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Peppermint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

 


And 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. Plus peppermint has been known to smooth the tummy and aid in digestion. Combine all three and you have a decadent powerhouse of a dessert.

Ingredients
1 ripe Avocados, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1 cup semi sweet chocolate

1/2  cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Pinch of salt

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.

Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese with Lentil Pasta

If you are familiar with my original Naked Macaroni and Cheese  (my daughter affectionately named “Mac-a-faux-ni”) you really love this updated version.  I’I’m currently obsessed with red lentil pasta, it cooks ups nicely and really holds it shape, I find most gluten-free pastas get mushy. It also is loaded with protein, so a small serving is very fulfilling.  I know the recipe calls for Ghee, which is not vegan but has all the milk solids removed. That’s why I love using it, it has the buttery flavor without the inflammatory dairy reactions. Please feel free to use coconut oil for a completely vegan version.

Ingredients

2 heaping cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tomato cubed

11⁄2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil for a 100% vegan/dairy-free version

11⁄2 teaspoons sea salt

1 cup almond milk (freshly made of course!)

1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast

3 tablespoons soaked and drained cashews

1 tablespoon lemon juice

12-ounce package lentil penne pasta

Directions

In a 4-quart pot, prepare pasta according to package directions. Cook al dente (test by chewing), strain, and run under cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Pour cooled pasta back into pot.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt
ghee or coconut oil and gently sweat
the sweet potatoes and tomato, do not brown.
Add sea salt and almond milk (for recipe please watch this VIDEO)  and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Carefully pour hot sweet potatoes into blender and add
drained cashews, nutritional yeast, and
lemon juice. Blend on low with the center cap on lid
removed to release the heat while blending. Slowly increase speed until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour over pasta and stir.

Cozy Vegan Chili

 

COZY VEGAN CHILI

I love making a huge pot of this and snacking on it all day long. It makes the whole house smell amazing. And it really is a simple meal to prep. Feel free to double the recipe and freeze portions for quick and healthy meal prep.

1 cup cooked brown rice

4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

4 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes

1 (15 oz can) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz can) white beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained

2 sweet onions chopped

1/2 cup canned diced chilies

4 tablespoons tomato paste

Mix everything (except the brown rice) in a slow cooker or slow cooker pan. Cover and cook on high until the flavors are blended. Lower heat to low, cover  and cook for up to 2 hours.

Add the rice in for the last hour of cooking!

Raw Dairy Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

One bite of this special dessert and you’ll say, “No way is this dairy free! No way is this free of processed sugar and gluten and wheat! And it’s good for me?” Yes, it is! It’s full of “good” fats that can actually lower your cholesterol and help your body burn fat. Plus you’re getting all the nutrients of raw pumpkin, raw nuts, and carrot juice. It’s a super-delicious super-dessert!

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Crust
Ingredients
3 cups raw pecans
3 dates
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Directions
Process all ingredients until they start to stick together. Pour ingredients into a 10-inch non-stick springform pan. Spread evenly and press down slightly with hand until gently packed.
Pumpkin filling
Ingredients
3 cups raw cashews, soaked for 1–2 hours, drained, and rinsed
2 cups pumpkin, cubed
1½ cups carrot juice
½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut oil, melted in hot bath
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ teaspoon nutmeg
¾ teaspoon sea salt
Directions
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into pan on top of crust. Using spatula gently spread toward edges of pan until even. Place in freezer while making next layer or for 1–2 hours.
Coconut topping
Ingredients
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
1½ cups coconut milk (1 young coconut)
¼ cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ tablespoons lecithin
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
Pinch sea salt
Directions Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until light and fluffy. Carefully spread on top of cheesecake filling. This should be at the very top of the pan. Place in refrigerator for 4–6 hours until completely set. Use thin knife to scrape around edges of pan before removing cake from pan. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Tico Fresh Vegan Tacos

Have you ever hear of the term Tico Fresh?

Tico is short for Costa Rican, so when we talk about Tico Fresh food, it embodies all the beautiful things about this country.

It means the food is fresh, local, and scrumptious.

The food here is Farm to Table.

That’s why each recipe I develop at The Retreat is perfection.

The ingredients just pop!

And this Tuesday is no exception.

But you can enjoy these Vegan Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream any day.

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These are made with Portobello Mushrooms and Cashew Sour Cream

Ingredients
Small corn tortillas
2 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 tablespoon Nama Shoyu
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, sliced

Directions
Marinate vegetables in Nama Shoyu and cumin for 15 minutes.
Sauté veggies in ghee for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Warm
the tortillas on a flat sauté pan. Fill each tortilla with veggies and
Cashew Sour Cream (recipe below) , and top with diced tomatoes and avocado.

Cashew Sour Cream

½ cup cashew butter
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Place all cream sauce ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.

Enjoy!!!

The Benefits of Meditation

Is focus an issue?

Do you find that you can’t fall asleep at night?

Do you get bouts of Anxiety?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone….

A busy mind is one of the biggest causes of dis-ease and weight gain.

It’s time for you to Relax…

Relaxation …

Who has time for that?
What does that mean?

Does that mean watching a movie on television? Does it mean listening to live music at a local bar? (Both of which are entertaining and stimulating — they take us away from ourselves and fill us with euphoria — but I am talking about going into ourselves.) It means making time for YOU. Quiet time. Mindless relaxation. Don’t worry if this sounds like an impossible task. I remember when I felt that way.

There are so many ways to get that mindless time. Some call it meditation, and I know that’s a scary word for a lot of people. I remember when I was told to meditate some years ago. I jumped at the practitioner who suggested it, “I don’t know how!” But, of course, I did know how, we all know how, instinctually. We just forget that we have that option.

