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Raw Burrito! June 27, 2012

Filed under: Entrée Recipes — eyeofraw @ 3:46 PM
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These are super easy, super fun, and super yummy!

Ingredients:

Wrap:

  • 2 large collard leaves

Nut Meat:

  • 4 cups walnuts, soaked and sprouted 
  • 1 packet taco seasoning, or
  • chili powder, cumin, coriander and cayenne to desired taste. I use roughly a teaspoon of each, except 1/2 teaspoon of coriander.
Combine all ingredients in food processor and mix until chunky, but blended consistency is formed.
Sour Cream:
  • 2 cups cashews, soaked and sprouted
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (can use soy sauce in replace of)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
Add all ingredients except water in high powered blender. Slowly add water until thick but creamy consistency is formed.
Creamy Avocado Sauce:
  • 1 Florida Avocado
  • 2 tablespoon chipotle seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • Fresh lime juice from half of a lime
  • salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in high power blender until creamy.

Filling:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 onion
  • cilantro
  • wilted spinach (4 cups spinach, 3 tbs olive oil, 1 clove chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. rub with hands or tongs until wilted)
  • romaine lettuce
  • favorite hot pepper

chop all ingredients and stuff inside collard leaf.

To properly fold collard:

cut out thick part of stem.

fill ingredients in the center of the leaf.

fold over right side, tucking the back, loose part of the leaf where the stem used to be.

Fold over the top of the leaf so the filling is now pocketed.

Rotate burrito to the right, and roll burrito over so it is assembled.

 

Vegetarian Diets and Cancer by Jillian McKee June 25, 2012

Filed under: Healthful Information — eyeofraw @ 5:04 PM
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Jillian Mckee, a writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, contacted me and wanted to post an article she had recently written on vegetarian diets and cancer recovery. She has been studying nutrition and cancer and has concentrated in on a vegetarian lifestyle. Here is her article! Thanks Jillian!

 

The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet as an Adjunct to Cancer Treatment

Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult and sobering moments in anyone’s life. The anxiety, uncertainty, and prospect of lengthy and debilitating treatment are some of the worries a cancer victim may experience. However, each day new treatments are being discovered and survival rates continue to rise.

Any cancer patient, whether just diagnosed, in active treatment, or in remission, will look for lots of ways to improve their overall health. Things such as exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet are all excellent adjuncts to any treatment.

When considering a healthy diet, a vegetarian diet is an excellent choice for many reasons. To begin, fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat. Studies show that a diet, which is low in fat and high in fiber, can prevent certain types of cancers.

Since the low fat, high fiber nature of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the rates of various types of cancer; it certainly makes sense to eat a vegetarian diet when dealing with the disease. Simply eating a high fiber, low fat diet is a good idea in any situation and makes sense when dealing with something as devastating as cancer.

A vegetarian diet is also beneficial in helping to deal with many of the side effects involved in cancer treatment. Mesothelioma treatments and treatments for many other cancers are physically exhausting and can even cause other illnesses. It is important during this time to be able to maintain one’s strength and energy.

Fruits and vegetables have long been known to provide abundant energy. This is especially true of fruits, which provide a quick boost of energy in addition to other health benefits. Having the extra energy that a vegetarian diet provides may allow treatment to continue without the interruption that is sometimes necessary when a patient becomes too weak to continue therapy.

Aside from the important physical health benefits, there are also mental benefits. Many people dealing with cancer vow to fight the illness. There is no better way to fight a health threat than by making a change to a healthy diet. It signifies the ability to control part of one’s own recovery. It creates a positive sense of wellbeing in the knowledge that everything possible is being done to combat the cancer.

Another psychological benefit can be weight loss. It is known that overweight and obese individuals are at a higher risk for cancer. If an overweight person develops the disease, weight loss may be recommended. For those who need to shed pounds in order to assist in their recovery, a vegetarian diet is a perfect solution. Just seeing a healthier looking self and reaching a healthy weight can be elating and can help take the mind off of the sometimes arduous treatment.

But what about those who have completed their treatment and are in remission? While there may be a temptation to return to meats, staying vegetarian will not only provide the benefits already mentioned, but will be an excellent way to keep the immune system at peak performance. This will help with overall wellness but is especially important in cancer survivors, as their immune systems need to be operating at optimal levels to help prevent recurrence.

