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Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.

 

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
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 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com.  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

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Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Ellovi Body Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

I am a huge supporter and fan of natural skincare, makeup and body care. During the beginning of my journey of healing, dietary and lifestyle changes, I went to great lengths researching and educating myself about eating well and taking care of my body (I still do). After awhile, I decided to address skincare. I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source) Pretty scarey, right!?

It means the choices we make today are going to have a real impact on the way we’re going to live our lives tomorrow, especially with these kinds of products that we use daily, over 10 to 30 years or our whole lives. So even though it’s a small quantity of use, it’s chronic exposure. And that is all it takes.

Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? 

Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free?

ABSOLUTELY!

I was recently contacted by Kelly Winterhalter, founder of Ellovi, to sample and review her natural body butter. She mentioned there were only 6 ingredients in the product. I did a quick review of the website and I said “Yes, please!” ~ Hands clapping in excitement ~ 

Ellovi is a company founded on the grounds of integrity, ethics and offering the finest quality ingredients from around the world in a single product that TRULY delivers.  They are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants.  My kind of company! Over the years, I have tried many organic, natural, eco-friendly products and Ellovi body butter is one of many that I can honestly claim THIS IS IT! 

Ellovi Body Butter is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients. 

From the Ellovi website:

What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated, can’t evaporate like other moisturizers, and we don’t need preservatives. Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes your skin better from the inside out. Even after washing your hands or bathing, Butter will keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.

This is all true!  I can usually moisturize after a shower and the next day or so upon cleaning again will need to re-apply.  I don’t have to do this with Ellovi Butter. My skin stays hydrated and happy.  I have used it all over my body – head to toe (elbows, hands, legs, face, feet, hair).  Yes, hair! I have used a small amount and rubbed into my palms and applied by gently squeezing to the ends of my hair (before drying or after, as needed).  Great moisturizer and leaves a healthy sheen to hair.  Oh, yeah, it’s also a nice personal lubricant.  Say no more.

I use this luxurious butter on my face as a moisturizer, around my eyes and it doesn’t clog my skin (mine is sensitive) and give me pimples.  My skin looks fresher and clearer.   It has actually started to heal some old scars on my face and body.  Woohoo! 

Ellovi body butter is also safe to use on pets.  It helped clear up a rash on my dog, Meg’s back in just a day.  Score!

You don’t need to use a lot of it, unlike many body butters.  So a little goes a long way and the jar will last longer than most other butters.  It spreads nicely and evenly. It is ultra hydrating and light.  It isn’t greasy or heavy like many other butters.  Ellovi has a fresh light scent – ever so subtle – so it won’t interfere with anything else you are wearing or great for sensitive folks like me. 

So what are the 6 wonderful ingredients (all wildly harvested):

  • Macadamia Nut – Full of youth enhancing fatty acids that are naturally present in young skin
  • Coconut – Provides proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that revitalize skin
  • Marula – Used in Africa for thousands of years as an anti-aging regimen
  • Hemp Seed – Loaded with antioxidants that cleanse skin of environmental toxins
  • Shea – Considered sacred by ancient African natives for its natural healing powers

Ellovi body butter is an all-in-one product for skin, hair and body.  I LOVE it and hope you take the opportunity to try it out for yourself.  Packaging was beautiful, simple and the jars are reusable.  Oh yeah, FREE SHIPPING! 

Just as I teach and promote with education of food – The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients.  Check your skin care products at www.ewg.org/skindeep to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Simplify, baby!  Again, my philosophy -  if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.  Either purchase from reputable companies such as Ellovi or make them yourself (DIY).  I do both!

Thank you Kelly for offering me the opportunity to try your body butter.  You’ve got a new customer and I look forward to trying your Lip Butter soon – luxury on the lips!  Kelly is a real sweetheart and feel free to contact her with any questions at Ellovi.com.

I was not paid for this review. This was purely an honest assessment about a product that I feel passionately about and use myself.  I wanted to share with you!

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Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Energy Enhancing Immune Boosting Herbal Tonic

The weather outside this week has been cold, dreary and snowy.   I whipped this tonic up on Wednesday afternoon to warm me up, boost my energy (cabin fever going on here!) and enhance my immune system.  Our immune systems are so delicate and easily influenced by many external AND internal factors.  Daily strengthening of this system is key to radiant health.  This tonic lends not just to “physical” health but to “mental” health.  I have been doing a lot of work on the computer lately and needed some L-dopamine boosting.  What is she talking about, you ask?  L-dopamine has to do with mental focus and can also help with depression, SADS (seasonal affective disorder) – AKA winter depression, winter blues or “I can’t get outside and GROUND, soak up the sun and be with nature.” 

