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Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe – Our Family’s Favorite

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Hope you enjoy this delicious green smoothie recipe. My husband thinks this green smoothie recipe is the best!

I’ll never forget my first date with my husband. I brought him a mango kombucha and told him not to shake it. He shook it anyways and within the first five minutes of meeting him for the first time he had managed to get exploding mango kombucha all over the front of his pants. True story.

2nd date we went to Whole Foods to buy ingredients for a salad and when we got back to his place I made us a salad with a lot of cilantro. My husband, who didn’t like cilantro at the time, choked down the salad and pretended to like it for my sake.

I am sure that after our first few dates my (meat-and-potatoes-loving-midwestern) husband probably wondered what he had gotten into by dating such a California health nut!

Luckily he didn’t get scared away and to his credit he tries all my healthy creations at least once. And over the years he has actually even grown to love some my recipes. The green smoothie is one of them.

Although I make a different delicious green smoothie for my husband every single morning, this is the recipe he thinks is the best of them all!

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Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4-6 cups baby spinach
1 cup coconut water (or plain water)
2 pinches white stevia powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 32 ounces. Enjoy!

If you want to see how I make the green smoothie and learn a cool tip about how I prepare the smoothie the night before, check out this video below:

If you can’t see the video below click here.

For more green smoothie recipes and to join the green smoothie challenge click here.

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked this delicious smoothie recipe please “like it” below. Comments are always welcome.

♥,
C

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Posted on February 26, 2014   No Comments

Raw Jicama Chips Recipe – Dehydrated

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My husband is an avid snacker, but he is not easily impressed by my dehydrator creations. So I was pleasantly surprised when he actually liked my raw jicama chips recipe and started munching them while watching T.V. No small victory for this healthy chef!

I think you are going to like them too. These raw jicama chips are sweet with a spicy kick and chewy kinda like a veggie jerky (verky?).  Nibble on raw jicama chips any time you get a snack attack.

Jicama is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s crisp, water rich, and slightly sweet. I am lucky that in California I can find organic jicama in some health food stores, but you might have to go to a Mexican market to find even conventional jicama. If you can’t find jicama, you can use zucchini or even raw eggplant for this raw recipe.

You will need a mandoline for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, just slice the jicama as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. I like the Kyocera Adjustable Mandolin Slicer. (Just be sure to use your handguard, so you don’t accidentally cut yourself.)

You will also need a dehydrator for this raw jicama chips recipe. If you don’t have a dehydrator, I highly recommend getting one. They are not as expensive as you might think and they can actually save you money in the long run by dehydrating produce that might go bad otherwise. They especially come in handy in the summertime when stone fruit and tomatoes are in season.

One last note, this recipe has some ingredients that are not technically considered “raw”, so feel free to make substitutions. However, jicama chips are way better for you than fried snacks in my opinion.

Without further ado . . .

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Raw Jicama Chips Recipe

1 medium jicama (about 6 inches in diameter)
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (or chipotle powder or regular paprika)

Peel the jicama and then cut it into 3 large pieces. Slice the jicama one piece at a time using a mandoline (on the thinnest setting) into strips (or just use a knife if you don’t have a mandoline). Put the jicama in a shallow dish (I used a glass lasagna dish). Put the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to make a marinade and then pour the marinade over the jicama strips. Marinate the jicama strips in the refridgerator for at least 3 hours.

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Then lay the strips on dehydrator trays by arranging them very close to each other because when jicama dehydrates, it shrivels up and shrinks to about half its size. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for the first hour and then turn the temperature down to 118 degrees and dehydrate for about 18 hours until they are dry and chewy (drying time depends on how thinly they are sliced and humidity). Flip them over half way through. Enjoy!

  • If you don’t have a dehydrator you can get one here
  • You can get a good organic chili powder here

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked this raw jicama chips recipe please “like it” below. Comments are always welcome.

♥,
C

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Posted on February 24, 2014   No Comments

List of Heart Healthy Foods – How to Take Care of Your Heart

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In honor of Valentine’s Day in February, I thought I would create a list of heart healthy foods and give you some tips on how to take care of your heart all year long. The heart is the most important organ of the body, in my opinion, without it we can’t survive and we are only born with one! Hope you enjoy my list of heart healthy foods and tips for a healthy and happy heart.

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How to Take Care of Your Heart

  • Slow it down. Relaxation techniques such as meditation can lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Try this heart centered meditation I recorded whenever you need to relax:

Click here if you can’t see the video below.

Cecilia says: if meditation isn’t your thing, find other ways to relax such as massage, listening to beautiful music, being out in nature, or whatever helps you to relax.

  • Speed it up. Studies clearly show that exercise helps the heart, both by improving exercise capacity and reducing the risk of heart disease and premature death.

Cecilia says: find aerobic exercise that you enjoy such as walking, dancing, or swimming because you are more likely to be consistent by doing something you love.

  • Spice it up. Flavoring foods with more herbs and spices and less salt can enliven your diet while helping to keep your blood pressure balanced.

Cecilia says: preparing food with fresh herbs and spices can be so much fun! There are many quality herbs and spices on the market and I recommend buying in bulk to save money. You can get good quality bulk herbs and spices here.

  • Eat your greens. Research indicates that a diet rich in green leafy vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease.

Cecilia says: if salads aren’t your thing, try juicing or blending your greens for a daily delicious green drink.

  • Magnesium is your friend. Magnesium helps maintain normal heart rhythms.

Try these magnesium rich foods: pumpkin seeds, spinach, Swiss chard, sesame seeds, and summer squash.

