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A Magic Trick: Cooking More + Having More Free Time

Cooking healthy, whole foods regularly is now a way of life for me. I love cooking and am always experimenting with new things. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s the life of a chef!

I’m fortunate to have a flexible schedule, so I can decide in the afternoon that I want to make some particular meal for dinner, go out to the store in the afternoon and cook it up in time for dinner. But I do realize that is not the case for most people with full time jobs, young kids, and other time intensive responsibilities.

Over the years, cleansers (as well as friends, family, acquaintances… pretty much anyone that knows I’m a chef) have asked me to offer personal chef services so they can easily eat healthy, high quality, home cooked meals more regularly. Since we are always looking for ways to make the Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse easier for our participants, I decided to be brave and start offering prepared meals this year!

The response has been huge and I’m really enjoying making meals for our cleansers and hearing how much they loved it! Getting that kind of feedback nourishes my soul.

As I’m now cooking for many families, it’s been necessary to plan ahead and get more scheduled in my meal preparations, which admittedly doesn’t come naturally to my free spirit. However, my kitchen has turned into a bit of a store! I have all kinds of beautiful meals ready to go in mason jars. Since I always have some extra on hand, it’s like I’m taking care of myself as well. When I’m out and about, I look forward to coming home to my own house and having a selection of delicious, healthy, home cooked meals to choose from.

This past Monday I came home from the morning practice and had kitchari for breakfast, lunch was Mulligatawny Soup, and I finished the day with kale and white bean soup. Totally delicious, cleansing, and satisfying.

I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before – there is something very special about having a meal lovingly prepared for you. Seeing all the beautiful jars of healthy food in my refrigerator felt like a gift from someone else.  Although I am cooking more, it feels like I’m cooking less because of the free time my new schedule has created. I’ve been taking my dog for more walks, doing more yoga, reading, and contemplating getting a massage. Despite the fact that I’m doing more work, the advance planning makes it feel like so much less. I also feel less stressed.

This is my easiest cleanse ever, and it could be yours too!

So my recommendation to you, if you want to eat healthy and have more free time, either take a few minutes to plan/prep your meals ahead in batches, or let me do your cooking for you.

Either way, it’s a win!

To learn more about Chef Charlotte’s meal services, go to her website.

Matcha Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are energizing and excellent for reducing blood lipids! Matcha is a super nutrient dense version of green tea. If you make this at night, you can enjoy it as a super energizing breakfast!

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, almond, or soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 4 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 cups mixed berries of your choice (blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, etc)

Blend the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and matcha together in a blender until smooth. If you prefer not to use the blender, vigorously whisk it together until all of the matcha is dissolved. Pour the liquid into a bowl, and stir in chia seeds. Stir it again in 5 minutes intervals (If you skip this, it will all clump together in an unappealing way.) After 15 minutes if intermittent stirring, place the pudding in the fridge, and allow to sit for an hour or overnight. It may take a little longer than one hour depending on the milk you use. It should have the consistency of tapioca pudding when done. Stir the mixture once more, and serve topped with fresh berries.


Super Food Pudding

This “pudding” doubles as a dessert or breakfast! The chia seeds are so full of nutrients that we consider them a super food. They energize you better than coffee, but won’t impact your sleep. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, and protein.


¼ cup chia seeds
1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen will work)
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2-3 Tbsp pure maple syrup


Combine all ingredients into a high powered blender. (If using frozen strawberries, allow to thaw first.) Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If mixture seems too thick, add a little extra milk. Transfer to a bowl and chill for about 30 minutes before serving.


Cherry Garcia Raw Chocolate Smoothie

If you’re looking for a delicious, quick, easy, and incredibly nutrient dense breakfast option, look no further! Hemp seeds provide protein and omega three fatty acids, the cacao powder is through the roof with antioxidants and even chemicals that make you happy, cherries reduce inflammation and pain, coconut oil helps your metabolism and nourishes your brain and skin, and much, much more. And why not satisfy your chocolate craving first thing?


¼ cup hemp seeds
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
½ tsp vanilla extract (preferably the glycerin based one)
1 tiny sprinkle sea salt
1 Tbsp raw maple syrup
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
½ – 1 cup water
4-5 ice cubes (depending on how cold you like it)
¼ cup frozen cherries
1 Tbsp raw coconut oil (optional)
1 tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)


Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Note: We heartily endorse the Vitamix blender for the smoothest smoothies!