Coconut Milke "Recipe"

1 cup shredded coconut

4 cups water


Blend coconut with water in a high speed blender until smooth, about 30 seconds or so.  Strain through a mesh strainer with the back of a spoon.  All done!!  


In a small mason jar, combine equal parts cumin, coriander and fennel.  Shake to combine.  Boil a pot of water without a lid, when water comes to boil, turn off heat and add seeds.  In a small pot, use about 1 tablespoon.  Steep for a few minutes and either strain the seeds out using a mesh strainer, or pour right into your cup, crunching a few seeds.  Sip slowly throughout the day to stimulate digestive fire.  

Summer tip: coriander and fennel are both cooling to the body, so use those in high amounts and less cumin.


Summer Breaky Bowl


(serves 1, double for your partner or guest)

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup coconut milk

1-2 tbsp wild blueberry jam, best quality you can find, or a handful of blueberries

1/8 tsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp ground up pumpkin seeds (can mash in plastic bag or food process a bigger batch to use as condiment for salads/soups/breaky)

1/4 cup raw walnuts or almonds 

Make quinoa on the stove or in a pressure cooker**, or use leftover and warm up in a pot.  Scoop 1 cup cooked quinoa in a bowl, add coconut milk to the hot quinoa so the bowl is warm.  Top with jam, cardamom, pumpkin seeds and nuts.  


**TIP: I'm obsessed with my instant pot!! You can not F up quinoa or any other grain for that matter in an instant pot.   For this method, rinse 1 cup quinoa and add to the pot with 1 1/4 cups water, seal the lid and set for manual high pressure for 5 minutes.  DONE.  Makes about 2-3 cups cooked quinoa.  



Cantaloupe 1/2 + 1/2


Serves 1, 1 'loupe per person

1 ripe cantaloupe

pinch cardamom

Halve cantaloupe and scoop out seeds.  Scoop 1/2 flesh into blender and add cardamom, blend until smooth.  Sip alongside the other half, scooping right out of it's natural bowl.  

This is a perfect treat in the heat of summer.  Ripe melon has naturally sweet cooling properties that offset the fire element in the pitta dosha.  


When to drink:

When it’s hot AF

When you overdid last night and need a very light breakfast to boost digestion 

After a run to rehydrate

On an empty stomach!  Melons do not combine well with other foods.  Drink this and then wait an hour to eat a meal.  All the books on Ayurveda warn against eating or drinking melon right after a meal as fruit ferments when mixed, especially melon, which can cause discomfort.  I always eat fruit first thing in the morning, or during the long stretch between lunch and dinner, closer to dinner, to hold me over and "eat my water".