RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

Hello, friends! It’s been a LONG time, but I’m back and I owe you some recipes! I’d love to hear how you’re all doing, so leave me a comment below telling me a bit about your summer so far! I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of July…the days are flying by.

Is this really my first pancake recipe for the blog?! Pancakes are like a staple in our house at least once a week and I’ve always used recipes from my favorite bloggers and cookbooks…I thought it was about time to try creating my own! In my head, I had a list of ingredients that I wanted to include and some that I wanted to leave out – and after what felt like a gazillion trials, I finally achieved the texture and flavor I was looking for. I wanted a pancake packed with wholesome ingredients and awesome nutritional value, but still tasted really good. Sounds obvious, but let’s just say some of my trials were awful, for example, mushy center (gag me), overwhelming flavor (and not in a good way), and dry, but this recipe is a huge hit in our house!

These pancakes are a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats so you can feel good about making them for your kiddos!

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

OIL-FREE PROTEIN PANCAKES

Makes 7-10 pancakes (depending on how big you make them)

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I use homemade almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*I recommend either King Arthur almond flour or Honeyville.

**Optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, blueberries. I don’t think I have to tell you what we added in😉

How to:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, breaking up any clumps from the almond flour.
  2. Next, in a separate bowl (or I use a liquid measuring cup), stir together the wet ingredients. Once well combined, add this to your dry ingredient bowl and stir until just combined – be careful not to over mix the batter.
  3. Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. At this time, begin preheating your pan. I recommend keeping the heat setting at a low-medium level (notch 4 on an electric stove).
  4. Depending on the pan you’re using, you may or may not need to use a bit of coconut oil or cooking spray. After 15 minutes has passed, add a bit of oil to your pan (if needed) and pour in about a 1/4 cup worth of batter. When the edges start to look a little dry (approximately 2-3 minutes), flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Again, this will all depend on the pan you’re using and stove.
  5. Top with pure maple syrup, maple cream, fresh fruit, or nut butter and ENJOY!

*I used both a cast iron skillet and a ceramic pan – both produced fluffy pancakes, but the cast iron ones had a slight crispy exterior due to having to use a bit more coconut oil to prevent sticking…they also turned out a little darker in the cast iron skillet.

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

Thanks for stopping by!

REVIEW: June Favorites

Hello, everyone and Happy Summer! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post – I promise I’ve got some fun recipes coming and some new products for my Etsy shop this summer.  I’ve got a brief, early edition of my favorites for you since we’re heading out of town tomorrow night and will be gone for a bit. It’s also a bit different than my previous favorites posts…not many recipes or products to share, but more photos, videos, quotes, and randomness that made me (and Willow) smile or that I found to be incredibly thought-provoking. Hope you’ve all had a great month and I hope you have a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July!

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J U N E  F A V O R I T E S:

Products:

Living Libations Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum >> I took advantage of another sale through The Raw Food World and bought a few bottles of the Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum (normally $30/ea, but they were being sold ‘at-cost’). Just one little drop on your toothbrush or on a strand of floss will leave your mouth feeling insanely fresh. I’ve been using it to massage my gums twice a day and I bounce between using this and another product to brush my teeth.

Recipes:

PURPLE POWER PARFAITS >> FEASTING ON FRUIT >> Natalie’s recipes are always a hit in our house as they’re colorful, fruity, and free of all the things we avoid! This parfait jumped to the top of our “to-make” list and when Natalie suggested a pitaya nicecream layer to make it a Willow dream jar, I had to make it happen! So we skipped the coconut whipped cream layer and added in the pitaya nicecream instead. This was AMAZING! The purple sweet potato pudding layer (bottom layer) was my absolute favorite! Willow loved this, too and while she initially insisted on having hers layered, after a few bites, she had me deconstruct hers. I loved this recipe for so many reasons and we’ll definitely be making it again!

