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Cleansing Green Soup

I have been playing around with the basis of this soup with different vegetables, but the other night I made an amazing one, too bad I didn’t record the actual measurements.  I usually don’t measure, I just throw things in the blender!  But here is basically what I added, play a little with the quantities to your liking, but this soup is so good and full of lots of nutrients, enzymes and vitamins.

– big handful of spinach

-1/2 cup sprouts

-1 – 2 cloves of garlic

-juice of 1/2 lime

-pinch sea salt

-some dulse

-1/2 avocado

-approx 3/4 cup water (or Rejuvelac which is what I used and will be going into that next post)

some cilantro (or parsley or whatever else you would prefer)

Blend all up until a smooth consistency and garnish with chopped green onion or what you would like.

I found this soup to be very cleansing and energizing.  (After a long day at the mall with the girls!! lol)

Enjoy!!

Food and You: for Better or Worse

I have a guest blogger for this post, from my dear friend Dr. Jane Gartshore, who has opened her naturopathic clinic here on the Sunshine Coast and is very passionate about helping people with their health.

Whether it makes us happy, healthy, sick or overweight, the food we eat is an integral part of our existence. Our relationship with food is life long and like relationships with people, there are ways to optimize the experience. We can choose foods that enhance our well-being and vitality or ones that sap it.For many people, the foods they crave the most are the worst ones for their health. Therefore, we can sabotage our happiness through the choices we make, whether conscious or not.

In a society where fast-food restaurants abound and fad diets come and go, it is difficult to know what food we should we eat. A healthy diet is not one size fits all. When designing one’s ideal diet, consider factors such as chronic health conditions, genetic and cultural heritage, food allergies and intolerances, body composition, absorption issues, and even blood type. Remember: Not all food allergies are immediate, potentially fatal reactions. Often people have a milder, delayed reaction where the symptoms are more subtle and can appear hours after eating the offending food. This makes it more difficult to identify the culprit(s). A blood test for the IgG antibodies can help solve the mystery.

Naturopathic physicians are well trained in cllinical nutrition and can help you turn your relationship with your diet into a happy support one.

Dr. Jane Gartshore
Unbounded Naturopathic Medical Clinic

Raw Lime Cheesecake

Raw Lime Cheesecake

You can make this in a regular spring form cheesecake pan or even an oblong glass dish.

Crust

11/2 cups almonds

6-8 medjool dates

1 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Process in processor until crumbly and can stick together. May need to scrap down sides of processor a few times.

Put the mixture in the bottom of the pan and spread evenly. Press down with hand or spatula to set it.

Filling

3 cups raw cashews soaked in water for at least 2 hours

1 cup fresh organic lime juice (approx 6-8 limes)

3/4 cup raw honey

3/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Mix all ingredients together.  If you are using a processor it may take a bit to mix all to a smooth consistency.  A narrow base blender is probably not the best choice to use.  If you don’t have a Vitamix, a processor a wider base blender is the best choice, it just may take a little longer to get a nice smooth consistency.

If you want to make it a little greener in color, add in a handful of spinach.  In doing so, you may need to increase the amount of lime juice or it may be too thick. (Another way of getting a little more greens in their diet especially to those you love who may not always get enough!!)

Once all ingredients are blended to a smoothness, pour over the crust and put into fridge for a couple of hours to set.

Enjoy!

Raw Creamy Cashew & Carrot Soup

Yes it’s summer but I felt like something different and this turned out well even cold!!  This is very quick and easy to make.

Raw Creamy Cashew & Carrot Soup

1/2 cup cashews ( I soaked them for about 15 mins – it’s optional)

2 good size carrots chopped up

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp sea salt

juice of 1/2 lemon

approx 1 cup water

I added some chili peppers also, this of course is optional, I like to add a little spice!!

Blend all until smooth

Pour into bowl and add garnish if desired.

Here I added a little cut up green onion, parsley and avocado ( off set the chili peppers!!) cilantro would be nice or anything else you would like.

Serve and enjoy!!

Please feel free to share.

To Your Health

Jodi

Super Simple Green Smoothie

Now it can’t get much easier than this, and since it’s summertime, greens and lettuce are abundant.
I was able to walk out into my small garden and just pick the lettuce, now how awesome is that!!

2 Banana’s
Big bunch of lettuce
Water or almond mylk, now of course the mylk will make it creamier and sometimes I like that (I did it this way in the photo)
I also added a little cocoa powder which of course is optional and 1 tablespoon of Coconut Butter. So that is why it’s not as green as it could be.
Lets leave out the cocoa and coconut and it’s quick and easy and a great way to start your day!!
Why cocoa powder?
Sometimes I like a chocolate flavor and sometimes that works well with bananas and kids!!
Real raw cocoa powder has antioxidants in it, but use a good quality one.
Why Coconut Oil?
It is great for the hair, nail and skin, it helps with stress relief, weight loss, boosts immunity, helps with digestion & metabolism, prevents osteoporosis and slows down aging…….has me convinced!!!

Love to hear your feedback!

To Your Health
Jodi

Greens, Greens, The More You Eat……….

Greens, Greens, The More You Eat……the better You Feel so eat your greens at every meal!!!there There is no better time than summertime to do this!
With all the fresh, different foods in season it is so easy to eat healthier and feel better. Yes the sunshine, being outside, taking holidays and more exercise all help that is for sure, but the difference in food does make a big difference in how one feels.

