Dandelion & Greens Super Juice

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Get You Some:

12-17 Dandelion Greens

12 Kale Leaves

1/2 Head Cabbage

3 Carrots

3 – 4 Apples

1 Cucumber

1 Yellow Squash

a few pieces of fennel

Juice, Strain, Drink Nutritiously!!

There are so many natural and wonderful remedies mother nature gives us to aid in our overall well-being, it’s easy to forget that the seemingly humblest plants provide a powerhouse of nutrients.

I was in awe when I discovered the amazing benefits of Dandelion – the root, the leaves, and the flower! In today’s society we have forgotten about the wonderful nourishing and detoxifying effects Dandelion greens have on our digestive system. Our spleen, gall bladder, liver, intestine, pancreas and stomach will all thank us for incorporating a little more dandelion green goodness into our diet for several reasons.

First and foremost, Dandelion purifies our gastro-intestinal system through its mineralizing (zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, & copper to name a few) and alkalizing effects, it not only increases bile (essential in digestion) and urine production (to rid of toxins and even water retention), but also stimulates our metabolism and liver cells to promote our general wellness.

Secondly, there are quite a few uses for topical ailments in addition to the many internal benefits Dandelion offers. The leaves produce a a milk-like substance that can soothe bee stings and blisters. Not to mention, you can use this substance to help remove pimples, moles and even warts (mostly due to the anti-viral qualities in not only the leaves, but also predominantly found in the root).

Thirdly, they are delicious to eat! This juice had me perplexed when I took a sip and found it a little spicy.. I had to make sure I wasn’t crazy and luckily I wasn’t the only one who found it to be somewhat peppery and on the verge of spiciness. I did find that the best time to pick them though was when they were young because they are sweeter and the more mature they get the more bitter they become. So get the young inner leaves and crowns when picking – the best time to go? Whenever! Where to go? Anywhere!! Kinda… try a field (or your backyard) unpolluted by chemicals and toxins from cars and pesticides. The pros recommend early spring rather than late fall, but hey – goodness is goodness. Until next time, I will leave you with words of wisdom from Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson!

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

For more nutritional info on the rest of these ingredients check out some of my other blog posts, like Thank Goodness For Apples or Strawberry Pineapple Cooler

The Joy of a Wild Sunflower

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“Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!”

~ William Blake

Sunshine Juice

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For a taste of sunshine:

1 – 2 Cups Coconut water from Mature (or Young Thai) Coconut

1/2 Pineapple

4 Oranges

1 Carton Strawberries

1 Lime

This tastes super scrumptious all by it self, first juice your Oranges, Pineapple, and Strawberries and then strain and set aside. Open your coconut and add the coconut water to your juice, hand-squeeze your lime and tada!!! You have the most refreshing, nutritious and hydrating breakfast. It looks pretty, like the sun rising over the clouds and it tastes even better (who likes cumulus clouds? not me!)!

This makes around 64 oz. of pure delight and the only thing big enough to hold all of it is my blender so feel free to share since it’s pretty big – drink nutritiously!!!  Sunshine Juice 1-2 Cups Coconut Water (from coconut), 1 Carton Strawberries, 4 Oranges, 1/2 Pineapple, 1 lime

RAW Coconut & Spice Granola

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RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, satisfying, and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

These guiltless goodies will definitely satisfy your sweetest cravings while still being healthy and packed full of nutrition. This is a very versatile recipe, you can make this as a base for a raw pie, roll them in to delectable balls or have simple chewy granola bars. This was my first recipe using my food processor and I had a blast experimenting with random things that I had on hand. Here’s what you will need, but feel free to use whatever you have, it may seem like a lot in print, but it’s very simple:

Tools: Food Processor, Spatula, Measuring  cups

Ingredients:

1 Cup Walnuts

1 Cup Pecans

1 1/2 Cups (roughly) Dates, pitted

2 Tbsp. Coconut ‘Meat’ 

1 1/2 Tbsp. Sunflower Seeds

1 1/2 Tbsp. Quinoa

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Flax Seeds

1 Tbsp Oats (optional)

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

1 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (optional)

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 – 1 Tsp Vanilla

Pinch of Cardamom

Pinch of Nutmeg

Pinch of allspice

I say the Coconut Nectar is optional because it was a natural alternative to Honey and Agave, although I believe with just the dates that it would have been sweet enough so it’s up to your discretion. 

