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Blueberry Oatmeal Milkshake

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Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/3 cup rolled oats

more almond milk if needed

Sweetener of your choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the oats in the blender and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Add more almond milk if needed. Enjoy right away. This milkshake is very filling and can keep you full longer.

 

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Raw Sprouted Rye Bread

Several of you have asked about this easy raw rye bread recipe and  finally found the  time to jot it down.

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Ingredients

1 cup sprouted rye flour

4 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

2/3 cup water

1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

(add dry herbs if desired)

 1/2 cup sprouted rye flour (or more) for kneading   

  1. Grind 4 tbsp. flaxseeds in a coffee/seed grinder.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl (flour, ground flax, salt, garlic powder and herbs if desired).
  3. Add water and mix well.
  4. Begin adding a little more flour (1 tbsp. at a time) until you can knead the dough easily.
  5. Sprinkle the kitchen counter with a pinch of flour and roll out the dough into 1 or more sheets  (1cm thick or thinner) – like tortillas.
  6. You can dehydrate it as is (if using as pizza crust or tortilla) or cut into smaller sections/shapes.
  7. Place on a mesh dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 125 degrees for the first hour. Then, lower the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate for another 1-2 hours.
  8. Flip the bread and continue dehydrating for 1-2 hours or until desired crispiness. Use in sandwiches, as wraps or a pizza crust.

 

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Mango Spinach Smoothie Bowl

mango smoothieSmoothies are fun to drink but have you tried a smoothie bowl yet? It’s the same delicious smoothie, just thicker and with lots of fun toppings. My kids love mangoes and spinach, therefore this is one of their favorite breakfasts.

Ingredients

2 cups chopped frozen or fresh mango
1 banana
1 cup spinach
a little water if needed
toppings of your choice (chopped banana, berries, coconut flakes, seeds, or chocolate shavings if craving chocolate)

Throw mango pieces and banana into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add a little bit of water if needed.Transfer to bowls and top these babies away with what your heart desires.

 

 

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Raw Cocoroons (gluten free, vegan)

Cocoroons Ingredients

1 cup coconut flakes

2 tbs maple syrup or raw honey

2 tbs coconut flour

2 tbs coconut oil

1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

for the chocolate:

2 tbs melted coconut oil

2 tbs raw cacao powder

2 tbs maple syrup or raw honey              

 

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor with an S-shaped blade and process.
  2. Use silicone chocolate molds to shape the dough into candy/cocoroons.
  3. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
  4. To make chocolate, mix melted coconut oil, honey and cacao together. Drizzle on top of cocoroons or dip cocoroons in the chocolate. Keep refrigerated.
  5. Enjoy these fully raw cocoroons with coffee or tea!

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Chocolate Mousse Minicakes (raw, vegan, GF)

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Cake for breakfast isn’t a great idea unless it’s plant-based and totally raw like these decadent treats. This chilly autumn morning I thought cake and a steaming cup of coffee would be a scrumptious way to start the day (after drinking a glass of water with ACV).  I had a large amount of pre-soaked sesame seeds that I decided to use to make these cakes. Sesame seeds are super rich in oleic acid that helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.

breaky takieResearch studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in mono-unsaturated fats help prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favoring healthy lipid profile. Regular cakes made with butter, dairy, and sugar do the exact opposite! They can cause plaque build-up and blockage of arteries and raised cholesterol which, in its turn, can lead to cardiovascular issues, weight gain, and hormonal imbalances. And when one’s hormones are out of balance, hundreds of different alignment will arise. Why not eat the good kind of cake that will love you back instead? I say, “Heck, yeah!” The seeds are also very valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein.

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My family and I liked these so much that I made this cuteness 4 days in a row! On two of those days I had guests over at my house for tea and they all loved these chocolate creations. I made them with sesame seeds, then with walnuts and both times they turned out great.

