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Effects of Alcohol: How Alcohol Affects Nutrition & Endurance In Women.

There is no doubt that alcohol can have adverse effects on people who choose to drink regularly and maybe to excess. While these effects are highly dependent on the physical and genetic makeup of each individual, women who drink alcohol experience unique effects.


There is no doubt that alcohol can have adverse effects on people who choose to drink regularly and maybe to excess. While these effects are highly dependent on the physical and genetic makeup of each individual, women who drink alcohol experience unique effects. This article will explore how alcohol affects women regarding nutrition, endurance, and other essential functions in the body.

Why Do Women Face Higher Risks When Drinking Alcohol?

When compared to men, women will experience health problems sooner and often at lower drinking levels. This is due to several factors. First and foremost, women weigh less than men on average. Another factor is the amount of water present in the body. According to information provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, when alcohol is consumed, its highest concentration is found in body water.  

On average, women have lower body water content than men. As a result, women can drink the same amount of alcohol as a man and have higher blood alcohol content. A higher concentration of alcohol in the body often leads to a higher risk of health issues among women.

How Does Alcohol Affect Nutrition and Other Body Functions in Women?

With increased and regular alcohol consumption, women can experience a myriad of health issues. Firstly, alcohol has significant impacts on nutrition in women. When alcohol enters the system, it converts the sugars to fatty acids. Alcohol has no nutritional value and can block the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients it needs for optimal body functions. Secondly, alcohol is a depressant that acts on the body. The depressive effects of alcohol cause a decrease in stamina, endurance, and performance.

Another body function impacted by alcohol consumption in women is the production of hormones. Alcohol inhibits the functioning of the glands that release hormones. As a result, hormone levels can fluctuate, which can lead to many metabolic effects that negatively impact performance and psychological processes. 

Alcohol consumption can impact energy storage in the body, blood pressure, body growth, and reproductive issues. 

Sleep is another body function negatively impacted by alcohol use. Even moderate amounts of alcohol disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms that regulate sleep as well as energy and sex drive. When a woman’s circadian rhythm cycle is off, it is out of sync with the brain area known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This small but critical brain region coordinates sleep and wake cycles. Additionally, women who regularly drink are at higher risk of liver damage, heart disease, and have a higher risk of developing breast cancer due to the excess amounts of estrogen that is released through alcohol.

Is Alcohol Negatively Impacting your Performance? 

If you are a woman wanting to perform at peak levels, it may be worth assessing your physical and mental performance in regard to alcohol consumption While alcohol may provide some benefits to our general wellbeing and happiness, alcohol use can easily become a problem for some people.  Taking inventory of how much you drink and why you drink can provide valuable insight into your relationship with alcohol and will allow you to evaluate how it may be affecting your performance. Cutting back or eliminating alcohol from your life periodically can be the best way to truly understand its effects on your performance. 

What Are Adaptogens & How Do They Work?

Adaptogens are a unique class of plants that can have particular healing abilities. They may be able to help balance, protect, restore your body, and normalize psychological functions.


Have you ever heard of “adaptogens”? They sound like something out of a science fiction movie, right?

Something like, “Our defenses are crumbling! We need to release the adaptogens!”

But they’re very real, and they can do wonders for your body.

If you’re not sure what adaptogens are, where you can find them, how you should use them, when you should consume them, and more, then you’re in luck.

We’re about to teach you everything you need to know.

Adaptogens: The Basics


Adaptogens are natural, non-toxic healers.

In fact, it’s quite possible you’ve been consuming adaptogens your entire life without knowing it, unwittingly reaping adaptogenic benefits.

We’ll stop here for a minute, because we know what you’re thinking. Adaptogens aren’t the newest, hottest wellness trend that’s come to stake its claim over beet juice smoothies, rose water, and quinoa.

Adaptogens are more than a trend. They’ve been a part of medicine for centuries.

Simply put, they can be described as natural substances that work with a person’s body to help them adapt (hence the term “adapt”ogen) to the various challenges of life. Most notably, they’re said to help your body regulate homeostasis and return to its natural balance, especially when it comes to stress.

