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Wild Mocha Latte Recipe

Mike Rothschild

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew Coffee with preferred brewing method.

  2. Melt Cocoa Butter, CocoTropic Nootropic, Vanilla, and Salt together in pot over the stove on low/med heat.

  3. Pour into coffee, and serve hot or cold!

Tip: If you’re serving it cold, mix in well with hot coffee before pouring over ice- or the Cocoa Butter may solidify. Served best hot, or drank immediately if iced.

Wild CocoChai Shake Recipe by Wild Foods

Mike Rothschild

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Ingredients:

Recipe:

  1. Steep 1 Tbsp Chai Tea in 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes, then let cool.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender with 1 cup ice and blend, then ready to serve!

Alternative ways

  1. Blend all ingredients (minus the ice) and pour into an ice tray. Let freeze, then blend when ready to use
  2. Blend all ingredients (minus the ice) and store in refrigerator to use over ice, or heated up

Wild Recipe: Hibiscus Matcha Latte

Mike Rothschild

 Recipe by: ChewsWellness

Recipe by: ChewsWellness

Ingredients:


Recipe:

  1. Using just a little bit of hot water, whisk matcha along with Hibiscus Flowers and Vanilla Powder until it’s a pasty texture.
  2. Remove Hibiscus after letting the Matcha absorb the flavor.
  3. Pour into mug, and pour steamed/frothed milk over top!

Tip: If you want some sweetness to your matcha, add a bit of your preferred sweetener. For added nutrition- add a scoop of Collagen or Protein Powder.

Wild Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Mike Rothschild

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(Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Soy Free)

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients (making sure the Chia Egg has thickened to thick and gel-like before adding)
  2. Grease muffin pan and heat oven to 350 F, and let cook for 5-10 minutes.
  3. I chose to top mine with some Raspberry Jam and fresh Berries!

Tips

I’m using a countertop convection oven, so heat/time may vary. These muffins do cook quickly, so check in often!

Strawberry Leaf Health Benefits: Anti-Inflammation, Purifies Blood, and Improves Digestion

Mike Rothschild

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Not only is strawberry a delicious fruit, but it is also packed with essential vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy bod. Strawberry leaf, in particular, contains vitamins and trace minerals like Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium. Iron is especially important in the role it plays to treat anemia by improving red blood cells and the production of hemoglobin.

Strawberry leaves are sometimes extracted, mixed with other ingredients, and processed to make food supplement tablets. Most commonly, the leaves are dried and used to relieve gastrointestinal problems and joint pains. Below are five common uses for strawberry leaf.

5 Health Benefits of Strawberry Leaf

1. Promotes Healthy Digestion

Strawberry leaves contain a compound called tannins. Tannins are biomolecules that reduce acidity caused by the foods that we eat. An overly acidic gut causes a host of issues such such as bloating, cramps, and gas. Drinking strawberry leaves (usually in the form of tea) cure the stomach from such ailments. In addition, strawberry tea has a high diuretic property as well. This stimulates urination, treats diarrhea, and aids in intestinal or urinary tract problems - respectively.

2. May Treat Arthritis Symptoms

If you are one to suffer from arthritic symptoms, then you are one that knows how excess water in the joints has many harmful effects. The leaves of the strawberry fruit contain an acid called diuretic caffeic acid. This substance plays an important role in removing water from the joints, which reduces inflammation in both the joints and bones and alleviates pain caused from it. In addition to causing one of the chronic symptoms of arthritis, which is joint inflammation, excess water also causes the joints to become stiff and difficult to move. Drinking strawberry leaf tea can reduce symptoms caused by arthritis and lead you on a path to comfort and pliable joints.

3. Purifies the Blood

Strawberry leaf is known to be high in iron, which is essential to the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. In addition, the abundant amount of antioxidants and ascorbic acid help purify the blood by fighting free radicals and reducing bad cholesterol. By doing this, not only does this purify the blood, but also the body and mind by creating a balanced body that is both relaxed and soothed.

4. Protect From Inflammation

According to research, strawberry leaf contains a constituent called ellagitannins, which may help prevent inflammation and other ailments. 

