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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

9 Comments 20 January 2014

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen since beginning this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. A lot. I can spend anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon or evening washing, peeling, chopping, bagging, and then I make a dinner juice for the evening. Then I clean the juicer.

In the morning I make 3 different juices to take to work. I have the juicing part down to 30 minutes. The juicing itself doesn’t take that long. It’s washing the juicer between each batch that is beginning to drive me up the wall.

I also lack a garbage disposal in my baby NYC kitchen, so my dirty juicing parts swim in a pulpy sludge making the cleaning process even more complicated.

I am getting so tired of this process! I’m definitely not tired of the drinking process, just the preparing process. So I’ve turned to my favorite juice shop in Manhattan. Organic Avenue.

Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue had a New Year’s sale that I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks. 30% off any of their cleanses. So at the peak of my kitchen frustration, I got out my receipts for two weeks of produce and figured out just how much I’ve been spending on juicing. With my mad math skills I learned that yes, it is cheaper to juice on my own, but only 5 dollars cheaper ($10 if you factor in a tip for the delivery guy). YES, there is a delivery guy!

So I made the decision. For the next 7 days someone will bring 7 bottles of juice daily to my home before I leave for work. No washing, peeling, chopping, pulpy sludge draining will be happening for an entire week. Mentally, I need this break. I’m putting a $10 per day price tag on my sanity.

One of my favorite Organic Avenue indulgences is their Cashew Hemp Mylk. While theirs is far more decadent, sweetened with coconut sugar, mine is simply sweetened with a few dates.


You don’t even need a nut milk bag. This is pretty much nuts and seeds blended into a creamy milk.


A glass before bed and I sleep like a baby.

Cashew Hemp Milk

by Heather


  • 1 c. raw cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/3 c. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • 6 c. filtered water
  • 5 dates
  • pinch of seasalt


1. Soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight.

2. Drain cashews and rinse well.

3. Put 6 cups of filtered water in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and drop in 5 dates allowing them to soften in the water for 10-20 minutes.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Yields 7 cups


***Money saving tip: Buy raw cashew pieces for recipes like this. They’re cheaper and they’re going to be crushed anyway!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite nut milk?
  • Have you ever made cashew milk?
  • Would you pay to have fresh juice delivered daily?


This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays. Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

APS Complete Veggie Protein Review and 3 high protein recipes!

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APS Complete Veggie Protein Review and 3 high protein recipes!

3 Comments 02 December 2013

I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and after a long weekend of rich foods, if you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to a week ahead of clean eating. I have a great product to share with you that will help with that.

I have always been very picky about my protein powders. As my diet has changed, and I’ve learned more about protein supplementing, my requirements have made me pickier than ever.

Back in the day, my only requirements were taste and smoothness. If I was going to add protein powder to a smoothie it had to improve the flavor somehow without a chalky or grainy texture. There are a lot of very tasty whey-based protein powders out there that are packed with junk. Since adopting my “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” rule, my options have become quite limited.

Since becoming vegan it is even more challenging to find a protein powder that tastes good, mixes well, and has a solid nutritional profile. You all know that I’m a Sunwarrior fan. But I have another protein powder that I’ve enjoyed trying.

All-Pro Science Complete Veggie Protein is a gluten-free, vegan protein powder that provides 23 grams of protein from a combination of high-quality hemp, pea, and brown rice. This all-natural formula includes flaxseed powder and comes in three flavors – Berry Blast, Dutch Chocolate, and French Vanilla. The only protein powders that I ever purchase are chocolate and vanilla, because they are incredibly versatile. I like to add my own berry flavors with…well, berries. But I had an opportunity to play with Berry Blast this past month and wanted to share it with you.

I was pleased to see that Berry Blast isn’t bright red or even pink. There are no added colors.


Just look at the simple ingredientsPea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Flaxseed, Blueberry Powder, Acai Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Rice Oligodextrin, Natural Berry Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Salt

(What is rice oligodextrin? A low glycemic carbohydrate source used as an alternative to maltodextrin which is a high GI carbohydrate.)


