After a long while of not buying anything for my kid that comes in a package, I succumbed to a few pouches (Trader’s has the best deal IMO and they are organic!), and a few cracker-type products. …and Ella’s. Oh, damn, they are so good (well, at least I believe this is what Alana thinks about them anyway), and although they aren’t too pricey, they seemed pretty darn easy to replicate. So, I finally went for it! …and they are probably a fraction of the cost of the real thing!
I looked around for some recipe inspo, and didn’t find much, so I truly just took the portions recommended for the flour (I used gluten free oat flour, since I try not to give Alana too many foods that contain gluten), and fruit portions, but then totally went rouge! Here’s what I came up with, and by the look on my daughter’s face (and the fact that she had one in each hand at one point) tells me they were a success! 🙂
Copycat Ella’s (Blueberry Banana Raisin)
1 cup gluten free oat flour
1/4 cup raisins
1 handful fresh organic blueberries
1 ripe banana
1 teensy pinch sea salt (optional)
4 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp flax meal
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, puree the oil, raisins, blueberries, and banana. Add sea salt (if using) and flax meal.
Move contents to a medium sized mixing bowl and fold in oat flour.
Shape about a tablespoon of your mixture into a “bar” shape (I used a little water on my hands because the mixture is a bit sticky) and line them up on your baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 min. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
I gotta say, I enjoyed the taste of them too (since I had to try them for myself). I love the feeling of making healthy foods for my daughter to enjoy. I know exactly what goes into them and I can be confident she’s eating clean and vegan!
What are some of your favorite plant based DIY kid’s snacks to make for your littles?
Are you a plant based mama, or want to be? Want to transition your family to become plant eaters? Are you pregnant and want to confidently grow your baby on a purely vegan based diet? Need guidance? Contact me! Alana is living proof that kids THRIVE on plants! Just look at those rolls! 😉
Well, hello there, 2017! It’s so nice to meet you!
I hope you all had an awesome time ringing in the New Year! Now, it’s time to revisit those goals and check in with how you are eating. So…how are you eating? Be honest! Are you “starting” a new diet this month?
My goal with my clients is NO DIETS. The goal is to help you transition to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, so that when the new year creeps up, it’s not some daunting task to weed out all the junk! The reality is that you can eat clean 90% of the time, and allow for those treats you love (within reason) around those special times of year or whenever you’d like. It’s not about living a restrictive life; it’s about enjoying an empowered one!
Here is a kick ass, detoxifying and energizing recipe to get you pumped for your first week of 2017! I call it my Green Power Protein Salad! It’s jam packed with nutrients, plant protein and healthy fat!
Green Power Protein Salad
Ingredients (serves 4):
•1 bunch organic kale (your favorite variety), rinsed well and chopped
•1 can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
•1/2 cup pre cooked quinoa
•1 avocado, chopped
•1/4 cup olive oil
•1 tsp apple cider vinegar
•1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
•Water, to thin, to your desired consistency
•Sea salt and pepper to taste
Whisk and drizzle over salad, then toss!
First, place kale in a big bowl with a bit of olive oil and massage for a few moments. This helps break this rough leafy green down a bit.
Place kale and other ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat.
Will store for about 3-4 days in tightly sealed container in fridge.
For more delicious and healthy recipes or to get started on your health related goals, contact me! It’s my joy and purpose to serve you! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
IF YOU TRULY WANT TO ACHIEVE HEALTH, YOU’VE GOT TO GET REAL WITH YOURSELF!
Coming this January: GET REAL GET HEALTHY, an online workshop!
Let’s GET REAL. It takes some commitment to get healthy, and it also takes getting real! Are you ready to finally lose weight and keep it off, have more energy than you know what to do with, know how to shop smarter and eat cleaner? Let’s get to the bottom of your road blocks and get you healthy once and for all. Once you take a real look inside, you can move past anything that’s holding you back and achieve sustainable health!!!
This workshop be done via Facebook, in a private group and will be a safe space for you to come to terms with any issues that may be holding you back from optimal health! Some issues may include time management, emotional eating, or having an on-going unhealthy relationship with food. We will discuss everything and support one another, and you’ll have access to me and my expert advice for an entire month!
