April, 2016

  • Raw Black Bean Dip

    Don’t let this long list of ingredients scare you off. Getting everything out of the cupboard is really the hardest part of this Black Bean Dip recipe! If you are into eating more raw, then use dry beans which you soak, sprout ( to get the most nutrition) and simmer at 100 degrees for several hours. If it goes above 118 degrees then you will have lost a bulk of the nutrition.

    Black Bean Dip

    Yield: About 5 cups


    • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained or black beans sprouts1 1/2 cups of dry beans soaked, sprouted & simmered at 100 degrees for 2 hours  
    • 7 ozs of pkg soft Tofu
    • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 2 tsp. dry cilantro
    • 2 drops Cilantro essential oil Buy HERE
    • 2 drops Basil essential oil Buy HERE
    • 2 drops Lime essential oil Buy HERE  Get Essential Oils at Wholesale
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 4oz. can diced green chilis
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper


    • Put the black beans, tofu, essential oils, onion, cilantro, garlic, chili peppers, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor or blender, blending until smooth.
    • Refrigerate for at least a couple hours to let flavors blend
    • Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, or crackers for an easy appetizer or healthy snack.
    • It also makes a great spread for a wrap

    Per ½ cup Serving: Calories-104, Fat-1g, Chol.- 0g, Sod-135mg, Carbs-17g, Fiber-6g, Sugar -1g, Protein-7g 

    black bean dip

    I love having this dip on hand for snacking, but I have been know to have it with a plate of veggies for dinner! Enjoy!


    April 21, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 659

  • Starting to Eat More Raw Food

    There are different ways of approaching making changes to going raw, or more raw. That being said there really isn’t one formula that works for everyone. You may be a person that needs to research the information for months before taking the first step, and or you like to jump in and learn as you go. Let’s first look at what those who have been doing it for awhile actually eat.

    Eating Like a Raw Food Eater

    • Think uncooked, unprocessed, mostly organic foods.
    • Staples: raw fruits, vegetables, soaked/sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains.
        • Ideal percentages seem to be 75-85% fruit, 10-20% green leafy vegetables, and 5% nuts and seeds. Pears
        • Soaking nuts and seeds dissolve their enzyme inhibitors making digestion easier
        • Sprouted seeds contain vital elements which nourish our glands, nerves and brain. The hormones needed by the body are created out of the natural fat and other essential principles found in seeds.
    • Some raw food eaters indulge in unpasteurized dairy foods, raw eggs, meat, and fish. Remember there are some potential health risks associated with doing this.
    • Your food can be cold or even a little bit warm.
        • Food heated above 105 degrees begins to change from it’s healthiest form 
        • Food heated over 118 degrees is considered dead.

    Some Simple Steps to Get You Started

    • Keep it simple and eat a variety
    • Eat lots more fruit, start breakfast and lunch with it
    • salad greenAdd in more fresh veggies, a salad is more than lettuce and tomatoes (I like to add in sprouted bean or lentil, cucumbers, radishes, … well whatever I have on hand)
    • Keep soaked/sprouted nuts and seeds in the frig for easy snacking
      • Soaking removes enzyme inhibitors
      • Proteins, minerals, vitamins and enzymes increase 300% to 1200% with soaking / sprouting
      • Rule of thumb: nuts or seeds with brown skins (almonds, walnuts, filberts, pecans, etc.), have a high level of enzyme inhibitors and need to be soaked for several hours to ensure complete digestion. White nuts (macadamias, pine nuts, hemp seeds, etc.) require very short soaking time or no soaking at all, since the amount of enzyme inhibitors in them is negligible. Personally I choose to give them a quick soak just in case. I actually soak nuts all overnight, especially the brown skinned nuts —a great “universal standard” that helps keep things simple. Keep in mind that recommended soaking times may differ from one chart to the next depending on the original sources relied on and authors’ personal preferences.
    • Introduce eating more raw foods slowly into your diet
    • Try a simple new recipe each week, start with a desert or appetizer
    • Do your own research to learn what is best for you if wanting to go deeper Make it even healthier by using essential oils to boost flavor and nutrition benefits. Not all brands are safe for internal use which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

    I have found that eating more raw food really wasn’t difficult once I decided to do it. Sort of like most things in life.

    Here are a couple easy recipes to get you started:soup cup

    No-Cook Tomato Soup

    Cucumber Soup  

    Happy eating!


