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Coconut Cranberry Power Bars

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Diet, Health Tips, Healthy Food, Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan | 0 comments

Many of our patients tell us they have a hard time finding healthy snack foods. This recipe is delicious as a snack, breakfast or even dessert. It is power packed with protein, healthy fats & fiber that will keep you feeling full and give you lasting energy. The hemp and flax seeds provide a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation, improve cholesterol and are important for cognitive and behavioral function. Research shows Omega-3’s may even help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. This vegan, Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free treat is so easy to make, you won’t mind making a second batch when the kids beg for more! Live Well’s Natural Foods Chef & Educator, Jen Fanega, prepared this yummy treat for October’s Clover Market and it was a real hit! If you’d like to learn new, delicious ways to feed your family healthy foods, contact Jen for a consultation today! Cranberry Coconut Power Bars Recipe source: Makes 25 bars     Ingredients: 1 cup hemp seeds ½ cup golden flaxmeal ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup coconut butter 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut ⅛ teaspoon vanilla stevia ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt   Instructions: 1. In a food processor, pulse together hemp, flax, and cranberries 2. Pulse in coconut butter, shredded coconut, salt and stevia 3. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish 4. Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm 5. Serve...

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Recipe: Dairy-Free Pine Nut Ricotta Spread

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Diet, Healthy Food, Natural, Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan | 1 comment

Those of you who visited us at this month’s Clover Market were lucky enough to taste a bite (or two!) of this yummy treat that Jen Fanega, our resident Natural Foods Chef & Educator, prepared for us. This vegan snack is simple to prepare and can be enjoyed everyday with some veggie sticks or dressed up as a fancy canapé for a cocktail party. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy Omega-3 fats and a great alternative for those who are allergic to nuts. Contrary to popular belief, pine nuts are actually technically not considered a nut, but are a seed from pine trees. (Some people with nut allergies may also be sensitive to pine nuts, so proceed with caution!) This recipe was sourced from the Natural Gourmet Institute and provided by Jen Fanega. Enjoy! Dairy-Free Pine Nut Ricotta Makes: About 1 Cup     Ingredients: 1 cup pine nuts (soaked overnight in 2 cups water), drained 1 head garlic, roasted, cooled and paste removed 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon chickpea OR yellow miso 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons umeboshi paste pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons chopped chives 2 tablespoons red pepper, very finely diced 2 tablepoons yellow pepper, very finely diced 3 table spoons toasted pine nuts 3-4 cucumbers   Directions: In food processor, blend soaked nuts, garlic paste, oil, miso, lemon juice and umeboshi paste. Remove mixture from food processor. Place in a medium bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Using a vegetable peeler or zester, peel skin of cucumber in strips, leaving decorative strips. Cut the cucumber into 1/4 inch circles. Place about 1 tablespoon of nut filling on each cucumber slice. Garnish each slice with chives, peppers and toasted pine...

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Recipe: Super Easy Chia Seed Pudding

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Diet, Healthy Food, Natural, Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan | 0 comments

Many of our patients ask us for ideas on how to satisfy their sweet tooth without going overboard with sugar. This simple recipe is naturally sweetened and can be customized to suit your taste buds. You can use honey in place of the maple syrup if you prefer, or add some yummy unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate-y treat. If you are cleansing, try swapping a few drops of stevia in place of the maple syrup. Kids love this healthy dessert and will find it especially fun if they can help you prepare it. For a kid-friendly version, add all ingredients to a wide-mouth glass jar and cover tightly with the lid. Let the kids take turns shaking it up until it is thoroughly combined. This recipe is provided by Jennifer Fanega, our resident Natural Foods Chef & Educator. For more information on the services Jen provides, click here.   Basic Chia Seed Pudding Serves 6-10       Ingredients: 4 ½ tablespoons chia seeds One- 14 ounce can of coconut milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup Pinch of sea salt   Directions: 1- Measure chia seeds into a medium bowl. 2- Shake coconut milk well and pour into bowl. 3- Add vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt. 4- Combine well with a whisk or spoon. 5- Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 6- Mix well again. 7- Refrigerate for atleast 4 hours (ideally overnight). 8- Stir well before serving.  ...

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