Kombucha 411?

I’ve created a vlog on “Kombucha” and the positive aspects of it. I was introduced to this amazing bottle by an ex-boss who was an avid drinker and claimed my life would change!  Well 3 years later and I can’t say this bottle made miracles but indeed has made a great impact in my life. A healthier happier version of Miss Laura! 🙂  I consider myself an optomist but there are times when I would feel groggy and tired and need a pick me up and what better drink than good ol kombucha! I used to drink red bull, rockstar and strong strong coffee but I have replaced it with some K!

The benefits of this drink is that you feel healthier and happier. I hear people drink it when they are feeling under the weather and catching the cold, I drink it as a regular drink like orange juice. It’s my vitamin in a bottle.  Some bottles carry “chia seed” in them which is considered “runner’s food”  it’s a nutrient rich superfood that provides sustained energy for your body. Packed with more than 8 x the omega-3’s found in salmon, this small seed has big nutritional value.  With more antioxidants than blueberries and more fiber than oatmeal, see for yourself how chia brings new life to kombucha.

For those wondering about kombucha and would like to try it you can find it at any Whole Food Stores, Sprouts, Vons, Target or other health food stores. Just recently I seen some @ Target while shopping and was surprised! Other Chain stores are starting to carry it which is awesome.

Have a happy Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO day! 🙂

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To Black Eye Pea or not?

I have been preparing for the upcoming New Year and had recently posted a blog on “Black Eye Pea Soup” and how to cook this delish soup 🙂 I shared it and maybe some people did cook it and maybe some didn’t and my intention was to just share a healthy recipe to ring in the New Year! Now, if prosperity and abundance comes…. That is just the cherry on top! 🙂

If there is one thing I am known for is to be honest and I would lie to say that it didn’t meet my expectations. On the contrary, this year my soup came out super delicioso! There are many ways to cook it through different recipes the difference this year was adding a can of diced tomatoes, sauteing sausage with onions and garlic in grapeseed oil and adding Chicken bouillon for a kick! Major flavor!!

I don’t think I have ever been more proud of myself for cooking this soup then I am today. I can tell it’s going to be a GREAT 2014!!! My eyes rolled upon having a taste of the juice and went straight to my tummy! My friend used to tell me “Ok, Laura your ready for marriage” Lol! And my response used to be “Your crazy!” I don’t think my cooking will make any guy love me more. It is a plus and yes I have heard the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach but I think there additional factors…. cooking alone will not although I LOVE to cook! 🙂

For those that have not heard of this soup, Google it and you will find soo much history and why a lot of people cook it for the new year. I had never heard of it… How is a Latin chica going to know what is this soup and why we eat it? I was raised cooking latin dishes to american. Famous hamburgers, pasta etc…. Southern food? Only in the cooking channel but greatful my ex-boss introduced me to this yummy recipe because I have been cooking it ever since. There is something about eating healthy delicious beans with tons of flavor! I make mine spicy. Love Love spicy food.

May you prosper in 2014!

Black Eye Pea Soup for your Fortune & Abundance!

Black Eye Pea Soup for 2014!

Last year’s home made black eye pea soup. Very healthy, delicious and history says it brings prosperity!

A couple of years ago I was introduced to eating this healthy hearty bean soup other known as “Black eye peas” from an ex boss and had also seen an article on a woman’s business magazine! According, to southerners this should be the first thing to eat on NEW YEARS DAY for luck and prosperity throughout the year.

History says that this dates back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were considered animal food (like purple hull peas). The peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and survived the winter. Union soldiers near the town of Vicksburg, Va. burned all crops except the peas; thinking they were animal feed, the soldiers did not bother them. Residents discovered that the legume was the only thing left to eat; they adapted it into their diet, and black-eyed peas were therefore considered the food of good fortune. Peas became symbolic of luck.

Black eyed peas contain calcium (41 mg)  folate (356 mcg) protein (13.22 g) fiber (11.1g) and Vitamin A (26IU) among other nutrients, all for less than 200 calories.

Their shapes resemble coins, but most importantly they swell as you cook them, much as you want your wealth to expand. You can also add collard greens on the side to symbolize money and corn bread as gold. (Southern recipe)

You will need the following:

Ingredients:

4   slices bacon or andouille sausage
1   medium onion, chopped
1   (16 ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed
1   (12 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (serranos or jalapenos)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water

Directions:

In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp or andouille sausage. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside to use as topping for peas.  Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender.  Add peas, diced tomatoes and green chilies, salt, chili powder, pepper and water.  Cook, covered, over medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until peas are tender.  Add additional water of necessary.

Garnish with avocado (yummy)  This soup is really tasty as it is, but I LOVE avocado and add it to anything! 🙂 Enjoy with your loved ones!

Cheers to your Prosperity and Abundance!