Wheatgrass Lemon Tonic

WheatGrass Lemon Tonic

Beverages | September 26, 2016 | By

When starting your health journey one of the things you will often hear about is the healing benefits of wheatgrass. What you’ll soon learn is that the taste isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Their are many that say it taste good but lets be honest here, it’s an acquired taste, that I haven’t yet gotten use to. This wheatgrass lemon tonic recipe is to help make it taste better while still giving you the amazing health benefits that got you interested in it in the first place. 

Wheatgrass Lemon Tonic 

Even though I’d rather drink a tall glass of green juice, this small shot of wheatgrass makes a BIG difference in how my body feels. I feel so vibrant and full of energy! It’s enough to keep me coming back for more. Here are some of the benefits.

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Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is nature’s most powerful healing elixir. Some say that a shot of this green goodness is equivalent to 5 pounds of the best organic vegetables. I’m not sure if that’s really true but it sure feels pretty close. 

Wheatgrass is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients. Wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood. I recommend adding this wheatgrass lemon tonic to your spring or summer cleanse. I do one every year when my body craves a reboot.  

Wheatgrass contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, which I think is so cool! This includes phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It also bears more vitamin A and C than oranges and carrots and is rich in vitamins E, K, and B. Wheatgrass is also a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and about 20% of total calories coming from the protein. 

One of the main benefits is… Chlorophyll. This gives it it’s dark leafy color and is what makes wheatgrass so powerful. Chlorophyll reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odor, and prevents cancer. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, making it a concentrated carrier of the sun’s life force energy.

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Benefits Include.

  • weight loss
  • reduced food cravings
  • improved immunity
  • improved digestion
  • minimized body odor
  • prevent tooth decay
  • cleanse the liver
  • minimize acne
  • fight infections
  • increase fertility
  • and so much more!

If you haven’t jumped on the wheatgrass train, it’s still not too late. Start with this recipe if your are struggling to add it to your routine and soon you will be well on your way to gaining all the powerful health benefits wheatgrass has to offer.

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How To Buy Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass comes in many forms. You can buy frozen, powdered, or straight up grass from the supermarkets. I always recommend buying it fresh. When the wheatgrass is frozen or powdered you inevitably lose some of the nutrients. Which is really the main reason we drink these miracle greens. For the serious health enthusiast, which I haven’t gotten to that level, you can even grow it your own home.

But if your just buying wheatgrass, make sure it is organic and grown outdoors. Organic wheatgrass will be free from chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. 

For those that don’t have access to fresh wheatgrass, wheatgrass powders still offer a lot of benefit. Here are some of the best ones I found. 

  • Now Foods Wheatgrass Powder is a certified organic powder which you can find almost anywhere at a relatively low price. 
  • Amazing Grass Wheatgrass Powder is a certified organic powder, raw and locally dehydrated.
  • Navitas Naturals Wheatgrass Powder is a certified organic powder that is freeze-dried to create a concentrated powder.

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How To Juice Wheatgrass

If your growing your own wheatgrass and it’s ready to harvest (usually 4-6 inches in height), cut them with a sharp scissors above the roots. I recommend cutting the plant just before juicing. The fresher, the better!

When incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet, start with 1 ounce per day and slowly graduate to 2 ounces per day. You don’t need more. Many recommend getting a special wheat grass juicer. I use my masticating Omega juicer and it work great.

If you don’t have a juicer, you can still gain the benefits by using a high speed blender. Simply place the greens with a little water and blend them for at least one minute. I like to throw in a couple ice cubes so that it does get to warm from the blender. Then strain it using a fine cloth or filter. 

Wheatgrass Lemon Tonic
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Recipe type: juice
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Ingredients
  • 1 handful or fresh wheatgrass
  • ½ lemon (juice)
  • or
  • 1 recommended serving of wheatgrass powder
  • ½ lemon (juice)
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. To make your own wheatgrass juice, get a handful of fresh wheat grass and put it through a wheatgrass juicer or masticating juicer. Do not use a regular juicer, as the wheat grass could clog up the juicer and break it. If you use a blender, make sure to add water and strain the puree through a sieve or strainer.
  2. To make a wheat grass powder shot. Simply pour approximately 1 cup of water into the blender and add the recommended daily amount of wheatgrass powder. Blend until the wheatgrass powder is uniformly mixed into the water. Squeeze half of a lemon. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
Notes
Optional: Add 4-5 grapes if you still are having problems drink.

