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Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Cucumbers

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I am completely obsessed with vinegars, and anything pickled or fermented. Seriously. I am always trying out new recipes for flavored vinegars, and pickled food-things.

This is a super quick and easy recipe that I always have on my fridge and make a lot for my clients on a Raw Food Diet.

You can use the same recipe with radishes and turnips.Try experimenting with different herbs and vinegars. My favorite variation is omitting the herbs, and adding some Siracha Hot Sauce,regular and black sesame seeds, and toasted sesame seed oil. Yum!

It is a nice addition to salads, sandwiches, or to just eat it straight out of the bowl. I always have it on my fridge and it lasts for a week if kept refrigerated.

Ingredients

5 Small Organic Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
1 TBSP brown sugar (you can substitute for maple syrup, Demerara sugar or any sugar you prefer)
1 tsp Himalayan Salt
1 TBSP organic Italian parsley, chopped
1 TBSP organic mint, chopped

Method

Mix all ingredients in a container and stir. Close the container with a lid or use film to wrap it closed. refrigerated it for minimum 4 hours. It will taste much better after 24 to 48 hours, when all flavors have married.

Enjoy! Bom Apetite!

 

Banana + Raw Organic Honey + Peanut Butter + Carob Functional Snack

18 Dec BananaSnack

When hunger strikes in the middle of the day, and I crave something sweet, fulfilling, and healthy banana is always my go to fruit.

Bananas are soooo good because:

* They have high levels of thryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy +good mood neurotransmitter

* They are packed with potassium, which helps prevent muscle cramps as well as nighttime leg cramps

* Regulate blood sugar

* Have high levels of Vitamin B-6, therefore helps reduce swelling, help the production of white blood cells, and strengthen the nervous system

* Have iron, which helps prevent and combat anemia, and strengthen your blood

* They have magnesium, which helps keep blood pressure normal, keep your bones strong and a steady heart rhythm

* Rich in pectin, which is an enzyme that aids digestion. They are a natural anti acid and act as prebiotic.

Now, I combine this amazing fruit with Peanuts, which are a good source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese.

Then, I add Organic Raw Honey which contains flavonoids, and is anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial

And Carob, that is high in fiber, and has calcium.

Bee pollen, Amaranth and Maca Powder will each get their own post because they deserve it.

 

Method

1. Slice a banana

2. Mix 2 tbsp of Natural Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with 2 tsp Carob Powder, 1 tbsp Carob Chips, 1 tbsp Organic Raw Honey, 1 pinch Cinnamon

3. On a plate sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Maca powder, and 1 tsp Bee Pollen.

4. Sprinkle 2 tsp Amaranth on top of the sliced bananas.

5. Decorate the plate with some extra Carob Chips.

 

Bom Apetite!

 

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