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Put organic to the test!

shutterstock_323673200Happy Monday, chick!
It’s a great day to decide to have a GREAT week! And it’s a great week to finally put ORGANIC to the test!
This week at the grocery store I want you to purchase 2 separate packs of raspberries: 1 conventional + 1 organic
And then for the fun part...the TASTE test!
  1. First eat an organic raspberry – if fully ripe, it will taste a little bit like HEAVEN!
  2. Next, eat a conventional raspberry. It may or may not taste slightly sour following the organic berry, and you may notice a less ‘brilliant’ flavor than was in the organic berry.
But ultimately I leave it to you – which pack of berries tastes more like the berries you picked in your grandmother’s raspberry patch as a girl?
 
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And THAT is the value of organic! The slight flavor differences between organic and conventional food indicates the nutritional variances, organic being the more nutritious choice.
 
Of course it’s not always possible to purchase everything organic all the time; and some things, such as avocados and lemons, are simply fine when purchased conventionally!
So to help you out I’ll share the following list of foods that are most important to purchase organically. They are sprayed the heaviest with pesticides, or are commonly genetically modified. 
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10 foods to always buy organic:
  • ApplesPoor apples are truly abused with pesticides! Be sure to purchase only organic apple sauce & apple juice as well!
  • GrapesGrapes, like apples, have no protective peel! Purchase only organic grape juice as well!
  • BerriesPretty much all berries should be purchased organic. Strawberries and blueberries in particular have been found to contain up to 50 pesticides! 
  • PapayaOne of the first and most widely genetically modified foods! 
  • CucumbersConventional cucumbers may contain up to 86 different chemicals on their skin! Scary!
  • CeleryConventional celery is so heavily sprayed you can literally taste only the chemical!
  • Bell peppersThese beautiful vegetables ( which are ripe when red btw ) can contain up to 50 different pesticides on them when grown conventionally!
  • LettuceLettuce ( actually all leafy greens ) is completely unprotected from pesticide sprays – finding organic is a non-negotioable! 
  • Zucchini Again, no protective peel! 
  • Coffee beansYep; most coffee beans are imported from countries that heavily spray! Look for the USDA organic label!
  • MeatMeat, as I addressed in my last post, is one of the most deadly foods to eat conventionally. Always choose organic!
  • Dairy – Loose the dairy until you can find a reputable organic farmer! Conventional dairy is causing mucous and inflammation in your body, and is full of dangerous pesticides and hormones!
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Beautiful blueberry bowl!

IMG_2657I fell  in love with Acai bowls while we were in Maui a couple years back. My husband would run down the road everyday to the local juice bar and bring us home a different Acai bowl for breakfast each morning! It was amazing – and let me tell you, you get the BEST energy from them!

However making Acai bowls can be spendy – you have to buy the organic juice or powder to make them. SO I created this very tasty and affordable recipe for you to enjoy! 

I promise that once you taste this you’ll never miss those old breakfast cereals again!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 frozen cherries
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe spotty banana
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • toppings

Note that I never follow a recipe – these are really more ‘about how much’ to use! It is important though not to use to much water for the Acai/blueberry bowl effect!

Also you can really use anything for toppings; I highly recommend adding a touch of crunch to your bowl! My favorite toppings are:

  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds – add crunch and a dash of protein
  • shredded coconut – gives you SO much energy
  • pomegranate – adds crunch, antioxidants and the flavor pairs like WOW with the cherry!
  • banana – for the flavor, energy and texture variety
  • ground flax seeds – Omega 3 fatty acids baby

Directions:

  1. Place all of the smoothie base ingredients in the blender and blend. You might need to stop, stir and start again a few times. It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth though.
  2. Pour into your bowl and decorate with toppings!
  3. Take a picture for Facebook/Instagram ;D
  4. ENJOY

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Share the blueberry LOVE with family and friends! 

Ash <3 <3 <3IMG_2656

 

 

 

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Vegan pine nut salad dressing

salad 2I am a salad NUT! After all, eating enough greens everyday is ESSENTIAL to our health and vitality, and salads done right are just so darn satisfying. The thing is – and I know you’ll relate with this – my salad has to be absolutely drenched in yummy dressing for me to enjoy it! And it’s hard to buy salad dressing that is non-toxic and basically impossible to find dressing that isn’t full of oil.

Now I like my olive oil and Braggs’s Healthy Vinaigrette as much as the next health nut, but I prefer to get most of my fats from whole food sources like avocado, nuts, fish, coconuts, etc, and because I like to use SO much dressing in one serving, I really need to work on creating my own organic salad dressings at home.

I made this recipe yesterday and really love it! Very creamy yet mild and natural; it’s definitely going to be a staple in my weekly routine from now on!

You will need these organic ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 fresh minced garlic clove
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • juice form 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbs raw pine nuts
  • about 5 – 7 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • parsley seasoning
  • a dash of red pepper seasoningsalad3

Directions:

  1. Throw all of the ingredients in your Vitamix or food processor.
  2. Blend working up to high until smooth.
  3. Taste test! Does it need a tad more lemon or lime?

Store in a glass salad dressing container! I used my awesome up-cycled Baby Bee bottle!salad1Dig in and enjoy!salad4<3 <3 <3 

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Spelt sugar cookies

I LOVE creating beautiful and TASTY upgrades to our traditional holiday recipes ~ my family’s very favorite? SPELT sugar cookies! These babies are dairy FREE and full of whole grain goodness! I KNOW you are going to have fun making these with your kids ~ And you’re going to LOVE eating them together!spelty cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups whole spelt flour

Icing ingredients:

  • 4 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 8 tsp almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp almond extractFullSizeRender (4)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl or mixer cream together the coconut oil and sugar.
  2. Once blended, add the eggs, milk and vanilla and whisk until mixed.
  3. Next add the flour and cream of tartar; stir until just mixed. Do not OVERmix 😀
  4. Cover or wrap dough and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two baking sheets with coconut oil.
  6. Roll out chilled dough to desired thickness ( they are better a tad thinner ) and get to work with the cookie cutters!  Note that if dough becomes crumbly you may need to warm with your hands.
  7. Transfer cookies to the greased baking sheet and cook for about 9 minutes!  Note that the original recipe called for 10 – 15 minutes; I like my cookies much softer than that.
  8. Make the icing by blending together the powdered sugar + milk + almond extract! You can add natural food coloring of course; I generally don’t bother with it 😀
  9. Once the cookies have cooled and the frosting has set for a bit, frost and sprinkle with natural DYE FREE sprinkles!

cookie1It’s important to me that kids know how to live healthfully AND eat great tasting, non-toxic foods! I am not about restrictions ~ just upgrades!

I hope you and your kids love these cookies as much as we do; please let me know if you make them! And check back for more upgraded holiday recipes!

Ashley Lynn,

XOX

<3 Original recipe from Jesselanewellness.com <3