L-Dopa is an amino acid which is a precursor to dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter manufactured by certain neurons in the brain. Dopamine neurons are triggered by good feelings.  In short, dopamine makes you feel good. Since dopamine itself can not cross the blood-brain barrier, it is delivered in a precursor state – a form which causes the brain to produce dopamine. L-Dopa is just such a precursor. L-Dopa has been found to be effective in alleviating depression, increasing focus and in treating Parkinson’s Disease. One of the best natural sources of L-dopa is Mucuna Pruriens.

Mucuna is an herb (a bean actually) that grows wild in many parts of the world and is reputed in Indian medicine for its therapeutic properties. It is more of a traditional medicine that has still to find its place among modern medicines however it has proven itself valuable and effective in many parts of the world. It has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic, African and Caribbean medicine. (source)  It is recommended to take it as needed.  A few days on, a few days off.  One week on, one week off.  See how it works for your body and adjust.  I add it to my tonics when I am focusing on a project (writing), doing a smoothie class or socially interacting – as needed.

Other Mucuna Pruriens Benefits:

  • Improved mood and feeling of well-being
  • Mental clarity
  • Better sleep
  • Anabolic: increased lean muscle mass, decreased fat
  • Increases bone density, helps reverse osteoporosis
  • Smoother skin
  • Stronger immune system
  • Helps regenerate organs
  • Healthier cholesterol profile
  • (source)

The best quality Macuna I have found and use myself is from Hyperion Herbs.  You can get it here.  Great results!

There are other superstar herbs in this tonic blend – but overall they synergize to balance and enhance one another to warrant you one HEALTHY, powerful, grounding drink. 

Maca is a wonderful hormone balancer.  It is important to remember that MACA does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jolts the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This occurs naturally while increasing energy. (sourceI take Maca daily to keep those hormones in check.  I usually increase the dosage a bit during “that time of the month” and it makes life (and Scott’s life) more enjoyable. 

Reishi Mushroom   This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.   According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” These threats can be physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness. Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.  Read more here for some astounding proof of this mushroom. (sourceI take Reishi daily.

King of cacao – Raw chocolateCacao is increasingly being consumed for its nutritive and health enhancing properties as it has been in many cultures for thousands of years.  If you feel exceptionally good when eating it, you can thank the “bliss” chemical anandamine along with theobromine and phenylethylamine for boosting your mood. Pure cacao powder also contains a good dose of magnesium, which plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart.

Dandy Blend is so versatile that, depending on how much powder you use, it can be everything from a pleasant, nutty roasted tea to a rich, strong espresso. It also is the easiest way to get the benefits of dandelion root into your diet.   Dandelion root aids the liver.  Add one spoonful in a cup of hot or cold liquid, stir, and it is ready to drink. It makes a particularly good iced coffee for use in warm water.  Rich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.  I LOVE this stuff!  It’s also great to add to raw ice creams, puddings, pies, hot chocolate drinks,etc. for a coffee-like taste with NONE of the coffee side-effects.

Cordyceps is one of the oldest Chinese remedies to boost the immune system, fight disease and fatigue, promote more energy, and induce vitality!  This herb increases the natural killer cells in your body that help to treat, protect, and prevent harmful activity in the body- whether it be from sickness, disease, stress, free radicals, or other environmental pollutants.  The polysaccharide content is also a key factor in not only the strengthening of the immune system, but also the powerful anti-oxidant properties, which in turn, help to slow oxidation and aging of the body. Cordyceps is highly effective in attacking the pathogens that take harmful action on your immune system.  It is a leading herb for its energy supplementation, with no contradictions like those you would get with herbs like ginseng.  Cordyceps is used as an energy tonic, for sustainable and lasting natural energy, without affecting the heart, as it is used in some cases to nurture and treat the heart.  This is truly indicative of cordyceps amazing adaptogenic qualities, making it one of the safest and most effective herbs on the planet, providing absolutely no side effects, as it is naturally non-toxic. (source)  Cordyceps is part of my daily tonic intake also. 

Hemp seeds make a tonic super creamy and pack it full of nutrition.  One of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth is the hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain all of the following: protein, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Hemp is truly a food that can sustain all of man’s dietary needs. 

