If you are invited to watch the game at a friends or expecting guests at your place, there’s no rule against providing healthy alternatives to your favorite comfort foods.   Raw Fusion is a realistic and enjoyable lifestyle — you can meet your health and fitness goals by making simple, yet delicious changes to the dishes your family favors.  These recipes are vegan-optional and gluten-free, raw and raw fusion.

STRAWBERRY AMBROSIA SALAD  — Not the way Grandma used to make hers, but this one is so refreshing and will delight the kid in all of us.  See the recipe below this instructional video I made for eHow.com.  Orange blossom water is optional but it has such an incredible taste impact!  You can find this at a specialty store or Indian and Middle Eastern groceries.

STRAWBERRY AMBROSIA SALAD
Ingredients:
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
2 tangerines, peeled and separated into segments
3 pineapple spears, chopped
Juice from 1 orange
Zest from 1 orange
1 tsp. orange blossom water
1/3 cup shredded dried coconut
3 vegan or regular marshmallows chopped into small pieces.
Optional:  honey or agave to sweeten, if needed. Assemble chopped and sliced fruits.  In a small bowl mix the zest, orange juice and orange blossom water.  Pour over fruits and chill for 1-2 hours.  Sprinkle on coconut and marshmallows before serving.

CREAMY DILL RANCH DRESSING— Who doesn’t love a nice ranch dip with veggies or toast?  This one is fully raw, vegan and dairy free – made with cashews that have been soaked an hour or two to change their consistency.  This makes a wonderful salad dressing and will thicken slightly when refrigerated and can be stored (covered) for up to 5 days in the fridge.  Recipe below the eHow video.

Ingredients:
1 cup of raw cashews, soaked for 20-30 minutes, rinsed and drained
¾ cup of filtered water
2 TB. apple cider vinegar
3 sprigs fresh dill (leaves only) or 1-2 TB. dried dil
1 ½ TB. nutritional yeast
Celtic sea salt to taste

Directions:  Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.  Taste and adjust accordingly.  Serve with fresh carrots and other crudites or as a salad dressing.

DON’T FORGET DESSERT!

And if you are looking for the PERFECT, yet healthy dessert option, check out my previous blog on “Peanut Butter Joy Bites” with an eHow.com instructional video.  These seriously taste like a cross between Reese’s peanut butter cups, Almond Joys and Mr. Goodbar!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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