It’s been awhile since I’ve posted I know :), I’ve been busy learning new art and brewing alot of Kombucha – another healthy form of being creative!!
Wishing ALL my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and friends everywhere, I am grateful for being in my life, connecting with me here or anywhere else. I hope everyone is health, well and safe.
Black Friday goes from Thursday to Sunday – ALL my books are marked down, some I can’t mark down as they are free!!
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Yes there is a book sale starting and I am inviting you!! 🙂
You probably don’t know that I have created and written 6 ebooks / kindle.
I know right??!!
From food to yoga to our souls!!
The first ones were Eating Healthy Made Easy (now Free0 and Raw and Vegan recipe books that are easy and tasty (& all in 1 book as well), when I was being a big foodie. The cool part is it got me back into Photography as I was creating food recipes for my blog. I also get featured in a few other books by other people because of some of the recipes.
Then I also created a Food & You – Choose You book, as I struggled for many years with such low self esteem and an eating disorder and these are some of the tools I used to overcome them and come back to more of me plus I also to use some of my photos again! 🙂
Did you know that an Eating Disorder has a recovery rate of less than 30%?
Then, when I did Yoga teacher training, which came at a very difficult time in my life, yet also ended up being the perfect time and helped me big time so I thought why not photograph a bunch of Yogi’s and find out Why (They) We Do Yoga – hence the name of the book. There are over 60 Yogi’s with 60 different whys ad you may be surprised at some of them!!
This year, I created A Story of Our Souls – an adult story book that has quantum physics, science, truth, fiction, a little woowoo and again some photos (ones that I could finally become more creative with!).
If you have already purchased A Story of Our Soul – it’s been updated, expanded and edited so re-upload on kindle or shoot me an email for the new e-book!
In my time of going thru the dark night of the ego I call it 🙂 I am allowing more and more creativity coming out. We are creative beings as our truth and when we learn to creatively express who we are – it’s way more fun!!
I have not been the best marketer I have to be honest. I don’t like those click funnels, give me your email address so I can drip on you, or hyping things. I actually did the books as I loved creating them and hoping they could help someone in some way or just be enjoyed. Yet, that can’t happen if I don’t at least share them, so I am now sharing them and for the next 4 days (Thurs thru to midnight Sun) all of my books are 25 – 40% off and some are even FREE……..all the ebooks and some of kindle as kindle has it’s own rules!
So, please feel free to buy one or many 🙂 and also share this post if you like the books and feel this is worth sharing – I would very much appreciate it!!
If you already have one, awesome and thank you, if you loved it then please shoot me a message or leave a review!
With Much Gratitude
PS – There are also some great FREE EFT books – from when I worked with clients and taught EFT, so make sure you grab some copies of those as EFT is a great resource for self healing!
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I was going through my kindle and ebooks that I have on line and realized I had not added many photos – WTH?? So I have been updating them and they are ready with many more photos that I had and never added in. While I was going through many of the food photos I have I realized I still had recipes that I had not shared – this is one of them! (btw if you would like a free copy of one of my recipe books please reach out to me right now)
Anyone that knows me knows that with a good movie I love a bowl – and I mean a BIG bowl of Popcorn!!
I am a popcorn pig – there I said it!! 🙂
Now a days the one thing that is really important is to make sure the popcorn is Non-Gmo!!
Now Raw Popcorn really isn’t the same as just Popcorn but it is good and if you are wanting to have more raw foods or love Cauliflower then you will love it – yes Cauliflower!!
This recipe is simple, easy, fast and tasty – no measuring required!!
1 head (or any amount) of Cauliflower cut up into any size you would like
You can add in some Coconut oil if you like but not necessary – if you do slightly warm it so that it is melted and the rest will stick better
Spirulina (again optional)
any other tasty things you like on your popcorn
The easiest way I find of mixing it all together is to put it in a big freezer bag and shake it up together – or you can just put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them that way – whatever works best for you.
That’s it – seriously!!
Grab a good movie – by the way do you know about Gaia (not an affiliate link)- they have some amazing Conscious or Health related movies, Documentaries and more – get ready to expand your consciousness, health and open your eyes to real truths!!
