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I have never met anyone who doesn’t love banana bread. But, I have met many who don’t like to eat bread, and they miss the flavor of one o their favorite foods. This recipe will satisfy the taste and desire for cinnamon, maple and banana all at once. Walnut, the ultimate brain food also have fat fighting oils and nourish the body. Try thee as soon as you can….
4 cups Whole Raw Walnuts, soaked 2 hours
3 Ripe bananas (the more freckles the better)
½ cup Maple Syrup
1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Soak walnuts, rinse, drain pat dry and place in medium mixing bowl.
Place bananas, maple syrup, salt and spices in high speed blender and blend until pureed. Pour mixture over nuts and toss until completely coated. Prepare Dehydrator tray with and teflex sheet laying over mesh grid sheet. Pour mixture onto 2-3 trays and spread evenly. Place in dehydrator for 3-5 hours at 105 degrees. Remove trays and transfer mixture from teflex to grid sheet only and continue to dehydrate for 12-24 hours, until mix is crunchy. Will keep in airtight container for up to a month.
Acne can affect all of us, at any age. It’s not just for teenagers, and it’s not just on your face.
Your skin is a direct reflection of your health and diet, so eating a Naked diet can help your skin quality tremendously. Processed foods and too much sugar cause inflammation and swelling in all your tissues, most noticeably your skin.
Fortunately, you can clear up your skin from the inside and the outside. I use this topical mask to relieve and soothe that pesky pimple. Each ingredients serves a purpose.
- Nutmeg can reduce swelling and redness.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Raw honey has antibiotic properties to help stop bacteria growth.
If you have sensitive skin, I would try to test a small area before trying this treatment.
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
The mixture should form a paste that looks very similar to melted chocolate. You can keep the mixture in a closed container in your fridge and use it whenever you see pesky blemishes making their way to the surface. Simple apply and let it sit for an hour and then wash it off.
Memorial Day is first and foremost a day to honor all Americans who have died in service to our nation. People who choose that path have my highest respect.
It also marks the beginning of the summer vacation season and outdoor parties, picnics, and barbecues. I love backyard barbecues but I don’t love all the heavy food, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep me from eating things I might regret:
- Have a smoothie before you go, like a Creamy Mint-Melon Cocktail. This curbs your appetite and gives you a nutrition boost to control your cravings.
- Bring a fresh, raw dish, like a fantastic kale salad, and fill your plate at least halfway with it. Then just sample the other foods.
- Share a dessert that is healthful, “Naked,” and so ridiculously good that everyone will be clamoring to try it, like my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Here are some Naked recipes that are always a hit. And remember — if you choose to go ahead and have a burger or potato salad or pie, enjoy it thoroughly and the next day recoup with some juices (like Diana’s Favorite Green Juice on page 38 of Get Naked Fast!) and smoothies and join my next Naked Challenge detox June 9 – 18.
A light and lemony twist on a favorite dip. Featured on page 67 of my book Get Naked Fast! Stripping Away the Foods That Weigh You Down, a guide to getting healthy and balanced. This hummus is great as a dip or in a wrap. (For another great hummus recipe, see my NEW Sprouted Hummus Wrap recipe in The Naked Zone.
2 cups zucchini, diced (about 2 zucchinis)
3/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons cumin powder
In food processor fitted with the s-blade, process all ingredients until smooth. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
So refreshing! Blend this up for a delicious (and hydrating) party drink. Watch the video “The Daily Juice: Mojitos” to see how it’s made.
Water from 1 coconut (1 cup)
Juice of 1 lime
10–20 mint leaves
Agave to taste (start with 1 teaspoon)
1 cup of ice cubes
Directions Blend until smooth and ice is chopped. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Seaweed Wrap With Ponzu Sauce
This finger food will definitely get people talking. Seaweed makes a light, mineral-rich, and delicious wrap for fresh vegetables, and the ponzu sauce is divine. To see how to make it, watch this video on my YouTube channel: “The Daily Juice: Seaweed Wrap.”
