Juli Makes Yogurt :: Alexis' Recipe

Today was so fun, I spent the morning making a really delicious, easy raw vegan yogurt. I have been trying all sort of different recipes lately and none of which were good enough to write about {seriously}. 

But today, I am unveiling a super delish one from the one-and-only Alexis {remember her, I did her raw juice/soup cleanse for a few days?}, who by the way, has a blog coming out soon. I will keep you posted on that. 

I didn't use the lemon juice because I think for the first time in my life, I had no lemons in my fridge {wink}. So, instead of making a trip to the store, I just left it out. And also note, I used strong acidophilus instead of the kefir mix.

I didn't culture it for very long before trying it and wow, it tasted good even without being cultured. 

I also used Alexis' yogurt to make a vegan squash parfait {recipe and pics to come} so, stay tuned.

Alexis' Cultured Coconut Yogurt Recipe

The meat from 3-4 young thai coconuts
1/2 cup of young thai coconut water
3 TBSP honey (Sage is my favorite)
1/2 TSP Probiotic Bio-culture master blend  (or Kefir starter)
Squeeze of Lemon juice
pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in high speed blender.  Then let sit out in a slightly cracked sealed container (so some air can flow through) for at least 12-24 hours.  The longer you leave it out the more sour and fermented it will become!

Then stick in the fridge and enjoy with fresh seasonal fruit and your favorite herbs, spices and superfoods.  I love it with Goji berries :) AHHHHmazing

About the Bio-culture master blend

It is a mix of highly stabilized species of Lactobacilli Bacterium: L. salivarius and L. plantarum. Two of the most important bacteria for maintaining a healthy colon, normalizing intestinal pH, relieving intestinal toxemia, and inhibiting growth of unhealthy bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, staph, and strep. 

Aids in balancing and restoring normal healthy intestinal flora, which research indicates could greatly reduce conditions that cause disease.

I love this brand in Particular because of the cost (I get it for pretty much wholesale) but ALSO because I can make all my cultured dishes with it: Kefirs, yogurts, kim-chi, etc!  

Chocolate Peppermint Tea

My kids are obsessed with this tea. It's caffeine free and only has a touch of chocolate. It also contains peppermint leaves. Add honey or leave it plain. We add almond milk.

It's better for them than a hot chocolate and it's super easy to travel with. Keep them in your purse for a quick Starbucks treat - just order hot water and add some honey! 

It's perfect for the cold Fall-like days that we've been having. Also great idea for pregnant women and maybe a Winter holiday party beverage. 

Enjoy! 

Slurpee galore.

Slurpees were a favorite pass time when I was a little girl. Summertime, movies and slurpees. Then in college they were the perfect beverage to add vodka to. ;) Yeah, I know, terrible. 

Anyways, they really are just sugar, ice and unhealthy dyes. There is not ONE vitamin, mineral, enzyme, or ounce of hydration. Talk about negative calories. 

So, at home, we came up with the best natural version for your whole family to enjoy. Everyone from the picky kid to the parent with gourmet taste buds will approve. 

Please note that the amount of agave nectar is up to your family and your taste buds. It totally depends. If you like the fruit flavors, use less. If you like the traditional SLURPEE flavors {sugary} use MORE. So, I left the agave amounts up to you. 

Also, please note, you can also use XYLITOL or RAW HONEY in place of agave nectar. 

Go ahead, try it at home. And give me some feedback. 

BANANA SLURPEE RECIPE

2 frozen bananas
10 ice cubes
1/4 c water
3 Tbls - 1/4c agave nectar - depends on your sweetness needs and ripeness of fruit

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

Top with cacao powder, nutmeg powder & cacao nibs or NOTHING. My kids like it with nothing, of course. 

PINEAPPLE SLURPEE RECIPE

2 c fresh pineapple
10 ice cubes
4 Tbls agave nectar - might want to add moredepends on your sweetness needs and ripeness of fruit

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

note: add some fresh coconut for a pina colada taste. And even some rum, if you are feeling spicy. 

WATERMELON MINT SLURPEE RECIPE

{this is Wes' recipe, he does a great job at doing these}

1/4 large watermelon 
8 cubes of ice
3 Tbls agave nectar
5 sprigs mint {this in not optional - it's amazing}

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

note: top with mint sprigs. 

