1. Carob Coconut Brownie Recipe

    Sprouted.  Vegan.  Sugar Free.  

    Want a dessert that is not bad for you?  No heaviness, no sugar rush, no guilt, no “why the hell did I just eat that entire pint of ice cream in a blacked out sweet craze?”, no rut in your gut.  

    I mentioned in a previous post the perks of sprouted flours.  Carob is a chocolate alternative, and is rich in protein and virtually fat free, with one-third the calories of cocoa.  Mix that with sugar free and egg/dairy free and the healthiness is through the roof for a dessert.  Above I have chosen to pair my brownie with Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss in Vanilla Island.  This ice cream substitute, made from coconut milk, is so delicious, it is worthy of a post of it’s own.  It is dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, and well, pretty amazing in every way possible. 

    Now, back to the recipe. 

    Ingredients (buy organic when you can!):

    2 cups sprouted wheat flour

    1/3 cup carob powder

    2 tsp baking powder

    1/3 cup of honey

    1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    1 cup of water

    1/4 cup carob chips

    2 tsp coconut oil

    3 tsp shaved coconut

    1.  Preheat oven to 350(F) degrees, and lightly grease (you can use a bit of the coconut oil) an 8 inch square baking pan.

    2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the carob powder, sprouted flour, and baking powder.  Mix well.

    3.  In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (except the carob chips).  Mix thoroughly.

    4.  Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in the carob chips.

    5.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle extra carob chips and coconut on top if desired.

    6. Bake in preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes.  Wait for a bit to cool, and then slice up however you’d like.

    Makes 16 regular sized brownies, or 9 Kelly sized brownies.

    Voila!  Brownies that are actually good for you.  Happy eating!

  2. Yay!  It’s autumn. The weather is beautiful.  You are not sweating uncontrollably.  Theres a cool breeze.  And then, aha… you remember it’s allergy season.  My allergies are the worst in the fall months.  So before you pop that Benadryl or Claritin or Zyrtec, here are some things that I have tried that seem to do the job:

    - Something your grandma may have told you:  Local raw honey, a tablespoon or so a day, will help with seasonal allergies.  In fact, some people say that you should start on honey before your worst allergy season, in preparation.  Honey also gives you a lil boost of energy when you are feeling all allergy groggy, due to it’s naturally occurring sugars.  Local raw honey has many medicinal uses, but that’s a whole other post.  In mean time read up about some of it’s other uses here.  So instead of sugar, or agave, try honey!

    - Headaches, oh the headaches.  Badger Organic Balm Headache Soother is a miracle worker.  It has Lavender and Peppermint essential oils, which are both known to help relieve headaches.  Depending on the kind of headache and where you have the most tension, you can rub the balm into your temples in circular motions, from under your brow bone (near your nose) and up and outward, or with outward motions across your cheek.  Or you can combine all 3 in one fluid motion.  But be prepared,  you will then fall asleep.  It feels so good.

    - My nose gets dry, stuffy, runny, and itchy all at once.  I don’t know how this happens.  But it normally leads to some kind of sinus infection.  I know it sounds strange, but keep the inside of your nose hydrated.  The more hydrated, the less inflammation, and the less likely you are to get sick.  You can put one drop of olive oil and one drop of lemon juice in each nostril, or you can use Ocean Nasal Spray, which is basically saline that you squirt twice in each nostril.  Some people use a neti pot, but those freak me out.  I once nearly choked on salt water whilst trying this “easy to use” neti pot.  It was weird.  If the above still doesn’t help, try adding a humidifier to your bedroom when you sleep.

    - Speaking of sleep, many times I can’t get any when I’m all stuffed up. I try all the suggestions above, one after the other, and if I still can’t get some rest, I pop 3mg of Melatonin, which is a naturally occurring hormone that only comes out in the evening hours.  In a half hour I’m sleeping like a baby. (Extra note: Melatonin is very helpful when readjusting your body clock when traveling.)  Although, only take it when it’s needed.

    - So you look in the mirror and it looks like you were just punched in the nose, and haven’t slept in days.  Your eyes are swollen, red, and so itchy you would happily rip them out of your head if there were no consequences.  A few things here: Make sure your apt is clean, especially your bedroom and near your bed.  Make sure your eye/facial cream, if you use one, is all natural with no fragrance or harsh chemicals. (This was a game changer for me.  I use Avalon Organics eye cream.  Their whole line is really great.)  Try a cool compress over your eyes, this could be an eye mask from the fridge, a cool washcloth or paper towel, or the tried and true cucumber slices over the eyes.  Flushing the eyes with water sometimes helps, and if all else fails I use saline eyedrops.  

