Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Frosting and Caramel Raisin Filling





Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Frosting and Caramel Raisin Filling: 
makes 6-7 servings Adapted from a recipe @ This Rawesome Vegan Life Blog.  

dough:

3/4 cup almond meal
3/4 cup ground flax seeds
3/4 cup raisins 
3/4 cup dates
Pinch of salt (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
Dash of cinnamon 

coconut frosting:

1 heaping cup young coconut meat
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons raw agave syrup (or other preferred sweetener) 
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Water, as needed

caramel raisin filling:

1 cup dates
1/4-1/2 cup coconut water 
Cinnamon powder, to taste
1/4 cup raisins

To make the dough: pulse the almond meal and ground flax in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all begins to stick together. Roll the dough into a square about 1/4-1/2 cm thick.

To make the frosting: blend all the ingredients together until it's smooth and drizzly. Set aside.

To make the cinnamon caramel filling: blend all the ingredients together - except the raisins - until smooth and thick like a paste. Set aside.

Cut the dough into strips and spread the filling evenly on each one, then sprinkle on the raisins and gently roll the strips up. Cover with the frosting and celebrate your healthy creation!


I enjoyed these treats immensely!  And, I enjoyed knowing that they were incredibly nourishing as well.  Read more about dates on my previous post, "10 Reasons to Make a Snack Date with a Date."

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Starperson Message on the Illusion of Perfectionism


"Please let go of perfectionism.  It is an illusion.  Nothing is ever perfect because the universe is in a state of constant evolution.  Instead, make your goal perfect evolution- staying so "in the flow" that you evolve at the speed of creation, into greater and greater resonance with the in-breath and out-breath of the Divine."



Image Source:  lovelightwithin.blogspot.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

Love & Longevity: A Valentine's Day Reflection on the Link

 



Since it's nearly Valentine's Day and love is in the air, I thought it appropriate to reflect on how love affects one's health.  There are many ways in which love (or loving relationships) correlate with improved health.  One consistent finding among research studies is that there is a strong link between love and longevity

Here are some interesting findings about love and health:

º  It was found that having strong social relationships predicts a 50% increased chance of longevity.

º  The attitude with with which we engage in relationships predicts a longer and healthier life. Research shows that the greatest benefits for longevity and well-being come not from receiving love but rather from giving love to others.

º  A new study on loving-kindness meditation - a practice that involves generating love and benevolence towards others - shows that people who practice generating love on a regular basis have reduced cellular aging (telomere length).

Neuropsychiatrist from the University of Caiforia, Los Angeles, Daniel J. Siegel, commented on recently discussed groundbreaking work in the longevity field at a conference held at the school's campus.  Reflecting on this information shared, he said, "Scientific studies of longevity, medical and mental health, happiness and even wisdom, point to supportive relationships as the most robust predictor of these positive attributes in our lives across the lifespan." 


References:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/the-brain-on-love/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201304/the-best-kept-secret-longevity-love

Photo Source:
www.sottopellatherapy.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

An Angelic Message on Manifestation for the New Year



When you create, create from your heart.  Every intention that comes from the heart serves all of life.  As humanity moves toward manifesting from the heart-level on a global scale, Earth will feel more and more like Heaven...


Image Source:  The Global Enlightenment Network

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An Angelic Holiday Message


Remember that your inner world can be as much a source of joy as your outer world.  Be still and feel into your heart-space often this holiday:  Enjoy the love that you have cultivated within.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Psychology of Eating & The Addition Principle

 

I first heard this idea from a David "Avocado" Wolfe health talk, and testing over time has proven it to be incredibly true! 

Often, when people resolve to change their eating habits, they are focused giving up unhealthy foods (or habits) that they know detract from their health.  However, deciding to give something up can make you want it even more!  This brings us to what I call, "the addition principle."  The addition principle is working with human psychological tendencies when changing your habits rather than against them.

Rather than giving up something, try treating yourself to a healthy new habit everyday!  Once you commit to adding a new healthy food to your diet and do it consistently, you feel better.  And, new healthy food additions tend to crowd out old unhealthy choices with zero effort. 

The sky is the limit when it comes to what you could choose to add to your diet, but here are a few suggestions to get your wheels turning: 

1.  Eat a colorful veggie salad everyday.

2.  Make your salads with deeper colored greens than usual, like arugula or kale.

3.  Begin your day with fresh fruit in some form, whether it is sliced up, juiced, or in a smoothie. 

4.  Take a good whole foods-based multivitamin daily. 

5.  Try making new vegetable-based meal every month, gradually expanding your repertoire. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vegan or Vegetarian "Any Veggie" Tacos

I call these "Any Veggie" Tacos because you can make them using nearly any vegetables you happen to have in the refrigerator at the time.  Everyone needs to have a few versatile recipes on-hand for those days when there hasn't been time to formally plan a meal.  Am I right?...






Ingredients: 

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Corn Tortillas
Any Veggies you have and enjoy, such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, beets, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, red peppers, carrots, tomatoes, etc. (diced and sliced)
Organic Frontier Mexican Seasoning, to taste (or your favorite Taco or Mexican seasoning)
Salsa of your choice
Optional:  Raw Goat's Cheddar Cheese
Optional:  Fresh Avocado slices

Instructions:

1.  Heat a pan on medium-low heat and melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan.  Lightly "crisp" the corn tortilla.  Melt the optional raw goat cheese onto the tortillas as you crisp them if you wish.  Remove the tortilla from the pan and set it on a plate.  
2.  Adding more coconut oil if needed, saute' the vegetables.  Toward the end of their cooking time, add Mexican seasoning to the pan and coat the vegetables with it.  (I use about 1 T. seasoning to 3 cups of vegetables.)  Once the vegetables are tender, scoop them into the center of the prepared tortillas.  
3.  Top your tacos with salsa and the freshly sliced avocados.  For a little more zest, squeeze a little lemon or lime juice over your dish.  Finally, enjoy!  

Tip:  Sprouted corn tortillas freeze well.  If you keep some in the freezer and keep some salsa in your pantry, you can make this recipe easily anytime.  

Tip #2:  To make these extra-interesting and spicy, try using Desert Pepper brand's Mango Salsa.  Or, if you're using heartier vegetables like cauliflower or sweet potatoes, Annie's Black Bean and Corn Salsa is a lovely pairing.