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Rejuvenating Yoga Routine – New Video!

When I first met my husband I dreamed of becoming a yoga instructor. I was practicing nearly every single day and yearned to expand my practice and share what I’d learned with others. He cheered me on, we made flyers and even offered free classes by donation at a park near our apartment. I even found an old flyer to share with you!  :)

YOGA with Jerry and Christa

We’d go faithfully on Saturdays and typically end up with an awesome yoga session, a relaxed mood but no people ever showed! One day a group of school children walked by as we did yoga and all pointed getting a real big kick out of our positions. ;)

Yoga Collage

Over the years we’ve kept yoga a close part of our lives. Incorporating a little big of yoga with our walks each day maintaining a healthy habit. At times we challenge ourselves to learn a new pose. That new challenge keeps the practice fun and lifts us to new heights. We still have a number of new poses we dream of doing and I hope we will enjoy them in the years to come. The Scorpion being one for sure! :)

Scorpion

Now-a-days with everyone’s busy schedules you don’t necessarily have to go to a yoga studio. You can enjoy yoga in the comfort of your own home, especially via YouTube!

I thought I’d finally join in and share some yoga with you! I actually recorded the video a YEAR ago and FINALLY got enough courage to share it with you! :)

Please join me for a quick yoga routine that is  only 16 minutes!

Yoga has great health benefits some are:

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Better Posture
  • Breathing Benefits
  • Less Stress
  • A Healthy Heart
  • Relaxation
  • Rejuvenation

I really hope you enjoy this new routine! It is kind of a slower relaxation routine that people from all walks of life can enjoy!

Thank you all for your continued support! Shine on!

Christa

xoxo

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Homemade Oat Bread- GlutenFree!

Homemade Oat Bread – Free of: Gluten, Yeast, Oil, Sugar, Nuts and Dairy!

This recipe is created with minimal effort and creates a wholesome loaf that is gluten-free, yeast-free, oil-free, sugar-free, nut-free and dairy-free! With minimalistic  ingredients used, almost anyone can bring their bread god or goddess out in them and enjoy the benefits! It has a mild flavor that could be enhanced with a little sweetener or spices for a different blend.

Homemade Oat Bread Loaf

How does one make it? Simply mix the ingredients, pour into a loaf pan and bake. No kneading is required. No hours of labor. It takes about 15 minutes of preparation while the oven does the rest. Give it an hour or more to bake and you’ll be salivating waiting for that warm fresh bread to come out of the oven so you can smother it in your favorite spread. At least, that was my experience! :)

Homemade Oat Bread

How will you enjoy it? We made a PB&J! Technically it was an AB&J as we used almond butter but PB&J has such a better ring  to it and brings back childhood memories! My husband LOVES and I mean LOVES a PB&J smothered in jam. I made homemade almond butter and jam for a healthy and satisfying sandwich!

Homemade Oat Bread - PB & J

Homemade Oat Bread PB&J

My husbands is featured on the left and mine is on the right, his had jam oozing out of it! :)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups oat flour *Certified gluten free (or preferred gluten free flour)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tsp ground chia seeds (or flax meal)
  • 9 tbsp warm water = 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp water
  • + Handful of gluten free oats to top

Loving Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix ground chia with the 9 tbsp warm water and let sit for about 15 minutes to create a vegan egg substitute.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
  4. Combine the congealed chia mixture to 1 1/2 cups of water and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until combined.
  6. Place in greased and floured 9″ x 5″ loaf pan
  7. Bake for approximately 50+ minutes, until a knife comes out clean. Turn off oven and leave bread in oven to cool for about 30 minutes. Slice and serve!

Homemade Oat Bread- GlutenFree!

The original recipe hails from a blog called Happy Gut! I was so happy with the results I wanted to share it with you!

I hope you enjoy a slice of homemade bread and a bright new week!

