I’ve written a few times about ways to make motherhood easier when it comes to food prep. I can’t help myself as I find ways to make my own life easier that I want to share them with you. Check out my posts on making lots of quinoa and sneaking broccoli into your life here.
Let’s be honest… motherhood can be
very hard busy. I’m sure I’m not alone when I feel like I have days that I wonder whether I’m coming or going. Admittedly, my legs go too long between shaves (my poor husband). My hair is usually tied up in a braid. High heels … what are those? But(!), I still wear a bit of blush, mascara, and lipgloss on even my busiest days. ;)
That’s why I make it a point to take certain tasks and streamline or simplify. I might sacrifice ultimate freshness (with respect to food) when I do, but I gain sanity and that’s better for my health. For example, I’m not making up big fresh salads daily by cutting up the produce just before eating it. I’m foregoing a daily green smoothie for a big glass of organic hibiscus iced tea alongside a Core Cashew Cacao Bar when I wake up (unless my darling husband made a batch of green juice and I have those ready-to-drink in the fridge). And, I’m making big batches of foods so they last me at least a few days. Healthy Grab-n-Go is my new sanity motto.
Enter: Yams Galore
I make my own homemade raw vegan coconut yogurt all the time. And, every time I make it, I tweet or post about it on facebook. And, every time I do that, someone asks me how I make it. Although I have a recipe with video here, I’m going to write a quickie recipe post that makes the recipe, well, a bit quicker (by way of the number of ingredients).
Quickie Raw Vegan Coconut Yogurt
Yield approximately 3 cups
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw young thai coconut water
- 16 ounces raw young thai coconut meat
- Probiotic powder (2 capsules worth)
- Blend the coconut water and coconut meat until smooth.
- Add the probiotic powder (simply open the capsules and dump the contents into the blender), and blend briefly.
- Pour into a bowl (or jar) big enough to allow a bit of room to expand. Gently place a lid on top and set your coconut yogurt to culture on your counter for 8-16 hours. The longer it cultures, the more yogurt-y it becomes in taste.
- When you’re ready to eat it, feel free to sweeten it and/or add extracts like vanilla, strawberry, etc. You can use this wonderful yogurt in many ways: smoothies, dressings, stirred into chia pudding, used as a dessert with raw chocolate, enjoyed as is with fruit and/or granola added, etc. You can even use it to make frozen yogurt-scicles. I’m a fan of stirring it into my super popular Longevity Chia Porridge (recipe here). *Stored in the refrigerator, Quickie Raw Vegan Coconut Yogurt should stay fresh for at least a week, but mine is usually gone by then.
The new plant-powered protein powder in my life.
Edit: 12/5/12 I recently had a canister that tasted a bit off (bitter, smoky-ish) compared to how lovely the previous ones had been. Then, my mom said the same thing, and a reader of my blog said the same thing… had a bitter experience. ;) Well, go figure I’d rave about something and then there might have been an issue in their quality control. I’ve had foods with shilajit in them and I get the sense that maybe they had a batch with too much of that in it? Not that that would be terrible since its reputation is great but it changes the taste and then that changes the experience. Or maybe they forgot the stevia? Not sure. Still, I wanted to tell my readers about that. Since I have multiple canisters though, I opened another and it was great like usual.
Edit: 12/12/12 I heard back from Longevity Warehouse and it turns out I was right. They used a different shilajit in a batch, and although it was high quality, it changed the flavor. It seems they’re back to using the standard shilajit they normally use. Whew!
There’s a new protein powder on the block that I’m regularly buying now, and I’m a raving fan. (That’s an understatement.)
If you haven’t heard of Immortal Machine, then you’re missing out. It’s a fabulous new vegan protein powder that knocks it out of the park in flavor and health promoting properties.
It’s so good on its own that I usually just mix it up with water and it tastes like fudgescicles. Or, I make it with iced organic peppermint tea … Thin Mint Cookies, anyone? That’s probably my favorite way to have it (mom’s favorite way, too). In fact, I’ve turned quite a few friends and family on to Immortal Machine and the response is always the same. “Whoa! That’s awesome. I’ve never had a protein powder that was so good!”
Even though this protein powder needs no hiding and it’s fabulous with just water or iced peppermint tea blended in… being the chef that I am, I’ve played with other recipes for fun. I heard tales of its deliciousness with nut milk and they were true – creamy and dreamy. I added Chinese Five Spice once, too. That was good. I also knew it’d be brilliant stirred into chia pudding and porridge… yup. In fact, adding this to my Longevity Chia Porridge recipe is smart. I’ve also used Immortal Machine in a medicinal-energizing-herbal-tonic elixir by blending it with soaked goji and longan berries. Whoa. That was intense, in a most amazing way. I was feeling the power all day. I also love blending Immortal Machine into warm drinks and it’s like hot chocolate. It seems the options of deliciousness are endless.
Those variations are all fun, but I think my favorite way is with plain ol’ water or iced organic peppermint tea (I’ve always been, and will forever be, a mint chocolate girl). Friends, I’m telling you, as it bears repeating… this stuff is a-mazing.
Here are some fun eats and pictures from our recent getaway to Sedona, AZ.
I am super thrilled to announce that there is a new juice delivery (and store!) in town – Kaleidoscope Juice. And, the best part is… my near and dear gal pals opened it.
