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Who wants a hot date? | Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites

Yeah, you read that right. A pretty incredible date, in fact. I mean, what else can provide you with calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium AND vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K? 😉 Dates are an amazing source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber! You know you want one, so… Don’t worry, it wont be a: Let me introduce you to a super easy way to prepare and make some incredible goodness out of your dates below! Dates are one of the most versatile and tasty staple ingredients to stock in your kitchen. You can eat them raw, filled with nut butter, soaked in water to create a sweet syrup, dipped in chocolate, or chopped in a salad…seriously, they are amazing in every way! Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites: Crunchy. Sweet. Nutty. Chewy. Protein-packed perfection. If you’re craving something sweet, give these guilt-free, superfood packed, protein energy bites. They ONLY take 5 minutes to make! Aaaand, they basically taste like raw cookie dough!  These could also make for a “healthy” twist on mithai (Indian sweet), which are …

Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait

It’s Christmas morning! What better way to start your day than with a Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait. A perfect detox from all the holiday party sugar and also a great snack for kids–especially the naughty ones (see throwback below). Chia pudding makes for a fun, low calorie, filling breakfast or snack. It is packed with protein, fiber, anti-inflammatory omega 3s, and probiotics to keep you energized and boost digestion. Feeling bloated? It may even help decrease bloating and abdominal cramping. This recipe is so easy and quick. You can even make it ahead of time and assemble the parfait when ready to eat. With the chia pudding, just mix together the ingredients and store it in the fridge! You can enjoy the chia pudding layer on its own, but I love assembling it parfait style. A must for any parfait is some toasty granola. Since many store bought granola contain honey or high fructose corn syrup, I opt to make my own homemade granola. It’s cheaper, healthier, and only takes 5-10 minutes! Parfait layers make this recipe so versatile. You can customize …

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets During my last semester at Pepperdine, I had enrolled in a Regent and Seaver Scholars Colloquium course on Eastern and Western Philosophy and Science. We covered some awesome topics in ethics and philosophy from Confucius, Yoga and Meditation, Chuang Tzu, Desedimentation, Chinese Calligraphy, and Ikebana. When my professor, Dr. Thompson asked our class for topic suggestions that we were interested about, I quickly sent him an email regarding my interest in Ayurvedic Medicine. Just as quickly, I received a reply: “Would you be willing to teach us about Ayurvedic medicine on February 11?” What. I was about to teach my first university lecture. I was honored, excited, and also nervous. While I am no expert on Ayurvedic medicine, I have always been intrigued by herbal medicine, and how eating right depends on your body type. With some research, I composed a quick run down on Ayurveda (of course, including a simple Ayurvedic recipe 😛 ). After my lecture, I shared the part I find most interesting about Ayurvedic medicine–that is, how different foods react in certain ways with …

Danish Strawberry Koldskål + Cardamom Kammerjunker

Kold-what? Here’s the scoop. One of the greatest things about living in Boston was that the city is filled with young, diverse, and bright people from all over the world. One afternoon my Danish friend, Joe, and I were both craving a snack and found ourselves digging through the fridge to make some concoction from the random ingredients I had left over from my last Whole Foods haul. Some almond milk, strawberries, and Fage later, Joe had made what I called a half-blended smoothie, yet he claimed it was different. He had pressed the ripe strawberries into a creamy mixture of greek yogurt and almond milk, with a dash of sweetener. It was incredible, and he was right–not the same as a half blended smoothie. The sweet strawberries bled into the tart yogurt mixture. It was like a whole new take on cereal, only better. He explained that in Denmark, they make something similar, however with buttermilk and heavy cream. Curious, my Danish delicacy research lead me to discover a recipe for what Joe attempted to recreate …

Coconut-Chia Truffles

A little bit on Chia:  There are so many health benefits to chia seeds, and they are so versatile. Try them on toast, in peanut butter, over a parfait, as a gooey gel, in water, juices or smoothies! Whatever way you like them, they are definitely a great snack to keep you powered throughout the day. Health benefits of Chia seeds: They are heart healthy, help reduce blood pressure, and filled with essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega 6) Slows the rate of complex carb digestion to stabilize blood sugar levels allowing sustained energy release ENERGY. Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength! Chia swells in the body, which helps detoxification and elimination in the colon while absorbing toxins and lubricating the colon lining. Weight Loss. Add bulk and nutrients but not the calories to your food to fill you up. The essential fatty acids in Chia seeds also helps boost metabolism and helps increase lean muscle mass.  About 20% of Chia seeds is high-quality protein, more than most other grains and rices. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce pain and acts as …

Rose Watermelon-Lychee Jello Parfait

    Rose Watermelon-Lychee Jello Parfait Parfaits are alwayssss delicious. Combining different flavors, and textures, they can please any palate. Jello is a fun ingredient, but often, vegetarians and vegans find it difficult to mimick the texture gelitan free. However, there is a secret ingredient for everything! I came up with this recipe for a healthy and refreshing dessert parfait.   Ingredients: Rose Watermelon-Lychee Jello Parfait: Scoops of Seedless Watermelon (use a melon baller) Rose Syrup (you can find this at Indian or Middle Eastern grocery stores) Sprigs of Fresh Mint Lychee Juice/Nectar Fresh Lychee (optional) Agar-Agar powder Lychee Jello: How to make jello using agar agar 10 minutes + setting time in fridge (~2 hours) ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp agar agar powder 2 Tbsp sugar or sweetener – I use agave 2 cups simmering fruit juice or nectar Directions: Finely chop fresh lychee if you would like to add it into the jello. You can use drained canned lychee too if you can’t find fresh ones. In a heavy-bottom pot, heat up juice until …

Chai-Spiced Cashew Custard Fruit Tarts

You know when you walk into a cute little cafe and see those pastries and desserts arranged perfectly in the glass cases? Now you can make a healthier and animal product free version yourself! Fortunately, they don’t run $6 a piece either 😛 Yup, this recipe is entirely raw, vegan, and Jain. No oven necessary. It’s all natural. Best of all, you’ll look like a professional pastry chef 😛 Chai-Spiced Cashew Custard Fruit Tarts makes 8-10 four inch tarts Ingredients: Crust: 2 cups oats (rolled oats work great since they are extra chewy) 2 cups chopped prunes, dried figs, or dates (I used prunes here. Maybe try a mixture? Or even throw in some raisins, dried apricots, or dried mango!) Creamy Custard Filling: 200 grams unsalted cashews, soaked for 30 minutes (maybe try other types of nuts too, like marcona almonds or macadamia nuts) 2 whole ripe bananas 1/2 cup agave nectar 1 tsp vanilla + vanilla pod seeds if you like 1/2 cup brewed chai tea (I used 2 tea chai tea bags) 2 …