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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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IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. entries ONLY!

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

For entry to win:

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

Let the comments begin!

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

Good luck my dears!!

Entries now closed for giveaway.

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

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RAW 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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Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic

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It’s TONIC time!  I have been creating a lot of new tonic recipes and wanted to share this one with you.  The other recipes I am saving for my TONIC ebook that I am working on.  It will be full of indepth information about tonic and longevity herbs, where to purchase them (top quality for BEST price), recipes and much more.  I am passionate about tonics and their benefits and it is due time to share all this acquired knowledge and share with you how to make your own.

What do think!?  Would you be interested in this book?   I would love your input, feedback and comments. 

Herbal tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health”.

In the meantime, let’s take a brief look at the ingredient list for this tonic and its benefits for you.  (*Click on the name and see where I purchase mine).

Hemp seeds - Hemp seeds offer raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch.  Hemp seeds contain more protein and omegas than a similar serving of Chia or Flax.  These seeds make a great alternative to milk – hemp milk.  They lend a creamy texture when blended with water.

Dandy BlendThe Easiest Way to Get Dandelion (Good for your liver) in Your DietRich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness. May provide increased energy – use with discretion before bedtime.

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

Gynostemma Extract powderGynostemma is a sweet and slightly bitter herb. The list of benefits of this “magic grass” as it’s called are amazing. It has a strong anti-fatigue affect, strengthens the mind, increases vigor, improves digestion, eases pain, strengthens the immune system, fights off pathogens and helps reduce inflammation.  An adaptogenic herb, this means It helps to calm the system when overactive and stimulate when under active or depressed.

Maca (Gelatinized) - The maca root has potent adaptogenic properties helping each body differently based on individual needs. Maca is most often regarded as a powerful stamina booster, libido enhancer, hormone regulator and exhaustion buster. Unique alkaloids found in maca, called Macainas, have been shown to nourish and support the endocrine system, which regulates many of the body’s important functions. Maca also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols that can support general health and immune function.

Astragalus Root powderAstragalus herb is thought to boost overall vitality. In Chinese medicine it has been historically used to promote healing and reduce fatigue.

TriphalaTriphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Translated as “three fruits”, it is composed of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. Containing five of the six tastes (all but salty), Triphala readily removes excess vata, pitta and kapha from the body, bringing balance and proper functioning to the system. It is commonly taken as a daily supplement to help maintain balance of the doshas.

Organic Ghee Ghee is essentially clarified butter, which means it has had the milk solids and water removed.  Ghee helps with digestion, prevents inflammation, promotes intelligence and memory and lubricates the body’s connective tissues, promoting flexibility. Modern Western medicine has found that ghee resists free radical damage, and that it contains phenolic antioxidants that are known help strengthen the immune system. Ghee is also lactose-free and contains no salt.

Chaga mushroom ( I used as a tea base for this recipe) -  Chaga mushroom can be used as a remedy for chronic inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, stomach illnesses and improving the immune system.

Longevity Energy Tonic
This creamy tonic is loaded with energy enhancing and longevity herbs. You will feel ready to take on the day in a balanced and energetic way. If you need a "pick-up" drink in the mid-afternoon, this is THE ONE!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups liquid of choice (water, herbal tea, nut or seed milk of choice)
  2. 1/4 cup hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest)
  3. 1 tsp. Gynostemma extract powder (Vimergy)
  4. 1 tsp. Maca - gelatinized (Navitas Naturals)
  5. 1 TB. Dandy Blend
  6. 1 tsp. Astragalus Root powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. Triphala (Banyan Botanicals)
  8. 1 tsp. or more Raw Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals)
  9. pinch of cayenne
  10. 1 tsp. coconut oil (Nutiva) or ghee (Ancient Organics)
  11. NuNaturals liquid stevia - 8 drops or to taste
  12. pinch of pink himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and BLEND till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Pour into a saucepan and heat on LOW for a few minutes to desired temperature. Enjoy!
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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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How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

DIY Coconut Butter + Video

 

I ADORE coconuts!  I am a fiend when it comes to the sweet water upon cracking a fresh young thai coconut open.  The meat is creamy and perfect for smoothies, puddings, and ice creams.   Then the dried coconut flakes are fantastic sprinkled on top of green smoothies, in a warm oatmeal, mixed in superfood protein bars, raw granola, and more!  I went for YEARS without trying the much talked about “coconut butter” or AKA “coconut manna”.  I didn’t think I was missing out on much.  It’s a pricey item in the stores so I just glossed over it.  Then, recently in a store, I came across a jar that was discounted and I thought I would give it a try. 