Doctors and other health professionals will do their best to help, but helping oneself by adopting a healthy vegetarian lifestyle is perhaps the best adjunct treatment a cancer patient can use. It will provide a better quality of life, help with the side effects of treatment, and be a personal way to take the fight to this devastating illness.

 

Super Energizer! May 11, 2012

Filed under: Smoothies — eyeofraw @ 1:07 PM
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Not only is this smoothie super pretty, it tastes AMAZING and gives you so much energy! Start your day with something sweet and tasty, or make one before you go to the gym!

Ingredients:

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-1 cup cantaloupe, frozen if possible

-1 tbs Chia Seeds

-2 tbs cacao nibs

-1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior protein

-1 tbs coconut oil or mana

-Vanilla almond or hemp mylk

Blend all ingredients in the Vitamix and enjoy!!

 

Beneficial Butter! April 27, 2012

Filed under: All Other Recipes — eyeofraw @ 10:16 AM
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Here is a great butter alternative that i whipped up this morning to go with my bread i made! Its creamy and salty and did the trick! It is high in really good fats too so it is great to have in the morning to get that brain pumping and ready for the day!

Ingredients

-3 tbs coconut oil

-1 tsp real sea salt

-1 tbs hemp seeds

Put all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and grind down the seeds and mix well. Put in refrigerator until hard, or if its cool in your home leave on the counter for a more creamy texture!

 

Jalapeno Cashew “Cheeze” Sauce February 8, 2012

Filed under: All Other Recipes — eyeofraw @ 6:19 PM
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Ok, ok… Dont be mad… I didnt take a picture… I ate it as soon as it was ready. Sorry. But you have to make this. Its seriously so simple and the best nut cheese ive ever made!

ingredients: 

-2 cups soaked cashews

-2 tbs coconut aminos (or liquid aminos if you use soy)

-2 tbs or more nutritional yeast, depending on how cheesey you want it

- 1 med-lg jalapeno

Put all ingredients into Vitamix and add water until desired thickness forms. Use on its own with flax chips or add to the top of some raw nachos! Also great with veggies!!

 

Fake Flesh Eaters October 29, 2011

Filed under: Journal Entries — eyeofraw @ 8:57 AM
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So the other day my boyfriend purchased a “Primal Strip”. For those of you who dont know it is a vegan form of “beef” jerky made with textured soy. I was curious to see what it was about so i bit off a small piece. Within the first 5 seconds it was in my mouth it was spit out the window onto the highway. It felt like I had animal flesh in my mouth. I had this eerie grotesque feeling come over me like I had just bit into an animal. I couldnt believe vegans/vegetarians ate this.

I guess what I quite dont understand is why as a vegan or vegetarian you would want to pretend to eat an animal? Being a raw foodist I never come across this, but most vegans and veggies eat fake meat products to imitate the real ones. Working in a health food store I see fake fish, fake chicken wings, fake beef….. If we are so against the eating of flesh why pretend to do it??

I welcome all comments, agreeing or disagreeing.

 

The Importance of DHA!!!! September 24, 2011

Omega 3s are widely being talked about. Finally, the importance of the substance is being addressed. Many people hear mostly about it here and there, being good for the heart and the blood. But Omega 3’s are for so much more, and it is most vital that we have them. Before I get into their importance, I would like to first address the 3 main types of Omega 3’s available, to ensure you know the difference.

a-linolenic acid- (ALA)   is a form of omega 3 found mostly in plant based foods such as Hemp seeds and flax seeds.  These are short chain fatty acids, and in order for the brain to use them they must be converted into long chain. Most people cannot make this conversion.

 

 

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)-  is a precursor to DHA. It is found in mostly animal products such as fish. It is a short chain

Docosahexaeonic acid (DHA)-  is a long chain fatty acid that is most needed by the human body (along with EPA) This is what the majority of people are lacking and need. It plays an important role in signal transmission in the brain and nervous system. It is also important for the eyes… they are made of DHA! fatty acid and can be used by the brain.
Soooo what’s the big deal about omega 3’s? Well, first, as most of us hear they are great for the heart. Many studies have been done with EPA and DHA with cardiovascular disease and it has been shown that both play a major role in preventative care.  Most of these studies have shown that supplementation of DHA/EPA have significantly lowered high triglycerides (by 45%) and VLDL (by more than 50%).

Have bad eyesight? YOUR EYES ARE MADE OF DHA!

Brain function!! DHA plays a major role in brain function! Many people who have struggled with ADD/ADHD symptoms most of their life and have added DHA supplementation to their diet claim to have much better concentration and symptoms of the said above completely diminishing .