This recipe (on my website www.dianastobo.com) features super-nutritious kale sprinkled with avocado, peppers, cucumber, and a simple homemade dressing. It’s super tasty. If you’re a member of my membership website The Naked Zone, log in to see more fantastic salad recipes like Citrus Sprout Salad, Creamy Kale Slaw, and Honey Lemon Kale.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
You will be the hit of the party if you bring these cookies. Many people say this is their absolute favorite recipe of all my recipes. They are full of protein, omega 3s, fiber, and FLAVOR! Recipe available in my membership website The Naked Zone).
Pecan Pie Treats
These treats are so easy, anyone can make them. For the recipe, see page 104 of my book Get Naked Fast! Or just take a fresh Medjool date, cut an opening, remove the pit (if necessary), and place a raw pecan half inside. Make as many as you need, place them on a nice serving plate, and watch them disappear. Easy peasy!
To learn more about who I am and how I can help you become your healthiest, most beautiful/handsome self, go to Meet Diana: My Story.
This woman thanked her with this lovely letter.
I’m sitting here at the kitchen bar, post-workout, sipping on my Easy Almond Date Milkshake watching Doug sip his portion while making a salad of kale, orange, walnuts and chicken. Almonds sit soaking on the counter. Doug has a grocery list of one thing for today: Coconut Bliss ice cream. What have you done to us?!
I have to say, when we arrived in Barrego I was feeling something less than sexy having hit the 6-month mark of my marriage, free from the threat of a small wedding dress in public. Just think– honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day– no wonder. Anyway, back-to-back nights of Mexican food in Barrego sent me over my limit and as soon as Doug and I arrived back in Napa I was on the raw food bandwagon. Conveniently, I had a raw food cookbook at the studio and tons of free time with my unemployment and all. We hit the ground running (Doug had no choice, I was making the meals) and within a week I started feeling back on track… then a suspicious package arrived.
You have completely outdone yourselves with that box of goodies! I have read Diana Stobo’s cookbook front to back, been cruising websites and have started making my way through the recipes. Lucky for my mom, she is getting Diana’s cookbook for Mother’s Day (she has no idea what she is in for). The first batch of almond milk is underway as the almonds soak today and will get strained tonight. I have my handy pitcher ready when it comes.
Thank you for the wonderful box and the inspiration to make a big change in our lives! We are both better for it, that’s for sure. And did I mention that “Wilson” bowls are now a staple of our diet? Next up will be a dehydrator and swiping Laura’s top-secret cookie recipe to go with my Coconut Bliss.
The gift of health is the most loving and exceptionable present one can receive. Thank you so much for sharing this touching message, it really made my day.
So far? What a ride. I won’t lie to you folks, the first couple of days were challenging (hence the name Naked Challenge). I experienced exhaustion and mild mood swings, all of which I attribute to 33 years of toxic build up. None of it was unbearable and I actually a welcomed it. This was a sign my body was cleaning out the build up.
I am currently on day 8. I have not had sugar, coffee, booze, or bread in 8 days! I am feeling amazing and strong. My clothes are fitting better, I have an astounding amount of amount of energy, and my skin is clear and smooth. All the while, I am never hungry. I use the Nutripro every other day to maintain an ample supply of fresh juice and keep my fridge stocked with fruits and veggies. Instead of dwelling on what I can’t have, I relish in what I can. I bought some super ripe mangoes, heirloom tomatoes, and some fancy-shmacny chamomile tea. I am not wasting money going out to eat, instead I am filling my home with whole foods that make me feel good.
The biggest benefit I have seen so far is NO PMS! I usually experience the stereotypical PMS symptoms; cramps, headaches, fatigue, demon possession. In the past, I have seen an acupuncturist for this, it was that bad. This month has actually come without any incident. Those near and dear to me can now thank cleansing, for I am a new and far less grumpy little lady.
Now this is life changing stuff. My new sunny attitude is enough to make a convert out of me.
In Chinese medicine, the liver and gallbladder are the organs and systems associated with spring.
With more than 100 different functions, the liver has the ability to re-grow and regenerate itself up to 75%.
