Adaptogenic Zucchini Walnut Soup

 
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This recipe is late summer perfection. It's proven to be the most divine way to transform past-their-prime summer produce, and has become my new favorite way to enjoy zucchini squash. Though the merriment of flavors draws upon Indian summer vegetables and herbs, the dish presents itself in a way that suits the incoming shift in season. It's my official first welcoming-in of warming fall food.  

Work has been especially taxing these last few weeks, and I'm navigating a sea of change and transition in my personal life (a break up, and all the life-reassessment and existential questioning that goes along with it), so this soul-warming, body-nourishing, and make-ahead recipe has been on repeat in my kitchen. Truly. I've made it three times in the last three weeks. It's such a relief to know that among the chaos and emotional ups-and-downs of the day, meal time is already taken care of and waiting for me in the fridge. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment. 

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And because I believe that elevating every day foods and meals is the basis for creating powerful shifts in health + consciousness (and I'll admit, I'm a sucker for herbs and potions), I added a dose of Sun Potion's newly-released and highly-coveted adaptogenic blend - Yin Power - to the recipe. The flavor is subtly sweet and nutty, and blends seamlessly with the zucchini, walnuts, and basil (which, as fate would have it, are also subtly sweet and nutty). This particular herbal blend, designed to amplify one's feminine energy, also boasts a far-reaching bouquet of health benefits, including improved hormone balance, increased immune function, potent stress relief, cellular regeneration, elevated energy, emotional equilibrium, and more radiant skin. Yes, please. 

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Other than the herbal blend, you will likely have each of the ingredients for this dish already in your kitchen and pantry. And those always tend to become my favorite, make-over-and-over-again recipes: simple, every day ingredients that when combined thoughtfully create something totally novel and flavorful. Hoping you enjoy this recipe as much as I have been, and that you savor every last moment, sip, and bite of this year's summer! 


ADAPTOGENIC ZUCCHINI WALNUT SOUP

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups zucchini squash, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, toasted for five minutes at 350 F
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 4 tbsp Sun Potion Yin Power (1 tbsp per serving) - optional
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION | In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium and add in the onions. Sauté for a few minutes (until onions are translucent), before adding in the bay leaves and garlic. Sauté for another few minutes, until the garlic gets nice and aromatic. Finally, add in the zucchini, lightly toasted walnuts, and your broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Removing your pot from the heat, fish out the bay leaves and add in your fresh basil and adaptogenic herb blend (if using). Transfer the mixture to your blender and, most likely working in batches, purée until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Soup will keep well in the fridge all week, and is equally as delicious served warm as it is chilled. Serving options include a drizzle of really nice, flavorful olive oil, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, a few torn basil leaves, and crusty bread for dipping or topping. Enjoy! 

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Sunshine-Dusted Mango Quinoa Salad

 

Summer is prime mango season here in South Florida, and I never fail to enjoy every second of it. There are many things we aren't able to grow here during the summer months (like pretty much everything, except tropical fruit and herbs), and I so envy the summer farmer's market hauls of those of you living elsewhere, but picking mangos from the tree in my backyard is the perfect reminder of how lucky we really are. 

I wholeheartedly believe in eating not only in accordance with the seasons, but also in eating as locally as possible. It's always been a belief of mine that what grows naturally and abundantly in a region is designed to best fuel those living within that particular environment. Sweet, water- and fiber-rich, and vitamin-abundant mangos are the perfect antidote to our brutally hot Florida summers. I swear, I can feel my little cells thanking me with every juicy, drippy bite. 

Admittedly, I consume the majority of my mango haul either as is (maybe with a squeeze of lime) or blended up in a smoothie. But in the name of creativity - and truthfully, how to sneak mangos in for dinner - I stumbled upon this pairing that feels balanced and delicious in every way. It's sweet yet peppery and light but earthy. Aside from a few peak-of-season Florida mangos, the star of this recipe is Big Heart Tea's coveted Sunshine Dust - a fiery blend of stone ground turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, and peppercorn. The golden, sunshine-flecked dust is just the tempering the mangos need to create a truly delicious, savory dish. 

In true summer food fashion, this recipe requires no-fuss, is best served at room temperature, and somehow tastes even better as leftovers the following day. Wishing you all a beautiful, blissful, delicious, and sunshine-filled last few weeks of summer, from my corner of the Universe to yours!


SUNSHINE-DUSTED MANGO QUINOA SALAD

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup mango, diced (about 1 large mango)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp Big Heart Tea's Sunshine Dust
  • 5 tbsp high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Preparation: Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisking until smooth and well-combined. In a separate and larger bowl, toss quinoa with mango, red onion, and dressing. Finish with a sprinkling of cilantro. 


