Monday, August 13, 2012

Cilantro Lime Green Juice and more....

I did a fancy green juice today.  Usually i just throw in all the power sprouts and greens plus ginger and lemon to get loads of nutrients!!   Today i decided to do a simple clean juice.

2 cucumbers
1/2 head kale
1 bunch cilantro
juice of 2 limes
2 inches ginger

Hubby's Morning Smoothie:

Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 big scoop healthforce nutritional vanilla protein
1 dropper toffee stevia
1 scoop acai powder
1 tbsp dulse

My lunch was a combination of delish dishes!!
My Broccoli Arame Salad- blog post on Sunday.
Zucchini Noodles with Cheesy Sunflower Garlic Dressing- this dressing is my new fave!!
Cheesy Sunflower Garlic Dressing
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 ½-2 garlic cloves
1 stalk green onion
¾ cup hemp oil
2 tbsps chick pea miso paste
1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tbsps fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps nutritional yeast
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Dash of salt

Use Spirooli or Spiral Slicer to make Zucchini noodles.  Add all dressing ingredients to vitamix blender, blend, pour over noodles and toss.  Garnish with a few shakes of nutritional yeast and chopped scallions. 

Plus i had a few bites of Susie Sprout Beet Sprout Salad!!

Tonight the boys drank smoothies with their dinner.  They love drinking their smoothie out of to-go plastic cups so i save them and we reuse.  i know this is not great but they will drink almost anything if they are in those cups!! 

1 cup homemade vanilla almond milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp coconut nectar

I'm working on some great menu plans that will be available soon!!!  Back to the creative drawing board!!  i love menu development!! 


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cleanse Graduates and Potluck!

Congrats to all August Cleansers for 7 days of eating cleaner compared to what you typically do.  Yes, you had ups and downs but the key is to use it as a learning experience and make changes accordingly during your next cleanse.  Another key is to continue eating and living clean every day.  Maybe not as clean as you did the last 7 days but cleaner than you typical!!  Let you clean life continue!! 

I hope everyone enjoyed the Free Potluck today!!  I love being surrounded by a group of like-minded people who are living well or working towards living a healthier lifestyle.  Thanks to all of you for taking the time to make amazingly delicious and nutritious dishes.  Check out just some of the dishes!!
veggie stacks
corn veggie salad
raw vegan coleslaw
Blueberries with a Cashew Cream Sauce 
I brought collard wraps with a hemp tumeric dressing!!  This recipe is also in the cleanse manual!!!

I also brought this amazing spicy carrot ginger soup.  It is a delicious thick raw vegan soup made thick by a ripe avocado.  This with a few kale chips is a great meal.  This recipe is also in the cleanse manual.   
The final thing i contributed to the potluck was a salad with a light orange pumpkin seed dressing.  very simple and fresh!!  
I'm very excited to host the 7-Day Cleanse and Free Raw Food Potluck each month.

Why you should attend the Free Raw Vegan Potlucks:
-They motivate you to experiment with making a new dish in your kitchen.  Make it a goal that every potluck you create a new dish.
-You get to taste-test a variety of other dishes plus you get all the recipes.
-You get inspired each month when you see how creative you can get with raw living foods.
-I give you tips and recommendations to make food preparation and weekly menu planning easier. 
-You get to mingle with like-minded people and share stories. 
-You get to ask me any questions regarding raw living foods, wellness, nutrition etc.. 
-You get a free meal  plus dessert!!! 

So you have no excuse but to join the next potluck!!! 

September Cleanse Dates:
Cleanse starts: September 9th
Free Raw Food Potluck: Sunday September 16th 

Sign up now and receiver your 69 page cleanse manual within 24 hours.  I send it to you asap so you have plenty of time to digest it and to start the pre-cleanse recommendations.

If you have done the cleanse and you refer a first-time cleanser you get to do the cleanse for free!!
All repeat cleansers get to do the cleanse for only $50!!

Sign up at here.

My new blog and website are to launch in 2 weeks.  When the new blog and website are ready you will then sign up there.  I will send out an email to resubscribe on the new website.  


Saturday, August 11, 2012

E-3 Live and Broccoli Arame Salad

Today is Day 6 of the 7 day cleanse!!  Yeh!! 
Free potluck tomorrow at Yoga Fusion from 12-1:30 for everyone and anyone who wants to enjoy some great raw vegan dishes and learn more about raw living foods.   
E3-Live is made from blue green algae (Aphanizomanon flos-aquae or AFA) in frozen, live form. Taking daily supplements of E3-Live can have great benefits on inflammation, cholesterol levels, and most notably, immunity. E3-Live can also have benefits on the mood, energy, concentration, and has even been seen to lessen depression in patients. For optimal benefits, one can ingest E3-Live by thawing the desired amount (1 teaspoon per day) and consuming the product straight or mixing it in water or juices.   