ALMOND VANILLA SLURPEE RECIPE

1/4 almonds and/or brazil nuts
8 cubes of ice
5 Tbls agave nectar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp almond extract

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT ICE in a blender until smooth. Strain with a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer. Then use the milk and combine again in blender with ice. Add more agave if need be. 

ORANGE LIME ZEST SLURPEE RECIPE

2 oranges, peeled
1 lime, juiced & then skin zested
8 ice cubes or more
4 Tbls agave nectar or more

Combine all ingredients, excpet lime zest, in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. Add most of zest and blend again, on low until combined. 

note: use the rest of the lime zest to spinkle on top. The zest is optional but adds a little biterness for the adults. Kids probably won't like it.  

Kids Watermelon Slushy

Watermelon Tomato Basil Sorbet

1/2 small watermelon
1/4-1/3 c agave nectar
10-12 baby heirloom tomatoes
1 small squirt lemon
Tbls basil, thinly sliced/chopped {optional - leave out if making it for kids}

In a vitamix blend up everything but the basil until smooth and not chunky.

Pour into ice cream maker. Follow ice cream maker directions. Should only take about 30 minutes to fully freeze.

Your kids will love it on a hot day.


 

Spreadable Raisin Jam :: Kids Snack Ideas


raw vegan red sauce :: you'll never know it's healthy

This tomato sauce was amazing. I created it tonight, on whim, hoping to find something my kids {who are currently transitioning into a high raw diet} a great quinoa pasta sauce. I had just purchased organic heirloom tomatoes and also dehydrated some of them to make sun dried tomatoes. 

It was so good I had two bowls. And my son ate an entire bowl of this combined with an entire bowl of avocado mixed with sea salt and lemon. 

It is also GREAT to pour over shredded zucchini noodles {if you only eat mainly raw foods, you should try these type of noodles} as well. 

RED SAUCE RECIPE

2 heirloom tomatoes {juice removed - sqeeze and chop them first}
handful homemade dehydrated tomatoes {or store bought dried tomatoes}
4-5 Tbls olive oil
2 Tsp agave nectar
1/8 of an onion 
2 cloves garlic
sea salt, lots, to taste

Blend the above in ingredients in a Vitamix or blender until pretty smooth. 

Pour over quinoa pasta or zucchini noodles of your choice. 

 

Macaroni & Cheese Alternative For The Healthy Parent

Ok, so it's been a long couple of weeks for me. I have tons and tons of work to do and NO SITTERS! Our last sitter {that I talked about before} had to start her teaching career and has officially left us! We have been sitter searching and have found some lovely ladies but nobody has yet to start! 

So that means next week will be well over a month without any help around here and I'm starting to go CRAZY. It's been really fun at times, but mostly it's been 1 hour naps {just enough time to clean the house, or take a shower, MAYBE}, me falling to sleep in bed at night with my oldest, waking up at 5:30 and sometimes 6:30a every day to "mom, I want juice...can I watch a show? Where are my toys? Mom, I'm hungry. Can we have a treat?" and LITERALLY having NO time to myself.

We've had a biting episode {oldest biting youngest}; Older pushing younger child in the bathtub, clothes and all; House paint being dumped all over our nice patio floor and super exciting stuff like that. 

The TV, that I normally despise, has become my best friend. 

Having my house cleaned yesterday was the HIGHLIGHT of my week. 

And driving in the car has become a nice relaxing time for me too: "ok boys, we're getting in the car and driving to my office for kale chips and kookies!!!!!" 

I'm blogging now during nap time which means I'm in yet ANOTHER hurry!

I'd like to share with you a few snack and dinner ideas we have come up with over the past few days. 

First, I have blogged about our kale chips once before, this time, I'm going to just rave about the cheese. I have been using the kale chips cheese as a dipping sauce {my son dips his finger in it and thinks it's the best treat in the world} and also as a substitute for macaroni and cheese. 

Make up a big batch of this stuff and store in the fridge. Use it on rice pasta and then the rest on kale {then dehydrate the kale for some YUMMY crunchy chips!

My Cheese Recipe {easy amounts to remember}

1.5 red bell pepper 
1.5 Tbls nutritional yeast
1.5 lemons, juiced
1.5 cups soaked cashews 1.5 Tbls miso
1 heaping tsp sea salt {or to taste}

Add all to a Vitamix. I would suggest you soak the cashews first, for an hour. If you don't do this, you might want to add like a tablespoon or more of water to mixture so it blends well. Blend in Vitmix until super duper smooth {no chunks or any funky texture, should look like yogurt}!

