An alternative diet that is healthy, healing and delicious with recipes


2013-10-03 19:28

Do you ever get tired of reading about myriads of diets that promise good health, yet they fall flat when it comes to results? If so, here is an alternative, holistic diet that is both healthy and delicious.

Holistic Chef and Certified Healing Foods Specialist Shelley Alexander, author of “Deliciously Holistic,” (aharmonyhealing.com) focuses on easy-to-follow healing foods recipes suitable for vegans and meat eaters alike.

One example of Shelley’s recipes is corn chowder, raw or vegan.

* 4 cups organic corn kernels (best during summer months)
* 2¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
* 1 clove peeled garlic (remove inner stem)
* 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
* ½ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
* 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* ½ avocado (peeled and seed removed)
* Unrefined sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.

Blend ingredients and strain; top with corn kernels and diced organic red bell pepper. Among other nutrients, corn provides lutein – an important carotenoid that protects eyes from macular degeneration.

Avocado has health benefits that have been well-studied too, making it important to understand why this recipe is healing.

Research presented at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain suggests adding an avocado to your meal is a tasty and healthful way to lose weight and more.

Here is another healing recipe that is especially suitable for vegans:

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Portobello mushroom and grilled onion burgers (vegan):
Marinade for the mushroom is essential – 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar; 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil; 1 tablespoon wheat-free Tamari or organic Nama Shoyu soy sauce; 1/8 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika; 1 peeled garlic clove (grated or minced); 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; 2 teaspoons organic maple syrup – grade B.

* The burgers include 4 large Portobello mushrooms – cleaned and patted dry
* 1 large white onion (peeled and cut into thick slices)
* Olive or avocado oil to cook mushrooms and onions
* 2 sprouted whole grain hamburger buns –toasted
* Dijon mustard
* ¼ cup baby romaine lettuce – washed and patted dry.

Marinate mushrooms and onions for 30 minutes. Drizzle with oil and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, turning mushrooms halfway through. Serve immediately

Mushrooms are not only delicious, but studies show substituting them for meat can help with weight loss. In fact, if you eat mushrooms you will never need vitamin D again.

Enjoying a mushroom burger could also lower a woman’s chance of breast cancer.

If you enjoy smoothies, here is another healthy, healing recipe made with blueberries that by now we all know is a ‘super fruit’.

* 3 cups vanilla Brazil nut milk
* 2 cups fresh or frozen wild or organic blueberries
* 1 peeled banana – organic or fair trade
* 2 to 3 cups organic baby spinach
* 1 small avocado – peeled and pitted
* ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
* (Optional): a preferred protein powder or superfood.
* Blend until creamy.

Blueberries are an amazing fruit packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, says Alexander.

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