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

Breakfast for two

I’ve put several miles on the ‘ol Vitamix lately!  Grateful to own one and my body has been thankful I’m putting it to good use!

I’ve been on this spinach craze lately.  I joined a 30 day green smoothie challenge and have my own “raw” group that I share info with almost daily .  Since I had already been increasing raw food in my diet, I decided to go along with the green!  I’ve made some very tasty smoothies and one lately that wasn’t so tasty. I won’t bother to share that one, yeah, it was THAT bad!

This was what we had for breakfast a couple of days ago!

Breakfast for two

Breakfast for two

Well, not quite like that, of course.  Tossed it in the Vitamix first!

Viola!

Viola!

Got my spinach ‘fix’ and a healthy breakfast!

If your interested in joining a raw food group, totally free, very informational, all levels welcome!

Click here!  ♥ Raw for the Health 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 ~

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)

 

“Spaghetti” Under Clams

You’re in luck today!  Two posts in one day!  I guess that helps make up a bit when I’ve been slacking!  I hope you enjoy this one!

Tonight’s dinner, Gluten Free, was a soft spaghetti squash under a mountain over bettered garlic clams with scallion.  I had never tried spaghetti squash before.  I’ve taken a quick liking to it!  It was interesting how when I sliced it, the strings just about fell out!  I didn’t realize how easy this was!

I usually make this over real spaghetti but I’ve transitioned to a mostly gluten-free diet.

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“Spaghetti” Under Clams (for lack of a better name)

Ingredients:

1 Large Spaghetti Squash

Cook at 400 degrees for about an hour.

Remove from oven and let cool while you make clams.

When clams are ready, scoop seeds out of squash,  remove “spaghetti,”  and separate into 3-4 dishes.

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Clams:

2 Cans Whole Clams (or 8 ounces fresh shucked clams)

4 T Butter

2 Stems Scallion (Green Onion)

1-2 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1 clove fresh minced)

Melt butter in pan, add garlic, scallion, and clams.

Warm on low heat for about 7 minutes.

Pour over “spaghetti”

Day 8 – Banana vs. Avocado

I had never tried using avocado in my smoothies before.   I was concerned about flavor and texture.  It seems as though it would make a good “base” for a smoothie because of its smooth texture. I usually use banana when wanting a creamy, not too thin, smoothie.

Comparing the two for nutrients:  Bananas have a higher carb content, where avocado have a higher (good) fat content.  Bananas are known for their potassium content and avocados contain almost the same amount!  Avocados also have some anti-inflammatory components, whereas bananas do not and are mucus forming.  Protein quality in avocados is also higher in avocados.

I recently started getting mine shipped fresh from California!  From Avocado Diva!  Here is the link if you are interested, they also have an avocado of the month club!

Link: Avocado Diva Site

So here it is! Yesterdays RAW Smoothie-licious!

1/2 Raw avocado

1 Banana

2 Kiwi

And enough water to reach top of fruit

Blend, and viola! Breakfast for two!

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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!

Ahhh! Day 2

Alright, so for today’s accountability, here goes.  I did NOT have a smoothie but the night’s not over yet.  I did, however, for lunch, have a spicy crab salad (I know not totally veg) that had raw mango and lettuce in it.  For dinner, I had raw tomato, avocado, and mozzarella with garlic & basil pesto “salad” and cooked my curried mushroom and broccoli.  I know that’s not raw, but I didn’t totally bomb the day, I did have some raw, just not as much as I would have liked.  The goal, is to incorporate more raw into my diet…not totally raw…not yet…and mostly veg.

Recipes below!

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How to make my Avocado, Tomato, & Mozzerella salad:

1 roma tomato cubed

1/2 Mozerella ball also cubed

1/2 avocado cubed again!

1 T garlic/basil pesto

1T olive oil

Put all in bowl, mix, let sit for about an hour to absorb flavor & enjoy!

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Curried Broccoli & Mushroom

16 ounces baby bella mushroom (sliced)

1 Broccoli crown

2 T Curry powder

3 T Butter or Ghee

Melt butter in frying pan, add mushroom, cook to desired consistency, then add curry and broccoli.  I covered after adding broccoli to lightly steam the broccoli to retain nutrients.  The less it’s cooked, the more nutrients remain!

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!