Bodhi Bear Soup, a healing remedy for Coughs & Colds!

After surviving a serious and traumatic case of Whopping Cough as a child, I always dive into healing mode when one of my younglings has a fever or a whooping like cough that is associated with Pertussis.

I created this “Bodhi Bear Soup” with a ton of Healthy goodness to strengthen my youngling’s immune system against “Winter Bugs”, especially Whooping Cough!

This soup is filled with chopped Carrots, which have tons of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, especially known for helping the immunity of children.

I made sure to add organic Avocado Oil, which is a good fat that works synergistically with Vitamin A absorption.

I also added organic minced Garlic, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese & Selenium and other antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can boost our immune system.

More over, Garlic is known to be super effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Next, straight out of my garden, I added many potent leaves of fresh Basil!

Basil has powerful antimicrobial properties, which has long been used in traditional medicine to fight bacterial infections.

In addition, Basil is known for it’s strong but natural anti-histamine properties… Wow, what a super hero herb!

To give this soup some hardiness, I added this beautiful mix of purple, yellow and red potatoes…

I specifically added purple potatoes for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities, which is a natural medicine that has been used for ages and ages.

I also included Turmeric!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and they are a very strong antioxidant.

Although acute, short-term inflammation can be beneficial, long term inflammation can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Unbeknownst to many, Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it’s power matches or surpasses many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Turmeric and Curcumin really are healthy and powerful gifts from nature!

To give this soup a taste of home and just a little more healing power, I went back into my garden for some fresh Oregano leaves.

In addition to adding a comforting flavor and being an antiseptic, Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb which has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years… How awesome is that!

In fact, many natural healers use Oregano for treating respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal (GI) infections, which can accompany many Winter Bugs!

So there you have it, my homemade Bodhi Bear Soup!

Will it work to heal you or your child?

Let me say this, when we follow these remedies at the first sign of symptoms, we tend to zap it in just 2-3 days! 😊

In full disclosure, in addition to giving my kids this soup, I also give them top quality gluten & dairy free probiotics three times a day, a Vitamin A capsule once a day, freshly cracked coconut water twice a day, then I apply a homemade mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Coconut Oil rub on their upper chest & back every morning and evening while symptoms persist.

I hope these natural remedies bring some nutritional comfort for you and your family this coming Winter!

Sending tons of healing vibes your way,

~Dr. Dee (aka Healthy.Desy)

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 T Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1- 2 cups chopped Carrots
  • 64 oz. of Organic Vegetable Stock, Homemade or Boxed.
  • 1 cup of chopped Purple potatoes
  • 2 cups of Red & Yellow Potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 10-20 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried or 10 Fresh Oregano Leaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
Soup Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add 64 oz of low sodium Vegetable Broth, along with Avocado Oil, mixed Potatoes, chopped Carrots, and Garlic. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. While mixture is simmering, add Oregano leaves and Turmeric, then continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the fresh Basil just before serving.


Jackfruit Taco Recipe: Healthy & Yummy!

JACKFRUIT

The first time I had something similar to Jackfruit was in Jamaica, about 13 years ago. A street vendor in Kingston sold yummy Breadfruit plates for about $2.00. Although it didn’t taste like bread to me, it was starchy, unique and delicious.

Jackfruit is actually bigger than Breadfruit, is the largest fruit produced on trees and can keep us healthy in so many ways!

•Jackfruit is filled with Vitamin C and can help fight against viral and bacterial infections. In fact, one cup of jackfruit supplies our body with enough Vitamin C to support the function of our white blood cells, resulting in a stronger immune system and overall greater health.

•Jackfruit’s phytonutrients and antioxidants can help rid your body of cancer-causing free radicals, which can treat cell damage and build a resistance against different types of cancers.

•Jackfruit’s high fiber can soothe digestive disorders including constipation and ulcers. Every hundred grams of jackfruit is about four grams of fiber, so eating jackfruit can protect the colon by removing carcinogenic chemicals found in your large intestine.

