Did you know that there are foods that increase your testosterone production
and blood circulation naturally?

Foods rich in Zinc, Vitamin A, B6, and Healthy Fats can help increase your T production, such as avocados, almonds, brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale. If you eat animal products, oysters and eggs are also good testosterone foods. Check out these two websites when looking to eat animal products consciously: 

http://www.oceansalive.org
http://www.cornucopia.org/

Foods that can lower testosterone production include, but are not limited to:

-processed sugars and fats
-alcohol
-processed soy products (packaged soy milk, tofu, soy protein, etc. Fermented soy like tamari, miso, natto and tempeh are fine in moderation)

Also, stress, lack of sleep, and smoking can decrease testosterone levels. 

Do you notice a change in your testosterone levels? 

With Gratitude, 
Eric-James


 
 
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When I am a dad, I am going to make this for my kids as a snack. I blended a cup of homemade almond milk with a handful of frozen cherries, 3 soaked figs a little raw honey and a serving size scoop of (sugar free) chocolate organic whey protein powder from Tera's Whey

Not only was it a fix for my sweet tooth, this whey protein (for me) really gives me a lot of fuel. If I don't want to give my kids (or anyone else) whey protein, I would just use a scoop of raw cacao powder and a pinch of salt. 


 
 
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Green peanut sauce? I put a ton of cilantro in my blender w/ peanut butter, green curry paste, tamari, salt, lime juice and a little tamarind. 

Add sauce to cooked udon noodles, saute'd broccoli, onions and peppers. Topped with more cilantro. 



Living green? 

Not eating processed foods? Try with Quinoa instead of noodles. 


 

Raw Fusion

03/11/2012

 
Carrot sunflower salad w/ meyer lemon vinaigrette

Massaged kale salad with walnuts, chills and sun dried tomatoes

Fresh cod, pan fried with himalayan salt and black pepper
 
 
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Sometimes, when I forget how incredibly time consuming the food service world is, I think I would love to open a little cafe or food truck and serve sandwiches like this. 

This would be a hit because it's not that expensive and would be easy to make a bunch of these really fast. Just making the 1 (I had pre-roasted the garlic ahead of time for various uses) took me all of 5 minutes to make.


This sandwich is: toasted sprouted grain bread w/ avocado, arugula, red onion, roasted garlic, hot sauce and a egg over easy. keyword: EASY

 

Green Smoothie

02/08/2012

 
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My friend Chandra was making this in the Central Kitchen of Cafe Gratitude last spring and I got hooked. Cilantro is good for detoxing heavy metals from your body, grapefruit is great for cleansing your liver and is nearly alkaline depending on your research. Avocados are great for... lots of stuff! The list goes on and on, Jalapeno pepper is good for circulation and mint is great for your digestion. This smoothie makes a lot, but it's so tasty I can drink it all in one sitting: 4 cups grapefruit, i bunch of cilantro, 1 bunch of mint, 1 avocado and some jalapeno (depends on how hot you want it).


 
 
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I start my oatmeal early, because I like it to be perfectly cooked- not mushy. I add 2 parts boiling water to my oats and seal the container tight for 25 minutes off the heat. This cooks them perfect every time.

In a separate pan I carmelized some apple slices with a little bit of butter on medium low heat. when this was pretty much ready i crushed some walnuts into the pan with a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon a little bit of cardamom, salt and a tablespoon of maple syrup and cooked it for 1 minute. This meal is fast and delicious.

 

Coracao LOVE

02/08/2012

 
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Serious about chocolate: Coracao Confections. Yesterday, at the farmer's market they were out of their almond butter cups. I ended up buying two "baby bars," and making an almond butter sandwich at home. I mixed the almond butter with their coconut palm syrup, so it was perfect. This was shared with 3 people.

Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar, which means it wont crack you out as much. Honestly, I'm still looking into this statement for truth, but it sure does taste great. Raw chocolate has great health benefits, and buying from your local chocolatiers is good for the economy and health of your community. Big love and thanks to the crew and magic behind Coracao.





 

Rancho Gordo Beans

01/16/2012

 
These beans are local heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo. Not your ordinary Cannellini beans, these beans are buttery and get huge when soaked and cooked. Soaked for 8 hours and slowly cooked with onions, garlic, chili peppers, veggie stock and a little apple cider vinegar at the end. What to do with a big pot of beans?:
Marinated radishes (lemon and salt) and dressed sunflower seeds (lemon, salt, olive oil) over tasty Rancho Gordo beans. The salsa here is not my first choice, I would have much rather gone with a chipotle aioli or chipotle cashew sauce.
 
 
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Finally! It's kind of cold this morning. I've been missing winter, but also trying to embrace the sunshine and dry weather for what it is. trying to.
I like to cook a pot of plain beans, grain or legumes and keep it around for a few days while I work out different ways to incorporate it into my diet. For one, this is awesome because it provides me with a BPA-free way to enjoy beans that are already ready-to-go. This also let's me get creative because I have a pot of beans I don't want to go to waste. A couple years ago, I probably only ate mung beans in sprouts form or in kitchari.

This meal was awesome and warming. I cooked some onion and garlic (lots of garlic) with a little butter, added the mung beans to the pot with a little liquid (homemade stock, water, wine...). On a separate pan i lightly fried an egg. I like to crack an egg over med-low heat for 2 minutes (add salt and pepper) and then flip it and turn off the heat.
I topped this with some sweet chili sauce. amazing.