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Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

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Well, hi there Sunshine!  It’s hard to believe it is already September.  I hope you all had a great summer.  I did.  It’s been interesting though.  I have had several lessons in what to let go and allow in life.  I have learned to let go of old thought patterns, mind sets and behavioral patterns that go back to childhood (that s*it gets ingrained early!), what I don’t want in my life, what doesn’t serve me anymore, people that are not healthy to be around and more.  Upon all that awakening and embracing the courage to face it all and DO IT – BEST THING EVER!  I have felt such freedom and joy since all that came up for me to see.  After saying NO to things, people, situations and thoughts, I have had such beautiful energy to replace it.  I had to clean out the muck that was holding me back for the next level of GREAT to get through.  It’s not that the energy didn’t want to come in, it just couldn’t till I faced the other stuff and did something about it.  That’s how it works.

“Dig within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you will ever dig.”  -Marcus Aurelius

So, enough of that for now (let me know if you want more – cause you know I’ll share it if you want it) and let’s get to that strawberry recipe I lured you into this post with.  I was at the local farmers market this past Saturday morning and one of my favorite farmers (local family who doesn’t spray pesticides or use chemical on anything) had some hydroponic organic strawberries. 

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He’s had these little beauties all season.  They are AMAZING.  As I was picking up some items amongst the booth, those strawberries were teasing me with their sweet intoxicating aroma.  I kept looking over at them and they were beckoning me.  The price was right and a joyful container came home with me.   When I got to the house, it was time for breakfast, so I made up some gluten-free oatmeal and added some chopped strawberries and dates to the finished product and WOW!  Delicious!  I had plenty of strawberries left over and I was contemplating on what else to do with them.  Well, like I said at the beginning of the post that it is hard to believe it’s September already.  It is still hot and humid here in North Georgia right now.  Then I immediately saw in my head what to make with those scrumptious strawberries. 

Strawberry ‘N Cream Ice Cream! 

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When I was a kid, I stayed with my grandmother for two weeks in Atlanta during the summer and she would always make THE BEST strawberry ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream churns during those visits.  We had to wait hours for it to finish but MY GOD it was so worth it.  I wanted to re-create that taste, consistency and texture as best I could in a healthier version.  I think I got it.  You could substitute peaches, blueberries, raspberries and such for the fruit portion and it will make a stellar ice cream.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  Let’s get to that recipe for heavens sake.

 

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY 'N CREAM Ice Cream
A creamy dreamy strawberry ice cream reminiscent of the old fashioned style.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk (organic if you can)
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nut/seed milk of choice (I used homemade almond milk) or use more coconut milk for a nut-free version
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder OR 1 TB. vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup - Grade B (more for personal taste) - see notes below for substitution
  5. pinch of pink himalayan salt - to bring out the flavors
  6. 1 to 2 cups organic strawberries (I opted for 2 cups b/c I like a rich strawberry flavor)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (about 10 or so seconds). Taste and tweak flavors to your liking.
  2. Pour into a container (I used a glass measuring cup) and chill in fridge prior to adding to ice cream maker. It works more efficiently this way. Also, you can make this part ahead of time and have it ready for adding to machine at any time of the day.
  3. Pour chilled mixture into prepared ice cream maker.
  4. Churn for 30 minutes (or according to ice cream maker instructions).
  5. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). See notes below for leftovers.
Notes
  1. 1. Any leftovers can be put into a freezer-proof container for later enjoyment. Keep in mind that the container will need to pulled out prior to eating for thawing (it hardens) - a good 20 minutes.
  2. 2. You could use liquid stevia as a sweet substitute - 1 dropperful (15-20 drops to taste)
  3. 3. You can also make this without an ice cream maker. After blending ingredients till smooth and creamy. Pour into a freezer-proof container and put into freezer. Every 20 minutes, stir. do this till you have the consistency you want - normally an hour or so.
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Chilled strawberry cream mixture ready for ice cream maker

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Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty) Ice Cream

