Apples & Spice & Everything Nice!

Apple-y: Yes! Spicy: Yes! Creamy: Yes! Amazing: YES!

Apple-y: Yes!
Spicy: Yes!
Creamy: Yes!
Amazing: YOU BETCHA!

A smoothie recipes for you, my loves.

In a blender:

1 Granny Smith Apple – Washed, cored & chopped.

1/2 Cup Trader Joes Organic Unsweetened Applesauce (Or just toss in another GS Apple!)

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1/3 Pk of Trader Joes Silken Tofu -OR- 1/4 Medium Avocado

1 TBSP of your Favorite Nut Butter – I used Raw Hazelnut butter

1 Scoop Stevia -OR- 1 date, soaked overnight

1 Tsp Minced Ginger (Ginger People’s is my fave!)

1 Tsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Mesquite Powder

1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder

Optional: 1 Tbsp Shaman Shack Shapeshifter

Blast it until smooth.  Also QUITE tasty to let that blender run for about 5 minutes to turn this into a warm drink.

And what do you know?! Cinnamon is a great player in warming the body by improving circulation that often becomes damaged by Lyme.  Here’s an article from a center I hope to soon visit about ‘Why You Need Cinnamon in Your Healing Lyme Disease Diet’

Enjoy your smoothie and pass this along to the Lymies you love!

Om-Nom & Namaste!

Lauren

Keeping Up with the Speed of Life

Through my perusal of Lyme forums and my own experience – I can say it seems that for many folks dealing with this, there are times when we just aren’t ourselves.  This ish is totally unreal.  There have been times I’ve needed so much rest I can’t accomplish the things I need or want, and that just isn’t me.  So, then I get all down on myself; feeling like I’ve morphed into nothing more useful than a sack of potatoes which then leads me to this sad / emo / I-want-to-punch-myself state. On some occasions, I’ve tried to avoid the sad emo-ness, so I push myself through the exhaustion.  The downfall here, is that this gets me to the point where I become withdrawn and begin to lose cognitive agility. I’ll end up doing something non-sensical like wandering about my apartment trying to remember what I am looking for, trying to remember what I set out to do a few moments before or fail to actively engage and focus in on a conversation that someone is having with me.   I had to find a way to feel better about this, the not-me feeling has driven me to tears on multiple occasions.  I had to begin to see this aspect of illness and recovery differently; as a time to check out and disassociate the Lyme brain from MY brain.

When the extreme fatigue kicks in, I basically have started saying, “Okay, Lauren, see you in a bit.”  Things have to go on hold, and the people closest to me have come to understand this now.  From that point, until I restore my baseline energy, I am 9-drop Zombie (I’m referring to my medication dose – usually the higher the does the better the chance of a herx or knock-down, drag out fatigue, thus ‘X # of drops’) or Pseudo Sloth Self, “I am experiencing my Pseudo Sloth Self this evening,” or “Don’t mind the 9-drop zombie.”  What does a 9-Drop Zombie or a Pseudo Sloth do? They rest. It’s best if they just rest.  I quickly learned of the frustrations that come from attempting to function in this state that the longer I push against it, the longer it will last, and the less productive I  become.  The best bet is to accept that the Pseudo Sloth has checked in and go to sleep or minimize activity as much as possible, as soon as possible.  Obviously everyone has different demands in life but rest it out as best you can, and then get back to life.

Here’s to savoring all of that precious energy and trudging on toward total recovery!

Namaste, beautiful loves!

LaurieLye

Creamy Dreamy Super Berry

Green, creamy goodness.

Green, creamy goodness.

**I am updating this post because I have discovered – to my disappointment –  that even Strawberries are too sugary sweet for a Lymie! POO!  Lymies, just sub out any Tart Berries for the Strawbz.**

There’s a place in DC near Howard University called Everlasting Life Cafe.  ELC makes the best Strawberry smoothie I’ve ever tasted and was determined to make mine taste as good.  It has the nostalgia of a hometown ice cream shack Strawberry shake… you know what I’m talking about.

The key to this magic is a creamy ingredient.  I had excellent luck with a bit of silken tofu and Trader Joe’s Coconut Creme, but much to my disappointment  the coconut creme is not gluten allergy friendly, though I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t suffer the affliction (lol).  I resorted instead to Coconut Manna by Nutiva.  Not quite as smooth but it adds just the right creaminess with some extra sweet.  Avocados are also an excellent way to cream-ify your smoothie, but a really RIPE fruit is key.

So what does this break down to?

6 Oz Frozen Berries

1/2 Small RIPE Avocado

1 TBSP Coconut Manna

1 TSP Spirulina

1 Cup Coconut Milk

1 Tiny Scoop Stevia Powder

Blast these ingredients in your Vita or whatever blending device you choose and enjoy… and try to stop yourself from making a second one!

Om-Nom & Namaste!

LaurieLye

Low Glycemic Vegan Sushi Nori Rolls

Cauliflower Rice reduces the glycemic impact of homemade nori rolls!

Cauliflower Rice reduces the glycemic impact of homemade nori rolls!

I stopped eating Sushi out for the most part as I kept experiencing Wheat-laced rolls and unnecessary headaches.  I’ve had raw sushi at a restaurant before and made it once but I’m not 100% raw, and now have an increased sensitivity for nuts – which the raw recipe is loaded with – so I decided to treat myself to something tastier and totally body friendly!!

The Nori rolls were so easy to make, Pictured are the following delicious varieties:

Sweet Potato

Pickled Diakon Radish with Kale and Avocado

Cucumber, Carrot, Pea Shoot and Avocado

Asparagus (Cooked with Bragg Liquid Aminos)

Since the time of the picture, I have discovered Daiya’s Cream Cheese and have since enjoyed Sweet Potato Tempura with Cream Cheese, mastered by Allergy Awesome Chef, Keith Clark.  I highly recommend Daiya Cream cheese for your Vegan sushi endeavors!

Now, how does one make sushi rice with a head of cauliflower?

Easy.

1.) Clean and chop cauliflower into chunks appropriate in size for your food processor. (No food processor? No worries! Don’t chop your cauliflower, but take it to a cheese grater.)

2.) In a large wok or pan, add coconut oil or olive oil. Bring to medium heat and add cauliflower. Cover and let cook until semi-soft, stirring occasionally.

3.) Add cooked and cooled (Unless you want to enjoy warm, which works too!) cauliflower to a mixing bowl, add 1-2 tbsp of plain hummus. This will make the CR sticky for spreading onto the Nori.

Making nori rolls is so easy – to anyone who hasn’t tried before, don’t fret! I’m serious, it’s so easy!

Get all of your ingredients ready.  This is your sushi, use whatever you want!

A little prep goes a long way. I use a bamboo placemat to layout my Nori rolls.

A little prep goes a long way. I use a bamboo placemat to layout my Nori rolls.

 

Here’s how to assemble your Nori Roll:

 

I've since gotten better at bringing the CR all the way to the end edges of the nori.

I’ve since gotten better at bringing the CR all the way to the end edges of the nori.

 

Before rolling, you can cut off excess Nori, or leave it and wet it to make it stick to the other end.  You don’t want too much overlap/double layer Nori because it gets difficult to slice and chew.

 

So yeah, roll up a bunch of these bad boys, choose your sharpest knife and cut carefully. I find that most Nori Rolls cut into 1/8ths well.

 

Enjoy with Ginger People Pickled Ginger, Wasabi, and Organic Wheat-Free Tamari or Liquid Amino Acids.

 

Namaste!

LaurieLye

Smörgåsbord of Nori Rolls

Smörgåsbord of Nori Rolls