Saturday, April 12, 2014

Raw Vegan Chili Recipe

raw vegan chili
Raw vegan chili with cabbage, tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped kale, chopped cucumber.

This is my dads raw vegan chili recipe. He's been making a different chili recipe lately for dinner. My dad is an awesome raw foods chef. He prepares all of his food with love. I've posted his recipes on the blog before.

beautiful bowl of raw vegan chili
Raw vegan chili with cabbage, tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, chopped kale, chopped sweet bell pepper, sliced cucumber, red beet root, raisins, and avocado.
raw vegan vegge chili
Raw vegan chili with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sweet bell peppers, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, raisins, lettuce, and sliced cucumber.

Get excited because today I'm sharing with you his rawesome chili recipes! You can customize the chili recipe to your liking, taste and consistency. You can make this completely oil-free and fat-free, by leaving out the oils, avocado and raisins.

Each night you can make a different chili recipe, it's awesome! All made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. There are so many ways to make this chili, have fun and enjoy all the different flavors!

raw vegan chili bowl
Raw vegan chili made with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, chopped celery, chopped brazil nuts, and mushrooms.
full bowl of chili
Raw vegan chili with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sprouted raw quinoa, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and marinated mushrooms (when I used to eat it).


raw chili
Raw chili made with tomato sauce, marinated mung beans, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, chopped sweet bell peppers, raisins, chopped cucumber, chopped lettuce
RAW VEGAN CHILI RECIPE
Serves 4 or more 

Epic Tomato Sauce
  • 6 (or more) beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot or 1/4 piece of red onion 
  • 1 large red bell pepper (or any sweet bell pepper you like)
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp of each Simply Organic seasonings, as you desire: all-purpose seasonings, paprika, turmeric, cayenne (spicy), chili powder (spicy), coriander, italian seasonings, & dill weed
  • 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil or Hemp Oil (if desired)

CHOPPED VEGGIES
Add whichever veggies you desire. Here's a list of veggies we added into our chili. 
  • Celery, chopped into pieces
  • Kale, finely chopped
  • Red Beet Root, sliced 
  • Cucumbers, chopped into slices
  • Lettuce, chopped into pieces
  • Cabbage (place inside the bowl and pour all your veggies in or chop finely and add into the chili)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • Desire amount of Red Onion, Shallots or Scallions, chopped finely into pieces
  • 1 whole or 1/2 avocado, sliced into slices
  • 1 cup Sprouted Raw Quinoa (soak in filtered water for 2 hours or overnight to soften)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers, chopped 
Additional Add-Ins
  • Heaping handful of Raisins
  • Chopped Brazil Nuts or Walnut "Meat"
MARINATED MUNG BEANS
  • 2 cups TruRoots Sprouted Mung Beans 
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp of each Simply Organic seasonings, as you desire: All-Purpose Seasonings, Paprika, Turmeric, Cayenne (spicy), chili powder (spicy), Coriander, Italian Seasonings, & Dill Weed
  • 1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil or Hemp Oil 
DIRECTIONS

Marinate the Mung Beans
  1. In a bowl, fill the bowl with filtered water to soak to the beans. Give them a nice, quick rinse. 
  2. Drain the water from the beans and pour the beans into a mixing bowl. 
  3. In the bowl of beans, add the seasonings, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar. 
  4. Stir the beans around and adjust the seasonings to your flavor. 
  5. Marinate the beans for 10 minutes. 
  6. Store leftover beans in the firdge, covered. By the next day, it will be soft like corn! 
Make the Tomato Sauce
  1. Pour all the ingredients in the blender, blending until creamy and smooth. If you have a Vitamix blender, blend on high for a few minutes, until warm. 
  2. Adjust the sauce to your taste. 
Make the Chili
  1. Chop all your desired veggies and pour them into your serving bowl. 
  2. Add in the marinated mung beans and tomato sauce. 
  3. Enjoy! 
raw vegan chili bowls
Raw vegan chili tomato sauce served in cabbage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Top 12 Raw Foods and Recipes for Healthy Beautiful Skin


Many people suffer from acne, eczema, itchy skin and other unnatural skin conditions. The majority of people want clear, soft, beautiful, healthy skin. Using chemical-filled products will NOT improve your skin conditions. My face has improved greatly on a raw foods diet, as you may already know from reading my face transformation story.

