Crazy for pumpkin?

Lately I’ve been craving pumpkin!!! Anyone else need a slice of pumpkin pie fix?

Being on a mostly raw lifestyle I came up with this yummy smoothie recipe today!!!

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

1 C Almond milk (homemade, do not strain)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C canned pumpkin
Sweetener (optional) you could use 3 dates or 1 T Honey or Maple syrup.

Instructions:

To make almond milk

Soak about 14 natural raw almonds for about an hour.

Dump the ‘soak’ water and add 1 cup fresh water.

Blend for about a minute. Do not strain.

For smoothie

Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and sweetener of choice.

Blend, serve chilled

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Not Just Any Raw Energy Bar

Today I made a couple batches of some very special raw energy bars.  These were developed for my two youngest children with their input of ingredients!

I asked them if they wanted a smoothie for snack, but they decided they wanted other superfoods!

What parent in their right mind would say no to a healthy, packed with omega’s,  fiber rich, snack?

It was so easy, even kids could make this (with supervision using processor of course!)

Raw Z-Bar

Raw Z-Bar

Z-Bar a.k.a. Raw Energy Bar (made especially for my lil guy, Zac) 

Ingredients:
1/2 C Organic Oats (not the quick oats)
1/8 – 1/4 C Raw Almonds
1/8 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
4 Dates
1 T (Heaping) of Almond Butter

Directions:
1. Process nuts and oats til crumbly, then put into a bowl and set aside
2. Soak dates for about 15 minutes & remove pits
3. Process dates
4. After you process the dates, add almond butter and dry ingredients and process til mixture begins to stick together. You can add a couple T of water if mixture is too dry.
5. In a small pan (6 x 9) or smaller for thicker bars, press mixture down firmly.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into squares or bars & enjoy!

Raw J-Bar

Raw J-Bar

J-Bar (made for my other lil guy, Jake)

Follow Z-Bar Recipe above and add:

1/2 C of raisins

1/4 Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

*Follow Z-Bar instructions, and process *raisins with the dates and add *coconut with the other dry ingredients

Blend meeeeee!

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Smoothie #1: 1 banana, handful of blueberries, handful of raspberries, and a bit of spinach, enough for two!  Fill to almost top of fruit with water, blend, and enjoy!

Smoothie #2: Cherries and blueberries!  Handful of each, add water, blend and viola!

 

What the he77 is “raw” anyway?

Have you ever tried eating raw?

A few years ago I was about 90%  and loved it!  I actually lost about 50 pounds and my complexion!  How cool is that?!*~

What is raw?  Raw is basically eating unprocessed, uncooked or “live” food.  Food can be dehydrated at 105 degrees or less.  A higher temperature than that would kill the enzymes and the food would no longer be considered “live.  One does not need to go 100% raw to benefit form a raw diet.

So, what do we eat? RAW veggies, fruit, sprouted grains, nuts, and seeds…we can keep it simple of get creative with different foods.  I, personally, chose to go about 90% so that I can still have some of the things I have trouble staying away from and it kept me from falling off the train for a while.  My downfall is eating with others and having to cook for others that eat differently.  I cook, then I smell, and eventually I fall into the trap ~ and I taste it!  That’s where I fall…Yup, I fell!

So, Choo~Choo, I’m chugging my way back…every day I’m going to TRY to incorporate more raw into it.  I felt so good, so alive, eating live, clean food!  My body would crave raw!

I will start posting some of my trials and errors.  I’m making this public to hold myself accountable!  If you see me slipping feel free to give me a swift kick! And please do share your fave’s!

So, the photo I’m about to add to this post is yesterday’s breakfast.

Banana, blueberries, cherries, and yup, romaine!

Today’s breakfast, that I did not take a photo of was apple, mango, and cherries.  I had salad with dinner tonight as well.

(Yesterday’s breakfast! Didn’t want to have to edit the photo)

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bacon Puppy Treats.again

So, I made these treats for Lil Roo and Auhmi last week.  They devoured them so fast I had to double batch it this time! Made with all natural peanut butter, oat flour, egg, nitrite free bacon bits, and water…As you can see, they LOVE them! THey wouldn’t leave me alone while I was making them!  Two happy pups!

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