When doing a short-term cleanse or special diet, or even in making life-long choices toward healthier eating, it’s always tempting to focus on what you may not have rather than the array of delightful options that you may eat.
Part of it is habit. We are so used to eating that pastry at breakfast, or the chocolate bar in the afternoon, or the deli meat & cheese sandwich for lunch, that we can’t imagine anything else that might satisfy our cravings!
I knew from experience that the day I started this 31 day cleanse and challenge to a healthier life, all the fabulous recipes I had been reading about and looking forward to making & eating would suddenly flee from my mind. So, I made a list! And yes, just like predicted, the great ideas fled as I faced day number one (yesterday). But, list to the rescue!
Here are a couple of recipes I hope you will enjoy. And I will try to post several more each week this month!
First I have to say that I am just *loving* the new book and DVD series by Shoshanna Pearl Easling called Making Babies. The cookbook is a work of art and the DVDs are the perfect compliment to inspire you in the kitchen and teach you about herbs. Now I know the title might put some of you off since you are not in the “baby making” years of your life, but really, if you have any desire to learn some about herbs, delcious & healthy foods, I’m sure you would enjoy this series as well.
The following two recipes are from the book, Making Babies.
2 T. orange juice concentrate
1/8 cup banana (about 3 pieces)
1/4 cup papaya, cubed
1/4 cup mango, cubed
1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
1 kale leaf
5 strawberries (optional)
1/2 tsp. Herba-Smoothie mix found at Bulk Herb Store (optional)
Fruit can be frozen or fresh. If fruit is frozen you can omit the ice and add more coconut water.
1. In a blender combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! Serves 1-2
**I omitted the strawberries & ice, and used the mixed frozen berries from Costco instead of blueberries.
I also used about 1/2 cup of coconut milk in addition to the coconut water to add a bit of creaminess. Delicious!**
Chewy Chocolate Bars
1 cup almond butter
3 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup raw honey
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup almond flour (optional)
Place all ingredients in a food processor or bread machine and blend until combined.
In a shallow baking dish, spread mixture evenly to desired thickness.
Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.
Cut into bars and serve.
**I didn’t add the almond flour. I think it would have made my bars too dry because they were perfect as they were.
I used my hand-mixer to mix them and it worked well. These could easily be made into “balls” similar to fiber balls.
Mmm, these are so-o-o good!**
Our dinner last night consisted of this:
Tilapia on a Bed of Herban Rice with Asparagus!
The sun was quickly fading, so the picture doesn’t look so great,
but, again, delicious inspiration from the Making Babies book.
See, I told you I was in love with my new cookbook!
and this for dessert . . .
**I used pecans because it’s what I have on hand, and I used less apples than the recipe, therefore giving more “filling” to each apples, which I liked. Other than that I made them exactly like the recipe and they were great! Husband & kids drizzled a little maple syrup on top for added sweetness, but I had mine with only the dates for sweetness. Nice!**
Gotta go. Enjoy your day!