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Hemp Seed Bars

This recipe was inspired by a friend whose daughter can’t eat nuts. She, however, loves raw foods and sweets! It is a great snack for those with nut allergies and is also packed with omegas, folate, magnesium and Iron! Baby Roku cannot get enough of them (although that does not surprise me since he will eat just about ANYTHING!). It is one of his favorite travel snacks. This recipe is so easy, so give it a try!!

1 cup Hemp Seeds (raw)
1 cup Sunflower Seeds (raw, soaked, preferably sprouted)
Small Handful Pumpkin Seeds (raw)
10 dried apricots
6 Dates
Splash Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Blend seeds in food processor, then add fruit, spices and lemon juice. Spread into 8×8 pan and refrigerate for 2 hours. Slice into bars. YUMMY!!

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Pina Colada Chai Green Smoothie

If you know me, then you know that the green smoothie is the holy grail of my raw food daily eating! But today, I thought I would mix up my green smoothie ingredients a bit. I had been feeling really dehydrated after my smoothies lately. This is a sign that I needed to switch up my greens because all greens have alkaloids that can be slightly toxic if you eat the same ones day-after-day. So, instead of the typical spinach, I used beet greens. I bought 6 beets for a recipe I am going to make this week so I used the green tops. Another unique ingredient I added this time was coconut meat. I was at my friend Rene’s house yesterday where her husband cracked open a coconut from their backyard to use the water. He let me take home the coconut meat so I decided to throw that in there too. I looked in the fridge and noticed my husband had cut up some pineapple last night. Hmmm…I am thinking pina colada! I added some spices to give it a chai flavor. And, wah-lah, the pina colada chai green smoothie was born!

Pina Colada Chai Green Smoothie
6 beet tops
Handful Pea Sprouts
2 Tbs Chia Seed Gel
2 Tbs Probiotic Powder
2 Frozen Bananas
5 Pineapple chunks
2 cups water
5 ice cubes
Meat from one coconut
Dash of the Following:
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamon, Cloves, Ginger, Stevia

Pina Colada Chai Green Smoothie

Pina Colada Chai Green Smoothie

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Sprout-o-licious Green Smoothie with Pea Sprouts

I made a wonderful green smoothie this morning with a bunch of fresh sprouts and just had to share the recipe. This made 2 servings:

Sprout-o-licious Green Smoothie
1 3/4 frozen banana
3 oz Baby Spinach (about 2 handfuls)
2 handfuls Pea Sprouts
5 small pineapple chunks
2 Tablespoons Chia Seed Gel
1 3/4 c water
2 tsp Probiotic Powder (I just started taking Nature’s Way Super Probiotic)
Dash Stevia (to taste – depends on ripeness of bananas for me)
5 ice cubes

Blend in Vitamix! Check out my previous post on chia seeds on how to make Chia Gel.

Sprout-o-licious green smoothie made with pea sprouts

Sprout-o-licious green smoothie made with pea sprouts

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Raw Food Dessert – Blueberry Chia Cooler

This is one of my new favorites! And it is so easy to make. Just blend the ingredients below in your vitamix or blender!

BLUEBERRY CHIA COOLER
1 cup frozen blueberries (you can use fresh blueberries; just add a couple of extra ice cubes)
1/4 banana
1/4 cup chia seed gel (instructions below)
About 4 ice cubes
Stevia to taste (or no sweetener is your blueberries and bananas are sweet!)

Power up the vitamix and pour into your favorite chilled glass!

Why Chia Seed?? They are high in Omega 3 and Omega 6, calcium and protein! They are also super hydrating which is perfect for a hot summer day. You buy the chia seeds and then make the gel because chia seeds alone absorb water. If eaten alone they can absorb water from your intestinal tract which can cause dehydration (defeating the purpose of this hydrating drink!)

How to make Chia Seed Gel
I learned this from my friend, Rene Oswald. She has a great book called “Transitioning to Living Cuisine” which gives you the instructions on making this ‘oh so healthy’ concoction!
1/4 cup chia seed
2 cups water
Put 2 cups water in container. SLOWLY pour Chia Seed into water while whisking. Let sit for 4 min and whisk again. Let sit for 10 minutes and then refrigerate!

Blueberry Chia Cooler

Blueberry Chia Cooler

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