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Chia bread wrap with pesto tepannade

I LOVE CHIA! I consider it a staple in my diet. It's super nourishing, high in protein and omegas, and is slow to digest so you feel full longer then other seeds or grains. Its also my secret weapon in gluten free cooking, because of it's gelatinous nature it binds, unlike most gluten free flour options.

The bread was made by grinding up Chia and Milk Thistle, then blend with veggies and herbs. Simple, clean, healthy ingredients! I'm really inspired by Milk Thistle because of its major health benefits for the liver, and its flavor is like if a flax seed and a chia seed had a baby.

 

So Lets get into it.....

 

I used our handy dandy Nutribullet to grind up some Milk Thistle. If you don't have a Nutribullet at your disposal a coffee grinder or blender should do the trick.

If you have a spiffy food processor, use the grater attachment to quickly shred up your juicy zucchinis and onion, If not go old fashioned, use a grater, some elbow grease and go to work. 

I wanted the bread to have some creaminess so i added some macadamia nuts, because their luscious but not too soft, because i wanted the bread to stay sturdy. 

Throw in all the remaining bread ingredients into the processor, or whatever your using to blend. If you opt for a blender be sure to use the pulse so it doesn't get overly blended, you may have to mix the contents and scrape the sides to get even blending.

I love using cumin seeds instead of powder in certain recipes, you know mix things up, keep it interesting ; )  It also offers a more aromatic flavor because it hasn't been pre ground and dried out.

Blend that tasty goodness up! Make sure it still has a little texture for a pleasant mouth feel. 

I poured the mixture onto a silpat (one of my FAVORITE kitchen tools, takes baking to the next level), I placed it in the oven at the lowest setting, flipped it, which takes a little maneuvering, how i handled it was by placing another silpat onto of the dried side. flipped the pan onto the countertop, carefully pealed back the undried side, put the bread back on the pan, and returned it to the oven for another hour.

If i had access to a dehydrator i would've spread it over 2 trays and placed it in the dehydrator at 115 for 2-3 hours, then flipped it and repeated until dry but still flexible

While your bread is working, lets get the pesto tapenade together. Honestly i just couldn't decide between a pesto spread or a  tapenade, so i made this glorious hybrid, and life will never be the same.

It's literally as simple as throwing in all the ingredients blend and drizzle in the olive oil whilst blending to get your desired texture. I wanted mine to stay a little chunky, but I'm sure a smooth version would also be lovely.

Oh boy look at this baby right here! I don't know about you but seeing a beautiful avocado like this does something to me. Anyway....

I have to give this one warning, while this bread was in the oven, it was so fragrant, it seemed like the whole office was pulled into the kitchen by its magical aroma. So keep an eye on that bread, lest some curious mouths sneak in when you not looking....

This recipe does better as a wrap, but i just couldn't help myself, it was so deliciously tantalizing, i made myself a little open faced sandwich goodie....oh man i don't regret it for one moment

 

But seriously take the time to try it as a wrap

Everyone seemed very happy with the end results : )

And finally the true test... Kipp Stroden, our CEO, who also has an incredible pallet and is himself an incredible chef

He got real serious, real quick, so freakin good!

 

OK enough teasing, lets talk details, you want the recipe already? Well here you go!

 

Chia Bread

4 Zucchinis

1 Small yellow onion

2 Small Roma Tomatoes (chopped)

1 C Chia Seeds (ground)

1/2 C Macadamia Nuts

4 T Milk Thistle (ground)

Oregano & Cumin seed to taste (both of these have such pungent flavor a little goes a long way)

Himalayan sea salt & pepper to taste

 

Pesto Tepanade

2 C Chopped Kale

1 C packed Basil

1 C Pitted Black Botija Olives

1/4 C Hemp Seeds

2 T Pine Nuts

Olive oil to desired consistency

 

FIlling

1 Large Ripe Avocado

2 Ripe Tomatoes 

 

 

 

 

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Raw Pad Tai with Carrot Ribbon Noodles

Want that savory, spicy Pad Thai experience, but could do without the gluten, sugar, and who-knows-what-else you get from restaurant Thai food? Here's a RAW option using just fresh RAW veggies and our gourmet Raw Wild Jungle Peanuts!

