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Creamy Adaptogenic London Fog

I love anything earl gray. I have since I was young. The smell, the taste, the way it makes me feel. I have memories of sitting around the kitchen table with my mata ji drinking endless cups of earl gray with milk and scones. This morning my body wasn't feeling coffee and I was digging through my tea cupboard and found some earl gray I forgot I had. Out came this really lovely latte with coconut butter, chaga, he shou wu, mucuna pruriens and vanilla. It was the perfect start to my slow morning. 

Ingredients:

In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute until combined and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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About the Adaptogens:

If you've been reading for a while, you know how I feel about adaptogens. If you're just joining, adaptogens are amazing herbs that help our bodies adapt to stress. Whether it be physical, environmental, emotional, mental, etc they give our bodies a little extra help so we can "adapt" to any situation. Adaptogens do not replace a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet, but they have had a huge impact on my life and I am a big believer in their power. In this latte I used Root and Bones Chaga and He Shou Wu. You can use code "bodybliss" for a discount at check out. My favorite brand of Mucuna Pruriens is made by Sun Potion. For information on each adaptogen, please read below. 

Chaga is know as the "King of Plants."It is high in digestive enzymes and helps to support the GI tract. A powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Historically it has been used for centuries in Siberia and was used as a coffee substitute during WWII. It has a lovely sweet taste and blends will with chocolate and vanilla. 

He Shou Wu is a Chinese herb revered for its powerful anti-aging properties. It translates to "Mr. He's black hair" after an elder who restored his youthfulness with this herb.  It's both energizing and calming and increases fertility. It high in iron, boosts mood and supports the nervous and adrenal system. 

Mucuna Pruiriensalso known as the "dopamine bean;" is high in L-Dopa, the precursor to dopamine, the feel good hormone in our brain. Regular use of this adaptogen helps to lift mood, fight depression and soothes the nervous system.

Note: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any health concerns, I recommend speaking with your ND, MD, acupuncturist or Ayurvedic Practitioner. 

Spiced Golden Milk

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Golden Milk: You've probably heard of it as turmeric is now the "it" superfood. Growing up in a yogic household, golden milk was served to me regularly. A rich golden cup full of turmeric, honey and almond oil.

These days you will find it at coffee shops, in the refrigerated section of your grocery store and in powder form on the shelves. One important aspect about turmeric that many do not know is that in needs to be activated in order to be usable by the  body. This can be done by combining with a good fat (ie, ghee) or by cooking at a low temperature for an extended period of time. 

It is a common misconception that black pepper helps with turmeric absorption. Black pepper contains a compound called peperine, which inhibits the metabolic breakdown of turmeric in the gut and liver so that it remains in the body longer and increases the effects. So it is beneficial to combine black pepper with your turmeric, but it does not help with absorption. For this reason I like to add black pepper in addition to either simmering the powder in water or mixing with a healthy fat.

Most of you already know that Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, but did you also know that turmeric has a long list of benefits including, but not limited to:

  • blood purifying

  • lubricates the joint

  • can repair damage to the nerve center caused by drug abuse

  • promotes digestion

  • immune support

  • nourishes the heart and circulatory system

If you're going to make golden milk, I find the most effective way to do so is by cooking the turmeric powder in water. The turmeric powder needs to simmer at a low temperature for at least 8 minutes to make a paste. 

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I grew up using a recipe by Yogi Bhajan. I use his traditional way of making turmeric paste, but have made a few adjustments and added some delicious spices. 

Golden Milk:

  • 1/8 tsp organic turmeric powder

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1 cup nut milk

  • 1 T ghee, almond oil or coconut oil

  • 1 tsp raw honey

  • a pinch of fresh cracked black pepper

  • 1 pinch ground cardamom

  • 1 tsp grated ginger root

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In a saucepan add the turmeric powder and filtered water. Bring to a boil and turn down to a low simmer. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Continue to whisk the paste while it simmers. Cook until a paste forms (at least 8 minutes or longer). Add the milk, ghee, pepper, cardamom and ginger. Bring up the heat until the milk is hot, but not boiling. Once hot, remove from heat and strain through a mesh strainer. Add sweetener to taste and enjoy.

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Note: You can make a larger amount of paste to keep in a glass jar in your fridge for up to 40 days. Just increase the amount of turmeric powder and water. When you want to make golden milk, simply heat up your milk and other ingredients with anywhere from 1 tsp to 1 T of turmeric paste, strain and enjoy. 

Add-ins: To superpower this already amazing drink you can add reishi, ashwagandha, pine pollen, spirulina or chlorella. The possibilities really are endless. For adaptogen companies I love and trust head over to my "Products I love" page. 

Once you've made the paste you can add it to other dishes and drinks.  I like to add it to oats, lattes, curries, stir fries, etc. 