I have also been trying REALLY hard to not only make sure the boys are getting enough vit D but also protein and B vitamins as well. Since they don't eat meat. Nutritional Yeast is a GREAT source of B vitamins! 

We've been turning a normal treat into an even more superfood rich meal. For example, sometimes I add a little New Zealand honey and high quality cacao powder to their milk. I did one today with hemp oil, hemp protein, probiotics and vitamin D drops! They gulped it down in seconds. 

I used a mix of almond milk, fresh apple juice and goats milk! Random. I know. But they love it. 

ANYWAYS! Youngest is up from his nap! 

Gotta run. Hope this post gave somebody a few fun new things to try out for their kids. Happy Thursday!

 

Happy Cinco De Mayo :: Mexican Food Basics

When most people think of Cinco De Mayo they think of calories, fat, cheese, debochery {headaches}, and well, good times! Trust me. I hear this all of the time and I never quite understand why. At my house Mexican food is one of our healthiest cuisines. 

And let me tell you, you really don't have to have all the bad food to enjoy the taste of Mexico. Plus, who says more than one margarita {or two ;) } is essential to a good time?

For many reasons you'll be thankful that you chose to not over indulge on this holiday.

Mexican food is not about cheese and dairy but rather certain spices and ingredients that are traditionally used in this type of cuisine. One being SALT of course and HEAT {chili peppers and jalapeno}. We also can't forget cilantro, onions, limes and tomatoes. And my favorite is of course AVOCADOS!

None of the ingredients I just mentioned are bad for you. In fact, they are so rich in vitamins, nutrients and vital to optimal nutrition.

Using such simple ingredients above you can create some awesome dishes with tons of flavor. You can have a margarita too if you really want one, but be sure to use ONLY my recipe when doing so - click here for my recipe for amazing simple margaritas {nobody can tell they are healthy}. 

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Supplements :: Pantry Basics & Stocking Stuffers

 

This year why not give the gift of HEALTH. Afterall, supplements are super expensive. A great way to treat yourself and a loved one. 

I made a great thorough list of stuff we/I take everyday and why this year these supplements are more important than ever. 

But before I list off all these things. I wanted to talk about UV light and Vit D. I talked about this in a post earlier this month. But one option I did not give everybody was that of a Vit D lamp. For those of you who don't live near the ocean or live where it's cold, I would suggest you get one.

Even I am getting one {a lamp, not a bed} this year for Christmas and I live by the ocean in Sunny San Diego. 

The lamp will allow you to get all the Vit D and UV light you need, according to some experts, without having to be outside or take supplements? I know this might freak some people out, if it does, then supplements are a great option as well. It's up to you.

Here is my list, what I always take {Santa, I hope you are reading}:

  • Medicinal Mushrooms for immunity {take daily, not just when sick AND cordyceps for athletes} 
  • Kelp {and other seaweed for iron, immune, etc} 
  • Green Powder {preferably Vita Mineral Greens} 
  • Spirulina
  • Honey {it's expensive, so why not ask for it for Christmas?}
  • Superfoods {goji berries, cacao, maca, bee pollen + royal jelly, etc} 
  • Vit D for proper calcium absorption and immunity
  • Krill oil
  • Probiotics {usually they need refrigeration, so they won't make a good stocking stuffer} 
  • Vegan Protein {hemp and/or sprouted rice
  • Coconut oil 
  • Magnesium {I often take it with potassium and silica for electrolyte balance - a good hangover cure}
  • B12 for vegetarians

Below, are the supplements my children take everyday- a good combination of DHA, greens & Vit D! They also get some of the above things everyday as well like hemp protein, coconut oil, honey, green powder, etc.

 

Of course this is just a list of what I, Juli, and my family takes and recommend if you are looking for additional sources of protein, iron, b-12, antioxidants, and beauty supplements and immune boosters. You will need to check with your physician/nutritionist to be sure these supplements are right for you! Every individual is different which is why personalized health care is SO important! 

Have a fun time stuffing those stockings! Happy Healthy Holidays!

leafy green milk - now kids can DRINK their greens!