PLUS

NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

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I have a treat for you all today!  I mentioned several weeks ago in a post that I had a SWEET giveaway coming up for you and boy IS IT!    One of my favorite stevia companies, NuNaturals, sent me a pretty sweet (no pun intended) gift box full of stevia products to sample.  I love all of them!  I have been a huge NuNaturals fan and user for about 4 years now and when I say they are the real deal – they are!  They have a few new products in their lineup (which are all stellar in my opinion) and one of my favorites is the COCOA MINT SYRUP.  Oh, my!  This is heaven!  A sweet Chocolatey-minty syrup with the finest Peppermint oil available grown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  I’ve used it in smoothies, tonics, desserts, hot chocolate drinks and eaten it by the spoonful.  YUMMY!

It is HOT here in North Georgia right now and I wanted to use it in something to take off that edge.  Ice cream!!!  But not just any ice cream.  I wanted something light, cooling and decadent.  Cocoa Mint syrup to the rescue!  The mint is cooling to the body and the syrup overall is light yet decadent.   It reminds me of a peppermint patty.  This is a very easy, basic vegan ice cream recipe that you can whip up in a blender and process in an inexpensive ice cream maker.  It is seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had and healthy too. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the upset tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  It doesn’t last long in this house. 

 

and seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty)Vegan Ice Cream

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (a few seconds). Pour into prepared ice cream maker. Churn for 30 minutes. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). 

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NOW it’s time for that GIVEAWAY I mentioned earlier.

Ron at NuNaturals (who is such a sweet, fantastic guy) offered to host a wonderful giveaway to 4 winners for the following items:

  • 1 bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid
  • 50 pkt box of  NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets
  • 1  bottle of NEW COCOA SYRUP
  • a bottle of the NEW SIMPLE SYRUP
  • PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT! 

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Rules and Regulations for Giveaway

* Contest is open to WORLDWIDE audience.

* NuNaturals CAN NOT SHIP TO P O BOXES – Only physical addresses.

*  To ENTER, “LIKE” NuNaturals Facebook Page AND leave a comment below how you  might use some of these items if you won. 

*  Contest ends Thursday night (August 7th) and  I will be announcing the winner on Friday, August 8th.

*  Look forward to hearing from you and let the entries begin.  Good luck everyone!! ♥

*  In the meantime, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on at NuNaturals website :  www.nunaturals.com .   When you get to the checkout page, just enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1214  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014.   Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.

 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

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I don’t know about you, but I love making my own body care products. 
Ever since I changed my dietary lifestyle to a plant based, Eco-friendly one, 
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)  

Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminum and/or aluminum derivatives. Aluminum serves as an antiperspirant…which we do NOT want. We want to sweat!  It is a natural process that helps rid our body of toxins and very important for our lymphatic system – which a large part of it is in our armpits.  Don’t stop the sweating – it clogs the pores, staunches the lymph circulation and causes many imbalances in the body.  These chemicals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a  host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants which are also downright despicable.

Before attempting to make my own deodorant, I went out and bought natural deodorants but not ONE would help keep the “funk” away.  We all have our own body chemistry and mine can be strong at times when working up a sweat and working hard.  I don’t mind sweating, but I do mind smelling. Stress is also known to amp up the “funk” smell in ones body (FYI).

I know there are tons of DIY deodorant recipes out there and believe me, I’ve tried several of them.  Many formulas out there use a lot of baking soda which I found out the “fun” way (sarcasm) causes an itchy rash in my pits – it happened to Scott also.  Not pleasant and doesn’t look good when you’re out in public and scratching your pits.  So, I got to researching and found several recipes that I played around with and came up with one that works for Scott and I. 

Benefits of ingredients:

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Shea ButterUnrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.

Coconut OilRaw, unrefined coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties which is a perfect place for those pits. Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state.   If you want, you can substitute almond oil.

Food Grade Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

Bentonite clayBentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.  A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.

Arrowroot powder –  Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. 

Essential oilsI like to use lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass and just experiment with different combinations. Play around and see what oils work for you.

