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My journey started the day I became a MOMMY. From the very beginning I had such a strong desire to feed my children the best. And thus I started my quest to find out what exactly is the best. In doing so, I not only found how to feed my children but also how to feed myself. One of my greatest joys as a Mommy is when I cook an extremely healthy meal and my family not only eats it, but asks for seconds. Does my family eat perfect? I wish I could say yes. Unfortunately the real world comes into play. But there is a power in knowing what is perfect...A power in knowing what foods cause disease...A power in knowing how my family and I can live a long healthy life together. Join me on my never-ending journey of eating that healthy meal and never feeling guilty about asking for seconds.

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You know You’re a Veteran when:
 

·         1 -You actually have a “favorite” leafy green (collard, mustard, chard, kale etc.)

 

·         2 - You’ve tried making your own almond milk

 

·         3 - You know longer know what a good price for chicken breast is

 

·        4 - You refer to plant milk as “MILK” and the other stuff as “COW’s MILK”

 

·         5 -You’ve tried tempeh and seitan and can actually pronounce them

 

·       6 - The death of your blender might be more traumatic than the death of a family member

 

·         7 - The foods you “used to eat” can now send your body into a frenzy with even so much as a bite

 

·        8Maple syrup, stevia and agave nectar are common household sweeteners (as opposed to “the white stuff”)

 

·         9 - You bring your own “meat” (ie bean burgers and veggie dogs) to the neighborhood BBQ

 

·         10 - Quinoa, kale and a can of beans are your too-busy-to-make-dinner-go-to-meal

 

Wow, look at you now…Veteran Mommy! It doesn’t necessarily mean how long you have been doing it, but rather how determined you are in keep yourself as clean and healthy as possible. You have discovered the power of food and you have experienced how truly satisfying it is to eat right…for all aspects of your life.  You have discovered a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes is the secret to feeling great. Meat, dairy, processed foods (including processed flours, sugars and fats) are no longer calling your name, as you barely recognize them as acquaintances anymore!


You have unveiled the mind-body connection within you and have learned that a clear mind is directly linked to a clean body. You have stayed the course and have been rewarded with a vibrant and energetic life! You have discovered that true health isn’t merely the absence of disease but the presence of vigor, vitality, and a love of life.


You continue to be on the lookout for things that might need a little tweaking. You are familiar with the benefits of fasting and juice fasting. You probably own a brush for drybrushing, and a colonic doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies like it once did. The power of greens is a dominant force in your life, and water has become your BFF. With your alkaline-diet and your ability to meditate your way through stressful times, you have gathered an arsenal to stave off disease. You are a leader now, and the planet needs more leaders like you. Take the wonderful knowledge that you have worked for and be a beacon to all those around you. (Your skin naturally glows, so your light is easy to detect). You are now the teacher …watch for those that are seeking your guidance….and give freely of what you have discovered!

 

    • Vegan Carrot HOT DOGS

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    •  7/24/2014 6:06:13 PM
    • Yes- this is not your typical hot dog!  This is a VEGAN CARROT DOG!  Made from a carrot that has been marinated over night and cooked to perfection!  I got this recipe off food.com but changed it slightly with what I had on hand.  Seriously, the weirdness recipe I have made in a long time, but to be honest- one of the BEST!  You will love this!

       

      VEGAN CARROT DOGS

      Servings: 6 "hot dogs"

       

      Ingredients

      6 large carrots, peeled, with the ends cut off (Cut to the size of a hot dog)
      1/2 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (you could also use soy sauce)
      1/2 cup water
      2 TBS seasoned rice vinegar
      3 TBS sesame oil
      1 TBS apple cider vinegar
      1 tsp liquid smoke
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      1/2 tsp black pepper
      1 TBS onion flakes
      6 whole wheat hot dog buns
      Toppings:  Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, etc.

      Directions

      Boil carrots for approximately for 8 minutes, or until fork tender but not mushy.  Remove the carrots and run them under cold water to stop them from cooking more.

      While the carrots are cooking, mix all the ingredients together to create the marinade.

      Combine the carrots and the marinade in a tupperware container with a lid or a zip lock bag.  Make sure the carrots are covered as much as possible in the marinade.  Place the carrots in the refrigerator and shoot for 24 hours (I did 20 and it worked great).  The longer in the marinade the better.

      To cook the carrots, place them in a skillet with about a half a cup of the marinade.  Heat the carrots for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm.  You will notice that they will begin to turn dark (the marinade will somewhat burn on the bottom of the pan) which will give the carrots such a wonderful flavor!  Continue to turn over the carrots throughout this process to brown them on all sides.

      Serve on a whole wheat bun with all your favorite hot dog fixings.  SO GOOD!  Seriously weird...but so good!

      Baked (YELLOW) Sweet Potato Fries

      Ingredients

      2 sweet potatoes (not yams)

      1-2 TBS Olive Oil

      Salt & Pepper to taste


      Directions

      Slice the sweet potatoes into "fries".  Cover with oil, salt & pepper and BAKE at 425 for 15 minutes...then broil (high) for 4 minutes.