Even since having my son Roman, my 2 year old has been obsessed with drinking {pretty much anything} out of a bottle. He doesn't like smoothies as much anymore so I haven't been able to get him the greens he needs {except for when he takes his 'vitamins'}. 

My solution:

It's been the perfect solution for me. Now I can feel great that my boys not only got the 'bottle' that they wanted but they also got their daily green foods. 

Or, if your kids don't like bottles, put it on top of CEREAL in the morning - hot or cold cereals! They won't even notice the difference. Honestly. Try it and please send me an email if your child doesn't like it. 

This is especially awesome because then I don't have to worry so much all day about them eating their vegetables. 

Here's the instructions. Feel free to make a large batch and save it in the fridge for the next day. I wouldn't keep it around longer than a day or two though!

Good luck. 

Recipe:

1c almonds or cashews or a combo of them
4c purified H2O 
1 vanilla bean
1tsp cold-pressed coconut oil {optional} or flax oil with DHA 
2Tbls honey
2 handfuls greens, use the soft butter like romaine lettuce for optimal texture and taste

Blend all of the above in a Vitamix until milk in color and texture. About 1 minute. 

STRAIN with a good strainer or cheese cloth {cheese cloth is way too time-consuming and messy but if you like it, use it}. If you use a strainer, it has to be a really really tight mesh so that none of the almond or vanilla bean chunks get into the milk. 

Put milk back into the blender. add greens and more honey if you don't think it's sweet enough for your children. 

Blend until greens are totally mixed into the milk. You should see just a faint color of green, nothing too crazy and no chunks or signs of leaves. 

Enjoy. Drink it yourself - as your daily green drink!

Pantry Snacks :: Vegan & No Refined Sugar {Not Raw}

For those of you moms that are looking for GREAT store-bought organic/natural snack ideas that are super healthy for your child {meaning, doesn't contain added sugars or oils or colors or flours} but also convenient, quick and easy to find, I have a few ideas for you. 

1. I found an awesome tea that is made for children. Not sure if you're kids ask you for tea but MINE do and I have to tell them no. Not sure why, really, I guess just due to the caffeine? I found a children's tea that looks really great. It doesn't have any added sugars either. It's made by the The Republic of Tea

2. Looking for a fun, healthy addition to the "Cheerio" shelf? I found one! My discovery is actually a cereal I was obsessed with in the UCLA dormitory. The "shredded spoonful" contains wheat and molasses, that's it! A great alternative to the sugar cereals. Eat plain or with milk {almond or rice milk or cow, whichever you eat at home}.

3. The WILD Bar. Not sure why I haven't talked about this one before. It's a WONDERFUL treat for mom or child. It's so packed with nutrition and superfoods and flavor as well. I love this bar. I can't believe I haven't mentioned it in the past. 

4. Genmai Life Brown Rice Crackers! These are delicious and made with organic ingredients. 

5. Annie Chunn's Seaweed Snacks {I think they are the same ones that Trader Joes carries but only CHEAPER} are not organic but they are a perfect snack for somebody craving a crunchy salty snack. My kids love them. Both my one and two year old! They are roasted but again, just fun to eat and w/o much guilt. 

I hope that helps. Of course... I have more of these great snack ideas up my sleeve and will share them with you as they come to me! 

While I'm at it, please check out these amazing coconut products {see photo below}! RAW - VEGAN - ORGANIC! Delicious. I use the second one {the SPREAD on the right} in smoothies. YUM. Try for yourself. 

{more} Travel Snack Ideas :: Meals In A Bar!

I'm going to start this post saying that I think I am now getting to be the expert pre-packaged foods buyer because I have been on-the-go so much lately!! You'll see that I haven't posted too many new recipes lately!! It's because I've been so on-the-go planning parties and doing family stuff that I haven't even find them time or excitement to cook! {and if I do, I'm scrambling to work on that eRecipe book I promised everybody}!

Anyways, as I always talk about on this site - the Trader Joes granola bars and fruit bars and those nutrigrain things are NO GOOD when it comes to nutrition. They might keep the kids quite {which is worth it} at times, but let's face it, there is no real fruit, lots of refined grains {not gluten free}, lots of sugar and nothing is all that fresh or raw. So...here are a few substitutes. Of course they cost more than that box of 6 granola bars, but honestly, it's wroth it. These particular bars not only provide at least 1 serving of fruit and lost of protein and fiber, they are a meal in themselves. One of these bars is more nutritious than the average American's {SAD} meal. 

