Decadent Date Dessert Smoothie

Decadent Date Dessert Smoothie

This smoothie is…it just…It’s just so delicious I can’t even describe it fully without just passing you a straw. It’s a sweet smoothie that is full of nutrients. We are talking: fiber, energy, carbs, protein, fat, Vitamins B1, B3, B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, B1, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus, Calcium….I could keep going.


  • 6-8 Ripe Bananas, frozen/room temp or both
  • 2-4 Dates, pitted
  • ~ 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • ~ 1/8 cup Almond Butter
  • Vanilla (optional)
  • ~2c water, add more if needed for blending.

Variations: add 1 tsp cacao; or eliminate vanilla and add mixed berries for a pb&j-esque smoothie.

Where I Was, Where I Am.

When I began my health journey, after spending a year and a half digesting so much knowledge from so many sources my major goal from the start was to *feel good*. After trying a handful of diets, methods, philosophies, this lifestyle has given me my life back. I feel more alive at 30 than I have since being a kid. Fiber, hydration, detoxification, and nutrients from living foods have changed my life and have given my body what it needed to heal from SO many symptoms and ailments! 5 years since starting my health journey I stay around 125-130 lbs at 5’6″ currently as a nursing momma. Although the numbers mean little to me compared to how I feel! I cannot imagine being a mom and feeling like I used to feel at 230 lbs riddled with so many terrible and uncomfortable symptoms. Many of my “conditions” were called “incurable”, “chronic”, and “autoimmune”. I always believed the thought that that body attacks itself to be an odd one. The body does not want to attack itself, it is always working towards cleansing and growing new cells. Our bodies are always working FOR us. And we must believe that. I do not take my health and well being or my ENERGY for granted! I am thankful every day for my well-being, energy, and for where I am going!




…my ovaries do not ache from pain of cysts
…my hands are not cracked and bleeding from eczema
…I do not have little water blisters on my hands from eczema
…I do not have eczema randomly spreading to my face in times of higher stress
…I do not suffer from planter fasciitus anymore

…My hair and nails grow strong and healthy.
…I rarely have an acne break out.
…My stomach skin shrinks more everyday.
…I have little to no body odor, ever.
…My lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems work efficiently to cleanse      my body of unwanted toxins and waste.
…My nervous system works with my brain to remain calm, relax muscles, and
contract muscles, it also works wonderfully to deliver so many messages of pleasure
and pain.
… My circulatory system works tirelessly delivering nutrients and oxygen all over my
… My bones and muscles are constantly improving themselves.
… I did not have a panic attack today.
… I do not suffer from acid reflux any longer.
… I do not suffer from chronic hives anymore! (Urticaria = chronic itchiness = dependency on Zyrtec = histamine dependency = hell)
… I feel young.

I like to focus on the good, on what is working, but I wanted to point out a few things above that you may relate to, that is why I mentioned symptoms/ailments I was suffering from.

I am getting what I need from my diet rich in trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids and lipids. I am filled from my nature connection, my positive thoughts, meditation practice, and yoga practice with love, energy, compassion and kindness.

Basically tons of fruit and tons of leafy greens and some seeds, nuts, seaweeds, “superfoods”,  and sprouts.


Living Simply

Living simply is a choice. It can also become habit, default mode.

I remember a time when I used napkins and paper towels on a daily basis just so I wouldn’t have to touch “gross” stuff. I can recall times in my life where I ate tons of processed, junk foods despite knowing on some level they were not good for me. I used to go shopping at the mall and spend my paychecks on new decor for my living quarters, and found much creative joy there. When I started seeing my things grow I felt proud, I think. But I began to see the uselessness of some of this stuff, stuff I thought mattered. Living simply doesn’t require you to live in a cave and never shave your legs while eating grass and sunlight. It calls for a method of thinking, a perspective. It starts with small stuff, like refusing to use plastic one-time-use bags at the stores. I finally purchased hemp produce bags for my greens and veggies in the fridge. They seemed pricey but felt very much like an investment in small business, a renewable resource, and the earth. That was one step amongst many on my unpaved trail to living simply and since then have bought another set so that I always have enough. I also keep my ChicoBags shopping and produce bags nearby as they are SO durable, compact and long-lasting! It may not seem like much compared to all the terrible things that are happening on and to the earth right now, but I’m doing what I can, when I can!

