Pleasing Potato Salad Recipe

Happy Healthy Potato Salad

This is a light version of normal potato salad. Summer is on its way and lighter foods are more appealing so you can get into that pair of shorts you wore last year. Cutting back doesn’t have to taste bad. Most of your diet can still stay vegan and raw and this recipe can be vegan for sure. This is a lighter salad so serve up a small portion and have some fun in the sun!

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Coconut, Lime and Raspberry Smoothie

Happy Healthy Smoothie

The recipe below combines all the healing benefits of coconut by using all forms of coconut!

Avocado adds those good for you fats and makes it all creamy and thick.

Raspberries have the antioxidants, scientific studies show that these compounds in the berries have health benefits against aging, cancer inflammation and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Lime is packed with potassium like a banana without the calories, putting the lime in the coconut and eating it all up never tasted better!

This drink is super for people that need to up their brain function and especially if candida is an issue you’re dealing with.
Tools: Blender

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of coconut water (from a young coconut)
  • 1 cup of coconut meat (from a young coconut)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lime
  • Sweetener * (drink can be tart tasting)

Instructions:

Place raspberries, coconut meat, avocado in the blender. Poor coconut milk, water and lime juice in. Add coconut oil and sweetener. When you add your choice of sweetener keep it in a low glycemic value especially if you are dealing with candida. Blend and taste. Adjust if needed, adding more avocado and coconut meat will make it thicker and pudding like.

Enjoy: This makes a great start to your morning, sometimes I will make it thick and mix in nuts or granola for spoon and bowl enjoyment.

* When you add your choice of sweetener keep it in a low glycemic value especially if you are dealing with candida. Stevia can be a good choice, or you can keep more in the line of using the whole coconut and use coconut palm sugar.

Super Hero Power Snack

Happy Healthy Living Power Snack

This is a great snack with some wonderfully healthy benefits.

Grapefruit Power Snack

Ingredients:

  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (you can use other sweeteners, this just resonates with me)
  • 1 pinch of sea salt Read more

Simple Asparagus Soup

Simple and Easy Vegan

The best vegan diets are simple and easy.  Taking animal product out of your diet reduces your choices but it makes it more simple.  What it doesn’t do is reduce is taste and satisfaction.  Menu planning is crucial for any diet to remain intact.  One of the best things to do when you are eating vegan is to eat with the seasons.  This insures that you have the freshest ingredients and the nutrients will be at their highest levels.

Asparagus has been found to help with nutrient absorption in the intestines, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits, helps with heart health and blood sugar regulation and has some anti-cancer benefits. Read more about asparagus here.

Today we are offering this recipe for vegan asparagus soup.

Vegan Asparagus Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of Asparagus
  • 2 stalks of leeks – white and light green parts
  • 1 bunch green onion or 1 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (we use vegan infused butter olive oil by Millcreek Olive oil )
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • If you like it hot, ground cayenne pepper adds in that twist!
  • 4 Cups filtered water or vegetable broth

Directions:

  1. Wash and trim leeks, green onions or shallot. I always choose the skinniest asparagus available, I break them and not cut them, where the stem bends and breaks is where you will get the tastiest part. Set a few tops aside for garnishment
  2. Sauté the leeks, green onions or shallot, asparagus and olive oil until onions appear clear. About 5 minutes.
  3. Add water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil then reduce to simmer 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool to a safe blending temperature.
  5. Blend in blender till smooth and creamy.
  6. Serve warm or as a chilled soup

This is a delicious soup and very simple to make. We would love to hear your thoughts on this recipe and others. Please leave your comments below and join the discussion on Facebook

Happy Healthy Eating!

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Delish Vegan Brownies

Happy Healthy Living Vegan Brownies

vegan-brownies

We discovered these brownies at our local tea shop and found that they were amazing! We decided that we needed to learn how to make them and share them with you.

These little vegan brownie delights will bring much happiness to your taste buds! I know you’re suppose to wait till they are completely cooled but shoot that is too hard to do with the chocolate aroma these babies create. So vegan and so good!

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How To Make Raw Almond Milk

I have never been a big milk drinker, it’s good with breakfast cereal and as an ingredient in lots of products but I know a lot of people who like their milk. After reading the book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and learning how well animal protein grows cancer cells, I was convinced that cow’s milk is not great for the human body. Read more

Raw Fettuccine Recipe

Pasta Isn’t Raw

I recently prepared a raw fettuccine pasta dish. I know, pasta must be cooked you say, well this isn’t traditional pasta. This is zucchini squash sliced into ribbons that we are calling raw pasta.

I love my pasta and it is not something that I am completely giving up. One of the things that I like about pasta however, is the feel and the look of it, long noodles and creamy sauce. This raw food dish gives me that look and feel. No, it’s not warm, it’s more like a salad but this recipe is delicious.

I got this recipe from the free e-book buy the raw chef Russell James.

We had to go buy a new kitchen appliance for this one as we are not hard core raw foodies yet. The piece of equipment that we bought was a spiral slicer. The first one was not good, you get what you pay for is most often the case, but the trade up works great!

This is the spiral slicer that we purchased.

spiral raw foods slicer

What You Need

Here are the few items that you need to make this simple recipe.

