8 Reasons to Drink Smoothies with 5 Step Perfect Smoothie Guide

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Try a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow!

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One great way to get healthy is to make friends with the big bad blender and smooth up your fruits and veggies. There are lots of benefits to smoothie drinking, from the hello hydration, filling up with fiber, and nutrient density, to the simplicity of the quick and easy recipes. Make your life easier and blend up something smart and satisfying.

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  1. Easy Weight Loss and Maintenance: Smoothies are a fantastic meal replacement. You can imagine it would be easy to loose weight switching from bacon and eggs for breakfast to a fruity green smoothie. Providing fiber with high water content and nutrients to keep you fuller, longer, and to help listen to hunger cues. Also, sweet nutrient dense smoothies help to curb cravings by satisfying your sweet tooth while providing you with the nutrients you need.
  2. Energy: Since blenders break down fiber and large pieces of food for us…

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15 Habits For The New Year: Resolutions To Live By

Habits are everything. Let’s make a list of the habits we are proud of and a list of the habits we are not so proud of. This year, continue to build those constructive actions that make you happy. Here, you will find inspiration for good habits to make, and how to work on them.


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1.    Wake up with an intention -Will it be gratitude and happiness or complaining and dismay today? The choice is yours. Make the decision, and set an intention to stick to. Make it a habit to wake up like this.

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2.    Spend time with loved ones - Let’s put an end to the habit of blowing people off for work.  Love and love and nothing else, is all we need. Workaholics (like myself) are prone to opting out of quality time. This year, put love on top.

3.    Have Fun - What do you absolutely LOVE to do? Are you doing it? Like, ever? Well, you should be! This life is too short to not do what makes us happy. Get in the habit of committing some time to fuel your fun. Trust me, it’ll make it easier to focus in the long run.

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4.    Turn around the negativity - Beautiful people are having complainy conversations these days, so let’s put an end to it. Next time someone complains to you, it is important to be empathetic, yes, but it is also important to recognize the good in life. Try not to let the complainers bring you down. Even worse is negative self-talk. We are all guilty of telling ourselves we suck now and then. Let’s consciously make it a habit to notice the negativity and turn it around.

Check out the full article here!

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Apple Cinnamon 1 Ingredient Waffles: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Scrumptious Style

Just because I’m Jewish doesn’t mean my family doesn’t do something special Christmas morning ;-).  These babies are light and fluffy, with the perfect chewy to crispy-ness ratio.  So warm and satisfying.  Crowd-pleaser approved.
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The one essential ingredient for this recipe? MOCHI!

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Mochi is traditionally seen in japanese cuisine, and this Grainaissance brand is literally just brown rice!  But it puffs up like an incredible puffed pastry!  You can buy it unflavored, or savory, I like the cinnamon raisin one for waffles. :)

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Apple Cinnamon Topping:

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  • a grated apple
  • grated ginger (to taste- start small! this stuff is powerful :)
  • a drop of vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • a handful of chopped walnuts
  • mix well!

Serve with fresh berries, cinnamon, and real maple syrup :-*

* Magic! *

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5 Recipes To Sneak In More Nutrients

5 RECIPES TO SNEAK IN MORE NUTRIENTS

Banana ice cream with persimmon pulp in a pear cone: YUM!
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  1. Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • topping: 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts

Steps:

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add dates, black beans, and rest of ingredients (except topping) until smooth, adding in water or non-dairy milk if necessary to create a smooth, well blended consistency..
  3. Spread batter evenly over a greased 8×8 inch brownie pan
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 0-35 minutes, until desired ooeyness
  5. Serve with banana ice cream
  1. Chicken Wings: (Thank You PETA!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup flour (any kind will work, even gluten free!)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (or buffalo or any hot sauce)

Steps

  1. Combine the water or non-dairy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined
  2. Coat the cauliflower pieces with the slower mixture and place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes (until cauliflower is cooked and breading looks crispy)
  3. Let cauliflower cool about 5 minutes and then fold them in a bowl with BBQ sauce
  4. Bake another 5-8 minutes on parchment paper.
  5. Serve with vegan ranch dressing and celery sticks.
  1. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 5 fresh kale leaves, destemmed
  • 7 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or whatever topping you like! (try with cocoa powder and peanut butter!)

Steps:

  1. Wait for bananas to be ripe, with brown spots, but not too mushy
  2. Peel and freeze 6 hours or over night
  3. Put greens in first so that they blend smoothly, put bananas on top and process until smooth and creamy. Takes about 5 minutes
  1. Spaghetti and Marinara (Thank You Compassionate Climber!)

Spaghetti:

  • 2-3 Zucchinis, peeled with a potato peeler or spiralized with a spiralizer

Marinara:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon or more of Italian Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 oz (apx 1/3 cup) sun dried tomato

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth

  1. Overnight Muesli (Thank You Chef AJ!)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick or rolled oats
  • ½ cup liquid: (water, non-dairy milk, orange juice)
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 2 Tbs raisins
  • 1 apple, grated or chopped
  • optional: 1tsp vanilla and cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a bowl, mix well and let sit in the fridge covered overnight.

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Raw Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving can be a scary situation for vegans and vegetarians.  These recipes are easy and delicious, I am certain everyone at your feast will love them!

