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    • Chocolate Banana Quinoa

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    •  2/27/2013 10:13:07 PM
    • Chocolate Banana Quinoa

      So I recently purchased some Chocolate Almond milk because it was on sale...and because it looked super yummy!

        I kept seeing it in my refrigerator and wondering what I should do with it...

      Then one morning as I was scooping some quinoa into my breakfast bowl...instead of reaching for my normal rice milk and grabbed this fun blue container:

      AND created this yummy recipe for breakfast.


      Chocolate Banana Quinoa


      1.5 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)

      1 sliced banana

      .5 cups CHOCOLATE Almond Milk

      Mix and enjoy!

      Variation:  Try adding a scoop of peanut butter
      (Sounds good to me!)

      Here's to Chocolate for Breakfast!

      much love!

      life is good~

      • Have you thought about making your own almond milk? Store brought almond milk contains too many additives and the site above discusses new information about carcinogen in organic products... Including almond breeze :( I would think a whole food website such as this, would not be promoting a chocolate flavored drink.
      • Good comment...We absolutely LOVE homemade almond milk. What an even better breakfast! Check out one of our almond milk recipes here:
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    • New York Times Best Sellers

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    •  2/20/2013 8:56:27 PM
    • I was headed to the library this week to return some books for my children and I decided to look on the internet to see what the current best-sellers were.  I have never done this before, but I went to the New York Times website to look for the best children's books.

      When I was there I looked I found the following LIST:

      New York Times- Top 10 BEST SELLING paperback books for Advice and Misc.

      (click HERE for link)


      Did you know that the current list contains 4 FOOD Books

      and 3 out of the 4 are PLANT BASED???

      Crazy cool...huh?

      Here is this week's current list in this ADVICE and MISC. category:


      1.  From Mama'a Table to Mine (Reduced Fat Southern Comfort Food) (1)

      2.  Obamacare Survival Guide (2)

      3.  The Five Love Languages (288)

      4.  Grow Regardless (Strategies for expanding your business) (1)

      5.  What to Expect When You're Expecting (599)

      6.  Follow Me (1)

      7.  Meatless, by the Martha Stewart Living Staff- Vegetarian Recipes (4)

      8.  Beating ObamaCare (1)

      9.  Eat to Live (82)

      10.  Forks Over Knives:  The CookBook (14)


      The number next to the title indicates how many weeks this book as been on the top 10 list.


      EAT TO LIVE by Joel Fuhrman as been on this list for 82 weeks.  How awesome is that?

      This book was #1 back in October.


      It is also awesome to see Forks Over Knives.  I haven't looked through the MEATLESS Martha Stewart cookbook yet, but it is now on hold at my I will have to let you know :)


      It goes to show that this way of eating is becoming more and more common.  People are recognizing the benefits of eating more PLANTS and less ANIMAL.  I LOVE IT!



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    • Scary Diet?

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    •  2/13/2013 9:59:08 PM
    •  I was speaking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that my website was "SCARY".  (Don't worry- I never take offense).

      She went on to say that many of the recipes were really HARD and she wanted to have her family eat better..

      BUT... this way of eating seemed too scary.

      I couldn't help but smile to myself...because I have used that same descriptive word when I look at how the majority of people eat in this country.  People's diets are SCARY!  Fast food multiple times a week....Kids diets consisting of processed meat, cheese and dairy with very few foods that are ALIVE.  Dr. Joel Fuhrman has done the research:  Only 7% of children's diets in this country consist of fruits and vegetables and 40% of that is made up of POTATOES (french fries & potato chips).  


      SCARY- huh?

      I have to admit there are times that I have thought to EASE UP a little on the recipes.  Possibly try to make them easier for our "NEWBIE" guests by adding a small amount of dairy or meat...


      But I just can't.  It's too scary!

      I want to admit that I don't eat like a VETERAN MOMMY some of the time...and neither do my children.  But this website is where I turn to for HEALTHY, GUILT-FREE, Disease-Proofing Recipes.  And it might be scary to some...but for me (and thousands of our readers I'm sure will agree) This website is anything but SCARY.  It brings me PEACE in an ever confusing world of unhealthy food and increasing disease.