Turmeric is an amazing root that can have really impactful benefits on your health. I highly recommend making it a part of your regular diet. To add to all the incredible benefits of turmeric, regular consumption can lead to a beautiful golden glow. You really can't go wrong. 

Resources:

https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/yogic-diet/yogic-foods-recipes/golden-milk-healing-tonic-vitality-and-flexibility

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/turmeric/

https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/is-turmeric-effective-only-when-combined-with-black-pepper/turmeric_black_pepper/

Goddess of the Month: Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie

I have been so incredibly excited about this Goddess of the Month. Body Bliss Lifers meet Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie!* I first discovered Philosophie Superfoods while staying with a friend in LA. She showed me her smoothie cupboard and pulled out three brown envelopes with bright labels. She said they were created by a local mom and vegan/raw chef. I used them every day for the remainder of my trip. When I got home, I immediately placed an order and I have not been without since.

Not only does this beauty make amazing superfoods blends, but Sophie is a true inspiration. She teaches to believe in magic, to be the best you, you can be and to work your ass off to live the life YOU want to live. I am beyond grateful to have her as a friend and support system in this life. Without further adieu, let's hear what this Goddess has to share:

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What inspired you to create your own company?

I wanted superfoods to be accessible to anyone and everyone. I also wanted it to be easy to get a nourishing boost of superfoods, all rolled into one bag. I know for myself personally, I was so sick of running out of a certain product, mid way during my smoothie, having to run over all of LA to find the right Maca, hence philosophie was born!

My husband was a big push behind starting philosophie superfoods! We were floating in the sea in Israel, realizing I was starting to really wear myself down with meal planning and cooking for so many different people all through out LA.  I knew creating my own personal blends for people to use on their own, was the natural and organic next step. 

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Why superfoods?

Because I fully believe in them, and the impact and power they have on our bodies!

What is your morning routine?

If the kiddos actually end up sleeping in their own bed (which rarely happens ;) ) I'll try and get a few extra minutes of sleep! If they are with me, its major snuggle time, then brekkie! We love to make superfood smoothies or waffles together, depending on what everyone is craving! In our house, we REALLY listen to our bodies! 

Once we get them out the door to their school (a Waldorf, obsessed with it!) i try to find some beautiful morning light to stretch a bit. Next up, its time for a sweat! Hot8 yoga, Soul Cycle, or the Culver city stairs are my main go to's lately! I'll rush home for a quick shower then its time to check my ever growing email, and get to work!

My favorite Superfood Coffee recipe found here:

So easy, I throw these ingredients into my Vitamix Blender:

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by so many incredible women, from friends to family. My incredible, beautiful, inspiring mother Phyllis, is also a huge impact on my life and philosophie. She also braved a huge battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and was one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives. I was so inspired by this that I created the Cacao Magic Mushroom superfood blend which includes 3 medicinal mushrooms: ReishiChaga and Cordyceps. These 3 mushrooms have been used for centuries to heal people and are known as “the ultimate herbal substances”. I began to do more research than ever during the time she had cancer to get to know the magical herbs of the world and using them myself.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?  

Reishi and Chaga for their incredible healing benefits! Truly foods you can live off of.

How do you honor your feminine body? 

By speaking kindly to it and allowing my self to be authentic and free!

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Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

Through my kids, husband, work, workouts, helping others, laughing, a great meal! A sweaty yoga flow does wonders for the soul and mood. Making time to move your body is key in maintaining Bliss for me!

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Don't listen to the noise, trust in yourself and your authentic being! only YOU know whats best for you, and don't hesitate to say NO to something that doesn't serve you!

 

*To receive 15% off your total purchase with The Philosophie, use code "bodybliss"

Sexy aMYLK Latte

I first discovered aMylk through instragram. I was drawn to a company that made organic, high quality nut milks that were not filled with a ton of extra sugars and thickeners.  I reached out to Amy to see if she would like to collaborate on a recipe. When she said yes, I was over the moon excited. As you know, I am always eager to support and collaborate with kick-ass women who run kick-ass companies. Then when she asked me to infuse my feminine self into the recipe, I could I have burst with excitement. So into the kitchen I went to play. I pulled out all my hormone balancing/aphrodisiac herbs and adaptogens. Meet this delicious aphrodisiac and hormones balancing latte. I will explain why I used each ingredient below. I could not be more pleased without this turned out. It is delicious, a little sweet, loaded with amazing things to support and ignite your feminine body, plus its pretty and who doesn't like pretty things?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup aMYLK shop vanilla Hazelnut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (regular, decaf or sub a cup of filtered water to make without)
  • 1 T Ahara Rasa Hot Date Ghee (optional but oh so delicious)
  • 1 T The Philosophie Cacao Magic or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps
  • 1/4 tsp pine pollen
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • dried rose petals (i bought mine at Whole Foods)

heat the hazelnut mylk on low until hot, but not boiling. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy. Pour into your favorite mug and top with crushed rose petals. Indulge and enjoy.

