Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Raw Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

1 C.  Fresh Strawberries.
3/4 C. Coconut Oil (melted to liquid or soft)
1/2 C. Cashews
1/2 C. Lemon Juice
1/2  C. Agave Nectar

1 1/2 c Almonds
1 1/2 c Dates, pitted

1. Blend strawberries, coconut oil, cashews
and lemon juice in a high-powered
blender. Use a spatula to work mixture
into blade. As the mixture warms
up, it will blend together.
2. Add agave and blend briefly until
mixed. Pour into crust, smooth with
spatula. Refrigerate or freeze for 4

and dates in a food
processor well. Press into pie plate

Family Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Healthy Solutions Every Mom Needs Know

by Helen Rose, Raw Food Chef & Family Health Advocate

This time of year can be particularly challenging to maintain a healthy life for you and your family.  All the activities, the shopping, the eating, and the travel can lead to unhappy unhealthy holidays, not at all what we want.   I’ve pulled together my top solutions for staying healthy during the holidays.

1.                  Eat Healthy Foods before you go to a party or holiday gathering.  How often do we rush out the door to make it to the party and are starving when we get there.  Worse your family is starving when they get there and once you get talking to your mom, your aunt or sister your children are seeking off to the cookie table eating sugar cookies or M&Ms.  So schedule to eat before you go. Feed your family the healthy foods you have at home, because you do not know what will be at the party. Still don't have time.... you have time for a smoothie with chia seeds and plant-based protein powder to fill you and your family up before you go.  In addition, I always bring a dish or two that I know my family can eat and we are sharing health with others.

2.                  Stay away from the Sugar.  It's been called a poison, a drug and a toxin, and scientists have started blaming it for everything from obesity to heart disease to diabetes. Sugar is toxic to the body.  Yes, I said toxic and it is the 1st way your body gets weakened to let illness into your body.  Lots of studies are confirming that sugar is highly additive, so once you start eating sugar you are on a slippery sloop, a downward spiral, of sugar addition for you and your family.  Yes the holiday are  full of sugar cookies, pies, candies, and all things sweet.  1) Don't make them, or make less sweet alternatives if you must.  Try using stevia, Natural Zing agave nectar, Natural Zing dates, or Natural Zing coconut sugar as sugar alternatives in your recipes. 2) Fill up on veggies and low sugar foods before you are temped to eat the additive sugar foods. If you are afraid Aunt Margaret is going to cry if you don't eat her cookies then simply say your doctor told your family not to eat sweet foods.   “The Doctor Said” is like the golden seal of approval for people of a certain generation.  It works and do not feel guilty about using it.  Whose going to be nursing your family through another round of the flu you or Aunt Margaret?

3.                  Get Rest.  I know this time of year especially for parents is busier than ever.  How can you fit it all in to your schedule....most mom's do what seems to make sense... sleep less...stay up late to fit all the shopping, food prep, bills, volunteer projects, work, ...  Life does not stop for a mom unless you are sick in bed and can't move.   That's my point.  Mom's tend to get 4 to 8 hours of sleep a night.  Six hours of sleep a night is not unusual for a mom, so if you are cutting into that already low level of sleep, then you are really weakening your immune system.  Maybe the laundry doesn't get folded so fast this week.  Maybe you can get the kids to help you more around the house ...after all Santa is watching.

4.                  Health on the go!  As much as we try and plan, we'll be out shopping, at school events, office events, on planes, and you'll be caught without a healthy option.  Be prepared.  Have some healthy snacks in your purse, bag, office draw, or car.  Wherever you are you can have a healthy trail mix, bag of nuts, a healthy bar, or a bag of dried fruit ready to eat and present to your children when they start getting hungry.  

5.                  Boost your Immune System Now!!!  You know that you are going to be around people that are not following the above advice and will be spreading viruses, colds, and sore throats because they don't want to miss this year's gathering.  Don't wait until you are starting to feel sick.  Start boosting your family's immune system now.  It's not hard.  My Super Immune Boosting Secrets: Stock up on Natural Zing's camu camu berry powder, this berry has 920% of the daily value of Vitamin C in 1 teaspoon – incredible!!! You can slip this into smoothies or orange juice. Chinese medicine reverse mushrooms like reishi, cordyceps, shiitake for boosting the immune system.   I have a blend of 12 immune boosting mushrooms called STR 12 it is considered the ultimate in boosting the immune system.  I mix this in hot chocolate and smoothies.  My kids love it, so it is not hard to hide the taste.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you abundant health,
Helen Rose

** Helen Rose is owner of Superfoods on Main, a vegetarian cafe and superfoods store in Mount Airy Maryland; and a family health advocate providing personal coaching to moms seeking health solution.  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies (raw food recipe)

Recipe by Helen Rose

2 c soaked cashews
½ c macadamia nuts
1 c dehydrated Brazil nut flour
½ c agave syrup
1 Tbs. rosemary
2 tsp. vanilla powder
½ tsp sea salt

To make Brazil nut flour:
Make Brazil nut milk by blending 1 c. Brazil nuts with 3 c. water. Blend in blender. Strain out milk and set aside for Brazil nut nog. Spread the nut pulp on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hrs. or until pulp is completely dry.

