Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lately Loving Instagram

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Hello my loves!

I have to say it's getting very close to my new website launch!  I am so excited about this I have been working on my new website for months and months and its coming along beautifully!  With that said, I haven't had a lot of time to blog all of my delicious recipes,  so I have been instead using instagram as my mini blog, and posting recipes and awesome pictures on there!

My latest recipes on Instagram have been

Carob Pumpkin Butter Cups with Hemp Seed Sprinkles

Pumpkin Hummus

Goddess Green Juice

Buckwheat Pancakes

Pumpkin, Quinoa Gluten-free Oatmeal

Carrot Cranberry Juice

I also post about gluten-free finds in random places like Costco!

In addition to gorgeous recipes I also post a lot of quotes, book reviews and cooking apps that inspire me.

So…

I want to invite all of you to fall in love with Goodie Goodie Gluten-free on Instagram!



xx Julie 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Blueberry Pie Smoothie

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I just added a new and amazing ingredient to my smoothie repertoire!  So excited that I must share the treasure with you guys!

The mission behind this add?  To get my smoothies thicker without using bananas or avocado.

The verdict?  Totally awesome!

The add?  Pumpkin puree (from a can)!  No you don't have to buy the pumpkin, cut it open and puree it yourself.  That's just too much work, unless you of course want to…

Make sure you read the pumpkin puree label for the gluten-free type!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 cup melted blueberries plus syrup (about 1 1/2 cups non melted)

2 tsp. hemp seeds

2 T. pumpkin seeds

4 T. pumpkin puree 

1 Medjool Date 

1/2 scoop Sun Warrior Rice Protein Powder (non-flavored) (You can sub in vanilla flavored)

1/2 Tigernut milk (use any non-dairy milk you want)

1/2 cup water

7 ice cubes plus additional ice cubes for serving

Optional Superfood add-1 tsp. Maca Root powder


DIRECTIONS: 

1.  Melt blueberries in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 1 minute intervals until the blueberries are warmed and a bit soupy.  You will have about 1 tablespoon of syrup.  Minimum 1 minute-Max 2.5 minutes.

2.  Add 4 ice cubes and all ingredients into high speed blender and blend until smooth.

3.  If you want it extra sweet now's the time to add in an additional Medjool Date

4. Add an additional 3 ice cubes and blend.

Serves 2 medium size smoothies or 1 huge Queen Smoothie.


Serve on the rocks (ice) with a fun straw and enjoy!


TIPS: 
-when you melt blueberries it will require more for the smoothie.
-seeds are a great vegetarian way to get iron, minerals and protein
-protein powder added to smoothies makes you full longer.
-any non-dairy milk can be used in a smoothie either fresh or homemade such as Quinoa milk, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Walnut Milk, Cashew Nut Milk, Oat Milk, Hemp Milk…
-Tigernuts are not a nut but a vegetable root-this is totally nut free
-choose unsweetened non dairy milks because they contain no added sugar

xx Julie


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

My First Time at Daybreaker

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What is DAYBREAKER?

Daybreaker is an a.m. sober dance party starting at 6a.m. - 9a.m..  These are rotating parties, never held at the same place and only held every two-three weeks.  The event is rotated throughout Manhattan (amongst other hot cities), and you never know where it's going to be until you get that email.  This is a word of mouth celebration of the present.  These parties are exclusive and a best kept secret.  You send an email asking to be invited, you wait for a confirmation that you have been invited, and about 1 week prior to the scheduled event you get the email.  That special email that gives you a password so you can buy tickets and rejoice in this beautiful experience.  Only at that point are you given a little more information.  Tickets are not expensive, and quite reasonable.

Sometimes there is one hour of yoga prior to the event, depending on where and when the event is held.  In addition to dancing, the party is sponsored by some awesome health and wellness brands that supply veggie juices, nut bars, coconut water and other awesome beverages all the while dancing to House music by some of the top D.J.'s.  There are dancers, people dressed in costumes and a host that provides inspirational shout-out's throughout the event.



Daybreaker MISSION:

The mission behind Daybreaker, is to remain in the present by dancing your face off and experiencing the love.  How does one stay in the present?  Stay sober, hydrate, dance, feel, experience, love and be the light.  You are here to witness miracles.  And you certainly cannot do that under the influence of drugs and alcohol.



I was lucky because it was gorgeously warm out for a Fall day at 6 a.m. 70 degrees.  No cardigan needed. The air was warm, the streets were surprisingly filled with people yet the city was quiet.  It was surreal.  This whole experience was surreal.

It was so weird for me to get up at 6 a.m. while it was still pitch black outside with the idea that I had to throw on night clothes yet it was only morning.  I had a carrot and plum juice prepared along with my decaf iced hemp coffee and a load of water because I knew I was going to need all of that to survive.  I downed all of this before I left.  I was ready!



                                            **my essentials-pre-party prep

Ready for a Bat Mitzvah meets Manhattan club scene meets Aerobics class with my flash tattoos, neon green necklaces and my groovy outfit that consisted of Kelly green bell bottoms and a Neon Pink top with dangling crystal earrings.  I really didn't know what I was in store for.  I wasn't given a lot of information, just a show up, and be there for an amazing morning.  

I walked out of my lobby confident and excited and got so many stares as If I was doing the walk of shame home.  My body was confused.  I was confused.  I couldn't believe I had followed through on my promise on getting up EARLY at the butt crack of dawn.  But this is what I was trying to correct by attending.

And what an experience it was!  We were one of the first ones there.  There was no alcohol to get people comfortable, there was actually no time for that.  It was all about the here, the now, the present.  And it was time to groove.  After 1 1/2 hours of straight dancing, my body was so exhausted I just swayed to the music with my eyes closed for the remaining last half hour.