Miliany Bonet's before and after face photo

Believe it or not, but achieving healthy skin is really quite simple—and it starts with your diet and the products you use on a daily basis. If you want healthy, clear, beautiful skin, my new post on 0medz0 may interest you. I share the top 12 raw foods to help give you glowing and healthy skin! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Top 10 Favorite Raw Food Recipes on Raw Vegan Living

Many of my followers and readers have requested that I'd write a post on my favorite raw vegan recipes on this blog, so here you go! I've put together a list of my top 10 favorite raw vegan food recipes that I've shared on the blog. I absolutely love these recipes, and I hope you enjoy them, too.

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE RAW VEGAN RECIPES
  1. Banana Strawberry Smoothie 
  2. Orange Radiant Soulshine Juice
  3. Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
  4. Real Raw Fudge Brownies 
  5. Raw Vegan Cheddar Cheese 
  6. Raw Vegan Pizza Bites with Cheddar Cheese, Spinach Pesto & Other Yumminess
  7. Sweet Green Kale Apple Juice
  8. Epic Spring Mix Kelp Noodles Salad with Creamy Mango Garlic Dressing
  9. Super food Covered Bananas with Strawberries & Kiwis Sundae with Epic Goodness 
  10. Banana Pineapple Whip 

I hope you enjoyed this post! In case you missed it...

RELATED POST


My Weekly Diet Diary 1: What a Raw Vegan Teen Eats in a Week

Friday, March 21, 2014

Transitioning To Raw

Thinking about transitioning to raw, but not sure where to begin? This is a question I get asked by most of my readers and followers. Many people are interested in starting a raw food diet, but they don't know how to start, which foods to avoid, etc...

Please check out my new website, TransitioningToRaw.com if you're interested in starting a raw foods diet. When you sign up for FREE, you'll receive your free Transitioning To Raw Report (written by me!) on how to transition to raw (which foods to avoid and their alternatives) and my tips on transitioning to this rawesome lifestyle!

There are 2 ways to receive your report via email... 
1.) Subscribe to my NEW blog, TransitioningToRaw, and confirm your subscription. 
2.) Fill in your name and email address on my NEW website and you'll be given free access to your report. 
 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Feeling BIG After Eating Fruits? Here's Why...

Photo source: Happy Living Vegan

It's sad to see that many people don't know what ripe fruits are nowadays. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits, providing AMAZING health benefits. I always make sure to have bunches and bunches of bananas, whether they're ripened or not. Many people who I've come in contact with at the supermarket don't know what ripe bananas look like. Most people think that yellow bananas are ripe and spotted bananas are 'bad'. I'm guilty of eating yellow bananas without any spots back in my meat-eater and early vegan/raw days, but I eventually learned how to ripen fruits properly.

ripe bananas chart

Did you know: Supermarkets (like Whole Foods) are not allowed to sell ripe bananasSee more for yourself on Google...


Most people think that these beautiful, bright, yellow bananas are ripe. This bunch of bananas are NOT ripe... it's still very starchy and undesirable. 
These bananas are ripe. This is the proper way to eat bananas... cheetah, spotted bananas. Very optimal.  

To truth is, humans have lost touch with nature. It's a shame that supermarkets aren't allowed to sell ripened bananas. If the bananas get spotted, they can't put them out on the market. Instead of selling bananas to the people, they throw away the bananas! I've seen stores do that before.

As I got more into this lifestyle, I began liking bananas more and more. I quickly adjusted to their delicious taste. I think in my opinion, when you first start this lifestyle, you may not like certain fruits and vegetables; that's OK. It may take some time for your taste buds to adjust, but once they do, you will be enjoying more fruits and vegetables. I learned more about the importance of eating ripe fruits.

