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Superfoods

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Superfoods

Here is it, my list of Superfoods that I love.

What makes a Superfood?

It’s nutrient dense. It’s also better if it’s live, organic and non-gmo but especially nutrient dense – that is why it’s called a Superfood.

It confuses me when I google Superfoods and I get Broccoli, Eggs, Blueberries…….I don’t think so!!! 🙂

There are other Superfoods out there as well that aren’t on this list, but these are my favourites and ones I use. I wanted to share just some great things about them and why I use them so as I continue to create recipes with Superfoods it will make more sense why and how to add them in.

Even though I am a big believer in eating fresh, green and as much live foods as possible, they still don’t have the nutrition in them like they used to, that is one reason to add in Superfoods. They are also old ancient foods that have been around for 100’s if not 1000’s of years, we’ve just forgotten about them due to man knowing better and modern day conveniences.

Adding in even 1 green drink a day will make a big difference in how you feel – of course depending on the greens you use – always make sure they are live, organic and non-gmo – the best! And if you don’t like drinking or want more nutrition add them to your smoothies, sprinkle them on your cereal, your salads, your baked potatoes or anything else – just don’t heat them as it cooks out all the nutritional benefits.

I don’t understand why we add hemp and chia to baked goods. Chia was taken years ago but the Aztecs and Mayans on long journeys when it wasn’t practical to carry much food. Some Chia and water gave them energy for hours and took away the hunger as it was filling (chia expands and becomes gelatinous when soaked in water) so why would we bake it?? Constipation comes to mind!!

I was going to do a brief break down of the benefits – but it’s not my specialty area – I just know what I know and I love adding them into recipes as my body loves them, my body loves it and it’s a great way of truly feeding the body and nourishing it.

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Superfoods Spirulina

 

I’ve made a list of the Superfoods that I like to use below with the most common nutrients with them.

Please note know your sources NOT all Superfoods are clean, many are contaminated – not a sales pitch here but that is why I choose and use Purium – I know their standards and I know David Sandoval and Amy Venner’s bit pull like stance when it comes to that, working directly with the farmers, certified organic and beyond, passion and knowledge for real health and not just a buck!!

Spirulina, Chlorella, (dark green pictured above), Hemp, Maca, Raw Cacao, Chia, Kamut,

Spirulina is a blue green algae, a complete protein that is easily digestible, vitamins, trace minerals, GLA, chlorophyll

Chlorella -singled cell green algae, dark green a highest form of chlorophyll, 60% complete protein in free amino acid form (very easily digested), different vitamins, iron (so great for women), trace minerals, omega 3’s, GLA, Enzymes

Mike Adams has a free download book on Spirulina and Chlorella and David Sandoval has The Green Foods Bible both have a ton of great information.

Hemp – has been quoted as the most nutritious seed in the world. Nutty flavour,- another easily digestible protein, bursting with Omega 3’s & 6’s, GLA’s Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Rich in Vitamin E and Calcium and so much more.

Maca – it’s ground root with an earthy, nutty taste rich in B vitamins, vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids, high in protein, fibre

Raw Cacao – notice I said Raw – if it’s not then these nutrients have probably been processed out, magnesium and other minerals, vitmains, relic acid, protein, fibre and more plus it’s good!!

Kamut – ancient heirloom seed to Wheat Grass. Again loaded with chlorophyll, trace minerals, magnesium, enzymes, alkalining, and so much more. Kamut is one of my favorite greens – it bring so much goodness to the body and I don’t use it to cook / bake with. Always on it’s own.

Chia – high in Omega 3’s, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper – good for helping fill you up and creating a gelatinous like substance (puddings, replace eggs in recipes)

Hope this helps, I’ve kept it simple yet it may explain why Superfoods are a great way of getting better nutrition in your body therefore nourish your body. And why I add them into foods!!

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Chlorella & Spirulina

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Jodi

 

PS Here is a site – Positive Health Wellness –  with some more great information on Spirulina that takes it further than I do!!

Why Superfoods??

Why Superfoods??

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Superfoods

Why settle for anything less??

I would like to use the analogy of comparing foods – eating junk foods or highly processed foods is like hanging out in the slums or the ghetto compared to eating superfoods and hanging out in the woods or on top of a mountain.

What do I mean by that exactly?

I may get some slack for that but what I am trying to convey is eating Superfoods is not only healthy and clean for the body, it’s needed. When you connect with nature, it is calming, grounding, you can breath easier, there’s no judgment, it’s fresh, natural and real.