In addition, many find drinking tea to be a relaxing and calming experience. It is widely known now that one of the strongest links to any and every ailment is stress. By drinking tea, you may reduce your levels of stressed caused from work or other life situations.

5. May help with High Blood Pressure

Strawberry leaf is known to have vasodilatory effects. Vasodilators are substances that help dilate blood vessels. Nitric oxide is one example of a vasodilator and is typically found in spinach. Vasodilators work by relaxing the muscles and allowing for better blood flow. By doing this, the heart works less and pumps more blood.

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How to Drink

Strawberry leaf tea is especially delicious to drink in the summer time served over ice with some mint leaves and a dash of honey. You may also consume it warm in the winter with lemon and honey.

*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product, or included information, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Wild Recipe: Matcha Veggie Patties

Mike Rothschild

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(Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Soy Free)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked Chickpeas
  • 1 tsp Wild Matcha Powder
  • 2 tbsp Tapioca Flour
  • 1/4 cup minced Carrots
  • 1/4 cup minced White Onion
  • 2 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1/3 cup chopped Spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
  • 1 tsp Wild Himalayan Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Olive Oil (or alternative cooking oil)

SAUCE

  • 1 can Coconut Milk or Coconut Milk Powder
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 tsp Wild Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Wild Himalayan Salt
  • Small squeeze of Lemon
  • Pinch of Cayenne Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder

Preparation

  1. Mash cooked Chickpeas with a fork (or add to a food processor), then mix in all remaining ingredients, aside from oil.

  2. Form mixture into patties of desired size, then cook on a pre-heated cast iron skillet with oil.

  3. Cook until lightly browned, flipping patties to ensure both sides are cooked.

  4. Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

  5. Add preferred toppings, and enjoy!

SAUCE:

  1. Heat all ingredients on low/medium heat until reaching a simmer.

  2. Remove from heat, and serve over patties, or with a side of fries!

Tips

  • This patty recipe made 8 appetizer slider sized patties.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add a small splash of water.
  • If the mixture is too wet, add a bit more Tapioca Flour.
  • Don’t want to heat the sauce? No problem! Just add all sauce ingredients to a food processor until well blended!

Wild Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Mike Rothschild

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(Gluten free, Grain Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup Chopped White Onion
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Mushrooms
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Wild Himalayan Pink Salt
  •  1 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Wild Bone Broth Protein
  • 1 tsp Mushroom Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Cashew Cream (soak Cashews in water overnight, or at least 6 hours. Add to food processor with about 1/2 cup water and blend until smooth and creamy.)

Preparation

  1. Add Veg Broth, Onions, Mushrooms, Bay Leaf, Himalayan Salt, Garlic, Pepper, Bone Broth Protein, and Mushroom Powder to skillet/pot, cooking on medium heat.

  2. Once simmering, add in Cashew Cream and Herbs, stirring over heat until well combined and creamy.

  3. Serve over your favorite gravy dish, and enjoy!

Tips

•Need to omit the Cashew Cream? No problem, use Coconut Cream in its place!
•It’s creamiest while hot, so be sure to serve and eat while hot for best taste.
•This recipe made about 2 cups of gravy. Double or triple the ingredients for a larger serving.

•Vegan? Omit the Bone Broth Protein to make completely vegan.

Wild Recipe: Apple Chia Jelly 

Mike Rothschild

A fast and easy, vegan, paleo jelly made with seasonal fruit!

Ingredients

  • 2 gala apples
  • ¼ cup sweetener of choice, (I used erythritol)
  • ½ cup water 
  • 2 teaspoon Wild chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Peel and core the apples. Dice into ¼ inch cubes. 
  2. Combine the apples, sweetener and water in a small sauce pot.
  3. Stir and heat over medium heat. 
  4. When the mixture comes to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove the lid and use a whisk to mix and mash the apples, breaking them down as you go. Do this for 2-3 minutes until the mixture begins to look like jam. I like mine chunky, if you want it smoother, keep cooking down the apples until you have reached desired consistency. 
  6. Stir in the chia seeds, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well.
  7. Transfer to a clean jar, let it cool and store it in the fridge. 
  8. Spread it over your favorite pancakes, toast or even on pork loin! 

Wild Recipe: Keto Cortado

Mike Rothschild

Cortados are Cuban version of a macchiato. Potent and sweetened coffee cut (cortado) with milk. Traditionally evaporated milk was used, which makes full fat coconut milk the perfect replacement! This rich, sweet coffee is the perfect ending to any meal, and a must for that afternoon pick me up. 

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Espresso grind, dark roast coffee
  • Filtered water 
  • 3 teaspoons xylitol 
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk 

Directions

  1. Prepare your stove top espresso using a moka pot or caffettiera. Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the bolt or nob. 
  2. Fill the basket with ground coffee, full but not too packed. Place that over the chamber then screw on the top. Place the moka pot on a burner over medium high heat. 
  3. This will take a few minutes, but keep your ears listening for the sound of rising water, when the pressure beings to build. 
  4. In a small sauce pot heat the coconut milk over medium heat. 
  5. In a measuring up put the sweetener and have it at the ready, next to the stove with a teaspoon. 
  6. When the first drops of coffee come through the spout of the moka pot, measure out 4 teaspoons in to the measuring cup with the sweetener. Place the moka pot back on the stove to finish brewing. 
  7. Vigorously mix the sweetener and coffee mix to a sugary paste or syrup. 
  8. Beat the syrup as you pour the coffee into the measuring cup until fully combined.
  9. Pour ¼ cup of espresso into small cups. Then cut it with milk. I like equal parts milk and coffee. Mix, serve, enjoy! 

No Bake Matcha Energy Balls 

Mike Rothschild

Prep: 30 minutes

Makes: 15 balls 

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the shredded coconut, all of the seeds, coconut oil, matcha and sweetener in your food processor. Process until a thick, gritty paste forms. 
  2. Put the cacao powder on a plate. Line a second plate with parchment paper. 
  3. Use a tablespoon to shape balls with the seed paste then gently roll it in the cacao powder and set it aside. Repeat with all of the paste. 
  4. Line them up on the plate with parchment paper, making sure they’re not touching. Let them set in the fridge for 30 minutes. 
  5. Dust with remaining cacao powder and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat.

Why We Should Love Roses Even More

Mike Rothschild

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Roses might just be the most loved of all flowers, but they are one of the healthiest flowers too. Sure, we know they are majestic, but some of us might not know how versatile this flower is. Aside from making girlfriends swoon, Roses can help with skin care, improve air fresheners, and make baths more relaxing.  With over 100 species, a rose with any other name would still be as healthy.

Smell of Spring All Year Round

Rose scent is shown to enhance moods, help with relaxation and even make sleeping easier. Whether you want to smell like roses or make your house feel like the first day of spring with the scent of roses filling the air, rose petals will get the job done.

As decoration, you can float rose petals in bowls of water. To add a more romantic touch, you can add floating candles to go with them. Then, of course, there is the traditional rose petals sprinkled on the table top.

While your room smells like spring, get into the spirit by using a facial mask made of rose petals. You can make your own mix using rose petals soaked in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Mash the petals into the water and add honey before applying on your face. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, rinse with cool water, and keep your face fresh like the first day of spring.

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Health and Beauty Benefits of Roses

  • Helps maintain the pH balance of the skin.
  • Assists in eliminating excess oil
  • Offers to reduce redness caused by skin irritation with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps reduce acne, dermatitis, and eczema
  • Aids in keeping the pores free from oil and dirt.
  • Keeps the skin refreshed with hydrating and moisturizing properties
  • Can be used to facilitate healing of scar, cuts, and wounds
  • Helps in the regeneration of skin tissues and strengthening of skin cells.
  • Promotes relaxation with its mood-enhancing scent.
  • Fights dandruff and reduces inflammation of the scalp.
  • Conditions and revitalizes the hair.

Rose as Food

It’s no surprise that rose is edible. Although we only see a rose in our tea ingredients, rose can also be added to food and even dishes. But take note that the rose we are talking about is not the pesticide-laden rose they sell in flower shops.

Rose tea is known to have calming effects. Some also add rose petals to give green tea a great flavor. Rose petals can also be sprinkled on fruit salad to achieve balance. If you are more of a food preservative, rose petals make a lovely jam, either with other fruits like strawberry or on its own.