My favorite Berry Blast recipe by far was this Choco Berry Blast Smoothie. (See, I just couldn’t stay away from chocolate!)


Choco Berry Blast Smoothie

by Heather


  • 1 c. non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop APS Berry Blast Veggie Protein
  • 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen cherries
  • 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 T. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. walnuts (optional)


1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high powered blender.

2. Blend and serve.

Serves 1

I tried a few of my other protein-boosting tricks to see how Complete Veggie Protein compared to other vegan powders.


Two tablespoons mixed into my morning oatmeal didn’t just boost the protein content, it boosted the flavor as well.

Berry Blast Oatmeal

by Heather



1. Place oatmeal, chia seeds, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.

2. Stir, reduce heat to simmering, and cover for 3-5 minutes.

3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Berry Blast Veggie Protein and top with fresh raspberries.

Serves 1

Vegans love banana soft serve “ice cream”. Adding Berry Blast helps to balance out the protein/carbohydrate/fat content. A protein-rich dessert leaves me feeling satisfied and prevents a sugar crash.


Choco Berry Blast Crunch Vegan Ice Cream

by Heather



1. Make sure to freeze bananas in 1-2 inch pieces overnight.

2. Place frozen bananas, raw cacao, dates, Berry Blast in the food processor and process until creamy.

3. Add almonds and pulse so that the almonds remain chunky.

4. Serve as soft serve. Or freeze for 3-4 hours in a bread pan lined with waxed paper. Then scoop.

Serves 2

Finally, any protein powder that I use has to mix well. Because 9 times out of 10 my pre-workout snack is a scoop of protein mixed into almond milk on the way out the door. There’s no time to run the Vitamix. It must mix well in a glass with a spoon or a shaker bottle.


You can see on the sides of my shaker bottle that there is some graininess to the powder. But it mixed well and was tasty in a simple cup of nut milk.

Bottom line? I’m thrilled that there’s another high-quality protein powder available for those who are looking for a plant-based product free of allergens. And I’m also thrilled to be able to share a 40% off promo code GFC40 with you too! I’ve used mine to order their Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla, and I can’t wait until they arrive!

Readers, dish!

  • If you use a vegan protein powder, which one do you use and why?
  • What are your favorite ways to use protein powders?

Order here:

APS Complete Veggie Protein

Promo Code for 40% off: GFC40

(Note:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by All-Pro Science. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)

Gluten-Free Sandwich Petals and Green Vegan Mayo

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Gluten-Free Sandwich Petals and Green Vegan Mayo

11 Comments 05 August 2013

When I travel it’s always fun to check out new gluten-free products in local grocery stores. It’s getting harder to find gluten-free products that meet my ever increasing requirements now that I also eat vegan. Most bread products are made with egg. I was happy to come across these cute little Sandwich Petals a few weeks ago and thought they’d make great veggie wraps.

They are shaped like flower petals. (How adorable is that???) And they come in three different flavors: Agave Grain (the original), Spinach Garlic Pesto, and Chimayo Red Chile (pictured here).

Since I was staying with family I didn’t have a fridge filled with my staples, so I played with a few ingredients to come up with a Vegan Mayo for my wrap. I loved what popped out of the Vitamix! And what a bonus that it was green!

Green Vegan Mayo

by Heather


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 T. miso
  • 1 small handful basil (or herb of your choice)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-powered blender. Blend until creamy, stopping several times to scrape down the sides.

Yields 1 cup of mayo

Spread it on your favorite gluten-free or raw bread or wrap.

But how were the Sandwich Petals? The Chimayo Red Chili was really tasty. And I love the shape. There’s no extra bread to flip under, get in the way, or to create an empty bite like with an over-sized tortilla.

But as soon as I folded it over my fixings I realized that there was going to be a problem. The side started to crack.

And It just took one bite for the entire thing to break down the fold.

But to be fair, I do stuff my sandwiches with enough filling to call it a salad sandwich. If you’re a light sandwich stuffer, it might work better for you.

