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    • Cucumber carrot Juice (its so GOOD!)

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    •  12/1/2012 10:37:55 PM
    •  I love my juicer! I am not an avid cleanser,but I love fresh veggie juice. I like to create new juices, sometimes I fail and have to choke them down, luckily I do not share those recipes with you! Last week, I succeeded and have found a new recipe that I LOVE! (and so do my kiddos!)

       

      Before I share the recipe, I wanted to explain why carrots? I was recently reading how drinking raw carrot juice can benefit the skin, hair and eyes as well as internal organs. Carrots are full of vitamin A which aids in the reproduction, division of cells, bone growth, and promotes a healthy immune system. Carrots also contain Vitamin B6 known for helping manage metabolism and keep a healthy immune system. And lastly, another great benefit of carrots is Vitamin C, we all know that this vitamin helps keep our immune system healthy and can help aid int he healing process of any wound or ailment. I know that many veggies in their true whole form will have most of these great benefits I have listed, but carrot juice is so dang delicious and my kids will drink it. I might sound crazy, but I'd trust home made carrot (veggie) juice over vitamin supplements for my kiddos any day of the week! 

       

      Carrots also mix well with other veggies and because they are sweet, they balance the flavor when juicing them with kale or other strong flavored veggies. They also taste great on their own. I have found that many local grocery stores carry large bags of organic carrots, something I had not noticed until recently. I guess they have been there quite a while, but I just wasn't looking.

       

      One more thing, a quick story. My daughter was sick a few days ago, home from school with a head and stomach ache. I busted out my handy juicer and let her sip fresh carrot juice all day. I know there could be a million other reasons she was up and raring to go the next morning, but if its okay with you, I am going to give that delicious carrot juice some of the credit! 


      Carrot Cucumber Juice

       

      Ingredients:

       

      4 very large organic carrots (6 if they are smaller) wash em, not need to peel if they are organic

      1 lemon quartered (it just seems to juice better when cut)

      One large organic hot house cucumber, no need to peel.

       

      Directions:

      I juice them in the order listed above. The cucumber seems to help move any stuck carrot or lemon through the juicer. This should fill a quart jar. I recommend drinking it fairly quickly (but also, if you haven't heard yet, chew it. I know that sounds strange, but if you "chew" the juice it actually helps your body absorb more of the nutrients. The digestion process starts in the mouth, saliva starts the break down process... and on and on. I love chatting, typing, or teaching this good stuff to any one who will listen, read, learn. 

       

      Ps. Juicers are cheap and make a great Christmas gifts, drop a hint to Santa if you are still in need! :)


      Happy Juicing!

      ~Newbie




       

      • Might just be the silly mood I am in, but I could almost hear your post spoken aloud by someone with a very fast pace. You sound very excited! Thanks for sharing your recipe and the goodness behind carrots. Thanks too for wanting to do good things. Keep on keepin' on.
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    • Salad on the go!

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    •  11/25/2012 11:24:32 PM
    •   If you are pinterest lover, you might have already seen and tried this delightful way to eat salad on the go. I am in love with it! This time of year the days seem to fly by, if I am not prepared in advance I will end up snacking on holiday treats the neighbors drop by ( major no-no for me)! This is the perfect solution to eat healthy even on the busiest of days! Make two or three in advance and store them in the fridge for a quick grab-n-go lunch.

       


      I like to make my own balsamic vinegar dressing to put at the bottom of the jars. I plan for about 3-4 jar salads with this recipe:

      2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 

      1/2 tsp sea salt

      1/2 tablespoon crushed garlic

      1/4 cup olive oil


       

       Directions: whisk together in a small bowl or place in a small glass jar with a lid and shake until well blended.


      For the salad in a jar:

       

      Place 1 or 2 tbsp of dressing in the bottom of a large glass mason jar that has a screw tight lid. Then add the veggies of your choice; tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower,  red onions, mushrooms, celery, radish, red or green cabbage. I like to add about 1/4 cup of brown rice or quinoa  nor any of your favorite grains and add a few grapes for sweetness. Finally top with your greens of choice, I like spinach or romaine.  As long as the lettuce does not touch the dressing, the salad will stay good in the fridge for the week!

       

      Extra add ins: beans, nuts, seeds, fresh herbs, anything goes!


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    • Brown Rice Breakfast

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    •  11/17/2012 10:30:52 PM
    •    I love brown rice, but not as much as my kids. I use quinoa a lot and often forget about this delicious and nutritious grain. I made a large amount of brown rice this week (by large amount I mean 6 cups). We used some for dinner, then my kids asked to have it in their lunch boxes the next day. Just plain brown rice! I still had left over in my fridge the next morning and came up with this delicious "treat" for breakfast!


       

      Brown Rice Breakfast (pic coming soon!)

      Ingredients:

      2 cups cooked brown rice

      1 1/2 cups plant milk  (rice is our fav)

      1 Tbsp Vanilla

      2 tbsp Honey, agave or other sweetener 

      1/2 tbsp cinnamon

      1 large sweet apple chopped

       


      Directions:

      Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan to warm over medium heat.  Enjoy! (makes 4-5 servings)

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    • Take a Cruise, Vegan Style

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    •  11/12/2012 3:48:50 PM
    •     It is getting cold outside! We had several days of snow and now it's only 29 degrees outside! This time of year I am always looking forward to the Holidays with family and friends, but something in me wants to start planning a springtime vacation! I know by March I will have enjoyed the snow for long enough and be ready for some warm sunshine! Now that we eat differently, finding balance on vacation usually takes some work to plan around eating healthy clean meals and being able to just relax and enjoy yourself, right? 

