Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Almond & Chickpea Breakfast Bread with Dried Fruits

Ingredients

1/2 cup Warm Water
1 3/4 cup Natural Zing Almond Flour
1/2 cup Natural Zing Chickpea Flour
4 tbsp Organic Flax Meal
1 tsp Natural Zing Cinnamon
1 tsp Organic Nutmeg
1/2 cup Natural Zing Thompson Raisins
1/2 cup Natural Zing Turkish Apricots, chopped
3-4 tbsp Natural Zing Agave Nectar
3/4 cup Organic Applesauce


Preparation

1) Mix the flax meal with the warm water and set aside to “gel.”
 

2) Place flours, spice, and dried fruit in a large mixing bowl.
 

3) Whisk together the agave, flax mixture, and applesauce. Add these wet ingredients to the dry ones.
 

4) Bake in an oven set to 350-375 degrees for about 60-75 minutes. Cover with foil for the last 20 minutes to prevent burning. Check with a toothpick or fork to be sure it’s done.
 

(almond meal baked goods can cook very slowly, so you may need to add time.)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Holiday Nut Nog



Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy.[1] As I was growing up I had no idea that I was lactose intolerant.  I just thought I disliked milk.   My mother would try to get me to drink it, but I felt sick if I drank milk.   As an adult, I loved pumpkin lattes and eggnog lattes, but my stomach would make gurgling sounds after I enjoyed it.   Given the statistic, I doubt that I’m alone.  But are we go give up our nogs and specialty drinks?  No, we just need to be a little creative.  So I created the “Nut Nog”.   Really you can make your pumpkin spiced or nog spiced beverages with any milk alternative: almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, or coconut milk, you just add the spices and mix it up.   The recipe below shows how to make your own nut milk, but you can use packaged nut milks also.

Nut Nog:

Ingredients:

1 cup soaked Natural Zing Almonds, soak 8 hours or overnight
2 1/2 cup filtered water
6 medium Natural Zing Dates (soaked if firm and use the soak water for some of the water)
1/2 tsp Organic Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Organic Ground Clove
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt

 

Preparation:  

1.) Blend the nuts and water and strain the pulp out using a nut-milk bag or sieve.
2.) Add the fruit and spices to the nut milk and mix.
3.) Chill.

Serves 8

This does not take long to make, only about 10 minutes.  However, if you want to save time create the spice mixture (nutmeg, clove, vanilla bean powder, and cinnamon) and put a ¼ tsp in your packaged almond milk or other milk alternative and mix in a blender, frothier, whisk, or spoon.   If you are lucky enough to have an espresso / latte machine at home add the spice mixture in the nut milk then froth to make your own nut nog latte.  

Wishing you abundant health,
Helen Rose
** Helen Rose is a mother of 2; wife of Natural Zing's president; raw food chef; owner of Superfoods on Main, a vegetarian cafe and superfoods store in Mount Airy Maryland; and a family health advocate providing personal coaching to women seeking health and life transformations.  www.SuperfoodsonMain.com  

[1] U.S. National Library of Medicine http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Living Holiday Recipes


Spread some raw holiday cheer around with these recipes from Natural Zing’s Living Holiday Recipe Guide. 

 

Wild Rice Pilaf 

Ingredients

1 cup  Natural Zing Brazil Nuts, soaked for 2 hours and drained
2 Organic Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
2 tbsp Fresh Organic Sage, chopped fine
1 tbsp Fresh Organic Rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Organic Thyme, minced
2 tbsp Fresh Organic Italian Parsley, chopped fine
1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tbsp Unpasteurized Miso
2 cups Natural Zing Wild Rice, soaked for 2-4 days to desired texture and drained
1 medium Organic Onion, chopped fine
3 Organic Celery Stalks, chopped fine
1/2 cup Organic Shredded Carrot for garnish 



Preparation

1.) Soak the Wild  Rice for 2-4 days depending on the desired texture, then drain.
2.) Soak the Brazil Nuts for 2 hours then drain.
3.) Place Garlic in a food processor and process well.
4.) Add Brazil Nuts in the food processor and process well until mixture resembles rice.
5.) Add Nama Shoyu, Herbs, and Miso.
6.) Blend mixture with the Wild Rice, Onion, and Celery, stirring well.
7.) Place in a serving bowl and garnish with shredded carrot. 




