HU Dark Chocolate Cashew butter and vanilla: “I tend to Choc-o-lot about this because it’s NUT your average chocolate!”- David

A Quick Easy Dessert, No Oven Necessary

This recipe from last summer, serves four people. Mix 1 C thick yogurt or mascarpone or crème fraîche with 1 tsp rose water and 2 Tbsp honey or agave. Spoon into 4 bowls or pretty glasses. Scatter 4 C any kind of berries over cream mixture (save a little cream to dollop on top, too). Top with remaining cream, drizzle with 2 Tbsp more of honey or agave. It might be nice to garnish with roasted, salted pistachios (about 1 Tbsp per bowl).

Ice Cream in Summertime

Summertime is synonymous with ice cream. Just drive by Reasons to Be Cheerful, or any other ice cream shop if you don’t believe me….. All those people out there licking away! Did you know it takes 50 licks to finish off a single scoop of ice cream?

Kurt’s Pecan Pesto (an old summer recipe)

I fell in love with Kurt’s recipe in the early days of our store. It’s easy to make and is dairy-free, too. 

 Kurt said, “Once Adam asked the Gaia Herb rep what the best herb for general health was. The rep said basil and explained to us that it was the best overall tonic for the body. Pecans in this recipe add healthy fatty acids to the mix, and of course there are all those benefits that come from fresh garlic. This recipe can be called “raw” if you choose a raw olive oil like Bariani olive oil. Could this be the healthiest recipe ever at Debra’s Natural Gourmet?”

Have a Happy, Healthy Cycle!

If you have PMS or menstrual symptoms, you’re not alone. More than half of all women experience mood swings, anxiety, bloating, headache, acne, cramps, etc. Luckily, we can do something about it.

Your first line of defense is EXERCISE. Study after study shows that women who exercise regularly do better with every single symptom of PMS. Any exercise is good, but here getting your heart rate up is more important than weight training; frequency of exercise, more important than intensity.

Secondly, CLEAN UP YOUR DIET. Seek out fresh, organic plant foods rich in fiber. Make your grains whole grains. Try to eat legumes at least once a day. Throw nuts and seeds into the mix, as well as fermented foods (“Ahem – note the black garlic in the recipe above, and have you tried our new fermented olives sold near our refrigerated krauts and kimchis?” asks Debra).

Limit processed and refined foods, meat and dairy. No single meal is going to make or break your PMS. But over time, daily foundational changes can tip the scales towards hormones in balance, and a more comfortable period.

Before we get into supplements, let’s talk for a moment about what causes PMS. Lots of things do, of course. But I want to talk here about estrogen dominance.

Mediterranean Marinated Medley with Obis One Black Garlic

Steam your favorite assortment of seasonal vegetables, then marinate them in extra virgin olive oil, a little red wine vinegar, Spike seasoning, thyme and Obis One black garlic.

I love this combo with some fresh mozzarella or Nettle Meadow cheeses (Kunik and Simply Sheep are my new favorites!), ripe tomatoes and good olives. For carnivores, it’s great alongside salami or sausages. It’s also yummy on the plate next to corn or a big roasted potato.

So, what is black garlic? It’s aged, fermented raw garlic, whose flavor will amaze you. Black garlic is sweet and savory, all at the same time, and soft, like dried fruit. Once aged, it keeps at room temp for six months. Eat it, and you get no garlic breath, and black garlic contains double the antioxidants of raw garlic. Who knew?