One of the best parts about being married to my husband Mike is that he is my yin to my yang, my mashed potatoes to my gravy and a Fred to my Ginger. In fact, I consider our partnership almost like dancing to the tango cheek to cheek. Sometimes I lead and he follows, and sometimes he leads, and I follow with a strong grip. (Cue the sly smile.) Creating this food blog page is just like that partnership. Today I would like to officially introduce the food blog of If Good is Hungry. Most of the recipes that you find here today are in conjunction to Mike’s blog, Being Invictus: A Chiropractor’s Blog About Healthful Living while Conquering Pain In Mike’s blog, you will read more about Health and Wellness, Chiropractic, Pain Relief and the power of plant based eating towards faster recovery from pain. He firmly believes that nutrition plays a key role in helping us recover from pain quickly and prescribes plant based eating throughout the treatment period for his patients. Sometimes I bring some vegan treats to the office for his patients to sample. For some, it is the first time they are eating plant based food. A few are skeptical at first, but all are amazed about how delicious they can all be. Many of them ask how they can make plant based food. And so with these requests, this Food and Recipe section of If Good is Hungry was born. My goal for this blog is to show family and friends how healing plant based foods can be something doable, sustainable and can be a delicious part of your life.
In this blog I would like to introduce three foods to eat while recovering from pain- I chose these 3 foods because:
Mike and I gave this drink the nickname, “Flu Shot” because of the powerful anti-inflammatory agents it contains in just one sip. This drink contains the powerhouses of lemon, ginger, and turmeric. All three ingredients combined are anti- Inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and most importantly, cancer fighting
This little shot will especially help your digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold,
Not only are these three natural pain relievers, but they can heal skin, boost your immunity, improve heart health and clear blood clots. Cheers to your health! Salud!
Immune Booster Shot
serves about 10 shots
½ organic orange
1 inch ginger root ( you can be generous, the more the ginger, the more medicinal)
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp cayenne
Juice, the orange, lemon and ginger. Add the turmeric and cayenne pepper and stir until well blended. If you want to drink this warm, simmer on low and do not over cook to maintain its powerful medicinal components. Pour in a small shot glass or cup and enjoy!
Mike and I began practicing intermittent fasting recently and that requires that we give our body a reset for one day a week by drinking only liquids, tea and water. This next recipe not only nourished us during this time but it also provided us with the essential nutrients that made fasting easier and did not make us faint or weak. The exact opposite occurred -we felt more energetic, alert, and focused. Organic miso is our favorite anti- inflammatory weapon because it promotes good gut health, lowers “bad” cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease,a great source of iron, calcium, and potassium, a cancer inhibitor and of course an awesome antioxidant as it eliminates free radicals that pollute our bodies, as well as slows down cell degeneration. For my birthday two years ago, Mike gifted me a class from Plant Lab in Venice, California and this is where I learned how to make this wonderful recipe.
STOCK– Blend all the following ingredients in a blender until smooth and a soupy consistency.
3 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons chickpea miso
1⁄2 tablespoon sesame oil
1⁄2 tablespoon dulse flakes
1⁄2 tablespoon grated ginger
SHIITAKES – 1⁄2 cup shiitakes, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1⁄2 tablespoon Nama Shoyu
1⁄2 tablespoon lemon juice
Marinate mushrooms with olive oil, Nama Shoyu and lemon juice. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
1⁄4 cup wakame, soaked, rinsed and drained
1⁄2 cup carrots
1⁄2 cup snap peas
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 tbs sesame seeds ( optional)
Stir the shiitakes and vegetables into stock. Garnish with black sesame seeds and green onion. This miso soup makes a great base for your vegan ramen or noodle soup. Jusat add bokchoy, your favorite veggies and your organic eggless noodles.
The next recipe is something I found from Pinterest. I was looking to find a solution for my sweet tooth when I came upon this recipe that called for raw brownies made out of dates. I decided to give it a try and was amazed at how chocolatey and rich and decadent it was. Come to find out later that dates and cacao are two powerhouses that combats inflammation and gets you out of pain faster. For this recipe, make sure you use organic dates and at least 70% – 100% pure cacao. This will ensure that you get the antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C that they provide. I can assure you that with one bite, you won’t believe that these chocolaty bites are plant based and a delicious source of pain killers. Before you make these raw desserts, take the dates and place them in a container with water overnight. This will ensure that the you won’t get a hard sticky ” dough” stuck in your Vitamix or food processor when you blend them. Soaking the datesl ahead of time will ensure that your mixture has the right consistency.
Super Food Truffles
Makes about one dozen depending on size
1 1/4 cup organic oats
3-4 tables of raw organic cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free, if you prefer)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp organic coconut sugar for garnish
1 cup soft dates, pitted (about 10 Medjool dates)
Optional : Additional cocoa powder, turmeric, maca powder.
In a large food processor grind the oats until a powder like consistency. (This will be the base of this recipe and will prevent the dates from sticking to your blender.) Add in the rest of the ingredients, and process again until a sticky, and a uniform dough is formed. Scoop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, to prevent sticking. Roll the balls between your hands, and roll them in cocoa powder, turmeric or maca powder as desired.
Upgrade: Roll your super food truffle in gogi berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and cacao nibs etc. for extra protein and nutrient boost!
If you came upon this article because you are in pain, then congratulations! You are on the right path to not just give your pain a quick fix, but to cure the sources of your pain for good. Living with pain can be physically, mentally, and emotional draining. However, I want to encourage you to never give up! I want to say that the pain you are feeling today is your body telling you that you need to make a change. Adapting a whole food plant based diet a little at a time will ensure that you not only cure your back and joint pain, but also give you additional benefits like weight loss, an energy increase, improved heart health, and cancer-fighting benefits. If all of these sound good to you, it’s time to give plant- based nutrition a try!
To find out more about the science behind the healing benefits of the foods I mentioned above, check out Foods that Heal Pain, an article written by Dr. Mike Howell of South Pasadena Pain Relief Center.