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Banana Cereal

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914Whether you are living a “normal”/ Standard American Diet, a vegetarian diet, a vegan diet, a high raw vegan diet or a fully raw vegan diet – either way – incorporating more raw fruit and veggies into your diet can only do you good.  The beauty of thriving on raw fruit and veggies lies in their pure simplicity – no labels to read to decide if they’re good for you or not, no worrying about nasty additives/colourants and preservatives and no fretting about the nutritional quality of the meal – its fruit and veg!  You can’t go wrong!  A patient was asking me for advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle the other day and I told her to focus more on eating a healthy diet as she is very overweight.  She said that she would like to improve her diet, but can not face the prospect of having to read food labels on everything she eats before deciding whether it is acceptable or not.  I told her I never read food labels at all!  She was shocked, but the reason is simple – I live on wholefoods…whole, unprocessed fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and occasionally some grains.  None of these foods need labels – they are full of pure, cleansing, energising goodness….916

Ok – enough rambling on and let’s get to business.  This is my raw vegan take on a regular cereal.  The banana slices and fruit bits substitute the cereal bites and the smoothie liquid takes the place of regular milk.  You could use a nut milk or rice milk instead of smoothie liquid, but I like to use smoothie liquid as it adds more vitamins and tastes deliciously sweet at the same time.

Please note that this is not a recipe as such, but rather guidelines to give you some inspiration and ideas.

917Cereal

  • ripe banana slices
  • frozen berries of any kind (small round ones like blueberries or currants are particularly nice)
  • Dried white mulberries

“Milk”

There are several options here:

  • Banana milk  Place a few frozen bananas in your blender and slowly add water until you reach a runny/milky consistency.  Taste and add sweetener (like stevia or maple syrup) if needed.
  • Spiced up Banana milk  You could add cinnamon, vanilla, chai spice, maca….whatever flavour you would like.
  • Chocolate milk  Make banana milk and add raw cacao or cocoa powder to taste.  I like to add a bit of maca to this too as I like the malty flavour that maca provides along with the cacao.
  • Berry milk  Add some frozen or fresh berries to your banana milk.
  • Mango Date milk  Add frozen mango and fresh dates to the banana milk and blend until smooth.  The mango adds a sour/tart tang while the dates provide extra sweetness.  My husband loves this combination.  (I’m all for the chocolate milk…)
  • Date milk  If you want something really sweet, you can soak dates in water overnight.  You can even chop up some brick dates and soak them in water.  Brick dates don’t provide the same caramelly flavour of fresh medjool dates but they are still delicious and much cheaper, plus they are available all year round.  Add the soaked dates, their soaking water and as much extra water as needed while blending until you have a nice smooth milk.  I LOVE to add tons of raw cacao, a bit of vanilla and maca to my date milk to make a very rich, luxurious chocolate milk packed with calories:)

Toppings

  • Any seeds you have on hand – chia, pumpkin, sunflower…
  • nuts – cashews especially
  • goji berries
  • dried cranberries
  • raw cacao nibs
  • chopped up cacao paste or dark chocolate
  • chopped up raw brownie bites
  • dessicated coconut
  • chocolate sauce:D
  • Little balls of peanut butter (really good in chocolate milk)…..etc etc etc

Instructions

Slice your ripe bananas into little rings and put into a cereal bowl.  Make your milk and pour it on top.  Add any desired toppings.915Enjoy in bed:)
Dr T

 

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Easy DIY Vegan Hair Mask

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IMG_8763sIMG_8767sThis is a simple DIY vegan hair mask that you can slap together in 5 minutes for a lovely hair treatment.

IMG_8766sIngredients

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons homemade almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado (optional)

Instructions

Place all these ingredients into a mini food processor bowl and process until completely smooth.  Wash your hair with your chosen shampoo.  I like to use a stripper shampoo before doing a hair treatment.  Towel dry your hair.  Massage this mixture all over your hair and scalp – focusing on the ends and mid section.  Gently come through your hair to remove all knots.  Pin your hair up and do something else for the next 20 minutes.  Your hair feels quite stiff but this is normal.  Wash out in the shower.  I like to just rinse it out with warm water and avoid using shampoo again.

Hope you like it!
Dr T

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Homemade Almond Pulp Cereal Bites!

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IMG_8705IMG_8704My husband used to eat Weetbix honey bites every morning for breakfast.  He loved the sweet, crunchiness and the convenience of just adding warm milk.  Since becoming more health conscious he has stopped eating these sugary cereals – one doesn’t need a ton of sugar and a long list of unpronounceable ingredients to enter your poor body first thing in the morning!  After being stuck with a bunch of nut pulp after making nut milk, I decided to try to simulate these honey bites.  The result was VERY pleasing:)  Both my husband and I love it – the taste, the texture and the fact that every ingredient in this will nourish you to the core and start your day on the right note.

You do not need to use almond pulp – any nut pulp will do.  I used almond pulp in this batch, but am going to use hazelnut pulp in the next batch.  Even sesame pulp will do the trick:)

IMG_8707The bites are so yummy to eat even when dry, but I enjoyed them with banana slices, goji berries and warm roasted hazelnut milk.  These cereal bites are so sweet that you don’t need to add any sweetener at all.

Ingredients (Makes one small batch of 2-4 servings.  2 serving if eaten without fruit, 4 if eaten with a chopped banana or other fruit.)

  • 1 cup almond pulp flour (see under instructions)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (Grind oats in a blender/food processor until fine.  Then measure out 2/3 cup of this flour.)
  • 1/3 cup honey/maple syrup (you can use less if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder/extract/essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

To make nut pulp into nut flour:   After making your nut milk, squeeze as much of the water out of the nut pulp as possible.  Spread nut pulp onto a sheet in your dehydrator and dehydrate until completely dry.  Alternatively, put your oven onto its lowest temperature and dry in the oven – stirring frequently to ensure it doesn’t burn.  Remove once completely dry.  Place this dry nut pulp into your food processor or blender and process until it forms a flour.  Store in an airtight container and use in place of store bought nut flour.  I usually pop my wet nut pulp into an airtight container in the freezer until I have accumulated enough nut pulp to make a lot of nut flour all in one go.  When I have accumulated enough, I let it thaw overnight in the fridge and dehydrate it the following day.

Simply mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread in a thin layer on a dehydrator sheet.  Dehydrate at 65º for about 12 hours.  At this point try lifting it.  If you are able to lift it, place it on a chopping board and cut into bite sized pieces.  If it is not ready to be lifted, dehydrate a bit longer.  Place the pieces back on the dehydrator sheet but place them upside down (so the underside can dry this time).  Dehydrate for another 6-12 hours or until a desired texture has been reached.  These bites do not crunch or snap.  They have a lovely texture though – they have an amazing bite to them and the flavour is beautiful.

I have not tried dehydrating this in an oven, but it should work.  If you want to try, set your oven on its lowest temperature setting and check on it frequently.  If anyone has success with this – please share and let me know:)

Store the cereal in an airtight container and enjoy!  We loved this so much that I plan on cutting them into larger squares next time and eating them as cereal bars:)

Don’t waste that nut pulp!
Dr T

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Homemade Body Oil

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IMG_4522This is a recipe I came up with as a replacement for my anti-stretchmark oil.  It can be modified to incorporate any oils you like – this was my first batch and I love it:)

IMG_4526Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 Evening Primrose oil capsules (or Vit E capsules)

Instructions

Add into a shaker, shake to mix and pour into a little glass jar.  Massage twice or thrice daily into the area you are concerned about.

Have a fabulous day!
Dr T

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