Keep the fridge and pantry stocked with these just in case you have to leave the house or in case of unplanned meltdowns. 

Attention PREGNANT women - these bars make GREAT purse snacks. Keep them all over the house and in the car! Honestly, you're way better off snacking on these then waiting until hunger strikes so strongly that you're ready to hit the drive through! Also, some contain honey and nuts, so make sure you child is 1 before you give them to him. I gave my sons nuts and honey much earlier, but don't do as I do. 

1. The Perfect Food Bar {sweetened with raw honey, not vegan, no organic, high protein, contains peanuts, must be refrigerated} :: 2. larabar {vegan, not organic, raw} :: 3. fruitition {PROBAR offshoot, raw ingredients, not organic, contains oats, lots of fruit, new product} :: 4. jocalat {great as a chocolate treat, raw, organic} :: 5. the GoodOnYa bar {made in San Diego, good taste, contains raw foods, vegan, organic, small company, contains peanuts} :: 6. kookie karma {personal fav ;) high in protein, raw, organic, small company} :: 7. The Probar {lots of calories, fun flavors, gourmet, vegan, contains raw ingredients, high in protein, contains peanuts} :: 8. Macrobar {contains raw ingredients, organic, yummy, good texture}

Balance Meals On The Go!

Need a few snack ideas for a balanced meal on-the-go? Don't have time to worry about packing snacks or making lunch?

Ideally you'd grab and apple and maybe a kale salad with some avocado. But we all know that won't go over well with little kiddos. SO, in order to assure that they will EAT this food you're bringing, let's bring some more palatable, enjoyable foods! 

Kids just love kale chips, I'm telling you {especially ones that are used to eating healthy - buy some or make your own} and those fruit squeeze things, are just as easy for them to eat! My son will chug like 3 in about 2 minutes. 

Justin's Peanut Butter to-go packs are also a GREAT idea for any vegetarian/vegan, especially kids. They make chocolate almond butter, honey almond, and plain as well. I don't love peanut butter for health reasons, but almond butter is SUPER healthy and tasty!

Bring a few slices of bread if you think you're kids would be more apt to eat the butter on bread!

If you have the time, make a smoothie, a really yummy one that you can be sure you're kids will eat {pack it with flax oil, too for extra omegas, and maybe some protein powder if you have it}! If you do this, combined with the above snacks, you'll be sure to have healthy, happy kids all day long.  

Miso Mayo, Tofu & Parsley

 

1. miso mayo 2. sprouted tofu 3. parsley

I have been busier than ever this month and haven't been much raw foods. I HATE THAT! Because it also means less green drinks. Bleh.

On a more positive note, I have a few more fun non-raw meal ideas for everybody! Of course, these meals usually include fresh greens or lightly cooked veggies. Nothing fried or full of butter or cheese.

An easy quick lunch or light dinner includes a Pantry Basic MUST-HAVE: Miso Mayo! I am in LOVE with this product and have been using it for like 6 years now. 

Ingredients

  • Expeller-pressed Canola Oil
  • Miso (rice, soybeans, water, salt, koji starter)
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Gluten-Free Tamari
  • Onion
  •  

    I am NOT a big tofu fan. But every so often, I see the WildWood stuff in the store and can't resist. Tofu isn't exactly a Pantry Basics Must-Have per se, but it sure is yummy and a great dose of protein. Too much soy products can be a problem. Moderation is key!

    MISO MAYO TOFU WITH PEAS & PARSLEY

    Recipe I created last night:

    1/2 - 1 entire package Tofu {try the WildWood SPROUTED tofu}
    1c Green Peas, fresh or frozen
    1/2c Asparagus tips {optional}
    1/4c Parsley, chopped super fine {esp if kids are going to eat it}
    1 Lemon, juice
    3Tbls Miso Mayo {or to taste}
    2Tbls Olive Oil
    2 Garlic cloves, minced or pressed
    Sesame Seeds, toasted {optional}
    Sea Salt

    Directions

    In a frying pan, add a few Tbls of water. Then lightly steam the peas and asparagus until still green but softer yet still crunchy. Remove from heat. Add garlic, olive oil, sea salt and lemon. Mix. Set aside. 

    Then using same pan, add tofu and warm it {you don't even have to brown it or add any oil}. Toss in with veggies. Add parsley, miso mayo, sesame seeds and mix again. 

