March is “National Nutrition Month” and that means it’s time to focus on your health and the health of your family.   We encourage you to accept our challenge and make some healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.  Choose an item or items from the list below to incorporate into your daily routine.  You can start out with modifying your habits for one day or for the entire month.

  1. Avoid all sugar and desserts
  2. Eat real (unprocessed) foods all day
  3. Focus on consuming organic fruits and veggies
  4. Try local farmers’ markets and food co-ops
  5. Drink 8-10, 8 oz. glasses of pure water each day
  6. Toss out any junk food in your household
  7. Eat a veggie with every meal
  8. Bring a healthy bag lunch to work
  9. Try a new healthy food (kale, fermented vegetables, chia seeds, etc.)
  10. Menu plan for the entire week and do food prep for the week
  11. Eat some good fats (avocados, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil)
  12. Plant a vegetable or herb garden
  13. Practice some form of stress management each day (try deep breathing, it’s easy and you can do it anywhere!)
  14. Take a walk or do some other form of exercise
  15. Find a healthier alternative to your favorite treat (check out one of our favorite raw vegan chocolate brownie recipes as follows):

  

The Raw Brownie


Ingredients:
2 cups whole walnuts
2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cacao
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
¼ tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
2. Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to combine.
3. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).
4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan or mold. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold). Store in an airtight container.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2011/04/the-raw-brownie-2/

Photos:

http://allhealthalternatives.com/super-food-choc-nut-brownies-raw-vegan-and-gluten-free/

http://www.glogster.com/sydneygomez/healthy-eating-poster/g-6m1hdthfrgnfr01q3qd5la0