Raw Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream | Thickest, Creamiest, Smoothest Ice Cream EVER!

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Raw Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream | VIDEO

Does anyone out there love ice cream as much as I do?? I used to work at an ice cream shop, and boy was a feeling like CRAP. This is ice cream that makes me feel AMAZING and it does not compromise taste for health.  It is sweet, smooth, thick and creamy and can be made the way you like with whatever animal free ingredients you have. Feel high on life all day eating ice cream for breakfast, and reap the benefits of all the cell and DNA protecting antioxidants, phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Serves 1:  ~336 Calories

  • Uses food processor or high speed blender.
  • Easy, takes about 5 minutes.
  • Prep: Freeze 2 ripe bananas for 6 hours or overnight

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas (peeled before freezing)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Steps: Click here to watch my video~

  1. Blend ingredients until smooth- yup it’s that easy!

Enjoy!!

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Memorial Day Watermelon Salad and Video

In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to make my favorite watermelon salad with mint and lime.IMG_20150525_094125The mint reminds me of my Grampa, who served in the army in World War II.  This is a great side dish or breakfast that is perfect for hot weather.  I uploaded a short video that shows how easy it is to make.  To watch the video, click here.

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The search for refreshing stops here.  Watermelon is of course hydrating, but is also high in vitamins and minerals.  The red color of watermelon provides the incredible antioxidant lycopene, which was shown to be effective in preventing skin damage from the sun in tomatoes according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.  Watermelon also provides vitamins like vitamins A, B6, and C and minerals like potassium, copper, and magnesium. According to USDA’s supertracker, 1/4 watermelon provides 7g of protein.

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It is incredible how mint grows everywhere like crazy, but it costs $4.00 to buy a tiny organic package of it wrapped in plastic at the grocery store.  I highly recommend growing it yourself and throwing it into everything.  It is delicious in salads, wraps, smoothies, and the flavor is not overpowering.  I love it blended with frozen bananas for a refreshing mint ice cream.  This mint can also be used as a great herbal tea.

Lime

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I recommend a squeeze of lemon or lime on everything.  It adds vitamin C which is necessary for absorption of iron.  Many female vegans ask me how I get enough iron and eating nutrient dense foods is my first answer, but I am also intentional about my squeeze of lemon or lime juice.  Plants are abundant in minerals like iron, but the delicious vitamin C from lemons and limes adds great flavor to any bland meal and provides the antioxidants and vitamins necessary to help absorb all of my nutrients.

Tangy Mango Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)- Foodie Trapped In A Dorm!

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Yuuumm!!  Want something smooth, creamy, sweet, tangy, spicy, cool, filling, and refreshing?  Something low fat, gluten free, nutrient dense, cancer curing, heart disease reversing, and blood pressure lowering?  Something that will smooth up your skin and slow the aging process?!

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Yes, please!  I am BEYOND GRATEFUL that this guy came and surprised me with an amazing raw vegan dinner- made in my lil dorm room 🙂 Thank you SamWise!

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Zoodles:

  • 3 zucchinis, peeled with a potato peeler to make thick noodles, or if you’ve got a spiralizer, use that!
  • Schiffinade iceberg lettuce

Dressing: adjust ingredient quantities as desired.  Blend in high speed blender until smooth.

  • Organic Mango Juice
  • Sugar Plum Cherry Tomatoes
  • Dates
  • Basil
  • Lime Juice
  • Bell Pepper
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Organic Frontier Thai Curry Powder
  • Lil jalapeno

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Hope you love this easy, healthy, and yuummmmmmy recipe as much as I did!  Enjoy and reap good health! ❤

Raw Vegan Desserts Demo and Recipes! (Oil Free and Sweetened with FRUIT!)

Last week’s Raw Vegan Desserts Demo was so much fun!  These demos are getting less and less nerve-racking :).  I am so lucky to have the opportunity to share how delicious and easy healthy food really can be!

