Noni- nature's medicine by Ellen Cotten

Ripe noni fruit

Ripe noni fruit

Since moving to Kauai I have become noni obsessed! These little fruits are so abundant here on the island. Noni is called the ‘blue cheese fruit’ because it smells like one! Although the smell and taste can be slightly off putting, it is the powerful healing benefits of this fruit that has me obsessed!

Noni tree

Noni tree

The ripe noni fruit contains 165 beneficial compounds. This fruit has been used for centuries as natural medicine. You can consume the fruit whole or as a juice.

Noni can relieve ADD/ADHD, arthritis, asthma, burns, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, gout, infections, inflammation and pain.
Noni also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, protects the liver, boosts immunity, relieves stress and anxiety and improves mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

With all of these many benefits (and these are only SOME) you can see why I love this fruit so much!

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

The photo above is some noni I foraged.
You can pick noni if they are still green. Just place them in a bowl, on a counter, out of direct sunlight, at room temperature for a couple days until they ripen.
Noni become a light, almost translucent color when they are ripe (see noni on the far right of the photo above.) A strong, stinky smell is another indicator of when noni is ready to be consumed.

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

You can consume ripe noni whole as a fruit or fermented as a juice.
I either take it as a shot or just eat the fruit whole. The fruit does have a strong, strange flavor so if you have a sensitive palate I recommend getting a chaser.

You can easily ferment your own noni at home.
Just fill a large mason jar with ripe noni. Cover with a cheese cloth and let sit out for about a month. The fruit will naturally ferment and start excreting this red colored juice.
Once your jar fills up with juice you can strain, store and enjoy as a juice or shot!

If there isn’t noni in your area you can try a local health food store to see if they sell bottled noni juice. If not, online you can order noni juice as well.

EASY Raw Vegan Tacos by Ellen Cotten

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This is a meal I frequently make. The recipe varies slightly depending on what ingredients I currently have. This one was a ‘whatever is in the fridge’ recipe, so feel free to tweak as needed and get creative!

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For the ‘tortilla’ I used chard, however you can use any type of lettuce.
I find that romaine and chard work best because of the large leaves.

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Now for the taco meat. This is where you can get creative!
I chopped 3-4 mushrooms into small chunky pieces. You can use a food processor as well!
I added kale, basil, garlic, onion, watercress and marina sauce to the mushrooms and mixed it all up!
For spices I used salt, pepper, turmeric, cayenne and cumin.
My base is always mushrooms. Sometimes I just do mushroom and spices, other times I will add herbs, tomatoes, avocado, or whatever else I have on deck.

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On the base of the leaf I spread some homemade guacamole (avocado, salt, pepper, lemon.)
Then I added the taco meat, nutritional yeast and some salsa!
If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast it is amazing! I use it on top of most of my meals. It has a great cheesy flavor and is packed with B vitamins!

This is such an easy and fun meal!
It’s a great way to get in a ton of veggies.
Beats your traditional salad!

The miracle of celery juice! by Ellen Cotten

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After listening to Medical Medium's podcast on celery juice, I am hooked!
I started drinking 16oz of celery juice every morning for the past few weeks and have experienced amazing benefits. 

For the best results celery juice is best drunk alone, with no other produce mixed in.
Throughout the day it's great to add celery to your green juice mix. However, for the purpose of getting the full healing benefits it's great to drink alone and on an empty stomach. 


DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Most digestive issues are due to low stomach acid in the body.
The sodium and minerals in celery help to naturally raise stomach acid levels.
Drinking celery juice in the morning will raise stomach acid and set you up for good digestion for the rest of the day. 
These same mineral salts help repair your entire digestive tract and your liver. 

SKIN & HAIR

95% of celery's total weight is water. Since celery has such a high water content it is excellent for hydrating the skin cells. 
Celery is also very high in vitamin A, B, C, K, niacin and folate which are great for overall hair and skin health. The numerous vitamins and minerals in celery help to stimulate hair growth, repair & hydrate skin cells and improve hair texture. 

