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VEGAN SALAD DRESSING: Creamy Cashew Cilantro!

April 23, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

We know how tempting store-bought creamy salad dressings can be but this vegan option helps to decrease inflammation and prevent illness! So, we hope you enjoy this savory vegan recipe which is a cinch to make and is super satiating!

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1.  Juice of 1 Lemon

2.  1/2 cup water 

3.  1/4 tsp Sea Salt

4.  1 – 2 bunches of cilantro

5.  1 cup of raw cashews 

***Use organic when possible! 

*** Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups. 


Preparation:

 

1.  Pour juice of 1 lemon into Vitamix or high speed blender and add the water

2.  Wash cilantro and place into Vitamix w/ all other ingredients

3.  Blend on HIGH until creamy

4.  Drizzle over your favorite green leaves such as a combo of Romaine lettuce and spinach with sliced red pepper!

 ***This is a rich dressing so use it sparingly. Store the remainder in the fridge.

FOOD COMBINING TIP:

Nuts don’t combine favorably with fats (avocado/coconut), starches or proteins, so this works well as a lunchtime salad alone or can be followed by cooked non-starchy vegetables.

 

Variations:

 

1. Add a large chunk of fresh ginger or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the blender for some spice!

2. Add a splash of Hawthorne Valley Hot Pepper Sauce to the blender for some spike!

3. Add a dash of cumin powder once served for an exotic twist and a dash of color!

 

 

 

 

 

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RAW VEGAN SNACKS: NORI ROLL UPS!

April 16, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Ingredients:

1-2 Nori Sheets
1 T Coconut Butter
1 Tomato
Spinach & Arugala (variations below)
Cumin Powder
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

 

Ingredients

Preparation:

1. Place Nori Sheet on cutting board.

2. Spread 1 T or so of coconut butter on Nori with a non-serrated knife. Coconut butter spreads easiest at room temp or will soften & melt as you spread it gently across the Nori sheet.

Spread Coconut Butter evenly to edges of Nori

 

3. Sprinkle cumin or herb of your choice on the coconut butter. Try chill powder or oregano or garlic/onion powder as variations.

Sprinkle cumin powder next

 

4. Place spinach and arugula on top of coconut butter.

5. Place cut tomato on top of spinach.

You may wish to sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on top here

 

6. Roll Nori gently but tightly.

You may need a bib for this one!

You’re ready to eat!

Variations:

Check out our YouTube video for reminders about healthy options for spreads and more!

1. Cilantro w/ avocado (instead of coconut butter) and a sprinkle chili powder.
2. Kale w/ cucumber and dill & nutritional yeast.
3. Olive tapenade (instead of  coconut butter) shaved fennel w/ sun-dried tomato and fresh oregano.
4. Romaine lettuce w/ red, yellow, or orange peppers, and fresh rosemary or rosemary powder.

 

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VEGAN Spinach Zucchini Dill Dressing or Gazpacho!

April 9, 2012 LYT By:
LYT


Your Fresh Ingredients

 

Ingredients:

    – 1 zucchini

    – 1 bunch fresh spinach 

    - 1 lemon

    – 1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos OR Nama Shoyu

    – 1 pinch sea salt

    – 1 lg clove garlic (or few sprinkles of garlic powder)

    – 1/4 bunch fresh dill (washed and dried gently in paper towel or salad spinner)

 

Two Creamy Vegan Options:

1. Add 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR 

2. 1/2 avocado to blender w/ other wet ingredients.

Directions:

1. Slice zucchini into 1/2 inch sections. 

2. Wash and spin the spinach in salad spinner (or buy bagged, pre-washed spinach)

3. Place both in Vitamix with juice of 1 lemon and all other ingredients.

4. Blend until smooth.

Serving Suggestion:

Drizzle over a fresh bed of romaine lettuce. You may wish to sprinkle some chopped celery to the top of your salad for some added flavor contrast to the dressing.

Makes approximately 2 C.

Lasts a few days refrigerated.

 

Bon Apetit!

 

 

 


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SUGAR ADDICTION: How To Stop Sugar Cravings With A Raw Food Detox Diet

March 1, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Figuring out how to stop sugar cravings may seem like an impossible task but with guidance and knowledge you can reach your goals. The reason a raw food detox diet helps is simple. (And by the way, you don’t have to live 100% raw to get the benefits.) A raw food detox diet allows your body to heal from eating patterns and addictions as well as soothes your nervous system.

Imagine that you are an athlete and your game has been compromised. You would seek the assistance of a coach to help change the pattern or weakness thus improving your game. In this case, your frazzled nervous system throws your game off. A raw food detox diet is the coach that helps you become very aware of your habits, supports a change in them, and develops a better game plan for you. 

How to Stop Sugar Cravings And Heal Your Nervous System 

Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys and secrete the hormones epinephrine and adrenaline. These hormones function heavily in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that are contained in most sweets. When we consume an abundance of foods containing refined sugar, the adrenals have to work overtime to best metabolize these unfavorable food combinations. This excessive work on the adrenal glands’ part is exhausting, leaving us too depleted to handle even the minimal stresses of life. This is when the rage and exhaustion take over and the nervous system behaves like a nervous Nelly. You may feel additional levels of:

* Panic

* Anxiety

* Weakness/Inability To Find And Maintain Your Stamina

* Pain

* Exhaustion

Conquering sugar cravings means rehabilitating your body. You have to cease the input of the poisons it demands. This is where a LYT therapist can be of support. Our food combining chart will get you started!

 

Sugar Cravings: Other Causes? 

Everyone’s body is different. The following underlying issues may contribute to your cravings: 

1. Candida - This is a yeast that grows within the intestinal environment due to an imbalance in your flora, fermentation from poor eating choices, and irregular bowel movements. Remember, mold, fungus, and yeast can not thrive in a clean and balanced environment.

2. Sugar Addiction in the Brain – Sugar activates the same receptors that are activated by morphine and heroin. Get it!! 

3. Emotional Stress Leads To Craving Sugar Eating sugar can give us temporary “pleasure” to hide any emotional pain.


Don't let a one ounce taste bud overrule your good sense!

Raw Food Detox + LYT Colonics NYC = A Rehabilitated Body! 

So you’ve read this and you are considering cleaning up your act but you feel overwhelmed with this information and the food combining chart. No worries, one step at a time. Raw foods will begin the cleansing process by loosening waste and the residue from your old eating habits. Guess what? If you are not releasing these loosened demons they will run amuck throughout your bloodstream creating all kinds of detox symptoms like, fatigue, acne, rashes, etc. This is where colon hydrotherapy, can assist in your detox of sugar cravings. Further support and results will come with the integration of the raw food detox diet. As you cleanse your body of poisonous waste, you will crave foods from a nutrient perspective, not an addictive perspective. People find themselves naturally craving juices and salads instead of jellybeans and Snickers! Voila! You’ve rehabilitated yourself!! 

Enjoy your new cravings for nutrient dense foods!

Sugar Addiction Support 

We understand that these kinds of changes require educated guidance, compassion, and support. This is what separates LYT form the rest. We have guided thousands in their journey from addiction and chronic symptoms and emotional crisis towards balance, peace, and empowerment. LYT offers comprehensive services to support your goals: Acupuncture, Spiritual/Emotional Coaching, and Nutritional Guidance. Stay tuned for future blogs! 

 

 

 

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