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Candy Calderon: Holistic Health Coach and Creator of Ñami by Candy

Candy comes from a business background and worked for several years with international corporations traveling the world developing their business, but always felt in her heart that health & wellness were her true calling. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she took it upon herself to learn everything needed to help her heal faster and naturally. That’s when she learned about the benefits and healing qualities of a plant-based diet, eventually switching to that lifestyle and her journey as a holistic health coach began. She now coaches people on how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle; she’s an avid plant-based nutrition advocate and educator, chef, plus a yoga & meditation lover. She’s passionate about transmitting her message to everyone in need, but especially to her Latin community both Spanish and English speaking.

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Quinoa con leche (Rice Pudding)

 There are many rice puddings (in this case we are making it healthier subbing quinoa for rice), but the Dominican one, with its heavenly mix of spices, stands out from the crowd. Here's how to make arroz (quinoa) con leche.


· 2 cups of almond or coconut milk (I used half and half)

· 4 cups of water

· 1 cup of stevia

· 1 cup of Quinoa

· 4 cinnamon sticks (1tsp grounded)

· 1/4 cup of raisins

· 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

· 1 teaspoon of salt

· 1 teaspoon of ground cloves

· 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg


 · Soak the quinoa, cloves and cinnamon sticks in 2 of the 4 cups of water and let sit for a couple of hours (optional step, if you are short of time, you can go ahead and direct to next step).

· Put the remaining 2 cups of water in an iron o cast aluminum pot.

· Add the quinoa (including cinnamon and cloves).

· Add the salt.

· Cook over medium temperature and stir regularly to avoid sticking.

· When the quinoa is tender (about 15 mins) add the milk and the sugar.

· When it breaks a boil again add the raisins.

· Cook over low heat until the mixture reaches a pudding-like consistency (consistency can vary depending the quinoa brand, if you feel your quinoa is too liquid and not enough pudding like, you can go ahead and add 1 tbsp of corn starch diluted in 2 tbsp cool water to the mix and it will obtain the pudding-like texture).

· Remove from the heat.

· Remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks if used.

· Add the coconut oil and mix well.

· Cover and let it cool down to room temperature.

· Serve in small bowls and sprinkle with the nutmeg.


Each person seems to have a favorite consistency for this dish. You can adjust the liquids to obtain the texture you prefer!

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