Our Mission

Annel & Drew's Kitchen is committed to producing the best quality hand made food using the finest, local, organic ingredients. We strive to support the local economy and build lasting relationships within the community while bringing families together and getting people in touch with their food sources.


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What’s Happening

Taste the love! All items on our menu are made from locally grown, organic produce. Our food waste is used as compost to produce soil at the Paul Ecke Central School garden program where the students have a hands on learning experience. Check out their progress here.

Locations

State St. Farmers Market
State St. & Grand Ave. in Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Wednesdays (Summer 3-7) (Winter 2-6)


Leucadia Farmer's Market
Paul Ecke Elementary School
185 Union St.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Sundays (10-2)


Superfoods

February 28th, 2014 by Drew

As more and more of us shop at Farmers Markets or places that sell whole foods and have become aware of the importance of eating clean and organic foods we are naturally moving toward foods that have the potential to make us incredibly healthy!  Superfoods are not new, as a matter of fact; they all go back to ancient times. We are just rediscovering what our ancestors knew instinctively.
Super foods are natural food sources with highly concentrated, complex supply of high quality nutrients with the least negative properties. The magazines are pushing them as diet aids, the truth is they are not always low in calories, but, for the number of calories present, they are always high in nutrients.  They are an excellent addition to any healthy diet.

Superfoods should not be the only part of your diet.  A really healthy diet would include a combination of live, raw plant foods, super herbs and super foods.   Superfoods can help nourish the brain, muscles, bones, organs, immune system and hair, skin and nails. They also correct imbalance in the diet.  They prevent or reduce inflammation, help regulate metabolism and burn body fat, lower total cholesterol, lower blood pressure, help protect against heart disease, help protect against cancer, help protect organs from toxins and promote digestive health.  The list goes on and each individual superfood will have it’s unique perks to it.

The ultimate goal would be to be able to quit taking vitamin and mineral supplements and actually get these nutrients from your foods.

A few Superfoods include:

Acai
Algae
Aloe Vera
Bee Products
Cacao
Camu Camu Berry
Chia Seeds
Chlorella
Coconut
Fermented Foods
Goji Berries
Hempseeds
Incan Berries
Kelp
Maca Root
Marine Phytoplankton
Noni

There are way more Superfoods out there, this is just a quick list.  Superfoods are high in micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) but can also have the following qualities…

Adaptogen: A plant based substance with combined therapeutic actions in the human body.  An adaptogen strengthens and invigorates the system while helping the body to deal more easily with stress of differing origin by supporting the adrenal glands.   Adaptogens are believed to reinforce the non-specific power of resistance of the body against physical, chemical or biological noxious agents. They must also have a normalizing influence and may not be harmful or alter the bodies’ normal functions.

Antioxidants: A substance that reduces damage due to oxygen.  Think rust or an apple turning brown.

HGH: Human Growth Hormone, Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland to fuel childhood growth and help maintain tissues and organs throughout life.  Our growth hormone slows as we age.

Polysaccharides: A carbohydrate whose molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together that fortify the immune system.

Sesquiterpenoids: A class of Terpenes that have anti-inflammatory properties.  They increase production of HGH by stimulating the pituitary and penal glands.

Wondering how you can easily work some of these awesome foods into your daily life?  Contact me for your breakthrough session today!  You will discover which foods fuel you and which ones drain you and we will create your personal roadmap to health.

Drew is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach that supports busy professionals in reducing stress, losing weight and gaining energy & overall vitality. www.HealthyYouWithDrew.com

5 Tips to Gain More Energy

February 15th, 2014 by Drew

Here’s a few tiparoo’s for you to get a natural pick-me-up everyday…

Sleep: I know what you’re thinking. That’s a no brainer.  Obviously I need to sleep more to gain energy.  Yes, but often times it’s overlooked either due to our hectic schedules or just not making the time.  Go for 7-8 hours and feel free to sleep even longer than that if you want to.  Your waking hours will be more productive and you will feel great. Also, go to bed by 10pm.  Our bodies start producing cortisol at 11pm which can give you a second wind and make it hard to fall asleep.

