2 Amazing and Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream Recipes

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If you or your children cannot pass an ice cream stand in the summer without getting a craving for the sweet treat, then it is important to arm yourself for the summer with healthy, homemade ice cream recipes. Banana ice cream is very popular, but if you or your children don’t like bananas, sweet potato ice cream is a healthy, delicious alternative! It may sound strange at first, but sweet potatoes have a creamy texture when cooked and a mild taste that makes them a great healthy ice cream base that won’t compete with the flavors you add. Here are two fun, tasty sweet potato ice cream recipes that your family can have fun making and eating with no guilt!

1. Peanut Butter Flavored Low-sugar, Low-fat Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream

This is a low-calorie recipe for adults who are watching their weights, but the kids are also likely to love it too!

Ingredients:

1 cup mashed sweet potato (cut sweet potato into slices, boil just until tender, then remove skins and mash up with a potato masher)

2 cups nut milk of choice

½ cup honey

½ cups no-calorie sweetener (monk fruit extract or stevia are best)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup peanut butter

Instructions: Combine all ingredients  your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Then, either freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker until smooth OR just place the entire bowl in the freezer and stir about every 30 minutes until frozen.

This recipe is very tweak-able, and if you want to omit the sugar substitute and use one cup of honey (or other sweetener syrup of choice), then go for it. Don’t mind a little more healthy fat? Switch from nut milk to cashew cream and/or double the peanut butter! Yum!

2. Vegan Creamy Chocolate Sweet Potato Ice Cream (Paleo Diet Friendly)

If you or your children usually choose chocolate ice cream, then this recipe will satisfy that chocolate ice cream craving with no guilt. Other than seasonings, the only ingredients required are sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and dairy-free chocolate chips. All you have to do is follow the instructions for this amazing recipe here.

However, I also decided to share a way to tweak it a bit so the special chocolate chips are not needed, in case you have difficulty finding them or decide they are out of your budget.

To make it without the chips, follow the basic instructions, but switch from light coconut milk to the full-fat version and add one-cup sugar and ¼ cup of cocoa powder. Want chocolate peanut butter ice cream? Add ½ cup peanut butter to the recipe! Love coconut? Add ¼ cup (or more) of shredded coconut meat.

This is a decadent recipe that is still a bit high fat and is high calorie, but it is free from all animal products and is great for a special treat!

Keep these healthy sweet potato ice cream recipes and supplies to make them handy this summer, so when you and/or your children pass those ice cream stands and get an ice cream craving, you know how to satisfy it in a healthy way at home!

6 Affordable Raw Dog Food Recipes and Homemade Cooked Dog Food Recipes

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If you are like many dog owners, you face a dilemma every time you hit the dog food aisle – should you buy that budget dog food or splurge on the more expensive kind that you know is a bit healthier, but costs a fortune? You will no longer have to worry about feeding your dog a healthy diet on a budget when you make your own dog food at home! Just like the food you eat, healthy dog food doesn’t have to be expensive, even if you want to feed your dog fully raw! Read on to find raw and cooked dog food recipes that are great for your dog and easy on your wallet.

Homemade Dog Food Nutritional Requirements

One of the biggest worries you may have about making dog food at home is satisfying all of your dog’s vitamin, mineral, and macronutrient requirements. First, realize that standard dog food requirements were set by the AAFCO, or American Feed Control Officials, and you can see a full chart of them here.

But, just like RDAs set for adults, these guidelines are highly debated.

However, realize that any packaged food you have fed your dog has met these requirements, and this is what your dog is used to eating. If you stray too far from them and your dog becomes ill, you will have to live with the suspicion that you may have caused the illness by feeding him the wrong food (even if the illness does not stem from the food he is fed).

In the end, it is best to start making a food that meets the official requirements to give you peace-of-mind. Later, you can alter the recipe if you find your dog is not thriving on your first recipe!

