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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
1 1/2 cups of raw buckwheat groats
1/4 cup date sugar (or coconut sugar)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2 TBSP applesauce
1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (or brown rice syrup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBSP Peanut butter (or almond, cashew, etc.)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix wet ingredients on a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones, combine. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes. Flip the granola as best as you can (there must be an art to this that I haven't quite figured out). Bake another 15 minutes. Make sure not to burn your crunchies, among other things...it is never good to burn. When you pull them out, place them out to harden up and cool completely. Then enjoy. Just make sure you don't have a buckwheat groat between your teeth when you go run your errands. Smiles! By the way, I obviously love these to snack on, I top my salads with them and when I do have yogurt these are usually on top. Also, it will make your house smell all full of baking goodness only without the sugar crashes.
Monday, April 1, 2013
let's talk about dates! "ewwwww, let's not!" is what i would have said a year ago! i didn't even USE the first bag of dates i bought, i couldn't imagine i would like them! but, as has been the case with all these "new" foods i savor every bite of date now! traditionally dates have been used as the optimal food to eat after a fast, breaking a fast with dates helps to avoid overeating...when the body absorbs the nutritional value of the dates, the feeling of hunger gets pacified! COOL! here is a long list of their health benefits! ;)
- dates are termed the crown of sweets and it has been said one a day will maintain healthy eyes for a lifetime! (i have NOT confirmed this!)
- dates contain calcium (just like in milk, and milk is NOT good or necessary for you!) and iron (which carries oxygen to various parts of the body and is essential in the production of blood) dates are an excellent choice of sweets for women, especially!
- potassium (builds a healthy nervous system, heart, muscle and kidneys)
- copper (needed for healing wounds, it also plays a role in the formation of blood cells)
- manganese (required for the production of the skeletal system and the production of the sex hormones, woot! woot!)
- magnesium (helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins)
- sulphur (i hope you'll look this one up, it is too involved to detail here!)
- phosphorus (strong, healthy bones and teeth, helps take in your vitamin B's and helps the body use them properly for things like energy, mental capacity and emotional stability! YAY for emotional stability in a stressful, chaotic world! and YAY for DATES!)
- dates help with constipation, weight gain, intestinal disorders, intoxication, sexual weakness, diarrhea, a healthy heart and abdominal cancer
- 8 dates
- 2 tablespoons coconut
- 3 tablespoons VEGAN chocolate chips (trust me, you can't tell the difference!)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder (i found this easily at every health food store but you can also use 1 tsp of liquid vanilla)
- pinch of salt, i use pink himalayan sea salt
this is the "meat" of the lettuce wrap
this is the sauce, blend in blender or by hand
mix well the carrot/celery/red pepper mixture with the sauce
garnish with sesame seeds, mung bean sprouts, and/or grated carrot