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carrot almond kalmata

Sometimes I just play around with foods that I have available or what I am craving at the moment.  One day I had some soaked almonds that I was going to use to make milk but I wanted to make some kind of meatless pate for dinner to pair with some flaxseed crackers I had mad the day before.  I was also craving the earthiness and saltiness of olives and had a jar of pitted kalamata olives.  I thought that maybe blending them up with some carrots might be interesting and it really was tasty!  The most interesting thing about this was that my 16-year old goddaughter, staying with me at the time also loved this spread!  I have since introduced this to attendees of my raw and raw fusion classes here in Tampa and it’s been popular.

Make sure to start out with raw almonds and soak them for at least eight hours (10-12 for nuts is preferable).  It doesn’t matter if you leave the skins on.  Soak your nuts and seeds accomplishes 3 great enhancers: 1) softens the texture so that you can make mylks, spreads, puddings, cremes etc.; 2) removes the anti-nutrients from the skin/peel as those block absorption of all the “good stuff”; and 3) the act of soaking and germinating awakens more of the inherent micronutrients in the seed/nut/grain/bean and increases the bio-availability.

Carrot-Almond-Kalamata Spread

Vegan-Grain & Gluten Free

Ingredients:
¾ cup of raw almonds, soaked
½ cup of pitted kalamata olives
2/3 cup of carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks (or use baby carrot
1 tsp. dried rosemary

Optional: Add 1 TB of either cold-pressed olive oil or raw tahini to make it creamier

Soak almonds for 8-12 hours, drain and rinse. Place carrots in food processor and process until they are pretty well broken down. Add olives, rosemary and tahini and process until you have a paste-like consistency. Add almonds and pulse until blended but keep kind of chunky.

Serve as a dip for crudites or as a spread base for lettuce or collard wraps.  Also great for crackers.

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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