That’s the 30,000 foot view. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty.

Adaptogens: The Nuts and Bolts

Our bodies have a built-in fight-or-flight system that is triggered in response to stress. This system is incredibly useful in emergencies or when we’re threatened and need to take immediate action.

Cortisol is released, which then triggers the adrenal glands and sympathetic nervous system. Blood pressure is increased and your digestive secretions are restricted. Essentially, your body readies itself to either run or to stand and fight.

Unfortunately, we increasingly live in high-stress environments in which we encounter stressful situations multiple times per day. The meeting with the boss. Driving through heavy traffic. Dealing with irate customers. Caring for a screaming baby.

Each of these stressors triggers our fight-or-flight response, releasing a flood of cortisol through the body. Our bodies weren’t designed to handle so much cortisol, and it can lead to the adrenal glands failing, stress on the digestive tract, and rapid aging.

Cortisol levels and stress are only meant to exist in your body in short bursts — as a hormonal response designed to protect you in survival situations. Adaptogenic compounds (whether in food or in herbs) help mitigate the body’s stress response and get your adrenal system back into balance while overcoming adrenal fatigue. These compounds keep your body at a balanced level.

A natural ally to your body, adaptogens can help your body deal with persistent stress and fatigue, and help get you back to proper, functioning order. They work with your body to help regulate hormones and adjust your cortisol levels over long periods of time to help regulate chronic stress.

You can think of them like a thermostat for your body. When your stress “temperature” begins to rise, adaptogens can support your body as it comes back to its normal levels. They can help keep stress hormones from running rampant throughout your body.

For example, studies of Panax ginseng, a well-known adaptogen, have suggested that it can be significantly helpful in reducing the body’s overall response to stress. The same goes for numerous other adaptogens.

But that’s not all. Adaptogens also may boost your immune system, help you manage a healthy weight, increase your physical endurance and your mental focus, reduce discomfort, reduce cortisol levels (which contribute to stress), and encourage a balanced mood.

Adaptogens: Sources

Consuming Adaptogens

Adaptogens are a unique class of plants that can have particular healing abilities. They may be able to help balance, protect, restore your body, and normalize psychological functions.

The list of helpful, healing adaptogens is long – so long we can’t possibly include all of them in this article. But, we’ll list out of a few helpful adaptogens you can utilize in your daily routine.

In fact, you might already use some of these without knowing how much you’re helping your mind, body, restoration, and balance.

Some of the most popular adaptogenic herbs are things you’ve probably heard of, such as:

  • Ginseng
  • Basil
  • Mushroom
  • Rosemary
  • Aloe
  • Licorice root

Others, you might not be so familiar with include:

  • Rhodiola
  • Astragalus root
  • Ashwagandha
  • Milk thistle
  • Bacopa
  • Schisandra
  • Moringa oleifera
  • Gotu kola
  • Ginseng eleuthero

These adaptogens can be consumed in a variety of ways, including food and supplements. The main point is simply to start getting a number of these adaptogens in your diet, especially if you find yourself constantly under stress.

Adaptogens: In Your Diet 

Adaptogenic Herbs

Adaptogens that are most notable for helping lower or balance your cortisol are compounds like rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha (indian ginseng), milk thistle, asian ginseng, holy basil, and panax ginseng. You’re probably going to be challenged to find ways to include milk thistle in your diet, meaning you’ll need to consume it in supplement form.

However, adaptogens can be present in food as well. Just like the herbs and other compounds, there are specific foods that can contain the healthy adaptogens your body can benefit from. Add basil to your meals to gain adaptogen benefits, eat specific kinds of mushrooms, or spice up your dishes with rosemary.

Additionally, consider things like ginseng tea and other herbal mixes. The goal is simply to find numerous ways to get adaptogens into your diet, whether it’s through supplements, food, or mixes.

And while most adaptogens can be used individually, many herbalists prefer to blend them together to create an even more potent effect. In essence, they stack the benefits on top of each other.

A Few Cautions With Adaptogens

The benefits of adaptogens seem endless, but knowing what they are and what they can do for you doesn’t answer a few of the remaining questions you probably have about the compounds.

