Apr 152015

How To Make Water Infusions - www.RadianceCentral.com

We’re officially half-way through this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day! I have to say, I’m really loving this Challenge, and I especially love sticking with just one simple goal for the entire month. What I love the most is it’s doable, if I forget, or I don’t drink enough water in the morning or afternoon, I can always catch-up later on, still meet my goal, and best of all, still get the benefits!

Today I’ve made a video showing how to make infused water. Forget bottled vitamin water, or store-bought flavoured water, make your own! Much cheaper, healthier, and probably purer. It’s really easy to make infused water, doesn’t take much time or effort at all, and what you get is a water that has a little more vitamins and nutrients (vitamin C, antioxidants, even chlorophyll if you’re using herbs or green vegetables).

In the video I show four different examples of infused / flavoured water using fresh mint, citrus fruit, strawberries, and cucumber. Each of these taste different, and will give the water a different nutritional boost.

How to make an infused water

All you need is water (either in a glass, bottle or jar, or even a large pitcher), and either some fruit, berries, fresh herbs, or fresh spices (or a mixture).

Here are just a few ideas of what you can infuse your water with:

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Coriander / Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Galangal
  • Lemongrass
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Garlic (why not?!)
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Pomelo
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon
  • Starfruit
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Hibiscus

To make the infused water, you would fill up a container or glass with drinking water, and add a small handful of the fruit, herbs, or spices you want to infuse the water with. Make sure to slice or roughly crush the fruit, herb, or spice, so that it can easily infuse or dissolve it’s flavour into the water. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before drinking. The longer the fruit, spice, or herb soaks in the water, the stronger the taste will be (like tea).

A word of caution…

Enjoy the infused / flavoured water, but make sure not to be drinking it all the time, or exclusively. Too much of anything, is never a good thing! For example, if you were to be drinking tea all day, every day, eventually your teeth would get stained. With the infused water, if you were to be drinking it all day, every day, and nothing else, it might not only stain your teeth, but the fruit sugar could erode your teeth or cause sensitivity. Enjoy a few cups once in a while, maybe even once a day, but make sure to be drinking plenty of plain water as well, so your teeth aren’t always being covered by fruit sugars or naturally occurring acids. Better safe than sorry!

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Feb 132015

Coconut Lemonade Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

Valentines Day is this weekend and this Coconut Lemonade recipe is a perfect remedy after a big night out where perhaps you drank to much alcohol, have a hangover, ate too much rich food, didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re just feeling run down. This is the ultimate restorative drink!

Fresh coconut water is packed with electrolytes, and fresh lemon juice is known to be a perfect liver tonic. The two combined will get anyone on the road to recovery! I must say this is also a great post-workout drink, especially after intense cardio exercise.

Coconut Lemonade Recipe www.RadianceCentral.com

Easy to make, all you need to do is crack open a fresh young coconut, juice a lemon (or lime), and combine the coconut water with the lemon juice. If you want to be creative with this drink, you can chop-up some of the young  coconut meat and add it in (a popular thing to do here in Indonesia!). This drink can be served over ice or on it’s own, and no need to add any sweetener, the coconut water is definitely sweet enough! I always say “fresh is best,” but for those that don’t have access to fresh coconuts, bottled coconut water could be used as long as it’s pure and no added sweeteners or additives.

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Feb 032015

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -www.RadianceCentral.com

Tumeric Tonic Recipe -3- www.RadianceCentral.com Over the last week I’ve been doing a video series of different remedies for cold and flu (Healing Chicken Soup Recipe, Lemon Remedy For Sore Throats). Here is another great addition to one’s healing arsenal – fresh turmeric! Turmeric, which contains a high amount of curcumin, is known as a potent anti-inflammatory, so when someone is sick and having aches and pains, either from fever or being run-down, having a fresh turmeric tonic is a great way of reducing pain, inflammation, and swelling. This remedy is also great for those that have chronic pain and inflammation from arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory conditions. Taken regularly, turmeric is known for it’s great healing qualities!

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -2- www.RadianceCentral.com

In today’s video, I demonstrate how to make a turmeric tonic using freshly grated turmeric root. I love this tonic, I find it very easy to prepare and even though turmeric is potent, it’s not spicy like fresh ginger, so it’s much easier to drink.

Personally I much prefer to make this tonic by hand by grating and soaking the fresh turmeric. Turmeric stains, hardcore, (especially white appliances), so I would never juice large quantities of turmeric with my juicer (unless I want to dye my juicer bright yellow!), Throwing in a small piece a turmeric in the juicer with other vegetables is fine, it doesn’t stain the juicer much, but making straight turmeric juice will. So best to grate it and use a plate or cutting board you don’t mind staining (this is my warning!). I have to say it worth the extra effort, and it really doesn’t take much time to prepare.

If you love turmeric as much as I do, you should definitely make my homemade Indonesian Yellow Curry, this is a turmeric lover’s dream come true! Click here for the recipe!