I recently finished reading: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz, which SO deserves your attention. I checked it out from the library and quickly devoured its pages. Here’s a very watered down summary: “Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.”  I’ll speak to the last part of that quote; always do your best. When it comes to living a simple life, clean from harmful chemicals, toxic foods and endless consuming, just always do your best. There will be times that you’ll come home with your hands full of styrofoam waste from “eating out” and there will be a night that you buy a new lotion that smells good but wreaks of carcinogenic chemicals. When that moment comes to you take it in as an awaited observation. Take a breath, forgive yourself and say to yourself “Okay, I don’t want to do this anymore.” Then, there are nights that you spend putting away fresh produce from your garden or the local organic food co-op ; when those moments come to you (and they will!), you will see them for what they are worth. You will breathe, take it in, and say to yourself, “Yes, do this again.”

This may seem like rambling, and it might be, however, there is a point I’m getting to here.  When it comes to living an environmentally harmonious (That sounds so much prettier than Eco-friendly, ha!) and serving the planet, there are many people that would say ‘it’s too late’, and ‘who am I to make a difference?’ I now have some sentiments that reassure me that I am on the right path:

I save ~900 animals from slaughter this year by not consuming any meat, dairy or eggs.
Just one person opting out of plastic shopping bags saves 315 plastic bags from ending up in a landfill, ocean or treetop.
Air-drying clothes for a family who washes one load per day instead of running the clothes dryer can save ~12,000 kWh of electricity. (That’s ~$140! @ 11 cents per kWh)

Each and every one of us has great impact on the world around us. Especially those of us that are parents or work with children (which is everyone, even if you only see children from afar in the grocery store, they are still looking to their surroundings to learn what other humans do. So remember your impact is not always seen.). We are responsible for setting an example, for teaching the next generations what it is to live simply, to live in harmony with our fellow Earthlings, and to live in compassion.

There are SO many ways to “live simply” and these are just a few thoughts I have had on the subject. It is a mindset and it takes constant adjusting.

What are some ways you have chosen to live simply? Let’s share in the comment section!


Watch These!

I’ve been slowly putting together a list of films that I highly recommend to anyone seeking truth and knowledge. Here it is. I’m making it a permanent link in the menu bar above so you can find it easily!

This list is an on-going project. I shall add/remove what I want. Some of these were huge game changers, they straight up changed my life. I can’t recall the exact order I’ve watched these but anywhere is a great place to start. They all will help to shape, open, and surprise the mind. Some are beautiful while others tragic, each has something important to show & tell. So give these a glance, look at the summary beforehand in case you’ll be watching with children or while eating (if it’s graphic). Although I think many children understand much of this information at a basic level and they should be shown the truth, it is up to you at what age you decide to let them in on these things.

The single most effective process that helped me change my life, lose 100 lbs, turn around my perception was education. I started educating myself on food, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, stress, alkaline/acid balance, different diets, vegetarianism, veganism, raw foodism, fruitarianism, yoga, exercise, meditation, the list goes on and on. When I had filled my mind with the truth I knew I could no longer deny myself the health I deserved. I started to take action, and sense my action was backed up my science, facts, books, articles, videos, anecdotes, studies and more, my actions took effect. I saw results.

It’s time to get informed. No longer is it acceptable to be ignorant, to deny yourself the health and vitality you DESERVE! Get together your friends and family, plan a documentary watching party and expand your mind while growing your knowledge.

This is an excellent place to start!

