I was home last night in the post-rain haze thinking that it would be nice to have a warm cookie to turn Los Angeles into a bit more of a fuzzy and inving place; I am so glad my taste for something crunchy and gooey paid off! These coconut cashew cookies are suitable for breakfast (and least for me!), they are egg, flour and refined sugar-free and if you have about 5 minutes (plus 15 or 20 to bake them, and at least an hour to leat them cool) you are in for a treat! A cross between an oatmeal cookie and a granola bar, but much more substantial to chew, these last-minute cookies do not disappoint! Continue Reading…
Food Shui is my way to work with you to create balanced energy and a mindful, happy relationship with real food. If you have a perfectly feng shui’d environment and eat junky or imbalanced foods, you are missing out on so much delicious, powerful joy. If you’ve dreamed of a life free of endless blah, frequent colds, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, senseless pill-popping, physical stresses and sugar binging, Food-Shui opens the doors to sane, time-tested, natural answers! Greater creativity, focus, vitality and connection to the cycles and fruits of nature create a more enchanting life. Greater fortune in every area of life flows from a well-fed body, so without Food-Shui, your dream life design would be very incomplete.
From Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of yummy yin and yang foods and nutritional breakthroughs to amplify your energy to the good fortune activities of cooking and entertaining, your dream life needs nourishment. Food is essential to your life, and the energy of your food will affect your overall well-being. If you have a perfectly feng shui’d environment and eat junky or imbalanced foods, you are missing out on so much delicious, powerful joy. Get ready to find the answers, and the simple shifts that can improve your life force chi! xoxo Dana
While I’m waiting for this batch to steep, I thought it was worth sharing my little “I Have A Cold” broth. After an hour of acupuncture I still feel, well… not good… so, here’s the recipe that is cooking up:
“I Have A Cold” Broth
- A big finger of ginger
- A piece of turmeric (or turmeric spice… though I prefer the root, raw, if it can be found!)
- Fresh cilantro
- You can add fresh basil, too, but today I wasn’t feeling it.
- You can also add onion, but that’s not what I felt like sipping today, either!
Add everything to a large pot of boiling water and let it go for a minute or two, then shut off the heat and let it steep. Strain into a cup and sip, adding some sea salt and/or cayenne as your particular cold demands!
This all day plus very light food plus tons of water plus sleep = cured! If not right away, much more quickly!
Feel better fast! xoxo Dana
Beauty is definitely not even close to skin-deep. That’s why I started this beauty section of The Tao of Dana- to help open more minds to the ways in which beauty is actually energetic, nutritional, emotional and available in infinite quantities to all of us. Today I am very excited to have very extensive, very enlightening Fall beauty tips from a nutritionist, yogi and dear friend McLean…and I know you are about to learn some amazing stuff! I research every day and I learned so much! Enjoy!
My favorite breakfast in the world is usually reserved for Post-Thanksgiving days if any remains (I hide some!) but, why wait?! This honey Pecan Pie is grain free, gluten-free, honey-sweetened & intensely amazing! Continue Reading…
I love pumpkin pie, and this year I am exploring every pumpkin option in the food universe while they are in season!
I had planned to make you all a Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly, Vegan Cake Batter Ice Cream this Sunday, but the pumpkin was staring me in the face and it was too tempting to pass up. I whirled together what I thought would be pumpkin goodness, and luckily, it is pumpkin greatness! I had to stop myself from eating it all before I took pictures! Continue Reading…
Fall is here, and the greens get richer while the rest of the farmers market turns shades of orange, apple and pear. While the pears of the actual local season aren’t quite happening yet here in Los Angeles, you may have some near you. If so, this can easily be a bosc pear and arugula smoothie… But for now, the Asian pears are absolutely perfect and sweet so they are the star of this more earthy and luscious smoothie that has become my brunch today!
Here’s my Sunday Brunch Arugula & Asian Pear smoothie, along with a handfull of tips for seasonal smoothie making made-easy! Continue Reading…