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Here’s A Quick Way To Kick Your Caffeine Cravings

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It’s summer and I’m thirsty and hot – a lot. New York City can be pretty sticky, and I need constant refreshment to get through a day. Try my favorite mid-day caffeine-free latte recipe!



Back in the day I would cool my afternoon energy lulls with an iced latte or frozen coffee drink from that place that rhymes with “Blahr – ducks.” Since detoxifying my body over a decade ago, I find that I don’t like or want as much caffeine, dairy, and sugar as I used to. Actually, I find that I feel even worse if I have them!


What’s wrong with a little caffeine you might be asking? Well, if you’re drinking several (or even one, for some people) servings of coffee, tea, cola, or “energy drink” a day, your sleep can be effected no matter how early in the day you drink it.


Your morning cup of tea or coffee can also dehydrate your skin making it look older than it is (horrors!), and makes you urinate more, leading to overall dehydration.


If you remember your high school chemistry, you might recall that calcium (from your bones) is an alkaline substance.


If you’re drinking caffeine (along with sugar and diary, especially) you can change the pH balance of your body to be overly acidic. There are strong links between regular caffeine use and osteoporosis, because of the acidic nature of many caffeinated beverages.

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Still, I like to enjoy a yummy cold drink, especially in the afternoons, and here is one of my favorite recipes:


1 cup iced Teeccino

½ cup MimiCCreme

Serve over ice


Teeccino is an herbal coffee-replacement that offers a roasted aroma, look and taste just like coffee, without the caffeine. Or the caffeine crash a few hours later.


MimiCCreme is a line of non-dairy, soy-free, gluten-free nut creams that make any cream recipe totally amazing. I like the unsweetened version for my iced teeccino in the afternoon, but the sweetened versions are great for desserts, baking, smoothies and breakfast recipes.


Enjoy your caffeine free latte!


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Patriotic Plant Protein Patties! (AKA Veggie Burger for July 4th!)

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Patriotic Plant Protein Pattie! (AKA July 4th Veggie Burgers)
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with some veggie burgers that everyone can enjoy. I’ve doctored these up with extra plant protein coming from the beans and hemp seeds.

This recipe is cholesterol free, dairy free, egg free, and gluten-free (unless you add the totally optional bread crumbs – but really, you don’t need them.)

Make some extra patties, freeze them and reheat in a lightly oiled skillet any old time of year for a quick, hearty, healthy meal:

Yield: 6-8 patties

4 tablespooons flaxseeds, ground in a spice grinder

1/3 cup water

2 1/2 cups cooked beans (any will do: try black beans, pinto, kidney, chickpeas, or a combination)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1/4 cup diced celery

1 tablespoon fresh orange zest

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup finely chopped spinach

1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds

1/2 cup cooked brown rice, quinioa or millet (leftovers from the day before are great for this)

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  1. Combine the ground flaxseeds and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir often until the mixture become gooey. Set aside to cool while you do the next step.
  2. Combine the beans, salt, pepper, parsley, onion, celery, orange zest, garlic, spinach, hemp seeds, brown rice, flax seed mixture and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a food processor. Pulse 15-18 times to combine the mixture so that it becomes thick and creamed together, with some chunks still remaining.
  3. The mixture should be easy to handle and can be formed into 1-inch thick patties. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup and flattened each scoop to 1-inch thick. If it feels to dry add a little water. If it feels too moist, add a few tablespoons of cooked grain or bread crumbs and mix to combine.
  4. Heat a heavy skillet (a well-seasoned cast iron skillet is great) over medium heat and warm 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  5. Cook the patties, about 3 at a time, for 7 minutes on each side.

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I discovered that dairy really doesn’t do my body good back in 2000, and ever since I’ve been looking for new dairy-free products to spice up my menus.Laken loves amande yogurt

Many of my clients find they feel and look better when they remove dairy from their diets, so in the interest of market-research I get to spend a lot of time in health food stores, scanning the shelves for new products.

(I wrote an article for the super-glamorous CoCoEcoMagazine last month about going dairy-free to improve adult acne and eczema…)

Also, my 4.5 year old son is really into yogurt, and I like feeding it to him: it has those great live cultures like acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, and other lus-es and um’s and us-es…all those unpronounceable words that mean your digestive system is getting the healthy bacteria it needs to keep your entire body running smoothly.

Non-dairy yogurts are also an easy snack that offers protein, calcium, and healthy fats, but it’s hard to find one that’s lightly sweetened.