Step 1: Add your pecans and walnuts to the food processor first and pulse until finely chopped, almost powdered.   RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 2 Add your dates and pulse until processed well, try to keep an eye on it balling up, you don’t want that otherwise it will make it a little more difficult to mix the ingredients properly RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 3 Add everything else all at once or gradually and pulse until mixed thoroughly RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 4: Carefully remove blade and get creative!!!

I took half of the batch and made cute little coconut balls with the extra coconut shreds I had on hand.  RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

The other half I made into little bite-sized squares of deliciousness. RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

I would recommend refrigerating them before serving for a firmer pie base, ball or granola bar. They are wonderfully chewy and the flavors will dance across your tongue. It starts off  nutty and sweet with a gentle hint of the cardamom, allspice and cinnamon blend and finishes strong with a cocoa aftertaste. 

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Snack Time: Spotty Bananas

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I meant to post this earlier, but I took a nap and then ran some errands and forgot all about it sitting in the draft box. Oops!

I am going to rant (quite poorly) about how much I love bananas and how they are so delicious and nutritious for you.

Bananas have become one of my favorite fruits because of how easy they are to incorporate into my busy schedule and how energized they make me. Bananas are also a favorite of mine because of how easy their packaging is, you don’t even need scissors to open them up. They provide the right amount of sugars and B vitamins to keep me happy and full. They are cheap!! I love that I can purchase organic bananas at cents a pound!

We can’t forget the potassium which makes happy hearts and happy blood pressure and then there is fiber… we all know about fiber. I have to say though, may favorite thing about bananas are the SPOTS!! I enjoy nothing more than a spotty banana shake… it’s a guilty pleasure of mine.

Spotty Banana Shake Recipe:   Image

8 Bananas (or more if you are super hungry)

1/4 Cup Water, or until desired consistency (totally made that measurement up, I just eyeball it!)

Here Comes The Hard Part:

Step one: Peel the bananas

Step two: Blend Bananas

Step three: Guzzle from blender Image

Nature Center Trails

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First and foremost, before I begin about my adventures on the Fort Worth nature trails, I would like to acknowledge how delighted and appreciative I am to have made such wonderful connections in these past few weeks. I have met so many gifted and kind people, so many outrageous and eccentric individuals, so many inspiring and motivational leaders that it has reminded me why we must enjoy those we meet. I believe irregardless of the amount of time you have spent getting to know that person that they have entered your life at the very moment for a particular reason. Whether that be a simple comment or a few words of wisdom, maybe even an unspoken act that has instilled something you may not quite understand until it synchronizes with the other facets of your life. I feel it is how receptive we are to such circumstances and how we apply them to our lives that make the difference, but we must acknowledge those lessons otherwise they are lost to us.  

Now to my excursion on the Fort Worth or rather Lake Worth trails! A friend of mine who I just recently met told me about his volunteer work at the nature center and wildlife refuge that it inspired me to do the same. There are so many different opportunities to experience and so much knowledge to learn. You must input an application and once accepted you can begin training (and just my luck that is coming up in September!) to become a trail guide or a natural guard. You can also lead canoe excursions or work in the  greenhouse and plant natural vegetation or care for animals. The best part is that you get to learn about the different kinds of plants, trees, insects, animals, and trails and all it costs is your time. I’ll take that.

The volunteer coordinator was very welcoming and positive, all I have to do is wait a week to see if they will let me be a volunteer, I am super excited about this opportunity and hope for the best.

Here are some photos from my trailing, I encountered quite a few insects that actually posed for me and there are some cool photos even with the lens acting up, despite my camera being broken it is still functional if I don’t utilize the zoom too much, it’s definitely an exercise of patience.   Enjoy!!

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