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STRESS-ADAPT PALEO GRANOLA

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Typical granolas are part of the high-glycemic faux “health food” hoax perpetrated on health conscious folks in this county (many yogurts fit this bill, too). But. The good news is, you can make your own low-fuss, low-glycemic version AND add adaptogenic support to the mix.

If you don’t know adaptogens yet, you’ll want to: adaptogens are safe, tonic herbs that support whole body neuro- endocrine balance, resulting in benefits such as stable energy, good sleep, and more robust libido.

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STRESS-ADAPT PALEO GRANOLA
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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Optional:
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Optional:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven on “warm” setting.
  2. In a food processor, roughly chop the nuts (you can also use sliced almonds).
  3. Combine shredded coconut, chopped nuts, seeds, Stress-Adapt powder and optional ingredients (if using).
  4. Gently heat the coconut oil, turn off the heat, and whisk in the raw honey and vanilla. While the liquid is warm and runny, pour over nut/seed/coconut combination and whisk/toss thoroughly (this can take a little while!).
  5. Spread out over 1-2 baking sheets and “dry” in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Note: it will smell divine while it's in the oven.
  6. Allow to cool, add optional cacao nibs and dried fruit, if using, and store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place. *Tip: Double the nut/seed portion of this recipe and set aside for use in the Savory Herb Snack Mix
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THE CHERRY CONNECTOR

Author: Lily Mazzarella

I formulated this luscious smoothie for a specific reason: I’ve been healing from a chronic arm/shoulder injury for several years and am finally building back strength (woo hoo!) and becoming more active in physical therapy. Aware that an injury could set me back, I’m careful to support my tissues with the nutrients they need to recover. Research has shown that cherries reduce post-exercise fatigue, and that collagen prevents sports injury—a winning combination. Flavonoids from cherries support cross-linking of collagen fibers (what all our connective tissue is made of!). Protein, plant-based omega 3’s, and other healthy fats help reduce post-workout inflammation and restore depleted energy reserves.

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THE CHERRY CONNECTOR
Cuisine American
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Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process at high speed until thick and creamy.
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Hearty Carrot Ginger Soup

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Hearty Carrot Ginger Soup
The brilliant golden-orange color and outrageous aroma of this soup tell you it’s got to be good for you. Indeed, this updated classic is a sure-fire hit for your immune system. Carrots contain abundant beta-carotene, which your body converts to immune enhancing vitamin A, while ginger improves circulation, warms the digestive tract, and supports the body in fighting the common cold.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks, along with a generous pinch of salt, and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss in the carrot, apple, ginger, and cardamom, and saute until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Turn down the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the carrots are easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.
  6. Mix in the coconut milk.
  7. Transfer the soup in batches to a blender and process until smooth.
  8. Alternatively, purée the soup directly in the pot with an immersion blender.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Add 1 tbsp of grass-fed Collagen or pea protein to each serving of soup.
Recipe Notes

TIPS: If you don’t love the flavor of coconut milk, add 1 tbsp cashew butter to the soup before blending, or omit entirely.

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Stress-Adapt Protein Cookie Dough Bites

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Stress-Adapt Protein Cookie Dough Bites
This tasty herbal treat is a perfect mid-morning or early afternoon Cleanse pick-me-up for the times you might be crashing/craving/irritable and reaching for something sweet and caffeinated. Full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and herbal adaptogens, these superfood cookies will keep you fueled without the down slope on the other side. They actually contribute to your system—which is what good food and herbs should do! Enjoy with a cup of Relax & Digest tea or brewed Reishi Roast for the ultimate indulgence.
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Pulse nuts and/or seeds in a food processor until uniformly but roughly chopped.
  2. Add all other ingredients and process until a thick, but workable paste is formed.
  3. Form into balls on a cookie sheet and, if desired, press with your thumb to form a “cookie” (you can also leave them as balls).
  4. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Note: If you made this recipe and the dough is too moist to form balls, add more coconut flakes until you can form into balls or cookies. Or, as I often do, leave as “dough” and enjoy by the spoonful!

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Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie
This light, creamy, not-overly-sweet treat features vitamin C-rich springtime strawberries and goji berries, a.k.a. Happiness Berry or Wolfberry. Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine used for liver and kidney deficiency patterns, for “brightening” the eyes (no wonder, as it is chock-full of carotenes and anti-inflammatory pigments), and promoting happiness and longevity. In a 2-week clinical trial, daily consumption of goji berries was found to increase energy and well-being (“happiness”) and improve digestion in the lucky participants.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients and adjust liquid to desired consistency.
Recipe Notes

Dried goji berries can be a bit tough, for best results soak overnight to soften.

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Vegan Chive & Herb Cashew Cream Cheez

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Vegan Chive & Herb Cashew Cream Cheez
For some people, giving up dairy is what’s most challenging about the prospect of doing a cleanse. But dairy is pro-inflammatory for some, and creates congestion in most of us, so it’s a good idea to give it up for a while and see how your body does without it. Trust me, this creamy cashew cheez will get you through the tough times!
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews in filtered water overnight (or at least a few hours). When I make this recipe, I soak the cashews for 3 days, changing the water each day (or when I think of it). This softens the cashews considerably, and some even sprout!
  2. Place all ingredients except for chopped herbs in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend slowly, using a spatula to push the mixture towards the blades. When the ingredients are incorporated into a chunky paste, process at high speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add herbs, and process for another 30 seconds.
  4. Scoop into a bowl and refrigerate. The coconut oil stiffens this a bit so it spreads like cream cheese. The longer it sits, the more the herbs permeate the cashew cheese.
Recipe Notes

 

Absolutely delicious on flax crackers, chickpea pancakes, or as a dip for chopped raw veggies and sugar snap peas.

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