My Empowered Heart

Banana Milk/Leche de Platano

Only 2 years ago, I could only tolerate 5 foods. I worked hard to heal my gut, and now I can eat it all. Bananas are one of my faves for gut health, so I had to make them into plant milk. They’re sweet and

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Chicken Tinga Tacos/Tacos de Tinga

These tacos come together in just 20 minutes, and they’re amazing. My husband loves them, and doesn’t even notice they’re fried in avocado oil for a healthier twist. INGREDIENTS  15 oz fire roasted tomatoes  2 canned in adobo sauce chipotles + 1 tsp adobo sauce 

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Dole Whip Popsicles/Paletas de Hielo Dole Whip

We had a blast making these icy pops. They’re so refreshing and sweet. Save to make it later!❤️ INGREDIENTS 1 can full fat coconut milk 4 c frozen pineapple chunks Pinch sea salt ¼ c maple syrup Juice of half lime Optional: you can add

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Creamy Strawberry Popsicles/Paletas de Fresa

Starting a Mexican street food series to ring in summer. First up, strawberry paletas. These are Mexican-style creamy fruit, coconut milk, and coconut cream popsicles. They are usually sold by street vendors, and they taste just like strawberry ice cream! I made these with my

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Blueberry Almond Milk/Leche de almendra y arandanos

A little variation on the original, and already a fave. I love adding it to smoothie’s especially. INGREDIENTS  1?½ c filtered water  2 tbsp creamy almond butter  Pinch of sea salt  1 tsp finely ground freeze-dried blueberries  MAKE IT Blend for 2-3 minutes, strain if

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Pear Agua Fresca/Agua Fresca de Pera

A delicious drink, and as a bonus a digestive powerhouse PEAR AGUA FRESCA INGREDIENTS  5 pears, peeled and sliced  2-3 c filtered water, depending on consistency you want  1/4 c maple syrup  Juice of 1/2 lime  1 tbsp chia seeds  Pinch of sea salt (optional,

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Churro French Toast/Torijas estilo churro

Churros for breakfast is a recipe we love, def kid-approved. It’s made with healthy whole food ingredients, and comes together quickly. It’ll work with any bread, but fluffy brioche rolls are key. FRENCH TOAST INGREDIENTS (individual portion) 3 brioche rolls, halved 1 egg 1/4 c almond

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Crispy Ground Chicken Tacos with Pico de Gallo

These chicken tacos come together in just 20 minutes, and making them from the homemade taco seasoning to frying the tortillas in the same pan you cooked the chicken in is an effen labor of love.  The pico de gallo is just cilantro, onion, tomato,

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Banana Milk/Leche de Platano

Only 2 years ago, I could only tolerate 5 foods. I worked hard to heal my gut, and now I can eat it all. Bananas are one of my faves for gut health, so I had to make them into plant milk. They’re sweet and

Read More »

Chicken Tinga Tacos/Tacos de Tinga

These tacos come together in just 20 minutes, and they’re amazing. My husband loves them, and doesn’t even notice they’re fried in avocado oil for a healthier twist. INGREDIENTS  15 oz fire roasted tomatoes  2 canned in adobo sauce chipotles + 1 tsp adobo sauce 

Read More »

Dole Whip Popsicles/Paletas de Hielo Dole Whip

We had a blast making these icy pops. They’re so refreshing and sweet. Save to make it later!❤️ INGREDIENTS 1 can full fat coconut milk 4 c frozen pineapple chunks Pinch sea salt ¼ c maple syrup Juice of half lime Optional: you can add

Read More »

Creamy Strawberry Popsicles/Paletas de Fresa

Starting a Mexican street food series to ring in summer. First up, strawberry paletas. These are Mexican-style creamy fruit, coconut milk, and coconut cream popsicles. They are usually sold by street vendors, and they taste just like strawberry ice cream! I made these with my

Read More »

Blueberry Almond Milk/Leche de almendra y arandanos

A little variation on the original, and already a fave. I love adding it to smoothie’s especially. INGREDIENTS  1?½ c filtered water  2 tbsp creamy almond butter  Pinch of sea salt  1 tsp finely ground freeze-dried blueberries  MAKE IT Blend for 2-3 minutes, strain if

Read More »

Pear Agua Fresca/Agua Fresca de Pera

A delicious drink, and as a bonus a digestive powerhouse PEAR AGUA FRESCA INGREDIENTS  5 pears, peeled and sliced  2-3 c filtered water, depending on consistency you want  1/4 c maple syrup  Juice of 1/2 lime  1 tbsp chia seeds  Pinch of sea salt (optional,

Read More »

Churro French Toast/Torijas estilo churro

Churros for breakfast is a recipe we love, def kid-approved. It’s made with healthy whole food ingredients, and comes together quickly. It’ll work with any bread, but fluffy brioche rolls are key. FRENCH TOAST INGREDIENTS (individual portion) 3 brioche rolls, halved 1 egg 1/4 c almond

Read More »

Crispy Ground Chicken Tacos with Pico de Gallo

These chicken tacos come together in just 20 minutes, and making them from the homemade taco seasoning to frying the tortillas in the same pan you cooked the chicken in is an effen labor of love.  The pico de gallo is just cilantro, onion, tomato,

Read More »

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Gabriela

As the child of immigrants, I got to see the struggle first hand. We didn’t have a lot, but we used simple ingredients and spices to transform vegetarian meals into feasts. Good food made everything better. Early on, I started helping out in the kitchen. Not only was it fun, but it also taught me about something I call “kitchen medicine.” Kitchen medicine is food made with real ingredients, that heals, nourishes, and strengthens us. At every inflection point in my health journey, food has been key in healing my body.

 

At 19 years-old, I was in a life-threatening car accident. Against all odds, I survived. It changed my life, my course, and propelled me into a healing profession for almost 20 years. My first job as a nurse was at the very hospital that saved my life. It has been so fulfilling and humbling to help others on their health journey. And now, I am a patient once again.

 

In 2020, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. Kitchen medicine has helped my body weather the storm. It also helped heal my leaky gut, caused by Lyme. I have learned so much along the way, as both a patient and nurse. I’m excited to share it with you. 

 

I’ve always felt most empowered by love and knowledge. I hope my recipes and blog inspire and empower your heart and healing journey.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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