Live, Love, Wander




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And it wasn't just dancing.  It was dancing with a purpose.  Dance to enjoy.  Dance to love.  Dance to be.  And all before 9 a.m.  There were many other artists besides D.J.'s that blessed us with their musical presence.  I don't want to ruin it for you so mums the word.

After it was over, there were a few musical guest appearances, a poet and even a dog comedian!  It was so nice to see so many sober individuals yearning to have fun in their own individual ways.  So many like minds.  Like presences.  So much bliss.  I felt like I was in a space where miracles were cultivating.  This wasn't about drugs and partying.  This was about life and love.  And everybody there was present and kind natured.


"You win some, you loose some
But I say be glad you had some
We all have demons and wet dreams and insecurities and personal issues
We are all strong and weak 
We are one people with ONE mission
And that, is to live your life like your life depended on it
If people would stop judging us by the colors of our skins
and instead judging us by the color in our minds,
Life would be the greatest masterpiece on your canvas"

-Oveous

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I have to admit after leaving Daybreaker, I couldn't walk for days, I was so sore!  I have never done such hardcore dancing at such an early hour for such a long time.  It was like a fun bootcamp.  It took me three days to get back on track, I felt like I was so jet lagged.  But the best part?  I corrected my sleeping pattern which is a gorgeous thing, since sleep is so sacred.

What I loved about this event, and what drew me to it was the idea to get exercise in and a lot of it, by doing it a very fun and embracing way.  Dancing to awesome music gets you pumped no matter what time it is.  It gets your adrenaline going, you get excited, your body and spirit enjoy grooving together and you get so much out of it mentally, physically and emotionally.


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Would I do this experience again?  Was the question I received from all of my friends.

YES, YES, YES.  It was so fun and I got my workout on!

This crew put two of my favorite things together-music and dancing-how could I not do this again?

If you guys are curious, Daybreaker can be found on Instagram under the name Dybrkr-that's how I found them!  Warning-Once you find them, once you do the research, you are totally going to sign up!!  The moment I saw pictures, I knew I needed to be a part of this movement.


xx Julie



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Healthy Ways To Make Your Smoothie Thicker

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                                     **Butternut Squash picture is from Popsugar


The whole point of a smoothie is the thickness.  Am I right? or Am I right?

It's not a juice.  It's a smoothie.

And further more…a Smoothie bowl is also meant to be thick so it has the consistency of ice cream or fro yo!

But what happens when you don't feel like using a frozen bananas or a chunks of avocado to thicken it up?

You are left with runny soup that tastes like fruit.  So.  Not.  Appealing.

So I did some detective work.  I went through tons of recipes.  I asked around.  I experimented.  I shopped the market and came up with clever ideas.  I went to the experts.

And then I came up with this list.  I can't take all the credit!  I had some help from my fellow health coach friends on their fav's too!

A smoothie is a work of art.  And it takes skill to make it right.  Sometimes throwing something in and seeing how it turns out can actually turn into a smoothie disaster, so it's important to do the research first.  So I did the research for you.  Now go and make your dream smoothie!!

So without further adieu…26 ways...

Here are some really fun, innovative and healthy ways to thicken up your awesome smoothie!


  1. Steamed Cauliflower (You can use a lot here, because steamed Cauliflower is tasteless)
  2. Frozen Banana (1/2, 1 or even 2)
  3. Frozen fruit ( 1/2 cup or 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, pineapple, cranberries, strawberries, cherries)
  4. Nuts (Just a handful cashews, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, macadamias, peanuts)
  5. Nut Butters (1-2 Tbsp. cashew butter, almond butter, walnut butter, macadamia butter, peanut butter)
  6. Seeds (1-2 Tbsp. or a handful flax, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, chia)
  7. Seed Butters (1-2 Tbsp. sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin butter, hemp butter)
  8. Flax egg (water and flax mixed together and letting it sit till it gets gel like)
  9. Chia egg (water and chia mixed together and letting it sit till it gets gel like)
  10. Avocado (will only need 1/3 to 1/2 a whole avo for thickness)
  11. Pumpkin Puree (1/2 cup or 2/3 cup)
  12. Baked Sweet potato (couple of chunks)
  13. cooked zucchini (1/4 or 1/2)
  14. Protein powders ( 1 scoop rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein)
  15. Applesauce (a few Tbsp.)
  16. Greek yogurt (just a tablespoon or two)
  17. Coconut yogurt (a few Tbsp.)
  18. Soy or Almond Yogurt (a few Tbsp.)
  19. Goat Milk Yogurt (a few Tbsp) 
  20. Oatmeal (up to 1/3 cup)
  21. Tofu
  22. Ice (and lots of it)
  23. Phylum Husks 
  24. Steamed Butternut Squash (a few chunks)
  25. Full Fat coconut milk ( up to 1 cup)
  26. frozen Broccoli ( a couple of florets - goes best with a frozen banana)
Tips:  Goats Milk/products is easily digested over Cows Milk/products.  It's easier on the tummy and less inflammatory!


Love ya!  Julie


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Green Dream Juice

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Green juices light up my life.  No joke!  I cannot even tell you how refreshing they are, how much energy you get, and how much you will glow.  I glow.  I love it!

Green juices make me feel so super present in my world.  I'm more alert.  I see more beauty.  I exude more beauty, confidence and I smile a lot.  Sometimes a green smile, but still a smile!  (Juice are great to drink with a straw for the very reason of a green smile).  I feel like I can conquer the world!  I'm dead serious!  You will too!  

I used to think in order to really like a green juice it would have to be cut with tons of fruit.  But that actually defeats the purpose of a green juice.  And you don't need a lot of fruit, just a little will do to cut the bitterness of the greens and make it taste fantastic!