These wild heirloom peanuts have grown in the Amazon for thousands of years. They're an incredible source of protien and heart-healthy oleic Acid, as well as all 8 essential amino acids, resveratrol, coQ10, vitamin E, niacin and essential minerals.

Plus, they're naturally free of the aflatoxins present in most conventional peanuts which are often the cause of negative reactions and allergies to peanuts.

Directions

    • - Soak coconut shreds in water for 2-3 Hours
    • - Shred carrots into ribbons using a veggie peeler, and soak in water until tender
    • - Combine soaked coconut shreds and all sauce ingredients into your food processor and blend until you get a creamy - texture with occasional peanut crunches
    • - Drain carrot "noodles" and toss with enough sauce to coat
    • - Add additional veggies and herbs  - toss
    • - Serve and garnish with roughly chopped Raw Wild Jungle Peanuts
    • - Enjoy!

Ingredients

Carrot Ribbon Pasta

  • 8-10 Carrots (enough to make 5-6 packed cups)

Raw Creamy Thai Sauce

  • 1/4 C coconut shreds
  • 1/2 C Raw Almond Butter 
  • 1/8 C  Raw Wild Jungle Peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp Yacon Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 tsp pressed ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (or more, if you like spicy)
  • and/or 1/2 tsp Jalapeño (if you want some heat)
  • 3 Tbsp minced green onion
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1/4 c water
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

Additional Bowl Components: 

  • 1/2 c packed chopped spinach
  • 1/2 C bean sprouts
  • 1/2 C chopped Thai basil
  • 1/4 C minced cilantro
  • 1/4 c minced chive or green onion
  • 2 T minced mint
  • 3 T coursely chopped Raw Wild Jungle Peanuts

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Raw Pumpkin Parfait

Raw Pumpkin? Yes!

It's that time of year! Crispy leaves, sweaters...and yummmm pumpkin goodies!

Not only is pumpkin delicious, it's an anti-inflammatory veggie and a great source of fiber. In one cup of raw pumpkin puree, you get 3g of fiber and only 49 calories. This makes it filling but low in calories. That same cup gives you over 200% of your daily intake of vitamin A (the carotenoid antioxidant that protects and enhances your eyes).

On top of all this they have vitamin C, Magnesium zinc, and more potassium per serving then a banana!

This recipe makes a delicious holiday parfait that's great as a festive dessert or a seasonal breakfast treat. We spiced up the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and pumpkin by adding the superfood nutrition of goji berries and mulberries. 

*Make sure you get a sugar pumpkin, this is generally what is used in cooking and offers the best flavor for culinary use. You'll want to cut your Pumpkin length wise into 4 wedges, scoop out the seeds, then using a veggie peeler or knife trim off the skin. Cut off the flesh directly under the stem, this flesh will be tuff. Once you have cleaned your pumpkin, cut into cubes.

Pumpkin Purée

  • 1/2 medium pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (you need to use a sugar pumpkin for this)
  • 1/4 c mulberries
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
1.Place pumpkin, cinnamon  and coconut nectar in food   processor or high-speed blender. Pulse until puréed, adding water as needed. You will have to scrape down the sides of the food processor while processing.          

Ginger Whipped  “Cream”

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Nectar

 1. Place cashews, hemp seeds and water in high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. 

  2. Add melted coconut oil, fresh ginger and coconut nectar. Process until well blended.

  3. Transfer to container and chill until set


Goji Cranberry Layer

  1.Soak 1/4c of Goji berries in water over night or until soft and swollen with water, drain

  2. Place soaked Goji Berries, thawed cranberries and coconut nectar into a food processor         until it becomes a puree. it's up to you if you want chunky or smooth.

