Paleo Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate cheesecake is a necessity of life! Imagine luscious New York cheesecake merging with dark chocolate truffles. Sounds like heaven, right? Only this recipe is super-easy to make and totally dairy-free, of course. Its vegan cream cheese texture comes from blended lemons and coconut butter. These are pretty intense and chocolaty, so I suggest small pieces. You'll get a little endorphin lift from the chocolate - Oh yeah! But there will be no sugar spike or weight gain if you use the suggested natural non-glycemic sweetener. Yay! ...

Paleo Sprouted Almond Flourless Blender Bread

Do you love bread? Aha! Flourless blender bread is super-easy, with the most wonderful flavor! It's Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, high in protein, and it cleans your intestines as it nourishes your body. Yay! Sadly all flours have the annoying habit of getting stuck in the intestinal wall as a gluey mess called mucoid plaque, causing unwanted bulges and belly flab. So I've almost eliminated flour from my kitchen. Now that we have blender bread, we don't need flour at all. Ha ha! ...

How to Eat Monsanto-Free in Restaurants

Eating out in restaurants is a chance to enjoy a meal with friends. It's also an opportunity to share sustainable food habits, and even to teach others - when you do it nicely. If you're in Los Angeles or NYC, just use the handy Clean Plates App on your smartphone to find an organic meal! Remember that eating GMO-free is nice, but it doesn’t rule out toxic pesticides and herbicides used on conventional crops. To protect yourself from all industrial food chemicals, you've got to ask for 100% Organic. ...

Sweet Potato Pakora with Garlic Scapes

Today we're having a movie party to watch the 8x Academy Award winning film Gandhi. These Sweet Potato Pakora are the perfect healthy snack to munch on. If you have a food processor, they're a snap to make, rich in flavor, filled with crunchy aromatic veggies. The word pakora comes from Sanskrit meaning a 'cooked lump of dough'. In India they're usually fried in ghee. Except these are baked, not fried. Yay! They're pleasantly spicy with curry, but not particularly hot. Goji berries give a tantalizing sweet flavor and orange color. ...

Lemon-Ginger Coconut Chia Bars

Today I needed a refreshing bite of lemon & ginger. These bars have a zingy citrus flavor, plus they're raw and alive with powerful anti-oxidant lemon nutrition. In Chinese medicine lemon is cooling -- yes I get it. And ginger moves Qi, the vital force in the body -- well, I definitely need that. Super-easy to make, you don't need any equipment for this recipe, although a food processor is a wee bit quicker. There's no need to bake these bars, as...

Apricot Blueberry Goji Salad with Basil

Today the kitchen was almost bare - just a few apricots, blueberries, a handful of spinach, lemon, and a bit of fresh basil. OK, that's perfect! I tossed all these ingredients together - every one loaded with delicious flavor, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and alkaline power. It took about 3 minutes to slice them and blend a dressing. Whew! It was a fabulicious lunch! Try it! ...

Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

There are few combinations as heavenly as strawberry and rhubarb. Baked together, strawberry and rhubarb do something for the soul. Rhubarb’s tart flavor goes perfectly with the sweetness of strawberries. This yummy treat is refreshing and easy to make without gluten, grains, flour, dairy, or sugar. It won't spike your blood sugar or cause weight gain, if you use one of the suggested natural zero-carb sweeteners. Try it with dairy-free Instant Coconut Whipped Cream on top....

How to Be a Ninja Grocery Shopper

Do you like to watch people in the grocery store? Yep, it's amusing. Do they use a list? Are they guided by cravings or colors? Uh Oh! - how did that junk food get in their cart? OK, how do YOU shop? If you follow the store layout like most people, you'll spend $ more and come home with less nutrition. OR you can become a Ninja shopping warrior! Aha! Knowledge is power. Armed with clear understanding you'll be empowered to choose the healthiest, most nutritious foods. My advice: Buy local organic fresh fruits and vegetables, and skip packaged foods altogether. ...

Easy Almond Fudge, Burfi from India

Burfi is a dense sweet fudge from India. I created two recipes for a recent event and both turned out fabulous! This is super-easy to make on the stovetop, and doesn't have to be baked. Burfi is often made at Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights in the Autumn, and there are hundreds of varieties. Almond Fudge, or Badam Burfi is made with almond meal. ...

Tibetan “Cream Cheese” Candy, Dairy-free

This was a favorite at my recent musical Tibetan Solstice ceremony gathering in Santa Fe. After chanting we shared this delightful candy called Burfi. It is usually made with sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Instead this Paleo-adapted recipe uses coconut milk, coconut butter, and natural zero-carb sweetener. Looks complicated, but it's so easy to make! I wanted it rich and thick, so I added 1/2 cup Vegan Coconut Milk Powder from Edward & Sons, which is optional. ...

