Creamy Tahini Dressing

YUM. I just loved this dressing so much I had to share ( you know me I love to share what I love ). I am playing around with a lot of macrobiotics , something about it always calls me back! I was reading through one of my first vegan/Macrobiotic books : “The Kind Life “ by Alicia Silverstone. Yes I know she feeds her kid chewed food but I still love her! Her book is such a gentle and awesome approach to veganism , it helped me a lot through my transition. She points out the eco part of the diet, new veggies that still most vegans don’t eat (like fermented foods, sea veggies and real grains). I found a basic tahini dressing recipe in her book but I thought it needed a kick so eventually I made this . Very nutrient dense, contains a lot of calcium, enzymes, minerals, helps detox, alkalize , & energize. Like always enjoy!<3

Ingredients :

  • 1/3 cup of tahini (raw is best )
  • 1 tbs of ume plum vinegar
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (or a bit more)
  • 1 tbs of nutritional yeast
  • dash of cayenne or chipotle powder
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 tsp of coconut nectar (optional)
  • 1 tbs of gomashio ( I make my own but when in a rush I just use this plus it has sea veggies in it!) ALSO you can either add it on here OR top your salad with it , I personally topped it.
  • about 1/2 cup of water , depends on how thick you want the dressing or on your blender.

Directions : Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away! My salad was dandelion greens, spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and raw pepitas. I topped it with gomashio instead of adding the gomashio to the dressing.

Spirulina Hemp Butter

Hello Loves,

Yes this is a recipe post but let me just give you a quick reminder.  You are beautiful & strong! Whether you are trying to change your habits, get healthy , get fit, if you have fallen off the wagon and want to get right back on remember to embrace all the changes and each step in them! ❤ With that said, let’s get to the recipe!

After flavoring  up my own almond butter (then quickly running out of it) I got the awesome idea to make a light, delicious & nutritious HEMP butter/spread . It is sweet, nutritious and GREEN! ( you all know how much I love my greens!) If you’ve never had Spirulina I suggest you start off with a tiny bit then eventually add more . Coconut nectar . OH MY GOODNESS. One of my new favorite sweeteners! I was introduced to it by my good friend and mentor Chef Siegren Johnson from Tru Cuisine, It is a gluten free, low glycemic (& safe for diabetics) raw sweetener that contains vitamins, minerals , and amino acids! Oh yea and did I mention it’s DELICIOUS? This combination of ingredients is absolutely blissful and guilt free 😉 enjoy with fruit , veggies, granola , or chocolate!

Ingredients:

  • Hemp hearts 1 1/2 cups
  • coconut nectar 1 or 2 tbs
  • Spirulina powder (or capsules, just open them ) 1 tbs
  • Pink Salt – a pinch or two

Directions :  Put the hemp hearts in a food processor and process until they are ground (getting stuck to the sides) , then add the rest of the ingredients. If you have trouble getting it to mix add a few tbs of water (or coconut oil )

Also Makes  a Great to Go Snack!

Bananaless Creamy Green Smoothie

Ok so I am a HUGE banana fan, especially when it comes to my smoothies. I put frozen bananas on almost all of them because of the creamy texture it gives them. I did however start to notice that there’s weirdly a lot of people who hate bananas ( 😦 ) or are allergic to them. So here’s a great way to add some creaminess to your green smoothie! Enjoy loves ❤

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Ingredients:
-about 6 frozen strawberries (if they’re medium)

– half a medium or large avocado if it’s small, use the whole thing.

-5 soaked dates. ( I put mine to soak at night so when I woke up to make my smoothie they were ready to go) I also used the water I soaked them in and dumped it all in the blender (should be 1/2 a cup)

-1/2 cup of almond milk or more if needed

-1 large handful of spinach

-2 tbs of chia seeds

* Blend away ❤

 

PS: NEVER JUDGE A SMOOTHIE BY ITS COLOR!

Ras’N’berries Ice Cream..with Chocolate!

YUM! I know it looks so good! It’s actually quite delicious. I have noticed how awesome raspberries are when you pair them with Chocolate! My cousin Leila and I made this just to try it out and it turned out great!  Enjoy! 

Ice Cream:

  • 1 pint of frozen raspberries (2 cups)
  • 1 frozen banana ( optional just for cream texture, without it, it’ll be an awesome sorbet! )
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbs of xylitol or sweetener of your choice (stevia, agave, raw honey, etc)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut water (or alternative dairy milk)

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a food processor, process until you get a smooth texture!

Leila’s Sweet Fudge :

  • 3 tbs of coconut oil
  • 3 tbs of cacao powder
  • 2 tbs of raw agave or syrup like sweetener of your choice

Directions: Mix all in a small bowl and pour over the ice cream, if it’s too thick just heat up the coconut oil 🙂

Other:

  • raw chopped walnuts

Directions: Top the ice cream with it!