Meet Andrea and Alexandra, a mom and daughter team who have two of the biggest hearts and coolest energy
in town on the planet. Seriously. If you’re not making your own juice because you’re too busy or don’t have the proper juicing equipment, then let me tell ya… You want these women making your juice. Why? Because you won’t just get ordinary juice… you’ll get something along the lines of ethereally-magical juice. All organic. All fresh. All filled with mega love. They don’t get the nickname “Juice Angels” for nothing.
They don’t just offer juice though. They have a whole menu! Check it out here. The first time I saw it, I was like, “Whoa. What am I going to get? Probably one of everything.” Almost. Here are some things I grabbed on my first visit to their little store.
Here’s a recent food journal from this week. All yummy goodness.
• Chia and Raw Yogurt Porridge – I made raw organic vegan yogurt and stirred it into chia gel. This was amazing.
• Large Low-Glycemic Green Smoothie: celery, romaine, water, lime, mint, red bell pepper, fennel, basil, raw chia oil, dulse. I’m totally loving these non-sweet smoothies. These really make me feel light and energized.
• 2 tablespoons raw walnut butter, 3/4 apple, 2 red bell peppers, dish of raw unpasteurized sauerkraut, raw chocolate bar.
• 2 tablespoons Immortal Machine shake with Spring Dragon and peppermint teas, a tablespoon Sun Warrior for extra protein, and raw chia oil for more omega 3 fat (I’m trying to add more omega 3s to my diet because I think I get out of balance at times… might explain my craving for chia lately).
• Cooked dinner: Tempe, onion, red bell pepper, cauliflower, and bok choy. Tamari and lime. Tomato soup and black sesame seeds. All mixed together.
The weather is ripe for enjoying warm raw soups. My inspiration today was from fall ingredients and the Halloween holiday. I whipped up this delightful and flavorful, raw vegan soup, garnished with black sesame seeds (a wonderful “jing” food – more on jing foods for future posts), and it screamed Halloween! It’s mega easy and only has 8 simple ingredients. Check it out…
This recipe has become a staple in my life for the past few weeks. I have been really turned onto chia seeds and my body has been wanting more of them. From the most simple water and chia seed porridge to something as wonderful as my Longevity Chia Porridge… It is all good.
This recipe, in particular, is near and dear to my heart. One of my biggest and main goals in life is to live to be a centenarian. And by filling my body with longevity supporting foods I will accomplish that goal.
Longevity Chia Porridge.
What you’ll need:
- Chia seeds
- Filtered water
- Herbal tea
- Goji berries
- Longan berries
- Coconut (shredded and dried)
- Cacao nibs and powder (optional)
Chia porridge already set. (1/3 cup chia seeds stirred with 1 cup filtered water. Wait a few minutes and stir again.)
Next morning take the chia porridge from your refrigerator and put whatever portion you desire to eat in a bowl (put remaining chia porridge back in the refrigerator for the next time). It’s nice to let your bowl of chia porridge warm a bit to room temperature if you have the time. Plus, the warm herbal tea in the next step helps warm it.
Brew organic herbal tea (I make a delightful blend of many kinds including nettles, raspberry leaf, rose hips, Spring Dragon Longevity Tea, spearmint, lemon balm, and whatever else… Chaga mushroom too!)
Take a few splashes of your tea and add to your chia porridge. This warms it up a bit.
Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of Heaven Mountain or Bija Heaven Mountain goji berries (They are the absolute best and the only goji I will buy available on amazon.)
Add 5 to 8 dried longan fruit pieces (Longan fruit are a wonderful food with numerous health benefits… reputed for things like healthy heart, blood, beauty and a sex tonic –> Yowza. I like them best in a smoothie or a chia porridge like this.)
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut (dried and shredded) ** I have used on occasion Living Fuel’s CocoChia mixture that I stir in …. this includes the coconut plus some extra chia seeds as well as their xylitol sweetener.
1 to 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder mixed with cacao nibs (I take a jar and I combine cacao nibs with cacao powder and shake it up. I like this combination and I use it in my smoothies, chia porridge, and other recipes.)
Sweetener, if desired but I don’t. I’m however appreciating more food lately without added sweetness. Plus, if you use the CocoChia from Living Fuel it adds a little xylitol sweetener.
Stir everything together. Let it set for 10 minutes or so if you have the patience. :) By allowing it to set for a few minutes the goji berries and the longan berries get a little chewy and make for the most delightful texture.
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Here’s my good eats today!
I woke up and started my day with warm filtered water and fresh squeezed key lime juice. If you need something to get your bowels moving in the morning, this will do the trick. Shortly after that, I filled a glass water bottle with a nettle+ herbal infusion and the following powders: Moringa. Greener Grasses. Ashitaba. Hawaiian Superfood Blend. Camu. Cinnamon. 3 drops stevia. I have learned recently that a few drops of Stevia really make green powders quite enjoyable.
Immortal Machine Time! This is, hands-down, my favorite new protein powder. It is a hemp and chocolate based protein powder filled with superherbs and is available through Longevity Warehouse (David Wolfe product). I plan on writing about it in more detail in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say it is amazing. Completely smooth. Full on flavor. And I can’t wait to drink it every single day. Every person that I have turned onto it has ended up loving it.