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When not traveling, you can usually find me experimenting in the kitchen. Living in the Southwest the summers are so freaking warm that standing over a hot stove or baking seems insane! So I try to eat as much raw as possible.
Luckily there are many fruits in season right now. I've had company most of the summer and we've been busy mowing through all this fruity goodness.
So I turned my kitchen into a laboratory and began experimenting! One of my best creations was Kiwi/Watermelon topped with Hemp seeds. It was super quick to make (like most smoothies) and the taste was rich and refreshing.
Also this is one of those odd smoothies that doesn't contain bananas.
I also tried it with strawberries. (Not my fav.) and watermelon with just nut milk. My son's favorite was mango and watermelon. I actually am not a fan of mangoes but I enjoyed it too. If your melon is ripe it will be plenty sweet and frothy no matter what you throw in.
Watermelon is of course, mostly water — about 92% — but this refreshing summer fruit is also drenched with nutrients. According to Live Science.com "Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There's even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, and very low in sodium. Also there are only 40 calories per cup." #Win
These smoothies are prefect for a lazy, summer morning.
Hemp seeds are a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc? If you are worried about protein, about 25% of calories in hemp seeds come from protein, which is relatively high. 30 grams of hemp seeds, or 2–3 tablespoons, provide about 11 grams of protein, so sprinkle this super food on everything!
I'm wishing I had a smoothie right now. I'm currently sitting on the patio watching another phenomenal sunset. (This mostly makes up for the scorching heat.)
It's almost Halloween!
Are you ready? Vegans Cuts offered an additional box this year for Halloween, besides the regular monthly box, so I had to grab it!
It arrived very quickly after I placed the order and it was jam packed with great, organic snacks!
I really think there was EVEN MORE snacks in this box than the normal monthly one. There were a lot of favorites included too. So it was a nice treat - especially if you are trying to avoid all the sugary Halloween candy from the supermarket.
So my son took 90% of this, but it's okay- my Halloween Treats were in the form of Masks this time!
Read about the October Horror Masks HERE if you haven't already.
And Happy Almost Halloween!
This tastes more like a decadent dessert than a nutritious way to start the day.
The natural sweetness of the orange and carrots are balanced by a trio of complementary spices, while a spoonful of homemade coconut whipped cream serves as the perfect finishing touch.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Coconut Whipped Cream Ingredients:
1 13.5-oz. can full fat coconut milk, chilled
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
1 cup coconut milk
1 large ripe banana, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
2 large stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 large orange, peeled
4 large carrots, roughly chopped
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
4-6 ice cubes
Finely chopped walnuts
Makes a wonderful breakfast for two!
See you at the airport~
Do you like strawberries? I do, they are probably close to my favorite fruit after bananas and pineapple. No wait, I love blueberries and blackberries and and and ...Okay strawberries are good, but so are most all fruit, lol
Recently I went to the market and strawberries were on offer! How crazy is that? It's the middle of winter! But I couldn't resist, so I purchased $5 worth and had an over flowing bag of delicious, red goodness. This week I’ve been adding them to nice cream and smoothies but I still have a huge bag left. I searched on line for easy strawberry vegan recipes and decide to try a cake and candy recipe.
I dumped the strawberries in the blender with a homemade coconut butter. Blended it as a separate layer to the Chocolate and froze each layer, before adding the next layer to the candy mold.
These are really large molds. (Like you could make soap in them, wtf? The molds are food grade, I checked again if you were worried.) It took a long time to for the whole thing to freeze solid, but the favor was really, really good. The "chocolate" part was my standard PB cup recipe without the peanut butter.
You remember these, right?
I was looking for a link to the recipes and can't find it. I know I have shared it before, but I am posting it again.
Raw and Simple Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
• ½ cup of coconut oil (melted)
• ¼ cup of raw cacao powder
• 2 tablespoon of pure maple syrup (maple syrup for vegans)
• Raw peanut butter or almond butter (stir well and place in fridge ahead of time)
Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup together in a bowl to make the raw chocolate.
Pour a small amount of chocolate (1-2 teaspoons) into each candy mold to create the bottom.
Place in the freezer for 5 minutes until completely firm.
