Monday, November 17, 2014

Tips for Fighting Illness this Season You Might Forget

So over time we form lots of habits. Research has shown it takes 2 weeks to form a bad habit, yet it takes months to form a good habit that sticks for life. That's why I offer a 6 month holistic health counseling option. 

Instead of running to the doctor for constant colds, the flu, stomach issues, and more wouldn't it be great if you had some tried and true practices in place to avoid a lot of that illness?!!! I mean I'm not promising you that you'll never get sick. In fact a short cold once a year or so can strengthen your immune system. 

What I'd like to offer you in this post are a few tips I share with clients so they they can be healthier, more productive, happier human beings, as well as their family members. 

I have friends who sadly it seems every time I turn around that they or their family members are sick. I ask you, WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT? Wouldn't you rather spend your time feeling healthy meanwhile doing some prep work here and there to stay that way. I think you're worth it, and that's the better option...what about you?

Things We Think Save Time

I just want to touch on two practices in our culture that keep our illness rates high.

The Fast Food Drive Thru

I know, I'm a mom, I've been there done that...picked up the kids from school or from homeschool co-op, ran to the store quickly afterwards, then you hear it, "MOOOOM, I'm hungry" 50 thousand times! You look at the clock and you know you forgot to put the chicken in the crock pot this morning, you're doing times tables practice in the car, AND  in 30 minutes is karate! That fast food drive thru looks oh so inviting. It's fast, you don't even have to get out of the car, and it will quiet the noise for at least the remainder of the ride.

Is it really a time saver though? So maybe you're fortunate enough to zip thru at dinner time, but what are you really paying for in that bag or box handed to you thru the window? Look, you're an intelligent person, I know you know the food in that box or bag is not really food. Let me reiterate to you's not really food. It is conventionally grown, GMO, chemical filled junk! There is absolutely, positively no nutrition in that meal you just tried to be ever so conspicuous about shoving down your throat at the red light.

I know $12 doesn't seem like a lot to feed a family, and you know what, you're absolutely correct. It should bother you that they just cooked your meal in under 120 seconds, and charged you so little. If they are a business, and managing to make a profit off of that small amount they charged you, then doesn't it make you wonder why real, whole, healthy foods at the farmer's market cost more? Ok, I'm not trying to beat you up. I do want you to see that you are throwing your dollars away though. 

So if there isn't any nutrition in what you just fed your child, is it any wonder they just asked for food 30 minutes later? Yes, our children are growing, but when they don't eat a balanced meal, with lots of plant foods (it's healthy fiber that fills you up by the way), good clean protein for the brain and muscles to work properly, and lots of healthy fats (especially for boys) their bodies cry for more.To compound that lack of nutrition also come a door wide open for illness. When we don't eat well with healthy, clean foods full of nutrition that we need to function and operate well, we tear down our immunity. So there we are plopped down in middle of the doctor's office sharing germs with infants there getting a check up...oh joy, or picking up worse infections from other children...lovely. 

Also when we create a habit of eating foods out it teaches our children to live their own lives that way. Cooking, sadly, has become a lost art. There's not too many things more satisfying than providing our families a really delicious. healthy, balanced meal. I am a single mom, so believe me, I know this may not happen everyday, but let's try to form a habit of making this the status quo. It's a life skill that everyone should have. Eating out all the time is also very expensive. If you saved that money, and put it into healthier food choices, and you learn how to shop for healthy foods the smart way, then you reap a beautiful harvest.

Okay so what if you're like, Marie, I hate to cook. It takes too much time, nothing I make turns out right, yada yada. I'm reminded of a friend as I write this sentence :) First ask yourself, why? Yes, why do you hate to cook. Is it simply because you don't know how? Is it not that you don't like to cook, but the underlying reason is you don't like to grocery shop? Is it because of all of the ungrateful small or sometimes big people walking around the house that when you spent time preparing a meal they turned up their noses? 

I want you to try again, please, do this for yourself, and your family. I have some fussy ones in my house too. I have decided that I am not a short order cook, and neither are you. Obviously, it's much easier the younger they are to make changes. I feel like if I make a somewhat tasty, healthy meal, and it's on their plate, or ready for the taking, and they don't want it, then they are not that hungry. If you're married, and your hubbs falls in that group, well I'd say compromise, and make sure at least one thing he loves or likes somewhat is ready to go. Oh and if you have older children, this includes boys, get their tails into the kitchen. there is no reason why those teens and in some cases pre-teens can't be making dinner 2-4 nights a week. Get them involved in the meal planning, and find healthier solutions for their favorite foods.