Cranberry Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup Natural Zing Almonds, soaked for 6 hours
2 Organic Oranges, juiced
1 Natural Zing Medjool Date
1 cup Natural Zing Thompson Raisins
3 cups Natural Zing Fresh Rolled Oats
4 tbsp Natural Zing Agave Nectar
2 tsp Natural Zing Cinnamon
2 cups Organic Cranberries
2 tbsp Organic Lemon Juice
2 tsp Organic Lemon Zest



Preparation

1.) Blend the Almonds, Orange Juice,  Date, Cinnamon, Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar and half of the Thompson Raisins.
2.) Add Cranberries and pulse chop until cranberries are in small pieces but not visibly pleasing.
3.) Stir in Lemon Zest, Oats, and the other half of the Thompson Raisins. Blend well and let stand for 5 minutes.
4.) Using a spatula and a 1/4 cup measure, form the mixture into cookies and place onto teflex sheets. Dehydrate cookies for 6-8 hours.
5.) Remove cookies from teflex, turn over and dehydrate on the other side for another 6 hours.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Salad SOS: Living Without Salt, Oil, or Sugar

Making whole food recipes and not adding any additional salt, oil, or sugar is growing in popularity. It is now called SOS, vegan SOS and raw vegan SOS dishes are the healthiest we can eat based on the latest research discussed in Books like the China study and covered in movies like Forks Over Knives. Basically we are leaving out extra calories that are unnecessary. Individuals on a weight loss plan can easily avoid about 500 -1000 calories per day by not using added oil or sugar. Smart fitness professionals are advocating this as part of a healthy lifestyle because you get results fast.

Raw onion and garlic are stronger in raw vegan SOS recipes as below so you want to use less than in cooked dishes. In general, do this when you create your own recipes too. We use dates for sweetening because dates are a whole food with all its natural properties. Chia seed can be used to help thicken a dressing. Dressings can be used as sauces too and even dips if thickened with a little extra chia seed.

We start with a simple Fruit Vinaigrette recipe and then we will make small changes to create a set of dressing recipes quickly. If you like things spicy just add more cayenne or spices. You can use a Food Processor, regular blender or high speed blender to make these recipes. Soak the dates in some of the recipe water or liquid if using a regular blender or food processor. If you substitute fresh herbs for dried use about 3 times as much as the dried (1 tsp dried equals 1 tbsp fresh). If your dressing seems a little thick just add an additional tablespoon of water one at a time and mix well.

Natural Zing has many premium ingredients to help you make the best dressings in the world.

Here are is the original vinaigrette followed by some variations to get you started:


 

Strawberry Vinaigrette         

(Raw, Vegan SOS)

Ingredients*:


1 cup sliced Strawberries (about 8 medium Strawberries)
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
 

(Optional:  1/8 tsp ground black pepper, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp maqui berry powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Raspberry Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Raspberries
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, dash of Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp Goji Berry Extract Powder, 1/4 tsp Camu Camu Berry Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Italian Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Italian herbs mixture, dried (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1/2 a very small clove of Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced or 1/4 tsp powdered)
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, dash of Cayenne Pepper, 1/4 tsp Ginseng Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred

 

 Mango Chili Lime Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Mango, fresh
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds

1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Lime Juice
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

(Optional: 1/4 tsp Camu Camu Berry Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

 French Style Tomato Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Tomatoes
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
3 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper

Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

(Optional: 1/2 tsp Tomato Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Medjool Dijon Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped red or white onion
2 or 3 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper
1 very small clove of Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced or 1/4 tsp powdered)
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
2 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
 

(Optional: 1/8 teaspoon ground Black Pepper)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Tahini
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
2 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
2 tsp Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, 1/4 tsp Ginger Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Green Cucumber Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup diced Cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped white onion
1 Medjool Date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper

1/4 tsp Spirulina Powder
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan & Mostly Raw)



(Recipe by Helen Rose)

Ingredients
       2 cups Natural Zing American Pecans
       1 1/2 cups Natural Zing Dates (pit them)
       1 1/2 cups Natural Zing Cashews, soaked in water for several hours, then drained
       1/2 cup Natural Zing Coconut oil, melted
       1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin puree
       1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
       1/3 cup Natural Zing Agave Nectar
       Natural Zing Himalayan Pink Salt to taste

Preparation
1.    To make the crust: Place the pecans and dates in a food processor, along with a pinch of sea salt. Process until the mixture is thoroughly broken down and sticks together when you squeeze a bit in the palm of your hand. If you'd like it to be a little sweeter, add a few more dates. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of a pie plate.  Use wax paper or parchment and small hand roller if you have them.
2.    Place the cashews, coconut oil, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and agave nectar in a high speed blender or food processor, along with another pinch of sea salt. Blend till smooth.  You may need to use a tamper or spatula to move the filling around.  Once again, if the filling's not quite sweet enough for you, add some extra agave.
3.    Pour the filling over the crust. Use a spatula to smooth everything over. Transfer it to the freezer, and let it set for about four hours, or overnight. Set out on counter for about 20 minutes before serving then cut and serve!
4.    Makes 8-12 slices.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Family Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Healthy Solutions Every Mom Needs Know


by Helen Rose, Raw Food Chef & Family Health Advocate

This time of year can be particularly challenging to maintain a healthy life for you and your family.  All the activities, the shopping, the eating, and the travel can lead to unhappy unhealthy holidays, not at all what we want.   I’ve pulled together my top solutions for staying healthy during the holidays.