REVIEW: June Favorites

HERBED PEA RICOTTA, TOMATOES & BASIL >> SALAD SAMURAI COOKBOOK >> If you know me, you know that I DO NOT like peas. Yep. You read that correctly….yet, I LOVED this pea ricotta recipe. I have always disliked the texture of those little green bites, but when pureed (and heavily seasoned), I can get on board with them. We served ours with a cold soba noodle salad…and a dumping of fresh black pepper (oops). We enjoyed leftovers with raw veggies and even a little on a piece of gluten-free toast. Willow took a couple of bites and decided she didn’t like it…maybe she’s an anti pea person, too!

REVIEW: June Favorites

Books:

We’ve been reading a lot of repeats lately, so I only have one new book to share with you today:

About the Night by Anat Talshir >> I am not quite finished with this book, but I am absolutely wrapped up in this love story. I chose About the Night on a whim from the Kindle First options in May (free book) – it’s a historical fiction, romance novel – a genre I would normally pass by, but this has been a beautiful surprise. It’s like a modern day Romeo & Juliet – the book begins in 2006 and we travel back to 1947 where Elias and Lila first meet.

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I have succeeded in breaking Willow out of her Taylor Swift obsession!! After a few months of nonstop Taylor Swift, she has a newfound love for Adam Levine, The Lumineers, and Justin Timberlake! Haha! Rather than listening to the album 1989 on repeat while in the car, I’ve gotten her hooked on this Lumineers album…so now we listen to Flowers in your Hair, Ho Hey, and Stubborn Love over and over again! I’ll take it…for now😉

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We don’t have cable TV so we hop onto YouTube frequently to watch various cooking/baking videos and plenty of music videos. Here are a few of our favorites from this month:

And some funny ones…

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Two great articles:

6 Daily Self-Care Rituals For Highly Sensitive People

3 Steps to Intensifying your Intentions & Manifesting Faster

QUOTES:

Makes you think……

Nobody

is too busy,

it’s just a

matter of

priorities.

 

Religion is belief in someone else’s experience.

Spirituality is having your own experience.

 

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. ~ Deepak Chopra

 

It takes a level of self-love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask yourself these questions:

Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.

 

Thanks for stopping by!!

REVIEW: May Favorites

Hello, friends!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Did you get up to anything exciting?! We had a pretty low-key weekend which was nice compared to the month or so we’ve been having. Managed to get out on some hikes during the month of May and just spend time together as a family.

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I can’t believe I’m sharing this photo because I am a bit horrified at how I look, but a random stranger offered to take a pic of the three of us….a rare moment!

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For those who were unaware or don’t follow me on Instagram, we were really struggling with our dog Abbey’s health. Six vet visits, x-rays, a few urine analysis, acupuncture, switching vets, herbal supplements, urine culture AND we still don’t have a definitive answer. We made the switch to a local holistic vet because our old one was insanely quick to prescribe medication without knowing what was wrong….not our lifestyle. This new vet is a breath of fresh air! You see, Abbey has been peeing and leaking all over the house. The cleanup and laundry has been absolutely exhausting (round the clock) and not to mention heartbreaking because we just want to see her happy and healthy. All of her tests have come back negative – no infection, so we are left to believe that she is an older dog with incontinence. Since we had exhausted all of our holistic/herbal options, we have moved to a low dose of prescribed medication to treat incontinence…so far we’re seeing improvement! Fingers crossed things continue to look up. It’s also been hard because since we rescued her last January, we don’t know anything about her history other than she is 11 years old. So all of this combined with a few other stressful events, I’m ready for a new month!

But this post is about my FAVORITES! So let’s move on to happier, fun things! Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts!

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M A Y   F A V O R I T E S:

Randomness:

Before I dive in, I just have to share a quote with you that really hit home and inspired me. Do you subscribe to Ruby Roth‘s newsletter? If you do, I apologize for repeating something you already read, but if not, here’s some words of wisdom:

I painted this piece during a tumultuous period in my life, when the idea of surrendering to the chaos with quiet abandon—rather than fighting it—brought a sense of calm over me. They say it’s when you step off the tightrope and stop trying to maintain balance that one finds relief.

And for the last month or so, Willow and I have been obsessed with watching videos from this YouTube channel…totally NOT vegan, but you can absolutely appreciate her mad talent!

