1/2 cup organic lemon juice
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic coconut aminos
1 cup organic (raw) tahini
1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder (to taste)
1/4-1/2 tsp pink sea salt (to taste)
*add 1/4 cup olive or avocado oil (optional)
Blend all ingredients in high powered blender on low-medium speed for 30 seconds. Makes a little more than 1 full 16oz bottle without the oil added to the mix.
PLEASE DON'T BE INTIMIDATED by this recipe. It looks long, but is quite easy. There are 2 crust options plus a few things that need explanation. I've also listed some options for toppings to get you thinking... get creative & let us know if you come up with another topping or alternative we can share! Eat it for breakfast!!! It's 100% healthy- loaded with protein, good fats, fiber & more :)
CRUST (cooked) - safe for Candida Detox:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ tsp sea salt (pink)
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp raw coconut oil
1 egg (large)
3 Tbsp cold cubed butter
Hot water (if needed)
Preheat Oven to 350F. Grease a pie pan with coconut oil and set aside.
Start your teapot in case you need warm water. Mix together the almond flour, buckwheat flour, coconut flour, ground flax seeds and salt in a large mixing bowl. Next, add your Tablespoon of coconut oil and mix. Beat the egg and cube your cold butter and add them to the dough one at a time. Knead your dough. If the dough is too crumbly, add 1 Tablespoon at a time of warm water until you get the proper consistency to start rolling your dough. I used 3 Tablespoons of warm water.
Form your dough into a ball, sprinkle some (almond or buckwheat) flour on a large piece of parchment paper and roll the dough out. You can also just knead the dough and press it directly into your pie pan. Bake at 350 until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool, then add your filling!
CRUST (raw) -if you've been cleared to eat dates:
2 cups raw nuts (100% pecans or half pecan/half walnut is great)
2 cups dates (pitted)
1 pinch sea salt (pink)
Grease your pie pan with coconut oil. This prevents the crust from sticking.
Add the nuts, dates & salt into a food processor and blend until well processed "dough". Roll your ball of dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper with a rolling pin until your crust is flattened to the size of your pie pan. Place your pie pan upside down on your crust (top parchment paper removed) and then quickly flip your pie pan over, holding the crust into the pan. Press & form the dough into your pie pan. Don't bake it (it's RAW crust). You're ready to add your filling!
RAW "CREAM CHEESE" FILLING:
3 cups Raw cashews, soaked 4+ hours
3/4 cup Virgin coconut oil
3 Tbsp. Vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
Sweetener: 4-6 droppers liquid Vanilla Stevia (to taste) OR Monkfruit (to taste) - neither will feed yeast; use RAW honey (to taste) if you're not on a Candida Detox.
1+ cup Fresh pressed lemon juice
1/2 cup purified water
1 tsp. NATURE'S SUNSHINE Psyllium Hulls Combination Powder
Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until you have a whipped cream cheese consistency. If using stevia, start with only 2 droppers full of liquid vanilla stevia and only 1/4 cup of water. You can always add more sweetener or water, as needed. Pour the filling over your crust and refrigerate (or freeze) at least 3 hours. Your pie will keep 1 week max in the fridge and slightly longer in the freezer. DO NOT bake/cook this pie. Refrigeration or freezing sets it and then it's ready to eat!
Fresh Berry: Add fresh or defrosted berries to a blender, chopping or pureeing to whatever consistency you like. Add liquid Stevia or Swerve to add sweetness (if necessary).
Chocolate drizzle: Lightly melt together equal parts raw coconut oil & raw cacao powder over LOW heat, plus (sweetener of your choice): liquid vanilla Stevia or Swerve or Monkfruit, to taste. Add almond butter if you want "chocolate-peanut butter" topping ;) Drizzle to your liking.
Try my 15 Minute Cranberry Sauce
Great for Thanksgiving & Christmas!
Pumpkin/Thanksgiving: Blend together 3/4 cup organic pumpkin puree (canned or fresh), 3/4 cup organic coconut milk (or cream to make thicker), 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 drops Nature's Sunshine Cinnamon essential oil, 1 tsp organic vanilla extract (alcohol-free) & 2 Tbsp Swerve. Drizzle & serve for Thanksgiving dinner!
*You MUST only use a brand of essential oils you are certain is 100% pure & safe to ingest; Both of these can be purchased through my online store & meet that criteria.
NOTE: This "cheesecake" needs to stay refrigerated or frozen. Keep your toppings separate and add to each slice when you serve it.
Now you can eat cheesecake ANY TIME OF DAY & stay healthy with ZERO guilt or compromise!!!! ...You're welcome :)
This Mayo recipe is Candida Detox friendly!!! Life is way too boring without Mayo :) Feel free to add herbs and spices to make a spicy mayo or herbed mayo... it's too easy!
