Saturday, July 11, 2015

GINGER-KOMBUCHATINI

I like a cold brewed drink on a hot summer day just like anybody else. At the same time I very much dislike the side-effects like drowsiness and the next day's lethargy which is reason enough for me to not drink more than once in a blue moon. It just so happens that kombucha is known for its liver cleansing properties, so if you’re drinking alcohol moderately, it can be an excellent way to mitigate the effects of alcohol. I like my liquor in the form of vodka (gives me almost zero hangover) so this recipe is one of my favorites.

GINGER-KOMBUCHATINI

Fill a martini glass with ice.
Pour 1.5 oz vodka into a pint glass.
Add a dash of cayenne.

Fill pint glass with ice, then cover and shake.
Dump the ice from the (now chilled) martini glass.
Strain the liquor into the martini glass.
Fill with ginger Kombucha.
Garnish with candied ginger.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

May Cause Miracles

Little while ago I attended Gabby Bernstein's May Cause Miracles Workshop at the gorgeous ABC Carpet & Home, probably the most amazing place to have events in Manhattan. It has special energy because so many great spiritual leaders have spoken there, plus it's just simply beautiful place. Below are few notes I took during the lecture.
1. Surrender and be willing to receive guidance from the universe/your inner guide by opening yourself up to creative possibilities rather than outcomes. 
2. Be grateful for each and every thought and situation you face – our inner guide is smarter than you know.
3. Give yourself permission to shine and help others to do the same – your power is in your presence. 
4. Above all, have fun!
You need to awaken to your greatness. Imagine the joy, and the endless possibilities you have when you start to own your presence. One of the hardest things to unlearn is the need to be perfect. I keep reminding myself every day that I don't need to perfect, just honest, real and present. I'm here to share what I know, not an expert.
It doesn’t matter how often you fall off-track, it only matters how quickly you come back. Whatever path you've chosen to stay on, you might diverge every now and then, which is completely normal. To you it might mean eating too many sweets, over-exercising, drinking too much, being mean to your partner for no reason, whatever. It happens to all of us. The falling off track doesn’t matter. WHat matters is how quickly you're able to get back.
When we try to push things down, sweep them under the rug, they will come back up. We need to acknowledge the things we would rather hide or bury. Acknowledge it, and witness it without judgement, is the only way to take away its power. Feel it and then release it. 
Measure your success by how much fun you’re having.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Say hello to healthy happiness

I'm someone who's always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy and delicious foods into my life and when there's an effortless way to do it, I'm in. Like green powders, yerba mate shots and juice bars. Easy. And I have mentioned Aloha green juice powders before in this post about my healthy travel essentials. So when I was invited to visit Aloha's Headquarters for "Snack Break Open House" I was more than excited. 
We started with some shots of the protein shakes and green juices. I really liked the chocolate one, but hey, who doesn't like chocolate. Aloha uses infrared drying process to best maintain the fresh taste and nutrients, so big up for that.
Coconut water powder was completely new item to me, although the dried green juice powder has it as well. You can simply stir it into water for an instantly hydrating drink (I'll try it at my next hot yoga class!), or use it as an alternative to refined sugars and sweeteners in recipes. How amazing is that?!
All Aloha's products are made with high quality organic, non-gmo whole food ingredients and contain no gluten, soy, artificial flavors, sweeteners, chemicals, or fillers. I loved these displays to demonstrate what actually goes in the product. All real stuff. Can't get any realer than that.
Vanilla protein bars. Coming soon to the Aloha store. These were hands down the best protein bars I've ever had in my life. Most protein bars taste yucky sweet to me so I've stopped eating them, but these were just perfect. Can't wait to order them once they're available!
Healthy chocolate? Yes mam, and they are powered by fruits, vegetables & superfoods. Made with 60% fair-trade cacao, the collection includes the Original Dark, Hazelnut & Fig, Tropical Twist, Macadamia Coconut and Cereal Crunch. Talk about biting into happiness...
And last but not least, the good ol' Trail Mix for that quick afternoon pick me up or snack for the road (or plane). Aloha Trail Mix contains a blend of cashews, goji berries, pistachios, almonds, goldenberries, sweet cherries, raisins, mulberries and pumpkin seeds. So pretty too!
P.S. Did you know that Aloha means “sharing the breath of life”?
P.P.S. Use code KATLOVESKALE at checkout at aloha.com to get 20% off your first purchase. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a great deal.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Most Loving Kitty I've Ever Known

Today this little angel is turning 9 years old. I remember like it was yesterday when we brought him home. He was super skinny and his fur was a mess, but he wasn't scared the whole time we drove home 2+ hours from the countryside Pennsylvania. He purred on my lap, putting his cold nose against mine and touching my face with his little paws. He was named the Lover Boy then. Although halfway through the drive we came up with a name Moses. We already had Miina at home and we just thought those two names go well together. 
What else to say about Moses... He quickly grew from skinny baby to a muscular, big-pawed pitbull cat. He is extremely vocal, social, loving, foodie, snugglesome cat. He is also rambunctious and nonobedient. I cannot talk on the phone without him screaming his lungs out or if I concentrate on the computer too much he will start jumping on the kitchen counters (which he very well knows is not allowed in our house) to get attention from me. He sleeps on me and as soon as he hears my eyes open (how does he hear it?!) he will come and bite my nose if I try to pretend I'm still asleep. That's our Moses and we wish him the best birthday with treats, lots of playtime and snuggles. We love you baby!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blonde Beauty Truffles

After doing a spring cleanse I wanted to find healthier sweet treats going forward, preferably homemade. I started browsing through all my cookbooks and found this recipe from Kimberly Snyder's Beauty Detox Power. They took just 5 minutes to make and they stay good in the fridge or freezer for a long while. Mine only lasted about 3 days because both I and husband couldn't stay away from them. I also brought one to work each day to have as a healthy snack.
 Blonde Beauty Truffles 
(about 12 truffles)

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup ground raw almonds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
cinnamon to taste (my own addition)

Directions:

-Process the coconut flakes in a food processor to make a powder. Add the ground almonds and pulse to combine. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, canilla extract abd sea salt, and process again to blend well. 

