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Out of this World Orange-Pineapple Juice

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Out of this World Orange-Pineapple Blueberry Juice

This morning I got up and made breakfast as I do every Sunday morning.  After Jason finished eating, he said that he wished we had orange juice.  And me, being the granter of wishes and magic, obliged.  I had 5 oranges that needed to be used up, and a pineapple that had finally ripened.

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“I juice oranges Mama”

With Elliot’s help, we juiced the pineapple and oranges in our juicer.  During the juicing process, I had a wild idea to take our orange juice to a whole new level!!!! Let’s add some frozen BLUEBERRIES!!!! I transferred the orange-pineapple juice into the Vitamix and threw in about a couple of frozen blueberries.  OMG!!!! It was so good!!! Another step toward our zero waste movement!!!

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Taste Test… “Mmmmm, it’s good Mama!”

Recipe:

  • 5-6 Oranges
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 Cup of frozen blueberries

Instructions:

Peel and cut up the oranges and pineapple and juice them in your favorite juicer.  I love my ACME Surpreme Juicerator (which was also thrifted, or I should say, rescued) 🙂 Then place the juice in the blender and add frozen blueberries. Blend until smooth and enjoy!!!!

 

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Say “Juice!” A family that juice together, stays together.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Indulging in Raw Chocolate….

valentines-day-letteringHappy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you are celebrating love even if you don’t have a someone special.  Actually you do.  You have you! And you are the most important person in your life! How about you doing a little self care and lavish yourself in raw chocolate? And guess what?  IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Continue reading

Spirit Brownies

This past weekend I attended a Shamanic weekend workshop.  It was a powerful and life changing experience.  We journeyed, we sang, we dance, we opened our hearts to perfect strangers, and we healed.  I am still processing the whole experience and plan to write or do a vlog about it soon.

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We were asked to bring snacks to share with everyone.  It was recommended to bring something gluten free, nut free, dairy free, and vegans due to the dietary needs within the group.  A few months ago I saw on a website, a recipe for brownies made with black beans, but I didn’t write it down.  So I thought I would wing it and hope for the best! So here is what you need to make these spirit nourishing morsels….

2 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 can canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 vanilla bean scrapped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup, room temperature
1 cup old fashioned gluten free oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 9.5×13.5 inch non-stick square baking pan.
  2. Combine everything in the food processor except chocolate chips. Process until very smooth. Stir in chocolate chips 3/4 of the bag, then the last 1/4 of the bag sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and top with more chocolate chips.
    Bake for 28-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  5. They are best when stored in the fridge.

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They came out AMAZING!!!! So fudgy and dense. Not only are they out of this world delicious, but they are healthy for you too.   These brownies a packed full of protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron.   

Maple Syrup Sunday

Toady was Maple Syrup Sunday here in Maine.  So farms with sugar shacks open their doors to the public to share the process of maple syrup makings.  I was so excited to go! It seems like every year I forget about it.  This year Elliot, Samantha and I went, but it was so cold!! Elliot was super excited when he first got there.
SAMSUNG CSCWe didn’t get to see the process of syrup making, because Elliot had a bit of a melt down as we waited in line.  Poor little guy was tired and cold, so we left before we got to see the maple syrup making.  We did get to see some animals…..
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We did a little dancing and listen to some music………SAMSUNG CSC

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So in honor of Maple Syrup Sunday, I made some maple syrup granola bars.  Full of super food!

1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of puffed milletSAMSUNG CSC
1/2 cup of mixed nuts
2 tbs of chia seeds
2 tbs of hemp seeds
1 1/2 tbs of lucuma powder
1 1/2 tbs of maca powder
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup goji berrie
3/4 cup of maple syrup
4-5 dates pitted and soaked in 1/2 cup of boiling water.

Start by soaking the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes.  Then blend until completely smooth, and add in the maple syrup.  In another bowl mixed all your dry ingredients and then add your maple syrup mix.  SAMSUNG CSC

Next spread the mixture on a dehydrator sheet if using a dehydrator, or a cookie sheet if using the oven.  I dehydrated my bars for about 5 hours.

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If you are using your oven, set it on the lowest setting and check the bars periodically.  You want them to be hard.  Cut into sizes of your preference and enjoy. 

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Quick and Easy Veggie Noodle Dish

It’s Sunday night, it’s dinner time, it’s snowing, AND there’s not much in the fridge.   I do not want to leave the comforts of my home to go to the grocery store, because the fire blazing and I’m veggin’ out in my yoga pants and flannel.

I rummage through the fridge to see what I can come up with for a quick and healthy meal.  In a pinch, I must say, I can be quite creative! Here’s what I found: a squash, zucchini, carrots, a mix of tomatoes, and some greens.  I decided I would make a veggie stir-fry.

photoWhat you will need:

1 Zucchini
1 Summer Squash
A handful of small tomatoes
1 Carrot
2 Cups of greens
3-4 Tbs of Olive oil
Seasonings of you choice (I used a tomato, basil and garlic mix, along with pink Himalayan sea salt and black pepper)

With a Veggie Spiralizer make the squash and zucchini noodles.  Grate the carrots and chop up the tomatoes and greens. Place all your veggies in a bowl.  Drizzle about 2 tbs of olive oil over the veggies, and add your seasoning. Then gentle massage and mix your veggies by hand.  On medium to low heat, sauté your veggie mix in 1-2 Tbs of olive oil for 8-10 minute.  Then enjoy!!!

photo 2Super quick, easy, AND healthy.  I added some hemp seed to my dish for some extra protein.  It was so delicious! My 13 year old devoured it and made sure to save a portion to take for her lunch tomorrow.  I think this would also be yummy served cold! ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

************UPDATE 3/22/15*************

I loved this recipe so much that I made it again a few nights ago.  This time I added peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, black olives and I topped it with sprouts, avocados and pecans! Wit the left overs I used as  a burrito filling and it was AMAZING!!!!

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Benefits of Lemon Water

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One of the very first things I do when I wake up in the morning is drink a glass of warm lemon water. I have done this for years and it really starts my day off right. It gives me an energy boost and gets my body ready to receive nutrient. I definitely notice a difference in my body when I don’t drink my lemon water. Here are just some of the benefits of drinking warm lemon water.

Benefits of Lemon Water

Digestion:

  • Assists in flushing digestive track to remove waste and toxins
  • Stimulates stomach acid and bile production
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices
  • Contains pectin fibers which are beneficial for colon health

Immunity:

  • Contains Vitamin C and potassium
    • Vitamin C is important for adrenal function, which reduces the impact of stress on the body.
    • Potassium nourishes brain and nerve cells
  • Helps prevent the growth and production of bacteria that cause infection and disease

Liver:

  • Help restore the liver after being active during sleep
  • Provides energy to the liver enzymes when they are too diluted

Skin:

  • Provides hydration which is import for healthy skin
  • Vitamin C for collagen production, which prevents formation of wrinkles and acne

Inflammation Reduction:

  • Reduces inflammation in the joints and kneed by aiding in dissolving uric acid

RECIPE

  • 16 oz of warm water.  You do not want to use hot water, room temperature water is fine to use.
  • ½ of a juiced lemon

For an extra boost to the immunity system and aid in cancer prevention you can add a pinch of turmeric.

If you like a sweeter taste, adding local organic raw honey to sweeten your drink.  This gives you an extra  energy boost, and aids in reduction of allergies.

 

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