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, sautée your mushrooms if you want them. I sautée 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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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!!

~Jess

#27DaysOfThanks for foods A-Z till Thanksgiving…

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Hey Everyone! I wanted to do something special for the month of November…

and that is give 27 days of thanks for 27 different foods or recipes and also nutritional facts for each one! I will post a new picture everyday starting with letters A-Z and ending with a healthy vegan Thanksgiving dinner! If you are not already, please follow me on Instagram to see a new post everyday! I will also post here to my website as well with even more info! Stay tuned!! ♥

#27DaysOfThanks

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

Finally a dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

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3 Easy Vegan Pumpkin Recipes you should be eating right now (+ Health Benefits)

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Happy Pumpkin time everyone!!

 

Autumn is my favorite time of year and I thought this would be the perfect time to create my first ever video blog all about the health benefits of pumpkins, why you should be eating them right now and 3 easy pumpkin recipes!

Check out the video to see all the health benefits of pumpkins!! After the video, scroll down to get the 3 recipes mentioned in the video!  I hope you enjoy it!

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Celebration Day Getaway in Ventura (and Mary’s Secret Garden)

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We hear about it all the time…

…the importance of getting out of the grind, your daily routine, the stress of city life and getting into nature, or even just getting out of town. It’s like something lifts off your body and you feel a release and peace. One spot to do just that is just outside of Los Angeles, it’s a quaint beach town without a lot of tourists and truly feels like a mini vacation as soon as you step foot inside of Ventura! My fiancé and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and decided this would be the perfect place to spend the day…

We started off the day doing some earthing at the beach.

Earthing: The Process of absorbing earths free flowing elections from it’s surface throughout the soles of ones feet.

Earthing in Ventura

Earthing in Ventura

There was NO ONE on the beach!! It was awesome, and felt amazing physically, mentally and spiritually. I truly feel like nature is the perfect place to release and surrender everything to God, to give up all your plans and let off your load. In that place, you often feel a realignment with your purpose, encouragement on your journey and an answer to prayers or questions that may have been lingering. It is healing in so many ways and part of living a healthy happy life! There is also a healthy dose of vitamin D happening here…

Next we took a lovely walk along the Ventura Pier. The weather was perfect.

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Southwest Inspired Vegan Salad!

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This is one of my favorite salads to make right now…

…because it has the perfect flavors for this time of year, it is low fat, and easy to make high carb (piled on top a heap of quinoa, sweet potatoes or rice), and it tastes SO good! Most of the ingredients are fresh from my local farmers market including the salsa I added to the dressing, nothing beats homemade salsa!

First, what are southwest flavors?

In foods they are:  Corn, beans, tomatoes, squash, jicama, sweet peppers, chile peppers (fresh and dried), lime, garlic, onion, avacado and rice. (To name a few).
In spices they are:  Cumin, Cilantro, chili powder, oregano, and paprika.
You get the idea…

Here is an delicious example of a salad I can’t get enough of and the key is it’s homemade dressing.

Tip: Blending veggies into your dressings is a great way to get amazing flavor and it creates an abundant sauce that covers each veggie without a bunch of oil or other additives.

This salad has:
1 head of red leaf lettuce
Fresh corn off the cob
Can of organic pinto beans
Cucumbers
Carrots
Red Peppers
Tomatoes

Dressing:
(Place all ingredients in your food processor, blend and pour over above ingredients, then shake together)
Handful of cilantro
3 or 4 radishes
Handful of cherry tomatoes
1/4 a red bell pepper
Half a lemon or lime
Half an avocado
A few tablespoons of fresh chipotle salsa
Dash of cumin, paprika, red pepper
Topped with a sprinkle of hemp seeds

Enjoy!

#healthyhappyjess

Eat More Fruit and Greens for GLOWING SKIN!

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I’ve been noticing some major transformation lately…

…not only in my energy level, which is through the roof, but my appearance as well. I have to attribute that to my lifestyle change and even more specifically to FRUIT!…and GREENS! Honestly, mixing these together and eating them on a regular basis, at least 2x per day has transformed my skin, both face and body.

I am not using the word “transformed” lightly here either. The skin on my face has become like baby skin, yep, baby skin, what? and before, I have struggled a lot with congestion, oiliness, dryness and occasional breakouts. The overall appearance is smooth, soft and GLOWING to the point where others have noticed. The skin on my body has never felt so soft and looked more smooth either. Scars have disappeared, rough elbows are non-existent and there is an overall (here is that word again) GLOW!

This is definitely not something exclusive to me, as a matter of fact, one of the reasons I was drawn to this lifestyle in the first place was seeing all these people who looked amazing, especially the older woman, who completely defy age on this diet. It inspired me to try it for myself, and although I did notice a lot right away, I have to say, the longer I do it, the more benefits I am starting to see. You can actually feel and look younger on this lifestyle then ever before and it keeps going.

Healthy, clean eating, free of all animal products, plant based, high in carbohydrates and low in fats makes you the most happy and healthy you can be both inside and out!
So don’t be afraid to eat that fruit, and LOTS of it! FILLING up on fruit for breakfast and lunch will curb your sweets cravings later in the day!

Here is an example of a go-to smoothie:

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Smoothie Recipe:

  • Heaping handful of greens (from Romaine, to spinach, to arugula, or a mix like this favorite of late by organic girl greens).
  • Fill your blender with as many frozen bananas it will hold
  • Add some strawberries (mango is another favorite)
  • Coconut Water
  • blend
  • garnish with hemps seeds

Enjoy!

#healthyhappyjess

 

Boring Spaghetti? Never Again! 5 Ways to Rev up Your Pasta

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healthyhappyjess veggie and brown rice spaghetti

Veggie and Brown Rice Pasta

Boring spaghetti? I don’t think so!!

No matter if you use a store bought base or if you make your own, you never have to have dull pasta again! Here are 5 tricks to revving up your pasta dish.

1. Add veggies! I ALWAYS add sautéed veggies to my spaghetti, start off with some garlic and red pepper flakes, add in red peppers, shredded carrot, zucchini, and finally spinach! Next, add your organic low salt/low oil red sauce or make your own using fresh tomatoes, tomato paste or a can of organic fire roasted tomatoes!!

Tip

  • Spinach is a great natural source of sodium so it adds the perfect amount of salty flavor to your pasta.
  • Shredding carrots into your sauce is a trick to give your sauce that sweet flavor instead of using sugar, fresh corn also works.

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Latest Short “Sweet Dreams”

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Hey there! Check out the pilot we shot for the Canon #bring it campaign, by Doogtoons! 🙂