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    • Cool Summer Treats

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    •  7/22/2014 7:55:28 PM
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      Beat the HEAT with these

      FUN & HEALTHY Summer TREATS!

       

      It’s getting hot outside and the kids are starting to ask for those typical summer treats like popsicles, Otter Pops and ice cream. While we know these treats are fun to have, we also know they are NOT the most healthy option to have every day. Most frozen treats are made with large amounts of sugar and some have large amounts of unhealthy fat.  We have created a few fun treats that are full of healthy nutrients made from fresh organic and locally grown produce.  They have no added sugars and supply healthy fats for your growing children.  They are actually so healthy, they even work great for breakfast!

       

      When we create plant-based recipes we always have the kids in mind.  These treats will please both parents and kiddos alike. Give them a try and cool off Whole Food Mommies style!

       

       

      Watermelon Strawberry Sipper

      (makes approx. 6 one cup servings)

       

      Ingredients:

      5 cups Fresh cut Watermelon

      3 cups Frozen Strawberries

      Juice of 1 Lime (2 Tbsp)

       

      Directions:

      Place all ingredients in a blender.

       

      Blend until smooth or desired texture.  Enjoy!!

       

      Harmons Grocery in Utah is having a sale on locally grown WATERMELON - That is the best tasting watermelon I have had all season!  Check them out at any of their locations! 

       

      Popsicles are a great summer treat to help your family cool down and making homemade popsicles are easier than you think.  The key is to make them using healthy whole ingredients AND have a taste that is kid-approved.  Here are 3 simple recipes that not only taste fabulous but are made with nutrient-dense ingredients. 

       

      All you need to make these is a high-powered blender and some popsicle molds.  No matter what your budget, Harmons kitchenware departments have a great selection of some of the best molds!

       

      Coconut Berry Pops

      (Makes approx. 12 small popsicles)

       

       

      This recipe has no added sugar and is dairy-free.  It is made with berries which are superfruits!  They are high in antioxidants which help fight all major diseases.

       

      Combine the following ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth:

      ·         1 14oz. can Coconut Milk (this can be found in Harmons ethnic food isle, also light Coconut Milk is a healthier option if desired.)

      ·         1 cup Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc.  These can be fresh or frozen)

      ·         2 Bananas, sliced (fresh or frozen)

      ·         4 Dates, chopped OR 3 TBS Pure Maple Syrup

       

       

      Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 3-4 hours.  Serve as desired.

       

      Mango Coconut Popsicles

      (Makes approx. 12 small popsicles)

       

      This recipe is also sugar-free and dairy-free.  It uses the sweetness of mangos and maple syrup to give it an incredible tropical taste.

      Combine the following ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth:

       

      ·         1 14oz. can Coconut Milk (this can be found in Harmons ethnic food isle, also light Coconut Milk is a healthier option if desired.)

      ·         ½ cup Almond Milk

      ·         2 cups Frozen Mango Chunks

      ·         ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup

      ·         ¼ cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut (this ingredient is optional, but definitely worth it!)

       

       

      Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 3-4 hours.  Serve as desired.

       

       

      Chocolate Almond Popsicles

      (Makes approx. 12 small popsicles)

       

      Combine the following ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth:

      1 ¼ cups Almond Milk (Plain, Vanilla or Chocolate)

      2 TBS Almond Butter

      2 Bananas, sliced (fresh or frozen)

      4 Dates chopped OR 3 TBS Pure Maple Syrup

       

       

      Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 3-4 hours.  Serve as desired.

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    • 5 Minute Fruit & Oatmeal Breakfast (Soaked)

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    •  7/17/2014 1:52:17 PM
    • My overall health and well-being always seems to be a little better when I eat a RAW breakfast.

      Starting off the day with easily digestible food makes my belly happy!

      And most of the time my kids love eating this way!  Here is my 2 year old trying to steal a strawberry!

       

      But to be honest, sometimes fruit just doesn't cut it, especially when I work-out in the mornings.

      And when my children eat, for example, a bowl of strawberries for breakfast they are usually hungry again before lunch.

      These are the reasons why I love homemade MUESLI cereal (overnight soaked grains nuts & seeds).

      Recipe found HERE.

       

      But what happens when you forget the night before to soak the cereal?

       

       

       

      Or when you want something quicker?

      This recipe below is the answer!  In 5 minutes you'll have a raw breakfast that will sure to please everyone!


       

       

      5 Minute Fruit & Oatmeal Breakfast (Soaked)

      About 5 servings


      Ingredients

      2 cups Rolled Oats

      3 TBS Sunflower Seeds

      2 TBS Flax Seed

      1 TBS Chia Seed

      3 TBS Wheat Bran

      3 TBS Hemp Seeds

      1 tsp Salt

      3 tsp Cinnamon

      3 TBS Coconut Sugar (optional*)


      Dried Fruit (to be added at the end)

      Options: Dried Blueberries, Cranberries, Strawberries, etc.  And/or Raisins


      Directions

      Place all the ingredients (except dried fruit)  together in a high-powered blender, and pulse a few times to just begin chopping up the oats.  BUT don't chop too much, you still want to see the oat flakes.

