Apple Breakfast Bowl

For almost 2 months this has been my daily breakfast. Additionally, I either have a glass of fresh green juice or I use a green powder mixed with water. It’s hydrating, sweet and satisfying. It only requires a little preparation. To make the mornings easier, you can mix all the ingredients the night before, except for the apples (because they oxidize quickly and you want them to be as fresh as possible).
Apple Breakfast Bowl
Ingredients:
  • 1 large apple, chopped into bite-size pieces (like a Fuji, or two smaller ones) – about 300g
  • Carrots, shredded (about two medium size) – 130 g
  • Celery (1 to 2 stalks) – 50 grams
  • Chia Seeds – 2 TBS, preferably soaked in water
  • 1 TBS Nut Butter (I prefer almond butter)
  • 1 Date, chopped (or an equivalent amount of raisins)
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, powder – 1/8 tsp (or juice of 1 small knob pressed using garlic press)
  • Shredded Coconut, unsweetened – 3 TBS
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.
Options:
  1. If you need more calories, add more apple, dates (66 calories each) or nut butter (100 calories per TBS).
  2. If you don’t have nut butter, you can simply sprinkle the breakfast with chopped nuts
  3. Add coconut water (or coconut cream – more calories) to make it easier to mix in the nut butter.
  4. When I’m really in a hurry or I am traveling, I simply use my favorite Larabar in place of the nuts/nut butter, dates and coconut.

Calories and nutrients calculated using http://www.caloriecount.com/

Minty Orange But Green Smoothie

I have mostly been posting all of my food creations via Instagram, but I realize that many still prefer a website to search and view recipes more easily. So I will try to post recipes here also when I Instagram them. Instagram is just a bit quicker.

This was my morning breakfast smoothie….well, what was left of it when I decided to take a photo. I believe the recipe made about two cups.


Juice the following:
2 large leaves of kale
1 small apple
1 small “pickling sized” cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1 whole orange, peeled and broken into sedments

Blend juice with the following:
1 whole orange, peeled and cut in half
1/4 cup frozen mango
1 mint leaf

Cool, sweet and refreshing. REAL YUMMY!

Homemade Vegan Protein Smoothie

I have been looking into the possibility of buying a protein powder to supplement my nutrients and caloric intake. Yet, after reading the ingredients on multiple different protein powder brands, I decided to make my own.

The reason I had problems with most protein powder mixes is mostly due to my Candida Overgrowth.  I can’t have sugars, and also I need to avoid whey and most grains due to Leaky Gut (most likely caused by Candida). Also, many protein powders have added vitamins in forms that I don’t need or don’t want to ingest. I’m already taking vitamin supplements that I specifically need, so I don’t need it included in my protein smoothie.

So here is the homemade vegan protein smoothie that I came up with.

Create your own homemade vegan protein smoothie using any combination of the ingredients below.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of water (or fresh juice*)
  • 2 – 3 ice cubes
  • 1 – 2 stalks celery
  • 1 green apple, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup spinach (or kale)
  • 1 tsp Spirilina (optional)
  • 1 tsp Barley Grass (optional)
  • Other Fruit (such as bananas*)
  • 3 TBS Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

Instructions:
  1. Add ingredients into a blender (a high speed one such as the Vitamix works nicely) in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes:

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT RECOMMENDED for Candida Free Diet.

Oatmeal Options

Oatmeal is my preferred breakfast food.

Note for quite some time, it was not part of my diet because it caused stomach upsets [update 10-30-2020].  BUT, now I can eat oatmeal and I have it almost daily!
It’s fast and easy to prepare and can be flavored any way you like.  I add 1/2  to 3/4 cup of rolled oats (gluten-free) and 1/8 tsp salt to 1 cup of water and allow to cook just until it starts to boil.  (You can easily double this recipe.)
Then I turn off the heat and with a little stirring, it’s done.  Oatmeal cooked in this manner will be creamy, but if you want more cream you can add almond milk.  I haven’t purchased almond milk in the store for over 5 years, I didn’t buy it often, but I don’t remember it being as creamy as the one I make on my own. You should try some homemade almond milk.
So, sometimes I have oatmeal with almond milk, raisins, and cinnamon.
Then if I want a more “fruity” version.  I add fruit (like strawberries or blueberries). Other days I put dates/raisins a little water (or almond milk), and sometimes cashews into the Vitamix and mix until smooth and creamy.

