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Thursday, February 14, 2013

V-Day - Benefits of Roses - Raw Chocolate Rose Cheesecake

O Valentines Day. It has so many meanings for each individual. Regardless if you celebrate or not you can take advantage of the post V-Day rose sales and not just to spruce up your place. 

Roses are another everyday plant that we just pass by. (Remember our talk about dandelion?) So what can you do with roses? Make rosewater! Here's why:

  • Improves depression and anxiety (aroma therapy).
  • Soothes capillaries.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Heals sunburn, bug bites, and rashes.
  • Curbs skin and bladder infections.
  • Helps removing dirt, makeup and oil from the skin (toner).
  • Helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin, and provides calming effect on acne and eczema.
  • Adds shine to hair (spray on), can be used as a conditioner, helps controlling dandruff.
  • Promotes hair growth.
  • Aides digestive issues.
  • Remedy for diarrhea and ulcers.
  • Soothes inflamed sore throats (gargle).
  • Relieves tooth ache.
  • Strengthen teeth and provide relief against gum pains. Helps with bad breath.
  • Used to clear eye infections.
  • Relieves PMS symptoms, menopausal symptoms and gently balances hormones.
  • Relives menstrual cramps and improves mood swings.

How to incorporate rosewater into your diet? 

Raw Chocolate Rose Cheesecake



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Crust
  •   cup almonds ½ cup hemp seed 
  • 2 ounces cacao powder
  • 4 ounces date paste
  • 2 tbsp liquid vanilla    
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
*nut free crust here

Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (only ½ the date paste) and process. It will start to rise up the sides push it down until everything is well combined.
  2. Add the 2nd half of the date paste and process.
  3. It should be a mixture that can hold together with gentle pressure and be broken apart with a clean break.
  4. Distribute crust evenly on the bottom of lightly oiled pan (using coconut oil).
o        Put a little coconut oil on your clean hands to get the crust in the pan. I found this keeps the crust from sticking to your hands – a very frustrating experience.
      5.   Refrigerate until filling is ready.

Filling
  • 3 cups soaked sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups sunflower milk (or any other dairy, nut, and soy free milk)
  • ½ cup good quality sweetener (agave if you want it to be truly raw, maple syrup or brown rice syrup work as well)
  • ¼ cup vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1tsp finely shredded beets (for the pink color)
  • 1tsp food grade rose water (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp sunflower lecithin
For swirling
  • 1 ounce cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients for filling except for coconut oil and lecithin.
  2. Blend well until smooth and creamy. 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stop blending and add the lecithin and melted coconut oil then blend until smooth.
  4. If you don’t want to swirl add the cocoa powder to this mixture and blend well.
  5. Add mixture to pan and freeze for 1-3 hours or until middle of cheesecake is firm to the touch.
  6. If you DO want to swirl. Remove 1 ½ cups of the mixture and set aside.
  7. Put the original mixture in the pan.
  8. Take 1 ½ cups of reserved filling and add cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetener.
  9. From here you can swirl or layer depending on what you want to go for.
  10. When you are done swirling and/or layering freeze for 1-3 hours or until middle of cheesecake is firm to the touch.

What a delicious way to make you and your loved ones a priority this Valentines day!

Other unique - eco friendly - vegan Valentines Day ideas from one of my favorite longevity gurus

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dandelion - Not just a Pesky Weed! Pesto Recipe

Apparently when I was a child I would sit out in the yard and eat dandelions. This may seem weird but apparently my little baby brain knew what was up. As an adult, I've been incorporating dandelions into my diet in various ways: salads, juices, teas and pesto.

Here's why:
  • Contains 112% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A & four times more vitamin A than lettuce.
  • Higher in beta-carotene than carrots.
  • The iron and calcium content is greater than spinach.
  • 32 percent daily value of vitamin C per cup of leaves.
  • Contains vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, P, and D, biotin, inositol, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc, and many other trace elements and enzymes.
  • Contains the antioxidant lutein, which is good for healthy vision.
  • Rich in inulin, this is a prebiotic, which actually feeds and encourages the growth of the beneficial bacteria in the gut as well as balancing blood sugar and diabetes.
  • The flowers contain lecithin, this helps the liver to break down fats and improves brain function.
  • The milky sap found in the leaves and flower stems have been used to remove warts, corns, callouses and other stubborn skin maladies.
  • Cleanses the blood and liver, and increases bile production.
  • Reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels.
  • Improves functioning of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen and stomach.
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms.
  • Useful for abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, constipation, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, and rehumastism.
  • Believed to help prevent age spots and breast cancer.  
  • Cleanses the skin and eliminates acne.  
 Dandelion Pesto
  • 1 handful dandelion
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1/2 tbsp miso
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup of nuts (pine, hazelnuts, walnuts, and/or hemp seed - I like to switch it up for this blog I did mostly hazelnuts and a bit of pine)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (if you want to reduce oil split this with water)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp vegan parm (1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup nutritional yeast and a pinch of sea salt - process all together until finally ground up)
Fun additions
  • Kelp granuals
  • Crushed red pepper
Directions
  • Put everything in a food processor and run until smooth.
  • If you want it a bit thinner add water until desired consistency is reached. 
  • To eat this raw use as a dip for veggies or put over kelp noodles. Also fantastic with rice.  
Kelp Noodles

Wild and Basmati Rice

 This takes all of 5 minutes! What an easy way to make yourself a priority.

Facts from Tera Warner and Prescription for Nutritional Healing