May 172017
 

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

If you’ve been avoiding snacks because you’re worried they may cause weight gain, I have a bunch of great “weight-loss friendly” snack ideas for you.

Ideas that can easily become “grab-and-go” options and are not only healthy but delicious.

And, as usual, I’ve included a bunch of tips to help you get more of them, and a recipe for a great dip (in case you’re the “dipping” kind). Continue reading »

Apr 192015
 

yogurt parfait 008Homemade Kid Loving Granola

I like to send my kids off with a healthy breakfast and one of them is Kid Loving Granola….with my secret ingredients. This granola is also used in the Yogurt Parfaits, and can be a base for Chia Seed “Raw-Mazing” Pudding. This is also a quick and nutritious snack.

Makes about 12 cups

Ingredients – (I buy my cinnamon, nuts, coconut oil and sugar from Upayanaturals)

2 cups of quick oats and 2 cups of old fashioned oats (Organic)

2 cups any nuts (we use almonds and pumpkin and I chop them up in the food processor)

¼ cup sunflower seeds Continue reading »

Jan 292015
 

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and you may be hearing chocolate calling your name.

I love chocolate and I eat it every day.  Years ago it was Snickers, Skor, and too many to mention! Plus lots of homemade baking with butter, sugar and flour. But I had to change…years of eating like this was affecting my moods, my hormones, my teeth, my waistline and more.

I started experimenting by making tasty treats with raw chocolate and coconut oil. I have used many recipes from various sites and also created some of my own.

So as this Valentine’s rolls around (and then Easter, and then someone’s birthday and of course, the Halloween candy will be lining the aisles soon enough)…try these creations. I promise you will change your taste buds and they will be wanting these treats and not the unhealthy ones!

 

Raw Chocolate Rum Balls

Raw Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates

Chocolate Almond Bliss Bars

Chocolate Decadence Shake

Maca Cacao Balls

Raw Chocolate Freezer Fudge Continue reading »

Jun 162014
 

Raw Carrot Crackers

One of my clients brought me some of his homemade crackers and I was hooked!! They are delicious!! The next time he was making them, I tagged along so that I could make them for myself. These crackers are super easy to make and store well in a sealed glass container. Enjoy sprinkled over salads or with a dip such as hummus.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of carrots cut in chunks
  • ½ cups onion chopped in chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/8th cup olive oil
  • 1/8th cup tamari
  • 1 tsp each – curry, turmeric, cumin
  • 3/4cups soaked walnuts
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • ½ cup soaked almonds
  • ½ cup soaked sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds and ½ cup sunflower seeds

raw carrot crakers steps (1)

Figure 1 Process all the veggies until smooth – may have to do a couple of batches

Process all ingredients except ½ cup pumpkin seeds and ½ cup sunflower seeds. Depending on the size of your food processor you may have to process two lots and then mix by hand.  I process the carrots, onion, garlic, and celery, oil and tamari first, place in a bowl and then process the other ingredients except pumpkin and ½ cup sunflower seeds.

ingredients for carrot crackers in food processor with nuts

Figure 2 Add the soaked nuts

sunfloer and pumpkin seeds on top in food processor last step

Figure 3 Add the seeds last and only mix for a short time to keep them chunky – adds a great texture

Mix everything together and then add the pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Place about half the mixture on one dehydrating tray with the liner and the other half on another lined tray (you may use three trays). Thickness should be about ½” in a square and then cut into squares.  This helps it to dry faster and also to have lovely square crackers.

carrot mixture ready to spread

Figure 4 Mixture ready to be spread on dehydrator trays

crackers in dehydrator ready for dehydrating

Figure 5 Crackers are on the top and at the same time I am dehydrating the soaked nuts and seeds that we add to our smoothies or the next round of crackers

carrot crackers on tray complete

Figure 6 Finished product!!! When applying the mixture to the dehydrator trays with the liners, spread the mixture out into a square about ½” thick and then cut into squares before drying

Dehydrate for 8-10 hours and then flip to screened tray and dehydrate for another 3-5 hours.  Make sure they are dried out completely. Crackers may be stored in an air tight container for up to a month. If you need to crisp up put back in dehydrator.

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What do you make in your dehydrator?  I’d love to hear how you enjoyed the crackers.

Enjoy the goodness of your food,

Tanya

Why eat Raw Foods?

Food that is heated to temperatures greater than 108 ○F, lose their enzymes in the process.  Enzyme depleted food can be very hard to digest and unfortunately gives very little energy to the body. Continued consumption of cooked and processed foods leaves our bodies drained of energy and vitality.

Live enzymes are essential to digestion. Enzymes are needed to break down the food we eat into a usable form for the body. Eating live raw foods leaves us feeling energetic and vibrant!

Raw foods are better quality; therefore you eat less to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion. As your percentage of raw foods increases you feel satisfied and have more energy on smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet your body’s needs.  This in turn will lower the amount of money you spend on food, vitamins, pots and pans, appliances, doctor bills, drugs, and health insurance.

Eating a diet of raw foods can reverse or stop the advance of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Remember, cooking creates free radicals, which are the major cause of cancer. When you lower the number of free radicals your cells are bombarded with, you lower your risk of cancer.

A raw food diet can protect you from acute diseases such as colds, flu, measles, etc. Raw foods maintain a healthy body and a healthy body will not become diseased.