•Jackfruit can also help you keep great skin, great eyesight, good blood pressure and healthy bones!

And as if all these amazing health benefits were not enough, jackfruit is also low in calories and free of fat! Yes, that’s right, you can eat a ton of sweet jackfruit without gaining a ton of weight!

The next time you have a hankering for something healthy and delicious, consider Darshana Thacker’s healthy jackfruit recipe!

CHIPOTLE JACKFRUIT TACOS:

INGREDIENTS:

🌮1 medium potato, cut into ½-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮2 cloves fresh garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)

🌮1½ cups of diced tomatoes with juice

🌮1½ cups fresh cut jackfruit or one 14 oz can.

🌮3 tablespoons taco seasoning

🌮1 tablespoon smoked paprika

🌮¼ teaspoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce

🌮2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

🌮2 tablespoons lemon juice

JACKFRUIT TACO TOPPINGS:

🌮12 corn tortillas

🌮2 cups shredded lettuce

🌮1 medium tomato, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)

🌮2 stalks scallions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

🌮1 avocado, cut into ¾-inch diced

PREPARATION:

1. In a skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the potatoes, onions, and garlic in ¼ cup water for 10 minutes or until the onions are tender.

2. Add the diced tomatoes, jackfruit, taco seasoning, paprika, and chipotle in adobo sauce, and continue cooking for 10 minutes until the juice from the tomatoes is absorbed.

3. Using the back of the spatula, break the jackfruit into smaller pieces. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice.

4. Place half of the tortillas in a stack on a heated non-stick skillet. Cook each side of the stack on medium-low heat, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the tortillas in the middle are heated through. Wrap warmed tortillas in a damp cloth to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

5. To assemble the tacos, place the filling in the center of each, and top with the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, and avocado, then serve immediately!

Doesn’t this Forks Over Knives recipe sound so Yummy Yummy Baby?!?

There are so many ways to eat Jackfruit, explore and let me know what you come up with!

Thank you to Forks Over Knives and Health Team Trista for the awesome recipe, pics and info!

🍈~ Dr. Desy


Vegan Enchiladas

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Vegan Enchiladas! 😋

One of the toughest parts of not eating cow cheese was giving up Traditional Cheese Enchiladas!

Thanks to tasty plantbased cheese, I still get my Mexican Comfort Food Fix.

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Contrary to what food marketers would have you believe — HEALTHY FAT is good for you!
Healthy Fat gives stable long-lasting energy and satiety without spiking your blood sugar.

But let be clear; not all fats are created equal. Industrial seed oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil that are often passed off as healthy fats are in fact not healthy at all.

These unhealthy fats are hydrogenated and cause oxidative stress to our bodies. Oxidation in the body leads to a whole host of health issues like inflammation, heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

As I have said before, Food Matters, so choose wisely!
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After dipping each gluten-free corn tortilla in my home-made enchilada sauce, I stuffed these yummy enchiladas with a huge helping of mashed Vegan Black Beans, Green Chili, Fresh Chopped Spinach and Spicy Vegan Jack Cheese!

I added more Cheese and Fresh Jalepenos on top, then roasted them in my mild Enchilada Sauce at 350 degrees for about 23 minutes…

My homemade red enchilada sauce has authentic Mexican flavor! It’s so good and easy, you’ll never go back to store-bought sauce again. This recipe yields about 2 cups (16 ounces) of sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour (all gluten-free flour blends work!)
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Chili Powder (less for less spicy or if kids are eating)
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Organic Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Organic Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt, to taste
  • Pinch of Organic Cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. This sauce forms quickly, so pre-measure the dry ingredients (the coconut flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt and optional cinnamon) into a small bowl and place it near the stove. Place the tomato paste and broth near the stove as well.
  2. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, warm the Avocado oil until it’s it’s hot enough that a light sprinkle of the Coconut flour/spice mixture sizzles on contact.
  3. Once ready, pour in the flour and spice mixture. While whisking constantly, cook until fragrant and slightly deepened in color, about 1 minute. Whisk the tomato paste into the mixture, then slowly pour in the broth while whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
  4. Raise heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, whisking often, for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the sauce has thickened to your liking. (The sauce will thicken some more as it cools.)
  5. Remove from heat, then whisk in the vinegar and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper!