 

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Ingredients:

2 TB. shea butter

3 TB. coconut oil

6 TB. Arrowroot powder

1 TB. Bentonite Clay

1 TB. Diatomaceous Earth

1 tsp. baking soda (optional) this small amount does not cause irritation with me

20 – 25 drops essential oil/s of choice ( I used a combination of lavender, sweet orange and honeysuckle in this one)

Directions:

  1. Soften the coconut oil and shea butter in a double-boiler on the stove top on LOW for a minute or so.  Turn off heat and let cool a moment.  Then add remaining ingredients and mix everything together until smooth.  I have a mini food processor and will whip it up in that sometimes.
  2. Store in a jar to set up and label it.  I keep all of these homemade goods in used and washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  You can find some great sizes at local thrift stores for pennies. 
  3. The consistency of this deodorant is extremely spreadable. It will firm up in cooler temperatures/houses.  My house is warm right now so it is more soft paste-like.  I use my finger to dip out a SMALL amount (seriously…you really do not need much) and just rub it into my armpits.  Use too  much and you will probably mess up a shirt.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

     Keep it somewhere cool, or else it will melt. Apply as needed.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt.  – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpufUse too much and you will be wasting product and likely mess up your shirt.
    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

 

Do you make your own deodorant?

 

Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste

Pearl PowderPrimarily, the nutritional value of pearl is amino acids and calcium, and the percentage of calcium can range from 30 to 80% of a pearl’s composition.  Brushing teeth with pearl powder provides some great preventative benefits. First, calcium coats and is absorbed into the teeth through its pores which can minimize pain from cold or hot sensitivities, plus the pearl provides a white sheen that can give the teeth a whiter appearance and a smoother luster; essentially, making the teeth look healthier and younger. Second, pearl powder heals the gums and makes them resistant to bacteria that can cause gingivitis; it can also help texturize the gums so they are not thin as well as prolong, and possibly prevent, receding gum lines.

Camu Camu –  is one of the best super foods for preventing gum disease. This amazing super food provides our bodies with endless benefits. It is the food with the highest amount of vitamin C in the world, and it also contains bioflavonoids. Studies show that a low immune system is one of the main reasons for unhealthy gums…and camu camu boosts the immune system like no other food.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Bentonite clay or Diatomaceous Earth (or half and half of each)

2 TB. hot water

1 TB. coconut oil

pinch of pink himalayan salt or quality sea salt

7 capsules Pearl Powder – broken open

1 tsp. Camu Camu

1 TB. or so Baking soda

10 drops of peppermint oil (wintergreen is nice too)

5 drops liquid stevia – I use NuNaturals (or use 1 TB. raw honey)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix into a paste.  Add more water as needed for desired consistency.  Tweak flavor to your liking.
  2. Store in small container – remember those re-usable glass jars and label.

 

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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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Raw Cacao Hemp seed Nutella

Raw Cacao Hemp seed Nutella

Raw Cacao Hemp seed Nutella

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I know the original Nutella recipe is made with hazelnuts, but I wanted to make a nut-free and sugar-free version.  Don’t hate me, but I created this hemp seed Nutella variation several months ago.  Slow on getting it to you. Sorry!  Better late than never, right!

This chocolate hemp seed butter is MAGICAL!  You’re thinking – Really!?  Yes, REALLY!!  Eat it straight out of the jar or spread it on ANYTHING and melt (you and the food in your mouth).    I’ve used it on Pumpkin Gingerbread Scones (don’t worry – recipe coming tomorrow!), gluten-free pancakes, muffins, stirred into a.m. oatmeal, and it makes a quick chocolate hemp seed milk (1 heaping TB. of hemp seed butter to 1 cup of water – BLEND!  Enjoy!) just to name a few.  Have fun using it on whatever you can find.  It’s also nice spread on your SWEETIES face, arm, neck, etc.   ;)  Like I said, magical!

Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse!  I use them daily in my diet and I purchase in bulk – 5 pounds at a time.  I use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts/Seed (great quality and reasonable price).

Hemp seeds are a gift of nature. They are the most nutritious seed in the world. Hemp Seeds are a complete protein. They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. 