Upon opening the jar, I was lured by the sweet, creamy smell (yes, I smell in textures and such).   I immersed the spoon into this thick luscious cream and put it into my mouth.  I melted!  “Where have you been all my life.”  OMG!  NOW I knew what people were raving about when they spoke of coconut butter.  It was all I could do to NOT eat the entire small jar.  It’s a sure–fire way to get the maximum concentration of rich, velvety coconut flavor and texture in each bite.

Coconut butter is not like coconut oil.   Coconut oil is made from the extracted fat of the coconut meat, whereas this butter includes the fibrous shreds of the coconut meat, just in dried form.  Coconut butter solidifies around 70 degrees, and it is best used as a topping on anything from savory to sweet dishes. It can also go from melted to solid and back again without adverse effects — and you don’t even need to store it in the fridge!

 Coconut butter can be made in a food processor but will take approximately 10 minutes.  That is where a high speed blender helps out (time and efficiency).  Make it however you can, but MAKE IT!

 Coconut Butter

* makes one small jar *

What You Need:

Ingredients

3 cups organic, dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes (Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flakes and see source link below)

Equipment

Vitamix blender or a food processor

Instructions

1. Process the Coconut – Put the dried coconut in the blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down the sides with the tamper for approximately 1 minute (give or take) until a thick paste is formed.  OR Put the dried coconut in a large food processor, then turn on and process until it’s buttery smooth, about 10 minutes.That’s it.  Scrape this lovely cream into your mouth a small glass jar and use as needed. 

* Tip:  Always use unsweetened shredded coconut — never the sweetened, sulphured or low fat kind. So read your labels carefully.  Make sure your coconut is fresh by starting with an unopened bag.

Coconut flakes

 

Getting creamy in the Vitamix in no time!

 

Ready to go into a jar – YUM!

 

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Coconut butter is great spread on top of bread and muffins,  added to soups, in desserts, in smoothies, as a nut milk substitute, as any nut butter substitute, in tonics, raw puddings, raw cheesecakes and by the spoonful. Have fun with it in your own kitchen.  It is fantastic stuffed into a medjool date with raw cacao nibs – I KNOW!! 

Now, WATCH the video and see how easy it is to make your own.

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Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Rich HEALTHY Chocolate Brownies

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I was going to wait and share this recipe with you on Friday, but then I thought “Hell,no!  I am doing it TODAY!”  You lovely souls NEED this decadent, gluten-free, healthy, AMAZING chocolate brownie recipe NOW.  Recipe adapted here from the Detoxinista

I am offering a healthy cooking class this coming Saturday, May 18th and it is focusing on ALMONDS and the many ways to use them in a plant-based diet.  From making your own almond milk, raw almond butter, Chocolate Basil Smoothie, Butternut Squash bisque, Thai Almond Dipping Sauce, coconut macaroons and a special add-on recipe for all attendees of class.  This class focuses on using every aspect of the almond – the nut and the left-over almond pulp – in the recipes.  It’s going to be great!  The class is already almost full.  :)

This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using “left-over” almond pulp.  The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor.  As you know, I love adapting recipes to make them BETTER and HEALTHIER (which the original is), but also to throw in some easy tricks and tips. Oh, are you excited or what right now?! 

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Tip #1 – When a recipe calls for applesauce – which contributes to a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor – use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin),  cut into slices (don’t use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds – Voila – homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, “hidden ingredients” apple sauce will NOT have.  If you don’t have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars. 

Tip #2 – Coconut sugar is a much healthier alternative to Sucanat sugar, but I still like to use LESS in my recipes.  So, I like to do half sugar and half stevia if a recipe does require some sort of granular sugar for the recipe to come out right, but I still want the sweetness without all the SUGAR.  I highly recommend using NuNaturals stevia – it does not have the bitter after-taste that most processed stevia products have.   I use that Shit in everything! - From sweet to savory recipes.    Stevia is great for people trying to lose weight, have blood sugar issues or candida. I LOVE IT! 