Stay Hydrated: Drink at least half of you body weight in water per day everyday. When we dry out, things stop working properly, so that is a great start on the road to perfect health and gaining energy.

Ditch the Caffeine: What?  Why would I stop drinking caffeine to gain energy? Well, caffeine will overwork your adrenal glands and deplete your overall energy overtime and ruin your health and even cause more stress in the long run.  Think about when you barrow money from the bank.  You eventually have to pay it back right?  Unless you have a super cool bank that doesn’t require payback.  It’s the same thing with our bodies.  The caffeine stimulates you and pulls the energy from somewhere, but eventually it must be payed back.

Stop eating processed foods: If the label has more than five ingredients or you cannot pronounce an ingredient, don’t eat it. Stick to whole foods.  Join the Winter Clean Eating Program to find out how you can easily do this and feel great.

Exercise: Get up and get moving.  Even a 10-15 minute walk can help get the blood moving and the mind stimulated.  If you’re sitting at your desk working on a project, get up every once in a while and take a walk around the block.  Not only will the exercise help, some fresh air will do you good.

Feel like you could use some more support with the above suggestions?  Join the Clean Eating Program and kick-start your energy in an easy sustainable way. Drew is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and will work with you to create a personal roadmap to perfect health.

 

Stone Brewing Oceanside this Friday 11/15!

November 14th, 2013 by Drew

We’ve been talking about this for a while now, but the time has finally come!

This Friday 11/15, you’ll be able to catch us at the Stone Brewing Company Store in Oceanside from 4-8pm.We’ll be set right up in the middle of the beautiful beer gardens next to the tasting room where you can get your grub on while you get your brew on! We will be there most Friday’s from here on out!

Whether you’re filling up your growler or stopping by to sip on some world class beer made right here in North County SD, you’ll be able to pair our food right along side with it.

We’ll be whipping out some brand spankin’ new menu items along with some of the classics and some small bites to pair with select beers. And you can always count on Stone to pull out new beers on a weekly basis as well as many limited release brews.

This week, Stone is releasing their monthly “Enjoy By 12/12/13 IPA” which is always pretty killer.  We will be getting some goods from our fellow marketeers to create some major deliciousness like…

-Thresher Shark Tacos fresh off the boat caught by our man Robbie from Robbie’s Fresh Fish.  This guy has some of the best fish we have ever had and you can find him at many local Farmers Markets like Leucadia, Vista, Carlsbad and more.

-Tinga de Col with Organic Cabbage from Suzie’s Farm, chipotle peepers and bratwurst from the Meat Men who make sustainably raised, nitrate free sausage and sell their products at many local Farmers Markets.  All served on a crispy corn tostada with avocado and special sauce boss!

These are just a few of the specials, so come down on Friday and get an early jump on the weekend!

We will only be at the Oceanside location:
310 N Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054

Not too long ago, we had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Lucila de Alejandro who along with her husband, Robin Taylor own one of the largest most, influential Organic Farms here in San Diego called Suzie’s Farm.  You’ve probably seen their diverse selection of incredibly fresh veggies at your local Farmer’s Market with interesting products that you don’t see everywhere like purple cauliflower and watermelon gherkins (little mini tart cucumbers trapped inside a tiny watermelon body)

And for those of you who think that the famous “Suzie” is some head honcho boss lady running the show down at the farm, you are wrong. Suzie’s Farm is named after an abandoned dog that made it’s way onto the property that Robin and Lucila adopted back in the early days before the farm started.

While down on the farm, we sat right smack dab in the the middle of one of the fields that will soon be yeilding loads of vegetables while acting as an interactive learning center where the public can go and take tours and learn about what goes into that carrot that took several months to grow and at the right time was thoughtfully wiggled and tugged from the earth; its roots still holding on for dear life…You get the idea.  There is a lot that goes into our experience with food.