For example, when should you take them? How do you know how long you should take them? In what amounts should you take adaptogens?

The positive thing about adaptogenic compounds is that there are only a few instances in which you can overdo it or they can cause you harm. In fact, one of the driving features of adaptogens is that they’re safe and non-toxic.

However, it’s possible, however, that some herbs can cancel each other out when taken together. For example, if you’re taking an herb that stimulates you and one that helps you sleep, the effects will probably cancel each other out.

It’s also possible that some of the herbs should only be used for limited amounts of time or once every few months. Herbalists and doctors often recommend rotating the adaptogens you use every few months.

As always, it’s important to check with your doctor before you start taking any form of medication or herbal remedies. Some herbs and foods that contain adaptogens can interact with other medications you’re taking, so ensure that you’ve approved any new herb or botanical with your doctor before you consume it.

Additionally, consider reading The Botanical Safety Handbook, which contains all the information you need to know about adaptogens.

If you’re breastfeeding, use particular caution. While no adaptogens have been shown to be of any concern for breastfeeding children, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe. Again, talk to your doctor.

Adaptogens and You: Final Thoughts

Natural Adaptogens

If you’re thinking about about adding adaptogens into your diet, you might find yourself wondering, “Do I really need them?” The answer is both, “Yes,” and, “No.”

You don’t need them in the sense that you need an antibiotic to treat a particular infection. You do need them to help you body stay in balance amidst the constant stresses of life.

It’s important to note that adaptogen supplements don’t treat specific conditions. Rather, they help boost your overall well-being. Instead of wondering if you “need” them to solve a problem, ask yourself if taking adaptogens can help you feel better, more balanced, less stressed, and healthier?

Ask yourself how you feel. Is your digestive tract functioning to the best of its ability? Do you have a healthy appetite? Is your skin vibrant and healthy? Are your stress levels easily manageable? If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s possible you’re a candidate for adaptogen inclusion in your diet!

Adaptogens help adjust your body’s stress response and keep it at a desirable level, similar to how you’d adjust the temperature from becoming too high or too low.

If you want to keep your body in balance, adaptogens might be the perfect solution to add to your diet and supplement plan!

21 Ways to Eat Your Water

Our bodies need water to survive. Water makes up more than half of our body weight. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs water to…


Our bodies need water to survive. Water makes up more than half of our body weight. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs water to function effectively. Water also helps the body maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints.  That’s why experts recommend drinking 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day


How do we lose water

We lose water each day when we practice yoga, go to the bathroom, sweat, and breathe. Hot weather and being physically active accelerate water loss. If we don’t replace the water we lose, we can become dehydrated.

Snack on Water Rich Fruits and Veggies

Snacking on fruit and vegetables that are largely made of water is a great way to hydrate. We like 21 Ways to Eat Your Water from Skinny Ms.


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Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon?

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly…


Good news for vegetarians!

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein and has an unusual trait when it is cooked.

This seaweed tastes like bacon.

Dulse (Palmaria sp.) grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It is harvested and usually sold for up to $90 a pound in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement. But researcher Chris Langdon and colleagues at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have created and patented a new strain of dulse – one he has been growing for the past 15 years.


This strain, which looks like translucent red lettuce, is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – and it contains up to 16 percent protein in dry weight, Langdon said.


5 Healthy Ingredients, 1 Incredible Smoothie

Here’s a Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie recipe from nutritionist Sara Vance that’s full of superfoods. It’s designed to boost your energy, reduce anxiety, and improve digestion…


Here’s a Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie recipe from nutritionist Sara Vance that’s full of superfoods. It’s designed to boost your energy, reduce anxiety, and improve digestion. This smoothie includes:

  1. Matcha

In Japanese, the word ma means powder and the word cha means tea, so literally translated, matcha means “powdered tea”. Matcha is shade-grown and carefully harvested and ground into a fine powder, which is dissolved into water to create matcha tea. The fact that matcha is powdered makes it ideal for culinary uses (as it can be easily mixed into many recipes). With slightly more caffeine than regular green tea, but less than coffee, matcha provides energy without creating a jittery feeling.

