Ultra Green Soup Recipe

I saw this recipe on myvega.com and I can’t wait to make this. It looks so delicious. I love blending my veggies!. Vega was created by Brendan Brazier. Brendan has a best-selling book call The Thrive Diet, great name huh? He has a wellness program called Thrive, and helps people transform their lives through plant-based nutrition. He is also a vegan endurance athlete and created the Vega line of whole food nutritional products. I personally love the protein powder!

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Gluten-free and vegan mac and cheese

I made this the other day because I was craving comfort food mac and cheese. Although I wouldn’t consider this healthy by any means, it was delicious and tastes like the real thing. I think the less processed food in your diet, the better. If you want to cheat, then this should  take care of the craving without the guilt.

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Raw Banana Almond Shake

This is my favorite shake ever, and it’s so easy. I love homemade almond milk and I always try to have it fresh in my fridge every day. See my post on how to make it, I promise you will not be satisfied with store-bought almond milk anymore. I love adding 1 tablespoon of raw coconut butter and one packet of stevia to the milk. It make it creamier and sweeter. Raw coconut butter is so good for you too. Research indicates, animal fats have long chain saturated fat, while coconut oil contains healthy, healing, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). This saturated fat is considered a rare and important building block of every cell in the human body, and can actually reduce cholesterol and heart disease. Coconut oil/butter also boost immunity and aids in weight loss by helping speed metabolism.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/023563.html#ixzz2DUDX5uJL

 

Recipe

One frozen banana
One cup almond milk
One teaspoon of cinnamon
Blend and enjoy!

 

Pineapple kale smoothie

This is my all time favorite smoothie. I love the combination of flavors, especially the pineapple/mint. Kale is one of my top favorite foods ever. I eat it every day in one way or another. The benefits are endless.According to an article I just read on the healthy advocate.com, kale is anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is one of the strongest signs of physical and mental aging. When we consume anti-inflammatory foods, we boost our bodies defenses and quench the fire that contributes to the wear and tear of aging. Antioxidants are also abundant in kale, and these antioxidants go right away at attacking and defeating free radicals that can wreak havoc on the skin and other areas of the body.Vitamin A may help keep you attractive, as eating foods rich in this vitamin provides a slightly reddish-orangish hue to the skin. Researchers have found that individuals prefer other individuals who give off this color in the skin. Also, the high vitamin C content in kale may help protect against premature aging of the skin by protecting the skin from ultra violet light. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals produced from prolonged sun exposure.

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The healing power of juicing

I’ve been juicing a lot lately. I love juicing. The benefits are so amazing I can feel the difference right away. Think of juices as liquid vitamin supplements, only better tasting. They are concentrated nutrition, a delivery service that gets it there in half the time. Juices give the body a break from the process of digestion, making it great for cleansing. The nutrients are packed with antioxidants and essential amino acids that are rapidly assimilated. If there’s one thing that has the most positive and immediate impact on your health, it’s drinking organic, green juices daily. The big difference between the green juice and the green smoothie is the pulp, the fiber. Both are very healthy for you, but juicing is great for when the seasons change, or just giving ourselves a break from food.

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Gluten free apple crisp

I’ve recently just discovered almond flour for baking and making delicious treats. I’m a huge fan of Elana Amsterdam and her book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. She has many dairy and sugar-free recipes also. I buy my almond flour from the bulk section of Whole Foods or order it online because it is very expensive. Almond flour is very nutritious. It is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. Below is some great info I copied from Elana’s blog called Elana’s Pantry.

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