PRODUCTS:

ORGANIC (HEMP) NUT MILK BAG >> I purchased this bag a few months ago after my favorite bag finally broke and I’ll be honest…the first few times I used this hemp bag, I didn’t like it. It took more arm work and time to squeeze the pulp, but it produced the cleanest milk I’ve ever made. I ended up purchasing a couple of other bags (not hemp) just after this one and all of them bust open…none of them were as sturdy and strong as this hemp one! Now, a few months later, it’s been broken in and gets used 2-3 times a week AND it’s still going strong! A lot of nut milk bags contain chemicals or are bleached, but not this one – which leaves you with the best tasting milk. With the bag being a super fine mesh, you won’t get any pulp sneaking into your milk after being strained. Another thing I LOVE about this bag is the size! It’s a lot bigger than any nut milk bag I’ve ever had.

I do “sterilize” it after every 3-4 uses by putting it in boiling water for a few minutes. Super easy to clean, too!

REVIEW: May Favorites

NEROLI TONING MIST >> ANNMARIE GIANNI >> If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention Annmarie Gianni’s products! Well, I have a new favorite! This Neroli Toning Mist is going to be my go-to this summer because a couple of sprays leaves your face feeling cool + refreshed! I use it after washing my face with her Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser and then apply a moisturizer.

INTENTIONAL WEAR | SPIRIT ANIMAL | EAGLE™ >> ROOT FOOT >> This delightful little bottle came in my May Goddess Provisions box and it was instant love! Literally all of my favorites in one convenient bottle: Made with Pure Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils with Organic Jojoba: Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Cinnamon Leaf. Heaven. I love how delicate, yet powerful this blend is – it’s not strong in scent like your typical bottle of perfume, but rather a subtle “made-just-for-you” kind of scent. Eagle is for Perspective, Spiritual Awareness, & Leadership. I want to try so many of their products, but I think I’ll definitely order Mountain Lion™  as it is for Assertiveness, Personal Power & Strength. If you believe in the healing powers of essential oils, I highly recommend checking out Root Foot!

REVIEW: May Favorites

RECIPES WE TRIED AND LOVED:

I don’t have many to share with you since I spent a lot of time fine-tuning my own and making repeats, such as:

The Vegan 8’s Mexican Tahini Sauce

Feasting on Fruit’s Mint Chocolate Chunk Nicecream

Vegetarian Gastronomy’s Vegan Cucumber Ranch

and

Peanut Butter & Vegan’s Red Velvet Smoothie

you can find photos and full reviews in previous Favorites posts!

Here are two new ones we tried in the month of May:

VEGAN QUESO BLANCO DIP (WHITE CHEESE) >> VEGGIES DON’T BITE >> Run, don’t walk, to the store and grab any missing ingredients and make this NOW! OMG. We made this in the beginning of May, just before my fully raw week. I looooooooved this dip so much and the possibilities were endless as to what to pair it with. I dipped pretty much any veggie (raw and cooked) we had on hand in it, ate it with roasted oil-free potato wedges, and used the leftovers by tossing it with gluten-free noodles. Since I knew Willow wouldn’t eat it, I didn’t hold back on the spice level and I absolutely loved the tang and spice of this dip!

REVIEW: May Favorites

ZUCCHINI CARAMEL NICECREAM >> from @viedelavegan‘s book HIDE & SEEK VEGETABLES >> I learned about Kyra through one of my favorite people (Natalie of Feasting on Fruit) and when I heard that she was coming out with an ebook with all sorts of hidden veggie recipes, you better believe I downloaded it right away! The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes are all oil-free, plant-based, and have a super short ingredient list! My eye was immediately drawn to this Zucchini Caramel Nicecream recipe because we LOVE zucchini and anything caramel-y. I made it for breakfast one morning and again the following day because it was SO good! The zucchini goes completely undetected and adds more creaminess with the bananas. Veggies for breakfast?! Yes, please! Almost all of the recipes are gluten-free, if I recall, there’s one that uses spelt flour…but the rest are gluten-free.