Hand immersion Blender/Stick blender
Wide mouth mason jar
3/4 cup avocado oil (2/3 cup if using large egg)
1 X-Large egg
1 Tbsp RAW apple cider vinegar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground mustard seed powder
Himalayan (pink) sea salt, to taste
Optional: If you want to thicken your mayo, ADD 1/4 tsp. NATURE'S SUNSHINE Psyllium Hull Combo
Combine all ingredients in a glass mason jar that has a mouth wide enough for your stick blender/hand immersion blender to fit into. Blend until light and fluffy! You will make AND store your mayo in this jar ;) EASY!!
Try this with our KRAUT & EGG SALAD!
Note: This will keep 1 -2 weeks in the refrigerator. Swim at your own risk thereafter ;)
1 bag Lily's dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup (raw) unsweetened cashew or almond butter
Splash of alcohol-free vanilla extract
3+ droppers liquid stevia, to taste
Melt all ingredients, except nuts, on the stove over low-medium heat, just until everything melts together smoothly. Be careful not to overcook and destroy nutritional content. When barely melted, stir in trail mix until well coated. Spoon your mixture into small bite-sized baking cups. Stir occasionally as the chocolate tends to settle on the bottom. Refrigerate or freeze until hardened.
NOTE: Because of the coconut oil, these do melt quickly. Store in refrigerator (or freezer) until ready to serve. Use less coconut oil if you want the chocolate mix less "runny" and your treats to freeze harder.
Makes approx. 100 pieces but they do FREEZE WELL!!! ;)
These are loaded with fat AND protein and will not give you a sugar crash. This is a whole food dessert. Keep the fridge (or freezer) stocked with these for quick, healthy snacks or a 911 breakfast or pre-workout snack (they're loaded with nutrition, protein & good fat!)
They are ideal for kids, diabetics, Candida patients, and ANYONE who desires to maintain a fun, healthy life that includes CHOCOLATE!!! Who said healthy people don't have FUN??!!
NOTE: Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips DO have a trace of milk in them (these are a no-no for those who have significant asthma or eczema or who have a significant dairy allergy).
NOTE: This recipe makes a LARGE, party-size salad. It's Careen's go-to for large dinner parties, potlucks & weekend road trips! Reduce amounts to make a smaller salad.
Combine everything in a big bowl & toss!
If I don't use all of my roasted chicken to make soup when I make CHICKEN BROTH or CHICKEN SOUP, then I freeze the chopped/shredded chicken and use it to make quick meals like this salad or another batch of soup in the future! Little tricks like this keep life simple & keep you prepared for fast, healthy meals & last minute dishes for parties & potlucks :)
RAW Sauerkraut is super easy to make!
I was so intimidated by raw foods, fermented foods, and sprouting for a long time… I am NOT a chef and I can do this…so you can too
Optional (get creative):
1 Tbsp Caraway seeds (traditional sauerkraut flavor)
2 Tbsp Dulse flakes (great for the Thyroid)
Sliced Garlic cloves (enhances Candida die-off)
WILD OREGANO ESSENTIAL OIL (2-4 drops; enhances Candida die-off! Start slow & Mix well.)
Any herbs: sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender (these 4 combine well! And boy do they enhance Candida die-off together. You could do the actual herbs or use 1-2 drops of each of these essential oils IF they are 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils. ALL of the essential oils I carry on my ONLINE STORE are safe to ingest; NOTE: few brands are safe for ingesting).
Massage & smash your cabbage (with your hands, tongs, the bottom of another jar, or a wooden spoon, etc) until it produces moisture and shrinks down. Mine only took about 2-3 minutes to break down.
Then transfer your wet cabbage (and every drop of juice) into your jar(s). Be sure to fill them to the top, packing your kraut to maximum capacity. You want to top each jar with a couple layers of your outer cabbage leaves that you had set aside, and make sure the liquid in the jar covers the top of the whole cabbage leaves. Add water (NOT tap water) to top off your jar so that there is NO AIR left in the jar. See photo.
Put your clean lid on tightly and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month. You can start checking your kraut for flavor after a few days. The warmer the room temperature, the faster the fermentation. The more sour you like it (I LOVE SOUR-kraut)…the longer it takes. 1 week in our coastal Southern California home without air conditioning is usually plenty.
Place your jar of kraut in the fridge once it reaches the flavor you like, and this will stop the fermentation process EASY! It will keep for months (but be sure to woof it down sooner than that!)