Your brain needs DHA for proper function.  If you are struggling with poor memory or other cognitive skills I would highly suggest a DHA supplement.

So where do we get out DHA from? Most people will tell you from fish/fish oil/krill oil. Fish oil his highly contaminated. With our polluted waters I would consider it dangerous and not worth it to put any kind of fish product into your body, especially on a daily basis. Fish oil is also not highly absorbable by the human body. You are going to need around 3g of fish oil per day to receive desired effects.

Lower on the food chain fall the krill. There are more krill on the planet than there are ants! Krill are tiny shrimp like organisms that live in algae. Krill are much cleaner and more absorbable by the human body, with an average dose of 1g per day for effective results.

Fish and krill DO NOT ACTUALLY PRODUCE DHA! So where do they get it? Well, the fish feed on the krill, and the krill feed on marine phytoplankton. The phytoplankton is the main source of the DHA. When it comes to DHA you want the cleanest most bioavailable source, the one that is lowest on the food chain.

Marine Phytoplankton is the most bioavailable concentrated source of DHA. The average dose is only 300mg. I found an amazing product that is completely vegan called O-Mega-Zen3. After 3 days of taking this product I noticed my brain function enhance

 immensely! My memory, which I have struggled with due to past issues, has been functioning so much better! I wish I would havefound this product sooner. My father, who has been taking fish oils for years switched to this product when I informed him of my success and he made the switch to try it out. He too noticed a mega difference! I really recommend trying this product, its inexpensive and worth every penny! I know you will feel such a difference in your mental function! Try it for yourself! (click me!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese! April 15, 2010

Filed under: All Other Recipes,Breakfast — eyeofraw @ 10:50 AM
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this is the best cream cheese i have ever consumed. better than the “real” stuff. (i use quotations because i cant consider processed garbage real)

ingredients:

-2 cups cashews

- 2 tbs EVOO

-1/4c Lemon juice

-fresh strawberries

-water

put everything in FP and slowly add water until desired consistency!

 

RAW DOG BISCUITS!!! April 11, 2010

Filed under: All Other Recipes — eyeofraw @ 3:41 PM
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These are awesome! my dog was drooling over them!!! I had to hide them far from his reach!

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds (pumpkin seeds are awesomee for dogs! helps with worms and digestion!)

- 1.5 cups Sunflower seeds (hulled of course!)

- 1/4cup Flax Seeds

- 2 tbsp Molasses

- Garlic Powder

- Olive Oil

- Water

So of course when i was making these my Italian-ness kicked in and i didn’t measure the seeds, but thats my estimate. i did measure the molasses however :)

Throw it all into the FP and about 2 tbspn oil. Sprinkle a little bit of garlic powder in the mixture, this of course is optional. Add water in small amounts until a sticky dough is formed.

I made individual shapes, but i think it would be WAY easier to just spread it out on a teflex sheet and cut it once it is done.

Put it in the Dehydrator at 105 for 12 hours.

Cut them into small pieces. They are pretty rich the doggies will gobble them all up!

 

BAGELS and CREAM CHEESE!!! April 6, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast — eyeofraw @ 10:45 AM
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these are so jam packed with fiber, i could hardly finish one! soooo good!

Ingredients:

Bagels:

-3/4 cup sunflower seeds

-1/3 cup flax seeds

-1/4 of a  chopped red onion (or less if your not a fan of onion!)

- a minced garlic clove

- water

-seasonings (i used garlic powder and some dill, and also added some poppy and sesame seeds!)

-place the first 2 ingredients into the FP until a powder is formed.  i added a little more flax after so there would be whole ones in the dough. Add the  spices, onion, and garlic and pulse it a few times so it is evenly spread throughout the mixture. slowly add a little bit of water until you get a very sticky dough.  form patties and poke a whole in the center! Place on mesh dehydrator trays and put in dehydrator 105 degrees. time will depend on how crunchy you like your bagels and how thick you made them. mine were pretty thick and i like them crispy so they were in the for a little over 12 hours.

Cream Cheese:

-2 cups cashews

-3 tbspn Olive oil

-1/4 cup lemon juice

- water

- scallions (thats what i like in my cream cheese.. and whatever you want.. i bet strawberries would be awesomeee!)

-Put all ingredients in FP except water. After a minute, add water until you reach your desired consistency!

 

 
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