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Holiday “Caramel” Apples

caramel-apples

“Caramel” Apples
When leaves turn color and there’s a chill in the air, I start to think of fresh apple cider, pumpkins, and one of my childhood favorites, caramel apples. I created a Naked version that tastes just like the real thing without all the processed sugar and butter.

Ingredients
6 small to medium apples (fuji or granny smith)
1 cup real maple syrup
1 cup lucuma powder*
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Popsicle sticks or craft sticks
1 cup raw pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together maple syrup, lucuma powder, salt, and coconut oil until a thick, creamy sauce forms. This is a raw version of caramel sauce that can be used in many desserts.
Choose an apple and 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 it to coat the apple. Use a spatula to spread sauce evenly around the apple and to remove excess.
If you like, finish by coating with chopped pecans. Place chopped pecans on flat bowl or plate. Hold the stick and roll the caramel-coated apple in the pecans until well covered with nuts.

*Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit. It is considered a superfood because it is an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including beta-carotene, niacin, and iron. It has a butterscotch or caramel-like flavor.

Raw Pumpkin Pecan Spice Milk

This milk is sweet and rich; it may be too good to share. I would even serve this milk slightly warmed with some fresh nutmeg sprinkled on top.

pumpkin milk

Raw pumpkin is full of B vitamins, beta-carotene, and iron. The juice from raw pumpkins is reported to help improve liver and kidney function.

Ingredients

1 cup pecans, soaked for 2 hours, rinsed, and drained

4 cups of water

1 cup sugar pie pumpkin, diced

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup raw coconut nectar or maple syrup

A pinch of sea salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in your high-speed blender. Blend on high until nuts and pumpkin are thoroughly broken down and liquid is smooth. Place nut-milk bag over mouth of a large pitcher or hold it over a large bowl. Carefully pour liquid through nut-milk bag. Squeeze the nut-milk bag repeatedly until all the milk is released and the pulp is dry.

Store milk in jar(s) in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Soothing Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

Not only is this warm drink delicious, it is also soothing for sore throats and stuffy noses. Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The black pepper boosts those properties. You can make this with any fresh nut-milk you have on hand or even store bought coconut milk. Make sure you heat it gently to not curdle the milk.

Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

2 cups homemade almond, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk of your choice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1″ piece of ginger sliced
raw honey to sweeten, if desired

Combine all ingredients and whisk on low heat until milk is warm but not too hot. Serve immediately.

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Soothing Turmeric Almond Milk

Mesquite Maple Cheesecake With Walnut Mesquite Crust

I’m a maple fanatic. I love maple scones, maple doughnuts, maple cookies, maple milkshakes, and maple cheesecake. But this one is the raw version of something fantastic. I know you will love this, too.

MapleCheesecake

Crust
Ingredients
3 cups raw walnuts
¼ cup mesquite pod powder
¼ cup medjool dates (packed)
½ teaspoon sea salt
Directions
Process all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Pour ingredients into a
10-inch non-stick springform pan. Spread evenly and press down slightly with hand until gently packed.
Cheesecake Filling
Ingredients
4 cups raw cashews, soaked
1¼ cup almond milk
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut oil
¾ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Reserve 1 cup of filling for the Maple Butter Swirl. Pour remaining filling into pan on top of crust. Using spatula, gently spread toward edges of pan until even.
Maple Butter Swirl
Ingredients
½ cup medjool dates, packed
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup reserved cheesecake batter
Directions
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour over cake batter layer in one thick line about an inch away from the edge of the pan. Take a butter knife and place it into the batter where the two colors meet and begin a swirling pattern weaving in and out of the mixtures.
Top with fresh chopped pecans and place in the freezer for 4–6 hours to set.

The Secret Ingredient in My Crème Brûlée….

Crème Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts.

The crunchy sugar topping, the beyond decadent cream.

It is my go to after a fancy meal at most restaurants.
It is a special occasion treat. An Anniversary dessert..
Well, I wanted to create my “Naked” Version, so it didn’t have to be a once in a while kinda thing.

It could be a whenever you want kinda thing.
I am really proud of these 2 recipes, they just turned out perfect.

This has become a permanent recipe item down at The Retreat.
And you’ll never guess the start ingredient…. Cauliflower.
That’s right, I created Cauliflower Crème Brûlée and it is perfection.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Caramel Crème Brulee

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Ingredients
2 cups steamed cauliflower
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lucuma powder
3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut sugar for topping

Directions
Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes and then mash, you can use a food processor.

Combine the maple syrup and the lucuma powder in a small bowl and stir until smooth.

In a small pot preheat the coconut milk. Add the unflavored gelatin, salt, vanilla and caramel paste made with the maple syrup and the lucuma.
Mix all these ingredients with the mash cauliflower and put in small containers approximately 3 oz each and put in a fridge at least 4 hours.
When is ready, put a little bit of coconut sugar on top and melt with a torch making a crust. Or you can place the ramekins in the oven on highest rack and turn on the broiler to high. Broil for five to 10 minutes, watching very carefully and rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Serve immediately.