REVIEW: May Favorites

BOOKS I READ & LOVED: 

I spent the month of May rereading some thought-provoking books (Light is the New Black and Medical Medium) and here are two quick-read fiction books that I really enjoyed:

THE ORPHAN QUEEN by JODI MEADOWS

INCARNATE by JODI MEADOWS

 

BOOKS I READ & LOVED WITH WILLOW: 

Every couple of weeks we take Willow to the library so she can pick out some books to bring home…we leave with a big bag full and some of them are real gems…here are the ones we both adored:

TELL ME A TATTOO STORY by ALISON McGHEE

MAPLE by LORI NICHOLS

MAPLE & WILLOW TOGETHER by LORI NICHOLS

MAPLE & WILLOW APART by LORI NICHOLS

DANDELIONS by KATRINA McKELVEY

MUMMIES in the MORNING (Magic Tree House #3) by MARY POPE OSBORNE

Here is a book we purchased a hard copy of via Amazon and it is WONDERFUL! Filled with awesome ideas and projects to make the outdoors even more fun!

A LITTLE BIT OF DIRT: 55+ SCIENCE and ART ACTIVITIES TO RECONNECT CHILDREN WITH NATURE by ASIA CITRO

 

As always, I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are! Any new products? Books?

Thanks for stopping by!

RECIPE: Raw “Breaded” Italian Zucchini Chips

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw the teaser for these last week! This crispy little snack is super addictive like your favorite bag of chips, but without the oil or guilt. Willow and I couldn’t stop eating them right off the dehydrator trays – so they’re also kid-approved!

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

They’re cheezy, zesty, and slightly buttery…and did I mention that they’re addicting? And hey, if you’ve got a picky eater, I promise the veggie taste goes completely undetected!

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RAW “BREADED” ITALIAN ZUCCHINI CHIPS

{raw, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free}

What you Need:

  • Three small bowls, tongs, whisk, dehydrator.
  • 2 small-medium organic zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, homemade, raw almond milk (or your choice of plant-based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos*
  • 4 Tablespoons blanched almond flour*
  • 2 Tablespoons unfortified nutritional yeast*
  • 1 heaping teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

* Can omit the coconut aminos and use a pinch of Himalayan salt in the breading instead.

* We use Honeyville’s blanched almond flour and buy it for a great deal at Costco. You can replace the almond flour and/or nutritional yeast with homemade (or store-bought) vegan Parmesan. You can find my recipe for a simple homemade Parmesan HERE (omit the nutritional yeast if you can’t have it). I have made it both ways, but prefer the almond flour-nutritional yeast combo as it provides a perfect “cheesy” flavor and the finely ground almond flour sticks to the zucchini really well.

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

How To:

  1. Wash, peel, and thinly slice your zucchini. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the milk and coconut aminos.
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients; break up any clumps from the almond flour or Parmesan.
  4. Fill a third bowl with warm water.
  5. Using tongs (or fingers if you don’t mind getting a little messy), dip zucchini slices, one at a time, in the almond milk mixture. Tap any excess off and then dip it in the “breading” mixture to coat the slice evenly. Place the slice on a mesh dehydrator sheet and then dip your tongs in the warm water to remove any excess breading. Tap excess water off and repeat this process until all the slices are coated. I highly recommend whisking the “breading” after every few slices to break up any clumps.
  6. Place trays in the dehydrator and set it at 115° for 8-12 hours. Times will vary depending on thickness of zucchini slices or how much “breading” you used. You’re looking for a crispy texture.
  7. Store any chips that you don’t eat in a glass jar with a lid….but be warned…you will most likely just eat them right off the tray!

I realize that the process to make these can be a bit time consuming with dipping each individual slice in the breading, but this ensures that they’re evenly coated…you can thank my perfectionist tendencies for that! You could try throwing the breading ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shaking the slices in there, but I cannot vouch for the results. If you make these, please let me know! Come back and leave me some feedback or tag me on Instagram:)

UPDATE!! My best friend gave this recipe a try using the oven and my suggestion to use aquafaba. She omitted the almond milk and used just aquafaba (and breading recipe) and baked it at 175° F for 30 minutes and then at 400° for another 30 minutes. Oven times will vary depending on how thin you slice the zucchini. She recommends checking on them after 15 minutes. Thanks, Jen!! xo

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

RECIPE: Raw "Breaded" Italian Zucchini Chips

Thank you for stopping by!