Why You're Feeling BlG (Bloated, Inflamed & Glassy) After Eating Fruits

The answer is simple: you aren't eating ripe fruits. And if you are, you're not properly combining them with the right produce (a.k.a 'food combining'). Eating truly ripe fruits is very important for optimal health. The point of eating fruits is to eat them only when they're ripe, not unripe. Eating unripe fruits cause all sorts of complications in your body that you want to avoid. Plus, unripe fruits are not enjoyable.

is it good or bad to eat unripe fruit


What Happens When You Eat Unripe Fruits? Uh-oh...

I'll admit I've eaten some unripe fruits along my journey, but I learned from it. Whenever I ate unripe fruits, it felt like I was sinning. For instance, mangoes are one of my top favorite fruits on this earth. There were times when I peeled open a mango and ate it unripe (it was firm to the touch, not that soft). I knew that that mango wasn't fully ripe (certain spots of the mango were softer than other areas), but I peeled it open anyway. The mango wasn't sweet and soft enough. I've eaten unripe bananas, mangoes, pineapple, tomatoes and other fruits unripe... but that had to come to an end.

Eating unripe fruits causes bloating, inflammation, indigestion, upset tummy, fermentation, and gases. It's very important to eat ripe fruits for those very reasons. If you're allergic to a certain fruit (let's say bananas), you may be allergic because you're eating them unripe!

Allowing your fruits to ripen properly is very vital for optimal health. Your tummy will thank you for eating ripe fruits. Eating unripe fruits is like not soaking your nuts and seeds; indigestion, gases, fermentation, bloating, and inflammation occurs. Eating unripe fruit may be the reason why you don't like fruits in the first place. Unripe fruits are not only very starchy, but their natural sugar content are not yet active, which is why the fruit is not sweet. Ripe fruits sugar content are active, making riper fruits sweeter than unripe ones. ALWAYS eat ripe fruits! Even if it means not having a banana for your smoothie, never eat unripe fruits. It will do you no good.

You want optimal health and optimal digestion, eat RIPE fruits! Know when fruits are ripe.  




How to Ripen Fruits Fast 

Fruits are so unique. Not all fruits were created equally, so not all fruits will ripen the same way. A pineapple will not ripen like a banana would. Certain fruits ripen quicker than others, while other fruits ripen slowly. Do a Google search on a specific fruit that you're interested in to find our how to speed up it's ripeness. Here are my 4 tips for ripening bananas, mangoes, pineapples and avocados.

BANANAS - store in brown paper bags (or in a dark counter/room area. The darker the storage area is,the quicker the bananas will ripen. A ripe banana will have spots on them. They should look like the cheetah. If you do a Google search on "ripe bananas", you'll see photos of cheetah, spotted bananas, not yellow! 

MANGOES - store in brown paper bags (or in a dark counter/room area. The darker the storage area is,the quicker the bananas will ripen. A ripe banana will have spots on them. They should look like the cheetah. 

PINEAPPLE - remove the top green spiky leaves and turn the pineapple upside down. A ripe pineapple will be mostly yellow, with little green areas. The pineapple should smell ripe (fresh and juicy... a pineapple smell). If a pineapple burns your tongue (bleeding may occur), then that's a sign that the pineapple isn't fully ripe yet.

AVOCADOS - store in a dry, dark place. Lift up the pit from the top of the avocado to see the color inside of the avocado. If it's a light green color, it's a pretty color inside. When you buy avocados at the store, make sure to purchase it with the brown pit on top, because small bugs like to go inside the avocado. Plus, the fruit stays more fresh that way.


So, do yourself a favor next time you eat bananas: Never peel a banana like this and eat it! You will be BIG!

unripe bananas

DID YOU KNOW FACTS!
~ Monsanto owns Del Monte and Dole. Do not buy Del Monte and Dole bananas, you never know, there could be traces of GMOs inside the banana. Instead, buy Banacol, Chiquita and 1A1 bananas, they're the best! The 1A1 bananas are ungased.

