The Stop Night Market...Came & Went

Yesterday we had the privilege of having a booth at The Stop Night Market.   For those of you who don't know what it is, it's an amazing foodie event that takes place in the alleyway of Honest Ed's here in Toronto.   All of the top chefs, caterers and restaurants across the city come and share their food out of their cart (which is designed by talented artists).    And we, The Living Kitchen, were asked to share our food this year! 

Here are some glimpses of last night...

 

 Our booth at The Stop Night Market

Our booth at The Stop Night Market

 Honey Pecan Mint Basil Quinoa Salad

Honey Pecan Mint Basil Quinoa Salad

 Candied Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

Candied Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

 Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

The night was unreal and we felt so privileged to share our food everyone.   Now onto the recipe... 

Ribboned Carrot Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans & Fresh Herbs

1 cup of quinoa
7 carrots, ribboned with a peeler
1 bunch of radishes, sliced thinly or use a mandolin
1 bunch of basil, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of mint, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of chives, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of green onions, using just the greens, use half for the dressing
1 cup of pecans
3 Tbsp honey
pinch of sea salt

Dressing:
Half of all of the herbs above
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, peeled
2-3 Tbsp honey, depending on how sweet you want it
1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:
1. Cook the quinoa.  Place 1 cup of quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.   Let the quinoa cool slightly by putting it out on a plate before adding the other ingredients.
2. Prep the vegetables - peel the carrots, slice the radishes, chop the herbs.
3. Heat oven to 350 and place pecans on parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Drizzle honey and sea salt over the pecans and let roast in the oven for 7 minutes or until nicely toasted.
4. Make the dressing.  If you have a food processor or a vitamix use that.  Throw everything into the food processor.  Peel the lemon, take the seeds out and throw it right in.  This will give you a creamy dressing with bursting flavour and colour.
5. Once the quinoa is slightly cooled, add the chopped fresh herbs, carrots, radishes, pecans and dressing.  Mix around and enjoy!


 

Have a bladder infection? Holistic Tips on How to Deal with It!

written by Maral Misserian

 cranberries

cranberries

What is a bladder infection?

Bladder infections are known as cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. They are common in women, but very rare in men. More than half of all women get at least one bladder infection at some time in their lives. However, a man's chance of getting cystitis increases as he ages, due to in part to an increase in prostate size.

There are different causes of bladder infections:

  • Many times bladder infections develop after taking antibiotics. 
  • Other causes include venereal disease, endometriosis, stress, contraceptives, kidney malfunction, food allergens, and constipation. 
  • Bladder infections can also be caused by waiting too long to urinate. The bladder is a muscle that stretches when full and shrinks when empty. “Holding it” can cause the bladder to stretch past its capacity. This leaves old urine in the bladder and results in bacterial growth. 
  • They may also be due to a depressed immune system. Antibiotics do not help in these cases and may actually attack the bladder lining.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of bladder infections are scalding pain experienced on passing water as well as pain in the groin before, during and just after urination. Cystitis may be accompanied by an intense desire to pass water even though the bladder is empty.

Herbs to Help Cystitis

Barberry- a laxative and a bitter
Couchgrass- a diuretic, demulcent (soothes intestinal muscles) and an anti-microbial
Yarrow- a diuretic and antiseptic
Other herbs-  Skullcap, Lemon balm and Vervain are all antispasmodic and carminative (promotes intestinal peristalsis). They will also help strengthen the immune system and combat all kinds of infections.

If you are experiencing a bladder infection it is best to seek advice from a qualified practitioner before taking any herbs.  For a simple, every day tea to maintain bladder health, you can try out the recipe below:

Fresh Raspberry Cranberry Tea

1 cranberry tea bag (make sure it is a medicinal quality, such as Traditional Medicines brand of tea) 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
2 cups boiling water

Directions:
1. Pour the boiling water over the cranberry tea bag and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
2. Add in the fresh raspberries and serve.  You can add a little bit of honey if you prefer.

 maral

maral

Maral Misserian is a  Personal Trainer and soon to be a Holistic Nutritionist.  Maral believes that the two essential elements of good health are exercise and proper nutrition.  She combines these seamlessly into personalized programs for a healthy, and as a result, happy lifestyle for her clients.

Cancer Cleansing Burdock Chai Chai Smoothie

guest post, written by Lisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT

One thing I’ve come to realize after interviewing many people who have found their own cure for cancer is that each healing journey is very much the same as any other one. Anyone who has been through a serious illness like cancer and successfully removed it from their life, has healed his or her whole self. A diagnosis of a tumor or cancerous cells in your body is like the tip of the iceberg; a manifestation of an underlying imbalance, due to a serious lack of nutrition and closely related to the depth of congestion, which includes stress and emotional knots.

While they are similar in outcome, each person’s approach to healing is very different. Each healing protocol varies so much that it can cause you to become confused about which path is best for you. Do you eat a macrobiotic diet? Should you go 100% raw? What about a ketogenic diet? What about vitamins, minerals and other supplements? What kinds and what doses do you take? It can get very confusing and frustrating, which may cause you to move away from the very things that could work to save your life.

The best way to any destination is by taking baby steps. Hold the vision of your perfect health and move toward it through cleansing, healing and rebuilding your life.