  • Hemp contains more of the beneficial amino acids than proteins such as milk, eggs or meat.   Hemp is a complete source of protein and is easily digestible.    Hemp seed contains almost seven times more omega-3 fatty acids than fish. It also provides an option for those unable to eat gluten, meat, sugar and milk. It is a good addition to a diet for those concerned about avoiding carbohydrates. (source)   Try my Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk.

This herbal tonic tastes and looks like a mocha cappuccino.  This is just a sneak peak of the tonic recipes that I am creating for you for the Tonic eBook.  You will have such amazing recipes to fuel your body, mind and spirit to a whole new level. I am so excited to be able to share it with you. 

Tonic recipe:

(serves 1)

Double the recipe for two people – which is what I did (Scott loves these tonics also).   Or make a double batch – one serving in a.m. and one later mid-afternoon, if need be. (I just keep the extra in a small thermos to keep warm for hours when I am ready for it).

Directions:

Heat your liquid in a small saucepan on the stove (NOT THE MICROWAVE please).  While liquid base is heating (warm/hot, never boil – so keep an eye on it),  add all the other ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix).  Once your liquid base is warm/hot, add it to your blender, fit lid on tightly and blend for about 20 – 30 seconds till smooth and creamy.  Taste and adjust flavors.

( * Tip: The reason the liquid is best warm/hot for this tonic drink is that it synergizes all the herbs to work more efficiently.  Best taken on an empty stomach.)

Want to learn more about tonic herbs, access amazing tonic blend recipes, learn the basics to make your own blends and so much more?  My Tonic Alchemy eBook will be available soon!

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Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Winner

 photo tonicsmoothie2_zps1e36f49e.jpgWith the weather across the nation going crazy with snow storms, rain and the like, NOW is a great time to protect yourself and your immunity with healing herbs through a tonic blend such as Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom.  I love making my blend into a hot drink that warms my body, mind and spirit.  This blend gives me energy (not bouncing off the wall energy) but a stable, uplifting, balanced energy.  It supports and backs my immune system so I know I can fend off and kick those germs to the curbside.  Can’t touch this! 

Thank you for all the lovely comments and entries.  I wish I could gift everyone of you a bottle of this Wisdom.  However, I only had one bottle to gift,  so the lucky winner is:

John Santos

Don’t forget, Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics is gifting a lovely sale and offering a discount of 25% off all orders of Ancient Wisdom. Free shipping on multiple bottles.  Use coupon code HOLIDAYS2013 from NOW through January 8th, 2014.  Take advantage of this sale/deal while supplies last.  

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Jing Herbs Products Review

Jing Herbs Products Review

Jing Herbs Review

When I test and review products, I put it to thorough and extensive testing.  I may take a few months to incorporate it into my diet and REALLY see how it works over the long run.  I was contacted by Josh Williams at Jing Herbs back at the beginning of October asking if I would like to test and review some of their tonic herb prodcuts.  Would I!!??  Heck YES!   Tonic herb girl here – just saying!   I received 5 different lovely products to try.   That’s why I am just now posting my results – I wanted to be sure I give you accurate and informed information from my consistent usage.  Also, remember - If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.  So be consistent in taking these for results.

I received:

  1. Goddess Pack
  2. Pearl Powder
  3. Three Sisters
  4. Organic Cordyceps Powder
  5. STR-12 – “Support the Righteous”

Beauty Kit

Beauty Kit

 1.  Goddess Pack – Goddess Pack is a transformative blend of three formulas that together conform to the ancient Oriental wisdom of “cultivating the interior so that the exterior may radiate.” 

The first formula in this product, Timeless Beauty, is composed of legendary tonic herbs known to enhance beauty from within.  Beautiful skin requires healthy blood and this formula features herbs that nourish, cleanse, and vitalize the blood.

The second formula in this product, Beautiful Hair, is famous for promoting vibrant and healthy hair, skin, and nails by nourishing Essence, Blood, and circulation. It features the supertonic herb He shou wu which is prized as not only a beauty herb, but a longevity and anti-aging tonic as well.

The third formula contains Maca root and Pearl powder for harmonizing hormonal cycles, replenishing energy, and nourishing and grounding the Spirit.

I love how the three formulas are packaged into ONE individual packet that you take once or twice a day.  Each packet contains the following: two each of Formula 1, two each of Formula 2, and one each of Formula 3.  This makes life easy breezy while you’re getting your herbs on.  A great quality kit in my opinion!

