Since I am doing a cleanse right now this recipe was perfect, but you don’t need to be on a cleanse to eat it. It is tasty, filling, easy to make and nutritious too.
This soup is totally raw / vegan and as well Gluten Free – making eating healthy easy.
Love how the weather is warming up and these foods are becoming more in season and abundance. Green is everywhere if you take a look around nature, the leaves not the tress are popping, the grass is growing, veggies are starting to pop their heads and flowers are out in full bloom, where I live in Vancouver anyways!! Nature always provides for us!
On the cleansing side, I am on Day 5 and am feeling pretty good. Since I don’t eat much, if any really crap or processed foods, cleansing is easier but I find it’s always good to give the body a bit of a break, it’s preventative, and like going in and having the oil changed on your car or a check up done. When we do things like this, it makes a difference health wise, even if you can only do a 24 hour one. Try it, you might be surprised or start noticing you food (or coffee) addictions!!
- 1 med to large Avocado
- 1/2 English Cucumber (can leave skin on)
- 2 Celery Sticks
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (can adjust to taste)
- 1 clove Garlic
- small handful Cilantro
- pinch Cayenne Pepper
- juice 1/2 Lemon
Throw in all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender and add approx
1/2 cup Water, process until smooth adding approx another 1/2 cup water (depending on if you like it thin or thick and size of Avocados used will determine how much water you add) slowly add in the water while it is blending.
Top with chopped Cilantro and Green Onions and enjoy!!
Told you it was pretty easy and it does taste pretty good too!!
I just had an older video clip with David Sandoval shared with me and I had to share it with others as it is totally about eating healthy!!
In this short clip he talks about models, anorexia, bulimia, why superfoods and the rewards for eating this way! How the 10 Day Transformation got started as Super Food for Super Models!! If you have read my About Me page, you know I struggle with an eating disorder for a long time, I know that consuming super foods helps huge in many areas especially some of the damage that I did to my body years ago – the body is happy being fed nutrient dense foods – you will feel a difference.
Some great info here.
Another great vid – I love this guy and how he is truly helping people get off the process crap!!
Since it’s Springtime and I am spring cleaning my home, I also decided to do my body, we all can use a little spring cleaning and that is why Purium has also included the MAYhem special. First I would like to share another short video on our food pollution – don’t think it’s doesn’t effect you or you eat well? Think again, you may be surprised!!
David’s Food Philosophy
This is NOT a diet or a quick fix but a lifestyle – one that takes you closer to health. Everything we put into our mouths leads us closer to health & vitality or further from it.
What are you choosing to eat?
Click here for more info on the $1 MAYhem Membership & Cleansing
One of the biggest things I am finding is the more Super Foods I have added into my way of eating (no not a ‘diet’) the less food I actually eat!!
Why is that??
There is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body today. If you walked into your local grocery store, you will find shelves full of ‘food’ or products with a lable of ‘food’. Many items in that store have little if any real nutritional value, so I ask you then, is it really food??
If the nutritional value it does have is created by man or a machine, does it count? It depends on if the body recognizes it and digest or can utilizes it otherwise the answer is no.
Here are a couple of questions that can help answer that.
After eating :
- Do you still feel hungry shortly after eating a meal (or a really good sized snack) even though your stomach is still full an it’s been less than an hour (even 2 hours)?
- Do you feel tired and lethargic after eating?
- Do you feel bloated, gassy or have indigestion?
- Are you feeling tired most of the time or lethargic and craving sugar or caffeine products then having a big slump after an initial energy burst?
- When you think of eating is everything you want, crave or think about comes in a box, packaged, canned or frozen?
- Do you wake up tired, sluggish or achey and it takes a coffee (or several) to get you going?
These are just some of the side effects of not getting nutrition from the food you eat.
Another good question is if you think you can’t give up some of the food you do eat or are addicted to. There is such a thing as food addiction. In our society today it’s everywhere, we are inidated with fast food, processed food, food shows, food blogs etc everywhere, yet most of it lacks nutrition.
How do I know that?
Obesity, not just being little overweight but obese, diabetes, heart disease, cancer,food allergies, gluten intolerances, are just a few side effects that people are suffering with these days are at record highs.
We don’t know how good we can feel in our bodies or how good our bodies are suppose to feel as most of us are being ruled by our mouths and taste buds – but did you know food manufacturers have added in so many chemicals so that we do become addictive to processed foods? Thirty years ago there were approximately 800 food additives, now there is over 10 000 and most have NOT been tested. Yet they get put in our ‘foods’.
Every mouthful moves us in a direction – either closer to health or further from it.
We do have choice – we get to choose what we buy and what we eat. One of the things that I love about adding in Super foods is, not only are they nutrient dense, they feed my body so my body is nourished therefore I eat less food. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to eat food, especially good tasting food, but when I feed my body real food, whole food, food that is nutrient dense, it actually needs less food. I also feel healthier in so many ways!!
