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Incredible Hulk energizer protein shake

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This has been my new favorite breakfast lately. Perfect on those days where you are tired and need a little kick in the pants to get you moving! Your green muscles may just burst through your shirt like the big green guy! My new routine that I have been loving lately is when I first get up drink a massive cup of lemon water (filled with sliced lemons/oranges and chopped ginger ) to give my body a good detox flush then follow it up a little bit later with this shake or a green smoothie-Yum!

Incredible Hulk energizer protein shake

3 cups almond or coconut milk

1 cup of blueberries (or strawberries)

3 soaked dates

2 tablespoons ground chia seeds

1-2 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 tablespoon spirulina powder

1 tablespoon hemp protein powder

2 tablespoon maca powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 packet stevia (or 1-2 more soaked dates)

1 capsule probiotics (optional)


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Raw lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting

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These would make great treats for a kids birthday celebration! All healthy real food ingredients Adding some chopped strawberries to the cupcake would be really good also! I am trying to start using only dates and stevia for sweeteners because of candida issues. Honey and maple seem to react similar to sugar in my body and create an environment for candida to have a party in my body! I think some my issues with the raw food diet are actually not the raw foods but candida issues. Since I started taking probiotics I have not noticed the weight gain and thinning hair as I did a few weeks ago. I actually feel like my hair has been growing faster since going raw a few weeks ago.

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Raw lemon cupcake

1/3 cup +4 tablespoons ground sunflower seeds

4 tablespoons ground sprouted buckwheat groats

1/3 cup + 4 tablespoons ground coconut shreds

1/3 cup ground cashews

lemon juice of 2 lemons

2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest

1/3 cup coconut milk

10 soaked medjool dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

strawberry frosting

1 1/2 cups strawberries

1-2 soaked medjool dates

1 tablespoon coconut milk

1 tablespoon cocoa butter or coconut oil melted

3 tablespoons ground cashews

a few drops of stevia (optional)

small pinch of sea salt (optional)

* Mix the cupcake ingredients together and put in cupcake papers ( I use the silicone reusable ones) and put in the dehydrator for a few hours.

* Blend/process the frosting ingredients and put in a pastry bag with decorative pastry tips and put the frosting on the cakes. Make sure the cakes are cooled off because if they are warm the frosting may start to melt. Also if you put the frosting in the refrigerator for an hour or so before using it will be more firm.

* Sprinkle with lemon zest optional. Enjoy! Makes 6 cupcakes.

This recipe can also be seen here http://dietdessertndogs.com/2013/06/27/wellness-weekend-june-27-july-1-2013 along with many other vegan recipes!


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Raspberry lavender smoothie for smoothie Tuesday and supporting your kidney yang

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Today’s smoothie is raspberry lavender smoothie. Raspberries are one of the few fruits that help tonify the kidney yang (chinese medicine). This is especially important for people eating a raw food diet especially diets high in fruits because it can put can put your body out of balance and cause many symptoms including: feeling cold all the time, swollen face, swollen extremities, memory loss, hair loss, hearing problems, decreased sexual drive, brittle bones, teeth problems, sore back and knees, frequent pale urination, incontinence, high blood pressure, low sperm count, infertility, hypothyroidism, asthma, impotence, difficult bowel movements. Other foods that help tonify the kidney yang are black foods such as black beans, black sesame seeds, spirulina, shellfish, walnuts, cinnamon and ginger. Go to this page for more information regarding kidney yang http://www.examiner.com/article/foods-that-tonfiy-kidney-yang-when-the-body-is-too-yin

Raspberry lavender smoothie

1 1/2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup chopped mango
2 stalks celery
1 tablespoon avocado
1 tablespoon hemp protein
1/2 tablespoon dried lavender
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon flax oil
pinch cinnamon
pinch turmeric

optional:fresh ginger

*Topped with raspberries, lavender, turmeric, and raisins.


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Raw raspberry rose and white chocolate mousse cake

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I am trying not to eat too many deserts that contain much fat but there is something about this combination I just couldn’t resist! We have a huge raspberry bush in our back yard that is starting to produce raspberries every day now so I will be eating tons of them in the next few weeks-Yum! I fell of my raw food wagon a few days ago because I’m starting to put on some weight and it seemed like my hair was starting to thin so I panicked and started eating some black beans and fish. I have always noticed my hair seems to get really healthy, shiny and thicker when I am eating a lot of black beans. I think it may be because it is high is the amino acid L-lysine which is good for hair growth and beans are a great protein source. I think I will go back on the raw but still include some black beans and some digestive aides like more probiotics to make sure I am absorbing my protein better. And also I will be increasing my fresh veggie juice intake. Any readers with some raw advice on these issues are appreciated! Leave comments below! I just did my first mud run yesterday and I had a BLAST! Who knew playing in the mud could be so much fun!!