1. Put Brazil nut flour into food processor and process until all chunks are broken down.
2. Chop rosemary up finely.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
4. With a spoon make a 1 ½ inch cookie onto dehydrator sheets (no teflex). Or you can spread out and use cookie cutters to make shortbread cookie cutter cookies.
5. Dehydrate at 140 degrees for 4 hrs. Turn temperature down to 115 degrees and dehydrate for 3 days or until completely dry.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Purple Power Elixir

Want to experience all your favorite purple foods in one energizing drink? Than try our delicious, fruit purple power elixir! It's so easy, just add all 


Simply blend with a cup of warm w
ater or nut milk and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Living Holiday Recipes

Spread some raw holiday cheer around with these recipes from Natural Zing’s Living Holiday Recipe Guide. 


Wild Rice Pilaf 


1 cup  Natural Zing Brazil Nuts, soaked for 2 hours and drained
2 Organic Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
2 tbsp Fresh Organic Sage, chopped fine
1 tbsp Fresh Organic Rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Organic Thyme, minced
2 tbsp Fresh Organic Italian Parsley, chopped fine
1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tbsp Unpasteurized Miso
2 cups Natural Zing Wild Rice, soaked for 2-4 days to desired texture and drained
1 medium Organic Onion, chopped fine
3 Organic Celery Stalks, chopped fine
1/2 cup Organic Shredded Carrot for garnish 


1.) Soak the Wild  Rice for 2-4 days depending on the desired texture, then drain.
2.) Soak the Brazil Nuts for 2 hours then drain.
3.) Place Garlic in a food processor and process well.
4.) Add Brazil Nuts in the food processor and process well until mixture resembles rice.
5.) Add Nama Shoyu, Herbs, and Miso.
6.) Blend mixture with the Wild Rice, Onion, and Celery, stirring well.
7.) Place in a serving bowl and garnish with shredded carrot. 

Cranberry Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1 cup Natural Zing Almonds, soaked for 6 hours
2 Organic Oranges, juiced
1 Natural Zing Medjool Date
1 cup Natural Zing Thompson Raisins
3 cups Natural Zing Fresh Rolled Oats
4 tbsp Natural Zing Agave Nectar
2 tsp Natural Zing Cinnamon
2 cups Organic Cranberries
2 tbsp Organic Lemon Juice
2 tsp Organic Lemon Zest


1.) Blend the Almonds, Orange Juice,  Date, Cinnamon, Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar and half of the Thompson Raisins.
2.) Add Cranberries and pulse chop until cranberries are in small pieces but not visibly pleasing.
3.) Stir in Lemon Zest, Oats, and the other half of the Thompson Raisins. Blend well and let stand for 5 minutes.
4.) Using a spatula and a 1/4 cup measure, form the mixture into cookies and place onto teflex sheets. Dehydrate cookies for 6-8 hours.
5.) Remove cookies from teflex, turn over and dehydrate on the other side for another 6 hours.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Enjoying the Holidays with Food Sensitivities

by Helen Rose, Raw Food Chef & Owner of Superfoods on Main

It can be daunting to think of all the food pushed at you during the holidays, enticing you to take at least a bite. However, you know what will happen if you indulge; the cramping, the bloating and then just plain discomfort for the next 24 hours to name just a few of the possible symptoms.  That’s no way to spend the holiday season when all you want to do is enjoy the food and the company.  Whether or not you have sensitivities to gluten, eggs, or dairy you can avoid the discomfort and enjoy holiday dishes.  Here are five ways to enjoy the holidays, even if you have food sensitivities.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). Offer to bring safe food so that you know there will be something there that you or your children can eat and your host doesn’t have to worry about separate food preparations.   Included in the article are two recipes that are dairy-free and gluten-free.  If you want to learn more recipes attend a workshop on how to create gluten-free and dairy-free “Holiday Recipes”.  

Inform your host.  It is polite to inform the host of your special dietary needs so they are aware.   This does not mean they have to make special food for you and your family, but sometimes there can be easy substitutions that the hostess is willing to make. If you're hosting a party, seek a caterer that is knowledgeable in food sensitivities to include a try or two of vegan and gluten-free foods.  

Start the trend. Include an ingredient listing card with your food contribution to the party.  If you are hosting, keep all labels from the food you prepare in case one of your guests has a food allergy as well. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness at a party and with friends.

The rules. Go over “the rules” for parties with your kids in the car so that the most important safety rules, such as not eating a food unless he or she has checked with you first, will be fresh in their minds when you arrive.

Order ahead. Still not sure or do not have time, order meals ahead that meet your dietary needs from a cafe that is knowledgeable in food sensitivities.

By preparing ahead of time, you can enjoy your holiday, share awesome delicious recipes with others and have a healthy holiday by boosting your health with delicious and healthy foods that meet your dietary needs.  Happy Holidays!

 Butter Nog (recipe by Jeff Rose)
This recipe in our opinion is better than the original!

1 butternut squash, seeded, peeled, & cubed
1 T. brazil nut oil
2 c. almond milk
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ginger root, fresh
1 t. pink rock salt or Celtic sea salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. cardamom
1/4 t. allspice
2 T. dark agave nectar (can substitute other varieties if you'd like)

•Blend all ingredients in your Vitamix until just past room temperature. Serve in cups with a dash of cinnamon on top! Enjoy!

Helen Rose is co-owner of Superfoods on Main, a vegetarian cafĂ© a superfoods store.  It specializes in vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and raw vegan dishes and is located on Main Street in Mount Airy Maryland. Holiday recipe workshops are offered locally at Superfoods on Main in Mount Airy Maryland.  They also offer catering, meal plans, and workshop teaching how to prepare delicious healthy gluten-free and dairy-free dishes, for more recipe ideas and workshop schedule go to or call 301-829-9464.