Then something weird happened…after downing my usual green juices filled with Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Celery and Chard, I developed a strange sensitivity to all those things.  So suddenly my green juices came to a screaming halt.  No.  Green.  Juice.  ?  Catastrophe.  

As many months grew on, I noticed that although the sensitivity subsided, It didn't go away.  I had to become the mad scientist I am and start to experiment again so that I could enjoy something I loved so much, something my body needed to thrive.

So now I make green juices with various lettuces and dandelion greens.  And I constantly rotate.

My point?  The benefits for you?  

Well for starters lettuces are far less bitter in taste then Kale, Chard, Mustard Greens and Spinach when it comes to juicing.  So bonus for you newbies-This recipe is an easy transition.  

Benefit 2-I used pineapple in this recipe, and pineapple I think is the king and queen of cutting green juices while at the same time using very little and tasting so darn good!

Benefit 3-For those of you with Thyroid health issues or Auto-immune - you can see from this recipe that you don't have to use the leafy greens that hurt your body.  You can still enjoy a green juice and use other ingredients.

And

Benefit 4-Green juices are so easy to make, you can swap in whatever leafy green you want.  Experimentation is always welcome.

I hope you enjoy my homemade juices, and I hope they rock your world just as much as they rock mine! xx

Green Dream Juice

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 package Tropicana Leaf Lettuce
1/2 package Butter Lettuce
3-4 medium size chunks Pineapple
1 cup water
4-5 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:
1.  In a high speed blender add everything except the Ice and blend.  (omit the water if using a juicer)
2.  Pour mixture into a nut bag over a large bowl and drain juice (discard solids)
3.  Serve over ice with a fun straw in a glass or a mason jar

Love ya,

Julie




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Refreshing Honeydew Carrot, Plum Juice

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A green juice can certainly be intimidating if you are not a "regular" in the juicing department.  So today's recipe is a beautiful refreshing Honeydew Carrot Plum juice.  Don't get scared it, it definitely looks like it's all carrot.  But the honeydew is watery and sweet and the plums are tart, so it cuts the carrots and tastes utterly refreshing!

Carrots are LOADED with vitamin A, and Vitamin A is known for healthy skin, healthy eyesight and healthy hair!  Good stuff right?  Carrots are not just for bunnies!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
11 mini carrots
1 cup honeydew melon + 4 additional chunks
2 large pieces of Plum (with skin)
1 cup water
4-5 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:
Add everything (except the ice) into a high speed blender (omit water if using a juicer) and blend.
Then transfer mixture into a nut bag over a large bowl and drain
Serve in a mason jar over ice with a fun straw

TIPS:
-Add remaining leftover plum pieces into the drink like sangria.  Then you get to eat those last after they soak up the juice.
-Leaving the skin on the plum is a great way to get additional nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Love ya!

Julie




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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dandelion Green Juice Elixir

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So I love green juices!  But I didn't always love them.  In fact up until the almost end of Nutrition school I thought they were disgusting.

Yeah, I heard about all the nutrients, and the energy and the good skin and how my insides would thrive, but I still thought drinking Kale or Mustard Green and Chard mixed together with the smallest hint of apple was utterly disgusting.  I even took an instagram pic of me holding my nose while drinking a very large green drink, all to throw it out midway through because I just "couldn't".  I know you are reading this and laughing.  Does this sound familiar?

If you were to suggest a green smoothie?  Oh, I was there.  Stat!  But a green Juice?  No, I'll pass.

But, like most things, Green Juices are also an acquired taste.  Like Caviar.  Like Foie Gras. Like Sashimi.  Like Expresso without sweetener.  It's a game changer.  But like most of these special foods and drinks, once you try, you can never go back.  Your life and your palate are changed forever.  For the better.  

But again, I was like you.  A skeptic.  Unsure.  Confused.  Suddenly the peer pressure I was receiving was chug a green juice, chug a green juice.  Say, what?

I always thought eating the salad would due just fine.  But as I told a friend the other day, it's not like you wake up one morning and think "hmm.  I'm hungry, maybe I'll just snack on two heads of spinach and Dandelion every single day" said no one EVER.

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So guess what?!  Dandelion is not just a pretty flower!  It's actually an edible green!  And it's super healthy!!  Especially for your intestinal tract...aka digestion...aka IBS, Celiac...

Bonus points and benefits of drinking a green juice with Dandelion:
  1. Power punch of greens into your bloodstream STAT!  No digesting.  You get the magic and the natural high immediately due to the nutrient, vitamin and mineral blast.  
  2. Vitamins A Blast-support for new cell growth, skin, hair and eyesight.
  3. Vitamin K-for blood clotting, headache prevention, maintains healthy bones.
  4. Calcium-makes strong bones, and prevents from bone damage.
  5. Vitamin C-promotes a healthy immune system.
  6. Both vitamin C and Calcium supports communication to the nervous system and supports nerve cell communication.
  7. Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two nutrients super important for healthy eyesight.
  8. Just one cup of Dandelion Greens counts as 1 cup of vegetables.
  9. Excellent glowing skin.
  10. Energy.
  11. Beauty.
  12. Reduce sick time, doctor time and medical time which means REDUCE doctors BILLS!!
Not convinced?  Ok.  Let's try again...

I don't know many who jump up out of bed and crave a green juice, unless...UNLESS someone has introduced them into the Green Juice world, the OTHER side of the rainbow where the grass is so much greener.  Then.  This would actually happen.

In fact, it has happened to me.

I get so excited at night thinking about breakfast!  And what's my breakfast?

A green smoothie

and

A green juice.

It's just too hard to choose so I make BOTH!  So between the hours of 7:30am and 1pm I have a delicious smoothie packed with steamed cauliflower, seed butters, avocado, superfoods, non dairy milk and fruit and I switch it up every time.

and then

or before...

