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Three Raw Vegan 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

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A Taste of the Tropics

Nicer weather is right around the corner, and whether you're lucky enough to be going on a spring break vacation somewhere beach-y and warm, or not, these 3 salad dressings will get you in the mood! 

Some of the most common questions I get are,

What kind of dressing do you put on your salads?
How can I make my salads more interesting and enjoyable?

If you know me, then you know I love raw foods and I love color--and the two just so happen to go hand-in-hand!

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SOS: Raw Foods To The Rescue

Store-bought dressings are typically loaded with SOS--salt, oil, and sugar--all of which can lead to inflammation, weight gain, high blood sugar, and more. All that you really need to add a burst of flavor, healthy fats, and color to your salad are a few raw foods you might already have at home!

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Three Tropical 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

Raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds are living foods--because they are unprocessed and have not been exposed to heat, they retain all of their beneficial enzymes and nutrients, meaning more bang for your buck, and better overall health! These 3 raw dressings are bold, bright, delicious, and nutritious; try them drizzled on your favorite leafy greens, as a dip with fruits and/or veggies, or as a sauce on your dinnertime meal.

raw vegan, gluten-free, tropical, vibrant & delicious

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | THREE RAW VEGAN 3-INGREDIENT SALAD DRESSINGS
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | THREE RAW VEGAN 3-INGREDIENT SALAD DRESSINGS

Tropical Mango Hemp

This dressing is sweet, creamy, and smooth, and is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, and protein! I enjoy using this dressing on my Mexican-inspired Rainbow Fiesta Salad, and it also serves well as a fruit dip or a pudding, all by itself!

ingredients:

  • 1 ripe, juicy mango (or 1.5c frozen, thawed)
  • juice of 1.5 limes
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
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Hot Pink Lemon Tahini

If you're craving a tangy, salty-flavored dressing, this one is my go-to! Tahini and lemon whipped together, create a thick and smooth dressing for a more savory salad, and a touch of pitaya (dragon fruit) powder adds the perfect pop of tropical color. This dressing is amazing atop a Mediterranean-inspired salad, and also goes great on top of baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

ingredients:

  • 2tbsp raw tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp pitaya powder (or small chunk of red beet or beet root powder--for color)

method:

  • Place all ingredients into a dish and whisk until smooth. Add a touch of water if dressing becomes too thick for your liking. If using raw beet, use a blender instead of whipping.
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Sunny Pineapple Carrot Ginger

This dressing is another bold bright, that's zesty, sweet, and slightly spicy, with a touch of texture. Ginger and pineapple are fantastic at fighting inflammation, and this recipes also boasts a healthy does of vitamins A & C.  I enjoy eating this one on an Asian-inspired salad, or by itself--almost like an applesauce, or fruit pureé! Because this one is fat-free, you may opt to include a nut or seed like slivered almonds or walnuts to your salad!

ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2c pineapple, chopped
  • 1tsp ginger root, minced

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
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As Seen On YouTube

Join in on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel to watch as I whip up these bold, bright dressings and share a kale snack with Beau! Be sure to Subscribe and join the EatMoveRest fam, give us a Thumbs Up, leave us some love in the Comments below, and Share with friends and family!

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A Healthy Dose Of Sunshine

I don't know where you're at, but here in Nebraska we've had a long, cold winter with plenty of snow. If you're feeling a little blue, these dressings should brighten your bowl, spice up your salads, and bring some sunshine into your life! 

I'm looking forward to bringing you more colorfully delicious recipes soon, but until next time, EatMoveRest Your Best!

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Erin

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Saturday Morning Fruit Haul: Benefits Of Mono Meals + Buying In Bulk

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Simplify

What if your next meal was a recipe that only required one ingredient? 


This is a brief introduction to eating mono meals and saving money at the grocery store. A mono meal is a meal consisting of just one food, typically a fruit or vegetable, in its raw, natural state. Mono meals are popular among raw foodists and vegans, but are also a fantastic way for anyone to re-train the brain to have a healthier relationship with food. When we eat only one food, our sensory organs are not overloaded with varying tastes, textures, and smells, and we are therefore, better able to determine when we're still hungry, and when we're completely satisfied. This can be a helpful tool for overcoming eating disorders and emotional eating.

