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Recipe Friday – DIY Noodle Jars

February 24th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, noodles|

We don’t have to convince any of you what a great lunch instant noodle cups are despite the lack of nutrition. Today we made a healthier version that was really easy! The idea is so close to the instant noodle cups that you are used to eating, but instead of freeze dried vegetables and flavor packets that are high in sodium and contain MSG, these noodle cups contain fresh veggies and a healthier soup base. Basically, you combine noodles, a bit of vegetable base, some raw sliced veggies, and a few seasonings inside a mason jar. Then you store them in the refrigerator, then when you’re ready to eat, pour hot water over the top and lunch is served.   DIY NOODLE JARS INGREDIENTS Vegetables of choice: We used Bok Choy Mui, carrots, mushrooms, sweet peas and green onion. Thoroughly clean the vegetables and trim if needed to fit the smaller mason jars. Choice of noodles: rice vermicelli was used. However, quinoa noodles, zucchini noodles, brown rice noodle will also work. Tofu – small cubed Vegetable Soup Base: Better Than Boullion Seasoned Vegetable Base – 1 teaspoon   METHOD 1 pint mason jars are ideal it gives you just the right serving. However if you […]

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Recipe Friday – Cacao Hot Chocolate

February 17th, 2017|dates, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Gluten Free, Hot cacao|

Just when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate and cocoa powder originate. It can be bitter if eaten plain, but brewed into almond milk and sweetened with date paste or Bee Free Honee, the cacao transforms into a dark chocolate drink that is also a superfood with immune boosting properties! Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium and iron and contains coumarin, an appetite suppressing, blood thinning, and anti-tumor compound. It contains chromium help regulate blood sugar and detoxify the liver. It also contains phenethylamine and anandamide, which helps to support mental well-being and enhance our mood. With an abundance of calcium, potassium, sulfur, zinc and copper, this is a nutrient-dense superfood for sure! Cacao Hot Chocolate   INGREDIENTS 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice) 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 3 teaspoons date paste* or honey (use Bee Free Honee to make it vegan) In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Divide evenly between […]

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Recipe Friday – Winter Citrus Salad

February 10th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Oranges|

One of our recent posts featured a Winter Salad that was so delicious that it inspired us to make a different version to highlight citrus fruits even more. It’s been raining quite a bit here in So Cal, which is great to get us out of the drought, but it’s been a bit gloomier than we’re used to. This salad and it’s bright colors are so gorgeous and uplifting that we feel it just might put an end to any winter blues from the dreary weather. Citrus is in the height of its season right now and you can find such sweet tasting varieties of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and pomelos. The idea is to use any combination of any citrus fruit and adding the honey helps to bring out the tartness of the citrus. To make this salad Vegan, we used Bee Free Honee for the dressing. It’s so delicious and made from Apples!       Winter Citrus Salad Ingredients 1 grapefruit 1 blood orange 1 clementine Slivered raw almonds Drizzled Bee Free Honee A sprinkle of salt 1/3 diced avocado Method Peel all the fruits and remove as much of the pith as possible with a sharp paring knife. The easiest way to do this […]

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Recipe Friday – Skin Glow Salad for Valentine’s Day

February 3rd, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Valentine's|

We are always looking for ways to slow down premature aging of our skin! The benefits of healing foods are real and when consumed on a daily basis, the results are amazing. This salad combines a variety of whole foods that are tasty and will help to make your skin glow. Plus, the vibrant red and purple color makes this salad a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. The foods that you eat everyday can either help to maintain healthy skin or work to destroy it. We are choosing to eat healthy foods that promote radiant skin by proving essential nutrients. Red cabbage is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that is not only great for your health, but adds flavor, crunch and color to dishes. The nutritional benefits of cabbage are almost to many to list, but we will name some of the most important ones below. Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage Red cabbage contain essential nutrients including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and potassium, as well as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and the B vitamins. It contains a number of antioxidants such as anthocyanins and indoles, which help to prevent diseases, aging, and cancer. Red cabbage has a high concentration of minerals, which helps with bone growth and density and preventing osteoporosis. […]

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Recipe Friday – Velvet Green Smoothie with Beets

January 28th, 2017|Beets, Cacao Powder, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

While growing up, my mom always told me that eating beets would make my cheeks rosy. I would eat a bunch of beets and my mom would remark how rosy my cheeks looked! I would then run to the mirror, only to find that my cheeks looked pretty much the same to me, but I always pretended to believe it. Overall, it didn’t matter because I really liked beets anyway. Fast forward many years later…and I learned that my mom wasn’t too far off from beets giving me rosy cheeks either! Beets have so many benefits! They purifying the blood, cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to areas of your body that need it. Tada! They possibly could help to make rosier cheeks! In addition to all of that, they help to boost your energy, replenish iron, are rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight cancer and reduce inflammation and contain betaine and trytophan, which helps fight depression and relaxes that mind. Today’s smoothie not only features beets, but it also has a hint of chocolate as is found in red velvet cake. We got the recipe from rootandrevel.com and it was so […]