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.
Raw Lime Superfood Cheesecakes
– 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.
Christmas time is such a beautiful and a busy time of the year.
Just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas!!
This is my first Christmas without my kids. My daughter is far away in Australia and my son is spending it with his father – allowing me to travel and spend time with my beloved, keep it simple and out of my norm so I won’t miss them too much!
It’s also the first time in many years that I am with snow at Christmas and oh boy does it keep snowing!!! If you know me, you know I love wearing my flip flops………but there is beauty in snow especially at this time of the year and I have tried to capture some of it.
I wish that this Christmas is truly one filled with much love, laughter, good food and company. Don’t let the little things get to you, take time to enjoy the moments and Christmas night is a full moon – it could be interesting!!
Here’s a little gift of health to you – I found this recipe on the internet and had to try it and boy if you don’t want to get sick this winter this is a great remedy. I made mine, have some every day and it packs a punch!!
Enjoy and Merry Christmas
– 24 oz RAW Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is a good one)
– 1/4 cup finely chopped Organic Garlic
– 1/4 cup finely chopped Organic Onion
– 2 fresh hot Peppers (as hot as possible)
– 1/4 cup fresh grated Ginger (Organic if possible)
– 2 tbsp grated fresh Horseradish (Organic if possible)
– 2 tbsp grated or finely chopped fresh Tumeric (Organic if possible)
Combine all together and put into jar. Adding vinegar. Close with lid and give a good little shake or stir.
Keep in a cool dry place for 2 weeks.
Shake or stir several times a day.
At 2 weeks, strain the juice, use the mixture for cooking i.e. add to a soup or a stir fry or…..).
Keep the juice in the fridge and take a tbsp or two a day, you may want to start with 1 tsp as it may be a bit much at first. Adding Raw Honey is an option if you find it too hot. Raw Honey is great for you but make sure it’s Raw, so much store shelf Honey is made with corn syrup these days.
This is very anti fungal and anti bacterial – the vinegar being in the raw state is fermented which is great for your system and it has many health benefits. Read more here
It’s cleansing for your system, increases blood and lymph circulation, and is said to help not get colds and flus – yay!!!
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
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.
I love Tzatziki and Spanopitas I will admit. I don’t eat one often so when I do it’s a awesome treat. I love taking recipes and converting them and this one I’ve used several times but decided to add in some hemp and it tasted just as good!!
Adding in Superfoods to up the nutritional value can be easy!! This also makes a great dip for veggies and with less water (so thicker) could be a great spread for raw (or not) crackers!!
– grate half of a English Cucumber and put in a strainer or cheesecloth and let strain for at least an hour or even over night
– 1 cup raw Cashews
– 1/2 cup water (possibly more)
– juice 1/2 Lemon
– 2 Garlic cloves (chopped or minced)
– 2 tbsp Hemp seeds
– Himalayan Sea Salt to taste
Throw all ingredients into a Vita- mix or Blender and blend until smooth (start with 1/2 cup of water and you may need to add more depending on how thick or less thick you would like it)
Once all mixed well, smooth and to desired consistency add in strained Cucumber and 2 – 3 tbsp finely chopped Dill – stir well.
It’s been a little while since I have posted, been doing some travelling, focusing in on my business and really wanting to know the direction of my blog. How could I provide better and something different, as time passes I realize there are many similar blogs and recipes out there – how could I provide something different yet needed.
I love the fact that more and more people are waking up to real foods and live foods as I am seeing evidence of it in the grocery stores – one word of caution – DON”T believe everything you see on labels – especially words like ‘natural’ – it can be misleading as I am finding advertising and marketing – well – can be interesting!! Eat more real foods, live foods, and fresh foods in season!!
My tag line is Healthy is Cool – as much as I believe we need to be eating real foods clean foods as much as possible, I also highly believe in clean thoughts (easier when our food and our bodies are clean) and by that I mean empowering thoughts, more self love thoughts, aligning our energy with what we love to be doing – with who we really are. Not being in a state of anger, angst or frustration at people, ourselves or life. By not liking the food you eat yet you eat it as it’s suppose to be healthy, by not working a ‘job’ that you hate or is out of alignment with who you truly are, by not surrounding yourself with toxic, negative, drama loving people who bring you down or drain your energy!!