The Microwave

Here is another American standard in the US. I used to use my microwave everyday! I think I removed the microwave about 5 years ago.  You know what happened when I took it out, I actually started to cook as well as eat a ton more of raw foods! Things have never been the same.

This I realize may cause a feud in your home, so I'm certainly not advocating starting a war. Do a test, perhaps make it a game or a contest in your family. So here's a challenge for you and your kids. For 30 days I want you to unplug the microwave, maybe even, I know it's scary, but move it into your garage, or into a closet. Show everyone where the pots, pans, skillets, blender, a good knife, cutting board, and toaster oven is in the kitchen. Make it a competition. Come up with a really good prize (that doesn't involve food) for the whole family to enjoy for participating. If someone cracks, then they don't get to participate in the prize.

Print out some really simple, healthy recipes, say from my blog, or other food sites/blogs. Tape them onto the front of your kitchen cabinets, or put them in a binder that's easily accessible for all cooking. Just see what happens. Yeah, you might get complaints for about a week or two, but I bet at that 2 week point everyone will start to adjust. At the 30 day point you will have begun to establish a cooking routine. It will start to become doable.

I challenge you to unplug the microwave for several reasons. I understand your time is limited, so is mine. It concerns me however that something that normally takes over a hour to cook in the oven takes 60 seconds in the microwave. That heat level and radiation is totally transforming your food into an unidentified object. Read here what Dr. Joseph Mercola has to say. Also what I'd like you to do is consider what food really smells like, and then what it smells like after coming out of the microwave. If you use it often enough you may not even realize the grand difference. When I walk by newly microwaved foods they make me nauseous due to the smell. Maybe you won't become that sensitive to the smell, but who knows?

Eat, Cook, Live, Grow

My hope regardless for you and for those in your family, if you are married, or have children, is that you will grow closer by learning or re-learning new skills that will improve your health and wellness as well as relationships. If you are single, all still applies. Take time to reconnect around the dinner table while you eat. Connect by discussing the new recipes or kitchen tools you are trying, as well as other topics. Live well by eating wholesome real foods. Grow as you learn what is good for you as well as tastes fabulous, and what is not good. This is called engaging both primary foods (our relationships: personal, work, and spiritual), and secondary foods (what we eat) to create balance then equaling good health.

Be healthy and blessed! Helping you to be a good steward with your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Gluten Free Trail Mix

So after working a double shift at my part time job I came home to a wonderful dinner made by my sweetie. Gorgeous pan cooked wild Keto salmon in coconut oil with a delightful topping of Dijon mustard, paired with lightly sautéed kale, quinoa, and baked sweet happy! 

I was in a rush to get home because we had plans to go to my friend, Crystal's house to play cards. The older I get the more things like invitations to card games, butterflies, and finding my favorite fair trade GF DF chocolate bar with a $0.50 coupon attached excites me...yes, the simple things. 

Anyway, all invited were asked to bring a snack to share. Since these days I can barely seem to keep it together (health counselor being way too honest), I scoured my pantry and fridge for something appropriate to throw nicely together. 

First I scooped a jar full of my homemade sauerkraut that I made a few days ago with my friend, Micah. I wasn't satisfied though. I wanted one more item to bring.
I then got a brainstorm...trail mix! It's easy to make, yummy, and most importantly I had just what needed.

Thought I would share with all of you what I'll be sharing at the card game. Hope you will try it! So this was not measured at all, I simply went by what I saw and looked good.


Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Raw pecans
Raisins (Even though I don't like them; I'd prefer goji berries, but I'm all out of them)
Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate chips
1 Broken up organic rice cake
Raw almonds
1 1/2 turns of Himalayan Sea Salt 

Tell me if you make this trail mix for your family. I guarantee your kids will love it! 

