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Thank God for Dr.Oz and so many others that are showing a vegan diet can be healthy and are encouraging people to give it a try!

Specifically, a few family members of mine are taking Dr.Oz's 28 day vegan challenge and I'm so happy for them! And so of course I want then to enjoy the food so very much that they don't miss what they thought they might. I have about a zillion ideas so let's see…

*While I don't own this book I have heard good things. And I like to keep meals easy so this book could be a good choice: The 30 Minute Vegan

*Books I know and love: Eat to Live and Skinny Bitch

*Website: Post Punk Kitchen  – Loads of free recipes!

*One of my personal favorite dishes from a local PDX vegan restaurant called Blossoming Lotus is called the Green Gaia which is steamed kale, mixed greens, sprouts & avocado tossed in garlic olive oil, topped with sesame seeds with a choice of rice or quinoa. Actually all of Blossoming Lotus's bowls are fantastic and you could make them at home. I highly recommend quinoa as a great rice substitute. Find it in the bulk bins at the grocery store and cook it up like this:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups filtered water
Rinse quinoa well and drain.
Add water and quinoa to sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook on low heat until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy. Makes about 2 generous servings.

*Doing a bit of research online is very helpful. Exploring a food shopping site like Food Fight will give you lots of ideas of things you might want to try to find and/or ask your grocer to carry.

*Field Roast and Gardein are amazing. My meat-eating husband likes them. Seriously. So Good! I would suggest Gardein's Santa Fe Good Stuff with a big spinach salad. (Husband even diced it up and put it in a whole wheat tortilla with salsa, guacamole and greens once). Yum! Or the Smoked Apple Sage sausage from Field Roast sliced onto mixed greens, chopped celery and use fresh salsa as dressing. Delish.

*And last but most importantly increasing fresh low sugar fruits, eating more greens then you ever imagined possible, eating colorful veggies, orange peppers, broccoli, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers… explore the produce section like you never have before. When I first started eating more raw foods I was not shy about asking the produce man questions, and most of them were basic, like how do I cut this open? And again going on line really helps just omit the dairy and meat from whatever recipes you find and use the yummy Earth Balance butter and eat more greens and eat more greens and eat more greens. Can't say it enough.

*My personal dessert of choice is Endangered Species 88% dark chocolate. One square satisfies my sweet tooth. And another sweet craving curbing food for me is Kombucha. I adore Kombucha. Here's a link to my fav: 

Coming up I hope to share breakfast ideas, more greens recipes, and smoothies. Tell me what you need and I will do my best. I hope I can help. Much love and yummy food to you all. Love you!


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I've been looking for (and been wanting to make) a raw vegan ice cream recipe without coconut meat for awhile. I found this one on and changed it up a bit to suit my taste and what I had on hand. Here's my revision:

Cacao-Mesquite-Banana Ice Cream
*1c cashews soaked for 5 hours
*little less then 1/3c vanilla agave
*few drops vanilla stevia
*3c almond milk (I made a quick nut milk with almond butter, water and vanilla agave)
*2 1/2T cacao
*1 1/2T mesquite
*1t lemon juice
*Pinch pink salt
*2 ripe bananas
*1t lethicin

I blended all the ingredients in my BlendTec and came up with about 30 ounces to pour into containers for the freezer. I had to try it first of course, and it was heavenly! Yum! If I would have blended it just a bit longer I think it would have warmed up and turned into the smoothest hot chocolate in my high-speed blender. Maybe next time cause tonight was to make ice cream!

I stirred it twice before going to bed and this morning, more stirring! Had a little bowl after dinner Sunday night and it was lovely!

 And one more recipe that I love!

Sunday morning smoothie:
one orange
small head of parsley
2 frozen bananas
1T cacao
pinch of cinnamon
few small drops vanilla stevia
1c water
Made 24 oz

And this post just keeps on going. I need to mention three blogs I am Loving right now. In no particular order:
Averie writes this fantastic blog from Arizona with such love, creative recipes and a yoga pose for each day!
Erica loves Pure Food & Wine and One Lucky Duck I think as much as I do! I love that! And her pictures of their food makes me feel like I'm there! Seriously, I would buy them so I could frame them as inspiration in my kitchen.
Gena is honest, lovely and creative and her blog is delicious and informative.

Have a beautiful Monday!

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Inspired by Angela Stokes-Monarch's post (found here: I just created my own superfood ice cream and it is yummy for me! I used:

ice cubes
goji berries
camu camu
almond butter
vanilla creme liquid stevia
pink salt
frozen bananas
Health Force Vitamineral Green powder
Health Force Maca Power
fresh organic blueberries sprinkled on top

Thanks for the inspiration Angela! xoxo

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Saturday afternoons are my new boot camp days that I don't like to miss. So I woke up this morning knowing I wanted time to hoop with my pretty new hula hoop and then have a nice green smoothie. I'm getting back in the habit of making green smoothies because I love them and they're are packed with goodness. I do worry about the sugar intake through fruit sometimes… but I love the frozen berries! Second issue is that I've become terribly accustomed to the post workout protein powder smoothie slam! You have to drink those protein smoothies down in about ten minutes for ultimate absorption and to not get that brick feeling in your tummy. On the other hand when I've got a green smoothie I can really just take my time and savor it but I forget! And start slamming! Stop! Enjoy! It's half gone so I stopped to do my little blog entry…

Kale Smoothie

one cup water
5 kale leaves
cup of frozen strawberries
T cacao
one small banana
one small fuji apple
T Sun is Shining
few drops Ocean's Alive
pinch of cinnamon
1 tiny drop chocolate stevia
goji berries garnish

You see why I should take my time? sheesh!

Today is my mom's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! I love you! Cheers!

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I made a beautiful salad last night so I wanted to share:

2 handfuls of spinach
2 sliced and diced slices of purple onion
2 clementines
small handful of black olives
freshly ground pepper
sliced cucumber
half a squeezed lemon

All organic and juicy. Really really tasty.

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Delicious Green Smoothie with the hows and the whys!

I cup water- get it moving
4 big handfuls of spinach -Protein! Vitamin A, C, E, K and calcium and iron!
1 cup frozen mango -makes it creamy and vitamin A, C, more B vitamins, potassium, and even a little calcium and iron!
1 banana -makes it creamy and potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and more!
cinnamon to taste -yum
vanilla extract to taste -sweetness
1 tablespoon raw honey -sweetness
3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp vanilla protein powder -for the protein after a 30 minute rebounder workout duh!
optional: sprinkle of vegan chocolate chips -cause I love chocolate!

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Kelp Noodles!

Tonight I gave Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles a go in my own kitchen. I've had them prepared for me in raw vegan restaurants but this was the first time I found them and brought them home! First I soaked them in warm water for about 30 minutes (I've read that soaking them for about half the day gets them soft like glass noodles) while I threw together the following (measurements are rough, sorry I just eyeball it):

1/2 avocado
1/2 garlic clove
dash of cayenne
onion powder
pink salt
shredded carrots
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
1/2 squeezed lemon
fresh parsley
dulse flakes


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My healthiest holiday drink ever!

one cup water
one cup frozen mango
one large banana or two small bananas
two tablespoons hemp seeds
two large handfuls of spinach
to your taste: vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon

Blend it all up. Creamy wow!

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