herbal and fruity teas. For those who appreciate variety, consider black teas, white teas, green tea, or rooibos. The mineral in tea fight against free radicals, pollutants, and other antiaging factors.  

For new tea drinkers, I encourage you to taste test. Bring out your favorite mug! Experiment with tea the tea blends I mentioned. Try heated water infused with root extracts, dried fruit, and flower petals? A simple mixture of green tea, cucumber, mint, and blueberries offers a crisp and refreshing flavor.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar Sugar! Oh Honey Honey!

One must get over the concept of sugar being used exclusively in cuisine! If you can eat it, then you can wear it! No. Sugar isn’t good for your diet. But, it certainly is great topically. The purpose of a sugar scrub is exfoliation. Sugar scrubs can help remove dead skin cells, clean clogged pores, and make your skin feel soft. Some uses are a hand scrub, face scrub, lip scrub, or foot scrub. 

Sugar contains natural humectants which draw moisture from the air to the skin. It does have an advantage over salt, as it has much smaller granules. Salt can be harsh and drying, but the trick is to add ingredients that help the salt add moisture to the skin. Love!

The glycolic acid in sugar helps encourage cellular regeneration which can help reveal younger-looking skin. We all want that! Sugar scrubs work well with other products too. Perhaps a nice sugar and salt combination?

 Sugar Types

Regular store-bought sugar is a great exfoliator and can be used on the body and the face. But, make sure it hasn’t undergone any processing which reduces quality!

Brown sugar is so moist! I feel like baking cookies just thinking about it! Focus Sheila! It is great for your face and can be used on the body.

Raw Sugar is suitable as a body scrub as it is coarser. The coarseness may be too harsh on your face. 

Ingredients That Work Best With Sugar

Time to experiment! Sugars can be mixed. Coarse with fine and with other ingredients. We suggest that you test the consistency to see how it works on the skin.

We have several top suggestions. 1. Olive oil is a great oil as it contains oleocanthal. This ingredient can help reduce irritation. 2. Avocado oil contains rich in fatty acids. Its one of the best moisturizers as it contains Oleic acid, and other nutrients. I love using avocado oil in soap. It makes a creamy and moisturizing bar! 3. Jojoba oil can soothe irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and help heal the skin. 4. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal. 5. Essential oils are usually used in aromatherapy. I consider them panaceas because specific properties can help specific skin issues. 6. Lastly, vitamin E can fade scars and help soften skin.

How To Use Sugar Scrubs

This is a personal preference. I love hot baths! Use a soft sponge or loofa, in the bath. Then, add a generous amount of sugar scrub, on dampened skin. Rub the sugar scrub all over your body. Relax! This is time to dream…