 

Pecan Layer

     1. place both in a food processor and pulse until chopped

 

Assembly

  •  In a glass begin layering with pacans, then some pumpkin puree, a cranberry layer then a layer of you ginger whipped "cream".  Repeat this pattern until your glass is filled with delicious autumnal flavor

 

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Cream Filled Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are Paleo, Gluten free and Vegan Friendly. Delicious and Nutritious!

What more do you need?

Ingredients

 

Cream Filling 

 

Chocolate Frosting

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grind the chia seeds into a meal in a blender or spice grinder
  3. Combine Chia and water.Mix with a fork or whisk so there are no lumps, let sit for 10 min or until it takes on raw egg texture
  4. Combine the coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the chia eggs, coconut oil, lemon juice and sweetener,
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine.
  7. Line a muffin tin with 7 cupcake liners
  8. Fill cupcake liners evenly with the batter and bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  9. Allow to cool before filling with cream and topping with the icing.
  10. Once cool, cut a small whole in the middle of each cupcake, reserving the lid/top of the hole that was cut out.
  11. Fill with cream (directions below) and place the lid/top back on the cupcake to cover the hole.
  12. Pipe chocolate frosting (directions below) onto each cupcake and serve.

     

      For the cream filling

  • Rinse 1/4 cup Irish Moss, then pour water over cover with 2 additional inches (let soak 4hours)
  • Soak the coconut shreds and hemp seeds in the water for 2 hours,
  • Blend until smooth in your blender
  • Remove your soaked Irish moss from the water (it should've expanded 3x) and add with your vanilla and coconut nectar.
  • Blend until totally smooth with no lumps.
  • Pipe the cream into the hole cut out of the cupcake.

      For the chocolate frosting

  • Place the meat of the avocados in a mixer and mix until completely smooth.
  • Add the cocoa powder and sweetener and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the coconut oil and mix to combine

 

 

 

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A High-Fat Food ... that HELPS with Weight Loss??

We've always known nuts were healthy — despite what mainstream nutritionists say about foods with a high fat content. (What's not to love? Amazing antioxidants, high-quality protein, heart-healthy fats...) 

But new research is showing that nuts actually have fewer "real" calories then what you see on standard Nutrition Facts panels. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that almonds have 20% fewer "real" calories than originally thought!

This is because of the way we measure nutritional content: in a lab.
Our current nutrition facts paradigm is based on a formula called the "Atwater system," which measures the energy in a food — essentially by burning it — and then estimates how much of that food is indigestible in the human body.
Well, it looks like the estimates were off...by about twenty percent!

It turns out that the cell membranes in Almonds (and possibly other nuts and whole plant foods) have a rigid structure that keeps a certain amount of fat from being absorbed in the digestive tract.

Similar research has now shown that Pistachios also have fewer calories than we thought — about  5% less.
Calories aside, another study at Purdue University discovered something even more remarkable. Snacking on almonds curbed participants' appetites...without contributing to any weight gain! This is compared to "low-fat" snacks — mainly carbohydrate — which actually made participants crave more food!
A potential reason almonds deliver such satiation is their special combination of protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat — all slow-digesting nutrients that trigger feelings of fullness better than carbohydrates alone. 
This is the end of the old-school wisdom that "Calories are Calories, no matter where you get them." So next time you're feeling hungry, reach for some nuts!
Might we suggest some of our RAW, Organic nuts?
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Sources:

  • http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/06/28/ajcn.112.035782.full.pdf
  • http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Study-Almonds-may-have-20-fewer-calories-than-previously-thought  
  • http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20131024/ARTICLE/131029940#sthash.vu8dijut.dpuf
  • http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejcn2013184a.html

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Blueberry Omega Antioxident Smoothie

Get your Antioxidants and Omegas all in one cup!

Ingredients:

  • — 2T    Hemp Seeds
  • — 1T    Flax Seeds
  • — 2T    Chia Seeds
  • — 1/2 cup Frozen Organic Blueberries
  • — 1T     Acai Powder
  • — 1/2 cup Chopped Pineapple
  • — 1cup     Water

Instructions:

  • — Blend your hemp, flax & chia seeds with 1/4 cup of water until smooth and creamy. (This is a great way to make super fresh, nutrient-dense creamy drinks without any preservatives or additives typically found in store-bought Milk alternatives). 
  • — Add in your fruits and powders and the remaining water and blend
  • — Sprinkle on some hemp seeds (or cacao nibs) for a fun & tasty presentation!
  • — ENJOY!