Affordable Raw Dog Food Recipes

There are so many great raw dog food recipes created by pet chefs, and here are some of the best:

1. Here are two great raw dog food recipes created by dog food chef Barbara Laino. Both do require a meat grinder and make very large batches. Remember that you can always cut recipes in half or even smaller as long as you perform your calculations correctly. If you have a powerful high speed blender, you can likely prepare a small batch in it as long as you purchase a dedicated canister to avoid cross-contaminating your foods with any raw meat residue.

2. This article is a great resource to help you create your own affordable raw dog food recipe. It states why all raw dog food recipes should be about half meat, include some fish, and include some liver. It also gives you a list of supplements you should include in your recipe to meet your dog’s nutritional needs that are difficult to meet with raw food sources alone.

Affordable Cooked Dog Food Recipes

When you are on a tight budget, homemade cooked dog food recipes are the way to go. You can meet your dog’s nutrient requirements more affordably when you are wiling to include cooked potatoes and/or grains in it.

1. This Puppy Stew recipe is based on affordable chicken cuts, rice, and sweet potatoes.

2. Another recipe from Thebark.com, Fido’s Fricasse lets you take advantage of the protein and fat in super-affordable eggs, so you can keep meat minimal, which saves you money.

3. Here is a super-affordable home made dog food recipe that includes no supplements. Notice egg shells are used to fulfill calcium requirements, which is something you can add to the above recipes instead of the recommended calcium supplements. This recipe was calculated to cost less than even budget brand dog foods!

Remember to always transition your dog slowly when switching dog foods, and this is important even when transitioning him to a homemade dog food diet. Start by feeding him ¾ of his standard food and ¼ homemade food for a while, then go to half and half, etc. until you have him fully switched over.

You can have a happy, healthy dog and a healthy wallet when you make your own dog food at home. Try one of these raw dog food recipes or cooked dog food recipes and see how your little buddy likes his new tasty homemade dog food!

 

Think Healthy Food Is Expensive? 3 Healthy Food Swaps That Cost Less Than Their Unhealthy Alternatives

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There is one huge myth that many people believe about eating healthy, natural foods – that healthy foods are more expensive. This belief likely stems from the myth that all people who eat healthy load up on premium-priced packaged foods sold at stores like Whole Foods. Just like unhealthy packaged, gourmet foods, yes, packaged healthy gourmet foods can be expensive. However, when you shop wisely and prepare most of your meals at home, you can actually save money when switching to a healthier diet –really! Here are three swaps you can make in your diet today that will improve your health and save you money!

1. Eat Ice Cream for Dessert? Whip Up a Quick Fruit Smoothie Instead

Do you eat ice cream for dessert (or feed it to your family) because it is a cheap way to satisfy your sweet tooth? You can make healthy sweet treats, like fruit smoothies, that are even more affordable than those packaged treats.

A simple, healthy cheaper-then-ice-cream smoothie can be made with just one frozen chopped banana and a cup of homemade or store-bought nut milk (homemade is cheaper, but the stuff you buy at the store is no more expensive than dairy milk), ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a natural sweetener of your choice.

This is delicious on its own, but you can personalize it to your tastes by adding other flavors. Like chocolate peanut butter cups? Add some cocoa powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter to the base (both cheap). Love coconut? Add ¼ cup coconut.

Grand total for one smoothie? Less than $1. Really!

2. Love Fast-food or Frozen French Fries? Make Baked Sweet Potatoes Fries Instead

If you love french fries, then you can make baked white potato fries at home that are cheaper and healthier than even those budget frozen fries. However, sweet potatoes pack a bigger nutritional punch, and baked sweet potato fries are just as super-easy to make.

To begin, just rinse your sweet potatoes, and cut the into slices about ½ inch thick. Boil the slices for about 10 minutes (you can skip this part, but it will help them cook faster in the oven), drain, and then cut the slices into fry-shaped sticks. (Optional: sprinkle a little cornstarch on them and coat them well to make the final fries even crispier!)

Place them on a baking pan and cook in a 400-degree F oven for 20-30 minutes.

You then have super-easy and healthy fries that cost less than $1 for a huge serving (probably even less).