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Increases energy levels & metabolic rate
  • Lowers blood LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular circulation & function
  • Improves organ function
  • Improves immunity levels
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
  • Reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
  • Improves recovery of muscles after exercise
  • Reduces & treats dry skin and hair conditions
  • Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures
  • Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.

Combined with raw cacao powder, quick & easy almond milk, NuNaturals stevia (sugar-free) and a few other ingredients – you’ve got an amazing healthy treat at your disposal.

Let’s get started!! 

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Raw Cacao Hemp Seed Nutella
Yields 1
A delicious and healthy nut-free, sugar-free variation of the famous Nutella spread. Tastes BETTER than the original and not loaded with sugar.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups Hemp Seeds (Manitoba Harvest)
  2. 3 TB. raw Cacao Powder (Navitas Naturals)
  3. 1 TB. melted coconut oil (Nutiva)
  4. 1/2 cup homemade almond milk - more if needed for a thinner consistency - your call.
  5. 15 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia (sugar-free) or 1 to 2 TB. maple syrup/raw honey/coconut sugar - to your personal sweetness level
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. pinch of pink himalayan salt (my bottle has some pepper flakes mixed in) - nice touch!
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (I used my mini processor) or high speed blender. Blend till smooth and creamy. You may have to stop a few times and scrape down sides.
  2. Adjust sweetness.
  3. Will keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks - believe me, it won't last that long! :)
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Tomorrow, the vegan, gluten-free Pumpkin Gingerbread Scones are coming your way!  OOOOH – these are such an exciting and glorious creation. 

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Friday Friend – Willa Kammerer and Her RAW LICORICE Recipe

Friday Friend – Willa Kammerer and Her RAW LICORICE Recipe

 Willa Kammerer and Her “Raw Licorice” Recipe

 I have the honor and privilege of sharing with you all today, Willa Kammerer. 

I met Willa at the Embrace Retreats in Rincon, Puerto Rico which I participated in back on Aug. 29th thru Sept.1st, 2013 (see my post about it).  Willa and I were the plant-based chefs for all the guests.  We IMMEDIATELY hit it off, and had such a flow, dance and rhythm in the kitchen that is not often found with others. We learned so much from one another and inspired each other too. 

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I enjoyed my time with Willa in the kitchen and outside of it – playing at the beach, shopping at the market for food, foot rubs, talks and attempting to get coconuts out a tree by throwing rocks at it (yeah, that didn’t work!) 

Willa made some fantastic treats at the retreat and I asked her if she would share her Raw Licorice recipe with you all here on the site.  She said YES! and provided some stunning photography of the procedure.  Believe me, this is a recipe that you will want to make!   Willa and I both hope you enjoy this treat. 

~ Photos compliments Willa Kammerer Photography ~

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Raw Licorice
Anise has long been a used as a digestive aid, so this raw licorice makes for a great digestif or light dessert after a heavy meal. It’s also a perfect and packable afternoon or anytime pick-me-up!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups dried Black Mission figs, firmly packed
  2. 1 cup prunes, firmly packed
  3. 1/2 tsp. natural anise flavoring or extract (or more for a more intense anise flavor)
  4. 20 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia (or to taste)
  5. 1 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  6. 3 small pinches of Himalayan or sea salt (or to taste)
  7. anise seeds, for garnish
  8. warm filtered water, for soaking
Instructions
  1. 1. Remove the woody stems of the figs.
  2. 2. Place the figs and prunes in a large bowl. Add enough warm filtered water to cover, and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Drain the figs and prunes in a colander, reserving at least a 1/2 cup of the soaking water. Press the fruit gently to remove water.
  4. 4. Place the soaked figs and prunes in the basin of a food processor. Add anise, stevia, and a pinch or two of salt.
  5. 5. Process until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to process, add water by the tablespoonful until a good blending texture is achieved. The mixture should be very thick and sticky.
  6. 6. When a smooth texture has been achieved, taste, and add additional anise, sea salt, or stevia if desired.
  7. 7. Spread a large sheet of parchment (or wax) paper on the counter, and spoon the licorice dough onto one half of the paper with a spatula.
  8. 8. Flatten the dough with a spatula, then fold over the other half of the paper to cover.
  9. 9. Roll the paper-covered dough with a rolling pin (a large jar works, too) or firmly press down with hands until equally distributed and pancake-like (about 1/4th
  10. 10. Carefully peel away the paper and sprinkle with anise seeds and/or sea salt for garnish, if desired.
  11. 11. Re-cover the licorice and place on a cookie sheet or in a large glass baking dish.
  12. 12. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight to set.
  13. 13. Slice into squares with a sharp knife. Serve immediately, or store in a container in the freezer, layers of licorice separated by parchment paper. – 1/8th inch thick).
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Willa is an amazing woman!  She is strong, powerful, confident, determined and focused yet gentle, loving, compassionate, vulnerable and open to all.  It was FRIENDSHIP at first sight.  I look forward to getting to know Willa better and doing more retreats with her in the near future.   I adore her!  I know you will too.   She offers AMAZING food pictures thru her Instagram: @willakammerer.  Go on over, drool and lick the screen. 