Did You Know...?

 —Hemp and Chia are super nutrient-dense foods, loaded with Essential Omega-3 fatty acids, plus plenty of protein and fiber!

—Both Blueberries and Acai are great sources of important purple antioxidants. Acai also has Essential Omegas, plus plant sterols, fiber, and protein.

—Pineapple is a great source of manganese (which aids in energy production and antioxidant defenses) and Bromelain (an anti-Inflammatory phytonutrient which is also beneficial to digestion).

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Maca Morning Shake

Trying to ditch your coffee habit?

We've got just what you need...Maca!

Maca is also known as "Peruvian ginseng" because of its adaptogenic qualities and traditional use to support hormone balance, increase libido and energy.


Not only does Maca boast awesome energizing powers, it also has delicious creamy notes of carmel and a malty sweetness.

Add to hot tea for an energizing elixir, Blend into a smoothie, bake into your muffins or add to your raw treats for an adaptogenic boost!

Want an easy way to add Maca to your life?Try this delicious morning shake recipe!  

This simple recipe has a luxurious creamy texture, notes of warm carmel, chocolate,  enhanced by an invigorating hint of cinnamon.

I love the delightful crunch of cacao nibs at the end - They make this shake taste like malty chocolate chip cookie dough.

 

 

 

Energizing Maca Morning Shake

2 T Hemp Seeds

2 T Chia Seeds

1/4 C Cashews

1 T Chocolate Drink Mix

1 T Maca

1 T cacao nibs

1/2 t Cinnamon

1 C Almond milk

add either ice or a frozen banana

add Coconut nectar for sweetness (your preference)

Blend and enjoy!

 

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Homemade Dehydrator

Ever want to make your own raw crackers or kale chips...

...but don’t have a dehydrator? 

The ever-wacky Alton Brown from the Food Network came up with a cool tutorial on how to build your own "dehydrator."

His device doesn't use ANY heat AT ALL, just the ambient air temperature.

We're not quite sure if this would work in moist climates...

Take a look at the video and tell us what you think!

 

Parts He Uses:

  • 1 household box fan
  • 3 cellulose/paper furnace filters (like the ones you see here). NOTE: do NOT use fiber glass filters! ALSO: if the filters have a paper grid over them, just remove it.
  • plastic dehydrator sheets (14"x14")
  • 2 Bungee cords

 

How He Built It:

  • Alton pre-soaks his fruits in lemon juice for an antiseptic effect. This way, you don't blow the smell of rotting fruit all over you house!
  • Alton starts with the widow fan, one filter, one liner, and a layer of food.
  • Then he adds identical layers: liner, filter, liner filter, for 3 layers total.
  • The last filter goes on top with the metal facing out.
  • Secure the stack to the fan with 2 bungee cords.
  • Stand the fan upright, then turn on the fan. 

(Alton Recommends using up to 3 layers at one time; 4 layers doesn’t allow good circulation and the food will not dry properly.)

 

What Do You Think?

So is Alton seriously crazy?

Or is he a mad genius?

Can you really dehydrate fruit at home this way?

 

If you're not up for experimenting, you could always just buy your fruits pre-dried.

We happen to have a delicious selection of 100% organic, zero-sugar-added, zero-preservatives, RAW dried fruits from around the world:

Juicy Mango Slices

Superfruit Trail Mix

RAW Citrus Sweet Goldenberries

Pristine Goji Berries

Chewy Sweet Mulberries

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Recipe: Hemp Seed Pesto + Dressing

Love Hemp Seeds?