    April 21, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 575

  • Benefits of Eating More Raw Food

    I think most of us are aware that processed food is less nutritional and full of unhealthy artificial ingredients. But what you might not realize is that much of  our home cooked meals can also be considered as “processed.” Many ‘Raw Food Eaters’ say that by cooking our food, we are killing nutrients that keep us alive and healthy.

    As I have been eating more raw food, I’ve come to the realization that I always feel at my best the more raw I eat.  And if you have been following me at all, you know I am all about sharing so you can feel and be better too!

    Lets start by going over the Pros and Cons of Eating 100% Raw


    • Cooked and processed food is less digestible than raw food. Anything that is consumed that cannot be digested or stored must be eliminated as waste. Eating cooked food produces so much waste in the body that our organs cannot keep up with the elimination and waste accumulates. This accumulation is toxic and can result in health issues.
    • Heating food above 118 degrees destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, this is bad because:
        • Enzymes are the living proteins that are very important in our biochemical and metabolic processes.
        • Enzymes cannot tolerate heat, microwaving, or pasteurization
        • Enzymes boost digestion
        • They help transform and store energy, make active hormones, dissolve fiber and prevent clotting.
        • They have anti-inflammatory effects.
        • Enzymes help balance and restore the immune system, and heal many diseases.
        • Enzymes help repair our DNA and our RNA.
    • Since many raw foods are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and high in fiber there’s a good chance you might lose weight if you change over to this style of eatingFruit-Kabobs-with-pineapple-raspberries-oranges-blueberries-kiwi-and-grapes
    • Plant based foods are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals
        • A large percentage of the vitamins are destroyed when you cook your food.
        • Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy, and assist in forming bone and tissue.
        • Cooking can zap some water soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C.
        • When foods are cooked, many of the minerals are destroyed, or altered, rendering them useless and also unable to assist vitamins.
        • Phytonutrients in freshly harvested plant foods can be destroyed or removed by cooking.
        • Phytos protect the body and fight disease. They also fight cancer and help your heart.
    • Eating lots of veggies and fruits is good for you.
    • Most raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) are naturally gluten-free.


    • You may need to take vitamin supplements to make up for any gaps in your Vegetablesdiet. Because most people who eat only raw foods exclude animal products,
    • Cooking boosts some nutrients, like beta-carotene and lycopene and also kills bacteria, which helps you avoid food poisoning. Some foods should only be eaten if they are cooked.
    • There’s no scientific proof that eating only raw foods prevents illness.
    • You will have to endure criticism from friends, co-workers and family members
    • You may need to up your kitchen skills.
    • Eating out can be tricky at best
    • If you go all Organic, some of the ingredients tend to be more expensive.
    • If you jump in and change your diet all at once, you’ll have to have enough resolve and commitment to get through stages of healing and bodily adjustment that may bring up feelings of weakness, anxiety, lack of energy, discouragement and even acute (flu-like) symptoms. This is the process of detoxification and can be unpleasant at times. Many people expect raw foods to be like medicine, giving them immediate relief. But raw foods will do just the opposite: they’ll stir up the toxins and purge them out.  When this happens a person may feel miserable for a time. 
    • There are many things to learn for “Healthy” people going raw. But someone with a serious health challenge, needs to learn even more, especially about how raw foods can help with their particular illness. They need to find a doctor knowledgeable in raw foods to assist to deal with medications.
    • Eating un-soaked nuts and seeds places an added burden on the pancreas, which has to fight the nuts-and-seeds-combinationinhibitors by over-secreting pancreatic enzymes, causing it to enlarge in the process. Taking a digestive enzyme supplement with your meal is an added cost.

    I have found that gradually adding in more and more raw foods to my daily diet was an easier way to adjust my habits and body’s adjustments. First I changed my morning meal to include more fruit. Then I started experimenting with new and easy to make recipes. lentil salad

    This Curried Lentil Salad has become one of my favorites.

    There are many enzyme supplements on the market to help support your body’s natural digestive process. I use doTERRA’s TerraZyme because it is a balanced and comprehensive blend of digestive enzymes to support normal digestive processes.* I take it with me whenever I eat out. It could be at a restaurant or even a friends home, just to make sure my stomach can handle any processed foods.* Some people have found that taking Terrazyme daily helps to support and enhance their body’s natural digestive processes to ensure they are getting the nutrients their body needs.* Get your bottle of TerraZyme HERE

    How will you start to eat more raw food?

    Do you have a favorite raw food recipe? I’d love to try it!


    *NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    April 21, 2016 • Healthy Hints • Views: 722