My Fully Raw Week and What I Ate

In an effort to reset my system and heal my body of any damage from the emotional eating these last few months, I chose to do a week of fully raw. No cooked foods, no oil, only fruit-sweetened, and consumed as much fresh fruit and veggies as my body craved. Things have been stressful and overwhelming here at home and I found myself going back for a second helping of food or eating dessert when I was already feeling full. It was as if I was filling a void of some sort or maybe it was my body’s way of protecting myself from falling into my very old ways of starving myself. Whatever the reason, it needed to stop. My clothes weren’t fitting like they used to, I was sluggish, stressed, and not feeling like my usual self.

Before I got pregnant with Willow, I followed a mostly raw diet so this wasn’t a new transition for me. I go through phases with raw food…it’s definitely easier for me to eat that way in the warmer months, so with the temps feeling like summer, this week was really easy for me. My body literally craved lots of fruit, smoothies, salads and veggies. I also think that reading Medical Medium helped give me the push I needed to heal.

I didn’t plan out a specific meal plan, but when we did our grocery shopping for the week, I stuck to only fresh produce and a few raw snack items. I knew in my mind that I’d be doing a lot of salads, juices, and smoothies, so sticking to our weekly budget, I purchased accordingly. Since my week was successful on so many levels, I decided to share what I ate and include links and/or recipes that helped me. I also unintentionally planned this fully raw week during my cycle and what shocked me most was my energy level. Normally I’m really sluggish, uncomfortable and unmotivated to do much of anything, yet I managed to run, work out and keep up with my very active four-year-old. I had very minor cramps for a few hours on day one, but they went away pretty fast and I didn’t look or feel bloated. During my teens and twenties, I used to have debilitating cramps and fatigue, so this was a HUGE improvement!

You’ll notice in the “what I ate” portion of this post that there were quite a few repeat meals…I have Willow to thank for that! When it came to making smoothies/smoothie bowls, she made the same two requests! She did not eat a fully raw week with me, but came pretty close – she would see what I was eating or drinking and wanted whatever I had instead of the meal I prepared for her.

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TIPS & EQUIPMENT:

  • Know who/where offers the best prices for what you’re looking to buy. We buy the bulk of our organic produce (and frozen fruit) from Trader Joe’s since that’s where Josh works (so we get a discount and the prices are really reasonable). I supplemented with fresh produce from Natural Grocers + Whole Foods — All organic and most of it on sale. As for frozen fruit/veggies, we buy a 3-lb bag of organic antioxidant blend via Costco for under $10 and also a large bag of organic frozen broccoli for around $7…both last us about 1.5-2 weeks. And how can I forget the dates?! Costco is my go-to for dates as you can get a 2-lb container for under $9.
  • To go along with the first “tip” I highly recommend downloading the Whole Foods app to your phone! There’s lots of great coupons and a list of sale items. Most of the time we aren’t able to use the coupons because they’re usually for foods that we don’t eat, BUT there have been a few times where there’s a $5 off produce coupon when you spend $25…so easy to do.
  • Wash and chop fresh fruit/veggies when you get home from shopping, if able. For example, when Josh brought the bag of beets home, I scrubbed, peeled, and chopped them for the week, which made smoothie prep super easy! Also, having everything washed and ready to go made snack time a cinch and throwing a salad together happened really fast.
  • During this fully raw week, my Vita-Mix, spiralizer, and food processor were my best friends! Oh! And my nut milk bag!
  • Soak your nuts/seeds!

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WHAT I ATE:

When I wake up, before I consume anything, I do oil pulling for 15-20 minutes and then I always drink at least 32 ounces of water before eating. I stuck to that routine for this week. Throughout the day I drink at least another 30-40 ounces of water…so I won’t include that in my daily breakdown below.

I learned this really cool trick for oil-pulling a few months ago and it makes it super easy! Gently melt coconut oil (I usually do this by putting it in my dehydrator) and pour into candy molds. I store mine in the fridge and pop one in my mouth first thing in the morning.

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Anything marked with an asterisk (*) means I’ll share the recipe at the end or at least approximate measurements.