Place a small dollop of peanut/almond butter (I use my ½ teaspoon) onto the center of each cup.
If your peanut/almond butter isn't completely solid, place the tray back in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify.
Add more raw chocolate to each cup until it is filled to the top.
Place back in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes until solid.
Store in the fridge.
Quick and super great tasting treat!
So that recipe (without the peanut butter) was the bases for my strawberry experiment. Do you have a fav strawberry fake bake or raw recipe? Please share if you do!
Even in fridge it melts. I need to do a but of work on that, but oh well I had company and these were soon gone! #Win!
This would be very pretty in a springform pan, with this layer on top. I added cocao shavings between layers for an extra treat. It also needed to stay in freezer, but it was so good and very filling. The "cheesecake" part was raw cashews and the crust was simple date/pecan mix. Honestly no one minded it needed to be eaten cold!
MMMMMMmmmmmm Just looking at these pictures makes me hungry again. I think I will make another trip to the market.
Catch you later-
I'm starting off the year trying to eat better..so here are the results from the latest Fruit/Veggie buying haul. (I'm still in South Texas and we are blessed with lost of fresh produce.)
Bought the Shit outta all kinda goodness.
I had hopes of showing off the latest raw carrot cake I made, but my family ate it faster than I could food process carrots. (And that's pretty damn fast!) I'm still so amazed that everyone likes the raw food. So that 2 BIG raw food myths busted:
1. It's tasteless
2. It's so much hard work.
It's been my experience all the raw food is very tasty and super easy to make. IDK - whoever says otherwise has probably never actually tried it. Just more silly meat #propaganda or some such shite.
Now I'm off to make a big bunch of Nice Cream -- hopefully pictures to follow soon.
It's amazing what a handful of Chia Seeds or Hemp in a smoothly can do for you! When I start dragging I cook black beans, what we don't eat that night I put in the food processor for bean tacos the next day.
Also Almonds are always a great snack to keep on hand. Buy the best organic you can find. And make sure you purchase, raw and unsalted/sugared.
Some of these items are bit expensive but so worth it. It's important to not skimp on food. It's the fuel to keeping you healthily and happy. Not getting enough protein can really change your mood.
Catch you later-
The hardest thing about trying a Raw diet, *for me anyway, is after I have eaten all the fruit, what then? I'm full but then dinner time rolls around and suddenly my tummy is growling and I want something more satisfying. What to "not" cook next? It's so NOT AS EASY as it Looks. Then I think it's because we are programed to think that if it's not cooked, covered in sauce or herbs it can't be good. It's was the same thing when I gave up cheese. I thought, "WTF? WHAT AM I GONNA EAT THAT DOESN'T HAVE CHEESE?" turns out food actually tastes all right without cheese! Also it tastes pretty good without gravy or sauces, especially if it is fresh.
The BIGGEST myths that I noticed were:
1. It's too expensive!
2. It takes for-ever to prepare. (Said while rolling eyes)
3. It taste like crap.
4. It's same old boring thing, day after day.
All of the above are lies! Lies I tell you!
#1. When you stop purchasing all the other crap, you have more than enough money to eat healthy. It's just difficult in the beginning when you are transitioning.
#2. Nope, Mostly it's super quick. You may have to let something sit in freezer/fridge but the prep time to not too bad. Good equipment (just like conventional cooking) is a key part.
#3. If your food tastes like crap you are doing it wrong! It's actually amazingly good and flavorful. My mouth now waters when I see fruits and veggies and I am replaced by candy/cupcakes/Crap.
#4. The sky is the limit on what you prepare. There are some amazing sites that offer FREE recipes and advice. Also good (and cheap) (not) cookbooks you can buy.
But it's not ALL ABOUT NUTS either, so don't loose faith is you are allergic. The planet is actually full of Food. *Who knew? When can eat and more importantly ENJOY, without polluting the environment or our bodies. #WIN
What are your "go to" favorite raw recipes? Do you have any or are you just beginning? Please share recipes or your story in the comments section below.
I am collecting recipes now. I will post (along with picture and reviews) soon.
See you at the airport-
(Right after I eat some raw brownies!)
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