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

Celery has a phytochemical in it called phthalides. Phthalides help relax the tissues in the artery walls to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. 

REDUCES INFLAMMATION

Celery juice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for people with chronic or autoimmune illnesses such as Lyme disease, celiac, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acne, gout, bloating, cramping and acid reflux.
Celery juice starves out pathogens and viruses like Epstein-Barr (EBV) that create bad bacterias.  The powerful minerals and salts in celery help work together as an antiseptic. When these salts come into contact with pathogens and viruses they begin to break them down and eventually kill and destroy them. This is why drinking celery juice consistently over time is very beneficial for long term health. 

CALMING

Celery juice is great for our mental state as well. Many people refer to the gut as the second brain. We can hold a lot of emotions such as anxiety, fear, and nervousness in our guts. Celery juice is great for calming the nerves. If you are feeling panicked, anxious, fearful, or unsure, try celery juice for its amazing natural calming benefits. 
Having your body and mind at ease also helps benefit digestion. Your body digests best when you are at rest and relaxed. 

There are so many more amazing benefits when it comes to celery juice. Celery juice is a great tool to help your body heal and repair. I challenge you to try drinking 16oz (or more) of celery juice every morning for 30 days and experience the amazing benefits yourself! <3

4 Healthy Summer Meals by Ellen Cotten

Check out the video recipe of these meals    HERE

Check out the video recipe of these meals HERE

Veggie Nori Wraps

Ingredients:
Nori sheets
Purple cabbage
Bell pepper
Cucumber
Fermented shredded carrots
Sprouts
Garlic powder
Ginger powder
Sriracha seasoning
Coconut aminos

Recipe:
Chop desired amount of purple cabbage in a food processor
Mix in desired amount of garlic powder, ginger powder and Sriracha seasoning to chopped cabbage. This will be the "rice" for the wraps. 
Slice 1 bell pepper and 1 cucumber into long thin strips
Place 1 nori sheet flat on a bamboo sushi mat
Place purple cabbage onto nori sheet, covering about 3/4 of the sheet
Place sliced cucumber in a row on top of the cabbage
Place sliced bell pepper on top of cucumber
Top with shredded fermented carrots
Add sprouts to the top of all of this
Begin to roll the wrap using the bamboo sushi mat for extra support
Cut into 3's
Enjoy with coconut aminos as sauce
 

Acai Bowl 

Ingredients:
1 Sambazon frozen acai pack
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Splash of coconut water
1 Sliced banana
1/4 cup chopped pineapple
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon coconut shreds
1 teaspoon honey

Recipe:
Add acai pack, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries and a splash of desired liquid to a high speed blender. (Using very little liquid allows you to get that thick, froyo like texture. 
Blend until thick and creamy. (Using a tamper helps push down frozen fruit and blend faster.)
Scoop blended fruit base into a bowl
Top with sliced bananas, pineapple, coconut shreds and cacao nibs
Drizzle with honey or agave for extra sweetness

 

Mango Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons Chia Seeds
1 champagne mango
1 banana
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon honey
Cap full vanilla extract or dash of vanilla powder

Recipe:
Puree 1 mango in blender
Place 4 tablespoons chia seeds in a jar
Add 1 cup non-dairy milk to chia seed jar (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
Stir with fork to separate seeds
Mix in 1 teaspoon honey
Add dash of vanilla powder or extract
Stir again
Pour mango puree over top of pudding
Put lid on jar and refrigerate overnight
When ready, add desired chopped fruit for toppings. I just added 1 sliced banana. 

 

Tropical Fruit Plate

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Ingredients:
Papaya
Mango
Pineapple
Lime
Edible flowers

Recipe:
Chop all fruits to desired size and shape
Slice 1 small lime to squeeze over papaya
Decorate with edible flowers (optional)
Enjoy!