Chia Fresca Upgraded

Chia Fresca Upgraded

I’ve created this new variation of my Chia Fresca that’s even more nutritious, and has a wider range of flavor possibilities. I ran out of oranges one day and had to come up with something. So I used what I had available. I used frozen organic pineapple, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and a scoop of the Madre Labs Immune Punch SuperFood blend. It was delicious! It saw so good, this is what I’ve been drinking ever since. Madre Labs Immune Punch is on sale right now, 25% off, till the end of May. This stuff is amazing. Grab some while it’s still at this low price. They are best-sellers, with hundreds of excellent reviews for each product for good reason. I’ve been having this every day in my chia drink, and even though I’ve been staying up late, getting up early, not getting enough sleep, I’ve stayed healthy. Read more »

Young coconut meat with chili and lime

Young Coconut with Lime and Chili

This simple, nutritious dish is commonly found in markets and roadside stands in Mexico and is often called Cocos Preparados. It would be easy to make at home as well, as long as you have access to young coconuts and a way to cut them open. It’s filling and tasty, combining the four flavors, sweet (coconut), sour, piquant and salty. Young coconut meat is low in calories, an 11-ounce serving contains only 65 calories. That same serving size contains 50% of the daily recommended dose of manganese, which assists in blood clotting and connective tissues. One serving also contains 15% of the daily recommended allowance of potassium, which helps to keep your muscles and digestive system healthy. A serving will also supply you with 6% of your daily recommended dose of magnesium, which is vital to healthy functioning of kidneys, muscles and energy production. It’s also important in maintaining mineral and vitamin levels. Be sure to drink the coconut water […] Read more »

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple Juice Tonic

Apple Juice Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

Apple cider vinegar is so good for you, and has so many health benefits (read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar)  that I recommend everyone incorporate it into their daily routine. It’s one of the quickest, simplest things you can do, but the results can be tremendous. There are entire books written on the benefits of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), it seems to help with nearly everything that ails us human beings. But if, like me, you don’t particularly like the smell and/or taste of vinegar, or you want something that even kids will like, try this ACV tonic. The cider vinegar makes the apple juice just slightly more tart, it’s barely noticeable. I’ve got a very acute sense of smell, I hate the smell of vinegar and I didn’t even detect it. Freshly squeezed organic apple juice is the best, of course. But if you don’t have access to a juicer, or fresh juice, be sure to […] Read more »

Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

This carob superfood smoothie has become my latest addiction. They are so good I sometimes have them twice a day. And I don’t mean, have a glassful, I’m talking the whole blenderful! Kids would love this smoothie! They are great cold, like a thick non-dairy milkshake, if you use frozen bananas and let the mint tea cool before making the smoothie. But they are equally nice if you use fresh (not frozen) bananas and make it while the mint tea is still warm (not too hot though). It’s winter here in New Zealand, and it’s just turned really cold. I always find it hard to stick to a predominantly raw food diet when the weather turns cold, and amazingly just having these warm smoothies in the morning, and warm tea at night is making it really easy. Read more »

Best Raw Food Granola

Best Raw Granola

This is the best raw granola I’ve made yet. The nuts and seeds need to soak, so usually I start soaking the almonds at night, then in the morning I put the pumpkin and sunflower seeds on to soak and start making the granola in the evening. So it’s in the dehydrator overnight and usually ready by the next morning. Sprouted buckwheat groats are optional, but make a really nice, extra-crunchy addition. I usually have them on hand, I make them up by themselves and just sprinkle some into the finished granola. This raw granola is great with kefir. I’ve not tried it with nut milk yet but I bet it would be delicious with either almond milk or cashew milk. I love it just for a snack too, I eat it by the handful. It would store and travel really well if you go hiking too. Read more »

Raw Vegan Carob Mousse

Vegan Carob Mousse (Sugar Free)

This rich, creamy, raw vegan carob mousse only takes about 10 minutes to make. It’s hard to believe it doesn’t contain sugar. But between the sweetness of the stevia, and the natural sweetness of carob, it’s a totally satisfying dessert. It’s very easy to make this a raw vegan dessert, you just need to use truly raw carob, but I can show you where to get that at the end of the recipe. If you’re not familiar with carob, it has a chocolate-like taste, but no caffeine or theobromine, so you don’t get that hyper, jittery feeling that raw cacao (chocolate) can produce. After finding it at my new local bulk food shop I’ve been using it a lot. You can add it to smoothies, substitute it for raw cacao in all my recipes that call for raw cacao powder, make ‘chocolate’ milk, either with nut milk or dairy milk. I actually prefer it to raw cacao now. Read more »