  • Get your omega-3s. ALA an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid that may reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and possibly lead to heart disease.

Try these omega-3 rich foods: walnuts, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax, winter squash, olive oil, navy beans, kidney beans, and soybeans.

  • Eat the rainbow. A wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables deliver powerful phytonutrients that can prevent and repair damage to cells. That’s the essence of preventing heart disease.

Try these phytonutrient rich foods: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, red bell peppers, asparagus, oranges, tomatoes, acorn squash, cantaloupe, papaya just to name a few!

  • In summary, for a healthy heart try to relax, get moving, reduce your sodium intake, and try to include as many heart healthy foods into your diet as possible!

List of Heart Healthy Foods

(This list is not all inclusive)

All leafy greens

Magnesium Rich Foods

spinach
Swiss chard
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
summer squash

Omega-3 Rich Foods

walnuts
macadamia nuts
chia seeds
hemp seeds
flax
winter squash
olive oil
navy beans
kidney beans
soybeans

Phytonutrient Rich Foods

blueberries
strawberries
raspberries
cranberries
blackberries
carrots
broccoli
sweet potato
red bell peppers
asparagus
oranges
tomatoes
acorn squash
cantaloupe
papaya

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked this list of heart healthy foods and how to take care of your heart tips please “like it” below. Comments are always welcome.

From my heart to yours!

♥,
C

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Posted on February 19, 2014   No Comments

Raw Food Vegan Salad Dressing – Low Fat

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Most raw food salad dressing recipes usually contain nuts or oils. This raw food vegan salad dressing recipe uses mango and peppers for a sweet and spicy salad dressing that is guaranteed to jazz up your salad without adding a lot of fat.

Make sure that you use a ripe mango and feel free to experiment with different seasonings and adjust them to your liking.

For variety, you can substitute the mango for the same amount of ripe papaya.

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Mango Lime Cilantro Low Fat Raw Food Vegan Salad Dressing #1

1 cup chopped mango (about 1 ripe mango)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 red bell pepper)
1 tablespoon lime juice (juice from about 1/2 a lime)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon chopped jalepeño pepper (no seeds)

In a high speed blender blend the mango, red bell pepper, lime juice, and jalepeno pepper until completely smooth. Then add the cilantro and pulse a few times until the cilantro is blended into little pieces, yet still visible. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour over your favorite salad. Makes about 1 cup salad dressing. Will store in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Here is one more low fat dressing recipe for variety. Both are delicious!

raw vegan salad dressing #2

Mango Lemon Dill Low Fat Raw Food Vegan Salad Dressing #2

1 cup chopped mango
1 cup chopped English cucumber
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 clove raw garlic

In a high speed blender blend the mango, cucumber, lemon juice, and garlic until completely smooth. Then add the dill and pulse a few times until the dill is blended into little pieces, yet still visible. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour over your favorite salad. Makes about 1 cup salad dressing. Will store in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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Here is a short video where I make the mango, lemon, dill salad dressing.

If you can’t see the video below click here to access the video.

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked this recipe please “like it” below. Do you have any low fat raw food vegan salad dressing recipes? Please share them in the comment’s section below.

♥,
C

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Posted on February 13, 2014   No Comments

Easy and Healthy Frozen Banana Ice Cream – with Carob Sauce

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Healthy and frozen banana ice cream is one of life’s simple pleasures. This easy banana ice cream recipe uses just two ingredients: frozen bananas and vanilla bean seeds. Keep a batch of this “no guilt” frozen treat in the freezer and enjoy it all year round!

I also included a recipe for a strawberry and carob sauce if you want to get fancy and dress up your banana ice cream. I think you’ll enjoy both sauces, but I’m really excited about the carob sauce because even my husband (who is not a fan of carob) said it was better than chocolate sauce! Trust me, you’re gonna love it!

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Easy Banana Ice Cream

4 large bananas (cut into coins and completely frozen)
Seeds from 2 vanilla beans (optional)

Process the frozen bananas through either the Omega 8006/8004 juicer or the Champion Juicer with the blank screen, or use a food processor.*  Let the banana ice cream soften a bit and then stir in the seeds from the 2 vanilla bean pods. Serve with homemade strawberry or carob sauce (recipes below). Makes 2-4 servings. Keep in the freezer.

*If you don’t have a masticating juicer you can use a food processor with the S-blade. Just make sure to scrape down the sides often, and you might need to add a small amount of liquid for it to blend thoroughly.

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Carob Sauce

1/2 cup coconut water (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
1/3 cup chopped, pitted, and tightly packed mejidool dates (about 5 dates)
2 tablespoons carob powder
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
dash sea salt

Blend all carob sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender until you get a creamy consistency. Makes about 1 cup of carob sauce.  You can drizzle the carob sauce over ice cream or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Makes about 1 cup carob sauce. Will last a few days in the fridge.

*You can replace the carob powder with coco powder if you prefer.

Strawberry Sauce

2 cups halved fresh strawberries
1/3 cup chopped, pitted, and tightly packed mejidool dates (about 5 dates)
seeds from 1 vanilla bean (optional)
squeeze fresh lemon juice (optional)

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Use this strawberry sauce over ice cream, hot cereal, or in yogurt. Makes about 1 cup strawberry sauce. Will last a few days in the fridge.

Here is a quick video of me making the frozen banana ice cream with the Omega 8006 juicer:

*If you can’t see the video below, click here to be directed to the video.

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♥,
C

 

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Posted on February 12, 2014   No Comments