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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Health is a Choice

As soon as our eyes open in the morning, we are making choices – when to get out of bed, what to wear, which car to drive, which route to take to work, etc. We also have to choose whether or not to eat breakfast (you know… that most important meal of the day that many skip right over), what to eat, how much to eat, etc.

The same thing happens with exercise – what to do, how much to do, when to do it.

We all have plenty of choices in this life we live. Some seem less significant that others (and probably are) and some seem enormous and affect our very existance.

It’s very clear to me where most Americans place their health choices. They think that each choice of what they eat, when they eat it, how much they eat, if they exercise, when, where, how, etc., etc., etc., has nothing to do with the outcome of their physical abilities to be active, their mental alertness, their lack of symptoms, and so on.

People just don’t realize what’s normal anymore and why some choices they are making are causing not only them, but their kids, to suffer needlessly.

Let me tell you a story about me.

I’ve always had a really good memory and been able to figure most everything I put my mind to out. I have been able to self-teach myself computer language code, as well as many other things. However, several years ago, I got what I would call “brain fog” for lack of a better term. It was bizarre. I couldn’t think as clearly as I once did. I couldn’t remember things from just days prior. It was very unlike me.

However, it took me awhile to realize there was even an issue. The “fog” settled in so slowly that I hardly noticed it was there. I just kept living my life, knowing I was struggling a bit, but never stopping to figure out what the problem was.

We were gluten free and ate fairly healthy already… so I thought.

Then it happened.

Have you ever had a moment in time – an epiphany, an “ah ha” moment as Oprah called it – that you knew something would change your life drastically?

Mine was reading Alissa Cohen’s book Living on Live Food. What an eye opener! It made total, logical sense to me (I’m a very logical thinker), and I, literally, put it into practice the very next day.

The premise of the book is about eating living, raw foods, their benefits to the human body, and MANY raw recipes in the last half of the 1+ inch thick book.

I wrote my list. Went to the store. Bought my first round of foods for several raw meals. To be honest, some were great and some were amazingly awful. However, I stuck with it, tweaked, tried new, and came up with several meals we LOVED eating… including my kids.

Eventually, I ended up being about 97% raw.

Then one day it hit me – I was sleeping 6 hours a night and feeling GREAT. I had absolutely no more brain fog. I was remembering everything I needed to – could recall it in an instant. It was total mental clarity.

I was happy, healthy, and radiant. My teeth got whiter. My eyes got brighter. My complexion changed. It was amazing!

Looking back on it, I was so shocked that I hadn’t realized what trouble my body was having until I fixed it.

Just like when I started really exercising about 1 1/2 years ago… I didn’t realize I was getting so winded just walking up the stairs until I didn’t anymore. I remember the turning point being one day over at my sister’s house, playing in the backyard with my kids and nieces and nephews. I must have been running for 30 minutes straight – kicking balls, tossing balls, carrying kids, etc. Not once did I get winded or needed to stop. I felt like I could have kept going for hours! It was incredible.

What was even more interesting to me was that I didn’t realize I was in that bad of shape until I was in good shape. Weird how that works.

So, what does this have to do with you? Stop and evaluate your life, right now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Do it today.

Do you have headaches a lot? Do you have stomach pain? Are you not remembering or thinking clearly, like you once did? Are you struggling to make it through the day because you are so tired? I ask these things because they all happened to me and it took me awhile to realize I needed to do something about it. And that those symptoms are just that – symptoms of a greater problem – either of a lack of nutrients, exercise, etc.

Don’t wait another day. Take action today. Health is a choice. It’s daily picking up the right foods to eat and choosing to move our bodies instead of sit.

If you need help, I’m here for you. I’m not an expert, but I’m a mom of four who has seen and felt miraculous changes in health by just implementing a few, simple steps. Let me help you! Contact me TODAY!

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JessBio200 Health is a ChoiceJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness 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, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Health is a Choice

Recipe: Pot Roast

I have grown up eating and enjoying a recipe very similar to this one. However, I decided to simplify it and think it’s just as good. Hang on to your taste buds, because they aren’t going to know what hit them with this tasty, hearty meal ~ perfect for the fall and winter months.

There are some recipes that are exact, but then there are those, like this one, that I throw together as I go and taste test. I will give you approximate measurements, but frankly, I don’t know exactly ~ one of my favorite ways of cooking!! Nothing set in stone. All based on taste!

Ingredients:
Roasting piece of beef (size depends on how many you are feeding)
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Red Potatoes
Carrots
Sweet Yellow Onion
2 garlic cloves
Dried Thyme, to taste
Water
Sea Salt, to taste
Arrowroot powder

Brown beef in a pan drizzled with olive oil on medium heat. Add enough water to cover the entire piece of meat. Add minced garlic and sliced onion. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for hours (I prefer at least 4 hours). You want the meat to be in long enough that it falls apart easily and is tender.

About an hour before serving the dish, cube the red potatoes (I use about 1 or 1 1/2 potatoes per person) and slice the carrots (a handful per person). Add the veggies to the meat pot, unless there is not enough water to also cover the veggies. If that’s the case, I will steam the veggies in a separate pot and add them to the meat pot later.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of broth into a separate mixing bowl and thicken with arrowroot powder (making this gluten-free ~ otherwise you could use flour) by whisking it into the broth a little at a time. You may use 1 – 2 tbsps, depending on how thick you want the sauce. Pour the thickening broth back into the pot. The bubbling broth from the pot will thicken the sauce quickly. Stir as this happens to incorporate all of the broth together.

Flavor with sea salt and dried thyme (approximately 1 tbsp), serve, and enjoy!

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JessBio200 Recipe: Pot RoastJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness 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, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Recipe: Pot Roast

Recipe: Raw Nut Butters

Have you ever tried almond butter? Cashew butter? Or what about even sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds? There are so many kind of “butters” out on the market now with SO many different price ranges. You can find basic peanut butter (with added sugar) for a couple of bucks or the most tasty and delicious almond butter for almost $25 per jar! Yes, you read that right!!

Now that you’ve picked yourself up off the floor, let me show you how easy it is to make your own butters at home, using your own, clean recipe – not loaded full of extra sugars.

Ingredients:
2 cups raw nuts, your choice (almonds, cashews, etc.)
1 tbsp coconut oil
A pinch of sea salt

These butters are so easy. Are you ready for the simply instructions? (it doesn’t get much easier than this!!)

Grind the nuts in a food processor until they start to turn into butter. Add the coconut oil, salt, and continue to process until the butter is smooth. Eat with celery, organic apple slices, bread, or even by the spoonful!

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JessBio200 Recipe: Raw Nut ButtersJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness 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, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Recipe: Raw Nut Butters