CHOCOLATE has been known for centuries as a sensual food. It has been found to increase dopamine levels. Its aphrodisiac qualities come from a chemical called tryptophan, a building block of seratonin which a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. 

Chocolate always seems to get the spotlight when it comes to aphrodisia, but VANILLA is just as powerful. They enhance the hormones in the body that are associated with love and happiness. 

The caffeine in COFFEE ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow. 

MACA has a multitude of amazing benefits from mood boost and memory to female hormone balance, sexual health and fertility. This lovely root stimulates the organs responsible for hormone balance so they can function optimally. 

CORDYCEPS are the mushroom of sexual health. It increases the libido, make it easier for you to "get in the mood." It is also great for physical endurance.

PINE POLLEN is currently one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps to balance the testosterone levels in your as well as helps to increase libido. 

Because of GINGER'S of it's anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been long revered in helping with menstrual cramps and chronic pain. It's also an effective treatment for morning sickness. In some Hindu traditions; garlic, ginger and onion are not consumed as they are believed to rev the first and second chakra too strongly. 

CARDAMOM is related to ginger and can be used in many of the same ways. I use it daily as it tastes so delicious and lessens the acidity in coffee. 

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Goddess of the Month: Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones

When I was pondering the idea of starting a blog, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was honor kick-ass women. A huge part of my platform is honoring and uplifting women, giving tools to help them live their best lives and feel good in their bodies. So here marks the first monthly "Goddess of the Month." I could not be more thrilled about this interview:

On a super hot Summer afternoon I sat down with my iced cold brew to interview Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones. I was drawn to her and her company for so many different reasons. Her high quality herbs and mushrooms are truly some of the best I have come across. They are high vibration and affordable. Since discovering Root & Bones, I have used them every single day and sometimes multiple times a day :). Alyssa is truly an amazing woman. She knows her stuff, she has passion for what she does, she is connected, conscious, grounded and is unapologetically herself.  I could have talked with her all afternoon. Check out what she had to say below and don't forget to hop on over to my instagram @bodyblisslife for a fun giveaway!

What inspired you to start your company?

I was truly inspired by the herbs themselves. I started using them during acupuncture school to help deal with the stress of a 3 1/2 yr Masters program. I was really focused on finding things that were going to keep me sane, healthy and keep my mind at ease. I dove right into tonic herbs. It was love at first sip. I've been taking them for over a decade now, and am so grateful to them for transforming me. What made me want to offer them as a product is that it is a way of reaching more people than I can just reach my my acupuncture practice. Its a simple, and effective way to increase your daily routine into something that can benefit body, mind and soul. 

Why tonic herbs/adaptogens/mushrooms?

Society is stressed out beyond belief. We have the fight or flight instinct for a historical reason, but we react the same way whether we are thinking about our 401k or if we are in a traffic jam and someone is honking at us. We are deteriorating because there is such a host of symptoms that come from stress. In Chinese medicine when we give herbs they are very specific to the person and condition, whereas these adaptogens are good for everyone.

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?

My Grandma. She is a kick ass little lady. She  just lives her life the way she wants to. She is a no-apologies kind of lady. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?

I would take Reishi. It is the first one I tried and is the most well known for calming the nervous system down. He Shou Wu to keep my skin moist on this hot island. 

What is your morning ritual?

I do lemon water, chlorophyll, stretching, breathing and then make a bomb-ass coffee adaptogen drink. I try to drink it outside no matter what the weather is to have that time in nature and get started with my day. I try to do most of movement in the morning: Walk in the woods, weight lifting or stretching. I love doing that in the morning.

How do you honor your feminine body?

Movement and dancing around. It doesn’t have to be a certain kind of music. I could get down to Enya or Rihanna. Giving myself acupuncture every week is something that really helps me reconnect with my body and get out of my mind. I also think its really important to masturbate, even if it’s not even a sexual drive, its more just loving on the yoni. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

Nature!  I grew up in Oakland in a cement warehouse. My brother and I shared a room with no window to the outside. I feel like my childhood was deeply deprived of nature. I feel so invigorated and inspired by nature which is one of the reasons I live in Arcata. Being around thousand year old redwood trees is incredibly humbling. Any stressful day I can go into the woods and feel like better. Almost everything starts to feel trivial when you are in nature. It puts things into perspective I love it and I love being alone in it. It is where I get some of my best thinking done. 

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Iced Root & Bone Rooibos Latte

  • 1 cup strongly brewed rooibos tea
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 T coconut butter
  • 1 tsp R&B Reishi
  • 1 tsp R&B Cordyceps
  • 1 tsp R&B He Shou Wu
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Blend in a high speed blender and pour over ice.

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Don't forget to use "bodybliss" at www.rootandbones.com for 15% off your order