How To Store Wheatgrass

When purchasing fresh wheatgrass you want to make sure that you store it properly. Be sure to clean and pat off dirt and soil and brush with a soft clean cloth. Place the grass in airtight containers or re-sealable plastic bags and place it in the refrigerator. This can be kept for seven days. Take out the required quantity, juice it and consume it immediately.

How to Preserve Wheatgrass juice

Not everyone has the time to make fresh wheatgrass juice everyday. For me I don’t like the idea of so much effort going into one small shot.  So I like to make it all at one time and preserve it. This is pretty tricky since the wheatgrass juice loses its potency very quickly.

So, I recommend after making a big batch, freeze it right away by pouring into ice trays. Place the trays in re-sealable plastic bags and place in the freezer. The valuable nutrients gets preserved and less oxygen penetrates the juice. After freezing it for about four hours, you can use the cubes easily by taking out a couple cubes and placing them in a small cup to defrost, 2 cubes are sufficient for a serving size.

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It has been a struggle for me to add this to my regular routine. It wasn’t until I read  on a forum that adding lemon was a great alternative to overcoming the foul taste and smell. Now I am able to drink this like normal (without the gag reflex). I usually buy fresh wheatgrass in cycles but always have powdered wheatgrass in my fridge. I also like to add it to my green smoothies some days but taking on it’s own is always great. 

I hope this post is helpful with getting you to down those wheatgrass shots. Hopefully you will give it a try and if you do please tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural or, maybe your not ready to try wheatgrass just yet, well pin it on Pinterest for later. I love seeing what you all are doing to stay healthy :)

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Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding

Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding

Breakfast | August 31, 2016 | By

Since I’m pretty busy during the week I like to keep breakfast pretty simple, My Green Monster Energy Blast is what’s been doing it for me lately. My kids however have been getting bored with the green smoothie every morning and have been asking me for something different. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been making the same smoothie every morning for who knows how long. But since I do love a challenge I decide to try something that was simple for me and tasty for them and chia pudding seemed to be my savior for this dilemma. Introducing my simple cashew cream chia pudding recipe. 

Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding

Simple Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Inspired by my children’s need for variety, I hope it stays a favorite for a good while. I usually make a large batch on Monday morning, which is my batch cooking/ meal prep day. It ends up lasting me till about Thursday. It’s so easy to prepare, my kids eat it up. I’m considering making a double batch so that us parents can enjoy it too. 

Simple Chia Seed Pudding

This simple cashew cream chia pudding recipe is so convent for our family, my kids can easy make their own little bowl with some sliced banana or frozen blueberries. They still have it with a side of green smoothie since I’m a BIG believer in greens for breakfast! 

A nutrient dense chia pudding, making this a gray option for breakfast. It’s also full of fiber, protein, Omega-3s and minerals.

These small chia seeds plump up into little jello balls when they rest in water/ liquid. I often see them floating around in bottles of kombucha these days. 

Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding

Another great think about this recipe is that is can be used as a base and modified by adding your favorite fruits and/ or nuts. It’s so rich, creamy and decadent, that I’ve even served it as a dessert. I just drizzled a little coconut nectar on top and voila!  

Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding

Simple Cashew Cream Chia Pudding
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Serves: 32 oz
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cashews (soaked)
  • 2½ cups filtered water
  • 6-8 dates (soaked & pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender place cashews, dates, vanilla, water, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer cashew cream into a 32 oz wide month mason jar and pour in chia seeds. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Let sit for 1-2 hours. Give it a stir. Let sit for another 30 minutes. At this point, the chia seeds should be plump and ready to serve.
  4. For best results cover and refrigerate overnight or for about 8 hours. Garnish with chopped nuts and fresh or dried fruit if you have it.
  5. Add more milk to achieve the desired consistency. Use within 4-5 days.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 137 Fat: 5.2g Saturated fat: 0.8g Carbohydrates: 21.8g Sugar: 13.1g Fiber: 4.3g Protein: 3.1g Cholesterol: 0g

 