Have fun making these recipes!  And have even more fun eating them! And have THE MOST fun thriving afterwards ❤
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Black Forest Cherry Brownie Bites

Food processor- S blade

  •  2 cups walnuts (preferably, soaked and dehydrated- however there is a law that it is illegal to sell raw nuts made in the US- they are all pasteurized.  Imported may be raw though)
  • 6-7 dates pitted and packed (I used an 8 ounce bag of coconut date rolls, I think there were 7 in there)
  • 1 tsp cherry extract
  • 6 Tbs cacao or carob powder
  • 3 Tbs water (if necessary- I didn’t use any water)

Process until smooth- delicious walnut butter can be made using simply walnuts in a food processor.  Just be patient- it turns super creamy!  Feel free to add dates or your favorite sweetener for sweetener, or a little salt.  The oils really come out and the brownie bites get super squishy and buttery!

  • ¼ cup dried cherries mixed in after blending
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts mixed in after blending

After mixing in nuts and dried cherries, scoop about a tablespoon of brownie dough into mini muffin tins and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.  The walnut butter congeals when you let it chill.

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Mango Nice Cream

High speed blender (like Vitamix or Ninja), or a food processor S blade (if using food processor, will take longer and definitely add a little water or let thaw out a little- might make soft serve, but still delicious!)

  • 3 ripe, peeled, and frozen bananas, chunked into fourths
  • 1 cup thawed frozen mango chunks (throw your frozen fruit in the fridge, nom nom nom!)

Blend until smooth and creamy.

I love brownies and ice cream separately, but I like them together even better!

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Ohhh the decadence isn’t over yet…

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Coconut Macaroons

Makes appx. 15, use a food processor S blade:

  • 4 cups sun-dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisin (soaked if available)
  • 1 cup coconut date rolls or medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup apricot soaked
  • 1/4 Tbl sea salt
  • 1/8 cup distilled water (depending on how much soaked dried fruit

1. Blend coconut in food processor until very fine/ oily/ sweet. (this may take longer than you think!  Let it blend until super smooth, about a full 1-2 minutes)

2. Blend (appx. 30 seconds- 1st pulse 5-6 times) all other ingredients

3. Using cooking scoop, make balls and roll in dried coconut

4. chill and enjoy!

Brownie Chunk Chocolate Soft Serve

Brownie Chunks:

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  • 2 cups walnut
  • 1 cups (about 7) dates
  • about 1/3 cup cacao powder

Blend until super smooth and spread onto a pan or roll into balls and freeze.  After about 20-30 minutes or more, chop into itty bitty brownie chunk pieces.

Chocolate Soft Serve:

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  • 3 ripe, peeled, frozen bananas, chunked into fourths
  • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk (or homemade almond milk, or just throw in some soaked nuts, or just water! 🙂 )
  • 2-3 Tbs cacao powder (depending how chocolatey you like it!)
  • vegan chocolate chips or MY BROWNIE CHUNKS! NOM!!

Blend everything except brownie chunks until smooth and fold in brownie chunks!  Top with fresh berries, yuum.

Gotta love coconut macaroons and brownie chunk chocolate soft serve separately… but together- simply heaven.  sweet little love pies. I don’t think I have to tell you to enjoy this one… but do be sure to savor. xoxo

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Raw Vegan Biscuits and Gravy! (fat and gluten free!)

Ohh biscuits and gravy!  I thought you said bananas and datey!!

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Sunday mornin’ soul food baby.  Sweet, smooth, juicy, and hearty.  This will fill you up, and you actually will not be in a coma!! Haha, carb up and seize the day!

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The Biscuits:

  • cinnamon
  • bananas (sliced)
  • apples (mandolin thin)
  1. Thinly slice your fruit
  2. Using a straight cylinder coffee mug, get a layer of cinnamon on the bottom so the apple doesn’t stick.  then alternate layers of apples and layers of banana slices.  Once the mug is about 1/3 – 1/2 way full, press layers down firmly.  Run a knife around the outside of your biscuit in the mug and flip the mug forcefully into your hand or a small plate to get the biscuit out.
  3. Repeat and place biscuits on plate as desired.

