Green nut milk

This pretty green nut milk was surprisingly sweet and tasty. It’s a great way to eat your greens! It’s also great on a cleanse. I had this for dessert and was very satisfied:)

Green Nut Milk

serves 2-3
1 2/3 cups water
1 cup cashews
2 soft pitted dates
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large handful of spinach
Put all ingredients in a blender and blitz until completely smooth

green nut  milk

Photo credit -www.yummly.com

My picture didn’t look so pretty so I used this one. The green milk looked exactly the same!

Garlic oregano yam oven fries

I made these from the recipe from Brenda Brazier’s book Thrive. Even though I’m not vegan anymore I really love vegan cookbooks, and I especially love this book because it concentrates on whole food nutrition.

thrive foods

This recipe is so easy and delicious I make it at least once a week. It’s great on my cleanse too. It’s very filling and the pumpkin seeds add healthy protein. Here it is..

2 yams
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons chopped pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon oregano
11/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon basil
Peel and cut up the yams. In a food processor chop the pumpkin seeds and garlic then mix with the oil and spices. Coat the yams with mixture and bake in the oven at 300 degrees. Bake 35 minutes. Enjoy!

sweet potatos

Cleansing

February is a great time to do a cleanse. Over the holidays and winter months I’ve kinda fallen out of my healthy eating routine. One cheat leads to another and another and before you know it your diet has changed. I crave more rich cooked foods in the winter and not so much raw food. I also just feel more tired and want warming, nurturing foods. The good news is you can still cleanse and eat healthy cooked foods. I still like a balance of raw and cooked food. I think 50/50 is a good goal and easy to do if your juicing and doing your green smoothies every day. I am recently into Dr. Alejandro Junger’s program called Clean. I really like his program because you can still eat fish and chicken which is important for me because I need a lot of protein to get me through the day. I have a very physical job and I feel tired and worthless without high quality protein. If you are vegan then you can do it without the meat. Check out the blog Goop for some of the recipes.

and Dr. Oz has a great 30 day meal plan…

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/clean-program-30-day-meal-plan?page=2#copy

alejandro junger

Dr. Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist who initially began the research that led to the development of the program because of his desire to get away from the toxic foods, drinks, and thoughts weighing on his own health. He found that modern medicine often takes a “band aid” approach to “fix” or cover up a health problem, but the key is really to nurture our body from the roots with the right foods and nutrients. And by creating the right conditions, our body will begin to naturally heal itself.

I’m starting today and I’m going to go for it for 21 days! The plan starts with a breakfast shake every morning and two meals from the clean recipes. i will share some of my recipes with you as I go along. Check out the book too!:)

clean book

Creamy ginger tahini dressing

This is my absolute favorite dressing. I found the recipe from Brendan Braziers book Thrive. I use it on all my salads, kale, spinach, and grain bowls. It’s packed with nutrition and flavor. Ginger is amazing for us. One of ginger’s most known health benefits is its effects on digestive ailments. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It is excellent for reducing gas. Many people report that it will also relieve nausea, and can be effective in treating morning sickness as well as motion sickness.Ginger can also help reduce inflammation. So it can be used to treat any disease that is caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

Creamy ginger tahini dressing

1/2 cup hemp oil or olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (excellent B vitamin source)
sea salt to taste

I made a salad with kale and spinach, pumpkin seeds, and sprinkled with dulse flakes which is a seaweed rich in minerals, especially iodine.

creamy tahini ginger dressing

Happy New Year!

Well it’s another new year. I’m feeling very good about this year:)  I was trying to think about all the things I want to do better, all the new classes I want to take ( more yoga please), all the healthy dishes I’m going to prepare for myself, the bodywork I want and need so badly, and most of all make more money and create the business I desire.  In all of my racing thoughts about all of this I realized that all I want is to slow down. I realized that I’m never alone, I’m never really alone. I felt deep down inside myself that I don’t need anyone to come and fix everything for me anymore, I feel so good in my own skin right now that the desperation I felt before seems so far away, like it has transcended. I realized that all I ever need is right inside myself, and for once I don’t need anything from anyone else and I don’t need anything at all really except more spiritual progress. What I truly crave is my spiritual life and more reflection from others on the same path. I don’t need a plan for my life, I don’t need new years resolutions, my life will just unfold as it should. I don’t need to keep adding things to my schedule. Slowing down and really feeling joy in the moment is not what I strive for, it’s what I’m experiencing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped support my blog this year. I hope to have more valuable information for you in 2013 that’s not only healthy, but fun too! Please pass it on to others that could benefit:)

2013

Raw brownie bites

I made these delicious raw brownies for dessert last night and they were seriously decadent. They are so easy to make! All you need is a food processor. I love my new Cuisinart food processor that I got for myself. These brownie bites can be eaten for dessert or can be eaten as power snacks during the day. As I mentioned before, cacao powder is a super-food, which makes my list of top cancer fighting foods. The benefits of raw cacao are endless. The myths we hear about chocolate causing weight gain, cavities, acne etc. are false and are more likely the cause of additives like sugar and dairy.

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Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer?

The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff — it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
— Abraham

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers there is. The problem with this type of cancer is that it’s very hard to detect, and most people don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Some of the early signs are…

  • Abdominal/Back pain ( some complain of a pain in their side)
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Pale stools
  • Weight Loss

Studies indicate that genetics play a role in whether or not you are likely to develop pancreatic cancer, but lifestyle habits are equally important. According to a recent Dr. Oz show, alcohol and soda consumption can be very deadly. Check the videos for pancreatic cancer out on Dr. Oz’s website.

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