In fact, I did try less wrap stuffing, not just for product testing, but because I love this Green Vegan Mayo, and it did just fine.

So if you see a package of Sandwich Petals pick it up and let me know how it works for you.

Readers, dish!

  • Are you a sandwich spreader or a sandwich stuffer?
  • Have you tried Sandwich Petals? What do you think of them?
  • What vegan, gluten-free sandwich products would you recommend?
Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

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Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

8 Comments 14 May 2013

Today is my last day on a 10-day juice cleanse. At our April Raw Foods Potluck we all pulled our calendars out and found 10 days that would work for everyone to juice. It was great to cleanse with a support group. We even made extra juice and shared our recipes, both the yummy ones and the flops. I’ve really enjoyed making fruit and veggie juice combinations, and I have a new favorite, but first I have a great cleansing tip to share with you.

I’ve done juice cleanses and raw cleanses before, but I’ve never had one as easy and enjoyable as this one. I’m sure a lot of it was the support of my friends, but I also used a new supplement. In the past I’ve experienced some mighty detox symptoms while cleansing…headaches, flu-like symptoms, lethargy…and lethargy doesn’t work with my lifestyle. I teach kindergarten all day and 4-6 fitness classes per week, so there’s no time to feel tired. But this cleanse has been the easiest one I’ve ever done, and I really think the difference is that I used Garden of Life’s RAW Cleanse.

I highly recommend this raw, vegan, and gluten-free product. I used it in conjunction with juicing, but you can use it with a solid meals as well. There are three easy steps to this 7-day cleanse. Step 1 is Toxin Defense which is a packet of powdered oral and intestinal probiotics that are swished in the mouth with water and then easily swallowed. Step 2 is Organ Detox in the form of 3 capsules taken at breakfast and lunch. It removes environmental toxins and supports healthy liver biotransformation. Step 3 is Digestion & Elimination. It’s a powder that you mix in water and drink before bedtime. Don’t let the name scare you! It will not send you running for the bathroom in the middle of a meeting the next morning. It’s a very gentle product that uses flaxseeds and chia seeds to absorb the toxins your body is releasing, draws water into the colon, and uses coconut fiber to get things moving out.

For 10 days I have eaten nothing but juiced fruits and veggies and have felt fantastic. On the days that I taught fitness classes I added a scoop of Raw SunWarrior Protein Powder or two teaspoons of Earthrise Spirulina to my juice right before the workout. (I wasn’t interested in running the risk of passing out in front of a room filled with BodyPumpers!) I am very much looking forward to eating some solid food tomorrow, but in just 10 days I’ve noticed a difference in my skin, energy level, waistline, and general outlook. I really needed this cleanse!

Now for the Sunshine Juice! When I found golden beets at Whole Foods, I remembered Diane Elbin of The Whole Gang making us a delicious juice called Golden Joy at a gluten-free blogger’s get together. I made a few modifications to her recipe to create this Sunshine Juice.

Sunshine Juice

by Heather inspired by Diane Elbin


  • 5 golden beets, peeled
  • 15 organic carrots
  • 3 organic oranges
  • 2 inches of ginger


1. Juice all ingredients.

2. Pour juice through a fine-mesh strainer to remove extra pulp.

Yields 4 cups

If you can’t find golden beets, you can substitute red beets to make a Red Sunrise instead. Both are equally delicious.

Readers, dish!

Need a good juicer? I love my Omega VRT350S! 


*Note: I am not a medical expert or a nutritionist, and I have no connection with Garden of Life. I am not giving medical advice. I am solely sharing my experience.

This recipe is shared at: 5-Ingredient MondaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free WednesdaysRaw Foods ThursdaysWellness WeekendsHealthy Vegan FridayGluten-Free Fridays

My New Favorite Gluten-Free Tortillas

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My New Favorite Gluten-Free Tortillas

29 Comments 07 November 2012

Let’s face it. Good gluten-free tortillas are hard to come by. Not only are there very few options, but the options we do have provide challenges. Memories of soft flour tortillas are but a distant memory for those of us who have lived gluten free for more than a few years. But those memories are soft and sweet, aren’t they? Don’t get me wrong. I’m very thankful for brown rice tortillas, but they do not behave at all like flour tortillas. They are tough, thick, and difficult to maneuver. They break easily and completely disintegrate when they come in contact with moisture. Wraps crack, burritos ooze, and pinwheels are just not even an option.

