UNPROCESSED FOOD FAST FUN FINALS

MY UNPROCESSED FOOD FAST concludes, but the freeing lifestyles choices shall continue!

Here are some highlights!

Just sharing that I just made several batches of the best at home, raw, soaked, and dehydrated high-protein and healthy fat granola ever!!!  My previous post has the directions, so I will just list the ingredients in the various kinds I concocted and am sharing and enjoying immensely!!!

4 versions of RAW Granola...ROCKED IT!

4 versions of RAW Granola…ROCKED IT!

RAW, SPROUTED, DEHYDRATED NOT SWEET SUPERFOODS GRANOLA!

JANE”S CLASSIC VERSION 

cannot go wrong with this one!

cannot go wrong with this one!

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1 cup buckwheat groats soaked
1/2 cup raisins and handful of dates soaked (I have used Khadrawy dates from Bautista farms)
handful of walnuts soaked
1/2 cup of dried figs (variety of , but I love black mission)
1/4 sprouted, dehydrated pumpkin seeds
1/4 shredded and/or chips of raw coconut meat
1/8 cup of golden flax seeds
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couple dashes of Himalayan salt & dollop of vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup of sprouted, dehydrated almonds and 1 heaping tablespoons of raw, sprouted almond butter.

LOVE THIS ONE!! so complex and subtle flavors

LOVE THIS ONE!! so complex and subtle flavors

wpid-20150330_142508.jpgDIVINE DELICIOUSNESS VERSION-above, but don’t add almonds, I used this product I chanced upon with mulberries, macadamia. cashews and other great gems… and I added another tablespoon of raw cacao nibs, hemp seeds and nutty, trace mineral rich powder called mesquite.  Try it!  It complements the cacao blissfully!  haha.. get it?  Bliss Mix…

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PEANUTTY VERSIONS -put in 1/4 cup of peanut butter, peanuts (instead of almonds and walnuts), ..and bit more salt to give a more satisfying taste and mouth feel for his heartier palate.) and then

MACA BERRY POPwpid-20150402_112552.jpg -do the peanutty version and then add maca powder while mixing ingredients and place freeze dried raspberries onto the batter after spreading the mixture onto your teflex sheets.

NANA LOVES CACAO -back to the peanutty version, but instead of using dates, mix in mashed banana to sweeten.  I would recommend at least one large, ripe banana so the flavor is present and not too subtle… Cacao nibs are great in this as well as the mesquite powder.  I laid this down thick to make it in a brick-like granola for specific use in a yogurt.

 

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Then I got into chia puddings… and am kinda hooked! The two you here are my carob-date-naner and berry loving parfaits

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wpid-20150328_211029.jpgChia seeds, preferably white, soaked in coconut cream with added cinnamon layered between sliced berries or between dates, nuts, and more banana… I also let the chia soak in carob powder as well as dates for the decadent “chocolate-y” version. Feel free to use real cacao powder and nibs for extra pow!  Having the pudding around also makes a great thickening agent for your superfood smoothies!

Lastly, I love sprouted and dehydrated nuts.  Nut butters from sprouted, then dehydrated nuts truly make my tummy and taste buds grin…  My two fav almond butters for you to check out 🙂

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On a health food nerd note:  please visit this site for great information mesquite powder!  It’s a great asset and delightful addition to my pantry… http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/mesquite-powder-health-benefits-tips-and-recipes/

LIFE LIVED CONSCIOUSLY IS SO RICH WITH JOY!  I DEFINITELY FEEL BETTER AND EVEN HAPPIER LIVING IN THE REALM OF WHOLE FOODS… It’s been a wonderful process getting into unprocessed foods… try it! 🙂

An Artful Fast…

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“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”

― François de La Rochefoucauld

This is worth saying again… dwelling upon.

Entering the Lunar New Year and this Lenten season, I choose to walk out this incredibly potent period of confluence with mindfulness and making deliberate choices. This is not the typical fast for me where I hardline what I can and will not have, but rather, it will be one of allowances and finesse.

How?

Well, I am choosing to practice artful eating by opting for real foods that have not been touched by man’s “food” conveniences. Yes. I will get to see how deeply reliant I am on commercialized, processed, and pre-packaged foods and examine the effects of the food industry’s agenda upon mine.

Do you know just how powerful the 1 trillion dollar food industry may be in its impact on you and your wellness? Well, I will have you ponder upon the startling statistic that the effects of our food choices have resulted 1.4 trillion dollars spent on health issues caused by the foods we eat. Consider who is truly ruling your eating choices–you or a monstrous power parading about through low-fat, tastier, addictive, sugar/preservative/toxic-laden consumables? Does most of what is on the average grocery shelf really classify “food” nowadays?

Before I get myself too worked up… I am simply saying I am planning to consciously fight the numbing ease of commercialized, convenient consumables by weighing such costs and get myself into a better practice by opting for recognizably real food…food closer to the earth from which it was grown. There are so many larger forces at play and I refuse to be bullied about by them… as much as I am able to make a difference in at least my life (and hopefully my husband’s and dog’s.) It may not be easy, but I will be made more aware and freed by the effort itself.

In case you want to join me… these are my guidelines:
1- prefer plant-based meals–organic and local whenever possible
2- food should be recognizable from the source it is from… (that means most breads are off the table, unless they with sprouted grains, with no sugars added, and full of fiber. Raw breads would be ideal.) Deep fried foods are not worth choosing to eat. Re-think fast food! Go for an apple, instead of a snack bar.
3- no additives or sweeteners unless from whole food source like dates (stevia if already in a vegan protein, for example, is permissible.) Sea Salt in moderation is good.
4- when eating animal flesh, or any animal-sourced food (yogurt, eggs, milk) inquire into and eat only organic, free-range, sustainably wild-caught options. Did you know vegans “save” 100 animals each year?
5- if eating out, always ask for organic options in produce and protein choices…and even ask about making the dishes without added sugars and especially the neurotoxin MSG. Prefer olive oil & vinegar as a dressing.
6- only use canned legumes and soup stocks if BPA-free, but prefer bulk bin shopping
7- explore the gorgeous array of edibles offered through creation and remember that the better I acknowledge and appreciate all living creatures, I will be that much more deeply nourished and part of more mindfully stewarding all life sharing this planet.
8- always read the labels and learn the other names of additives, sweeteners, preservatives…
9- stay grateful that I can make such choices.

Why this type of fast? … mostly for the practice of walking my faith step by step acknowledging the wisdom of my Creator in the most simple act of eating intelligently…consuming spiritual, soulful, and physical sustenance in a way most responsibly, expecting to be a blessing and be blessed along the way. Liberation comes from discipline and how wonderful it shall be to walk out this freeing season in newness!

Join me if you would like… and share your journey with me.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
-3 John 1:2 KJV

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