What’s your favorite chia pudding combos? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve my recipes for you. I love seeing what you all come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural. And like always stay tuned for more healthy recipes :)

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Chia seeds are a good source of vitamins such as vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin E. Chia seeds have no cholesterol and are good sources of antioxidants. They contain very high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which have many benefits in terms of healthy aging. The carbohydrates present in chia seeds are released slowly and are therefore ideal for diabetics. Chia seeds have a high amount of dietary fiber and protein. Some of the health benefits include controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels, improving the digestive system, boosting heart health, controlling hypertension, and they even contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Chia Seed Energy Bites

Chia Seed Energy Bites

Breakfast, Side Dishes | August 18, 2016 | By

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself during my health journey, is that I absolutely must have snacks available to me throughout the day. This either consists of fruits, trail mix or no bake energy bites! These tasty chia seed energy bites are my favorite addition to my weekly meal prep routine.  They are so simple to make and I’m excited to finally share them with you all. 

Chia Seed Energy Bites

They’re nutrient dense, calorie dense to keep you fueled throughout the day and help curb hunger; filled with fiber, plant-based proteins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. You have to give them a try! They are great as a mid-day snack, post work out, dessert, you name it. 

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I like to make a BIG batch and eat them throughout the week. It’s been a game changer for me as it helps to keep me energized and gives me something tasty to look forward to. 

These chia seed energy bites are sweet but not too sweet and have a nice chewy texture. I like to make them with almonds and cashews as I think the combination goes great together, but you can easily swap the nuts for any other variety. You can even add in some chocolate or maybe lemon zest. Yum!

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I recommend making a couple batches of this recipe and storing half in the fridge to use throughout the week and the other half in the freezer for later to thaw out when you’re in need of an emergency snack. This has saved me many times and is great if your at the beginning stages of your health journey and still might be struggling with late night cravings. It’s no fun recovering from a late night junk food binge. 

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Chia Seed Energy Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 9
 
These chia seed energy bites are easy to make and are the perfect healthy snack!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 6-8 dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into your food processor. Pulse until dough like consistency.
  2. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.)
  4. Makes about 9-12 balls.
Notes
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 9 Calories: 181 Fat: 9.2g Saturated fat: 2.2g Carbohydrates: 23.4g Fiber: 4.3g Protein: 4.3g Cholesterol: 0g

 

Many of you have been requesting a simple, quick, on the go snack, so I hope you give these a try and if you do please tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural or, pin it on Pinterest for later. I love seeing what you all are cooking up in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more healthy recipes!

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Health Benefits

Chia seeds are a good source of vitamins such as vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin E. Chia seeds have no cholesterol and are good sources of antioxidants. They contain very high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which have many benefits in terms of healthy aging. The carbohydrates present in chia seeds are released slowly and are therefore ideal for diabetics. Chia seeds have a high amount of dietary fiber and protein. Some of the health benefits include controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels, improving the digestive system, boosting heart health, controlling hypertension, and they even contain anti-inflammatory properties. 

Vegan Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins

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Breakfast, Desserts | August 17, 2016 | By

I don’t know about you, but often it seems that however I begin the day — whether it’s with a healthy or not-so-healthy breakfast — it usually sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I love my Green Monster Energy Blast for breakfast, it’s my favorite way to start my day. But I know for some this isn’t quiet enough to get you going in the early morning hours. Especially for those that commute to work and need a healthy alternative in the “grab and go” category. These vegan blueberry banana spelt muffins are just for you!

Vegan Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins

It’s not a surprise that this recipe turned out to be absolutely delicious!  The blueberries and banana’s in this recipe give it a natural sweetness. Definitely not as sweet and buttery as the processed store bought blueberry muffins (that are often loaded with butter/oil, eggs, milk and a ton of sugar), but I thought my healthier twist was still completely satisfying.  I especially loved the hint of lemon in the mix — delicious, a perfect touch of tangy zest :)

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These plant-based blueberry muffins would make for a lovely brunch or weekend breakfast item too. They are also sweet enough to be enjoyed as a dessert but still subtle enough to maintain your sugars before whining down before bed.

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I often give these to my kids as a mid-day snack with some sliced apples and almond butter. This makes their day!