By being in total alignment with who and what you are about.
For me, it keeps getting easier and clearer – Entrepreneur, Superfoodie, Photographer – besides my kids, dog, beloved and friends – this is what fuels me, drives me, what I love to be, do and have and when I come from that place – it’s easy, fun and flowing. Now not each moment is perfect and I am only human – learning and making mistakes but I also love it!!
What better place to share than on my blog!!
After spending some time on my business, enjoying the sun, picnics and hanging with horses which was new to me and playing with so me superfood recipes it all started coming together!
So my recipes from now on are going to have more Super foods – what I love using and how you can incorporate more into your way of eating, what are they and why use them taking you more into plant based eating that is nutrient dense and healthy!
More Photography even outside of food and recipes and more thinking outside the box – life, job, being – I have really been untangling and questioning all the programming and advertising we have been fed our lives – and if you look around I don’t believe it’s working too well – so in other words a truth seeker – and breaking free from a Job if you feel you are entangled in one – life is too short to be spent chasing a pay check or doing something that does not fulfil you in any way shape or form, or better yet having to spend 8 hours a day with people you have nothing in common with………..so please come back for more and share this – and stop by and say hi – I love meeting new people and making connections with like minded people!!!
Anyways – on to the recipe – this one is easy, tasty and well get creative…….:)
Chic Pea Salad
1 cup Chic Peas soaked for 24 – 36 hrs then another 24 – 36 hrs rinsing them several times and letting them drain – there will be a sprout started
1 can Chic Peas (drained and rinsed) – still healthy and vegan just not raw
juice of 1 Lemon
2 – 4 Garlic cloves minced (depends on you – I like more Garlic for this one)
2 – 4 tbsp of cold pressed Oil – Olive is good, my favorite these days is Camelina
1 cup finely chopped Parsley
1 Onion finely chopped
Arugula chopped up
Mix all together
Pinch of Himalyan Sea Salt
In this recipe I also included chopped up Peppers, Dulse and Hemp.
I love to mix up the greens ie Spinach instead of Arugula as an example, or Green Onions, lots of herbs – it’s never the same dish twice except for the base of Lemon, Garlic, Oil and Chic Peas. So get creative and add lots of fresh, in season organic veggies and greens!!
Thanks for sharing this!!
Create a Life YOU Love!!
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Since I am doing a cleanse right now this recipe was perfect, but you don’t need to be on a cleanse to eat it. It is tasty, filling, easy to make and nutritious too.
This soup is totally raw / vegan and as well Gluten Free – making eating healthy easy.
Love how the weather is warming up and these foods are becoming more in season and abundance. Green is everywhere if you take a look around nature, the leaves not the tress are popping, the grass is growing, veggies are starting to pop their heads and flowers are out in full bloom, where I live in Vancouver anyways!! Nature always provides for us!
On the cleansing side, I am on Day 5 and am feeling pretty good. Since I don’t eat much, if any really crap or processed foods, cleansing is easier but I find it’s always good to give the body a bit of a break, it’s preventative, and like going in and having the oil changed on your car or a check up done. When we do things like this, it makes a difference health wise, even if you can only do a 24 hour one. Try it, you might be surprised or start noticing you food (or coffee) addictions!!
– 1 med to large Avocado
– 1/2 English Cucumber (can leave skin on)
– 2 Celery Sticks
– 1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (can adjust to taste)
– 1 clove Garlic
– small handful Cilantro
– pinch Cayenne Pepper
– juice 1/2 Lemon
Throw in all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender and add approx
1/2 cup Water, process until smooth adding approx another 1/2 cup water (depending on if you like it thin or thick and size of Avocados used will determine how much water you add) slowly add in the water while it is blending.
Top with chopped Cilantro and Green Onions and enjoy!!
Told you it was pretty easy and it does taste pretty good too!!
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!!
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!!