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Anti-Inflammatory – Nutrient-Rich – Delicious

I decided recently to go back to a high raw diet since that is the lifestyle that works best for me.  Most days I start out with a simple green smoothie (just greens plus fruits/vegetables) but when I am craving something creamier, ultra-nutritious and filling, this recipe works wonderfully as a Nut Milk Shake or Porridge (making it thicker with chia seeds.)

It’s always hard to believe that something so rich-tasting can be so good for you!  Consider all the goodies in this breakfast (or snack):

Cashews – low fat content makes them heart healthy, contains flavanols to eliminate free radicals, magnesium for nerves and bones and chromium to boost your brain activity.

Turmeric – enhances brain function, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, improves endothelial function which means better circulation.

Dates – excellent source of potassium and fiber.

Cinnamon – stabilizes blood sugar, which can help in weight loss

Ginger – digestive aid and anti-inflammatory agent

Chia Seeds – Superfood contains 22 amino acids, great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, plant-based protein

You can add or subtract any ingredients.   I also added powdered wheatgrass to pump up the nutrition and anti-oxidants.  If you like it more “shake-like” either omit the chia seeds or add less and drink up before it thickens the mixture.  What’s great about this as a breakfast porridge is that you can leave the chia seeds absorbing the liquid while you get ready for work.

Morning Sunshine Breakfast Shake or Porridge

2 Servings

1 cup of raw cashews
2 cups filtered water or coconut water
1 TB. alcohol-free vanilla extract or scrape the inside of one pod
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon (or more) of powdered turmeric or small root piece
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger or a few small shavings of gingeroot
3-4 medjool dates, pitted
3-4 TB. chia seeds
1 TB. powdered wheatgrass or other greens
Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:  Soak cashews for 20 minutes to an hour.  Drain and rinse and place in blender with water, vanilla, cinnamon, turmeric, dates and ginger.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into tall cups and stir in chia seeds.  If you prefer a porridge, let sit for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid any lumping.  Or drink it right away as a shake.

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Here’s another great “Rise and Shine” recipe – Raw Maple Oats


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,

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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