Just by looking at this piece of Kiwi is it not screaming out fresh, alive, vibrancy, health, taste?
Take a second today and look at what you are deciding to put into YOUR body and what is it screaming out?
Is it the above or something else………..
You do have choice!
Here’s to YOUR health!!
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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
– 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)
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)
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!
There is a lot of debate surrounding this subject. Some people say that you should go 100%. Others disagree. There are those who say that the only way to get the best from raw food is if you take nothing else but it. Other people say that a diverse diet composed of 50% to 70% raw food will do just fine.
Many things are open to debate in the raw food world. Take cacao for example, some people advocate its use and say that it is the answer to your chocolate cravings. Then again, there are those who say it’s toxic and that it’s better to stay away from it.
Whether you take cacao or not depends on your own decision and whom you listen to. The same thing goes for how little or how much your diet is composed of raw food.
I personally believe that there are no rules to what percentage of raw food you should be taking. However, if there is anything you should be listening to, it’s your body. We are all different, we are all unique and there is NO one perfect way for everyone.
If your body is telling you that it can take more and that you can benefit from increasing your raw food intake, then go ahead. There are people who do well with 100% raw food diet. They see a great deal of improvement in their health from doing so. Many see it as a lifestyle, one that they cannot live without. It has become who they are and they cannot see anything other than taking it 100%. AND chances are they live somewhere warm to hot and it’s easy to get fresh, raw (and probably totally organic) foods and its easier on the body when and where one is as far as warm weather is concerned!
On the other hand, some people benefit better from having a more diverse diet. It could be because their bodies cannot cope with some of the constraints of an all-raw food diet plan. Time and accessibility may also be an issue.
If you are new to raw food and if you are wondering how much of it you should take, it is advised that you should only take the amounts that you are comfortable with. You can start with just a meal or two a day for a few days a week, or start the day with a green smoothie or substituting salads instead of fries. Some people need to ease into more- make little changes daily and build on it – don’t overwhelm yourself.
This is NOT a diet and should not appear to be restrictive – this IS a lifestyle – and one that will take you more in alignment with total health.
Be sure to listen to how your body is reacting to your new diet. Take your energy levels into consideration. Figure out if you are getting a boost in your energy or if its making you feel bogged down.
Over time, your body will change and adjust. Soon, you may be able to live with a diet of up to 80% raw food. You may even be able to accommodate 100% on days.
The more clean foods you eat – even whole foods and or superfoods – the less dead, processed foods you will and your body will actually want or crave.
It’s better to have more real, natural food in your way of eating than not! That is always the best choice over man made, processed, synthetic or chemical filled so called ‘food’s. Think about that for a minute – what we now call food that was not around 20, 30 or 50 years ago
And now we have way more health problems…….it’s not rocket science!
Here’s a thought that may help you in choosing food – if it comes from a field, farm or forest choose it (with some exceptions of course like some mushrooms) and if it comes from a factory – stay away!!
Adjust your raw food intake based on how your body is reacting to it. It is your best compass and the best way of finding out how much raw food is right for you. Keep things as natural as possible. Even if you do not go for 100% raw food, ensure that you still make healthy choices. Organic food items AND NON-GMO will work well.
Don’t be so hard on yourself when it comes to making this decision. Keep in mind that you should always listen to your body. There are no fixed rules except nurturing and nourishment. Do what is best for you and the benefits are going to follow.
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share this!!
Here’s to YOUR Health and an amazing day!!
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As the weather gets colder here in Vancouver – and it’s cold right now – eating a plain salad for me isn’t always what I am wanting.
To put some yummy yet healthy things in to the salad to switch it up some what is easy and staying with healthy eating.
Even though salad is raw, adding in Black Beans is still vegan and so is the Tamari Walnuts – unless you heat it at a very low level (stove top)
or even dehydrate them.
Explore some possibilities of different add ons – like Lentils, Chic Peas, Beans, Raw / Vegan Cheeses etc with salads – keeping it vegan, healthy and tasty!!
I am not including measurements with this post as you can create or add in how much you like, whether you are making this just for you – for one meal, and / or lunch the next day or two, or a side dish for the family or a get together with a few friends.
Put in some Tamari (preferably wheat free) in a frying pan (or bowl if you plan on dehydrating them) – I use approx 3 tbsp for a handful of nuts. Stir well and place on heat. I keep mine on a low heat and stir several times while on the heat for a several minutes or until the Tamari starts to slightly bubble. I then turn off the heat, stir the nuts and let them cool down before I use them (optional)
Combine in a big bowl
– Leaf lettuce
– chopped Cilantro
– thinly sliced Red Onion
– cut up Avocado
– 1 can (or freshly cooked) Black Beans – well drained
Before adding in Avocado (as it can get mushy) mix all ingredients together. Add in cut up Avocado.