      Want to know a SUPER YUMMY RECIPE?  It's been on our site for awhile- but I have to highlight it.  I made this tonight and I don't think I have ever made it better.  So I adjusted our recipe to what I did tonight.  SUPER YUMMY!  All my children devoured it- makes me a happy momma!

      Hope you ENJOY!




      Cream of Broccoli Soup
      2 Medium potatoes, diced
      1 Orange pepper, diced
      4 cups broccoli florets
      1/2 onion, diced
      1-2 teaspoons garlic powder

      1 teaspoons salt

      1-2 tablespoons dried basil
      1/4 teaspoon black pepper
      2 cups water
      CASHEW CREAM SAUCE (see recipe below)


      Place potatoes, pepper, broccoli, onion, & seasonings and water in a large pot.  Bring to a simmer.  Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until potato chunks are tender and pierced with a fork (do not overcook).
      Make CASHEW CREAM SAUCE in a blender.  Pour cream sauce into the pot with the vegetables and stir together (don't forget to add the additional 1 1/2 cups of water...see recipe below).  Heat until boiling so your soup thickens- stirring constantly.  Transfer half of the soup to your blender and blend the mixture until it is smooth.  Pour back into soup...mix all together...EAT and ENJOY!

      1 cup raw cashew nuts
      2 cups water
      2 Tablespoons Better than Bouillon Vegetarian No- Chicken base
      2 Tablespoons cornstarch, flour or Clear Jel
      1 1/2 cups more water (to be added after blending)

      Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth (make sure mixture is smooth- not gritty).  Pour into pot with vegetables.  Add the 1 1/2 cups more water to the blender, swish it around, and add to the mixture in the pot.

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    • The GREAT Grapefruit!

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    •  2/6/2013 9:31:24 PM

      Grapefruits were a rare treat in my home growing up.  I remember my father loving the fruit, but not having it in our home very often.  And when we did have it in our home, my father was the lucky one that actually got to eat them.

      But I remember there were definitely some occasions when I was able to consume this delicious fruit.  I think the main reason I remember it so well is because of how I actually ate it.  Even though I was probably 8 years old at the time, I still had my mother feed it to me.  If I ever tried to feed it to myself, I would never get all of the fruit that I desired and I felt like I was wasting it.


      I remember sitting at the table and opening and closing my mouth as my mother spoon fed me this favorite fruit of mine.  I still remember that she never went fast enough and the fruit seemed to disappear way too quickly.


      Now that I am a mother myself- I am able to experience the other side of this experience.  I have 3 children that currently LOVE LOVE LOVE grapefruits! (My 4th child has just started eating solids this past week- so no grapefruits yet).


      Being that my life is crazy busy most days...having grapefruits in my home gives me a chance to PAUSE and sit with each one of my children (EVEN MY 8 YEAR OLD!) and feed them grapefruits.  I enjoy these moments and there are times where they are the highlight of my day.   It is a time where I can look at each one of my children in the eye (which to me is extremely important to me) and not only personally put a nutritious piece of food in their mouth, but I get to be with on one.  I get to concentrate on them...which for me if a form of LOVE.


      My littlest girl likes to call them GREAT she asks me "Mom- why are these fruits called GREAT?"

      I respond with a question "What do you think?  Do you think they are great?"

      She looks at me and says- with a mouthful of grapefruit..."I think you are great!"

      Oh- the joys of motherhood!

      Life is good!

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    • After School Snack

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    •  2/6/2013 9:32:33 PM
    •  I love when my KIDS are hungry!

      I know that might sound silly...and there are times when the words "I'm Hungry" don't come at a convenient time.

      BUT- when my kids tummies are TRULY HUNGRY- is the best time for me to bring out the HEALTHY stuff.  And luckily- this "HUNGER" time naturally happens almost everyday- RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL.


      This past week- I have found that my kids eat the BEST when I have it ready for them right when they walk in...


      Here is an example of a healthy snack that my kids devour...

      Cucumbers and Carrots with a "Healthier" dressing

      Celery and Peanut Butter

      Fresh Fruit (Grapes, Apples, Oranges, etc.)

      Almonds and Chocolate Chips.

      SO YUMMY!

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