I love seeing what you create and getting your feedback on recipes! Leave any questions + comments below, and be sure to follow along on Instagram and tag your photos with #SOLFULhealth so I can see. xx

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Alkalizing Chia Pudding

 

Somewhere along the line in the last year or two, I've transitioned into a full-fledged "morning person". Which is wild, because I used to loathe mornings. More on that journey here. I mention this because despite enjoying early mornings, it can still feel challenging to intentionally engage in my am routine (lemon water, sun exposure, meditation, skin care, latte) - which I so strongly feel sets a positive, grounded tone for the rest of my day - and have time to prepare a nourishing breakfast before having to dash out. And I know I'm not the only one. 

While I would love the luxury of sitting down to enjoy breakfast daily, the reality is that I'm often eating this first meal on-the-go. Most days, that means grabbing a jar of chia pudding that I batch-make at the beginning of each week. It's a true life saver. 

On they're own, chia seeds are rich in plant-based proteins and (the good kind of) fatty acids that the body relies on for energy production, mood support, and hormone stabilization. Once soaked, chia seeds expand in size, absorbing the liquid to create a pudding-like texture that, when ingested, provides deep cellular-level hydration and detoxification. Today's recipe elevates and expands upon these already impressive benefits to further alkalize, mineralize, energize, and detoxify the body, using one of my very favorite supplement lines - Elemental Wizdom

This groovy, high vibration company, based out of Beverly Hills of all places, is serving up some of the most unique, thoughtful, and quality-driven products I have ever tried. Their Metamorphosis Greens Powder is ultra cleansing, alkalizing, and energizing, and has become my go-to product for remineralizing on-the-go. I'm in the habit of adding a scoop to my chia pudding for a deeply nutritious grab-and-go breakfast, so I thought I'd share the simple yet potent recipe here.


ALKALIZING CHIA PUDDING

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic chia seeds
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened mylk (almond, coconut, hemp, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2-4 tsp Metamorphosis Greens Powder 

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well for about 2 minutes. Once the mixture appears smooth and well combined, allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Stir once again, and then place in the refrigerator, stored within an airtight container. Allow to set for at least an hour, and up to 4-5 days. 

If needed, more sweetener can be added to taste. Enjoy as is or topped with your favorite fruits and superfoods. 


I love seeing what you create and getting your feedback on recipes! Leave any questions + comments below, and be sure to follow along on Instagram and tag your photos with #SOLFULhealth so I can see. xx

 

CBD-Infused Brownies

 

A new kind of edible.

It's a true honor to be featured on the journal of a woman I admire so greatly, Lacy Phillips of Free + Native. Based in L.A., Lacy is a manifestation advisor, serving as the go-to consult for anyone looking for guidance within the realm of attainment. Having developed her own genius method around manifestation, Lacy has become the leading force in the industry of intuitive guidance + coaching. She is wise, sweet, and generous beyond measure, and a total queen when it comes to holistic living. Today, I am honored to share with Lacy, her F+N community, and all of you a tongue-in-cheek recipe with major mood-boosting properties.


Though I personally choose not to partake, the medicinal uses of marijuana are undeniable. Like so many of us, I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary medicinal benefits of cannabis via the use of friends, family members, and clients struggling to cope with and recover from debilitating dis-eases (among these are chronic pain, ALS, paralysis, and mental health imbalances). For those of you who desire to harness the medicinal benefits of cannabis but, like me, are not wanting to alter your state of consciousness, CBD is a beautiful, extremely effective alternative.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 60 compounds found within cannabis. It belongs to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids, to which THC also belongs. Yet unlike THC, CBD produces no mind-altering effects and is highly medicinal. It's the major non-psychoactive compound of the plant, and is responsible for the majority of positive health benefits marijuana users experience. In it's isolated state, CBD is an incredibly effective (and virtually side effect free) natural treatment for an ever-growing list of mental and physical health concerns. 

CBD is a known anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and has proven to be a remarkable treatment for those suffering from chronic pain, chronic inflammation, mental health imbalances, anxiety + panic disorder, cancer, nausea, epilepsy, migraines, neurological disorders, ALS, diabetes, and heart disease.

In my personal life, I’ve incorporated regular doses of CBD for greater emotional balance. As someone who deals with a fair amount of anxiety, I have found immense relief and support in this highly-medicinal herbal supplement. It just sort of takes the edge off, but in a way that actually supports my system as a whole. Whether I am navigating the stress + overwhelm that sometimes results from a long day, or working through something a bit deeper, CBD has become a go-to for reeling in the wild thoughts, promoting a greater sense of calm, and nourishing my overworked nervous system.

The groovy, high vibration treat I’m sharing below is designed to wholesomely nourish your sugar cravings while simultaneously reducing anxiety and promoting bliss, balance, and parasympathetic nervous system activation by way of a CBD-infusion. These paleo- and vegan-friendly chocolate ganache frosted brownies make treating yourself feel intentional and sacred, and will likely leave you feeling grounded, mellow, and fully supported in mind, body, and spirit. 

To read the remainder of this article, head over to the Free + Native journal.