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Ravishing Raw Fiesta Tostada

By Marilyn Peterson
August 14, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

Tostada is a Spanish word that means, toasted. In Mexico, tostada usually refers to a flat or bowl-shaped tortilla that is deep-fried. My Fiesta Tortilla is entirely raw and made with raw tostada shells that are available at natural food stores.

Years ago, when I was working as a chef at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa and Retreat in San Diego California, I learned a lot about garnishing and presentation. I loved that we were able to put a lot of our own creativity into plating for guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer.

When dressing the plate, it is a good idea to use a variety of vibrant colors in the presentation. It’s fun to bring out your inner artist and using organic edible flowers, when available is a lovely way to celebrate nature’s bounty. …read more of Ravishing Raw Fiesta Tostada here

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Fabulous Fudge Bars – Quick and Easy

By Sherry Brooks
July 13, 2013
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Many of us grew up with fudge bars and loved them!

However, as we left childhood behind and committed to the invigorating, slimming and delicious plant based diet, fudge bars were left behind, as vegan fudge bars are practically non-existent.  There is one brand I am aware of that costs about $1.50 a bar and that is if you can find them.

Don’t give up yet … it’s really easy to make your own frozen bars at home in just five minutes at a cost of only about fifty cents a bar.

A typical packaged fudge bar contains unhealthy ingredients, such as, dairy products, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), alkali processed cocoa, carrageenan, artificial flavors and a host of other additives.[1] …read more of Fabulous Fudge Bars – Quick and Easy here

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Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 30, 2013
File under: Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Don’t let your pet miss out on the 4th of July celebrations this year!

The Dog Days of Summer are definitely here and our favorite four-legged fur-people are probably feeling the heat even more then we do.

Frozen slushies make a terrific, super low-fat treat for both people and pets on a hot summer day and your family pet will love these tasty and refreshing frozen slushies.

You can serve these cool and colorful treats with confidence, because they are made with healthful ingredients that will hydrate their canine bodies and help them to keep cool.

It is easy to freeze almost any kind of fruit, however these red, white and blue slushies make a perfect themed dessert for this patriotic holiday.

These refreshing slushies are made with coconut water, seedless watermelon, bananas and blueberries and are a not only a healthy treat for your dog, they are just as good for you. …read more of Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets here

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Baked Fudge Pudding – Healthy, Comforting and Delectable

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 28, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Comfort foods often have a nostalgic element or cultural significance either to the individual or a specific culture.

Chocolate pudding is one of the most coveted of comfort foods. Richly flavorful, chocolate pudding lingers on the tongue, coats the throat and evokes that childhood wonder at how anything could be that incredibly good!

Baked pudding is in a category all its own. Most of us are familiar with rice pudding and bread pudding, however baked chocolate, banana or maple puddings are less well known.

Pudding baked in the oven will puff up a bit and has a dense texture and synergy of flavors that cannot be achieved otherwise.

This delectable Baked Fudge Pudding is made with just five ingredients (with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top) and contains just one gram of fat in a generous two-third cup serving. …read more of Baked Fudge Pudding – Healthy, Comforting and Delectable here

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Make your own PopChips at Home!

By Sherry Brooks
June 25, 2013
File under: Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

Sitting on the sofa, crunching on chips or popcorn is a guilty pleasure, especially when watching a good movie or TV show.

Unfortunately, potato chips, once described as a ‘fat delivery system’ by Oprah Winfrey are generally considered to be ‘junk food.’ PopChips® are hugely popular and, while lower in calories are still a processed food.

With a small investment of money and time, you can make your own almost zero-calorie version of crunchy Popchips® at home and your homemade Popchips® will have a six month shelf-life.

That would be, of course if you can manage to keep them around more than a day or two.  In addition, these tasty snacks are a nutrient and enzyme rich food because they are made with and remain a raw vegetable snack. …read more of Make your own PopChips at Home! here

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