      *A sweetener is optional.  This cereal can become the most sweet with a sliced banana on top.  But my kids will eat this more when I add the sugar.


       

      Place all together in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator OR you can make single servings (I use small glass jars) that make it super easy for your children to make their own soaked cereal.  They can eat it right out of the jar!


      When you are ready to eat:

      Pour 1/2 cup non-dairy milk on top of 1 cup cereal and let soak for about 5 minutes.

       

      Top your cereal with FRESH FRUIT like sliced bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, mangos, grapes...etc.  What ever your children love.  This cereal is an excellent way to consume not only whole grains, but raw seeds which provide essential fatty acids.  Those nutrients that help your childrens BRAINS the most!

      Hope you enjoy!

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    • Watermelon Green Juice

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    •  7/14/2014 10:37:30 AM
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      Watermelon GREEN Juice

      This is such a fun recipe to make and is beneficial for multiple reasons:

       

      • 1.  It's super easy to make.

        2.  It has HUGE amounts of Spinach, which is one of the 

        3.  It is a great transition drink for those people who have trouble drinking those thick green smoothies.

        4.  Babies, kids and teenagers love this sweet and refreshing drink.

        5.  You will never waste any watermelon again...it is a great way to use any watermelon that might be too soft for some people's liking.  And also a great way to use spinach that might be going bad soon.


        BUT...if you choose to strain the pulp (you DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE TO), the amount of fiber is decreased.  I still prepare this for my family when we are in the mood for a cool, refreshing drink (and I have a lot of watermelon).

         

        **You can also substitute APPLES when watermelon is not in season.

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      • most nutrient dense foods on the planet.

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        Watermelon GREEN Juice

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        Ingredients

        2 cups watermelon

        1 slice lime or lemon, 1/4 of an inch thick

        2 large handfuls of spinach


        Directions

        Fill your blender with your watermelon and slice of lime.  Pulse until smooth.  Begin adding your spinach and blend until smooth.  I have added up to a pound of spinach to really make this a power GREEN DRINK.

         

         

        If you want to STRAIN some of the pulp:

        Using a food grade CHEESE CLOTH, pour your drink into the cloth and strain the juice into a bowl.  You can strain as much as you want with as little or as much pulp as you like.

         


        Serve over ice and enjoy!

         

         

       

       

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    • Healthy & Simple Banana Muffins

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    •  7/11/2014 9:27:58 AM


    • Healthy & Simple Banana Muffins

      These are basic muffins, but surprisingly super delicious and moist.  We love making these in our home.  My kids especially love when I add chocolate chips to the recipe.  You can store these in your freezer for later use, but they tend to not last that long!  Hope you enjoy!


      Ingredients

      1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (or gluten-free flour)

      1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

      1/2 teaspoon Salt

      3 Very Ripe Bananas

      1/2 cup Coconut Sugar (brown sugar works as well)

      2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter, melted

      3 Flax Eggs for Vegan muffins Or just 1 real Egg for non-vegan

      1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

      Chocolate Chips or Walnuts, optional


      Directions

      Prepare Flax Eggs by combining 1 1/2 TBS ground Flaxseed and 3 TBS Water, and set aside.

      In a large bowl, mash the banana, leaving some texture.  Add sugar, baking soda, salt and mix together well.  Stir in flax eggs, vanilla, melted butter and stir.  Add flour and stir until combined.  Then mix in chocolate chips or walnuts, optional.  Divide batter evenly into a regular muffin pan - about 1/2 full.  Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out clean.  Let cool for a few minutes, remove from pan and serve warm is best.

       

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    • Summer Recipe Ideas

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    •  7/2/2014 5:29:37 PM


    • Here is an update on a few AMAZING recipes we have been sharing on Instagram!

       


       

      Vegan Cheesy Pesto Melts

      Ingredients

      Pesto*

      Sun-Dried Cashew Cheese*

      Sauted Mushrooms & Onions

      Thin Whole Wheat Buns

      Cherry Tomatoes

       *Found in Pizza Download

       

       


      Breakfast Almond Butter Oats

      Ingredients

      Rolled Oats

      Chia Seeds

      Bananas

      Topped with:  Almond Butter, Walnuts and Vanilla Almond Milk.
      Combine all the ingredients and let soak for 10 minutes.



       

       

      Loaded VEGGIE Hummus Burrito

      A great way to get your RAW Veggies in for the day!


      Ingredients

      Fresh Green Beans, cut

      Red Cabbage, Chopped

      Bell Pepper, sliced

      Hummus

      Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap

      Spread your favorite hummus generously on your tortilla shell (we love Trader Joe's Cilantro Jalapeno!).  Stuff as many veggies as you can and roll up!  May need toothpicks to hold everything in place.



       


      Strawberries and CREAM

      Slice strawberries and top with Coconut Cream, Mini Chocolate Chips and HEMP Seeds



       

      Irish Tacos with Corn Salsa

      I love that I can freeze my Irish Taco recipe and use it for a quick lunch!


      Ingredients

      Red Cabbage, chopped

      Irish Tacos

      Trader Joe's Corn Tomato-Less Salsa

      Avocados

      Corn Tortilla Shell

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