Healthy Blossom Salad

Yes, another one of my favorites. It’s  sweet, tangy, fruity, green, and sexy. Very girly but it is amazing! I still haven’t met someone who hasn’t liked it . Perfect for the summer & a staple during my Go Green Cleanse . So, I decided to share the recipe with you all , here it is :

Ingredients :

  • Spinach
  • Spring Mix
  • Strawberries (4)
  • Orange (1)
  • Umeboshi Plum vinegar (1 tsp)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 tsp)
  • coconut oil (1 tsp)
  • lemon (half )
  • Dulse flakes (1 tbs)
  • pink salt to taste (optional)

* slice or dice the strawberries, peel and dice the orange. Mix all ingredients, be grateful for it and enjoy!<3

Detoxifying Fruity Tea

I seriously discovered this amazing blend 5 minutes ago. This has so far my FAVORITE Yogi tea ! I have had 3 different flavors of their detox formula (non that I liked enough to have with some dairy free milk) . I have been drinking it like crazy lately but today is cloudy, I have been in my kitchen all morning and figured I finally had a warm creamy tea. I added some unsweetened almond milk ( I usually make my own but this brand or Fresh& Easy brand are my personal favorites) & some raw honey ( use a sweetener that won’t change the taste much like xylitol or stevia) .

WOAH, It tasted like Fruit Loops(yes the cereal!) Maybe it’s just my taste buds but I promise it is delicious! It reminded me of that cereal so much I needed some crunch in it so I added some white chia seeds to it .

mmm… so good. Well enjoy loves ❤ off to make another one! xo

Inner goddess: 1 – Ego: 0, take that Manniquin!

So I took a beach trip last weekend. I was so excited and ready to go when all of a sudden I realized ..Oh God, I haven’t gone bathing suit shopping in two years. That meant having to figure out what size I am now. Two years of working on my health, trying new foods and working out in different ways. I was scared. Scared that even tho I loved my relaxed yoga workouts, light weighs every other day , green smoothies and vegan burgers they were not working for me . I went into the store and saw nothing but skinny, well toned mannequins. sigh. I managed to find some cute suits and went into the fitting room…DUN DUN DUN. (dramatic music ).  I tried on the first one, EEK my boobs are too small for this and my skin color is too dark for the color. Next bathing suit, the bottom part didn’t even make it half way up my thighs.argggh! stretch marks on my butt and thighs. NEXT!. “I have NO waist!” . I stopped before even trying on the next one. The music in there was annoying me (Rihanna party music), the lights in the fitting room were waaay to bright. sigh. Inhale, looked in the mirror without looking at my body, I looked into my eyes, I am beautiful, there was the truth. My body is beautiful I have never been this strong, this glowing, in my eyes I saw that inner goddess, I saw the love that I have found over the two years. It was such a long journey that took me so much to get there, I will never let anyone ever take that from me why would I do that to myself?” took another inhale, and exhale. I worked two years, discovering myself, healing, learning, transformed my health . If anything I feel better than ever and LOVE my body! Why I am I going to let a stupid bathing suit that’s meant to fit fake plastic people take all that away from me?? I start laughing and feel silly for judging myself. I go out there to take a second look, when I come back to the fitting room I try on a couple more and found a good one that I loved ( the colors and shape!) . Perfect.

It’s amazing what a change in attitude and awareness can do but more amazing how fast we can let our true self go over materialistic stuff. Next time ( IF you have a freak out moment like me) think: is this really worth it? Is this worth putting myself down and finding flaws in me? the answer should be NO! NOTHING is worth losing yourself, nothing is worth putting yourself down, and letting go of that love that took you a journey to get to. Love yourself stretch marks and all. Malls and stores can be a pretty scary place to be at when you have all these things and people to compare yourself to. IGNORE it. When I was on my trip I didn’t care who was looking at me, how well the suit fit me, all I was focused on was how good that sand felt between my toes, how amazing the sun and the breeze felt on my skin. I was grateful for it all and grateful that my inner goddess is always there to pull me up whenever my ego takes over ❤

Beautiful Changes

 I feel its been forever since I last blogged.So many amazing things are happening in my life and I mean ACTUALLY  happening! Ever since I stepped my foot down and decided that I was going to make things happen and follow my heart 110% of the way,  my reality completely shifted. I keep meeting amazing people, I am attracting what I need, magical things are happening in my life , and yes I say magical because it really is like magic! So, I am here thinking when did all these things start happening for me? Where did this all come from?  It’s so amazing to me that I have been having the best days of my life, attracting things I never thought possible and I am so very grateful for it all. When I think about it, it really did start happening since my last personal blog. When I seriously decided that I was going to break the cycle that I was in, when I decided that enough was enough , that I NEEDED to make things happen and armed with the knowledge of what I wanted to do- I decided I was going to go out there with no limitations,  no whining, without being a victim. I wanted to wake up every morning feeling this is what I am meant to do and keep moving towards that amazing bright energy. Ever since then, my life has been magical. The signs I have been receiving, the people I have been meeting, the way I have been feeling , all of it. My friends, it is true what they say, (they’re not just some cheesy quotes that you keep seeing) it is simple: You DO create your reality, YOU attract what you truly want , YOU are the creator of your life and destiny. You can’t just sit and wait there for things to get better, you must get out there and do it yourself! If nothing happens the first day or month DON’T give up! Learn from your falls, if it doesn’t work one way try another but don’t ever give up on your dreams and heart.