Why would I compare a Superfood to nature. Good question!

Superfoods that are real superfoods and by that I mean clean (no holds, gmo’s, pesticides etc) are quite nutrient dense, loaded with vitamins and minerals and feed the body at a cellular level. By that I mean it truly gets in a such a deep degree in the body, the cells get nourished properly and they wake up become more alive (hence more energy for you). When cells are properly fed – you radiant more health – your skin, nails and hair all grow better and shine more. You are not carrying around excess weight. Less time in the kitchen preparing foods (yup). You have more energy – why? Because when eating Superfoods that are live and nutrient dense they bring a life force into you and your body – which if you are breathing and walking around you are alive – live foods for a live body – kind of makes sense!

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Spirulina & Chlorella

With Superfoods like Spirulina, Chlorella (the deep dark green ones) they are loaded with chlorophyll, it has come from a plant that was alive that got nourished by the sun – and we now get to eat it. Just look at the deep colors, the vibrancy. It’s real – nothing added there!!

In our modern day society we spend so much time on food, thinking about, shopping for it, preparing for it, eating it, yet we really don’t spend much time in what is truly feeding the body compared to eating. Are you living to eat, or eating to live??

Sometimes I hear people say to me that eating healthy is so expensive. I ask compared to what?

We pay for our health in one way or another – either through the foods we eat or the drugs or medical care we need later on – it all catches up one way or another. Even with supplements, its a multi billion dollar industry – what is so great about real superfoods is they are real foods – the body knows what to do with them and utilizes them easily and effortlessly and not taxing the body. They are not (or should not have) fillers, binders, artificial sweeteners or any other chemical added to it.

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Tumeric – Fresh & Dried

That is why I am so excited at creating recipes now with more Superfoods added in, to share how easy, tasty and nutritious it can be.

Remember packaged foods come from companies that are there for profit not health. When you feed your body at a cellular level more nutrient dense Superfoods – you may actually eat less foods. Now some might be saying but I love food!! So do I, but I also love feeling great. I also love the extra time I have freed up!

One of my greatest mentors and a wealth of information is David Sandoval – who has written The Green Foods Bible – I highly recommend for learning about more Greens and Superfoods (I don’t need to repeat it all here – I’m just the recipe creator with great foods). Mike Adams, another person who is a wealth of information on real health has a great free e-book on Superfoods – Spirulina and Chlorella.

You may also be wondering why I keep saying the word ‘real’ in front of Superfoods. When I google the word Superfoods – so much comes up that is not a Superfood in anyway, in my eyes at least with what I know and now I understand why people are confused as I certainly would be if I was just starting out trying to really eat healthy!!

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Activated Barley

So please keep checking back or sign up for the updates as we dive deeper into recipes with real Superfoods.

In the photos above there is Spirulina, Chlorella, Tumeric, Hemp, Chia, Activated Barley, Bee Pollen just to name a few!

Eat Healthy,

Live Well,

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi

Superfoods

Superfoods

Why and What Are They??

 

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Superfoods

 

Google the word Superfoods and see what comes up.

No wonder people are confused these days!!

How does Salmon, Eggs, Broccoli and a few other similar foods get claimed as Superfoods?  What is the true definition of ‘Superfoods’?

I would like to share with you my beliefs, thoughts, journey with Superfoods and please know I am not here to claim that they cure things BUT I will share that they are nutrient dense foods that feed the body well and or at a cellular level.  As I say to people there is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body.

I have also been paying attention to all the food blogs out there now and really truly have lost some interest in the whole game.  I know for me personally, with my history of my eating pattern that Superfoods – true Superfoods have helped me with  my health and conscious eating!!

Superfoods should be clean, organic, non-gmo and nutrient dense.  Our society has been lead to believe in the SAD Food Pyramid – don’t you just love it – I am big on becoming aware of programming that has been feed to me, society or that I have engaged in.  SAD – Standard American Diet – SAD – yup don’t need to go much into detail there!! 🙂  Diet – I so try to use other words as our bodies hear all – die – we don’t want or need to diet we need to eat to live, eat for optimal health.  Pyramid – most people have issues with pyramids (sorry couldn’t resist).

What I have also noticed is people don’t really understand Superfoods, what they are or how to use them outside of a Green drink, which I truly believe if most people even gave up pop (or soda) and or coffee (at least reduced it) and drank even one truly real Green drink a day, they would feel so much healthier, clearer or better!

