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Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecake

Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecake

 

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Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecakes

 

Deserts don’t have to be taboo, full of crap or uninteresting!

Raw Cheesecake tastes amazing, most people cannot tell that it’s raw. Raw Lime Cheesecake is not one of those that is too sweet tasting and by adding in some Superfoods of course healthy too yet undetectable!

Instead of a big cheesecake I decided to make cupcake style ones and threw in a little hemp too to make little healthier. Many raw food deserts are dense – but aren’t many good deserts (lol). It’s just nice knowing that you can have a sweet and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy, taste bad or have no or little nutritional value.

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Limes

 

You could use lemon instead of lime – I just so love the smell of fresh limes!!

This recipes makes 1 full muffin tin tray of the cakes – I found it easy to put the paper in there (easier to remove). You could also just make one cheesecake if you desired!!

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Limes

Crust

– 1 cup raw Almonds

– 1/4 cup Hemp seeds

– 1/2 cup Madjool dates (pits removed)

– 1 tsp Vanilla

– pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

Put the Almonds in a food processor (or Vitamix) and process till almost fine. Throw in the other ingredient and process until a ball forms or it’s sticky enough to stick together.

Press in the bottom of the paper cups (that are in the muffin tin tray) to the thickness you desire but make sure it’s pressed together firm – you don’t want it falling apart as you eat it.

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Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecakes

Cheesecake

– 11/2 cup raw Cashews

Throw raw Cashews into the Vitamix (or blender) and process first on their own a bit, not necessary but I find it makes it smoother faster.

Add in

– 1/4 cup Hemp seeds

1/4 cup L.O.V. Plain (optional and it is a Purium product, if omitted add in a few more Cashews or Hemp – 1/8 cup approx)

– 3 tbsp cold pressed Coconut Oil

– 1/2 cup nut Mylk (Almond, Hemp, Cashew – your choice!)

– 1/2 cup fresh Lime juice

– 2 – 3 tbsp Honey or Agave (your choice, I used 2 tbsp but you may like it a tad sweeter with the lime juice)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth, pour into each cupcake / muffin tin or paper (or cheesecake pan). I tap the container on the counter a few times to get air bubbles out if there are any.

Put in fridge or freezer to chill. From the freezer it’s more like an ice cream – either way is good. I would eat these within 2 days.

Please feel free to share, contact me with any questions and of course enjoy.

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!

Jodi

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Spirulina Balls

Spirulina Balls

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Spirulina Balls

 

 

 

One of the biggest things I am finding is the more Super Foods I have added into my way of eating (no not a ‘diet’) the less food I actually eat!!

It’s true!!

Why is that??

There is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body today.  If you walked into your local grocery store, you will find shelves full of ‘food’ or products with a lable of ‘food’.  Many items in that store have little if any real nutritional value, so I ask you then, is it really food??

If the nutritional value it does have is created by man or a machine, does it count?  It depends on if the body recognizes it and digest or can utilizes it otherwise the answer is no.

Here are a couple of questions that can help answer that.

After eating :

–  Do you still feel hungry shortly after eating a meal (or a really good sized snack) even though your stomach is still full an it’s been less than an hour (even 2 hours)?

–  Do you feel tired and lethargic after eating?

–  Do you feel bloated, gassy or have indigestion?

–  Are you feeling tired most of the time or lethargic and craving sugar or caffeine products then having a big slump after an initial energy burst?

–  When you think of eating is everything you want, crave or think about comes in a box, packaged, canned or frozen?

–  Do you wake up tired, sluggish or achey and it takes a coffee (or several) to get you going?

 

These are just some of the side effects of not getting nutrition from the food you eat.

Another good question is if you think you can’t give up some of the food you do eat or are addicted to.  There is such a thing as food addiction.  In our society today it’s everywhere, we are inidated with fast food, processed food, food shows, food blogs etc everywhere, yet most of it lacks nutrition.

How do I know that?

Obesity, not just being little overweight but obese, diabetes, heart disease, cancer,food allergies, gluten intolerances, are just a few side effects that people are suffering with these days are at record highs.

We don’t know how good we can feel in our bodies or how good our bodies are suppose to feel as most of us are being ruled by our mouths and taste buds – but did you know food manufacturers have added in so many chemicals so that we do become addictive to processed foods?  Thirty years ago there were approximately 800 food additives, now there is over 10 000 and most have NOT been tested. Yet they get put in our ‘foods’.

Every mouthful moves us in a direction – either closer to health or further from it.

We do have choice – we get to choose what we buy and what we eat.  One of the things that I love about adding in Super foods is, not only are they nutrient dense, they feed my body so my body is nourished therefore I eat less food.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to eat food, especially good tasting food, but when I feed my body real food, whole food, food that is nutrient dense, it actually needs less food.  I also feel healthier in so many ways!!

