Just Fruit. Salad – A Summertime Favorite!

Just Fruit. Salad – A Summertime Favorite!
(Serves 10-12) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free
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This fruit salad is Colorful, Fresh and Perfect for a summer gathering. It’s also ideal for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dessert 🙂 . I love fresh cold fruit in the summer. This salad is so refreshing; it’s a simple crowd-pleaser that is far from the canned stuff. I titled this – Just Fruit – because it is…just fruit – no added sugar, sauces or syrups. Enjoy! One of my favs.

Ingredients:
1 Honeydew (I used Orange Flesh Honeydew)
6oz Blackberries, rinsed
3 Cups Green Grapes (about 18oz)
2 Cups Peaches (about 14oz)
1-2 Ripe Mangoes, peeled and chopped
1 Pineapple, Peeled/Cored/Chopped
20 Strawberries, hulled/quartered
6oz Raspberries, rinsed
2 Kiwi, peeled/sliced

Directions:
Peel and Chop or Slice: Honeydew (I used my melon baller), Peaches, Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi.
Rinse and pat dry: Blackberries, Grapes, Raspberries and Strawberries (slice in half or quarter strawberries.
Refrigerate before serving. Sometimes I place in the freezer for 30 mins. for a quick chill.

I love fresh pineapple!
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-You can layer this fruit salad and get fancy-
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-Or Toss to combine –
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Enjoy!

Raw Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake

Raw Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake
(Serves 12-16) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
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This cheesecake is deliciously creamy with a great texture. It seems there were some mixed feelings about this cheesecake, I’m thinking because of the acidity. I really enjoyed it as did Jasmine, I thought it was fresh and light. My husband although he liked the flavor he didn’t care for the acidity too much. If it makes you feel better coconut oil is neutral, young coconuts are alkaline while the pineapple is acidic, so I like to think there is some balance. 🙂 More raw cheesecake recipes to come. You be the judge, enjoy!
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Ingredients
Cheesecake:
1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked
1 Pineapple, peeled/cored, chopped
1 Young Coconut (Meat Only)
1 ½ Cup Finely Raw Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Coconut Oil, slightly melted (room temp. it’s summertime here!)
3 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar

Crust:

1 ½ Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pitted Dates (about 20)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar

Directions:
-In a food processor pulse pineapple, coconut meat and cashews until blended. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth.
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Notes: If you have a high speed blender with a large capacity, just blend all the cheesecake ingredients in the blender). However, I used the food processor in combination with my nutribullet. I blended the mixture in my nutribullet in batches until smooth.
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-For the Crust: Pulse together in a food processor until combined. The mixture should stick together.
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-Press crust in bottom of springform pan. Add cheesecake mixture on top – smooth and refrigerate until firm. I refrigerated overnight.

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E-Boost (Energy) Smoothie

E-Boost (Energy) Smoothie
(Serves 2) – Vegan, Raw
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“E” is for Energy! How much do we need a little extra energy in our lives? All the ingredients in this energy packed smoothie have similar qualities…Rich in Antioxidants, Vitamin C and Energy packed!
Pineapple (1 Cup) contains 131% Vitamin C. Pineapples are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Manganese, Thiamin. Known for their anti-inflammatory benefits too and Dietary Fiber to aid in digestion. They are a rich source of antioxidants, which aid in preventing/repairing cell damage.
Mango (1) Great source of Beta Carotene, antioxidants and great for skin and hair.
Blueberries (1 Cup) also provides 24% Vitamin C 36% Vitamin K. Rich source of Antioxidants.
Spinach (1 Cup) Packed with Iron. Great source of Calcium, Vitamins, Zinc – think of Popeye’s strength and how he’d jump up in the air with great strength after a can. Kale is a great substitute too.
Peaches (1) – Vitamins A, C, K & E. Antioxidants – Vitamin C.
Cranberry Juice – (1 Cup) – Packed with energy and protein. Minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin. Coconut Water is great here too!

Also, for smoothies or a great snack are: Bananas which contain a lot of Potassium. They are great if you’re ever looking for an energy boost or pick me up. Nuts like Almonds or Apples too. Soak your Nuts for smoothies for easier digestion.

Smoothie Add-ins: Cinnamon, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Maca Powder, Cocoa Powder, Matcha, Flax Seeds/Meal.

Avocado, Berries, Bananas, and Papayas are fantastic for energy and excellent for hair/skin too. Oranges and Grapefruits – Vitamin C, what can I say…Vitamin C. If you have a cold, feeling ill, fatigued – Vitamin C should surely give you a boost. Anything that is cancer fighting, rich in antioxidants, I’m down for. Cold medicines…Supplements…Coffee, why not give fruits and veggies a try.

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E includes Easter Dinner. I wanted to edit my “E” section to include Easter Dinner. Whether Easter to you means  Resurrection Day or the Easter Bunny and “Plastic” Easter Egg hunts, it is typically a time where people, family and friends come together. That togetherness is always important and just as stated in my ‘about’ our gatherings always include food! This year we spent time at my brother’s and enjoyed a fantastic Easter dinner – they had their selections and I brought along our vegan items, which are always enjoyed by everyone. I made my coveted V-Loaf and Bean Salad along with some lovely Hasselback Potatoes, Broccoli Slaw, Beets/Swiss Chard and for dessert my carrotcake cake balls.

Happy Easter

This is us -minus (1) – Megan did not come along today.

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