My focus is going to be more on Superfoods, which ones I use / like, how to use them and creating more recipes with Superfoods.  It’s become a natural thing for me but I realize so many people are stuck and no wonder when I google Superfoods and what they are its rather confusing.

I will be going into detail over the next few weeks on Kamut, Spirulina, Chlorella, Hemp, Maca, Activated Barley, Rice Bran Solubles, Chia, Camelina, Raw Cacao, Tumeric and a few others!!  Sharing how to incorporate them more in your foods and meals and recipes – I just created for my beloved a Raw Chocolate Cheesecake with Superfoods – you can’t tell and it still tasted so yummy!! Recipe coming soon!

I feel that sharing and helping people learn about Green foods and Superfoods is so important these days – we have been misled, misguided and advertise to for profits not health.

Labelling is a joke these days and when I walk through a grocery store and look around and see that more than 95% of the store is catered to processed packaged foods and I don’t care what label is on it – natural, organic, added nutrition, gluten free it’s not for the most part real foods.

People look at me funny or give me the line ‘Green foods aren’t real foods’ to which I have learned to reply with a question ‘When did twinkles, hot dogs, pizza, pop, chips, (and I do use a few others) become real foods?”  Who made them?  Was it for health or profit?

So come back, check in and feel free to share as we start on the journey of learning about, using and eating more Superfoods in your way of eating!!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

 

 

Purium Superfood Treats

Purium Superfood Treats

 

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Purium Superfood Treats

Since I use an love Purium an  the Ignite Road Trip  is on and about half way through the tour with 100’s of people c coming out, I thought I would include this recipe!! If you are curious about Purium, why Purium, why green foods, why David Sandoval or Amy Venner then join 100’s of other people attending these events  (if it’s not already too late) and getting tapped in, tuned in and turned on to the wave of the future and the importance of Green food!!!

If you think you would like to try this recipe then feel  free to check out the Purium products ( Tropical oil aka Coconut Oil – probably the best I’ve tried, Activated Barley and the L.O.V Live Organic Vegan ), contact me with any questions or go straight to order these products and use the $50 Gift Card (code is eatinghealthy) or better yet you already have these products and can use them right away!!  Yes you could substitute them as well and I will give suggestions yet it just won’t be as tasty or probably nutritious – ok I may be a little biased here but I know what I know!! 🙂

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Please note – most of Purium’s products are foods  and they are live, vegan, organic (certified whenever possible) AND NON-gmo.

 

Mash 1 Avocado well

 

Mix in

 

2 tbsp Coconut oil (Purium’s Tropical Oil)

4 tbsp raw Cacao Powder

4 tbsp raw organic Almond butter (try for raw if possible)

4 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley) the closet substitute I would use would be ground Hemp seed

6 tbsp L.O.V.E. (Purium’s L.O.V) another live, vegan protein source/powder or even ground Hemp

2 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

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Mix well together either by hand or in a food processor

Roll into balls or flatten them

Can roll that in shredded raw Coconut or raw Cacao Powder with some Monk fruti sugar (or other type if wanted any sugar at all – not needed)

Keep in fridge

Makes great snacks, treats and since it’s loaded with nutrition and the Activated Barley (slow burning germinated carb) you will have sustained energy!!  If all ingredients are raw, including the almond butter you have a tasty and live treat!

Enjoy and please feel free to share this!!

 

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With much Gratitude

Jodi

Spirulina Balls

Spirulina Balls

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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!!

It’s true!!

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!!

Spirulina Balls

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–  1 cup ground raw Almonds

–  16 Madjool Dates (approximately)

–  1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

–  1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

–  3 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley – you can also substitute Hemp seeds or Hemp Powder or a good source Vegan Protein Powder or even Cacao Powder to not have the green color)

–  2 tbsp raw Coconut Oil (Purium’s extra virgin Tropical Oil that is hand poured)

–  1 tbsp Chia seed

–  2 tbsp raw Cacao Nibs

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!!

Enjoy and Please feel free to share!!

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

 

Kale, Apple & Pecan Salad with Spirulina – Hemp Dressing

Kale, Apple & Pecan Salad with Spirulina – Hemp Dressing

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Kale, Apple & Pecan Salad with Spirulina – Hemp Dressing

Sometimes we can take the simplest foods, combine them and come up with not only a tasty snack or meal but also one that is totally nutrient dense. This is totally a raw and vegan dish incorporating superfoods. The more greens in your way of eating the better!!! The more real foods – which are live foods – which aren’t man made or have their own commercial – are what you want to eat more of. I don’t care what the label says – organic, natural, gluten free etc – they are usually processed and unless the label says raw – it’s dead foods.
And to be clear – not that I am against dead foods – but most of us need more live foods and superfoods in our way of eating!!
If you have to buy packaged foods – try and make sure you read the labels with ingredients – you should be able to say and or know what all the ingredients are and better if it’s dehydrated so it’s still live or raw – meaning it still has real nutritional value and most importantly enzymes which are needed by the body!!

