October 2012

Cooking Tip~ Cooking With Coconut Oil



It’s no secret that I love all things coconut; from coconut sugar to coconut oil, and everything in between. And although coconut sugar is the flavor of caramel, coconut oil can be rather bossy when it comes to the flavor department. But the benefits of coconut oil are vast; ranging from a natural antibacterial moisturizer, rumored Alzheimer’s protection to smoothie and cooking essential. So today’s cooking tip shows you how to reap the benefits of cooking with coconut oil, without having your dishes manhandled by the aroma.

When cooking with coconut oil, cut half the amount of oil (coconut or other) required with a neutral oil, such as grape seed; this will reduce the amount of coconut flavor dramatically. And to supercharge your dishes with healthy fats, cut half the amount of coconut oil with olive oil; this will serve two purposes. 1) Raise the smoke point of the olive oil and 2) again, allow you to reap the laundry list of health benefits associated with consuming and cooking with coconut oil and olive oil.

 Do you find coconut oil too aromatic, or just right? I’d love to know!


The Hatha Yoga Journey~ Katie’s Story

Today I have the pleasure of presenting one of my good friends Katie; who is one of the smartest, kindness and warmest people that I know. Katie radiates light from her entire being- effortlessly it would seem; and today she shares her journey to become a Hatha yoga teacher and the lessons she learned along the way.

I sincerely hope you enjoy!

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Katie’s Hatha Yoga Journey

Beet And Cabbage Borscht


I don’t know about where you live, but where I live is cold- really cold; and with the dawn of winter I have ramped up my soup making efforts. I looove making soup; in fact, of all the things I’ve been trained to make, soup is my favorite. I place soup up on a pedestal with the likes of smoothies, simply because, just like smoothies, one can pack a great many health promoting ingredients into one soup. For instance, this borscht soup, although distinguishably stained the color of beets, boasts an enviable amount nutrients from the cabbage.

Now I’ve waxed poetic, at length, about the many health benefits of beets; but cabbage, poor cabbage, never gets the credit its due. Yes cabbage is the culprit in many gaseous incidents, but a little flatulence won’t turn me off; here’s why!

Cooking Tips By Bianca

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Cooking Tips For Beets

It’s no secret that I love beets; they’re detoxifying, they’re cheap and, best of all, they’re delicious, but, let’s face it, they’re messy. There are a great many cooking tips when it comes to beets, and today’s shows you how to enjoy this crimson root vegetable without your kitchen resembling a crime scene.

When we peel beets prior to cooking they bleed all over our hands, cutting boards and anything within reach; instead, trim both ends and boil the beets in salted water or stock for 30 minutes. Drain and allow the beets to cool slightly. Wrap a boiled beet in a kitchen cloth and rub vigorously, and the skin will very easily slide off, leaving you with a perfectly peeled beet- without all the mess!

Do you have any cooking tips for beets?



Natural Skincare Solutions- Carrots

A commercial break cannot go by without one company or another claiming to have found the fountain of youth; with most of them being lies- sorry, this is not a matter of opinion but a matter of fact. However today’s guest author is offering an alternative to all those lotions and potion, with natural skincare solutions found in the most unlikeliest of places- carrots! Yup, you read that correctly, carrots!

Now that you mention it, Bugs Bunny was always glowing!

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Natural Skincare Solutions- The Benefits of Carrots