Today was a fabulous cleanse day!!  I had a colonic this morning followed by a great workout at equinox.  I drank green juices and munched on chlorella tablets all afternoon till 3:30ish.  

Today I worked on many recipe creations.  Some i will take to the potluck tomorrow and others i will enjoy for my meals.  I got lots of great pics too.  Loads of fun in the kitchen. I was creating from 3:30-7:30ish.  It was finally 7:30 until i had everything cleaned up!!  

I have a few favorites from today but i need to share this one because its tough to eat broccoli raw but this recipe makes it really easy!!   

Broccoli Arame Salad
1 bunch broccoli florets, chopped small
½ cup arame, soaked
½ cup hijiki, soaked
½ cup red pepper, diced
¼ cup daikon, shredded
¼ cup carrot, shredded
¼ cup coconut amines or wheat-free tamari

Ginger Dressing
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tbsp ginger, grated
¼ cup flax oil (or sesame oil)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp kelp powder
Dash sea salt
Dash cayenne

Add all salad ingredients to a bowl and mix.  Whisk dressing ingredients together, add to salad and toss.  Lay out nori sheet, add mixture to one half of sheet, add sliced avocado and sprouts of choice, roll tightly and cut with serrated knife into bite size pieces. 

See you tomorrow at the Potluck!!  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dandelion Greens & Sprout Salad with Nutrient Dense Dressing!!

Happy Detox Day 5 for all my Detoxers!!  You must be feeling fabulous by now!!  congratulations on all your successes and be sure to learn from all the mistakes and challenges.  This is one detox of many to come!! 
Detox food of the day is Dandelion Greens!!  I loaded my green juices this morning with lots of dandelion greens!!! 
My green juice of the day:
2 cucumber
1/2 head celery
1/2 bunch kale
1 bunch dandelion greens
1/2 bunch chard
2 handfuls spinach
1 handful parsley
juice of 2 lemons
2 inches ginger
dash cayenne
dash sea salt

Dandelion greens are more than just your typical backyard flower. They have high levels of iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The leaves of the dandelion have diuretic characteristics and can be used to treat or help cleanse the liver and kidneys. You can incorporate this green into salads or put larger leaves in soups, just make sure to wash them thoroughly first. The best time to find them is usually from April to May and they freeze well too, allowing you to enjoy their benefits all year long.

Dandelion Greens are awesome in juices, smoothies, soups and salads.  Very versatile.  I often put them in my morning smoothie.  
My morning smoothie:

8 ounces green juice 
4 ounces coconut water
 1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup coconut meat
2 leaves kale
4 leaves dandelion greens
1 tbsp pure synergy
1 tbsp spirulina
1 scoop acai
1 tbsp dulse

 Afternoon Salad:

sunflower sprouts
pea greens
alfalfa sprouts
pumpkin seeds
lots of shakes of dulse and kelp
chunks of non-gmo organic sprouted tofu (buy at MOMS)

1/2 cup flax oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup basil 
1 cup cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
juice of 1 lime
dash sea salt
dash cayenne

now i'm munching on my chlorella tablets and sipping my kombucha!!  

have a great night!!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Detox Food- Aloe!!

Aloe is well known today for many reasons, be it for providing soft and supple skin or to help assuage mild burns or probably even help in diaper rash. But, did you know that aloe vera is also a superfood and can be consumed because it provides some really amazing health benefits?
Aloe vera has long been recognized for its superficial effects on our body but now scientists are realizing that this plant is quite a potent superfood as well. Here are some of the benefits it provides:
  • Helps maintain the balance of good bacteria in the intestine so that digestion is good
  • Helps people suffering from allergies and helps in keeping blood sugar normal.
  • Contains trace minerals such as calcium, selenium, zinc, chromium and magnesium, which are really good for health.
  • Polysaccharides help in keeping the immune system healthy.
  • Detoxifies the body and even gets rid of harmful bacteria from the body.
  • Contains sterils, which greatly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Helps in healing and preventing fungus infections.
Aloe can be taken in the form of juice, smoothies, soups, dips or even salad dressing and it will provide all the much needed nutrients without a hitch. 
 The boys and I hit the pool today after camp!!  
Do you want to know what was in our snack bag??
Kale chips
Apple slices with almond butter
Leftover buckwheat hemp pancakes
Lots of water!! 

time for bed!!  kelly

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Detoxifying CucumberJuice & Pumpkin Seed and Walnut Milk Power Smoothie

 Hello cleansers and everyone who wants to eat clean to live well!!  

