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Pure Glow *16’s Cookies and Cream Dough Bites

Hi, Boos!

You may be a little angry with me after this post. I told you I was making Mariel’s Cookies and Cream Dough Bites. I also told you I’d let you know what I thought about them.

Well I made them. And to prove it here’s the pictures of the dough in the food processor.  

It consists of cocao powder, vanilla, coconut nectar, brazil nuts, dates, and buckwheat. Recipe here.

Sorry, don’t be mad!  I have no “AFTER” pictures.  Mariel herself said it best…here’s why:
I have to say…. I’m obsessed

These are so good. You could pop 10 in your mouth at a time… (just kidding..)

no. really.

I did pop about 10 in my mouth per sitting…they are THAT good.  So no pictures from me, but below it a picture that Mariel took of her own recipe!

If you are wanting something super-easy, super-healthy, made from ingredients that most of you have already stocked, MAKE THIS RECIPE!!!!


Denver’s First Hike…and Choosing Raw’s Recipes

Hello, Dolls!

(I’ve been catching up on my Kardashians)

The LT and I have been hard at work unpacking here in Denver.  But we did take a break last weekend to go hiking!  Yes, us City Folk went on a 4-mile hike at Castle Rock state park.

The "Rocky" pose

I’ve also been catching up on Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw.  She has such insightful, inspirational, and FUN posts.  Check her out.

I’ve made two of her recipes this week: Raw Zucchini Hummus and Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad.

Both were intended as little treats to snack on throughout the week.


I made it around 9pm and the lighting in the new kitchen is obvi not meant for great picture taking.  I added some extra zucchini and lemon juice because I prefer a lighter tasting hummus (less tahini-ish).  It has a great flavor; slightly lumpy, similar to a baba ganoush. Perfect for dipping my veggies in and luring me away from the LT’s chips in the cupboard. Gena’s recipe here

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

My intent was to make this for snacking throughout the week, too.  However, it’s just so DANG good, I cannot stop snacking!

It’s an easy recipe combining broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, and raisins…but the kicker is Gena’s Creamy Asian Dressing.  That stuff could be spread on a roof shingle and I would seriously considering eating it, shingle and all!

I cannot encourage you enough to create this recipe for yourself because it’s inexpensive to make and it is A. MAZE. ING.  Gena’s recipe here

Tomorrow I plan to make Mariel’s Cookies and Cream Dough Bites.  In the meantime, check her out.  She’s only a teenager, but her blog is so fun to read.  My new daily “Must Read.”  Pure Glow *16

Mean, Green Dressing in a Pinch

This week I didn’t have a lot of room to be creative in the kitchenette of the hotel I’ve been staying at in Denver. Like a smart raw foodie, though, I did bring my Vita-Mix in the car with me.

I can live without the dehydrator, juicer, and food processor for a few weeks, but my VM? Heaven forbid!

One night, I ran out of Annie’s Green Goddess dressing which is what I always use in a pinch. So I looked around and just started throwing things into the VM.

The result was way more delicious than I had anticipated! And it made a ton.  Lasted me through about 4 days (or 8 salad beasts).

Mean, Green Dressing

1 ripe avocado

1.5 t unpasteurized white miso

2 T Braggs Aminos

2 T white sesame seeds

2-3 T agave

1/2 colored bell pepper (I used orange)

Water (I used approx. 1 cup)

  1. Put all ingredients except water into high speed blender.
  2. Add a dash of water–enough to get things wet and started in the blending process.
  3. Blend on medium while adding water to desired thickness.

Sorry for the poor quality...I've only got my iPhone here this week!

Super thick and yummy!

First Week in Denver

Well, I’ve been in Denver for a week now.  Unfortunately (or should I say fortunately?!), the LT has been in Chicago coordinating and carrying out our move.  I’ve moved as an adult seven times…this will be my eighth since the age of 22, but the LT has never done it before so I’m a little nervous.  But, knock on wood, what’s the worst that could happen?

Anyhow, I’ve been staying in one of those extended stay hotels with a mini-fridge and kitchen so I’ve been able to keep food costs down.  Below are many of my eats: (gold star to anyone who guesses the pattern🙂

Wow! I just can't get enough of these salads...plus it's like "fast food" for raw foods!

I added some croutons because I needed some CRUNCH!


I apologize for the grainy quality of most of these snaps.  I took them with my iPhone since the camera cable is packed away and will be delivered sometime after Labor Day.

In the meantime, I haven’t totally been chowing down, filling the void of the missing LT with salad.  I’ve gone out walking/running/hiking!

This is the waterfall...

...I'm standing in the middle of!

Thank you, Denver, for a great first week!

Fresh Eats

With the big move to Denver coming up, I’ve been trying not to buy too much at the grocery store. Key word: TRYING.

We still have loads in the fridge that should be eaten by tonight when we leave for vacation…not gonna happen! There’s just too much so I am most likely going to pack a cooler to bring as much as I can before it goes bad.

In the meantime, here are some of the eats the LT and I have been enjoying over the past week:

Homemade Pickles!

Making Raw Burgers

Yummy Burgers!

Alissa Cohen's Quick Cheese: used on the burgers

The LT opened a coconut for me!

Marinating Veggies for Thai Lettuce Wraps

Thai Lettuce Wraps (The LT luuuuuffffed these!)

Green Lemonade

Oh-hi, O’Raw

For those of you with a normal sense of pun usage, let me explain the title of this post:  I’m in Ohio.  I’m eating raw.  Hence: Oh-hi, O’Raw…I know, ingenious, right?

The reason that I’m in Ohio is to visit my family.

The reason the LT and I are visiting family is to say good-bye for awhile.

The reason we’re saying good-bye is:  WE’RE MOVING FROM CHICAGO TO DENVER!!!  

Denver, Colorado!

The pool is heated year-round for those warm Denver Januarys! (wink, wink)

The LT got a position in Denver and starts in early September.  However, I’ll be heading out early because school for me begins at the end of August.  Only got two semesters left of pre-req’s!

We went out to the mile-high city a few weeks ago looking for a place.  Found an awesome one in a gated community with a gym, heated pool, hot tub, and backing up to one of the local state parks.

I foresee lots of biking and running in our future!  We loved the city the five days we scooted around town.  And have you ever met anyone who claims not to like Denver?  The two of us are so excited!

So the lack of posting has been due to final exams, picking up some extra summer work and A LOT of planning/wrapping things up.  Sorry!

Now you understand, though!

More raw foods coming up in the future…the near future…promise.

Peer Pressure Post

This past weekend was my birthday weekend…which I (of course!) spent with my sisters. Somewhere amidst all the tomfoolery, Shannon complained that every time she goes to my blog now, it’s the same post about her birthday…FROM BACK IN APRIL!

I have thus been peer pressured into posting. (Say that 6x fast)

So yes, I have been slacking, but only because big things are going on around here which I’ll divulge tomorrow…or the next day…or maybe next month at the rate I’m going.

In the meantime, below are some of the fun times and eats that have been going on since April.

UPDATE:  After going through my eats from the last few months, I have an embarrassing lack of pictures.  I’ll have to get better!


Shannon Graduated (it was so unexpected!)

We went out on the glass ledge at Willis Tower

We mastered the perfect pour

Ended up backstage at a Toby Keith concert!


Raw Tahini Dressing to pair with...

...Raw Falafels! Yum!

My produce Sweetheart!

Spinach and Ground Flax Crackers