Sweet Potato Bites

This little guy, the yellow crab spider, was on my hand this morning, as I was watering. Very friendly and not scared at all.

Oh, it turns color! And good thing he didn’t bite me, He was really nice.

“Some crab spiders are capable of changing colors entirely. When prey approaches, the crab spider attacks and administers a poisonous bite. Crab spider venom is potent enough to render large insects immobile. It is not medically threatening to humans”

 

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Potato Bites

Ingredients:

2 c. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. cardomom
salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) Place sweet potato cubes in a bowl. Drizzle coconut oil over potatoes and toss until each cube is coated. Spread onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cardomom, and salt

  1. Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are softened, about 20 minutes.

Word of the Day – arañaspider

Tip of the Day – You could also sprinkle some coconut sugar over these. Some sweet potatoes aren’t as sweet as others.

 

Mart’s Morning Smoothie

The owners of the Community Center left the Hotel Ramses where I teach, right? Well, I was waiting for the owner to ask him if I could stay and continue to teach anyway. I left he and his wife a long letter, in spanish, and today, after yoga, they agreed that I could stay! And it’s close and beautiful and secluded, just 1 1/2 blocks from the center of town.
My students and I, the four of us that were there today, were SO happy. Oh my gosh. Great day.

Recipe of the Day – Mart’s Morning Smoothie

Mart says: “Mine is not really a bulk up drink, but here is what I threw in it this morning:”

Liquid vitamins
Probiotics
Chlorophyll
Coconut water
Spinach-softball size
Protein Power-30 grams ish.
raw oats- about 1.5-2 cups
Banana
Orange
Guayava (Delicous!)
Ginger
2 carrots
1/2 cup or so of Greek Yogurt.

Directions: Fill it to two liters with water and blend it all up.

Word of the Day – feliz – happy

Tip of the Day – This is my brother, Mart’s smoothie of the day. It sure gives him energy and keeps him going with long work days, a wife and two teenagers in the house! Add or take away what you want for your own body!

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B’s Mango Chocolate Shake

Story from L, a friend of mine, on Paul Newman. Lollie came from Connecticut, and one time Paul Newman and Joanne came into their store! –  “It was 2007, so he was pretty old, but still gorgeous. We laughed about how he came to my college so many years ago to stump for a candidate for president. I showed him a photo of himself! Joanne was so great. She ordered sandwiches and said she had always loved the store. I remained calm…UNTIL THEY LEFT! Then I danced all around the store with my employees and we called everyone we knew!!! hahahaha. So fun.”

Recipe of the Day – Mango Chocolate Shake

Ingredients:

3/4 c. raw milk, oat, seed or nut milk

3-4 small frozen bananas

1 avocado

1 mango

2 eggs

1/4 c. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and cut the fruit. Blend together with the rest of the ingredients.

Word of the Day – famoso – famous

Tip of the Day – It’s interesting that many people have told me they didn’t drink milk until they came to Vilcabamba. Perhaps the lack of hormones in the fresh milk makes it more digestible?

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Crystal Blueberry Breakfast Cookies

Standing around after yoga, when students and teacher felt a great sense of well-being, we stood talking, It was about living a full life and being ready to go. From the 78-year old to the -58. Three out of four women said they had lived such a full life, complete, and were ready to go. One of them said it’s partially because we have time…and no pressure of anyone telling us we have to be someone, be somewhere, or do anything. The relief of that pressure is nothing comparable.

Recipe of the Day – Crystal Blueberry Cookies

Ingredients:

3 small carrots

1/4 c. blueberries, sliced

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water or 3 eggs

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c.  coconut crystals to sprinkle in top.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder

1/8 c. cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Directions: Juice the carrots and apple and use the shredded material for the granola. You can use a little of the juice, or all of it, unless you want to drink it. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want them raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. Spoon onto oiled cookie or dehydrator sheets. Sprinkle cacao nibs and coconut crystals on top. Slice blueberries into each cookie, If tiu want it faster, bake at 350 degrees F. 10-13 minutes.

