Red Pepper Dressing Vegan Dinner Bowl

I love this recipe! It is so delicious and good for you. I find garbanzo beans to be extremely delicious and filling. In my personal food choices, I have been moving towards more and more vegan dishes just because I always feel so energized and happy after a good vegan meal. ❤

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Ingredients:

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Garbanzo Beans

1 16 oz can Garbanzo Beans

1 tbsp Olive Oil

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Chili powder

1 tsp Paprika

Quinoa

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Cups Water

Dressing

1 tbsp Olive oil

1/4 Cup Cilantro

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 lemon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Tumeric

Toppings

Cilantro

Avocado

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Begin by setting the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl mix strained garbanzo beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and evenly disperse the beans on top. Place them into the oven for 8-10 minutes.

In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Once boiling, add rinsed quinoa to the pot, cover with a lid, and turn to medium heat.

Meanwhile, place diced bell pepper, Cilantro, Olive Oil, lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric into a blender. Blend until it becomes a saucy consistency. Add water if needed.

Once the quinoa is finished, you may want to drizzle some olive oil, salt, and pepper over it. Mix well.

In a bowl, add quinoa, garbanzo beans, sauce and toppings to make your vegan bowl!

 

Enjoy ❤

The Potential “Cure-All” Diet

rose-1082542_640I would like to introduce a diet that has changed my life and is beginning to change the lives of many others.

MY STORY

In October of 2015 I entered the hardest month of my life….I was experiencing gut/intestinal pain, severe acne, adrenal depletion, an overloaded liver, depression, warts, fatigue and an inability to sleep.

To sum it all up, everything hurt physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was distraught that my body was preventing me from showing up in the world the way that I truly wanted to. I didn’t want to eat, cook, be productive, blog, go out, go to school, any of it!

Two months went by like this until I went to see a local naturopathic doctor. It was suggested that I go on what is called an elimination diet for 3 weeks.

This diet was probably the most amazing thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. For three weeks I challenged myself to get completely off of:

Dairy   Gluten   Sugar  Soy   Nuts   Caffeine  Alcohol  Corn   Legumes     Nightshades   White Potatoes

So what does that leave me with? Basically milk substitutes like coconut or rice milk, fruits, gluten free grains, meat and vegetables. I’ll admit that it was tricky. I began by taking out the things that I was already impartial to and didn’t mind taking out such as caffeine, alcohol, white potatoes, nuts, corn, legumes, and gluten. For me, all of those things were easily substituted. A couple of days went by like this and then I began to take out nightshades. Then the hardest part came: Dairy and sugar. I am completed addicted to both of theses things so it was incredibly tricky to get off of them. I gave myself the space to have my cravings and just started by decreasing my intake. Another week or two went by like this until I was able to finally get off of both of them.

Five days went by with out eating any dairy for the first time in 4 years and  I could hardly believe what I saw:

  • my acne was gone (for the first time in 4 years)
  • my energy was back
  • my gut didn’t hurt
  • nausea, diarrhea, gas — gone!
  • depression subsided
  • warts disappeared

I had my life back and it felt so good to know that the power was in my hands and it was something as simple as a shift in diet. So here I am at the end of my 3 weeks and I have amazing skin, energy, and vitality to show for it.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIET

The Elimination Diet is great for anyone with any kind of food sensitivity or GI disturbances as well as arthritis, ADD/ADHD, narcolepsy, migraines, issues with the kidneys, cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma, and others. It’s best if the diet is adhered to for a minimum of 2 weeks. Big dogs like gluten and dairy should be eliminated for 28 days.

It should also be understood that these dietary changes are not permanent and that these foods can be reintroduced. It is recommended that you begin to introduce one of the eliminated food groups for one day and then notice your symptoms for the two following days. If you show no symptoms or reactions you can introduce another food group. This process can take up to 5-6 weeks.  At the end of the process you will know a great deal about your body and your allergies. I learned that I was allergic to dairy and nuts, I could tolerate gluten and sugar, and appear to have no symptoms concerning soy, beans, nightshades or caffeine.

Consult your physician or registered dietitian if you find that there is a certain food group you’d like to introduce, but have an allergic reaction to.

 

Here’s my advice for trying it yourself:

  • Give yourself space to do it at your own pace and don’t beat yourself up when you “relapse”
  • Understand that you WILL go through withdrawals and that they WILL pass and you WILL make it
  • Consult your doctor or physician if you have any questions or concerns
  • Find a community or a friend to support you in your process
  • Switch to organic foods
  • Get on a Probiotic, Multivitamin and/or a B Vitamin complex
  • Supplement with essential fatty acids (i.e. EPA or Fish) and CoQ10
  • Remove other toxins that your not digesting such as perfumes, chemical fragrances, artificially scented lotions, cremes, shampoos and conditioners.