The many uses of rose is probably a reason why it symbolizes love.  The flower itself takes good care of the skin, and even overall well being. If you’re the type to add a romantic touch to your food or your beauty ritual, the rose is probably your favorite flower by now.

The Many Medicinal Uses of Hibiscus

Mike Rothschild

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Hibiscus is a lovely flowering plant that comes in different colors including yellow, white, peach, and most commonly red. Its flowers can grow as wide as 6 inches. The red hibiscus is popularly used for its many medicinal wonders.

Historically, many cultures across the globe used Hibiscus to treat different conditions, and they have continued to do so:In Africa, many people have used Hibiscus tea to relieve constipation and cold symptoms. They have also used it against cancer and liver disease. Egyptians have used Hibiscus tea to aid in lowering body temperature and also to help treat heart and nerve diseases. Europeans have used hibiscus to support upper respiratory health, relieve constipation, and maintain healthy circulation. In other cultures, people have used the leaves to facilitate healing of skin wounds. Some have even used them  for hair care.

The hibiscus found in herbal drinks comes from the pods that form when the flower finishes blooming. However, the hibiscus flower itself can be made into tea when dried. Hibiscus tea has a sourish taste; because of this, some people like to add sugar or honey to the mix.

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Hibiscus Tea and Its Effect on Cholesterol

Studies have been conducted regarding the effects of hibiscus tea on the body’s cholesterol levels. In 2014, clinical trials showed an increase in good cholesterol after consuming hibiscus tea or extract.  Although more studies are needed to prove this effect, it has already been established that hibiscus contributes to the good results in cholesterol levels.

Hibiscus and High Blood Pressure Prevention

In 2010, it was found out through a study that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure of people who were at risk for high blood pressure. The participants in the six-week study were instructed to take 8 ounces of hibiscus tea daily throughout the duration. A significant decrease in the systolic blood pressure was noted in the participants who took the hibiscus tea. Another study was also conducted and yielded a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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Hibiscus and Healthy Metabolism

Building upon years of research and studies on hibiscus, a recent discovery found that hibiscus extract may have contributed to healthy metabolism, thereby making it a great use against obesity and fat build-up.

Flower Power: The Nutritional Composition of Hibiscus

The many medicinal wonders of Hibiscus are attributed to the antioxidant contained in it. Anthocyanin is an antioxidant, and it causes the red coloration of the hibiscus petals. The same substance can be found in berries and red wine. Hibiscus tea contains no calories or caffeine.

Research about the effects of Hibiscus on the overall health is expanding. More and more studies support the many medicinal uses of Hibiscus. It has become a popular choice in many cultures to remedy different conditions, from skin wounds and heart conditions to hair and skin care. In addition to tea, various types of products that contain Hibiscus as an active ingredient have also been formulated, including capsules, supplements, and extracts.

Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Collagen Smoothie

Mike Rothschild

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 8 ounces full fat coconut milk
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3-4 scoops Wild Collagen
  • 2 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons xylitol

Pumpkin Spice Mix:

  • 2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • ½ teaspoon Wild ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 

 

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your blender. Blend on high until smooth and thick. 
  2. Serve into two large glasses. Enjoy immediately! 

The Healing Power of Calendula and How to Prepare Calendula Tea

Mike Rothschild

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The beauty of Calendula alone could heal (a tired mind, that is). Calendula is very relaxing to look at. The yellow petals are like rays of the sun. It is a bright and lovely flower. On top of that, this flower contains actual healing properties.

Calendula is native to the northern Mediterranean countries. This annual flower got its name from its ability to bloom with the calendar. It usually blooms with every new moon. In some parts of the world, this flower is called pot marigold, which is a tribute to the Virgin Mary. Calendula could be seen in Catholic events honoring her. In the Hindu culture, they adorn their temples with this flower. Historically, calendula was considered a food and could be found mixed with soup and rice.