I liked the results.  I experienced my nails growing faster and thicker, my skin seemed to glow a bit more, increased energy, a calming effect overall just to name a few.

2. Pearl Powder – Pearl powder is known to support eyesight, to support muscle, to support and nourish the skin, and to promote blood circulation.  It can help promote a peaceful spirit and a quiet mind.  Nice to incorporate into a night time tonic.   I like this tonic herb in my repertoire of supplements.  It really works.  Great quality.  I will also break open several of the capsules into a warm tonic at night.  It would work well in my Happy Hormone Tonic.

3. Three Sisters -  Three Sisters is a heavenly trinity of tonic herbs for cultivating beauty, health, and longevity. This is the ultimate Yin, Blood, and Essence tonic.  It includes Schizandra (renowned for its ability to nurture beautiful, soft, and radiant skin. It is a powerful brain and memory tonic and THE BEST liver cleanser by far – in my opinion), Lycium fruit, also known as Goji berry (brightens and strengthens the eyes, supports immune function, builds sexual fluids, creates cheerfulness, supports the legs, and enhances sexual function) and Longan fruit (Long term consumption is said to sharpen the intelligence, lighten the body, prevent aging, and facilitate enlightenment of the spirit).

This is one of my favorite products out of the five that I tested.  I use one to two droppers under my tongue, drink some water, slosh it around in my mouth and swallow.  Again, easy to take and is great to toss in a purse, back pack, carry-all for convenient usage.

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4. Cordyceps powder – Cordyceps is one of the great herbs of Chinese herbalism. It is a balanced tonic herb that strengthens the Kidneys, tonifies Yang, nourishes Lung Yin, and strengthens Lung capacity. It also promotes healthy immune function, is considered a longevity tonic, and has an adaptogenic effect on the body.   I am sure this a quality product, but I personally didn’t get much from it.  It might work beautifully with someone else though.  Just being honest.  I used it in a tonic or smoothie.

5. STR-12 powder – STR-12 is a potent health and immune supporting and modulating formula crafted from twelve organic mushroom mycelium.  This formula contains all the most effective immune mushrooms in a bio-available powder that is easily taken as a tea or in smoothies.  I really liked this formula and noticed enhanced results with it.  I used it in a tonic or smoothie.  I liked it in my Pumpkin Spice Coffee alternative tonic.

So there you go.  My honest, time-tested review with Jing Herbs products.   Thank you again, Josh for this opportunity to experience and share my results.  Jing Herbs is a quality company from my experience and other reviews I have read about them.  They have a fantastic resource site.  I will be purchasing some of these products again in the future.   As with anything, what might work for me, might not work for you (and vice versa). They are so worth incorporating into your lifestyle though!  Tonic herbs have really made a difference in my overall health and well-being.   Give it a try and see how you feel.

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IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend

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It’s GIVEAWAY time!!  I love sharing with you all whenever I can. 

This is perfect timing for the giveaway offering something we can all use this time of the year (any time in my opinion) that will boost the immune system, enhance energy, help deal with stress and lift the spirits. 

I also love how the Universe works at placing opportunities in our laps (for ourselves and others).  Last week, the idea of having a giveaway for you all popped in my head.  “What will it be?” I asked myself.  I saw a bottle of Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom in my minds eye.  “What a lovely gift!”  I exclaimed out loud. Yes, I talk to myself.  Well, technically, the dogs were in the room with me, so it that counts right?  :)

A few days later, I received an email from Marcus Schneider, owner of IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend, that he was having a sale and wanted to offer my readers the opportunity for a discount code.  Well, there you go!!  A giveaway AND a sale!  That’s my kind of Universal conspiracy of an opportunity for you all. 

If you aren’t familiar with Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom Tonic blend, read my review here.  I have a smashing tonic smoothie that accompanies that post.  Please check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.  Ancient Wisdom is a concentrated and standardized combination of Chinese Herbalism – Duanwood Reishi Mushroom spores, Schizandra, Goji berry, Astragalus root and He Shou Wu to empower your health.

Tonic herbs are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health.”  I love incorporating the use of these healing herbs in tonic drinks.  Quick, easy, tasty and the healing properties assimilate in the body fast.  My kind of drink!