The workshop will feature the following:
Live videos on health related topics
Live cooking demos
Easy, applicable ways to achieve sustainable health
Dates: Jan 2-Jan 31 / Cost: $75
Sign up here: https://www.paypal.me/healingthrufood/75
This is the perfect way to start 2017!! …and heck, it would even make a great gift for anyone on your list that wants to get healthy! You can totally sign up a friend or family member to join you on your journey!!
Even though this workshop will be online, space will be limited to a small amount of people, because I want to keep it somewhat intimate. Sign up NOW to secure your spot and know that once you get through the holidays, you’ve already committed to your plan of action to start the new year off as healthy as possible!! Go YOU!
Once you’ve signed up, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Your full name
Your name on Facebook (if it’s different)
Your best email address
I’ll email everyone closer to the date via MailChimp with more details!
I look forward to being your guide on this journey, and I’m confident you’ll learn a ton, but I’m also excited to get to know you and learn from YOU!
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll remember that I told you that making a raw vegan cheesecake was on my goals list. Not only was this recipe super easy, it was so delicious! I totally recommend investing in a spring-form pan, which you can easily purchase from Amazon for about $13.
I served this to some friends who came over for brunch, so it was my first time to try it, along with them! I always get a little nervous about these things, don’t you? Like, “here’s something I’ve never made, and it’s our only dessert, so I hope it doesn’t suck.” I *have* made things that suck (if anyone at Lotus is reading, how about that fiery chocolate pudding, lol!!) as I am not perfect and we all have kitchen fails once in a while. …but this, this did NOT suck. This was vegan cheesecake heaven. Light, not too sweet, not too dense, creamy, tangy, and just…you have to make it! Promise me you will!!
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup soft Medjool dates
¼ tsp. sea salt
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours, overnight is best
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/3 cup virgin, raw coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup coconut nectar
1 cup fresh, organic raspberries (thaw completely if using frozen)
1. Place nuts, dates and sea salt in a food processor and pulse to chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust longer than a chunky one). Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect. Scoop out crust mixture in a 7” spring-form pan and press firmly, making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base even throughout.
2. Warm coconut oil and coconut nectar in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Whisk to combine.
3. in your food processor or a high powered blender (such a VitaMix) place all filling ingredients (except raspberries) and blend on high until very smooth (this make take a couple minutes, so be patient).
4. Pour about 2/3 (you don’t have to be exact–hard to mess up this recipe) of the mixture out onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Add the raspberries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth. Pour onto the first layer of filling. Place in freezer until solid.
5. To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating. Run a smooth, sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices. Serve on its own, or with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the freezer.
For more delicious and guilt-free recipes such as these, or for personalized coaching, contact me! I look forward to being of service to you!
I just picked up some organic figs from Whole Foods the other day, and woke up this morning and thought, “I need to make a fig-centric smoothie”. I typically use a chocolate flavored plant-based protein powder, and I didn’t want a “chocolate/fig” thing goin’ on, but I definitely wanted protein, so that’s why I thought macadamia nuts would be a good pair!
Figs are naturally high in fiber and potassium. They are also helpful for fertility as they contain a lot of iron, which are important for healthy eggs and ovulation.
I also sweetened this with yacon syrup, and if you don’t know much about yacon syrup, let me tell you about how wonderful it is!
Yacon syrup is extremely low GI, and safe for diabetics AND for candida! It won’t feed bad bacteria. Also, it contains fructooligosaccharides, which are PRE-biotics (food that feed GOOD bacteria). It has the consistency kind of like a thinner molasses, I suppose, and it’s rich in flavor, as it comes from a tuber native to South America.
Behold–the Macadamia Fig Smoothie!
1.5 cups almond milk
4 fresh figs
2 tbsp. macadamia nuts
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. yacon syrup
Blend away and enjoy!
Tell me…what is your favorite way to enjoy figs?
For more delicious recipes or personalized nutrition plans, contact me! I’m happy to be of service to you! xo-Dori
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing a food demo in an Ayurvedic Immersion class that was taught by Travis Eliot at Santa Monica Yoga. I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training with he and his amazing wife, Lauren Eckstrom last year. I admit, I don’t have extensive knowledge in Ayurveda, but I do find it very interesting! I have seen a couple of Ayurvedic practitioners in the past, and have even tried diet recommendations to help with the issues I went to see these people for. I believe in the power of Ayurveda. Heck, it’s *only* 5,000 years old. 😉
So, when it came to the food demo, I was a tad limited, since I would not have access to a kitchen. Travis originally asked if I would be willing to make kitchari, which is a sort of porridge, and it would have been awesome, but alas, no stove.
