Roasted Beet (aka FUCHSIA) Hummus

 

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Don’t buy hummus. There’s no point. You can make your own in just a few minutes. It’s cheaper, healthier, and much more rewarding than buying the packaged stuff at the grocery store. Hummus is a great source of plant protein and fiber. It’s the ultimate snack. I always make my own and I like experimenting with different flavors. The most beautiful of them all is the roasted beet. The beets turn the typically beige dip to this gorgeous fuchsia color. It’s the perfect little dish to bring to a party. Here’s what you need to make it:
 
2 small beets
2 15 oz cans of cooked organic garbanzo beans
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lemons
sea salt and black pepper to taste
 
Slice and roast your beets at 350 degrees until soft. combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Chill in the fridge for like 30 minutes. That’s it. You’re welcome.
 
(Feel free to add more or less of everything depending on your own personal palate. I like things super bright tasting so you may wanna add a bit less lemon or oil. I also don’t include tahini in this recipe although traditional hummus does call for it. Feel free to use it if you want to, but it’s not a necessity.)
 
Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

6 Ways to be an Explorer of the World

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Always be looking. (Notice the world beneath you.)

Put down the phone. I mean it. Stop looking at pictures of other peoples’ lives and open your eyes to the world around you. We live in this amazing world, full of beauty, mystery and adventure. Stop to take it all in, and enjoy the view.

 

Consider everything alive and animate.

The world is a lively place. Energy flows through all living things and all that we come in contact with. Feel that energy and connect to the world around you. Your surroundings are communicating with you- listen and respond.

 

Everything is interesting. Look closer. 

You will discover that everyone is interesting if you ask the right questions, and everything is interesting if you approach it from the right angle. Change up the way you percieve the world. Look at everything as if it’s the first time you were seeing it- find new meanings in things.

 

Alter your course often. 

Take a new route, wander, get lost, discover new territory, embrace the unknown. Fill yourself with new colors, sounds, sights, emotions.

 

Observe for long durations. (And short ones.)

Pay attention to what is happening around you. Observe people, nature, movement- use all your senses, notice patterns, and make connections. You may be surprised by what you discover.

 

Notice the stories going on around you.

Everyone has a story. You are constantly surrounded by people living lives just as vivid and complex as yours- made up of their own relationships, goals, drama, routines, fears, and quirks- an epic story that coincides with your own brilliant story.

 

 

 

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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We always looked forward to Pumpkin Spice Lattes just like everybody else, but after reading from
@thefoodbabe on what actually goes into them we were shocked- and super inspired to make our own healthier version. We made a guilt free version of the fall favorite and here are the main differences:
 
* No artificial colors. PSL ingredients include Caramel Color Level IV which is a made with ammonia and is considered a dangerous carcinogen. Not awesome.
 
* No dairy. Starbucks uses Monsanto milk which feeds genetically modified corn, soy and cottonseed to their cows. We use pumpkin seed mylk, which is rich in minerals and antioxidants!
 
* No added sugar. Order up a Grande and you’ll be ordering over 50 grams of sugar! And not even good sugar – Pumpkin Spice lattes are made with corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. And lots of it! We sweeten with medjool dates and add spices to flavor ours.
 
* No pesticides. We use only organic coffee and use cold brew method to reduce the acidity.
No more mystery syrups or science experiments in your coffee cup. Enjoy our cozy and clean fall treat that will make you feel as good as it tastes! Cheers!

10 Signs You May Need A Detox

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  1. Struggling to keep your eyes open during that 2pm meeting? Another cup of coffee isn’t the answer. Your body is exhausted from battling all the toxins.
  2. Backed up? We won’t go into further detail but this could definitely be a sign of too many preservatives, processed foods and toxins
  3. Finding your co-worker’s perfume or the leftovers they brought for lunch extra offensive? Sensitivity to scents can be a symptom of toxin overload.
  4. Can’t seem to drop those last few pounds? You’ve been watching what you eat and hitting the gym but your skinny jeans remain untouched. Rude. It could be a hormonal problem, which are affected by toxins and the food you eat.
  5. Dragon’s breath? Woof. A baseball player sized wad of Dentyne isn’t going to do the trick. Get to the source of bad breath: your digestive system.
  6. Do you wake up feeling like you ran a marathon when, in reality, your workout consisted of opting for the stairs instead of the elevator? Toxins can cause inflammation that attacks your muscles and joints, leaving you feeling sore and achey.
  7. Avoiding mirrors and all reflective surfaces? If you’re suffering from breakouts, dryness or puffy eyes don’t try to cover up the problem- fix it!
  8. Did you just honk at a bunch of school children crossing the street? Getting irritated with everyone these days might be a reason to blame those toxins- they can really screw up your hormonal balance.
  9. Experiencing brain fog? Sorry… what did you just say? Snap out of the toxin cloud, and get back to making s*** happen!
  10. Tangled up in your sheets from all the tossing and turning at night? Toxins can mess with your melatonin levels which signal your body for sleep.

