Strawberry Chia Pudding

This pudding immediately became the household go-to breakfast meal.  It’s more filling than your basic almond milk and chia variety and it’s way more delicious.  It tastes like strawberry shortcake, if strawberry shortcake was healthy and even more tasty.  I currently have 3L of this in the fridge because it gets eaten so fast.  Of course there is a chocolate version coming to the blog in the very near future.  The recipe has finally been perfected and you’re going to LOVE it!

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Strawberry Chia Pudding

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1  1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients except the chia seeds in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into any container that closes liquid tight, add chia seeds, screw lid on tightly and vigorously shake until mixed.  Alternatively, but less fun is to just stir the chia seeds in with a spoon…

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, shaking occasionally initially so the seeds don’t clump together.  Best results if refrigerated overnight.

Healing Turmeric Latte

The turmeric latte is a game changer.  I had been wanting to banish soy milk from my diet for a long time, and it was made possible the instant I tasted this drink!

Not only is it delicious, but turmeric is an anti-inflammatory gem.  It may reduce tumors and decrease the severity of Alzheimer’s disease, stimulates digestion, may lower LDL cholesterol, and fight colds and flu among other things.

 

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Healing Turmeric Latte

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or coconut milk, or coconut/almond milk…you get the idea)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp honey (if your milk is already sweetened you may want to start with less honey)

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and heat until desired temperature is reached.  Whisk occasionally to ensure it is mixed well.  Enjoy.

The reason black pepper is added to recipes with turmeric is because pepper contains piperine, thought to increase the effects of curcumin in turmeric by 1,000 times.  This maximizes the health benefits of the latte and you can’t even taste the pepper!

 

 

So Happy.

yammy1I am literally smiling all the time.  My skin looks better every day.  Tell me again why I went off raw?

Yesterday I spent about 4 hours cleaning the kitchen.  Now it’s so bright and inviting!  Today I cleaned out the pantry and I threw out so much crap – including some white flour we haven’t used in more than 2 years!!!  Gross.  I also managed to spill the flour all over the floor, and the dog didn’t even move, and if the dog won’t eat it – you know it can’t be categorized as food!

I just got in from a run and whipped up some nori wraps, but this time I made a raw almond dipping sauce that was out of this world!!!  I was so eager to eat that I didn’t take any pictures of it.  The dipping sauce kicks my lame almond paste’s butt!

 

Raw Almond Dipping Sauce

4 tbsp raw almond butter
2 tbsp water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp tamari or Braggs
1 tbsp lime juice

I also picked up some E3Live at the health food store since we’re in-between wheat grass harvesting “seasons” (which last 10 days).  E3Live is a highly concentrated shot of greens.  It’s even darker than wheatgrass juice – and more bitter.  When you take greens as green and as bitter as E3Live (or spirulina, kale, collards, etc.) it means your liver is getting detoxified hard-core.  This also explains why I have had a pretty intense breakout of eczema on my right middle finger.  It’s so swollen that I can barely bend it!  I really hope the swelling goes down through the night because it is so uncomfortable.

If you’re going raw for the first time or starting to take concentrated greens like this, keep in mind that you could go into a healing crisis and feel a lot worse before you feel better.  This is because the liver has the tools it needs to release toxins into the bloodstream for elimination…and this can be extremely intense if you are higly toxic.  I have done my fair share of cleanses, and usually the nausea/sickness goes away 4-5 days after starting/modifying a cleansing program -for me, but all experiences are unique.  So hang in there if you find yourself in a healing crisis!

Spirulina: Why I Eat It Every Day.

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The question I get asked most often when I tell people that I eat raw, vegan food is: Where do you get your protein?  The simplest answer: spirulina.  “Spir-what?” They ask.  So rather than explain myself over and over again, I thought I’d just write about it and refer people to this website.Spirulina is an amazing superfood.

I guess you could say that spirulina is my preferred source of protein, although that isn’t my main objective in eating it.  To be honest, I am a firm believer that all foods in nature have the perfect amout of fats, carbohydrates, and protein, so I never strive to get any single macro-nutrient.  I just eat a wide variety of foods and listen to my body.  Society, on the other hand, seems to be obsessed with the protein question, and if you’re one who is protein obsessed, this may be your reason to include spirulina in your diet!

Spirulina is a complete protein, which means that is contains all of the essential amino acids.  It’s also rich in EFAs: GLA, ALA, LA, EPA, DHA, and AA.  If you don’t understand what those mean, don’t sweat it.  Just think Omega 3s!

Spirulina is also loaded with vitamins and minerals – just look at its colour.  Anything THAT green is golden for the body.  Everyone could use more greens in their diet, that’s for sure.  What I can say for certain is that spirulina gives me loads of energy every time I eat it.  And at the moment, my favourite way to eat spirulina is in a smoothie loaded with local, fresh berries!