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Apricot Bliss Bites

One of the most fun and delicious ways to eat healthy foods is to make them into delicious recipes you can share with your loved ones.

Think big colorful salads, zingy and sweet fresh juices, herbed steamed and baked vegetables, vibrant fruit platters, creamy dips with vegetables and crackers, healthy pies, tarts, cookies, and puddings. There’s so many options.

Today I have a perfect recipe to share with you that is so delicious you may need to double or triple the recipe! These little Apricot Bliss Bites blend together the wonderfully complementary flavors of apricot, almond, coconut, orange, cinnamon and ginger for one of the best bites you've had yet. 

These Bites are fun to make, and also quick and easy. Take a platter of these to your next gathering or enjoy them at home. You can be sure they'll go fast! 

Apricot Bliss Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic dried apricots 
  • 1/2 cup almonds 
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flakes 
  • 3 tsp grated orange zest 
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated ginger 
  • 1 tbsp orange juice 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 4 tbsp crushed almonds and/or coconut flakes for rolling

Directions:

  1. Pulse the almonds in a food processor until they break down into small pieces. Remove.
  2. Pulse the dried apricots (organic is important for most dried fruits) in the food processor to break them down also. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the 4 tbsp of crushed almonds and coconut into the food processor with the apricots. Process until the mixture sticks together and forms a ball.
  4. Take a small amount of mixture and roll it into a small ball. Repeat this process until you have used all of the mixture. You may wish to put a little water on your hands to prevent too much sticking.
  5. Roll each ball in the crushed almond and/or coconut flakes to coat.
  6. Serve on a plate and watch them go in lightning speed!

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Barley Grass Shake

The natural sodium, potassium and glucose that fruit and greens provide are vital for the proper functioning of the body, and essential for anyone dealing with adrenal fatigue and the host of health conditions affected by poor adrenal health.

If you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue or viral issues, try regularly incorporating ripe bananas into your meals and snacks. Bananas help stimulate the rich production of electrolytes thanks to their abundant levels of amino acids and exceptionally bioavailable potassium that work together. The bananas superior ability to replenish the body makes this fruit one of the best foods you can eat before and after working out. So, next time you’re gearing up to exercise, try snacking on a banana or throwing one in your bag for a post-workout treat. Do you suffer from colitis, IBS, or Crohn's disease? Bananas can help alleviate these conditions as well as gastric cramps and other gastrointestinal disorders that are largely impacted by stress. 

Dates possess a number of healing properties that can positively impact your health, and their delicious sweetness make them a fantastic snack as well as an easy and healthy way to sweeten a dish. Although the true number has not yet been recorded, dates contain close to 70 bioactive minerals. These minerals offer fantastic support for your adrenal glands, which can always benefit from assistance due to the stress and busyness of modern life. Dates are incredibly rich in amino acids, although researchers have yet to identify the exact amount. Leucine and the other amino acids this fruit contains help enhance its potassium content so that muscles and nerves receive exceptional support. 

One of the greens I often recommend for its incredible healing properties is barley grass juice powder. This wonderful green powder can be added to water, coconut water, juices or smoothies to give you additional nutrients. Barley grass juice extract powder contains high-quality protein that the body is able to easily take in and use as well as 20 amino acids. If you’re working to better support your thyroid, barley grass juice extract powder can offer tremendous assistance. This food can help to free the thyroid gland of toxins and heavy metals. It may be surprising to learn that barley grass juice extract powder is gluten-free and as a result can be consumed by anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The reason for this is that the young grass used to create barley grass juice powder is harvested before the grass yields grain. 

Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.

Today’s recipe gives you one a delicious way to incorporate barley grass juice extract powder into your diet. The base of bananas in this recipe gives an unbeatable sweet creaminess that is reminiscent of milkshakes you may have enjoyed as a child. Adding the barley grass juice extract powder is optional but gives you an especially powerful balance of nutrients. This is a perfect breakfast or snack and is also great to take on the go.

Barley Grass Shake

Ingredients:

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
For a thicker milk, add water slowly until you reach the consistency you desire. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It’s incredibly delicious and so versatile. Avocado can be used to make dips, dressings, sauces, smoothies, soups and desserts, and is wonderful added to salads, sandwiches, stuffed with other veggies and fruits, or added as a topping to almost anything!

Avocado is also easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.

They are an excellent source of glutathione, which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance, which helps to steady blood sugar levels.

Due to its nutritional profile, avocado is one of the closest foods to mother’s breast milk, being a complete and easily assimilated food with protein ratios that are equal to breast milk. Avocados are high in folate, which is essential for women in childbearing years and is also known to aid in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart disease. Try adding a couple avocados to your diet each week and enjoy the benefits of this delicious and health promoting food.