Who do these toxins think they are? Seriously… messing with your sleep, your waistline, your mood, your skin and- most importantly- your sanity! Take control of your body and send those toxins packing.

Juice cleanses are an amazing way to hit the reset button on your system, flush out toxins and nourish your body. But there are tons of small and easy things you can incorporate into your daily routine to detox yourself as well.

  • Drink plenty of water (bonus points for squeezing some lemon into it).
  • Try oil pulling followed by tongue scraping each morning.
  • Dry brush before showering or taking an epsom salt detox bath.
  • Eat plenty of raw and organic fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens.
  • Sweat it out with plenty of regular exercise.
  • Practice the art of deep breathing

Fall in Love with MJF

Fall is for cozy sweaters, your favorite flannel, cider, hay rides, carving pumpkins, jumping in leaf piles (you never get too old for that), candied apples, football season, and yes of course all things pumpkin spiced, and now we are giving you one more thing to fall in love with- our new autumn recipes!

 

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Smashing Pumpkin

(We have pumped up the pumpkin….) 

Pumpkin, butternut squash, coconut milk, spinach, hemp protein, flax seeds, dates, vanilla, cinnamon,nutmeg, cloves

Superfood Ingredient Spotlight:

Hay there Gourdgeous, check out that sexy hourglass shape! Yeah we’re talking to you butternut squash. Not only is this savory autumnal favorite sure to satisfy those hankerings for pie, but it is loaded with health benefits!

* Low in fat, high in fiber, an excellent combo that fills you up, but not out. (Just because it’s sweater weather doesn’t mean you don’t want to maintain that beach bod)

* Its vibrant orange hue is an indication of its beta-carotene, which your body automatically converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps keep your eyes sharp and sparkling. It also gives your skin that autumn glow, because everyone knows a summer glow is so last season.

* Butternut squash is also high in Vitamin C and antioxidants making it anti-inflammatory, excellent for your immune system, and will leave you singing “Build me up butternut!”
 

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Bonfire Cider</h3>
(We are be-cider selves with excitement about this drink!)

Carrot, green apple, apple cider vinegar, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, raw honey

Superfood Ingredient Spotlight:

Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV as the cool kids refer to it, is one powerhouse of benefits and we got your daily dose right here.

* Bacteria butt-kicking abilities. Helps kill those pathogens, relieve sore throats, and upper respiratory infections and keep that immune system in tip top shape to get you through cold and flu season in fighting form.

* Alkalizing powers. Vinegar has an alkalizing effect on the body which helps your body absorb more vital minerals from the food you eat, while slowing down the absorption of sugar.

* Aids in digestion: AVC naturally produces hydrochloric acid which helps your body properly break down food. It also serves as a cleanser and healer for your digestive systems due to its high probiotic content and natural acidity.
 

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Pumpkin Spice</h3>
(This isn’t your basic seasonal spiced drink!)

Cold brew coffee, filtered water, pumpkin seeds, vanilla, dates, himalayan salt, pumpkin pie spice.

Superfood Ingredient Spotlight:

Trade in your sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds now that fall has arrived. They are rich in minerals and have a diverse mix of antioxidants.

* Magnesium: Pumpkin seeds are high in the heart-healing mineral magnesium which is important for a variety of vital physiological functions.
* Zinc: Zinc is beneficial to immunity, can help elevate you senses, improve mental functions and memory retention, and boost your energy levels– taking this pick up treat to new heights, with no tricks- just raw goodness, straight up!

* Vitamin E: Vitamin E isn’t just heart healthy, but it’s great for your skin, giving you that Autumn glow which is all the rage these days.

 

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