We sat down on some hay bails, lady bugs crawling on Lucila’s straw hat as we talked about her background, inspirations, challenges of owning a farm as well as where she sees organic farming in the future and much more…

Lucila is inspired by the Earth and all the elements that go along with it such as the sky, the sun, the wind and digging our hands in the soil.  All of these things inspire her and are part of our relationship with the Earth.  She describes the Earth as “enlivening and it’s the giver of life”.  She is also inspired by her two daughters, which are why her and Robin started the farm in the first place.

Robin and Lucila, originally took over Sungrown Distributors which was founded by Robin’s Father in 1984.  It was the first company in San Diego to produce microgreens and sprouts for wholesale customers.  Since that specific market can fluctuate and Lucila was interested in getting to know her customers on a more personal level, the farm was eventually born.

With doubts on how they could make a farm work and be able to pay themselves while working full time jobs between Sungrown and Lucila’s job as an Organic Inspector, they began with just one acre of property and one part time staff member at the farm in Imperial Beach.  They soon found out how much work it would be and how farming such a small size of land would never be profitable, so they were able to acquire more land and quickly grew the farm from 1 acre in 2008 to around 70 acres by July of 2009. Now, four years later, with a team of 85 workers, they have recently acquired another 60 acres where they plan to continue having large events and tours so that the public can experience the work, time, thought and love that goes into the food that they eat.

Having the farm tours and letting people come and harvest their own produce is what sets Suzie’s apart from most average farms.  Lucila states that education, community outreach and getting people down to the farm are all part of their mission and that it is reflected in their staff as well. She says, “Pull the carrot from the ground and look at it. Plant the seed yourself. Take a tour and see what it takes. See how that carrot grows and changes over the course of five months.  While you’re busy with your day to day life, that plant keeps growing, you will eat that plant or it will turn to mush in your refrigerator.  Understand the depth of this human experience.” She also adds that if you are looking for something to do for you’re 3 year old and 73 year old, the interactive farm tour is where youmust go as it is great for all ages.

We have so much more to talk about from our time spent with Lucila, so stay tuned for round 2 where we hear more about Suzie’s Farm and where she sees Organic Farming in the future…

Superfood Spotlight: Avocados

May 25th, 2013 by Drew

If you’re not eating avocados because you’re worried about getting too much fat, snap out of it because you’ll be missing out on all the other nutrient dense goodies that this superfood holds.By the way, we’re long past the 90′s where fat was evil.  Welcome to the New Age where fat is fabulous!  You brain and other vital parts of your body need fat to survive and thrive.  You also cannot absorb vitamins without eating fat and avocados contain plenty of healthy fats as well as vitamins and all essential amino acids.  Think of fat as the vehicle to transport all the necessary micro-nutrients to your cells. When we don’t get enough fat, things become unbalanced and we crave other unhealthy foods.

Also high in protein, the avocado is a complete food, offering an all in one dose of everything you body needs. The often over-looked avocado is a delicious, creamy superfood that’s simply too health-boosting to skip. The myriad of healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados – oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them – can fight inflamation and help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.   Avocados also taste great and are easily integrated into any meal or even a smoothie.  Add an avocado to

smoothies to add creamy texture and a powerful nutritional boost, or enjoy an avocado half as a nutritious “side” to any meal or add to soups as well.  The possibilities are really endless.

Hass avocados have been found to be the most densely concentrated variety of the avocado fruit. They contain the highest content of lutein and zeaxanthin and other fat-soluble nutrients and have a long growing season here in Southern California.  All avocados are terrific for the digestive system as they contain a good variety of both soluble and insoluble fibers.