1.                  Eat Healthy Foods before you go to a party or holiday gathering.  How often do we rush out the door to make it to the party and are starving when we get there.  Worse your family is starving when they get there and once you get talking to your mom, your aunt or sister your children are seeking off to the cookie table eating sugar cookies or M&Ms.  So schedule to eat before you go. Feed your family the healthy foods you have at home, because you do not know what will be at the party. Still don't have time.... you have time for a smoothie with chia seeds and plant-based protein powder to fill you and your family up before you go.  In addition, I always bring a dish or two that I know my family can eat and we are sharing health with others.

2.                  Stay away from the Sugar.  It's been called a poison, a drug and a toxin, and scientists have started blaming it for everything from obesity to heart disease to diabetes. Sugar is toxic to the body.  Yes, I said toxic and it is the 1st way your body gets weakened to let illness into your body.  Lots of studies are confirming that sugar is highly additive, so once you start eating sugar you are on a slippery sloop, a downward spiral, of sugar addition for you and your family.  Yes the holiday are  full of sugar cookies, pies, candies, and all things sweet.  1) Don't make them, or make less sweet alternatives if you must.  Try using stevia, Natural Zing agave nectar, Natural Zing dates, or Natural Zing coconut sugar as sugar alternatives in your recipes. 2) Fill up on veggies and low sugar foods before you are temped to eat the additive sugar foods. If you are afraid Aunt Margaret is going to cry if you don't eat her cookies then simply say your doctor told your family not to eat sweet foods.   “The Doctor Said” is like the golden seal of approval for people of a certain generation.  It works and do not feel guilty about using it.  Whose going to be nursing your family through another round of the flu you or Aunt Margaret?

3.                  Get Rest.  I know this time of year especially for parents is busier than ever.  How can you fit it all in to your schedule....most mom's do what seems to make sense... sleep less...stay up late to fit all the shopping, food prep, bills, volunteer projects, work, ...  Life does not stop for a mom unless you are sick in bed and can't move.   That's my point.  Mom's tend to get 4 to 8 hours of sleep a night.  Six hours of sleep a night is not unusual for a mom, so if you are cutting into that already low level of sleep, then you are really weakening your immune system.  Maybe the laundry doesn't get folded so fast this week.  Maybe you can get the kids to help you more around the house ...after all Santa is watching.

4.                  Health on the go!  As much as we try and plan, we'll be out shopping, at school events, office events, on planes, and you'll be caught without a healthy option.  Be prepared.  Have some healthy snacks in your purse, bag, office draw, or car.  Wherever you are you can have a healthy trail mix, bag of nuts, a healthy bar, or a bag of dried fruit ready to eat and present to your children when they start getting hungry.  

5.                  Boost your Immune System Now!!!  You know that you are going to be around people that are not following the above advice and will be spreading viruses, colds, and sore throats because they don't want to miss this year's gathering.  Don't wait until you are starting to feel sick.  Start boosting your family's immune system now.  It's not hard.  My Super Immune Boosting Secrets: Stock up on Natural Zing's camu camu berry powder, this berry has 920% of the daily value of Vitamin C in 1 teaspoon – incredible!!! You can slip this into smoothies or orange juice. Chinese medicine reverse mushrooms like reishi, cordyceps, shiitake for boosting the immune system.   I have a blend of 12 immune boosting mushrooms called STR 12 it is considered the ultimate in boosting the immune system.  I mix this in hot chocolate and smoothies.  My kids love it, so it is not hard to hide the taste.

Start 2015 right, learn more family health tip or to contact Helen for a free consultation  http://eepurl.com/9kkVv .  From my family to yours have a happy healthy holiday!  Keep these health solutions in mind though the holiday season and into 2015.  

Wishing you abundant health,
Helen Rose

** Helen Rose is a mother of 2; wife of Natural Zing's president; raw food chef; owner of Superfoods on Main, a vegetarian cafe and superfoods store in Mount Airy Maryland; and a family health advocate providing personal coaching to moms seeking health solution.  www.SuperfoodsonMain.com