3. Skip That Expensive Cut of Dinner Meat and Eat Protein-packed Veggies and Grains Instead!

One huge way you can save while eating healthy is cutting the meat and cheese out of your diet. Both are filled with hormones, antibiotics, unhealthy fats…the list goes on.

And, no, you don’t have to buy those expensive organic meats and cheeses when you can just eat protein-packed vegetables and grains instead. There are so many meat-free recipes that are very affordable, but here are a couple of ideas:

Buckwheat pancakes. Buckwheat is a grain that is packed with complete protein (although you don’t have to eat complete protein at every meal, as explained here). Top with a little fruit and/or real maple syrup, and you can eat pancakes for dinner with no guilt!

Veggie Stir-fry. White rice is extremely affordable and healthy, and you can make it the base of a stir-fry loaded with any veggies you like. Peas are a great addition if you want a protein-packed meal, because they are so filled with protein that even bodybuilders drink pea protein powder!

Think veggies and grains don’t contain enough protein to keep you healthy? Click here to read about the new studies showing that protein should be kept under 20-percent of your daily macro-nutrient intake for good health.

If you think eating healthy is too expensive, then realize that there are affordable ways to eat healthy, and you can even save money switching from unhealthy processed foods to healthy, whole foods. Swap one unhealthy food item from your grocery cart for a healthy one each week, and before you know it, you will be eating a healthier diet.

2 Free Diet Websites That Can Help You Find New Meal Ideas That Fit into Your New Diet Goals

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If you have just begun a new diet or way of eating, then you know it can be all-too-easy to eat the same few meals that you know fit into the plan over and over due to not knowing what else you can eat. If you enjoy those meals, then great, but realize that too much diet boredom can lead to falling “off the wagon” due to diet monotony. Here are two free diet websites that can help you find new foods and recipes that fit into your new diet plan, so you don’t get bored and tempted to go back to your old way of eating.

1. Eatthismuch.com Creates Free Full-day Menus Based on Your Detailed Diet Goals

A basic account at Eatthismuch.com is free, and it can come in handy when starting a new diet in several ways. You do have to enter your email and create a free account to access the full set of free features.

Once you create your account, you first enter your daily calorie-consumption goal, then check boxes to tell the site any specific eating plan you are following, like vegan, gluten-free, etc. (yes, you can choose several!). You can then also enter your desired macro-nutrient ratios, if you have them. Finally, you can further tailor your free meal plans by specifying any specific foods or groups of foods you are allergic to or simply don’t want to eat, and then and enter how many meals you plan to eat each day.

Once you enter this info, you will be given a full day of meals that fit all of your criteria and even recipes to make them. Yes, this is all free! If you choose to upgrade to a paid account, you get extra features, like a full-week shopping list, weight tracking, etc., but if you are looking for simple food inspiration and meal ideas, the free account will likely be all you need!

2. Use Supercook.com to Find Recipes Based on Specific Healthy Foods You Have on Hand

So you have a bunch of healthy foods you just bought but no idea what to create with them? There are quite a few websites today that allow you to build virtual “refrigerators” of foods you have in your home and then show you recipes that use only those ingredients. However, many have a list of foods to check off instead of allowing you to enter your own foods, and they don’t have many healthy foods listed, such as sweet potatoes, chia seeds, buckwheat, etc.

I sampled a bunch of these websites, and Supercook.com recognized more healthy foods that others did not. For example, many other websites had absolutely no way to even add the above-mentioned healthy foods into your virtual refrigerator! In addition, Supercook.com also allows you to to narrow down recipes based on your dietary restrictions, so you can check the “gluten-free” box to make sure only gluten-free recipes come up, check the “dairy” box to exclude dairy, etc.

Be aware that all of these “find recipes based on ingredients you have” websites seem to have their own quirks, and Supercook does have a few. For example, once I entered “rice” into my virtual pantry, the top several suggested recipe results were “steamed white rice.” BUT, don’t let this deter you, but just be aware that you may face this too, but once you arrow down and load more recipes, you can find ones that contain more ingredients.