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  1. Mint

There’s nothing better than mint for extra freshness. It also supports healthy digestion and may be helpful in relieving headaches.

  1. Raw Cacao Nibs

In addition to providing a delicious chocolatey and nutty flavor to recipes, raw cacao nibs also are a rich source of magnesium, antioxidants, and fiber.

  1. Coconut Water

Coconut water is brimming with electrolytes, making it a wonderfully delicious and hydrating beverage, with just the right amount of natural sweetness.

  1. Chia Seeds

One my all-time-favorite superfoods, chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3s, protein and minerals. Chia seeds also help to thicken up your smoothie — they’re an essential addition to all my smoothies!

Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie


  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of plant-based protein
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint leaves (about 1/3 cup loosely packed)
  • 1 big handful of baby spinach (about 3/4 cup loosely packed)
  • 1-2 drops of mint essential oil (optional, but it makes a stronger mint flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A small pinch of pink Himalayan salt (brings out flavors and sweetness, adds minerals)
  • Desired amount of ice
  • Top with 1-2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs


  1. Put the coconut water, chia seeds, protein powder and matcha into the blender, allow to soak 3 minutes.
  2. Add in the mint, spinach, essential oil, vanilla, pinch of salt, blend to combine.
  3. Add in ice to make your desired thickness, blend. Pour into glass, top with raw cacao nibs.


Sara Vance is Nutritionist and the author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan. She is a passionate advocate for natural/nutritional approaches to health. Thanks to Mindbodygreen.com for permission to reprint this excerpt. Photo courtesy Sara Vance.


4 Summer Drinks That Will Keep You Slim

Oscar Wilde stated “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” and this couldn’t ring truer in our current balance-obsessed culture…


by Sara

Is maintaining balance stressing you out?


Here’s 4 summer drinks that will keep you slim without going to extremes.

Oscar Wilde stated “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” and this couldn’t ring truer in our current balance-obsessed culture. I’ve always tried to approach health without going to extremes but like most twenty-something females living in Southern California I’ve definitely done my fair share of experimenting with juice cleanses and strict vegan or gluten free diets. In the end I’ve found that the best way to maintain a healthy weight is to value mindful balance and let go of perfection.

As a personal chef and food-documentary junkie, I have my fair share of opinions when it comes to eating. There are some things I won’t touch like soda or artificial fruit juices. Other times, I throw out the rulebook and enjoy some delicious French cheese on baguette with a glass of rosé for dinner! Quality over quantity and moderation over deprivation.


Learning to approach health without going to extremes will be incredibly helpful in the long run. If maintaining balance is stressing you out, you’ll likely never receive the benefits of a moderate lifestyle!

Most people associate the holidays with packing on the pounds, but summertime, with its weekly BBQs and sugary drinks, can put a serious damper on your weight loss plan. Instead of reaching for that soda, try these delicious drinks that will increase metabolism, detoxify your body and curb your appetite. You’ll find yourself shedding a few pounds easily, in a completely healthy way!

Metabolism Tea

Metabolism Boosting Iced Tea

A simple cinnamon, ginseng or green tea can stabilize your blood sugar, boost your metabolism and detoxify your system. Keep a pitcher in your fridge and enjoy unsweetened or add a small amount of raw honey when the tea is still warm.

Breakfast Smoothies That Fill You Up

A morning smoothie can be a great way to get a serving or two of fruit in before you start your day. Adding a tablespoon each of flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds will provide enough fiber and protein to suppress your appetite and fill you up until lunchtime. Try this simple and delicious green smoothie.

Green Smoothie

De-stress with Adaptogenic Herbs

Did you know that chronic stress can lead to increased cortisol levels which trigger hunger and keep you from losing weight? Adaptogens are ancient herbs that can help improve your body’s hormonal responses and balance the adrenal system. Ashwagandha, Ashitaba and Rhodiola can help stabilize hormones and keep your body in balance. Try this simple recipe to reduce stress and lose weight.