Tip #3 – After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat.  Please don’t throw it in the trash!   Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes.  Two versions for drying:

  1.  Dehydrator -  spread your almond pulp out on a tray lined with a Teflex sheet (if not, the pulp will fall through the cracks) and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 to 8 hours (longer depending on type of dehydrator used and moisture in environment).  I use an Excalibur 9 tray with timer and LOVE it!  Once the almond pulp is completely dry, Transfer dry pulp to a high-speed blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  That’s it!  I store the almond flour in a glass mason jar in my fridge, and use it as I bake. One cup of almonds used in almond milk will yield about 1/2 cup of almond flour.
  2. Oven – spread your almond pulp out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in oven set at lowest temperature setting – 200 degrees and “dry out” for 2 – 3 hours.  Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t toast too much.  Transfer dry pulp to a blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  

 

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies
This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using "left-over" almond pulp. The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor. Serves an 8″x8″ pan.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1 small organic apple* (see tips below) or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  4. 7 drops of NuNaturals Liquid Stevia
  5. 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 large organic free-range eggs
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup ground almond pulp*
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F, and line an 8″x8″ glass dish with parchment paper.
  2. Make your applesauce.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir well to combine into a thick batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined dish, and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are pulling away from the sides of the pan and the center is firm.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  6. The brownies are so rich and fudgy, you may find that they are difficult to slice without some of the fudgy middles sticking to the knife - I did.
  7. I recommend chilling the brownies in the fridge or freezer to make the cutting process go more smoothly, then allow to thaw to room temperature, if you like.
Notes
  1. Tip #1 - When a recipe calls for applesauce - which helps out with a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor - use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin), cut into slices (don't use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds - Voila - homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, "hidden ingredients" apple sauce will NOT have. If you don't have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars.
  2. Tip #2 - After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat. Please don’t throw it in the trash! Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes. To prepare the almond pulp, you must dry it completely after making your almond milk. You can do this in an low-temperature oven, or dehydrator, then transfer the dried almond pulp to a blender or food processor, and process it into a light and fluffy “flour” texture.
Adapted from Detoxinista
Adapted from Detoxinista
Kibby's Blended Life http://kibbysblendedlife.com/

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I hope you enjoy these little chocolate beauties and let me know what you think.

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Superfood GREEN Smoothie + Winners of Linda Wagner Ebook

Superfood GREEN Smoothie + Winners of Linda Wagner Ebook

Superfood GREEN Smoothie

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In honor of today’s post, which I announce the 3 winners of Linda Wagner’s GREEN SMOOTHIE DETOX ebook, I am sharing with you one of my favorite green smoothies that is great for weight loss, detoxifies, alkalizes , floods the body  with nutrients GALORE on a cellular level and tastes FANTASTIC!  Plus the color is just STUNNING! 

Superfood GREEN Smoothie

  • 3 cups fresh water
  • 1 large mango (peeled) fresh or frozen
  • 2 – 3 bananas (peeled) fresh or frozen
  • 3 HUGE handfuls Organic Spinach (or your greens of choice)
  • small handful organic cilantro
  • small knob of ginger root
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. spirulina
  • chunk of fresh aloe vera gel
  • sweetener of choice (I use NuNatural liquid stevia) to taste

Blend in a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) till smooth and creamy.  Adjust ingredients to your preferred thickness and consistency.  Top with favorite toppings:  some of mine are hemp seeds, goji berries, mulberries, fresh local bee pollen, raw cacao nibs, coconut flakes, etc.  Pour into glass of choice, mason jar for traveling (I do this all the time!) or small bowls for dogs.  My dog’s LOVE their smoothies and come running to my feet when the Vitamix turns ON.  They know what’s coming to them.  I feel good knowing that they are getting great nutrition this way too. 

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Green smoothies for the whole family: Me, Scott and three dogs! We ALL love our green smoothies daily.

I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by all the entries and comments that went into this weeks giveaway.  Thank you so much for each and every one of you that submitted an entry (for I read each one) and I wish I could give all of you a copy of this ebook.  Those of you who didn’t win, I highly recommend supporting Linda in purchasing her ebook – it’s wonderful!   Those of you looking for more information, please feel free to check out my RECIPES page for healthy plant based recipes, smoothie recipes and more that are gluten-free, sugar-free and loaded with top quality ingredients.  These are recipes that I use in my diet and lifestyle DAILY.  Utilize Linda Wagners site also for recipes and more too.  We are all here to support one another on our journey of health and wellness.

NOW, for the winners of Linda Wagner’s Green Smoothie Detox ebook!

  1. Stefani Carlson
  2. Claire Pienaar
  3. Fran T

Congratulations!  I will contact you thru email to provide you with directions how to access your free ebook copy.

Again, THANK YOU, Linda for such a gracious offer to all of our fabulous readers!  It is our mission to INSPIRE each and every one of you to take your health and wellness into your own hands.  Let us know how we can assist you along your journey.   The power to heal is WITHIN you!   You have the Power! Harness it and Shine Bright with Health & Wellness!  