This sauce is full of authentic Mexican flavor, I know the Cinnamon is a twist, but you are going to love them!

After allowing the Enchiladas to cool for 8 minutes, I smeared some homemade Jalepeno & Cilantro sauce for one final kick!

Mmmmm… they were Yummy Yummy Baby!

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I made a separate Non-spicy batch of these for my youngling, he absolutely loves them!!!

For a non-spicy version, do not add the green chilis or the jalepenos on top. My little one loves his sprinkled with fresh chopped black olives, I just forgot to snap a pic! Ugh!

Whether Spicy or Mild, your family will say they are Yummy Yummy Baby!

Enjoy! 😋

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Kale-Conut Juice! 🌱

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Mmmm Yummy Yummy Baby! 🌞

I’m so excited to share my latest obsession…  Kale-Conut Juice!

🌱 A couple of handfuls of Kale
🌱 Meat of one young Coconut
🌱 Water from the same Coconut
🌱 (Approximately 1-2 cups)
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
🌱 1 Medium or Large Banana
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
🌱 One half cup of Ice

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Blend all ingredients together in your Nutribullet or favorite blender and enjoy this yummy, healthy, anti-inflammatory drink!  🌞

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Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Pudding! Easy & Yummy Vegan Recipe!

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Oh my goodness… My entire family is in love with this “no-guilt” Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Pudding!

This decadent pudding is Creamy and Smooth, but it is so Healthy that even babies can enjoy this as a meal! ☺

The Avocado and Raw Cacao in this yummy recipe create a treat full of healthy protein and antioxidants! By adding Raspberries and Nibs on top, big kids like me can take this Chocolate Pudding to a super decadent level! 🍇

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Ingredients:

🍘 2 Ripe Avocados (remove pits)
🍘 ¹/³ Cup Raw Cacao Powder (Or Cocoa powder)
🍘 2 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (or Maple syrup, Agave)
🍘 1 ½ Ripe Bananas (not too ripe)
🍘 ¹/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
🍘 ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
🍘 1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla extract
🍘  ¼ – ½ Cup Coconut Milk  (or Rice, Almond, Soy)

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5 Yummy Secret Tips:

* Cinnamon is optional, but so healthy & yummy!

* Milk is optional, omit or reduce for thicker pudding. Add more milk if too thick.

* For more Chocolate taste, use Vegan Chocolate Milk instead of plain vegan milk!

* Add 2-3 Medjool Dates if you want more sweetness! Nectar & Dates can be omitted for less sugar content.

* Tofu instead of Avocado is another option. (We like Avocado best 🙂

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3 Easy Instructions:

1) Place all ingredients in Food processor or Blender.

2) Blend/Process until it is all smooth & creamy.

3) Transfer to a bowl and allow to set in fridge for 1 hour +.

Chocolate Pudding Garnish:

🍇 Raspberries are a healthy & yummy topping!

🍇 Raw Cacao Nibs add a fun & healthy texture!

🍇 Rice Whipped Cream is a fun creamy twist!

🍊 Orange Zest in/on top is another Yummy idea with a punch!

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Raspberries are considered a Super-Fruit and really carry a lot of healing power in every little berry. Like Cacao, the Raspberry is filled with yummy but healthy antioxidants!

According to a study in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” published in 2003, antioxidants are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans.

In this study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Woohoo!!! 😆☺☺☺

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Yay! This means you can enjoy this decadent treat for breakfast or dessert! Your entire family will love every yummy healthy bite! ☺

Let me know if you have any other interesting twists!

Sending you everlasting health and wellness, xoxox!

~Dr. Dee