35 Documentary/Film Recommendations:

Health, Food, Industry , Animal Cruelty

Food Matters
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Food fight
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The Beautiful Truth
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The Future of Food
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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days   (As of 4/28/14)

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The Gerson Miracle
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Netflix: Instant &    (As of 4/28/14)

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Forks Over Knives
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Earthlings (Graphic warning)

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American Addict
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Business of Being Born (& MORE Business of Being Born)
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

Fed Up!
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Killer at Large
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Food, Inc.
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Hungry for Change
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Consumption, Environment, Natural Living

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Botany of Desire (also a book:
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Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price
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The Corporation
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An Inconvenient Truth
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Dirt! The Movie
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Vanishing of Bees
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Homo Toxicus
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Surviving Progress
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Maxed Out
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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
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Beautiful, Perspective, Inspiring

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Life in a Day
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How the Universe Works (Series)
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Why Raw?

I want to share this excellent resource with you! Here is a very thorough and informative writing about raw foods. It highlights many common questions about eating raw foods such as: detox, high fat vs. low fat, diabetes and candida, organic, vinegar, coffee, spices, low carb vs. high carb, supplements, protein and more!

If you are curious about transitioning to a raw food lifestyle or simply adding more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet check out this read:

Happy Monday friends!

I Eat Plants.

I often get asked this question by strangers, friends, family and acquaintances. The question goes something like: “Why vegan?”, “How come you don’t eat meat?”, “Why give up cheese?”  or “What’s wrong with bacon?”. So here it is folks, my first attempt at publicly and thoroughly answering this question “Why I Live a Plant-Based Lifestyle”

I could simplify it into three points:

  • Compassion for animals
  • Compassion for my health
  • Compassion for the Earth


I started to feel the lopsidedness of my life when I was adoring my pets on a daily basis while at the same time I was serving animal for dinner. What is the difference between a pig and a dog? A pig is said to have the understanding of a 3-year old human. They know what is happening when they are taken for slaughter. The fear and adrenaline is pumped into the very meat that sits on the end of that fork. We are essentially eating their fear, their confusion and adrenaline. I came upon the idea of my stomach being a graveyard and I couldn’t stand it any longer. It didn’t feel right. I started studying the conditions in which these “livestock” animals live and die. They are horrendous, appalling, disease-ridden, and depressing places filled with disdain and darkness. If you’d like a great book recommendation it’s Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer’s. Then I did some research on whether or not we as humans need meat to survive and thrive. The simple answer: no. This isn’t the post where I argue whether humans are frugivores, herbivores or omnivores. Maybe later, but not now. Also, this is not the “protein” post. If you are eager to find that out before I prepare my spiel about it, check google for “plant-based protein” (psst! The answer is all plants!) This is where I insert this link. That video always brings a smile and a tear, so much joy.



My personal journey started with giving up dairy for health reasons. It proved so beneficial I decided to stick with it and after a few minor “slip-ups” I haven’t had dairy or cheese since. This was in fall of 2011. In the spring of 2013, I found myself feeling compelled to quit eating meat. About the same time I had some neighbors who were going to “go vegan” for the lent season. I also had met my second vegan friend and was thinking “Hey, this is possible, I could do this!”. I convinced my partner to try it with me (if only for a month), this was SO helpful and I am blessed that he was willing to try it and support me. At the end of that month I felt great and more confident than ever about taking the plunge into veganism. I had already ditched milk and cheese (which is what many struggle with the most) and had just gone a month without eggs and meat. My digestion was improving, my energy level was up and I had peace in my heart. I did not anticipate the last part. I decided to not look back and to continue living a plant-based lifestyle. Since then I have come upon more compassion than ever before in my life. I kid you not, I believe that aligning my plate with my beliefs about animal-rights, specie-ism, and health has given me peace and compassion that I couldn’t imagine.

My health improved all around. Thankfully there is much information and research being done that supports plant-based living. Eating plants and turning away from animal products can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. If you care what the American Dietetic Association says: “… appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and many provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, as well as for athletes.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. This is an obvious problem that should no longer be neglected and it’s up to all of us to make a change starting with ourselves and our own plate.



I fancy myself a lover of all things Earth. It’s beautiful, we depend on it and it gives us life. In turn I’d like to do my best to protect her and give back. She can take care of herself for the most part, but I would not like to be apart of her destruction. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report released in 2006 revealed that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined. Also, it takes 8 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein as it does to produce plant protein. Another excellent fact that I’d like to point out, it takes less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet, than to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products. What I buy at the market has a higher impact on the planet than what or how I drive.