Here is just a taste of one of the many recipes included in the Spring Forward Detox Program when you sign up:

Raw Avocado Electrolyte Soup:
2 large avocados
1 cup coconut water (you can also use a nut milk or filtered water)
juice of 1 lime (should yield about 4 tablespoons)
½ cup coriander leaves
¼ cup chives
1 shallot, minced
pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Cut open and pit avocados. Scoop out flesh, reserving a small portion of one half for garnish. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add more coconut water until the desired consistency is reached (it should coat the back of a spoon, but not be solid). Pour into a large jar with a tight-fitting lid and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve when cold. Garnish with avocado cubes and chives or coriander.

Recharge & Renew Round 2!

May 18th, 2013 by Drew

Round 2!


 

 

Did you miss out on Round 1?  Don’t feel bad, because we’ve got you covered!  It’s never to late to get yourself feeling great!  We are excited to announce we’ll be offering another round of our Spring Detox Program for those of you who missed out the first time.

Round 2 will be starting on June 10th!

Give Your Body a Break!

When? Start Date is June 10th, 2013

Where? Online!

Who is it for?

This is a gentle, simple and grounded program appropriate for most people.  It is allergy friendly and anti-inflammatory.  This detox is designed for all types of eaters including raw, vegetarian, paleo and primal.  This is a perfect detox for beginners too!


Why Detox?

Our bodies naturally detoxify everyday as part of a normal body process. Detoxification is one of the body’s most basic automatic functions of eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Unfortunately today, with the pollution found in the air, water and food we eat, our bodies have a hard time keeping up. Our chemicalized diet with too much animal protein, processed foods and sugars, too much saturated and trans fats, too much caffeine and alcohol radically changes our internal ecosystem.

Body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside our tissues. Our bodies try to protect us from dangerous substances by setting it aside, surrounding it with mucous and fat so that it will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response.  Can you believe that some people carry up to 15 extra pounds of waste?  Wow!

Detoxification through special cleansing diets and plant based whole foods is the best way to assist your body’s natural self-cleaning system. It is especially important for immune-compromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and chronic fatigue. However, even if your diet is good, a spring cleanse can revitalize your system and rid your body of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Do you experience any of the following signs of toxicity?

  • Headaches
  • Low energy or lack of vitality
  • Food cravings or binges
  • Constipation or digestive challenges
  • Chronic Illness
  • Eczema or other skin conditions
  • Irritability or Moodiness
  • Insomnia
  • Bloating
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Chronic Yeast Infections
  • Cancer or other degenerative disease
  • Excess weight


What is it?

This detox is a 7 day guided program of eating clean, real, whole foods that will enable your body to take a break and  get back on track.  This program will kick start your metabolism, boost energy and immunity, shed unwanted weight, improve digestion, release toxins, and teach you how to create simple and easy meals for a lifetime.  You can participate from anywhere on your own time!

Your Spring Detox Includes:

  • A Welcome Letter
  • The Spring Detox Guide
  • The Spring Recipe Packet
  • The Spring Recipe Packet & Food Diary
  • Your Post Detox a.k.a. For Life After Your Detox
  • Shopping list & blank meal planner in Excel
  • 16 Days of online support emails from me, Drew Matthews, your personal Coach, to make your detox easy peasy.
  • An extensive, easy to follow recipe guide
  • Access to a private Detox Party Facebook Forum

*We do not provide the food for this program.

Here’s What People are Saying About the Program:
The detox program was a way for me to jump into a lifestyle of healthy eating and get off the cycle of yo yo dieting. I have wanted to eliminate processed foods and cut out my cravings for breads, cheese and sweets without feeling deprived.
This detox not only showed me in detail, how to clean out my refrigerator and cabinets to eliminate unnecessary foods, but it gave me a detailed grocery list, including the spices to get my shelves fully stocked. Now, I can go shopping, replace my fresh veggies, fruits, and limited amounts of protein with ease.  I feel amazing.  I was sure I would crave breads, salty snacks or sweets….But, I do not…From the very first day, I never felt deprived or hungry.  The fresh fruit smoothies, and the wonderful salads somehow have taken  my cravings away.  My new best friends for sweets are fresh coconut water over ice or an apple pie smoothie, when made ahead of time with chia seeds, the smoothie turns into pudding.  I snack on fresh berries or veggies with hummus if I am hungry, I plan and make my food in the morning and have it ready to eat whenever my body asks for food.  I feel like I am doing something good for myself and plan to continue eating this way as a lifestyle.
-Kathy, Encinitas

