Sunflower seeds have the power to nourish the entire body.
- They are a rich source of easily digestible protein which is essential for the repair of tissues, nerves, and cells.
- Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin D, B-complex, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. Vitamin E, also aid in preventing heart disease, cancer, and eye degeneration such as cataracts.
- Sunflower seeds are also high in selenium, magnesium, zinc, and iron which helps to strengthen the blood and immune system.
- They are an ideal food to eat for those who are seeking better sleep and weight loss.
- Sunflower seeds have also been known to help prevent asthma, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, clogged arteries, and osteoarthritis.
- They contain no cholesterol and are very low in saturated fats making them highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
- Raw sunflower seeds also contain pectin which has the unique ability to bind to radioactive residues and remove them safely from the body.
- Sunflower seeds can help to relieve sensitivity to light, eyestrain, and farsightedness.
- They also are highly beneficial for strengthening hair and nails.
Mock Tuna Pate’
2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked 4 hours, rinsed
1 cup raw pecans, soaked 4 hours, rinsed *
¼ cup minced onion (or 2 tsp. onion powder)
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley (or 4 tsp. dry)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. sea salt
¼ cup coconut aminos
In a bowl, place all ingredients, except the seeds and nuts. Mix well.
In the food processor, process the sunflower seeds into a paste. Add the pecans pulse until the pecans are the texture you like. If you prefer the pecans to be a paste, add seeds and nuts at the same time.
Scrape the seed and nut mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well.
Store the Mock Tuna in a sealed glass container, in the refrigerator. Good for 5 days.
The Mock Tuna is very versatile.
~ Make a salad and place the Mock Tuna on top.
~ Use Bibb lettuce, place the Mock Tuna on a leaf, and roll like a burrito.
~ Hollow out zucchini and fill the boat with the Mock Tuna.
~ Use as a dip with your favorite crackers or veggies.
~ If you like a crunch, finally chop ½ cup of celery and mix in.
*I have used walnut and almonds. All the nuts give it a different taste.
Simple Coconut Sorbet
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
6 Medjool Dates, soaked and pealed
~ Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.
~ Poor into an ice cream maker; takes about 15-20 minutes.
(If you do not have an ice cream maker, place in freezer container, freeze to consistency you like and enjoy.)
1 cup raw almonds, soaked for minimum 4 hours, drained & rinsed *
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for minimum 4 hours, drained & rinsed
1 cup raw filberts, soaked for minimum 4 hours, drained & rinsed
1 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked for minimum 4 hours, drained & rinsed
1 cup pecans, soaked for 4 hours, drained & rinsed
1 cup walnuts, soaked for 4 hours, drained & rinsed
1 cup organic raisins, rinsed
1 cup cranberries (organic sweetened in apple juice)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp vanilla (or non-alcohol vanilla if available)
2 tbsp cinnamon (more or less taste)
4 tbsp agave (more or less to taste)
~ Place all nuts and seeds into food processor, chop until crumbly. Transfer to large bowl.
~ Stir in lemon juice. Stir in vanilla.
~ Add raisins and cranberries. (Lightly chop if preferred.)
~ Toss with cinnamon. Stir in agave or honey.
~ Transfer to dehydrator sheets, lightly press.
~ Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 18 – 24 hours (or until dry). After 12 hours, flip the mixture.
~ When cool, place in glass jar and enjoy.
~ The Granola keeps for 4 weeks.
* I always peal the skin off of the almonds, after soaked
NOTE: You can use any combination of nuts and seeds to your liking.
3 cups raw shredded coconut
3/4 cup cashew nut flour (Grind cashews in food processor.)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
~ Put agave, vanilla, melted coconut oil and salt in the food processor; blend.
~ Add cashew flour, mix well.
~ Transfer to a bowl, add the shredded coconut and mix thoroughly.
I have found I like to use the two-tablespoon cookie scoop. Place on dehydrator screens. Dehydrate for the desired amount of time, depending on how moist you would like the center; 10-12 hours at 115 degrees. Makes approximately 20 cookies
I prefer storing the macaroons in the freezer. When they thaw they taste just like they did out of the dehydrator.
1 cup Raw Macadamia nuts
1 cup Fresh Basil
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Cold pressed Olive Oil
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 cup Water (More or less for desired texture.)
Put macadamia nuts in a food processor, pulse. Add the rest of the ingredients and process well.
2 cups Tomatoes, chopped (I use plum, peel and I take out the seeds)
1 cup Sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 1 hour, chopped
½ tsp. Red pepper flakes (optional)
2 Dates, peeled, lightly chopped
½ tsp. Sea Salt
Put all the ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth, or texture you like.
4-6 Medium Zucchini
With a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini. Use a spiralizer, if you have one; the zucchini will look like spaghetti. Or, use the vegetable peeler to shred the zucchini; looks like fettuccini.
12 Kalamata olives, pitted, lightly chopped
Place Zucchini into a large bowl. Toss well, with the Pesto. Lightly toss with the Marinara and the Kalamata olives.
* The recipe is very easy to cut on half.
1 cup raw pecans or walnuts
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw almonds
¼ cup ground or unground flaxseed
1 med tomato
1 cup onion
1-2 tsps. sea salt
- Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process, until well blended, but still a little chunky.
- Spread onto dehydrator sheets. (I like to place another Teflex sheet over and use a rolling pin.) Score, for desired size of crackers.
- Dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees. After 4-6 hours flip the crackers for even drying. (Longer if desired.)
- Store in glass container.
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 4 hours and rinsed
¼ cup water
½ cup almonds, soaked 4 hours, peeled (if you prefer) and rinsed
½ cup walnuts, soaked 2 hours, and rinsed
¼ cup red onion, finely chopped, or more to taste
1 cup celery, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped, (or 2 teaspoons dried)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1 tbsp. Aminos, to taste, (I use the raw coconut aminos)
In a separate bowl, place the onion, celery, lemon juice, aminos, parsley and salt; mix well, set aside.
Process the sunflower seeds in a food processor, add water. Mix well and transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
Place almonds and walnuts in food processor. Chop to desired texture. Transfer to the mixing bowl.
Mix nuts and seeds well. Add the onion mixture and mix well.
Store in sealed container; keeps 5 to 7 days.
~ Serve a couple of different ways:
Roll in Bibb lettuce.
Chop lettuce and place mock tuna mixture on top.
Use as a pate.