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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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Swine Flu Vaccine – 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

Please do some research before deciding to get the Swine Flu Vaccine. Here is a great article that explains how the vaccine works as well as what is contained in the vaccine. http://The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed

In order to avoid any disease or illness, it is important to keep your immune system strong! If your immune system is strong, you could argue that you do not need a flu vaccine!!

Here are some simple steps which can be taken to enhance your immune system:

1) Eat a diet that consists mostly of raw, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables
2) Eliminate as many processed foods from your diet as possible
3) Drink a lot of water. A good guideline for the amount of water to ingest is making sure you are never thirsty!
4) Drink at least one green smoothie every day
5) Include a probiotic supplement, organic fermented foods like Sauerkraut or Kombucha tea to maintain a healthy bacteria count in the intestines.
6) Get plenty of exercise (outdoors if possible!)
7) Get plenty of sleep. The more processed foods we eat, the more rest required for the body to re-generate and heal.
8) Eat Organic Sprouted Seeds. Organic Sprouts are rich in antioxidants which helps in proper functioning of your immune system.
9) Socialize! Don’t avoid germs by not being around people. It is important to connect with other people, smile and laugh!
10) Meditate. Prayer, yoga, anything that you find that relaxes your body and clears your mind of worry.

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My Top Ten Foods while Breastfeeding

My Top Ten Food and Drink While Breastfeeding
This is my Top Ten Foods while Breastfeeding. These foods are in no specific order, however I would consider number 1 and number 10 the most important for good breastfeeding nutrition! To provide your baby with proper nutrition through breastfeeding you need to be thoroughly hydrated. And a good breastfeeding diet should consist mostly of fresh, organic, raw fruits and vegetables in a wide variety of colors.

1) Tons of water (never let yourself get thirsty)
2) Green Smoothie (Frozen Banana, Spinach or Kale, Celery, Sprouts, ice, water)
3) Organic, Raw Nuts and Sprouted Dehydrated Seeds (Sunflower and Hemp)
4) Sprouted and Dehydrated Buckwheat Groats
5) Lemonade sweetened with Stevia
6) Carrot and Celery sticks with Guacamole
7) Papaya
8) Leafy Green Salad sprinkled with nutritional yeast and olive oil
9) Cooked Grains (Brown Rice and Quinoa)
10) A wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables in an array of colors

And Frozen Banana ice cream with a raw granola never hurt anybody….

Frozen Banana Ice Cream with Raw Granola

Frozen Banana Ice Cream with Raw Granola

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Breastfeeding Diet – Your nutrition is important!


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I have spent much time online trying to find the ideal breastfeeding diet and have come up empty. So I decided to document what I eat both to help other breastfeeding moms with some ideas as well as obtain feedback from any experts out there who know more about nutrition than I do! Here are some guidelines that I follow in general:

1) Plenty of fruit and vegetables
2) A whole food prenatal vitamin (I take “Super Nutrition” Simply One Prenatal)
3) Drink enough fluids so that I am never thirsty
4) Avoid caffeine and alcohol

So here is my typical day. I didn’t break it down in the typical Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner because I graze all day:
Upon waking (in this order)
Tall Glass of Lemon Water (with stevia)
Fruit (usually some papaya)
Bowl of Raw Granola (Sprouted and Dehydrated Buckwheat Groats and Sunflower Seeds, almonds, walnuts, and whatever else I crushed up and threw in that batch)
About 2 hours later
Big green smoothie – frozen bananas, leafy greens (I mix this up but a combo of spinach, kale, celery, sprouts, or any leafy green), chia seed gel, stevia. Those are the standard, but sometimes I will add raw carob, dates, blueberries, or some spices)
About an hour later if I am hungry
Fruit (usually an apple or some mango) and/or some dehydrated buckwheat groats
Around Lunch Time
A Salad (I usually have some sort of chopped salad prepared; if not, a greens with carrots, celery, asparagus, tomatoes and nutritional yeast)
About 3 hours later
Another Green Smoothie or Sprouted Buckwheat with a little granola depending on my mood
Around dinner time
Something more substantial like a nori or flax wrap sandwich full of sprouts and veggies or a raw burger.
I have recently started to eat cooked grains like quinoa, brown rice, and kasha. I season them with Himalayan Sea Salt.
Dessert
I know you should eat your fruit before anything else, but I like to finish off my dinner with a sweet treat like frozen banana ice cream. If you look at one of my earlier blog posts you will see that I have a recipe for this with carob powder…YUM! Sometimes I will sprinkle granola over it with some raw agave nectar for a heavenly treat!
Snacks
YES! I eat all day so sometimes I am snacking on Raw Brazil Nuts, Frozen Grapes, a dehydrated bar that I might have made, carrot and celery sticks dipped in guacamole.

So that is pretty much it! Here is a video to show a raw food dinner that I made for Neil and I. These are during weeks when I am really ambitious and have prepared some gourmet treats for the week.

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Traveling While Eating Raw – 5 tips for success!

If you want to cut to the chase and get the 5 tips, scroll down : ) But here is our story:

Neil, Roku and I have been on 2 trips since eating 100% raw. One trip was on the road for a weekend in Sarasota. The other was flying to NY for a week long trip to the Jersey Shore. We tried to be as prepared as possible with a plan and plenty of raw food snacks so that we could stick with our nutritional goals. The road trip was pretty easy. We were staying at our family beach house, so I knew we would have a refrigerator. We also easily packed the vitamix since we were traveling in the car. I made a big batch of granola, some raw burgers, flax wraps and 2 huge chopped salads. I put the salads in large baggies for easy travel. I did one beet salad and a ‘rainbow’ salad from Rene Oswald’s “Transitioning to Living Cuisine” Recipe Book. I just packed the dressings separately so that the salad did not get soggy. Sarasota was also an easy trip for us to stick with our 100% raw plan because they had both a Whole Foods AND a Raw Food Restaurant. We bought plenty of organic fruits and veggies to snack on at Whole Foods. At Ione’s (the Raw Food Restaurant), we picked up a Raw Pizza, Raw Burger, Raw Snack Crackers, and an amazing chocolate mousse pie. Between all of these treats and the items that we brought with us, we had such great variety. My sister met us in Sarasota and she pretty much adhered to our same meal plan which made it easier (we shared our goodies with her of course!). She understands this lifestyle and has dabbled with raw foods herself so she was 100% supportive.

Now our trip to the Jersey Shore was much different. We would be traveling by plane, but that did not stop us from packing goodies and our vitamix! I just made sure to bring non-perishable items. I have attached a video below showing you how we packed these items. We brought a huge bag of granola, raw crackers, carob cookies, nori snacks, salad toppers, and some dehydrated raw snack bars. I also brought along a container of Himalayan Sea Salt, Stevia, and I put Raw Agave Nectar in a travel size shampoo bottle. When we got to the shore, we picked up some produce. Not a ton of organic stuff though so we looked up the closest Whole Foods. It was about a 30 minute drive, so we made a road trip up there with Roku (he loves Whole Foods! must be all of the colors). But even with all of the preparation and variety of snacks, it was still difficult to be 100% raw. Particularly for Neil….we were with his family (there were about 8 of us in a cute little house on the beach) and there are a lot of nostalgia in eating cooked food with them. He chose to have a few cooked items with them at dinner and felt really good about it. I ended up cooking some Kasha (roasted buckwheat) for dinner to share with everyone. The cooked grains tasted really good to me. This was the only cooked item that I had, and I decided that I would continue to incorporate some cooked grains into my diet for now. So, from our experiences, here my top 5 tips for eating raw while on the road:
5 Tips For Success!
1) Prepare snacks for your travel days. Small baggies of nuts, fruit, raw dehydrated bars, carrot sticks, are all good choices to stash in your carry on and/or glove compartment.
2) Bring your vitamix! I know it is a pain; we actually paid to bring the extra bag on the plane, but so worth it. We had at least 2 green smoothies per day
3) Bring condiments if you use them: Himalayan Sea Salt, Stevia, and make a salad topper (nutritional yeast, buckwheat groats, nori granules) so that if you have a salad on the road you can sprinkle this on top with a squeeze of lemon and olive oil
4) Check online for raw food restaurants and places to buy organic produce BEFORE your trip. Right down the address and phone number.
5) If you like granola, bring as a big a bag of it as you can manage. This might just be a ‘personal thing’ but I found that being on vacation I wanted to munch more. I bulked up my granola up with dehydrated buckwheat groats so it would not have such a high fat content.

HAPPY TRAVELS!!!

The food we packed for the plane. Neil does not show the vitamix, but it is in the bag too!!

Food that we got at the Raw Food Restaurant called Ione in Sarasota. You HAVE to see this beautiful food!!

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Sweet Sunday! Raw ‘Chocolate Milk’

Today I had an odd craving for milk. I have only made raw nut milk a couple of times to pour over my granola, but this time I wanted something a little different…Chocolate milk! I did not have all of the ingredients, so I just kind of made this up. It turned out so delectable and sweet! since I was just using what I had in the pantry, it ended up being an almond and cashew milk combo. I usually use about 3 dates, but I only had one. So I used some raw agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit. Definitely a special weekend treat (in addition to our special chai smoothie which I will share with you later). And Neil and I deserved it after the ‘scare’ we had with Dylan this morning. We went to a new church and put Roku in their daycare. We knew he would not last the whole service and, sure enough, in an hour we were called back to the nursery (via a number that flashes on a screen in front of the church). We thought it was the typical ‘I’m ready to sleep’ cry, but he had actually had an accident! He was sitting up (which he is not very good at yet) and fell over onto a leggo! Poor baby has a big bump on his head. He doesn’t seem to notice it though. I just iced it a bit and it seems to be going down. This is his first bump and I am sure there will be MANY MANY more. I had to take a photo to document this first (below). Anyway, you have GOT to try this recipe! Here it is:

Raw ‘Chocolate Milk’
1 cup almonds (soaked and dehydrated)
1/4 cup cashews
1 Date
2 tablespoons raw carob powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
3 cups water
5 ice cubes (I like it COLD)
Blend in vitamix just as you would a smoothie!
You can strain the milk in a nut bag or sieve, however I just drank it ‘as is’.

Raw "Chocolate Milk" Made with Raw Carob Powder

Baby Roku's first bump

Roku's first bump

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