    -If you have a dog note:  I have a lil pup named Chloe.  She is a maltese, which means she is hypoallergenic.  Even so, I always give her a bath if she has been in a dog park or played with other dogs.  In these situations, your dog will pick up other allergens from the other dogs, including pet dander, and whatever allergens they have present at their homes like dust, mildew, mold, so on.  The dirt at the dog park is pretty jam packed with all of the above, including environmental allergens, and well, pee and poop.  So wash their little feet at the least. This is especially important if your pup sleeps in bed with you. 

    Above is a photo (apologies for poor photo quality) of a page from Prescription for Herbal Healing ( an encyclopedia of natural healing information!) that has some beneficial herbs and such for seasonal allergies.  

    Happy Autumn! 


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  4. First things first:  Sprouted Grains. 

    What food group do you eat most of?  Chances are you say starches.  Which leads me to Sprouted Grains.  ”Sprouted is better.  Sprouted is best.”  Say it with me now.  Starches are the staple of my every meal: my trusty scone with my morning coffee, a sandwich for lunch, and some kind of rice or quinoa with dinner.   Well, it’s now my blueberry or morning glory sprouted scone from Whole Foods, my homemade sandwich on sprouted Ezekiel bread, and sprouted quinoa, rice, or lentils with dinner.  

    This is why sprouted is better, how it’s different from whole grains, and why you should make the switch:

    Sprouting activates food enzymes, increases vitamin content, and digest kind of like a vegetable, neutralizing antinutrients which bind up minerals, not allowing your body to fully absorb them. If you compare nutrient density in sprouted versus unsprouted wheat, the sprouted will contain more nutrients, like 4x the niacin and 2x vitamin B6 and folate.  Basically it has more protein, and less starch.  It’s also lower on the glycemic index which makes it a good choice for those with blood sugar issues (no more hypoglycemic crashes for me!).

    Sprouting = Easier to digest = More energy + No bloating or heavy feeling + Probable weight loss (if you switch fully to sprouted).  

    Where to get the good stuff:  Whole Foods carries a variety of sprouted goods including breads (multiple types, pitas, burger rolls, english muffins, etc.) (fresh and frozen), pastas (boxed and fresh), rices, lentils, quinoa, flours (wheat and spelt), and an array of different fresh baked goods (my reason for dragging my ass outta bed early in the morning).  If there is not a whole foods nearby, normally your local health food store will carry at least the breads and grains.  Many conventional grocery stores are starting to carry the Ezekiel bread in the Frozen Foods.  

  5. Hi, my name is Kelly.  I am an artist and curator in New York City.  I have been on a long term detox/ lifestyle change, and have gained some knowledge along the way.  People ask me about it sometimes.  They all tell me, “You should start writing a blog!”.  So I here I am.  I’m not a hippie.  I’m not a doctor.  I’m not a health and diet fanatic.  What I am is curious.  

    So here I will share what I have learned: recipes, substitutes for foods and goodies, natural healing remedies, random facts that I find useful, and so on.  Hopefully you will find at least one lil tid bit interesting and take it on as part of your routine.  Cheers! (tea in hand)

    My health background/ issues, bla bla… I have always had health problems.  Always. From Lupus and beyond, every time I went to the doctor, they told me there was something new wrong with my health.  This year, my new years resolution was to stop complaining, and instead, take control of my health by educating myself, exercising, and eating well.  As most new years resolutions do, it fizzled.  Despite always being ill, I have always eaten well, a mostly vegetarian diet.  But that obviously wasn’t working.  After countless bouts with the same strand of sinus infection followed by the same waiting bronchitis and countless rounds of antibiotics in the spring of this year, I’d had enough.  While I told myself for many years that I wouldn’t let these issues get in the way of how I lived my life, truth is, well, they were.  Being sick and tired all the time was affecting my professional and personal life.  I was practically on antibiotics of some sort everyday of the past 10 years of my life just to get by.  Turns out, not so good for you.  So when my pulmonologist (yeah, I have one of those) prescribed me an antibiotic thats main use was for anthrax poisoning, I figured it was time.  I started by seeing an herbalist, reading everything I could, and watching every health documentary Netflix had to offer.  Once I started, I couldn’t stop.  I continued reading, watching, learning and living it, and started canceling all my old doctors appointments.  That was months ago, and I haven’t been to a doctor, or sick once.  I feel pretty good.  It’s nice.