When people typically use cucumbers, they probably slice them to use in salads. Another useful way to use them is in juice form. Cucumber juice is a diuretic with a good amount of fiber that allows for optimal waste removal when consuming. Ingesting the juice provides good amounts of Vitamin A that is beneficial for eyesight, reproduction, and bone growth, and Vitamin D for strong bones. Drinking cucumber juice can help to cool down the body and normalize body temperature, great for the summer months. Make sure to include cucumber juice in your detox to obtain the long list of health benefits

Cucumber juice is the base of the Kelly Detox Tonic available at Puree this week.  Or make it at home:
14 ounces cucumber juice
1-2 ounces wheatgrass juice
1-1.5 ounces of ginger juice
juice of one lemon

I made a batch of pumpkin seed and walnut milk earlier this week which i used for my husband's power smoothie this morning. He is detoxing for two weeks and loves his morning smoothies.  He often has one for dinner too when he gets home late.  Smoothies and blended soups are great for dinner because they are easy to digest.

Pumpkin Seed and Walnut Milk Smoothie

12 ounces homemade pumpkin seed and walnut milk (or any nut/seed milk you have)
1 scoop raw meal
1 scoop sun warrior pea protein
1 tbsp pure synergy
2 frozen bananas
1 cup strawberries
1 dropper toffee stevia
1 tbsp almond butter

This smoothie is definitely a meal replacement smoothie.  

After camp today the boys and i went on a bike ride.  The boys took a break to snack on some grapes and buckwheat hemp pancakes (recipe coming soon) i made this morning.  I sipped on my green juice which i had chilling in the cooler in the car.   i always come prepared!!

We came home packed up a picnic and headed to the park to eat before tae kwon doe practice.  The boys helped me make their:

Sunflower Seed and Raspberry Date Spread sandwiches. 

2 slices sprouted sesame bread
2 tbsps homemade raspberry date spread (2 cups raspberries, 5 dates soaked for 20 minutes, blend in vitamix till smooth)
2 tbsps raw sunflower seed butter 
a few slices of banana
I also took sliced apples with raw almond butter which is what i snacked on.

As you can see i do feed my kids some typical "kid" food but healthier versions of these foods.  You can take any food and kick up the nutrition in it if you get creative!!  For sandwiches we often use a raw banana bread but i did not have any made today.

eat smart, move well and live whole!!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Wheatgrass and Pizza!!

Yes i said wheatgrass and pizza.  read on and you will understand!!
Our next detox food for the week is wheatgrass! 

Wheatgrass is great for increasing red blood cells and lowering blood pressure while also revving the metabolism. It can be used to cleanse the body; organs, blood, and gastrointestinal tract of any harmful debris that may be within. Wheatgrass can also be used to heal wounds and increase blood count. It is usually taken in juice form but can also be applied to the skin to treat wounds. 
I suggest starting with one ounce every morning.  Gradually increase to 2 ounces in the morning and if you are cleansing or going through a healing crisis kick it up to 2 2 ounce shots per day- one in the morning and one in the late afternoon on an empty stomach.  
My "Kelly Detox Tonic" at Puree has 1 ounce of wheatgrass.  Ask them to add an extra shot if you want to kick it up!!   Make sure to add wheatgrass into your cleanse this week! Let me know how it makes you feel!   In my Plant-based Nutrition Immersion Program i teach you everything you need to know to grow your own and optimally benefit from this amazing food. 
Learn more here:

Fabulous morning workout!!  The body and mind were in sync.  Home for shot of e-3 live and power smoothie:

12 ounces green juice 
1 scoop vega protein
1 tsp camu camu
1 tsp blue manna
1 scoop acai powder
1 cup mixed berries
1 frozen banana
3 leaves kale
handful dandelion greens
handful cilantro
1 tbsp dulse

I was working on my new blog/website this afternoon so i did a quickie lunch.  Enjoyed more of my Pesto Salad from yesterday and the Susie Sprout Salad.  I'm a little addicted to the Susie Sprout Salads!!  
After camp we headed to the library for new summer reading books and then Mason and I went for a fabulous bike ride.  i love that he likes riding the trails now!!  
Tonight the boys and i made some homemade pizza!!  

Yes my boys eat pizza and they love every bite.  I get an organic multigrain crust, organic homemade pizza sauce and a vegan rice cheese.  We spend time making it together and that is the most important part- the experience together.  We also make raw pizza together but tonight it was 100% baked pizza.  And no- i do not have any desire to indulge in foods like this.  Once you eat clean for a long time the body has no cravings for foods that most people crave.  

Keep on cleansing!!! 


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Chlorella and more..

Even if you are not cleansing with the 7-Day Detox group you can still eat clean foods this week.  One amazing detox food that i believe we should all consume is chlorella.

