Category Archives: Vegan

Digest & Detox Tea + FREE Apple Cider Vinegar

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Paleo Vegan Digest & Detox Tea

Gosh, Christmas is still a week and a half away and I feel like I’m already indulging in too many sweets. Sugar is one of those all-or-nothing things for me, and once I have a small bite of cake, 20 minutes later, you’ll see me with an empty cake platter and looking for what other dessert I can get my sweet tooth on. The addiction is real! Thank goodness for my New Year sugar detox class! I will definitely be joining in with my participants.

Today, I want to talk about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and how amazing incorporating this Digest & Detox Tea has been for my digestion, energy level, and just overall well-being. Especially during a time when we are all indulging a bit too much, it becomes even more important to take care of ours bodies and practice light detoxification. I usually feel pretty crappy with too much sugar from my candida issues but it has been quite manageable this season by drinking this tea every morning.

Paleo Vegan Digest & Detox Tea

The secret ingredient? Apple cider vinegar! Apple cider vinegar is one of my favorite cooking staples and I use it everyday, even in my skin care routine. It has so many health benefits and it differs from regular white vinegar in that it’s made from apples (duh) and that it’s been fermented. For true healing benefits, make sure that the label says “raw”, “unfiltered”, and “with the mother.” The “mother” means that it has gone through a true fermentation process.

Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Aids in detoxification
  • Known to lower blood sugar
  • Improves digestion by increasing stomach acid production
  • Contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial components (that’s why it’s GREAT for candida overgrowth!)
  • May increase satiety so you avoid overeating
  • Balances the pH of the skin when used topically, making it a great toner!

Paleo Vegan Digest & Detox Tea

This Digest & Detox tea also includes ingredients that boosts these internal benefits and more, like ginger, lemon juice, cinnamon, honey, and cayenne. All of these have been shown to be especially health promoting for digestion and detox, and that’s why this powerhouse combination will help you feel amazing!

Digest & Detox Tea
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 thinly sliced raw ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more, to taste)
  • Pinch of cayenne
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine water, ginger slices, and cinnamon. Once it comes to boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, add the rest of the ingredients, and stir.
  3. Strain, pour into a mug, and serve warm.
Notes
As with any food that facilitates detoxification, you may or may not experience detox symptoms in the beginning which may make you feel sick in various degrees and ways. If this is the case for you, start out slow and increase you intake slowly over time!

 

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Paleo Vegan Digest & Detox Tea

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Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

I don’t eat a lot of sweets, and I don’t even crave it much. I’m still sensitive to candida overgrowth and tend to stay away from dessert as a RESTART sugar detox instructor. I just don’t do well on them, unfortunately. Most of the desserts I make on the blog usually get thrown in the freezer and I’ll take out a piece to enjoy every few weeks or so.

However, I do looooove me some creamy and slightly bitter hot chocolate, especially during the holiday season. What’s different about hot chocolate is that they don’t need much sweetness but still feel indulgent for me, so I don’t feel the after-effects of a sugar binge. It’s a win/win!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

My favorite type of hot chocolate is Mexican hot chocolate. Have you ever had it? It’s amazing and you are missing out if you haven’t (yes, it’s worth being this dramatic about it…)! It uses a combination of spices to brighten up the flavors and also has a nice spicy kick to it that complements with the chocolate SO well. It’s just wonderful and tastes so fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Like I said, I don’t add any sweeteners to this Mexican hot chocolate, because the melted chocolate bar is plenty sweet on its own, but I do give an option to add them below. Don’t you think this would be the perfect thing to drink while unwrapping presents or spending time with family over the holidays? That’s a heck yes.

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Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk with no stabilizers like guar gum, chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used ½ almond milk and ½ full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Options: cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, or cinnamon, for garnish
Instructions
Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Carefully take out the can of coconut milk from the fridge, and turn it upside down.
  2. Open the can. You'll see the coconut water floating at the top. Pour out the coconut water, until you see the thick coconut cream resting on the bottom.
  3. Scoop out the cream into a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whip the cream until it becomes fluffy.
  5. Place back into the fridge until ready to use.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  1. Pour milk and cinnamon into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes until fragrant. Whisk occasionally to prevent the milk from burning.
  2. Add cocoa powder, chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk frequently, until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into 2 mugs
  4. Top with coconut whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and/or cinnamon.
Notes
I don't add like to add sweeteners to my hot chocolate and I really love it that way, but if you need a bit of sweetness, feel free to add some!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Happy Monday! It’s been raining nonstop here. It’s quite annoying but I’ve actually liked that I had an excuse to lounge at home and basically relax and do nothing over the weekend. It was much needed! However, I do miss the sunshine and I’m VERY looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii this year. Bring on the beaches!!

Before leaving, I wanted to share a last minute Thanksgiving recipe that’s so simple and easy to make. If you love sweet potato casserole, I think you’ll like this one! This candied pecan loaded sweet potatoes recipe has the same flavors as a sweet potato casserole, but takes out the labor of blending up the sweet potatoes. I’m all about doing less work than I have to (AND creating less dishes) on Thanksgiving with so many things going on if you are hosting. 

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

I find that sweet potatoes are plenty sweet on their own so I do not like to add more sugar to it, as what usually happens in a traditional sweet potato casserole. There are usually 6 different kinds of pies at the dessert table waiting for you on Thanksgiving, so why load up on excess sugar during your meal? The candied pecans in this recipe adds just enough sweetness to really enhance the flavors of the sweet potatoes, and for me, it honestly felt like I was eating dessert!

If you are looking for a fun and different take on sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving, I highly recommend this recipe because it’s soooooo delicious. Just try it out and let me know!

Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

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Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp butter (Use coconut oil if you have a high sensitivity to dairy)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wash the sweet potatoes, then poke holes in them by stabbing them with a fork a few times.
  4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until soft and easily pierced with a knife.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are baking, whisk together maple syrup, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  6. Toss in the pecans and stir to coat well. Set aside until the sweet potatoes are done.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  8. Cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise, then push them down carefully from the top to flatten . and open them a bit.
  9. Top each potato with the pecan mixture.
  10. Melt together butter, coconut butter, and salt on the stove top or in the microwave. Pour evenly over the sweet potatoes and the pecan topping.
  11. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the pecans are browned and toasted. If you have leftover pecans, toast it along side the potatoes and save as a snack!
  12. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.

Deliciously Sweet Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes - Paleo Gluten Free Vegan