Love,

Christa

Chia Smoothie Bowls

Chia Smoothie Bowls for Two

I have a healthy treat for you that is absolutely delicious and leaves a sensational taste in your mouth. Soaked chia seeds surrounded by a fruit smoothie adorned with fresh fruit on top.

Chia Smoothie Bowls for Two His and Hers

I made two flavors so the love of my life could pick his favorite. Sure enough, the one I made with my husband in mind was the one he reached for. :)

Chia Smoothie Bowls

I soaked the chia seeds in the fridge the night before and then made one ingredient banana blender ice-cream in the morning! If you haven’t made it, I highly recommend it! It is easy and works like magic. I had to use a spoon, not spatula, to get it out. That is how thick and creamy it is! It tastes sweet, heavenly and has the consistency of ice-cream but is nice-cream! ;)

Chia Smoothie Bowlz for days

Mixed with soaked chia seeds and fresh plums for an instant flavor success! My husband was smiling saying “thank you honey” with none left in his bowl.

I made mine with frozen papayas for a creamy papaya sensation.
It was sensational when combined with a plum and a bit of chia. The soaked chia seeds reminded me of oatmeal.

Chia Smoothie Bowl

Not only is it delicious but it’s:

  • Extremely Healthy
  • Creamy
  • Comforting
  • Filling
  • Easy
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

Chia Smoothie Bowls For Two

Why Chia? According to ‘Dr. Oz, ‘They just may be one of the healthiest things around.’  When consumed raw:

  • They are rich in essential fatty acids
  • 30% of fats coming from omega-3 & 10% of fats coming from omega-6 creating a harmonious balance for healthy human tissue
  • They contain more antioxidants than blueberries and more fiber than most bran products
  • Protein, vitamins and minerals
  • The oil and fiber combo help to discharge toxins from your bod
  • Create a natural aid for controlling diabetes
  • Help you feel fuller faster and longer!

How do you make it? Quite easily.

The Skinny Soaked Chia

Directions:

  1. Stir ingredients together in a cup or jar. Cover and place in fridge overnight.
  2. Stir once after 2 hours to distribute evenly or the next morning.
  3. Enjoy as is or…place as base. I spooned the mixture into a heart cookie cutter and surrounded with the smoothie mixtures below and topped with fresh plum slices.

One-Ingredient Banana Blender Nice Cream

  • 2 Frozen bananas (peeled, broken into pieces and frozen overnight)

Directions:

  1. Place frozen banana pieces into a blender or food processor. Pulse using a spatula as needed.
  2. Pulse until well combined, thick and creamy!
  3. Place the mixture around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving the chia seeds in the center. Carefully pull the cookie cutter out and decorate with fresh fruit.

Creamy Papaya Smoothsation

  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 medjool dates
  • Pour 2-4 oz of non-dairy milk on top

Directions:

  1. Place in blender
  2. Blend until smooth – enjoy or…
  3. Pour around the chia heart, remove the cookie cutter, and decorate with sliced plums or your favorite fresh fruit!

Chia Smoothie Bowl Collage

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did, let me know your results!

Have a GREAT week! Let your inner light shine! :-)

Christa

His & Hers Avocado Breakfast Bliss Collage

His & Hers Avocado Breakfast Bliss Bowls

Oh Saturday, how I love thee! Saturday is the day of rest and we choose to do just that, rest. Sleep in – [(-_-)]zzz, make some ☕ coffee  ☕  and slowly decide what to make for breakfast.

His & Hers Avocado Breakfast Bliss

My hubby caught up on news and as the wars around the globe rage on, my heart started to drop and stomach to churn. I decided to tune in here and there and offset it with something that I love to keep chipper spirits about.

His and Hers Avocado Breakfast Bliss

I hopped onto Instagram as I’m absolutely loving this new app and am having so much fun sharing with others and seeing all of the inspirational posts! I had no idea it was so active full of blossoming vegan food lovers showing their mouth watering healthy creations.  After some inspiration I ran over what ingredients I had to work with and starting imagining what I could make.