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mindset of Prevention

Over 5 years ago when I started my health journey, I should say when I started to listen to God and became obedient with my health journey 5 years ago,( I think it started long before 5 years ago), I learned that while society's frame of mind is to let something break, and then worry about picking up the pieces, that's not really a functional attitude or great way to heal. We need to think about our bodies and our health like the way we treat our cars. Truly there are people that treat their cars, homes, or pets better than they treat their bodies. It's almost tragic. Why do we think it's okay, especially in the USA to allow our bodies to get to the point where we are literally in danger?  There is so much disease in our beautiful USA that doesn't have to be there. We do have some control. Instead of breaking down, let's stop the process. 

The Mastery of God's Provisions 


The Most High God and Creator of the Earth  gave us healthy, naturally organic foods to eat. He made sure we would all we needed to survive and thrive, but we trashed them, and the soil, then choose to eat chemicals instead? Why? We were not designed to eat chemicals heated up to overly high temperatures with microwaves. We are beautiful creations of God, and we don't treat ourselves like masterpieces...why? The information is available, we say we want healing, but then complain lifestyle changes are too difficult. 

We need to change our taste buds, renew our minds, and go back to His word for what we are to eat. In the beginning, in the book of Genesis, "Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food." This was God's intention. Then in the book of Leviticus due to the fall of man came God's allowance, not original intention, but allowance planned from the beginning clearly defining what was considered actual food for His people to eat. He made clear that it was now okay to eat certain meats to get further nutrition. He knew what sin would do to the world, and that this would be necessary.

 Yeshua never came to change the guidelines and instructions of  His Father, He came to fulfill them, and show us the way. What changed was that eyes were opened to the understanding of grace, and that what the Father truly cares for is the condition of our hearts. He is not concerned with outward appearance, or the drones of repetitions some call prayer, or even our "good deeds" because even those can be done selfishly. God is concerned with the why and our obedience from a heart surrendered to Him. At the end of the day, only He can judge our deeds. All the more we should honor Him with our temples.

David, a man after God's own heart, understood grace from the very beginning. Grace always existed. He also knew the difference between man's law and God's guidelines and instructions. He understood that following what His Heavenly Daddy had to say was what was best for him. David knew God was His provider and all in all. David knew his position, as well the difference between doing what he could just because he can and doing what was best. By grace we are given the privilege of freedom, no longer bound by anything, but the love of the Messiah. By grace we could put anything into our mouths and call it food. That doesn't make it the best decision. In 1 Corinthians 6:12 it says, "You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything." Also in 1 Corinthians 10:23 it says, "You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is beneficial."

We need to stop making our allowances for foods or really things WE call food be a part of our diets. All things in moderation is not always appropriate. In fact that saying gets on my last nerve because it can be greatly abused and one person's view of moderate use could be daily as opposed to hourly. It is difficult to break away from our own traditions or to accept that all along we have been doing things backwards or wrong. These thoughts are killing us. We absolutely, positively have to have discernment. Salad is great, but not if it's a bowl of poison ivy. Just because what we eat doesn't defile us spiritually, doesn't mean it doesn't defile us physically. We must be good stewards. Illness, cancer, and disease is not rampant for no reason. We are responsible. Food of course is just one aspect and reason, but the most basic place to start, and easiest for us to control. It's important to understand what certain foods do to our bodies. That's a huge reason why I became a holistic health counselor. I wanted to help people learn.

Things to Strive for in the Kitchen

1) Homemade meals, then you know what you are getting
2) Eat organic whenever possible to avoid genetically modified foods, as well as herbacides, fungicides, and pesticides
3) Make most of your plate plant foods
4) Eat lots of raw foods for maximum digestion
5) Eat lots of lacto-fermented foods and beverages for healthy bacteria to build the immune and digestive systems
 6) Don't drink soda EVER, drink spring or filtered water
7) Don't consume factory farmed meats or dairy, go local, organic, and raw for dairy when available 

Essential Oils

God gave us EOs as His provision in the plants to take care of our bodies. He did not just leave us out here without remedies. We do not need foundations to do research, God already did the work. He knew what sin would do and what we'd be up against. He gave us these marvelous oils tucked inside these plants for our benefit. These were used in the Bible, it's nothing new under the sun. I'm so grateful that YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS does everything the right way so they are truly therapeutically beneficial and beyond organic. Not all essential oils are the same on the market. If you want to learn more, contact me about hosting a free class.