I chose two foods that I could do with minimal cooking requirements; Golden Turmeric Milk and Ayurvedic Bliss Balls. All these required were my Vitamix blender and my food processor!
I thought I would share these recipes with you, so you would have the chance to experience some of the healing benefits in these foods. They call for the use of some pretty healing and delicious spices; cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and saffron. Before I get into the recipes, I want to share with you the benefits of these particular spices. I am a nutrition educator, after all! 😉
Known as the “Queen of Spices”
Good for detox, digestion, and is considered an antioxidant
Mentioned in the Vedic texts as antidepressant
One of the most expensive spices next to vanilla and saffron
2 types of cinnamon on the market: Ceylon & Cassia – Cassia is most common and cheaper, Ceylon is “true” cinnamon, and more expensive
Cinnamon pacifies Vata and Kapha doshas, but it may aggravate Pitta dosha if taken in excess. It has a sweet, pungent, and bitter taste, it is heating, and has a pungent vipak or aftertaste
Excellent for digestion, nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness
There is an ayurvedic sutra (verse) that says that everyone should eat fresh ginger just before lunch and dinner to enhance digestion.
Antioxidant / anti-cancer
Every traditional Indian bride is layered in turmeric paste before her wedding to create that special glow!!
Used in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, though in excess, it can aggravate pitta and vata.
Most expensive spice on the market (roughly $8 per oz.)
Dried stigma of Crocus plant
Helps pacify all three doshas. It improves immunity, increases energy, helps fight phlegm and respiratory disorders, improves vision and reduces inflammation. Its tonic can lower cholesterol, improve digestion and help treat spleen ailments, insomnia, impotency, premenstrual syndrome and neurodegenerative disorders.
Now, here’s what you can make with all of the above!! Enjoy!
Golden Turmeric Milk – traditionally, this recipe uses ghee (clarified butter), and is served warm. My version is vegan and sort of a “cheater” easy version that can be served warm or cold
2 cups almond milk
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or you can use coconut nectar or stevia, if trying to avoid sugar)
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Serve cold, or warm gently in a small pot over the stove to enjoy warm.
Ayurvedic Bliss Balls – bliss balls are amazing because you can pretty much add in or remove any ingredient that doesn’t work for you, and since they are raw, the proportions do not have to be exact. Play around and create your favorite version!
1 C dry coconut flakes
1/4 C raw almonds
1/4 C raw sesame seeds
1/4 C raw sunflower seeds
1 C Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
5-6 saffron strands
Process all ingredients in your food processor and roll into bite sized balls. Can store in the fridge for 1 week.
For more information on Ayurveda, you can contact Travis, although, his focus is on teaching yoga and teacher trainings. He is definitely an expert though! Another amazing resource and friend of mine is Dr. Aunna Pourang, who is an Ayurvedic MD!!! Check her out here.
For nutrition coaching and more super healthy and easy recipes, contact me! As always, I’m happy to be of service to you!!
Let’s chat about sun protection! Well, for starters, my DIY version is technically sunBLOCK, not sunSCREEN, since it contains the mineral zinc oxide (other sunblocks may contain titanium). Sunblocks protect against UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb UV radiation and reduce the amount that reaches the skin.
Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that can disrupt endocrine function and may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical damage. Uh, oh, right? According to the FDA, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen!
Sunblocks physically prevent UV radiation from reaching the skin. Sunscreens tend to be transparent and are invisible when applied, whereas sunblocks are thicker (whiter) and remain visible when applied and are more difficult to wash off than sunscreens. The appeal of sunscreens is the fact that they blend more into the skin, while sunblocks do not.
So, most of you know, I have an infant, who is now 16 months old, and we live in sunny southern California. I dug around through tons of articles trying to find a safe option for my baby, and most products are not recommended for children until 6 months of age, and even after that, there are only a handful of “safe” products to choose from. I was torn, since I like to go outside with my baby, but didn’t want to risk exposing her to harmful sun rays with no protection, so I just made my own.
The secret ingredient is NON-nano zinc oxide. There’s a lot of info out there on nano vs. non-nano, and here’s the difference: A nano particle will enter the blood stream, but a non-nano will not. For that reason, non-nano is safer. Chemical sunscreens will enter the bloodstream, so that is why they are not preferred–unless you like being at risk for skin cancer. 🙁
So, why not give this safe version a try! It’s so easy, and you can feel good about using it on your skin, and your whole family’s skin! Please always check with your pediatrician and do what feels right for you and your baby regarding skin care and sun exposure.