Thanks to Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics, he is gifting a lovely sale and offering a discount of 25% off all orders of Ancient Wisdom. Free shipping on multiple bottles.  Use coupon code HOLIDAYS2013 from NOW through January 8th, 2014.  Take advantage of this sale/deal while supplies last.  

**  Click to Order YOUR Imperial Tonics ANCIENT WISDOM NOW! ** 

In the meantime, feel free to enter for your chance to win a bottle from my own personal collection. 

U.S. entries ONLY!

(Sorry my international readers – shipping costs are way high – I love you all though!!)

For entry to win:

**  Leave a comment below why you would like to win this product and how would you use it (anything else you want to share is ALWAYS welcome). **

Let the comments begin!

Deadline for entries will be Sunday night, December 15th.  I will announce winner on Monday, December 16th.

Good luck my dears!!

Entries now closed for giveaway.

P.S. I am still working on Tonic eBook for you and will give more information in the coming weeks.

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Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust AND NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust AND NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust

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NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

 photo orangepie1_zps29675108.jpgI’ve got two SWEET TREATS for you today – in several senses.  One is a fantastic new creation from my kitchen.  Scott’s birthday was last weekend (Nov. 9th) and I had asked him what kind of birthday cake he wanted this year?   This AMAZING pie is what came out of his request – something with chocolate, orange meringue-like texture and taste – so I let my creative and intuitive side come out in the kitchen – I give you Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut crust.  This DIGESTIVE FRIENDLY sweet treat is full of healthy fats and ingredients, so there is no guilt at eating a slice (or two).  I shared this slice of heaven with a friend and she was blown away by the taste, texture and then knowing that the ingredients are healthy, gluten-free, low sugar – made it EVEN BETTER.  Yay! 

Thank Scott!  If he didn’t present me this opportunity to step outside of my box and take on a challenge to create something wonderful for his birthday, I might not have gone there on my own.

My next TREAT for you is a way of saying THANK YOU! to all of you who read, share, comment and interact with me on the blog.  I am SO THANKFUL for YOU!  Yes, you!  This is a little way for me to show my appreciation for you being here and for us sharing our inspiration, words and life with one another.  It’s about CONNECTING and helping each other SHINE.  So, I am shining some sweetness on you with an opportunity to win a lovely gift set from my FAVORITE Stevia company, NuNATURALS.

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If you have been with me for awhile, you will know that I love using and implementing stevia in many of my recipes (savory and sweet).  I actually grow the plant in my garden each year, using the fresh leaves in my green smoothies and harvest the leaves at end of season (dry and grind  into a powder) for certain uses in the kitchen.    I cut sugar out of my diet MANY years ago – especially when I went on a Candida cleanse (post coming soon!).  Upon research and experimenting with several different brands, NuNaturals won my approval and my taste buds squealed in delight.  Also, stevia is a life-saver on a Candida-friendly lifestyle – keeps those little buggers in their place and manageable.   I’ve been using NuNaturals stevia for several years because of their quality, integrity and “no bitter aftertaste” finish. 

Check out my RECIPES page for all the different ways to utilize this little sweetener into your dietary lifestyle.  It changed mine for the better.

I am so thankful to Ron at NuNaturals for sponsoring this lovely GIVEAWAY to you all. 

He is awarding 4 LUCKY readers a chance to win:

* one bottle liquid Orange Stevia 

*one bottle liquid Cherry Vanilla Stevia

*one bottle liquid Vanilla Stevia

*PLUS a 50pkt. box of their NuStevia White Stevia Powder Packets. 

SWEET!!!

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Here is the “low down” on how to ENTER TO WIN:

1) Visit the NuNaturals Facebook Page and “LIKE ”  – leave a comment below that you did!

2) Visit Kibby’s Blended Life Facebook Page and “LIKE” for an extra entry and leave a comment below that you did!

3) For another extra entry, leave a comment below telling me if you have used stevia before in your recipes and how you utilize it.

(That’s 3 chances to win per person!)

 

You have to have a physical mailing address – CAN NOT SHIP TO P. O. BOXES

Contest/ Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.

You can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on their website :  www.nunaturals.com .

When you get to their checkout page, you should enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1213  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2013 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding  $ 35.00 after discounts.

 NuNaturals GIVEAWAY ends Sunday night, November 24th!

I will announce the 4 winners on Monday, November 25th.

So, go sign up (leave some comments) and then come back to get this FANTASTIC recipe. 