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Think to yourself, If I'm not hungry enough to eat an apple, then I'm not really hungry. If you're hungry enough to eat an apple, chances are, you're hungry enough to eat more than one apple--so why not?

Mother Nature

Looking back to the way things used to be, imagine you're all alone, wandering and starving. All of a sudden, you come upon a big peach tree. You pluck a juicy, ripe peach from the tree, and savor every perfect bite--no condiments, no cooking, no processing, just enjoying the fruit as Mother Nature intended. Chances are, you'd still be hungry after one, and go for another. Being that you might not know when or where you'd find food again, I'd venture to guess that you would eat as many peaches as you cared for until you felt satiated! That's all there is to mono meals--it's that simple!

But regardless of any theory of how things "used to be," mono meals can benefit our bodies and minds in a number of ways. 

Fruit As Fuel

Our bodies require carbohydrates in order to stay energized--the important part is which type of carbs we're consuming. Fruit is an unrefined carbohydrate that's chock-full of fiber, which helps to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream and avoid spikes and crashes. 

Not only is fruit a great source of carbohydrate energy, it is also packed with vital nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help our bodies to thrive. Grab a banana or grab an orange (or any fruit of your choice for that matter!), enjoy each and every sweet, juicy bite, and eat until you feel completely satiated!

*Disclaimer: I am not 100% raw vegan, but I am a total raw food lover and eat about 90% raw foods. I am simply sharing my experience with you because I love how I feel and wish the same for you!


7 Reasons To Try A Mono Meal:

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  1. No recipes required.
  2. It's natural.
  3. Eliminates decision fatigue.
  4. Re-trains your brain to know when you're full.
  5. Allows you to enjoy the simplicity of just one food--the taste, texture, smell, etc.
  6. Easier on your digestion and requires less energy.
  7. Can be applied for an extended period of time as a detox or cleanse.

Try It Out

  • Eat as much melon as you care for, for breakfast.
  • Make a banana smoothie.
  • Eat only mangos for lunch.
  • Drink fresh-squeezed orange juice for an entire day.
  • Make Banana "Nice Cream" as seen on the Blog & YouTube!

 

* Check out: The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham for more on the benefits of raw foods and mono meals!

A Saturday Morning Plus 105 Valencia Oranges Means It's Time For Fresh-Squeezed OJ

On a recent trip to our local co-op, Open Harvest, Dusty and I decided we would place an order for an entire case of organic bananas and Valencia oranges, (which we got a 15% discount on for buying in bulk)! You might be asking, why would anyone buy 80lbs of fruit?! 

 We Love Fruit! We eat a lot, so we need a lot!

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After counting out a little over 100 Valencia oranges and 100 bananas, we laid out of bananas so they could get ripe and speckled for smoothies and Banana Nice Cream. Bananas are easy to buy in bulk because they can be easily frozen and stored for months in the freezer, and make the perfect base for any smoothie. Citrus is in season, so oranges were a good bet, as well. Especially during cold and flu season, nothing beats a tall glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice! Oranges keep for quite some time in the refrigerator, so they're also easy to buy in bulk.

It has now been about 2 weeks since we got our bananas and oranges, and it feels amazing to be able to enjoy them in abundance! Our frozen bananas are stored away, and we're nearing the end of our orange supply--no fruit has rotted or gone to waste! 

Don't stress about depriving yourself, simply crowd out the bad foods with more of the good!

After using my good, old-fashioned citrus juicer for about 10 oranges, I decided it was time to upgrade! I found this awesome, Cuisinart electric citrus juicer at Bed Bath & Beyond for only $29.95 and I can't recommend it enough if you do a lot of citrus-juicing! #lifesaver!


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Cheers to A Simpler Way Of Life

Don't be afraid to experiment with food--especially fruits and veggies! There are so many complex and restrictive diets, too many processed junk foods, difficult recipes, and time-consuming cooked meals to bother with, and sometimes, our bodies and minds just need something simple!

Go grab your favorite fruit and enjoy each and every juice bite!

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Erin

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