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Recipe Friday – Winter Salad

January 20th, 2017|Cara Cara, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Oranges, Pomegranate, Winter|

Winter in California means Citrus! Oranges and grapefruits are everywhere and there are so many varieties to try. Oranges may seem like a boring and all too familiar fruit. However, this super-fruit should not be overlooked! This week we bought some gorgeous blood red oranges that we wanted to incorporate into one of our recipes.  Our goal this January is to reset our bodies and eat a plant based diet. Our recipe contributor, Katelyn, found this winter salad recipe from pinchofyum.com that is packed with anti-oxidants and was easy to Veganize. We were so happy with the result! The tofu was a perfect substitute for the chicken and the mint really balanced out the tanginess of the oranges. Not only is this salad healthy and delicious, it is also a beautiful! Health Benefits of Oranges: Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C & A, Folate, and Potassium. They help to alkalize the body and stimulate the digestive system, thereby helping to relieve constipation. The high levels of Vitamin C is well know to help to boost the immune system, but oranges also contain polyphenols, a type of anti-oxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and combat viruses and other bacteria. Oranges also help to fight cancer, […]

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Recipe Friday – Wellness Shots

January 13th, 2017|ACV, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Horseradish, Parsley, Turmeric, Well-Being|

We are obsessed with wellness shots! The potent blend of healthy ingredients in a little shot glass gives a little boost to our body and feels amazing. After a couple of stressful and busy months, January is the month that we like to reset our bodies. Today we’d like to share our 4 favorite health-boosting shots that have become part of our wellness arsenal.     Wellness Shots Fire Shot: This one is great to boost your immunity or as a remedy for cold and flu. **Warning: you will be smelling like garlic for awhile!   Ingredients: Half a lemon Tbs of honey 1/4 inch jalapeno 1/4 inch horseradish 1 garlic clove 3/4 cups water Method: Combine ingredients and blend. Take 2-3 oz shot. Store the remaining in the refrigerator.   Health benefits of horseradish: Horseradish improves the immune system, gives relief from congestion during cold or allergy, lowers blood pressure, aids in weight loss, stimulates healthy digestion, and promotes a healthy heart.   Health benefits of garlic: 3 cloves of garlic has the same antibacterial activity as a standard dose of penicillin. It helps to relieve ear infections, ward off coughs and colds, relieve sore throats, remedy tonsillitis and alleviate respiratory […]

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Recipe Friday – Orange Buddha Bowl

December 16th, 2016|Buddha Bowl, Carrots, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Tomato|

  One of the easiest and yummiest things to eat is a Buddha Bowl. These bowls are enjoyed with gratitude and packed with pure and simple foods forming a round mound that is reminiscent of a Buddha’s belly. For this Recipe Friday, we created an Orange-colored Buddha Bowl. Orange is one of the happiest colors and we were feeling a bit gloomy with the grey weather and some sick kids in the house. So a happy orange bowl seemed like the perfect way to lift our spirits and boost our immune systems too!   Health Benefits of Orange Vegetables: Eating red and orange vegetables regularly will help you reduce your risk of chronic disease. These bright-colored vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones. The benefits include aiding in eye health, reducing the risk of prostate cancer, lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, promoting collagen formation, fighting harmful free radicals in the body, encouraging pH balance of the body and boosting the immune system.     Orange Buddha Bowl SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 orange bell pepper 2 carrots 1/2 cup orange tomatoes 3/4 cup […]

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Vegan Ramen

December 9th, 2016|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

After completing our first vegan reset, we are inspired to keep our vegan lifestyle going. Today we’d like to share a Vegan Ramen recipe that we found at minimalistbaker.com, which is delicious and warming during these colder months. It is a great, healthy alternative to the pre-packaged ramen soup bases and you can change it up with the veggies that you have on hand. Plus, it seems that everywhere we go, we hear coughing and sniffles and what better way to ward off a (possible) oncoming cold than with rest and a big bowl of steaming hot soup! VEGAN RAMEN INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp grape seed oil 5 cloves garlic roughly chopped 1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and diced 1 medium yellow onion coarsely chopped 6 cups vegetable stock 2 Tbsp coconut aminos, plus more to taste 0.5 ounces dehydrated shiitake mushrooms 1 Tbsp white or yellow miso paste (ensure vegan friendliness on package) 1 tsp sesame oil (for flavor), plus more to taste 8 ounces (227 g) ramen noodles* (ensure vegan friendliness on package) TOPPINGS optional 1/2 cup chopped green onion, for garnish 10 ounces extra firm tofu, flash “fried”* Miso-glazed carrots 1 cup carrots into 1/4-inch thick pieces on an angle Miso-glazed baby bok choy Chili […]

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