Friday, August 26, 2011

Are you a breakfast person?

My answer to that question is YES! I love breakfast and I always have, I have to eat within an hour of waking up otherwise I start to feel nauseous and get grumpy.  I know a lot of people who enjoy eating breakfast but simply "just don't have time" for it.  While that may be true with a traditional cooked breakfast a raw smoothie  takes just a minute or two and you can take it on the go!

I have always loved smoothies but gave them up awhile back after realizing how much a regular fruit smoothie raises glucose levels. I used to be a Jamba Juice junkie not realizing that the fruit smoothies were doing more harm than good for my body. I did my research and have found that if you balance greens, protein and fruit it will inhibit the sugar in the fruit from rising glucose levels so fast.

My favorite raw breakfast smoothie right now is a Blackberry Banana Green Smoothie, its takes about a minute to make and keeps you full for hours. Here is the easy recipe:

Take a handful of fresh or frozen blackberries
(I get my blackberries fresh off the bushes in my yard! It really get much better then free fruit and they taste so much better then store bought!)
1 Banana
Handful of spinach or other leafy greens
2 TBSP of Nutiva Hemp Protein

Put all ingredients into your blender and fill with purified water. Blend well & enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Raw Apple Pie!

I stumbled across this raw apple pie recipe the other day and decided to try it out and I am sooooo glad I did! Not only is it delicious but it is so much healthier for you then normal apple pie. Instead of a food processor I used my Magic Bullet which I LOVE!!!! I also didn't dehydrate my apples so I got more of a "applesauce" texture, and I used walnuts instead of almonds. You can still make the recipe if you don't have a food processor or dehydrator -just modify!!


7 small fuji apples
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dates
1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
1 raw pie crust recipe (see below)
Roughly chop 5 apples and pulse them in the food processor until they are in tiny pieces. Pour the lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon over them and dehydrate them on low for a few hours. In a blender blend 2 finely chopped apples (add to the blender first), 1 cup dates, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest to make an apple sauce. Mix the applesauce and the dehydrated apples in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a piecrust. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

Basic Almond Raw Pie Crust

1 and 1/2 cups raw almonds*
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil (optional)
1 vanilla bean seeds scooped out (optional)
Process almonds in a food processor with the s blade until a coarse almond flour. Add the dates, coconut oil, and cinnamon to the food processor and process with the s blade until the mixture forms dough. Press the dough into a pie pan. *For a crispier crust you can soak the nuts and then dehydrate them before using.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I love my life!

The past 24 hours have been absolutely wonderful!!! I got to do makeup for a photo shoot at Theater of Puget Sound for Emily Rose Studios . I love downtown Seattle in the summer and especially Seattle Center... I've loved going there since I was a child and I try to attend different festivals they have held there each summer.

Then I came home to this:

A very happy Missy sleeping on my pillows purring very loudly! I tried my best not to disturb her as I cleaned my house and got ready for my cousins from out of town to arrive.

When they arrived we had a great time - I painted my little cousins nails neon pink with sparkles, we bbq'ed and my Mom and cousin tried my lentil burger and liked them! YAY! We got the fire pit going and I gave the kids some glowsticks that I had laying around and we had a blast!

This morning I woke up to a beautiful clear sky and decided to blog outside for a change (usually I blog in my room with the fan on but there aren't many more days of summer left boohoo) and I am in good company too:

Tomorrow I will be posting the recipe for a raw apple pie I made a few days ago... it's soooooo good and soooo easy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lentil Burger Addiction!

I need to admit something..... I have a new addiction.... to vegan lentil burgers! Ever since I ate at Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe the other day I have been OBSESSED with lentil burgers. The first thing I did when I came home was look up a recipe to make some and now I cannot get enough of them!

Above is a picture of my scrumptious homemade lentil burger, a spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, green & red peppers and cucumber. I usually sautee some sweet onions and put them on top and voila.. a healthy "burger"!

The recipe is super easy to make and I encourage everyone to try it

Vegan Lentil Burger Recipe:


1 cup uncooked lentils
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1-1/2 cups carrots, finely grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 tsp season salt
1 small onion, finely grated

Cook lentils and rice in 4 cups water for 45 minutes, simmering over low heat in a covered pan. Allow to cool.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and cook on griddle or pan (may spray with non-stick spray) over medium heat, until nicely browned (about 6 minutes per side).

Number of Servings: 8

Super Yum!

Yesterday my mom and I decided to go to a restaurant I've been wanting to try forever.. Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe . I had read reviews online about how "amazing", "delightful", and "scrumptious" some of their raw menu items were, so I was very excited to check out their new location in West Seattle.
We walked into this beautiful cafe and I immediately felt right at home. The cafe is bursting with color, the smell of fresh food and coffee wafting through the air, people relaxing by large windows enjoying their food or working on their laptops on the free WIFI connection. Even before I had my first taste of their food I already knew I had made an awesome choice coming just by the atmosphere.

We were greeting by two women who were very upbeat and helpful when choosing menu items and even let us sample some tabouli (which by the way is AMAZING!!!!). We decided on the raw enchilada, lentil burger, and raw fudge brownie.

We tried the raw fudge brownie first..... I don't think words can explain how good it was. It puts any brownie my Mom or I have ever tried to absolute shame. It was well worth the $5 and is definitely now my favorite dessert!

Next up were our main courses! Lentil burger with a side of tabouli, and a raw enchilada plate with the house salad.

My Mom and I both split our entrees in half so that we could try both dishes and I sure am glad we did. The lentil burger is homemade and is topped with sprouts, marinated onions, cucumbers, and pickles with their "special sauce" on a panino roll. It tastes so good that it made my Mom who LOVES meat say she could go vegan if she could always eat like this.

The raw enchiladas are made with tomato tortillas that are filled with cashew cheese, a variety of chopped veggies, avocado, cilantro, and mango pico de gallo. These were DELISH! The variety of vegetables are bursting with flavor and the tomato tortillas are to die for.

The portions are large and we were able to take the food home and get 2 more meals out of it - a total of 4 meals for $30. I am planning on going back again this weekend and trying other dishes, I am definitely hooked!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Yay firsty!

Hooray for my first post! I decided to have a blog separate from my beauty blog ( about another HUGE passion of mine..... food! I've been interested in nutrition most of my life mainly because I have struggled with my weight from a early age. I've never really been overweight but I've definitely dealt with body image issues throughout my life mostly due to what has been fed to us by the media.

In the end my struggles have turned out to be a blessing, I have learned so much about food and how it can heal the body and I've decided to go to school so that I can help others heal with the proper nutrition. I am also at a point in my life where I am becoming comfortable in my own skin. I may never be a size 0 like I once strived so hard to be.. and I am absolutely fine with that. I now strive to be the healthiest I can be! I feel so amazing when I am eating healthy nutritious foods that are from the earth and give me energy... no tag with a size on a pair of jeans could ever make me feel that good!

I am hoping to use this blog to empower others to feel great about themselves and stop worrying so much about the size of their jeans or the number on the scale. I want to help others start loving themselves by putting healthy foods into their bodies!!!!

I'll be posting my favorite recipes, healthy products, healthy restaurants and much much more!