Word of the Day -bienestar – well-being

Tip of the Day –Keep the cookies soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Coconut Cream Granola

Three days of gas smell in my house, yikes! Turns out there was a bug under the cap of the propane tank! It’s all gone now!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Cream Granola

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut cream

3 mashed bananas

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. sweetener of choice. I used coconut crystals.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder.

Directions: Wach and chop the apple and mash the banana. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want it raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. If you want it faster, bake at 225 degrees F. until toasty, about 40 minutes.

Word of the Day – tanque – tank

Tip of the Day = Keep the granola soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!

Ingredients:

1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Tofu-Fried Rice

When I returned home from my trip, I was met by a 2-meter dangerous snake, killed by the neighbors while eating a possum! There were people staring at, but it was all mangled before I could take a picture. Then I opened the gate to the mot-mot, greeting us in the first tree. He’s never done that before! The driver expounded, “Look at that rare bird!” I swear he knew I was home, the mot-mot.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Fried Rice

SCRAMBLE 

1/2 onion sliced, carmelized

Tofu block crumbled (regular size container)

1 T. nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp. black pepper 

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 c. cooked brown rice

1/2 c. peas

1/2 medium carrot small cubes

SAUCE

2 T.  Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium 

2 T. rice vinegar

2 tsp. sesame oil

2 T. panela or coconut crystal

1 tsp. smoked paprika 

4 T. water 

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp. red chili flakes

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Carmelize onion by sauteing for 15 minutes or so until crystal and sweet. Add tofu scramble. Move to bowl. Heat sauce, peas, carrots. Add rice. Reduce heat. Add scramble. Mix and serve.  

Word/Phrase of the Day – te conoci – i met you

Tip of the Day – Add avocado!

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Carrot Apple Granola

Hey, a hummingbird flew in my kitchen window as I was making the granola. He peeked into the granola bowl but didn’t try any! He came last week, as well! And then he came a second time, but the window was closed as he flew back and forth in front of my face. I feel so honored!

Recipe of the Day –  Carrot Apple Granola

Ingredients:

6 small carrots

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. sweetener of choice. I used coconut crystals.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder.

Directions: Juice the carrots and apple and use the shredded material for the granola. You can use a little of the juice, or all of it, unless you want to drink it. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want it raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. If you want it faster, bake at 225 degrees F. until toasty, about 40 minutes.

Word of the Day  – colibri – hummingbird

Tip of the Day = Keep the granola soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

It’s good to have a mission when traveling. Ours was to find the perfect chocolate mousse for Joy’s birthday in Cuenca. Too bad I had to eat all the other chocolate I could find along the way! Sometimes I stick to my diet and eat purely when I’m away. This was not one of those times.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Raw Mousse

ingredients:

1/2 c. water

2 T. cacao powder

1/3 c. cashews

3 pitted dates, soaked for ten minutes

dash vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. nut, seed or oat milk

Directions:

Blend. Pour into four dessert dishes, warm. Chill.

Word of the Day –misión–  mission

Tip of the Day – You can eat this every day, it’s so good for you!

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Lemon Cinnamon Dried Fruit

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success… none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. – Ram Dass

Recipe of the Day – Dried Fruit

Ingredients

Several bananas, apples, mango and papaya

Juice of one large lemon

1 tsp. cinnamon per tray

Directions: Wash and cut up the fruit. The thinner it is, the faster it will dry. I like mine in lengths, lately. Squeeze lemon juice overall and sprinkle with cinnamon. Dry in your dehyrator at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours. Keep checking. There should be no feeling of moisture, yet a hint of bend-ability to your fruit. That’s how I like it. You could do them ’til they’re crisp, if you like.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Eres amado – You are loved

Tip of the Day – It’s great to have dried fruit around,w ithout sugar, for an evening snack…anytime you don’t want to eat but need something to satisfy your tummy and palate.

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