His and Hers Avocado Breakfast Bowls

First it was papaya, bananas then greens. It suddenly shifted to avocados and stumbled upon a recipe that turned out to be the most delicious avocado pudding bliss yet!

His and Hers Breakfast Avocado Bowl

Chocolate Covered Katie has caught my eye before, with her STUNNING recipes that looks so insanely good! Who doesn’t love chocolate and especially when they are healthy desserts!! I love her site, I hope you will too. I found her Avocado Smoothie Recipe very intriguing as it was described as tasting like a vanilla shake. Low and behold, it does! It was so darn good I had to share it with you, giving her full credit of course! For a surprisingly refreshing, creamy treat try this recipe.

His and Hers Breakfast Bowl

Avocado Bliss

  • 1/2 large Avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups cold non dairy milk (I chose cashew milk)
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of pure stevia or 2 tbsp syrup (I chose Agave)
  • 1/8 tsp of sea salt
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, blend until smooth and serve cold!
  2. Optional: Sprinkle with your favorite toppings. I chose granola and pecans!

His and Hers Breakfast Bowls

For some icing on the avocado bliss my husbands book was recently translated to Spanish (available soon) AND he was contacted by a German publisher, requesting to translate and publish his book in German! Distributing it online and in bookstores around Germany, Switzerland and Austria! We are so excited, please check out the link here!!! Available November of this year!

So as the saying goes:

You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.

His & Hers Avocado Breakfast Bliss Collage

Best wishes for a L❤VE-filled happy ☼ summer ☼ day!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Christa  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Blackberry Pina Zen Smoothie by the beach

Blackberry Piña Smoothie

After my most recent post of Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce I needed something light and clean to cleanse my body. Something raw and vegan usually does the trick. I opted for a smoothie as it is one of the easiest meals on your digestive system. It was a rare occasion where we were out of fresh and frozen bananas so I reached for what I had and came up with a delicious new recipe that I think you’ll truly enjoy!

Blackberry Pina Zen Smoothies

A Blackberry Piña Zen Smoothie! Refreshing to the core with an instant boost of feel good energy.

You can feel even better while drinking it knowing that Blackberries:

  • Are full of Vitamin C
  • High in Vitamin K
  • Rich in Bioflavonoids
  • Have one of the highest antioxidants levels among fruits
  • Can promote the healthy tightening of tissue
  • Can provide a more alert brain
  • Are high in Tannin which can reduce intestinal inflammation, alleviate hemorrhoids and soothe the effects of diarrhea
  • The high levels of astringent tannin are effective in oral hygiene when used as a mouthwash (another reason for a smoothie!)
  • The leaves have been used on inflamed gums and sometimes sore throats and as a tea

I’ll drink to that!

Blackberry Pina Smoothie

For fun I thought I’d share the evolution of the smoothie. The first picture started out as featured above.

Blackberry Pina Zen Smoothie by the beach

Then Jerry added some input with the purple towel and rock! I saw my moms painting and decided to add it in for a Smoothie by the Beach!

Smoothie by the bEach

Then I saw all of my happy plants near the window and decided to add them into the mix creating a Zen Smoothie.

Zen Smoothie

Enjoy! :)

Zen Smoothies

Servings: 2    Prep to Finish: 7 minutes

Directions:

  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I chose hemp)
  • 4 dates
  • OPT: Tsp of Chaga Powder, Reishi Powder and Spirulina with a dash of Reservratrol for good measure!
  • 1/4 cup granola

Directions:

  1. Place frozen berries and piña into your blender. Fill the water until it reaches 16 oz.
  2. Add dates, protein powder and opt for additional health boosters.
  3. Blend until smooth, pour and top with granola.

Smoothies by the beach

We didn’t even touch the benefits of pineapple or any of the other magical ingredients. Enjoy the health benefits of this one of a kind Blackberry Piña Zen Smoothie!