I have a huge tall green juice which I also switch up.  And sometimes an iced decaf coffee with non dairy milk.  Swoon!

So let me tell you something about green juices...

At first you don't think you could actually drink green juices.  Forget one...you can't even fathom that being your breakfast every day.  And you think, nope "that's not my thing".  Or maybe you will think "I'm a foodie, and therefore I eat my calories"  or maybe you think green juices are utterly disgusting like I once did.

But once your "in", you will never want to leave!  You will think to yourself, "how did I not drink these all my life, and look what I have been missing!"  Kinda like getting into that club you waited for hours on line and finally got in.  The thrill.  The shiver that goes through your whole body because you got to the other side and you got to actually witness first hand that the grass really is greener on that other side.  The high.  The good vibes.  The amazingness.  But once you get into that club, then you need another high like a VIP table or alcohol to keep the buzz going.  Green juice is a little different in this respect.  Green juice gives you the thrill, the shiver, the high vibes the whole damn time.  There is nothing else you will need, except another green juice the following day-but that's a 24 hour natural high.  It's epic.  It's magical.  You will never turn your back against green juice.  The skeptic you are will melt away into pure green happiness.

Can you feel it?  The high vibe?  

Now go buy some greens so you can make this!  And don't let a green like Dandelion scare you!  If you don't like my suggestion, get any leafy green you want. 

Dandelion Green Juice Elixir

1 1/2 cups packed Dandelion Stems & leaves (mostly stems)
2 very large Romaine leaves
12 medium Romaine leaves
1 cup cherries (pitted)
6 small chunks pineapple
1 slice of nectarine
1 1/2 cups water (omit if using a juicer)
4-5 ice cubes

1.  Blend all ingredients together except ice in a high speed blender
2. Using a Nutbag over a bowl pour mixture into bag and drain juice from bag into the bowl
3. Discard gunk from nutbag
4. Pour over ice into a large glass and enjoy with a straw immediately

TIPS:
-It is best to drink your juice immediately because the veggies start to decompose.  If you can't drink it immediately try and drink it as soon as you can rather then waiting hours.  The longer you wait the less nutrients and vitamins you consume.  Get it?
-It is best to make your drink the day you plan to drink it.  I do not suggest making a juice the night before because of the decomposing issue.
-If you don't like Dandelion greens sub in mustard greens, spinach, kale or even chard and even leafy lettuces.
-Strive for organic whenever possible.
-You can buy a cheap $6.00 nutbag on Amazon.  I have the cotton mesh one.  I never leave home without it.  Best ever!

Love ya!

Julie

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Monday, September 8, 2014

I'm Having a Love Affair with Monday

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Let me guess…These were your thoughts Sunday night?



In that case…

Use your new week starting today for thoughts like the ones I posted below (because I love them so), and KICK ASS!  After all, Monday is about getting yourself centered, so naturally you would want to start it off right (even if that means having a coffee in hand).

In the past I used to dress totally sluggish and blame it on the fact it was a Monday.  I actually would justify and grant myself a fugly ugly day just because.  If the old me were to fall asleep in a meeting, my excuse would be "It's Monday".  And if i made mistakes, or felt groggy…I would also blame Monday.  If I decided to not wear any makeup and not get sleep the night before, I would again blame Monday.  Monday, Monday, Monday.  Poor Monday, getting such a bad rap.  The truth is, Monday can be anything you want it to be.  If you want Monday to be grand…then grand it is.  If you want Monday to sparkle, then sparkle it will.  It is really about perspective.  Dressing your best, and feeling good in your skin is a GREAT way to start a new week.  Set up your week to feel amazing and watch how the cards fall in your favor.  Smile.  Be grateful.  Have gratitude.  Feel the love around you, because it surrounds you.  Be present.  I can even put money on the fact that you will feel so much better keeping that in mind.  ...And save the fugly ugly days for when you REALLY, REALLY need them (like when you are belted over in pain from your period, or you have to have a colonoscopy-then it's totally legit).  

Mostly likely your smile is going to be a shining light for someone else without you even realizing it.  So make sure you are shinning bright, because we need your light.






xx Julie

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Live For Moments You Can't Put Into Words

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Happy Friday friends!  Don't forget to "Live For The Moments You Can't Put Into Words"

I hope you have an inspiring weekend filled with self-care, clean healthy foods and lots of love!!

Kisses from Manhattan! xx




xx Julie

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello September!

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So what do you guys think of September being here already?

Time sure does fly.  And while most of us, including myself are still wishing for Summer to be.  It's also so exciting to see what's in store for September.  Maybe some of you have been working on projects all Summer and now it's time to see what flourishes?  Or maybe some of you are using September as your stepping stone to make big things happen.  And maybe some of you are just riding the waves into Fall Harvest.  Wherever you are, here are some inspirational pics to help you along your way.





Song of the moment, that I am so loving and getting naturally inspired by the instruments is this amazing French band called Ofenbach-Around The Fire.  

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Friday, August 22, 2014

30 Healthier Ways to Pimp Your Popcorn

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There is a new movie treat in town and it's called Pimped Popcorn.  You know what that means right?  Nope, not marshmallows and caramel.

Nope, not 'fake' butter or artificial sugars.

Nope, no artificial food dyes.

This type of popcorn won't rot your teeth, or cause cavities or leave you with a crazy imbalanced sugar high and crash.  That kind of treat is so last year!

These top 30 ways use only natural sugars and power superfoods that will give you healthy energy and satisfy your cravings!!

Pimped popcorn is popcorn filled with decadently healthy Superfoods to give your popcorn insane pizazz and a serious nutritional boost without realizing your eating healthy.

BAM!

Whenever I mention healthy to anyone in my circle, they begin with a sign and a "ugh".

I'm not sure why healthy has such a bad rap.  There is so much you can do with healthy!!