Fat Burning Apple Cider Vinegar

When insulin levels spike, fat is more easily stored in the body. Apple cider vinegar can help to stabilize your blood sugar and suppress your appetite. While some choose to take a shot of the vinegar straight, I prefer a smoother approach by adding a tablespoon of ACV to a glass of half water, half freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Drink a glass an hour before each meal to curb the appetite and improve digestion.

A long-term healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables will almost always lead to successful weight loss and it never hurts to go for a few walks or do a bit of yoga or strength training, too. The secret is to find joy on the path to your goal weight and always focus on lifestyles changes rather than quick fixes. Incorporating healthy ways to hydrate into your day-to-day life is a great place to start!


SaraSara is a health food enthusiast and has been practicing yoga for over ten years. She currently works as a personal chef and as Natural Lifestyle Specialist for Purtylife.com.

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Throw a Home Yoga Party

Create an evening as a healthful experience for your guests. Forget the burgers and dogs, and”Party Like a Yogi”…


Want to have friends over for a really fun time? Throw a home yoga party.

“Party Like a Yogi” — Go Healthy!

Create an evening as a healthful experience for your guests. Forget the burgers and dogs, and”Party Like a Yogi”– go with healthy food and drink choices that will transport your friends into yoga heaven.

Need a teacher to lead the group?  Play the 35 minute Pilgrimage Yoga Evening Playlist for a group of classes you and your friends can take together. This includes:

1. Sunset Flow with Courtney–20 min

2. 3 part breath with Lauren–10 min

3. Conscious Relaxation with Space Imagery and Guitar–5 min

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Organize a “Pot Luck”

Organize your party as a “Pot Luck” where each guest brings a healthy dish or drink of their choice to be shared amongst the group. After practice, you all get together for a great meal.

Recipes You Can Try

If you’re an ambitious host, you can also download these tasty SaucyPants recipes (pdf) and prepare healthy and festive snacks for your guests.

The Recipes

Kale Walnut Pesto
Bruschetta: Gorgonzola + Fig, Strawberry + Goat Cheese, Goat Cheese + Soybeans
Pineapple-Peach Smoothie
Avocado Pudding
The Prana Cocktail
Pineapple Quinoa Salad

Throwing a yoga party? Tell us about it!

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Mosquitos Biting? Try a Natural Bug Repellant

Did you know that dusk or dawn are the times when mosquitoes are most active and most bites occur? If you’re practicing yoga outside…


Did you know that dusk or dawn are the times when mosquitoes are most active and most bites occur? If you’re practicing yoga outside in the early morning or evening, it’s not the male mosquitos that you have to worry about – it’s the females that are out for blood.

Mosquitos Use Scent

Mosquitos finds their prey using scent, exhaled carbon dioxide, and chemicals in a person’s sweat. If you do get bit, you’ll know it by the red bump and itching resulting from the body’s reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.

Here’s an essential oils recipe for avoiding painful and annoying bites from Jennifer Freitas at The Truth Beauty Company .

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  • 2 oz of Sweet Almond oil – or some other neutral carrier oil, like Jojoba or grapeseed.
  • 20-25 drops of Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Lavender, Clove or Mint (not 20-25 of each but TOTAL – sometimes, I like to do a blend to achieve a smell I enjoy; for example, I don’t really enjoy the smell of tea tree so I might use 5 drops of that and 20 of lemongrass).


Mix the carrier oil and the essential oil drops in a dark colored glass. Shake it up and presto! Natural Bug Repellant. I find I only need to apply a few drops to my pressure points – the crease of my elbows, the backs of my knees, on my neck and behind my ears. No bugs seem to bother me.

To be honest, I can’t tell you the science of why these essential oils work to repel the mosquitoes but I know they do!! I have been hiking in a heavily wooded area, after a rain fall at dusk (worst time EVER if you want to avoid bites) and did not get ONE bite!!

Say some of these pesky pests do get to your lovely skin – what to do in order to speed healing and to stop the itch? Some of these suggestions with ‘drawing out’ properties may be effective.


