Monthly Archives: March 2013

Raw Strawberry Oat Bars

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Nothing like juicy ripe strawberries and this raw vegan strawberry bar displays the bright red berry beautifully. This eye-pleasing recipe from Whole Living would make a yummy, gluten-free brunch appetizer. I mixed in a little raw cocoa powder into the date mixture for a decadent strawberries and chocolate treat.

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Makes 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Pulse dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor until combined.

  2. Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

  3. Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles.

Is your mouth watering like mine is? Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!

Recipe and photo source: www.wholeliving.com

Coconut Oil’s Amazing Beauty Uses

 

Coconut oil is one of my favorite cooking oils and I usually buy a huge tub of Extra Virgin Organic from Vitacost, because of the great price. Because I usually purchase such a large amount, I’ll divide it evenly into mason jars; keeping a few jars for cooking and the remainder to use on my hair and body. I’m almost convinced that coconut oil is a cure all and it is endlessly useful–I literally slather it from the top of my head, to the bottom of my feet. So I’m sure you can imagine the sheer delight I felt when I stumbled upon the article, ’10 Amazing Beauty Tricks With Coconut Oil‘ from Prevention, which highlights 10 ways to beautify yourself naturally, with coconut oil. I just had to share!

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Green Smoothies: Daily Boost In a Glass

I love green smoothies! They are a delicious way to get lots of necessary nutrients and fiber in one meal. It is also a great way to boost your energy every day. For me, a good smoothie is not sickeningly sweet, but just sweet enough, with a smooth and creamy texture that goes down easily. This green machine, featuring kale, mango, coconut and chia seeds has the perfect touch of sweet. It is easy to make and is packed with nutrition.

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3 Simple Ways to Ensure Healthy Nails

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Cracking, splitting, breaking. These three words are what most women complain about when describing their nails. I have three simple tips that will have your nails in tip-top shape, just in time for this spring’s bright manis.

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Raw Date Butter

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When I was a kid I HATED dates, and just couldn’t understand how anyone could enjoy them. My palate hadn’t grown enough to appreciate the unique carmel-like flavor or the rich, “meaty” texture. These days, I love them. They are great alone or added to sweet or savory dishes that require a touch of sweet. Dates are a great sweet treat because of their complex flavor, but also because of the benefits of a fruit high in fiber and phytonutrients which balance out the effects of sugar. Below is the recipe I perfected for date butter, which is great for baking, spreading on a sandwich or eating from the jar with a spoon. 😉

Date butter makes it easy to add the flavor of dates to your dishes and this recipe is delicious and simple.

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What to Wear: Weekend Date

You’re excited about the date you have planned for this weekend, but those butterflies you feel in your stomach aren’t all fueled by your excitement, but also worry about what to wear. Whether it’s a night on the town, or a casual daytime date, don’t fret–we’ve got you covered! This simple style guide will help you find the inspiration you need to put together pieces that will make your date swoon.

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Best Face Forward: What’s My Skin Type?

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The first step to taking proper care of your skin is knowing your skin type. Many people choose the wrong products for their skin because they don’t know the difference between their skin type and their current skin condition. Your skin type is genetically predetermined and is the same from the day you’re born until the day you die.

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