Curry Garlic Carrot Fries

Just baked up a batch of my go-to curry garlic carrot fries! They are perfect when you're craving fries, but want a healthier and more nourishing alternative! When they are thinly cut, tossed with oil, and baked, they come out of the oven crispy and brown! Plus, they're full of antioxidants with cancer-fighting properties (carotenoids) AND did you know cooked carrots have higher antioxidant activity than raw carrots?

DIRECTIONS: 1.) Simply heat oven to 425 degrees 2.) Slice up 6 large & peeled organic carrots into fries 3.) Lightly toss in coconut oil and a blend of garlic, curry, turmeric, cumin, sea salt and gomasio (optional) 4.) Pop in the oven until crispy for about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Healthy, Homemade & Heavenly "Magic Shell"

Remember that delicious "Magic Shell" from childhood that would magically harden over your desserts? Tasted so good, but it was extremely processed with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and partially hydrogenated soybean oil - both of which are so harmful to our bodies! If you find HFCS on any food labels, you can be certain that it is not a whole, real fresh food. Stay far away from it if you want to stay healthy. It is a red flag that the food you are about to eat is poor quality and full of empty calories and artificial ingredients. As for partially hydrogenated soybean oil, it is a trans fat that is known to raise LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol), which can double your risk of heart disease. Not to mention, it is genetically modified! 

This homemade version is so easy to whip-up & contains healthy fats, antioxidants & uses only three ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (maple syrup, raw honey, or coconut nectar) 

Once you make the chocolate sauce, dip any of your favorite fruits into it: kiwis, berries, bananas, cherries, persimmons, etc. I love them at room temperature, dehydrated, or frozen! Have fun with this! And be careful...they can be addicting! 

Locally Grown: Sprouting

Trying to get your family to eat more greens?  Why not grow your own fresh, organic sprouts at home? They don't require soil or sunshine, they are extremely cheap, & they are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins & enzymes that promote better digestion! Not only can you increase the nutritional value of whatever is being sprouted (making the nutrients more easily absorbed by your body), but your gut will be much happier! Plus, there is nothing more gratifying than watching those babies grow in a few days! We throw these mung bean sprouts on salads, soups, on avocados & in the juicer.

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN SPROUTS:

  1. Put the seeds of your choice in the bottom of a jar and cover with water to soak for 12-14 hours. Aim to fill with jar up with enough water to cover the seeds, plus an inch. About half to one inch of dried seeds will usually fill a jar. Feel free to experiment with a few varieties of seeds! As you experiment with more and more seeds, you will see which ones expand quickly and which ones don't. 
  2. Seal the jar with a screen lid. Allow the seeds to sit in a cool spot overnight...out of direct sunlight. After 12-14 hours has passed, drain the water out of the holes in the lid or screen lid, leaving the seeds damp, but not swimming in water.
  3. Repeat the rinsing process at least once every 12-14 hours until your sprouts are ready - usually about two to four days.
  4. Once your sprouts are finished, remove them from your jar, place in a sealed container in the refrigerator to use.  Your sprouts should stay fresh for up to a week!