Until now.

Would you believe that these tortillas are gluten free?

They are thin like flour tortillas.

They bend like flour tortillas.

But they are completely gluten free.

And they come in plain, fiesta, and spinach flavors.

The spinach tortilla wrapped perfectly around my egg salad.

Most gluten-free wraps fall apart after the first bite.

But these pass The Bite Test.

And The Squeeze Test.

But what about with a juicy filling like Pam’s Easy Chicken Tacos?

Chicken slow cooked in salsa provided the perfect test of durability. Served both taco and burrito style, this Fiesta Tortilla held up despite the moistness of the filling.

Not only can these tortillas bend without breaking, they can roll.


A perfect almond butter and jelly snack.

I think we have pinwheels in our future!

So who makes these gluten-free wonder tortillas?

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery now makes three types of gluten-free tortillas, which are also dairy free and nut free.  Rudi’s Plain Tortillas, Fiesta Tortillas, and Spinach Tortillas are equally delicious. I can’t even choose a favorite, and for this picky cat that’s saying a lot.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas?
  • Have you found a gluten-free tortilla that you love?
  • What is the hardest filling to wrap in a gluten-free tortilla?

(Disclaimer:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Rudi’s Bakery. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)

Raw Foods Thursdays 8/30/12

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Raw Foods Thursdays 8/30/12

2 Comments 30 August 2012

Thanks for coming to Raw Foods Thursdays!  The goal of this event is to learn from each other as we improve our diets with raw foods.  Whether you are 100% raw, high raw, or you are just looking for more creative ways to eat more plant-based foods, this event is for you!

We all have different reasons for learning about raw foods.  My passion for raw foods began with a simple invitation to a raw foods potluck.  It took one meal together for us to become the Raw Foods Potluck Girls.

Dallas, Heather, and Diane

We were just a few friends who were excited about eating well, sharing good food, and learning more about raw foods.  A vegetarian, a conscientious meat eater, and an experienced raw foodie made for a diverse, creative team!

Since then, we’ve learned so much from each other, raw foods cookbooks, blogs, websites, and restaurants; and we’ve created some amazing raw foods events.  If you haven’t already visited these summary posts of our raw foods potlucks, please check them out!

We are so excited that the inspirational talent of our Raw Foods Trio will be leaving tomorrow for an incredible raw foods experience.  While the other two of the triad will remain here in reality (sigh), teaching elementary school, we will be living vicariously through Diane, who will be attending Living Light Culinary Institute, a culinary school in California focused on gourmet raw vegan cuisine.  I am SOOOOOOOOO jealous, but I can’t wait for Diane to come back and teach us everything that she learns.  Or maybe Diane should just host the next Raw Foods Potluck Feast.  We may be skipping September’s Raw Foods Potluck, but October is going to be a blowout!

Until then, I’m depending on YOU!  What raw foods recipes you have to share with us this week?

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used no higher than 118 degrees.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.)
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!

This week I created a Sweet Heat Beet Salad.

What do you have to share?

Finally a Good Gluten-Free Beer

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Finally a Good Gluten-Free Beer

22 Comments 18 July 2012

The Husband has never had a gluten-free beer that he’s liked.  Ever.  He’s tried New Grist, Redbridge, Estrella Damm Daura, but he usually can’t take more than a few sips before his attempt comes to an end.  The taste test is over.  He just can’t do it.  They just taste like bad beer.

I, on the other hand, have never tasted any beer that I’ve liked.  ALL beer tastes bad to me. In fact, it’s worse than bad.  To me, all beer tastes disgusting.  Therefore, I do not review gluten-free beers.  If I did, I would proclaim that they all tasted like dirt.



