I am pleased to announce that I am one of the sponsors of David Wolfe’s upcoming Spring Cleansing and Renewal event in Toronto (as you can see by my itty bitty logo at the bottom of the flyer on the left). This is going to be an exciting and fun night as David fills the room full of “raw” information that will be sure to transform your life. If you have ever heard David speak before you know that he radiates, love and passion for nutritious super foods and lifelong health. If you have never heard David speak before then I encourage you to join this fun event.
An evening with David is sure to be filled with everything from raw cacao to green juices and coconuts. You will learn all about the healing powers of super foods, spring water and how to lose weight and prevent illness. Everything ties together as you will see through David’s magnetic energy that captures everyone’s attention. Spring Cleansing is the topic of choice for this event – but it will still tie into everything that you need to know to enter into the warmer months feeling THE BEST YOU CAN FEEL! This is David’s promise.
So I encourage you to act quickly and get your tickets before it is too late, because if there is any event that sells out quick, it is one with David Wolfe (trust me, I’ve been there!). You can get your tickets today by clicking here!
FYI – this event goes hand in hand with my Delicious Rejuvenation Retreat. The first weekend has completely sold out. But the good news is that I am holding another one in July. So if you think you want to take your health to the next level and join me for a Raw Weekend Getaway – then GET IN TOUCH with me Today!
I LOVE that I can make up a batch of cookies without even baking them! Just in time for Valentines Day these little “raw” sweethearts are power packed full of super foods. These are my same “go-to” ingredients that I use to super power my smoothies and snack on throughout the day. Except this time I threw them all into the food processor and blended them into a thick batter and pressed them into delicious yummy little cookies!
You can use anything you want inside. Just pick from wholesome raw and organic ingredients. It is best to use dates to stick them together and then throw in some other goodies like nuts, seeds, goji’s, cacao and super powders (maca, mesquite, cacao, lacuma) which would make them chewy, crunchy, sweet, bitter and scrumptious all at the same time.
It’s nice to know not all cookies have to be baked. These “hearty” bites took all of 15 minutes to prepare and the yield was enough for me to bring to a dinner party of 10 or more. Very little mess was involved plus the excitement of the creation was the biggest part. I didn’t really plan what or how I wanted these cookies to turn out – they just did!
1 1/2 cups whole raw almonds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup goji berries
2 tbsp cacao nibs or cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp mesquite powder (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
**for an extra protein boost – add 2 tbsp Sun Warrior Protein Powder
Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until you get a thick “doughy” consistency. Spread out and cut into “heart” shapes with a cookie cutter or roll and flatten into 2 inch cookies.
I have given myself permission to have chocolate everyday. This may not sound like a good thing – but let me tell you that it is, on sooo many levels! Not only does chocolate or better yet cacao possess many amazing nutrients including magnesium, antioxidants and other amazing trace minerals- it makes you feel good. So that should be good enough – right?!
I think I speak for most people (especially women) when it comes to wanting your “fix” of daily chocolate. But the truth is that most women when they “crave” and eat chocolate, they are most likely going for poor sources where chocolate isn’t even the main ingredient. In this case, it is more of an addiction because it is the sugar that many are addicted to and not the chocolate. Not to mention most chocolate bars are full of processed dairy, hydrogenated oils, soybean oil and other ingredients which just take away from the “pure-ness” that chocolate is meant to be. If you want chocolate it in things…add it yourself to your own recipe and make it yummy. But never buy a low quality and poor sources of chocolate. What a waste!
I like to enjoy the purest and most natural forms of chocolate. Whether it is in the form of a piece of dark chocolate from Giddy YoYo Endangered Species, Zazubean or local sources such as Chocosol and Living Libations, I am happy to support good fair trade chocolate from all over. Then of course there is cacao powder (both raw and dark roasted), cacao beans and cacao nibs. I add these guys to smoothies, puddings, raw pies, granola, oatmeal, hot cocoa or any other treat that deserves being made chocolaty! When it comes to chocolate try get as pure as you can – with as little ingredients as possible. You may as well get the best chocolate you can – it will only taste better and you will feel it, right down to your core!
So for my daily creation today – being that it is the afternoon on a snowy day. I could go for a hot chocolate or I could go for something with a bit more substance but yet is still warming. I love playing with my vita-mix and creating something new and fun. So instead of a smoothie – I am going to make a warming, spicy pudding. Here is what I am using and why I used it!
Spicy and Warming Chocolaty Pudding
1 scoop of Chocolate Sun Warrior Protein Powder – to give me a boost of pure vegan protein.
1/2 cup rice milk or almond milk – to make it creamy and somewhat wet
splash of coconut water – Yum!
1-2 dried banana – to sweeten it up naturally
1/2 pear – to thicken and sweeten
1 tsp cinnamon – to warm me up!
1 tsp mesquite powder – to give me extra energy!
1 small piece of ginger – to spice it up!
1 tbsp raw cacao powder – to make it extra chocolaty
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs – to give a chocolaty crunch
1 tbsp chia seeds – to make it thick and delicious
Blend all this goodness and pour into a bowl and enjoy!
These are the wise words of David Wolfe – a renown guru in the world of raw foods. I had the opportunity last night to go and see him speak in Orangeville Ontario. Even though he racaps on so much of what I know – he always has a way of taking nutrition to a whole other level beyond most people’s consciousness.
The emphasis last night was on Superfoods. This term has been coined to emphasize food from nature which has superior health benefits. The best part is that these foods are so widely available to us – literally they are all around us in nature. Unfortunately most people don’t even know what true superfoods are or better yet what they can do for our body, our mind and of course our health. Superfoods are foods that have unique properties that have the ability to nourish our body in more than one way. For instance on single food item (such as goji berries) may contain not only protein, but also immune properties, antioxidants and trace minerals. So in one single tiny berry you are getting an array of health benefits. Other superfoods – according to David Wolfe include Cacao (yes this is chocolate), maca, bee products, blue green algae, marine phytoplankton, aloe vera, hemp seed and coconuts.
So last night I went with a friend to watch and be inspired by David Wolfe’s magnetic energy about superfoods. You can’t help but feel his buzz and become pumped about all the benefits that these foods have to offer. Before I had arrived at the lecture, I was feeling a little tired from the long day I had, luckily there was a chocolate elixir available for me to drink and this perked me right up and made me feel amazing. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink a cup full of chocolate goodness? I am talking about chocolate in it’s purest sense- no dairy and no unnatural sugars, only filled with herbal extracts and other super healthy goodies. This was followed by a slice of heavenly cheesecake made from cashews and coconut butter…I was in heaven!
David Wolfe with a Bag of Goji Berries on his head! – sorry for the poor quality pictures, I only had my phone available!
Since I already have been including superfoods in my diet for a long time – I thought I would share my favourite super smoothie recipe with you!
Chocolaty Super Food Smoothie!
1-2 cups almond milk
1-2 scoops of sunwarrior chocolate rice protein powder
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 tablespoon raw cacao or cacao nibs
1 tablespoon hempseeds
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
1 frozen banana
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients in blender or vita-mix and blend until smooth and creamy!