Testimonial from Carla

I have been a vegetarian for a while now and never thought I ever would become a vegan. My understanding of a vegan was eating boring food, too hard to prepare, etc. Not having my cheeses and butter, “NO WAY” . But I must admit the opposite is true. We have made beautiful cakes, scrumptious cheeses, chocolate (mmm…), dips. sauces, and many great tasting main dishes.

Anne-Marie has demonstrated professionalism, commitment, and lots of love in what she does, this lovely lady enthusiastically engages in her role as an excellent teacher in nutrition and food preparation. The food that we prepared is from an high standard and so easy to make.

I now love being a vegan, proud of doing my share of saving animals, my health, and making the world a better place!

Thank you Anne-Marie for being such a great example to me.

Carla

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Crunchy Topping

For this recipe you need a dehydrator, or you could make it in the oven at the lowest setting with the door open

This also makes a great snack or a topping for ice-cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 cups flaked, raw oats
  • 2 cups fresh fruit of your choice chopped in small pieces e.g grapes, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, mango, paw paw, apple
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup or sweetener of your choice

Directions

  1. Place walnuts and almonds in food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground. Remove to bowl.
  2. Stir oats into nut mixture.
  3. Mix together fruit and agave.
  4. Stir into nut mixture.
  5. Place on teflex sheets. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes (Don’t worry, it is still raw. The food temp never goes above 115), reduce heat to 115 and dehydrate for 5-6 more hours. Allow to cool and store in airtight jars.

Enjoy!

Mango Pineapple Pudding with Crunchy Topping

This morning I was wondering what to make for breakfast. I had some overripe mangos and half a pineapple so I decided to use them up.

I chopped up one mango and half a pineapple and put them into the blender on high speed for about half a minute. I poured the mixture into 2 bowls. The consistency was like a thick shake. Then I added some grapes and some crunchy topping I made the other day. It tasted delicious. Instead of my crunchy topping you could use any type of granola or crushed nuts or dried coconut. Takes only a couple of minutes to whip up this healthy breakfast.

Acidic foods and the cruelty we inflict on animals

Love us don’t eat us

Did you know that dairy is one of the most acidic foods you can eat.  In fact all animal products are acidic.  An acidic condition is unhealthy and signals to bacteria in and around the body that the body is weak, decaying and dying.  This signals microorganisms in the body to do their job and break down flesh.  Not what we want to be happening in our bodies is it?  When we eat animals we also ingest antibiotic drugs, as antibiotics are routinely administered to factory-farmed livestock and fish.

One result of the stress placed on our bodies by ingesting animal products is an increased risk of cancer.  It is well known now that every minute  a few cells out of the trillions in our bodies become cancerous.  A healthy immune system can and does routinely locate and destroy those cells, thus preventing any cancers from developing in a healthy body.   When the immune system’s forces are overworked, by the trans fats and pathogen load in animal foods, they may be spread too thin to detect cancers and prevent them developing.  Vegan diets not only decrease the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases but builds and strengthens your immune system.  Cancer is clearly and positively linked with eating animal foods.  What we do to the animals we do to ourselves.  By being kind to animals we are also being kind to ourselves and the planet.  Go Vegan today.  The picture above is two of 2 bobby calves that were discarded by the dairy industry and destined to be killed.  They were rescued by Anthony Walsgott from the save a cow programme and I looked after them for a short time while a permanent home was found for them.  They grieved terribly for their mothers and it was incredibly sad to see these innocent little babies suffering so much.

Mango and Berry Parfait

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mango diced (or you could use any fruit of your choice like strawberries or mulberries)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw vanilla extract or ½ vanilla bean, ground
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • ½ cup raw agave nectar
  • Fresh berries and a sprig of mint (you could substitute another fruit of your choice here too)

Directions

  1. Blend together all ingredients except berries
  2. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight
  3. Layer in cups with fresh or frozen berries of your choice.
  4. Finish with a layer of berries and a sprig of fresh mint

The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies, they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.
– Plato