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DIY Homemade Almond Nut Butter

DIY Homemade Almond Nut Butter

Homemade Almond Nut Butter

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I LOVE almond nut butter!  It is great to use in so many ways.  It is great spread on gluten-free bread, on bananas, ANYTHING chocolate, thickens up a tonic or smoothie, wonderful in oatmeal, makes a wonderful, quick and easy almond milk, and is scrumptious stuffed inside a date (see picture at bottom).  Oh, the ideas and various ways are endless.  Do you detect infatuation? Just a bit.  :)

I’ve seen LOTS of recipes showing you how to make your own almond butter and even gave it a crack several times.  However, no matter how long I let the food processor run, I could never get the right consistency or that “when the magic happens” moment people talk about when making your own nut butter.   So, I gave up for a long time and just bought Trader Joe’s raw almond butter.  I noticed, not long ago, the consistency and flavor changed to “OKAY” but not great.  It was the best I could get for the price and made do with it.  I’ve been getting low on my last jar in the house and was wanting to give it “one more try” with making my own because I won’t be going to Trader Joe’s anytime soon and to save some money.

Back in the Fall last year, I was introduced to the Briden Wilsom Farms by my friend, Ginger. I looked into it and even called them and talked with the owner, Tom for 20 minutes asking him LOTS of questions.  Some of the information he told me about most “raw” almonds BLEW my mind and changed it from buying “raw” almonds from Costco, Sam’s, wholesale suppliers, and even in the bulk bin at local grocery store. If you are purchasing ORGANIC RAW almonds, you’re probably OK, but always check out your source and stay with quality, local farms.

Here’s what I found out:  Most bulk almonds are pasteurized with Propylene oxide. What the hell!!?  Propylene oxide is a highly toxic flammable chemical compound, once used as a racing fuel before it became prohibited for safety reasons. It is also used in thermobaric weapons. It is an epoxide, which is not GRAS (generally recognized as safe for human ingestion). Duh!!! (source)

So, upon talking with Tom, I was willing to give his almonds a try and MAN!  am I glad I did!  I have been using them to make homemade granola and homemade almond milk.  Almond milk never tasted better!  NOW I know why!  So, with my last 3 cups of these almonds, I decided to make almond nut butter.

Most recipes say that it will take 15 – 20 minutes in a food processor to whip into a creamy, gorgeous nut butter.  So, I tossed my almonds (NO SOAKING or ROASTING required with Briden Wilson Farms almonds) into the food processor, locked the lid  and hit the ON button and let it rip for several minutes.  I could tell the consistency was changing much faster than the other posts I had read.  Wow!  Could it REALLY be the quality of the nuts?  “Keep it going and we’ll see”, I said.   I’ve  never had such excitement watching nuts whirl around in a machine than those 8 minutes.  Food-geek, and PROUD of it!  :)   Then, all of the sudden, “the magic happened” and I squealed in delight. 

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The butter took on a different texture and became creamy, smooth and oily.  I was so excited!  Scott just laughed at me.  The dogs thought they were getting treats or something with my excited energy.  We ALL tested it and gave it a 2 thumbs up (the dogs just licked it up and wanted more – good sign!)

Ingredients:

3 cups raw almonds ( I used these from Briden Wilson Farms)

That’s it!  No soaking, dehydrating, or roasting.  Just pure quality almonds!

Directions:

  • Place the 3 cups of almonds in a food processor ( I use a KitchenAid 12 cupper), lock on lid and hit the “ON” button and let it whirl for several minutes
  • Stop the machine periodically scraping down the sides. No biggie. Do it and keep it moving…
  • After  8 -10 minutes if using a QUALITY almond or 15 minutes or so with other almonds, the “magic will happen” and it’ll turn into this smooth and creamy almond butter!!
  • That’s it!   Magical, right?!
  • You can add a touch of salt for flavor if you want or leave it plain (your choice!)
  • Various and sundry FUN options:  add raw cacao powder, honey, stevia, vanilla bean powder, touch of cayenne, etc. -  OOOHH!  the possibilities.
  • Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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 After making this nut butter, I immediately went to the computer to Briden Wilson Farms site and ordered another 10 lbs. of these glorious almonds.  Almonds are shipped Priority Mail and shipping is included in the price – what a deal!!

Another favorite thing I like to do with my almond butter as a great snack or pre-workout treat (rebounding or yoga) are medjool dates split in half with almond butter and some chlorella tablets sprinkled on top.  These make outstanding dog treats too!  My dogs LOVE these.

Go give it a whirl yourself and have fun!