Festive Holiday Kale Salad:

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You will need: a large bowl, a serving bowl, a blender, a cutting board, a knife, and people you really love to share this amazing dish with.

  • 1-2 bunches of kale
  • 2 pomegranates
  • 1 bunch green onion (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 large bunch dill (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 bunch mint (half chopped half blended)
  • 2 Tbs tahini (I used 2 Tbs hemp seeds)
  • 2 cups currents or raisins (I didn’t use raisins at the demo)
  • ½ cup pure lime juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 dates
  • 2 cups walnuts

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  1. Wash, de-stem, and schiffinade kale
  2. Chop using either a food processor S blade, or a knife and cutting board, half of the bunches of scallion, dill, and mint
  3. Deseed pomegranates (with a large spoon, banging on the outside of 1/2 of the fruit so the seeds just fall into your palm)
  4. chop walnuts
  5. Blend juice, dates, and the other half of the bunches of green onion, dill, and mint
  6. Massage dressing into kale thoroughly with gloved or very very clean hands
  7. Using tongs, mix in nuts and pomegranate seeds
  8. Serve chilled <3

Fully Raw Pumpkin Pie:

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You will need: food processor S blade, pie plate, rubber spatula, and pumpkin lovers!

Ingredients

Crust

  • ~1 lb dates
  • 1.5-2 cups pecans
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Pie Filling

  • 2-3 cups pie pumpkin
  • ~2 lbs dates
  • Ginger, thimble sized piece
  • ~168grams persimmon pulp
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Crust

  1. Using food processor S blade, put pecans in first, then dates and cinnamon, and pulse and blend until desired crust texture
  2. Take out the blade
  3. Press all around pie crust

Pie Filling

  1. Put pumpkin chunks and then dates, persimmon, cinnamon, ginger, and spice in vitamix, or food processor S blade
  2. Blend until completely smooth
  3. Rubber spatula into pie crust
  4. Freeze to set (about 2 hours)

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Cranberry Relish:

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag cranberries (1lb)
  • 1-2 oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 5 dates

Steps:

  1. Pit dates
  2. Peel and deseed oranges
  3. Put all ingredients into food processor
  4. Process until desired smoothness
  5. Rubber spatula into bowl, let chill

Watch Chef AJ!

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Thank you to everybody who came!  What a wonderful crowd!  Hope to see you all and more at the Raw Desserts Demo: February 19, 2015!

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Raw Japanese Recipes

What a fun interactive demo!  Everybody learned how easy it is to make raw veggies taste delicious, and got to roll their own sushi!  We made Miso Soup, Ginger Citrus Zoodles, Jicima Rice, Sushi, and Green Tea Nice Cream!

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Miso Soup: adapted from minimalistbaker

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup kale, chopped
  • ½ cup green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 3-4 Tbs white miso paste
  • 1 sheet nori cut into rectangles

Steps

  1. Bring water to low simmer
  2. Add nori and simmer for 5-10 minutes
  3. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 5 minutes or so
  4. To ensure miso doesn’t clump, stir it in through the strainer
  5. Taste and add more miso if desired. Serve warm

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Ginger Citrus Zoodles: Adapted from Megan Elizabeth

Noodles

  • spinach
  • ½ cup spiralized or shredded carrots
  • ½-1/3 small red pepper sliced thin
  • 3 ½ – 4 cups spiralized zucchini

Dressing

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup scallions
  • 2 Tbs lemon or lime juice
  • 2-3 big sage leaves
  • Quarter sized slice of ginger
  • 1 ½ Tbs raw tahini

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Steps

  1. Put noodles in a big bowl together
  2. Blend all dressing ingredients until creamy
  3. Massage dressing in noodles and let sit 10-15 mins
  4. Put greens on plate (spinach, mixed greens), noodles on top of greens, and garnish with sprouts.

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Jicama Rice Papaya Sushi: adapted from Megan Elizabeth and The Life Regenerator

Ingredients (whatever veggies you want!!)

  • Nori sheets
  • 2 jicamas
  • Papaya spears
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Green onion
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Bell pepper
  • Medium ripe avocado
  • Lime

Steps

  1. Grate jicama and squeeze out excess water using nut milk bag
  2. Layer rice and veggies on nori sheet
  3. Using 2 fingers, wet the end of the nori sheet with lime or water to get it to stick
  4. Slice sushi with very sharp knife
  5. Serve with gluten free soy sauce or Ginger Citrus Dressing

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Green Tea Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping Tbs fresh roughly chopped peeled ginger
  • 1-2 Tbs hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 serving packet of matcha green tea powder (like $1.00 each packet at Sunspot)
  • 3 ripe peeled and frozen bananas (freeze for at least 6 hours)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • water as needed to not break your blender or food processor

Steps

  1. Using a food processor S blade, or high power blender, put in the ginger, hemp seeds, and mango chunks
  2. Sprinkle in the green tea powder I like to put this in the middle so it doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the container, but no biggie
  3. Break up bananas into fourths and throw in container
  4. Blend until smooth
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Calcium 101- Oh KALE Yes!

Learn why getting your calcium from dairy milk is a practice of the past. Thank you to Connie Weaver, (Purdue Researcher), Registered Dietitians Julieanna Hever and Mckel Hill, as well as Dr. T. Colin Campbell for the information in this article.

Please click to read and share on facebook and twitter to save the world!

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