Meditation

Meditation doesn’t have to look a certain way. It doesn’t have to look like a yogi in meditation pose, chanting OMMMM with their hands resting gently on their legs, palms up with forefinger slightly touching thumb. But it can. I was extremely intimidated by the thought of meditation when imagining that scenario. It was a ridiculous-looking position and I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that, I thought to myself. I had really created a story around why that wouldn’t work for me. But, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to sit in any particular position — there are no rules for how you quiet your mind.

Unless you wish to take meditation to the next level, or wish to one day teach it, you can meditate however you like. Sometimes when I go on a walk, I pick a focal point on a long path and stay tuned into that and not distracted with other elements. My body keeps moving along the path, and all I hear is my breath while focusing on this pinpoint of nothingness. It’s just plain good practice to “give it a rest,” once in a while.

I also like to take a few minutes to do a simple meditation at home. In the video “How to Balance the Mind,” I show you how to do a 10-minute meditation. It is simple and quick enough to do every day.

ps.  Your health/weight management  is more than just food.

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Gain to lose on a Cleanse?

What will you Gain?

And what will you lose when doing a cleanse?

Really, I mean if you are going to commit 10 days for yourself, what are you going to get out of it?

Cleanses are challenging, but on The Naked Challenge you benefit so much:

Weight loss. Yes, you will lose weight. Within just a few days, you notice that your pants are looser and your face is far from the puffy version it was before you started.

Regularity. To say the least. There is something magical about those fresh enzymes mixed with liquid that makes you a regular machine. I sometimes wonder where it all comes from, but believe it or not, it’s all old material that is being flushed down the toilet for a clean start.

Clearer skin. This is one of those things that just creeps up on you. Your skin is your largest organ and it shows you exactly what is going on in your body. When your body is clean, you sparkle and glisten, radiating beauty.

Flat stomach. All the gas and bloating disappear like magic leaving a relaxed and unstressed abdominal area.

More energy. It’s almost crazy how much energy your body can maintain when it is not overworked by hard-to-digest foods.

Better sleep. And less sleep, too. Sleep is a time for your body to take a break from its hardworking days. But a cleanse gives your body a rest even while you are awake so you don’t need as much sleep.

A better demeanor. Although most of us don’t think we need improvement there, we get this as a bonus. Our normal reactions to any given circumstance are much gentler, calmer, and more thoughtful.

Clear thinking. Less scattered and more focused. You are able to assess and act clearly and precisely without your brain going haywire. What affects the body also affects the mind. You are cleansing both.

Sharper insight. I was going to call this clairvoyance, psychic abilities, deeper connection to spirit, and all those wonderful things that are true. But, I didn’t want to scare anyone. This is the one benefit that we never expect and are always so pleased to welcome. A clean body = clear mind = connection to all that is (aka spirit).

And, thats just to name a few things, because on

THE NAKED CHALLENGE one-on-one the benefits run long and deep.

Save Your Spot NOW

p.s. It’s filling up fast and it’s less than a couple weeks away…so just do it and make that change you have been talking about for months.

Love,

Diana

Diana Stobo’s Raw Thai Lettuce Wraps: Raw Food Recipe

I don’t know if you can love food as much as I do and be super skinny.

That’s not really the goal, anyway.

The goal is to feel great in your NAKED body.

And the only way I know how to do that is to eat NAKED.

So, I spend much of my time re-creating dishes I love into a new, NAKED version.

Meaning that they stripped down of the foods that —

  • Harm your body
  • Cause inflammation
  • Make you fat
  • Make you feel bad

One of the most favorite foods that I have ever created is my Thai Lettuce Wraps.

(Watch the video to see how easy they are to make.)

I think the reason they are so good is because the flavor punch is ridiculous.

Ridiculous in a good way.

I mean, if it doesn’t taste good …

I think these Thai Lettuce Wraps have been featured on about 8 different online shows, at least 24 blogs, and added to several eBooks.

A couple of years ago, I was supposed to bring appetizers to a Surfers Christmas party.

I had to make enough for at least 50 people.

I tripled the recipe and ended up with two full trays.

Among the buffet filled with meats, cheeses, breads, dips, chips, and typical party food, my green leafy wraps stood out.

I ran to the bar to grab myself a snifter of tequila — my drink of choice. 🙂

And, when I returned, there were 5 little leaves left on the two trays combined.

Everybody was oooooing  and awwwwwing over these delicious Diana Stobo Naked Nuggets, and let’s just say, the party began after that 🙂

If you want to try some other NAKED recipes and care to drop some excess weight FAST, read my best seller:

10-Day Weight-Loss Guide

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Summertime Balsamic Salad

Summertime Balsamic Salad

Balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite flavors. Making your own dressing is the simplest thing and tastes so much better than store bought. I whipped this up from ingredients I had available in my kitchen, I wanted something special to drizzle on my fresh summertime produce. This hearty salad can be served as a side or eaten as a meal.

Balsmaic dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce of your choice, torn into bite size pieces (I used Romaine)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into slices
  • 2 persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 3 green onions, cut into small pieces
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into small pieces

Arrange produce in large bowl and toss with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 balsamic dressing
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Place all ingredients into blender on high until smooth. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

 

Coconut Lemonade

Coconut Lemonade

Refreshing and a must for 4th of July weekend. A little bit of sweet, some tang and a zing…. Zippy coconut lemonade. Coconut sugar is a low glycemic sweetener that adds a caramel color and sweetness to this summertime drink. The added spice from the cloves gives it a little complexity. Cloves are a proven anti-inflammatory that also sooths digestion. Coconut lemonade

Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cups coconut palm sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • lemon slices and mint leaves to garnish

Directions 

Mix water, lemon juice, sugar, and cloves in a pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.