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  • Recipe of the Week - Vegan Dill Potato Salad

      Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, No Fat or Oils I have always been a huge fan of potatoes, but potato salad has never really interested me.  Perhaps it's because it's normally made with mayonnaise  which I have never liked.  While visiting Whole Foods a couple weeks ago, they had a potato salad without mayo or sour cream and I tried some and I was pleasantly surprised.  I decided to make a potato salad without vinegar, mayo, sour cream, fat, etc. that would be yummy and this turned out to be exceptional!!  Mmmm.mmmmmm! Vegan Dill Potato Salad 10-12 small-medium Red Potatoes (adjust...

  • Recipe of the Week - Strawberry Soup with Fruits

      Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, 80-10-10 This soup is one of my absolute favorites.  Strawberry soup is cool, sweet, comforting and delicious! You can serve this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!  I love adding lots of different fruits to keep the colors and texture interesting.  Simply AMAZING! Strawberry Soup with Fruits 1 - 12 oz bag of Organic Frozen Strawberries - thawed for 20 minutes 1 Tablespoon Coconut Manna (you can substitute this with 1/2 oz of Cashews) 4 Tablespoons Water 1 1/2 inches of a Fresh Vanilla Bean (you can substitute with a little Vanilla Extract) Additional...

  • Salt - Why You Need It

    Sodium is a necessary mineral and considered to bring youthfulness to the body’s tissues. Sodium is indispensable for healthy digestion, capillaries and arteries, and to help maintain flexibility and mobility in the joints. Without proper sodium, the joints would stiffen and calcify prematurely, and the lining of the stomach would not secrete the necessary enzymes for healthy digestion. Sodium has the ability to dissolve calcium deposits around the joints, arteries, capillaries and muscles, allowing the bloodstream to carry them out of the body. Sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. The sun is considered the sodium star, therefore all fruits and vegetables...

  • Recipe of the Week - Vegan Black Bean Burgers

    Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, High Protein This easy to make black bean burger recipe is incredibly tasty, filling and amazing!  My biggest gripe about black bean burgers is that they don't stay together - half of your burger is on the plate in pieces before you even get to dig in!  I've remedied that issue without adding any grains and they are still mouth watering!  Black beans are incredibly healthy for you - so as long as you're only using a little bit of oil to cook these, you wont have to worry about excessive amounts of fat. Vegan Black...

  • The Power of Essential Oils

    Inhaling the fragrance of a rose invokes feelings of love and passion, the sweet scent of cinnamon may bring up memories from way back when mother was baking cookies, and the pungent scent of garlic stimulates appetite, making your stomach gurgle. Ancient cultures knew about all of these effects and held aromatic plants in high esteem. History We know from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts that essential oils have been used for thousands of years for culinary and medicinal purposes, as well as to make incense, perfumes, and cosmetics. Essential oils were among the earliest trade items of the...

  • Recipe of the Week - Orange Walnut Tarragon Salad Dressing

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, 80-10-10, Low Fat & Raw I wont lie...I'm a little famous for my salads!  Never will you find a bowl of lettuce and ranch in my house!  I love using the lettuce as a part of the salad, not the bulk.  The yummy-ness comes from the addition of lots of different goodies - like cauliflower, bell peppers, onions, zucchini, fennel, tomatoes - any veggies laying around in the fridge!  Figuring out a dressing without oil was a little challenging at first, but this dressing is by far my favorite!  It's amazing over a simple salad of Romaine...

  • Are You Acid or Alkaline?

     Have you ever wondered what it would take to always be healthy? Many doctors, herbalists and nutritionists believe that by maintaining your body’s pH on the slightly alkaline side you never get ill. Dr. William Howard Hay in his book A New Health Era states that all diseases are caused by auto-intoxication (or "self-poisoning") due to high acid levels in the body. More recently, in his book Alkalize or Die Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says: “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause - too much...

  • Recipe of the Week - Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, 80-10-10 & Raw Who doesn't love an amazing smoothie?  To break-the-fast in the morning I like to use fruits - our natural cleansers.  This is one of my favorite shakes, sweet, nutritious, cleansing and delicious! Tropical Breakfast Smoothie 1 Pink Grapefruit 2 Oranges 2 Blood Oranges 1/2 small Pineapple, cored, peeled and eyes removed 1 Frozen Banana (peel removed) 4 oz Frozen Guava Pulp Juice the grapefruit and oranges.  Add to a blender (the Vita-Mix works wonders) with all the other ingredients.  Blend on high until smooth.  Drink and Enjoy! Beautiful Citrus Fruits Banana, Pineapple and Guava!...

  • The Joy of Sprouting

    Sprouting seeds during the dead of winter in your kitchen is easy and fun. When you can’t grow anything or get fresh produce anywhere sprouts will consistently provide you with fresh and nutritious meals. Sprouts are real life vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes. Their nutritional value has been discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago. Soaking seeds in water awakens enzymes from their dormancy, and their nutritional value increases from 10 – 2000%, such as B Vitamins. Vitamin E increases up to 300 times and vitamin C is introduced where none was previously present. Sprouts have a regenerating and anti-aging effect on the body because they provide two important...

  • Matters of the Heart

    With every stroke of the heart our blood must flow undisturbed to feed, nourish and cleanse our whole system. Clearly, to have a healthy heart it is important to exercise regularly, take care of our stress levels, eat sensibly and above all, keep joy flowing through our hearts. This large pumping organ of fire also has long been associated with emotions, giving and receiving love. You can nourish your heart energy by expressing positive emotions and feelings. A poignant line from the book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” by Dr. Deepak Chopra has some merit: “The less you open your heart...