     

     

    Pantry Basics :: I Can't Live Without!

    1. lemon {juice and rind} 2. sea salt 3. olive oil 4. onion/garlic 

    I decided to share with everybody my basics to every meal. If you ever are stuck wondering "what sauce should I use for this pasta?" or "what dressing would be good on this salad", you can never go wrong with lemon, onion/garlic, olive oil and salt!

    You should always keep the ingredients handy, whether you use them together or separately, you can alway rest assured that you had a healthy dressing or sauce. Even if you eat meat, it's a great marinade. 

    Some ideas:

    Kale Salad

    Marinating kale in tons of lemon juice and sea salt will give it a cooked feel. Add onions, olive oil {and sesame seeds and avocado} and you have one amazing salad. 

    Pasta

    Lightly steam your favorite vegetable, add fresh flat leaf parsley, pour lemon, olive oil, garlic, sea salt over the pasta and veggies. If you eat dairy, add a good parmesan cheese and you will WOW any guest or family member. 

    Salad Dressing

    1c olive oil
    1c lemon juice
    5 cloves raw garlic
    1Tbls sea salt

    fresh ginger, optional - add to taste

    blend in a Vitamix until super creamy and smooth. 

    Lemonade

    6 lemons, juiced
    6c purified water
    1/4c agave nectar {add more to taste}
    ICE!

    4 New Pantry Basics :: Sprouted, Crunchy & Tasty!

    Above are a few of the things we've been pretty excited about here at home. A few pantry basic MUST-HAVES!

    1. Foods Alive flax crackers {onion garlic is especially good}. They are gluten-free, high in omega-3s and very crunchy! Great for dipping!

    2. Go Raw makes GREAT raw food flax snacks as well. We especially love their green spirulina cookies {yes, cookies}. Packed with good green food! My son LOVES them. 

    3. This Magestic Garlic spread is just amazing. I have talked about it in the past. I use it for everything! Totally raw and dairy free. You can eat it straight or use it in sauces. 

    image via cleanandkind

    4. TruRoots is a new favorite find! They first sprout their grains and beans and then dry them. I actually cook these {sort of defeats the purpose of the sprouting} for my kids. Great source of protein. 

     

    Manna Bread :: Bread from Heaven!

    via flickr - Veganbaking.net

    Manna Bread. This is a great addition to your Child's Pantry Basics. I can't believe I haven't blogged about it yet. It's not too difficult to make but it also is available in the freezer section at most Whole Foods Markets and other health food stores. 

    You can make all KINDS of sandwiches using manna bread - breakfast or lunch. No more feeling guilty about giving your child too much bread! Manna bread is sugar free, yeast free, salt free and sprouted - the BEST way to eat your grains. Plus the texture is nice and there is a natural sweetness. There is a ton of fiber {don't say I didn't warn you on this one}. 

    Put avocado and sea salt on top or even raw almond butter and honey. YUM. I want some right now.

    If you would like to make your own - here is a GREAT blog post on how to do so. It's a very extensive post with photos showing each step. Why waste my time creating a post of my own, when this one is already out there? 

     

    Your Child's Pantry Basics :: Part 5

    FRESH PRESSED APPLE JUICE!
    borrowed image - agrana.com

    That's all I gotta say! It's part of the Pantry Basics and you can feel GOOD about giving this type of apple juice to your young ones. 

    If your child is anything like mine, or anything like millions of other kids out there, he/she is addicted to apple juice. Not orange juice, not water, no grape juice, not smoothies, just apple juice. In fact, my 18 month old will say "apple juice" at random times throughout the day just in hopes that in response to one of those times will be an "ok"! And yes, there is an ok here and there. If he didn't say it, his chances of getting it would be a lot slimmer. So he goes for it. Smart kid!

    Today for example we made apple juice mixed with some carrots (juiced) and other times we'll throw in some ginger and lemon or a cucumber. My son drinks it like it's good old apple juice. 

    So feel good about his habit. No longer feel bad about juicing your kid up with some sugar filled sippy cups! {ok, you might still want to limit his/her intake to a few cups a day!}

    Also - pregnant woman - if you are okay with drinking unpasteurized juices, like I was, go for it. Make this at home and add ginger. I was obsessed with this as a preg lady! I made lots of lemon, apple and ginger juices at home. 

