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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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Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk

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I was walking up the pathway to the front of the house yesterday and noticed all the fresh blooming violets in the garden beds and along the rock borders.  How beautiful!  Spring is really here! The common wild Violet is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. There are dozens of species of Violet, in various colors that include blue, purple, white, and yellow. I immediately thought to gather these gorgeous little leaves and flowers and put into a salad for dinner.

Yep! I go around the yard picking and gathering weeds and herbs to incorporate in our meals and diet.  With the cold, harsh winter we had, I am so excited that Spring is here offering up fresh food for the picking. This is better than anything that you can purchase in the grocery stores or farmers market right now.  When your food is FRESH, nothing is better. The nutrients are so potent.  Your body takes in the life force of the plant and in turn, feeds and raises your energy.  I always give thanks to the plants I harvest for their gift and offering.

The most IMPORTANT thing to remember that if you’re going to start eating violets (or anything for that matter), please make sure wherever you harvest them, they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals or by the family dog.

Violet leaves and flowers are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C.   Both of these important vitamins are associated with increased immune function and wound healing.  Violet roots reach way down into moist spring soil and pull up vital nutrients and minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. The leaves become little green vitamin tablets – a phytonutrient powerhouse. The leaves are tasty both raw and cooked. The flowers are edible, sweet and tangy, and make a gorgeous garnish on salads, smoothies and desserts.  The leaves have a mucilaginous (slippery) quality when chewed and apparently can be used to thicken soups and stews.

Violet is a gentle but potent medicinal remedy.  Violet is a strong blood purifier.  Violet leaves have been used throughout the centuries as a soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory demulcent. Violet also supports the immune system, helping to clear infections of all kinds. They can be a very effective first aid remedy for hot, inflamed conditions of the skin. Simply chew up a fresh leaf and place it on the effected area. A remedy gentle enough for use with children, violet can also be used to soothe hot irritating coughs or headaches. Just make a hot tea of the leaves and sip slowly.

Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors and cancers, specifically those in the breasts. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice. They are also helpful in clearing up other growths and lumps such as cysts, mastitis, and fibrocystic breasts.  Susan Weed’s excellent book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! details the use of violet for various breast conditions.  Violet is also a  gentle lymphatic tonic, aiding the body in removing waste products from the bloodstream.

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Violet propagates itself by seed and throwing out scions, or runners, from the main plant each summer after flowering, and these in turn send out roots and become new plants, a process that renders it independent of seed.

I like to add a handful of violet leaves to fresh salads for a vitamin boost.  Take a bowl and scissors and go out into your yard (or a neighbor’s – with their permission, of course and NO chemicals) and begin harvesting fresh cut greens for a salad.   Other amazing wild herbs and greens coming up right now are yard onions, dandelions, chickweed, plantain – just to name a few.  Mother Nature is saying “Come and get it folks!”  She is providing food to assist us with the changing of seasons.  Bitter, astringent, chlorophyll rich greens that will help us reduce excess water in the body, cleanse, detoxify, boost immune system, purify the blood, and so much more.

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Salad last night consisted of fresh violet leaves, organic baby spinach, yellow and red bell peppers, hemp seeds, fresh sprouts, scallions with a creamy hemp seed dressing.  It was wonderful!

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Another fantastic use for these bountiful greens is to use in smoothies. I made up this low-glycemic Spring green smoothie this morning with produce that is IN SEASON.

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Spring Violet Smoothie
Serves 2
A light, nutrition packed smoothie filled with Spring's freshly emerging harvest that is low in fruit sugar, high alkaline and rich in healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small organic pear
  2. 1 small organic granny smith apple
  3. 1/2 lemon, peeled
  4. 1/2 cup organic parsley leaves
  5. 4 cups organic spinach, kale, swiss chard (or combination of all)
  6. 1/2 cup fresh violet leaves (toss in some flowers too!)
  7. 1/2 avocado
  8. 2 cups water
  9. sweetener of choice ( I used raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Add toppings of choice - I used fresh, local bee pollen and a few violet flowers (eat them first). Enjoy!
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Violets are bountiful right now freshly emerging with vibrant green leaves that are probably right next to your door and in your yard.  Seek them out and you will be rewarded delightfully with nutrition and healing medicine straight from Mother Nature herself.

Get your SPRING greens on!

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FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

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In the interest of eating with the seasons, I have some gorgeous Fall fruits – that I came across at the grocery store (and on sale – SCORE!) that I wanted to share with you so that you could incorporate these little beauties into your seasonal dietary rotation.  The autumnal oranges and reds of the fruit hint at the fact that these fruits are ripe for the picking in the leaf-changing months (or in our case – already dropped).  Their nutritional profile is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Fiber and more. 

