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Raw Pesto/tomato and spirulina green seed crackers

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I have seen crackers like these that were very over priced at health food stores and I have always wanted to try making them for myself. Turns out they are super easy to make and really delicious! You can do any flavor combinations you want! If you add oregano and more sun dried tomatoes to my pesto crackers you will have pizza flavored crackers. Great for kids snacks or snacks on the run! You can put avocado or hummus on top or any dip that sounds tasty. These would be awesome crumbled up on salads too!

Pesto seed crackers

1 cup flax seeds

1 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup black sesame seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup ground flax seeds

large handful fresh basil

1/2 cup water

juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup ground pumpkin seeds

about 6-8 chopped sun dried tomatoes

1 tablespoon olive oil

pinch of sea salt

 

* For the pesto sauce blend: basil. lemon juice, ground pumpkin seeds, water, garlic, salt and oil together until smooth.

* Mix the pesto sauce with all of the seeds and form into crackers on parchment paper and dehydrate overnight.( If too dry add a touch more water to the mix or if too wet just add some more ground flax.)

* Makes about 12 medium-large sized crackers

 

Spirulina green crackers

1 cup flax seeds

1 cup ground flax seeds

1 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup black sesame seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup coconut milk or water

2 tablespoons hemp protein powder (not sure if this is raw)

1 tablespoon spirulina powder

1/2-1 tablespoon garlic powder

pinch of sea salt

* Mix all ingredients together and press into crackers on parchment paper and dehydrate over night.

* Makes about 10-12 medium – large crackers

 


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Don’t eat red meat? Here’s 10 great sources for iron and blood building nutrients and a goji energy bar recipe

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I have always had problems with being anemic even when I was eating red meat. I especially had to stock up on iron foods when I was pregnant with my kids.  When using non animal sources of iron you need to take in double the amount than you would with an animal source because the type of iron (non heme) does not absorb as well as heme iron. Also it helps to have a vitamin C rich food with your iron for extra absorption.This is especially important for vegetarians and pregnant women. I also put below a recipe for fruit sweetened goji energy bars with some of these iron rich foods in the ingredients.

Here are 10 great foods for building iron stores:

dates

figs

black beans

molasses

goji berries

clams

spirulina

beets

prunes/plums

nettles

 

Goji energy bar

1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons juicer beet pulp(or shredded beets)

2 tablespoons pistachio /3 seed butter(recipe below)

3 tablespoons dried goji berries

4 soaked and processed figs

1 tablespoon flaxseeds partially ground

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds partially ground

1 tablespoon pumkin seeds partially ground

1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

1/2 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of sea salt

Mix ingredients together and shape into bars., You can sprinkle some ground sunflower seeds on the outside if they are too sticky. Makes about 4-5 bars.

Pistachio/3 seed butter

3 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1/4 cup unsalted pistachios

3 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of sea salt

Makes about 4 servings worth.


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How to make your own sunflower seed milk the easy way

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It’s actually really easy to make your own nut/seed milks. I use a lot of sunflower seeds because I have never had any type of bad reactions to them and they are good for my dosha(body type). But it is still important to have all nuts and seeds in moderation because of the anti nutrients they contain.

First take 1 part raw sunflower seeds and 2 parts water and put in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

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Second use a metal mesh tea strainer or cheese cloth and strain the liquid out. If you are impatient like me you can stir it around in the filter a bit to speed up the process.

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Third you can add a little bit of stevia or honey to make it a little bit sweet or just keep as is. Thats it! Now you have creamy, delicious sunmilk!

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