Oh-So-Delicious Smoothie ❤

❤ Oh-So-Delicious Smoothie for Two  ❤

So this is my, oh-so-delicious, compromise.  I wanted to make Dr. Oz’s breakfast smoothie (from his 3 day detox/cleanse),

but no one in town had raspberries!  NO ONE!  I checked grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club!

I even asked if they had any ‘out back’ and I some said this has been very common lately.  Weird!

Oh So Delicious Smoothie!

Oh So Delicious Smoothie!

Ingredients:

1/2 C Spinach
1 Banana
2 C Dark Cherries (frozen)
1 T Almond Butter
2 T Ground Flax
Add enough water to cover about 3/4 of the ingredients.
Blend & drink up!
It was soooooooooooo good I drank it before I remembered to take a photo of it!
 
 

 

For the ♥ of Pups

I have some exciting news for you!  Thanks to a friend of mine, K. Larsen,  who has a few e-books of her own available, I am finally ready to begin putting my very first e-book together!  It’s going to have healthy pup treat recipes!  I can’t wait to share it with you!

November of 2010, we brought home a new family member.  Unfortunately, we also brought home a bad case of giardia.  After many trips to the vet,  and still no luck in controlling the explosions of diarrhea, I mentioned to the vet I wanted to feed my pup homemade rice and chicken to see if that would help.  The explosions cleared within a week!  No more medications and no more pet store food for us!

At Lil Roo’s 1 year check up, she was in excellent health and perfect weight!   We discussed Lil Roo’s diet with the vet, we got the green light to continue!  We supplement with calcium, bone meal, vitamin C, and nutritional yeast to ensure all nutrient and mineral requirements are being met.  Their diets consist of lean meats, healthy fats, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, and no gluten.

I have been making all their food and treats since!  No more smelly gas, no more diarrhea!

Many people have commented on how soft and shiny her fur is!

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Lil Roo & Auhmi

Lil Roo & Auhmi

Auhmi joined us this year since Lil Roo was really, really, wanting a playmate.  She is a year younger than Roo.  Together they not only inspire me to create things in the kitchen for them, they drive me crazy while I’m doing it!  (Like right now, I’ve got sweet potato chewies dehydrating in the oven and they can’t stop running back and forth to the kitchen!)

Sweet Potato Chewies

Sweet Potato Chewies

Be sure to check out my friend’s books, especially if you enjoy reading!

Click here: K. Larsen, Author

~ Stay tuned ~

Going Places! Raw Flax Crackers

Going places I’ve never gone before.  I will share with you along my journey!

As I mentioned in some of my earlier posts, I have been trying to incorporate more “live foods” (raw) into my diet.  I lost a few pounds a few years ago when I went from eating a S.A.D (Standard American Diet) to eating about 90% raw.  I didn’t get into the more time-consuming or creative aspect of it.  I basically had lots of salads, smoothies, and fresh fruits!

Why raw crackers?  Well, for me, it’s the crunch addiction!  I know that if I can still have things that I enjoy in my diet, it makes changing my way of eating that much easier for me.  If I deprive myself of thing my body craves, I fall of the wagon.  Sometimes it’s hard to get back up.  That’s why I know for me, for my body, I know that I likely would not ever do 100% raw.   Also soaking raw flax and dehydrating at 115 degrees, I know that I’m consuming something live, something raw.

Enough rambling and onto the recipe!

Raw Flax Crackers

Raw Flax Crackers

Raw Flax Crackers (Raw/GF/Veg/Vegan)

Ingredients:

2 C Flax Seed

2 C Water

1 Jalapeno

1/2 Red Pepper

1 T Garlic Powder

3/4 T Onion Powder

1/4 T Sea Salt

Directions:

Soak flax seed in water for  2-3 hours.  It will form a 'gel-like' consistency.

Soak flax seed in water for 2-3 hours. It will form a ‘gel-like’ consistency.

 

Process jalapeano and red pepper til minced.

Process jalapeno and red pepper til minced.

Measure out garlic & onion powder, and sea salt.  Add to minced peppers and add all to gelled flax seed.  Mix til well combined.

Measure out garlic & onion powder, and sea salt. Add to minced peppers and add all to gelled flax-seed. Mix til well combined.

Spread as thin as you can get it on dehydrator trays or parchment paper and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours or until dry and crispy.  Flip over after about 4 hours.