But the Husband is a good taste tester.  And the only reason I’m doing a post on gluten-free beer is that the Husband finally found one that he enjoyed.  Not only was it good gluten-free beer.  He proclaimed it to be really good beer — gluten free or not.  Now that says something.

So if you are a gluten-free friend who likes beer, and you miss the taste of a good one, you might want to read on.

When we were at Posana in Asheville, the Husband hesitantly ordered a Brunehaut gluten-free amber ale.  It’s a Belgum import that won a gold medal at the 2011 US Open Beer Championships.  Our waiter insisted that he would like it because of the yeastiness.

Of course, I knew from every other taste test since age 21 that I wouldn’t like it despite the accolades.  I decided to stick to a tried and true cider.  I was glad that Posana carried Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider.

But the Husband loved this beer.

 And you might too.

So next time you see this bottle, give it a shot.  And let me know what you think.

Readers, dish!

Friday’s Find:  Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

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Friday’s Find: Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

20 Comments 06 July 2012

Happy Friday!  I have a Friday’s Find and a bonus recipe!!  I’ve enjoyed Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice for years.  In fact, it was the first gluten-free cereal I found that actually tasted like cereal instead of sand.  Most crispy rice cereals contain barley malt, so it’s a pleasure to find one that is gluten free and tastes delicious.

I’m a big supporter of Attune Foods, because their products are made with “simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best everyday”.  You can see my past reviews here of their Corn Flakes and Probiotic Chocolate Bars.

But this post is all about the Crispies!  Recently I had a chance to sample two of the other cereals — Rice Twice and Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice!  Do you remember the days of Cocoa Pebbles?  No, me neither (winkie face), but these are so much better.  And so much better for you.

The short list of ingredients in even the sweet, chocolately cereal doesn’t prohibit me from enjoying this treat cereal.

Ingredients:  organic brown rice, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa powder (processed with alkali), natural flavors, organic caramel color, sea salt, organic cocoa butter.

As soon as I opened the box and munched on the first handful, I knew that I had to make rice crispy treats.  Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats.  But in keeping with Attune Food’s philosophy, and my own personal quest to make yummy things just a little bit healthier, I had to toss out a few traditional rice crispy treat ingredients including the marshmallows. Especially the marshmallows.

Are you still here, my friendly felines?  Yes, you can make Rice Crispy Treats without corn syrup-drenched marshmallows!  See?

And you can do it with ingredients that you believe in.  Just start with the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal of your choice and add in these simple ingredients:  SunButteragave nectar, and flaxseed meal maybe even a touch of cinnamon.  This simple recipe worked beautifully with all three Crispy Rice products.

Just mix the ingredients together by hand and press them into muffin tins.

I loved this recipe with Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal.  But if you’re looking for a treat that will knock your socks off, I’d make these with the Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal!  Pure decadence without the junk.

Ooh, and one more thing.  To top it off, add a dollop of Sunbutter.

Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats

by Heather



1. Prepare 12 muffin tins by lightly greasing them with coconut oil.

2. Heat SunButter and agave nectar in a large saucepan on low.  Stir until lumps have melted and set aside to cool.

3.  In a medium bowl, mix Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal and flaxseed meal.

4.  Fold the crispy rice mixture into the SunButter mixture until combined.

5.  Scoop into muffin tins and press with the back of a spatula.

6.  Let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

7.  Pop out of the muffin tins and serve with a dollop of SunButter on top.

Yields 12 treats

If your local grocers don’t carry Erewhon Cereals, you can order them through Amazon right here:

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereals?
  • Which one is your favorite?
  • When is the last time you had a Rice Crispy Treat?
(Disclaimer:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Attune Foods. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)
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Gluten-Free Lunch Tips for Kids!

No Comments 03 July 2012

I’m sharing my top tips for gluten-free lunches for kids at Zema’s Madhouse Foods today.  I’d love it if you’d head on over to check them out!  Click and enjoy!

And while you’re at it, check out Zema’s gluten-free delicious ancient grain superfood mixes!  I reviewed the Rosemary-Millet Focaccia Bread just last week and loved it!  You can see my review here.

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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