Flax Crackers

Say hello to my new addiction. Flax crackers! They really hit the spot when you need something hearty to munch on. Nutty and delicious.

Flax Crackers

1 1/2 cups ground flax seed

1 cup water

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder or high speed blender until it is a meal consistency. This should only take about a minute.

The flax seeds should look like this after they are ground.

Next, mix in salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Then mix in water.  The flax seed mixture will become gelatinous and will be able to keep it’s shape. Place mixture onto a telflex sheet (or silicone sheet in my case).

Spread mixture evenly across sheet with a rubber spatula.

Once it is evenly spread out, take the edge of the spatula and run it through the mixture to create cracker sized pieces.

It should look like this.

Pop this in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 12 hours, then flip the crackers over and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours until they are crispy. I prefer to keep them soft in the center so I only dehydrate them for 4 hours on the second side.

I am addicted to them topped with this fantastic Macadamia Cheese Recipe, compliments of the great Karen Knowler. Another suggestion is to spread mashed avocados on them., but I haven’t been able to get past the cheese recipe.

Becoming Grounded

One of the things I have notice is the need for being grounded and connected to the earth. It’s a common saying “staying grounded” or “that person is grounded” or something similar. But what exactly does that mean? It means being level headed and coming from a centered, peaceful, clear place in your head. How can you get there if you are not naturally like that? Glad you asked.

1. Take off your shoes! Walking around barefoot is the fastest and most effective way to ground yourself. By taking off your shoes you allow your feet to feel all the different textures that surround your life. Your feet are just as sensitive as the palms of your hands. Try it and notice how the world around you seems to instantly come alive, giving you a richer experience of your surroundings and life.

2. Take a shower or bath, go swimming or even skinny dipping. Just get into some water. Water is a natural grounding agent and even though you may not be outside, the pipes from the shower or bath run into the ground, which makes the grounding experience possible. Ever wonder why you get the best ideas in the shower? This is why. You are grounded during that time!

3. Take a walk in nature. Nothing clear our minds better than just taking a walk (barefoot would be even better). This allows fresh air to circulate through you, which clears your thoughts and really gets the creative juices flowing. Again, some of your best ideas and even clarity can happen during a walk through nature.

These are just a few easy, yet very effective ways to ground yourself and become more centered and connected. By doing these things daily, peace of mind, body and soul happens and so does deep happiness and joy. My hoes for you is that getting back to basics and becoming grounded is possible in your life. Enjoy the ride.

Coco-Nutty Bananas

I came up with this one night when I was craving something sweet. It’s easy, simple and totally hits the spot.

1 Banana
1Tbsp. Almond butter (or organic natural peanut butter)
2 tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Chocolate sauce (recipe below)

Mix almond butter and honey in the bottom of a small bowl and spread to coat bottom of the bowl. Slice the banana and place slices on top of the almond butter mixture. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and enjoy.

Chocolate Sauce
1 Tbsp. Unsweetened baking Cocoa
1 tsp. Agave nectar (or a bit more to taste)
1 tsp. Water

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Green Smoothie Article for Super Raw Life

Hi Everybody!

I wanted to let you all know that I LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES!!! Wait, you already knew that. My bad. But I still want to share their goodness with the world. I was privileged to have the opportunity to write another article for Super Raw Life Magazine and did it on green smoothies. Surprised? To read the full magazine please click on the picture below to have direct access to the magazine. If you like what you see, please go to http://www.superrawlife.com/ and sign up to have free access to all of the previous beautiful versions of this amazing and inspiring publication.

There really is something in here for everyone from fitness fanatics, health nuts, casual browsers or someone who just wants some new and amazing recipes. Enjoy!

 

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Giving Blood

Confession: I am a needlephob. So, when I saw flyers around the office this morning advertising blood donations, my first reaction is to take my usual stance of rejection because I despise needles that much. But after thinking about it for a while (and the nudge of a friend who needed moral support) I decided to do it. Why? Not for the free t-shirt (even though it’s cool) or the free zoo passes (bonus for the kids) or even the satisfaction of selflessly giving something of myself to someone who needs it (Ok, maybe a little of that) but because I wanted to have the free blood work results. You see, since I have started on this raw food journey I have not had any kind of blood work done. The normal things relating to the body and the changes that I have experienced fascinate me.

The first things they do for you is to check your blood pressure. Normal.

Second thing they do is check your body temperature. Spot on at 98.6.

Third thing they check is your pulse. 65. Whatever that means.

Even asked about my iron levels. Normal! Hehe.

The other fear I have had with donating blood besides the whole needle issue is the possibility of becoming lightheaded and even fainting after it’s all said and done. I have never fainted and didn’t want to start. I am happy to report that I have had neither incident happen thus far.

However I have noticed an increase in appetite. I must go eat something. Maybe it’s time for some raw brownie balls.

Seasonal Eating

Hi Everybody!

I went to the Farmer’s Market this past weekend and found some great delicious treats such as fresh peaches, home grown tomatoes, several different varieties of watermelon, cantaloupe that are bursting with flavor and a new find being the Irish melon. It’s so important to eat what is in season.

I made a video to show you all what the Irish melon looks like and to talk a little about why we all need to eat with the seasons.  Enjoy!

Avocado & Tomato Salad Topper

This is a great robust salad topper that is juicy enough to not need an additional salad dressing. During summer time it’s best to use tomatoes that are homegrown or from the local farmer’s market. They are more flavorful and are packed with a ton more vitamins.  The taste between store bought and home/locally grown is like day and night.

Avocado & Tomato Salad Topper

2 large Tomatoes, chopped into bite sized chunks

1 large Avocado, chopped into bite sized chunks

2 Tbsp. raw Sunflower Seeds

1Tbsp. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Curry Powder

Pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and eat alone or as a salad topper. The choice is yours. Enjoy!

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