Today I have a wonderful, creamy dressing recipe to share with you that is perfect on any salad, or used as a light dip for vegetable crudités.

Avocado Cilantro Dressing 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 cups zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 2 medjool dates, pits removed
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • optional sea salt and pepper

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding water as needed to desired consistency, about ½ cup. 

Enjoy over salad greens or as a dip with raw vegetables such as cucumber, cauliflower, or bell pepper. 

Serves 1-2

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Sweet & Spicy Mango Salsa

Mangos aren't just exceptionally tasty, they are also have incredible healing properties. They help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. They're also packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation. 

Mangoes are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. They're also a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. 

Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and is essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function. Mangoes also help prevent insomnia and provide for better sleep. In some countries mangos are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid. 

Enjoy this recipe anytime of day. It's wonderful eaten on its own, or served with guacamole, hummus, vegetable crudités or a healthy cracker you enjoy. Or scoop into lettuce or cabbage leaves taco-style, or over a salad. 

Sweet & Spicy Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2C mango, diced 
  • 2C tomatoes, diced 
  • 1C avocado, diced 
  • 1/2C onion, minced 
  • 2 tbsp orange juice 
  • 1 lime, juiced 
  • 1/4C cilantro leaves, minced 
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, minced 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • optional dash of cayenne 
  • optional sea salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix together until well combined.
  2. Enjoy with raw vegetables, crackers, or scooped into lettuce leaves. 

Serves 1-2

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Figs with Macadamia Cheese

It doesn't get much more delicious than fresh ripe figs and creamy smooth macadamia nuts. And together, they are a match made in heaven.

Not only is this wonderful combination a flavor explosion, they also contain an incredible amount of healing properties. 

Figs provide phenomenal amounts of energy and vitality to the body, and aid in the repair and restoration of the digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, reproductive, muscular, immune, and skeletal system. Figs are one of the most alkaline fruits available and are rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, selenium, and zinc. In fact, figs are one the highest sources of readily assimilable calcium in the plant world which makes them a great choice to help prevent osteoporosis and their potassium content can help to prevent hypertension as well.

Macadamia nuts are a rich source of energy and are packed with essential minerals, vitamins, and heart healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid. They're an excellent source of iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and B-complex vitamins. They also contain flavonoids which are compounds that protect the body from free radical damage and diseases such as cancer. They can also provide protection from strokes and coronary artery disease, and be of help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood. 

Today's recipe gives you all these healing benefits in an incredibly tasty, bite-sized package. It's also quick and easy to make, while being an impressive option to serve for friends or family. Enjoy this delightful recipe!

Figs with Macadamia Cheese and Raw Honey

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh figs, any variety
  • 1/2C raw macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 dime sized sliver of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Additional raw honey for drizzling

Directions:

To make the macadamia cheese, blend macadamia nuts, lemon juice, olive oil, honey and garlic in the blender until smooth and creamy. Set aside in fridge to cool. 

Mince 1 tsp fresh rosemary. 

Slice figs and arrange on plate. 

Top with a dollop of macadamia cheese and a sprinkle of rosemary. 

Finish with a drizzle of raw honey and enjoy!

Serves 2-4

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Garlic

Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines and is an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses and diseases. It has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties.  

One raw crushed clove of garlic contains the antibiotic equivalent of 100,000 units of penicillin and has been proven to be more effective than both penicillin and tetracycline in suppressing certain types of disease carrying agents. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has been shown to help significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme within the liver cells and blocking platelet clot formation in the blood vessels. 

Garlic is also very good for the digestive tract and has a strong ability to eliminate toxic matter from the lymphatic system. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it vital for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, lupus, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, bursitis, shingles, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also particularly beneficial for ear infections, candida, bronchitis, respiratory infections, food poisoning, herpes, coronary artery disease, stroke, colds, flus, urinary tract infections, and weak immune systems. 

Garlic can help eliminate lead and other heavy metals from the body. It is also a good remedy for removing parasites and worms from the colon. Garlic can be juiced with vegetables for a powerful immune boosting drink. When feeling under the weather consider eating 1-4 cloves of raw garlic a day by adding it to guacamole, soups, hummus, or crushed on toast with a little olive oil. 

If the flavor of garlic does not appeal to you, odor-free garlic capsules can be a great alternative and a way to still get the health benefits of this natural wonder. Garlic supplements can be found online or at your local health food store.

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Veggie Hummus

Hummus has become a highly popular food in many countries across the world. With it’s creamy texture, delicious, savory flavor and versatility, it’s not hard to understand why.

There are endless variations of hummus, many of which can be healthy choices. However some can contain poor quality oils like sunflower, vegetable and canola oils, along with additives like citric acid and preservatives.

As with all foods, the best way to ensure what you’re eating is truly healthy, is to make it yourself. Traditional hummus recipes use chickpeas as a base, which are a good option, but beans can still cause problems for some people.