It’s a win win in so many ways. It saves on my monthly food bill – yes it does!! It may seem more expensive at first but trust me it’s not, it’s like using those new light bulbs that cost 3 or 4 times as much – but lasts more than 10 times longer. It has made me realize what good food actually tastes like and my food addictions – not just to certain foods but also to eating in general. We seem to eat of joy and pleasure or even pain more these days then actually eating for nourishment – and we wonder why obesity is at an all time high!!?
I am a lover of Super foods and use many in my way of eating. I have been creating recipes adding them in, but will be expanding more on that and listing Super Foods that you too can add in. There is a ton of info on the internet about Super Foods – no not broccoli or eggs or salmon, but greens, algae, hemp, mushrooms, roots that are becoming more common as we are waking up to what real foods are.
One of the best slogans I’ve heard is – ‘If it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it, if it comes from a plant – eat it!! (of course please use caution as some plants grown in the wild can be poisonous depending on where you live!)
This is another quick and easy, tasty yet nutritious vegan, raw, gluten free recipe!!
Throw all ingredients into a food processor and process, add in
- 1/2 cup raw Almonds and process until all ingredients are well mixed and the almonds are still chunky.
Roll into 1 in balls and store in air tight container in the fridge.
This is easy and quick to make and is loaded with nutrition. You will find you only need a couple of these (maybe 3 or 4 depending on your size :)) and it will keep you satisfied for a long time.
Please note – I have used and added in Purium product links – why? I have found them to be the cleanest, organic, live and non-gmo for some of the super foods. I use these as I have found them to be the best for the greens and algae, so yes I do promote them. If you have another brand that you love, then please feel free to use that. If you don’t have any or are interested in trying Purium, then by all means please be my guest and ask me questions or take advantage of the $50 Gift Card towards your first purchase of Purium products – I know once you try them, you too will agree!!
If you think you are eating healthy – you may want to tune into and listen to as many free interviews as possible. I thought I knew a lot and man I am even blown away. It saddens me and makes me angry what is and has been done to our food and supply. Why is it that a farmer or manufacture has to label, get certified, pay the prices to create real or healthy foods yet foods with chemicals, gmo’s and addictive additives are free of even having to label it……sad and pretty pathetic if you ask me.
Did you know that 30 years ago there was 800 food chemicals / additives and now there is over 10 000??? Most have not been tested either!!
That is why as much as possible eat real foods – real meaning there are no labels. Real meaning if they were made in a plant probably stay away from it, if they come from a plant eat it!! (and try for organic as often as possible too)!!
My Bitchin Sauce
While on my travels we came across this great dip / sauce called Bitchin Sauce and I really did enjoy it!! As usual I thought well I can make this!! I have this desire to re-create even similar but also to really know what the ingredients are. I am not totally anal that I have to always know the purity of the ingredients but I do like knowing my food is clean and doesn’t have any added chemicals or other things as much as possible.
As in all my recipes – I use organic as much as possible and all my nuts are raw. This recipe depending on a couple of things you use will make it raw or at least vegan – but either way this recipe is still healthy and of course natural – the way it should be! And of course since they are raw, vegan it’s gluten free as well!!
Anyways, this is great to dip veggies in, put on crackers, in wraps, on steam veggies etc and you can get creative with the spices – try different spices each time you make it. i.e. Basil, Chipolte, Hot n Spicy, Cilantro, Sweet – you decide!
- 1 cup raw Almonds
Soak Almonds overnight or longer (once they have soaked it is easy to remove the skins as you will need to do that for this recipe)
Once the Almonds have soaked and skins removed put into Vitamix or Blender. Add in remaining ingredients.
- 1/4 cup cold pressed Olive Oil (I have recently been introduced to by a dear new friend, a new (but actually really old) oil called Camelina Oil that is rich in antioxidants, has a high heat point, lots of omegas, raw and non-gmo – how does it get any better than that!!) Love it that we are finding old things that we could be eating that are healthy and some how some where along the way we lost the access or info to some amazing products – that is why I so love real Superfoods!!
- juice of one Lemon
- 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 3 tbsp Braggs (or Tamari or Nama Shoyu)
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
- Spices – 1 – 2 tbsp – this is where you can get creative for this recipe I kept it a tad mild and used Cumin, pinch of Cayenne and a hint of
toasted Coriander Seed ground up.
All ingredients are in the Vitamix and while blending add in water – depending on the thickness of it, but I preferred it not to be too thick so by the ned I added 11/4 cup water. Blend it all until smooth, taste and adjust lemon, salt and spices until you get the desired taste (just like the amount of water).
I found for myself to let it sit over night the tastes came out even more – but you can serve and eat immediately.
I am Jodi Burke – but I am much more than just a name. I am a health advocate, recipe creator, entrepreneur, amateur photographer, author, dreamer, freedom seeker, a mother and a lover of life.
No one’s life is really straightforward, and my journey to pursuing health and a full happy life is no different. I have lived across Canada, from Southern Ontario where I grew up, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Banff, Alberta, to Vancouver, British Columbia – and a few other places in between! Read more