Cancer Cleansing Burdock Chai Chai Smoothie

Here’s a simple one-day blender cleanse with creamy, cancer fighting and rebuilding nutrition. If you like it, add it to your protocol once a week or once every few days. If it doesn’t fit well with you, feel your way toward wellness by finding something else that does.

Burdock Tea

1/4 cup burdock root (you can substitute dandelion root) 3 cups water

Directions:

1. Simmer the root with water in pot for 5-10 minutes. 2. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. 3. Let cool completely. 4. Strain the burdock root tea and compost the spent roots.  In the future, once you are accustomed to the cleansing and drawing effects of burdock, you can blend in the roots as well.

Smoothie

2 cups organic fresh or frozen berries 2 large handfuls fresh organic sprouts or greens.  Mix it up or alternate: spinach, kale, swiss chard, beet greens, parsley, broccoli, rapini, dandelion, arugula, lettuce, lentil sprouts, radish sprouts, red clover sprouts 1/2 cup raw nuts or seeds.  Mix it up or alternate: hemp seeds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 3 dried cardamom pods 1 large hunk fresh ginger root burdock tea (from above)

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy. 2. You can pour the smoothie into a pitcher and store in the refrigerator, to drink throughout the day.

Drinking Herbal Teas

You can alternate this smoothie with fresh water and herbal teas.  You might like a blend of calming anti-cancer herbs like chamomile, oat grass, and pau d'arco.  Use 2 tsp of mixed dried herbs in a teapot.  Herbs can have powerful effects, which are mostly very helpful.  Always be sure the herbs you are taking do not conflict with any medications or pre-existing conditions.  If necessary, consult with a qualified practitioner first.

You may use this cleanse to break a pattern of poor eating, to jumpstart your healing process and to add oomph to your healing cancer protocol.

You may feel a gentle pulling sensation under your right rib cage as your liver is stimulated, which will improve digestion and begin to draw congestion our of your body.  Rest, relax, and be at peace knowing that healing is taking place right now.

About the Writer

Lisa is a researcher, teacher and passionate author who loves to share simple ways to cleanse, nourish and heal. She uses a variety of teaching methods including video and audio interviews with people who have cured themselves. She shares simple at-home cleanses, delicious healing recipes, herbal medicines, tips and expert nutrition advice for holistic healing. “My passion for how to cure cancer naturally was born the moment I watched my mother pass after years of debilitating cancer treatments. It was the saddest time of my life and it was also a major turning point. I decided I would never, ever again, watch my friends and family members suffer with cancer and treatments and not know what to do instead.”

Author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself! www.TheGoodWitch.ca

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Detoxing 101

With the post-holiday blahs and everyone starting to falter on their healthy New Year's resolutions, what better time to get re-motivated with a good winter detox! Besides, Valentine's day is coming up in less than a month and admit it - as much as you think it's a dumb holiday, you still secretly want to look your best.

 

So how do we design a good detox? There are so many different types of detoxes out there, the choices can be overwhelming. We've all heard of the master cleanse and enviously listened to people's stories who claim they felt great going 30 days without solid food. We've all tried the little kits from the store. Some of them are good. I guess it depends on your definition of good....having to suddenly relieve about 5 years worth of crap built up in your colon at the most inopportune time isn't ideal for most of us. What other options are there? Lots. Here are some basic steps in designing your own detox.

 

Decide What You Will Eliminate

There are a few things that (in my humble opinion) everyone should eliminate on a detox. These are: alcohol, nicotine, refined sugar, refined flour products, fried foods, gluten, trans fats, MSG and anything that contains additives, preservatives and colouring. Some people might want to go vegetarian / vegan / raw for their detox. Some might want to eliminate dairy completely, while others may choose to keep probiotic rich items like kefir in their diet. Some people may give up grains. The key is to listen to your body, and go with the options that make you feel the  healthiest.

 

Decide How Long Your Detox Will Be

Detoxes can run anywhere from a few days to a few weeks - the choice is yours. If you have a hectic schedule and can only manage a couple of days, it's still better than nothing. Also, if you plan on doing a liquid cleanse then a few days is much more manageable and safe. If you're only cutting out a few basic items, then a longer cleanse might be more thorough.

 

Support Your Digestion

Detoxing is a critical time when your body will need energy to eliminate waste. Therefore, easing the digestive process will allow your body to focus on other tasks. How do we do this? A good multi-enzyme supplement will do the trick, along with some raw apple cider vinegar before meals.

 

Support Your Liver

This step is key. Your liver is your master cleanser, and it will need all the help it can get in neutralizing and eliminating wastes. Support your liver with foods (or juices) like lemon, garlic, broccoli, beets, and milk thistle.

 

Support Your Colon

What's the purpose of a detox? To get rid of CRAP. So let's make sure you're eliminating. Especially if you're on a juice cleanse, you want to make sure you're getting adequate fiber by mixing some ground flaxseeds or oat bran with warm water. You can try enemas or colonics too if you're brave.

 

Last but not least, take some time to relax and unwind during your detox. Meditation or yoga are a great addition, as well as avoiding stressful situations if you can. If make the time now to do this one little thing for yourself, your body will thank you later.

 

About Monica

Monica is a Holistic Nutritionist and avid cook. She is often found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or buried behind a pile of cookbooks. Local, organic, plant-based ingredients are her weapons of choice. Click here to follow her on Facebook and Twitter