Ingredients

2 cups soaked sesame seeds or walnuts

1/3-1/2 cup raw cacao

1/3 cup raw honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp  lemon juice

Ganache:

1/4 cup cashew, almond, or walnut butter

3 tbs raw cacao

2 tbs raw honey

a little of coconut/nut milk (or water) for thinning

optional toppings: raspberries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds

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1.Soak sesame seeds or walnuts overnight. Drain the soak water in the morning and rinse the seeds/nuts in the mesh strainer.

2. Place sesame seeds (or walnuts), raw cacao, honey, vanilla, and lemon juice into a food processor with an S-shaped blade and process until you get a sticky dough of smooth consistency. You will need to stop the machine several times to scrape off the sides of the bowl. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes.

3. Place the chilled dough onto a flat surface and shape into a slab of about 1-inch height. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out the cakes.

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4. Transfer the cut-out shapes on a plate.

5. To make ganache, mix cashew butter, raw cacao, and honey with a spoon together in a bowl. Add a tablespoon (or more) of coconut or nut milk to make ganache thinner.

6. Spread ganache over the cakes.

7. Top with berries.

8. Keep refrigerated for several days.

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Chewy-Crunchy Brownies (gluten free, raw, vegan)

2015-10-16 18.02.33Raw brownies and truffles are probably the quickest raw desserts you can make. Seriously! Throw some nuts and dry fruit together, add a splash of vanilla or almond extract, and they’re good to go – straight into you tummy! If you’re feeling fancy – add things like coconut flakes, cacao nibs, superfood powders or dip them in raw dark or white chocolate and top with fresh berries. If you love brownies, you really don’t need to bake them! Save your time and treat your body nicer at the same time. How does that sound?

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To make these treats I used cashews and dates, but you can use any nuts you have in your pantry. I also added cacao nibs for crunchiness and extra health benefits, and camu camu powder (vitamin C boost – we need that in fall, don’t we?).

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 Ingredients      

1 cup  cashews soaked for about 4 hours

1 cup dates

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp camu powder (optional)

hemp seeds and raspberries for topping (optional)

 

  1. Process cashews, dates, vanilla extract, and camu powder in a food processor with an S-shaped blade.
  2. Stop it half way before the ingredients begin to stik and add cacao nibs.
  3. Shape the dough into a slab. Sprinkle with hemp seeds.
  4. Set in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to chill (or eat right away!). Top with raspberries before serving.
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Try Raw is a wonderful guide for those interested in experimenting with a high raw/raw diet and those who are already familiar with it. This beautiful book is filled with quick tips and tricks on detoxification, transitioning, basic equipment, ingredients and more. It includes some simple recipes that are practical for a day to day life, and some that are fancier for a special occasion or a party. All of them are flexible, easy to follow, and most only require basic ingredients and allow substitutions.
These recipes are gluten-free, do not contain trans fats, refined sugars, artificial flavorings and colorings, preservatives – just wholesome foods that will nourish your body.
Try Raw recipes will feed your body and soul. And the best part is there’s NO DEHYDRATOR needed! Recipes include:
Raw Pancakes
Sprouted Buckwheat Porridge
Cherry Milkshake
Raw Tacos
Rainbow Pad Thai with Mango Dressing
Gazpacho
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Coconut Biscuits
Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Three Layer Fruit Tart
Fudgy Brownies
Detox Salad
Fudge Candy
Immunity Tonic
Berry Energy Smoothie
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Vareniki with Sweet ‘Cheese’
Okroshka – Russian Summer Soup
Olivier Salad (Potato-type Salad)
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Teas in Bulk? Yes, Please!

Hi, darlings!

Several of you have asked me about teas – what kinds/brands I use, which ones I like and recommend, etc.

I prefer organic herbal teas without weird additives and usually in bulk! Herbs can boost your metabolism, stimulate digestion, and prevent and alleviate numerous health conditions.

