Day 10: Reasons to love Jackfruit #27DaysofThanks

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Day 10: Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a sweet tropical fruit that is used in many desserts…but did you know it also makes an amazingly delicious meat substitute? As it cooks it begins to shred and pull apart similar to chicken or pork. When seasoned, it can be used in so many dishes from vegan tuna to tacos.
I’m kind of obsessed with the Jackfruit nachos from Sage Organic Bistro, they are so tasty and would really fool you for being meat‚Ķ

Here are some reasons to love Jackfruit:

  1. It’s super easy to digest and instantly replenishes, revitalizes and energizes your body.
  2. Super low in calories and a great #lowfat all #natural meat substitute.
  3. Full of vitamins (like B-complex, calcium and folic acid), minerals (like potassium, magnesium and iron) and anti-oxidants (like vitamin A & C).
  4. Full of fiber and helps detoxify the body.
#27DaysofThanks for Jackfruit and the many ways to eat it!
Check back tomorrow for letter “K.”

Day 9: Ice Kreme #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 9: Ice Kreme

Sometimes you need a little ice cream in your life, and by “sometimes” I mean EVERY DAY ūüôā

This is a simple to make tasty, vegan treat with only 3 ingredients and it’s healthy enough to eat every day!

Healthy Banana Ice Kreme

  • Frozen Bananas
  • Strawberries (peaches, blueberries, mango or any fruit you prefer)
  • Almond Milk (or Coconut Milk)

Blend together, top with more fruit and coconut!

This treat is great for breakfast because it will give you enough energy to start the day, and it has plenty of protein and minerals too!

Check in tomorrow for letter “J.”


Day 8: 3 Reasons to Eat Hummus! #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 8: Hummus

Lowfat, protein rich, highly nutritions, guilt free  & delicious hummus!
Hummus is one of those super easy to make dishes that is an absolute essential for every vegan kitchen…or just every kitchen! 
It’s tasty on so many things from veggies, to sandwiches to salads to crackers to you name it! It’s super healthy too because it is low fat high in protein and full of nutrients.

3 reasons to eat hummus:

1.Chickpeas are full of fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, minerals and help balance blood sugar.
2.The fresh garlic in hummus is anti-infalmitory antibacterial and antiviral.
3.The fiber and protein in the chickpeas and tahini will fill you up and keep you satisfied on the go.

I made a pot of chickpeas today and blended this together in no time at all. The hardest part is planning when you want to eat them because I like to soak the beans for at least 24 hours; soaking beans breaks down the enzyme inhibiters that can cause digestive issues and gas, it also helps you absorb the nutrients more easily and it also cuts down on cooking time.
Simply food process together:

fresh lemon
a little salt

Add a little water and blend until smooth and fluffy. What other ingredients do you like to add to hummus?

#27DaysOfThanks continues tomorrow with letter “I.”¬†‚ô•

Day 7: Ginger + Healing Ginger Tea

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Day 7: Ginger

There are so many wonderful things to say about this special root, I’m not sure where to start‚ĶIts not only delicious in so many recipes it is also a super powerful healing aid.

Here are some top reasons to give thanks for ginger:

  1. Soothing to your digestive track; it relieves gastrointestinal distress including upset stomach, gas and nausea. Its safe for pregnant women and very effective in reducing vomiting without any side effects.
  2. The gingerols inside of ginger are very anti-inflammatory, they have been known to reduce pain in injury and arthritis. Consuming ginger regularly can help keep you active and pain free.
  3. Powerful against cancer, its been known to kill ovarian cancer cells and colorectal cells.
  4. Ginger is Immune Boosting, it contains natural antibiotics and can kill bacteria!

I want to let you in on a little remedy that you may (or may not know about) that will knock out anything trying to attack your respiratory system pretty much overnight. This tea is so healing, anti-infalmitory and immune boosting you will be drinking it all winter.

 Healing Ginger Tea

  • For a one cup serving just boil water and a few inches of chopped ginger root.
  • After about 10 minutes pour in your teacup and add 1 tbls. apple cider vinegar, the juice of half a lemon, turmeric powder and/or honey (if you eat it/vegan honey). This has worked wonders for me when I feel a sore throat or cough coming on!

What’s your favorite ginger drink?

P.S. I want to thank @bebe_glow for her shout out today and for all the new followers on Instagram! Feeling blessed by all your support!! ♥

Check it tomorrow for letter “H.”

