Drink

How to Make a Chrysanthemum Compress

Known as Ju Hua in Chinese, chrysanthemum is one of my favorite herbs.  It is a yellow or white flower that is similar to chamomile, in fact they are in the same family. Drinking chrysanthemum tea has several benefits and, as I explain above, the flowers can be used as a compress as well. Owing to antimicrobial […]

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3 Healthy Summertime Mocktails – Guest Post at MamaFloat

If you are enjoying a Memorial Day BBQ today but can’t drink alcohol then be sure to check out my latest post over at MamaFloat for some tasty summertime mocktail recipes!  I show you how to make your own vinegar-based syrup known as shrub, as well as healthy takes on a mojito and piña colada. […]

3 Summer Mocktails

Paleo Cacao Shake

I thought to call this a chocolate protein shake, but I really hate when recipes add protein in the title because it usually means it has a large amount of artificial protein powder. Here all the protein is from natural sources like spinach, egg, avocado, and raw cacao, so it digests easily and is plenty […]

Paleo Cacao Shake

3 Simple Steps to Making Raw Nut, Seed or Grain Milk

Soak: at least 7 hours in filtered water with 3/4th teaspoon of sea salt per cup of nuts/seeds or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of grains, strain and rinse away the soaking water Blend: on high with fresh water at least 2 minutes in a blender or food processor Strain: through a fine […]

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Between the farmers market and Chinese medical school, I get a lot of different recipes relayed to me in short little snippets, usually no more than 15 words or so.  Off the top of my head I think of the Sweet Pickled Carrots and Daikon or the Okra and Miso Marinara, both of which the farmer I work […]

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Parsnip Muffins and Blood Orange Mimosas

I rarely follow recipes word for word.  I’ve been toying around with the proportions in this Whole Wheat Apple Muffin recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but with everything except apples.  I tried them with blueberries, pear, and now, shredded parsnip.  I got the idea for from a very gingery parsnip cupcake I had at Four Cafe.  I […]

Watermelon Margarita

If you are looking for the perfect summer cocktail to sip on this labor day, look no further. This has been a summer favorite since last year, when a friend made a big batch at a 4th of July party and exclaimed how simple they were to make!  Just three ingredients: frozen watermelon, lime juice, […]

chamomile lemonade

have you ever come across fresh chamomile at the farmers’ market?  i love loose chamomile tea but the fresh stuff is even better, just like how fresh mint tea is so much better than the dried version. i found bunches of fresh chamomile at a stand in the hollywood farmers’ market, but with this warm […]

Natural Blood Orange Soda

I used to be a big soda fiend when I was a kid.  When I got older and learned how terrible the stuff is for you, I tried to just give it up all together.  Occasionally I would have a root beer or coke made with cane sugar, but it become a real treat for me. Then a few months […]

Raw Buckwheat Hot Chocolate

You’re probably asking yourself how it can be both raw and hot at the same time?  Without actually cooking, if blended on high for a few minutes anything will warm up.  It’s a tip often used by raw foodists to make raw soups or beverages more appetizing. After a few minutes of blending the combination […]

Grape Lemonade

This drink remedies two problems I have with processed grape drinks.  First, I think grape flavoring is gross, tasting nothing like natural goodness of grape juice because the “grape flavor” is simply a chemical compound that is synthesized in a laboratory. Secondly, most drinks you buy in a supermarket are loaded with sugar or high fructose corn […]

simply cinnamon tea

summer is the season of iced tea.  and what better than a naturally sweet, caffeine-free tea that’s easy to make on the cheap.  all you need is a few sticks of cinnamon, some water and some time on the stove. depending on how much sap the cinnamon bark contains, the tea will vary in sweetness. […]

Sweet Basil and Mint Iced Tea

Last year when I went to San Francisco to visit my friends Rose and Kim, Rose made sweet basil and mint iced tea for a picnic we had in golden gate park.  It was simply wonderful and refreshing to drink while spending a beautiful summer day outdoors. You may not think of basil as an […]

a raw oat breakfast for two

i’ve been working at my local juice bar for a few months now where we make all the milk for our smoothies fresh daily.  we make coconut milk by blending the meat and the water – we make almond, oat and buckwheat milks by simply soaking, blending and straining the grains or nuts. the pulp […]

beet and cranberry juice spritzers for valentine’s day

valentine’s day is all about red and pink things, but to me it doesn’t make sense to use nasty old food coloring when there are plenty of tasty and natural sources to create beautiful color. after months of working at a juice bar i developed a love for beet juice.  it’s sweet and detoxifying and […]