Spread as thin as you can get it on dehydrator trays or parchment paper and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours or until dry and crispy. Flip over after about 4 hours.

Store in an airtight container.  Should keep for about 5 – 7 days.

This recipe is a little on the mild side, if you like really spicy, really hot foods, try adding another jalapeno or a habanero pepper.  For an interesting variation you could also substitute the onion/garlic powder for 2 T of taco seasoning or Chili powder!If you change it up, let me know how it is!

Happy crunching!


Inspired by Sushi, Salad

I was craving some spicy kani sushi and decided to create a sushi salad instead.  I didn’t use rice but was soooooo tasty!

To make a raw version, instead of using fresh crab, you could make a spicy nut cheese to top off your salad!

I got a little carried away and made a “pretty” one and a “splattered” artsy one.

I have people vote on which photo to use here but got about an even response.

Many liked “pretty” but others liked a “little of everything in every bite.”

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

This is what I used to make it:

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

3 C Spring mix greens

1 Avocado

1 Roma Tomato

1 Sprig of Scallion

8 oz. crab (for raw, use a raw nut cheese instead)

3 T Mayo (use nut mayo for raw)

1 T Siracha

Directions:

Arrange greens, avocado, scallion, and tomato on plate.

Mix siracha with mayo, then add to crab and mix well.

 Top salad with crab mixture!

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Made these this morning!  These are a quick, healthy snack!

So easy to make, I think I could easily get addicted to making various forms of these!

Stay tuned!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bar

1 C Almonds

1/3 C Sunflower Seed

2 T Peanut Butter

10 Dates

1/4 C Special Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Soak dates for about 3 hours, then drain water & remove pits

In food chopper or food processor, chop almonds then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor.

Add remaining ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together.

Line a 9 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 10 equal sized balls.

(Bars will cut easier if you refrigerate for 15 minutes prior to cutting.)

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Need your chocolate fix?  Do you like coconut?  This is the best!  I recently bought a Lara Bar for the first time when I was away from home and wanted something relatively healthy to eat until I could get home.

I decided to give it a ‘google’ for homemade recipes and stumbled upon Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog and found a recipe that I modified just a little to make it totally raw!  I also wondered what the nutritional content was so I used Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator!

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

(Makes 8)

10 Dates (Pitted)

1/3 C + 1 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh for Raw)

1 T Chia Seed

3 T Cocoa Powder (Raw/Unsweetened)

1/3 C Almonds

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts

Directions:

Soak dates for about 3 hours & remove pits.

In food chopper or food processor, chop all nuts then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor

Add remaining ingredients except for 1 T Coconut.

Process together until ingredients are well mixed and are sticking together.

Line a 6 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 8 equal sized balls.

For bars: Sprinkle 1 T coconut on top and press down til it sticks

For balls:  Roll balls in coconut

Nutrition Facts

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bars
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 109.4
  Total Fat 2.0 g
  Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 1.5 mg
  Potassium 261.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 20.2 g
  Protein 1.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 3.2 %
  Copper 10.1 %
  Folate 1.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 11.3 %
  Niacin 2.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.6 %
  Phosphorus     3.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 1.0 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

(Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator)

Cocoberry Peach Smoothie

Ingredients

Cocoberry Peach Smoothie

1 Cup Peaches

1/3 Cup Blackberries

1 tsp Chia Seed

1 Cup Coconut Milk

Blend & Enjoy!

Caution: When using frozen peaches, sip slowly.

Frozen peaches can lead to B~R~A~I~N  F~R~E~E~Z~E!!!!!!

Cocoberry Peach Smmothie

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie

“It’s whats for dinner!”

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie
1 Banana
1 C Blackberries
3/4 C Coconut Milk
About 1/4 C Basil

Ingredients

Blend & enjoy!

Mmmmmm.....Blackberry~Basilana

Yup, you guessed it!  I had to make “the girls” their own just to keep them out of my glass!

Silly girls, smoothies are for people!

"The Girls" (Lil Roo & Auhmi)

 

Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

(My take on Avocado “Fries”)

WARNING: VERY ADDICTING!!!

Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

1 Large Avocado (pitted and diced)
1/3 C Nutritional Yeast
1T Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Mix last 3 ingredients then toss avocado til evenly coated!
Y~U~M!