Food is such a vital part of our lives. We eat multiple times every day (if we’re blessed enough). Food gives us energy, strength, enjoyment and life. What we put in our grocery carts and kitchens has more of an impact than we first think. Our daily choices truly have the power to change the world. By making the decision to live life without consuming animal flesh or secretions, one could make a positive and compassionate impact on their world, their health and the lives of others. In the words of In Defense of Animals- “Veganism is about celebrating life by taking care of your health and the health of the planet, and by protecting the lives of animals that share our world.”



If you have any questions for me about my plant-based transition or journey, or if you are wondering about this lifestyle and have a question about veganism/vegetarianism leave a comment below. I want to know what you think!

Also, keep checking back as I am planning to add a page that includes my recommendations for books, cookbooks, films/documentaries.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Blushing Breakfast for Two


Today is my honey’s birthday so I greeted him in bed with a freshly cracked open young Thai coconut. That sure made his morning. I followed up with this smoothie and thought I would share. This makes about 67oz. So it’s enough for 2 meals. I just always end up making a blender full. And in case you’re wondering I use a Vitamix blender. It’s sofreakingamazing but I survived making 1-2 smoothies a day with a Kitchen Aid blender for 2.5 years so don’t despair if you don’t have a Vitamix. So without further delay,

Blushing Breakfast for two:
2 blood oranges
1 pineapple
3 mangoes
~2 cups water
4-6 ice cubes
Peel, chop, and scoop (mangoes) and blend until smooth adding water as needed. The more ripe the fruit the sweeter and better flavor you get.

If you don’t have a high speed blender try to deseed the oranges.
If you don’t have blood oranges just use any juicy orange, silly. But try to shave or trim all the white pith off as that will make the smoothie bitter.

Enjoy and don’t forget to count your blessings and feel gratitude!
Happy Fruity Friday!

P is for Presence

When you are here, you are here.

When you are gone, you are gone.

It isn’t a problem to be gone, so long as you are really here when you’re here

-.Excerpt from Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn




Presence may be the difference between anger and understanding, between haste and peace, irrationality and compassion. When I am not fully present I may not be actively listening to my partner when he is sharing something meaningful or remedial with me. Which then snowballs to misunderstanding, and in turn may become actions and words that are not in line with my true intentions. Remembering to stay present in all situations takes constant dedication. I’ve been known to write the word ‘Breathe’ on my hand or wrist as a simple reminder. I remember my mom trying to get me not to draw on myself for many years, sorry mom! Something that helps me stay present is slow breaths and asking my self simple questions such as: Is this who I want to be? Is that what I truly feel? Am I understanding this situation for what it is and from many angles? What is my heart trying to feel and communicate? Any one of those have the power to alter my state of mind more often than not. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and we allow our emotions to bubble and burst exploding at the seems. There are times we will “see red” or act in anger or frustrations, we all will falter in our communication at times. Often, when I’m in front of a screen I tend to zone out and not hear or see the world around me. Maybe I need some time to zone out but often it goes on for too long.

How many times have you been talking to someone and they are busy with their phone? Who even knows what they’re doing, right? Texting? Checking Facebook,  Instagram or Reddit? Looking up how to make coconut butter? And tell me, it feels good to be ignored right? Wrong. I have made some challenging changes to my daily life to insure that I am in touch with reality. For us, cutting the cable from the tv helped me regain hours back into my life. Eventually we got rid of our TV to see how it would go, it’s been a year and we’re doing fine! We recently even went as far as shutting off our internet as a trial run. I’m not sure that one will last long but it’s definitely been effective in showing us our dependence on the web. It hasn’t been easy and I struggle so much with this very topic of presence. However, I have loved the opportunities that have presented themselves to me in the space that I have allowed. Chances to connect with my partner, or a friend, chances to admire the sunset or truly appreciate a meal.