A better alternative that’s really delicious is to make your own hummus with a base of vegetables, like raw zucchini. This adds the creamy texture and bulk that chickpeas would normally offer, but is easier to digest and offers extra nutrients.

Today’s recipe gives you a simple and tasty vegetable-based hummus recipe to make at home. One of the best things about this recipe is that no cooking is required, so it can be pulled together in just a few short minutes.

Enjoy this recipe with vegetable crudités, wrapped in lettuce leaves with other fillings, or served with gluten and corn free crackers. It’s perfect for lunch, dinner or a snack...or all of these!

Veggie Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of raw zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, sprig fresh dill, basil, or cilantro, sea salt
  • Optional wrap: romaine lettuce leaves, tomato, sprouts, and scallions
  • Optional veggies: chopped cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, bell pepper, etc

Preparation: 

  1. Blend the zucchini, garlic, cumin, lemon juice ad tahini together on high until very creamy. Taste and add optional red pepper flakes, dill basil or cilantro if desired. You can also add sea salt if you like.
  2. Serve with raw veggies as a dip. Alternatively, place in romaine lettuce leaves and top with tomato, sprouts, and scallions for delicious wraps.

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Banana Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the most common and popular breakfast choices for Americans, the British, and Australians. It's comforting, filling and delicious.

This recipe for oatmeal skips the grains altogether, offering a delicious alternative for anyone avoiding grains. Instead delicious sweet fruit is used to mimic the consistency and comfort of oatmeal, with the added bonus of a ton of healing properties from the fruit.

Bananas are not only a great grab-and-go snack, but they are a wonderful ingredient for adding sweetness and creaminess to delicious and healthy smoothies and treats. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, the high levels of tryptophan found in bananas can help ease these conditions. This is true if you wish to lower anxiety, ease depression, or foster a greater sense of calm as well. On an emotional level, bananas can offer tremendous assistance. If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD, consuming three or more bananas a day can help alleviate this condition. 

Apples are a powerful fruit that should not be undervalued because of their familiarity. Apples have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and their ability to soothe the body of bacterial and viral toxins that can give rise to inflammation make it an excellent food if you are suffering from encephalitis (brain inflammation), IBS (intestinal inflammation), or nerve inflammation brought about by a viral infection. If you are looking to offer your brain some extra support, turn to the apple. Its phytochemicals not only help to boost electrical activity, but they offer nourishment for your neurons as well. 

The antioxidant strength of cinnamon is astounding. Its antioxidant might is more powerful than that of all other foods, fruits and vegetables included. Cinnamon can offer wonderful assistance if you are suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, or flatulence. It can also come to your aid if you are battling a flu. Not only can cinnamon help ward off the flu, but it can reduce its length and help wipe out congestion and mucus from the system as well. Throw a dash of this spice in your tea, try it in a smoothie, or sprinkle it atop your favorite treat or meal and know that you are receiving a number of benefits from a spice that’s been celebrated as a medicinal powerhouse since antiquity. 

Raisins can easily be ignored or forgotten, but they actually offer wonderful health benefits and in fact offer greater nutritional might than the goji berry which is touted as a superfood. Raisins can vary in size and color depending on which type of grape is used. Grapes have a lengthy list of health benefits and can be particularly beneficial when it comes to battling The Unforgiving Four. They possess strong antiviral properties and can help in the removal of radiation from the body. They also work to remove DDT and toxic heavy metals from the liver thanks to the collaborative efforts of their amino acids and anthocyanins.

The optional ingredients offer numerous health benefits as well. During the fall in Maine, Native Americans used to harvest an abundance of wild blueberries and dry what they gathered so that they could continue to receive the nourishment of these sun-dried berries during the winter months. If you are looking to cleanse your liver, start to bring cranberries into your meals and snacks, this powerful berry is a particularly wonderful liver cleanser. Not only will a sprinkle of almonds or walnuts add a nice crunch to this dish, but they can support your health as well. The walnut helps shield cells from the damaging effects of free radicals thanks to the high level of vitamin E it contains. Almonds can support the body by helping to strengthen both nerves and bones. 

Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.

This is a quick and easy to make recipe perfect for both adults and children. This recipe is enough for one adult as a light breakfast or as a snack. You can double or even triple the recipe if you like if you are hungry. And with an oatmeal as nourishing as this, you can enjoy it any time of day!

Banana Apple Oatmeal (Grain Free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 apple
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A handful of raisins
  • Optional: dried wild blueberries, cranberries, or chopped almonds/walnuts

Preparation:

  1. Place the bananas, apple, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until chunky and creamy.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and top with raisins, cinnamon and/or chopped apples. You can also add fresh berries, chopped pear, or any other fruit of choice.

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