Mar 27

Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

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Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

 

My recent love has been for raw Macaroons – any flavour!!  This recipe is quick, raw,(therefore vegan and gluten free) tasty and doesn’t need to be dehydrated.

Can be a great little snack or a desert!

Keep in an air tight container in the fridge and oh my great to snack on.

 

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Macaroons

- 3 Banana’s well mashed in a mixing bowl

-  1/2 cup Coconut oil

-  1/2 cup Agave

-  11/2 tsp Vanila

-  3 tbsp Activated Barley (slow burning carb – Purium’s Activated Barley – if you don’t want to use it or have it just use Cocoa

       Powder instead)

-  3 tbsp raw Cocoa Powder

-  2 cups shredded Coconut flakes

-  pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

Add in Coconut oil, Agave and Vanilla into mashed Banana and mix well.  Add in the rest of ingredients and mix well together.

Once mixed well, spoon out (I used a melon ball scooper) onto wax paper in a container.  Keep in fridge.

Enjoy!

Jodi

You can add a little more raw cocoa if you like.  I didn’t have any but ground up my raw cocoa nibs.

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Mar 23

Does Natural Mean Healthy??

Does Natural Mean Healthy??

 

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On the sidewalks outside the Expo

 

As you may (or may not) know I have been travelling for the past 6 weeks.  In that traveling time we found out about the Anaheim Natural Food Expo and what an adventure!! Glad we stayed the extra days – 3 full days – and we only saw a little more than half – it was a tad overwhelming but we also met a ton of very cool people, made some new friends and got to sample many new products!

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I woke up feeling not great on Monday morning, – which got me to really thinking.  Yes there was a ton of samples to sample –  Organic Chocolate – mostly Cane Sugar, many different Bars, Cookies, Chips, Nacho Chips, Brownies, and I could go on – sweeten, unsweeten, natural,organic, non-gmo and some even raw, lots of different health drinks and Kombucha, Coconut Water and different types of nut mylks.

The one thing that so much of it had in common, no matter what label was on it as far as being Organic, Natural, Non-Gmo was that it was dead or processed.  No, not the raw samples – and there was some of that and what was there was very good!

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Non-Gmo

I was a little choosey I will admit and didn’t sample just anything but did let my taste buds take over somewhat especially with the chocolate I will be honest – but how I felt on Monday was a big sign of ‘oh man this is not worth it!!’  I woke up feeling tired, achey, foggy, a tad grumpy and really out of sorts – I don’t know if it was the sugar I am not sued too, too much processed yet natural foods I am not used to or anything else – I do know that it wasn’t fun!

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I got to thinking  and wondering – how many people wake up like this each day, better yet, how many people wake up like this each day and think it’s normal!!??

Here is my question for you……..Just because it’s labeled ‘natural,  ‘organic’ or ‘gluten free’ (which by the way is the latest trend) is it really healthy for you?

Yes and NO

Yes – for the reason being that many times the ingredients are of better quality, may also be ingredients that are non-gmo, and may not have asm much additives, fillers etc

No – as labeling can be somewhat misleading.  One ingredient could be ‘natural’ and the rest all garbage, as an example.  I suggest to still read the labels, don’t assume.

Another reason is – packaged food for the most part is dead foods (unless of course it is live or raw) and dead food is just that.  Our bodies truly need more live foods and raw foods.  Not everyone can be, myself included 100% raw, it may work fine for some people.  Depending on where one lives – like I do in Vancouver where it rains most of the winter – it’s damp – I like some soups, Quinoa, Lentils etc sometimes in winter, but I still incorporate many live foods, lots of whole foods and of course superfoods.

That I believe makes a huge difference.  I have been tested a couple of times like this and it ends up the same way.  For me this time, I stepped back and really thought hard about how to move forward with my blog in the best way to share what I do and love for many people and it is to create more healthy yet tasty and easy recipes and many that are nutrient dense.

It was great to see so many vendors, to see that people ware wanting better,healthier choices, and people are waking up and people know that many illnesses are because of the things we are eating, it’s time to make changes – because if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we will keep getting what we’ve got and so far people are getting bigger and sicker every year – it is not getting better!!

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Chef Be Live

Had the honour and privilege of meeting Chef Be Live, who is blazing a trail for people in the raw food world, has created recipes with David Sandoval for Purium, is going live on air soon and a very cool guy!!

Keep stopping by and please feel free to share this.

Jodi

PS – One of the cool things on our journey was because we make our health a priority, eating in most restaurants is not on our list.  Yet we had some of the best 5 star seats wit nature being able to watch beautiful sunsets.

 

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Sarah’s Raw Vegan Cafe

We also met a lady named Sarah and her husband David,  in Bend Oregon  that has a beautiful raw, vegan cafe and was expanding it while there since her business is growing!!!  She served us a delicious yummy tasting Superfood hot beverage and we bought some amazing tasting raw treats that she has created!! What a beautiful, energetic, caring being she is and I look forward to connecting again with her – no wonder her business is expanding!

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

 

Feb 23

Fed UP

Fed UP

 

Just came across this trailer and had to watch the documentary – I hope you do too as people are waking up, want the truth and need solutions – that is why I love what I do and get to share it!!

Healthy eating should not be so hard or confusing.

That’s also why I love Superfoods!!

Fed Up!! for more info.

 

 

Feb 19

Greens

Greens

They are tastier and easier than you think to eat!!

since being on the road there are a few things I am so grateful for!!

One is the preparing ahead of time and bringing some healthy foods / snacks with us as there was nothing and I mean NOTHING at any gas stations or stops to eat – yes there was a ton of junk or franken foods but NO REAL FOODS – how sad.

We even stopped by a grocery store in that had NO fresh food – their produce section was being fixed or redone – the whole thing – so nothing in that store was fresh or alive!!!

the other thing that has made travelling easy is our Purium products – yes I am definitely going to promote them here as not only are they alive, vegan ,organic and non-gmo when none of those things we could find, but also handy, dried (yes still live as they were dried at very low temperatures) but also convenient.

 So instead of settling for the crap, fake processed foods on the shelves – we have been able to stick with Whole foods and Superfoods that are live and fresh – Purium and not as we planned ahead,more prepared, didn’t give into temptation, laziness, excuses plus we know how crappy, gassy and bloated we would feel eating anything but!!

its truly incredible when you really start feeding the body instead of just eating how good you can feel – most of us don’t know how good we can feel and its pretty amazing and keeps getting better!!!!

A quick and easy and oh my so tasty salad we threw together one night after attending the locals farmers market.

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-  fresh mustard greens

-  fresh mixed sprouts

-  toasted fresh pecans in coconut oil (usually I use Tamari for roasting / toasting nuts) this was

    the first time I used Coconut oil and it tasted amazing!!

-  chopped dried black olives

-  Coconut cheese  -  yes coconut – it was yummy

-  Spirulina (sprinkled on – yes Purium)

-  very high quality cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar lightly poured over the salad

We also created a side dish of Guacamole with herbs, lemon juice, himalayan salt, garlic and spirulina.

Easy, quick, tasty and nutrient dense and oh yeah real whole foods – eating healthy made easy!!

 

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Here I am eating at Chocola Tree in Sedona Arizona – an amazing Raw / Vegan highly conscious, organic restaurant  - all dressed in Green eating the Green Goddess salad (no I didn’t preplan it lol).  Salad of romaine lettuce, kale, pulse, seaweed, cucumbers, avocados, sprouts and a little nut hummus – greens, tasty and nutrient dense!!

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As Hippocrates once said – ‘Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food’.

Here’s to your health!!

Jodi

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