BlueberryOatmeal
Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce
My goal is to use fresh natural sugars to sweeten my oatmeal. My daughter who likes oatmeal and totally loves blueberries thinks it’s the best-flavored oatmeal she’s ever had (much better tasting and surely better for us than any boxed version).

This basic oatmeal recipe can easily be doubled. Also, make sure to cook over low heat so it doesn’t burn.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 cup of water
Instructions:
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot over low heat for creamy oatmeal or wait for the water to boil to keep oats separate.
  2. Stir frequently
  3. Enjoy with some recipe add-ins.
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats

These days, I also enjoy steel cut oats to switch things up even more. Note, steel cut oats take more time to cook, but they cook up quickly and easily in the InstantPot [5-minute manual setting and 3 cups of water to 1 cup of oats].

Another add-in idea:

Oatmeal and Bananas
Pumpkin seeds, cranberries, cinnamon, and a banana
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There is always time for a Green Smoothie

GreenSmoothie
This is my morning “go-to” smoothie. Of course, you can change it up or add more ingredients/spices.
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water or plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp barley green powder (or supplement powder of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:

Add to your blender. For the best texture, I prefer using a Vitamix to create a creamy texture.

NOTES:

  1. Sometimes when I use only water, I add 1 TBS of nut butter
  2. I like to add blueberries to this smoothie too, even though it creates a sort of weird color it still tastes great.
 
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Blueberry and More Smoothie

I decided to begin this morning with fruit.  But after eating and orange and some grapes, I decided that I wanted more.  So I put all of the following ingredients into the Vitamix and out came this delicious smoothie which was enough for two.

Ingredients: (Use frozen fruit for the best smoothie texture.)

1 handful of blueberries
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup grapes
    (I got a jump start on my greens too!)
1/2 stalk celery
1 large leaf of kale
1 large leaf of romaine lettuce

Vitamix it for about 30 seconds.

Now in about 30 minutes I will move on to some more breakfast options.  Note: I always eat fresh fruit at least 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after eating any cooked foods.

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Praline “Mylk” – An Unexpected Treat

I was actually looking for a green smoothie recipe when I came across this recipe in Ani Phyo’s Book, “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen”.  I’d been making almond milk and rice milk in the Vitamix, but today this one caught my attention. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I was too lazy to measure (I’m not sure why I didn’t use more water??), but to my surprise it was wonderful.  My version tasted like a creamy “hot chocolate”.  Yes I said hot chocolate.  I guess it was the praline-ness of it that made it taste so good.  The vitamix warmed it up, so that’s why it was warm (I didn’t add cold water or ice).  But it was a frothy, warm, creamy and sweet beverage!  I was going to save some for the kids, but that didn’t happen. I’ll have to make them some when they actually get home.  AND best of all — it’s 100% raw.  Like Ani states in her book, “dates have fiber, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and patothenic acid.   [All these vitamins give us energy and THEY ALSO MAKE HEMOGLOBIN!]“
Here is the original recipe (which I plan to make later and keep in the fridge as a milk substitute):
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Pinch sea salt
  •  5 cups water
My version:
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 Mejdool dates, pits removed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 quick shake of salt (from salt shaker)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of water
Now, when the winter gets here I will add raw cacao (or carob) powder for a true hot chocolate. Carob has only 1/3 the calories of chocolate, it’s high in vitamins A and B and other nutrients.  RAW is the way to go…support your health with good for you, healthy drinks that are yummy too!  I dare you to try this if you like hot chocolate…you will crave “this one” in the future.

One Added Bonus:  Did you know that coconut oil is not stored in the body as fat?

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