Detox Pesto Recipe

I love any kind of pesto. One of the things I love about it is the flexibility. You can literally use any greens and any nuts or seeds and end up with a beautiful paste to blend with pasta, toss with steamed veggies, spread on pizza, or use as a dip for crackers or veggies.

This Detox Pesto recipe is from my Spring Detox program and combines a bunch of amazing detox foods for a surprising and unique flavor. Not only is this delicious, but it is sooo good for you. If you prefer an oil-free version just swap out the olive oil for an avocado and add some water if needed to reach the desired consistency.

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But What About Cheese??? Why I broke up + a Cultured Cashew Cheez Recipe

Most people tell they could never give up cheese.

Trust me, I understand. I used to say the same thing.

I mean, I really get it. Who doesn’t love cheese?

 

 

Delicious Dairy Free Fermented Cultured Cashew Cheese. www.justrealstuff.comI used to love everything about cheese, but since I broke up with it I can see it for what it really is.

I’m definitely not a vegan as I still eat meat and cheese on occasion, but I rely primarily on whole plant foods for my diet. I used to eat a LOT of cheese though. Did you know that the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese a year!! This amount is three times more than what Americans ate back in the 70’s by the way. Double cheese stuffed pizza anyone? Fried cheese? Nachos?

A lot of people ask me why I avoid dairy. Some of the reasons relate to health, some relate to the environment, and some relate to issues of conscience. I do want to stress that these are my reasons, and I don’t judge others who choose to eat it.

Like I said I do still eat cheese once in a blue moon (like when my hubby has a really good extra sharp cheddar he invites me to try), but I choose to avoid dairy the majority of the time. I also actively and eagerly seek out substitutes and alternatives which I thoroughly enjoy. About half of the people in my family still eat dairy so at any time you will probably find regular cheese and non-dairy cheese coexisting quite peacefully in our fridge and regular and dairy-free ice cream in the freezer. We seriously need an extra refrigerator!!

In the end we all have to do our own research, listen to our bodies and our conscience, and choose our own path. This is mine. Continue reading But What About Cheese??? Why I broke up + a Cultured Cashew Cheez Recipe

Quinoa Flax Crackers Recipe

 

Whole Food Plant-Based Quinoa Flax Cracker Recipe - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, High Protein www.justrealstuff.com

Healthy, delicious whole food crackers can be hard to find. These meet my requirements for flavor AND nutrition. I hope you like them!

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DIY Natural Lavender-Rose-Aloe After Sun Spray

Summer is here, and you will want to bookmark this lovely recipe for Lavender Rose Aloe After Sun Spray! It’s wonderfully soothing after a long day in the strong sun, and your skin will thank you.

 This recipe for Lavender Rose Aloe After Sun Spray is super simple and a treat for your skin. DIY - natural - essential oils - www.justrealstuff.com

Of course you can buy after sun sprays, but have you ever read the labels??? It’s quite disturbing to see how many chemicals, artificial scents and colors, and preservatives they contain.

It’s so easy to make your own and you can rest assured that you are only putting the best ingredients on your skin.  After all, your skin will absorb whatever you put on it. You want to make sure you are using pure, natural ingredients. This recipe for Lavender Rose Aloe After Sun Spray is super simple and a treat for your skin.

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Blueberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Smoothie

This simple smoothie is dark and rich, but not too sweet. It is a healthy powerhouse of nutrition.

It’s a great way to start out your morning especially if you are cutting back on sugar and aren’t quite in the mood for greens.

Did you know that women who regularly consume blueberries are purported to maintain their cognitive functions up to 2.5 years longer than those who don’t? And that study ONLY looked at blueberries, not other lifestyle measures such as an otherwise healthy diet, exercise, stress level, sleep . . . What if every one of your meals was packed with antioxidant-rich, nutrient-dense foods like this?? Just a thought.

If you really want to blow this out of the park, add some greens! Spinach is very mild in taste, and you won’t even notice a few leaves.

