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Nacho Soup

If you are feeling a little Mexican, then this Nacho Soup is the perfect way to warm you up on a cool summer night. At C’est La Vie Wellness, we love soups because it is a great way to use up any leftover vegetables. In the case of this Nacho Soup, we also used chili walnut meat that was left over from our Sweet Potato Nachos recipe.

Turmeric – The King of Anti-inflammation

Turmeric is what gives our Nacho Soup its nice golden colour. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is know for its numerous health benefits, especially for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that curcumin can help with the management of conditions such as metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, cholesterol, muscle soreness, and exercise-induced inflammation.

Enhancing Bioavailabily

There are two ways to increase the bioavailability of curcumin in our body. First, because curcumin binds to fats, it is suggested to take it with a source of fat. Our soup contains avocado oil and almond meal, both of which are great sources of healthy fats. The second way is to combine it with some black pepper. The active ingredient piperine, found in black pepper, has been shown to enhance the absorption of curcumin (the active incredient in turmeric). 

Other Turmeric Recipes

Want to increase your intake of turmeric? Apart from this Nacho Soup, we have many other recipes on our website that include this amazing ingredient, from Turmeric Pumpkin Pancakes, to many of our soups such as our Carrot Asparagus Ginger Soup, or Healing Turkey Noodle Soup, . Next time you make a soup from scratch, just add a few tsp of turmeric to the mix and reap all the healthy benefits.

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4-6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes 

Homemade Nut Milk with Sea Moss Gel

Homemade Nut Milk With Sea Moss Gel

I have been making nut milks for years, using various combos of nuts and seeds. However, I was looking for a way to get a thicker milk that would stay homogenous, even after a few days in the fridge. After some research, I found the perfect ingredient: sea moss. It is a natural thickener that gives milk a creamier fuller texture.

It is very easy to prepare the sea moss into gel. Only 5 steps and I was ready to go. I had a nice gelatinous odourless and tasteless mix that I could add to my homemade nut milk.

After doing some research, I also found out that sea moss has many health benefits, especially as a soothing and healing treatment for any mucous membrane in the body, especially the gut. What a bonus!

With this in mind, I prepared my favourite homemade nut milk using a combo of Brazil nuts and almonds. I added a little natural sweetness with some dates and vanilla. And with the sea moss gel, I now have the perfect finished product. 

Makes approx. 4 cups

Granola Bars

A Nut-Free Snack Everyone Can Enjoy!

Many granola bars have nuts or nut butters which becomes problematic for kids to bring to school. By making your own nut-free granola bars, you are sure they are safe for school and you can control all the ingredients including the sugar content.

Our Nut-Free Granola Bar contains a variety of seeds. We love seeds because they are nutrient-dense since they contain all the necessary elements to develop into a complex plants. They are high in fibre, healthy fats, and rich in certain vitamins and minerals. Flax seeds and sesame seeds are both great sources of lignans, a phytoestrogen that can help with hormonal balance. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds both contain phytosterols which can help lower cholesterol levels. (1)

Whenever you make these Nut-Free Granola Bars, double the recipe and freeze them so you have a go-to healthy snack whenever cravings hit. 

Makes approx. 10 bars

Summer Fresh

Pico de Gallo is a type of salsa that is made from fresh uncooked ingredients, mainly tomatoes, onions, cilantro, chili pepper and lime juice. Our version is milder and easier to digest. We replaced the onions with green onions and the chili peppers with bell pepper & garlic. To offset the tanginess of the limes, we added some mango sweetness and the result is our own Mango Pico de Gallo. 

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh tomatoes from your garden or from your local farmers’ market. Tomatoes are high in phytonutrients such as flavonoids and carotenoids (i.e. lycopene) and they are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, Folate, and potassium. (1, 2) This means they have great anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative power. Many studies have been done on the health benefits of tomatoes and results show that these benefits extend to various organs and body systems such as the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, the kidneys, the liver and the skin. (2)

We love tomatoes for their versatility. You can enjoy them fresh or cooked as part of a sauce, soup, stew, or as a topping. Our Mango Pico de Gallo is gluten-free and dairy-free. Enjoy it on its own as a dip, as a side or as a topping for salad, fish, or meat.  Bon appétit!

Makes approx. 2 cups