I just discovered Amande yogurt from Cascade Fresh, and I couldn’t be happier! Laken too!

(Do you see that grinning face above?) 

Amande is made from almond milk, fruit juices, and truly natural flavors and colors. No hidden MSG or toxic colorings here; instead, they use annatto, purple carrot, and elderberry juices.

Almonds are highly regarded in traditional medicines for supporting the digestive tract and nervous system, and are the only nut that helps to alkalinize an overly acidic body pH. According to Ayurvedic medicine, almonds strengthen the bones, nerves, and reproductive organs.

This stuff is so free of dietary problems (unless you’re allergic to almonds) that almost anyone can enjoy it: dairy free, soy free, lactose free, no refined sugar, gluten free, no casein, vegan, and kosher…

Amande is great for people who prefer or need both dairy-free and soy-free foods. It’s also good for people who need to avoid too many sugars. So that’s pretty much everyone!

You could win some free yogurt! If you want to try a free sample of Amande, enter my blog contest here by leaving a comment before Friday, June 24th at 12pm EST.

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Get rid of your constipation once and for all

“Your gut is the seat of your health”, I told my client. “We need to make things easier on your digestive system if you want to start losing weight and feeling energized. That’s the bottom line.”

I’ve counseled many clients about their digestive health, and time after time I have found that eliminating their constipation (pun intended!) has a fantastic domino effect on their energy and ability to lose weight.

Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the US, resulting in over 2 million visits to doctors every year and Americans spend over $700 million on laxatives each year.

Constipation is mostly a result of a highly refined diet filled with packaged and processed foods. Think of the Elvis Diet: greasy, cholesterol-laden foods like cheeseburgers, French fries, fried banana sandwiches… My 8 Week Delicious Detox Tele-Course, starting September 6th, will guide you through transforming your diet to avoid this and many other health woes.

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Laxatives can help things start moving in the short term, but long-term use can lead to other problems and some products contain harmful ingredients.

Probiotics are my number one recommendation to help constipation sufferers. These friendly bacteria live in our digestive tract and help us to digest and absorb nutrients from our food. They do a lot of the work for us, and a majority of chronic constipation cases are improved with a good quality probiotic.

What do I mean by good quality?

–       Make sure you buy a refrigerated brand and keep the bottle cold after it’s opened: those are living bacteria and we want to keep them happy and vital.

–       Get a brand that has several different strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus helveticus, like New Chapter’s ProBiotic All-Flora. Different strains take up residence in different parts of your very lengthy intestines.

And probiotics are one of the few supplements I think help most people …I’ve been taking them daily, along with naturally fermented foods, for years.

Once you get regular (that means 1-2 easy bowel movements a day) your body will start to work more efficiently and your energy will improve. When your bowel movements are easier, your body will be able to remove excess cholesterol, and you’ll start losing weight faster.

Those little micro-critters are our friends – believe me!

Vegan Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread: Vegan, Whole Grain Style!

Vegan Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

I love being Irish. My last name is Jamieson so I get to drink whisky without guilt (ok, so it’s spelled differently), and I feel a bit of undeserved pride when making Irish soda bread. This recipe contains actual whole grains, extra protein from the nuts and seeds, and tastes great when served warm with soup. Oh – and there’s no cholesterol (no milk, no eggs!) so it’s pretty heart healthy with its high fiber content.


1 ½ cups plain, unsweetened soy milk

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 ½ cups whole spelt flour

½ cup white spelt flour or unbleached white flour

¼ cup barley flour

1/3 cup Sucanat, Rapadura, or other natural cane sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup rolled oats

¼ cup millet

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil

2 tablespoons tahini


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly oil a round 3-quart glass baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine the soymilk, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside to curdle.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Mix in the oats, millet, and sunflower seeds
  4. Add the oil and tahini to the soymilk mixture and whisk well to combine. This dough should look a little lumpy and bubbly, so don’t overmix.
  5. Place the dough in the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool at least 20 minutes before cutting.

Serves 10

Per serving: 401 calories, 16g fat, Omg cholesterol, 660 mg sodium, 8g fiber, 58g carbohydrate, 12g protein.

Overnight Muesli

Scandinavians have the right idea – make breakfast before bed and save time in the morning while enjoying a filling, delicious meal. The oats, almonds, and flax in this recipe give you a nice dose of cholesterol-lowering fiber and omega-3s, while the cinnamon offers blood sugar protection. This is easy to make gluten-free – just make sure you get gluten-free oats! Kids like this recipe too, although you may want to grind the nuts in a spice grinder to make the pieces smaller.