Try these two websites to find meal ideas that fit into your new diet plan. This is not sponsored, so don’t worry, neither website is paying to be on this list!

3 Tips on How to Make Green Smoothies in a Cheap Blender

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If you can’t afford a powerful blender right now, then don’t think you have to wait until you save up the money to buy one to enjoy healthy, delicious green smoothies. Sure, powerful blenders make healthy eating easier, but you should never put your health on hold for any reason. Follow these three tips on how to make great green smoothies in a cheap blender and start improving your health now!

1. Blender Can’t Chop Ice? No Worries when You Freeze Your Fruit

The first step to making a green smoothie is creating a creamy fruit base. Cheap blenders are notorious for not being able to chop ice, but you don’t need ice to make your smoothies thick and creamy. You can skip ice and frozen fruit altogether if you start your smoothie with a base of a chopped up banana and a little nut milk or water.

But, if you want a thicker smoothie that stays cold longer, you can always freeze other fruit before blending it. Frozen fruit is not as hard as ice, and even the most basic, budget blenders can usually blend frozen fruit easily. Chop it into bite-size chunks before freezing and adding to your smoothies.

2. Try This Trick to Help Your Greens Blend with Ease

Of course, you also want greens in your green smoothie. However, you may have tried to throw fresh kale, spinach, or other nutrition-packed greens into your blender and just ended up with large chunks of greens and strings that may have even wrapped around the base of the blades.

What’s the solution? Rinse, chop, and freeze those greens before you blend them. Freezing them makes them more rigid, and when your blender blades hit them, they won’t twist and contort around the blades as fresh greens will. Chopping them before freezing also turns the strings into shorter ones that won’t get wrapped up around your blender blades.

3. You Can Add Healthy Flax and Chia Seeds to Your Smoothie

Flax seeds and chia seeds are both great additions to a green smoothie, since they add a little healthy fat and protein to your concoction. Your cheap blender may not be able to break them down much at all, but it is not impossible to include these superfoods into your smoothie when you have a cheap blender.

If you have a coffee grinder (you can find one for $10-15), spice grinder, or food processor, you can quickly chop up those hard nuts and seeds into fine powders before adding them into your blender.

No grinder? While it is always preferable to grind flax and chia seeds just before using them to prevent oxidation, you can buy both in powder form to add to your smoothies. Find a supplier that grinds them up just before shipping them, then keep them in dark, air-tight containers in a cool kitchen cupboard when not in use.

Also, nut butter with no additives offers a super-easy way to add a little healthy protein and fat into your smoothie with no worries of oxidation.

Is a super-powered blender a great investment that makes it easier to create green smoothies and other healthy concoctions at home? Yes. But, you don’t have to put your health on hold until you can afford a better blender when you follow these tips on how to make a creamy green smoothie in a cheap blender.

Quitting Dairy? Homemade, Dairy-free Cheese and Cream Recipes That Taste Better than Dairy!

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If you have decided to eliminate dairy from your diet, then it is for a good reason. You are likely tired of digestion problems, contributing to the unethical dairy farming practices, and/or just want to improve your health. However, some of your favorite foods that you think you will miss, like dairy cream, cream pies, cream soups, are traditionally made with milk or cream.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between caving into your cravings and sticking to your new eating plan, because you can recreate your favorite dairy products without using milk or cream, and the final result can taste just as good, or even better, than the milk-based versions! Reach for these dairy-free cream and cheese recipes, and you can then still eat your favorite foods with no guilt!

Cashew Cream Recipe—non-dairy Substitute for Coffee Cream, Whipped Cream, and Cream-based Pasta Sauces, Soups, and Pies!

Don’t start replacing that coffee cream and whipped dairy cream with non-dairy junk “creamers” and “whipped toppings” you find in the supermarket made of high fructose corn syrup and chemicals. Try cashew cream instead!

Cashew cream is an amazing, versatile dairy replacement. It can be used in your morning coffee, in those cream pie recipes, as a topping for pies and cakes, and even as a “cream sauce” for pasta!

Best of all, you only need two ingredients to make the base recipe, and you can then flavor it however you like.

To make cashew cream, start by soaking one cup of raw cashews in just enough water to cover them well for about 2-4 hours. (The less powerful your blender is, the longer you should soak them). Then, simply put them in your blender or food processor and add ¼ cup water. Blend until it becomes creamy and smooth.

If you are creating cashew cream to use as a coffee creamer or use in desserts, add a little sweetener, a pinch of salt, and a few drops of vanilla extract.

Want a creamy non-dairy pasta sauce? Leave out the sweetener and vanilla extract, and instead increase the sea salt a little. Then, add your favorite spices and/or mix with a little tomato sauce or other non-dairy pasta sauce you want to make a little creamy. Simple, huh?

Homemade Dairy-Free Cheese Recipes

Another dairy product you may think you will miss is cheese. While you can purchase a variety of cheese substitutes at the supermarket, making replacements at home is healthier and more affordable.

Love cream cheese? Try this recipe that is also based on cashews. Make it savory to spread on your favorite healthy toast or sweet to use in cheesecake recipes!

Is cheddar cheese your favorite? Here is a unique homemade recipe for cheddar cheese.

Are you more fond of the milder taste of mozzarella? Try this recipe that is made with a surprising main ingredient –Zucchini!

Love shaking Parmesan cheese on your pasta and salads? Nutritional yeast flakes have been a vegan pantry staple for decades due to the cheesy taste they have. Sprinkle them on any meal you would sprinkle Parmesan cheese on, or blend them in your cashew cream for a non-dairy Alfredo sauce!

If you think you will miss your favorite dairy products when cutting them out of your diet, realize that there is no milk-base food that you can’t find a milk-free recipe for that tastes just as good, or even better than the milk-based version!

Raw Green Ice Cream and Raw Pesto Pasta Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Do you plan to start your St. Patrick’s Day with a green smoothie and have a green salad for lunch, but are not sure what raw green foods to eat for dinner and dessert? You’re in luck, because we have raw green dinner and dessert recipes you will love! Read on to find out how to make raw basil pesto “pasta” for a healthy, delicious green dinner and raw mint or pistachio ice cream to enjoy as a tasty dessert!

Raw Basil Pesto “Pasta” Recipe

Pesto sauce is not only delicious, but it is also packed with healthy ingredients. It is traditionally enjoyed on pasta, but it can also be turned into a salad dressing by increasing the oil content.

To create raw basil pesto sauce you will need:

Ingredients:

2 cups of fresh, organic basil leaves

One-quarter cup raw walnuts

3 cloves of raw garlic (add an extra if you love garlic!)

One-quarter cup coconut oil

Combine all ingredients, excluding the coconut oil, in your food processor or high-speed blender and process until you have fine chunks. Add the olive oil, and then process or blended thoroughly. Don’t blend until completely smooth, though, because to preserve a bit of chunky texture. No food processor or blender? Don’t despair! Just chop all ingredients finely with a knife and combine!

To make your raw pasta, all you need is a spaghetti squash! Yes, you can eat it raw. Just cut in half, remove the seeds, and scrape out the squash with a fork to produce strands of “pasta.” Or, if you have a spiral vegetable slicer, you can create pasta out of zucchini!

Pour a bit of the pesto on your “pasta” (it is packed with flavor, so a little goes a long way!), and mix well.

Once you have your basic pasta and sauce made, you can add any fresh green raw veggies, such as green broccoli, green bell peppers, and/or a handful of spinach.

Raw Mint Chip or Pistachio Ice Cream Recipes With No Bananas!

Frozen bananas do make a great base for raw vegan ice cream, but some flavors just don’t combine well with bananas, and that includes mint. We recently discovered an amazing raw mint chip ice cream recipe that an amazing raw chef created, and you can find it here.

Want green pistachio ice cream instead? Just leave out the peppermint extract and cacao nibs and add a large handful of pistachios to the ice cream base before you freeze it.

Enjoy these raw green dinner and dessert recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, and let us know what you think if you try them!

