Carrot Cake Squares

Indulge in a healthy treat!  Free of refined sugars, grains, dairy.  Vegan, raw, paleo.  Made with 100% whole, real ingredients, these luscious carrot cake squares deliver the spice and flavor of a moist carrot cake without industrial oils, white sugar and gluten. Start with heart-healthy almonds and walnuts.  You could also use pecans.  Any combination…

Making Sense of Eating

I like to read about how eating affects our wellness.  I’m genuinely interested in it and I like to read about the arguments for paleo diets and vegan diets.  I like to learn how ketogenic diets work and what the benefits may be, especially for those with serious illness. I came across the meat-only carnivore…

Orange-Scented Quinoa Protein Granola

Does granola have to contain oats?  I say no, and with no problem.  My body struggles with gluten and oats are a gray area for me.  This quinoa granola is a perfect alternative, as it is richer in protein and lower in sugar.  It sticks with me much longer into my morning. Start with quinoa…

Soothing Lavender Smoothie

  This is my favorite smoothie to drink pre-yoga practice.  The delicious purple hue just fills me with serenity.  And it’s light enough that I can start stretching and doing my asanas soon after. You might imagine that lavender would taste a little ridiculous in a smoothie.  But the flavor of this drink is subtle…

Creamy Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding

Finally – a chia pudding with a texture that I can stand!  Served cold from the refrigerator, this has the texture of yogurt with a light, vanilla-scented flavor.  Perfect for topping with raw almonds, pecans, walnuts, shredded coconut and chopped figs. Chia are amazing tiny seeds!  Some of their benefits include: They are a rich…

Raspberry Almond Cacao Smoothie

I am in love with the color of this smoothie. It is a splash of brightness in an otherwise white and gray world here in late February.  Raspberries are full of antioxidants and fiber.  Cacao nibs boost the antioxidant content even further and offer a satisfying crunch and bite of chocolate. Almond butter provides protein,…

Vegetable Stir Fry With Spicy Peanut Sauce Over Rice Noodles

Comfort food on a cold day.  This spicy peanut sauce wakes up an ordinary plate of miscellaneous veggies and plain rice noodles.  It’s not uncomfortably hot, but it does a pleasant job of warming your lips and opening your airways. Use whatever vegetables you have hanging around in your refrigerator.  Here, I used green cabbage,…

Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

This is winter comfort food to me.  This delicious veggie bake has  all the rich taste of lasagna, packed with lycopene from the cooked tomatoes, and antioxidants from the purple eggplant.  It is great re-heated for meals throughout the week. I start with a variety of vegetable easily found in grocery stores, even in the…

Why You Need More Chocolate (Cacao) In Your Life

Chocolate – or, more accurately Theobroma cacao, was the ancient Mayan feel-good food.  It was revered by the Mayans, and for good reason.  Cacao has the ability to help raise serotonin levels, your feel good hormones, aiding the the relief of anxiety and depression.  It also improves circulation, boosts cognitive performance and increases your energy…

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

This is one of these great smoothie recipes that tastes like it should be bad for you, but is actually full of really good stuff.  Chia and flax offer omega-3 fats and fiber, cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar and it is sweetened only with frozen bananas. Almond extract melds the chocolate, almond and cinnamon…