Positive healthy vibes!
Christa

Homemade Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup - Yummers

Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce

You have no idea how excited I am to share a new delicious recipe with you! Pancakes that are fluffy, gluten-free and vegan! They are light, don’t stick to the pan and remind me of my moms good old fashioned home cooking. I felt like I was back home, waiting for the fresh warm pancakes to be done.

Homemade Pancakes

When you are in search of a gluten free pancake that are also vegan it can be hard to get the right mix, it’s not like you have Bisquick to lean on.

My original gluten-free recipe for Almond Coconut Flour Pancakes turned out much worse than hoped for. I posted it and got 2 bad reviews! :’( I was so bummed, wrote back, removed the recipe and decided not to take it to heart but to take it as a challenge to make a bullet proof recipe that won’t stick to your pan!

I took my time. Read an article on how to keep pancakes from sticking. Reviewed numerous recipes and found one by Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl that stood out, it sounded like she had her ups and downs with pancakes as well. I couldn’t find a more satisfying picture or recipe so decided this was it, my chance at redemption!

Homemade Gluten Free Pancakes - NOn STick!

I had 100% success! Fluffy, gluten-free and vegan pancakes that are soft like a pillow and sweet but not too sweet.  Buckwheat mimics the wheat like flavor I’ve been seeking and who knew that buckwheat is gluten-free! It is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant. Do note that it can be used as a rotational crop so it’s best to opt for a certified gluten-free batch. The topping brings these pancakes to the next level, it tastes like pie! It is a homemade sugar-free blackberry sauce made from just water, dates and berries! What? Yes!

Homemade Pancakes - with Syrup

You can serve these delicious beauties up for breakfast or have breakfast for dinner which is what we opted for!

Homemade Pancakes and Blackberry Sauce

Serve them for brunch, for a group of friends or your kiddies! I bet they won’t even know they are vegan, gluten-free or healthy! :)

Homemade Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup - Yummers

The Art of Making Pancakes! I’ve learned it’s an art form. I used to just heat a pan, spray it and pour not considering that making pancakes is more than that. Here is what I learned along the way:

  1. Use a Non Stick Pan
  2. Wash, rinse and dry your pan
  3. Spray the pan with a non-stick spray or use a paper towel dabbed in oil to coat providing an even sheen
  4. Place the burner on Medium heat
  5. Test the pan several times by flicking small drops of water on the pan, when it’s ready the water will sizzle.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan (or desired size)
  7. Allow the pancake to cook almost completely on the top, it will take longer but it’s important to allow it to cook slow and steady over not too high of heat to avoid burning and sticking. Homemade Pancakes - Wait to flip
  8. Flip and remove from pan once it’s fluffy and golden brown.Homemade Gluten Free Pancakes
  9. Store on a plate covered with a towel or heat oven to 200 degrees, place on an oven safe plate to keep pancakes warm.
  10. Serve hot with syrup or a homemade sauce!!!pANCAKES

I find when I cook from a place of love, singing, having fun and letting go I make the most sensational meals! Is it just me or have you experienced that as well? My cooking playlist last night was primarily country love songs with Faith Hill and Shania Twain! :)

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Now, lets get to business and make some insanely delicious fluffy pancakes!

Homemade Pancakes - Grab a fork

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour (see tips to make your own)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Cups homemade cashew milk (or favorite dairy free milk)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Juice from 1 small lime (or 1/2 lemon)

Blackberry Sauce:

  1. 2 cups frozen or fresh blackberries
  2. 1/2 cups dates
  3. 1/3 cup warm water

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Directions:

  1. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place cashew milk, dates, vanilla and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and process until thick and creamy.
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat, spray with oil, once it is hot pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan. Once the pancake is firm on the upward facing side, flip and cook until the pancake bounces back when touched and are a deep golden color. Ensuring not to use too high of heat as it may burn, stick or cook unevenly. Place on covered plate or in the oven at 200 degrees to keep warm while using the balance of the batter.
  5. Whilst making the pancakes prepare the sauce! In a medium sized pot or pan simmer 2 cups of frozen blackberries, 1/2 cup of pitted dates and 1/3 cup of warm water. Cooking until dates are soft, it will smell like a pie!! Allow to cool, blend and set aside in a jar. Use as topping on your cakes! Feel free to double as it’s really delicious and others may want extra! :)

