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Eating the Healthy Egg: How to find a good one

A Good Egg is Easy to Find

With so much information scrambling around about eggs, it’s hard to separate the yolks from the whites. Are they good for me? Too high in cholesterol? Which came first?  The importance of eating healthy and naked are always essential, one should always keep the “5 know no’s” close to heart. But if you occasionally want to indulge in a luscious poached egg served over sauteed rainbow chard, I implore you to find the best egg possible.

Eggs provide us with an egg-celent (wink wink) source of protein, which can keep us full longer. Eggs contain choline, which helps our bodies maintain proper B vitamin levels and promote brain function. Also vital is lutein, an antioxidant that protects our eyes and lowers our risk of cataract development. Although we can obtain our lutein from our yummy and beloved dark leafy greens, the lutein found in egg yolk is more easily absorbed into the human body. Bottom line: if you love your morning egg, your morning egg will love you back.

That being said there is still the conundrum of what type of eggs to purchase.

Fresh eggs at a farmer's market in Olympia, Washington.
Fresh eggs at a farmer’s market in Olympia, Washington. Image: news.livinginolympia.info/

White vs. brown

The nutritional benefits of brown and white eggs are exactly the same. Different breeds of chicken produce different colors of eggs. If you shop local farmers markets, you can find them in a variety of colors including green, blue, and speckled. Just the variety of life!

Cage free vs. free range

Cage-free eggs are from chickens not kept in a cage — simple enough. Even though these chickens are kept free from the confinement of a cage, they are still kept inside barns or warehouses.

Free-range chickens are housed inside barns and warehouses but are allowed access to an outside area.

Organic vs. non-organic vs. vegetarian-fed free-range organic vs. vegetarian-fed free-range humanely raised organic!

Organic eggs come from chickens that are fed exclusively organic feed with no hormones or antibiotics.

Vegetarian eggs are produced from hens given feed containing no animal by-products, such as fish or (gasp) other chickens.

Humanely raised means just that: the hens are given the freedom to roam, eat grubs, and play in the sun (okay not really, but you get what I mean). Hens raised in crowded cages pass on their stress hormones to their eggs, and we certainly don’t need more stress hormones in our lives!

What’s best?

So what does it all mean? Nutritionally all eggs are basically equal, but a fresh egg tastes remarkably better and has more nutrition than a mass-produced store-bought egg. Some store-bought eggs are more than a month old before they land in your fridge.

Also, keep in mind that an egg from a healthy hen is nicer for your body than one from a sick hen. So only buy eggs from chicken fed their natural diet of grains.

I say, when you can, buy from your local farmers market. There you are given a chance to see the source, ask questions about how their hens are raised, and support your local agriculture. It feels right and you are getting a fresher, higher quality egg.

Enjoy your Easter eggs! Image: Franky242/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Enjoy your Easter eggs! Image: Franky242/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Fresh eggs keep refrigerated for 2 weeks. They are better when fresh, so you might as well use them right away. Eggs require a consistently cold temperature, so always keep your eggs stored inside your fridge, not in the refrigerator door.

Now go and enjoy your big-kid egg hunt and Happy Easter!

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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.

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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.

The Awakening of “The Mother” in Fathers (A tribute to the men who Love)

As a Happy Father’s Day to all, I want to shed some light on our ever changing view of the mother and father roles. I have been called the quintessential mother. I think that’s because I care for so many- not just my offspring, but on a grand scale. I’ve accepted that title, only because it would seem silly for me to refuse such a grand gesture. I am proud of the children I have raised, of the businesses I have birthed and the many people that I have helped and am honored as I have seen their value systems being placed into practical roles in the world.
In fact, I believe that whatever nurturing affect I have as a mother- I simply work that into my job.

And isn’t that the greatest gift, to give wings to fly on your own.

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Now, I can only derive from experience what I am about to share. And its not just about me, it’s about everybody who is a mother, has a mother and or has stepped into mother someone.

This is in the end- really about the fathers of the world.

