The real experiment in this video is using my Voice Over function for the first time..:-) This How To video gives you an idea of how I use quinoa as a breakfast...the recipe is ridiculously easy, especially if you have a rice cooker (if you don't, just use a pot on the stove top). And if you try this for yourself, feel free to experiment with your favourite fruits/nuts/seeds/seasonings/sweeteners. This will give you a very quick example of the one I made the other day.
The first time using the new Cuisinart food processor my brother got me for Christmas. As an easy first recipe, I attempt to make my version of a Larabar...which end up being LaraBALLS:)
1 3/4 cup dates
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 TB coconut oil
dash of vanilla
Song Credit: David Kidd
These sugar free, super easy peanut butter cookies are our gift to you this Christmas! These turned out GREAT, and are guilt free...not to mention ridiculously easy to make...
- 1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter)
- 1/2 cup Xylitol
- 1 local free range egg
- cacao nibs to top (optional)
C is for COOKIE! Merry Christmas:)
Many of my 'teachers' when it comes to following a JERF mentality (Just Eat Real Food ... a mantra created by the gentleman below in Honourable Mentions #1) I found on the internet. And even though hardly any of them preach an eating regime that I follow 100%, I use their recipe ideas as inspirations, which I then tweak to make perfect for the guidelines I use. For instance, I'm not a raw vegan, but get many of my smoothie, juicing, salad and dessert ideas from them. And the low-carb peeps are often ok with using Splenda (which I am not) and/or other too-processed-or-faked-out-for-my-taste ingredients. So, I just use the recipe and replace those ingredients with similar, healthier, substitutes. But if you wanna know where I go to seek out advice or new experiments to try in my kitchen, here are some examples:
4. Meghan Telpner
1. Underground Wellness - Sean probably comes the closest to representing my healthy eating philosophy, but I didn't put him in the Top 5 because he rarely posts recipes videos. He is mostly where I go for info, and I adore his radio show.
2. The Raw Food World TV Show - Matt and Angela are hard core raw foodists, and lately, since having a baby, they rarely talk about recipes, but their OLDER videos (they've been vlogging for years) are jam packed with this kind of kind of thing.
3. Heather Nauta - Her channel is jam packed with recipes, but her stuff is usually a little carb (starches) heavy for me, even though it is extremely healthy, so she doesn't make my Top 5 currently.
There are others I could list that I used to follow religiously, but have since stopped making videos. Some of these should get you started, though. And if YOU have some JERF type YouTube channels or blog/vlogs that you know of that I should follow, leave links in the comments below! :-)
I'll be honest with you, besides my green smoothies, I don't really eat a ton a vegan recipes. But one day I came up with this super simple dish, and it completely exceeded my expectations. Even my mother - who normally isn't into this kind of thing - LOVED it when I made it for her. Something about the hot sweet mixed with the cold crunchy...and coconut oil and sea salt make everything taste good:-)
- sweet potatoe
- red cabbage
- coconut oil
- sea salt
Song: Dixieland Dirt Bovine by Ian Sherwood...find more of Ian's music at http://www.iansherwood.com
My husband is too adorable not to feature in a couple videos...and when he begged "do an episode on the HOT CHOCOLATE" I decided his enthusiasm about the subject matter was what this vlog needed. So, if you are looking for something to sip on this holiday season, but don't want the blood sugar spike or the belly fat, let Leon help you!
- Raw Cacao
- Unsweetened Almond Milk (or heavy cream)
- Stevia (flavoured if you like...ours was Hazelnut Cream)
- Hot Water
NOTE: The following answer simply reflects what has worked well for me in the past. If you have any doubts, are on any special medications, or have complicating medical issues, please do your own research, and/or speak to a medical/healing professional.
Having trouble pooing? Or maybe your child is constipated? Adding in some green smoothies to the diet might help the situation, as long as you are also conscious and addressing the other issues (processed foods, lack of exercise, stress, etc.)
Experiment with combos of (ratios to be determined by you and what you enjoy best, but the more greens the better chance of pooping):
- unsweetened almond milk
- unsweetened hemp milk
- unsweetened coconut milk
- coconut water
- distilled water
- spinach (this is what I use 80% of the time)
- mixed salad greens
- berries (my fave is blueberries)
- coconut meat
- apples (not my fave, but some people love using apple)
- prunes, dates or figs
- hemp hearts
- coconut oil
- aloe vera juice/gel
Play with these 4 lists -- and don't be scared to make simple smoothies. Sometimes my fave smoothie is just almond milk, spinach, blueberries and hemp hearts. Or just coconut water, meat and oil mixed with some pineapple, spinach and spirulina (not on list because these lists aren't meant to be comprehensive, they are specific to constipation).
Some days I throw in a crazy mix of lots of things (which sometimes produces yummers and sometimes produces god-awful-ness).
The more constipated I am, the more greens. Aloe Vera and Probiotics are a MUST when I am constipated (sometimes I drink Kefir on the side for my probiotics instead of using them in the smoothie).
And, again, it can be more about what to NOT eat, as opposed to trying to just find the "magic" smoothie or superfood. Experiment with taking out dairy, or grains/starches, or meat for awhile. We are all so different. Meat has never constipated ME, but grain/nut/seed foods that are really high in fiber, and are supposed to get me going, have literally had an opposite effect. Gotta experiment.
I'm not 100% raw -- in fact, I'm usually not even high raw, but the raw food community - namely Matt and Angela Monarch of The Raw Food World TV Show - have been huge inspirations to me and my diet transformation. Matt has revealed that the salad I make in the above video is the very salad he ate every single day for YEARS when he first went 100% raw. That seemed wild to me (imagine eating the same supper for over 3 years?), so I decided to try it myself. And it includes Dulce, which I had never eaten before, so it really was an experiment:-)
First off, let me apologize for my hair. I don't know what I was thinking...honestly. But the recipe is totally worth sharing, so my-hair-be-damned, I'm sharing it as my first Season 4 vlog.
These are low carb, gluten free pancakes made with:
1 scoop of protein powder (in this case Sun Warrior - yum!)
1 tbsp of nut butter (in this case Adam's all natural peanut butter)
1 tbsp (or to taste) unsweetened almond milk
Melted coconut oil in a preheated pan, and cooked pancakes for about 3 minutes each side. Yup, it was that easy.
So moist! So yummy! These are already pretty sweet, but we also dollop a little butter and a drizzle of 100% pure maple syrup. The amount above makes a pretty small batch - only about 3 medium small pancakes - but feel free to double or triple the amounts.
Greatest part is how un-stuffed I felt after eating them. Normal pancakes leave me feeling so heavy and so BLAH:(
Question: do you have any cool alter-ego pancake recipes that you can share with me?