Willa is in the midst of crafting a new website to replace her current site at willakammerer.com.   Her new website merges her passion for wellness, lifestyle, and multimedia storytelling, and is expected to launch late Fall. Her new website will include her full multimedia portfolio, recipes, upcoming events, and a collection of all her favorite staples for the kitchen, work, and an active and adventurous lifestyle.

More About Willa:

“I am a storyteller, doer, maker, and curator in many mediums, currently living, working, and making home between Manhattan and Maine.

I create documentary-style videos for businesses and brands and grand plant-based feasts and experimentations in my mini Manhattan kitchen, and am endlessly exploring the space between life/style
and living (well).

I endeavor to make and surround myself with beauty as often as possible and in all corners of life, and
to take the time to notice the moments of life unfolding around me. I believe that life is too fleeting
not to explore voraciously, and is best spent in a body that is healthy, active, and strong, in touch and
tune with the natural world, and fueled by real, whole foods.   I believe that tastes should be savored—
along with life—deliciously and fully; that life is too short not to deeply experience its moments, and to
capture, reflect upon, and tell the story of its beauty, too fantastic not to be grateful for the little and the
big.

I practice friendship, network, matchmaking, and connecting the dots, and love to live the words
collaborate, create, brainstorm, entrepreneur, and perfectionism.

The elements and tools of my crafts vary, but the inspiration and process of my making is all the same,
an evolution of messy and shapeless raw ingredients into something that feels to my senses rational,
beautiful, complete.

Website: www.willakammerer.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willakammerermultimedia
Twitter/Instagram: @willakammerer
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/willakammerer
Email: willa@willakammerer.com

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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Who Wants to SALSA – Spicy Raw Salsa Recipe!

Who Wants to SALSA – Spicy Raw Salsa Recipe!

Spicy Raw Salsa

This flavorful salsa recipe is compliments of my lovely friend, Lolita Walters from The Health Chick.

I have TONS of beautiful organic tomatoes coming in from the garden and this is one of my favorite recipes for using them up.  I tried this salsa recipe last summer from Lolita and LOVED it!  I must share with you!!  It is quite addictive, spicy and will go fast!  So be prepared to make more. 