Here are 2 delicious savory recipes:

Green Goddess Dressing (an ELF office favorite)
1/8c Elf raw, organic Hemp Seeds
juice of 6 Lemons
1 bundle Italian flat parsley
1 bundle Green Onions
1 medium sized Shallot
1 1/2c organic, raw, peruvian Olive Oil
1/8c Champagne Vinegar (or vinegar of preference)
Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a blender except your oil, raise blender speed to high. Once ingredients are blended slowly pour in the oil so it fully emulsifies. Makes about 16oz.

AND

Hemp Seed Pesto

1 cup Basil leaves
2 TBS  organic, raw, peruvian Olive Oil
1/2 tsp meyer lemon juice
Himalayan Sea Salt to taste
1/4 cup + 1 TBS raw, organic Hemp Seeds

Place all ingredients but the hemp seeds in a mini-prep and pulse until blended. Add the hemp seeds and pulse to desired texture. Makes 1/3 of a cup.

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Awesome Raw Recipe: Pesto Pizza

Love Pizza?
Try Out this Awesome Raw Recipe!
Crust
1/2 c each: Hemp Seeds,  Almonds and Sunflower seeds
1 c   Walnuts
1 t    Himalayan Sea Salt + pepper
1 T   Coconut Nectar
1-2 T water (as needed)
1/2   Medium onion diced
4      peeled garlic cloves

Pulse in Food Processor until it starts to stick together. Divide in 4 and shape into pizza shape. Place in dehydrator or your oven at the lowest temp. for 4-5 hours (until crispy)

Spinach Pesto
3 c   Organic Spinach
2 c   Organic Basil
1/4 c each: hemp seeds and Pine nuts
1      peeled garlic clove
1/2 t Himalayan Sea Salt + Pepper 
1 t    Coconut Nectar

Place everything in Food Processor, pulse until creamy but still has gentle texture. Cover up and place in fridge until crusts are done.
Top with whatever makes your mouth water!

 

This Recipe not only offers fantastic flavor and serious satiation, but because of all the nuts and seeds, it's dense with minerals and protein, a truly complete meal. Vegan and Paleo friendly!

 

 

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Mulberries: a Chinese Medicine Perspective

You've probably been hearing a lot about mulberries lately.

They're starting to appear in lots of baking recipes and goodies, and they're gaining popularity on the superfood aisle. 

Even Dr. Oz has started singing the praises of mulberries!

 

Why? 

 

Mulberries have several nutritional benefits:

  • High Fiber
  • High Protein (for fruit)
  • Beneficial protein/carb ratio
  • No Fat
  • High in Vitamin C

Beyond that, they're also:

  • A good source of Iron & Calcium
  • A source of the longevity antioxidant reseveratrol
  • A source of Vitamin K, choline, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, zinc, and selenium

 

But, did you know Mulberry is also revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

In fact, TCM regards the entire mulberry tree as a source of beneficial remedies.

Every part of the tree is used medicinally — from the berries, to the bark, to the leaves, and even the droppings of the silkworm that exclusively eats those leaves!

If you were to visit a Chinese herbalist to treat problems like weakness or premature graying of hair, he might prescribe you mulberry as a "Yin Blood tonic," along with similar herbs such as ho-shou-wu, cooked rehmannia, and Goji berry.

In TCM, the source of Mulberry's healing action is its ability to move through the liver and kidney meridians (the body's "energy channels") which aids in nourishing blood and the production of important fluids. These attributes have lead Mulberry to be utilized treating a variety of deficiency conditions, including fatigue, dry constipation, general dryness (mouth, eyes, throat), and signs of accelerated aging.

 

 

Whichever type of medicine you practice — TCM, western medicine, or healing with whole foods — mulberries offer a bounty of benefits...not to mention their delicate, sweet flavor.

So enjoy! When you indulge in this special treat, you're actually doing your body a favor!

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Sources:

http://www.itmonline.org/arts/morus.html

http://ashevilleacupuncture.blogspot.com/2010/07/herbal-medicine-mulberry-tree-in.html

http://www.ttsh.com.sg/about-us/newsroom/news/article.aspx?id=4722

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RAW Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

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TAKE ACTION for your Right to Know!