MAY 9 – MAY 15, 2016

Monday:

  • BREAKFAST: Sliced banana + apple topped with chopped dates and Ceylon cinnamon
  • SNACK: Gopal’s Nori Power Wrap (curry)
  • LUNCH: Big fruit salad and Humm Chai Kombucha
  • SNACK: Fresh coconut water
  • DINNER: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl* topped w/ dried mulberries + shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Tuesday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • SNACK: one banana and 2 Brazil nuts
  • LUNCH: 20 ounces of fresh Cucumber-Celery-Granny Smith Apple Juice and two Spriulina Bites
  • SNACK: Trader Joe’s Organic Dried (unsweetened) Mango Slices
  • DINNER: Zucchini noodles (zoodles) with raw cheeze sauce*

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Wednesday:

  • UPON WAKEUP: 16oz fresh celery juice
  • BREAKFAST: Chia pudding* with sliced banana
  • SNACK: an apple
  • LUNCH: Berry smoothie bowl topped with a drizzle of tahini
  • SNACK: Two Spirulina Bites
  • DINNER: Big salad topped with fresh veggies, sunflower seeds and creamy ranch*

Thursday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • LUNCH: Cucumber noodles with creamy ranch and Trader Joe’s Micro Greens
  • SNACK: Fresh strawberries
  • DINNER: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl topped w/ fresh strawberries, dried mulberries, and shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Friday:

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Saturday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • SNACK: Celery sticks and creamy ranch
  • LUNCH: One avocado + arugula topped w/ garlic, basil, & splash of coconut aminos
  • SNACK: One mini lemon cheesecake (recipe trial)
  • DINNER: Mango-banana-spirulina bowl topped with dried mulberries and shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Sunday:

  • UPON WAKE UP: 16oz fresh celery juice
  • BREAKFAST: Sliced banana + apple topped with chopped dates and Ceylon cinnamon
  • SNACK: Wild Siberian Pine Nut Flakes + cinnamon w/ a splash of fresh almond milk
  • LUNCH: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl topped with blueberries and coconut butter
  • SNACK: Gopal’s Nori Power Wrap (curry)
  • DINNER: Chia pudding layered with banana-berry sorbet

My Mom had purchased the Pine Nut Flakes a while back via Raw Food World on sale.

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

*RECIPES*

BROCCOLI-BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL: Blend together —> 1.5-2 frozen bananas, 1 cup frozen broccoli, 1 cup frozen berries, 1-2 pitted Medjool dates and just enough coconut water or fresh nut milk to get the blender going. I changed it up throughout the week and would add one or two of the following: 1/2 tsp. spirulina, small scoop raw vanilla protein powder (unsweetened), 1 Tbsp raw tahini. IF you happen to have any leftover smoothie left, you can freeze it into ice cubes or pour into popsicle molds!

RAW CHEEZE SAUCE: Blend together one (small-med) peeled zucchini, small red bell pepper, 1/4-1/2 cup raw soaked cashews, 1 teaspoon chickpea miso, 1-2 small garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, coconut aminos or Himalayan salt to taste. You can add nutritional yeast if desired, although it’s not considered raw. If the sauce is too thick, you can add some filtered water…but between the soaked (wet) cashews, zucchini and bell pepper, I didn’t need to.

CHIA PUDDING: In a jar, mix together 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cup raw milk and 1/3 cup chia seeds. Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight. Then I blended it together with 3-4 pitted Medjool dates.

CREAMY RANCH DRESSING: I highly recommend my friend, Anjali’s, recipe for Cucumber Ranch Dressing…it’s so good! During this week I used her recipe and then also my own, which you can find HERE – but I used coconut aminos in place of Himalayan salt, added some organic dried chives, and apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.

BANANA-BERRY SORBET: I blended 2.5 frozen bananas with 1 cup frozen berries, 1 Tbsp raw vanilla protein powder and enough water to get it moving.