It’s a win win in so many ways.  It saves on my monthly food bill – yes it does!! It may seem more expensive at first but trust me it’s not, it’s like using those new light bulbs that cost 3 or 4 times as much – but lasts more than 10 times longer.  It has made me realize what good food actually tastes like and my food addictions – not just to certain foods but also to eating in general.  We seem to eat of joy and pleasure  or even pain more these days then actually eating for nourishment – and we wonder why obesity is at an all time high!!?

I am a lover of Super foods and use many in my way of eating.  I have been creating recipes adding them in, but will be expanding more on that and listing Super Foods that you too can add in.  There is a ton of info on the internet about Super Foods – no not broccoli or eggs or salmon, but greens, algae, hemp, mushrooms, roots that are becoming more common as we are waking up to what real foods are.

One of the best slogans I’ve heard is – ‘If it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it, if it comes from a plant – eat it!!  (of course please use caution as some plants grown in the wild can be poisonous depending on where you live!)

This is another quick and easy, tasty yet nutritious vegan, raw, gluten free recipe!!

Spirulina Balls

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–  1 cup ground raw Almonds

–  16 Madjool Dates (approximately)

–  1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

–  1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

–  3 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley – you can also substitute Hemp seeds or Hemp Powder or a good source Vegan Protein Powder or even Cacao Powder to not have the green color)

–  2 tbsp raw Coconut Oil (Purium’s extra virgin Tropical Oil that is hand poured)

–  1 tbsp Chia seed

–  2 tbsp raw Cacao Nibs

Throw all ingredients into a food processor and process, add in

–  1/2 cup raw Almonds and process until all ingredients are well mixed and the almonds are still chunky.

Roll into 1 in balls and store in air tight container in the fridge.

This is easy and quick to make and is loaded with nutrition.  You will find you only need a couple of these (maybe 3 or 4 depending on your size :)) and it will keep you satisfied for a long time.

Please note – I have used and added in Purium product links – why?  I have found them to be the cleanest,  organic, live and non-gmo for some of the super foods.  I use these as I have found them to be the best for the greens and algae, so yes I do promote them.  If you have another brand that you love, then please feel free to use that.  If you don’t have any or are interested in trying Purium, then by all means please be my guest and ask me questions or take advantage of the $50 Gift Card towards your first purchase of Purium products – I know once you try them, you too will agree!!

Enjoy and Please feel free to share!!

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

 

Raw Chocolate Clusters

Raw Chocolate Clusters

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Raw Chocolate Clusters

My mom used to make this Chocolate treat at Christmas time that I and almost everyone who tries them, loved them.  I couldn’t find a replacement for all the ingredients as they weren’t the healthiest treat 🙂 but came close to it with this recipe for raw Chocolate Clusters allowing to have a sweet treat yet still healthy eating.  Another treat that you can’t tell is raw and still healthy – as it’s yummy!!

–  1 cup Raw Cacao Paste – melted in a double boiler over low heat

–  1 tbsp Coconut oil

–  3 tbsp raw Honey or Agave

Mix together until melted  – not too high temp – very low.  Once melted (stirring occasionally) then stir in

remaining ingredients.

–  1 cup chopped or slivered raw (or pieces) Almonds

–  1 cup raw Pumpkin seeds

–  3 tbsp Hemp Hearts

–  1 tbsp Maca (Superfood – optional)

–  1 tbsp Spirulina (optional – these Superfoods are optional but you can’t taste them and it just adds more nutritional value to a sweet treat – what better way to get more nutrient dense food into your body)

 

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Raw Chocolate Clusters

Stir until well coated.  Then pour into a glass rectangle dish or drop by spoonful onto wax paper and let cool.

Best place to store is in fridge to keep solid and fresh (sometimes it may soften when kept out at room temp)

Eat and enjoy – and please feel free to share!!

Jodi

 

Raw Truffles

Raw Truffles

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Truffles – Raw

 

This is one of two recipes I created – this one being easy, quick yet tasty – you wouldn’t know it’s raw!.  Again this recipe is a raw recipe so a great snack for kids or serve at your Christmas party / dinner – people won’t know!  Always use Raw nuts when preparing raw foods – they still have the nutritional value you are wanting in live foods.

