I've been SO into products that contain good-for-you ingredients; ingredients meant to help your body heal, and function the very best it can.
I have a couple FAVORITE brands, right now, that combine the superpowers of superfoods, mushrooms and adaptogens and one of them is REBBL. REBBL creates elixirs, made from natural, simple, all-organic ingredients you can pronounce. No fillers. No gums. Just plain, wholesome ingredients meant to fuel your body. Another cool aspect of the company? They donate 2.5% of their revenue to Not for Sale, an organization that supports regions of the world that are vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.
As it usually happens, Whole Foods had a sale on REBBL products, the other day, and I decided to take advantage and purchase a few of my favorites: Dark Chocolate Protein, Reishi Chocolate and Turmeric Lemon Tart. The two chocolate flavors literally taste like the adult-version of chocolate milk - delicious, creamy and SUPER good for you! I like to combine those in a version of my homemade lattes, or drink them by themselves (seriously, pick one of these chocolately guys up)! However, the Turmeric Lemon Tart is one I don't normally purchase, but since I love the benefits of turmeric, I decided to let one bottle come home with me, too!
Turmeric (specifically the curcumin in turmeric) is a very healing superfood. According to Alisa Vitti, functional nutritionist and women's hormone expert:
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which has benefits for treating gastro-intestinal issues and period pain.
It is also blood sugar stabilizing, which is important for all women who are hormonally-sensitive and suffering with everything from PMS to PCOS.
Because turmeric increases blood flow to the uterus it can also help with regulation of periods and supporting the development of healthy periods.
Curcumin has been shown to decrease and slow the growth of uterine fibroids as a result of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin may also be beneficial to those women suffering with endometriosis (Flo Living, Alisa Vitti. www.floliving.com).
My Follicular Phase (first days after my menstrual cycle) is here, and it always seems like a time for new beginnings! I feel lighter and ready to tackle the month! When it comes to cycle-syncing, this phase is extra special because it means one thing... CASHEWS! Now, I don't cycle-sync 100% (I have to live!), but I believe it's important to incorporate foods that will help you thrive, based on where you are in your cycle. And what do cashews mean, if you're me?! Well, two things: mac and cheese (which I'll post about soon), and CHEESECAKE!
Yes, VEGAN cheesecake. Creamy, decadent and filled with delicious superfoods, perfect for curbing your sweet-tooth! I decided to combine REBBL's Turmeric Lemon Tart with some cashews to create the most delicious of cheesecakes, and YOU. GUYS. THIS. IS. GOLD. (haha, pun intended... since I used Turmeric)!
1/2 cup raw almonds
2 TBSP ground flaxseed
1 TBSP hemp hearts
1/4 cup gluten free oats
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight, unless you have a high-powered blender - then I just soaked for 15 minutes, in hot water)
1/4 cup water
3 TBSP coconut oil
pinch sea salt
1 bottle Rebbl Turmeric Lemon Tart
*Optional toppings: Bee Pollen (I used some from Ames Farm)
Grind the crust ingredients together, in a food processor, until you get a sticky paste
Pour crust out onto a 8x8 pan (or pan-size of your choice); flatten and place in freezer
Meanwhile, mix together the cheesecake ingredients, on high, until it becomes a liquid-consistency
Take crust out of the freezer, pour cheesecake mixture on top of crust
Top with your favorite, fun toppings (I used bee pollen) and then put back into the freezer and let sit over night
Take out 30ish minutes before you want to serve, cut into pieces and enjoy!
This would make the perfect spring dessert, maybe to enjoy this Mother's Day weekend. If you're like me, you'll make sure to ensure the cheesecake is good enough to share... and do this by eating multiple pieces, just in case! haha
Enjoy, you guys! xoxo,