-Roll the coconut-almond mixture into balls the size of gum balls and arrange them on a plate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 mins before serving so they harden and chill slightly.

Supplements I take

I feel very energized after doing a spring cleanse. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine the spring and fall seasons provide the best opportunities for deeply detoxifying and cleansing the body of harmful impurities that have collected in our organs and tissues over the past months. My simple cleansing tips to get you started right a way are to increase the intake of organic green vegetables, limiting high sugar fruits and boosting liquid consumption (clean water, herbal teas, or vegetable soups or broth). 

I went a little further and did 30 day cleanse eliminating gluten, sugar, coffee, yeast and dairy. I got a little cleansing help from Candigone (herbal tincture and capsules) as well as Hepasil DTX, probiotics and digestive enzymes from USANA. I don't take lots of supplements because I eat quite well-balanced diet filled with veggies but there's three products that I like to use year round and they are B-12, Probiotics and Hepasil DTX.
Probiotics support healthy digestion and sound immune function. I have some digestive issues (mainly constipation and bloating at times) and my Homeopath suggested significant increase taking in probiotic foods and supplements. I take one pack of USANA probiotics in the morning mixed in my first glass of water in the morning, another two packets throughout the day and a fourth pack before going to bed. This blend contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG® and Bifidobacterium BB-12®, two strains of specific probiotic bacteria clinically proven to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach (dairy- and sugar-free). 


Without adequate blood levels of B12, you can experience symptoms related to low energy, mental fatigue, mood changes, sleep difficulties, and even occasional indigestion. I use methylcobalamin spray that absorbs immediately under your tongue.

This product helps your liver to detox. Your liver performs a number of functions vital to maintaining good health, including filtering almost everything that goes into your blood stream. This product is a proprietary combination of milk thistle extract, choline, and alpha lipoic acid to ensure optimum potency. Great for everyday detoxing! 
Winter additions:
Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin C doesn't prevent colds and flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones. If you eat a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables every day you will have a balanced intake of vitamin C.

We need ten to 15 minutes of direct sunlight on unprotected skin several times a week from May to September to make enough Vitamin D to see us through the winter. But Vitamin D is stored for only between one and two months in the body. Therefore levels start to drop and by January almost everyone living in areas that don't get year round sunshine, will have below optimum levels. The body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health, among many other vital functions.

Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals, but also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce oxidative stress, supports a healthy immune system, normal respiratory and digestive function. It is an excellent supplement to take when fighting candida. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

5 Favorites Of The Week

SALADS. Yup, I'm still going hard on the salad kick. It has just become the easiest and almost joyful way to get lunch.dinner on the table. Throw things together in a big salad bowl, add homemade dressing (=avocado) and feel light and happy. Get salad inspiration from this book!
CHIA PUDDING. I was eating oatmeal all winter-long and now that summer is here it's time to transition to something lighter. Chia puddings are the perfect breakfast topped with whatever fruits or berries you have at home. I also like to add raw cacao nibs and bee pollen to mine to give it an extra nutritional punch.
KOMBUCHA. When I want to party, but not drink alcohol, Kombucha steps in. It's festive, bubbly, delicious, yet good for you. If you can drink alcohol, add a splash of vodka! It's still a better option than mixing you liquor with fruit juices or soda.
SUPERFOODS. My sister was recently visiting New York and brought some Finnish superfoods with her. I haven't really experimented with mushrooms before, but these drinkable Reishi and Chaga powders are very powerful immune and hormone balance boosting magic drinks. No hallucinations included! Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet. Many medicinal mushrooms having strong anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Order them all here. Wild Blueberry and Sea Buckthorn powders are old favorites and go to my homemade kefirs, smoothies and even baked goods.
NUTRITIONAL YEAST. Also known as nooch. I sprinkle it on pretty much any savory food (especially pasta) including salads. Nooch is rich in B vitamins, which are especially important to your body to maintain a good food metabolism, a healthy nervous system and to help your body regenerate red blood cells. This is my favorite brand.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

TRAVEL THURSDAY : YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA

There's nothing better than being deep in the nature and of course we had to visit at least one national park while in California. Yosemite National Park celebrates its 125th anniversary this year and is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and over 400 species of animals. 
We didn't run into any of them expect squirrels and birds but Yosemite is a home to bobcat, mule deer, black bear, gray fox, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and red fox, mountain kingsnake, brown creeper, spotted owl, and a wide variety of bat species, rubber boa, western fence lizard, and alligator lizard. That Rubber Boa existence kind of scared me at first but then I read that Rubber Boas are known to never strike at or bite a human under any circumstances. They will only release a potent musk from their vent if they feel threatened. Whew! I can come back to camp overnight!

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

Another fun day trip to do while in San Francisco is Santa Cruz. It's just about a 90 minute drive to pretty beaches, surfers, amusement park fun and relaxed beach town vibe. We played some games at the park, which by the way was founded in 1907 making it California's oldest surviving amusement park, and then just walked around the beautiful parks by the ocean.