 

 

–  2 cups Hazlenuts – ground to a powder (throw in your Vitamix flour container to do so, if you don’t have a Vitamix, your blender or even a coffee bean grinder will do but do so in small batches)

–  11/2 cups Madjool Dates (pits removed)

–  1 tsp Vanilla

–  pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

–  1/2 tsp Cinnamon

–  1/2 tsp Maca

1/2 tsp Cacao (optional – if you want more of a chocolatey flavor)

Once the Hazelnuts are ground into a flour, throw all ingredients into a processor and process until well mixed and when you take a little bit and roll into a little ball it does so easily – not falling apart or is too sticky.

At this point you can also roll the balls into Cacao or Coconut, a mixture of both or nothing!!

As you can see in the photo I did several varieties!

Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment or share!

Thank you

Truffles

Jodi

 

Raw Granola Recipe

Raw Granola

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Raw Granola

Raw Granola

This recipe takes a little bit of time to make- but it’s worth it – it’s so tasty and delicious and I don’t eat cereals!!  This just keeps your healthy foods recipes tastier! Each time I make it I make a big batch as my kids love it and it will last in a sealed container / jar.  I also switched it up a little so it’s never really the same twice. The raw granola recipe can also be  a great variety to the raw food recipes for beginners and kids.

 

–         5 cup Buckwheat Groats –soaked in water for approx 24 hours changing the water at least once, make sure you add about 2 inches more of water over the groats as they will soak some of it up

Raw Granola

–         ½ cup raw Almonds sliced or chopped – soaked in water for 24 hrs

–         1 cup raw Pumpkin seeds – soaked in water for 24 hrs

–         11/2 cups Raisins – soaked for 24 hrs

 

Once all is drained, put into a big bowl and stir together.

Add in

–         3 tsp Vanilla

–         2 tsp Cinnamon

–         ½ cup Agave or Honey

–         3 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles – optional (Purium – slow burning carb that is germinated so nutrient dense and pre-digested)

–         1 cup mashed Blueberries (or 1-2 grated Apples or any other fruit of your choice)

 

Mix well

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Raw Granola

Spread out on dehydrator sheets on the plain screens

 

Dehydrate for 12 – 24 hours (depending on dehydrator, thickness of the cereal and how crunchy you like it)

 

Once done add in some of your favourite things like shredded Coconut, Hemp seed (I add that in when I eat it as I keep mine in the fridge) or anything else that you like.

 

Great topped with mixed fruit and Cashew Whip or just add in Almond Mylk.

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Raw Granola

The raw granola recipe is tasty and nutritious.  It’s also a great variety to the raw food recipes for beginners and kids. Adding more “live” raw foods to your diet doesn’t really have to be complicated. There are actually a number of ways to add more raw foods to your way of eating. If you want to learn how to do them right, I am available for a personalized coaching session. Simply contact me through jodi@jodiburke.com or by phone 778-836-2922. I am also giving away free copies of my book, Amazing & Tasty Raw Recipes that are Easy to Make [Kindle Edition] starting 10/27/2014 to 10/29/2014. This book contains tasty raw food recipes that require little preparation time. So, watch out for the free download dates to get your own copy.

Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

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Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

Love creamy pasta dishes – the raw way – and my fav is the creamy spinach mushroom pasta one!!  If you have never tried it before you may be in for a surprise.  Feel free to change the herbs, leave out or even change the veggies if you are not into mushrooms, like use red peppers, or zucchini or kale for an example.

 Easy and quick to make and the best part is very little clean up!!

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Raw Spicy Seed Mix

 Raw Spicy Seed Mix

Spicey Nuts

This raw spicy seed mix is an easy recipe – it just takes a little time.  These kinds of snacks are handy to have on hand when you are busy, rushed or didn’t get a chance to eat properly, are over hungry or need a little snack. This is one of the raw vegan recipes that are easy to make unless you use the oven then it may not be raw.  When buying nuts or seeds always make sure that they say ‘raw’ otherwise they will not be and most of the nutrition is not there any longer.

Pumpkin seeds are great for you especially when they are raw or sprouted.  I like making mine a little more spicy than this recipe but not everyone does so this is a good place to start.  If you like it spicy add more or double this recipe (not the seeds though) and if you don’t like it spicy omit the Cayenne and cut back on the jalapenos.

If you time it right, it’s easy to do – i.e. soak your nuts all day then dehydrate them through the night or vice versa.  Don’t be afraid to play with the spices or spice it up even more!

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Raw Tacos

Raw / Vegan Tacos

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Raw Tacos

 

Love the summer months when everything is fresh and easy to eat more raw foods, more vegan foods and it tastes even better as most of it can be grown in your area – yummy!!

I love this recipe – and it can be changed up a few different ways, but here is one to get you started. This recipe is pretty quick and easy and of course tasty too – don’t be afraid to adjust amounts of things for your taste or add in some different herbs or spices.

 

Taco Filling

–    1 cup raw Walnuts

–    ½ cup fresh Parsley

–    1 tbsp Braggs or Tamari

–     1/2 cup fresh Cilantro (if you really don’t like Cilantro use Parsley)

–      juice of 1/2 Lemon

–       1 minced Garlic clove

 

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Raw Tacos

 

Throw all ingredients into a food processor and process until desired consistency (you can leave it rather chunky or more smooth which just needs more processing – I usually go in the middle somewhere so there is a little bit of chunks of nut)

 

For these tacos I used the outer (as they are usually bigger) of Green Cabbage leaves

 

I chopped up some extra Cilantro, chopped Tomatoes, sliced Avocados, added a little Hot Sauce and topped with Alfalfa Sprouts and rolled it up.

Healthy eating doesn’t get much easier – enjoy!

 

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Raw Tacos

 

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share this!!

Jodi

Spirulina Wraps – Healthy On The Go Snacks!

Spirulina Wraps

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Spirulina Wraps

I keep posting lately recipes with Spirulina as it is considered a Superfood and if you google the health benefits of spirulina you will see why!!  Just look at the dark green color –  loaded with nutrients and chlorphyll just to name a couple of things.

Not always pleasant tasting on it’s own but when you can mix it into things, you are only increasing the nutritional value and eating healthier which is cool by the way 🙂

This recipe looks a little funky, but makes a great snack and one you can carry for on the go! Totally raw and vegan, unless you need to use an oven – again still better than many other options when one is trying to eat healthy.  This recipe makes approx 8 – 10 rolls so you can always double it and put in sealed container (once they are dehydrated).

Spirulina Wraps

–         1 small Onion chopped

–         1 cup raw Sunflower seeds (soaked or unsoaked)

–         ½ cup raw Sesame seeds

–         ½ cup fresh Cilantro

–         ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast

–         juice of 1 Lemon

–         pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

–         1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

–         Spices (optional)

Throw all ingredients in a processor and process until desired consistency (either a little chunky or rather smooth)

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Spirulina Wraps

Approximately 5 Raw Nori sheets – yes you can buy Nori sheets raw – it will say right on the package, a little harder to find and if you can’t then of course you can use regular Nori sheets (not raw but still healthy).

Cut into 3 pieces as even ½ a sheet will be too much.

Put a line of the mixture on each piece and roll up (I used a Sushi mat to help with the rolling).

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Spirulina Wraps

Put in dehydrator and dehydrate for approximately 12 – 14 hours.

Keep in a sealed container and it will keep for a couple of weeks.

Great for a quick on the go snack and loaded with nutrition!!

Enjoy and please feel free to share – thanks for stopping by!!

Jodi

Raw Popcorn

Raw Popcorn

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What the heck – raw popcorn??

It’s probably not what you think!!

One of the things I do love is popcorn especially with a really good movie – which I don’t do often so it’s a treat.  I always make sure its Organic so it’s non-gmo as corn is high on that list.

This though is a really good, nutritious and tasty treat substituting for popcorn that lets face it is just totally healthier period.   It’s raw (not everyone agrees on nutritional yeast being raw) but totally vegan and gluten free for sure!!

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When I used to go to the movies at a theatre it was a big treat for me to get popcorn and I would get a large and eat it myself – yes I do love popcorn!! Since cleaning up my way of eating, the last time I went to a real movie theatre and ate popcorn I felt it for 2 days in my system and felt horrible – bloated and just yucky – I seem to be more sensitive to chemical crap since cleaning things up lesson learned!!

My daughter came home this past winter after being at the movies and a couple of days later said the same thing to me – I try hard not to inflict my judgments on my kids so it was kind of neat to hear her say that and that she wouldn’t be eating popcorn at the movies again – which she hasn’t and she loves popcorn as much as I do!!

If you love popcorn too hope you enjoy this way – you may not the first time but it does grow on you!!

Raw Popcorn

Raw Popcorn

–  1 head Cauliflower chopped into small pieces

–  Himalayan Sea Salt

–  1 – 11/2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (good for B vit’s and found in health Food Stores and a lot of grocery stores now)

– 1 tsp Spirulina (optional) Purium’s Spirulina

Put cut up cauliflower into a big zip lock bag and add in sea salt, nutritional yeast and spirulina (optional) shake till well coated.

Both are shown in the bag here – one with Spirulina and one without it.

Raw Popcorn

Put into a bowl and grab a cool drink and a good movie, eat and enjoy!!

It’s also a very good snacking treat if you are needing a mid afternoon snack or too busy working – will keep in fridge for a couple of days in sealed bag as well!!

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Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share this – greatly appreciated!!

Jodi

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