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Gluten free,dairy free, and sugar free nourishing whole foods to heal and flourish.

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Garbanzo basil salad


I love my green salads but sometimes I need something a little different to spice things up. This salad was not popular with my son but I LOVE it!  So I had to share this recipe. I am eating it (vacuuming it into my mouth) as I write this.  I think I am going to start compiling some of these recipes plus some not on the blog and put together a book. I’m not sure if it will be an ebook or paper book yet. It is going to be a busy (but fun!) fall with starting acupuncture school and working on the book.

Garbanzo basil salad

1 can of garbanzo (or equivalent cooked beans)

1 cup chopped carrots

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

1 avocado chopped

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil chopped

1 teaspoon vinegar (I used coconut but any will work)

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch of sea salt


This recipe is also seen here with many other yummy vegan recipes.


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What I ate Wednesday!

For breakfast I had an apple, some cashews, seaweed and a big cup of lemon water. I attempted to have an egg yesterday (with yolk) and didn’t like the way it made me feel (uppity) and I forgot how the yolks make me break out too. So I am back to avoiding eggs again. I have been eating the whites a few times a week for the past few weeks and feel ok but I noticed my eyelashes are getting thin and patchy. I have heard that egg whites contain an ingredient that inhibits the B vitamin biotin in your body which is needed for hair growth. So I’m going to see if it’s the egg whites causing it by cutting them out again for a while. I may need to replace my liquid eyeliner and see if that helps also.


For lunch I had an awesome humungous salad with arugula, romaine, garbanzo beans, tomatoes (fresh and sun dried), onions, raisins/ dried cranberries, blueberries, basil (fresh and dried), lemon juice, flax oil, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. I also had some oven baked red potato fries with the skins.


For dinner I was not really to hungry but I made a garbanzo basil veggie salad with no lettuce. I will post the recipe tomorrow! I couldn’t get a great picture because it was dark but I will post the picture anyways. For desert I made a grain free vegan vanilla cake with chocolate Kahlua frosting which was yummers but still needs a little work so I will post it soon when it’s ready.



Smoothie Tuesday! Double chocolate shake


I don’t drink shake type smoothies very often but once in a while I will have the craving and this is the perfect healthy chocolate shake to go to when the craving strikes! I try to avoid bananas in my smoothies because they are horrible for people with candida problems. Its a good thing avocado is the perfect texture replacement for bananas for making super creamy smoothies!

 Double chocolate shake 

3 cups coconut milk
1 avocado
1 tablespoon sunflower butter
2 packets stevia
2 tablespoons honey/maple
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon hemp powder(optional)
1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

This recipe is also seen here  with many other gluten free/dairy free recipes

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10 ways to eat healthier and save money

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1. Buy in bulk- You can buy alot of foods in bulk which will save money in the long run such as: dried beans, rice, dried fruits, nuts/seeds, produce that you use regularly, and meats.

2. Make it yourself –You can make quite a few things your self for much cheaper than buying the name brands at the store such as: nut milks, beans( buy dried instead of canned), crackers, sauces, gluten free flours, etc. This also helps avoid all the extra additives and fillers that are added to processed foods


3. Forage for local fruits and veggies– There is most likely a park or wild area or even your back yard where you live where you should  at least be able to forage for dandelion leaves for salads/smoothies etc. You may be able to find some fruit trees or bushes also.

4. Grow your own- Growing anything yourself will always save you some money and be healthier because you would know that it was grown in good quality organic conditions.


5. Get chickens– If you eat eggs getting your own chicken can be a good way to save money on food and you would get a superior quality egg as long as you raise them free range.


6. Add water to fresh juices to extend them out- If I drank all of my juices that I juiced with only 100% juice I would seriously be in the poor house! I cut them with water about 2/3 juice and 1/3 water. And if I’m really short of money I will do 50/50 and just add some stevia.

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7. Drink smoothies/juices based on cheaper produce- Making your smoothies and juices using a base of lots of carrots,apples, parsley and other lower cost produce will help save some money.

8. Plan meals ahead-Helps avoid too many trips to the store where extra spending or last minute junk food splurges might take place.

9. Less meat and more beans for protein

10. Do a juice fast 1 day a week-Help give your body a mini detox and save money in the process.

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Vanilla dandelion maca tea latte


I love tea lattes! I wish there was a tea shop that only did tea lattes. I can’t drink much coffee because it gives me indigestion and I can’t really handle caffeine anymore. This drink is the perfect way to start your day. Dandelion root gives your liver a detox and the maca will give you an energy boost. I think this is my 100th post!!! I can’t believe I have done 100 of these! It has been so much fun! Thanks for all you readers for your comments and support!! Cheers to good health!!!!

Vanilla dandelion maca latte

3 dandelion root tea bags

1 1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup coconut milk

1-2 tablespoons honey/maple(or 2 packets stevia)

1 tablepoon maca powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon (optional)

* steep the tea bags for at least 5 minutes then mix ingredients together.




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Blackberry and vanilla coconut milk Popsicles



I picked a ton of blackberries from our local park and have to figure out what to make with them! I made some Popsicles for the kids and they loved them so I will post the recipe. I love being able to go forage for wild berries! It is free and healthy and you get outside into the fresh air and get yourself some nature time!

Blackberry and vanilla coconut milk popsicles

1 cup blackberries

1/2 avocado

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2-3 packets stevia or 2 tablespoons honey/maple

1/4 cup water

vanilla coconut milk:

1 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 packets stevia or 2 tablespoons honey/maple

* Blend the blackberry ingredients until smooth.

* Mix the vanilla coconut milk together.

* Pour the blackberry mix into about 1/2-2/3 of the popsicle mold. You can add a few whole berries to it also.

* Pour the vanilla milk on top and swirl it around slightly with a knife to get that swirled look.

* Put the sticks in the middle and freeze for a few hours.

* Makes about 8 popsicles.

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Grain free/vegan banana chocolate chip doughnuts


I started making cookies and after adding the banana they tasted too banana-ish so I turrned them into donuts. The kids and I loved these so I think they earned the seal of approval. They are really moist and delicious! I like using the mini chocolate chips so you don’t get a big bite of chocolate but small hints of chocolate as you eat it.

Grain free/ vegan banana chocolate chip doughnuts

1 cup cashew flour

2 tablespoon coconut flour

1/2 mashed banana

2 tablespoons raw honey

1/4 cup melted smart balance butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

* Mix ingredients together and I use a ziplock bag with the tip cut to pour it into a greased donut pan.

* Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until slightly firm and light to medium brown color.

This recipe can also be seen here