Tips and Tricks for getting through the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath
  • Charcoal (to bind toxins being produced in the body during detox)
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Getting body work at least once a week (ex: yoga, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, etc.).
  • Don’t keep what you crave in the house and resist the urge to buy them when you shop.
  • When a craving appears, drink a large glass of water and wait 30 minutes. Often, the craving will go away.
  • Don’t let yourself get too hungry. When you get hungry you’ll want to eat what you crave, so try to keep an emergency snack or meal prepared.

Check out this link for more information about the Elimination Diet, what to eat, how to reintroduce, recipes, and for more general information:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/articles

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

For literature on the Diet I suggest exploring:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/books

 

 

 

Blueberry Banana Gluten Free Pan-Cake

I am an avid lover of pancakes! There’s so many ways you make them, but in all my years I have never had a pancake quite like this. It literally is a pan cake. And om namah shivayah is it good!

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Ingredients

2 banana

2 cups Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

3 tbsp water

1 jar of your favorite jam

1/2 cup almond butter

1 carton Blueberries

Maple Syrup

Coconut oil

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Take out a large bowl and begin to mash bananas with a fork. Add in Pamela’s Pancake mix (save’s you a huge chunk of time!) and mix well. The bananas pancake mix should create a fairly doughy consistency. Add in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water. Stir well.

Oil up a pan with coconut oil and turn on medium/low heat. Pour roughly 1/2 cup of pancake mixture in the pan and place blueberries on top. When the heated batter begins to boil and the bottom has turned golden, flip your cake. Begin to make your cake once both sides are golden an cooked through which takes approximately 2-3 minutes on both sides. Lightly coat the top of the pancake with coconut oil and then add a layer of jam. In this recipe I used peach, which was divine! Throw another layer of the “cake” into the pan (don’t forget to add the blueberries!). Once cooked, butter with coconut oil and then add a layer of almond butter. Continue to layer your cake with alternating layers of jam and almond butter until you have used up all your batter.

Serve with maple syrup and enjoy ❤

 

 

Mango Chicken Haystack

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Here is a clean eat for the family night dinner. It’s got great flavor; mixing sweet and spicy.

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Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

3 tbsp Olive Oil

 1/2 lemon

1/2-1 lb Chicken breast

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of pepper

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 mango

1 Avocado

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 cup lettuce

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Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a small pot. Add rice and bring down to medium/low heat, cover with lid.

In a frying pan, place olive oil, onion, garlic and simmer on low heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add chopped chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, 1/4 lemon and chili powder. Bring up to medium/high heat and stir frequently, adding more olive oil, if needed. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from heat.

When rice is ready, add a pinch of salt, a splash of olive oil, cilantro, and 1/4 lemon. Mix well.

Begin to make your haystack by placing rice, chicken, lettuce, avocado, mango, and garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy ❤

 

Nutrifetti Super Smoothie

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A party in your mouth, this one is! Full of superfood and goodies, you’ll want to try this one out for sure!

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2 bananas

1/4 cup Vanilla Brown Cow Yogurt

1 tbsp Spirulina

2 tbsp Hemp Seed Hearts

3-4 tbsp Goji Berries

1/2-1 cup Orange Juice

Serves 1-2

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Blend baby blend ❤

Quinoa Chili for the Soul

Quinoa Chili

My hole life I have made the same chili recipe, but I have decided to branch out and try something new. This one is completely different that the other chili recipe I usually make, click here to check it out. But it is so good I can’t tell which one I like best! So here it goes, folks! Hope you enjoy ❤

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup Quinoa

1 large Sweet Potato

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 15oz can Black Beans

1 yellow Onion

1 15oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic

2 cups Veggie Broth

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 lime

Toppings

Avocado

Pepperjack or Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

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Start out with a small pot and bring 1 cup of water to boil. Once boiling add quinoa and turn down to medium heat. Do the same in a medium pot, filling it half way with water, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized pieces, add to water, and cover with a lid. Allow for the water to boil for 10-15 minutes or until potato is soft. In a large pot add in olive oil, chopped onion, black beans, garlic and diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium/high and let simmer. Once onion is transparent, add veggie broth, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Check on both your quinoa and sweet potato, once they are finished, add them to the large pot. Stir and allow the contents to warm on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Once appropriately warm to eat, dish out your bowls and add the toppings of your choice.