The liver is similar to vegetation in that it regrows when it is cut, and it is associated with the color green and trees in Chinese medicine.
Vitamin D is stored and synthesized in the liver. So the liver, like vegetation, shares a similar photosynthesis function.
The liver is associated with the eyes — the eyes process light. The liver and the eyes are open and receptive in the spring months of the Lunar cycle.
When our liver is clogged, even vitamin D supplements and sunshine cannot be absorbed. The light of the sun and vitamin D help us to thrive.
The gallbladder is like the Earth, the soil that gathers stones. Stones make it impossible to filter toxins and stop the flow of bile, which is the engine oil for the digestive system.
How do you know your liver is imbalanced?
tiredness upon awakening are among some of the common signs.
crying spells and depression are also telltale signs of stagnant liver energy.
A healthy liver naturally guides us toward creativity and rebirth.
When our rejuvenating system is blocked and heavy, our creative impulses are hampered and turn into anger or depression. The liver and gallbladder carry our emotional and spiritual growth, so when the liver is disrupted, an emotional roller coaster may occur.
What causes disruption in the liver and gall bladder?
What do the liver and gallbladder need to heal and function properly?
green vegetable foods
All living foods that are filled with sunlight and oxygen
The liver and gallbladder love the lightness of laughter and smiles, projects, dreams, and vision. Stress, tension, and heavy, stagnant emotions and moods are damaging to their upward-seeking tree nature. So yes, you got the hint:
What better time to cleanse than now?
Whether you do a liver cleanse, a juice cleanse, an herbal cleanse, or a raw-food cleanse, this is the time to create youth and renewal in your life. Just like springtime, our bodies are ready to be lightened up. It is a great time to be in nature and uplift your spirits, mind, and body.
Open your eyes and let them sparkle in the glow of the sun.
NOW is the best time to rejuvenate your liver and turn your soil.
What are we going to do? We already know the facts; we try to run from them, but we can’t hide from them. The research has been done and the information is speaking loud and clear. Now, I know we are all doing the best we can to take care of ourselves, but what about our friends and family? How much do they know? Are they paying attention? Are they listening? Specifically, to their own bodies?
I can feel it — the energy is shifting, the new paradigm of nutrition has taken effect, and the world is changing. But is it just my cozy little bubble of health-conscious peeps? I don’t know, the facts are brutal and frightening, so we need to spread the word, spread the love, and spread good health.
Can you handle the truth?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FastStats from 2010, the leading causes of death in the United States:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Accidents (unintentional injuries)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney disease
What makes me happy is those who have changed their lifestyles toward a healthful diet have, in most cases, prevented or healed their disease. Eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in junk food, along with getting regular exercise, has been proven to improve health — most of the time by merely reducing inflammation in the body.
According to John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Obesity is a public-health crisis. Yikes — at the current rate, by the year 2015, 75% of adults will be overweight and 41% will be obese. What does it mean to be obese? Just 20% above normal weight with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Why does that matter?
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Gallbladder disease
- Gynecologic problems, such as infertility and irregular periods
- Liver disease
- Skin problems, such as poor wound healing
After years of proof that switching to a plant-based diet changes lives for the better, many people are losing weight and healing themselves of any potential problems. By eating a healthful diet — YES, it’s that simple. The body wants to heal, and obesity is completely reversible through a healthier diet, more plant-based foods, and regular exercise.
According to a CDC Study, as reported in US News and World Report, nearly 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless something is done to change unhealthy eating patterns of today’s American lifestyle trends:
- 8.3% of U.S. population has diabetes, nearly 19 million people
- Another 79 million people have pre-diabetes (high blood sugar)
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Nervous system disease (Neuropathy)
- Risk factors
- Family history
- Not enough regular exercise
- High cholesterol, high blood pressure
What makes me happy is that you can reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes through living a healthy lifestyle, eating a better diet, increasing your physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight (obesity is the greatest risk factor). It’s that simple.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.? It is often caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, and smoking. According to WebMD, a typical meat-based diet may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease by 46%.
