On the search for a perfect cup of “not coffee” I found this yummy ? concoction that is a delicious Hot Chocolate. It’s healthy, it’s raw, it’s creamy, frothy and super rich. Everything a real cup of hot chocolate should be without all the processed sugar and inflation/mucus generating dairy milk.
1 tsp maple syrup (adjust to taste. I use date sweetened milk so didn’t need much)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
Blend it all together in the Vitamix on high for 5 minutes or so till it gets to 105° (used a Kitchen liquid thermometer ? to test). I also heated the cup in the microwave for a minute. Serve immediately. Makes 1 extra large cup. And if you want a more bitter/strong taste just up the amount of Reishi.
Lots of options to customize this drink. I’d love to hear what you come up with!
And if you have the go-to substitute for a cup of coffee, I’m all ears! I don’t even like the taste or acidity of coffee anymore, but its the habit I’m looking to replace. I do like tea, a fall harvest spicy or camomile are my favorites with a splash of honey (though honey doesn’t really splash does it LOL), but I want something with more kick and I don’t mean caffeine, a more intense, light, flavor. The habit of holding the warm cup in your hands, drinking while chatting with friends, while traveling in airports between connections, sipping while walking the streets playing tourist…that’s what I want.
Hot Chocolate is for cozy nights at home watching a movie, sitting in front of a backyard fire, a lazy morning….aaahhhhh yes. ? What’s your favorite time/place to drink hot cocoa?
This salad is so simple to make, tastes light, refreshing and oh so tasty! The sweet potato noodles hold up well to being marinated in the dressing, actually tastes better after a bit, no wilting mush here.
2 Sweet Potatoes – Medium, spiralized
1/3 cup Organic Olive Oil
1/3 cup Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Sweet Onion, Medium, rough chopped
1 heaping tsp Cumin
3 large garlic cloves (I used pickled cloves. Garlic Powder can also be used if you prefer)
A few dashes of Cayenne Pepper
A few dashes of Turmeric
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 cups Spinach, chopped (optional)
3 cups Cilantro, chopped (optional)
Nutritional Yeast- sprinkled on top of each bowl as you serve. Yummy cheesy flavor.
Mix together greens and noodles in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix up the dressing ingredients Olive Oil – Salt & Pepper. Then pour over the noodles, stir and let marinate for 10 minutes before serving. An hour or two or three makes it even tastier. ☺️
If not adding the greens, the Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar can be reduced to 1/4 cup each.
This is a great base so get creative! Add other spiralized other root veggies like beets or daikon to add some contrast with the sweet potato ?. Chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds would be great toppers too!
I’d love to hear how you enjoy this salad and what changes you make! ?
•Oat groats, Raw – soaked overnight in dehydrator to keep the water warm.
•Almonds, Raw – soaked overnight on the counter, skins mostly come off the wet nuts on their own while being chopped for a nice smooth texture.
•Cashew milk, Raw
•Bowl of fruit
Wild Maine blueberries
Half a banana
*i put the fruit bowl in the dehydrator for a few minutes while making the cashew milk and it thawed the blueberries just perfectly.
•Pecan Streusel (optional) – pecans, coconut sugar, coconut oil – blended together. Streusel was leftover from my Apple pie.
This dense bowl of nutrients was easily enough for 2!
If you don’t have a dehydrator, putting the the oat groats in warm water to soak overnight works too.
If Raw Oats are too much for you right now, no worries, you’ll still get loads of benefits from cooking your oats, plus all the added “extras”. Oat Groats are less processed but need a longer cooking time; Rolled Oats are another option.
While you can get cashew milk at the store, fresh is sooo much tastier and doesn’t have preservatives, carrageenan, fillers and sugar. Plus, the % of nuts you’re getting isn’t listed on the label but I assure you it’s WAY less than homemade, closer to 6% according to an article I read. Homemade is 25% and so easy to make!
Later, while out for lunch with a friend, I had a Caesar Salad with a boost powder in my water. It was a lovely afternoon! Side note…writing off your fun is the icing on the cake! It is now my goal to have more lunch dates in the future with other wonderful women.
I was heading out to walk Ian, just as Kerwin came home from work. I was in a hurry to beat the quickly approaching dark as the sun had just set. A daily dog walk is part of my 3 for 30 Challenge this month and I couldn’t miss it!
Kerwin tells me its a Super Moon tonight and the largest we’ll see for the next 16 years. We watched from the driveway and then a bit later headed out to The Strip as everything is more fun there. lol
No Bellagio Fountains, our favorite, as the wind was seriously GUSTING. It was a fun adventure being out, enjoying the night lights, the breeze and finally some cooler weather so I could put on my Red Wings jacket and my cherished ?scarf from Ushuaia, the World’s End. ?
