Forget Boring Salads! 3 Ways To Eat More Greens Painlessly

This is a guest post by Heather Rampolla.

Eat More Greens PainlesslyDo you ever feel like it’s a struggle to eat more greens? Perhaps you know you should be eating more leafy greens, but chewing on another (boring) salad… seems so blah!

There are many magical benefits from consuming leafy green vegetables:

  • Full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals;
  • Rich in fiber, an important nutrient for optimal digestion, weight loss, and controlling hunger;
  • Helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and temper blood-sugar swings;
  • Contains a lot of water to help keep you hydrated;
  • Contributes to beautiful skin and hair;
  • May help ward off depression and improve mood

You likely already know all this but struggle with how to make greens fit in without any drastic change to your current lifestyle.

Regardless of what Kermit the Frog has told you, eating more greens can be easy without sacrificing taste.

 

Here Are 3 Simple Magic Tricks To Eat More Greens Painlessly:

#1 – “Chop The Crop”

Sometimes I just want to eat a “normal” meal– not a salad– and sometimes I feel too lazy to chop my veggies by hand. On days like these I gently pulsate my greens in my blender or food processor and throw them into whatever hearty dish I happen to be cooking.

This “chop the crop” technique greatly reduces the volume of my greens. With this method, I can easily get in lots of leafy greens without feeling like I’m eating lots of greens. Plus, it only takes a matter of seconds to chop and toss into any meal.

Here are two of my favorite meals that use the “Chop the Crop” method:
Kale Pesto Pasta
Super Fast Kale Salad

If you’re not a fan of kale by all means switch it out with spinach or another leafy green you love.

#2 – “Green Drink Packs”

If you’ve never tried green smoothies and juices before, they can sound like drinking lawnmower pulp or swamp water. I assure you they’re not. In fact they can be a super way of adding in your greens without tasting them.

But even if you know that you like green smoothies or juices – when you’re busy, sometimes the idea of pulling out multiple ingredients to make a green smoothie or juice can feel overwhelming.

“Green Drink Packs” are so simple to make. One day a week I create 5-7 “packs”. Here’s how you make them:

For smoothies, I use a large plastic baggie that includes all my ingredients to make one green smoothie recipe. I make these packs in bulk and stack them neatly in the freezer. That way when I need a super fast meal or snack, all I have to do is pop a Green Drink Pack out, maybe add some water to the blender, and voila! Literally 2 minutes to make a meal.

For juices, I use an 8-10 cup container, and place all my ingredients to make one green juice recipe. I usually lay the greens first, and use the weight of the cucumber, celery or apples to compact the greens. I also make these in bulk for the week and stack them in my fridge. It takes about 15 minutes max in prep time, but saves me about 15 minutes each day.

Drink Packs are perfect for when you’re busy or on-the-go. You’re getting handfuls of fresh fruits and veggies that without blending or juicing would be time consuming to eat.

Here a few Green Drink Pack ideas to get you started.

#3 – “Roll With It”

Have you discovered that even with the best of intentions that salad that you brought to work gets ditched as you head for the deli? Especially at lunch time we tend to crave foods that we can eat with our hands…pizza, sandwiches, wraps, etc.

Why not change it up a bit and use your leafy greens as the base of your wraps and sandwiches. Fill them as you would any other store bought wrap. Or toss in some of your leftovers for a quick meal.

Collard greens, and Swiss chard are two of my favorites to make wraps with because they are large and can easily fit lots of fun fillings inside. You can also use tender butter leaf lettuce and make smaller wraps.

Sure, it’s not quite the same as eating with bread, but you’re also eliminating the wheat and gluten, which converts to sugar and adds on weight.

Try my Sesame Ginger Wraps recipe that your whole family will love.

Now that you have 3 Magic Methods to painlessly add in more greens, which one are you most excited to try?

NEWCLEARfbprofileHeather Rampolla shows you how to add in more fresh foods into your busy lifestyle without sacrificing taste. Want more help? Click here to discover the 3 Steps To Get Out Of Your FUNK & Stop Eating JUNK!

Icy Pole Recipe

This is a guest post by Quigley Ashton.
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Nothing in the world is more refreshing than an icy pole on a hot humid day.

The weather this past week here in Australia has been so stifling and thick with humidity that even a dip in the sea wasn’t cooling down my internal thermostat.

After walking through the city streets, I went into a convenience store to buy a lemon icy pole.

Gluten?! In an icy pole? What?!!

Not to mention the lengthy words, explaining ingredients which are difficult on the tongue and very confusing on the brain. Especially a brain compromised by extreme heat.

That was it.

The moment that changed my world.

It is often said that wonderful learning comes from adversity.

Yes, we can all agree that finding gluten in my icy pole on a stifling hot day is not really an extreme adversity.
However, in that moment…
That one sweaty instance… I was not a happy chappess (is that a word?).

Bring back the homemade icy pole!

This recipe is so easy even I could make it (not to mention small children).

This recipe is so clever! Imagine how cool (ha ha) you will feel offering your friends a freshly made icy pole from your freezer.