The Gravy:

  • raisins (a few handfuls)
  • oranges (2-3)
  • dried apricots (like 6)
  • coconut date rolls (or dates – 5)
  1. Using a high speed blender or food processor, blend until smooth.  Add more orange sections to make it thinner, add more dried fruit to make it thicker.
  2. Pour / spoon over biscuits.
  3. Garnish with fruit and whatever else sounds good!
  4. Happy Sunday!!

Apple Orange Ginger Roll

After practicing this weekend for my:

RAW VEGAN JAPANESE DEMO

WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 29, 2014 – 7-8PM

COREC DEMO KITCHEN

MISO SOUP – GINGER CITRUS NOODLES – SUSHI – GREEN TEA NICE CREAM

SIGN UP AT MEMBER SERVICES OR CALL 765-494-3110

At the demo I won’t be making the sushi I made out of the slim pickings at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house hold.. although I did happen to have enough for a divine, high carb, raw vegan, fat free, gourmet, treat!  Heck, maybe I will make it! 😉  Inspired by Megan Elizabeth and Beyond Sushi NYC, I came up with this:

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I just so happen to LOVE apple, ginger, and carrot together- it’s my favorite kind of fresh pressed juice!  And such a great refreshing tang from the orange!! MMMMmmm!!!

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  • about 5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower florets (with a few broccoli florets in there too)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • a thimble sized piece of ginger minced

I recommend using a food processor like Megan Elizabeth to get a snowy, rice consistency, my Vitamix turned it to mush!  If using a Vitamix, be sure not to over-blend.  Blend until you get a rice-like consistency.  Try using chopped jicama and almonds like this great looking video

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  • “rice”
  • apple slices
  • orange sections
  • grated carrot
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • green onion
  • cilantro

What do you have sitting around in the fridge?  Throw it in your nori!  I adore beet and sweet potato rolls… heck- anything can be made delicious with this! Use your imagination! 

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The Topping:

  • thinly sliced apple
  • thinly sliced ginger

I got a mandolin at Wal-Mart for $15 a while ago and it has been such a life savor!  I used it to thinly slice the apple and ginger but I’m sure thin slices with a knife would look just as fantastic! 

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Yoga Flow With Me!

Yoga stretches the body, mind, and spirit

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Guess who’s teaching Yoga Flow at the CoRec on Saturday Mornings!!

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Me! Saturday mornings from 10-10:50am I’ll be teaching a series of 22 yoga flow level one classes! This series is usually $77.00 but I’ll be teaching it for only $38.50 for all 22 classes!! This is an amazing deal!

■■ Registration Opens January 13 ■■ Registration Closes February 3 ■■ How to Register You can register online at http://www.purdue.edu/recsports, by calling 765.494.3110, or by visiting the Purdue Rec Sports Member Services Desk in the CoRec.

In the meantime, I just did this yoga flow to this Michael Franti playlist  :)! Give it a try!  My class will be similar, with more inspiration and quotes and mindfulness ❤ and by the end of the 22 classes, you’ll be able to do all kinds of poses! Gradually building your strength and flexibility!  I also am teaching Dance Mania at 8:30pm on Wednesday nights and Zumba Gold at 8:30am on Wednesday mornings!  Hope to see you there!

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For yoga:

■■ Wait List: Classes fill up fast and class capacities cannot be exceeded. Once a class is full, you will be placed on a waitlist. We will contact individuals on the waitlist, in the order they signed up. Once contacted, individuals will have 24 hours to pay the class registration fee before the next individual on the waitlist is contacted.CLASS DATES

■■ Classes Begin January 27 ■■ Classes End April 20 ■■ No Classes Spring Break, March 15–23 ■■ Make-Up Week April 21–27 ■■ Make-Up Class Week

5 Secrets To Happiness

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Yesterday at our staff training at the CoRec, keynote speaker Marty Green inspired the crap out of me!  He described me to a T- the way I wouldn’t let myself have any fun last semester.  How students procrastinate, are sleep deprived, and have more anxiety than any age group.  Last semester I hated my life.  I was struggling in biochemistry and complaining and  I would feel to guilty to have a little fun, for I should have been spending all of my time studying!

