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Because I just love pretty photos of food and people often ask me “so what the hell do you eat??”  when I tell them I eat a whole foods plant-based diet, I bring you…a photo of today’s lunch!  
Description: Arugula sprinkled with lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes, olives,  quinoa (seasoned with curry, turmeric, & cumin), and Kimberly Snyder’s “Ganesha’s Sweet Potatoes – oh so random, but YUMMMMM!!

Because I just love pretty photos of food and people often ask me “so what the hell do you eat??”  when I tell them I eat a whole foods plant-based diet, I bring you…a photo of today’s lunch!  

Description: Arugula sprinkled with lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes, olives,  quinoa (seasoned with curry, turmeric, & cumin), and Kimberly Snyder’s “Ganesha’s Sweet Potatoes – oh so random, but YUMMMMM!!

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Cleanse the heart and the body will follow. Cleanse the body and the heart will follow.

—Natalia Rose

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My Raw Bell Pepper & Spinach Soup!

I LOVE raw soups.  They’re a delish and easy way to incorporate raw vegetables into your diet.  They’re especially perfect for picky little eaters!  
Simply chop, toss, and blend the ingredients below for a nutrient dense and satisfying meal in 15 mins or less!  See? Preparing raw foods doesn’t have to be complicated or labor intensive at all!
Ingredients: 
2 bell peppers (I used 1 red and 1 yellow)
2 handfuls of spinach
2 cloves of garlic
1 avocado for creaminess
1 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 date 
Pinch of celtic sea salt
Blend.
Garnish soup with hemp seeds for a nice crunchy crouton-like topping and added protein!
Note: For the sake of full disclosure, I used a small amount of goat cheese to counteract the strong taste of raw onion I should NOT have added to this soup.  Raw onion has such a strong distinct taste — one that I personally don’t care for at all which is the reason it’s not included in the recipe above.  While goat cheese is a better alternative to cheese made of cow’s milk because it is much easier for the body to digest, I try to avoid it and maintain a primarily vegan diet.  

My Raw Bell Pepper & Spinach Soup!


I LOVE raw soups.  They’re a delish and easy way to incorporate raw vegetables into your diet.  They’re especially perfect for picky little eaters!  

Simply chop, toss, and blend the ingredients below for a nutrient dense and satisfying meal in 15 mins or less!  See? Preparing raw foods doesn’t have to be complicated or labor intensive at all!

Ingredients: 

2 bell peppers (I used 1 red and 1 yellow)

2 handfuls of spinach

2 cloves of garlic

1 avocado for creaminess

1 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 date 

Pinch of celtic sea salt

Blend.

Garnish soup with hemp seeds for a nice crunchy crouton-like topping and added protein!

Note: For the sake of full disclosure, I used a small amount of goat cheese to counteract the strong taste of raw onion I should NOT have added to this soup.  Raw onion has such a strong distinct taste — one that I personally don’t care for at all which is the reason it’s not included in the recipe above.  While goat cheese is a better alternative to cheese made of cow’s milk because it is much easier for the body to digest, I try to avoid it and maintain a primarily vegan diet.  

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Tiny Seed, Big Nutrition: Quinoa

Photo courtesy of New York Times

Since its “rediscovery” by American entrepreneurs in the 1980s, this ancient seed has been causing quite a stir in the Western nutrition world—and for good reason.  One cup of quinoa not only delivers all 9 essential amino acids (making it a complete protein, like meat), but it also contains antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and a great deal of fiber (unlike meat).   Although typically classified as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed and close relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.

 

Harvested in the Andean mountain region for thousands of years, it has been said that quinoa was once dubbed “the gold of the Incas.” For this ancient civilization, quinoa was a sacred food, prized for increasing the stamina of warriors.   

 

As a complex carbohydrate, quinoa provides the body with long-lasting energy during digestion.  It combines perfectly with vegetable-based dishes.  As someone who generally follows a vegan diet, I’ve found that including quinoa with my meals (especially my salads) keeps me well satiated.  Since making quinoa a mainstay in my diet, I no longer experience that feeling of persistent hunger, nor feel compelled to snack throughout the day.  

 

Vegetable broth and spices like turmeric, curry, and cumin make all the difference when it comes to preparing quinoa.  I typically pair it with salads or make a variation of My Simple Avocado Salad (below).  However, I’ve seen recipes for hearty quinoa porridges, quinoa stuffed bell peppers, and even quinoa cookies!     

 

 My Simple Avocado & Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of quinoa * 
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric 
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 large ripe avocado, cubed 
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced (sometimes I use several cherry tomatoes)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
Preparation

Note: Rinse quinoa well before cooking to remove bitter tasting saponin 

Bring vegetable broth to a boil.  Add quinoa to boiling water and lower flame to a simmer.  Cover quinoa and let cook on low flame for approximately 15 minutes. Add turmeric, curry, and cumin to quinoa.  Cover and let cook for an additional 5 minutes or until water is fully absorbed. Let cool. 

Add avocado, bell pepper, cucumber, celery, and tomato to quinoa. Toss gently to mix. Sprinkle juice from half of lemon on top of mixture.  Chill until ready to serve.

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Do You Need a Health Coach?

“Physicians don’t have enough time to spend with their patients going over nutrition, lifestyle and stress reduction,” says Kerrie Martin, a holistic health and nutrition counselor and founder of health coaching practice Live In Rhythm. “Health coaches serve to fill that gap.”

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Raw chocolate & coconut macaroons were a BIG hit this weekend.  Incredibly easy to make.  Click the photo for the recipe!

Raw chocolate & coconut macaroons were a BIG hit this weekend.  Incredibly easy to make.  Click the photo for the recipe!

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My “Food Guru” & her Glowing Green Smoothie

 

Radiant skin, silky locs, renewed energy, and a slimmer waistline are yours when you make this smoothie a staple in your diet! 

I love spreading the Gospel of my beloved Food Guru, celebrity nutritionist and detox specialist Kimberly Snyder.   In teaching me about the links between food, mental clarity, energy levels, mood, beauty, and broader health, Kimberly’s writings revolutionized my approach to my diet and thus my overall life.  (Yes, my family members and I have been known to refer to her solely by her first name, like we personally know her! Lol).  

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‎Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends

—Proverbs 17:9

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A Beautiful Struggle (pt. 1)

It’s Monday morning.  Your alarm rings.  Do you jump up and excitedly get ready for the day’s proceedings, or do you frantically search for the snooze button while silently cursing the start of the work week? 

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