And, most important, this recipe will free you from having to bring potato salad to a BBQ ever again (really, what more could you wish for!).

Icy Pole Recipe

  • Bits of sliced fruit
  • Juice of choice
  1. Slice bits of fruit and put them in your icy pole containers.
  2. I like to use anything we have on hand, really.
  3. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango…we have even used lemon! Very refreshing, indeed.
  4. Pour the juice in on top of your fruit.
  5. Feel free to water down the juice, if you want or need to.
  6. Or, freshly juice some of your own with any leftover fruit you may have in the fridge (apples and oranges work quite well). Sometimes we even use a bit of coconut water…… yum yum!
  7. Put your lid on top.
  8. Smile.
  9. Stick in freezer.
  10. Feel clever and proud.

You have just created a gift of real food for yourself, your friends and loved ones that will be enjoyed and appreciated.

You have just created a gift of real food that is free from crazy chemicals and incomprehensible ingredients.

You have just created a gift of real food that is yummy, refreshing and full of love.

Enjoy!

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Quigley Ashton has been making Happy ever since she can remember.
She spends her time homeschooling her four children whilst supporting others to find and love their own happy. When she’s not coaching, teaching or learning, she can often be found in the kitchen creating meaningful meals with real ingredients that are easy to make. But, she reckons that her truest talent is in eating. Which she does really well.
Quigley can be found at Happy Love Joy or posting regular love on Facebook or Instagram.

Home Made Coconut Ice Cream Recipes

Homemade coconut ice cream

I remember sitting in front of the screen while holding a bowl of ice cream in my lap, and feeling like the luckiest little girl in the world.

Then there were the outings to get an ice cream cone with my parents, and all the holidays in between.

Ice cream has a special place in this recovering sugar addict’s heart.

When I first discovered raw food, I was encouraged to find out that you can make healthy home made ice cream.

I played around with frozen bananas in the blender, and came up with a few varieties that tasted great… but the texture was never quite “ice cream-like” enough.

So that’s when I decided to invest in getting an ice cream maker.

Quick Ice Cream Maker Review

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I did a lot of research and narrowed down my options based on Amazon’s list of ice cream maker reviews. I ended up going with this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which turned out to be a super choice.

This automatic Cuisinart Pure Indulgence makes 2 quarts of frozen dessert goodness in as little as 25 minutes. The way it works is that you blend up your favorite ingredients together, and place them in the double-insulated freezer bowl.

From there, you hit the on button and the automatic mixing paddle gets the ice cream churning and freezing. The whole process is quick and clean up is easy, too!

So far, I’ve made a variety of different home made ice cream recipes, and each one has been better than the last. The first time I used the ice cream maker, I hadn’t given the mixing bowl a long enough time to freeze so the mixture didn’t become hard ice cream. It was more like a milkshake instead.

I highly recommend investing in an ice cream maker if you’re a big ice cream fan. I was concerned about adding yet another machine to my counters, but it’s been a total treat and the quality of the healthy ice creams I’v been making is just beyond!

Click here to read all the amazon reviews and see if it’s time to invest in your own ice cream maker.

Home Made Coconut Ice Cream Recipes

Now that we’ve gotten the ice cream maker review out of the way, it’s time to talk about the real food that’s going into your ice cream!

A lot of the commercially available ice creams, even the “healthy” vegan ones, are full of fillers and other “non-food” items.

Coconut milk ice cream

Making your own ice cream means that you can fully control what does into your food, and how much sugar, soy, or gluten (if any!) you’ll allow in there.

In today’s post I’ll be sharing two of my favorite home made ice cream recipes, which are both made from a coconut milk base.

You can make your own coconut milk by buying a mature coconut, breaking it open, and blending the hard coconut meat with some water. Then you just squeeze the pulp, like you would when making almond milk – through a nut milk bag.

Alternatively, you can purchase a can of coconut milk from most asian supermarkets or online.

Both options are totally cool, it’s just up to you and how much work you want to do when making your ice cream.

Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Blend until smooth or chunky:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

Then add to your ice cream maker and follow directions for yummy blueberry coconut ice cream!

Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Blend in a blender until smooth:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons raw cashew or other nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Run through your ice cream maker, and once it’s hardened, sprinkle with coconut flakes for added texture. Yum!

Experiment With More Coconut Ice Cream Recipes

Since making these two types of ice cream, I’ve also played around with a cacao / chocolate version, and a banana walnut one, too.

The basics tend to stay the same: start with some coconut milk, add your favorite fixings, blend, and turn into delicious ice cream!

New to Raw Food? Top Five Blog Posts to Get You Started

If you’re new to raw food and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! Here are my top 5 blog posts to get you started.

Is It Necessary To Go 100% Raw?
In this post I go through the different options for incorporating a raw diet. Explore the best way to bring more a more vibrant raw diet into your life.

13 Witchy Ways Green Smoothies Help You Feel Great All In Less Than 13 Minutes
Green Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to incorporate more raw into your world. Find out how and why green smoothies are raw magic!

