Chocolate Cookies (raw)

Chocolate Cookies (raw)

1 cup almonds

1 and 1/2 cup cashews

12 dates

2 Tbsp coconut nectar

2Tbsp coconut oil

1Tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup cacao powder

1pinch sea salt


  1. Process almonds and cashews in a food processor until they almost resembles flour like consistency (more or less.)

Add dates, coconut nectar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and process again until dough like.

  1. Add cacao powder and salt and process again.

 Form cookies to a shape of your choice



Nature designed food to break itself  down  in our digestive tract. However, our modern diet is far from helping our body to digest food properly, as it is deficient in enzymes. Almost everyone has experienced bloating, constipation, gas, acid reflux and swelling ( fluid retention ) after consuming certain foods. These are all symptoms of low enzymatic activity.

Enzymes play a very important part in our gut health and our overall health.

Dr. Edward Howell, the author of “Enzyme Nutrition” demonstrated conclusively that using digestive enzymes could improve digestion, regulate weight and eliminate the symptoms of variety of chronic conditions. Essentially, every process in our body needs enzymes to perform chemical and biological functions.

Naturally, our body produces variety of about 3000 enzymes. The only external source of enzymes come from the foods we eat. Most of the foods we consume now, though are devoid of enzymes, because of the way they are grown,  processed and transported. We also consume mostly cooked foods, because it is easier  and faster to eat them, they are tastier for some as well. We swallow food instead of chewing it. Chewing on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds releases natural enzymes and helps the body to utilize them in the chemical and biological processes inside our cells. Research demonstrates that any food heated to above 118 degrees Fahrenheit loses all of its enzymes. In other words all cooked foods are deficient in enzymes. The chemically-laden  processed foods, grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers further strain our digestive system and drain our essential enzyme reserves even more. Dr. Howell suggest that the body has a limited “Enzyme Bank Account” that gets drawn down as we age – which contributes to the degeneration associated with aging. In his book  “The Enzyme Factor”, world-renowned colon expert Dr. Hiromi Shinya, suggests that undigested protein, particularly from milk products, fast foods and red meat – can become “food” for “bad” bacteria. The bad bacteria create all kinds of toxins that leak into the blood stream causing inflammatory conditions that lead to chronic diseases long term.

Try to always add fresh green vegetables,  green smoothies, vegetable juices, fruits and whole unprocessed foods to your diet.

The reasons to add  extra enzymes to your diet are many:

  1. Enzymes improve your digestion and complete breakdown of foods.
  2. Improve assimilation of nutrients from the food you eat.
  3. Enzymes prevent auto-intoxication from the toxins in our food and environment.
  4. Extra Enzyme intake replaces the enzymes lost during food processing, irradiation and cooking.
  5. Increase Energy.
  6. Assist the Immune System and are considered “extra workers” for the Immune System.
  7. Reduce environmental and food sensitivities.
  8. Prevent muscle loss associated with aging and degenerative conditions.

Finally, maximizing on enzyme intake may improve quality of life and potentially extend your life. There is many enzymes available on the market. Ask your Health care provider at The Green Heart Naturopathic Clinic for assistance to choose the right ones for you.

APPLE PIE (no cooking required)

For Sunday healthy dessert


2 cups raw pecans or walnuts

¼ cup raisins

Pinch of sea salt


6 apples, cored and peeled, chopped into chunks (honey crisp)

7-8 medjool dates pitted

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 TBSP Juice of lemon, freshly squeezed

Pinch of nutmeg

2 TBSP chia seeds


¼ cup pecans or walnuts

¼ cup raw coconut sugar

1 tsp coconut oil warmed to a liquid

½ tsp ground cinnamon




  1. Put all of the crust ingredients into a food processor fitted with S blade and pulse the mixture a few times and then process until it reaches crumbly and sticky consistency. Do not over process.
  2. Put mixture into a pie plate and press firmly and evenly with your hands to fill the bottom and the sides of the pie plate like you would with a regular pie crust.
  3. Transfer the plate into a freezer to set for 30minutes. 


  1. Roughly chop 3 apples, add them to the food processor together with dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice
  2. Pulse the mixture a few times then process for 3-4 minutes to get smooth consistency. You would have to stop the food processor a few times to scrape the sides.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl and mix in the chia seeds.
  4. Chop the remaining 3 peeled and cored apples and chop them into very small pieces.
  5. Add apples to the liquid apple mixture in a bowl.
  6. Take out the apple crust from the freezer and fill the crust with the apple mixture.

Finishing touches:

Apple pie topping:

  1. Put all of the apple topping ingredients into a food processor. Pulse a few times (20-30) until you get coarse crumble.
  2. Sprinkle the topping over the pie.
  3. Transfer to a freezer to set for 1 hour. After that remove the pie and cut into slices.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.


Healthy Snack Ideas for children
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are likely snack times- times your child will need refuelling in order to continue being attentive in school or active on the playing field. In keeping with your wholesome meal offerings, prepare snacks that are nutritious and based on grains, fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of protein. Avoid highly refined, sugar-laden foods that don’t provide necessary nutrients.
The following are some ideas for healthful snacks to offer your child.

⎫ Almond butter and celery
⎫ Vegetables and onion dip
⎫ Almond butter
⎫ Vegan “TOONA” wrapped in a whole wheat or corn tortilla ( ask me for a recipe)
⎫ Rice pudding, chia pudding, healthy vegan yogurt ( see my recipes )
⎫ Ezekhiel or spelt bread with sesame seed butter or other nut butters
⎫ Rice cakes with or almond butter and home made apple sauce
⎫ Millet or rice toast with nut butters
⎫ Almond cheese or Walnut hummus with celery, carrots, cucumbers
⎫ Healthy vegan yogurt (coconut is available) with fresh fruit and nuts
⎫ Baked apples with cinnamon
⎫ Carrot sticks with hummas
⎫ Fruit sticks or fruit kabobs
⎫ Organic !!!Corn on the cob only
⎫ Mini pizzas (spelt pita dough topped with tomato sauce, vegetables, and Daiya vegan cheese)
⎫ Cookies made with honey, maple syrup, or coconut nectar, vegan truffles
⎫ Smoothies (vegetable or fruit smoothie),
⎫ Organic home made carrot and apple juice or green juice
⎫ Fruit freezes (fruit, ice, and a dab of honey, mixed in a blender)
⎫ Homemade applesauce and nuts
⎫ Almond butter on small slices of fruit
⎫ Hummus and raw crackers ( you may get them Health Food Stores )
⎫ Dry fruits, raisins, cranberries, black currents,
⎫ Nuts : almonds, pecans, brazil, walnuts pistachio- all raw and previously soaked.