Raw Spicy Salsa
A flavorful, spicy salsa that will delight your senses, taste buds and kick up your metabolism (body heat).
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Ingredients
  1. 5-6 tomatoes (preferably Organic)
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 1 medium purple onion
  4. 1 clove garlic (or more! - I used 3)
  5. 1 small bunch of cilantro (coriander)
  6. juice of 1/2 lemon
  7. 4 TB. raw apple cider vinegar (check it still contains the ‘mother’)
  8. A few drops NuNaturals liquid stevia (optional)
  9. pinch of sea salt or pink himalayan salt, to taste
  10. cracked black pepper, to taste
  11. pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes (optional, for extra heat) - but I highly suggest!!!
Instructions
  1. 1) Finely dice tomatoes, red pepper and purple onion and combine in a bowl.
  2. 2) Mince, grate or thinly slice the garlic. Chop coriander. Add both to the tomato mix and combine well.
  3. 3) Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. 4) Put the mixture into glass jars and secure the lid. Make sure it all gets coated by the ‘marinade.’
  5. You can enjoy the salsa immediately or refrigerate it and it will last for quite some time because the apple cider vinegar preserves the salsa mix and will enhance the flavors over time!
Adapted from Lolita Walter of The Health Chick
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 Enjoy with some organic tortilla chips, raw jicama fries, by the spoonful, on top of salads, veggie wraps (raw or gluten-free), with guacamole, and so much more!

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Easy, Breezy PICKLED GINGER

Easy, Breezy PICKLED GINGER

Pickled Ginger

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I LOVE Ginger! It is an Aromatic, pungent and spicy rhizome that adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries, Ayurvedic dishes (ex. Kitchari)  and many fruit and vegetable dishes.

Ginger is great for reducing inflammation, assisting digestion, boosts the immune system, Effective Relief of Nausea and increases our circulation. 

Pickled vegetables are a GREAT way to incorporate live-culture probiotic foods into your diet.  Pickled vegetables contain lactobacilli, a beneficial bacteria that improves our digestion and overall health.  They are a good source of fiber and essential nutrients such as iron, Vitamin K and C.

The beneficial bacteria that resides in our body (Go team HEALTHY GUT FLORA!) can take a beating when we take antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, consume a poor diet, and are under daily stress.  So, to help restore those beneficial little buggers in our body, Live-culture food (Probiotics) to the rescue!

Probiotics support healthy elimination of waste from your body.  When elimination is crappy (sorry, had to say it) and poor, that toxic waste sits in our colon/ intestines and reabsorbs into our body. NOT a pretty picture!  A healthy gut contributes to our overall well-being and vibrancy.  I’m GAME for that!

Enjoy this scrumptious pickled ginger as an accompaniment to any savory dish (cooked or raw). Great to munch on if you have a tummy ache or feel nauseous.   It will improve your digestion so that you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. 

This pickled ginger recipe (once made) is ready to eat in a week.  The longer is sits, the better it gets.  I like to go to the farmers market and purchase the mark-down bags (small broken off pieces) of fresh ginger root.  This is PERFECT for making pickled ginger.  I like to make two jars (if I can) and have plenty on hand.  Plus, it takes some time to peel the outer skin (slice off with a small sharp knife) and thinly slice each one.  Just put on some good music, a book on disc, be with your thoughts, share task with a friend or spouse (quicker this way!) and enjoy a conversation with one another or whatever you like to do, and slice away.  (Side note:  A mandoline didn’t work very well for me because ginger has a tough, fiberous texture – a knife worked BEST for me.)

Only three ingredients!  That’s right!   I make mine a low-glycemic, no-sugar recipe by using NuNaturals Liquid Stevia and it comes out GREAT everytime.  By using raw apple cider vinegar, this is very alkalizing to the body.

It is SO ECONOMICAL to make your own pickled veggies versus purchasing in the store.  Just takes some of your time.  I love bonding with my food so that it nourishes me and the family.

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Pickled Ginger
Yields 2
Enjoy this scrumptious pickled ginger as an accompaniment to any savory dish (cooked or raw). It will improve your digestion so that you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds (more or less) fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  2. 1 cup RAW Apple Cider Vinegar (I used Bragg's)
  3. NuNaturals liquid stevia (a few drops) or your choice of sweetener (raw honey is nice - 1/4 cup or less)
Instructions
  1. Combine the prepared ginger slices with the apple cider vinegar and sweetener of choice into a 2 quart glass jar.
  2. Secure jar tightly with lid. Give it a good shake to mix everything together.
  3. Leave to marinate and ferment at room temperature for 1 week.
  4. The liquid will change color to a pale pink - Keep it and use in dishes (when jar gets low). It's fantastic!
  5. Store the jar(s) in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months or longer (mine have).
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This pickled ginger is fantastic with Spicy Asian Cucumber Onion Avocado Salad, Spring Rolls, Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie,  on top of salads, and so much MORE!  Have fun coming up with ways to incorporate it into your diet.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