I really enjoyed it! I started at 211 lbs and this morning I am at 202.8. Since doing the Detox I have had more energy and able to do cardio every morning and resistance training M-F during my lunches.  I feel amazing! I will most likely continue with the lemon elixir and throw in some smoothies and many more of the delicious recipes on a daily basis.
-David, San Diego

Before starting the Spring Forward Detox, my diet was inconsistent  and out of balance  I felt weighed down and bloated even though I wasn’t eating vast quantities of food. Cravings for sugar laden foods was a daily battle, usually with the cravings winning.  I ate well beyond the point of feeling full but didn’t feel satisfied.  Being on the Spring Forward Detox helped reset my food cravings.  It is amazing how nourished and vital my body feels now that I am eating an amazing array of fresh whole foods.  I’ve also learned to use new and unfamiliar ingredients like sun butter and almond milk. The shopping list proved very helpful in getting my pantry and fridge stocked with everything I needed and the meal plans are super easy to follow and delicious!  My skin looks better, my waistline has slimmed down and I feel nourished and well cared for from the inside out!  Thank you Drew for the gift of the Spring Forward Detox plan!  Warm Regards, Lori
-Lori, San Diego

I decided to join the Spring Forward Detox Program because I wanted to give my body a healthy change and a break from unnecessary foods. Being anewbie with detox programs I thought it’d be difficult to give up processed carbs, caffeine and sugars for 2 weeks but it was quite easy.  It helped that  I was given a shopping list, several delicious recipes to follow (specially the morning smoothies!!) & the support from Drew’s daily e-mails. I loved discovering new flavors with healthier ingredients to satisfy my hunger without feeling deprived. I was also very energetic and throughout the day & slept great at night. This program really helped me realize that taking charge of your health can be easy, fun, & delicious!!  I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to develop healthy habits & making a change that your body will appreciate.
-Marissa, San Diego

Thank you so much for inviting us to this program.  I feel I got great results and I will look forward to see what you have in store for summer time.  I have never tried a detox diet in my life.  I signed up for this detox program for one purpose only; To rid all the toxins in my body from processed foods. Leaving this program I was hoping to start living a healthier lifestyle.  I will tell you what, I got much more than I expected.  I now have much more energy, I can focus better at work, I don’t feel as sluggish as I usually did, I get many compliments about looking thinner, and I sleep like a baby at night. If you want any of these results I suggest you try this detox program.  It only takes about two weeks from the pre-detox to post-detox.  Now I feel completely re-energized in body and mind. I am now off the detox and I am planning on keeping a healthy diet.
-Randy, San Diego

I’m impressed with myself too…hahaha. But seriously this experience has been great so far and is helping me create new eating habits!  I have never enjoyed eating this healthy before. A few flavors are a first to me and I’m learning that Tahini is my new best friend :)
-Melissa, Escondido

All of the above is regularly 99.95!  Sign up today and get the End-of Season Discount of only $79.95!

If you feel like you could use some additional support, then you can add on a 30 minute or 60 minute one on one coaching session from the drop down box below. All coaching sessions are arranged individually via telephone, Skype or Facetime, and are available no matter where you are.  I will let you know when I have time available in my schedule for you to schedule a personal one-on-one session.

What do you say, how about we do this together?

Contact me to sign up:
Andrew Mathews CHHC
858-210-5094
Healthyyouwithdrew@gmail.com
International Association for Health Coaches Member!

 

Spring Cleaning

March 20th, 2013 by Drew

It’s amazing how nature always gives us what we need at each specific time of the year and if we listen to our bodies, they too will tell us what we need.

In the Summer, you have more cooling foods like cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, even chilies make you sweat which is a way for your body to cool itself down.

In the Fall and winter we are given more root vegetables, hard squash, and things that we cook to warm us up and for meat eaters, you may eat more animal products as your body instinctively requests to put on more fat to keep you warm in the winter.

After the winter has passed, what happens?  The damp and warm weather of Spring bring more greens, grasses, berries and detoxifying foods. This is because, we’ve packed on extra fat to keep us warm in the Winter, fat holds toxins and since it’s getting warmer, we no longer require the fat and we never desire excess toxins as it is.  Dandelions are another detoxifying plant that never fails to pop up all over the place in the Spring time.  Most of us look at them as annoying weeds that you can never get rid of, but they are super good for you and have been known to detoxify and assist in killing cancer cells.  Dandelion greens are great to add to a salad or your favorite homemade juices. Find them at the Suzie’s Farm booth at you local Farmers Market along with many other goodies.

You cannot mess with Mother nature and our primal instincts, so listen to both and start your Spring Cleaning this month to push out the excess build up from the winter and start fresh, renewed and clear to take on the coming warmer months.

 

Health Care Crisis: Problem Solved

February 2nd, 2013 by Drew

Three quarters of what we spend on health care in this country is spent on illness or disease that other wise could have been prevented through proper nutrition and lifestyle.  Think about that for a minute…that’s roughly 75%.  According to Andrew Weil, MD and founder father of Integrative Medicine, “We have a disease management system” in this country.  We abuse our bodies to the point that they become unbalanced and then we want to patch things up by taking a magic purple pill that acts indirectly in treating whatever we have.  In perfect health, we need to deal more preventatively than reactively.

Our health care system is getting so expensive that we spend double what even the next country spends on health care and we are much more sick.   In 2007, General Motors spent $1500 per car for health care, compared to $150 per car spent by Honda!  This is a serious drag on our economy as this is just a small drop of water in a huge ocean of unnecessary spending. Think about how much our economy would improve if we just took care of ourselves and worked preventatively.

We currently spend as much on health care every ten days than we did in the whole entire year in 1950 and we are sicker.  You would think that spending all that extra money, we would be the healthiest of nations, but we still rank number 37 in health quality of industrialized nations and we spend the most.  Since 1950, what we spend per capita on food has gone way down and what we spend on health care has gone way up…any correlation?  I would like to add that our food system has increasing made processed, refined food so cheap thanks to government subsidies that many families can’t even afford to buy whole foods like fruits and vegetables, because soda and junk food is way cheaper.  Have we really reached this point?  Hippocrates said a few thousand years ago, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Naturally, he would build the world’s first hospital next to a field of watercress due to it’s medicinal benefits.

This leads me to my next point; “we need a self-care system not a health care system”. This was said by Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and it could not be closer to the truth and more valid a point than now.  How we live and how we eat, greatly effect our body, mind and overall health.  Our body is an amazing organism and every second it is making hundreds of millions of changes within the cells.  If we take care of our body, it will take care of us and it is never too late to start doing this.  Our body will always heal itself if you give it half a chance. You know when you get a cut or a scrape; it heals in a day or two, right?  This works the same throughout the whole entire body, inside and out.

So let’s get out there and take charge of our own health, as no one else will do it for you!  WARNING: Side effects of this may be, longer life span, happiness, not getting sickness or disease and your life may very well be more enjoyable.

If you would like to start taking your health into your own hands and learning how to become more proactive and preventative with your health, contact me today and mention this post to receive a free 50 minute health history consultation.

Be Well,
Drew

 

Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seeds

January 8th, 2013 by Drew

Cha-cha-Chia! Remember the commercials back in the day for those chia pet mini planters?  Who would’ve thought that those little seeds that sprouted the tacky decorative sheep and Mr. T figurines were actually really good for you?