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -4- www.RadianceCentral.com

Fresh Turmeric Tonic
2 tbsps freshly grated Turmeric
Hot Water (enough water to cover the grated turmeric)

1 bowl or cutting board (to grate the turmeric)
Fine mesh strainer
2 cups/glasses (one to soak the turmeric in, another to strain it into)

1- Finely grate the fresh turmeric on a cutting board or in a bowl/plate.
2- Put the grated turmeric in a glass or bowl and cover with hot water.
3- With a spoon, stir well so the turmeric and water are mixed thoroughly.
4- Let stand uncovered for 15-30 minutes.
5- Before straining, stir one more time.
6- With a fine mesh strainer, strain the soaked turmeric into a glass, make sure to press out all the liquid that has been absorbed into the grated turmeric.
7- Drink immediately! Best to drink it in one shot as opposed to sipping it. If need be, you can sweeten it with a little honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar.

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Jan 302015

Healing Chicken Soup Recipe - http://www.RadianceCentral.com

It’s Sicky Season, and over the course of the past two weeks my entire family was sick with the flu, including myself! My husband first got sick, then my daughter, and right when they started feeling better and I thought I managed to escape it, I got ill. I don’t like being sick, and I especially don’t like being sick while taking care of a toddler!

Lucky for me (and my family), I do have a bunch of natural remedies to help us get through the flu. There’s so many things you can do to relieve the symptoms and even help to speed up recovery. Over the next week I will share more recipes and remedies of the things that I do, that help!

Today I want to share my ultimate best healing chicken soup recipe. This by far is the most soothing, comforting, and nourishing soup. Every time I make it, I immediately feel better, and if I eat it regularly, I notice that it not only makes me physically feel strong and nourished, but my skin and hair get super soft and glowing. I also find this soup relaxes me and evens out my mood.

This chicken soup is also my daughter’s absolute favourite meal (minus the chilli peppers of course!). When I make this soup, she goes crazy for it, impatiently demanding bowl after bowl (words can’t describe my sheer delight and satisfaction of seeing her devour this healthy soup, she eats it like it’s chocolate cake, and sometimes I wonder if perhaps we are eating the same thing!). So this soup is AMAZING, it’s got Luna Ray’s kisses of approval :)

Healing Chicken Soup Recipe - http://www.RadianceCentral.com

Natasha’s Healing Chicken Soup Recipe

1 Organic, Free-Range / Pasture Raised Chicken
3 quarts / litres Water
2 medium Carrots (sliced or diced)
2 Potatoes (peeled & diced)
1 Zucchini (diced)
2 stalks of Celery (diced)
1 Onion (diced)
4 Shallots (sliced)
4 cloves of Garlic (minced)
2 inches / 5cm Ginger Root (sliced in large chunks so you can easily remove it when soup is finished cooking)
2 stalks of Lemongrass (bruised and tied in a knot)
2 Bay Leaves
2 Bird’s Eye Chilli Peppers (thinly sliced)  – Optional
3 tbsp fresh Coriander / Cilantro (chopped)
1/2 tsp White Peppercorns (crushed)
2 tsp Sea Salt

1- Put chicken in a stock pot and cover it with 3 quarts/litres of cold water.
2- Put stove on high and bring to a boil.
3- As the water is heating up, prepare, chop, and dice all the remaining ingredients, and put in the stock pot with water and chicken.
4- When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and place a lid on top of the pot leaving it slightly ajar.
5- Allow to simmer for at least 1.5 hours or longer (the longer the soup cooks the richer the flavour. I like to cook this soup for 3-4 hours if I have the time!).
6- When the soup is cooked, turn off the heat and take the whole chicken out of the stock pot and set the chicken aside to cool down.
7- Remove and discard the bay leaves, lemongrass, and ginger root from the soup.
8- Once the chicken is cooled down and not hot to touch, separate the chicken meat from the skin and bones, and add all the meat pieces back into the soup. You can discard the skin and bones (or keep the bones to use for another chicken stock).
9- Serve and enjoy.

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Nov 132014

Indonesian Shredded Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

In yesterday’s post I showed how to make an Indonesian Spicy Long Bean Salad, and today I’m showing you how to make an Indonesian Shredded Chicken with Chili Garlic Hot Sauce to go with the salad. If you like food that is spicy and bursting with flavor, you’ll love this chicken recipe! This chicken recipe is also very versatile, so you can make it to go with the Indonesian Spicy Long Bean Salad, or you can just have it on it’s own as a snack, with plain rice, on a green salad, or with steamed or sautéed vegetables.

In all my recipes I use my very own Homemade Coconut Oil. I have to say the taste and flavor far surpass anything you would buy from the store, so if you have the time, do make your own as well, Click Here to find out how!

Indonesian Shredded Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce Recipe2 - www.RadianceCentral.com


Indonesian Shredded Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce Recipe 3- www.RadianceCentral.com

Indonesian Shredded Chicken with Garlic Chili Hot Sauce (Ayam Plecing Sambal Iju) – serves 2-4 people

1 Organic Chicken Breast (boiled, baked, grilled, steamed, or roasted)– can use meat of other parts of the chicken as well.
3 Bird’s Eye Thai Chilis
4 medium cloves of Garlic
1 Kefir Lime (or 1/2 small lime) – juice of
1 tbsp Coconut Oil (or any other mild tasting cold pressed oil)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1- Cook chicken meat and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
2- With a mortar and pestle, mix & grind down the garlic cloves, chilis, and salt into a smooth paste.
3- Transfer garlic-chili paste to a bowl, add lime juice and oil, and mix thoroughly
4- Shred the cooked chicken meat into small pieces and mix with the garlic chili hot sauce.
5- Serve with the Indonesian Spicy Long Bean Salad and cooked rice.
6- Enjoy!

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