2 Easy Ways to Make Raw Oat Milk Without a Blender!

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Almond milk is a healthy, non-dairy milk alternative, but oat milk is also nutritious and delicious (as long as you like the taste of oats, of course!) Both are great options for vegans, but each has their specific advantages. Raw oat milk is great if you suffer from nut allergies, don’t have a powerful blender, or just want to try something new. Here are two ways to make healthy raw oat milk without a blender.

1. How to Make Oat Milk with Only Rolled Oats and a Strainer

To make this version of oat milk, you just need rolled oats, water, and any straining device you have handy. While nut milk bags and cheesecloth are preferable, since they can help you press the oat/water mixture to extract all the nutrients, a fine mesh strainer of any type will work in a pinch.

Ingredients:

One cup rolled oats

Five cups room temperature water

Optional: pinch sea salt, sweetener, vanilla extract to taste.

Instructions:

1. Combine the oats and water in a large bowl and let soak for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Stir the mixture occasionally to help break down the oats and unleash the nutrients and flavor.

2. Strain the mixture with your straining device of choice, but don’t toss those oats just yet!

3. After straining, combine the oats and water again, and give them a second 30-minute soak.

4. Strain again, and add your desired optional ingredients.

5. Store mixture in a glass jar in the refrigerator, and be sure to give it a good shake before you drink it later.

Why double soak and strain? The straining process helps break down the oats further, especially if you are pressing them with cheesecloth or in a nut milk bag. Soaking and straining twice will give you a richer oat milk.

Don’t waste those leftover oats! They are still packed with healthy fiber and some of the oat nutrients, so eat them as you would raw oatmeal or use them in your other favorite oat-based raw recipe.

2. How to Make Oat Milk with Just a Spice or Coffee Grinder

Using your spice or coffee grinder to grind almonds would likely burn out the motor, but you can use it without worry to create oat flour, since oats are very low-moisture and somewhat soft!

To use this method to make oat milk, just place ½ cup of rolled oats in your coffee or nut grinder (if it has a “maximum fill” line, then be sure to not go over it). Then, pulse as you would when grinding coffee or spices, and continue until you have a super-fine powder.

Then, simply place the oat flour in a bowl, and add just enough water to saturate it. Then, mix with a spoon to create a “sludge.” Add a little more water, mix, a little more, mix… until you have added about three cups of water total. Then pour into a glass jar and shake shake shake! Store in the refrigerator.

Feel free to adjust the amount of water you add to create a thicker or thinner milk to your taste. And like the strained oat milk, you can add a little extra flavor with a pinch of sea salt, a little sweetener or choice, and a couple of drops of vanilla extract.

Homemade raw oat milk is nutritious, delicious, affordable, and as a bonus, super-easy to make!

The Health Benefits of Eating Banana Peels & 3 Tasty Banana Peel Recipes!

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Are you getting all of healthy nutrients and antioxidants your bananas have to offer? Not if you are tossing out the peels! You likely know that apple peels are full of nutrients and should not be discarded, so why throw out the peels of other fruits? Read on to learn the health benefits of eating banana peels and three tasty banana peel recipes you can try!

Eating Banana Peels Reduces Stress, Wards off Depression, and More!

While you may appreciate banana peels for providing a great “handle” that allows you to eat your banana on the run, you will have a new appreciation for the peels if you begin eating them. While bananas pack a potassium punch, the peels are filled with healthy tryptophan. Tryptophan-rich foods causes your brain to release more of a natural chemical called serotonin.

A healthy brain serotonin level combats anxiety, depression, and can even help you sleep more soundly at night. In fact, eating boiled banana peels have long been considered a natural cure for insomnia. Don’t worry that adding one peel to your morning smoothie will put you to sleep, though, because the amount of tryptophan in just a peel or two is just enough to keep you relaxed, yet fully alert all day.

Banana peels also contain a nutrient called lutein that supports eye health and protects your skin from the sun. As expected, they are also filled with potassium, like the bananas themselves.

Don’t think you will enjoy munching on a banana peel all by itself? If you have a high-powered blender, just throw the peel in with the rest of the fruit. If you don’t, or want to try something different, make one of these tasty banana peel recipes!