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Happy Hormone Tonic

Happy Hormone Tonic

Kibby’s Happy Hormone Tonic

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If you read my post from yesterday How I Am Balancing My Hormones – Naturally (if not, go do so, please), You’ll see why I concocted this tonic.   Let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC and has become one of my favorites.  The taste is a bit different – it is rich, spicy, creamy, with a mocha butterscotch taste.  It’s really hard to describe all that is going on with it, but my taste buds DANCE to it.  In turn, my hormones are happy!!  Hence the name!  :)

Hormone imbalance can occur at any age (20′s and up) – men and women.  Let me shed a little light on an Ayurvedic herb that I have been taking for about a month now.  It is called Triphala.  Literally meaning “three fruits”, Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki.  Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste.  Because of its high nutritional value, Triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body’s reserves. 

  • Amalaki (emblica officinalis), commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla, is considered one of the best rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It’s a strong natural antioxidant containing 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. In India, amalaki is known as the “nurse herb” because it supports the liver,  strengthens the immune system and cools the body, balancing the Pitta dosha.
  • Haritaki (terminalia chebula) has the strongest laxative powers of the three fruits contained in triphala. In Tibet, haritaki is so highly revered that in their sacred paintings, it’s often depicted in the extended palm of the medicine Buddha. Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.   The herb also has astringent properties and balances Vata.
  • Bibhitaki (terminalia belerica) is an excellent rejuvenative with both laxative and astringent properties. It eliminates excess mucous in the body, balancing the Kapha dosha. In addition, bibhitaki is a powerful treatment for a variety of lung conditions, including bronchitis and asthma. (source)

Maca is a wonderful hormone balancer.  It is important to remember that MACA does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jolts the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This occurs naturally while increasing energy. (source)

Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is an herbal remedy that may be effective in treating your hormone imbalance. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb used to help treat stress, fatigue, pain and diabetes. Ashwagandha, a member of the nightshade family, has also been used to help restore your hormone balance, increase your energy and improve your health and longevity. The root of the plant is used medicinally. Ashwagandha has a bitter and earthy taste. Tilgner says that ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is best suited to individuals whose hormone levels are altered due to stress or chronic agitation. (source)

Shilajit contains 85+ minerals in ionic form, Vitamins, Fulvic acid and very important phytonutrients. The fulvic acid in shilajit is in it’s most natural and purest form. Fulvic acid is required to dilate the cell walls and transport the minerals deep into the cells. No amount of mineral supplements will be of any use unless they are transported into the cells. Minerals also act as catalysts in the assimilation of vitamins. Insufficient supply of minerals will also mean Vitamin deficiency. Fulvic acid alone can transport the minerals through the thick cell walls. Shilajit has 85+ minerals apart from fulvic acid and can instantly supply them to the cells. It can effectively prolong cell life and keep it healthy for a very long time. No wonder the Indian Yogis called it as Amrita or The Elixir Of Life.  Here are some other benefits:

Liver function Enhancing, Cholesterol & Blood pressure reducing properties : It is a very effective liver tonic. It literally helps rebuild liver tissues. It has been proved to reduce cholesterol levels, serum tryglycerides and serum phospholipids in liver. By maintaining the liver functions, It helps body perform various functions attributed to liver like digestion metabolism etc at an optimum level. It contains Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA). This lowers blood cholesterol levels.  Thus it effectively reduces cholesterol levels both in liver and blood. Fulvic acid is known to reduce sodium levels in the blood thereby contributing to a reduction in blood pressure. (sourceRead more about it here and  here.   Shilajit is truly a SUPERFOOD.

So, let me share with you my little brew.  

Kibby’s Happy Hormone Tonic (serves 1)

  • 1  1/2 cups quick Homemade Almond Milk
  • 1  1/2 to 2 TB. Dandy Blend
  • 1 tsp. Maca
  • 1 tsp. Ashwaganda
  • 1/2 tsp. Triphala
  • Dates – 2 Medjool or 4 Deglet Noor
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne – to taste
  • Vanilla Stevia – NuNaturals – 1/2 dropperful
  • Reishi powder – 1/8 tsp. or 1 capsule (broken open) (optional) – I add this to the daytime brews
  • Shilajit (optional) – a small pinch (this is powerful stuff)

Blend everything in a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) till smooth and creamy.   Taste and tweak to your liking.  Transfer liquids (it will be THICK) into a saucepan and gently heat up on LOW/ MEDIUM heat.  Stir consistently (it will burn easily if not attended to) for about 2 or so minutes to desired temperature. 

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Pour into mug and savor this luscious drink sending good thoughts/energy throughout your body knowing this tonic is balancing your entire system (hormones especially) at ANY age.

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Even Scott loves drinking this brew. He says it is so tasty and creamy with a hint of “kick”. Even men need hormone balancing. ;)

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