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Calendula’s Anti-inflammatory Property

 The anti-inflammatory property of Calendula is a result of the flavonoids it contains. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in plants that help protect the cells from free radical damage and other compounds that cause inflammation. Another substance found in high concentration in Calendula is linoleic acid. Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory property, Calendula is used to help alleviate inflammatory conditions including dermatitis, ear infections, diaper rash, cuts, and sore throats.

Now that the healing power of Calendula has been established, it’s time to know how to prepare the most common form of calendula available in the market - Calendula tea. These are the few methods of preparing Calendula tea:

  • Simmer the dried flowers in water. Put one to two teaspoons of dried calendula flowers in a mug. Then add one cup of hot water. Let the tea steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Simmer the fresh flowers in water. Place the fresh flowers into a jar. Pour hot water over the flowers. Let the tea simmer. Wait for the tea to be cool enough to drink 
  • Let the fresh flowers infuse under the sun. Place the fresh flowers in a jar. Dried flowers can also be added. Pour cold water into the jar. Leave the jar under a sunny area for five to six hours.

Calendula tea can be used as a gargle in order to ease sore throat or as a mouth-rinse to relieve blisters inside the mouth or inflammation of the gums. For topical use, calendula tea can be sprayed into a clean cloth and applied to the inflamed, itchy or scratched skin. This is also ideal for application on babies’ skin if they experience diaper rash. Even acne breakouts can be prevented by washing the face with calendula tea. This flower has so many uses.

Indeed, Calendula is not just a beautiful flower but also a healing one. It is not just full of bright color but also of beneficial antioxidants. It can be decorative and can also be medicinal. Calendula sure is a flower that contains the best of both beauty and function.

*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product, or included information, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

How Strawberry Leaf Can Help Improve Digestion

Mike Rothschild

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Strawberry tastes delicious. If you love the fruit, you will love the leaf even more. The many uses of the strawberry leaf are widely known and practiced globally. The leaves of strawberry plants contain various medicinal uses because they contain nutrients and minerals which are excellent for the body. One of the health benefits of the strawberry leaf is its wonderful effect on digestion.

A long time ago, people used strawberry leaves in traditional medicine. Currently, because more and more people are seeking natural remedies, a number of researches and studies involving the health benefits of this valuable leaf has been done. Most of them suggested positive results in the digestive system, as well as other health benefits.

How is Strawberry Leaf Prepared?

 The most commonly seen form of strawberry leaf is the strawberry tea. The leaves are usually dried and used whole or in fragments with other leaves and flowers. Other common forms are tablets and capsules. They are produced when the nutrients are extracted and are combined with other ingredients.

Nutritional Composition of Strawberry Leaf

The health benefits of strawberry are found in the many minerals and nutrients it contains, including a rich variety of phytonutrients, such as polyphenolic antioxidants belonging to the following nutrient groups: flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignans, tannins, and stilbenes. It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, flavonoids, antioxidants, potassium, Anthocyaninellagic acid, Vitamin A, C, E, and manganese.

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Effects on Digestion

The most common use of strawberry leaf tea is to improve digestion. Tannins, bio-molecules in strawberries, binds together proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and other compounds that have a low pH or acidic substance in order to avoid excess stress on the digestive system. Balancing the acids and bases in the digestive tract is the key to relieving gastrointestinal distress.

Drinking strawberry tea may help alleviate stomachache or bloating caused by excess air and acids, or stomach cramps from stress. And because of its diuretic property, it can be used relieve diarrhea and other intestinal and urinary problems.

Strawberry tea can be a good digestive tonic to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Why is the digestive system important?

Digestion begins with the food. In the digestive system, saliva contains enzymes which break the food down into forms that can be absorbed by the body through the blood system. Then the process continues with nourishment and energy being distributed to the cells all over the body. Healthy digestion is critical in maintaining immune regulation and cellular processes. Consequences of a poor digestive system include bloating, diarrhea, constipation, iron deficiency, candida, food allergies, psoriasis and even arthritis.

Although strawberry leaf is normally available in form of tea, it is also available in tablets, capsules, and can even be eaten whole like a salad. So, if you are looking for a natural way to maintain digestive health, the strawberry leaf is one of the most accessible ways of starting your healthy routine. Brew some strawberry tea, and enjoy a happy tummy.