If you struggle with day-to-day presence I would encourage you to try out meditation. There is no wrong way to meditate and there are many methods and approaches. Sometimes the point is to clear the mind and just be. Sometimes it’s to process or acknowledge certain thoughts, issues or situations you have floating around in your noggin. And other times it may be focused around relaxing your body and rejuvenating your spirit or energy. If you need an idea here’s a start:

Choose a room that is as silent as possible. I live in a busy apartment complex so I understand if this is a challenge (Don’t give up!). Close the door if you have pets or people that will distract and interrupt. You may choose some relaxing ambient music or sounds to assist. This is optional. Maybe light a candle or some incense. Sit in a comfortable position. I like to sit cross legged on a small pillow under my pelvis, or you could try a chair. Try to sit up straight but not rigid with your chin slightly down. Let your hands rest in your lap with palms facing upwards, left over right. Or you may choose hands relaxed on knees palms up again or index and thumb touching. If you are in a chair try crossing your ankles under the chair, this will allow your lower back and hips to relax and have an easier time. You may even consider laying in corpse pose (laying on your back with legs slightly open and arms by your side). I find corpse pose helpful for relaxing my whole body, especially when my back or shoulders are tight. Close your eyes. Take a deep, slow breath through your nose. Pay attention to your body and slowly relax what you can. You may start at your head and neck moving downwards. Adjust body parts that seem uncomfortable. When you are done with this body scan and making necessary tweaks, continue relaxed breathing. In your imagination, picture yourself at the bottom of a lake. (If you have a fear of water of drowning you may go with another imagery approach.) You are peacefully observing this empty lake and it’s wonderful deep blue color. As a thought comes to mind, for example: “I forgot to water the plants” or “I’m feeling stressed from my work today”, imagine that these thoughts are single, isolated bubbles. They come from your mind and float slowly up to the surface. Simply observe them. And slowly (maybe 5-7 seconds) let them go out of site to the surface of the lake, and out of mind. If more come, allow them to come and then let them go.

This imagery is called the Bubble Method or the Lake Method.

Try starting with a 5-10 minute meditation. If that seems doable try upping your time to 10-20 minutes. There are also plenty of meditation podcasts, cds, and youtube videos that can help with a guided meditation for those who want some support and focus. No matter which approach you choose, just remember it is meant to be custom to you. If one method isn’t working after you’ve attempted a few sessions, try a different method. As soon as the first session you may feel the results and notice a more peaceful mindset a calmed heart and maybe even a thought of “Hey I can totally get a handle on the day!” Meditation has helped me by allowing myself to get in the zone and let go of my running dialogue in my head. My day goes better, my mind and heart stay more relaxed and in tune with each other, and I feel better equipped to handle any situation.

Go in peace friend, remember to breathe.

Dewy and sunny silence, after the rain.

The time has come for this blog to be born. Like an accelerated sequence of photos revealing a blooming flower. Bursting from the seams, overflowing with beautiful dreams and colorful ideas; this blog comes to fruition. The sun  greets the dew dropped petals. I stretch as I feel the joints loosen in my wings and legs. This is the part where I takes off to fly. This is the chapter where I soars through the sky. Come and fly with me. It’s a quiet morning among the raindrops and thunder.


What lies ahead for this picnic of nature, beauty and life?

  • Creative writings and Poetry
  • Recipes
    • Juices, Smoothies, Salads, Entrees, Desserts, Dressings, Sauces, Snacks, Kid-Friendly, Party-Friendly, Family-Friendly
    • Mostly Raw and ALWAYS: Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, meat-free, corn-free
    • For kids, grown-ups, older folk, single folk, family folk, any folk
    • Transitional foods, recipes and cooked recipes
  • Words of Inspiration
  • Facts and profiles of seasonal produce
  • Artful and Colorful photographic depictions
  • Stories of Transformation
  • Tips for successful-healthful living
  • Encouragement for living towards our full potential
  • Plant-based, Earth-based living tips
  • Artful creations & writings to inspire and nurture
  • Ideas for healthy, holistic living on a budget
  • Recommendations for Books, Cookbooks, Movies/Documentaries
  • Nutritional discoveries and facts
  • Boisterous, luscious LAUGHTER!
  • Stay tuned if you are looking forward to any of this…

I’m excited! Let’s get started, shall we?!