 

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RESULTS:

This week opened my eyes to what emotional eating had done to my system. I allowed myself to eat an abundance of fresh foods – didn’t limit myself, but rather just followed what my body was craving. I felt really satisfied, light, and energized! Since I did not do this for weight loss, I cannot speak to results in that way, but I will say that my clothes fit so much better and I’ve noticed a change in my overall appearance. My skin went through a brief/minor breakout, but by the end of the seven days, my skin had totally cleared. My body continues to crave fresh fruits and veggies so I’ve been pretty much following a raw-till-4 diet. I’m more mindful with eating and stay in tune with my body. This week absolutely helped me to get back on track and feel my best. This week not only reset my system, but also my mindset – I was reminded of just how healing food can be. By no means was I consuming unhealthy foods prior to this week, but I was overeating and eating too much of the “wrong” carbs, such as pasta and baked goods. I love pasta and won’t stop eating it, but as I’m working on handling stress better, I’ll be limiting my consumption.

Whew…this post was pretty wordy! I apologize for rambling!!!

 

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RECIPE: Spirulina Bites

These little bites are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals which makes them the perfect snack for a picky eater or a quick boost after a workout!

RECIPE: Spirulina Bites

Spirulina is one of our top superfoods that we always have stocked in our pantry as it contains an abundance of nutrients. Here’s the label from our Spirulina Pacifica bottle (we buy ours via Amazon):

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Willow and I threw this together a couple of weeks ago and she couldn’t stop eating it right out of the food processor. She enjoys them rolled in coconut or finely chopped dark chocolate.

RECIPE: Spirulina Bites

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SPIRULINA BITES: {raw, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, vegan}

Makes 16 bites

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup raw tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds (ground or whole)*
  • 1 Tablespoon spirulina
  • 1 Tablespoon raw protein powder (optional)**
  • shredded coconut, cacao nibs, cacao powder, and/or chopped dark chocolate for rolling (optional)

*I occasionally grind my chia seeds in my nut/spice grinder to create a smoother bite, but it’s not necessary. Keeping them whole will give these bites a little crunch.

**I used Raw Power! Protein Superfood Vanilla and purchase it via The Raw Food World. I like this brand as it uses only superfoods, no fillers, gums, added sugar or sweeteners.

How to:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor; process until your desired consistency. If you like a chunkier bite, pulse it just enough to get the dates broken apart and ingredients combined. Run it longer for a smoother consistency.
  2. Roll into balls (approximately the size of a tablespoon) and roll in optional coconut, cacao, cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate. Please note that the coconut butter will initially make these a bit oily, but this will change once the bites have had a chance to set.
  3. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let them set in the freezer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy! Best if stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

RECIPE: Spirulina Bites

RECIPE: Spirulina Bites

*For the ones rolled in chocolate, I used Equal Exchange Organic (Fair Trade) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and chopped them up. I purchased them on sale at Whole Foods and love that there’s only three ingredients. They’re vegan and soy-free.

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REVIEW: April Favorites

Hello, sweet friends!!  Happy May! This might be my shortest ‘Favorites’ post yet as April was somewhat of an off month here. But I still have some good things to share with you!

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Before we dive into my favorite products, I have to share one of our favorite “news” stories. We don’t actually watch the news, since we don’t have cable television, but my Mom informed us of this pretty awesome story…I highly recommend listening to the clip:

Inky The Octopus’s Great Escape: NPR

 

Also, if you’re interested in reading an inspiring blog post, I found this while organizing & cleaning out some of my Pinterest pins (waaaaaay too many pins) and I can’t believe it took me this long to really read it at length. Really makes me think about not only who I am and aspire to be, but also who I surround myself with:

4 Signs of a Woman Worth Following

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A P R I L  F A V O R I T E S:

PRODUCTS WE TRIED & LOVED:

SOMA Evolutionary Refreshment >> Root Brew >> As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I can’t resist trying new kombucha options that pop up in our local natural food stores. Back in my sugary soda drinking days, root beer was my favorite! So you can see why I was drawn to this one. Definitely reminiscent of root beer, but better! SOMA is a company based out of Portland, OR and we LOVE what they’re all about…for example, here’s a bit from their website about “Zero Waste”

Basically, that everything we use in normal operations that can be re-used or re-purposed is, and the recycling bin is the absolute last resort. We know that you can’t throw anything away, because there is no “away”, so we choose products and vendors that come in reusable and less packaging, buy in bulk, get creative.  For example, the wax paper strips that labels come on aren’t recyclable so we donate them to a local funky arts supply store. But if you want some to bake a strip of cookies on, just ask!  And don’t be stingy with those cookies.
Our packaging will always be returnable or reusable, and we really appreciate everyone’s willingness with the bottle deposits.  So far, we’ve kept over 20,000 bottles out of the landfill (where many recycled bottles end up, as making new bottles is cheaper than recycling old ones).