This recipe comes from my latest book Vegan Cooking For Dummies – order it here!

You can mix up the other ingredients to your liking:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Chilling In The Fridge Time: Overnight

Yield: 2 servings


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup soy, hemp, rice, or almond milk

1/4 cup apple juice

1/4 cup chopped dried apples or fruit juice-sweetened cranberries

1/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped almonds

1 tablespoons brown rice syrup or maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds


1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the flaxseeds in a medium mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and refrigerate.

2. Remove the cover in the morning and sprinkle with flaxseeds and serve cold or at room temperature.

Per serving:

415 calories, 10 grams fat, 0 cholesterol, 170 sodium, 75 carbohydrates, 11 dietary fiber, 12 grams protein

My Natural Soda Challenge Is SO Timely: Diet Soda Risk Study

This week I started my Natural Soda Challenge to discover wether these products are really safe, if they taste good, and to have a little fun. I didn’t realize how timely this project was going to be! As reported on yesterday, “A new study suggests that the popular (diet soda) drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death.”

According to lead investigator Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida “People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda.”

This is just an example of the kind of important information my Red Hot Hearts members will receive when we begin our 8 week tele-course on Tuesday, 2/15. There are 7 spots remaining, so contact me today to get in on the action!

To read the full article, go here:

Now you have even more reason to try Zevia, the stevia sweetened soda I reviewed this week in my Natural Soda Taste Test Series!

Grocery Store As Medicine Cabinet: Red Hot Hearts Learn To Shop For Cardiovascular Healing

Red Hot Hearts: Women’s Detox & Cardiovascular Health Tele-Series

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”

~Pablo Picasso

I’ve been talking a lot about my upcoming Red Hot Hearts Tele-Series lately. February is traditionally filled with frilly Valentine’s, brightly colored greeting cards, and boxes of sweet treats for friends and lovers. But this February I want to help a select group of 20 women (there are only 15 spots left!) to transform their health so they can avoid the #1 killer of Americans.

February is also Wear Red For Heart Disease month. I’m inspired by the wear red campaign because I know many women and families in the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia who have been affected by this mostly preventable disease.

In cultures where unrefined, whole foods are eaten, heart disease barely exists. Early in my career I read a book by Dr. Dean Ornish titled “Reversing Heart Disease.” He proved that with a low-fat, plant-based diet, and other easy techniques and tools, people can halt and reverse heart disease.

In this 8 week tele-series starting 2/15, the day after Valentine’s, we’ll start a fun, tasty adventure together that will give you tools, support, and guidance to transform your health.

–       We’ll create delicious vitality every tele-class by learning about foods that have been used for centuries to improve cardiovascular health

–       I’ll take you on a virtual tour of your grocery store and you’ll learn about what foods you can start including from day 1 that are used around the world to gently cleanse the body while protecting heart health

Ready to reserve your spot? Go here for more on the 8 Week Red Hot Hearts Tele-Course with Alex:

In addition to all this, if you sign up by tomorrow you’ll receive a box of resources, products and tools worth over $100 that will help get you started on this path to transformation.

The box will include:

–       A signed copy of my book The Great American Detox Diet

–       Free samples of my favorite cholesterol-free dairy replacements

–       Non-toxic products for your home to help you start detoxing your life right away

–       Valuable CD’s on holistic health topics that will offer more in-depth guidance outside of our tele-class time

–       And more goodies you’ll love!

Sign up here today – only 9 spots left as of 2pm!

Not sure if this program is right for you?

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Detox Naturally & Enjoy Heart Healthy Foods Like These Potato Skins

Red Hot Hearts: Women’s Weight Loss &

Cardiovascular Health Tele-Series


In just 3 weeks, my tele-series for women begins. I’ve been working on this program because I know that it’s necessary. I’ve worked with women all over the world who have high cholesterol & blood pressure, are worried because heart disease runs in their family, and their energy is low – and they don’t feel old enough to “feel old!”

One of the important topics we’ll be covering in this course is savory, salty, sodium. Yes, a little bit of salt makes food flavors pop and our taste buds light up, but did you know that most Americans consume 2 times more sodium than is safe?

