As you may or may not know I have been on the road travelling for the past week – 2500 miles, through 11 states in the USA.
My beloved has done most of the driving, so we’ve had some good talks, much time to think, beautiful scenery to see and lots of people to see at the rest stops.
I’ve also gotten to see the so called ‘ food’ at the gas stations / restaurants, all the fast food wrappers and plastic water bottles being thrown out at the rest areas and I realize there is still so much work that needs to be done!
I thought people were waking up to the hazards of plastic water bottles to their bodies and the environment?? Glass bottles or even stainless steel is the best way to go and refill them!!
I know while travelling the importance of packing healthy foods so that the crap oops I mean ‘food’ sold at the gas stations and adjoining fast food restaurants won’t be a temptation if I am really hungry.
Being healthy inside depends on what you choose to eat, think, speak and do.
I feel it’s much more important than what clothes I am wearing, what car I am driving or what star is doing or saying!
I had a couple stop and talk to us as they watched me put together a quick and healthy salad and salad dressing right on the spot – healthy eating does not have to be boring, hard or expensive. That is also one of the reasons we travel with Purium – it’s food!!
I am trying to find how to bring my message across to people especially women – one of health AND self love.
Just like snow flakes, there are many varieties of sizes and shapes.
Yet when we do things, eat things, think things and say things that don’t empower us, that don’t bring us closer to health and our natural state of joy and love how to really show and share with people that it’s not really self loving.
When we are eating lots of processed, chemical concoctions labelled as food it’s not healthy – junk in, junk out – in other words we also can’t think or act clearly – how do I know? I watch people, I see the aging in the face and body as they walk slowly and with pain or look stressed and tired – we’ve been programmed to believe by our age that we are aging and it doesn’t matter what we feed our bodies or our minds.
Question – if you are feeding your body junk food, highly processed food that are filled with addictive additives and chemicals how can you think or feel great?
Show up being the best, vibrant, healthy you possible!!
PS. While having so much time in the car I have been working on some programs using the tools I have over the years to break free from emotional eating, healthy eating, low self esteem and any body issues – we can live a great life by being healthy and being ourselves!!
Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecake
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.
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!!
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
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Here is it, my list of Superfoods that I love.
What makes a Superfood?
It’s nutrient dense. It’s also better if it’s live, organic and non-gmo but especially nutrient dense – that is why it’s called a Superfood.
It confuses me when I google Superfoods and I get Broccoli, Eggs, Blueberries…….I don’t think so!!! 🙂
There are other Superfoods out there as well that aren’t on this list, but these are my favourites and ones I use. I wanted to share just some great things about them and why I use them so as I continue to create recipes with Superfoods it will make more sense why and how to add them in.
Even though I am a big believer in eating fresh, green and as much live foods as possible, they still don’t have the nutrition in them like they used to, that is one reason to add in Superfoods. They are also old ancient foods that have been around for 100’s if not 1000’s of years, we’ve just forgotten about them due to man knowing better and modern day conveniences.
Adding in even 1 green drink a day will make a big difference in how you feel – of course depending on the greens you use – always make sure they are live, organic and non-gmo – the best! And if you don’t like drinking or want more nutrition add them to your smoothies, sprinkle them on your cereal, your salads, your baked potatoes or anything else – just don’t heat them as it cooks out all the nutritional benefits.
I don’t understand why we add hemp and chia to baked goods. Chia was taken years ago but the Aztecs and Mayans on long journeys when it wasn’t practical to carry much food. Some Chia and water gave them energy for hours and took away the hunger as it was filling (chia expands and becomes gelatinous when soaked in water) so why would we bake it?? Constipation comes to mind!!
I was going to do a brief break down of the benefits – but it’s not my specialty area – I just know what I know and I love adding them into recipes as my body loves them, my body loves it and it’s a great way of truly feeding the body and nourishing it.
I’ve made a list of the Superfoods that I like to use below with the most common nutrients with them.
Please note know your sources NOT all Superfoods are clean, many are contaminated – not a sales pitch here but that is why I choose and use Purium – I know their standards and I know David Sandoval and Amy Venner’s bit pull like stance when it comes to that, working directly with the farmers, certified organic and beyond, passion and knowledge for real health and not just a buck!!
