Tempeh and Vegetable Rice Rolls with Thai Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

This recipe is refreshing and perfect to make when its hot outside. The dipping sauce is addicting and you can use it with so many other recipes! Feel free to make this into a salad as well instead of making the rice rolls. 

I made this for a large group of people, and it was devoured in no time! Hope you enjoy!


Dragon Fruit Smoothie

I've been making smoothies without bananas or dates lately to decrease my sugar and carb intake especially earlier in the morning. Using coconut meat or avocados instead of bananas emphasizes on eating more healthy fats, which are still filling and low-glycemic. 

Avoiding sweet and high carb foods in the morning will help decrease sugar cravings throughout the day. This smoothie does contain fruit but not a lot of high carb fruits and the dragon fruit packets are unsweetened. 

The best part about this smoothie is that it's naturally bright pink! Dragon fruit is naturally bright fuschia pink. It's also filled with iron, fiber, and magnesium, which should be incorporated into our daily diet. 

The cocao powder makes this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, for all you chocolate lovers out there. Hope you enjoy it!



Ingredients:

2 packets of Pitaya Plus

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup mango

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tbsp. Cocao powder

1/2 Tbsp. Maca powder


Instructions:

1. Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Add more almond milk if it needs to be less thick. Enjoy! 

The Risks of Love

If someone you are in love with doesn't make you feel desired or important, why do we keep trying? Is it because we have this never-ending need to prove to ourselves that we are worthy of their acceptance? If we win them over, will that make us worthy of love? Who exactly are we trying to prove this to?

Why do we torture ourselves constantly, when deep down we know what we deserve? More often than not, what we don't deserve keeps us hanging around for too long. We end up overstaying our welcome and constantly feel disappointed and unwanted. So why do we stick around? Why do we need the other person to realize what they have? Why is it so important to prove our importance to someone when we already know deep down what we have to offer? At the end of the day, we have to realize that there is nothing to prove to these people, because they aren’t the ones we should be fighting for. They will never open their eyes, and maybe it will take losing you to realize just how special you are.

Humans are innately selfish and even though we ultimately want to share and feel love, we act in self-destructive ways, ironically unable to reciprocate what we desire. Our life quest for another being to complement our intricate soul is ultimately what we end up hurting in others along the way. Granted, this is necessary and a risk we all take when falling in love. It's also something that causes problems to a person's psyche, makes them feel confused, hurt, and closed off from love. This stems from unhealed wounds that we haven’t faced or healed within ourselves so they surface in our close relationships.

No matter what, we still give love a chance, and we still have hope. We still go on that never-ending quest to our ideal destination with the hopes of finding love. The sacrifices we endure and the heart wrenching pain that sometimes arises are worth the risk when you can experience euphoria within love; feeling so special, so wanted, even if just for a moment in time. In contrast, those highs are sometimes lost. Love can leave us feeling the worst, most earth shattering and all consuming pain - leaving you paralyzed, numb, and unsure of why you wanted something so good from someone who could hurt you so badly in the first place.

I think we are all left with this question at some point in time, why did we think this would be any different? Why did they change? Why did I change? Why did we change? Relationships are an evolution. We both complement one another for a moment in time; but different external events change our makeup, affect our outlook, and drastically persuade our wants and needs in different directions - eventually causing two beings to reevaluate where they stand together. Are their wants the same? Are they still happy together? Do they want something more, something different, or even someone else?

This makes us human, our minds, our undeniable consciousness that we tend to put on the back burner and not listen to when we know deep down i'ts sending us a sign. It's telling us that things don't feel right, that we aren't fulfilled, and that the quest is still ongoing. We as humans also don't like to accept failure, or what is portrayed as failure in our minds. Failed relationships, a broken heart, a hurt ego, all leave us feeling disappointed and broken. These feelings can never be avoided. It's in our make-up, in our bones, bodies, and being. We are empathetic, we seek acceptance, and we seek love. We search for something we don’t accept from ourselves. But most of the time we just want a partner to experience this world with. We want to create something beautiful, and eventually create a life and another human being together.