The Human Body's Ability to Move 

We were not created to sedentary creatures. Adam was told he would toil for his family's food. Well, unless you're  farmer, which I am not believe me, chances are you are not doing too much toiling at the grocery store or farmers market grabbing groceries. Since that is the case for most of us, we absolutely, positively MUST build in time for exercise daily. Here is why:

5 Reasons We Need to Exercise

1) It builds muscle, muscle is needed for strength in the body, and burning excess fat
2) It naturally detoxes the body through sweat
3) It improves our mood and promotes emotional wellness
4) It promotes digestive wellness by increasing regularity
 5) It encourages good rest and sleep in the body

Not About Fear

I love my friends and family! We need mindsets of prevention! I want healing for all! God's desire is not for us to suffer. He's a kind, loving, and merciful God. He's also just though, and makes it clear that this life will not be easy. He's says things will be hard, and in the end days there will be disease. What He doesn't say is that His children need to have the diseases.  There's somethings we can't do anything about for sure. At the same we do have responsibilities to ourselves, our children, and to the Holy Spirit for those who are believers in Yeshua Messiah, since we house Him! All we can do is our best and God will handle the rest. From then on if we say God allowed this...fill in the blank, then fine. Do you see the difference? The attitude that I'm going to die anyway doesn't glorify the Lord. That is not being a good steward or being grateful for the health He's given you. There are those born unable to walk, and more severe. Please be grateful if you can get up and move, go to bathroom without assistance,and take care of yourself to stay that way. God can use anyone at anytime for His glory, surely! He loves all of His wonderfully made creation. How much better though to have usable hands and feet to proclaim His message of love to all if He chose to give those to you?!! Please join me in this mindset of prevention!

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Must Have Kitchen Appliances

When I started this health journey about 5 years ago, I quickly learned if I was going to make this stick, I was going to need in the kitchen. Thought it would be fun to invite you into my kitchen so you can see what appliances and tools make my life so much easier!

My most prized and favorite possession in the kitchen is my high speed blender. Hands down the Vitamix is my best friend. I use it everyday whether its for smoothies, dressings, soups, gluten free pancakes, or grinding gluten free grains, nuts, or seeds. I have the 5200. It's not the newest version, and it does quite well. It will blend just about anything and comes with an 8 year warranty. How many appliances do you know come with a warranty that long? By the way, their customer service, labor, and parts are all from the USA, not outsourcing.

After my Vitamix, I use my Cuisinart food processor all of the time. Some people would say you only need a food processor or a blender, but I disagree. Depending on the recipe really dictates which on I will use. Certain recipes have a viscosity that can be kind of a pain to get out of a blender. Also I have more control with the pulse button on my food processor. There are much cheaper food processors out there, but Cuisinart has been a round for a long time. It's not a fly by night company, so if you need to replace a part after some time, you have the assurance that it will be available.

I learned a long time ago the value in slow cooking. It saves time, energy, and you can throw just about anything in the things to cook. What I didn't know years ago was how toxic most of them can be. Slow cookers have lead in the ceramic paint. That's right lead. While there have been several reports and blogs done on this matter, I decided that when it comes to my family, I didn't want to play around. Through doing a little research, I found a great solution, The VitaClay! It's a clay pot that is completely non-stick chemical free and can cook anything a regular slow cooker can in less time.

When I got into eating healthy I quickly became aware of the health value in consuming raw foods. While I don't believe the following appliance is a must buy at first, I do adore the Excalibur. So this is the best dehydrator on the market. You might ask, what do I need a dehydrator for exactly? Well, the cool thing about dehydration is that you can dry foods at an extremely low temperature. That's keeps all of the health value in tact, like enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Many raw foodies have these in their kitchens.

If you are on the hunt for one, this is it. Honestly, I can say I purchased by reviews and friends' comments. Truth be told, there are several much less expensive dehydrators on the market. Everything that I read said not to waste the money. I'm a single parent on a budget, so I totally get the hesitation in such a huge purchase.  I am also not the type of person that likes to just get by, I'd rather save up, and purchase the right item, the first time. I'm not into aggravation because I was trying to be cheap.