Spirulina, Chlorella, (dark green pictured above), Hemp, Maca, Raw Cacao, Chia, Kamut,
Spirulina is a blue green algae, a complete protein that is easily digestible, vitamins, trace minerals, GLA, chlorophyll
Chlorella -singled cell green algae, dark green a highest form of chlorophyll, 60% complete protein in free amino acid form (very easily digested), different vitamins, iron (so great for women), trace minerals, omega 3’s, GLA, Enzymes
Hemp – has been quoted as the most nutritious seed in the world. Nutty flavour,- another easily digestible protein, bursting with Omega 3’s & 6’s, GLA’s Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Rich in Vitamin E and Calcium and so much more.
Maca – it’s ground root with an earthy, nutty taste rich in B vitamins, vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids, high in protein, fibre
Raw Cacao – notice I said Raw – if it’s not then these nutrients have probably been processed out, magnesium and other minerals, vitmains, relic acid, protein, fibre and more plus it’s good!!
Kamut – ancient heirloom seed to Wheat Grass. Again loaded with chlorophyll, trace minerals, magnesium, enzymes, alkalining, and so much more. Kamut is one of my favorite greens – it bring so much goodness to the body and I don’t use it to cook / bake with. Always on it’s own.
Chia – high in Omega 3’s, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper – good for helping fill you up and creating a gelatinous like substance (puddings, replace eggs in recipes)
Hope this helps, I’ve kept it simple yet it may explain why Superfoods are a great way of getting better nutrition in your body therefore nourish your body. And why I add them into foods!!
Create a Life YOU Love
PS Here is a site – Positive Health Wellness – with some more great information on Spirulina that takes it further than I do!!
Ditch the Dieting
Just look at the word ‘die t’
Doesn’t that say a lot on it’s own?
How about healthy eating? What about feeding the body? Nourishing the body? Providing the body with the right nutrients so that it thrives, you thrive as through that you will feel and look fabulous.
There is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body.
Nourishing foods, depleting foods or chemical concoctions labelled as foods.
We are part of a group Transformation starting next week (or the week after if one chooses) to nourish our bodies, feed our bodies and cells, detox from a little over indulgence during the holidays – yes even I did I will admit!! It was fun, tasty and oh so part of the holidays yet I am also learning that it’s not a big part of my life any more – for me it’s so not worth feeling crappy. The little bit I did do I can feel the difference in my body – I guess I am way more sensitive since I am so much cleaner in my way of living.
Here are some questions maybe to ponder as there is always room for more people who want to take their health and eating to a higher level AND Ditch the Dieting bs thing
Are you eating to live or living to eat?
Do you have any food addictions? ( coffee, caffeine type drinks, sugar, white starchy things, junk foods etc)
Do you eat / snack in the evenings?
Do you have any extra weighty would like to release?
Are you feeling tired, sluggish – or just not your best?
Is your eyes or skin kind of blah (in other words not vibrant)?
Do you have mental fog, can’t make decisions type of thinking?
Just kind of feel blah, heavy like or a little blue?
Have any aches or pains in the body for no apparent reason?
These are signs from the body saying ‘hey wake up, I need a little attention. detoxing or some changes”.
I am not a fan of diets or New Years Resolutions – what I am a fan of is making a fresh start, creating health and eating real foods – as close to nature as possible and eating consciously. No you don’t have to become vegan or raw but how often are you eating meat and do you know where it’s coming form or how the animals were treated? Things like that.
I am also a firm believer in eating healthy does not have to be boring, confusing or difficult.
One of the reason’s I share Superfoods and the Purium 10 Day Transformation as they are foods, real foods (also live, organic and non-gmo), people do get good – great results as they are feeding the body at a deep (cellular level) and it’s fun waking people up!!
People are still learning what real foods are and once you experience it – it’s hard to go back!!
If interested please contact me for more information.
We are starting a group cleanse Jan 4 (yet you can start any time) and we are joining in with Purium so many of us will be doing it at the same time – love the support AND David Sandoval himself will be doing daily support calls – the founder of the Transformation and Purium – now how cool is that?
You also have my support via text and phone / Skype – as much as I love the health benefit and feeling and looking the best I can – without comparison to anyone else or today’s so called models, I also love helping people break free from addictive food eating, processed food eating and emotional eating.