Enjoy a little each day. I love sauerkraut on a bed of salad greens with ground (taco) meat, chopped veggies (whatever I have in the fridge), avocado, and healthy hot sauce (Melinda’s Original Hot Sauce to be exact..haha). I eat a couple bites before any meal to help with digestion. It pairs perfectly with any sausage, roast, steak, poultry, etc. Great condiment OR side. It even goes with eggs (true german style!).
NOTE: DO NOT COOK IT! It is RAW for a reason…that’s how it produces and maintains all those YUMMY probiotics that heal your gut and immune system!! For the same reason, store-bought kraut that says “Organic” but is not RAW, will have zero probiotic cultures in it and will make your Candida overgrowth WORSE. It is still pasteurized (aka: dead) if it only says Organic. Organic IS NOT the same as RAW….RAW ORGANIC would be BEST!!
THE BENEFITS ARE ENDLESS:
1. Natural source of probiotics
2. Rich in Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Beta-carotene
3. Naturally kills Candida overgrowth & helps heal your gut
4. Detoxes liver
5. Builds energy
6. Builds immune system to protect you all year round
7. Rich in Sulfer & natural antioxidants (glutathione & superoxide dismutase) which lowers free-radical damage.
8. Cancer prevention, particularly breast cancer.
9. Helps break down hard-to-digest lactose from milk/dairy into the more easily digestible lactic acid
10. Helps digest proteins; essential for ALL healing
11. Helps heartburn/GERD
13. Traditional “treatment” for peptic ulcers in Europe
14. Clear skin (because most skin conditions start with an imbalanced gut, liver, immune system.)
15. Better bowel movements (can help with diarrhea OR constipation).
16. Healing the gut is the start to naturally balancing hormones and healthy thyroid function! It is all related!!
FOOD REALLY IS MEDICINE!!! WHAT TO EXPECT:
You MAY break out, get (BAD!) gas…stinky gas, have an itchy bum (no pain no gain!), notice some cloudy urine, get stinky pits, or notice bad breath at first because of the initial die-off reaction that is taking place in your body. CONGRATULATIONS!!! IT’S WORKING!!! Keep going kraut warrior!! It will eventually subside and you will benefit greatly from making this a staple in your diet If the gas or bloating is too bad, eat less for a week, then increase. RAW, FERMENTED foods are nearly absent from the American diet (and replaced with DEAD, sugar-laden, genetically modified, processed foods) leading to endless health problems that are 100% within OUR CONTROL. Take responsibility for your health and eat yourself healthy.
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Raw Chunky Marinara
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp fresh basil
2 tsp dried oregano
3-4 large garlic cloves
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
dash black pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup sundried tomatoes
1 cup chopped or grape tomatoes
Optional: crushed red pepper or cayenne, to taste, for spicy sauce
Add ingredients in order listed to Vita-mix, Food Processor or blender, lightly puree (I leave it a bit chunky), and serve fresh (cold) over raw zucchini “noodles” or cooked spaghetti squash “noodles” for a Candida Detox-friendly spaghetti. You can also serve over rice, quinoa, gluten-free noodles, etc. Add a splash of water if the marinara is too thick for your liking.
You can get creative with pizzas, eggplant parmesan, tomato soup, etc. Add ground turkey or beef if you want a meat-sauce.
5 RIPE Avocados, halved and “peeled”
1 bunch Cilantro, leaves only, chopped (my secret: just start chopping off the top of the cilantro bunch…a little stem won’t hurt; who has time to pick all the leaves off ??)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large Tomato, diced (or 2 small) …or use already made pico de gallo if you have some/want to (This could then replace the onion/jalapeno, as well)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Diced white (or yellow..or even red!) onion
Sea salt, to taste (I coat the top of all the ingredients with thin layer of salt; use less if CELTIC sea salt…it’s SALTY!)
White Pepper, to taste (slightly less than your amount of salt)
Garlic powder, to taste …not garlic salt (it would work w fresh garlic, too. I LOVE garlic so I always use extra)
Optional: Jalapeno, finely minced, to taste (we like spicy, so we grow our own jalapenos…they are HOT. we chop them really small & use them liberally…num num)
Make your guac in the bowl you plan to serve it out of, and big enough to get in there and mix everything together I use a knife and fork to start slicing/chopping…and once everything is getting smaller and blending, then just mash with a fork. Zach and I like it chunky. Chill and serve with ORGANIC tortilla chips, veggie sticks (zucchini, carrots, cucumber, squash, celery, etc), plantain chips, GF crackers, etc.
You can also use guac as a burger topping, sandwich spread, or as an add-in to a lettuce wrap.
NOTE: For those on Candida Diet- you can have plantain chips (Trader Joes), kale chips, or veggie sticks for dipping in the beginning. No corn chips or sweet potato chips initially. It will feed the yeast in your body and set you back. Not worth it. But it’s temporary