 

Blueberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Smoothie - plant based, plant strong, vegan, antioxidant rich, delicious, smoothie www.justrealstuff.com

If you don’t like the taste of hemp seeds you can leave them out or just top the smoothie with them. Some people find them bitter.  I don’t always like to blend them, but I don’t really notice them if they are topping something. HOWEVER –  Try to incorporate hemp seeds in your diet if possible as they are a great source of complete protein, essential fats (Omega 3, 6, and 9) and fiber. Continue reading Blueberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Smoothie

The Secret to Happiness – Holistic Health Tip

Want to know a simple secret to happiness?

 

Gratitude.

 

Yes, it’s really that simple.

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It is very beneficial to write down the things in your life for which you are grateful.  It can be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw on a walk or as profound as the love you have for your family. It can instantly put you in a new state of happiness and awareness of all your blessings.  When you do this on a day that is particularly trying, it actually has the power to change the direction of your entire day!

There is nothing more powerful to change your perspective than to be grateful.

Life is always presenting challenges and ups and downs. We are constantly living with a challenge, getting past a challenge or starting a challenge.  Our character and strength have continuous opportunities to grow.

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Crispy Oven Baked Garlicky French Fries Recipe (+ oil-free option)

French Fries. Need I say more?

crispy oven baked french fries - gluten free - dairy free - nutritarian - vegan - vegetarian - plant based www.justrealstuff.com

I love all things potatoes. Some people might get sick of them, but not me. I’d rather not have fried food so this is a much healthier alternative. You can even choose to make them oil-free if that’s your fancy 🙂 Try the seasonings I’ve suggested or go freestyle and choose your own. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Za’atar Flax Crackers Recipe – [raw, gluten free, dairy free]

At different points in my life I have different standards for crackers. At this stage in the game I am looking for whole food, gluten free, dairy free deliciousness. They also need to taste good. It’s a bonus if they’re not loaded with refined flours, oils, and a ton of salt. These perfect little raw Rainbow Za’atar Flax Crackers fit the bill.

These delicious flax crackers are not only healthy, but delicious! Check out the recipe www.justrealstuff.com gluten free, vegan, raw

I’ve played around with this recipe for a while and landed upon this little gem that even  some of my pickiest friends and family members like. It’s sturdy enough to hold hummus, avocado, salsa or cheez.  It’s flavorful, but not overpowering.

It also happens to be beautiful while being packed with phytonutrients and fiber.  You will love the colorful flecks of vegetables like red/purple onions, red peppers, green onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and other seasonings. Feel free to change up the veggies and/or the spices. This is totally adaptable. I love using the Za’atar seasoning because it packs a punch of tangy flavor without a ton of salt. Continue reading Rainbow Za’atar Flax Crackers Recipe – [raw, gluten free, dairy free]

Spring has Sprung! ** FREE gift ** Time to turn over a new leaf?

Happy Spring!

Wow, I’m so thankful for the new season. Winter was a rough one for me. Life is hard sometimes, but isn’t amazing that the sun continues to rise, the moon progresses through its phases, and the seasons change like clockwork.

The weather may not feel especially springlike where you are (it hasn’t felt like it here lately!) but nonetheless I do hear birds chirping a little more and see some harbingers of spring. When my kids were little I’d take them for walks to look for “signs of spring” – things like buds on the branches of fruit trees, hibiscus flowers poking through,  and different scents and sounds in the air.  I’ve been noticing some of those signs lately, and thankfully it is gently pulling me out of my winter funk. Continue reading Spring has Sprung! ** FREE gift ** Time to turn over a new leaf?

Best Essential Oils for Muscle Pain + DIY Essential Oil Blend Recipe

Anyone who is an athlete knows that muscle pain and injury are par for the course. As I am constantly telling you, anything you put on your skin goes is absorbed on your body so make sure it is pure and natural. While I am not adverse to using over-the-counter pain medication if needed, I realize that those can be toxic and taxing to my liver. As a result my first remedy to reach for is always the natural one. Plus it’s fun to make your own!

Essential oils for muscle pain

There are many essential oils that are beneficial for pain and inflammation. For the purposes of muscle pain and inflammation you have many to choose from as follows:

  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • eucalyptus
  • chamomile
  • ginger
  • black pepper
  • clary sage
  • sandalwood
  • clove
  • sweet marjoram
  • thyme
  • cypress

Always make sure to purchase high quality essential oils. I like to get mine HERE.

 

Essential Oil Blend for Muscle Pain. Simple natural remedy using essential oils.

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