Because I have witnessed so many men step into the feminine roles that nurture and mold their babies, their businesses and their loved ones.
Lets first begin with the many definitions:

moth·er 1 (mŭth′ər)

There is, of course the obvious Mother, direct from birth to nurture, and then all the beauty of those who adopt or raise a child -not from blood. That is the NOUN Mother, specifically for women, female gender. Although I know many men who have stepped in as Mothers for their children or even take on the characteristics of Mother by nature. With our gender specific roles shifting and changing in the world, it’s very hard to use Mother solely for a Woman.

n.
a. A woman who gives birth to a child.
b. A woman whose egg unites with a sperm, producing an embryo.
c. A woman who adopts a child.
d. A woman who raises a child.

2. A female parent of an animal.

3. A female ancestor.

4. A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.

5. Roman Catholic Church
a. A mother superior.
b. Used as a form of address for such a woman.

6. A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: “the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age” (Alden Whitman).

7. A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.

8. Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.

9. Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.

10. The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.

11. Vulgar Slang Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.

#11 Vulgar Slang??? Hey, I didn’t make these up, they are in the dictionary just as displayed. A “mother so and so” as a derogatory term is listed in the definition of mother. Which really shows you how we have evolved. But wait, the best part is about to begin in the descriptions of mother as an adjective. Because mothering is really the subject here, it is the nurturing aspect of men that I want to award here, the ever loving and giving way a man can care for something he loves.

adj.
1. Relating to or being a mother.
2. Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
3. Being the source or origin: the mother church.
4. Derived from or as if from one’s mother; native

v. moth·ered, moth·er·ing, moth·ers
1.
a. To give birth to: mothered three children.
b. To be the source of; create or produce: “Necessity mothered the invention of printing” (Irving Wallace).
2. To act as mother to, as in nourishing and protecting.

The greatest gift for anyone to achieve in this lifetime is to experience mothering as the expansion of motherhood reaches beyond the mother-child scenario.

As a Man at one time in your life you have probably experienced at least a moment of mothering:

• Birthing a company
• Raising an animal
• Being a (single)parent
• Nurturing a sick or dying friend
• Caring for your partner in a loving nurturing way

And whether you recognize it or not, it is your awakening of the female energy, that part of you that is most comforted and comfortable. It is the Special gift that all men are offered yet NOT all men can achieve. That softness that you bring when you smile upon the world, that warmth you expand when you wrap your arms around your child or loved one is the part that separates you from the neanderthal.

Men- you are changing. Like it or not, you are evolving into more feminine creatures.
And the women of the world thank you.

Cheers and gratitude to all the fathers in the world who have awakened to Motherhood.
Your presence is a gift.

In health and Love,
Diana

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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.

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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.

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Why are we buying expensive, pre-made juices?!

Good morning friends,

Today I saw something quite disturbing!

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken notice of all the juice cleanses available at stores.

I’ve been making my own juices for so long, I never buy the bottled, pre made juices.

But today I was walking through Whole Foods and finally noticed.

Those juices are EXPENSIVE!

I get that it may be worth the cost for the ease of simply purchasing a bottle.

But today I saw this Cashew, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Agave drink and thought, “What the heck”!!

This juice sells for $12, while I’m selling my Cashew Hemp Seed Milk Mixes for 10$ a BAG!

Not to toot my own horn but not only is my milk mix cheaper, it lasts longer and is HEALTHIER!

The health benefits of each single ingredient in the mix are AMAZING for your skin, digestion, and overall health.

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My goal is to make health easy and accessible to all people.

Please, ditch the expensive juice bottles and give my mix a try!

Get them here, for the limited time price!!

In health and love,

Diana Stobo

P.s For more recipe books, digestive bitters or my exclusive triple stitched nut-milk bags visit my STORE.

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How to make Raw, Vegan Veggie Cream Cheese

Yesterday I told you all how to make delicious grain free bagels. Here is the recipe on how to make the perfect Paleo Cream Cheese to go with the bagel. Like any cream cheeses, feel free to add more veggies to the blender, lox, or whatever you may like in your cream cheese. Make these as a Saturday morning treat for you and your family and friends. No need to start the weekend feeling bloated and slugging, and I promise they will be a hit!

Paleo Cream Cheese

Paleo Veggie Cream Cheese

** Let cashews soak 2 hours prior to making cream cheese

Ingredients
o1/1/2 cup raw cashew halves
o1 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
o2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
o2 tbsp. water
o1 tsp. coconut oil
o2 tsp. salt
o½ cup chopped chives
o½ cup chopped onions
o½ cup chopped tomato

Directions
oPlace raw cashews in a small bowl and fill with water. Let soak for 2 hours.
oDrain and rinse cashers
oPlace soaked cashews in a food processor. Add all ingredients in to blender and blend on medium-medium high for 5 minutes or until creamy and smooth
oUse cream cheese as is, or place in a container and store in fridge.

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FAQs About Digestive Bitters

 

I am so impressed by how people are evolving in knowledge and interest around their health.

 

As the student gets smarter, so must the teacher.

 

And you guys test me every day. I love it.

 

But sometimes it’s better to take some questions to the experts, so I have asked some of the most frequently asked questions about Digestive Bitters to the genius who formulated them. See answers below.

 

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Vitality Herbs & Clay: There are so many great questions about health, and the smarter and more educated people are, the healthier they become. So, please allow me to educate you a bit more on Diana Stobo’s Digestive Bitters.

 

 

1. Why are digestive bitters different than digestive enzymes? 

 

Digestive enzymes are extracts of plants and other sources, meaning they are not the whole plant, thus the numerous supportive compounds that Nature built into a plant for optimal digestion are not included in the digestive enzyme supplement.

 

Digestive Bitters provide whole plant herbs and spices, which nourish the body back to digestive health. Regardless of one’s age, when fed properly the body will manufacture all of the digestive enzymes, bile, and soil-based organisms required for perfect digestion.

 

 

2. Why would a person need these? Doesn’t the body produce its own digestive enzymes?

 

Today’s human is subject to numerous influences and dietary habits that have diminished, and in some cases nearly destroyed, the body’s ability to digest food properly. In ancient human diets, bitter herbs, spices and raw foods were consumed with meals as a matter of course. Ancient people’s herbal knowledge far exceeded that of our own of today. Antibiotics, mercury amalgam tooth fillings, and chemicals in our food, water and environment have caused the greatest havoc in the area of digestive health. More so than at any other time in human history, herbal digestive support is needed to support and correct the damage done by modern living.

 

 

3. Why were these herbal ingredients selected?

 

The ingredients in Digestive Bitters were selected because of their historical and scientific value in improving the digestive powers of the human digestive tract. Each herb selected has its unique nourishing effect on various organs and glands involved in the complete picture of digestive actions on foods consumed (stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small and large intestines, spleen, kidneys, bladder, etc.).

 

Digestive enzymes, Ox Bile, & HCL, antacids, laxatives (the most common supplements reached for when the digestion is off), are incapable of providing the numerous plant-based compounds that Nature designed into various herbs and spices to support the true needs of the human body for ideal digestive efficiency.

 

 

4. What is the difference between liquid bitters and capsules? (This one is important because they are sold in liquid form.)

 

Liquid bitter herbal formulas are also helpful for the human digestive tract in a similar way that an encapsulated formula works. The difference between the two are:

 

a) The bitter taste of an encapsulated formula is noticed less than a liquid formula, so this makes it easier to take for some.

 

b) It is also true that the taste of the herbs do help to prepare the digestive tract to produce certain kinds of digestive juices, so there is an advantage there in favor of the liquid. For this reason, some of our clients will open one capsule to get the taste advantage, then take the rest in the capsule form.