1 tbsp. pomegranate oil
3/4 cup virgin, organic coconut oil
2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide powder
2 tbsp. shea butter
Small glass jar
Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a jar.
Place a saucepan with a bit of water on stove over medium/low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
Once all ingredients are combined, add in zinc oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.
*You can add 10 drops of essential oil to your sunblock, if desired, but do not use citrus scents as these actually increase UV damage.
Also, it may tend to melt at super hot temperatures, so store in a cool place.
For more tips and tricks on how to live a healthier life, or for one on one coaching, contact me! I’m happy to be of service to you and your family!
We recently took a trip up to the Bay area (Marin and San Francisco, to be exact), and while in Marin, we visited the Marin Country Mart for their farmers market. It was pure heaven, with the most amazing and beautiful looking local produce! My favorite thing though, was this date treat I got from a stand that sold dates. The treat had ginger, dates, coconut and…I totally forgot what else, SO, I made up my own, inspired by that treat. This is unlike the traditional “tried and true” bliss balls I make. This one has a kick–a spicy, ginger-y kick! If you love ginger as much as I do, you’re gonna love ’em!!!
GINGER DREAM BLISS BALLS
12-14 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup crystalized ginger
1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1/3 cup coconut flakes
Blend dates and ginger in your food processor until a nice round ball forms.
Add your coconut and cashews and process until combined well. You may have to scrape down the sides a couple of times.
Form into balls (you decide how big or small to make them). Should make about 12-15 regular-sized bliss balls.
I absolutely LOVE getting inspired by things I’ve tasted or admire. It’s so fun to play around–especially with raw treats, because you can’t really mess ’em up! When it comes to the kitchen, I have no fear! What do you have to lose? The kitchen should inspire fun and play!
What are you inspired by?
If you’re inspired to get healthy, and don’t know where to start, contact me! It’s my life’s purpose to help YOU find health and happiness through FOOD!
Hi-my name is Dori, and I live in a multivore household. What’s that, you ask? Well, that just means that I’m a vegan (herbivore), and my husband, Joey is well, not a vegan (he’s an omnivore…well, more of a carnivore actually, lol). Little baby Alana is vegan as of right now because she doesn’t have a choice, but when she can make her own decisions about what to eat, I will do my best to educate her on what being an omnivore means and let her choose for herself.
I admit, living with a meat-eater has its challenges. First off, ethically, it took me a while to accept and to accept him as he made his choice to start including animals again (see, my husband was vegan when I met him, albeit, for a really short amount of time–maybe so I would go out with him, ha ha ha–kidding!). In his defense, he *is* from Texas, ha ha, the land of BBQ. I love him dearly and cannot and would not expect him to succumb to my way of eating. That’s not what marriage is; it’s about acceptance and compromise. It’s not about you conforming or making your spouse conform to your belief system, as much as you may want them to.
Right now, as our daughter consumes nothing but mama’s milk, we have no issues, and when we introduce food in 3 months, the foods that are recommended to start with are naturally vegan anyway (avocado, banana, sweet potato, peas, etc.–yay!). I have a few friends who live in multivore households, and they somehow make it work. I intend to as well. I look to my vegan community for support and answers to questions on what they would do or how they would handle certain situations.
So, how do we get by?
“Veganizing” recipes is one way we get through our day-to-day. I make many foods and just prepare vegan versions of them (subbing things like meat/poultry, eggs, milk and cheese with vegan counterparts such as almond milk, Beyond Meat, or Daiya cheese).
Also, my husband eats what he wants, and I eat what I want. During the day, when he goes to work, I have no idea what he consumes, but my guess is, it ain’t all salads and meat substitutes. I stopped asking what he had for lunch because I usually don’t want to know, ha ha!
We try to respect each other’s choices. I used to have a rule about “no meat in the house”, and I still do not prefer storing animal products (although, we do have eggs, cheese and sometimes fish in our home), but he may bring in something very rarely that he enjoys. 99% of the time, he eats vegan while at home. He would never expect me to cook animal flesh for him. If he’d like animal products, he’s responsible for purchasing and preparing them, for the most part.