You do realize you can eat healthy and decadently at the same time right?

Yup.  It can be done. 

30 Ways To Pimp Your Popcorn
                   ...and be healthy at the same time!

1.  Seed Surprise MIX-Add Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Raw Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries, Hemp Seeds, Golden Berries, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Sesame Seeds.
Healthy Fat Blast: Use a drizzle of Flax oil or melted Ghee.

2.  I'm Nutty For You MIX-Add raw Cashews, raw Almonds, raw Brazil Nuts, raw Hazelnuts, raw Walnuts, raw Pistachios, raw Pecans and raw cacao nibs along with some shredded Coconut. 

3.  Aphrodisiac MIX-Add in raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, a sprinkle of Maca Root powder, Acai berries and some Goji berries.  It will taste like chocolate covered berries!  Yum!  (This mix enhances sexual energy-FYI).
Sweet Blast: Add melted 100 percent raw or dark chocolate.  Cha-ching!

4.  Chocolate Covered Coconut MIX-Add coconut shreds, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, carob and sprinkle melted Coconut butter or even Coconut oil!  

5.  Pumpkin Spice Latte MIX-Add raw Pumpkin seeds, raw flax seeds, raw cacao nibs, carob, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom.  Serious sweet spice!
Easy Blast: use pumpkin pie spice from your local market in replace of the above spices.

6.  Chocolate Eclair MIX-Infuse your popcorn in an air tight ziplock bag with 2 vanilla beans cut lengthwise for a minimum of 24 hours, shaking occasionally.  Then remove vanilla beans and add dry vanilla powder, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans.
Sweet Blast: Add melted raw chocolate and/or a drizzle of Agave syrup.
**Caution: if using Agave, note this is not a low glycemic snack.  

7.  Tartufo MIX-Add raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, Greek Yogurt covered Goji berries, Acai berries, dry vanilla powder,  and melt 100 percent dark raw chocolate on top.
**To make Goji Berry Yogurt Bark-simply take a handful of goji berries and spread them on a candy mold tray, fill the mold with Greek Yogurt or melted raw chocolate and freeze for a few hours.  When ready, break up the bark and add to your popcorn.  
Serious Cha-Ching!

8. Pancake MIX-Add raw cacao nibs, a dash of Cinnamon or Nutmeg, Cardamom, dried blueberries, melted Ghee and a drizzle pure maple syrup on top.

9.  Banana Split MIX-Add in dried bananas, dried strawberries, dried pineapple, walnuts, Hemp seeds, melted 100 percent dark raw chocolate along with some raw cacao or carob nibs.  Sweet Get Your Hands Dirty Blast: Add in natural sugar free melted strawberry jam.

10.  Corn on the Cob MIX-Add dried dill, melted Ghee, Nutritional Yeast and a dab of Sea Salt.  Healthy Fat Blast: Add a drizzle of flax oil.

11.  Salted Caramel MIX-Add Himalayan Sea Salt, regular Sea Salt, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans and a drizzle of brown rice syrup.
Naughty Sweet Blast: Replace brown rice syrup with Agave syrup.  (Note: if using Agave, this will not be a low glycemic treat).

12.  Parisian MIX-Add figs, dates, Nutritional Yeast (for that cheesy taste) and Golden raisins.
Naughty Blast: Drizzle some warmed melted brie on top.  Serious Swoon!

13.  Sweet MIX-Add Watermelon Seeds (these come in a package and are found at health food stores), Golden,  raw sunflower seeds, raw almonds, raw pistachios.
Sweet Blast: Add raw honey

14. Almond Joy MIX-Add raw shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, raw almonds.
Sweet Blast: Add melted raw chocolate

15.  Mounds MIX-Add raw cacao nibs, shredded coconut.
Sweet Blast: Add melted raw chocolate

16.  Anti-Inflamatory MIX-Add Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cayenne pepper, vanilla powder, gluten-free double thick raw oats and Tigernuts.

17.  Chocoholic MIX-Cut 2 vanilla beans lengthwise and put in a closed ziplock bag with the popcorn for a minimum of 24 hours, shaking occasionally so that all popcorn gets mixed with the vanilla.  Then discard the vanilla beans and add raw chocolate covered raw almonds, raw chocolate covered Tigernuts, raw chocolate covered raw hazelnuts,  raw chocolate covered popcorn.
**To make chocolate covered anything, simply melt chocolate in a custard cup in the microwave for 30 second intervals and dip away.  Or use a double boiler on the stove and heat the chocolate till it melts and dip away.  After dipping process freeze on wax paper for a few hours.
Easy Directions: Pour melted chocolate into a chocolate mold and add nuts and tigernuts and freeze for a few hours creating a chocolate bark.  Once chocolate has set, simply break it up and add it to your popcorn mix.
Sweet Blast: Melted dark chocolate 70percent or higher
Double Sweet Blast: Add a drizzle of Maple Syrup

18.  Peppermint Patty MIX-Add a few fresh peppermint leaves into a ziplock bag with the popcorn and keep closed for a minimum of 24 hours.  Infuse the peppermint with the popcorn.  Then remove the peppermint leaves, and add raw dark 100 percent cacao nibs.
Sweet Minty Blast: Melt chocolate along with peppermint leaves in a bowl.  And pour minty mixture on top of popcorn.  Fresh chocolaty breath!

19. Spicy Corn on the Cob MIX-Add dried dill, melted Ghee, a dab of Sea Salt, Nutritional Yeast and Cayenne Pepper.
Healthy Fat Blast: Add a sprinkle of Flax oil

20. Healthy High Weedy MIX-Add chocolate covered Hemp seeds, regular Hemp seeds, melted Ghee and raw cacao nibs.
Adults Only THC Blast: Cook actual weed into your ghee in a saucepan and saute as directed in a weed cookbook and sprinkle on the popcorn.