I hope this post was helpful for you! Please post a comment below if you experienced BIG after eating unripe fruits. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Importance of Magnesium

Magnesium, the mineral that can save your life or someone else's life! 

magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most vital and powerful mineral to consume daily, as it plays an important role in the human body and brain function. In fact, magnesium is so important that, EVERY known disease is caused by magnesium deficiency! So, if someone you know suffers from cancer, diabetes, arthritis... you know, any of those man-made diseases, it's safe to tell them right off the bat that they are deficient in magnesium. You don't need to be a doctor to tell that to someone, we are our own doctors.

magnesium can save your life

The Benefits of Magnesium 

Magnesium relaxes your muscles, calms your nerves, helps your brain function properly, keeps your cells younger, needed for the blood (only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood, which is why it's often misdiagnosed with blood testing), helps you sleep better, heart healthy, helps create your DNA, anti-stress, alleviates headaches, helps with joint pain and muscle stiffness, powers our enzymes, and much more benefits.

Magnesium Found in Nature Foods: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds & Herbs


Like water, our bodies need magnesium DAILY to function properly. Foods such as, bananas, cacao, spinach, avocados, buckwheat, coconuts, nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, sprouted beans, quinoa, raw honey, berries, figs, dates, basil, watermelon (eat the seeds, as they're high in Mg!) broccoli, flax seeds. apples, okra, spearmint, zucchini, tomatoes, grapes, pineapple, aloe vera, and much more! You can definitely get your magnesium from fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and herbs. Eating processed foods that contain white flour, enriched flour, wheat flour... (any refined flours, really), REMOVES the magnesium! The best sources to get your magnesium from are fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and herbs. A raw vegan diet is high in magnesium.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms 

Are you lacking in the most important mineral, magnesium in your diet daily? Why are the majority of Americans in the U.S deficient in magnesium? (an estimate of 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient... hmmm, no wonder why so many people are dying of diseases in America.) Answer: because most Americans living in the U.S are living off of processed foods, which do NOT contain magnesium. Meat, milk, soda, sugar, and white flour are very low in magnesium. Here are some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency:
  • still thirsty after drinking lots of water 
  • shaking in the hands, muscles & nerves
  • insomnia
  • stressed 
  • headaches
  • ADHD 
  • Migraines
  • Confusion
  • Depressed
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Bipolar 
  • Irritability
  • Disease of ANY kind 
  • Hypertension
  • Sleepy (tired too often)
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Moodiness
  • Twitching in the muscles (I used to get twitching muscles in my eyes as a meat-eater... never knew why, but of course, now I do! I was deficient in magnesium)
  • Muscle soreness, tensions, pains, stiffness
  • Chest Tightness
  • Anxiety
  • Nervous
  • Panic Attacks
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rapid Eye Movement
  • Hearing Loss
  • and more symptoms are linked to magnesium deficiency 
Are you eating magnesium everyday? If not, start! I know I am. Magnesium can save your life, literally! Magnesium is a mineral hero for many suffering from diseases. The question of this post is, are you deficient or efficient in magnesium?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why I Don't Eat Mushrooms Anymore + Mushroom Recipes

Whoa, it's been a month since my last post. So sorry about that, everyone! For those of you who are new around here, I am opening up the first raw vegan juice bar cafe in South Jersey! It will be opening up really soon, I can't wait! I will write a blogpost dedicated on the launch day of my juice bar. I want to thank all of you for your love and support. I greatly appreciate it. I have a bucket load of recipes and interesting topics to share with you guys, thanks for your patience!