Day 6: Figs #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 6: Figs

I decided to make a yummy smoothie…

from the ripe figs I picked up this week…it’s been fun thinking up ways to eat them and shoot them with my iPhone, haha! I didn’t realize I would get this much enjoyment out of the process; it’s a trial and error for sure, but learning a lot!
Figs are so sweet and taste great on their own (you can eat the skin too), add them to a salad or throw them in a smoothie.

This one has bananas, figs, dates a small apple (or berries), chia seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon and almond milk.

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Some awesome facts about figs:

  1. Eating a half a cup of figs gives you the same amount of calcium as drinking a half a cup of milk!
  2. Fig trees are a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness. They are considered a beauty food because of the antioxidants and hydration they provide.
  3. Eating figs can help you loose weight because they are full of fiber and help you feel full and satisfied while giving you energy!

What’s your favorite way to eat figs?

The #27DaysOfThanks series continues tomorrow with letter “G”

Day 5: Eggplant #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 5: Eggplant

¬†What I love about this challenge…

that I have laid out for my self, (#27DaysOfThanks for 27 different foods from A-Z) is that it is causing me to experiment and try foods that I may not typically eat, and learn a lot about them too. Case in point, Eggplant. I don’t usually buy it, but when I saw these cute little purple bulbs at the FarmersMarket, I new I wanted them to be “E.”

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I ended up making this Asian inspired stir fry and I’m glad I did, the eggplant added a lot to the dish and I seasoned with some new ingredients. Here is the recipe…

Eggplant Stir Fry~


green beans
2-4 garlic cloves
red pepper flakes
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
gluten-free soy sauce
1 inch shredded ginger
lemon or lime wedge
1 tbls maple syrup
1 tbls coconut oil (or veggie broth for no oil)
fresh parsley
sprinkle of sesame seeds
white Jasmine rice


Chop up your eggplant and green beans.

In a skillet combine coconut oil, red pepper, and garlic. Sauté on low/med heat for a few mins.

Add in your veggies along with a few splashes of soy sauce, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Sauté for a few minutes on medium heat.

Add a few tablespoon of water and cover for about 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender.

Shred your ginger and add to a separate bowl with maple syrup, lemon, a little more soy sauce and another tablespoon of water.

Add sauce to your skillet and cook for another few minutes.

Add your parsley and pair with your Jasmine rice!


Reasons to give thanks for Eggplant

  1. The anthocyanin in the skin acts as a powerful antioxidant, is anti-infamitory and helps detoxify your cells. This helps cognitive function, heart health, and prevents tumor growth and the spread of cancer cells.
  2. It can lower blood cholesterol because of large amounts of chlorogenic acid which decreases LDL levels and also is antimicrobial and antiviral.
  3. It is a #beautyfood that promotes a #healthy weight, glowing skin and #antiaging.
What are your favorite dishes with Eggplant?
Check in tomorrow for letter “F.”

Day 4: Dates #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 4: Dates

Dates are one of my top favorite foods, I really started to love them once I realized how nutritious they are and how many ways you can use them.
I recommend getting them from the Farmers Market because they are so fresh and tender…my favorites are from Bautista Family Organic Ranch.

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Some reasons to be thankful for dates:

  1. Dates energize, revitalize and hydrate the body instantly.
  2. Then are full of vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and B-complex and are anti-inflamitory.
  3. They are rich in fiber, very easy to digest, promote digestive health and relieve constipation.
  4. They prevent stroke, lower blood pressure, boost heart health, brain health and increase sexual stamina!
  5. Dates also aid in a healthy pregnancy, delivery and are wonderful for kids.
Did you know dates did all that? That’s why you should eat them every day and at plenty, they are amazing in smoothies and make tasty Holiday treats too, like the ones above‚Ķhere is the super simple, delicious recipe…

Holiday Date Rounds~





chia seeds


Just pit dates and food process them with some shredded coconut and a few sprinkles of cinnamon.
Roll them into balls and then roll them over some chia seeds and more shredded coconut.
You can put them in the freezer to harden and Enjoy!

Day 3: Eat Carrots! #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 3:  Carrots

Can you believe I picked up these beautiful, organic, rainbow carrots at Trader Joes? These are perfect to add to your soups, stews, salads, or just on their own.

