Costume and Party SuperCenter

4 cups rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
pinch of salt
2 cups unsweetened coconut
3 oz agave nectar (light or amber)
1 TBL maple syrup
1 cup cashews
1 cup whole almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-6 oz of dried cherries (I like unsweetened dark sweet cherries Trader Joe’s brand)
4-6 oz dried cranberries (I like Trader Joe’s brand)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients, except for dried fruit, in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, stir in dried fruit. Enjoy with Silk Soy Very Vanilla or other dairy-free milk.

Tip: Always buy raw and unsalted nuts when possible. Sub in other dried fruit, like golden raisins or dried dates, to your liking. Since the fruit is added in after baking, you can divide the granola in half and mix each half with different dried fruits. Stores for about 2 weeks in an airtight container. Makes a delicious and wholesome topping for non-dairy ice cream.

1 banana (peeled and cut into chunks)
1 pint strawberries or other fruit (greens removed) (Optional)
1 lemon (squeeze juice into blender and discard lemon)
1 TBL Agave syrup (light)
1 6oz soy yogurt (Whole Soy or So Delicious vanilla or plain)
2/3 cup Silk Soy (use Almond Breeze if preferred)
1 TBL flaxseed ground

Put all ingredients in blender. Blend and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Optional: add in 1/4 cup crushed ice.

Serves 1

Costume SuperCenter

1 Arrowhead Mills graham cracker pie crust (honey, dairy & egg-free)
3 8oz containers dairy-free cream cheese (Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet)
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
3 egg replacers (Bob’s Red Mill whisk together 3 TBL egg replacer with 9 TBL of water)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until combined. Add in prepared egg replacer, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and well combined, scrapping down the sides in between. Place crust on a baking sheet to catch any spills and pour mixture into crust. Bake 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

Note: The top will appear slightly golden and set, but will be liquidy underneath. Carefully remove from oven once done and let stand to cool. Refrigerate for 6 hours before serving. Optional: top with fresh berries and dairy-free whip!

Variations from above recipe:
Chocolate Cheesecake:
Crust– see recipe below and sub crackers with chocolate cookie crumbs and do not use the brown sugar.

Filling– do not use the lemon juice. Melt 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chip morsels (I like Whole Foods 365 brand vegan green package), stir until smooth and completely melted, then add to cream cheese mixture before pouring into crust.

Key Lime Cheesecake:
Filling– do not use the lemon juice. Add 1/3 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice and 1 TBL lime zest to cream cheese mixture before pouring into crust. Bake an extra 10 minutes. Once done, turn off the oven, open the oven door half way and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 30 minutes before removing.

Basic Crust (use instead of Arrowhead Mills graham crust):
3 TBL Earth Balance, softened (dairy-free butter)
3 TBL brown sugar
1 1/4 cup crushed honey-free graham crackers or plain shortbread cookies dairy-free

Mix together Earth Balance and brown sugar. Add in crushed graham crackers or cookies. Combine and press into bottom of lightly greased 9″ pan (spring form works best).

Health to Happiness
Where do I purchase vegan foods?    

Fruits, vegetables, beans and grains can be purchased anywhere, including local farmer’s markets. Try to buy organic when possible. When you are ready to try a healthy dessert recipe or healthy vegetarian recipe (vegan), look for speciality items at Whole Foods, Health Food/Natural Food Stores, Trader Joe’s or your regular grocery store chain. Many cities are seeing Sprouts locations pop up, so see if there is one in your area.

Whole Foods  has many choices of vegan products. Look for Raw/Vegan refrigerator sections and browse the frozen aisles. You will find lots of vegetarian meat (vegan) choices, ranging from meatless chicken, beef and shrimp at Whole Foods. Look for items marked Vegan or meatless, just be sure to read the ingredients to make sure the product contains no egg, milk or butter. I love Whole Foods because of their stringent guidelines based on ingredients. You will not find products with high fructose corn syrup at Whole Foods. Each Whole Foods carries different products, so ask the store manager to carry items you are interested in purchasing so you don’t have to run to multiple stores. The prepared hot food bar also has vegan dishes. If you are unsure, just ask an associate.

Any natural foods/health store may carry vegan products. You will need to look around in the refrigerator and frozen sections. Take a print out of my substitutions page as your reference guide while shopping for vegetarian meat (vegan), and other ingredients. Again, ask for help.

