The Raw Food Recipe Everyone is Asking For

I created this recipe from a need for more almonds in my diet to increase my acetylcholine in my brain and to have a yummy new raw foods recipe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

That’s one thing I love about raw foods…

You tend to not feel like lunch must be eaten at lunch or dinner at dinner. I’ve even eaten salad for breakfast.

Living a raw foods lifestyle, you eat plenty of colorful, fresh foods, including nuts, seeds, and fruits, making sure most meals include lots of veggies.

This recipe is one of my new favorites for any time of day. It would even make a tasty dessert for a dinner party.

Another bonus to this recipe is that you are ingesting virus-fighting, memory-improving, and depression-eliminating ingredients!!

Here are the items you will need for this Fruit with Lemon Almond Crumble recipe:

~ 2 handfuls of raw almonds

Blueberries 300x200 The Raw Food Recipe Everyone is Asking For~ a pinch of sea salt

~ 1 banana, sliced

~ 1/2 – 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

~ 1 tsp vanilla extract

~ 1 pinch of cinnamon

~ agave nectar (about 1 tbsp)

~ 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil

Drop almonds and salt into a food processor (or buy almond meal already ground from Trader Joe’s) and grind until they are a fairly fine powder.

LemonEssentialOil1 The Raw Food Recipe Everyone is Asking ForMeanwhile, slice fruit and put it into a small bowl. Top with vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to coat fruit.

Once the almonds are ground, add agave nectar slowly while the processor is on medium speed. You will have enough when the almond meal starts to stick to itself and become more like crumbles.

Add 1 drop of lemon essential oil while it’s still spinning the crumble.

Turn off and top immediately on the fruit.

Makes 1 serving (as a meal).

DELICIOUS!!

Variation: Use 1 organic apple cut into chunks as your fruit if you don’t like bananas or blueberries. Keep all other ingredients the same.

Be sure to stop by and let me know how much you like it!!

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JessBio200 The Raw Food Recipe Everyone is Asking ForJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

The Raw Food Recipe Everyone is Asking For

Change Your Life in One Week

Blueberries 300x200 Change Your Life in One WeekFor 1 week to the day, I’ve been leading an awesome group challenge in everything from health in our bodies, minds, and relationships to finances and time management.

Our very first day of homework was to come up with 1 goal we wanted to accomplish by the end of the 30 days of April.

For me, my goal was that I wanted to be eating 80% raw foods by April 30th.

I decided I wanted to focus on getting back into raw foods more because I’ve eaten that way before and it’s the best I’ve ever felt!! I could focus, required less sleep, had brighter eyes and teeth, and much more. My system was happy. I was happy.

So, I started working on my goal the day I began the challenge because, after all, I am leading it and knew which step was coming first! (duh! Why not take advantage of the time?)

I am already eating about 70-80% raw most days and have noticed a difference in just a few, short, 7 days.

You may not think it’s much, however, if you’ve lived with my symptoms and then been freed of them, it’s a big deal!

Have you ever heard of brain fog? Maybe you haven’t, but I’m guessing you’ll know what it is when I describe it.

- It’s having a conversation with someone 5 minutes ago and you can’t quite remember what it was about.

- It’s knowing you know how to get somewhere, but it takes you 3 minutes to just sit in your car, waiting for the inspiration to come before you pull out of your driveway.

- It’s entering a room and not remembering why you went in there.

- It’s knowing you have something important to do today, you just don’t remember what it is.

- It’s feeling like you have to dust off the filing cabinets in your brain and start rummaging just to figure out how to make your mom’s famous lasagna recipe that you’ve cooked dozens of times and used to know how to make without the recipe.

- It’s phone numbers seemingly dropping out of your head.

- It’s not remembering the names of people you just met.

- It’s knowing your brain used to process faster and it feels like it’s chugging along just to keep up.

That’s the one that bothered me the most. The chugging. Knowing I have a fast-processing brain (most people close to me say my brain is working constantly!), and feeling like it’s working through sludge just to recall things I should know how to do in my sleep.

