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Garbanzo Beans, Walnuts and Radiant Energies!

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This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. She includes very rich information about key ingredients in her weekly menu, which for this week are garbanzo beans and walnuts. Her weekly menu is released on Thursdays and people can order by no later than Friday pm (more info below with this week’s menu!).

Here I leave you with one of her adorable Food Angels and more of her nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo

Enjoy!

~Mayra

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Good Thursday morning on this lovely grey day on our cooling down slide. YAAY  Garden has struggled a bit in the heat, probably will make it thru with some still producing tomatoes and a couple of cucumber plants, some collards and chard so we are grateful for that. I am longing to do something with corn but it just hasn’t come into our farmers market as of yet but the moment it does I will be doing something corny. In the meantime this week just the herbs from the garden on  the menu. This week’s health tips about garbanzo beans, walnuts and another energy exercise to help radiate more joy and love .

Garbanzo beans contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women.

Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content and low glycemic index, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Garbanzos can also boost your energy because of their high iron content.

Did you know that walnuts are good for your brain? They  contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health.One medical study found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.” If you need an afternoon snack eating a handful of walnuts could be just the boost you need.

Simple Radiant Circuit activating exercise by YogaMeli

1. Use your imagination to activate your Radiant Energies. Remember a time when you felt wonderful. Using as many of your senses as possible – see the scene, hear the sounds, fully feel the pleasant body sensations, possibly a sense of openness and warmth in your chest and belly, or a gentle breeze caressing your face. Breathe in and fully enjoy these sensations and notice what happens in your body and with your mood and level of energy.

2. Place your hands at your temples and smooth behind your ears and down your neck 3 or 4 times then let your hands rest on your shoulders. Take a nice big inhale. As you exhale pull your hands down off your shoulders and place them over your heart.

3. Breathe gratitude through your heart – for something that is good in your life, even if it is so very simple like having this moment of peace and breath. This simple exercise can do so much to shift our energies and help us feel better and more connected and alive!

All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated.  If you have any special health concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to call (818-486-4672) or email me. Order deadline is  Friday evening Aug 21 at 9 pm.  I cook on Monday August 24 , and food will be available for pick up on Tuesday August 25from 3:30 – 6 :30pm. Happy to arrange an alternative time if you need one just contact me: maureen@rubberpi.com

Please note that while I strive to keep my pricing fair my costs have risen and therefore this menu reflects a small price increase.

CHEF MO TO GO MENU August 24, 2015 

Curried sweet potato soup with crushed walnuts    

Sprouted cooked garbanzo bean salad with zucchini & red onions and a cilantro lime dressing 

Quinoa salad with oven roasted beets, kale, celery , parsley & olives and a savory lemon dressing

Raw bok choy, carrot and apple slaw with sesame & ginger 

LiMITED SPECIAL OFFERING: Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie 6” individual size 

Savory Organic Millet & non gmo pecan flour flatbread with herbs

Organic Millet and non gmo almond flour chocolate flatbread 

Raw energy truffles walnuts , dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.

PRICING:

Curried sweet potato soup                                                            $11.00 qt

Sprouted garbanzo salad                                                               $11.00 qt

Quinoa salad                                                                                   $11.00 qt       

Raw bok choy, carrot salad                                                           $11.00 qt

Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie                           $11.00 ea 

Flatbreads ( 4  3”x 3” pcs per order)                                            $5.00 pkg 

Raw energy truffles                                                                        $3.00 ea or 2 for $5.00 


Mindfulness in the Kitchen…key breakthrough to overcoming cooking anxiety

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I must say that one of my greatest challenges in life has been cooking. I mean, I’m really not exaggerating when something one needs to do about 3 times a day, is such a source of grief and discomfort. I literally considered myself as having panic attacks as a single Mom and my little boys would come to me in the afternoon to ask me the INfamous question in our house: What’s for Dinner? Yes, cooking anxiety does exist!

I know I’m not alone, and every year since I started my journey in the health and wellness industry, I have taken baby steps to make adjustments and learn to appreciate the importance of embracing this time of nurturing our bodies with foods that promote healing and restoring. Hence my passion for nutrient dense foods and C2E’s monthly curriculum called Nutrition Intelligence, where we bring a guest coach quarterly to offer a monthly workshop (3rd Wednesday). Nutrient dense foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals, macro, and micronutrients our bodies need to have thriving energy.

This quarter’s Coach, Woodland Hills neighbor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo, brings such a fresh twist to the art of preparing meals (notice I’m trying to eliminate the word cooking from my vocab;) that I’m kind of starting to look forward to spend some time in my ‘invisible kitchen’ (yes, that’s the look I wanted for my Kitchen when it was remodeled about 14 years ago!). She brings mindfulness to this process of nurturing our bodies, by helping us set an intention, connect with our bodies and trust our instincts. It is a fact that the energy we have affects everything we prepare. Chef Mo makes cooking look like a beautiful dance of grace and love, as she connects with every tool, veggie & fruit just like Snow White resonated with the animals in the forest!! Her knowledge base is huge and makes any question approachable and grounded. So grateful to have her with us this quarter and for the other coaches who have paved the way at C2E for some serious Nutrient Intelligence downloads of passion, knowledge, incredible recipes, tips, and most of all, love for our bodies.

Feel free to join us at C2E’s Villa this Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm, to catch beautiful Chef Mo, give us her superpowers to the world, her superb Mindful Cooking. For more info on this class please go to: http://bit.ly/1k0npfP