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Refreshed and almost ready to go…

Sincere apologies to all my lovely blog readers for my absence, I have been reworking some things at Nourish. I hope you will enjoy the changes coming soon! Stay tuned and thank you for your support. 

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Food for thought, food for life a study for cancer patients – News, opinion, resources | Shepherdstown Chronicle

A nice article written about The Food for Life program I am sharing with our community!

 

Food for thought, food for life a study for cancer patients – News, opinion, resources | Shepherdstown Chronicle.

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Food for Life by the Cancer Project Course offered at Shepherd – News, opinion, resources | Shepherdstown Chronicle

A little press from our local paper about my classes! Thank you to The Shepherdstown Chronicle.

 

Food for Life by the Cancer Project Course offered at Shepherd – News, opinion, resources | Shepherdstown Chronicle.

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Knowledge is power!

I had an opportunity recently to get together with like minded individuals and brainstorm a little. We were trying to figure out the best way to help our community be a healthier one.  How do we help people take better care of themselves? How do we reach the people who are too busy to listen? How do we reach those who feel they don’t have the resources to lead a healthier life? How do we help people help their children do the same? It’s education, I’m sure of it. I’m not talking about a degree or level of schooling, I’m talking about practical, real life knowledge that can be put to work for anyone. I bet if I told you that cancer was the second leading cause of death in the U.S. you may not be surprised. I bet if I told you that 1/3 of cancer deaths are linked to diet you would be. How about the number one killer in this country is heart disease and it can be PREVENTED! Really. And if you have it, you can reverse the damage. Yes, really.

Have I peaked your curiosity yet? I hope so. What I just told you is that nutrition, what you eat, can prevent disease or at least, with cancer, reduce your risk. Here’s the thing, very few people are talking about it. Why? There’s no money in selling kale or collard greens. There are no sales reps, no lobbyists for greens and beans, there is just no money in this information. There are no drugs to be pushed, no sales to be made. But if I told you vegetarians lived longer and had a decreased risk of cancer, you might listen. If I told you to change your diet now rather than wait until your chest must be cracked open and your organs repaired, would you listen? I think most people would. I think if I told you that an obese child will live a shorter life than his parents, maybe you would care. If I told you an estimated 70% of diabetes could be prevented, you may listen. If you were obese, suffering form heart disease, taking medicine for diabetes, had an overweight child, you should know these things. Is anyone telling you? I don’t hear the screaming from the rooftops that we need.

So guess what? I’m about to start. Get ready because I plan to keep at it until I help people understand what it is they deserve to know. I can show people how to make healthy, delicious whole food meals for their families in 30 minutes that cost LESS than the meat and cheese filled entrees they are making now. I can help people understand how simple it makes life when you MAKE your own food. It’s cheaper than McDonald’s, tastes much better too. It is very empowering to know that  you are feeding your body to fuel your life and that of your family.

It’s time to get started, let the education of our community continue.  Nourish is now offering nutritional consulting.

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Easy Vegan Red Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

 

Here’s another super easy, super fresh salad to add to your routine. This is almost a slaw, I think it would be really good as a side dish for just about anything. I actually ate it for lunch by itself so whatever you like.

Ingredients

Red Cabbage– shredded (about 1/2 a head)

Carrots– shredded (about 1 cup)

Cilantro– one bunch, stems removed and chopped

Green Onions– 3-4 chopped

Sesame seeds– 1 1/2 Tablespoons

Cashews– about 1/4 cup finely chopped

Mix all these together in a medium sized bowl.

Now for the Sauce

In a separate bowl combine

the following…

Peanut or almond butter (about 2 Tablespoons)

3-4 Tablespoons Braggs Aminos (or other soy sauce)

Crushed red pepper flakes (amount depends on your preference for heat)

A dash of lemon juice

A dash (or more) cayenne pepper

Use a whisk to mix it all well, I added some water to thin the sauce down a bit.

Add the sauce to the vegetables and your done. It’s quick, easy, and super fresh. You could definitely add some shredded zucchini or other vegetables. You could also use a different sauce for a completely different flavor. A lemon, vinegar dressing with some garlic might be tasty.

Give it a try, let me know what you think.

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Easy Vegan Sweet Delight

For those of you who know me, you know I am more of a savory eater. Given a choice, I prefer salty over sweet almost everytime. But every once in a while, I get a little itch for something yummy and sweet. So what’s a girl to do? I whip up this little magic potion to satisfy the sweet tooth inside us all.

In a small bowl, pour a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup then add raw cocoa powder to it. Add a little at a time and whip it together until you get the right consistency and flavor for you. That’s it.

It’s is so sinfully delicious, you won’t believe it. So only two ingredients stand between you and this brownie batter tasting sauce that you can put on about anything. I like it on raw pecans and walnuts or on strawberries. My son likes it on graham crackers and on top of his coconut ice cream. My husband dips bananas in it. Whatever you choose, you know it’s free of additives and artificial flavors. It’s real food so enjoy! Now, please remember maple syrup is naturally very sweet so don’t overdo it. I have never had anyone not LOVE this little gem.  I first saw this recipe in the Raw Food Detox Diet book by Natalia Rose. It is an outstanding book! It’s where I got my training wheels in raw foods, where that adventure began for me. For anyone looking to incorporate more raw into their diet, it is worth a look.

Give it a try, let me know what you think.

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Easy Vegan Nut Cheese

So many people tell me they really miss cheese when they go vegan. I have to admit that was not something I missed much at all. I have had dairy issues most of my life so aside from ranch dressing (which I LOVED), dairy was not very hard for me. I always suggest nutritional yeast for a cheese substitute. It can be sprinkled on just about anything or added to sauces for a cheesy flavor. BUT I also found a handy little recipe along the way that I would say is more of a nut take on hummus but is called cheese. I use it for dip for fresh vegetables, on top of my raw walnut tacos, as spread on veggie wraps, and lots of other ways. Here is the recipe I use, it’s from the RAWvolution book by Matt Amsden. I love his book! My famous walnut tacos originated from his recipe (and by famous I mean anyone I have cooked for has probably had these, I love them).

Here it is…

1 to 1.5  cups of raw nuts- *soaked (cashews or macadamia nuts or a mixture of both)

1/4 fresh lemon juice

1/4 organic red bell pepper

1/4 cup Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce)

2-3 garlic cloves

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!

* By soaking the nuts for a few hours ahead of time, it will make them easier for your body to process. You can look it up if you want more information about why… it really just helps break them down so your body can more easily assimilate their nutrients.

Try it out and see what you think! I hope to get a few more raw recipes on here this week. This warm weather here is making me crave my summer favorites in March. I eat way more raw foods in the summer months because there is an abundance of fresh produce readily available. Raw foods are very cleansing and full of life!

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