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This is such a lovely and tasty superfood dish!  I got the original recipe from my friend, Fern Langham from Yoga With Fern that she posted on Facebook a few months ago.  The ingredients and combinations intrigued me, so what do I do – pop into the kitchen and whip it up for dinner.  Of course, when I find a WINNER, I must share it out.  So, in turn, YOU’RE A WINNER!

This gluten-free dish is packed with lots of great plant-based proteins from the quinoa, goji berries and Spirulina.   Scott and I have been doing a lot of landscaping and outdoor work lately, and this is just what our bodies have been needing.  This recipe is easy to make! It makes A LOT for left overs (my kind of meal!), easy to pack (mason jars are great for transporting dishes like this), easy to digest and tastes WONDERFUL!  The fennel seeds act as a digestive stimulant and POPS a great flavor to the dish.  It’s great warm or cold.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a “Superfood.” It is the most nutritious, concentrated whole food known to humankind. One 3 gram serving of Hawaiian Spirulina provides more antioxidant activity than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables! Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach, 3900% more beta carotene than carrots, 300% more calcium than whole milk, and 375% more protein than tofu. Comparing phytonutrient levels, Spirulina is 31 times more potent than blueberries and 60 times more potent than spinach!  

Goji Berries

The goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. It is a vegetarian form of protein, packed with essential amino acids, rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Goji berries possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, Riboflavin (B2), vitamin E as well as carotenoids, including beta-carotene. 

I use Goji Berries from Navitas Naturals.

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced as kinwah) is an incredibly nutritious grain-like seed.  Quinoa grains provide 14-18 g of protein per 100 g.  It composes all the required essential amino acids for the human body at excellent proportions.  Quinoa is a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.   Quinoa grains are indeed very good sources of  B-complex group of vitamins, vitamin E (α-tocopherol) and essential fatty acids such as linoleic and α-linolenic acid.

Come watch me show you how to put it together along with some inspiring words and thoughts.

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Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries and Coconut Flakes
Serves 4
This gluten-free dish is packed with lots of great plant-based proteins from the quinoa, goji berries and Spirulina. This recipe is easy to make! It makes A LOT for left overs (my kind of meal!), easy to pack (mason jars are great for transporting dishes like this), easy to digest and tastes WONDERFUL! The fennel seeds act as a digestive stimulant and POPS a great flavor to the dish.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Quinoa - prepared ahead of time
  2. 2 TB. Spirulina powder ( I use Pure Hawaiian Spirulina)
  3. 1 organic cucumber, sliced thin
  4. 1 tsp. Pink Himalayan salt
  5. 1 TB. fennel seeds
  6. 1/4 cup organic goji berries ( I used Navitas Naturals) - soak in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes
  7. 1/4 cup organic raw shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  8. 1/2 cup (or more to taste) fresh chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa according to package directions. I used 2 cups dried quinoa (soaked for several hours or overnight), rinse WELL and add to 4 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Add 1 TB. of fennel seeds. Stir periodically. Turn heat OFF. Put lid on pot and let quinoa absorb water and become fluffy.
  2. Thoroughly mix 2 TB. Spirulina powder into 4 cups of cooled, prepared quinoa.
  3. Fluff quinoa and add 1 tsp. of pink himalayan salt - or to taste.
  4. Soak goji berries in water, then strain (SAVE this liquid!) I keep a jar of "soaking" goji berries in fridge and change out every 3-4 days. This juice is GOLD health wise. Drink it or add to a smoothie.
  5. Toss goji berries into the quinoa.
  6. Add sliced cucumbers.
  7. Mix everything well and top with raw shredded coconut flakes and fresh chopped basil.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days. Tastes great cold, room temperature or warmed up.
Adapted from Fern Langham
Adapted from Fern Langham
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