Trader Joe’s for reasonable, produce, bread, nuts and sunflower seed butter. Most schools do not allow peanut butter or any other kind of nut butter these days, so pack your vegetarian kids lunch with a sunflower seed butter sandwich. They won’t even know the difference. This chain of stores also carries Tofurky, Yves, Earth Balance and other vegan speciality items. Just ask a store employee for help in locating what you are looking for.

Farmer’s Market for local, fresh and inexpensive produce. Check here for a local farmer’s market in your area.

Visit this site for a list of animal ingredients. Check out the description for Bone Char. I am sure most were not aware this is used in some sugars. Buy vegan or organic brands.

What if I cannot find vegan foods I want?    

Ask the store manager at your local Whole Foods or other grocery store to carry the product. They will order if you ask. There are also on-line sites to order vegan ingredients.

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows for delicious sweet treats for raw/vegan cheesecake (delicious are pumpkin spice, chocolate and vanilla)

If you are serious about living a healthier lifestyle, then you will eliminate animal flesh and by-products, such as dairy (milk, cheese, butter, and eggs) from your diet. Dr. Michael Klaper’s final video explains what plant based foods deliver protein, from grains (10% protein) to legumes (25% protein) and everything in between. Watch now

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes do not cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure is aggravated by meat and dairy as well as a high in-take of sodium as Dr. Michael Klaper explains in the video below.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

In the video below Dr. Michael Klaper discusses the negative health effects of eating animal flesh and all of the diseases linked to this type of diet. In addition, half of the antibiotics made in the U.S. are actually fed to animals to help them grow bigger and prevent infection until they hit the slaughter house. These antibiotics end up in your body and blood stream if you consume animal flesh.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Most people eat too much protein, yet many try to lose weight by going on a high protein diet. Watch the video below featuring Dr. Michael Klaper and see what eating animal protein can do to you. Prostate cancer is the #1 killer among men. In addition, too much protein causes calcium loss, so ladies, you want to see this!

Exercise Benefits:
In a healthy person, it is well known that exercise reduces fatigue and increases energy levels. For many years, health professionals recommended that patients undergoing cancer treatment get more rest than those who were not undergoing treatment. Although it is true that cancer treatments, especially aggressive treatments for cancers such as mesothelioma, can cause extreme fatigue, research is now showing that exercise can actually reduce the fatigue and increase energy, even in cancer patients.

Other Possible Benefits:
The National Cancer Institute has begun focusing on various factors that can affect cancer survivorship, and one of the fastest growing focuses is in lifestyle choices and healthy habits. Even after a patient is determined to be cancer free, a cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on life, and some patients react to this impact by choosing less healthy eating and exercise habits. What researchers have found, however, is that exercise can actually improve the emotional and functional well-being of patients, both during and after cancer treatment. One thought is that exercise increases muscle, which can better withstand the effects of cancer treatment. Exercise also releases serotonin, a mood-improving chemical that can give cancer patients an improved outlook on life and increase their survival rates simply by providing a more positive approach. Because it has such a high mortality rate, many mesothelioma doctors are now encouraging exercise intervention in patients undergoing treatment, and recommending that they continue the program after treatment, as research has indicated that fitness can be a tremendous tool in cancer treatment.

Cancer and the treatment for the disease can be devastating to the human body, and patients want to find any method they can to fight the nausea, pain and fatigue that often accompanies the disease treatment. Following a fitness routine during treatment, even if it is simply choosing the stairs over the elevator or parking further from the store to get extra walking in, may improve survival rates and provide some relief from treatment symptoms.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Consuming animal flesh and by-products raises cholesterol levels and clogs arteries, making it the #1 cause of death and disability in North America. Watch now and learn more from
Dr. Michael Klaper’s video.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Care about your diet? Deciding to eat meat or cheese? Then you must watch this fabulous video by Dr. Michael Klaper explaining how good these choices are for you.

Exercising and Cancer:
It has long been known that diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of some types of cancers, yet many people are not aware that fitness is equally important for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a debilitating disease, and often the treatments to cure the disease cause equally debilitating side effects, including nausea and fatigue. For this reason, it is often difficult for anyone suffering from cancer, or caring for a loved one with the disease, to understand how a fitness routine may actually lessen the effects of cancer treatment and may even increase survival.

How Fitness Helps:
Exercise helps keep a body functioning at maximum performance level, and many researchers believe that cancer patients need their body operating at its fullest potential to help fight the disease. In fact, the National Cancer Institute recently conducted studies on patients with colon cancer and found that those that exercised regularly were less likely to have cancer return. In addition, the fitness program did not have to be strenuous, as the study showed that simply walking for six or more hours per week reduced patient’s chances of death from cancer by as much as 49%.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.