Homemade Amazing Gluten Free and Vegan Pancakes

Tips:

  • To make buckwheat flour grind buckwheat grouts in a high speed blender until it forms a powder.
  • Opt for a light brown buckwheat vs. grey.
  • Try a brown rice flour & Sorghum flour mix or your favorite gluten free mix.
  • Use your favorite berry!

Homemade Pancakes - GF Vegan Style

I hope you fall in love with this recipe and use it as a staple to lean on. I know I will!!!

With love,

Christa

Popsicles!!

2 Ingredient Banana Berry Blender Ice Cream and Popsicles!

Summer is here and with it brings sweet treats of ice cold ice cream and popsicles to cool off from the summer heat! On a hot  day you may find my eyes gazing towards the ice cream section with memories of refreshing sweet treats in the summer time. I’ll check the ingredients and frown but remember I can make my own!

You won’t need a lot of fancy equipment, not even an ice cream maker! Just a blender or a food processor and this dessert is a sweet possibility.

Popsicles and IceCream

The secret? Frozen Bananas! My soul mate introduced me to these gems! I had never thought of freezing bananas and frankly didn’t keep them around very much because they ripened so quickly.  When I started dating Jerry he said his favorite meal to start the day with was a frozen shake with frozen bananas, mixed berries and protein. It sounded healthy enough, I gave it a try and have been HOOKED every since! At first it was hard on the weekends….no pancakes? Waffles? You really don’t want a homemade breakfast? “Nope, just a shake” and soon it became a very healthy habit we continue to follow to this day meaning 99% of the time you’ll find frozen banana gems in our freezer.

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Simply break the banana into pieces. You can use ripe or fresh bananas. The fresher the banana, the whiter the ice cream. Opt to add mixed berries using a 1:1 ratio and enjoy a superb treat!

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For a fun alternative pour mixture into a Popsicle mold, freeze and enjoy as a summer treat!

Popsicles = 2 Ingredients

Enjoy this incredibly easy, minimalistic, raw, vegan, gluten-free dessert, snack and treat!

Popsicles!

Lay back knowing it’s made of fresh fruit bursting with:

  • Vitamin A, B and C
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Helping to provide protection from:

  • Inflammation
  • Free Radicals
  • Molecules that can cause damage to cells and organs

Benefits can include:

  • Heart Health
  • Aiding in Memory
  • Lower Blood Pressure

The list goes on but enough jibber jabber let’s make one heck of a delicious treat!!!

Popsicles Collage

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas – frozen in chunks
  • 1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries

Directions:

  1. Take 2 frozen bananas and place in a high speed blender or food processor. Process until it creates a smooth, creamy almost whipped ice cream.
  2. Then take 1 cup of mixed berries and pulse in a food processor until finely crumbled.
  3. Add the mixture to the bananas and pulse to combine, avoid over-processing otherwise you may end up with a smoothie! Serve immediately as ice cream with berries on top!
  4. Or pour mixture into a Popsicle mold, freeze and enjoy as a summer fun treat! To get the Popsicle out, I found a dash of warm water and a gentle squeeze did the trick.

It’s as easier than pie!

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I hope you enjoy this super fun and absolutely delicious treat bound to be enjoyed by all ages any time of the year!

Best wishes for a vibrant healthy and happy week!

* ~ Christa ~ * ~ Artistic Vegan ~ *

PS – Aren’t you loving the sunsets this time of year? Here is a picture from the other night. Not the best shot but look at that SKY!

Summer Sunsets

Summer Nights

Juicy Tomato Collage

Vegan Cream Cheese Filled Tomatoes with Spices and Green Onions!

