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Recipe Friday – Cacao Hot Chocolate

February 17, 2017
Hot Cacao

Hot CacaoJust when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate and cocoa powder originate. It can be bitter if eaten plain, but brewed into almond milk and sweetened with date paste or Bee Free Honee, the cacao transforms into a dark chocolate drink that is also a superfood with immune boosting properties!

Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium and iron and contains coumarin, an appetite suppressing, blood thinning, and anti-tumor compound. It contains chromium help regulate blood sugar and detoxify the liver. It also contains phenethylamine and anandamide, which helps to support mental well-being and enhance our mood. With an abundance of calcium, potassium, sulfur, zinc and copper, this is a nutrient-dense superfood for sure!

Hot Cacao

Cacao Hot Chocolate

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 teaspoons date paste* or honey (use Bee Free Honee to make it vegan)

In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling.
Divide evenly between two mugs.

*Date Paste

  • 1 cup of Medjool Dates
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water

Remove pits from dates (if pitted). Soak dates in the water for 5 minutes. Massage dates to soften. Place dates and water in food processor or high speed blender. Store date paste in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Credits: Recipe and Photography: Jill Uechi

 

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Winter Citrus Salad

February 10, 2017
Winter Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

One of our recent posts featured a Winter Salad that was so delicious that it inspired us to make a different version to highlight citrus fruits even more. It’s been raining quite a bit here in So Cal, which is great to get us out of the drought, but it’s been a bit gloomier than we’re used to. This salad and it’s bright colors are so gorgeous and uplifting that we feel it just might put an end to any winter blues from the dreary weather.

Citrus is in the height of its season right now and you can find such sweet tasting varieties of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and pomelos. The idea is to use any combination of any citrus fruit and adding the honey helps to bring out the tartness of the citrus. To make this salad Vegan, we used Bee Free Honee for the dressing. It’s so delicious and made from Apples!

Bee Free

Citrus

 

Citrus Plate

 

 

Winter Citrus Salad

Ingredients

1 grapefruit

1 blood orange

1 clementine

Slivered raw almonds

Drizzled Bee Free Honee

A sprinkle of salt

1/3 diced avocado

Method

  1. Peel all the fruits and remove as much of the pith as possible with a sharp paring knife. The easiest way to do this is to cut off both ends of the round fruit so you have a flat surface to stand your fruit upright. Then cut as close to the pulp as possible.
  2. Using a serrated knife, slice the fruits into disks.
  3. Arrange the slices on a plate – mix up the different colors for variety!
  4. Add avocado on top.
  5. Sprinkle with the almonds, drizzle the honee (or honey) and lastly add the salt.
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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv
Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Skin Glow Salad for Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2017
Red Cabbage Salad

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We are always looking for ways to slow down premature aging of our skin! The benefits of healing foods are real and when consumed on a daily basis, the results are amazing. This salad combines a variety of whole foods that are tasty and will help to make your skin glow. Plus, the vibrant red and purple color makes this salad a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day.

The foods that you eat everyday can either help to maintain healthy skin or work to destroy it. We are choosing to eat healthy foods that promote radiant skin by proving essential nutrients. Red cabbage is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that is not only great for your health, but adds flavor, crunch and color to dishes. The nutritional benefits of cabbage are almost to many to list, but we will name some of the most important ones below.

Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage

Red cabbage contain essential nutrients including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and potassium, as well as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and the B vitamins. It contains a number of antioxidants such as anthocyanins and indoles, which help to prevent diseases, aging, and cancer. Red cabbage has a high concentration of minerals, which helps with bone growth and density and preventing osteoporosis. Finally, red cabbage helps to reduce inflammation and pain associated with ulcers in the gastrointestinal system.

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Red Cabbage Salad

Valentine’s Skin Glow Salad

INGREDIENTS

Salad

1 cup chopped red cabbage

1/2 cup shredded Brussels sprouts

1 medium carrot

1 radish

2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds

 

Dressing:

1 tablespoon Dijon

1 tablespoon hummus or Tahini

1/2 lemon juiced

Salt, pepper, garlic to taste

Red wine vinegar to taste

1/4 tablespoon of beet powder of shaved beet (for color & added sweetness)

Add water to get dressing like consistency

METHOD

Mix salad ingredients together and toss with dressing.

 

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Velvet Green Smoothie with Beets

January 28, 2017
Velvet Green Smoothie

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While growing up, my mom always told me that eating beets would make my cheeks rosy. I would eat a bunch of beets and my mom would remark how rosy my cheeks looked! I would then run to the mirror, only to find that my cheeks looked pretty much the same to me, but I always pretended to believe it. Overall, it didn’t matter because I really liked beets anyway.

Fast forward many years later…and I learned that my mom wasn’t too far off from beets giving me rosy cheeks either! Beets have so many benefits! They purifying the blood, cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to areas of your body that need it. Tada! They possibly could help to make rosier cheeks! In addition to all of that, they help to boost your energy, replenish iron, are rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight cancer and reduce inflammation and contain betaine and trytophan, which helps fight depression and relaxes that mind.

Today’s smoothie not only features beets, but it also has a hint of chocolate as is found in red velvet cake. We got the recipe from rootandrevel.com and it was so smooth and delicious, we wanted to share it with you.

 

VELVET GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH BEETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large beet, quartered and peeled
  • 1 banana, frozen (room temp is fine if you don’t have one pre-frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • Optional: Add 1-3 dates or one tablespoon or maple syrup depending on your preferred level of sweetness

METHOD:

Add beets, dates, spinach and milk first and blend to a smooth consistency. Then add the banana and cacao powder and blend again.

Makes 2 servings.

Cheers!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

 

 

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Winter Salad

January 21, 2017
Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Winter in California means Citrus! Oranges and grapefruits are everywhere and there are so many varieties to try. Oranges may seem like a boring and all too familiar fruit. However, this super-fruit should not be overlooked! This week we bought some gorgeous blood red oranges that we wanted to incorporate into one of our recipes.  Our goal this January is to reset our bodies and eat a plant based diet. Our recipe contributor, Katelyn, found this winter salad recipe from pinchofyum.com that is packed with anti-oxidants and was easy to Veganize. We were so happy with the result! The tofu was a perfect substitute for the chicken and the mint really balanced out the tanginess of the oranges. Not only is this salad healthy and delicious, it is also a beautiful!

Health Benefits of Oranges:

Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C & A, Folate, and Potassium. They help to alkalize the body and stimulate the digestive system, thereby helping to relieve constipation. The high levels of Vitamin C is well know to help to boost the immune system, but oranges also contain polyphenols, a type of anti-oxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and combat viruses and other bacteria. Oranges also help to fight cancer, prevent birth defects, maintain healthy bones and improve your mood.

 

Winter Salad Avocado

Winter Salad Ingredients

Tofu

cara cara oranges

Winter Salad

 

Winter Salad

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 lb. Tofu (drained and sliced)
  • 2 blood red oranges peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into slices
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 cups spinach, torn or cut into small pieces
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • a handful of chopped fresh herbs – we used mint

For the Tofu Marinade:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of one half of a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Dressing:

  • 1-2 tablespoons champagne
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or other grainy mustard
  • salt, pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk marinade ingredients together. Place in a bowl with the tofu, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (while prepping other stuff).
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and warm the tofu.
  • Toss all other salad ingredients, including tofu, together with the dressing! Season with additional salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of good olive oil.

 

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero