The Dharma Desk Blog

Adrenal Support Smoothie

Here is a smoothie that will help nourish your adrenals and get your day off to a great start! It includes Maca powder, one of the ultimate energy boosting superfoods. Maca can reduce the effects of cortisol on the adrenal glands and is known for its adaptogenic effect (increases the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors including stress).

1 cup green tea, chilled or room temp
1 fresh banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon maca
1/2 tablespoon ginger spice or fresh ginger, grated
A dash of Celtic sea salt
A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached. Yum!!

Gluten Free AND Delicious Pizza Crust

We are really trying to eat less gluten in our house and for the most part we do pretty well. But there are a few things that just don’t translate well in the gluten free world and one of them is a pizza crust. Especially for kids. But last night I think I finally made something that is healthy, gluten free and (most importantly) delicious! This recipe is modified from the Wheat Belly Cookbook Dr. William Davis.

1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1-1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup channa (chickpea) flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
seasonings as desired
2 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all dry ingredients followed by the wet ones. Mix thoroughly. Pour dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this is critical!). Either spread it out fairly think into your pizza shape, or place another piece of parchment paper on top and roll it out with a rolling pin. It will be very sticky and soft. Very carefully remove the top parchment paper and form a crust edge with a spatula. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Remove and add pizza toppings and place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

and for a good laugh, check out this great video One Grain More – a great food allergy parody set to Les Misérables.

Raw Gingerbread Cookies

Super simple, takes less than 5 minutes, gluten/grain free and SO yummy. Almonds are full of antioxidants, healthy fats and magnesium. If you can soak, sprout and dehydrate the almonds first even better.

3/4 cup dates
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/16th tsp cloves
tiny pinch salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend an a food processor and then form into people, Christmas trees, angels, reindeer…anything!! But try not to eat all the dough first, if you can!

Dharma Desk Christmas List

Holiday madness is upon us and Christmas is just 2 weeks away!! Are you still looking for that perfect gift for the yogi on your list? Here are our top 10 suggestions:

1. Inspired jewelry? The Barbar’s Daughter is the place! Gorgeous pieces with meaning ~ the hard part will be choosing! $50+
2. Spoonk Acupressure Mat – aches and pains be gone! Did you know 1-3 homes in Scandanavia have one of these? That is how good they are. Goes with me on every trip. $80
3. Joy-a-Toes – these things are amazing. Spread your toes during your practice or on the couch. Great for your feet and posture & fits in a stocking! $40
4. What list would be complete without Chocolate? Chocoveda even has a chakra chocolate box – guaranteed to bring you to nirvana! $30+
5. Jade Yoga Mat ~ this is our official studio mat, made of natural rubber, non-slip, comfy and totally eco-friendly. For every mat purchased, a tree is planted! $70+
6. A gift certificate from your local yoga studio. Support yoga within your own community! Make the gift even better and treat yourself too!
7. Time running short – how about a gift card from iTunes to help put together that super groovin’ yoga playlist?
8. On the road and hard to get to the studio, a membership to My Yoga Online keeps you on your mat anyplace, anytime! 100s of classes with amazing teachers from around the world. $10 a month or $90 for the year.
9. Donation to Africa Yoga Project. A most worthy cause, spreading yoga in African communities. Will warm any yogi’s heart.
10. And of course, a Dharma Desk! Ergonomic, portable, adjustable and just plain awesome! $45+