Watermelon Strawberry Lime Toss

So, how exciting is this??! This vitalizing salad only has three (THREE, people) ingredients but somehow it still manages to be a party in your mouth! I've made this a small recipe (serves only 1-2), but it can be easily multiplied (if you can do basic math and/or have a calculator) for larger groups.

2 cups chopped watermelon (bite-sized cubes)
1 cup sliced strawberries (fresh)
1 tablespoon lime juice (for the love of all that is good and holy, use fresh limes!)

Toss all ingredients together gently and serve.

Serves 1-2
GF/SF/R/Green (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Rosemary Rose Stevia Lemonade

Today, I was in the mood for some pretty! I also wanted to use up a bunch of organic lemons (those things go bad way too fast). So, my daughter and I whipped up a batch of lemonade. But not just any lemonade! I also had a rose that was dead (there's no great way to say that) and lots of rosemary growing in a pot indoors. Not to mention the fact that I love fun, vitalizing, low-to-no calorie beverages. So, voila! This idea was born.

Here's the how-to...

First, my daughter and I put some fresh rosemary in an ice cube tray and filled it up with water. Froze that thang. Next, in went the rose petals to another tray (one petal per cube). We found that the rose petals are so airy and light that it's best to fill it up with water only halfway, add the rose petals, then freeze. Once mostly frozen, remove and fill up the rest of the way with water. Otherwise, the rose petals won't be encased in the ice.

Next, combine the following:

▪ 4 cups pure water
▪ 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
▪ 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (or slightly more, for a sweeter lemonade)

Place in a pretty glass pitcher along with your frozen ice cubes (and perhaps a few lemon wedges) and enjoy! This beverage is not only pretty, it's also a fantastic way to alkalinize your system, get lots of vitamin C, and detoxify. Yeah!!!

Serves 4 (or me)
GF/SF/R/Green (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Baked Whole Grain Vegan Donuts

Yeah, the title makes these sound like they taste healthy, right? Baked? Whole Grain? Vegan? Boring, right? WRONG! I promise you'll be amazed at how delish these are, while still ditching the deep-fried-white-flour-cholesterol-laden-ness that most donuts boast. And, of course, those of you who are familiar with my books have already found out that healthy vegan food can actually be the most delicious kind on the planet! But don't take my word for it... Try these bad boys and find out for yourself!

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon EACH: cinnamon and nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

One "Flegg" (2 tablespoons flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup nondairy milk
3 tablespoons non-virgin coconut oil (you can use virgin if you want them to taste like coconut)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

Final Bit: Organic powdered sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and lightly oil a donut baking pan (that makes 6 regular sized donuts).
2. Combine the dry ingredients together thoroughly. Set aside.
3. For the Flegg, stir the flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds) and water together and then let the mixture sit til thoroughly gooey, about 5 minutes. Then, stir the remaining wet ingredients into the Flegg until well combined.
4. Gently stir the wet mixture into the dry just until thoroughly combined. Place the mixture evenly into the donut cups, spreading it out evenly using your fingers or a spoon. Smooth out the tops and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Note: the tops may not be browned.

5. Place the donut pan, upside-down, on top of a cooling rack or clean counter. The donuts should come right out, but if not, you may tap the pan gently to release your circular newborns.
6. Dust the tops with organic powdered sugar and voila! Delicious, warm donuts up in your world!! Enjoy!

Makes 6 donuts (6 servings)
SF/Blue (according to the health guidelines in my books)

FINAL NOTES: I haven't tried it yet, but for my gluten-free friends, I might suggest a gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of the whole wheat pastry. I don't see why it wouldn't work! : )

Also, if you prefer a cinnamon spice donut, use only 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and up the cinnamon to 2 tablespoons. When done, dust the tops with both powdered sugar and cinnamon. YUM!!

GreenYa Colada

Well, there are basically two reasons this drink HAD to be born. One - I was able to find lots of young Thai coconuts on my travels recently and did some fun, yummy, healthy experimenting. Two - the name. Enough said.

For those of you who've never used a young Thai coconut, please don't be intimidated. You can often find them in health food stores and they're relatively easy to open. However, I will warn you - once you've tasted their fresh, electrolyte-rich, rejuvenating coconut water you may never want to buy packaged coconut water again.

How to open said magic fruit? All you'll need is confidence and a very big knife. Towards the top (say, 2 inches down from the peak), jab with your knife. You may have to do this a few times til you break the surface. Continue to do this all around the top in a circle til you can remove the top. From there, you'll pour out the water and then spoon out the freakishly tender coconut meat (with, yes, a spoon). And be sure to sample a bit of the meat before you blend it up...it's heavenly!!

GreenYa Colada!

- The water and flesh of one young Thai coconut
- 3 cups EACH: baby spinach, frozen (or fresh) pineapple chunks, and frozen (very ripe) bananas

Place all of the ingredients together in a blender. It'll look a little something like this:

Next, blend very well. Serve immediately. Enjoy your healthy paradise! : D

Serves 3-4
GF/SF/R/Green (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Spicy Vegan Pumpkin Pie Shake

Part dessert, part breakfast, this shake will give your skin a glow and your brain a boost. Recipe from Radiance 4 Life - my most recent cookbook that's all about honoring nutrient-dense superfoods.

▪ 2 frozen bananas (frozen when very ripe)

▪ 1¼ cups cooked pumpkin, very cold

▪ 1 cup cold nondairy milk

▪3 tablespoons maple syrup, cold

▪1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

▪½teaspoon vanilla

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until thoroughly smooth and emulsified. Serve immediately, you pumpkin lover you.

Serves 2

GF/SF/Blue/HR/F (according to the health guidelines in my books)

30 Minutes or Under!
Superstars: pumpkin, almonds