Brain fog is not fun. It’s scary, actually. Most people resolve that it’s because of age. I disagree. I believe it’s because of our diets and not taking care of our brains.

Between the information I’ve learned about the power of the foods we eat and the research I’ve done on brain health and neurotransmitters, I very much disagree.

If someone in their 20′s or even 30′s is experiencing the symptoms I listed above (or possibly even 60′s), there is no way that’s age related.

We need to stop looking at our symptoms like they are age-related or that they “just happen as you get older.”

After just one week of eating more fresh, raw, organic foods, my brain fog is lifting. I can tell my brain is processing at a much faster rate than it has in a LONG time. (Did you know that we can recognize if our brain speed has slowed down by just 7 milliseconds?) I can recall things faster. I can pick up projects where I left off and jump right back in instead of having to review half of the project first.

The other cool thing that’s happened is that I actually felt like taking the kids out the other day. Not just out, but to the store, to the playground, and even have a picnic.

When I would have to go out before, I would force myself to do it. Because I’m happy being at home, too, I thought it was just my personality making me push through an “I don’t wanna” attitude. So, we’d go out and do things, but I would have to force myself to load everyone in the van and even force a smile on my face.

Don’t assume your personality is altering your behavior! Check out anything odd and realize it’s a symptom of something greater.

Saturday, I took the kids out, and we had a blast. We ate a picnic at the playground and even stopped at the store for a special dessert treat! It was something I wanted to do, not something I felt forced into. And there is a big difference.

If you take nothing else away from this, take these 2 things:

1) Your life can be improved dramatically by simple, small positive actions over a few steady days

2) Don’t assume your symptoms are connected to your age – look deeper – what’s the foundation of what you are feeding and fueling your body with? Does it bring life?

I’m so thankful for this challenge group and us holding each other accountable to make positive changes in just a few short days. It really is incredible!

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JessBio200 Change Your Life in One WeekJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Recipe: Disappearing Gluten Free Crockpot Lasagna

GlutenFreeCrockpotLasagna 150x150 Recipe: Disappearing Gluten Free Crockpot LasagnaThis lasagna disappeared within 15 minutes from my kitchen. The entire thing.

Of course I had some hungry little dudes and a dudette that always love lasagna… but to finish off an entire crockpot? WOW!

I decided to try something new based on an idea I got from another cookbook – cook the lasagna in the crockpot! Who knew, right?

It turned out wonderfully, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Talk about easy!

 

First of all, here are the ingredients you’ll need:

~ gluten free lasagna noodles (or gluten bombs, if you prefer)

~ 1 small container of organic spinach or 1 bag of frozen will do*

~ 1 24oz container of small curd cottage cheese (or you can use ricotta)

~ 1 large handful of button or small portobello mushrooms, sliced

~ 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

~ 1/2 tsp sea salt

~ 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (personally, I like Sockarooni by Newman’s Own)

~ 1 bag mozzarella cheese, shredded (yes, we are going for easy!)

 

Mix together in a large bowl the spinach, mushrooms, cottage cheese, 1/2 parmesan cheese, and salt.

Add a few spoonfuls of sauce to the bottom of the crockpot (you can grease it or spray it first so it doesn’t stick). Spread across the bottom to make a thin layer.

GlutenFreeCrockpotLasagnaStages 300x300 Recipe: Disappearing Gluten Free Crockpot LasagnaAdd a layer of noodles on top of the sauce, trying not to overlap them.

Add half the spinach mixture on top of the noodle layer, spreading evenly.

Add a layer of mozzarella cheese on top of the spinach layer.

Add half of the jar of spaghetti sauce and spread evenly on top of the mozz cheese.

Repeat the layers beginning with the noodles and ending with the sauce.

Top with remaining parmesan cheese.

Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 5-6 hours. You will know it’s ready when a knife is easily inserted all the way through without being restricted by hard noodles.

Enjoy!