When we nourish our bodies with real, healthy foods and superfoods, it’s one of the most powerful ways of saying I love you (me / my body) – not from ego just self love. Self love is part and a big part of overcoming emotional eating.
I’ve been there, I know – reach out – I am here!
2016 is going to be a fantastic year – as I am choosing to make each moment, hour, day, week and month count.
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Raw Vegan Style
When I was a kid we got to choose our cereal that we ate in the mornings – little was known about real health back then and I am embarrassed to say my favourite was Count Chocola – seriously eh? My brother’s was Frankenberry – I know beyond a shadow of a doubt my kids never got that crap from me and I doubt my brother’s kids do either. Some of us have come a long way and yet it saddens me when I walk down the isles of the grocery stores and I see the crap for kids these days, and how advertising targets them.
There are other choices. I promise in the very near future I will write a post on some of the properties of some of the Superfoods I choose to add into my way of eating. When you know this information, it’s hard to go back to nutrient void, chemically processed, man made empty, carbon like cereals or foods. We eat to live not live to eat, and it really does not have to be hard, boring or expensive.
One of the best things I can share with you about eating real foods, healthy foods and superfoods is it feeds the body. When it feeds the body you actually require less or eat less food as the body is satisfied. If we are over eating its usually one of three things, we are nutritionally starved, we are emotionally eating or we are so distracted we aren’t paying attention (i.e. watching tv while eating) and are disconnected not only to our food and ourselves but also our bodies.
Conscious eating is eating – enjoying and tasting the food,(no the, computer or cell phones around) having great conversation (anything negative should be spoken later on), slowly chewing each mouthful so you taste the food, digest it properly and are present.
This Chia Cereal is easy to make and one can get quite creative with it – you’re only limited by your imagination!
– 1/4 cup Chia seeds
– 1 cup Nut Mylk
Put the Chia seeds in the nut Mylk and let sit for at least an hour. You can also put it in the refrigerator over night. You may want to add a little more nut Mylk to get the desired thickness or consistency.
It’s at the point when I add in the rest – in this recipe I added in
– Hemp Seeds
– Fruit (Pomegranates)
– Pumpkin Seeds
– Rice Bran Solubles (Purium)
Vanilla, Cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
But you can add in some fun spices like Cardamon, Maple etc You can add in shredded Coconut, other nuts, Goji Berries, Raw Cacao, or you could even make it with a Chocolate nut Mylk (kids might like it or think you went a little nuts 🙂
I choose Pomegranates to stick with the color red for the festive season but you could add any kind of fruit.
Not only is this a tasty healthy cereal, it has a fair amount of nutrition in it, so for kids its awesome and will stick with them for awhile.
Eat, Enjoy and please feel free to share!
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Purium Superfood Treats
Since I use an love Purium an the Ignite Road Trip is on and about half way through the tour with 100’s of people c coming out, I thought I would include this recipe!! If you are curious about Purium, why Purium, why green foods, why David Sandoval or Amy Venner then join 100’s of other people attending these events (if it’s not already too late) and getting tapped in, tuned in and turned on to the wave of the future and the importance of Green food!!!
If you think you would like to try this recipe then feel free to check out the Purium products ( Tropical oil aka Coconut Oil – probably the best I’ve tried, Activated Barley and the L.O.V Live Organic Vegan ), contact me with any questions or go straight to order these products and use the $50 Gift Card (code is eatinghealthy) or better yet you already have these products and can use them right away!! Yes you could substitute them as well and I will give suggestions yet it just won’t be as tasty or probably nutritious – ok I may be a little biased here but I know what I know!! 🙂
Please note – most of Purium’s products are foods and they are live, vegan, organic (certified whenever possible) AND NON-gmo.