 

c) An herbal extract is not a whole plant, thus the liquid forms are missing part of what Nature intended for the human body to be most effective. It is impossible to extract 100% of the medicinal value from a plant using the various liquid extraction methods. The fibers of a plant alone, provide a significant aspect to the effectiveness of a plant’s action on the human body. Among their many benefits are the fact that fibers are a food source for friendly bacteria & archaea in the intestinal tract. Friendly bacteria and  archaea are intimately involved in completing the breakdown of foods into nutrients for the body.

 

 

5. I’m taking the Bitters but I’m still constipated. How should I be taking them?

 

Diana Stobo: To get the most benefit from the Digestive Bitters, take 2 with a large glass of water about 10 minutes before each meal. Then take 5 before bed. (If you forget, that’s okay; you can take them after a meal, if necessary.)

 

They work best when paired with a Naked diet; that is, a diet that includes lots of fresh, raw produce like salads, wraps, smoothies, and juices. You don’t have to be vegan or even vegetarian, but ideally you should try to eat 80% raw produce, 20% cooked food. And make sure to drink plenty of water, 8 glasses a day.

 

For more information about a Naked diet, go HERE.

 

 

Diana Stobo: If you haven’t had a chance to try them, I would highly suggest you do. You will literally feel the difference after just one meal. You should probably know that these are special and you won’t find them anywhere else … So, if you want some, I have a special offer.

 

Buy 3 and get the third one 1/2 off. The quality of My digestive bitters is so high that the costs to make are high too. I am basically giving you the 3rd bottle FREE … well, almost. I don’t want to exaggerate. I just want you to feel good and be healthy. I’m not really good at this selling thing—you will just have to trust me.

 

http://shop.dianastobo.com/diana-stobos-digestive-bitters/

 

P.S. You know, I used to always feel bloated, and now I don’t. It’s as simple as that.

 

Digestive Bitters have changed my life and they can change yours too.

 

Take them NOW.

 

In health & love,

 

Diana

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Best-kept secret in detox and weight loss

It’s without doubt the best-kept secret in detox and weight loss.

And I’m going to share it with you right now.

But first, I want you to ask yourself:

Are you feeling like you may have had too big of a weekend?

Drinking and eating too much, not resting enough?

Are you starting your week off a little SLOW?

Well, how would you like to shake the cobwebs off?

Lose the puffy outer layer.

And start fresh tomorrow?

GREAT!

The SECRET is to drink 1 gallon of water, preferably distilled water, TODAY.

There you have it.

And this is what happens when you take my advice …  wink wink :)

So, I took your advice and drank a gallon of water one day last week. It wasn’t easy but it went much better than I anticipated. I decanted the water into 16oz bottles as to not be overwhelmed. Sometimes I would just take a sip other times I would just down a bottle. You were right. (And yes, I just said it again and louder. You were right!!!) I felt a huge difference especially the next day. Less bloated, felt lighter, more energy, more clarity even lost a few pounds of water. That was after one day!”  ~Maria

I’m telling you, I have secrets …

Good ones.

And they all work.

READ THIS to find out how to BOOST your metabolism even higher with water.

In health & love,

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Labor Day Recipe: How to make the best raw and vegan onion dip ever!

We’ve all eaten some pretty “gnarly” things at the buffet table.

Usually they are consumed unconsciously, meaning that we didn’t mean to but we couldn’t stop …

With Labor Day weekend, there will be picnics, BBQs, and parties with foods like:

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Crab dip, which is basically:

  • Velveeta cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Canned crab
  • and Worcestershire sauce

Artichoke/Spinach dip:

  • A couple of potential vegetable items
  • Cream cheese
  • and parmesan cheese

Or my all time favorite:

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Dip and Ruffles Potato Chips

Need I say more?

Salty, creamy, decadent and super bad for your body.

But what if you could make a dip that tastes exactly like the Lipton Onion Soup Mix dip but that is high in:

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Amino acids
  • Biotin 
  • Sulfur

Would you be my new best friend?

WATCH THIS NOW  for the best raw onion dip EVER.

Then make it and invite me over for your Labor day celebration.

I would love to celebrate with you.

In health & love

Diana