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Jalapeno Chili Cauliflower Popcorn

February 1, 2016

Jalapeno Cauliflower Popcorn | Rosy Cheeks Project
I started my Candida Cleanse two weeks ago and I’ve seriously been deprived of snacks and munchies.

What is Candida Overgrowth? 

Candida, short form for Candida Albicans, is a fungus infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Common symptoms of Candida include fatigue, brain fog, chronic intestinal discomfort – gas & bloating, joint pains, weight gain. The Candida Albicans yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body. Find out more about Candida here.

On a restricted diet of only clean animal protein, non-starchy vegetables, and good fats, one can only hope to get a bit of a break and eat something more enticing to the palette. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love popcorn. I love the intense burst of flavours, the crunchiness, and the fun of eating out of what seems like a bottomless container, reminiscent of date nights at the movie theatre.

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Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf

October 19, 2015

I discovered a whole cabinet of mason jars filled with preserved salmon that my mom made a couple months ago. Well, I couldn’t just leave them there and not do anything with it. That would be doing in justice to these homemade salmon preserves!

Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf | Rosy Cheeks Project

Lately, I’ve been working on learning how to work with gluten-free flours. And this was the perfect opportunity to work on some recipe making with the coconut flour and almond flour I got. Experimenting in the kitchen and making up recipes on the fly are always fun. I love the suspense of not knowing how it’ll turn out. Whether the recipe will be a keeper or a huge disaster.

This recipe took a couple test runs to gage the consistency that I wanted. This loaf is perfect for lunch or dinner as a main with some greens on the side.

Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf | Rosy Cheeks Project

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Smoky Paprika Eggplant Dip

October 3, 2015

I’ve always enjoyed creamy yogurt veggie dips or cracker dips like chickpea hummus. But every time I finish eating, I end up feeling extremely bloated and have stomach cramps all day.

Smoky Roasted Eggplant Dip | Rosy Cheeks Project
For someone with food sensitivities to legumes and dairy, this is what I get for following the wishes of my taste buds and disobeying the needs of my gut. Living with food sensitivities can be a real bummer sometimes.  Continue Reading…
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Mid-Autumn Festival: Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake

September 26, 2015

Babylonian astrologers regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. “The sun as of smaller importance than the moon”. The Moon was the supreme deity.

Stretching back 3000 years, emperors in China worshiped the moon because they believed it would bring bountiful harvest. Items like plums, apples, watermelons, and mooncake were common sacrificial items used to worship the lunar goddess.
Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake | Rosycheeksproject

Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake | Rosycheeksproject

Second to the Chinese New Year Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals of the year.

Taking place on the 15th day of August in the Chinese Calender, it is a day where families come together to celebrate the luminescent full moon, feast to a plentiful table of food, and indulge in rich, luscious, decadent mooncakes.

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Anti-Inflammatory Honey Spiced Ginger Turmeric Tea for IBS

September 14, 2015

Reducing inflammation is very important in preventing and relieving intestinal flare ups caused by digestive disorders like IBS, ulcerative colitis, or colic.

Anti-Inflammatory Honey Ginger Turmeric Tea for IBS | Rosy Cheeks Project

Last night in my Herbal Medicine class, we talked about healing herbs that are especially good for the digestive tract. Many of which are what we call carminatives, meaning these herbs are great at soothing and settling the gut wall, aiding digestion. Carminative herbs are also anti-spasmodic, meaning they prevent or ease spasms or cramps in the muscles.

Anti-Inflammatory Honey Ginger Tumeric Tea | Rosy Cheeks Project

The use of herbs are endless – as seasoning, spices, and even taken as a food on its own. But of course, we can’t forget the use of herbs in tea!

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Fresh, Homemade Lavender Almond Milk with Raw Honey

July 4, 2015

Lavender Almond Milk Recipe | Rosy Cheeks Project
Spring is in the air.

I don’t know how I survived the freezing, record-breaking temperatures in February, but I did. To celebrate the oncoming of Spring, I want to share this heavenly delicious Lavender Almond Milk recipe that my roommate and I created. Lavender beautifully compliments the almond milk, adding a subtle essence of lavender sweetness that enhances the natural flavours of the almonds without overpowering it.

Raw, homemade almond milk is my absolute favourite milk substitute. I love it because it goes well in teas and smoothies and is absolutely satisfying to my taste buds. Homemade almond milk has this luscious, nutty, creaminess that tastes 1000x better than store-bought almond milk. I find that almond milk from the store has a weird salty, cardboard taste that absolutely does no justice to real almond.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Cow Milk

Being the nutrition-freak that I am, I avoid dairy or cow’s milk, at all costs. Conventional dairy is now filled with growth hormones and antibiotics that damages your immunity and induces allergic reactions.

Not only that, contrarily to common belief, milk carries calcium-leaching properties that weakens your bones (yes, you read that right!). Cow Milk’s acidic properties leach calcium from your bones, resulting in weaker bones and can contribute to osteoporosis from long-term consumption.

Learn more on how here.