Mash 1 Avocado well
2 tbsp Coconut oil (Purium’s Tropical Oil)
4 tbsp raw Cacao Powder
4 tbsp raw organic Almond butter (try for raw if possible)
4 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley) the closet substitute I would use would be ground Hemp seed
6 tbsp L.O.V.E. (Purium’s L.O.V) another live, vegan protein source/powder or even ground Hemp
2 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)
Mix well together either by hand or in a food processor
Roll into balls or flatten them
Can roll that in shredded raw Coconut or raw Cacao Powder with some Monk fruti sugar (or other type if wanted any sugar at all – not needed)
Keep in fridge
Makes great snacks, treats and since it’s loaded with nutrition and the Activated Barley (slow burning germinated carb) you will have sustained energy!! If all ingredients are raw, including the almond butter you have a tasty and live treat!
Enjoy and please feel free to share this!!
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With much Gratitude
Lost in August
Wow – Summer has flown by!! Maybe because I’ve been travelling and still am – meeting some amazing people, seeing some great new laces, restaurants and food – of course healthy food!!
I sometimes wonder if I am making a difference in the world or people’s lives as I think that people know about our food, our planet, better choices etc and then I go travelling and realize there is still a big job out there!!
Yes I hung out in my flip flops mostly (I so love that) spent some time at the beach (oh never enough), tried some amazing raw treats and deserts that I can’t get buy in BC and got my creative juices going on creating more recipes – I do love California and can’t wait to spend more time here.
Got to see some amazing live bands, pick fresh veggies from an amazing garden, clean garlic, have a camp fire, swim,walk in many new neighbourhoods, play tourist (yes a little) sweat tons (it’s hot in Palm Springs), deepen my commitment to myself and my relationship, raw a rattler (no time to get camera) and I could go on………..
And I so love sunsets – I never get tired of seeing beautiful sunsets!!
One of the many reasons I love being part of Purium!! David Sandoval and Amy Venner have made it their mission to help wake people up to better health, real foods, whole foods, super foods, to leave less of a carbon footprint in the world and to offer choices – healthy ones that the food giants would prefer you don’t know about.
No Purium is not just another co that made a product to see how much they could sell and make it a little healthier than products you find on most store shelves.
Purium is doing a 47 City tour in 47 Days – here is the link to see if one is near you – I highly highly recommend going to one if you can – it may just change your life in more ways than one!
I also took time on this trip to fully and really be present – yes I took pictures as that is one of my favourite things to do but I also was present and enjoyed the moment – so many great moments – isn’t that what life truly is about?
More great things are coming this fall withy blog so please feel free to share, come back, sign up for a Free healthy Eating Made Easy – as it should not be hard, complicated, boring or expensive!!
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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!!
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!!
– 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!!
Create a Life YOU Love!!
Raw Lemon Macaroons
Great raw – vegan snack for lemon and coconut lovers!! Easy to make, but a dehydrator is needed to maintain being raw. I have fallen in love with Macaroons lately and have been playing with recipes that I love!! I hope you will too!!
Raw Lemon Macaroons
– 4 cups flaked Coconut
– 2 tbsp Coconut oil (Purium has an amazing hand poured organic Coconut oil)
– put in processor and process until creamy
– 1/2 cup Agave
– 1 tsp Vanilla
– juice of 1 Lemon – I even added a little bit of the pulp (optional)
– 1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
– 2 cups shredded Coconut
Take by the spoonful and place on dehydrator sheets (you can also make balls and flatten out a little – whatever works best for you)
Dehydrate for 12 – 24 hrs
Enjoy and enjoy!!!
Create a Life YOU Love!!
Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons
My recent love has been for raw Macaroons – any flavour!! This recipe is quick, raw,(therefore vegan and gluten free) tasty and doesn’t need to be dehydrated.
Can be a great little snack or a desert!
Keep in an air tight container in the fridge and oh my great to snack on.
– 3 Banana’s well mashed in a mixing bowl
– 1/2 cup Coconut oil
– 1/2 cup Agave
– 11/2 tsp Vanila
– 3 tbsp Activated Barley (slow burning carb – Purium’s Activated Barley – if you don’t want to use it or have it just use Cocoa
– 3 tbsp raw Cocoa Powder
– 2 cups shredded Coconut flakes
– pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
Add in Coconut oil, Agave and Vanilla into mashed Banana and mix well. Add in the rest of ingredients and mix well together.
Once mixed well, spoon out (I used a melon ball scooper) onto wax paper in a container. Keep in fridge.
You can add a little more raw cocoa if you like. I didn’t have any but ground up my raw cocoa nibs.
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