Today's blogpost is very interesting. Last month, I decided to eliminate mushrooms from my diet, due to the disturbing information I found about them. Mushrooms were one of my favorite vegetables; I ate them everyday. I loved adding them into my salads, raw breads, burgers, pizza, wraps, and other gourmet raw foods. I was very disappointed to have found out that my favorite vegetable wasn't grown vegan-friendly. What I found out may shock most of you, not only vegans, but those who are gluten-free.  To find out why I don't eat mushrooms anymore, head over to my other other blog, 0medz0 and read my blogpost HERE!

portobello mushrooms

For those of you who consume mushrooms or knows someone who does, I've got a few raw "vegan" mushroom recipes to share. The recipes I am sharing with you today are a Guacamole Mushroom Burger and a Mushroom Salad recipe. These were one of my favorite raw food recipes, until I disturbingly found out about the way they are grown. I really believe that all mushroom lovers would enjoy these recipes. They're very delicious. I encourage you to play around with the recipe, as there are SO many different variations you can make. The key to enjoying this lifestyle is to HAVE FUN in the kitchen! I know I have a bucket load of fun in the kitchen! As I like to suggest in all my recipes, add more or less of the ingredients to make it according to your taste/flavor.




GUACAMOLE MUSHROOM BURGERS

Guacamole:
1 whole dominican avocado (they're the best tasting avocados ever, in my opinion!)
1 beefsteak or heirloom tomato
1/4 piece red onion (use as you'd like) 
Juice from 1/2 lemon 
1 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 tablespoon seasonings, of your choice 

Toppings (add whatever you'd like! Here are some ideas I like to add to mines):
~ my rawesome cheddar cheese or hummus
spinach pesto
~ date, pitted and chopped
~ coconut flakes (don't judge, just try it!) 
~ sprouted beans
~ mango slice 
~ more sliced red onions (or scallions) and tomatoes

Directions:
To make the guacamole: cut open the avocado and spoon out the green flesh into a bowl or food processor. Add in the tomatoes, red onions, lemon juice and seasonings. Process or mix with a fork until creamy and to your preferred consistency of your choice.
Wash the mushrooms with lemon juice and pat dry with a napkin. Place the guacamole on top of the bottom of the mushroom. Add your desired toppings and enjoy!





MUSHROOM BEAN SALAD

Salad:
large heaping handfuls of organic spring mix salad
1-2 oyster mushrooms
1/4 piece of red onion
1/2 or 1 whole avocado
1 beefsteak or heirloom tomato 
1/2 cup sprouted TruRoots mung beans 
1/2 cucumber, sliced 
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon hemp seeds 
1 tablespoon seasonings, of choice 

Add all ingredients in a bowl, mix and enjoy! Add whatever you like. Keep it healthy, clean and delicious!

Friday, January 3, 2014

My Interview with The Raw Food Sisters!

The Raw Food Sisters

Hey, everyone! The two lovely ladies, Katrin and Julie over at TheRawFoodSisters.com wanted to interview me to be on their site!!! I had fun answering all their questions. I enjoyed my second interview (which is this one) as much as enjoyed my first one with Arnold Kauffman. Thank you, sisters for interviewing me! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. I love connecting with these sisters; we think alike in different subjects. Katrin and Julie are very inspiring woman. Be sure to check out their blog and follow them! They're very positive and loving.

You can read my interview below, or you can read it on their blog, HERE! Enjoy!