*Variation: You can easily change this vegetarian lasagna to a meat lasagna simply by switching out the spinach for 1 pound of ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Be sure to pre-cook the meat first in a skillet on medium heat before adding to the bowl with spinach, mushrooms, cottage cheese, parmesan, and salt.

Come back here and tell me what you think after you’ve tried it. I’d love to hear!

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JessBio200 Recipe: Disappearing Gluten Free Crockpot LasagnaJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Recipe: Disappearing Gluten Free Crockpot Lasagna

Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin Loaf

pumpkinloaffull 223x300 Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin LoafOk, ok, ok, ok… I get the hint…

You want the recipe!

After posting this on Facebook, people were asking for the recipe within minutes! As they should be – it’s one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth!!

Well, here it is, though, I can take zero credit for it.

It’s the recipe on the back of the large bag of Pamela’s brand (you can find it on amazon.com or in local grocery stores) gluten free Baking & Pancake Mix. I did change the topping up, though – couldn’t help myself!

Alright, grab a pen and paper, better yet, just pin this onto your “Deliciously Gluten Free!” Pinterest board to refer back to quite often!! (ok, now I’ve fool-proofed it – here’s the link to the pin so all you have to do is repin it onto your own board for easy access right back here to the recipe any time you need it)

It makes the perfect fall or winter snack, so I just had to make it one more time before spring.

Ingredients:

~ 4 tbsp melted butter

pumpkinloafsliced 300x266 Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin Loaf~ 2 large eggs

~ 1 1/3 cup Pamela’s Mix

~ 1 tsp cinnamon

~ 1 cup canned pumpkin

~ 1/2 cup sugar (I use agave – it makes it more moist, too!)

~ 1/4 tsp cloves

~ 1/2 tsp salt

~ 1/2 tsp ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add all the wet ingredients and mix well.

Add mixture to a greased loaf pan.

Top with optional topping below… OR

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Topping: (optional)

~ 2 tbsp melted butter

~ 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

~ 1/2 cup nuts (sliced almonds, walnuts, pecans)

OR

My Preferred Topping:

~ A handful of turbinado sugar!!! (I couldn’t help but offer a tasty photo)

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Sprinkle the top with your preferred choice of topping and pop it in the oven for 50-60 minutes.

pumpkinloafbite 150x150 Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin LoafCool on a plate or wire rack (though, it is very moist so be careful).

Slice & enjoy!!

Store in the refrigerator for a wonderful snack, warm or cold, any time of day… or night!

Ooo, I almost forgot. Tip for storing: make sure you don’t wrap it with anything when you place it in the fridge. Just put the end slice up against the loaf and set it all on a plate on a shelf in the refrigerator. That way, the topping stays all crispy instead of getting soggy under wraps!

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JessBio200 Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin LoafJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Recipe: Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin Loaf

One of the Best Smoothies You’ll Ever Have

In fixing a yogurt snack for my kids one day, the recipe for this smoothie popped into my head.

I thought it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be THIS good!!

MangoYogurtSmoothiePhoto One of the Best Smoothies Youll Ever Have

All it takes are a few simple ingredients, a blender, and you are all set.

Let’s get started…

You’ll need:

~ About 10 chunks of frozen mango (fresh would work too, but it wouldn’t be as cold and slushy)

~ 1 cup organic vanilla yogurt*

~ 1 tbsp ground flax or flax meal

~ 1 cup vanilla almond milk*

*You can add vanilla extract to plain yogurt and plain almond milk to achieve the same flavor. You may need to add a touch of agave to sweeten to taste if using plain yogurt.

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender, such as a NutriBullet or Vitamix. Blend well & enjoy!

Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings.

I use this recipe now as an afternoon snack or meal replacement. It’s so delicious, smooth, and creamy… I just love it! And I know you will, too!

Once you’ve tried it, please come back and visit to tell me how you enjoyed it and any variations you made to it. I love experimenting with smoothies and you should always feel like you have that freedom, too. I’d love to hear from you!

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JessBio200 One of the Best Smoothies Youll Ever HaveJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

One of the Best Smoothies You’ll Ever Have