Raw raspberry rose white chocolate mousse cake

 

2 cups soaked cashews

1/4 cup +4 tablespoons coconut milk

5 packets stevia

1 1/2 vanilla extract

1/3 cup raspberries

5-7 drops rose water extract

1-2 tablespoon honey or maple

3 tablespoons melted cocoa butter

crust:

2 tablespoons ground blanched almonds

2 tablespoons ground cashews

1 tablespoon ground shredded coconut

1/2 tablespoon orange juice

1/2 tablespoon honey/maple or 2 soaked dates mashed

pinch of sea salt

* Blend mousse ingredients except for the raspberries and rose extract until smooth and creamy.

* Take out 1/2 of the blended mouse out of the blender and put aside in a separate bowl.

* Add the raspberries to the remaining mouse in the blender and blend until smooth.

* Mix the crust ingredients together and put the crust in a greased 4″ springform pan with parchment paper on the bottom.

* Pour the white mouse for the first layer then the raspberry rose mouse for the second layer.

* Decorate with raspberries and cacoa nibs and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours to set.

* Eat up!  Makes about 4 larger or 6 smaller servings.

Getting ready for the mud run! And yes those are tutus we’re wearing!


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Chocolate spirulina energy bar

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This would be a good bar for that busy morning that you don’t have time to make breakfast and you want to just grab it and go. It is high protein and has a little chocolate kick to get your day started.

Chocolate spirulina energy bar

1 cup ground blanched almonds

1 cup ground (partially) walnuts

1 tablespoon ground sprouted buckwheat groats

1 mashed banana(optional for extra potassium)

10 chopped red dates

1 tablespoon ground black sesame seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons spirulina

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2-3 tablespoons honey or maple (or about 6 soaked and mashed dates)

pinch cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* Optional: handful of chocolate chips or raisins

* Mix ingredients together and sprinkle whole black sesame seeds over the top to prevent stickiness.(If it is overly sticky just add a little more almond or buckwheat flour to the mix)

* Dehydrate for a few hours to make it more firm or leave as is.

* Keep in the refrigerator and eat within 2-3 days

* Makes about 4 bars


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What I ate Wednesday and the raw version of my juicer pulp pizza crust

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For breakfast I ate a modified version of one of these smoothies along with a 1/2 clove of garlic.

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For lunch I ate my juicer pulp crust pizza with massaged kale, pesto, and heirloom tomatoes. I also made some chocolate/spirulina energy bars that I snacked on (instead of eating dinner) I posted the recipe  for the pizza crust below and post the bar recipe tomorrow.

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For dinner I wasn’t to hungry so I made some green juice with kale, celery, lemon, ginger, cilantro, and carrots.

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Raw juicer pulp pizza crust

1 1/2 cups carrot pulp

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds

1/2 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 red bell pepper chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon honey or maple

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup coconut milk

2-3 tablespoons dried Italian herbs

pinch of sea salt

* Put in an 8″ pan that is lined in parchment paper and dehydrate for about 12-18 hours depending on how crispy you like your crust.

* Makes 2- 4 servings (4 pizza slices)

This recipe is also seen herehttp://dietdessertndogs.com/2013/06/20/wellness-weekend-june-20-24-2013 along with many other vegan recipes.


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Smoothie Tuesday! Spiced pear/beet/rhubarb smoothie

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Well I am still on this raw diet and may stay on it forever! It would probably be tough in the winter though because I really like soups. I will have to experiment with some raw soups to keep me warm! Just because it’s raw doesn’t mean we have to eat it cold! I have discovered a great way to help prevent bloating and sluggish digestion from drinking too many smoothies. I have been swallowing (or chew it but your breath will be hideous!) about 1/2 clove of fresh garlic with my smoothie the past few days and it has helped my digestion/bloating so much! I really recommend it! I have also been trying out the 80/10/10 rule of eating which is 80% of your diet is carbs 10% percent is  fat and 10% is protein. This is so much different than what I have beet eating for the past 15 years or so. I am usually eating quite a bit of fat without even realizing it! Like olive oil on everything and coconut oil in deserts and for cooking with. It really adds up! Eating less fat has given me so much more energy and better digestion. If you think about it make sense that your body wouldn’t require so much fat if you were in the woods and surviving off of what you could forage. In the summer you would mainly be eating plants/fruits some nuts and seeds and occasionally insects or small animals. And in the winter you would be eating less green plants and more root vegetables, nuts and fatty fish etc.

Spiced pear/beet/rhubarb smoothie:

5 pears
2 stalks rhubarb
1/2 small beet
1/2 orange
2-3′ chunk ginger
large pinch cinnamon
large pinch turmeric

*add enough water to make it so you can blend it (about 1/3 to 1/2 blender full)

*add a handful of greens for a green smoothie!