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Salad
I used a mixture of organic Greens and Kale or you can use just Kale – I have tried it both ways and both are tasty!!

– 1 small box mixed organic Greens

– 1 bunch Kale (chopped or torn into pieces) and mixed in with Greens or on it’s own

– 1 – 2 Apples cut up in bite chunks

– 1/2 cup roasted or dehydrated Pecans

2 ways of making roasted or dehydrated Pecans – I usually use my stove top as I wait to the last minute I will be honest. When I am organized and think ahead it’s not a problem 🙂 I put in some Tamari or Braggs (approx 3 tbsp) into a pan on med – low heat and mix in Pecans, sometimes I add in Agave (approx 2 tbsp) for a little sweeter version.

Stir well, and let sit, stirring often until the Tamrai or Braggs starts drying – take off heat and let cool. You can cook this faster by using higher heat but you will also destroy the enzymes. Once fully cool down, add to salad. That is all I put in the salad – but don’t be afraid to add in more if you like – some veggies or herbs or………you aren’t limited!!!
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Spirulina Hemp Dressing

I always keep my salad dressings simple if I even use one – yet sometimes I like to shake things up. This one was one of those that even my daughter liked!! Yes it is Green!! lol

– 1/4 cup cold pressed Olive Oil

– 1/2 juice of Lemon

– 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds

– 1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s organic, live & non-Gmo)

– 1 tbsp raw Apple Cider Vinegar

– 3 tbsp Agave

– 1 clove Garlic

– pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

Throw all in a Vitamix, blender or hand blender until mixed well.

Pour onto salad. Keep rest in fridge in a glass bottle or air tight container.

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Enjoy!!

Eat Well

Live Healthy

Create a Life YOU Love!!
Jodi
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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

A Different Kind of Kale

A Different Kind of Kale

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The other night I had a bit of a craving and decided to mix this up and see how it tasted!!  Oh boy, there was a little party going on in my mouth!!  It was exactly what I was in the mood for.  It also made me realize how simple my eating has gotten and yet so satisfying.  Also, how when guided by my body – once you clean up and get rid of so much junk, processed foods, sugar etc as a main staple – the body really will lead you to to want healthy foods and you can enjoy them.  I am not into eating things just because they are ‘healthy’ but what my body likes and wants – clean, green, alive, and healthy.

It wasn’t always that way.  I also realize as I walk down streets that are full of restaurants that some, most foods don’t call out to me or do I want them.  I am not controlled by food, emotional eating, my taste buds or addictive chemicals or sugar – woohoo!!!

Now please don’t get me wrong – I am not anal about it, or over controlling, it just is and it is very cool.  I share that only because of my past with food when it did control me, when I ate for emotional comfort, when I let food control me and my life – this is so freeing it’s hard to put into words!!

Anyways, this is a very quick and easy yet tasty and nutrient dense recipe, it’s vegan, gluten free and pretty raw of course though depending on how much or what temperature you warm / heat the kale – I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!!

 

– Kale – as much as you want – I put mine in a pot (yes) with just a couple of drops of water (you can do that with good quality stainless cookware) and basically just heated it – I did not steam or cook it

–  Coconut oil that was warmed (no not in a microwave)  Coconut oil (Purium’s Coconut Oil)will melt easily – so even if you put it in a glass dish and put it in hot water and let it sit in that for a few minutes- just make sure the water doesn’t mix with the oil

–  Minced Garlic – as much as you like – I love fresh Garlic and no one was around that I would be kissing or talking with so I went all out – but use how much you want

–  pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

– 1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)  this is such a nutrient dense Superfood that is easily digestable – my body loves this stuff

Mix the Spirulina, Garlic and Coconut oil together well and drizzle over the Kale.

Eat and Enjoy!!!

Healthy IS Cool!!!

Jodi

 

If you are interested in any Purium’s products – feel free to use the $50 Gift Card – promo code is eatinghealthy and you can redeem it here!

