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Treats from seeds


Seed bars work for many occasions. Relatively quick to make, they can replace trail mix, pastries and cookies. After eating too much chocolate, it was time for me to  go a step healthier. Raw seedbars often contain chocolate powder or raw chocolate nibs, which have no sugar or dairy added and are not heat processed.
Depending what you have at home, you can make this recipe truly raw, or nut free, you can also replace some ingredients that are heat processed for a vegan treat. The bars will harden in the freezer, and can be stored in the refrigerator, you may also add some time in the food dryer to remove moisture.
Despite the large amount of ingredients, the amount of servings is relatively small, reminding me again how nutrient dense this food is. See recipe

Easy as Thai

Spring Fresh! A refreshing salad in Asian restaurants is green papaya or mango salad. I recently tried a mango salad that was loaded with fried noodle shreds. Adding popped amaranth instead of fried noodles –  a great idea! Fun to make and healthy. Following is my westernized version of a mango salad with popped amaranth and roasted peanuts. Popping fun. See Recipe

Functional Foods

Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman Triathlete from Vancouver, BC  is also vegan. His early research in the nutritional field has been circling around how to improve performance with nutrition, by minimizing the stress that ordinary and high acidic foods may cause to the body. Brazier moved to a diet that uses naturally ‘functional foods’. Continue reading

Comfort food

Sometimes a healthy version of your favorite Chinese takeout makes a nice dinner… Today I was craving something easy and familiar such as a vegetable stir fry with garlic sauce. And did I mention the asparagus with the broccoli? Asparagus is a true happy food. Besides the legends surrounding the stalks, it is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan plus folate, both necessary for creating mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Enzymes in asparagus are also effective in breaking down alcohol in your system, preventing a hangover… See recipe

Raw Colors at Sunset

The turning leaves let crowds flock to the Rivertowns and upstate NY in the last weekends of October and early November. Our long Sunday hike on trails around Lake Minnewaska gave us many scenic pictures. Lively fall colors were always among my favorites. For a ‘turning leaf party‘ this weekend, I made a colorful sweet root salad, Continue reading

Ancient seeds

Wild amaranth was known by hunters and gatherers throughout the whole Americas. Around 5000 B.C. the plant was domesticated in Mexico together with maize, beans and gourds and independently in other areas of South and Mesoamerica. Even Montezuma paid tribute to this important crop.  I have seen showy red amaranth plants growing wild, or as companion plant in my neighborhood. While the greens are eaten as vegetables, the seeds are harvested at a later stage of maturity.  Continue reading