(Psst... Recipe is at the end ;-)
A Very Potent Love Potion
My Happy V-Day to you ~ Very Potent Love Raw Chocolate Potion Mayan Style.
(Psst... Recipe is at the end ;-)
3 Ways for Health Conscious Women to Enjoy Chocolate and Sinfully Delicious Treats Over the Holidays and Stay Fit, Feel Fabulous and GLOW.
3 Ways for Women to Enjoy Chocolate and Sinfully Delicious Treats Over the Holidays and Stay Fit, Feel Fabulous and GLOW.
It's not as hard as you might think to replace sugar, chocolate, cookies, and other addictive foods that can make you feel fat, bloated, depressed and low energy. Here are three easy and delicious solutions to satisfy your chocolate and sugar cravings while staying healthy.
Are you Ready to Satisfy your Cravings & Get Your GLOW on? ;-)
Left: Mint Coconut Chocolate Chip GLOWnola Parfait with Cashew Creme.
Recipe for Almond Coconut Nog
In the spirit of giving during the holiday season and winter soltice, I am sharing one of my favourite holiday recipes with you. This article is a follow-up to my previous blog post ~ Three Reasons to Deliciously Replace Sugar This Holiday Season & Ideas for Healthy Sweetener Alternatives, to offer you some ideas for how to use healthy sweeteners during the holidays.
Three Reasons to Deliciously Replace Sugar This Holiday Season & Ideas for Healthy Sweetener Alternatives
Bring Joy and Peace Into the World this Holiday Season
Sugars are essential to life. We need glucose from whole food sources like fruit, whole grains, and starchy vegetables for vital body functions like fueling our brain cells. However, sugar in its refined and processed form, can cause us to feel down, gain weight and is harmful to the planet. During the holiday season, when we celebrate peace and joy - there is no better time than now to enjoy delicious alternatives to sugar that are good for you and the planet.
Above: Julie's Healthy Raw Vegan Cheezecake with Chocolate Hemp Sauce
Blackberries LOVE...Peaches, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Yogurt a la Raw Vegan
Recipe for Blackberries and Peaches with Yogurt a la Raw Vegan
I received some blackberries from my beautiful sister-in-law Parrish and was inspired to create! This simple dish tastes good because it follows the laws of flavour attraction as noted above. Pssst, learning whole food flavour combinations is the...Secret #4 for Delicious of Everyday Healthy.
While the yogurt is somewhat of a time investment it will last 3 -4 days in the fridge because the lemon acts as a preservative. While young Thai coconuts are not exactly affordable, you can get them for lower costs at Asian grocers or Superstore (where I bought mine :-) - and are a nice treat to celebrate the end of summer fruit.
Blackberries LOVE Raw Organic Chocolate
I have been buying fresh organic figs now on sale at Whole Foods in Vancouver which are now only $2.99/ lb. I also spent the weekend picking delicious superfood FREE wild and local blackberries. So I wondered if I could come up with a decadent uber-healthy seasonal organic local dessert made a la affordable, quick and easy. Here's what I created - doing my best to meet all the above criteria! This recipe was partially inspired by Genny Bourdage's chocolate fig pudding recipe.
Adam Hart founder of Power of Food, asked me share my thoughts on his new book E3 for Life. Adam lives in Squamish, B.C. and is whole foods chef, professional speaker, nutirional expert, author and health coach extraordinaire.
Here's what I LOVE about Adam's book. Psst....recipe for Heavenly Halva is at the bottom of the post.
Balancing Spring Greens with a Decadent Healthy Dessert
I am delighted to have been getting enthusiastic feedback from all my posts with tips on how to include more Spring liver-loving greens into your everyday. Balance is important in life, so I thought I would sneak in a recipe for a delicious decadent dessert ~ still very healthy of course! :-)
Left: Almond Butter Chocolate Mousse Cups. A co-creation with my friend Andrea Potter from Rooted Nutrition.