Serve, eat plain or add a nice Salad dressing – oil and vinegar I find is great with this – always a good quality, cold pressed oil. White wine Vinegar is a good mix too!
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A little treat that is tasty, nutritious and easy to make. Sneaking in Superfoods to make it even more nutritious and of course gives it that green color. Great treat to stick to eating healthy and adding in more raw foods to nourish the body – and it’s satisfies your sweet tooth in a good way!!
– 11/2 cups Sesame Seeds soaked in water for a couple of hours minimum and drained
– 3 Bananas
– 1 tsp Vanilla
– 11/2tsp Spirulina
Optional – if you don’t want to have the green color add in some raw Cocoa and it will be a dark brown color instead.
Throw all ingredients into the processor except for the Sesame seeds, process until well mixed. Stir in Sesame seeds and mix well.
Drop onto dehydrator sheets in small cookies size.
Dehydrate overnight approx or until the crispness that you desire ( I don’t like the chips too soft – I enjoy them kind of crispy so I dehydrate them a bit longer but you can have soft chips if your prefer just dehydrate them less – approx 8 – 10 hours)
If you don’t have a dehydrator you can still make the chips, just use a very low temp on your oven and place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake until desired crispness.
You are probably familiar with the Standard American Diet (SAD) or one or possibly many of the several hundred diets. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself or wonder why there are so many of them? The word alone should scare you off, lol.
What I am talking about for healthy eating is a lifestyle – it doesn’t have a stop and start date, it doesn’t consist of only a couple of foods, healthy products or eating a ton of a protein or carbs or counting how many calories or carbs or anything like that, it’s about real, whole foods, healthy foods – unprocessed, variety, tasty and nutritious.
A lot of people want to start eating better, but it may be confusing or overwhelming these days on really where to begin or what to believe. There are so many labels and choices that it seems the in thing to either be a ‘foodie’ or have some sort of label being raw, vegan, gluten free or…what about just plain healthy, natural, real food eating?? Who cares really?The best line I heard when someone asked if they were 100% raw – she replied “I’m a 100% raw except when I’m not”!
We really aren’t taught the truth about food and people are led to think that it is more convenient and healthy to eat what companies are telling us is ‘food’. Convenient, maybe, but it is not going to be the healthy choice in most cases. The best line I have heard recently is – “if it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it and if it comes from a plant -eat it’! Pretty simple isn’t it?
There are approximately 180 000 species in the world and only 1 eats a processed cooked diet, the rest eat a natural raw diet yet raw and natural is consider radical and by some even not normal or unhealthy…
We have been programmed for example – fast food is considered at the drive thru or fast ‘ fake’ food as it’s well fast fake food. What about a bunch of cherry tomatoes, some kalamata olives, an avocado and some cucumber – now isn’t that fast food, I mean no preparing or cooking? See how we are easily programmed and not always for the best?
Even the so-called ‘Enriched’ foods are not natural. They are still man-made and synthetic, you are better off with the real deal. Think about it, why would you need to enrich your food with the nutrients that were leached out of it when it was processed in the first place? If you only took your food in its real state, there will be no need to enrich anything or read labels for that matter.
There is also more to healthy eating than following a set of rules. In fact, I think that there should be no rules other than following what is good for you. The trouble with things like SAD is that when we perceive that the advice we get is handed out by someone or some group we consider as experts, we tend to suspend our own judgment. That should never be the case.
What you should do instead is to listen to your body. Keep yourself as subjective as possible. Do what is best for yourself. The more real and natural you eat, the cleaner you are and the easier it gets and the better you feel. Adhering to certain guidelines can be very stressful and it creates unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Instead of worrying over not being able to meet certain standards in a meal plan, focus on getting real foods into your body, loving your body, appreciating the food and energy it is bringing to your body and eat without distractions like tv, computers, being on the phone, having arguments etc. Go organic and raw whenever possible. Do your best to get the best quality foods that you can get – this includes your water and even spices and herbs and of course superfoods.
Healthy eating is going to vary from one person to another to some degree. I believe there is no one perfect way to eat that fits everyone – but since the rise of processed foods and fast foods so has obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc grown. Make your diet as healthy, real and natural as possible. Do what works for you. Doing that is going to give the body more of the right nutrition, enzymes, real vitamins and minerals and you will feel the difference. And avoid GMO’s as much as possible.
