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Weekend (Raw) Pizza Party

Raw, Vegan, Grain & Gluten Free Since we are back on the 21 Days Raw Foods Challenge I’ve been experimenting with making wraps, crusts and breads that are grain-free.  As much as I crave my gluten-free bread, I suspect that grains are not helping my digestion, even when they are gluten-free.  I’m still not sure […]

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Pass the Paté , Pretty Please

Nut spreads and patés are foundational to sustaining a high raw and/or vegan lifestyle.  Prounouced “pah-tay”, they are loaded with protein, good fats and have the unctuousness of something very rich and satisfying.  They are also very filling — if you are trying to eat more raw and living foods, but find yourself getting hungry […]

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Maple-Toffee Sunflower Seed Brittle

 High Energy Raw Fusion Snack, Breakfast Bar,  or Sweet & Savory Treat On my 5th batch already!  So surprisingly popular, people are requesting these as birthday gifts… I have to admit that this delectable recipe is the result of a serendipitous mix-up!  How it started:  I bought some of Trader Joe’s maple toffee sunflower seeds […]

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Carob Candy

Sunny Carob Candy

 Satisfying a sweet, salty, creamy craving – Vegan, Grain/Gluten-Free Last fall we had a really fun day preparing recipes for the new book and photographing them.  Most of the participants were the local candidates for the Natural Wellness Academy “Holistic Health and Life Coaching” certification.  A few of the remote students (we have candidates in […]

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5 Salty Cravings Super Snacks

Conquering the Cravings, Raw Fusion Style We all get those midday or late night “snack attacks” Some people crave sweet, others crave salty — and sometimes only something sweet/salty will fill the void.  I’ll be posting on the sweet ones down the road, but here are my 5 favorite ways to satisfy those salty or […]

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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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