21.  Bacon Lovers MIX-Add crispy bacon pieces and Nutritional Yeast.

22.  Chocolate Chip Pancakes n Bacon MIX-Add crispy bacon pieces, raw cacao nibs and melted dark raw chocolate.  Sweet Blast: Add a drizzle of maple syrup.

23.  Sesame Chocolate MIX-Add sesame seeds, raw cacao nibs and melted tahini butter on top.

24.  Peanut Butter Cup MIX-Add raw peanuts, chocolate peanut bark, raw cacao nibs and peanut butter to your mix.  It will be gooey delicious!
**To make peanut butter bark simply melt raw chocolate into a cup in the microwave or double boiler on the stove.  Once melted pour into a chocolate mold and add peanuts.  Freeze for a few hours.  Once set, break up the bark and add it to the popcorn mix.  You can also dip the bark in peanut butter and then add that into the popcorn mix.  *Any nut butter or seed butter can be used here.

25.  The Classic, The Original Coney Island MIX-Add Sea Salt and melted Ghee.

26.  Apple Pie MIX-Add Green Apple shavings, Gluten-free double thick Oats, Hemp Seeds, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom or Pumpkin Pie Spice and sprinkle with Agave Syrup.

27.  Pie Crust MIX-Add gluten-free Oats, Hemp Seeds and drizzle Pure Maple Syrup on top.

28.  Cinnamon Bun MIX-Add raisins, dates, Cinnamon, Coconut Sugar sprinkles and drizzle Maple Syrup on top.
Naughty Blast-Replace the Maple Syrup with Agave drizzle.

29.  Guacamole MIX-Add dried cilantro, dill, Sea Salt, Avocado oil, Cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of lemon or lime juice and shavings of Mango, Pear, Peach or Nectarine.
Spicy Blast-Add sliced JalapeƱos

30. Chocolate Garlic MIX-Put popcorn on a foiled greased baking tray at 400 degrees with both roasted garlic and peeled garlic for about 10 minutes or more depending on how toasty you want your popcorn.  Keep an eye on it.  Then remove from oven, let cool and transfer mixture to a ziplock bag.  Shake vigorously, transfer to bowl.  Then add raw cacao nibs and melted dark chocolate.  Optional to take the garlic out of the mix, or keep it in.


Stay tuned for my post on why Superfoods are called Superfoods, and what the difference is between Raw Chocolate and regular chocolate!

**Hemp seeds to not contain THC.

**Carob can be subbed in for Raw Chocolate.

**Chocolate can be omitted if desired.

**Ghee is made up of Clarified Butter which is purified and organic.  It is better for you then regular butter and can be found at your local supermarket in the dairy section.  Ask your grocer where to spot it.

Enjoy!! xx Julie

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PIMP Your Green Smoothie

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Ever wonder how to add magic into your smoothie?  

Ever wonder why your smoothie just doesn't come out the way they make them at the store?

It's easy to fall into the same ole recipe every day.

Why not spice it up?

Here are some of my favorite add-in's that enhance my smoothies to ultimate delicious status!

Try adding 1 or two new things to your smoothies each time.  Don't add in the whole lot! 

HERBS: (small and large handfuls)
Fresh Basil
Fresh Mint
Fresh Chocolate Mint
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Parsley
Fresh Dill
Fresh Cilantro

SPICES: (a dash or two)
Dried Nutmeg
Dried Cinnamon
Dried Cloves
Dried Cardamom
Dried Vanilla Powder
Dried Tumeric

NON DAIRY MILKS and BASE LIQUIDS: (1/2 cup - 1 cup)
**Unsweetened for less sugar
**Regular for extra flavor

Almond Milk
Cashew Nut Milk
Quinoa Milk
Hemp Milk
Coconut Milk
Coconut Water
Decaf or Regular Green Tea (from a Teabag)
Camomile Tea
English Breakfast Tea
TigerNut Horchata (all flavors)
Rice Milk
Gluten-free Oat Milk
Flaxseed Milk

EXTRACTS: (1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp.)
Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon Extract
Banana Extract
Hazelnut Extract
Walnut Extract
Strawberry Extract
Orange Extract
Rose Water
Lavender Extract
Coconut Extract
Almond Extract

DO TERRA ESSENTIAL OILS (less then 1 drop)
Citrus
Lemon
Peppermint (2 drops of Peppermint Doterra Oil is equivalent to 46 cups of Peppermint Tea)
Use these sparingly!!! less then 1 drop!
(for easy use, dip a toothpick into the oil and then dip it into your smoothie-that's it)!

NUT AND SEED BUTTERS: (1 Tbsp. - 1/3 cup)
Almond butter
Cashew butter
Coconut butter
Sunflower seed butter
Tahini butter
Pumpkin seed butter
Peanut butter

COOKING OILS: (1 Tbsp.)
Coconut Oil

SEEDS: (1 - 2 Tbsp.)
Hemp seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Flax seeds
Chia seeds

**You can add in the whole seeds, or you can pulse them ahead of time into your very own protein powder!!

TO MAKE THE SMOOTHIE THICK AND CREAMY:
Steamed Cauliflower
Avocado
Bananas

TO MAKE THE SMOOTHIE NATURALLY SWEET:
Liquid Stevia
Dates
Raw Honey
Maple Syrup
Pineapple
Mango
Lemon
Lime
Bananas

COOKED GRAINS: (1/8 cup - 1/4 cup)
Cooked Quinoa
Cooked Buckwheat Porridge
Gluten-free Oatmeal

RAW GRAINS (1-2 TBSP)
Raw Steel Cut Oats (Pulse into a powder if desired)
Raw Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Pulse into a powder if desired)
Raw Buckwheat (Pulse into a powder if desired)

SUPERFOODS:
Goji Berries
Raw Cacao nibs (chocolate at it's finest)
Raw Cacao Powder (chocolate powder at it's finest)
Carob nibs
Coconut shreds
Aloe Vera
Maca Root Powder
Ginger
Avocado
Camu Camu powder (a huge vitamin C boost-use sparingly 1/2 tsp. is all you need).
Garlic (good for those days when you are sick or have the flu, huge immune booster!)