Happy Friday and 1st day of August! Are you enjoying your summer? The other day Jerry and I were taking a walk with our hand weights by the ocean, we decided to go for a mid-day walk as opposed to our usual sunset. I desperately wanted to jump in, so we did just that! We set our weights on the sand and went in, clothes and all! We swam, laughed and floated. I especially loved the sensation of floating on my back with the gentle waves lapping beneath my body, I felt one with the waves. :0) It’s moments like that, where we truly let our inhibitions go and have fun that I cherish the most. Have you enjoyed such moments?

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We recently enjoyed a refreshing NEW moment in our home. I got to see my husband on TV for the first time and he got to BE on TV for the first time! Needless to say, we are having a VERY exciting day! My soul mate and husband Gerald Clark was featured on on a TV segment with TOPIC: UFO! He did sensational, I’m so proud of him!!! Watch this video and show your support for my husband!

Once you’re mind has explored new regions, your belly may want to as well! I’ve been trying to be more innovative in the kitchen and came up with a delicious treat. Tomatoes, Vegan Cream Cheese, Spices and Green Onions come together to create a tantalizing appetizer. Thick, rich, homemade cream cheese made from cashews, stuffed inside a ripe, juicy tomato with a fresh sprinkle of salt, pepper, and an herb and seed blend with green onions on top.

Juicy Tomatoes with Cashew Cheese

Going to a party? A BBQ? A Picnic? Having friends or family over? Or if you just want a delicious treat then give this recipe a try and create a beautiful appetizer for friends and family! It is surprisingly easy to whip this together!

Juicy Tomato Collage

What comes to mind when I think of this appetizer?

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  • Juicy
  • Ripe
  • Fresh
  • Creamy
  • Cheesy
  • Satisfying!
  • Mouthwatering!
  • What about you?

Juicy Tomatoes - Appetizer

How does one make it?

Juicy Tomatoes - Vegan Cream Cheese!

Cashew Cream Cheese

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • Salt to taste (opt)

Directions:

  1. Blend Cashews with filtered water until very smooth, place in a open mouthed 1/2 gallon glass jar. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Cover with a towel and allow to sit in a warm place overnight.
  2. The next day dehydrate the “cheese” at 105 degrees for 6-8 hours until it begins to firm. Since it was so hot outside, we just placed the jar in the sunshine and it worked very nicely. You will have a nice thick, cream cheese like spread.

Now to create the masterpiece!

Juicy Tomato - Perfection!

Vegan Cream Cheese Filled Tomatoes with Spices and Green Onions!

  • Small Ripe Tomatoes (Grape, Cherry, off the vine etc)
  • Cashew Cream Cheese
  • Green onions – diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Opt: Seed and herb mixture: I used my favorite nut and spice blend “DUKKAH” from Trader Joes. It contains a mixture of Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Coriander, Anise Seeds and Kosher Salt and tastes sooooooo good!

Directions:

  1. Take small juicy ripe tomatoes, core the inside and prepare a shallow bed for the cream cheese.
  2. Take a spatula or spoon and fill the center of the tomato with the homemade cashew cream cheese.
  3. Top with salt, pepper and an optional nut and spice blend.
  4. Place Green onions on the side and/or on top.
  5. Wallah! Appetizers that are sure to please not only the eye, but the palette as well.

Juicy Tomatoes - Cream Cheese

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Have a great weekend!
Christa

PS – If you haven’t seen it, please watch this short film “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”!


 

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Chocolate Passion

I love chocolate with a passion! It has the right alchemical ingredients to turn my frown upside down. I love how rich it tastes, how creamy it is, how satisfying it is. Sometimes, you have to scratch the itch. The nice part is, you can enjoy the benefits with out it affecting your waste line.

Chocolate Passion 1

Once I became vegan I discovered raw cocoa also known as cacao.

