When I first tried Sakara (a plant-based meal delivery service) a few years back, I became OBSESSED with the idea of viewing food as a medicine.
Sakara fits as many possible energizing, beautifying ingredients into each meal, to the point where you just feel really really good. I love that idea, they’re geniuses and have changed my entire outlook on food.
Going with the Sakara theme, I recently read Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra and Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. This book has been an incredible resource of endless healthy beauty tips. It’s a holistic approach with practical diet and self-care advice. I originally bought the Kindle version and now I’m thinking about buying the hard copy because the information is that great.
Viewing food as my medicine has helped me connect with my body on another level. My body responds well when I feed it with nutrient dense foods and not so much if I slack off.
The concept makes perfect sense… when we’re deficient in key vitamins and minerals we feel like crap and a diet of nutrient dense foods can heal us naturally.
Plus, our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals most easily from whole-foods. So instead of taking a handful of pills, why not eat them through a wide variety of plant foods?
When I started making creamy cashew bowls for breakfast, I was like oh I need to research the health benefits of cashews, because you always hear so much about almonds and not too much about cashews.
I found that cashews are special because they are super high in the mineral copper. Actually, after sesame seeds, cashews contain the most copper of all the other plant foods. I was surprised to find that copper actually plays a huge role in preserving our beauty.
- helps our bodies absorb iron better and iron helps with skin healing (like the red and inflamed blemish that won’t go away)
- helps keep our hair from turning gray and maintains the color in our eyes
- considered to be a powerful antioxidant that works with other antioxidants in the body to fight free radicals, protect against aging and cancer
- helps build collagen and elastin in our connective tissue (including our skin) so that we’re less prone to wrinkly and saggy skin
The good news is that eating a diet including a variety of plant-based foods provides plenty of copper.
This delicious creamy cashew beauty bowl is full of copper as well as healthy fats and other important minerals magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. I like to have this for breakfast in a bowl with other beautifying superfoods like berries or seasonal fruit, chia seeds and cocoa nibs for the crunch.
2 cups raw cashews
sea salt (for soaking)
1 Cup purified water
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like)
1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice from 1 lemon optional (if you want it to be tangy like yogurt)
- Soak cashews in a bowl of filtered water with a pinch of sea salt. Make sure the water is about 2 inches above the cashews (they will expand while they soak). Let them soak on the counter top for about 6 hours.
- Make sure the water is about 2 inches above the cashews (they will expand while they soak). Let them soak on the counter top for about 6 hours.
- rinse the softened cashews in a strainer and place them into a high-speed blender with water, lemon juice (optional), vanilla, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt
- Blend until very smooth, a yogurt-like consistency and then portion into 3 or 4 individual containers. Let it chill in the refrigerator for a few hours and it’s ready to enjoy.
I like to switch it up with a variety of fresh fruits and superfoods. You could add goji berries, matcha powder, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, granola, shredded coconut or pretty much anything you want. I like to use whatever is in season and local.