Raw Fettuccine Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ¼ small red onion or shallot
  • ½ cup cashews (soak for 20 minutes)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tsp fresh tarragon
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Create the raw noodles - First slice the zucchini into strips with a mandoline slicer with a large julienne attachment or do spiral slices like we did. You can also make into ribbons with a good quality peeler. Cut the red pepper and red onion into thin strips. Place the zucchini onion and pepper into a bowl and set aside
  2. Make the cream sauce - Blend the cashews, water, olive oil, green onions, tarragon, lemon juice and salt in a blender until smooth.
  3. Mix it up - Add half of the cream sauce to the noodle mixture and mix it through the noodles. You can use the other half as a salad dressing or dip. Stores in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 

Notes:

We used half a red pepper as the whole pepper was too much for our taste.

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This is a simple raw food recipe that we will make again for our personal raw food diet. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions about this recipe or anything else that contributes to your happy healthy living.


 

How To Make Raw Tortillas

Raw Tortillas

We are just beginning our education about a raw foods diet. The dehydrator that we got for the holidays is going to come in handy for this new exploration of ours. We are excited about sharing our new discoveries and love to hear about yours.

We are making green tortillas from this recipe that we found from the Raw Food Diet Inspiration site. We created these raw tortillas from scratch. They are great for making raw vegan quesadillas, a simple veggie wrap or for rolling up enchiladas or burritos. Read more

Lavender – The Natural Sleep Aid

Lavender Essential Oil

lavender essential oil usesLavender is considered the most universal of all essential oils. With its fresh, floral scent, therapeutic-grade lavender oil is highly regarded as a skin and beauty tonic. Is it helpful for facial blemishes and can also be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender helps the body relax and helps you to sleep when rubbed on the bottoms of the feet or inhaled at bedtime. It can also help relieve sore muscles and muscle spasms. Perhaps ancient peoples intuitively knew what researchers are finding out about lavender, that it calms anxiety and provides natural stress relief. Lavender has a long list of medicinal properties, making it a natural health superstar.

Lavender and Relaxation

Using pure therapeutic-grade lavender oil may help with your sleep and mood, and it also may have a wide range of additional health benefits. In fact, one recent study discovered that the scent of lavender increases the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep, though the effects were stronger for women than for men.

One study done at Britain’s University of Southampton where researchers tracked the sleep patterns of ten adults, showed that the participants ranked the quality of their sleep 20% better on average when in a lavender-scented room as opposed to the room with a placebo – sweet almond oil.

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Lavender and Your Health

Throughout history, people have turned to lavender for all kinds of ailments including acne treatment, skin disorders, digestive complaints, pain relief, and to prevent and treat infections. Scientists are beginning to understand the synergistic effects of lavender on the body and they have discovered lavender oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender has also been shown to reduce the progression of candida albicans and may be an effective treatment for other infections. In combination with other oils, lavender was found to slow the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice.

Aromatherapists feel that lavender essential oil is the most versatile because of its many healing properties and considers it one of the best essential oils to have on hand.

“My son had problems for years being able to fall asleep. He would lay there for hours it seemed. He had gotten into the habit of taking something over the counter before bedtime each night. He is 21 yrs old with a mind of his own, and I was really worried. One day, I asked him if I could put Lavender on the bottom of his feet at bedtime and he agreed. He slept like a baby and now he uses it every night. He no longer takes anything else!”

Regina Danley

Check out this essential oil guide.

Common Lavender Uses:

  • Pain relief
  • Headaches – including migraines – and muscle aches and sprains
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Relaxation and sleep
  • Burns
  • Acne
  • Insect bites, Dry skin, and as a deodorant
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
  • Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
  • Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
  • Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
  • Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
  • Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
  • Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
  • Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.

 

Lavender Lemonade

Here is a wonderful lavender lemonade recipe:

  • 7 lemons, peeled and juiced
  • 2 limes, peeled and juiced
  • 1 drop pure, therapeutic-grade lavender oil
  • 14 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cup Blue Agave

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or Blue Agave, depending on the size and tartness of the fruit. Be careful that you don’t add more than a drop of lavender oil so that it does not overpower your lemonade. Enjoy!

As you can see lavender essential oil has a wide range of uses and should be a part of your natural medicine cabinet. Make sure you get 100% pure oil to get the best results.

 

Ginger’s Raw & Almost Raw Pesto

Good Raw Pesto Recipe Sauce

This raw pesto recipe is one of our favorites. Pesto is an Italian sauce traditionally made with crushed garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. There are many variations that have been developed over the years that use different ingredients such as almonds or walnuts instead of pine nuts, arugula or parsley to replace or add to the basil and a combination of cheeses.

raw pesto recipe

 

The original preparation method is crushing with a mortar and wooden pestle and the name pesto comes from the Italian word pestare, which means to pound or crush.

We like to experiment in the kitchen and we found a pesto that we really like. This version uses pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts and a white cheddar cheese to replace the Parmesan.

pumpkin seeds pesto

 

We have been altering our diet a bit lately to incorporate more raw foods and there is a variation added to make this a raw vegan dish and a link at the bottom of this article to the Raw Chef’s site where you can find some great recipes and information about a raw food diet.

Ginger’s Raw & Almost Raw Pesto
 
Ingredients
  • 3 table spoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup cold pressed organic olive oil
  • Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (3/4 loosely packed cup )
  • ½ teaspoon sun dried sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Blend all up in a blender, add extra oil if needed for a smooth consistency.

 

Serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini spirals.

Raw Vegan Version: Substitute macadamia nut cheese.

The master of nut cheese is Russell James and you can find his info and lots of free recipes at TheRawChef.com.