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LJ’s Raw Fusion Food Diary – January 5th

raspberry yogurt parfait (640x457) What I Ate Saturday

Featuring Chia Berry Parfait and Sun Butter Carob Cups

Morning water and green smoothie.  One of my favorite standards is “Green Fairy Lemonade” — kale, butter lettuce, pineapple, green apple, hunk of ginger, lemon (remove the peel), ice and water — and since this one is so tangy I add a little raw orange blossom honey and stevia.

I don’t adore stevia, but I’m training myself to use it more, thereby reducing the amount of other sweeteners.  TruVia is very mainstream and from what i understand, is not the best choice, so I’ve been experimenting with different brands from the health food store.

Mid-morning: A parfait of Greek style sheep yogurt and raspberry chia jam.  It is super simple to make fresh jam using chia seeds.  Check out the video below to see how easy.  Sometimes I eat a tablespoon or two for sweet cravings.  Lately I am not using agave to sweeten my jam, as mentioned in this video.  Jerusalem artichoke syrup has virtually no glycemic impact, so I use that as my main sweetener with a little coconut nectar or crystals to brighten it up as the artichoke syrup has a bit of a vegetal finish.

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Chocolate Cake to Live For + Raspberry Chia Coulis

A Raw, Vegan, Gluten- and Guilt-Free Dessert in 10 Minutes

This is probably the most “demanded” of my demo dishes, along with Portobello Pesto Pizza.  Easy-to-prepare and universally appealing, you can make this gem into any shape you desire, including brownies, truffle balls (which are lovely rolled in coconut flakes) or in the cake shape that I usually create, using a dinner plate as you’ll see me do in the video below.

Raspberries are a popular pairing with chocolate; you can use fresh raspberries, but why not amp up the nutrition with a homemade “jelly” that uses a marvelous superfood — chia seeds.  You can usually buy these now in the bulk section of your local health food store as they’ve become much more popular and identifiable.

A staple food of the Mayan and Aztec empires, these tiny black seeds resemble poppyseeds (they also come in a white variety) and have more protein than flaxseeds  or soybeans,. Chia seeds are a superior source of amino acids, fiber and antioxidants. A few teaspoons of chia gel with the main meal of the day will slow down sugar  absorption, making this Superfood highly recommended for diabetics.    They are also one of the best sources of Omega 3’s on the planet!..

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Green Smoothies – A Purist’s Perspective

GREAT SMOOTHIE RECIPES BELOW

Whenever I start teaching at a new locale, my inaugural class is “Raw Foods 101” – teaching the basics of the raw foods/raw fusion lifestyle with demo’s of delectable green smoothies and scrumptious salads.

It’s always very uplifting for me to get enthusiastic feedback from  participants on how they are integrating green smoothies into their lifestyles and how their families are also enjoying them.  Often they share their favorite recipes with me, but invariably their concoctions contain ingredients that I would not recommend.

I admit to being a purist on green smoothies:  While experimenting from time to time with adding some nuts, nut milk, protein powders, dairy etc. is perfectly okay – hey, variety IS the spice of life, after all — I am extremely loyal to Victoria Boutenko’s (Green for Life) marvelous creation and believe that the formula works, as is

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