Chlorella is used to detoxify the body of heavy metals that tend to reside in your body along with many other benefits.  Heavy metals in the body have been associated with cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease.  Chlorella is high in protein, can reduce inflammation, alkalize the body and can act as a pain reliever.  You can ingest chlorella in tablet or powder form, making it a great addition to smoothies or just eat the tablets alone.  Read this article to learn more about chlorella:

Tried another Susie Sprout Salad today that is a WINNER!!  I love that i have another ready-made food option!!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream for the boys today:

1 bag frozen strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup walnut pumpkin seed milk i made yesterday
dash of coconut nectar
1 scoop vanilla sun warrior protein
2 tbsps hemp seeds
Blend all ingredients in Vitamix.  

Learn more about chlorella:  check out this article!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cilantro Dulse Walnut Pesto

Today starts another group 7-Day Detox Program!!  Everyone has their manuals and they are planning their individualized "Daily Menus".  In the manual i discuss different levels of cleansing from consuming all juices to consuming juices in the morning, raw salads and soups in the afternoon and healthy cooked food meals for dinner.  As i always say, "Everyone can cleanse on some level.".  My personal cleanse goal during this cleanse is minimal sugars.  I will continue to eat berries and fruit in my smoothie in the morning but that is it for the sugar- not raw vegan ice cream, no gnosis cacao bars...  Basically i will do sprout/green juices, the kelly detox tonic which will be available at puree this week, power smoothies, blended soups and salads.  i love the sweet treats but when you eat clean and then you consume just a little of the sweet stuff you can easily feel how addicting they are.  When you consume sugar you want more- its a cycle.  The cleanse will break the cycle and get you back on track!!  Its the same with caffeine- when you consume it the body just wants more.  Once you cleanse you break the cycle and the body no longer craves those things.  Time to get the sugar out. 

Owen helped make the morning juice.  He loves helping.  We made a big batch of intense sprout/green juice for me and then a small batch of cucumber, spinach, kale and apple for him.  He still loves his daily green juice.  i hope he never gives it up!! 
owen loves to drink his juice with this fancy straw!!  This is a great way to encourage your kids to drink juices and smoothies.  Put them in fun cups and use fun straws!! 

my power smoothie!!  Ideally you want to fuel the body 45 minutes after a workout.  My strategy is typically to drink my green shots and green juice immediately after my workout, get home, take a shower, get ready and then make my power smoothie and consume it over 30 -60 minutes dependent upon what is going on that day.    

12 ounces sprout/green juice
1/2 cup mixed berries
1/4 cup goji berries
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 big scoop sun warrior protein
1 tbsp dulse
1 scoop acai
and a few other superfoods.....

Saturdays i try to use up all the produce in the refrigerator to make room for the fresh stuff coming in on Sundays when i go to the market.  I has soaked walnuts ready to go, lots of cilantro and salad stuff so i decided to do a cilantro dulse walnut pesto on a large salad wrapped in  nori rolls.  Fast, simple and nutritious. 

3 cups cilantro
1 cup basil
1/3 cup hemp oil
1/3 cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsps lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp dulse
blend all ingredients in vitamix till smooth.

 I love Saturdays because i know i get to refill the kitchen with loads of fabulous foods!! 

Tonight i also made a batch of walnut pumpkin seed milk.  This will be for the boys for cereals, pancakes, cacao milk etc.... 

2/3 cup soaked walnuts
1 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
4 cups water
Blend all ingredients in vitamix, strain in nutmilk bag.

Have a wonderful Sunday!!  Hope to see you at the Bethesda Central Market!! 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo Shoot!!

Today was such a blast.  Christine and I did another photo shoot for my new blog/website and book.  I love photo shoots.  loads of fabulous food and lots of creative energy flowing!!  check out some of her pics from the farmer's market last sunday. 
Here are some pics i took today:

Raw "Coffee" Herbal Tonic
Avocado Bowl
Zucchini Pasta with Pesto Sauce
All recipes will be available soon either in my new book or new blog/website- Coming Soon!!

Check out the dessert treat i made for the boys and i after karate tonight:
3 spoonfuls of Pistachio Vanilla Raw Vegan Ice Cream
1 large tbsp Peanut Butter i got at farmer's market last week
sprinkle of cacao nibs
drizzle of coconut nectar

This totally reminded me of a "frozen yogurt" i used to eat in high school.  it was vanilla with peanut butter swirl.  Peanut butter is not something i plan to add to my diet all the time but i am happy i experimented with this susie sprout brand.  i would recommend it to anyone who eats peanut butter.

I have to admit that i'm totally excited to start my own 7-Day Detox tomorrow!!  Tomorrow is the pre-cleanse workshop and i will be detoxing along with all my participants.  This past week i've been experimenting with too many raw vegan treats such as ice cream, the karma kookie and even the raw vegan granola for breakfast.  i notice when i experiment with things with sugar i just crave more.  This is not just psychological but it is a chemical imbalance and cycle that goes on in the body.  I'm ready to get clean again and get the sugar out!!

Time to detox- bring on the juice and greens!!

Mason at sparring class tonight:

live every day in a creative way!!