Vegan Caesar Dressing

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I am not a Vegan but I do know that many vegan recipes will leave out the crap, and by crap I mean dairy.   This recipe is great with traditional romaine lettuce or by doing a kale Caesar salad. 

1 Avocado 

1/4 cup water 

4 cloves of garlic minced/chopped 

1 tablespoon of dijon mustard 

2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast 

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 

1/2 lemon juiced

1/4 tsp sea salt pepper to taste

Throw in vitamix or blender until smooth. You can also add this all to a food processor and get the same results.  

Add to finely chopped romaine for a healthy Caesar Salad

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*photo courtesy of pinterest. 

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup. 

Tonights facebook live is a recipe i have had in all of my cleanses.  It is great for super cold days like today and also great when you need a sweet comfort food, so to speak. 

Most of the work comes from prepping the squash. You can now buy the squash already prepped if you are in a pinch in most grocery stores. You may pay a little more but it is worth the time if you don't have it to spare. 

cut both ends off and slice down the middle, remove seeds. 

cut both ends off and slice down the middle, remove seeds. 

Remove shin on both pieces.

Remove shin on both pieces.

Once this work is taken care of the rest is pretty easy sailing. 

Recipe:

1 pound peeled butternut squash, cut into chunks

1 medium onion, sliced 

 red apple cut into chunks  

1 1/2 cups of veggie broth

1 tsp sea salt  

Pumpkin spice or cinnamon, cloves, or even Italian herbs or dill · 

1/2 cup of canned coconut milk 

option of honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar for a sweeter version. 

Stick all the ingredients into a high speed blender except milk and herbs. Blend on high for 10 min ( if you want it hot and steamy) then mix in milk and herbs when done.  Play with your flavors and spices to get it exactly where you want it.  If you are choosing to keep it raw, you will need to blend it for a good amount of time in your vitamix to get it warm and creamy.   Enjoy! 

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Spirulina, and why you should be eating it.

It's hard when changing lifestyles and including all kinds of new foods.  What are the most important things to take daily? Where can I buy them, can I afford them?  

When I started eating superfoods I wanted them all.   I was excited and overwhelmed by the amount of nutrition and healing powder in these foods. 

There are great places online but I found it was hard for me to remember to order and I would be with out.  I chose a few that were easy to get that I would have daily.  Spirulina is one of them.  

Spirulina is a sea vegetable or known as  blue green algae.  It is packed with all kinds of nutrients and minerals.   Loaded with B12 and two grams of protein per teaspoon.  In packs more protein per gram than beef chicken or fish! Spirulina's protein is 80-90% digestible and contains no cellulose so its aminos are almost instantly absorbed, which is pretty amazing. 

Now I have talked about how important chlorophyll is in your diet. It is amazing for your gut and also for cleansing the blood.   Spirulina carries 10 times more chlorophyll than basic salad greens. 

Spirulina also carries a blue pigment that is hard to see, this pigment is phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is what allows sprirulina to aid the body in heavy metal and radiation removal.   It boosts your immune system and is anti viral. 

You can find Spirulina in pill or powder form. I prefer my clients to take the powder. It can be blended into drinks, smoothies or added into my fav homemade raw chocolate.  You can sprinkle in on top of salads or add it into a homemade salad dressing.  Whatever way you can get it in your body!     Below I have included an amazon link to a brand I find to be high quality.  

Let me know if you start using it! 

A Plant Based Diet

I often get asked how I eat.  I refrain from going into large details about my eating because I do not want others to think they have to eat just like me to be successful. I eat based on my needs and goals and it has, so far been working. I do fine tune here and there and have the periods of time I get off track just like others. 

I refer to myself as Paleo-Vegan. Which if you know either of those “diets” its a bit of a contradiction to say that.  I eat very little meat, consume ghee and collagen, but also eat a whole lot of veggies and healthy fats.  I do have an internal struggle with flesh animals and eating them. I do not enjoy preparing them. I drink bone broth but do not make it myself because the bones gross me out.  I always choose quality or local but still on occasion, think deeper about the animal and that I am eating an animal and it grosses me out.  I also enjoy honey and bee pollen which is not consumed by most vegans.  

I grew up on a farm in Indiana and my parents still raise sheep. We would eat lamb on many occasions and it was always on the table on holidays.  I knew, yet really didn’t make the connection, that the lamb I might have showed for 4-H was the lamb on my plate.  I think that is how we become de-synthesized and able to consume so much meat as a culture. We do not make the connection.  It has often been said that we can be fine killing a cow but no way we would think about eating our dog.  Why is that?   

Now I am not here to convince you to be vegan or vegetarian. But I do want to manipulate you into eating more plants, superfoods, and herbs. :)    Being plant based means that bulk of your diet are plants.   Veggies, legumes, fruits, and anything that is grown on the earth.  Do you currently fall into this category?    

I will often say I could be Vegan and eat potato chips with every meal. I would not be eating  animal products.  Would that be healthy? No way!   Now, a plant based vegan says a lot. It is saying you are getting tons of plants, vitamins and minerals (hopefully).  

There is always an exception based on goals and health concerns.  Those are things I evaluate when guiding a client on their eating style.  Our eating might evolve as our health does.   Bottom line, you will not get “sicker” eating plants.  

Are you a plant based eater?