  • A paste of baking soda (made with warm water) left on the bite for a few minutes should help with the itch;
  • Activated charcoal (which you can buy in a capsule form). Break one open and sprinkle the contents on your skin, cover and keep bandaged for a day;
  • Clays – used in the same way as the activated charcoal;
  • Vinegar – soak a cotton ball and apply it to the bump and keep it there until the pain subsides;
  • Of course this list contains Aloe Vera! It is such a super star for all skin injuries and issues. In this case, Aloe is very helpful for removing the heat that comes with bug bites – very soothing, almost instant relief!  It will also help with the swelling and even aid in the healing of the wound;
  • Onion – as if having an itchy bug bite wasn’t bad enough – now you will smell like onions too! Oh well, all in the name of skin saving! All you need to do is take a fresh slice and place it on the bite, until the itching subsides;
  • Honey – another skin superstar with multiple uses! It will help with the swelling and honey actually possesses natural healing abilities that make it great to soothe the inflammation. Just rub the area with a little of this sweet goodness;
  • Salt. Similar to the baking soda paste, all you need to do is take a bit of finely ground salt and mix it with a bit of water until you have a thick paste – and apply it directly to the bite.


How do you manage mosquitos where you live?

*Use caution with essential oils as they should be diluted before being applied directly to skin, and be advised that some essential oils can cause skin reactions.  

NOTE: If there is serious swelling, muscle cramping, breathing problems, headache, nausea, fever or fainting as a result of a bug bite, you should seek medical attention.

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Kale-Packed Lemonade? Summer Yummy!

Satisfy your summer lemonade craving with this kale-packed version. Refreshing, cleansing and delicious, this superfood-packed juice will have you feeling…


Satisfy your summer lemonade craving with this kale-packed version.

Refreshing, cleansing and delicious, this superfood-packed juice will have you feeling clean from the inside out. Who needs beauty creams and serums when you’re getting all of that vitamin K, vitamin C, plus antioxidants in one tasty drink?

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Sweet Kale Lemonade

Serves 2


  • 1½ large cucumbers, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 cups kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ Fuji apple


Put all the ingredients into a high-powered juicer and juice. Serve immediately.

This recipe is excerpted from Clean Green Eats: 100+ Clean-Eating Recipes to Improve Your Whole Life

Reprinted with special thanks to Mindbodygreen.com.  Photo courtesy of the author.



Hi, I’m Michaell and I am a tea-aholic. Especially the tea that comes out piping hot and scented with the rich aromas of East India Chai…


by Michaell

Hi, I’m Michaell and I am a tea-aholic. Especially the tea that comes out piping hot and scented with the rich aromas of East India Chai. This Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding is the perfect breakfast with a small dose of caffeine to start your day!

If you are unfamiliar with the history of chai, it has evolved quite a bit in the past 5000 years. Many believe this drink was created for a royal court long ago and made with spices. But once tea was introduced by China and Britain, chai evolved into scalding milk poured over a black tea bag with spices and sweetener, then strained for the perfect smooth cup.

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When you walk into Starbucks and get a chai latte, you are missing a lot of the antioxidant benefits of drinking this tea at home. But since most of us are in a hurry and want our tea cold, what better way to have a chai tea latte than in a delicious chia pudding?

It was shocking to me how much beyond antioxidants that black tea is credited for, so I’m going to quote here from Livestrong.

“Widely recognized as a mental stimulant, black tea is also recognized for its other potential health benefits, primarily because of its caffeine and antioxidant content. Black tea also contains enough fluoride to possibly help prevent dental carries, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Black tea can help prevent orthostatic hypertension — dizziness caused by standing too quickly — and is possibly effective for reducing the risk of heart attacks, atherosclerosis, kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease and ovarian cancer. Research for other types of cancer in animals suggests that black tea may have an effect in reducing the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate and lung cancer, but studies in humans have yielded mixed results. More research is needed for other supposed benefits, including those for osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure and stomach disorders.”

Chia seeds deliver omega-3, calcium, protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin b, and other minerals. Unlike flax seeds, your body will absorb the nutrients in chia seeds whether they are ground or not. One thing that you may not know is how chia seeds can help you shed weight due to the carbohydrates being mostly fiber.