GUT HEALERS:
Cod Liver Oil-(1 Tsp.)
Powder Super Probiotics (as directed)

SECRET AMAZING VEGGIE ADDS:
Avocado
Kale
Spinach
Romaine
Iceberg
Mache Rosettes
Butter Lettuce
Green and Red Leaf Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Watercress
Collard Greens
Sweet Potato (cooked)
Cucumbers
Carrots
Pumpkin

AWESOME FROZEN ADD INS:
Frozen Bananas
Frozen Blueberries
Frozen Raspberries
Frozen Cherries
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Blackberries
Frozen Broccoli (awesome with bananas, and you don't even taste it)!!
Frozen Cucumbers
Frozen Celery
Frozen Peaches

DELICIOUS FRUIT ADDS:
Canary Melon
Honey Dew Melon
Cantaloupe Melon
Papaya
Lemons
Limes
Kiwis
Apples (green, red, colored)
Pears
Peaches
Plums
Sugar Plums
All Berries: Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries
Cherries
Grapes
Dates
Figs
Dragonfruit
Lychee
Bananas
Grapefruits
Oranges
Nectarines
Tangerines
Pineapple
Mango

LOW GLYCEMIC FRUIT ADD-INS:
Blueberries
Raspberries
Strawberries
Blackberries
Green Apple
Honeydew Melon
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe Melon
Canary Melon
Papaya
Avocado
Lemons
Limes
Kiwi Fruit

And if you have kids and you need to add in those greens without the kids tasting them?  Frozen Broccoli goes really well with Bananas.  Your kids will never taste a thing!  You can even power it up with spinach and cucumber all in one smoothie along with your base liquid.  Your kids will never know the difference!

TIP:  AGAVE IS HIGHLY PROCESSED AND LOADED WITH FRUCTOSE SUGAR.  IT IS NOT IDEAL TO USE THIS IN YOUR SMOOTHIE.  THIS IS NOT LOW GLYCEMIC.

TIP: ALWAYS ADD IN MORE VEGGIES THEN FRUIT.

xx Julie 


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Cantaloupe Mint Gelato Smoothie

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Hey guys!

Some super exciting news!  I entered another food contest! Shape Magazine, Silk Soy Milk & Go Sweet and Skinny partnered together and offered a contest on Instagram!  The idea was to use Soy Milk in a recipe or picture and post it on Instagram.  Since I am a creative chef over here, I decided to enter.  Naturally.

These days I am feeling so positive about my path that I figure why the heck not, right?  Why not try.  Why not create?  Why not!  What have I got to loose?  This positive attitude of mine is spreading amongst my friends, so I'm hoping maybe I will inspire you!

I enjoy being out there, trying new things and sharing my light.  Even if I don't win, at least I created something new!  And guess what?!  You guys get my recipe!!

Since I consider myself the Smoothie Queen and I also love to make pancakes, I figured I would either create the ultimate soy pancake or the ultimate soy smoothie.

I ended up choosing the idea of a dessert in a smoothie!  And I chose a smoothie because lately I have been able to add back a few ingredients into my smoothies like Avocado, and a few lettuces without crazy facial numbing and allergies.  I am so super grateful that I decided to go with my ultimate love-green smoothies.

I woke up Sunday morning after my Saturday trip to the Farmers Market and got to work.  I had the idea of a Cherry Pie Smoothie or something with Cantaloupe and avocado.

Both Cherries and Cantaloupe are madly in season!  Which means they will taste even better then they ever have.

First I made a cherry pie smoothie, and I have to say…TOTAL BUST.  So gross!  It just wasn't sweet enough and didn't do the trick I was hoping it would.  I'm not using a lot of sugar right now, so I couldn't add any dates, which really would have made it delicious.  So I tossed that and went with Cantaloupe and avocado.

I should just add in here that Cantaloupe and Avocado go together like peanut butter n jelly in a smoothie.  They just belong together.  Total soul mates.  You may be thinking Cantaloupe and Avocado? Yuck!  But Yum, my friends!! YUM!!  Pair those two with fresh Mint and prepare to be transported to a foodie heaven with a minty twist!

Oh it was so good!!  It tasted like Cantaloupe Sorbet.  When I added the Avocado and Mint leaves it tasted like Gelato.  Serious creamy goodness.

Gelato-a creamy frozen dessert-known as the BEST in Paris, so I decided with my smoothie you wouldn't and shouldn't have to travel the distance to get that taste!  And why not have dessert for breakfast?  It starts the day off with sweetness and smiles.  And that is just rad!  Who doesn't want to start their day off with sweetness and smiles?!

The smoothie was delicious!! And it tasted even more like a dessert when I experimented with a Crust (around the rim of the glass).  Ugh, heaven!!

Details below!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1/2 Cantaloupe Melon (take the seeds out)
2/3 Medium Avocado
1 Cup Silk Soy Milk (any nut, seed, grain milk can be used)
3 large fresh mint leaves
1 large handful Mache Rosettes & Open Head Iceberg Lettuce
1 Tbsp. Hemp seeds (**optional) + additional hemp seeds for Crust
3-4 Ice cubes
Crust/Rim: 1/4 total hemp seeds & Double thick rolled gluten-free oats

DIRECTIONS:

In a high speed blender or Nutribullet combine all ingredients except ice and crust ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Then add Ice and blend again.
For the Crust/Rim: 
In a high speed blender or Nutribullet plus the GF oats and hemp seeds together for a few seconds.
*If using a Nutribullet use the milling blade*
Use any sticky natural sweetener like Agave or Maple Syrup to cover the rim.
Add crushed GF oats and hemp seeds to rim till it is covered.