I was looking to change up my morning smoothie and with the Fall fruits sitting on my counter, I came up with this smoothie concoction.  Let me tell you, it’s a real winner.  Filling, sweet/tart and pretty too.

Let’s check out the star players in today’s Fall smoothie recipe.

Persimmons

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When choosing persimmons, keep in mind that there are two different varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red, shaped like acorns, and soft and jelly-like (feels like a water balloon) when fully ripe (this is the way you want it); and fuyu, which are yellow-orange, shaped like tomatoes, firmer when ripe, and can be sliced like apples.  I still like my fuyu persimmons soft and mushy – super sweet at this point.  Choose organic if you can.

Persimmons contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. These nutrients are extremely important to protect eye retinal damage. Also it protects from cataract or age related macular degenerationPersimmon contains highly beneficial nutrients which protect from free radicals – which protects the body from common disease.

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Now, just one persimmon contains six grams of fiber (can we say healthy poop’s), which is already about a quarter of your recommended daily value. Fiber digests slowly, so it keeps you fuller longer.   The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.  My kind of fruit!!

** Note:  Eating persimmon fruit with an empty stomach can cause diarrhea. Also eating in excess also cause diarrhea due to its high tannin content. So be safe and eat persimmon in limited quantity or blended with other ingredients to buffer the effects.  Also, Diabetes patients should stay away from it as it contains high amount of sugar.

Cranberries

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I adore this tart, little berry because it is an all-star food, and with good reason. Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of protective phytonutrients; plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids) that act as antioxidants in the body.  I have you liking them too already, right? 

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.  In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract ( contains natural chemicals that act as antibacterial agents and preventing E. Coli which is the bacteria largely responsible for urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.)  AND Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).  Liking them more and more!  Again, choose organic if you can.  With the Holidays around the corner, they are available right now, so stock up while they are available – I am.  Keep an eye out for sales – That’s how I found mine.

This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more.  The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels.  It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.

 

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more. The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. organic cranberries
  2. 1 large organic orange - peeled - See NOTE below for TIP
  3. 1 organic persimmon - ripe - cut off top
  4. 1/2" knob fresh ginger root
  5. 2 bananas
  6. 3 TB. raw honey or liquid stevia to taste (8 drops) - I used NuNaturals brand
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  9. 1 cup organic coconut milk - canned
  10. 1 1/2 cups fresh water
  11. (optional) heaping TB. of greens powder of choice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until creamy and smooth. Top with favorite toppings if you so desire.
Notes
  1. If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding. You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe. If you don't have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container. I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals. Don't waste. Use as much of your food as possible.
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** Tip:  If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding.  You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe.  If you don’t have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container.  I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals.  Don’t waste.  Use as much of your food as possible.

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I wanted to share this picture of the dogs the morning I made this Fall Smoothie recipe.  They don’t usually line up all together like this so I thought it was sweet.

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From left to right: Meg, Gigi and Blackie. The furry kids say “WOOF” – Hello!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

I am THANKFUL for YOU!  xo

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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

AND

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Raw Dark Forest Cake

Raw Dark Forest Cake

Raw Dark Forest Cake

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This lovely dessert was inspired by having some organic cherries left-over from my Superfood Smoothie class last Saturday (which was WONDERFUL!) and having two dear friends (Shira and Rachel) over for dinner on Sunday.  Shira’s birthday was last Friday, so I wanted to make her a special birthday cake. So, here I was with organic cherries, a special birthday cake to make and the desire to make something new that I haven’t tried before.   I love being Inspired!!

I was drawn to a book that I have had for years in my culinary book collection – Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen.  A GREAT book!!!  I purchased mine USED (I like doing that – reuse/ recycle) for only $12.  It’s a 600 page book.   I like that she uses the protocol – K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sweetie!) The “sweetie” part is my input.  Keeping it simple with ingredients and directions.  Very easy to follow with great results.  Nothing fancy but it sure does taste it!

I was pleasantly surprised with the results of this cake, as was everyone else while eating it (with sighs and moans of delight and pleasure!)  It was a lovely dinner with wonderful company.   So, I wanted to share this decadent, raw dessert with you all!  Enjoy!