First off, chia seeds can hold 9 times their weight in water and you can see this by doing a little experiment…Add a few chia seeds to a few ounces of water and within 5-10 minutes you’ll notice how the seeds have formed a gel on their outer shell and the water has taken on a gel like consistency. Undoubtedly when you eat them, your body will stay hydrated for longer periods of time, as the chia seeds will retain water inside your system.

They are high in omega 3’s, which is a common deficiency in the average American’s diet.  They can help balance blood sugar and  they’re an excellent source of dietary fiber and are also a complete source of protein so they can help you sustain balanced energy levels throughout the day. Chia seeds are full of antioxidants and are a dieter’s dream as they keep you feeling full, so you have less desire to over-eat.  Chia seeds have a huge list of benefits and they are easy to work in to your daily diet.  They also contain magnesium, amino acids and a healthy assortment of minerals. They’re almost like tiny vitamins and so the list goes on…

Chia seeds are an amazing superfood with unbelievable benefits that you can enjoy on a daily basis and even pack away into your emergency kit as they store well for the long term.  You can add them to your fresh juices or smoothies, make a raw breakfast porage with your favorite milk, sweetener, cinnamon and chopped nuts or fruit.  Being a chocoholic, I enjoy them in some pudding…

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

serves 2
1 ¼ cups almond milk or coconut milk
3 pitted dates or agave nectar to taste
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-2 ½ Tablespoons raw cacao powder.  You can add more cocoa if you like it extra chocolaty.
¼ cup chia seeds

Place milk, dates, vanilla and cacao in blender and process until dates are pulverized.  A Vitamix does a great job with this.  If your blender leaves the dates too chunky, you can strain the mixture before adding it to the chia seeds. Pour chia seeds into a medium container and add milk mixture.  Stir immediately to combine otherwise you may end up with blobs of chia seeds.  Allow to sit on countertop and stir every 5 minutes.  After 15 minutes, it should have thickened. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.  It keeps in the fridge for as long as your almond or coconut milk would.  Add toppings like fresh fruit, goji berries, cocoa nibs, maca powder, hemp seed, coconut or chopped nuts.

Don’t be afraid to play around with this recipe and personalize it to your liking.

Superfood Spotlight: Chlorella

December 1st, 2012 by Drew

Chlorella is a water-grown algae that is high in chlorophyll which is a blood builder and nutrient that is essential to human health. Chlorella is a whole food that is rich in micronutrients such as vitamins, mineral, fatty acids, amino acids and many other beneficial compounds.  It supports immune function, improves digestion, can detoxify the liver and the body, improves brain and liver function, can accelerate healing processes and much more.  Evidence shows that Chlorella is effective at reducing symptoms of diabetes, most cancers, arthritis, AIDS, candida, liver cirrhosis, both viral and bacterial infections, anemia and can balance low blood sugar.

Chlorella is a green micro algae that has the highest content of chlorophyll or any other plant, which gives it it’s name.  It has remarkable abilities to remove alcohol, toxins, heavy metals and other poisons from the body, which leads me to the major selling point here…Next time you plan on a heavy night of drinking, consume about 4-6 grams of chlorella first and notice how you are virtually hangover-free the next day!

Chlorella has also been shown to improve immune function in patients undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy.  It has anti-tumor effects while it’s remarkable body-regenerating qualities are hard at work, rebuilding good cells and white blood cells.

Chlorella is high in protein, so it can be great for vegetarians or those looking for alternative protein sources.  It causes the good bacteria in our guts to multiply and contains many essential digestive enzymes.  These both aid digestion and help the body to assimilate the nutrients from food.  The list of benefits go on.

How do I add it into my diet?  It is best to gradually add it in to allow your body to adapt to it.  When you buy it in powder form, you can add it to juices or smoothies or just mix it into some water.  You can also buy it in pill for which may be easier for those on the go.  Either way, if you can add it into your diet, it can be highly beneficial.  You should immediately notice improved digestion, increased energy and overall better health.