Fairytales confuse us. Romantic stories and movies muddle up reality and leave us with unreachable and misinformed expectations of love. To find one person who will complement you for the rest of your life, the rest of your life! That's a long time, and it's almost impossible. It's a beautiful thing if you can achieve this, and if you both want to work hard to maintain this connection forever. However, the reality is that you will most likely find one person for segments of your life, who complements you through different stages of your evolution, and that's still a beautiful thing. That's still something to be cherished.

Maybe we are misinformed about having "soul mates" and only being with one person "forever." Maybe it's not in our makeup after all. Maybe we need to accept this, and not continue to be hypocrites. We practically set ourselves up for failure with the amount of pressure we put on ourselves. No one can withstand the amount of pressure the world and society's norms put on us. Society tells us: "You need to make a lot of money to support yourself so you can have a family one day. You need to have a big house. You need to have nice car. Why haven't you gotten married yet? Where's the ring? When are you guys planning on having a baby?" Then we are left making up excuses to make other people feel comfortable in social situations even though deep down we know the truth, we know we don’t want to succumb to these pressures instilled in us. We are left lying to the world in order for them to “accept” us, in order to live up to these cookie cutter standards. In order to make it seem like everything is ok, because we are doing things just how we were told to.

Where’s the fun in that? Having that same conversation over and over again? Having that internal struggle with oneself everyday. Then eventually taking out your frustrations on yourself and the ones you love. The stress we deal with from pressures that have become norms in today's society.

Yes, there are people who think and go against the grain. These people are adamant about living their life the way they see fit, with their own unique standards. I think if more of us lived this way, we would be happier, and less likely to inflict pain on others, and really live and love authentically.

Being hurt is a risk you take when falling in love. With every great beautiful feeling comes the risk of experiencing the opposite of that. Life is a risk everyday. It's something beautiful we are fortunate enough to experience and some days are better than others. Some days we come across love and some days we prefer to be alone. Everyday you should remember to choose happiness, remember your worth, remember your goals in life regardless of what anyone else tells you to do, and remember to treat others how you want to be treated. If you can remember to do these things, you can at least spread love along the way. At some point in your life you will come across someone who will love you the way you deserve, even if for just a moment.

4 Juice Cleanse Recipes

Written by: Jen Marley 


Whether you’re looking to upgrade your nutrition or you overdid it with the holiday goodies, a juice cleanse is a great way to reboot your health. Juicing has numerous benefits, and has even been shown to lower blood pressure, combat arthritis, and fight various diseases. A juice cleanse takes it one step further, fully immersing you in all that juicing has to offer. So, what exactly is a cleanse? It’s when you have nothing but fresh juice, water, and herbal tea for five days, and it’s just what it sounds like – cleansing! It floods your system with much-needed nutrients, and helps rid your body of all the things that can make you feel sluggish. Plus, if you’re looking to improve your eating habits, a juice cleanse will help prepare you for your healthy transition.

Many people who undergo a juice cleanse feel not only a physical change, but a spiritual one as well. It’s a well deserved rest for both your body and your soul. It’s not something that should be entered into lightly, though. A successful cleanse requires planning and preparation. Get yourself ready by following a mostly vegan diet the week leading up to your cleanse, as well as alcohol and caffeine. This way, you’re body won’t be in total shock when it goes straight from regular steak & potatoes and a glass of wine a night to nothing but juice. Even if you already have a very healthy diet, preparing your body is necessary for a smooth transition into your cleanse. You’ll also want to spend the week after your cleanse is over following the same routine. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your health goals and retain the benefits your body gained during the cleanse.

Another important step in your preparation is finding recipes that you’ll actually like! A juice cleanse isn’t about deprivation. It’s about recharging your batteries in a healthful and delicious way. That’s why we at Select Juicers put together this infographic – to give you four of our favorite juice recipes to include as part of your cleanse! With these scrumptious concoctions, we’re sure that you will be a juicer for life. You may even decide to start growing your own fruits and veggies! If so, Bren Haas has a fantastic gardening blog that will be a great resource for you.

Even if gardening isn’t your thing, we are confident that your juice cleanse will be a beneficial experience, and one that you’ll look forward to repeating. If you have trouble viewing the info-graphic we put together, just scroll down past the image to find the same great recipes. Now, let’s raise a glass (of juice) to your juice cleansing endeavors. Cheers!