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Well Mr. Green has got be looking on the bright side this semester!  These are my twist on 5 of his secrets to thrive!

1. Pursue Purpose and Chase Meaning

Identify what is worth the effort and understand what is worth the struggle.  Saying “I don’t have enough time to…” should really be, “I have enough time, I just choose to put my time into doing something else.”  This is about dedicating an hour every day to completely goof off doing something that you 100% are choosing to do because it brings you joy.  This is an investment to yourself so you have the capacity to be able to sit down and focus later.  Otherwise, you will cry and die and procrastinate and stay up until 2am like most poor college students.

2. Intentional Choices

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Saying, “I choose to, prefer, want more than I have to” is Intentional Living.  Saying, “I have to, I should, I must” leads us to live miserable lives devoid of fun!!  Know that everything you do, you are doing by choice!  Although I cried in every biochem lab, in reality I did CHOOSE to go to college and to go to class each day!!  Although I would have had negative consequences if I did not go, I should have reminded myself each time that there is no learning without being challenged.  Failure is the best teacher.  I came to school to learn, not to float about- and with the realization that I want to go to class, it all of a sudden becomes a fantastic day! Yay class!

3. Gratitude Attitude

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My new goal: say at least 3 things I am grateful for everyday, and STOP COMPLAINING! Oh my gosh! I am the luckiest girl in the world, it is digusting how conversations turn into complainy vent seshs all the time! And if anyone tries to complain to me I’ma smack a hoe!  Go live as a starving  orphan and then we’ll talk! (haha, complaining about complaining :-/ oops)  If we keep being grateful and positive, positive energy will radiate out of us, and we will be overall happy, loving, rawesome people, spreading goodness :).  A happy girl is a beautiful one ❤

4. Be Involved and Engaged in Something That Is Bigger Than You

To me, this screams VEGANISM. But it can apply to many things, your job, your sorority, any kind of group you might be involved in.  Realize that you are an important person in this incredible life you live, and what you do everyday has an amazing positive impact on a lot of people! So, enjoy it and keep it up!

5. Vitalize Your Vessel

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Participate in enjoyable movement and cultivate a learner’s mind.  Be in the moment and appreciate the beautiful body you were blessed with.  This means paying attention in class, less screen time, and get your body moving and start eating a healthy plant based diet!  You are to beautiful to not 🙂  And quit the negative self talk!

Hope you’re inspired now too!  Have a healthy and happy spring semester everybody! Hydrate, live big, and CARB UP! ❤

This is kind of a big dill

Ya, this dressing… it’s a huge dill.  This beautiful bowl made by Samwise that I was supposed to share with him… I ended up eating most of it…sorry… :-/ it was too GOOOD!!!

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The Big Dill Dressing

This sweet savory tangy sauce is such a BIG DEAL!  It makes a salad not only unbelieveably good, like your eating some expensive linguini, but it keeps it fat free, cleansing, oxygenating, energizing, and gives the whole slew of benefits that these ingredients bring!  Who knew fiber and a few fresh herbs could be so fabulous?!  Please try this.  And share with loved ones ❤ Nothing beats sharing health and deliciousness like this!!

This has got spiralized zucchini, okra, cherry tomatoes, collars, romaine, sunchoke, cucumber, celery… and anything else you got in the fridge that you wanna throw in 😉

  • Squeeze whole lemon
  • ¼ cup dill
  • 5 dates
  • 2 inches of celery
  • 1 inch of zucchini
  • a whole tomato
  • 2-3 tsp caraway

Blend everything except the dill until creamy.  Pulse in the dill until well mixed.  It should come out thick, creamy, cleansing, and rawdonkulously delish!!  Savor, savor, savor!!

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Wish I had pictures of the superhero himself.  Thank you so much for spoiling me Samwise!! What a fun winter break!!

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