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Peppermint Pomegranate Mules with Ginger

Peppermint Pomegranate Mules with Ginger

I wanted to make something festive and of course something that tastes delicious and would be fun to make in a punch bowl or just for some family. I found organic pomegranate juice at Trader Joes after fresh pressing it for the event so I would recommend buying that. Has anyone ever tried juicing a fresh pom? Not only is it time-consuming but it is so dang messy, I hope you enjoy and make sure to take you activated charcoal!

Persimmon Holiday Cocktail

Persimmon Holiday Cocktail

As I was writing my hangover + holiday drinking guides (your signed up to my newsletters, right?) Link is here if not. I thought I should include some healthy drink options that are low sugar and seasonal. This recipe is made with a persimmon syrup and organic Hope vodka.  Make sure you always take your activated charcoal when drinking or eat foods that upset your gut.

How to drink without the hangover

How to drink without the hangover

The holidays shouldn’t be a time for guilt or sacrifice. They’re a time for love and celebration! Alcohol can be a vibrant part of this celebration,  believe me, I love a good handmade cocktail (see below) and a big glass of (non-toxic) wine, but you have to drink the right stuff…

That is why I recommend and personally LOVE Dry Farm Wines.

Holiday Strength-Aid

We all need a little extra strength over the holidays, and that's why I decided to create this Holiday Health “Aid” with NEAKITA Organics. Try this immune-boosting strengthening tea, paired with the probiotics of the Kombucha and a dash of digestive bitters, to help you properly digest all that holiday splurging while...

Holiday Travel Tips & Essentials

By taking a few extra minutes to adequately prepare for your holiday travels coupled with making good choices when you are on the road, you can optimize your body's fuel and soak up all the energy you will need to power through your busy days.

Airplane Checklist: 

Yes, I pack my own meals for the airplane,  plus my Kangen water, and you should too! I don't even think about traveling or leaving the house without my natural first-aid kit (I ALWAYS HAVE IT WITH ME). *BONUS Torie Tip*: make sure your immune system is in check before you head out on a trip. I've mapped out all my favorite well ways to give yourself that extra BOOST in my Wander Guides



Must Haves: Remember your skin is your largest organ, so take care of it. Here are my gotta-have, can't leave home without essentials for my body when I'm living the life of a jet setter.

·      Clean Well- all natural hand sanitizer spray

·      Facial wipes- I love these for when I get sweaty or have a pilates class right before a meeting and need a quick "Mexican Shower" :)

·      Moisturizer- I use Beauty counter oils or a Argon Rose oil I make at home

·      Coconut oil

·      Natural chapstick

·      Neck pillow

·      Headphones

·      Eye mask

·      Socks

Torie's Tips:

1.  Stay hydrated- drink lots of water, I bring my own 1 gallon jug of Kangen water on the plane since it is  Medical Grade water it is allowed,  and don't forget to add a couple chlorophyll drops! Airlines are really stingy nowadays, so I like to bring yummy tea bags to get my drink of choice during flights (stay away from caffeine and alcohol)! 

2.  Move around- avoid being sedentary for more then 2 hours. Take a walk down that tiny aisle to keep blood flowing and reduce the chance of your muscles becoming stiff. 

3. Wear comfortable clothes, comfort is KEY. Do not forget socks.

4. Bring tons of healthy SNACKS:

·      Homemade trail mix or granola (you can add whatever nuts and seeds)

·      Seaweed snacks

·      Nut butters – Justin's or Artisan brands come in travel packets

·      Bulletproof Bars

·      Kale Chips

·      Organic Non GMO-Popcorn

·      Grass-Fed Jerky

·      Olives

·      Terra Chips/ Mary's Gone Crackers with cheese 

·      Celery/Bell Peppers/Carrots/Cherry Tomatoes/Broccoli with hummus

Healthy eating in restaurants:

  • Order a soup or a salad to eat with your main course. Soups and salads are generally healthy and start to fill you up so that you eat less of the more calorie-dense main dishes.
  • Many restaurant portion sizes are large enough for two meals or more. Instead of a rich, high-density appetizer, order a salad, clear soup or shellfish such as shrimp cocktail or mussels.
  • Take leftovers back to your hotel room and store them in the refrigerator to enjoy the next day at lunch or as a snack.
  • Eat the VEGGIES. Most entrées come with at least one vegetable. If not, be sure to order a vegetable side dish.

Eating at the hotel:

  • Find a local grocery store and buy healthy snack items such as hummus and veggies, nuts, or healthy choices from a salad bar or deli section. 
  • Some restaurants will deliver food to your hotel room and may have some healthy menu items available.

Still in need of the perfect gift for a friend or family member? Don't forget to check out TVW's HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE and recipes! I promise, it will not disappoint - Torie tested, The Vida Well approved.


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Happy traveling!  

 

 

 

Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Recipe collab  with chef Taylor Berk check out her amazing healthy recipes here

Makes 18 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Gluten Free flour (I like Cup for Cup or Bobs Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 scoop organic protein (click here for 20% off Designer Protein)
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses 
  • 2/3 cup fine grain natural cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 1.5 cup crystallized ginger, then finely minced, sparing 1/2 cup for garnish
  • flaked sea salt for garnish (optional)

For the Drizzle:

  • 10oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp organic protein

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, protein,baking soda, ground ginger and sea salt. Set aside. 
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil, molasses, sugar, fresh ginger, egg and lemon zest. If using a standing mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix at a speed of 2-4 until evenly combined. If mixing by hand, use a whisk to combine the ingredients until smooth. 
  4. In two additions, fold the flour mix into the wet mixture until there are no lumps. Be careful not to over mix. Fold in the crystallized ginger into the batter, reserving 1/2 cup for topping.
  5. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Whisk in the protein powder. 
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Using a cookie scoop (or 1 tbsp) drop the dough in rounds 2 inches apart from one another. Set the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes before placing in the oven. 
  7. Bake for 12 minutes, opening the oven at 8-9 minutes in to flatten the dough with a spatula. If you enjoy fluffy cookies, feel free to let the dough rise. Flattening the cookies makes them chewy. 
  8. Let cool on an oven rack for 15-20 minutes. Drizzle with chocolate using a fork, then garnish with minced crystallized ginger and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  9. ENJOY with loved ones or with my Whiskey Chai.