TIPS:

-Open Head Iceberg Lettuce is very different then regular Iceberg lettuce.  It is softer, greener and has a different taste and texture.  This lettuce can be found at Wholefoods.
-If you cannot find Open Head Iceberg Lettuce then sub in Butter Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce or Tropical Green Lettuce.
-Hemp Milk and Quinoa Milk also rock in this recipe.
-If buying fresh mint is a pain in the A**, I have an idea for ya!  Get your tush over to the Farmers Market and buy yourself a Mint Plant.  They are small.  Require sunlight, and need to be watered every other day.  What's fun about this?  Well, your TLC gets you fresh mint herbs daily.  Shedding positive light by caring for a plant is a gorgeous thing!
-Don't have double thick rolled GF oats?  That's ok, use Old fashioned oats instead!

P.S.
Don't forget to lick the crust once you have finished the smoothie!  It's delicious!!

Enjoy! Julie

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PIMP Your Sunflower Seed Butter

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Did you know that Sugar is everywhere?  And most sugars are not healthy for our thriving bodies.  When I went Paleo, Whole 30 for six months-the beginning was so tough.  No added sugar whatsoever.

It was scary to not have my artificial sugar crutch.  How was I going to survive without it?  

It was time to put my creative thinking cap on and get serious about the snacks I was going to put in my body.  Especially since I was learning so much at my kick-ass Nutrition school on sugar and it's effects.

How could I enjoy snacks that were sugar free, and what would they be?  How could they be tasty and healthy at the same time?  How could I end my sugar craving and heal my body but at the same time nourish my body?

In walks Organic, Natural, Sugar-free, Sodium-free Sunflower Seed Butter by Once Again Organic. 

Well, actually, the seed butter didn't just walk in, it was more like I learned a lot at school, I was following a Paleo Diet and had some serious restrictions so I went to the supermarket to the organic seed butter section and picked up a jar.  So technically, it was me that walked in.  Hahahaha.

Once Again is my favorite Organic brand that is naturally gluten/dairy/soy-free, vegan and Paleo approved and this seed butter has only 1 gram of natural sugar.  Artificial Sugar is added into almost everything we eat including the foods we wouldn't think have any (like toothpaste), and it was my job to kick it to the curb.  So I did.

Newsflash!  Artificial Sugar isn't so even so great.  Sure she/he lures you in looking all sparkly and good.  Artificial Sugar has some serious hype, but its all a front.  Because when push comes to shove and you are having medical issues?  Artificial Sugar is NOT there to support you.  Artificial Sugar brings you down and keeps you there.  

But, Natural sugars in moderation have your back.  Those are the kind in fruit, natural nut and seed butters, healthy grains…stuff like that. And once you change the way you eat, OMG your body, your brain, you psyche, your skin will shine!  My only advice is that you stick with organic brands where you can actually read the 3 ingredients listed, over the processed brands where there are 14 plus wacky spelled ingredients that you never heard of.

P.S. If the last ingredient is the actual nut or seed, you can bet minimal amounts are used.  Be your own ingredient detective.  This is your health.

Does it taste different?  Yes, of course it does but in a "does a body good" way!  Those processed brands do a great job in filling theirs with chemicals, additives and sugar-all the things our bodies cannot digest properly causing illness, allergies, fatigue, poor energy, leaky gut and other health problems!! By going natural you are using pure forms of natural foods that can aid in you feeling your happiest and healthiest you! Doesn't that sound freaking amazing?


10 HEALTHY WAYS TO USE SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER

Spoonfuls are great for those moments where you crave a sweet pick me up or a very low sugar dessert treat but it actually tastes like a high sugar treat.  My Sunflower Seed Butter has only 1 gram of natural sugars, and my Coconut butter only has 1.9 grams of natural sugar, and same with my unsweetened apple butter-with zero refined sugars.  But they taste sooo good!



1. Spoonfuls: Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with a dollop of Organic Coconut Butter and Chia Seeds.

2.  Spoonfuls: Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with a dollop of Organic Raw Cacao Nibs and Organic Coconut Butter.

3.  Spoonfuls: Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with a small dollop of Organic Coconut Butter and Hemp or Pumpkin Seeds.

5.  Spoonfuls: Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with Unsweetened Apple Butter and Organic Coconut Butter.



4.  Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with celery.

5.  Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter Cucumbers.

6.  Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with 1 Medjool Date and Organic Coconut Butter.  (This is the bomb!! Totally amazing).  Keep in mind dates are higher in natural sugars.



7.  Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter in your GREEN SMOOTHIE!! It's a great way to get that protein and healthy fat in the a.m.  I use 1-2 Tablespoons, but you can add up to 1/3 of a cup depending on your recipe.

8.  Sweet Balls Of Fire, I call them, or Energy Balls.  In the Nutribullet blend Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter with Medjool Dates and a tad Unsweetened Coconut Milk or Water to get the Nutribullet going.  On wax paper, divide into small balls and roll into Raw Cacao Nibs, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and Raw Cacao Powder.  And then Freeze.  Keep frozen, and take out one at a time to enjoy. If they are too sticky for balls, then simply push them into candy molds and freeze as well.



9.  Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter paired with Green Apple slices and topped with Shredded Unsweetened Coconut flakes and Pumpkin Seeds.

10.  A dollop of Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter sandwiched by 2 slices of banana dipped into 70 percent-100 percent dark or raw chocolate and frozen.

Enjoy!! Julie
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