We always cook vegan when having company over for dinner. This has never been an issue. In fact, Joey has never once asked me to cook animals for guests. We love hosting, and I love cooking, and Joey is sweet and eats whatever I make on these (now, rare) occasions.
Another way we get along is going to restaurants that have foods for us both. Living in LA, there are a multitude of delicious plant-based restaurants, and I have pretty much tried them all. At one point, that’s all we did was go to strictly vegan restaurants, which I know bothered my husband. There is only so much kale a man can take, ya know? Thankfully, LA also provides plenty of “regular” restaurants with vegan options–more and more each day! So, going out has gotten a lot more interesting and fun for us both.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to veganize most recipes, and so I wanted to include one of my husband’s favorite meals here: enchiladas! I think my vegan version is beyond just acceptable as an alternative, but also pretty darn good, and I’m hoping one day in the not too distant future, my daughter will enjoy them too.
VEGAN BLACK BEAN & CHEESE ENCHILADAS (inspired by Oh She Glows)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 15-oz can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
8-12 corn tortillas (how ever many fit in your casserole dish)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I use a cast iron skillet to make my enchiladas, but you can use a regular 8×12 baking dish, as well.
2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add the black beans. Raise the heat to medium high and cook for a few minutes.
5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (see recipe below).
6. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Scoop filling into each tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in the baking dish. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. If you have leftover filling, scoop it on top of the enchiladas.
7. Sprinkle your Daiya chedder lovingly over the top of enchiladas.
8. Bake the enchiladas uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until the sauce is a deep red color, cheese is melted, and the enchiladas are heated through.
For Enchilada Sauce:
2 tablespoons vegan butter or extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use coconut flour)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 scant cup (8 ounces) tomato paste (or you can use an 8 oz can of plain tomato sauce)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt or other fine sea salt
In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat or add the oil and increase heat to medium.
Stir in the flour until a paste forms (depending on your type of flour, it may be thicker or thinner).
Stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, and cayenne pepper until combined. Cook for a couple minutes over medium heat until fragrant.
Stir in the tomato paste (or sauce) followed by the broth. Whisk until smooth.
Bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Stir in salt to taste and continue simmering until thickened for about 5 minutes, or longer if desired.
Are you living in a multivore household? What are some of your tips and tricks to keep the peace? Also, if you’re vegan, would you consider dating or marrying someone who was not vegan and why? Chime in!
For personalized nutrition or food coaching, contact me! I’ll give you a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation so we can chat about your goals and come up with your plan!!! Can’t wait to hear from you!
So, have you ever heard of aquafaba? I hadn’t either up until a couple of days ago, when my mom forwarded me an article about it. It turns out, it’s very handy as a vegan egg white substitute! …and it’s the water you typically discard from your can of chickpeas! I suppose “aquafaba” sounds a lot sexier than “chickpea water” or “bean water”, but it makes sense: aqua (water) faba (bean). So, as you may have guessed, I had to try this; immediately. I actually took a trip to Trader Joe’s today specifically for a couple cans of chickpeas (I like to make my own hummus as well, and needed to make that, too–win/win!).
I was also thrilled to be able to break out my KitchenAid mixer to make these meringues! I like, NEVER use the thing. It just sits there looking all pretty and fancy on my counter.
Okay, so this recipe couldn’t be any easier! It was so fun, too!! I hope you’ll give it a try!
6 tbsp chickpea brine (water from canned chickpeas–room temperature)
3/4 cup fine sugar (I used organic cane, but you can probably try it with xylitol or other sugar alcohols to keep them sugar free–please don’t use Splenda or any other artificial sweeteners)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Add chickpea brine and cream of tartar to bowl of stand mixer and mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minutes until it starts to get foamy.
While it’s mixing, add sugar and mix until it dissolves completely.
Add in salt.
As your mixture becomes thicker, drizzle in your vanilla.
Continue mixing until it looks glossy and stiff peaks form. This should take about 7-12 minutes.
Scoop out about a tbsp of your meringue and drop onto your cookie sheet (you can get fancy and use a pastry bag, but I don’t have one).
Bake for 45 min, and then shut oven off. DO NOT OPEN OVEN. Leave the cookies in the oven for an hour to dry out.
Remove from oven and let cool before storing in airtight container.
Also, big thanks to my daughter, Alana for napping and then “allowing” me to play in the kitchen today! She’s an excellent sous chef!