Thursday Get Together with Miliany Bonet

Let us introduce you to the youngest raw foodist we know! Our beautiful shining friend Miliany Bonet. She is a 15 year old thriving Raw Vegan girl filled with passion and big plans for the future. In today´s interview Miliany will share with us how her Raw Food journey began and what the lifestyle has done to her. We are excited to introduce you to this young star who already is inspiring people on a daily basis, and we are sure Miliany has a bright future in front of her!
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Name: Miliany Bonet
Age: 15
Origin: English/Spanish
Current city: South Jersey
Occupation: Entrepreneur, CEO of a raw juice and raw food business
Can you describe your lifestyle and food philosophy? My lifestyle consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – all in their raw form! I like all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients to be ALIVE, not dead. I perform my best when I eat a clean, raw, plant-based diet, compared to when I was eating a cooked vegan diet. I have more energy, I feel and look great, and my digestion is even better. I also incorporate raw desserts and gourmet raw foods into my diet. My lifestyle is just divine, I LOVE it! My food philosophy is simple: LISTEN TO YOUR AMAZING BODY, it knows best. I don’t believe in restrictions, calorie counting and rules, but find what works best for you and your body. When you find what works for your body, you are likely to stick to that lifestyle. I find that a low-fat, raw vegan diet works best for me. I look and feel my very best. If you don’t like the way you feel after eating a specific food(s), don’t eat it again! Only eat foods that will make your body feel good afterwards, not want to vomit and get headaches. When you listen to your body and trillions of cells, you will start to make healthier eating choices.
You are a quite young raw foodist, only 15 years old. Is your whole family raw vegan? Have you always been eating this way or what trigged the change? My father and I are the only raw vegans in the family. The rest of my family members are meat-eaters – BIG time! I wasn’t born as a vegan (though, that would have been awesome!); I was a big time meat-eater until the age of 13. I came home from school one day, and my father told me he was going to become a vegan. I was interested in joining him, but I didn’t have the courage because of my mother. She wanted me to continue to eat meat, dairy and fish. What really triggered the change for me to go vegan was, seeing the amazing results my father had experienced on his first week being vegan. He lost weight in a matter of days on his first week going vegan. He even looked and felt much better. At the time, I was fat, so seeing my father lose weight in a few days on his first week vegan, was really inspiring for me. I spoke with my father about his vegan diet and he told me how great he felt. He educated me about veganism and his reasonings on why he transitioned to a vegan diet, and I was willing to listen and take his knowledge. My father suggested that I watched the documentary, Food. Inc. The night I watched it, it really changed the way I viewed food in all aspects. Watching Food, Inc. was a real eye-opener for me, as it made me realize that my Standard American Diet (aka S.A.D) was not really healthy. Immediately after watching it, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to go vegan. Although my mother wasn’t as thrilled with my decision on going vegan as my father was, I went vegan anyway. I never looked back that day ever since in April. My dad introduced me to very amazing, inspiring and motivating raw foodists on YouTube, like Kristina Carillo-Bucaram from Fully Raw & Rawfully Organic (she inspired me to go fully raw!) and Dan McDonald, The LifeRegenerator. They have inspired me even more to transition to a vegan/raw diet.
Do you share the same eating habits and lifestyle as others in your age? If not, how do you cope with that? Luckily for me, I’m homeschooled, so I don’t have to go through criticism or deal with kids who don’t follow my lifestyle. Although when I was transitioning to a vegan diet (I was in 8th grade), I did have to deal with kids who didn’t follow my lifestyle. None of my classmates really understood my lifestyle choice. However, I do know raw vegan teens who are in the raw food movement. Even if I did go to public school with other kids who don’t follow my lifestyle, they would have to respect me and my decision that I choose not to consume dead animals. I wrote a blog post on how to deal with criticism from others when transitioning/following a raw vegan diet, here.

