Living Cereal with Almond Milk

Most mornings I wake up, have a glass of water with sole and iodine and then sometimes I will eat this cereal concoction, and a little later I’ll have a mid-morning snack of a juice or smoothie to keep me going until lunch. Then at lunch I usually have a BIG salad and some miso soup.

To start out, I cut up half an apple, cranberries, and some sprouted buckwheats that I dehydrated with cinnamon spice (I like to always have some on hand because they are a lot like rice krispies), next I like to add some raw trail mix with cacao nibs, raw cashews, golden raisins, goji berries, and mulberries, I also like to add homemade almond mylk and coconut flakes. The combination is great!

Almond mylk is naturally sweet, versatile and alkaline.
Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight (I add half of a vanilla bean to the soak water). The next morning, rinse and drain your almonds and place in a blender with four cups of filtered water.  Blend until ingredients are smooth.  Pour into a strainer to separate the remaining pulp.  You may use the pulp again for a lighter mylk. Place almond mylk back in blender and add a pinch of sea salt, a few dates, and the soaked vanilla bean for flavor.  Blend and serve.
The Real Deal About Cow’s Milk, is that it isn’t good for you!
1. Modern commercial farming involves the heavy use of growth hormones and antibiotics, in order to produce more, supposedly healthier milk.  The problem is that these hormones and antibiotics get into the milk the cows produce, and when we ingest them, they have far-reaching effects on our health, including the possible endocrine and reproductive problems and the development of “super” strains of bacteria that are resistant to the constant low doses of antibiotics they are subject to.
2. More than 60 percent of the human population is either lactose-intolerant (meaning their bodies do no produce the enzyme to digest the main sugar in milk, lactose) or they are allergic to milk. If more than half of us can’t drink milk, it can’t be as necessary to good health as many think it is.
3. Dairy products cause excess mucus production in the body.  Excess mucus production can ultimately affect your digestive and immune systems.
4. Dairy milk really isn’t as nutritionally packed as we are led to believe.  We are all told that we need milk in order to get sufficient amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. But truth be told, this is a marketing scheme, and milk is not a very rich source of these vitamins naturally; it’s generally fortified with them.  And most green vegetables have more calcium than milk!  Eat your veggies and you’ll be just fine. (Cow milk info from Renee Loux, Living Cuisine).
In Love, Life and Laughter!
Michelle

Zucchini Rolls

This recipe is one of our family favorites, packed with delicious flavors and exciting textures. Many people tell me that they cannot eat raw food because its so cooling. It can be if you are eating it right out of the fridge! Pine nuts, basil, nutmeg and garlic are all warming foods, couple that with placing your dish in the dehydrator for a couple of hours or in the oven on a low temperature for 20 minutes, and you still have a raw dish that is warm!
This recipe might be a little labor intensive because it has many different parts and steps but its well worth the time and effort! Let me know how yours turns out!
Zucchini Rolls:
4 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into very thin slices.  Its easiest to use a mandolin slicer.
Ricotta:
2 cups pine nuts or raw cashews or walnuts
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (gives ricotta a more “cheesy” flavor)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons of water (or coconut water or rejuvelac)
Blend until smooth and fluffy.

Pesto:
2 cups packed basil leaves
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked one hour)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 cloves of garlic (or as much as you want to taste)
pepper to taste
Blend in blender until you reach desired
 consistency.
Marinara:
1 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons garlic
1 teaspoon jalapeno
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
2 green olives
1/4 cup shallots or red onion
1/3 cup basil leaves
1/3 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup oregano leaves
1/2 cup strawberries
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup nama shoyu (or tamari for gluten sensitive people)
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine
blend together so that it is still slightly chunky.
To make rolls:
*Pour half of marinara into a 9 by 13 baking dish.
*Lay out zucchini place dallops of ricotta and pesto on zucchini and roll up.
*Place rolls into baking dish and pour other half of marinara on top of rolls.
*Serve at room temperature.
**If you like them slightly warm, place in dehydrator for a couple of hours before you are ready to serve.  If you do not have a dehydrator you may put them in oven on low for about 20-30 minutes.  Enjoy!
This delicious dish has it all in one power packed meal! I absolutely love the pesto, cheese and the marinara in this recipe!
Basil is rich in antioxidants, which help boost immunity.  It’s also an antimicrobial, which fights the germs that can cause colds.
Nutmeg is a “warming spice” that can bring blood from the center of the body to the skin.  This helps disperse the blood more evenly throughout the body, reducing overall pressure.
Since the 1950’s there have been more than 2,700 articles that have been published about the health benefits of garlic, this would include, digestive and respiratory problems, fatigue, bacterial infections, toothache, arthritis, and heart disease.  Wow!  It’s a good thing I enjoy garlic!
Lycopene, although not an essential nutrient for humans, research has shown an inverse correlation between consumption of tomatoes and cancer risk, lycopene has been considered a potential agent for the prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer.
xoxoxxo
Michelle

Bliss Balls

Morgan wanted to make Bliss Balls the other day.  How could I say no?

Ingredients:
1/2 c raw almond butter
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup pine nuts or hep seeds unsoaked
1/4 cup raw carob powder
1 t vanilla or 1 soaked vanilla bean
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t fresh ginger
Morgan and I added 3/4 cup sprouted buckwheats.  Buckwheats are kind of like rice crispies in the balls, and extra yummy! For people who struggle with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance, buckwheat is ideal.  It contains all essential amino acids (eight proteins the body cannot manufacture) in good proportions and B vitamins and is rich in phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium.  Buckwheat also has an alkalizing effect on our body.
Back to how to make Bliss Balls!  Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Form into balls and roll in carob powder or hemp seeds. Its that easy!  (We didn’t roll our balls in anything because we couldn’t wait to eat them) No baking, no dehydrating, no freezing!  Pure bliss!
This recipe is adapted from Gabriel Cousens, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine.
Carob may also contain up to 8% protein and contains vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D.  It is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, as well as iron, manganese, barium, copper, and nickel.  Carob has no oxalic acid, this acid prevents the body from utilizing calcium and zinc.  These minerals are vital to healthy skin.  On a side note the presence of oxalic acid in chocolate may be the reason why many people break out when they eat to much!  And we learn something new every day!
Morgan and I also chose to make our own almond butter because its super easy:
Use raw, unsoaked almonds and grind them up!  Add a little flax or hemp oil until you achieve the consistency you desire add a little salt if you like and enjoy!
Be well!
xoxox
Michelle