Go Raw or Die Trying?
Often we feel we need to go all or nothing when trying new things. Find out how to make lasting healthy changes that will keep you going on your raw food journey.

21 Ways to Sneak More Vegetables Into Your Diet
Whether you’re a long-time raw foodist or just starting to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle, this post give you creative ideas to beef-up your daily vegetables intake.

9 Ways Raw Food Changed My Life
More than helping you to look and feel better, incorporating more raw foods in your diet can have surprising other benefits.

As you step into your raw food journey you might find yourself drawn back to the dark side with those pesky cravings. Check out my online course I’ve put together to help Cure Cravings Forever! And for that love of sweets replace those unhealthy desserts with delicious 30 Healthy Desserts You Can Eat Every Day and rediscover the magic of eating healthy!

How Raw Food Can Help You Live Food Allergy Free

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Banana Breakfast Sundae

This is a guest post by Jennifer Blanchard on food allergy.

You’ve seen the words everywhere: gluten-free, vegan. Maybe you know what they mean, maybe you don’t.
If you have food allergies, though, you know exactly what they mean. They mean freedom from the ingredients that cause your body harm. They mean a way for you to enjoy food without sacrificing your health.

Common Food Allergens

• Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, cream, etc)
• Gluten (wheat)
• Eggs
• Soy
• Peanuts
• Tree nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc.)
• Fish (flounder, bass, cod, etc.)
• Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp, etc.)

Dairy and gluten (wheat) are the two most common allergens. And the number of people with these allergies grows every day.
In fact, 60 to 70 percent of Americans have undiagnosed food allergies. That’s a ton of people walking around with no knowledge that their bodies are begging them not to eat certain foods. When you continue to eat foods that you’re allergic to, you wreck havoc on your body. And over an extended period of time (years and years and years), the damage from the allergens in your food can cause disease. Do your body and yourself a huge favor and find out now if you’re allergic to anything. Years from now when you’re happy, healthy and disease-free, you’ll be grateful you did.

How Raw Food Can Help with Food Allergy

There are so many benefits your body gets from eating raw food. And raw food is also great for people with food allergies (or for people who are transiting to not eating food allergens anymore) because raw food is naturally allergy-free. I don’t think there are too many people who can say they’re allergic to kale or bananas or onions (and if you are allergic to one of those items for some reason, there’s still plenty of raw goodness available for you to enjoy). Whether you’re attempting an elimination diet or in the process of removing your food allergens for good, I highly recommend adding raw food into your diet.

When I found out about my food allergies (dairy, gluten/wheat), I decided the only way I was going to survive was if I found delicious replacements for all the things I loved that I could no longer eat (like ice cream, milkshakes and bagels with cream cheese).
Take the time to discover if you have food allergies. And if you discover that you do, here are two of my “replacement” recipes that I hope will make your transition process a little bit easier:

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Cookies and Cream Shake

“Cookies and Cream Shake”

(to replace my milkshake obsession)

Before I knew I was allergic to dairy, I used to drink a milkshake at least five nights a week. Now that I’ve transitioned my diet to dairy-free, I no longer crave shakes (thankfully!), but on the rare occasion when I want one, I make this “shake” instead.
The raw cacao gives it the perfect amount of chocolate and the crunch it gives is like crumbled cookies.

Ingredients
1 banana, chopped
Raw cacao nibs, to taste
Almond milk, enough to cover everything in the blender
1 tablespoon of raw agave nectar
½ cup of ice

How To Put It Together
1. Chop the banana (or break it apart with your hands) and place it in your blender.
2. Add raw cacao nibs (to taste).
3. Add the tablespoon of agave nectar (adding more or less to suit your taste).
4. Toss in the ice.
5. Pour almond milk over all the ingredients until everything is almost covered completely.
6. Blend until all ingredients are smooth and mixed. If you want a thicker shake, add more ice and blend.

Banana Breakfast “Sundae”

(to replace my bagel with cream cheese breakfasts)

Removing gluten/wheat from my diet was the best decision I ever made. Now I’m no longer walking around with stomach pain or a foggy head, and when I’m at work, I’m not asleep at my desk at 3 p.m. But breakfast is my favorite meal, so I wanted to make sure I still had something delicious to start my day with (now that my bagel and cream cheese fix was no longer feasible). I decided to combine my love of ice cream sundaes with my love of breakfast and this is what came out of it:

Ingredients
1-2 bananas, chopped
2 tablespoons of cashew butter
1 tablespoon of raw pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries

How To Put It Together
1. Chop the banana(s) and place them into a bowl.
2. Top with cashew butter, pecans and dried cranberries.
3. Fold together slightly.
4. Serve with a fork.

Substitute you favorite fresh fruit, nut butter, chopped nuts or dried fruit, or try different combinations every morning! How do you make living with food allergies more enjoyable?

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Jennifer Blanchard is a certified holistic health and food allergy coach who’s allergic to dairy and wheat/gluten. Her goal is to help people with food allergies thrive in life and continue to enjoy food, regardless of the ingredients they can no longer eat.