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Crispy Falafels

2017-10-20T21:01:50+00:00 October 20th, 2017|falafel, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Gluten Free, vegetarian|

The weather finally got a bit chilly today and it actually felt like Autumn is coming! Although we thoroughly enjoyed our week of eating raw, it was a nice change to head back into the kitchen and make something warm again. Falafels are always a nice easy staple to make. The kids love them and they can be incorporated into a meal or eaten on their own as a heavy snack for after school. You can bake these, but we like to pan fry them so they are crispy.   Crispy Falafels INGREDIENTS 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed ½ cup white onion chopped ½ cup gluten-free flour ¼ cup chopped scallions 1 cup chopped parsley 1 tablespoon avocado oil + more for frying 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper to taste   METHOD Combine the chickpeas, onions, scallions, parsley, cumin and flour in a food processor and pulse until combined Add in the juice of the two lemons, avocado oil, salt and pepper, pulse to combine until it creates a dough-like texture Place the falafel mix in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a least 1.5 – 2 hours. (You can store the batter in the refrigerator […]

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Vegan Cashew Cream Cheeze

2017-10-13T23:09:28+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Cashews, Cream Cheese, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

One of the best things about Recipe Friday is that we force ourselves to try new recipes. We found that a good way to stick to a plant-based diet is to constantly keep it new and interesting. It’s so easy to fall into eating the same things over and over and that quickly gets stale and boring. This week, we made a Vegan Cashew Cream Cheeze from healthyblenderrecipes.com. It tasted so amazing and works so well as an all purpose spread, dip, filler! It was almost better than hummus because of it’s cheezy nutty flavor! We made like cucumber “sushi” rolls with the Cashew Cream Cheeze and the combination was similar to a ‘caprese’ type appetizer. Yum! This cheezy sauce is: Dairy-free & vegan Gluten-free & paleo-friendly Healthy Versatile (you can add chopped veggies, like sweet peppers, and use it as a vegetable dip) Easy to make (you just need a blender!)   Vegan Cashew Cream Cheeze INGREDIENTS 2 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts soaked ½ cup nutritional yeast ¼ cup filtered water, plus more as needed ¼ cup lemon juice, plus more to taste 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste ½ teaspoon onion powder, plus more to taste […]

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Fermented Ginger Carrots

2017-10-06T22:01:04+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Carrots, Fermentation, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

Happy Recipe Friday! Welcome to our first foray into making fermented foods. It’s no secret that we love fermentation. The Willow Enzyme Bath is created with fermented enzymes and we accompany the treatment with a fermented enzyme drink that boosts probiotic activity. However, until now, we haven’t embarked on making any fermented foods. Since Recipe Friday is a day where we’ve dedicated to making healthy, vegan recipes, we decided to give it a try. This recipe uses lacto-fermentation, which is essentially creating brine (salt water solution) that discourages the growth of harmful bacteria. It’s important to make sure that the fermenting carrots are completely submerged under the brine to give it the right anaerobic conditions. Spores, yeast and mold cannot survive in properly fermented foods. Carrots are known for their high vitamin A content and ginger helps to improve digestion and reduce inflammation. When these foods are fermented, their health benefits are boosted by the probiotics created making the vitamins and minerals more absorbable by your body.   Fermented Ginger Carrots INGREDIENTS 4 c thinly sliced or grated carrots 3 tsp sea salt 2 tsp grated fresh ginger METHOD The fermenting time of this recipe is approximately 1 week. Place the carrots and […]

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Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt

2017-09-22T21:10:02+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Aloe, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Well-Being, Yogurt|

Aloe Vera is well known for its topical application, but can you eat Aloe? YES! Most often it’s blended into smoothies and juices, but there’s so much more this medicinal plant can offer. The edible and superfood part of the Aloe Vera plant is the solid gel-like substance, almost like a tapioca and that gave us the idea of making a dessert topping with the Aloe plant.   Strengthens the Immune System Aloe vera gel contains vitamins A, C, E, B-12 and folate.It has an array of essential minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, chromium, sodium, copper, zinc and selenium. It also contains 20 amino acids, including 7 out of the 8 essential ones.   Anti-inflammatory Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory compounds, including salicylic acid, C-glucosyl chromone and an enzyme called bradykinase.  Aloe is also able to reduce the production of acid in the body, which also prevents inflammation.   Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Phytosterols, found in aloe vera gel help to enhance insulin sensitivity, which reduces blood glucose and triglycerides levels.   Note: There are many species of Aloe, they are not all edible and they can be difficult to identify. We don’t recommend that you use your house plant in any recipes. […]

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Avocado Sandwiches – Lunch Ideas

2017-09-15T18:09:17+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Lunch, Sandwich|

  Today we aren’t really sharing a specific recipe, but we are pointing out that eating vegan can be really easy and still healthy. There are days where you want to create gourmet meals and other days where you just want something easy to throw together. Avocado sandwiches, fit the latter. Besides acting as a natural moisturizer, avocados are associated with anti-aging due to xanthophyll, an antioxidant and carotenoid with DNA damage protection. Avocados are also a primary source of vitamin E, which stimulates collagen production and benefits skin elasticity. Despite our diligence in applying sunscreen during the sunny summer months, it is about time to start thinking about repairing our skin and prepping it for the colder, drier season we are about to embark upon.   8 REASONS TO EAT MORE AVOCADOS High in omega-3. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and while they also contain omega-6 fats. Rich in oleic acid. This is another fatty acid:omega-9 that is good for memory and brain activity. Part of the Environmental Working Group or EWG “Clean Fifteen.” Only 1 percent of avocados tested had any pesticide residue, which means you can purchase avocados without fear of pesticide residue on your food. Good […]

