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.
· 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
· 8 - Maple 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!
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
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
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!
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!
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
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.
Here is an update on a few AMAZING recipes we have been sharing on Instagram!
Vegan Cheesy Pesto Melts
Sauted Mushrooms & Onions
Thin Whole Wheat Buns
Breakfast Almond Butter Oats
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!
Fresh Green Beans, cut
Red Cabbage, Chopped
Bell Pepper, sliced
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!
Red Cabbage, chopped
Trader Joe's Corn Tomato-Less Salsa
Corn Tortilla Shell