A plant-based diet reduces risks of heart disease, such as:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Overweight and obesity
According to WebMD, a diet of no meat and no dairy combined with nuts and fibre-rich foods along with a myriad of wonderful produce leads to the greatest decrease in bad cholesterol. It also:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases body weight
- Decreases risk of disease from any cause
- Improves blood sugar
People who eat the most fruits and vegetables have a 20% reduced risk of heart disease and 27% reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
And the Big C … Cancer
Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase an adult’s cancer risk.
Except for quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are:
- Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life.
- Be physically active on a regular basis.
- Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods.
Can you believe that 600,000 Americans die of cancer each year and about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight? I’m not kidding, being healthy is where it is at. Being overweight puts you at risk of several cancers, including those of the breast (in women past menopause), colon and rectum, endometrium (the lining of the uterus), esophagus, pancreas, and kidney, among others. It’s all about the inflammation, baby. Excess weight causes the body to produce and circulate more estrogen and insulin, hormones that can stimulate cancer growth.
What makes me happy is that by getting down to a healthy weight and managing it, eating lots of fresh produce, and getting enough fibre, you can reduce the risks of cancer.
Now that we’ve laid down some basic truths, what are we gonna do about it?
First of all, let’s Get Naked Fast. Stripping away the foods that weigh you down is the first step.
But what if you want to get Naked faster? The best way is to join The Naked Challenge. It’s a sure way to see instant results in your body, your mind, your spirit, and your health.
As always, in health and love,
YOU ARE THE MIRACLE
I’ll bet many of you watch Dr. Oz, or at least are familiar with the structure of his show to bring light to certain health topics, dispel myths, and help the average American’s education of health and wellness. But lately Dr.Oz is getting on my nerves.
I can’t say it’s Dr Oz himself, because I don’t watch much TV or if it is his mass marketing and the apparent need for the miracle cure for weight loss.
According to the many marketing emails, On the Doctor OZ show weeks ago, there was a discovery that the Green Coffee Bean eats fat away. Cool, I believe that to be true. In fact according to the head of a study by Dr. Joe Vinson:
“Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight.”
But, lately I have received about 24 email blasts reminding me to ACT NOW and buy this Miracle Bean before it runs out. Coffee mean prices will skyrocket, and soon it will be hard to get, is what they are saying. I found myself getting anxious. I was almost convinced to buy it at one point, just because my brain told me it truly is going to keep my fat cells from expanding. And then I came to my senses…the key to the weight loss is the “while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly” part of the study. We all want to believe in miracles, so I understand the excitement.
Here’s the scoop.
There is no Miracle Pill. There is no miracle herb. There is no miracle anything that is going to bring your body to the place that it is the healthiest ,happiest and most vibrant.
The only MIRACLE- is YOU!!!
And nothing can change your body, your mind or your life but YOU.
Join me on the next Naked Challenge and experience how miracles truly happen.
In health and Love
- 1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur)kale
- 1/4 cup nutritional Yeast
- 3/4 cup pecans
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil
Remove stems from kale. In a food processor fitted with an s-blade, add the Kale, nutritional yeast, pecans, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Process until coarsely chopped. Slowly add olive oil and pulse to incorporate. Taste for salt and add more oil if it is too dry. This should not be an oily pesto, only add enough oil so it is moist. Toss with a zucchini Pasta, use as a raw pizza base or as a delicious dip.
- 6 small to medium apples (Fuji or Granny Smith)
- 1 cup Maple Syrup
- 1 cup Lucuma Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup raw pecans , chopped
- *Popsicle sticks or Craft Sticks
In medium mixing bowl, whisk together maple syrup, Lucuma powder, salt and coconut oil until a thick, creamy sauce is formed. This is a raw version of caramel sauce and can be used in many desserts.
Choose an apple, press a craft stick into the center, pressing through the core halfway. Holding the stick, dip the apple into the raw caramel sauce and turn slowly to coat the apple. Use a spatula to spread sauce evenly around apple and to remove excess.
If you like, finish by coating with chopped pecans. Place chopped pecans in flat bowl or plate. Hold stick and roll caramel-coated apple in the pecans until well covered with nuts.