    (might want to consult doc before trying this though - sorry)

    Your Child's Pantry Basics :: Part 4

     

    organic brown rice cereal with fresh raw almond milk & agave

    OK, so, remember my Pantry Basics 1, 23? If not, you might want to read up on those posts first. 

    Today I'm going to discuss how to use fresh almond milk in different basic recipes. Fresh almond milk is going to be my 2010 staple {in conjunction with coconut water, of course!}

    MayoClinic.com explains:

    Why eat almonds? These tear-shaped nuts are packed with nutrients — fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut — 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving (about 23 almonds). Also, one serving of almonds provides half of your body's Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E.

    Like all nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein. And they're good for your heart. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat — a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

    Almond milk is a savior for those vegans out there who are anti soy milk and it's a staple in the raw food kitchen. But it can also be a fun, healthful addition to anybody's diet as well. I love it not because it's an alternative but because it tastes amazing and fresh - way better than cow's milk and 100 times better than the boxed stuff you can buy already made. 

    It's super easy to make, almost no need to buy the boxed stuff at all. You can cook with it too, even though it's best to drink raw. 

    Attention Pregnant Women - It's a great refreshing drink in the morning, add ice to make it super cold! Helps with constipation, too (see use #1 for a great breakfast idea) ;)

    Top 5 Uses For Almond Milk In the A.M.

    1. Use it on top of hot organic rice cereal and/or oatmeal - adds flavor and makes it creamy.

    2. Make a smoothie with it in place of juice or soy, cow or boxed almond milk. 

    3. Drink it straight - put it in your child's bottle. Add a little bit of agave to make it sweeter. Sometimes I add a little cacao powder - every child loves chocolate milk (you can also add maca to make it a little creamier. note: cacao powder might cause your child to act a little crazy, ha) Because you might think it's odd, doesn't mean you child will. 

    4. Add it to frozen banana and blend. Makes a great milkshake. 

    5. Use it in place of regular milk or water. 

    6. Pour over fresh or frozen berries with a little granola in there, like a parfait (in place of yogurt)

    7. With Tea or Coffee (idea for mom and dad, not kids)

    Don't have almonds around? Use cashews! Also, store any leftovers in a jar for the next day or in a smoothie later. It only lasts a day or two! So use fresh.

    Hope that was a helpful pantry tip of the day. 

    Your Child's Pantry Basics :: Part 3

    my son after lunch. he loves to color with chalk. "Mama, I DRAW" he says. He's 18 months.

    In case you're unfamiliar with my earlier Child's Pantry Basics posts: Click here and here.

    So this post is based on my son's diet. He has had weird reactions to SAD diet foods lately so I have gone back to 80-100% raw. And he is back to eating like a serious pig. Never shys away from it. 

    Yesterday looked like this:

    grawnola (sprouted buckwheat style cereal) with almond milk
    fresh pressed apple juice
    fresh orange juice
    (late and very long nap - so no real lunch)
    mana bread with cashew sauce (blended in vitamix: soaked cashews, red bell pepper, miso, lemon, sea salt, nutritional yeast) and avocado. 
    green drink (only half a cup full)

    Not a ton of food, but often there is a LOT less food. Everything he ate was so full of nutrients and enzymes and vitamins, etc. 

    Today looked like this:

    slow cooked oatmeal
    fresh squeezed orange juice
    kale chips
    "cheese" (dehydrated for 18 hours: raw cashews, young coconut meat, red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon, nama shoyu)
    mana bread with avocado and "cheese"
    vegan rice cheese (one slice)
    apple juice
    broccoli and mushrooms (grilled - NOT raw)

    The funny part is, you'd think you would need to trick him or beg him to eat his food or that he would HATE it. It's EXACTLY the opposite. He loves to eat my food. When he sees the dehydrator trays he BEGS me to have a bite and starts whining for it. Don't get me wrong, it's not like he's eat salads and raw broccoli. Yeah right. You have to make it taste good and look good, too. But he trusts me and his own gut when it comes to food. He KNOWS. 

    He likes it better than pasta, that's for sure. I gave him homemade tomato pasta a few weeks back and he threw up (literally, took one bit and vomited). The same thing happend 3 nights ago. I tried it again and he threw up. That's when I stopped with the "every so often" pasta dinners. 

    It's all habit. Just slowly introduce them and get them used to the yummy flavors and textures. But be patient.