       

      I have found a solution to take all the guesswork out of trying to find vegan-friendly restaurants on your sunny vacation! Have you ever heard of Holistic Holiday at Sea? I am so excited to share this cruise info with you. Some of my personal hero's will be there in March 2013 ! Dr Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, as well as wait for it... one of our favorites.... Dr Barnard!! That's just a small portion of the amazing presenters that you will be able to learn from while enjoying a truly healthy cuisine and soaking up the sights Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica! Sounds to good to be true doesn't it? I was overjoyed when I first found out about this company. A dream vacation!!

       

      I'm dropping some heavy hints to Santa this year, hope to see you all there!!! When you register, let them know Whole Food Mommies sent you!!

       

       

       

      Ship in Port
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       

       

      Info about the cruise:

       


      With its 10th year, the Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise provides in-depth lessons and experiences for guests who are living or are interested in learning more about a vegan lifestyle. While on-board, guests will dine on quality vegan and macrobiotic food prepared under the guidance of distinguished chefs. Throughout the day the ship's public spaces are transformed into a floating classroom offering 140 classes, lectures, workshops and consultations from 40 highly qualified presenters including doctors, academics, authors, research scientists and celebrities.

      Holistic Holiday at Sea provides unique access to life changing educational, social, and spiritual experiences. From cooking effectively for a vegan or macrobiotic lifestyle, to daily meditation practices, and even how to become more socially and politically active in the local community,this cruise allows for the broadening of one’s knowledge.

      Guests can choose from a wide range of alternative health experiences beyond veganism including classes on macrobiotics, meditation, yoga and Pilates, as well as individual consultations and treatments. One of the most electrifying and rewarding aspects of the cruise is the deep personal connections made with other like-minded individuals in the vegan and macrobiotic community. People from all walks of life enjoy the social entertainment including dance parties, evening socials, special musical performances and the popular singles events.Holistic Holiday at Sea is truly ‘a community at sea, an island of friends.’

       

       

      For More Information

      Website: http://www.atasteofhealth.org

      YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYU4Nt3aDlY

       

       

       

       

      Doesn't that look amazing? Check out some of the details on their site, please let them know Whole Food Mommies sent you!!

       

      Love and Sunshine,

      Loni

      Newbie Mommy

       

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    • Making Recipes Your Own

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    •  11/9/2012 10:40:58 PM
    •    I started my day by placing four sweet potatoes in my crock pot on low to cook for eight hours. I knew I wanted to make something to go along with them. I found the perfect pairing  with Maintenance Mommy's recipe, Oh My Goodness Gravy . Whenever I am cooking I use the recipes as a guideline to follow, sometimes that works out great other times... not so much. Today was a success. I took the recipe above and added a few things that I want to share with you.

        I started with the oil and added 1 sweet onion finely chopped. I let that saute until clear, then added two cloves of garlic, minced. I also added about 1 1/2 cups of cooked black beans after the gravy is ready. (I added a little extra water because of the extra items.) While the gravy was cooking I steamed one bunch of organic kale and chopped up two of the sweet potatoes to create our delicious dinner. Very simple, quick, and healthy. Three out of four of my kids loved it! (my forth needed some couching and cheering, but she ate it all).

       

       

       

       

      This is a perfect example of using our recipes to make them your own. We encourage you to take our recipes as guidelines and add more veggies or leave out something that you don't like. Our hope is to help you on your journey, we want you to be comfortable in your kitchen cooking with your favorite items. 

       

       

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    • Fluffy whole wheat pancakes w/choc chips

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    •  11/3/2012 12:39:04 PM
    • This morning my kids did not have school, but they still LOVE to wake up before the sun and play! I went on a hot date with my love the night and was happily sleeping in and listening to my girls all play together. They all came in purposing breakfast ideas and trying to coax me out of bed. My oldest who will soon be ten, loves to cook and create so I suggested making pancakes. She got out all the ingredients and measuring cups herself (really it was to buy some time, a few more minutes snuggled in my bed). Then I got up and checked the clock, 7:45am... successful sleep in. Time to get creative with the kiddos, chocolate chip pancakes pancakes.


      I was amazed at how willing and able my kids are at making their own breakfast. My oldest did everything on her own while the younger ones "helped" stir. These pancakes turned out fluffy and delish. The kids loved them. I will be the first to admit they are not a health food, but a healthier option to the fluffy white flour ones.

       

      Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes w/chocolate chips


       

      Ingredients:

      1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

      3 1/4 tsp baking powder

      1/4 tsp salt

      1 1/4 cups plant milk (I used rice milk, any would work)

      1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

      1 tsp vanilla

      optional:1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (semi sweet are usually vegan, check the labels)


      Directions:

      Spray griddle or pan with non-stick and heat to medium/high, depending on what you are using. Mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and blend well. Add chocolate chips last. Makes about 12 medium size pancakes.

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