Dinner was at Cheesecake Factory (no we didn’t eat any cheesecakes) where we were seated at a table in the ‘indoor’ patio, as in common in Las Vegas casinos. We had an entertaining view.
Our meal was a loaded veggie salad with pomegranate vinaigrette dressing that we shared. Not your standard salad, it had very interesting flavors- but yummy.
We’ll be back another time for the Lettuce Chicken Wraps Mexican style, without the chicken and add extra avocado. ?
Talk about an “after dinner walk”, we had a 2+ mile stroll to get back to where the truck was parked.
Note to tourists: distances appear closer than they are due the enormity of the landscape and the return walk is always longer. ?
Woke up feeling much better today! After a pit-stop in the bathroom I remembered my 1 Minute Challenge and sat back down on the edge of the bed to focus on how I’ll FEEL after having accomplished my goals this month.
I got a lot done in the morning but as the day started to tick by I was feeling anxious as I hadn’t completed my “office hours” yet and my husband would be home in only 2 hours. So I sat down at my desk, opened my planner and simply started. 2 hours flew by, wow! My honey walks in the door and I am super excited to give myself a ✅.
As part of this 28 Day Detox I’m to drink 2-3 glasses of Rejuvelac a day. Ever heard of it? Learning this cleanse involved Rejuvelac made me very curious but a little leary at the same time. Drink it straight??? I only knew of using it to make raw nut based cheeses, to give them that sharp “cheesy” taste.
Rejuvelac is made from soaking wheat berries for 24-48 hours, draining/rinsing them and letting them sprout for a day or so. Once they have sprouted you add fresh water to the berries and let the jar sit at room temp to ferment for 48 hours. That yeasty, bubbly water is Rejuvelac. You can reuse the berries 2 more times and then put them out for the birds.
Which I did. I actually fixed the cute bird feeder that has been broken for months, the Northern Mocking birds at our last home didn’t like it so what was the rush, and hung it in my garden.
I love how it looks! ?(although no visitors yet…maybe it’s not bird approved?)
Anyway, a few days ago I had the first batch of Rejuvelac ready. This is what is looks like when the ‘water’ is ready to be drained off the wheat berries. Would YOU want to drink it? ?
After pouring a glass, I held my breath and took a sip, expecting to gag on the taste. Nothing happened…?…I didn’t die….Imagine that. ?LOL. It tastes a little yeasty but it’s not gross at all. I can totally handle drinking this for a month. Yipppeee!
Today I had the brilliant?to try drinking Rejuvelac with Youth Factor. Of course it tasted amazing, it’s Youth Factor! ? Now I know how I’ll be drinking it this month, woohooo! Bottoms up!
This, my 2nd, episode In The Kitchen was so much fun! And all the recipes turned out amazingly delicious! I hope you enjoy watching! 🙂
Here are the “tweaked” ? directions for each recipe:
1 cup Cashews
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1 large carrot
3 Tbl Olive Oil
2 1/2 Tbl Liquid Aminos (soy sauce or tamari work too)
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Blend Cashews and Sunflower Seeds in food processor until fine. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until the texture you prefer. I saved half of the scallions to add at the end to leave add a little more chunky texture.
Sesame Ginger Sauce:
1 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup + 2 Tbl Apple Cieer Vinegar
1/3 cup Fresh Ginger (or even a little more wouldn’t hurt, surprisingly)
1 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup Liquid Aminos
1/2 Tbl Sesame Oil (toasted is fine too)
1 cup Water
Add all ingredients to blender and process until creamy. Make take a bit to break down the ginger.
Can be used as a salad dressing, a dip for apples / veggies or with rehydrated seaweed like Arame and Hijiki.
2 cups whole Flax Seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for a 2 hours or more, if you leave overnight that’s fine)
5 cloves Garlic (I love garlic!)
1/2 Lemon, juiced
2 – 3 Tbl Liquid Aminos
1 Tbl Fresh Ginger
Blend ingredients EXCEPT the Flax Seeds in a food processor until broken down. Then add the Flax Seeds and blend until well combined. The Flax Seeds will not grind up but you want the flavors to be well mixed.
Remove from food processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Spread batter thinly 1/8 – 1/4 thick. It will take 2-3 trays to use all the batter. The goopy texture will hold the crackers together even if there are holes.
Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours, until crispy. Halfway thru test them for firmness and flip them over onto another mesh tray and remove the Teflex sheet so they dry on both sides.
1 cup Raw Cashews (soaked in water for 30 min – 4 hours)
1 cup Bell Pepper (red, orange or yellow)
2 1/2 Tbl Lime Juice (or lemon)
4 cloves Garlic
3/4 tsp Salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree into a smooth pate. This will take a bit, the texture will become smoother and thicken a bit after blending for longer than you think you need to. 🙂
Please share your favorite paté or cracker recipe! If you have questions or requests for recipes you’d like to see made Raw, I’d love to hear them! 🙂
Dining is such a fun, creative experience nowadays, bringing so much Joie.