Going gluten free it can be difficult to give up certain foods, like crackers. You'll be hard pressed to find a gluten free cracker on the market that isn't fairly junky. Dehydrating allows me to make my own crackers with healthy, simple ingredients. Be aware dehydration does take quite a bit longer than oven cooking due to the low temperature. My favorite treat to make in the dehydrator by far are cheesy kale chips. I use it a lot also to dry out my nuts and seeds that I soak overnight. Why would I do that? Read my post next week. :)

Tell me your favorite kitchen appliance below! Be healthy, be blessed, and be a good steward!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

What's In Your Spice Cabinet?

So do you use your spice cabinet to it's full potential? Did you know most of you have a powerhouse of ingredients sitting right there? Herbs and spices add flavor and nutrition to your meals. They can turn a boring bland dish into an adventure. Experiment and have fun with them! For those of you that have been following me for a while and consistently, then you know I've advised you on purchasing organic herbs and spices. 

FYI: I do not recommend organic because it is cool or trendy. Organic is simply natural and normal, although sadly, not yet the norm. Almost all plants as you probably know are sprayed with tumor causing, brain disorder causing herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. More and more plants are becoming genetically modified (GMO), and more specifically many conventional herbs and spices are getting a large dose of radiation, that's right our herbs are being radiated. This is very, very dangerous to our bodies.

 Dried herbs and spices are an awesome time saver too. If you don't have any fresh herbs and spices prepared, these babies can save your meal. Do you do smoothies? I love adding herbs and spices into my smoothies dry and fresh! They make changing up a smoothie really simple and delicious! Do you ever switch around your spices in your favorite dishes to give them a new twist?

Another reason I love dried herbs and spices is you can magnify their medicinal benefits by using them  in a homemade tincture or salve.

My Dried Favorites and Why

Turmeric: awesome root that has super anti-inflammatory properties for the entire body from the component curcumin.

Garlic: well first of all it adds incredible flavor, now while dried it doesn't have a the anti-bacterial properties of raw garlic, it does help the body absorb iron, and is a source of manganese and phosphorus.

Ginger: oh such a yummy spice; it contains gingerol, this component helps the body stay warm, and is magnified highly when dried. Gingerol also helps control opportunistic or non-beneficial bacteria in the body.

Cayenne: has super great anti-inflammatory properties, and great for a healthy heart.

Cardamom: great for digestive issues, uplifting mood, mouth ulcers, lowering blood pressure

Cinnamon: great for balancing blood sugar, always put this in desserts if you can, natural sweet and spice to it, immune boosting, antibacterial (less effective when heated, helps mental concentration, can fight certain cancer cells (probably most effective through an essential oil)

Rosemary: stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, improving digestion, and  improving/increasing blood flow to the head (probably most effective as an essential oil)

What is your favorite spice? Share below!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Why We Don't Get Enough Vitamin D

So it is summer and most people are out in the sun, which is great! Sun exposure, done in a healthy manner is excellent for your body! Sunlight has been connected directly with mood, emotions, and energy levels. A lot of the connection has to do with vitamin D.

While truth be told, vitamin D is truly much more of a hormone than a vitamin. While it can be found in certain foods, our primary intended way to absorb D is though the sun. The vitamin D our bodies need, that comes from the sun is D3.

Most people think we are able to get plenty of that wonder vitamin from the sun. That's almost true. You have to understand the best way to absorb though. Unfortunately, the tips we've heard over the years are actually hindering our ability to take in and produce this much needed hormone. 

Things We've Heard That Have Hindered Our D3 Absorption:

1) Wear Sunscreen: Most sunscreens on the market contain so many toxic chemicals that wind up causing different types of skin cancer. Dr. Mercola covers this in depth.

2) Stay Out of the Sun From the Hours of 12pm-3pm:  For years most doctors have said to stay out of the sun during those hours due to the sun's strength during that time. The reason for that is it's also the most likely time of day to burn.there are ways to avoid burning and still getting the D3 you need.

3) Showering: I know this sounds funny, but believe it or not, showering with soap actually blocks D3 from being absorbed. The reason for this is the D3 is actually an oil created on the skin by the sun. This oil can take up to 48 hours to be absorbed. If each day we wash our bodies with soap we strip the D3 before we can receive it. Read what Dr. Mercola says about it here.

Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun and Get What We Need

1) First 20 Minutes Uncovered: All most people need each day is 20 minutes in the sun. Don't use any sunscreen then, and leave as much skin uncovered as possible. After that 20 minutes the application of sunscreen if you will be out for a while is okay, if it is a safe brand on the market. These can be found in health food stores. One brand I like is Badger. I actually sell my own safe natural sunscreen as well through Kingdom Health.  Another option is making your own.

2) Get Outside During 12pm-3pm: This is the best time to get the D3 you need. The sun is shining its brightest and most likely to produce the most D3. Stay hydrated by drinking water and  eat fruit in the morning. This will encourage a longer stay in the sun. Keep in mind the darker you are the longer you need to be in the sun. Darker skin tones do not adsorb D as well as others.

3) What to Wear: Wear natural fibers that are very light in color.This will reflect the sun's rays.  Also wear a hat.When water is involved, using rash guards can be very effective as well.

4) Bathe Like Europeans (Almost): Showering everyday with soap, due to it's natural pH, it strips our skin of all it's oils, including D3. You may say ewww to this, oh well, but only wash the spots you need to wash most of the time, if you get my drift. Only scrub down everything with soap once a week, and rinse the rest with just water. Take a shower every other day if you can. Avoid one everyday if possible. The "cleaner" you eat, as well as the use of essential oils daily while using organic unrefined coconut oil as a carrier oil for the essential oils will keep you clean, smelling fresher, and resistant to illness.

5) Use Essential Oils:By using 100 therapeutic grade beyond organic essential oils and other natural oils to stay clean, fresh, and burn free you'll be amazed at your results. Try carrot seed oil, avocado oil, and raspberry seed oil.

Should I Supplement? 

My short answer to that question is yes, everyone should supplement with D3 unless you live below the equator and you are out in the sun between the hours of 12pm-3pm everyday for 20 minutes, and you bathe only every other to 2 days.  I supplement with 4000-6000 IUs daily. Everyone is a little different. If I know I'll be in the sun I go lower. We need very high amounts of D3 for our bodies in comparison to what the FDA regulates. Dr. Joshua Axe talks about dosage recommendations here.

I hope you found this information helpful! Be healthy, be blessed, and be a good steward!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

5 Things To Do With Quinoa (4)

During the "wintery" weather I love nothing more than a wonderful, healing, steamy bowl of soup. Soup when made at home is so very nourishing, economical, and can feed a family for several days. Include lots of local, seasonal veggies, organic herbs and spices, and be sure to use homemade bone stock for all of health benefits.

Soup is really versatile. If you are following a recipe, don't get locked in to ingredients. Explore your kitchen, use what you have, and play. Try a variety of of different flavors together, you may create a masterpiece in a pot. Don't skimp on the flavor with spices either, be generous. Do be careful if you like a little kick in your soup though. Keep in mind spices like cayenne travel far a wide in soup. In that case, a little goes a long way.

A "SOUPER" addition to soup is quinoa. Instead of chicken and rice, do chicken and quinoa or instead of noodles in your mom's minestrone recipe, swap it out for protein rich, gluten free, delicious quinoa! Really you can add it to any soup you like. It creates a really nice body in the soup as well. If you have any leftovers in the fridge, toss it in there. You will enjoy it!

Quinoa,Tomato, & Zucchini Soup Recipe

4 Cups Homemade Organic Chicken or Veggie Stock
1 1/2 Cans of Native Forest Whole Coconut Milk
1 1/2 Jars Bionutrae Organic Strained Tomatoes
4 Zucchini, chopped with skin on
1 Medium Red Onion, chopped
3 Fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
 2-3 Tbsp Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Dried Organic Basil (Please feel free to use fresh if you have it, about 1/4 cup chopped)
1 Tsp Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt
1 Tsp Organic Garlic Granules/Powder
1/4 Fresh Ground Organic Black Pepper
3 Cups Cooked Organic Quinoa


 In a large pot saute the zucchini, onion, and garlic in coconut oil.
Once soft, add stock, coconut milk, and tomatoes.
Add the spices and quinoa.
Simmer on low to medium for 30 minutes.
Serve with salad & enjoy! (Truth be told, if you do dairy, this soup screams for a grilled cheese. Try paleo bread with goat cheese and a little fresh spinach...lovely!)