Tasty Banana Peel Recipes

1. Banana Peel Thoran

It may come as no surprise that banana peels are included in many Indian dishes, including banana peel thoran, since India is the home of Ayurvedic medicine. The recipe for this delicious Indian main or side dish can be found here. This healthy recipe also contains turmeric, so eating it is a great way to get more of that superfood in your diet, too.

If you don’t have all the spices you need to make the dish, then just use it as inspiration for your next healthy stir-fry. Just be sure to soak the banana peels as directed, then include them in any of your favorite dishes.

2. Banana Peel Chips

This is a raw banana peel recipe, because it require a food dehydrator and not an oven. To make the chips, just chop up your banana peels into bite-size pieces. Slice up the banana itself while you are at it, because raw banana chips are delicious!

Soak the banana peel bits and banana chunks in a bowl of warm water with a tablespoon of lemon juice added for about 15 minutes. Then, take them out and pat all slices gently with a dry towel, so there is not too much extra water on them.

Finally, since all food dehydrator models vary, place them in your dehydrator, as the manual suggests, and set on low and try not to sneak too many before they are completely dry! The banana peels may take slightly longer than the bananas, because they are more fibrous. Once they are dry and crispy, eat them as-is, top with a little sea salt, or try topping with a bit of raw brown sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat!

3. Banana Peel Tea

This is a classic tea used as a relaxation aid, and if you find that you don’t like the texture of eating banana peels, then this tea will help you reap the benefits of the nutrients that leach into the hot water without having to eat the peel itself.

To make banana tea, all you have to do is chop up the skin of one banana and place it in large mug. Pour one cup of boiling water into the cup, and then allow the mixture to steep for about 15 minutes. Strain off the banana peel chunks, add a bit of sweetener if you would like, and enjoy!

3 Raw Oatmeal Recipes You Will Love on Cold Winter Mornings

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While a nutritious morning smoothie or your favorite fruit and a handful of raw nuts is a great way to start a busy morning, you may awake on weekends and wish you could eat that hearty bowl of oatmeal you used to love on cold winter mornings. Well, you can! Raw oatmeal is super-easy to make, nutritious, and tastes just like cooked oatmeal cooled to room temperature. (You likely never ate that oatmeal steaming hot anyway!).

Basic Raw Oatmeal Recipe

Basic raw oatmeal is super-easy to make, but the only caveat is that you have to prepare it the night before eating. All you need is:

  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 3/4 cup of raw nut milk of your choice
  3. Pinch of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of raw sweetener of choice

Combine all ingredients in a small container with a lid and just leave on your kitchen counter overnight. In the morning, you will have oatmeal that tastes just like that cooked oatmeal you used to love. This makes 1 ¼ cups, so you can eat it all as a hearty breakfast, or you can store half in your refrigerator to enjoy later as a treat or the next day.

Once you wake up and your oats are soaked, you can add any healthy raw toppings you want to or try one of the following recipes:

1. Chocolate-Berry Surprise Raw Oatmeal

Mix a few raw cacao nibs in with the oatmeal. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Drizzle over your oatmeal, then top with chopped strawberries or raspberries. This is a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth!

2. Banana Nut Bread Raw Oatmeal

If you love banana bread, then this variation is for you. First, mix chopped walnuts into the basic oatmeal recipe and then top with a sliced banana. Alternatively, you can mash your banana and mix it with the oatmeal instead of using it as a topper. Drizzle with a little honey if you would like!

3. Cinnamon Raisin Raw Oatmeal

Eating raw oatmeal is a great way to include cinnamon in your diet to reap the health benefits of its high antioxidant content. Top your oatmeal with as much as you like and mix in some homemade raisins made in your food dehydrator. You can also add in store-bought raw raisins, but there is some controversy over whether they are truly raw or not, because when sun-dried, they can reach high temperatures.

Do you have any raw oatmeal recipes you love? Feel free to share them in the comments section to help inspire others who are looking for great raw oatmeal recipes!