Used to opening the fridge and seeing “things” ready made to eat, now when I open the door I see what seems like “nothing”. Jars filled with random dressings and dips and an assortment of whole fresh veggies and leafy greens. Lots of food but umm…what exactly to eat?
I have fresh tomatoes ?, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley and salt but no recognizable jar of spaghetti sauce, ready to pop open and pour into a saucepan for warming up.
It now takes imagination to put an unprocessed, fresh meal together, if I want something that is more than a plain salad. And yes, I definitely want more. There is real Joie in unique and different flavors, textures, a variety of colors and overall vibrancy.
It starts in my head before I ever open that door. What do I feel like? Sweet, salty, leafy, crunchy, rich, dense, crispy, soft, spicy…etc. Then I go from there and think what ingredients I have in that category, what is ripe in the garden and how you could build a meal from it. It’s quite a visual experience. A world away from how I used to prepare meals. I do still do meal planning, try out new recipes and shop for the needed ingredients but I also now shop for Raw & Living food staples: veggies, leafy greens, nuts and seeds to have a foundation upon which to create.
Just yesterday Kerwin is scrounging for a snack, opens the fridge door and sees “nothing”. I suggest a bowl of cereal. But the catch is we don’t have any sugar laden, fake food cereal boxes or a carton of ? milk?. Instead I say to grab one of those random, unlabeled jars that has fresh cashew milk, take out some home-made & dehydrated granola from the jar on the counter and add one of the ripe bananas that didn’t get frozen for smoothies yet, to make a bowl of cereal. But it took running through an inventory in my head of ingredients to come up with “cereal”. Getting into the spirit, he added goji berries – bonus! ?
Dinner tonight was an especially beautiful thing! Highlights were:
The most amazing leftover Basil Vinaigrette, I didn’t think anything could beat my Basil Pesto recipe but this absolutely does.
Crackers I’d dehydrated earlier in the week.
Micro Arugula harvested from the garden
Raw, Vegan, Sulfate Free Wine ?
Thanks to some prep work (gardening, dehydrating, leftovers) I had a couple of things on hand and was able to whip together a simple dinner that was simply delicious and eye-catching too.
A take away from my trip to Japan ?? is that eating starts with your eyes and as such, attention to presentation details is very important. It makes such a difference in your overall enjoyment of the meal. It’s like you eat less too when the meal is so pretty. ??
For example, storing the flax crackers standing up in a cute basket makes me smile. It’s a lovely display and it’s so fun to choose your next perfect cracker.
Drinking a glass of wine in pretty, well made wine glasses instead of the cheap stemless ones we have takes it up a notch. (Found the glasses at a garage sale! ??)
Pausing to snap a picture actually helps you take a step back and appreciate what you have in front of you. Odd as it sounds!
I am grateful for this journey we are on together. Sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal, that tastes AMAZING and is absolutely nutritious and healing for our bodies makes me pinch myself – is this real???
How far we’ve come!
I hope my sharing our story inspires you! I NEVER saw this coming and if it looks impossible from where you are, that’s okay. I was there too, scared to commit to anything past this immense challenge of 87 days without meat, added sugar or processed flours. It seemed almost insane! Definitely crazy. That is if you call deciding to listen to yourself this time, for the first time, crazy. To do it my way, win or lose, and just see what happened.
All you need to do is start. Start something. Start anything. ??
Here’s a look back at my Day 1 of 2017’s Year of Transformation, if you’re looking for a place to start.
You are also warmly invited to join my Joie to Your Health group on Facebook for more inspiration, recipes, tips, support, challenges, fun and of course JOIE! ?
I came across this, to me shocking, 3 year old video and was struck by the changes in my life, not just the physical but my overall wellness, mental health and the brighter light of life and passion in my eyes.
So I decided to start this blog post to highlight some of the standout moments of my transformation.
I ? in the mirror and as of yet, I still don’t recognize myself, it’s all so new, so being able to look back on where I came from will help me to never GO back.
This video is a year before EHT was launched, 3 years before the release of Youth Factor and almost 3 years before I decided to do something I’d never done before to become someone I’d never been before.
Yes, I was still happy and yes I was still grateful but listen to WHAT I was happy and grateful for! ?
2 1/2 cups Tomatoes
18 Sun-dried Tomatoes – soaked (less if they are big)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic (I double or triple this!)
3 Medjual Dates (pitted & soaked)
2 Tbl Parsley
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender till it’s the consistency you prefer and you’re set! Serve with spiralized zucchini noodles. Or freeze for later for to go meals for work or school.
Optional toppers: capers, yellow tomatoes, chopped walnuts or raw Parmesan cheese.
(oops, need to watch my camera angle a little better. If you were wondering it’s the end of the water spout that is showing at the top of the screen. LOL ? Sorry!)