Mt Sopris, Colorado Rockies, Winter 2020

As the weather turns cold (we just got 10” of fresh POW here in the Rockies!), we are reminded to turn inward, slow down, and take particular care of ourselves. Right now is a moment of transitions, as we welcome in a new season that is slated to be bursting with change. With a lunar eclipse in Gemini on November 30, hang onto your twin and get ready to let go of stale habits, followed by a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14, which will provide an opportunity for deep self-reflection. This winter season will urge us to practice our adaptability to change, both emotionally, physically and collectively.

With this shift, we embrace our warming and invigorating products. Our newly released Golden Root Adaptogen Boost boasts a powerhouse trio of ashwagandha, turmeric and maca to replenish and invigorate the body. Adaptogens are a wonderful way to find balance and repair the damage caused by stress. This blend, which includes warming spices like cardamom and vanilla, can be added to coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt etc. I have created a yummy golden tahini oat cake recipe that is easy and addictive! Recipe posted below.

The Golden Root Adaptogen Boost pairs excellently with our Purple Line, which also utilizes stimulating ingredients like cardamom and ashwagandha, offering a super-adaptogenic boost. The Transform Serum enlivens and regulates the skin’s immune function with reishi and ashwagandha (ashwagandha is a much stronger source of antioxidants than more common antioxidants like green tea). Our sultry Neroli Toner soothes the system from stress and anxiety (remember, there will be mega astrological changes in the air) and is incredibly restorative when applied to the skin. For a hydrating topper, try one of our two favorite face creams for the season. Our flagship Antioxidant Face Cream brightens the skin with ginkgo and fennel while purifying and promoting resilience with burdock root and red clover. Our newest product, the Arnica and Frankincense Soothing Face Cream, features turmeric to reduce redness and even and strengthen the skin. Turmeric and neroli are both wonderful for fading age spots, so mixing and matching the products listed above will boost their medicinal benefits for the skin, body and mind.

 

Golden Tahini Cake

1 C steel cut oats – soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes and drained

2/3 C olive oil

1 C maple syrup

3 eggs

1 t salt

1.5 t vanilla extract

2 T golden root adaptogen boost

1/2 C chopped dates

1.5 C tahini, raw

1/2 C unsweetened chocolate chopped or carob chips, optional

1/4 C shredded coconut

1/2 C rough chopped pecans, optional

1 T baking powder

1 C Pamelas gluten free bread mix flour

1/2 – 2/3 C green banana flour, see notes on banana flour below

3 heaping tablespoons ground chia seed

Mix all wet ingredients well, add all dry ingredients except banana flour, nuts, choc etc. and mix well. Add the additions to batter (nuts, chocolate etc.) and fold in. Add banana flour last and fold in. Do not over mix once the banana flour is added because your cake will be chewy.

Pour into an oiled or parchment lined 8 x 11 pan and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, shorter for a convection oven, longer if not.

Notes: Banana flour absorbs more water than other flours so your batter should appear a little more wet, similar to semi-whipped cream. You can adjust the batter viscosity with the banana flour and it might take a cake or two to get it just right. This recipe was developed by Julie Levin, at high altitude, so you would use a little less liquid or a little more (1 – 2 T) flour as you move towards sea level. Photo of cake coming soon.