Small note, if you’ve never had chia pudding, I recommend doing just vanilla, sweetener and mylk to start, not chai. Reason being that simple is always best when trying out something new. Just using the vanilla and not the chai tea blend will have more of a tapioca pudding texture and flavor.

Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding

Yield: Half Quart of Chia Pudding

Chia Chia


Chai mix
    • 1 cup black tea (1 tea bags and 1 cup of boiling water or mylk)
    • 1/2 tsp cardamom
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
    • dash of allspice (dash should be a bit less than 1/8 tsp)
    • dash clove powder
    • dash ginger powder
    • dash fresh ground pepper
    • 3/4 cup chia seeds
    • 3 cups coconut milk
    • 3 tbsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp vanilla paste (optional)
    • 1/4-1/2 cup sweetener (maple syrup or honey)
  • Bananas
  • Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Coconut Flakes


  1. Boil 2 cups of water (or milk if doing the traditional chai) and steep 2 black tea bag and all of the spices.
  2. Strain the tea in cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer
  3. Mix the tea and the remaining pudding ingredients together in a large bowl
  4. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes
  5. Divide mixture into single serving containers or one large container (I use jam jars)
  6. Let sit overnight in the fridge
  7. Top with toppings once you are ready to eat
  8. Enjoy!


If you use water to make the black tea will make a stronger tea flavor in the chai. Using milk to make the black tea will be amore subtle creamy flavor.

About Michaell

michaellMichaell is the recipe creator and photographer behind Foodscape. “My challenge? How to take my favorite recipes and re-invent them using whole-food, processed-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients…and sneaking extra fruits and veggies into every recipe. Too tough? Not for this girl!”

Recipe: Refreshing Hibiscus and Berry Smoothie

Refreshing Hibiscus and Berry Smoothie is a light and refreshing smoothie that’s perfect on a warm day. It’s made with…


by Casey Jade

A light and refreshing smoothie that’s perfect on a warm day. It’s made with a base of fresh hibiscus tea, and blended with berries and mint. As the weather starts to get warmer and you find your body craving light food, this is a perfect option.

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A Burst of Energy

Smoothies are wonderful because they’re quick to make and give you a burst of energy. This smoothie is great for a light breakfast or a refreshing afternoon tea.

Hibiscus Berry Smoothie Recipe

Serves 2


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 dried hibiscus flowers or 2 hibiscus tea bags
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 10 fresh mint leaves


1. Add hibiscus flowers or tea bags to a bowl with boiling water. Leave to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and set aside until cool.

2. Add hibiscus tea, strawberries, raspberries, banana, dates and mint to a blender and mix until smooth.

3. Pour into glass and drink while cold. Add ice for an extra refreshing drink.

Casey is a yoga teacher and author of a popular food blog where she shares healthy recipes to help you look and feel amazing. Photo courtesy of the author.

Thanks to mindbodygreen.com for permission to reprint this excerpt. 


Recipe: Insanely Simple Curried Chickpea Salad

This protein-packed, uber-simple recipe is ideal for taking to work for a lunch on a bed of greens, in a butter lettuce…


by Roberto Martin

This protein-packed, uber-simple recipe is ideal for taking to work for a lunch on a bed of greens, in a butter lettuce cup, or just eaten with crackers. It can be used as a sandwich filler, a wrap, or scooped onto seasoned sliced tomatoes when they are in season. It’s super versatile. My 9-year-old likes it, and that’s saying something.

Curried Chickpea Salad


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked then cooked until very tender, or two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 celery ribs, diced small
  • 1 large organic Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced small
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup currants or raisins
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 whole scallions, green parts thinly sliced and white parts minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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1. Place half of the chickpeas in a food processor and pulse them once or twice to chop them up a bit. This can also be done in a bowl with a potato masher.

2. Place the chickpeas and the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix them with a rubber spatula until well combined.

3. Season the salad with salt and pepper then cover and refrigerate it for 30 minutes minimum before serving.

Roberto Martin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, and Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking, and is the Owner and Head Chef of Elevate, a Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant. As a personal chef (working with celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi), he focuses on nutrition and health. Martin lives with his family in Southern California.  Thanks to mindbodygreen.com for permission to excerpt.