Lavender Almond Milk Recipe | Rosy Cheeks Project
Benefits of Raw, Homemade Almond Milk

1. Keeps Your Heart Healthy

There is no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It is jam-packed with healthy fats like omega fatty acids that help lower blood pressure and prevents heart disease.

2. Keeps Bones Strong

Good source of calcium with Vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption.

3. Keeps a Balanced Blood-Sugar

Low in carbs and glycemic index. Almond milk does not affect your blood-sugar balance, keeping your insulin levels balanced.

4. Keeps Your Gut Happy – Lactose-Free

Attention to my lactose-intolerant friends. Please welcome almond milk into your life and I promise you, you’ll love yourself for doing so.

5. Keeps Your Skin Glowing

Almond milk contains lots of Vitamin E – an essential antioxidant for healthy, glowing skin.

Benefits of Lavender

1. Keeps Your Skin Clear of Blemishes and Acne

Lavender has antiseptic and antifungal properties that reduce scarring and speed up healing. Good for acne and eczema because of anti-inflammatory properties. Also has bacteria fighting abilities to prevent acne infections.

2. Keeps You Calm and Relaxed

Lavender promotes sleep and reduces anxiety and depression. Great for reducing nervousness and soothes the nervous system that induces sleep and relaxation.

3. Keeps Digestion in Check

Lavender relieves gas and constipation. Great for reducing nervous intestinal disorders and indigestion.

4. Keeps Bad Bacteria Out and Reduces Bloating

Lavender flowers contain polyphenols that help reduce ‘bad’ bacteria in the blood and eliminates bloating.

5. Keeps You Headache-Free

Known for providing migraine relief, lavender prevents the onset of new headaches. Relieves neck and head tension, promoting relaxation.

Lavender Almond Milk with Raw Honey

Lavender Almond Milk with Raw Honey

Ingredients

(Makes 4 cups)

  • 2 cups Raw Almonds 4 cups Filtered Water (for blending)(Ratio: 1 cup almond:  2 cups water)
  • 3/4 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp whole, dried lavender buds (you can get this at Whole Foods or any health store)
  • 1 empty tea bag
  • Blender (I use Vitamix)
  • Nut Straining Apparatus – Use Thin Nylon Socks/Stocking (or Nut Bag)

(I prefer using nylon socks in place of nutbags or cheese cloths because the holes are finer, making the milk more smooth and silky.)

Lavender Almond Milk with Raw Honey

Procedure

1. Soak raw almonds with enough filtered water to cover all the almonds

2. Soak almonds for 8-12 hours (Easiest way is to soak them overnight)

3. Add 2 cups of soaked almonds and 4 cups of filtered water into a blender

4. Puree nuts in water for around 1-2 minutes, until nut milk is in a thick and smooth consistency

5. Pour nut puree into your choice of straining apparatus (If using a nylon sock, you will need to portion out straining process several times because the sock/stocking will not be able to withhold the entirety of puree mixture)

6. Gently squeeze and strain

7. Remove dried nut pulp into a separate container or bowl

8. Add raw honey as a natural sweetener

Lavender Almond Milk Recipe | Rosy Cheeks Project

Sources ||
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/benefits-almond-milk.html
http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-lavender-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes for Better Digestion

July 3, 2015

Upgrade your H2O with fruit and herb infused water!

Infusing herbs like mint, peppermint, and lemongrass in your water can help soothe upset stomachs and indigestion. Citrus juices like lime and lemon can also help improve digestion and metabolism. Citrus juices alkalize the body to help balance out our internal pH levels that will help reduce inflammation and water retention.

These are my favorite fruit infusion water recipes. They’re incredibly easy to make with dazzling vibrant colors that will make an awesome crowd-pleasing drink at your next barbecue!

Thai Lemongrass Lime Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 1 stalk lemongrass
+ handful goji berries
+ 1 lime
+ handful mint leaves

 

Minty Mango Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 1 mango diced into little cubes
+ 1 handful of mint leaves

 

Sweet White Peach and Lavender Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 2 white peaches
+ 2 tsp dry lavender buds

 

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Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

June 28, 2015

Granny smith apples always bring back cheerful childhood memories.
Memories of the sour candied apples I used to treat myself to with my week’s worth of allowance, or the Allan sour keys my 6th grade teacher handed out to us when we “behaved”. It is without fail that the crisp, tarty sweetness of granny smiths always brings back good feels and good memories.

A light, simple snack for a hot summer day, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg to spice up your granny smith and you’ve got yourself a healthy snack ready to go!

Healthy Snacks | Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon | Rosy Cheeks Project
Cinnamon for Healthy Digestion

If you have weak digestion, raw apples can be hard to break down and cause flatulence. Eating apples with cinnamon will help relieve abdominal discomfort from indigestion because cinnamon contains an agent that helps break down intestinal gas. Try incorporating cinnamon into your diet like your morning smoothie or your quinoa salad to promote healthy digestion.
Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043734_cinnamon_indigestion_digestive_health.html

Ingredients:

+ granny smith apple
+ sprinkles of cinnamon
+ sprinkles of nutmeg
+ topped with roasted pecans or walnuts (optional)Healthy Snacks | Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon | Rosy Cheeks Project