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Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust
A raw and decadent dessert made with healthy fats and ingredients to delight your culinary taste and senses.
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Crust
  1. 2 cups raw walnuts
  2. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  3. 1 cup organic raisins (a few more if needed)
  4. 1/8 tsp. pink himalayan salt
  5. 1 TB. water
Filling
  1. 1 1/2 cups young coconut meat (from 3 young Thai coconuts)
  2. 1/2 avocado
  3. juice from 1 organic orange
  4. zest from 1 organic orange
  5. 8 - 10 drops NuNaturals ORANGE liquid stevia (or to taste)
  6. 3 drops NuNaturals VANILLA liquid stevia
  7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 2 tsps. xanthum powder (for thickener)
  9. pinch of pink himalayan salt (to bring out flavors)
Crumble topping
  1. 2 TB. raw pecans
  2. 1 TB. NuNaturals Coconut sugar
  3. 1 TB. raw cacao nibs ( I used Navitas Naturals)
To make crust
  1. Place walnuts in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and process till finely ground. Add cacao powder and salt and process till incorporated. Add the raisins, water and process until the mixture begins to stick together (add extra if you need). Don't over-process.
  2. Press this mixture into desired pan/dish - I used a small rectangular pyrex dish. An 8" or 9" pie dish would be fine.
  3. Chill in refrigerator while you make the filling.
To make filling
  1. Place the coconut meat, avocado, orange juice, orange zest, stevia, xanthum gum and salt into a blender (I used a Vitamix) and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust flavor and sweetness to your own liking.
  3. Pour this mixture over the chocolate walnut crust and spread evenly.
To make crumble
  1. Place all ingredients in a small food processor/ grinder and pulse till medium/fine ground.
  2. Sprinkle this crumble on top of the filling.
  3. Chill pie in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Left overs: Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Eat within 3 days (crust will get soggy - but still tastes amazing).
  6. Enjoy!
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 NuNaturals GIVEAWAY ends Sunday night, November 24th!

I will announce the 4 winners on Monday, November 25th.

** Giveaway NOW CLOSED! **

Good luck and THANK YOU again!  

**  Don’t forgetNovember is “Recon Month” at Vitamix and they have reduced the price on all certified reconditioned Vitamix machines.  Through 12/2 they have dropped the price by up to $30.  Find out MORE HERE for your chance to SAVE $$$.  ***

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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Vitamix Certified Reconditioned SALE – till Dec. 2nd!!

Vitamix Certified Reconditioned SALE – till Dec. 2nd!!

Vitamix Reconditioned Machine SALE!

Certified Reconditioned Standard BlenderCertified Reconditioned Standard $299 – original price $329  View details HERE.

Oh yeah, baby!!  I just found out a few days ago that Vitamix has a SALE and I had to pass it on to YOU!   November is “Recon Month” at Vitamix and they have reduced the price on all certified reconditioned Vitamix machines.  Through 12/2 they have dropped the price by up to $30.

The picture above is for the reconditioned 5200 series model which I own.  I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT! I have had this wonderful piece of equipment in my life for almost 4 years.  It has changed my health – utilizing quality whole foods in a form that my body can digest easily and assimilate all the nutrients quickly and efficiently.  If there is ONE item that I had to keep in my kitchen – it would be my Vitamix.  I use it EVERYDAY – several (sometimes MANY) times a day. 

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I make a green smoothie every morning for breakfast! Fuels my body and cells with amazing nutrition, vitamins,minerals and antioxidants. Click picture for RECIPE.

Vitamix performs a meticulous, 17-point inspection to ensure that every Certified Reconditioned blender that leaves their warehouse will deliver the same performance and longevity that you’ve come to expect from Vitamix. Following this process, each machine receives two additional quality control inspections prior to shipment.  It’s practically BRAND NEW for a fraction of the cost!  Every Certified Reconditioned machine comes with a
5-year full warranty and a brand new cookbook package.

I recommend the reconditioned models to all my cooking class participants.  People always ask me what is it that they can do to make a difference in their health – I say invest in a VITAMIX.  It is the sure-fire way to investing in your health.  Check out all my healthy RECIPES to make this lifestyle easy, do-able and see/feel the results.

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Vitamix makes the most incredible blended soups! Click picture for RECIPE.

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My favorite TASTY Butternut Squash soup made in Vitamix. Had this last night. Click picture for RECIPE.

Certified Reconditioned Next Generation PackageCertified Reconditioned Next Generation $439 on sale!  View details HERE.