Chocolate Banana Chai - Cacoa

Cacao refers to the tree and unfermented bean in the very fist stage of chocolate making, raw with all of it’s glorious enzymes and antioxidants in tact. Cacao is considered a SUPER-ANTIOXIDENT which helps protect our hearts, prevent cellular damage and help us to continue feeling and looking young!

Cacao contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and oleic acid which has been linked with lowering cholesterol. Some actually use it as prevention for diabetes, PMS, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more!

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Why is it we feel better after consuming cacao? Studies show that cacao contains the amino acid tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feeling of happiness, joy and may even help alleviate minor depression.

Chocolate Passion - Morning

After my husband and I watched Kathy Patalsky with Healthy.Happy.Life’s first interview, I was inspired and we both wanted chocolate! Her chocolate smoothie had our eye, so we whipped one up with a slight modification, a Chocolate Passion Smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 3 frozen bananas in chunks
  • 12 oz coconut milk (or your favorite)
  • 1 heaping spoonful of cacao
  • 1 spoonful protein powder (I chose hemp)
  • Handful of cashews (almonds, walnuts etc or spoonful of nut butter)

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender
  2. Pulse until well combined, using a spatula to press down sides as needed.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve cold!
  4. Enjoy as a shake or ice cream!!

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May your day and health be lifted to new heights!

Christa

xoxox

Here are some other ways to use cacao!

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Chocolate Lovers Cake!

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Vanilla Mango Muffins with Coconut Frosting and a Cherry on top!

Chocolate PB Mousse

Chocolate PB Mousse

Chocolate Banana Hemp Dream2

Chocolate Banana Hemp Dream

Chocolate Banana Vanilla Chai Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Vanilla Chai Protein Shake

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Chocolate Chai Cake

EnJoY!

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Irresistible Vegan Omelette!

I decided to make something a little nicer than usual for lunch and came up something I’m sure you’ll love! A Vegan Omelette! My husbands absolute favorite! I made it as a surprise and he smiled and said “Yummy honey!”

Vegan Omelette

When we shifted to a vegan lifestyle, it was hard letting go of staples that we grew up on such as cheese and eggs, but not when you have creative solutions such as these! The results are better than hoped for, creating a rich creamy vegan omelette sure to please!

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How is this possible? This recipe was made possible by this blog, so I have all of you to thank! Last year the creator of The Vegg reached out to me asking if I’d like to try a sample of their vegan egg substitute. I was so excited after looking at their website I eagerly said yes and was thrilled with the results. My first attempt can be found here. This time I tried a new recipe, modified it and am sharing it below!

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The product creates an egg substitute that is out of this world, it can be made into many wonderful creations including a fried egg, a poached egg, scrambled eggs, omelettes and so much more! The basis of the ingredients are nutritional yeast so it is my sneaking suspicion that one could try to use nutritional yeast in lieu of The Vegg Egg, however I have yet to test this theory as I’ve been so pleased with their product. If you’d like to make your very own, you will need the following…

Ingredients:

  • 6.5 oz (half package) firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp gluten free flour (I used 2 tbsp brown rice flour with 1 tbsp amaranth)
  • 2 tbsp potato or tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp Vegg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking

Fillings:

Sauteed red onion, green onions, 1 sorrano pepper, 1/2 tomato, spinach and garlic clove (etc. your favorites)

Directions:

  1. Blend all of the Ingredients (expect the filling) in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pour 1-2 tsps of oil in a cast iron skillet (or your favorite skillet) coating the pan. Place on medium high heat.
  3. Before the pan is too hot place half of the egg mixture into the center of the pan. Use a spatula to spread it out into a circle. Use the spatula to round the edges. It will be thick and will need your help! (Water can be added, however I left mine thick and was pleased with the results.)
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until the top side is almost completely done.
  5. Pile your favorite fillings on one half of the omelet and fold the other half over. Vegan Omelette Eating Healthy
  6. Press down very gently, no flipping required, serve warm!

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I hope you enjoy many vegan meals to come! Thank you all for your support!!! Best wishes for an incredible week!

Christa

xo

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