REVIEW: April Favorites

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RECIPES WE TRIED & LOVED:

In April, we stuck with mostly basics and lots of recipes we’ve already tried, but here are two new ones that we fell in love with!

Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Dip >> Veggie Inspired >> I FINALLY tried one of Jenn’s recipes! After months of drooling over posts and compiling a loooooong list of recipes to try, I finally dove in…and also finally subscribed to her blog, which I highly recommend doing! This recipe was wonderful! Creamy, slightly smoky, tangy, and good enough to eat with a spoon. The only adjustment I made was that I left out the liquid smoke since Willow isn’t a huge smoky fan. We dipped oil-free potato wedges in it and also put a dollop on top of our homemade chili! I know I’ll be making plenty more of Jenn’s recipes because I’ve noticed that she uses tahini a good bit and you know how much I LOVE tahini!

REVIEW: April Favorites

Mint Chocolate Chunk Nicecream >> Feasting on Fruit >>  During my pre-vegan days, my all-time favorite ice cream was mint chocolate chip so when Natalie shared a much healthier version, I jumped right on it! Willow and I took some super soft dates and cut them into chunks to throw into our nicecream – I sprinkled a few raw cacao nibs on top of mine. We used spirulina for the green (she gives a few options) and while ours didn’t turn out quite as pretty as Natalie’s, it was incredibly delicious!! Super creamy with just the right amount of mint – a perfect treat for a warm day!

REVIEW: April Favorites

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BOOKS I READ & LOVED:

I read A LOT of new books with Willow last month, here are the ones we really loved:

The Snail and the Whale 

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)

Octopus Alone

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Story of Diva and Flea

And here are my favorite reads from the month:

Medical Medium by Anthony William >> If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw my post about this book. My best friend, Jen, recommended it to me and then I kept seeing people refer to it on IG, so I took it as a sign that I needed to buy it. When it finally arrived, I couldn’t put it down. I told myself that I was going to take my time with it and read a chapter here and there, but I finished it in three days. He sucks you in with his personal story and how this book came to be AND then he goes and continues to blow your mind with his insight. The book is broken down by various conditions: depression, migraines, PTSD, PMS + menopause, and much more. He points you in the direction to healing foods and foods to avoid, as well as supplements/herbs that can aid in healing. As someone who once battled depression, migraines & anxiety, I can look back and see where I could have done better. Ever since I was a teenager, I struggled hard with PMS and while over the years I have learned how to better cope, this book helped me to have a pain-free, symptom-free month! By implementing a few supplements/herbs and healing foods I noticed drastic changes. The thing about this book is that EVERYONE can benefit from reading it – it doesn’t matter if you’re currently sick, aren’t displaying any symptoms or have already healed…this book is filled with life-changing information. Information that could help future generations. I HIGHLY recommend ordering yourself a copy or downloading the Kindle version!

The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes >> I’ll tell you what, I’ve lucked out with the Kindle First choices I’ve made lately…and this was no exception. The Eagle Tree is a story told through the eyes of March Wong, a fourteen-year old autistic boy, who LOVES to climb trees. One day, while climbing, he discovers this Ponderosa Pine (the Eagle Tree) and learns of its fate. March takes things into his own hands and does what he can to save this tree. I loved how engaging the narration was and thought that the author did a beautiful job.

Take me with you by Catherine Ryan Hyde >> I was in between books and decided to browse the Kindle lending library – that’s when I found this book. It ended up being much better than I anticipated. I got so sucked into the story and characters that I couldn’t put it down. It was a feel-good story, heartwarming, and it made me want to hop in the car and take a road trip!

 

What were some of your favorites from April? Did you read any good books or try a new recipe/product? I’d love to hear!

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