mil 2-001Have you noticed any changes since changing your eating philosophy? Oh, YES! I have noticed great changes after changing my diet. When I was a meat-eater, I was fat, insecure about myself, lacked in confidence, had poor eyesight, I had pimples, my stamina and energy was low, crankiness and moodiness at times (especially in the mornings when I woke up!), and I would get chest pains. I was born with a heart defect, which caused me to have open-heart surgery as a baby. Every time I exercised or did anything that was active, my chest would hurt. After changing my diet, I lost weight (when I was a vegan, I weighed 120 pounds. After going raw, I weighed 100 pounds; I lost 20 pounds!), my energy and stamina has increased, I gained confidence, my face cleared up, my eyesight has definitely improved (I got my vision back!), my morning crankiness and moodiness went away (I wake up happy!), my sleep has improved, my digestion has definitely improved, my hair and nails have gotten stronger and grows longer quicker now than before on the SAD, and my chest pains are gone. Whenever I’m active, my chest no longer bothers me, which is great for me. I used to think as a meat-eater that exercise would trigger my chest pains, not realizing and knowing that exercise only did my heart well. Ooh, another change I’ve noticed were my eyes changing color! I have brown eyes now (they’re a light brown color; hazel in the sun) but when I was a baby, I was born with blue eyes. My diet back then was not healthy – it was very processed – so, my eyes got darker with the junk, highly processed foods. After being raw for a few months, I began to notice my eye color change. My blue eyes that’s hiding behind my brown eyes started to show. Changing my diet has transformed my life for the better, and it’s the best decision that I’ve ever made in my life, regardless of my mother not agreeing with my diet change. I am happy with the decision I made. Thank goodness I was enlightened at such a young age!
What ingredients are must-haves for your fridge/pantry? For me, these are all definitely must-haves in my kitchen;
FRUITS: BANANAS! They’re absolutely my number one must-have in the kitchen! I love bananas. They’re one of my favorite fruits, and definitely my number one staple food. I ALWAYS make sure my kitchen has bunches and bunches of bananas. I like to have both fresh and frozen bananas on hand, as I use them a LOT in smoothies and banana whips. And if you ask me, they’re a survival food! :) I also like to have berries, dates, dried figs, apples, citrus fruits (lemons & oranges), tomatoes, and avocados. I use them a LOT in smoothies, juices, desserts, salads, and gourmet raw foods. 
VEGETABLES: Kale, spinach, spring mix salad, romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, mushrooms, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, and red bell peppers. I use them in my smoothies, juices, salads, and gourmet raw foods. 
NUTS & SEEDS: Walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, and sunflower seeds. I use them in desserts, mylk, nut butters, salads (sometimes, but very rarely though), and gourmet raw foods. 
SUPER FOODS: Cacao powder (my number one must-have at all times! I love cacao:)), hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, and flax seed meal. I use them in smoothies, juices, salads, desserts, and gourmet raw foods. I like to use coconut oil on my skin and nails, because it makes my skin soft and moisturized. 
HERBS & SPICES: Cinnamon, garlic, ginger, paprika, and turmeric. I use them in smoothies, juices, salads, desserts, and gourmet raw foods. 
How do you like to start off the day? I wake up and drink 32 ounces of water, then jump on my rebounder and exercise. I check and respond to emails, and journal about my previous day. I then make my daily morning smoothie, that consists of greens, bananas, fruits and super foods. I LOVE starting my day off with a 32 ounce smoothie in my mason jar. Every morning, I look forward to enjoying an epically delicious smoothie or juice. I think it’s an excellent way to start your day off right.
mil 9What´s your favorite snack? RAW CHOCOLATE! I have a few snacks that are my favorite, but raw chocolate wins! I was always a big chocolate lover as a meat-eater, so I still carry around love for chocolate in my heart now being a raw vegan. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with raw chocolate, especially when it’s SO healthy, delicious and nutritious for you. You can make so much desserts/snacks/drinks with chocolate; Chocolate covered dates, chocolate covered bananas, (the majority of the fruits pair lovely with chocolate), chocolate chip cookies, chocolate nut butter cups, chocolate ice cream, chocolate smoothies… the list goes on! Anything with raw chocolate (and I approve of the ingredients; raw vegan of course), I am in love!
