13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day BODY BOOST! {day nine}

Today is DAY 9 of #kristiesbodyboost and you know what that means…It’s time to celebrate!  Chocolate anyone? 

The beauty about this program is that you never feel deprived. Having the recipes to make a delicious raw dessert is a huge key to staying on track.  Today, let us have donuts!  Yes, thats right, DONUTS! 

Heres a fun video showing you how to make raw donut holes that are healthy and energizing! Note: this video was done for a school program that is helping kids get more active and eat better. 🙂 

CHOCOLATE DONUT HOLES:


 

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups raw walnuts

1 cup packed Medjool Dates

1/3 cup RAW Cocoa Powder

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 TBS water, if needed

In a food processor, combine the walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt and process until the mixture sticks to together. It should look like a big ball of cookie dough. Roll into little balls and chill.  You can decorate the balls by rolling them into chopped walnuts, raw cocoa, or shredded coconut.

Your exercise for today:

Recipe options:

Cantaloupe Juice

Green Banana Cream

Kale Avocado Salad

Avocado Cucumber Soup

Brussels Sprouts

Raweos

RAW TIP! 

Be balanced.

This goes for both the mind and body. In regards to a balanced mind, do not attempt a raw diet if it makes you unhappy, stressed, or tired. Feed your mind, soul and heart with your plant-based foods so that you may become more satisfied and whole. If the case is that it in fact does the opposite, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean raw is too hard for you, it simply means it’s not for you. Do not neglect your mental well being and peace of mind, for it’s just as hungry for nourishment as the belly. In order to have a balanced body, make sure you are consuming enough protein, carbohydrates and fats. Fruits and vegetables will provide most of your carbohydrates, while nuts, seeds, coconut and avocados can give you efficient fat fuel. Lastly, while protein exists in many raw plants, as well as nuts and seeds, be aware of deriving enough. Trying to eat low-cal on a raw food diet is often a recipe for disaster when it comes to your metabolism. As an added bonus, however, the enzymes in raw foods will enable your body to process and use protein even more effectively.

13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day BODY BOOST! {day seven}

Welcome to DAY 7! We are ONE WEEK into this program and everyone is doing fantastic!

Are you having a hard time getting your greens in? Then please read on……

When I first began this way of living over 15 years ago, I discovered that all these “RAW FOODIES” were drinking something called “Green Smoothies”. Because I was new to this way of living I decided to give it a whirl and though my smoothie was definitely green…it tasted like grass clippings to me.  I’ve come along way since then and today enjoy making Green Smoothies daily.  The difference today is knowing how to combine the right foods to create something delicious and nutritious. 

Why a green smoothie? Greens are rich in nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes, and when blended into a green smoothie, these greens are easily digested.  Greens aid in cleansing and healing  the body, they boost your immune system, and because they are rich in nutrients, you will feel less hungry and more satisfied helping you to lose weight, have fewer cravings, and feel healthier and happier. 

Check out this Happy Shake that is sure to please everyone!

In your Vitamix:

1/2 cup water

4 cups spinach

1 TBS coconut oil

1 TBS Maca Power

2 TBS RAW Cocoa Power

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup frozen cherries

1/2 cup frozen banana, slice before freezing

Blend the first 5 ingredients until smooth

add the fruit and blend again. 🙂 

Be prepared to have feelings of pure joy and happiness! 

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Beet Apple Carrot Juice

Strawberry Shortcake

Arugula Salad

Creamy Vegetable Soup

Pecan Pie Bites

RAW TIP! 

Focus on what you can have, not what you can’t.

One of the most challenging hurdles most new raw foodies must overcome is the glaring and intimidating list of “no-no” foods. Most restaurant meals are cooked, unless you ask otherwise, and they generally come smothered in processed oils or sauces certain to not be raw-approved, and therefore might come as an obstacle for dinner outings with friends. There’s no rules about how raw one has to be to derive benefits. If you want to stick with the raw diet 100% ask the waiter if he can provide you with a large raw salad with oil and lemon, or another modification of something on the menu. Better yet, call ahead to the restaurant to see how they can accommodate you in a tastier way. Ultimately – embrace your choices and your options. Be willing to make it work in your favor and don’t get caught off-guard. 

13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day BODY BOOST! {day eight}

Congratulations on making it to day 8 of #kristies21daybodyboost! Today I’d like to share a delicious juice that will give you lasting energy, that tastes amazing, and is super good for you.  This one is called the REPLENISHER and is highly concentrated with nutrients that are able to enter the bloodstream quickly. 

Replace your morning cup of joe or that energy drink with this for one week and watch your energy increase and your skin glow!

THE REPLENISHER

In a Breville Juice:

2 cucumbers

3 celery stalks

2 green apples

1 handful parsley

1-5 huge kale leaves

1 kiwifruit

1 lime

1 small chunk of ginger

1/2 jalapeno (optional)

Juice and drink! 🙂
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Your Exercise for today! 🙂

Additional Recipes! 

Beet Beautiful

Beet Walnut Goat Cheese SaladCorn Chowder

Baby Spinach Portabello Mushroom Salad

 

For dessert have a banana with raw almond butter. 🙂

 

RAW TIP! 

Equip your “un-cooking” kitchen.

If you want to keep your meals tasty and creative, you will want to learn the ropes of  “uncooking”. You can make juices and smoothies at any time of the day for a quick nutrient-rich snack, but one cannot live on fruit juice alone. Like any new culinary enterprise, there are tools for the job. And no chef would be worth his salt if he showed up without his prized knives. Likewise, even for the raw food kitchen, there are some key instruments worthy of including to make the experience easier and provides the most options for creating new dishes:

  • a dehydrator: this is going to be your oven, it magically concentrates flavor and provides the best method of altering textures for a “cooked” taste.
  • a spiralizer: this can turn any vegetable or tuber into a huge bowl of noodles.
  • a food processor: this takes the place of many saucepans, but it’s a great way to combine ingredients into sauces and “creams”
  • a blender:  while this may seem redundant with a food processor on the counter nearby, blenders are the king of smoothies, and smooth velvety purées
  • a juicer: green juice is a powerful way to start the day

The most important thing to equip your raw kitchen with however, are all manners of good foods. Make sure to use spices and fresh herbs in your tasty dishes. Don’t be afraid to experiment – this is part of the fun of becoming a gourmet raw foodie. There’s an incredible abundance of raw food recipes and un-cook books to spark up your heat-free kitchen and provide delicious and satisfying options, for you will, no doubt, come to discover that “un-cooking” your dinner is quite unlike any other cuisine.

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