 

 

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

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Black Bean Salsa

This is a Vegan recipe because of the Black Beans – but still has fresh yummy veggies.  The best part is you can make it as hot as you like it!!  It’s a basic recipe – but just to show you you can still get in fresh veggies easily  – you can always sprinkle on some superfoods too if you choose like hemp or spirulina for instance.

This time of the year especially when it gets quite chilly outside which it is now – I like to add in a few things to help keep me warmer – lentils, quinoa spices etc

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Black Bean Salsa

This is a great recipe to make a little extra so you can  use it as a dip for raw crackers, natcho chips (yes they even have non-gmo ones and ones made without corn which are tasty!) side dish or even as a light salad for lunch!!  I use Organic whenever possible – if that is not an option – always soak your veggies in the sink with water and some white vinegar for at least 15 mins – apparently it helps to remove some of the outside crap.

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–   6 smaller sized Red / Yellow / Orange Peppers chopped

–  2 Green Onions cut in half and thinly sliced

–  1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro (if you are not a Cilantro lover use Parsley instead)

–  1 clove Garlic minced

–  1 juice of Lime (or Lemon)

–  1 hot Pepper or your choice finely chopped – optional (make sure to wash your hands well after chopping the pepper)

–  1 can Black Beans well drained and rinsed

Stir together all ingredients.  You can eat it right away, I find if I let it sit  for a little bit or over night the flavors get greatly enhanced.

Enjoy and please feel free to share!!

Jodi

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Black Bean Salsa

 

Spirulina Chips

Spirulina Chips

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Spirulina Chips

A little treat that is tasty, nutritious and easy to make.  Sneaking in Superfoods to make it even more nutritious and of course gives it that green color. Great treat to stick to eating healthy and adding in more raw foods to nourish the body – and it’s satisfies your sweet tooth in a good way!!

 

Spirulina Chips

 

–  11/2 cups Sesame Seeds soaked in water for a couple of hours minimum and drained

–  3 Bananas

–  1 tsp Vanilla

–  11/2tsp Spirulina

Optional – if you don’t want to have the green color add in some raw Cocoa and it will be a dark brown color instead.

Throw all ingredients into the processor except for the Sesame seeds, process until well mixed.  Stir in Sesame seeds and mix well.

Drop onto dehydrator sheets in small cookies size.

Dehydrate overnight approx or until the crispness that you desire ( I don’t like the chips too soft – I enjoy them kind of crispy so I dehydrate them a bit longer but you can have soft chips if your prefer just dehydrate them less – approx 8 – 10 hours)

If you don’t have a dehydrator you can still make the chips, just use a very low temp on your oven and place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake until desired crispness.

Enjoy!!

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Spirulina Chips

Raw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Chocolate Mousse Parfait

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RAw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

 

Finishing up another Transformation Cleanse and feeling fantastic – I wanted to stay with eating light, raw and healthy – especially since the weather is so hot – it’s easier to do this at this time of the year.

Another raw and vegan recipe that is easy to make, tasty and can be loaded with lots of nutrition making eating healthy much easier, so much so I had it for breakfast 🙂

 

Raw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

 

–  2 large Avocados

–  1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder

–  1/4 cup Agave

–  1 tsp Vanilla

Optional ingredients (and only suggestions but these can really increase nutritional value since these foods are very nutrient dense and therefore will stay with you much longer as in not getting hungry soon after) 1 tsp Spirulina,  1 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles, 2 tbsp Hemp, 1 tbsp Maca – you could  use all of them together and it would still taste amazing and really be filling!!

 

Throw all ingredients into a processor and process until smooth – adjust for taste.

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Nut Crunch

–  1 tbsp Coconut Oil

–  1/4 cup Coconut sugar

–  1 tbsp Hemp

–  1 tsp Chia seeds

–  2 tbsp chopped Walnuts

In a frying pan, on medium heat, melt the coconut oil then add in the coconut sugar and stir until it thickens.

Then add in the rest of the ingredients to well mixed and continue to stir for about a min.

Remove from heat and spread on a cookie sheet. I like to keep my in the fridge but you don’t have to, once cool break it up into smaller pieces.

(this can be eaten on it’s own, add into salads, as topping on deserts or mixed into this chocolate mousse parfait)

 

Take some of the Chocolate Mousse mixture and put into a glass or bowl, then some nut crunch, then some fruit and keep layering 2 or 3 times.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

This will make two good servings or 4 smaller ones.

Please feel free to share this and let me know if you made it how it went!

Jodi

Choc Mousse