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Carrots have come in many colors since the origin of the veggie, actually they were mainly purple until they were cultivated to be primarily the orange color we are so familiar with.
It’s great to see them available in various colors because each color has different nutritional benefits:
  1. Orange offers beta and alpha carotene pigment which helps promote vitamin A in the body, great for eyes and skin.
  2. Purple also have anthocyanin which is a flavonoid that offers antioxidants similar to #blueberries which is great for the heart, memory and are anti-inflamitory and anti-cancer.
  3. Yellow also contain Xanthophyll a yellow pigment, and Lutein which help fight cancer and are great for eye sight and eye health.
Eating all the colors of carrots is another great way to eat the rainbow, thanks to carrots!

Day 2: Butternut Squash #27DaysOfThanks

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 Day 2: Butternut Squash

For today’s #27DaysOfThanks, I’m sharing a picture from @bebe_glow’s instagram account of “Millet Mac and Trees.” This is an awesome take on Mac and Cheeese with broccoli and butternut squash! Below is her original picture and recipe. Check out her page for more vegan & gluten-free inspirations! I love supporting other actor/performers who are vegan because it’s not always easy to tell people you are vegan because not many people accept it…but I believe times are changing and getting the word out is key! So cheers to actress Andree Vermeulen and her awesome page!

Millet Mac N Trees I really wanted Mac N Trees for dinner (Mac w broccoli) but the adult in me was like “you made so much millet yesterday, you better use some of that before you go making something new.” Sigh. Rules, right? Anyway, you can make this with millet or pasta, or rice– whatever you want. Super simple cheese sauce: boil 2 cups cut butternut squash (I buy pre cut at Trader Joes bc I can’t be bothered to cut a squash. Lol) and 1 Yukon gold potato for about 20 mins. Drain. Add about 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk and blend either w a handmixer or a blender. Pour back into pot if you dumped in a blender. Add about 5 or 6 tbs nutritional yeast and stir it in. Add salt to taste. Optional: add a half a cup of Daiya cheddar shreds. And the rest is easy: steam your broccoli, saut√©e your mushrooms if you want them. I saut√©e mine in low sodium veggie broth. Then mix everything up in the cream sauce! — side note: I did not use salt or Daiya. I’m trying to get back on track. With all the weddings and traveling I have eaten oil more than Id like to, and it’s affecting my skin and my energy, and even my weight a tiny bit. And once I eat really oil heavy foods, it triggers cravings and I want them more often. It’s a slippery slope. But when I don’t have them I don’t crave them anymore. But yeah I ate some oily stuff and now my skin broke out a little. Sigh #vegan #whatveganseat #vegansofig #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #hclfv #hclf #highcarb #lowfat #nosalt #nooil #oilfree #saltfree #dairyfree #starchivore #starchsolution #mcdougall #unlimitedcarbs #absaremadeinthekitchen #eatclean #cheesy #cheesesauce

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Check out these cool nutritional facts about Butternut Squash!

1. It has more vitamin A than pumpkin!! That’s a lot! Which is key for optimal eye sight! And you can potentially prevent and reverse Macular Degeneration by eating a #diet rich in foods like this!

2. Minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which will help keep your immune system up this time of year!!

3. Did you know you can roast the #seeds? It’s a great source of protein and concentrated minerals!

Check in tomorrow for letter “C”

Day 1: Apple Picking in Oak Glen, CA

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Day 1 of #27DaysOfThanks: Apples

It’s apple season…

and I had the pleasure of spending Halloween Day apple picking in the small orchard town of Oak Glen, CA. I picked organic Granny Smith, Roma Beauty and Red Gold apples! It gives you such a different perspective when you pick the food you eat yourself…it gave me a sense of gratitude and appreciation and made me feel that we take our food for granted at times. I highly recommend this experience to everyone and it would be great for kids too.

We picked apples at Riley at Los Rios Rancho…

Apple Picking

Apple Picking

Apple Picking Path

Apple Picking

We also stopped by a small organic fruit stand called Mom’s Orchard and tasted a bunch of jams, mustards and sauces. My favorites were the Spicy Peanutbutter and the Apple Jam!


Mom's Country Orchards

Mom's Country Orchards

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Photo Oct 31, 3 15 34 PM

Here are some reason to be thankful for apples:

1. They are high in Vitamin C and A which will boost your immunity this time of year.
2. They have fiber and eating one everyday for a snack will keep you feeling satisfied and regular.
3. They can reduce cholesterol and prevent disease by aiding in detoxification.

A great way to get an apple in is to add it to your juice or smoothie!

Here is the Spicy Peanut Butter and Apple Jam Sandwich I made with my pickings from today:


Spicy Peanut Butter and Apple Butter Apple Sandwich


This has been Day 1 of #27DaysofThanks! Stay tuned for more everyday! Thank YOU for stopping by!!