Posts tagged #raw foods

Best Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving

I love pumpkin pie. It is the one thing I look forward to all year.... However, I do not love the effect that dairy and flour has on my body. Since banning both these bad boys from my diet - after all I do not have to gain 1000lbs in a year like a newborn calf - I had to find alternatives to this holiday staple. The best recipe I have found is Mathew Kenneys' pumpkin pie with shortbread crust. If you are unfamiliar with Mathew Kenney, he is a gifted chef that finds way to make raw dishes taste better than regular ones. In fact, if you are every in Santa Monica, CA his restaurant, M.A.K.E., is a must visit. I went and I think I ate for hours. I didn't want to leave. HIs food is... delicious.

Anyway, here is his recipe that I am following and giving my family. This recipe is Bella approved - meaning my one year old ate it and loved it!


  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups cashew flour
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

To make the crust: In a dry vitamix container make a flour out of the shredded coconut. Make it as fine as possible. In a food processor combine coconut flour, cashew flour, and remaining ingredients for curst. Process till mixture can be pressed between fingers. Press into a 9 inch tart pan.


  • 1/2 cup cashew flour
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted.

To make filling: Blend all ingredients in a vitamix except for the coconut oil. Slowly blend coconut oil till the mixture is well combined. Pour mixture into prepared crust and put in the freezer till it is hardened. Then you can keep it in the fridge.

Enjoy and have a healthy and turkey-free Thanksgiving! Turkeys will thank you for that!

Harness the power of fruits and veggies to revitalize your body!

A friend of mine has MS and wanted to kick start a self-healing process through nutritional lifestyle changes. She asked me to help her, so I planned to get her started in a juice fast. I wanted to flood her system with all sorts of vitamins and antioxidants to create the conditions necessary for healing. In autoimmune diseases like MS, the body rebels and starts to attack itself, rather than foreign invaders. Research points to several culprits including: allergies, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, exposure to heavy metals, pollution, plastics, chemicals such as bromide in flour, and even certain drugs. No wonder today we are dealing with an epidemic of autoimmune diseases as these are all parts of our daily lives.


This juice detox is based on the truth that God created the world with everything necessary to give us health. The food around us has different colors because of their unique nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidant combinations. Therefore, I created seven juices (the biblical number of perfection) each with a unique color to flood her system with a diverse range of nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes. Feel free to drink as much juice as you would like. The objective is not to feel hungry, but rather to give your body a break from the difficult job of digestion. The idea is to drink juices exclusively, but freely for two days. But please, always consult your physician before starting any new health routine. If you are not prepared to do a full cleanse, then maybe just add some of the juices to your daily routine.


Start with the first juice and drink all of the juices in order. Drink more juice if you feel like it, whatever is necessary to satiate you. There is also a broth recipe in case you feel a craving to eat something salty (all recipes are below). Throughout the cleanse you should not drink coffee as it is acid forming. Instead, you should wean yourself off of coffee a week or two before the cleanse and drink as much green tea as you would like.  Matcha green tea is specially a good choice because of its higher caffeine and antioxidant content. Another good idea is to maybe start a vegan or raw vegan diet a week or two before the cleanse so that your body is not in a state of shock. By giving your body a break from digestion, it will be able to self-heal and rid itself from toxins. If u have access to a sauna, use it. But avoid strenuous exercise, instead engage in pranayama (breath work) and meditation.


Upon getting up: Drink 32 ounces of water to hydrate your body and break the fast state its been in all night.


7 am - Juice 1: Red Juice

A pinch of Cayenne

Juice of one lemon

1 quarter of a watermelon


Blend the lemon juice, watermelon, and cayenne in a blender.


10 am - Juice 2: orange juice

6 carrots

1 inch piece of turmeric

1 inch piece of ginger

Juice of ½ lemon

Pinch of cinnamon


Put the 6 carrots, the pieces of turmeric and ginger through a slow juicer (I use this Hurom slow juicer). At the end add the lemon juice. Decorate with a pinch of cinnamon


1pm - Juice 3: yellow juice

1 inch piece of turmeric

1 inch of ginger

1 cup cut up pineapple

1 apple


Put all of the ingredients through the juicer. I prefer using a slow juicer (I like the Hurom).


4 pm - Juice 4: Green juice




Pear or Green Apple



1 teaspoon of spirulina


Put all ingredients in the juicer, except for the basil and spirulina. Once the juice is ready, blend it with the two remaining ingredients.


7pm - Juice 5: Blue juice

1 cup blueberries

1 inch piece of Ginger

Juice of 1 lemon

1 pear

1 handful mint


Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.


9pm - Juice 6: Purple Juice

Açai (buy the frozen pulp without sugar)

1 pear

1 cup kale

1 beat


Put the kale, beet, and pear in the juicer. Then blend it with the acai .


Before bed: Juice 7: white

Homemade almond milk

1 cup of almonds


1/2 vanilla bean

Agave or any other natural sweetener to taste.


Soak a cup of raw almonds in purified water. After 8 hours drain the water and place the almonds in the blender. Add three cups of mineral water, half of a vanilla bean and the agave. Blend all of the ingredients. Then use a nut milk bag (or any bag made of fabric will work) to strain the milk from the nut pulp. Drink the milk, but save the almond pulp as you could use it later for raw almond cookies!


Emergency broth

1 medium celery

5 carrots

4 onions

5 cloves of garlic

Kelp Seasoning


In a small crock pot add:


1 medium celery, 5 carrots, 4 onions, 5 cloves of garlic. Fill it with water. Cook for 4 hours or until the vegetables are soft. Put cayenne and use kelp seasoning to make it salty.


Throughout the detox process turn your heart to God and pray for healing. Maybe take a moment to pray before each juice thanking God for your life and the deliverance that will be received.

Also, take the opportunity to make lifestyle changes and after the cleanse continue to eat whole foods – the ones that God created and intended for us to eat.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!


Posted on November 3, 2015 and filed under Recipes and Nutrition.