The long-term health effects of a high-sodium diet are:


High Blood Pressure

Water Retention (or that not-so-lovely bloated feeling)

That’s why we’ll be focusing on how to get the salt (and food-toxins) out! Learn how we over-salt our food, how much to use, what kind to use and a special class of foods that can help curb what you’re really craving for when you reach for the salt shaker.

*Sign up by 2/3 and I’ll send you products that will help you cut your salt intake while improving your mineral intake! The detox box is worth over $100 – can’t beat that!




I got a little upset when I saw that many “heart healthy” recipes online contain toxic ingredients. So I created my own, healthier recipe for potato skins that tastes delicious and helps curb salt cravings to boot!

Not only is this program designed to help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure naturally, protecting your cardiovascular health for years to come, but it can increase your energy and make weight balance a real, manageable, and reachable goal as we move towards springtime!

Here’s a testimonial from one of my past clients that I love sharing:

“Through working with Alex I was able to let go of bad habits that were affecting me mentally and physically creating a much healthier me!  I struggled for so long with my weight and was amazed how your simple steps helped me achieve my goals.  I did not realize how much my headaches and poor health were affecting my life.  I am now at a much healthier weight.  I am stronger, in better shape, healthier and feel better than I have in my entire life.  You helped me achieve my goals and so much more!”


Senior Analyst

Kansas City, Missouri

Go here to sign up for the 8 Week Red Hot Hearts Tele-Course with Alex:

Here’s something else you might not have expected when you opened this email:

Getting in touch with your deepest, truest, and most delicious passions is an important part of healing your heart. In every tele-class we will take some time to focus on the emotional aspects of healing. Whether you’re coming out of a broken relationship, healing from childhood abuse, or feeling the stress of not going after your dreams, this tele-series will honor you and your truth. Because genuine healing doesn’t just involve transforming your meals, it requires transforming how you treat yourself and value who you really are. That’s the good stuff!

I’ve had women from all over the world on these calls, and since we’re meeting at 2pm EST every Tuesday, it’s a manageable time for almost everyone.

All of the calls are recorded so you can download them and listen again later, or tune in if you had to come late or leave early from a call.

If you have any questions about the tele-series, let me know: alex@nutritionforempoweredwomen

I’ll get back to you after I return from my Costa Rica retreat with Ariel & Shya Kane on 1/31! (Learn more about the Kane’s here)

If you’re ready to sign up and reserve your spot, don’t delay!

What You’ll Get With Your Red Hot Heart Membership: How It Works & What You’ll Get

Red Hot Hearts: Women’s Detox & Cardiovascular Health

8 Week Tele-Series

Starting February 15th at 2pm EST

**How to get a Detox Box worth over $100 for free just by signing up early

How will the program work and what will I get?

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks, the 20 members will call in to a special conference call line. I’ll introduce a few topics about food and healthy living each week, and we’ll discuss the best, easiest ways that the members can experiment and explore the new information.

Every member will have a chance to ask questions and share ideas and concerns.

Your privacy is a top priority for me, and our community will create a shared, safe space to grow as a group.

Worried you might miss a class?

Each call will be recorded! That way you can download and listen to the calls later if you need to miss a call, come late, or leave early. You can download each call to keep forever on your computer if you so wish. The information we’ll share will serve you well for years to come!


HERE’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES!vegan pumpkin pancakes, gluten free waffles, mochi waffles, easy recipes

Ready to reserve your spot? Go here for more on the 8 Week Red Hot Hearts Tele-Course with Alex:

Members will also have access to a private online-classroom and e-group for support and resources between calls.

And this tele-series doesn’t just take on the dietary and nutritional aspects of improving cardiovascular health while enabling  gentle detoxification. We’ll also practice delicious, simple, yet profoundly effective ways to create a loving sense of acceptance for your body exactly as it is now – which is as important as choosing the “right” foods to healing your body.

“Love is the greatest touch-up artist of all.”

~Robert Brault

**Did you know you could also get a bonus box of goodies and resources if you sign up by 2/3? I’ll send a box filled with valuable materials to every member who signs up by 2/3 at 2pm EST. The box will include a signed copy of my book The Great American Detox as well as other valuable goodies, for a total worth of over $100! Cool!

Ready to sign up?

Not sure if this program is right for you? Write to me at and I’ll be in touch when I return from my Costa Rica retreat with Ariel & Shya Kane on 1/31! (INCLUDE LINK TO TRANSFORMATIONMADEEASY.COM)

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