Coffee Crème Brulee

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Ingredients
2 cups steamed cauliflower, mashed
3/4 cup coconut milk

½ cup concentrated coffee or espresso
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut sugar for topping

Directions
Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes and then mash, you can use a food processor.
In a small pot preheat the coconut milk and then add the unflavored gelatin, salt, vanilla, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
Make the concentrated coffee using less water to make a stronger flavor or espresso.
Mix all these ingredients with the mash cauliflower and the coffee. Put in small containers approximately 3 oz each and put in a fridge at least 4 hours.
When is ready, put a little bit coconut sugar on top and melt with a torch making a crust. Or you can place the ramekins in the oven on highest rack and turn on the broiler to high. Broil for five to 10 minutes, watching very carefully and rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Serve immediately.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avo Choc Mousse
Did you know Avocados and Dark Chocolate are two of the most perfect foods? Avocados are packed with the good kind of fat that helps lower cholesterol. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants. So I’ve combined them into this decadent powerhouse of a dessert. This will have your whole family asking for seconds.

Ingredients
• 2 ripe Avocados, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
• ¼ cup Cacao Powder
• 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
• 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
• 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
• 2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Directions
1. Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high for 15-20 seconds. Add the melted dark chocolate and pulse for another 10-15 seconds. Spoon into 4 serving cups and chill for an hour before serving.

You Are What You Eat

A slice of carrot looks like a human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye … And YES, science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

tomato sliceA tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

tomato sliceGrapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also a profound heart- and blood-vitalizing food.

tomato sliceA walnut looks like a little brain with a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

tomato sliceKidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and, yes, they look exactly like human kidneys.

tomato sliceCelery, bok choy, rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

tomato sliceAvocados, eggplant and pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female — they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are more than 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

tomato sliceFigs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

tomato sliceSweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

tomato sliceOlives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

tomato sliceOranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

tomato sliceOnions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears, which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Awareness is a key element when pursuing any lifestyle changes! I know you have probably seen this before. But it never fails to fascinate me and I wanted to share! Nature is perfect!

In health & love,

Diana

Popeye’s Passion

When people think about detoxing they often imagine worst.
Long prep time, gross tasting foods that leave you empty and unsatisfied.
It has been my goal to make detoxing fun and easy!
I’ve created so many delicious recipes that I would love to share with you.
Today, I am making my famous Popeye’s passion.
With just 3 simple ingredients it couldn’t be easier.
Best part is, spinach is a main ingredient and you can’t even taste it in the smoothie!
Spinach is a muscle-building plant protein with high levels of calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, E, as well as tons of antioxidants. This is one of our favorite, power-packed green smoothies.

GreenSmoothieRecipe

Ingredients
-2 cups fresh pressed apple juice
-2 cups fresh organic spinach
-1 frozen banana

Directions
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender for 30-40 seconds until creamy. Enjoy immediately.

Hey, Sugar!

I want you to enjoy healthy habits.

And if something doesn’t taste good, let’s face it — you’re not going to eat it.

Green smoothies need to taste good. If they are yummy you’ll crave them every day.

So, what are your sugar options for sweetening your daily smoothie?

FAQs

What is a low calorie sweetener?
Stevia, monk fruit sugar, and xylitol.

What are low-GI sweeteners?
Stevia, xylitol, and agave nectar.

Which  are minimally processed?
Organic dried fruits, raw honey, and maple syrup.

What is the best for nutrition?
Wild raw honey, dried fruits, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.

I personally like adding just a few drops of stevia. I find that too much has a bitter aftertaste. Or soaked dates. Soaking your dates softens them and you can always use the water they soaked in to sweeten your smoothies as well.

Green Date Smoothie

  • 4 dates, soaked, pitted and chopped
  • 1 peeled, frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk

Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Green date Smoothie

Can Green Smoothies Help You Lose Weight?

Are you happy in your body?  Want to fit into that dress?  Lose those last 10 pounds?

Well, so many diets are fads.

High protein/low carb diet?

This diet contains way too much animal fat, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and kidney stones.

It works to help you lose weight but this diet is horrible for you in the long run.

High-carb/low-fat diet?

Otherwise known as the 80-10-10 diet amongst Raw foodies. Emphasis on RAW fruits and veggies as your main food source.

This diet also helps shed the weight, but if you are not careful you can get lethargic.

And it’s just hard to maintain in real life.

I want you to start a regimen that lasts.

I’m asking you to replace one meal a day, just ONE meal, with a green smoothie.

I suggest breakfast because it is the perfect way to wake up your system with a filling, nutrient-rich drink.

But do what works for you. This is all about ease.

Green smoothies are:

  • Nutrient-dense
  • Fiber-dense
  • Filling combination of protein and carbs
  • Alkalizing

They keep you full longer so you aren’t tempted to make unhealthful choices.

I’m inviting you to make this one change in your diet before the New Year’s resolution fads sink in.

Trade that morning toast or that afternoon burger for a green smoothie.

This is a lifestyle choice that we can make together.

Start off today with this recipe.

Lemony Kale Greens Smoothie

GreenSmoothieRecipe

This recipe is jam packed with leafy greens. Never drink bok choy? I swear you won’t taste it. This smoothie is sweet and tangy.

The lemons will help alkalize your body and detoxify your liver.

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups green grapes

1 bok choy

1/4 head of romaine lettuce (or 5 large leaves)

4 kale leaves

Juice of 1 meyer lemon

1 frozen banana

Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth.