Posts tagged Raw Food

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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Brainy Ball Snack

Looking to incorporate more Omega’s into you and your child’s diet? Give this recipe a try! It contains walnuts and flax, both considered to be “brain food” because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. For your child’s (and your) brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats found in walnuts and flax seed. This is because the membranes of all our cells, including our brain cells or neurons, are primarily composed of fats. Cell membranes are the gatekeepers of the cell. Anything that wants to get into or out of a cell must pass through the cell’s outer membrane. And omega-3 fats, which are especially fluid and flexible, make this process a whole lot easier, thus maximizing the cell’s ability to usher in nutrients while eliminating wastes–definitely a good idea, especially when the cell in question is in your brain.

I whipped the recipe below morning and Roku loves it! The only down side that it is a little greasy and crumbles, so I just pop the balls into his mouth by hand. Let me know what you think!

Brainy Ball Snack

2 c. walnuts
1/4c. ground flax seed
5 dates, soaked and pitted

Grind/mix all ingredients in food processor. Add more dry ingredients if too wet to roll in balls. Roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy! I refrigerate them, but you can dehydrate them on a low setting if you like.

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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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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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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.
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!
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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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!

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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Delicious Summer Drink – Cantaloupe Chiller

Dylan and I had a wonderful day yesterday. We went to baby yoga at Amazing Births in Boca Raton. My friend Debra invited us to go with her son Thaddeus who is the same age as Dylan. We met up with her friend Andrea with her daughter Noa. After yoga, we had a raw food picnic in Sugar Sand Park. I will share more about our day in an upcoming post. On to the Cantaloupe Chiller….

It was a hot day at the park, so when I got home I needed something to help me cool off. I opened the fridge to see a half eaten cantaloupe on the shelf so I decided to try putting it in the vitamix with some ice cubes. YUMMY!! It blended in to the most fantastic, creamy fruity drink! What a great way to cool down after a beautiful day with friends.

Cantaloupe Chiller
1/2 Cantaloupe
5 ice cubes
Blend until smooth

cantaloupe chiller

Canataloupe Chiller

Canataloupe Chiller

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