Some quick helpful notes on all recipes:
♥ Try out: The 80/20 Concept
Try to be as healthy as you can be, 80% of the time, and the other 20%… allow for life (along with more lax food choices, if you so choose). Through these recipes, I’ll help you make that 80% of the time, as delicious and enjoyable, as possible!
♥ Being healthy 80% of the time sounds great, but what DO we eat???
There is a reason that most of the recipes you will find here are plant-based, and meet some extreme Health and Food Preference Guidelines (see below). That reason, is because there really is no shortage of not-so-healthy food choices out there, so the biggest challenge for most of us, when we learn more about health and wellness, and we learn about what we’re NOT supposed to be eating, is that it then creates the biggest question of all: “Well, then, what DO we eat???” It can be very frustrating. I know. I’ve been there myself. That’s the reason there is such a focus on sharing with you, the most delicious yet, most healthful recipes that I can find, which my and my family personally enjoy on a day to day basis, in order to answer this very important and most frequently asked question. I’m going to give you so many great tasting healthy recipes, that being healthier 80% of the time (The 80/20 Concept) will be easy, fun AND delicious.
♥ Take 2 minutes to quickly read the Health & Food Preference Guidelines (below). Take the time to read through the recipe Health and Food Preference Guidelines – not only does it share my values about food choices (for 80% of the time!), but will give you insight as to EXACTLY the kinds of recipes you will find here.
♥ Do you love picking recipes to try, based on a photograph?
If you are more of a visual person like me, and love finding recipes by first viewing a photograph (nothing wrong with that!), you can pop over to the Recipes in Photographs page, and view and select recipes that way.
♥ Each recipe will state what food preference guidelines it falls under.
All clean-eating recipes, once you have selected the recipe you want to try, will indicate which dietary preference guidelines it falls under, such as: Raw; Vegan; Wheat-Free; All Grain/Gluten-Free; Dairy-Free; Vegetarian; Paleo, etc. Check out this great resource: Understanding Definitions of Special Diets and Food Preferences.
Recipe Health & Food Preference Guidelines.
Fresh Life Journeys clean-eating recipes are:
Organic and Non-GMO. I only use the best quality ingredients because the best quality ingredients gives us the most optimal health. All recipes call for organic/non-GMO ingredients when possible. It’s not always easy, but it is one of the most important things needed for optimal health, so always strive for the best quality ingredients whenever possible. I recently wrote about why? in my main juicing article.
No artificial or processed ANYTHING. All recipes call for organic, whole food ingredients only. I love recipes that helps us make food from scratch. That way, we avoid all those hidden nasties usually found in store-bought/pre-made, packaged and processed items.
No artificial or processed sugars. All ‘sugars’ in recipes is kept to a minimum, but if sweetness is needing to be added to a recipe, only whole food and more natural sources are used, i.e : fruit, like dates and bananas; raw honey; coconut blossom sugar/syrup; maple syrup and stevia.
Absolutely No (Modern) Wheat. ALL modern strains of wheat are completely avoided in all recipes. The most common type of modern wheat, is durum wheat. Unfortunately, even modern wheat that is labeled ‘organic’, still comes from strains that have been chemically modified in the past, and therefore fall under a scary category called ‘chemically mutated’, which is why I choose to avoid it completely. There are no true organic forms of these modern strains of wheat (i.e durum wheat). Please refer to Dr William Davis’ work, author of ‘WheatBelly’, if you would like to investigate this reasoning further. *Ancient wheat strains, such as spelt and camut, for recipes such as bread-making, are the only, rare exceptions. Ancient grains (ancient wheat strains) have not been chemically mutated/modified, like modern forms of wheat have.
Mostly Dairy-Free. Animal-based milks and cheeses are avoided in most recipes.
Mostly Egg-Free. Animal-based protein is avoided, therefore eggs are also mostly avoided – if a recipes calls for an egg, I will always try to list a vegan-alternative where possible.
Mostly Vegan – VERY Plant-Based Recipes! Because Fresh Life Journeys is all about highlighting the truly nourishing, healing, and longevity building powers of thee most healthful foods available to us, plant-based foods is the main show runner here. Cultivating and eating more plant-based foods is not only great for our health, but is also great for the health of our planet. Therefore, most recipes are chosen, to be completely free of all animal-based products (meat, dairy and all other animal derived ingredients). *Strict Vegans don’t eat honey, therefore I always try to give alternatives to honey if honey is listed as an ingredient, in consideration of those who like to follow stricter guidelines.
Vegetarian. Because all recipes are plant-based, they of course fall into the vegetarian category also.
Lots of Fresh, and lots of Raw, Wholefoods! All recipes call for the freshest wholefood (unprocessed) ingredients you can find. There is also an enthusiasm for sharing raw plant-based recipes – as long as they are yummy! The best thing about fresh and raw ingredients is the fact that you benefit from all the live enzymes, delicate micronutrients and other good stuff that are usually damaged or destroyed once you start preparing food using heat over 40°C / 100°F. Smoothies, salads and healthy desserts are easily and deliciously, the best ways to enjoy raw ingredients – raw vegan desserts especially, will convert even the most cynical, very quickly! I am experimenting more and more with delicious raw vegan foods so expect to see lots of recipes to reflect this fact.
(No Meat/Meat-less) Paleo. For those of you who follow the Paleo way of eating, although there are no meat/animal protein-based ingredients in these recipes (except on the rare occasion when a recipe calls for an egg, to which I always try to list a vegan-alternative, and even rarer still, dairy), you will find many delicious All-Grain-Free and Gluten-Free recipes to enjoy. *Paleo calls for no grains and no starchy root vegetables like potatoes, therefore, because most of the recipes here are plant-based, and meet these criteria, there are many recipes for Paleo’s to enjoy.
All-Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Vegan! These are my favourite choices when it comes to true nourishment, therefore this combo stipulates my favourite kinds of recipes. They are the kinds of recipes you will see the most of. I am always striving to find and feature the most totally delicious recipes that meet these two criteria. All Grain/Gluten-Free means absolutely no grains, or gluten-containing foods of any kind. Vegan, means no-animal-based/derived ingredients whatsoever. Based on my research (and personal health experiences), this is the ultimate, health boosting way to eat, so when I find delicious, tasty, satisfying recipes that combine these two criteria, and my family and friends love eating them as much as I do, it makes me sooo happy. I just know that you too, are going to love adding these recipes into your life, not only because it’s going to be easy to do (no cranky spouse, kids, family, friends moaning about taste) but because you are going to absolutely love the health benefits, you and your loved ones are undoubtedly going to experience.
Desserts & Sweet Treats
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Salad Dressings and Sauces