So, here is a chance to get a be-loved Vitamix in your kitchen NOW on sale. 

Be sure to use my coupon code #06-007555 TO RECEIVE FREE STANDARD SHIPPING! ( A value of $25 US/ $35 CAN). 

I am ALL about a deal and savings.  I love to share them out when I find them too.   Call customer service and ask them about their payment plan (3 payments) so that you can budget this little beauty into your life.

Spread the word to your friends, family and loved ones.  Give them a HINT (tell them or forward this post to them) for what you may want for an early Christmas gift.  :)

 Sale is good till December 2nd, 2013.

Savings to Make the
Season Bright!

Savings to Make the Season Bright

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Kibby

Dastony and RawMio Nut Butter Review/Video and Recipe tips

Dastony and RawMio Nut Butter Review/Video and Recipe tips

Dastony and RawMio Nut Butter Review

 photo dastony1_zpsdccb7455.jpgI don’t praise, sing or make a video about a product if it doesn’t ROCK MY WORLD.  I recently was approached by the lovely ANNA from Rawfoodrecipes.com site asking to feature me as one of their raw food chefs.  Wow! How humbling and gracious!  I accepted!  This site has a wonderful and vast array of raw food recipes and raw food chefs. Need new recipes or looking for “just that right” raw cashew cheese recipe?  I am sure you’ll find it there – several to choose from at that.

Anna also offered to send me some products to try.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review and was not paid for this review.  This is ME – sincerely, honestly – giving you my take on these products. I didn’t have to do a video, but I WANTED TO.  These babies need to be seen, heard about and given a go.  They ROCKED MY WORLD! And Scott’s too!

The items listed below can be purchased at RawGuru.com.

I introduce to you two LOVELY lines:

Dastony and Rawmio

 photo dastony2_zps0e308f4e.jpgDastony uses an ancient method known as stone-grinding in the production of its products.  This “old world” approach is revolutionary in terms of preserving nutrients and flavor. I highly commend them for this!!   This natural preservation is accomplished by maintaining a consistently low temperature throughout the entire process. Another unmatched result of stone-grinding is a silky smooth texture and mouth feel that is truly beyond words.  I love making my own nut butters and mine (or other brands) doesn’t EVEN compare to Dastony.

I tried the Stone Ground 100% Organic Raw Almond Butter, Cashew butter and Coconut butter.  From their website: “Only the finest selection of raw and organic ingredients are used in our Dastony Stone-Ground Nut and Seed Butters. Every batch is handcrafted and meticulously cared for during a process which takes 24-48 hours.”  That might seem like overkill and too involved – but I say NO!   Take as much time as possible – because the end result is incredible and worth it.  These butters maintain all of their nutritional integrity and THAT is something VERY IMPORTANT to me and I appreciate Dastony’s dedication, integrity and ideals.  

 Nut butters are GREAT for creating quick and easy milks, stuffing medjool dates with and topping with your favorite toppings (mine are coconut flakes, cacao nibs and chlorella tablets – not all at once – by why not, if you can fit it all on), spread on gluten-free breads, creating icings (cashew butter is great for this one), and so much more!

 photo dastony3_zpsee79f5c8.jpgRawmio Hazelnut Crunch is a blend of organic coconut flakes, fresh hazelnuts, coconut sugar, and cacao nibs, slowly stone-ground with a touch of real vanilla bean and Himalayan salt.  Crushed hazelnuts & more cacao nibs are folded in for a wickedly AWESOME delicious, crunchy milk chocolate spread I know you will devour.  Scott and I sure do!   When I first opened the jar, tasted it, I freaking MELTED!  It was a culinary orgasm.  I know that is too much information, but I challenge you to not feel the same when you taste this stuff.

I took a bite of this chocolate heaven and for a split second thought “Do I have to share this with Scott?”   Then, my heart took over and said “YES!”  I found Scott in the library room and said “I hope you know how much I LOVE you!” (with a smile) and put a spoonful of this hazelnut butter in his mouth.  His eyes popped and said “Holy S–t!  (I said the same thing!)   What is that!”  I tell you, it will invoke an explosion in your mouth and speak to the food Gods.  “Thank you!” 

