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God loves us so much that He has given us precious creations in nature from the beginning of time to help us live healthy and productive lives! I love God and believe in utilizing everything He created for us. His food is miraculous! I am married to a wonderful man and have two beautiful daughters. I homeschool and have a health ministry for friends, family, and health lovers world-wide. I'm totally into all-natural and avoid chemicals, food additives, etc. even in my cosmetics. I am working toward eating Vegan, Organic, and raw as much as possible (my family too). Optimal Health - God's Way ".....and the fruit thereof shall be for meat (FOOD), and the leaf for MEDICINE." Ezekiel 47:12 KJV

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole recipe (gluten, egg, soy, and sugar free)

I used my own coconut milk yogurt (recipe on this blog site).

I cooked the spaghetti squash and shredded it a day ahead of time, which made this simpler. I cooked it by putting it in the slow cooker with 2 cups of water on low for 6 hours. I cut a few holes on the squash with a sharp knife before closing the lid. It was so easy to cut and shred.

Recipe:
http://detoxinista.com/2013/02/cheesy-spaghetti-squash-casserole/


Green Smoothie Fat-Burner Creamy Citrus recipe (Green Thickie)

This tastes fabulous! The recipe and my changes are at the bottom of the post. My version is simpler and has less carbs/sugar.
Miriam
This is from www.greenthickies.com:
This smoothie contains 483 calories which is a substantial filling breakfast that should keep you going all morning.
Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Weight Loss Smoothie NutritionWeight Loss Ingredients to Boost Your Metabolism
weight loss smoothieI have carefully selected all the ingredients in this weight loss smoothie to help you burn fat, speed up your metabolism, reduce your cravings and fill you up.  This smoothie contains the following healthy ingredients:
Avocado: Avocados are loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids, speed up the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.
Coconut: Coconut is rich with medium chain triglycerides which increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 percent.
Coconut  also helps keep you full so you’re less likely to overeat unhealthy food. Coconut oil also improves the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Lemons: Lemons are excellent liver detoxifiers, and alkalize our body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues.
Maintaining the health of the liver is also essential so that the body can digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.
Grapefruit: Many studies show that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.
I don’t usually enjoy grapefruit but it’s so subtle in this smoothie and adds a delicious tang.
For those who don’t want to add grapefruit into your smoothie, you can get all the benefits from grapefruit without the taste by adding grapefruit powder.  I actually added both grapefruit and grapefruit powder to my smoothie for extra benefits.  You can get grapefruit powder and read about some amazing health benefits here.
Some people taking certain medications can’t eat grapefruit so please check your medication and you can substitute the grapefruit for orange in this recipe.
Green Tea: Green tea is amazing for fat busting. EGCG increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body.  Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent.
Green Tea also keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy foods.
Leafy Greens: Leafy greens are very high in fiber, which can help make you feel full  for longer, as well as improving your digestion.  They are very low in calories and carbohydrates, and can be eaten in large amounts during almost any kind of diet.
Leafy greens also have a low glycemic index, which means that they hardly effect blood sugar levels and can even help lower the effects of other foods when they are eaten together. This effect allows you to avoid blood sugar crashes as well as preventing diabetes, improving the chances of sticking to your diet and losing more weight. So although the greens are optional in this smoothie, they are highly recommended.
Oats: Oats are loaded with fiber that decreases your appetite by making you feel full so you can go for long periods of time without eating while keeping your energy levels high.
The addition of oats to this smoothie makes it a complete meal replacement smoothie.  If you leave out the oats, you are more likely to get hungry and need something else to eat.

What to eat for lunch and dinner to lose weight

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This Creamy Citrus Fat Burner is a Weight Loss Smoothie designed to melt that fat before you know it.
Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoothie: Green Thickie’s Weight Loss Smoothie
Rating: 5
Preparation Time: 4 minutes
Number of servings: 2
Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoothie: Green Thickie’s Weight Loss Smoothie
Melt away fat, rev your metabolism and reduce your sugar cravings with this Creamy Citrus Weight Loss Smoothie.
Ingredients
WEIGHT LOSS SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
2 Cups of Cooled Green Tea (I used Green Tea with Lemon Like this)
½ Can Coconut Milk (Like this)
¼ Cup Dates (or use your own healthy sweetener to taste)
½ Avocado (Peeled and cored)
½ Grapefruit (Any type, but I used red) or 1-2 Oranges
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed (or any other mild greens)

Instructions
Blend the ingredients in the following order:

1. Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time
2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using)
3. Blend the fruit and the rest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a Green Thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)

More tips:

Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.

Add more water if required to thin it out.

Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.
How much should I drink to replace a meal?
- Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa.
- This Green Thickie serves 2 so you should DRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE. But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.
Suitable for Special Diets:
Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)
Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)
Vegetarianvegandairy freeegg freerefined sugar freewheat freesoya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),
Salt free (don't add salt)
Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn't include coconuts)
More information about making the perfect Green Thickie
If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide onHow to make a Green Thickie
Here are the changes I made:
Instead of brewing green tea, I used 2 servings of eXfuze GreenZilla for the whole blender since it contains green tea, and it can help to control appetite and burn fat. Besides, it makes the smoothie soooo delicious and adds tons more nutrients and more natural sweetness to it. I use GreenZilla in all my smoothies, except for the savory one. I add the GreenZilla to two cups of water to equal the amount listed above for green tea.
Instead of dates to sweeten, I add 1 scoop of Vitamin Shoppe Organic Stevia Extract. Dates are way too high in carbs/sugar. That means my smoothie has 48 carbs instead of 56 and 5 sugars instead of 10. Yay! Stevia adds zero calories, fat, carbs, etc.
Instead of the essential oil brand she recommends I'm using Aura Cacia organic brand, which is way cheaper. I don't add it in though until I'm actually going to drink the smoothie. I don't like how it tastes when it's been sitting in the fridge overnight. But when you add it just before drinking, wow it's good!
I use 2 cups instead of 1 cup of tightly packed organic 50/50 Mix or all organic spinach.
I use 2 TBS organic lemon juice, which equals juice of one lemon. I keep fresh squeezed organic lemon cubes in my freezer. Each cube equals about 1 TBS.
As my filler, I use 1 cup organic old-fashion rolled oats. It's best if you soak the grains overnight before putting them in the smoothie or make the smoothie with them in and let it sit in the fridge overnight. If you don't want to use this as a meal, you can eliminate the grains. It tastes great alone.
The weight loss key to this smoothie is the green tea, lemon, grapefruit, and grapefruit oil.
P.S. Using my Blendtec mixer made this really easy. Vitamix would work well too. A regular blender would take a bit longer but ok.

Enjoy,
Miriam

Colorful Kale & Barley Salad with Sweet Onion Lemon Dressing recipe (vegan and dairy, gluten, egg, soy, and refined sugar free)

Great salad! I just made this last night for the first time.

I made the barley in my rice cooker so that saved me a lot of prep time. I did not heavy any thyme so I used a little bit of coriander powder. I did not have vegetable broth so used 1 cup chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups water instead.

I only had roasted pistachios so I used those instead of raw.

I used organic coconut palm sugar instead of cane sugar.

I added extra salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Instead of slicing the red pepper, I chopped it in my Vidalia Chop Wizard. If you don't have a way to ribbon cut the carrot, just use a mandolin to shred it.

I recommend rubbing the kale with salt before you start preparing the other ingredients so that it starts to soften and becomes less bitter. When I added the dressing to the kale I just tossed it with salad tongs instead of rubbing it with my hands.

Recipe:
http://veggieandthebeastfeast.com/2014/05/19/colorful-kale-barley-salad-with-sweet-onion-lemon-dressing/


Vegan, Gluten-Free Pancake / Waffle recipe (gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and refined sugar free)

It has been a huge challenge finding a recipe that my kids like and that works without sticking to the waffle maker or pan. I came up with this one after trying bunches of others.

I really would love to get almond and/or coconut flour to work because they are low carb and grain free, but that has yet to happen. They stick to the waffle maker and are impossible to flip in a pan without falling apart. You can try using some in this recipe along with the other flours and see if it works for you. Let me know if it does!

Ingredients:
1 cup Wholesome Chow Organic Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix (it's vegan and sugar free, yay!)
1 cup organic gluten free flour (sorghum, quinoa, millet, or combo)
2 TBS organic coconut palm sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or original)
2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1 TBS organic agave or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat waffle maker or griddle.
Blend all dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon or whisk.
Whisk together all wet ingredients.
Blend wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
Spray heated waffle maker or griddle with organic coconut non-stick cooking spray.

This works easily in a waffle maker set just above medium heat. Makes 4 large waffles or 5 medium size.

Pancakes will take about 3 minutes on each side. I suggest using a large griddle or plan to spend a lot of time at the stove.

Tip:
To save time when cooking these, pre-mix the dry ingredients and store them in an airtight container so that you only have to add the wet ingredients while the waffle iron is preheating.




Thursday, February 19, 2015

Veggetti Cucumber salad recipe (raw / vegan and dairy, gluten, egg, soy, and refined sugar free)

This is a healthier variation of the recipe in the Veggetti Gourmet Recipe Guide.  I used apple cider vinegar and coconut palm sugar instead of using white vinegar and white sugar as in their recipe.

I made 1/2 the recipe tonight just to try it. My cucumbers were not very big so I ended up with lots of marinade. Tasted good though!

4 cucumbers
1 small white onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1 TBS dried dill

Use the Veggetti to spiral cut the cucumbers on the thick side. Toss together cucumbers and onions in a large bowl.

Combine the vinegar, water, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and pour over the cucumber and onion. Stir in dill, cover, and refrigerate until cold.

Allow the cucumbers to marinate at least 1 hour.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Vegan Creamy Cole Slaw recipe: Bobby Flay style (gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and refined sugar free)

Wow! Best cole slaw ever!

I used vegan mayo (1/2 cup not 3/4) and vegan sour cream.
For the vinegar I used organic apple cider vinegar instead of white.
For the sugar I used organic coconut palm sugar.
I did not have onions or celery salt on hand so I used onion powder and omitted the celery salt.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/creamy-cole-slaw-recipe.html


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sweet Sesame-Lime Cabbage Salad recipe (gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and refined sugar free)

Just made this for the first time. Loved it!

I used Culantro instead of Cilantro. I didn't have any shallots on hand so I omitted those, and it was still fine.

http://detoxinista.com/2013/05/sweet-sesame-lime-cabbage-salad/