4 JUICE CLEANSING RECIPES

If you’re planning to do a juice cleanse, you don’t want to go into it blind. Just throwing random vegetables in your juicer can lead to a less than pleasant juicing experience. You need combinations that are going to be tasty, filling, and of course, nutritious! These recipes accomplish all of that, and add some great variety and color to your cleanse. Enjoy!


GREEN

Recipe – Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking

  • 3 leaves kale, stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, rind removed

Benefits

Spinach, kale, and romaine are all really high in iron and magnesium. Parsley fights bad breath, and celery is high in potassium. The ginger will aid your digestion, and the lemon will give you a burst of energy, making this the perfect breakfast juice.


ORANGE

Recipe – Courtesy of Mind Body Green

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon

*Be sure to remove the rind from the lemon before adding it to the juicer.

Benefits

Carrots are super high in vitamin A, lending to healthier eyes, healthier skin, and preventing heart disease and fighting inflammation. While apples add sweetness, they are also full of flavonoids that help prevent asthma, and their high vitamin C content promotes bone health and boosts the immune system. This fiber-filled drink will keep you full during your mid-day slump.


YELLOW

Recipe – Courtesy of Tess Ward

  • 1/2 large pineapple (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • a knob of ginger
  • a handful mint leaves

Benefits

This juice is a fantastic start to any cleanse. While the ginger works to speed up your digestion, the mint soothes cramps, bloating, and nausea, and the pineapple works as an anti-inflammatory. Sweet and soothing, this juice works cleansing wonders.


RED

Recipe – Courtesy of Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes

  • 3 beets
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 2 apples
  • 1 knuckle ginger
  • 1 knuckle turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic

*Makes 42 ounces

Benefits

If you’re cleansing to help with high blood pressure, this delicious juice is a must. Celery, beets, blueberries, ginger and turmeric are all amazing at lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Combined with the antioxidants and iron found in beets, the protein in spinach, and the immune-boosting power of apples, this juice will fill you up and lead to a healthier you.


Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

You may be seeing a lot of turmeric infused items on the menu. It's become a super popular ingredient to use lately. Why? Because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This spice has been used for centuries, but it seems like in the US we are just catching on. 

I have been taking turmeric supplements every morning, to help relieve joint pains,  reduce puffiness after waking up, and help my digestive system work properly throughout the day. I take this first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach so my body absorbs the nutrients quicker. 

You can also add this spice to savory curries, sweet smoothies or smoothie bowls, homemade breads, and it would be great if added to homemade granolas or trail mixes. A little of this goes a long way. 

Turmeric is extremely rich in antioxidants which help to protect your body's cells and keep them intact, and stimulates your bodies antioxidant enzymes. A lot of studies and research has been done testing the effects of turmeric on patients dealing with depression, cancer and alzheimer's, and they've shown significant improvement and even the ability to ward off these diseases. Powerful stuff! 

All the more reason to take turmeric daily and add it to everything! Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below! 



Makes 1 smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of  Shine Organics Elevate
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. maca powder (optional)

Toppings

  • Pistachios
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blood orange
  • Coconut flakes
  • Kiwi

Instructions:

1. Blend together all of the smoothie ingredients until smooth. 

2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings! Enjoy!


3 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

This recipe only contains 3 ingredients! These are the perfect snack, although you might want to devour all of them at once so be careful!

You can add different dried fruits, flavors, and nuts into this mix. It can be used as a base to create more delicious recipes. 

My weakness is dark chocolate, so I always make sure to eat or buy the most pure brands. Making this at home with simply dates and organic raw cocao powder is simple enough for when you have those dark chocolate cravings. 

Here are some different ideas of what you can roll the truffles in to add color: shredded coconut, bee pollen, matcha powder, pistachios, goji powder, cocao powder, acai powder, or any other kind of nuts.



Makes 12 truffles

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Medjool dates (soak in water for 15 minutes if hard)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. cocao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Coating:

  • Raw unsalted pistachios 
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao powder
  • Goji powder

Instructions:

1. Add dates, cocao and vanilla extract into food processor. Blend until smooth. 

2. Coat hands with coconut oil so that the mixture doesn't stick to your hands. Roll about a Tbsp. of the truffle mixture into a ball and coat with whatever topping you choose. I like to have a variety of color and flavor so I used four different flavors. 

3. Place truffles on parchment paper and keep in fridge. 

4. Enjoy these delicious treats!