Uh Oh! Growing Loopholes in Organic Regulations

Very few consumers understand the real meaning of organic. To be certified organic, products must follow requirements of the NOP (National Organic Program), which is part of the USDA Department of Agriculture.  In the US, organic foods are required to ensure cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Livestock must have regular access to pasture without routine antibiotics or growth hormones.  In order to use the USDA Organic Seal, the product must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards ...

Paleo Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Alive with flavor and life force, this pesto is an easy nutritional powerhouse you can enjoy in 2 minutes flat. It looks and tastes just like authentic Pesto Genovese, but dairy-free with pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts. For this vegan pesto, I used lemon juice and nutritional yeast to give a tangy parmesan taste. You'll need a food processor. Pumpkin seeds are a true superfood loaded with a wide variety of healthy nutrients from magnesium to copper, protein and zinc. ...

How Much Life Force is in Your Food?

Is your food glowing with life force? Or is it lifeless? When a food has just been picked, it's LOADED with life force and nutrients! Life force is vital energy or Qi. After harvesting, the life force gradually declines. At the very last stage of decline, microbes take over, it disintegrates, dies and gets recycled back into the earth. When food is processed at high heat, it loses life force, so high temperature baking, frying, and irradiation cause a loss in nutrients. When raw foods are dried or dehydrated,...

“Peanut Butter” Cookies without Gluten, Grain, or Peanuts

I call these babies "No-Peanut Butter Cookies". They taste just like classic peanut butter cookies, crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside. They're Paleo, free of peanuts, gluten, grains, dairy, GMO's and sugars. Even better, they're incredibly easy to make, high in protein and ridiculously low in carbs. Hooray! Use ANY nut butter you like. I used toasted cashew, pumpkin, and almond butters, plus raw hemp butter. See my nut nutritional analysis. ...

Beware! Non-GMO Foods with Glyphosate

So you're eating GMO-free - that's great. But if non-GMO is your main guiding principal, there's a wake-up call that's flying under everyone's radar. Surprise! A whole new generation of GMO-free fake foods just arrived in your favorite grocery. You can avoid them in 3 steps:
  1. GMO foods are to be avoided. We're getting this. Learn them - see the graphic below. They contain both GMO's and Glyphosate.
  2. Glyphosate foods are everyday foods, both GMO and non-GMO that are raised with toxic chemicals. Remember that Glyphosate or worse pesticides and herbicides are in all non-organic foods. 
  3. Certified Non-GMO foods with Glyphosate - Yep, a whole new generation of non-GMO foods with Glyphosate is getting certified. The public is demanding non-GMO, so these toxic foods are getting approved. I see them filling grocery shelves and flying under the radar. Marketed as healthy, they contain plenty of herbicides and pesticides. Don't buy them. Let food manufacturers know we want CLEAN ORGANIC FOOD. 
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6 Ways to Squeeze More Nutrition Out of Your Food Dollar

This won't be my most popular post. However it might revolutionize your health and vitality without costing a penny! A few years ago I suffered a terrible loss, and the emotional stress led to total digestive collapse. I couldn't digest anything. Every food I ate went straight through. I became emaciated, thin, and exhausted for months. Then a miracle happened. ...

Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

This humble cake doesn’t look particularly fancy. But what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in flavor and simplicity. A great summer dessert for potlucks or picnics, everybody loves tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries. The cake underneath is a simple Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free yellow cake that tastes rich and ...

Paleo No-Corn Muffins with Goji Berries

I love old-fashioned cornbread. These easy muffins have the exact texture and flavor of corn bread, except they’re Paleo, without corn, gluten, or grains. Hooray! The secret ingredients are shredded coconut and chia seeds, which give the perfect texture and flavor of cornbread! Ha ha! Spread them with my fabulicious Vegan Butter!  They taste absolutely scrumptious for breakfast. ...

Probiotic Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Here's a quick snack to satisfy a sweet craving while providing high protein whole food nutrition. Even better, probiotics will keep your inner micro-biome running in top condition. Basically a chocolate banana coconut milkshake, I added my favorite probiotics. We get extra kudos for chocolate, because chocolate is actually a fermented food! Ha ha! However it needs to be 100% and sugar-free to reap the benefits, because sugar disturbs the gut microbiome....

Paleo Keto Chocolate Mug Cake

You don't have to be Keto to love this cake! A fluffy nourishing snack, this easy mug cake is the smoothest and tastiest I've ever tried. The secret to its delicate texture is almond meal and whole egg. This cake won't raise your blood sugar if you use one of the zero carb sweeteners suggested. Yay! It tastes even better with Instant Coconut Whipped Cream.  The Ketogenic diet helps your body burn fat as fuel instead of carbs. ...