GMO?

IT'S YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW...
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Right now, Monsanto, DuPont and Bayer are
spending millions of dollars  to smear Washinton state's
GMO Right-to-Know initiative.

WHY?
The U.S. is one of the ONLY
countries that DOESN'T require
labeling on GMOs...


Monsanto wants to keep it that way.
(That's why they fought California's Prop 37)

But we have an amazing opportunity!

State by State...

WE THE PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING UP.
If Washington passes this initiative,
other states will follow, until...
GMO LABELING IS THE NEW NORMAL.
It's worked before: Whole Foods is now requiring GMO labeling
on their products — because their customers spoke up!
Mexico just joined the ranks of civilized nations that are banning GMOs,
and Hawaii is currently considering a bill to outlaw GMOs on the Big Island.
This is how we
create change!
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Want to learn more about the GMO issues?

Start Here!

Also...

Check out these bright young activists:
They're spreading the word about GMOs
and advocating for a much better alternative:
Sustainable Organic Farming.



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Strawberry Goji Smoothie!

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CINNAMON ROLLS w/ COCONUT FROSTING & CARAMEL RAISIN

RECIPE HERE

Raw Carrot Sandwich Bread

Recipe by Heather @ http://www.glutenfreecat.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 c. whole flaxseed
  • 2 c. carrot pulp (carrot/apple pulp makes the bread sweeter)
  • 1/2 c. pumpin seeds
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c. water

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients except for water in a large bowl and mix.

2. Slowly add up to 1 1/2 cups of water until the mixture becomes batter-like.

3. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes so the flaxseeds begin to gel.

4. Divide mixture between 2 teflex-lined dehydrator sheets. Spread into a large square with the back of a spatula.

5. Dehydrate at 115 for 4 hours. Then flip the bread over onto the mesh tray and carefully peel away the teflex sheet.

6. Score the bread with a knife, creating 9 pieces of bread on each tray.

7. Dehydrate for 2-4 more hours until the bread is dry, yet pliable.

8. Divide into 18 bread pieces. Cool and store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.

Yields 18 slices of bread

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T tahini
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1 T water
  • 3-4 sun dried tomatoes

Directions:

1.  Drain garbanzo beans and rinse well.

2.  Place garlic cloves in the food processor and process until finely chopped.

3.  Add drained garbanzo and all remaining ingredients.  Process until the mixture is very smooth except for the small chunks of sun dried tomatoes.

4.  Spoon into a bowl and garnish with sun dried tomato slivers.

Serve hummus with gluten-free crackers, sliced cucumbers, carrot and celery sticks, or spicy radishes.  It also tastes great in place of mayo in a sandwich or wrap.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

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Peachy Green Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp vita mineral green (optional to boost nutrition)
  • ½ inch nugget ginger (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ cup frozen coconut meat
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • ½ cup mango

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend, and top with peaches and goji berries! :)

Recipe & Photo Copyrighted By: Christina Ross

http://www.love-fed.com/

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Almond Butter Cups!

Recipe By: 

Nothing fancy today, folks - just simple deliciousness. Raw chocolate almond butter cups with four ingredients? Gimme! I don't think I'll ever get tired of these, and believe me - I would know. I've eaten quite a number in my life thus far. As a bonus, this is one of those recipes that every kind of person can enjoy, not just vegans or raw food lovers. If you give them to your carnivorous, junk food-worshiping brother, I guarantee he won't even know they're healthy. My guarantee comes from personal experience.


raw chocolate almond butter cups: makes about six
Chocolate:
1/4 cup  cacao powder
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
1/6 cup preferred liquid sweetener (like date syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc.)
Filling:
6 teaspoons almond butter
To make the chocolate: whisk together the ingredients until smooth. Optional add-ins: salt, cinnamon, maca, berry powders, nutmeg, chili, ginger, etc. Pour about 1 teaspoon of the liquid chocolate into the bottom of 6 cupcake papers, or at least enough to cover the bottoms. Put in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Scoop 1 teaspoon of almond butter onto each chocolate base, then cover with the remaining liquid chocolate. Put in the fridge for 10-20 minutes or until hardened. 
Chomp.