These are the ones we usually keep in stock:

  1. Frontier Natural Products Organic Tea Lemon Ginger (my fave – you can be sure I’m sipping this brew as I’m writing  haha )

This is a generous one pound bag of great quality herbs. Ingredients are simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and include: organic roasted chicory root, organic ginger root, organic orange peel, organic lemongrass, organic lemon essential oil, organic hibiscus flowers, organic coriander seed, organic chips. If you are a tea lover and enjoy experiencing new kinds and flavors like I do, most definitely try this lemon ginger tea! It makes a flavorful and rich-in-color concoction. The herb combination provide your body with multiple benefits, some of which include:

-Chicory root

  • liver supporting properties
  • anti-inflammatory properties (useful in managing joint problems, including osteoarthritis)
  • source of inulin
  •  might assist in curing arrhythmias, fibrillation, and tachycardia, a state where the heartbeat is too quick. Additionally, it may be highly successful in treating thrombosis.
  •  functions like an all-natural laxative and may alleviate the distress of constipation. In one study people who used the nutritional supplement containing chicory found decreased difficulty when trying to use the bathroom, not to mention increased digestion.
  • rich in antioxidants, which, in plants, commonly come in the kind of compounds called phenolics.
  • raises the circulation of bile, which supports digestion. Chicory root might help optimize blood composition and may be worth consideration by anyone trying to reach the best liver and gallbladder health because additional bile helps break down fats.

*possible side effects:

There are some documented issues with using chicory if you’re pregnant or planning on breastfeeding. Chicory is an emmenagogue herb, which results in your body’s capability in having a period. What this means is that chicory may cause your menstrual period to begin before it otherwise would. Chicory is likewise a herb, which could lead to something similar to an abortion. It’s recommended to prevent making use of chicory if either of these 2 states (maternity/breastfeeding) relate to you personally.

Another potential complication of chicory entails its potential interaction with particular drugs. Chicory might interact with medicines recommended for cardiac circumstances, particularly medicines which are metabolized by means of an enzyme called cytochrome P-450. Therefore, you always need to talk about making any changes like this with your doctor.

Lemongrass:

  • helps treat numerous health conditions, such as nervous disorders, stomach problems, fevers, arthritis, menstrual problems and even cancer.

    This plant was used by the ancient Chinese to help treat the flu, colds, gas, cramps, pain and as a digestive aid.

     

Ginger Root:

  •  well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses.
  •  anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy.
  • a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems.
  •  is a medicinal herb used primarily for the treatment of Dyspepsia (discomfort after eating), this includes the symptoms of bloating, heartburn, flatulence, and nausea. It is also considered helpful as a preventative for motion sickness and as a digestive.
  • Due to it’s antispasmodic characteristic some people have used it to help ease menstrual cramps. In some traditional systems it is credited with the ability to treat arthritis, fevers, headaches, and toothaches.

Hibiscus Flowers:

  • Studies have shown that drinking hibiscus tea can effectively lower high blood pressure and reduce high cholesterol levels in many individuals.

2. Matcha Tea

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Matcha is a type of green tea that comes in powdered form. Matcha tea is prepared by whisking matcha powder with hot water, which forms a frothy liquid. Matcha powder is also sometimes used as an ingredient in foods and non-tea beverages (such as smoothies). Some of the benefits are:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Increases energy levels
  • boosts immune system
  • detoxifies
  • enhances mood
  • helps prevent cancer
  • lowers cholesterol
  • improves skin

3. Peppermint Leaf Tea

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Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing way to boost your overall health in a number of ways, due to its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aids in weight loss and boosts the immune system. Its impact on the digestive system is considerable, and its base element of menthol is perhaps the most valuable part of its organic structure.

4. Gunpowder Green Tea

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Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

  • It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants (1). These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases. One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.
  • green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier (2). L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The combination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function. Because of the L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee.
  • Green tea increases fat burning and Improves physical performance (3, 4, 5).
  • A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women (6).
  • One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men (7).
  • A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer (8).
  • Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (9).
  • Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections (10).

The other teas I buy are

  • Positively Tea Company Irish Breakfast Tea – I believe this is the BEST black tea I have ever tasted in my life (it is my hubby’s favorite). We have given it to many of our friends and they concluded the same.
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Traditional Medicinals Teas

 

Hope this list helps! Drink to your healt! 😛