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Oh and these vegan blueberry banana spelt muffins aren’t just delicious, they are ridiculously simple to make. 

Just basic ingredients and methods required. Lately I’ve been using sprouted spelt flour for most of my baked goods but if your gluten intolerant just substitute the flour for your favorite gluten free alternative. 

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Vegan Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins
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Serves: 6
 
Simple Blueberry Banana Muffins with a hint of lemon. Tender, moist, hearty and entirely vegan. The perfect healthy snack or breakfast on the go!
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup wild blueberries
  • 1 cup sprouted spelt flour
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice + lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl combine smashed banana, almond milk and lemon juice. Set aside to allow milk to curdle.
  3. In a larger bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. Mix together sugar, coconut oil, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Add almond milk mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients until well incorporated. Be careful not to overmix - a few lumps are okay. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Spoon into muffin tins, filling each cup about ¾ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from heat and allow muffins to cool before removing from pan. Enjoy!

 

As always, if you give this recipe a try we hope you love it! Let us know if you do by leaving a comment or taking a picture and tagging us on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural. We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers and happy baking!

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Health Benefits

Blueberries are high in antioxidants and help to boost the body’s immune system. They are also high in vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, anthocyanin, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc. This protects the body and fights against viral and bacterial infections. Blueberries also help to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They are great for energizing the body, aiding in weight loss, and lowering cholesterol levels naturally. Blueberries are great source for fiber intake, which helps to reduce constipation and improve digestion. The high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of blueberries build a protective layer around the brain to fight against the signs of aging. 

Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe

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Desserts | August 10, 2016 | By

When I first heard about black bean brownies I have to say I was a bit intrigued. I love food with a creative flare, especially those that have a healthy twist on things. It took me a while to finally give it a try but when I did I have to say I was shocked at how good it tasted (nothing close to black beans). This vegan black bean banana brownie recipe is my own version of flare. I promise you will love it. 

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As a food blogger I’m constantly trying different combinations of foods, flavors, and ingredients. This fully plant powered vegan brownie is made with both black beans and bananas. A combination thats delicious, sweet and fudgy, making these one of the best brownies I’ve ever had. Not to mention they are full of healthy fibers, plant proteins, and a ton of other feel good ingredients. 

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When I first made this recipe it was a total flop. It was so soft that you had to eat it with a spoon. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty but a little too gooey for my liking. After a couple of tries I got it right. What can I say, some recipes come out perfect but other take a few tries. Luckily the flops are still enjoyable in our home. 

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These vegan black bean banana brownies are 100% flour less, nut-free, dairy free, free of refine sugars and 1000% delicious. It’s so good its hard not to eat the whole thing. When I make these, I like to add a scoop of banana ice cream and if I’m really feeling creative I will make the chocolate sauce from my raw vegan chocolate dipped strawberry hearts recipe and drizzle it on top. So yummy! 

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Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe
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Serves: 9
 
A simple flour less brownie recipe. This is great for gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free baking. Made with wholesome ingredient high in protein, fiber, and other good-for-you ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups black beans (2 cans black beans)
  • 2 bananas
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8-10 soaked dates
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make sure you've rinsed and drained your black beans. Add them to your food processor.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (banana, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, soaked dates and vanilla) and puree until smooth for about 3 minutes. Last add 2 tsp baking powder and pulse until blended thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9x9 square baking dish and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting and removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently. Enjoy!
Notes
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate to keep longer.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 296 Fat: 3.6g Saturated fat: 2.4g Sugar: 23.2g Fiber: 10.9g Protein: 11.8g Cholesterol: 0g

 

I hope you give this black bean brownies a try and if you do please tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural, I love to see what you guys are baking in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more healthy plant-based recipes and other tips on eating well and living life naturally :)

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Health Benefits

Black beans are very high in fiber and protein. They are also rich with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, calcium, iron, and manganese. Black beans also have high levels of flavonoids, which have antioxidant abilities, particularly anthocyanin, and contain some omega-3 fatty acids. Black beans aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming black beans can also aid in digestive health and the regulation of the body’s blood sugar levels. They are beneficial for various nervous system functions, reducing the chances of birth defects, neutralize the negative effects of sulfites, and even prevent impotence (Erectile dysfunction) in men.