 

Raw Dark Forest Cake
A decadent, raw layered dessert with seasonal organic cherries. This is one healthy dessert that I don't mind eating an extra slice of.
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FIRST LAYER
  1. 2 cups raw walnuts
  2. 2 cups organic raisins
  3. 1/2 cup carob powder OR raw cacao powder
  4. 1 cup pitted organic cherries
SECOND LAYER
  1. 1/2 Avocado
  2. 2/3 cup dates, pitted and soaked (if using a high speed blender - don't have to soak)
  3. 1/2 cup carob powder OR raw cacao powder
  4. 1/2 cup almond milk (preferably homemade)
  5. 1/4 cup almond butter (raw)
  6. 1 cup pitted organic cherries
THIRD LAYER
  1. 2 cups pitted organic cherries
FOURTH LAYER
  1. 2 cups raw cashews - soaked (if using a high speed blender - don't have to soak)
  2. 4 dates - pitted and soaked OR 15 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia
  3. 1 cup water (a touch more if needed)
FIRST LAYER
  1. 1. Combine the raisins and walnuts in a food processor until smooth.
  2. 2. Add in carob or cacao powder and cherries and blend until smooth. Remove from the processor and mold into a 9" pie plate. Hint: don't wash food processor - just keep using it for remaining steps.
SECOND LAYER
  1. 1. Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT cherries, in a food processor until smooth.
  2. 2. Add in cherrries and pulse chop until chunky but not smooth.
  3. 3. Spread this mixture on top of the first layer.
THIRD LAYER
  1. 1. Pulse chop the cherries in a food processor until chunky.
  2. 2. Spread cherries on top of the second layer.
FOURTH LAYER
  1. 1. Place half of the water into a blender ( I used a Vitamix) and slowly add the cashews. Add water as needed, until all of the cashews are gone. keep this thick by adding a few cashews at a time and only enough water so cashews will blend.
  2. 2. Add dates or liquid stevia and blend until smooth.
  3. 3. Spread this mixture on top of the third layer.
  4. CHILL AND SERVE.
Adapted from Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen
Adapted from Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen
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Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Do I Weed it or Eat It?

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I opt to eat it! 

This little weed is a nutritional powerhouse.  It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.  It is a good source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. I also has antibiotic properties. 

Omega-3s are a class of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, so you must get them from food. Unfortunately, the typical American diet contains too few omega-3s, a shortage that is linked to a barrage of illnesses including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Purslane is native to India and Persia and has spread throughout the world as an edible plant and as a weed.   Many cultures embrace purslane as a food.

Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with yellow flowers. They look like baby jade plants. The stems lay flat on the ground as they radiate from a single taproot sometimes forming large mats of leaves.

Purslane can be eaten raw in salads or added to sandwiches along with lettuce. It can be steamed, sautéed, juiced or added to smoothies.  The taste is similar to watercress or spinach.  Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste.

 

Purslane can grow anywhere, from backyards to gardens, sidewalks to driveways. A drought-tolerant succulent, purslane can grow in dry arid soils, but it prefers the fine textured soils of gardens or pathways, where you’re likely to find it.   As an annual, if the plant is allowed to go to seed, purslane will grow in your backyard or garden every year.

Before grazing in your yard or picking from someone else’s yard, be sure to wash the purslane thoroughly and make sure it is free of any pesticides (most IMPORTANT!)   Keep an eye out at your local Farmers Markets for this green weed.  I found some from a lovely Mennonite lady at my local farmers market – organic and fresh picked just the day before.  I was at her booth several weeks and asked what was the green baggie – she said PURSLANE.  I knew what it was and its benefits so I said “I’ll take all four bags.”  They were only $1 each.  I told her as long as she came across them in her garden/yard – most Mennonites grow naturally and organic – “pick those weeds and I’ll buy them”.  She lit up and said “My pleasure”.   In the meantime, I have been investigating my yard and have found some.  WHEEE!

Here’s my morning SUPER WEED SMOOTHIE!   My dad jokes with me about going out in the yard and getting grass clippings for my smoothies and salads – well, he isn’t wrong. I have dandelion leaves and purslane (wild weeds) from my yard and cilantro from garden in this smoothie. Incredible nutrition from it all. 

Super Weed Green Smoothie
This green smoothie is packed with superfood weeds such as purslane, dandelion leaves and cilantro from the garden/yard. I feel like Superwoman after drinking this green elixir and ready to take on the day. Easily digestible, detox friendly, alkalizing and TASTY!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 TB. chia seeds
  3. small handful fresh dandelion green leaves
  4. 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh purslane weed
  5. small handful of fresh cilantro
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. frozen mango chunks (BIG handful)
  8. small handful frozen pineapple
  9. NuNaturals liquid stevia (several drops) or your choice of sweetener - to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend till smooth in Vitamix (30 seconds or so) and top with favorite toppings - I used Navitas Naturals Trail Mix (goji berries, mulberry and goldenberry blend) and raw cacao nibs.
Notes
  1. May The GREENS Be With You and "Here's To YOUR Health!"
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Super Weed GREEN Smoothie

Do you pick weeds from your yard/ garden and implement them into your diet?      Which ones?

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