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

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)

 

Back in the game! Day 6

I have no good excuse for my recent slacking.  My bad.  It doesn’t help any when I don’t get scolded by my readers for not posting my raw for the day.

I’ve done well today.  I had a smoothie this evening and decided I want to try my hardest to only have one cooked meal per day.  I must have said this 100 times!  I REALLY want to do this!  It gets easier the more raw you do.  I’ve done this before and was able to lose 50 pounds back in 2010!  Eating clean and raw is not only healthy and full of nutrients but it gives me so much more energy and clarity.

It’s sometimes difficult on the east coast to find fresh produce when it’s not in season locally.  I am fortunate enough to have a couple of connections and get my citrus shipped from Florida and recently found someone to send me fresh, amazing avocados from California!  (They even have an Avocado of the Month!) You should check out their site sometime!  Click here to visit: Avocado Diva’s link

I went shopping for fresh items I was out of that will make smoothie making that much easier! (Avocado – my fresh from Cali ones will be arriving next week sometime, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, strawberries)

Now I’d just like to find someone who ships more exotic fruit, red grapes, and soursop leaves!  If you know anyone, please leave info in my comment section for me!

So here is what I had today:

Pineapple, strawberries, and spinach!

I have to add my greens because it get too easy for me to pass on veggies if I don’t toss them in!

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I’ve got some yummy ideas coming up this week!

Healthy fast food? Yup!

Tonight’s dinner was delish! Trying to prepare for the holiday, shopping, wrapping, etc. Dinner was ready in about ten minutes!  The healthy fast food alternative ~ gluten free sprouted grain wrap with a veggie burger, tomato, and cheese…

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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!

 

Curried Shrimp With Broccoli and Mushroom!

Hi there!

I know some of you are waiting for me to post how I make this fiber rich, vitamin loaded dish!  It’s pretty easy!

First I sautee 1 whole package of sliced baby bella mushroom in butter.  Then add 1/2 – 3/4 pound of shrimp.  1 Tsp garlic powder and 1 T Curry (less if your not as big a fan as I)

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Then I added some baby peppers, both red and yellow.  About 1/2 a cups worth.  Continue to sautee for a couple minutes.

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Last but not least, toss in a whole broccoli crown, cut up, of course.  Put cover on so it can lightly steam broccoli.  When the broccoli turns bright green (just a few minutes) viola!  Done!

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Serve up and enjoy!

~Delish~

Curried Broccoli & Mushroom

I was so craving mushrooms!  Not sure why since I’ve always disliked mushrooms!  So this is a very simple gluten free recipe I created…did I mention it’s VERY simple?

1 Fresh Broccoli Crown

1 Package Sliced Mushroom (Baby Bellas are the best!)

Butter or olive oil

2-3 T Curry Powder (depending on how much you like curry)

Sautee mushroom in butter or oil, when almost finished, add broccoli.  Cook with lid on until broccoli turns bright green, add curry, mix and viola!

Eat & enjoy your fresh dose of Vitamins A, B, K, D, potassium, niacin, and fiber!

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Vegetarian Black bean soup! OMG Delish!

I’m trying to ease my way back into a lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle.  I stumbled upon this recipe at the vitamix.com web site.  It could easily be made using a food processor or blender as well.  I’m a big fan of black beans and thought this would hit the spot since it’s been a bit nippy outside lately.

…Black beans, Garbanzo beans, jalapeano, yellow and red peppers, onion, scallion, cumin, uh-oh, need to pick up garlic and vegetable stock… to be continued…

VERY easy to make and DELISH!  Also amazing used as a ‘dip.’   I will definitely have to make this again!

      

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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