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Weight Loss Tips by Charles!

Article By: Charles Chen
My Mom found some old photos of me! BEFORE eating McDonalds every single day to AFTER now adopting a plant based lifestyle with Exercise. WOW looking back I am so humble to say I released so much toxic waste, shame, and negative energy. So blessed to have reclaimed my health, happiness, and to have the opportunity to help others do the same.

My TOP Weight Loss Secrets:

TIP # 1: ADOPT A MORE PLANT BASED DIET

I'm not saying to go 100% VEGAN or VEGETARIAN but eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating too much meat can clog up our systems, create acidity in our bodies, not to mention they are filled with hormones, and chemicals. Before you have meat, eat a huge bowl of quinoa salad instead with homemade salad dressing! And if you do eat meat, go for organic grass fed meats higher in quality and less additives. By eating more plant based foods you are nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals, and you will naturally crave less meat.

TIP # 2 : STAY HYDRATED!

Most people are walking around dehydrated thinking they are hungry. Our bodies are made of 90% water which means we need to constantly hydrate to keep things moving and flowing the right direction. First thing in the morning drink some lemon water which will alkalize your system and stimulate bowel movement! Coconut water, green juice, and smoothies are a fantastic way to stay hydrated! Also eating lots of fruits and vegetables that are water dense will help cleanse and detoxify your whole body! Benefits of staying hydrated include clear skin, happy body, and more ENERGY!

TIP # 3: DAILY EXERCISE

If you live in the states you probably drive everywhere and do not get to walk as much unless your in a major city with easy public transportation. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily 9-5 and not leave our computer desks. Encourage yourself to take breaks to go outside and stretch. Take a nice morning walk before work, or ride a bike to work! Get a group of co-workers or friends and start a lunch walking crew! It is so important to get your lymph nodes flowing, blood circulating, and sweat our toxins. Benefits of exercising include releasing endorphins that are the feel good chemicals, you will feel less stressed, and more connected to your body!

TIP # 4: PROBIOTIC FOODS

We all heard happy GUT = healthy body! Probiotic is key proponent to our health, and protects our immune system so we don't get sick. There are many foods we can include in our diet that is filled with probiotics; dairy free coconut or almond yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, or taking a probiotic supplement. I love GOOD BELLY or Country Life Probiotics.

TIP # 5: VISUALIZATION+ AFFIRMATION

Before I lost all the weight I would visualize how I would feel, fitting into new clothes, my confidence, and how healthy I was. This is super powerful, really think about where you want to be, and how you feel in the state and bring your awareness to feeling that way constantly. I would also say affirmations to myself, such as: "I am LOVE, I am WORTHY, I am RADIANT HEALTH, I am CONFIDENT." Notice these are all in present tense as if they were already true.

TIP # 6: FORGIVENESS

This is probably one of the most important tips towards transformation! Remember it's not just a number on the scale that counts but the internal peace we feel deep inside. Often times when we are overweight we are just carrying extra baggage of guilt, shame, trauma. It is our job to forgive all those we have done wrong, people who we have done wrong, and also forgive ourselves. Let go of the negative energy that no longer serves us, and release all the pain so we can let in the happiness, love, and true divinity that is within all of us. I challenge you to dive deep within yourself and ask who can I forgive? send that person LOVE and miracles will begin to happen.

TIP # 7: HEALTHY SNACKS

I am not one to restrict myself, I like to indulge in yummy food that is also healthy. I am a big believer that whatever food you surround yourself with you will probably eat it. Many people are on the go these days so its super important to carry with you healthy snacks that are easy to eat and give you energy. Always put healthy options in your work area, gym bag, or car so you'll never be starving and end up eating more. Essential Living Foods raw trail mixes are the perfect healthy snacks to keep you going and feeling amazing!

Hope these tips were helpful

Sending you so much LOVE! :)

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