Avocadoes LOVE Carob (psst....less $$ than Raw Cacao)
In my last spring inspired dessert blog post we learned that avocadoes love limes. As well we discovered that you can have your cake and it too in that you can enjoy a delicious dessert that is very healthy :-)
Here is a recipe for another spring time inspired dessert that can be made in minutes with avocadoes and a few of your everyday ingredients from your pantry.
Step #1 ~ Gather and Measure all Ingredients
Start with 1/4 avocado, 1 tbsp carob powder, 1 tsp raw organic honey* and1 tbsp coconut oil.
* For health and environmental reasons, it is very important that if you use honey, it be raw, organic and best if you can source locally. If you do not eat honey you can replace with a dark maple syrup.
3 Minutes...and you have an Everyday Healthy Dessert
Step #2 ~ Mix all ingredients together with a spoon. Yum! Taste test, adjust flavours as needed. You may be inspired to add some vanilla extract or cinnamon and experience how that tastes. Notice your personal preference.
(1 minute or 2-3 minutes with taste experimenting).
This is an everyday dessert so yummy it can stand on its own. You are welcome though to add a few more everyday delicious toppings. And I promise it is easy :-)
Your Everyday Cuisine LOVES...Affordable Shredded Coconut
For example, you can use one of my favourites....Organic affordable shredded coconut.
Coconut LOVES...Carob or Raw Chocolate
Step #3 ~ Scoop your chocolatey mousse into a wine glass and top top with shredded coconut.
Dehdyrated Sprouted Buckwheat ~ A Versatile Everyday Staple
Step #4 ~ Next, I had some dehydrated sprouted "buckwheaties" that I have on hand. So I added it to my "crunchy mix" along with the shredded coconut.
Like dehydrated sprouted sunflower seeds, dehydrated sprouted buckwheat are one of those things that are woth it to make ahead of time. Prepare in big batches and store in your fridge in glass containers. Buckweaties are worth it is because they are so versatile and affordable. I was originally inspired to make these after reading Ani Phyo's Raw Food Kitchen. She uses buckwheaties as a base for many of her sweet and savoury recipes like cereal, salads and more!
Delicious LOVES...Parfait Layers
It's always nice to split your mousse into two so you can layer your dessert. (1 minute)
Step #5 ~ I quickly steamed some raspberries to make a warm berry couli.
I always have some frozen berries on-hand in my freezer. It is best to pick fresh berries in the summer and store in your freezer for affrodable healthy deliciousness all year long :-)
Step #6 ~ Top with Fresh Mint
One of the flavours I have chosen to focus on in my Spring cuisine is fresh mint. Wjy? This refreshing herb pairs well with spring flavours like asapargus, peas. swiss chard, dandelion leaves and everyday affordable veggies like beets and carrots. You are welcome to follow the link to check out my first-go at creating an Everyday Produce Shopping List for Spring Cuisine that offers a wide variety of dishes within a group of ingredients. This is Secret #1 to make everyday healthy convenient.
Voila! There you have it. A healthy and quick dessert in a total of 5-10 minutes + 2 seconds. Another example where practical meets a deliciousness on par with French cuisine. You are welcome to check out my bio to find out why I am passionate about bringing the French passion for delicious food into healthy everyday cuisine :-)
Deceivably Boring Sprouts a Secret to Making Everyday Healthy Delicious
It seems that every time I write about how to use the quintessential affordable superfood ingredient, ~ I get enthusiastic feedback. So my dehydrated sunflower sprouts were part of my inspiration in putting together a last minute birthday cake for my brother last weekend. I made a big batch of dehydrated sunflower sprouts almost a month ago now (click here to read previous blog post on how to make). Stored in glass jars in my fridge, they are still acing the test of everyday healthy, convenient, delicious and affordable ~ above and beyond!.
In the spirit of having your cake and eating it too, here is a a recipe idea for a healthy spring cleansing dessert "Avocado Key Lime Pie" featuring.... The Everyday Affordable Dehydrated Sunflower Sprouts & Affordable Shredded Coconut :-)
Above: These deceivably boring sprouts are one of the secrets to making my everyday healthy practical and delicious.