Frozen Banana with Nut Butter Super Snack

Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Warm Weather Treat Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that deliver the most delight.  Here is a frozen treat you can make in minutes and store for at least a month in the freezer.  Just grab and go.  If you find them messy to hold you can easily insert a craft (popsicle) stick […]

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Power Breakfast or Simple Snack – Mango a la Mexicana

  Raw Vegan Super Snack

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I generally start my mornings with a Green Smoothie so that I can flood my body with very easy-to-digest blended greens and antioxidant-rich fruits and berries.  By mid-morning I am ready for a small snack or breakfast.  This is one of my favorites as it’s easy, flavorful, low calorie and surprisingly filling.

During my teens and twenties I spent a lot of time in Mexico where I began my love affair with mangoes.  We would go to the market and buy a bag and I would polish them off at the rate of at least one per day.  At the perimeters of the open markets you would always see vendors selling them on a stick, with lime juice squeezed on top and sprinkled with lots of chili powder.  At this point in my life I didn’t find that combination of sweet, tart and spicy particularly appealing.

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5 Unique Earth Day Celebration Ideas

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Today is Earth Day!  What can you do to express your compassion and commitment to our beautiful blue-green planet?

The typical Earth Day activities include environmental pledges to recycle, planting an herb garden, participating in a local clean-up or beautification project — all wonderful and commendable pursuits!

If you are looking for some unique ways to celebrate with friends and family,  here are 5  “off-the-beaten-track” ideas I’ve come up with:

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Dr. LJ’s 15 Favorite Raw and Raw Fusion Recipes

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I’ve been eating raw foods for over 5 years now.  For the past two years I have been doing a more raw fusion approach, combining raw foods with some cooked or alternating cooked meals with raw which seems to be easier to sustain and more practical.  People are often turned off to the raw foods because of how difficult it can be to maintain this lifestyle – Raw Fusion is a manageable alternative.

Essentially, “raw fusion eating” aims for at least 51% of what I consume to be raw or living foods.   When slightly over half of what you eat is raw (meaning not processed, denatured or cooked over 115 degrees) there is a lot less wear and tear on the body; your digestive system has an easy time absorbing the nutrients and releasing the waste and inflammation is kept at a minimum.

 These are 15 of my favorite recipes, for all times of the day.  Just click on the link for the full recipe. Hope you enjoy them and please post your comments!

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Oven-Roasted Artichokes

artichoke roasted with dip      Veggie Delight!

Artichokes have always been my favorite vegetable, since childhood.  They are not something you can really eat raw so they are perfect for a raw fusion cooked compromise.  I’ve never gotten super creative with them, like scooping out the inside and stuffing them.  My way to cook them has always been boiling or steaming and then serving with some garlic butter or ghee.   Over the past few years that I’ve eaten more raw foods I’ve experimented with coconut oil and olive oil but these oven roasted ones are SO yummy and loaded with flavor that you don’t even need a dipping sauce!

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