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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and morning is my favorite time of day. It's always a part of my daily ritual to allow some time to prepare and eat a pretty hefty breakfast, and if that time gets skipped or crunched I feel like my whole day is a little bit off after that. 

Granted, there are some random days when I don't make time for a grand and glorious breakfast, and that's OK too. On those mornings I may grab that extra batch of oatmeal I made the day before or even the leftover soup from the other night. But it makes me extra happy when I have leftover pancake batter...because pancakes are my favorite. 

These pancakes have been a staple since my childhood and I've tweaked them along the way by adding in some honey or ghee or nutmeg and, most recently, GINGER (because obviously I have a thing for ginger). This makes these pancakes extra good in the winter months for a nice punch of warmth, and then adding the blueberry honey ginger compote = sweet and warm and savory all at the same time!

Clearly, these are not Pintrest perfect pancakes - they're hearty and thick and hefty pancakes that will fill you up with just one or two .These are quick to prepare and make great leftovers if you have extra batter. (Also, FYI - replace all the ginger with lemon zest in the summer it's is a heavenly seasonal replacement for the ginger.) 

For the Pancakes:

1 egg
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup plain, full fat yogurt
1 c whole wheat or spelt flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tbsp honey
1 inch fresh grated ginger
2-4 tbsp coconut milk

In a medium sized bowl, beat the egg with a fork, then add the yogurt and melted ghee. Mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a fork. The batter will be thick (and you can add 2-4 tbsp of coconut milk if you would like a thinner consistency). In a large skillet, melt some ghee to coat the bottom, and cook each pancake about 4-5 minutes on each side. When tiny bubbles form in the batter, it's time to flip 'em!). Serve warm and smothered in blueberry compote.

For the Compote
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 inch fresh grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Drizzle over hot pancakes and make sure to sop up all the good stuff with those last few bites!



The beginning of this year feels so exciting for me. I've established this year as "The Year of Improvement", and my mind is abuzz with new and exciting projects, collaborations and goals. One of the (many) things that keeps me continually inspired and on track with my business vision and daily practice is filling my shelves with amazing books that feed my body, mind and soul. Every month I add new ones and sometimes come back to the old tried and true ones. Here's what's in my book nook this month:

For the Body:
A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari | Maya and her books are always on my radar and I always go back to them when I need some grounding in my nutrition and Ayurvedic practice. Her recipes are amazingly therapeutic and refreshing in their simplicity. This particular book is the ultimate reference for following an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practice that's ideal for the novice to the seasoned practitioner. I often utilize her recipes and dosha menus for my own patients in their treatment plans and haven't had a single person yet dislike any of the recommendations.

GATHER Journal (fall/winter 2015) | I was introduced to this journal over the holiday and it's so adorably perfect I can't stop looking at it. Filled with "seasonal recipes and exceptional ideas" (and beautiful photos), it's bountiful with new food ideas for January that I'm already drooling over, like Magical Mushroom Risotto and Smoky Lentil Soup with Pumpkin. Yes. 

For the Mind:
Sacred Commerce by Matthew & Terces Engelhart | This book was recommended to me by a friend a couple of months ago and over the holidays was gifted to me (thank you, Universe) by my Mom. I read through it in a single day, and will continue to read it over and over to let all of the gems sink in as I start this new year for my business and personal growth. It feels so right to embark on a business venture with a foundation based in gratitude and open communication - two principles that made into into my yearly ideal wheel for my daily living. 

For the Soul:
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince | Because I hopped on the Harry Potter fan wagon way late...and was apparently too busy being a die hard Lord of the Rings fan. I tore through the first five HP books in the past three months and....this one is nearly done already. Not that I imagine any of you have neglected to read these in the past 10 years, but if you haven't, just mosey on down to the bookstore and seriously get started. So much adventuring. 

What's in your book nook this month that's keeping you inspired?

I am often instinctively called Ginger when people don’t know or don’t remember my name. Either it’s a subconscious nod at my gingery red hair, or I just have a face that subtly hints, “Ginger!”. Either way, it’s been years and years since my friendship with ginger began, and this delicious, warming, cozy herb and I are tight allies for life.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is ideal for those folks who run cold at the core. Who dread the colder winter months because even their bones feel cold, and they cringe at the thought of stepping outside in the blistery snow storms. Their hands and feet are always on the “Jack Frost” side, and their digestion may run a little slow. Ginger is also fantastic for those, in Ayurvedic philosophy, who are considered to be of a Vata constitution and could use some grounding and warmth. Ginger has a naturally pungent and almost spicy taste that is absolutely revitalizing to your entire body, getting things moving and circulating both deep in your core, and also to your peripheral hands and feet.

Herbs, like people, have a strong personality and should ideally be used where they are most efficient and most needed. Ginger is hot - pungent and hot - and works best for people who are cold in order to bring about that balance. (Hint: I wouldn't recommend using ginger if you have active inflammation happening somewhere in the body, as this excess heat can exacerbate ulcerations or bowel disorders). So, do you run cold at the core, or cold in your periphery (like cold hands and feet)?



Dried ginger, taken as a tincture or tea, is best for warming and nurturing the core of the body (especially for digestion). Fresh ginger, taken as tea, is best for warming the extremities and awesome for that first stage of a cold where you need to push those pathogens out of the body by producing a superficial sweat (this is call a diaphoretic action). Fresh ginger can also be taken daily as a tonic herb to not only keep you warm and grounded, but also to modulate and enhance your digestion by relaxing the smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also a broad spectrum anti-inflammatory for the musculoskeletal system, supporting the muscles, joints and ligaments. (As a side note, Vata’s tend to run a little dry and…brittle, if you will. They may often be susceptible to arthritic conditions or tight muscles, hence why ginger is a great ally for them).

My favorite way to take ginger is as a fresh tea.

Take about 1 inch fresh ginger, peel and coarsely chop. Place in 2 cups of water in a saucepan on the stove and let simmer (with a covered lid) for 15 minutes. This is called a decoction, and is ideal for those tough portions of an herb like stems, roots, rhizomes or bark. Strain and put in your favorite mug to sip on those chillier days.

I also LOVE taking crystalized ginger with me when I travel. Traveling is one of the very few things that really puts me on edge and just gloriously unravels my otherwise calm and collected persona. Flying especially is the worst. Oh my gosh I hate flying. Putting a piece of crystalized ginger in some hot water and sipping on that brings me right back into my peaceful aura and helps put me at ease again. Like I said - we’re tight allies. 

What’s your favorite way to take (or eat!) ginger?

HELLO, I’M LINDSAY.
Herbal medicine and nutrition is my expertise. Understanding plants, their properties, and their powers is my passion.

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