 ” Every step is an accomplishment, Every fall is a lesson, either way I am improving “

So, here are 3 things that I have learned recently that I just felt I need to share with you all. These three things can either save you pain or help you stay inspired and make things happen for you because it sure helped me! ❤

    “Be honest with yourself and you will be honest with the world “

We are sometimes in situations where we think it’s okay to lie or not stand up for ourselves. We sweep things under the rug and say  “ it will get better or it will change”. We ignore the HUGE deep feeling in our heart and gut that is telling us to do the opposite. That, my friends, is not being honest with yourself. This leads to regrets, to pain, to hurting other people. The moment you decide to be honest with yourself and with what you are truly feeling about a certain situation,  you can be honest with others and say  “You know what? thit is not okay with me ”. You save yourself pain for later. There is no reason why we should be out there lying to ourselves and each other that just leads to a life full of heartache and pain. So start now and ask yourself  ”Do I really want this career or am I doing it just to make my parents proud?”, “Do I honestly want to get back with that person?”, “Do I honestly want that job?”

      “You are really not alone!”

After everything I have learned,  the experiences I’ve had, and well, pretty much living life a different way- I started paying attention to how I felt around certain people and things. I feel SO out-of-place when I am out with people my age. When do I happen to go out to a party, I’m usually surrounded by people who only have 3 things in their minds : drugs, sex, and partying. SO not my thing. I look at people in a very crazy way when I see them chugging down a monster energy drink, with a shot of god knows what type of alcohol, followed by a can of beer.  “Do they have ANY idea what that’s doing to their kidneys and PH level?!” ( yes I actually do think that lol ). I am still sometimes called a grandma just because I like to get my 8 hours of sleep, work out, and eat healthy. So, for a long while I isolated myself from the “normal real world”. I stuck to book stores, hung out at health food stores, the mountains, my room, my kitchen and the internet. If I hung out with people, it would be my health coach classmates or lunch with my older friends. Not that I mind, (I still don’t mind and they know I love them dearly and I always have fun with them) but, you know, I am 20.  I should be out there socializing, still relaxing sometimes, having fun and maybe open a few minds at the same time.. I still felt alone sometimes, I still sometimes wanted to, you know, connect more with my peers, have fun and  balance both worlds out. Eventually, I started meeting people my age that were actually cool. They weren’t into health and healing, but in a way our energies were the same. This was when I knew it wasn’t about meeting and surrounding yourself with people who are doing exactly what you are doing, but meeting different people doing different things and still wanting to do one thing- bettering the world. Some may do marketing, others help people heal through food, some help you find your dream job and passion, while others help you grow a successful business with love. It’s about being part of a community. A community that is going to help our world become a better place one project at a time and in different ways. You are never truly alone.  There are people out there on the same plane as you are. You just have to truly open your mind and heart to it. We often think that it is better to not be out there in the real world that we live in so we don’t have to deal with “normal” or typical people, but the truth is, that is exactly what we need to be doing. Getting out there, touching lives, opening minds, and sharing the light that we want to share!

Remember blossoming souls, there are always others out there on a jouney too, remember to stay true to your self, follow your heart, keep reaching for your dreams and for what calls you. Things will come your way to etiher teach you a lesson, help you grow, or enlighten your path ❤

H2O & Fruit

So we all know how important it is for us to be drinking water. We are made up of 70% water , it cleanses our systems, curves our cravings, helps us with our weight, gives us sexy plumpy lips, etc . I am sure I don’t have to go over all that stuff ! You know you have to be drinking a lot more water in the summer especially if you live in very hot climate like I do.

The problem is people get “bored” with water , or forget to drink.

SO, like always, I try to make drinking water fun and delicious! No need for those Gatorade and vitamin waters that are FULL of S***! Seriously do you even know what’s in those things? Nothing but artificial colors , flavors, and sweeteners that target belly fat! Don’t fall for those “10 for $10 ” sales !
With those $10 you can get some organic blueberries, strawberries, a mint plant for our kitchen & some lemons!

So here’s an easy and delicious way to drink fresh fruity water .

Fruity H2O :

– You can add what ever you want! Blueberries , strawberries, pineapple mango, slices of lemons, oranges, basil leaf, anything! Mix and match!

– For fresher Taste you can FREEZE chunks of fruit like strawberries in half!

– You have to let it sit for a few minutes for it to get the taste! I use glass containers and leave them over night in my fridge so they’re ready to go in the morning when I rush out of the house.

– if you truly want a sweeter taste add a bit of Xylitol sugar, raw honey, or stevia.

My favorites:

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  • orange slices
  • mint leafs
  • apple cider vinegar (1 tsp or less depending on your taste)
  • ice
  • Pineapple chuncks (frozen)
  • lemon slices
  • Lemon slices
  • Blueberries

yup those 3 are my favorite! Play around with them ! I do use lemons A LOT they are very alkalizing , give you energy , and have lots of good enzymes!

Happy Summer!

Ana ❤