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Raw Eggnog Cheesecake

The days are counting down as we get closer to Christmas.  The lights are up and everywhere is decorated so nicely this time of year.  We have no snow here, but have been having lots of rain, with a mixture of sun and whatever through the day, it really doesn’t know what it wants to do here during the day!!

Steph……you are the winner for the last giveaway, I will be in touch…..congrats!!!

For this giveaway, leave a comment below about what you love most about Christmas.  Comments taken until 10 pm Thursday night. The giveaway is……another spot in the 7 Day Healthy and Raw Challenge in January!!

Good Luck!!

Raw Eggnog Cheesecake

Crust

1 3/4 cups almonds, ground up in processor

Add in 1 tbsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

6 – 8 dates (more could be added if not sticking together and raisins can be substituted for dates)

Mix together until crumbly yet it sticks together.

Put into bottom of pan, you can use either a rectangle pan or a spring form one.  Spread out evenly and press down firmly until bottom is covered well.

Filling

3 cups soaked cashews (soak for several hours, I soak them overnight usually)

2 cups almond milk

3/4 cup honey (you can use maple syrup (not raw) or agave)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup coco butter melted

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted if you like)

3 tbsp lecithin

11/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  That could take a few minutes depending on your blender.  If it’s having a hard time divide the filling into 3 batches and blend it up that way. Pour onto crust after each one is blended then lightly mix together.

Put in freezer if like for about an hour, then into the fridge or put directly into fridge.

Enjoy!!

Stress and Food

Do you ever think that the two are related??

Didn’t someone say once ‘let food be thy medicine’???

After reading this article in the Globe and Mail, Our Busy Life is Making You Sick, I really linked a few things together in my life.  I say that, as I have been going through a major transition in my life and the stress levels are high, actually have been for about 2 years now.  No wonder I have been feeling tired so much!!!

Stress……..fight or flight…….real or not, doesn’t matter.

I also have been looking at patterns in my life, especially around food.  When I am stressed how do I react?  Well sometimes by drinking some wine, oh that relaxing state, can I get it another way?? Yes!! Food…..well I realize that for me, food has played a big role in how I handle stress, I either sustain from food or use it as a comfort, don’t want to feel so I eat or don’t.  You know, that knot or anxious feeling in the stomach???  Stress!!

Restrictive or over indulgence…….not a good picture of health.  This time, realizing that stress plays a major role in the health of your body, I am approaching it quite differently  and it feels oh so much better.

I am eating regularly, making sure I get lots of nutrition from my food.  Eating alot of variety, through out the day, and even when I’m not hungry so to speak as I know I need the nutrition, my body is tired. Stress can be related to so many diseases.

I am juicing, adding super foods, getting out in the sunshine whenever the sun is shining, taking time to connect with nature, some deep breathing, meditating and getting back to doing yoga.  It all helps.  How you are living each day, each moment, eating and thinking, without judgement are huge!!

I can feel the difference.  It doesn’t happen over night, but each day brings more vitality, clarity and a feeling of over all more health.

The more I give my body proper food, therefore proper nutrition, the better it is feeling.  The better it is thinking.  The better it is preforming.

The more I decide to have a healthy relationship with food, the better I feel.  Food should be your medicine, your friend……..not something you abuse or fear.  It should be real.

Have a look at your life, your way of eating and your relationship with your food and yourself.  Are you eating or not eating to feel or not feel certain emotions or are you eating to be and feel healthy?

Give it some thought and remember you deserve only the best……..are you giving yourself that???

Also, if you haven’t checked out the FREE videos put out by 30 Days Raw, then I highly recommend doing so. Tons of information in the short videos. David Wolfe comes out tomorrow, so click the link below and check them out!!

Take the time.

Have a better than great day!!!

JB



Apple – Pear Green Smoothie

Here is another variety for a Green Smoothie, that I think is yummy!!

1 organic Apple – peeled & cut up a litte

1 organic Pear – peeled & cut up a little

Big handful of Spinach (that is my favorite but Kale or any other greens are fine)

1/2 Avocado

1 Banana ( I usually use a frozen one for this recipe but it doesn’t have to be)

1 tsp Bee Pollen (optional)

Spring water, depending on how thick or thin you want it will depend on how much water you add.  Because of the avocado, it is more of a creamy almost type of smoothie, so I added maybe 1 cup of water, start there and adjust to your liking.

Blend up, drink, enjoy and feel alive!!!

JB