We are enjoying this butter very sparingly because we don’t want it to end.  It will, of course, and I will purchase more.  THIS is something to treat ourselves with.  Some people go out to eat, purchase fancy items, etc., I put my special dollars into quality food – knowing that it will nourish and heal my body and taste amazing.  Simplicity baby!

 photo dastony4_zps3f0d1f1f.jpgI paired the Rawmio Hazelnut Crunch with this lovely Pumpkin chocolate bread – I added orange extract to the original recipe and WOW!  I always loved orange/pumpkin and chocolate together.  It was delicious.

*** RawGuru.com has several of these items ON NOW SALE RIGHT NOW for a few days only – so hop on over and get some goodies while supplies last.  I am!!!  ***

Watch my video review and see how good the Rawmio Hazelnut Crunch is at the end.  Enjoy!

 Have a great weekend! 

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Kibby

 

RAW Healthy Chocolate Fudge Cookies – Weekend Treats!

RAW Healthy Chocolate Fudge Cookies – Weekend Treats!

RAW Healthy Chocolate Fudge Cookies

 
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I wasn’t planning on doing a post today, but I made these raw chocolate fudge cookies last night and knew I had to share with you TODAY.   They took just minutes to make and a few more to form (and pop a few into my mouth).  They taste amazing AND are healthy to boot = my kind of treat!

Several of the main ingredients have a grand nutritional profile and of course, I have to share that information with you – it’s what I like to do.  So, if you want to skip this part, go make the cookies and then come back and read this portion so that you know how healthy these little cookies are – go for it.  That’s probably what I would do.  :)

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in protein, zinc, essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, and fiber. To boot they contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K! Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acids alanin, glycine and glutamic acid. The way to get the most out of pumpkin seeds is to eat them raw and organic.

  • Native American were among the first to notice the health benefits of pumpkin seeds. They referred to them as cucurbita and used them to treat kidney problems and to eliminate parasites from the intestines.
  • The high zinc level in pumpkin seeds is good for the prostate. The high zinc level is also good for the bones and protecting against osteoporosis.
  • The essential fatty acids in pumpkin seeds can kill parasites and provide many other benefits. Parasites and worms are paralyzed with pumpkin seeds.
  • The high protein load can provide an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
  • The fiber content helps the digestive system
  • Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, which helps keep depression at bay.
  • Pumpkin seeds can help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. The seeds have phytosterols, a compound that not only helps lower cholesterol but helps protect against certain cancers.
  • Pumpkin seeds help with urinary health.

Source:  Healthy Oil Planet.com

Prunes

Prunes — or dried plums — are considered one of the healthiest foods.  Why? 

  • Antioxidant superfood naturally rich in hydroxycinnamic acids and anthocyanins, both of which appear to be highly effective at scavenging free radicals with strong antioxidant properties.
  • Time-honored constipation remedy packed with fiber and the natural laxative sorbitol. Sorbitol is a mild colonic stimulant that helps reduce the transit time of stool and consequently the risk of constipation, colorectal cancer and hemorrhoids.
  • Protection against osteoporosis and osteopenia.  The high concentration of the trace element boron is postulated to play a role in prevention of osteoporosis and osteopenia – A single serving of prunes (100 grams) fulfills the daily requirement for boron. Also the potassium found in prunes may help support bone health.
  • Glycemic Index (GI) Rating: Although rich in simple sugars, prunes do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, possibly because of their high fiber, fructose, and sorbitol content.  Therefore, prunes have a low GI rating of 29.

Source: Heal With Food.org

I reduced the sugar content in original recipe by replacing with NuNaturals Liquid Stevia.  Recipe inspired HERE.  See PRODUCTS page for ingredient resources.

Raw Healthy Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Yields 15
A deliciously dense, moist and chewy raw chocolate cookie full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Organic Prunes (moist)
  2. 1/2 cup Navitas Naturals raw Cacao powder
  3. 2 TB. Extra virgin Coconut oil
  4. 1 cup Raw Pumpkin seeds (grind in a Food processor into a flour)
  5. 10 - 12 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. Large pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Grind the Raw Pumpkin seeds into a fine flour in a food processor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into the FP- with dry ingredients FIRST and then layer the moist prunes on top - and process until you have a sticky dough consistency.
  3. Roll small balls of the dough between your hands, flatten them into patties.
  4. Eat them as they are at room temperature or place cookies in the fridge to eat them cold.
Adapted from The Raw Guru
Adapted from The Raw Guru
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Enjoy these little raw chocolate cookies in moderation – remember those prunes!  :)

Have a lovely weekend!  I will be spending mine in Asheville, NC with some friends (Rachel and Shira).

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Kibby