Gluten-Free, Green Power Pancakes

Gluten-Free, Green Power Pancake Recipe

I am not above coloring all my food green in honor of March and Saint Patrick’s Day!

These pancakes are packed with protein and are a great way to get up and go in the morning! I usually make a double batch and freeze them for the week ahead, quickly reheating them in the toaster oven (or microwave) for a quick nutrition packed breakfast on-the-go.



Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Power Seed Mix (Such as Ruth’s Chia Goodness)pancake

1 Tsp Of Green Powder (Like Philosophie’s Green Dream)

1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Cinnamon

Gluten Free Pancake Mix (Such as Pamela’s)



Simply follow the recipe on back on the back of the pancake mix adding the additional ingredients above. I also add nuts and 1/4 cup of whatever fruit I am craving and I sub refined Coconut Oil, such as Spectrum Organics in lieu of vegetable oil.

Beth’s Immunity Tea

This is one of my new tactics against my annual sinus infections.

Go to your health food store and buy a small amount of each: cardamom, cinnamon stick, ginger root, turmeric root, black pepper, orange peel, cloves, astralagus root, ashwagandha, juniper berries and a box of rooibus tea for taste. Put about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of each in a tea ball or straight in a pot. Simmer 15-20 minutes – sip and enjoy taking care of your immune system this season.

EASY <3

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Power Seed Cereal

 

This is a fast and easy breakfast I eat on the run before my morning classes. The chia seeds give the body sustained energy, and the hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein.

I make a mix of the following seeds ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge. I buy all the seeds from the bulk section which you can find at any WholeFoods or health food store. Basically, I add 1/4cup of the seed mix to Greek Yogurt or instant oatmeal and usually add nuts and berries to make it a full bowl. Its SO EASY AND GOOD.

 

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Power Seed Mix:

2 Cups Chia Seeds
2 Cups Hemp Seeds
1 Cup Buckwheat Groats
1 Cup Ground Flax Seeds

 

You may notice that in the photo there is a second jar. The smaller ball jar pictured contains the flax seed. I grind the flax seeds in an old coffee grinder because the body can absorb more nutrition from the flax seeds when they are ground. The reason I keep them separate from the rest of the mix is that flax seeds will go rancid quickly once ground. Click here for more on storing and using seeds.

 

When I add the mix to oatmeal I usually add a little more water to the oatmeal, as chia seeds are hydrophilic and will absorb some of the water. You can use quick oats or traditional oatmeal, whatever method you prefer.

That is pretty much it! It is easy, delicious and a great start to your morning.

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Raw, Vegan, Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles

Before taking a raw “cooking” course, I had this perception that preparing raw food would be difficult, timely or tedious. Turns out, it is totally fast and easy (just think, there is only prep time, no COOKING time!).

I remember it was about a year ago that a client gave me the book The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. Although I had every confidence in the healthy benefits of raw food, and was very interested in it, I just couldn’t find my way toward preparation of any of the recipes.

Thank Goodness the wheels of progress turn, and everything happens as it is supposed to, because now after three easy days with the guidance of a Raw Food Teacher, I am preparing raw meals each day, and experimenting with new fun variations.

My first experimentation was with raw chocolates. Earlier in the week my husband had purchased a chocolate bar with almonds and sea salt. This flavor combination may sound strange, but the sea salt paired with the almonds is a convergent taste bud delight! I decided that this combination would be delicious with the dark flavor of the raw cacao truffles, so: voila!!!

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Raw, Vegan, Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles

Here is how it is done:

(Base recipe care of Grace Van Berkum)

Ingredients:

(All ingredients can be found at your local health food store, and when possible smaller amounts can be bought in the bulk section to save money)

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1/2 cup raw organic almonds

1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder

1 Teaspoon raw organic coconut oil or coconut butter (the butter has more flesh, so you may have to use more)

1&1/2 Tbsp (or more to taste) raw organic sweeter: honey, agave, maple syrup etc.

2 Tbsp warm purified water

1/4 Teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

OPTIONAL:

I also added 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon flax, and some of my favorite greens powder.

Directions:

-In a food processor or bullet chopper, chop raw almonds to desired size.

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-In a bowl or food processor combine all other items EXCEPT sea salt and almonds. Coconut butter or oil may need to be heated or left in the sun for a moment to warm.

-Combine almonds and chocolate mix

-Powder hands with some extra cacao powder and roll mixture into little balls (makes about 12, for more simply double the recipe)

-Lightly sprinkle sea salt (and/or additional greens powder) on to top of truffle

-Store in fridge or freezer until hardened

Optional:

-Before cooling, try rolling the balls in coconut, sesame seeds, grated orange rind, finely chopped almonds, stick in one large almond, or try anything else that sounds good!

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Why Raw Chocolate?

All the great benefits of chocolate are mostly cooked and processed out by the time you buy a chocolate bar at the store. Here are just some benefits:

Serotonin!

Antioxidants: (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin)

Iron

Magnesium (Great for PMS!)

Phenethylamine (PEA: the LOVE neurotransmitter)

Omega 6 fatty acids

Tryptophan

And Much More!

Raw Abundance

I just got back from a blissful trip to the Bahamas where I visited the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and took a course on raw food preparation. We prepared many beautiful recipes, learned the power of raw super foods, how the enzymes in raw food bless your body, and explored raw food techniques such as sprouting.

Sprouted Mung Beans

I will be writing more posts soon documenting my adventures in sprouting, dehydrating, processing and assembling, and I can’t wait to bring some of my creations to class to share <3.

Like these Raw Chocolate Power Balls:

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And everyone loves raw banana pudding (even The Gods):

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My Teacher Grace Van Berkum making raw applesauce. Check out her website for more info on class offerings and retreats: http://www.gracevanberkum.com/

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A wonderful and blessed experience!!!! <3 <3 <3

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Water, water, everywhere, but how much do I drink?

As I continually strive, and fail, to give up caffeine, I have made a mini-goal to at least hydrate properly. I did some quick research about exactly how much water I should be drinking and found that the general consensus is, we should be taking in about 64oz of fluids a day, water being the ideal fluid. A trick to help you drink this much water is is known to many as the 8×8 rule: Drink an 8oz glass of water eight times a day for optimal hydration.

According to the Mayo Clinic website:

“The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 oz) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace your lost fluids”

In the book “The Chakra Energy Plan” by Anna Selby, the following schedule is suggested as you practice the 8×8 rule:

7:00 am

Your body loses water during the night, so drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up. This will also help detoxify your kidneys and liver. Wait at least ½ hour to eat after drinking.

9:00 am

Drink your second glass of water. If you travel a long distance to work, bike, walk, or have a hot summer commute, carry a bottle of water with you and sip as you commute, in addition to your 9:00 am glass.

11:00 am

Drink your third glass of water, more if you are in a hot climate, or in the midst of a hot weather spell.

Mid-day

Have a glass a half hour before you eat lunch

2:00 pm

Drink your fifth glass of water to ensure clear afternoon thinking. At this time of day many people experience a dip in their energy and concentration levels.

4:00 pm

Instead of having your afternoon glass of coffee or tea, try a cup of hot water or herbal tea.

6:00 pm

Drink another glass of water as you leave work, or right when you get home. At least 1/2 hour before dinner

9:00 pm

Drink your last glass of water here to prevent nighttime dehydration. However, make sure you don’t drink too close to your bedtime, lest you have to wake up in the night to use the restroom!

Good Luck, and don’t forget to cut back on buying plastic by keeping some extra cups or reusable bottles in your purse or bag :)

Namaste,

Beth