Since it’s mid summer and I know from going to the local markets that there are so many greens, herbs, veggies and fruit available right now, how about trying some different things.
First venture out and try some new veggies and greens that maybe you haven’t had in awhile or have never tried.
Or, try mixing new ones together instead of the same old same old. Now is the perfect time to experiment and keep it easy.
Here are a few suggestions for different types of salads:

Cucumber salad with salsa…..put some pieces of leaf lettuce on a plate with sliced up cucumbers on top and add fresh salsa on top of the cucumbers…….enjoy

Mixed greens with fennel and a fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing

Take the salad you usually make and add in a bunch of fresh different herbs – basil, parsley, cilantro, mint or whatever else you can think of!!

Diced up tomates, cucumbers and avocados on head lettuce, choose an oil & vinegar or just eat plain, you could also throw in some sunflower seeds.

Arugula, fennel and strawberries make an interesting combination with lots of ground pepper (believe it or not it brings out the flavor of strawberries even more but make sure it’s freshly ground)

Watermelon & Olive Tapenade Salad – greens, cut up watermelon, mixed olive tapenade, lemon juice and a nice vinaigrette

Spinach, mushrooms, thinly sliced red onion with either chopped up apple or strawberries with a little grated cheese (if you want a brie is nice) and a oil & balsamic vinegar

Hey, keep it going, you’re only limited by your imagination…….eat healthy and enjoy it!!!

To Your Health
Jodi

Salsa

There is nothing better than fresh salsa, I think anyways and I will admit I still love eating fresh salsa and gacumole with real natcho chips as I haven’t been able to find a good recipe for the chips as of yet!!

Here is a basic recipe for fresh Salsa but feel free to change it up for your taste

1 cup diced tomatoes ( you can put the tomatoes in a blende and puree them briefly if you prefer a less choppy salsa or time is an issue)

1 – 2 cloves garlic

sea salt

juice of 1  lime

1 onion finely chopped

bunch of parsley finely chopped

bunch of cilantro finely chopped

I use the word bunch as it all depends on your taste, I like alot of both so I add more in.

You can get creative from her and add in lemon juice if you like or chopped red or green peppers, or corm or black beans or whtever tickles your fancy!!

Will keep for several days in the fridge.

Banana 'Not so Green' Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Most of the smoothies I make I use water but sometimes a creamier texture one is really good.  This is a good one for kids as you can sneak in the greens and they don’t even know it!!!  So it doesn’t look green, I use Cacao so it has a good chocolate taste!!

This is just for one serving, so increase the amounts if need be.

1-2 bananas ( I like to freeze ripe bananas and add one of them, it makes the smoothie nicer I find, but you don’t have to, I know some would disagree with freezing but a bit of both is good)

1 cup almond mylk (now you can make your own or buy it whatever works for you, Almond milk is my favorite for this recipe then Hemp milk but use what you like, I always suggest to stay away from Soy when possible).

Big handful of Spinach

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1-2 Tbsp Cacao Powder

I like to throw  Cacao nibs into this one but you don’t have to, blend up and enjoy!!!

Why Coconut Oil and Cacao Nibs??

Coconut Oil – very healthy fat,  they say one of the healthiest on the planet, great nutrition for the hair and skin,  helps with weight loss, a stable oil, our bodies can metalbolize it well

Raw Cacao – powder – this is not commercially processed so it has alot of antioxidants and flavonoids in it.

All chocolate is made from the cacao (cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

You wouldn’t know it and oh my, is it good!!!  I started with a couple of recipes and from there came up with this one.

1 cup nuts ( I used almonds and did not soak them)

Crust

6 dates (pitts removed)

1/8 tsp sea salt

Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix up to crumbly but sticks together, you may need to add another date or two.  You can always substitue raisins as well.

Once that is done, put in a spryne foam pan or a glass pyrex dish, you can make this dish either like a regular cheesecake and cut into pie shape pieces or put into oblong dish and cut into squares.

Filling

3 cups cashews soaked minimum 30 mins

1/3 cup honey ( some vegans won’t use this, agave can be substituted, but there have been articles lately on agave, you can also use Maple Syrup)

6 dates (pitts removed)

1/3 cup lemon juice

11/4 cup water

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

I also threw in some raw cocoa in the one I made but that is optional.

Drain the cashews and add in with the rest of the ingredients, put into blender  and blend up until smooth.  A  processor just doesn’t work as well here, I’ve tried it.  This is a recipe that is hard on a regular blender, unless it is more of a square base one or a Vitamix is best, as it has the horse power and makes the recipe more fluffy.  Don’t despair if you don’t have one, I used a square based blender several times and it still worked well.

Put in freezer for about an hour or in the fridge and keep it there.

Top with your favorite fruit and enjoy!!!

Jodi

Raw 'Meatless' Wraps

Another short video on a quick, easy, healthy and Raw snack or even dinner!!

Enjoy and please feel free to share with friends or leave any comments!!

To Your Health

Jodi

Quick Snack Ideas

Just a couple quick snack ideas to help you eat a little healthier!!
Enjoy and please feel free to leave any comments!!

To Your Health
Jodi