The Ultimate Green Juice

Juicing Offers Life Enhancing Benefits – According to weight loss expert Joe Cross, “Juicing offers many life-enhancing…


Who juices?

Juicing Offers Life Enhancing Benefits

According to weight loss expert Joe Cross, “Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables.  It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables.”

The founder of Moon Juice, Amanda Chantal Bacon believes that food is equal part art and medicine; as much about pleasure as healing.  Her ultimate green juice, which she describes below, has five key ingredients. “My Goodness Greens juice leans toward the practical and potent; it was the impetus for my own healing journey and exemplified what consuming plants could do for our bodies and minds.”

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Ultimate Green Juice

  1. Celery

Celery is a great juice-producer and can be used with all the rest of the leafy greens as a vehicle — alternate celery stalks with celery leaves in the juicer for juiciest results. Celery’s green, ribbed stalks are rich in minerals, amino acids, and B vitamins. Its alkaline minerals calm the nervous system, serving as an alkalizing, rehydrating nerve tonic with electrolytes.

  1. Parsley

Historically, parsley has been honored as a medical cure-all. Extremely high in chlorophyll, it contains more vitamin C than any other vegetable, which helps with iron absorption, and is also high in iron, magnesium and potassium. Wonderful for teeth and eyes, parsley is a diuretic and a uterine tonic that will help regulate menstruation, as well as a general stimulant and aid to digestion.

  1. Spinach

These dark green leaves are loaded with vitamins K and A, folate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, minerals, amino acids, and iron. Spinach mitigates toxins in the body and leaves us with beautiful skin. It’s particularly good for treating acne, improving hair growth, aiding alkalinity, healing wounds, gum maintenance, constipation, depression, fatigue, weakness and regulating the thyroid gland.

  1. Dandelion

Dandelion is rich in calcium and great for bone health. It’s the best liver cleanser, and it heals, tones and protects both the liver and the gall bladder by producing bile. It’s also great for blood sugar maintenance, it’s a germicidal and fungicidal, it’s lovely for the skin and intestinal maintenance and it’s a powerful diuretic and rich in iron to improve your energy and treat anemia.

  1. Kale

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, contains more calcium than milk and is way more bio-available, and is especially good for the eyes, skin, and muscles, and is a super anti-carcinogen.

What’s your favorite juice recipe?

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Nutella Granola with Cashew Milk

This granola is one of my favorite breakfasts to have on hand, with its perfect level of sweetness…


This granola is one of my favorite breakfasts to have on hand, with its perfect level of sweetness and delightful pops of crunch from the toasted quinoa. When you eat this granola, the milk turns chocolaty and tastes exactly like the Cocoa Puffed milk of yore — so delicious! You have to try.

Gluten-Free Nutella Granola


  • 3 cups raw oats
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, rough chopped
  • 1 cup toasted or puffed quinoa
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder



1. Combine oats, buckwheat, hazelnuts, quinoa, chia and coconut sugar and mix well.

2. In a small saucepan, add coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla salt and cocoa powder; stirring constantly until coconut oil is melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Pour over dry ingredients and stir well, then spread in an even layer on parchment lined baking sheets.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and store in jars at room temp for 2 to 3 weeks.

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Cashew Milk


  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours, then drained
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes, then drained
  • 4-5 cups water, based on desired thickness (4 cups makes more of a whole milk feel, and 5 is closer to skim)
  • Pinch of sea salt


Blend all ingredients on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until very well combined, then strain out solids using a dish towel or nut milk bag, squeezing well to get all liquid out.

Milk keeps for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

About the Author

Liz Moody is the woman behind the popular healthy food Instagram account @notcrazyhealthy, where she posts daily recipes and health tips. Named one of the best healthy Instagram’s to follow by Glamour.com, she’s also been featured on Redbook and Health Magazine. Having lived in Europe, South America, and the US, she’s passionate about making healthy choices accessible everywhere, and as such has recently launched EatWell Europe, the world’s first healthy food travel guide.

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