Healthy eating does not have to be hard, confusing, boring or time consuming, but it will take you making some changes and working towards a new way of eating – but aren’t you worth that? I think so! Thanks for stopping by
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One of my favorite shakes to make is a creamy cherry shake, so the other day I was quite interested in cherry and chocolate – who wouldn’t be? 🙂
I also love chocolate and nuts when I eat chocolate and once you have good raw chocolate, it’s hard to go back to any other kind. I thought I would create a cherry hazelnut chocolate delight – in theory it sounded good, but it didn’t stay solid enough to eat with you hands so then I thought lets mix it in with the Raw Chocolate Mouse and oh my – chocolate party was happening in my mouth let me tell you!
Since it was all raw, vegan and loaded with superfoods, there was no guilt – I had it for breakfast – not something I do often but boy was it good!
One of the great things with summer is all the fresh foods and the wonderful friends that share with you!! I had a dear friend share a bunch of plums with me this past week and after eating some I had to create something different – I was pleasantly surprised and got good feedback from the friends that tried it.
Another easy and tasty dish that makes eating healthy easy. totally vegan almost raw, if you decide to leave out the black beans then it is raw!!
– 12 – 16 smaller Plums
– 4 small Cucumbers
– 1 cup finely chopped Cilantro
– juice of 1 Lime
– ½ Jalapeno pepper finely chopped
– ½ finely chopped purple Onion
– 1 Red Pepper finely chopped
– ¾ tsp Himalayan Sea salt (adjust to taste)
– 1 can Black Beans drained
– pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Mix well all ingredients together in a bowl
Serve as a side relish dish or use as a salsa for nacho chips.
Thank you for stopping by, Happy Labor Day and please feel free to share this!!
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With this weather of summer finally being here it is so easy to eat more raw foods, eat healthier, eat fresh and fast- not that we want to eat fast but fresh, natural food really is fast food as it’s best!!
Today is also International Raw Day – so get some more raw foods into your beautiful body!!!
– 1 cup julienne Green Zucchini
– 1 cup julienne Yellow Zucchini (or called also Summer Squash)
– 1 cup chopped Parsley
– 1/2 cup chopped Chives
– 4 tbsp raw Pumpkin Seed oil (optional but oh so flavorful – I just found this amazing tasting raw, cold pressed oil a short time ago and fell in love with it – it is very nutritious but also tasty and adds a beautiful flavor, if you are unable to find it or have other oils on hand like Olive oil it will work – you may want to add another herb or more garlic for a little more flavor)
– 2 tbsp White wine Vinegar
– 2 cloves Garlic minced
Pinch Salt and Pepper
– 3 tbsp Pine nuts (optional you can roast / toast these – I didn’t for this recipe)
Mix together well, serve as a side dish or main dish -eat, enjoy and please feel free to share!!
Famous saying goes: “We are what we eat”, or really what we can assimilate. The more you eat sugar, hydrogenated oils and processed foods as an example, the unhealthier your body becomes. Even though you might not sense the negative changes immediately, you can be sure that your body will charge you later on for being neglectful. Basically, key is with starting new, healthier ways of eating (not dieting) is to try to add more greens as much as possible.
Sometimes also changing little things that we eat daily or often can make a huge difference – ie if you drink diet pop, switch to just plain pop as the sweetener is sugar (most times) and not an artificial one, then maybe go to juice instead as it has less chemicals, then maybe add in more water (after all we are more than 70% water). Instead of getting fires as a side order a salad – these seemingly little things can make a huge difference in your health and your weight.
Green vegetables and leafy greens are healthy but have you ever considered more Greens?
Greens like in Kamut, Barley, Wheat Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella. They are loaded with Chlorophyll and Enzymes which is what our modern day diets are void of mostly!!
Chlorophyll is actually a green pigment found in plants, which serves its purpose of turning the solar energy into useful nutrients which plants use for food. Those nutrients created by using the energy of sun are actually as useful for us, as well as for plants. Although humans can’t use photosynthesis to create food, as plants do, eating plants rich in chlorophyll can help us heal our body and enhance our health. The greener they are, the more chlorophyll it has contained, which is great – it’s more alive – just like you and the more alive foods you eat the more alive you will feel and become!!
Foods with high concentration of chlorophyll are dark green. Green foods are rich in minerals, calcium, magnesium, vitamins and many other things that the body needs for optimum health.
In our modern day society supplements are often pushed on us instead of real foods, superfoods or herbs that have been around for centuries. The body knows how to digest and utilize these foods easily and properly.
The body can heal itself when given the right environment.
There is so much I could write here about Green foods and Superfoods but instead why not share the passion and knowledge of a great leader who has done much research and worked with 1000’s of people to show that using these foods does work from the results people are getting.
David Sandoval – Author of the Green Foods Bible – which I am going to give away a Free book to someone on Sunday July 6th!!!. In order to be eligible please leave a comment on this post and feel free to share this!! This is not a fad – it’s a movement and a lifestyle!!
Here is a short vid with David – owner and founder of Purium talking about the importance of eating real foods!