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Late Summer Salad – Roasted Beets over Kale Salad

2017-09-08T22:27:43+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Beets, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Roasted|

  This colorful roasted beet kale salad is loaded with nutritious powerhouses, kale, tomatoes and roasted beets. It’s the perfect late summer salad since the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content found in tomatoes, beets and kale can help to repair and promote healthy skin!   BEETS: High in the potent antioxidant betalainin, which gives beets their dark red hue. Research shows that betalainin may reduce the risk for skin cancer. Beets are also high in vitamins A, C, folate and niacin and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. Consuming beets helps to keep skin hydrated, resulting in more youthful looking skin.   TOMATOES: Famous for containing lycopene, this antioxidant helps to reduce skin roughness, prevent sunburns and slow down cellular damage. Tomatoes also contain and abundant amount of vitamins A and C.   KALE: It’s been crowned the “queen of greens” and rightly so because of it’s richness in vitamins. 1 serving of kale contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins C and A, which help to prevent skin diseases and repair the tissue beneath the skin. It also contains the antioxidant kaempferol, which is therapeutic to skin burns. Roasted Beets Over Kale   Roasted beets […]

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

2017-09-01T17:45:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Chocolate, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

I’m not sure about you, but as moms trying to raise healthy kids, we are always looking for recipes that curb that sweet tooth, but remain somewhat healthy too. We’ve made chia puddings before, but for some, the texture of the chia wasn’t appealing. In this recipe, the chia seeds are blended with the avocado and the texture is nice and smooth, and more like a mousse! This Chocolate Avocado Mousse totally hits the spot and is even a hit with our kids. We posted a similar recipe a couple of years ago, but this new version is even better! Once you try it, you might think that it seems too decadent because it tastes amazing! However, it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, anti-oxidants, and fiber. So don’t worry…just enjoy! Oh, and one more thing…it’s really easy to make even on short notice! Chocolate Avocado Mousse   Makes about 2 cups Ingredients: 12 oz plant or nut based of choice (we used organic almond milk) 1/4 cup organic chia seeds 1 small avocado 1/4 cup maple syrup (we used grade B) 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   METHOD Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on […]

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Matcha Mint Smoothie

2017-08-25T21:06:27+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, matcha tea|

We Love This Green Smoothie So Matcha! What do you drink to keep your body fueled and ready to go when your life is full of work, long commutes, staying active. motherhood and everything in between? Our new go to drink is this this Matcha Mint Smoothie. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s contains the superfood Matcha tea. Why is Matcha Green Tea so Good for You? ENERGY BOOST Matcha tea has twice as much caffeine as regular green tea. However, that’s not the only reason that Matcha tea provides energy. There is the naturally occurring amino acid L-theanine, which relieves stress, promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and improves cognition and attention. MOOD & MIND ENHANCER As mentioned above, Matcha contains L-theanine, which helps improve our mood, enhance memory and increase our ability to concentrate. The presence of L-theanine ensures that our mind stays sharp when we need to, and helps us unwind when we don’t. DETOXIFY Matcha tea has an intense green color due to Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier, which helps flush heavy metals and other toxins from the body. STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a […]

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Daily Immunity Boost with this Tropical Cleansing Salad

2017-08-18T17:36:59+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Cleanse, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

Rather than only detoxing 1-2 times a year, we are encouraging you to consider the idea of daily cleansing. Daily cleansing allows your body to deal with the toxic environment we live in and allows your body to take little steps each day to prevent a major illness from creeping up on you later. For this recipe Friday, we’d like to share a simple recipe for those who love to eat raw and clean, but don’t always have the time for to make a complicated clean food masterpiece. Adding detoxing foods, like the ones in this salad, are easy way to promote daily elimination of toxins. CLEAN FOOD BREAKDOWN Spinach Spinach contains high levels of vitamin A, which protects and strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. In addition, spinach is a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that fight infection. Kiwi Loaded with antioxidants and rich in alkalinity, kiwi deepens the cleansing process and gives you energy. It is one of the few foods that contain naturally high amounts of B6, an immune supportive nutrient. Red Grapefruit Packed with bioflavonoids to provide you with an immunity boost, red and […]

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Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps

2017-08-11T22:01:32+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Wrap|

We are always on the lookout for a tasty, lunch that is vegan and high in protein and fiber.  These Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps from shelikesfood.com were perfect and yummy too! They had a slight tart flavor and the avocado helped everything stick together well.  It’s easy to make and the filling can also be used as a sandwich with bread or on rice cakes. It travels well, without getting soggy, and makes a great lunch for a picnic too! Health benefits of chickpeas: Chickpeas, like other legumes, have always been touted for their high fiber content. However, there has been research indicating that fiber from chickpeas had better health benefits than other sources of dietary fiber, including better blood fat regulation, specifically showing lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Chickpeas contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the Daily Value!   Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps We didn’t have jalapeños and we added tomatoes, but we will definitely try this with jalapeños next time! INGREDIENTS 1 large avocado, removed from skin and diced Juice of 1 lime 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons chopped onion, white or red 2 tablespoons chopped […]

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