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Giveaway Contest!

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My friend Gina Ragnone owner of vegan restaurant Falabar and Gigi’s Remix, and I partnered up with some of our favorite brands to bring you this amazing giveaway! (No re-posting necessary!)

One lucky winner will receive:

– $150 Carbon 38 Gift Card

– $50 Whole Foods Gift card

– 5 bags of our favorite snack, Gigi’s Remix

– Yvonne’s MyEclecticKitchen iTunes recipe App or eBook

 

Here’s how to win. In Instagram, simply:

1) Like this post

2) Follow:

@granolabitch

@yvonne_delicously_vegan

@gigisremix

@carbon38

@wfmtorrance

3) Tag 3 friends

4) Tell us why you’d like to win!

 

The contest is open worldwide and you may ENTER ONCE A DAY! Enter here or on granolabitch’s posts. Contest ends Wednesday, March 18 at noon, PST.

 

Good luck!

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Whole Foods Demo / Engine 2 Challenge Graduation Dinner

 

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On February 12th at 6:30pm, I will be having a live cooking demo and dinner  to celebrate the completion of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge at Whole Foods Market in Torrance, California.

I will be preparing 4 recipes:

1) Green Smoothie

2) Simple Massaged-Kale Salad

3) Vegan “Meat”loaf and Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

4) Triple Chocolate Cake

All attendees will enjoy a full dinner (not just samples) and a My Eclectic Kitchen Goodie Bag!

To reserve your seat for only $5, click here.

This event is a graduation celebration for participants of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge, based on Rip Esselstyn‘s Engine 2 Diet book, but anyone who enjoys healthy nutritious food is invited to attend!  All recipes demonstrated and served will be Engine 2 diet compliant, meaning they will be whole-foods, plant-based, low in sugar and salt, and free of oil and refined ingredients.  That said, I promise the menu will be delicious!

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Again, don’t forget to reserve your seat before the event fills up!  The cost is only $5.  What a deal!

Whole Foods Market is one of my favorite places to pick up produce, specialty flours and grains, snacks, plant-based milks, personal care, home cleaning supplies, and ready-made foods.

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I took a tour of Whole Foods Market in Torrance recently and learned a great deal, and I compiled a list of things that you might be able to benefit from!

Did you know…

1) If you need only half of a cabbage or watermelon, they will cut half of it for you to purchase.

2) On Wednesdays, at the salad bar and hot bar, get $2 off per pound.  Some locations only offer $1 off  (like Arroyo, Pasadena)

3) Get 10% off if you purchase one case of produce.

4) Whole Foods Market has a Health Starts Here Program to guide wise nutrition choices.  When foods are marked with the Health Starts Here symbol, as pictured below, those items have no added oils, they’re low in salt and fat, and they are made with whole-foods.  Unfortunately, not all of them are vegan and gluten-free, so make sure to read the list of ingredients to ensure they are aligned with whichever diet you follow.  

5) Engine 2 Diet products, which are plant-strong, low in sugar and salt, and oil-free can be found all over the store, from frozen burger patties (which are delicious), to almond milk, hummus, cereal, and crackers.  The list goes on.

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6) Almost every Whole Foods location has an on-going or upcoming Engine 2 Diet Challenge.  Call your local Whole Foods location for details.  Some challenges are online and there are a few that have weekly meet-ups.

Hopefully this list was helpful to you.  I hope you learned a little more about Whole Foods Market and about the Engine 2 Diet, and I hope to see you on Thursday, February 12th at 6:30pm!

 

 

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Raw Goji-, Cranberry and Coconut Truffles

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I was introduced to date-nut balls, raw vegan bliss balls, raw chocolate truffles, whatever-you-want-to-call-’em, by Kimberly Snyder in her “The Beauty Detox Solution” book; she calls them raw cacao balls.

As you may already know, I come from a very large family. I am the youngest of 6 daughters and the auntie to 15 kids. When I go to a family event or just visit family, I’m usually never empty-handed.  Since having a sweet tooth is a common trait in my family, I usually come over with sweet gifts to bear.  I am delighted that my mom, sisters and their kids enjoy vegan and gluten-free treats!  And I am even more delighted when my raw vegan treats are a hit.  Some of the pickiest eaters in the family usually pick up a chocolate cacao ball, they don’t love it, then they try the raw goji-, cranberry and coconut truffles and they come back for more!

Here’s the super simple recipe.  I hope you and your family enjoy them!

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Raw Goji-, Cranberry and Coconut Truffles

1 1/2 Cup , plus more, about a 1/2 Cup for rolling Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1/3 Cup Dried Goji Berries

3/4 Cup Almond Flour

1/4 Cup Coconut Nectar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted/in liquid state

2 tsp Non-alcohol Vanilla Extract or 1/4 tsp Vanilla Bean Seeds

Pinch of Sea Salt ( I use a fine Himalayan sea salt)

 

1.In a food processor,  add almond flour and coconut flakes and process until finely ground. For at least a minute.

2. Add the dried cranberries and goji berries and pulse a few times to combine and until you reach a texture of your liking.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt until sea salt is dissolved then add to the mixture in the food processor into the bowl and mix well using your hands.  After all the ingredients are incorporated, I like to refrigerate the mixture just so it’s more firm and easy to work with.  This way, they’ll be more round and not flat-bottomed.

4. In the meantime, line a 1 quarter sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper (and wash dishes?).  After about 7-10 minutes, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and scoop the truffles, about 8-10 of them.  I use a .8 of an oz. ice cream scooper.  I have also just used a spoon to scoop them. Once you scoop a ball, round it out with your hands then roll it into coconut flakes and place onto the lined sheet tray or plate.  Refrigerate immediately until hardened.

Enjoy!

 

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