Is there anything you are completely strict about when it comes to your diet and lifestyle? Eating processed foods, refined sugars, cooked foods, soy, non-organic and genetically modified (GMO) foods. I like my foods to be raw, organic and GMO-free. I do not believe in indulging in highly processed foods that you know you shouldn’t be eating, because it’s not healthy. Plus, you’ll be regretting it later and feel guilty afterwards. I don’t think it’s okay to poison your body once in a while. Your body is your temple; it’s where you live. Of course, I am also strict on not consuming dead animals and dairy.
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What would your advice be to someone who is interested in starting to incorporate more raw vegan food to their diet but don´t know where to begin?My advice to them would be: Like my great dear friend, Arnold N. Kauffman says;
“Every moment is a moment of love. Once you understand that, you understand how raw food works.”
I love this quote because every moment in your raw food journey is a moment of love. Raw food IS loving foods. Our bodies have over 90 trillions of cells, and they love being fed raw living foods! You love the food, and your body loves it back just the same, if not, even more! You gotta Love yourself, starting NOW. It doesn’t matter how you look, just Love yourself. Also, be patient with yourself and with your body. Be willing to learn. Watch educational documentaries about veganism, watch videos on YouTube of other gurus who follow this lifestyle and read books about veganism. Learn everything you need to know about this lifestyle. Take it day by day, step by step. Eat lots of fresh raw fruits (make sure your produce are organic and GMO-free) and vegetables. Keep nuts and seeds in moderation. Incorporate smoothies and juices daily, as both are very important for optimal health. Have fun in the kitchen, too. This lifestyle is so awesome to not enjoy every moment of it. Set out specific goals for yourself to help motivate and inspire you to achieve them. At night time, have a big bowl of delicious salad! Make sure you eat enough fruits during the day, so at night time you’re aren’t hungry. Don’t eat 3-4 hours before you go to bed. Don’t worry about calorie counting and calorie restrictions. Eat as much low-fat fruits and vegetables. Those who are transitioning to a vegan, raw foods diet, the first food you want to eliminate is dairy. Dairy is worse than meat and fish is the dirtiest meat! It’s also important to stay positive and surround yourself with positive and loving people.
mil 1What are your life goals and plans for the future? I have a beautiful future ahead of me, and I’m so excited about it! I have SO many life goals and plans for myself. I’m an entrepreneur; I am currently running my own raw foods business and a juice company with my father, who is also a raw vegan like me. We are opening up the first Raw Vegan Smoothie & Juice Bar here in South Jersey offering smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, pizza, brownies, and nut/seed mylks. Our ultimate goal is to open up franchises in different states/locations. We have multiple goals for our business, that’s just one of them. Another goal of mine is to publish my second e-book, along with many more in the future. I am such a busy girl!
Your favorite quote? Oh, wow! I love soooooo many quotes! But one of my favorites is by Saint Francis de Sales. This quote is beautiful! It’s one of my favorite quotes because it means to love unconditionally.
“The measure of love is to love without measure.”
cake 2-001REAL RAW BROWNIESBrownies are my all-time favorite raw dessert. Go figure, chocolate being my favorite snack. Although I have SO many recipes that I love, brownies is top on the list. You can make these using carob powder, various different nuts, super food powders like lucuma, maca, cacao, etc., and top it off with cacao nibs, coconut shreds and/or mulberries! I get creative with my brownies, so should you! These brownies are SO ridiculously delicious, good luck trying to keep them around longer than 24 hours, especially in a house with brownie lovers! Indulge, guilt-free!

 INGREDIENTS (makes a 8×8 baking pan)- 1 cup brazil nuts- 1 1/2 cup dried figs (if too hard, soak them in water for a few minutes until soft)- 1 cup fresh soft pitted dates (if dry, soak them in water for a few minutes until soft)- 1/2 cup cacao powder- 1/3 cup non-dairy mylk (or filtered water)
How to?1. Place the brazil nuts in your blender or food processor, and process (or blend) until it’s crumbs into flour. For chunky brownies, leave some nut chunks.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, blending (or processing) until it comes to a sticky, rough dough. Mines came out perfect in texture, (firm) but if it comes out too rough and dry, add more mylk or water.
3. At the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish, spread the dough and form brownies. You don’t need to place these brownies in the fridge to harden; cover and let them sit on your kitchen counter.
4. Cut and serve with a glass of your favorite nut or seed mylk. Enjoy! :)
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