It’s soooo exciting to find recipes you love and new flavor combos!
As I write this blog I am relaunching my Raw food diet and turning it into my lifestyle, not something to start, stop or dabble in. Go big or go home, right? 😃 To help me track and document it as I go, I’m calling it: Raw 4 Joie. I’ll add that label as a ‘tag’ to each blog post I do so depending on when you are reading this and how long you’ve been following me, you’ll be able to go back and see the related posts.
Back to the topic at hand…FOOD!
I found this recipe in the Modern Raw book and absolutely LOVE IT! But then as I went to share this blog post I discovered on my website that I’ve previously shared a Nacho Cheeze recipe. 🤔 ⬅️ here’s that one if you’re interested. As I read through it, I noticed I sounded pretty serious about it being incredibly delicious. How could I have forgotten about it??! I wonder….Maybe I need to do a taste test blend off! 😋
Either way, I am currently seriously fixated on this version, so here it is. The texture is so smooth and the flavors simply pop. Definitely hits the mark of being a “comfort food”. SCORE!! 💥👍🏼💪🏼
1 cup Raw Cashews – soak for 20 min – 2 hours, drain and rinse.
2 Tbl Nutritional Yeast
1 cup Red Bell Pepper – rough chopped
1 1/2 tsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Water
1 Tbl Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (look for Cold-Pressed on the label)
1 1/2 tsp Pink Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
Blend all ingredients in a blender till as smooth as you can get it, but don’t blend too long for it to become hot.
**Tip – this Cheeze goes brilliantly with slices of raw Sweet Potato.
I’d love to hear back after you make this one or both! 😜 Seriously, it’s such a versatile dip why not make variations on it.
Happy and in my element, the garden of course 😊, it’s a gorgeous day and I spontaneously snap this pic. The sunshine felt so good on my face! I was reminded of an earlier intention I had shared – to take more photos of me, just because.☺️💜 So here it is.
I wasn’t always a fan of selfies, or photos of me AT ALL. Hard to believe?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ll never forget the moment 7 years ago when I looked in the mirror and thought 💭 “THIS is why women wear foundation. THIS is what getting old looks like. If you won’t use Botox, harsh chemicals or get a face lift, you better get used to it.” A bit harsh but such was my thought.
I was not loving my skin and never left the house without makeup; I was aging too quickly, stress from work and a poor diet had all left their mark. My face was ashy, pale, tired and sagging. I really was quite discouraged and sad.
So when my husband brought home a bottle of anti-aging night cream I immediately said “NO, I’m not putting THAT on my face!”
Yup, I surely did.😂🤷🏼♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was a non-product user, who didn’t wash her face outside of the shower and KNEW nothing worked that didn’t have toxic ingredients. To top it all off, after all my years in the Corp World I was a die hard skeptic. It simply COULDN’T be revolutionary, like my husband said it was. Nope. Nothing is.
Kerwin had gotten the bottle from a co-worker, another guy no less LOL which I find funny, and brought it home for me to try as he was interested in the business. Married life…
He wouldn’t let it go so I finally broke down and used it to prove him wrong. For 4 days I cried about the scent, complained how I didn’t like how it tightened my skin, wouldn’t take a picture – what for?, reminded him I was juicing so of course anything I MIGHT see I would attribute to the juice. Sheesh, I was a tough case! 🤦🏼♀️
The morning of the 5th day comes around and I look in the mirror after rinsing off my face in the shower. My skin was visibly brighter. Juicing worked!
Gave him the bottle back and tried to forget all about it. My husband had other plans. A few weeks later, he comes back with the bottle AGAIN and this time says “You’re not juicing, try it again.”
Fast forward to the morning of the 5th day, second time round and guess what, my face WAS brighter. Hmmm 🧐…what could it be?
There was quietly a burst of HOPE and a ‘what if’ in my head 💭 now. If 4 nights did that, what would 30 nights be like?? What if it was even better? Would it be worth the risk to find out?
After researching to my hearts content, which included reading the scientific white papers (not something I recommend, by the way), who does that?! my skeptic heart was happily blown away to find that this cream passed muster with flying colors.
Turns out the scent wasn’t so bad after all. I mean, the dogs loved it and they would know, right? 😉 Then I figured if I put it on just as I got into bed I wouldn’t even know my face was tight. At least it wasn’t green. LOL.
I did this for 30 nights and I’ll be honest and say that when I looked in the mirror I was ecstatic. I had found The Holy Grail!
I looked like I’d had a face lift without the surgery, expense or scars. I didn’t have deep wrinkles to disappear but gravity had been reversed and there was color in my face again; the tiredness was gone and oh my gosh the best part was how I FELT. I left the house makeup free and wasn’t self conscious. On the contrary, I kinda wanted to show off. 😋Like when you get a gorgeous new dress, you want to wear everywhere and anywhere just because you love it. That was me and my younger looking face. 💜😌
Now, I’m almost 7 years older and I STILL have the confidence to be makeup free, without apology. It’s not an “I don’t care” attitude when I use #nomakeup on a selfie, it’s actually a celebration. A celebration of confidence and gratitude and a serious wish for every woman to have this feeling.
Yes, beauty IS only skin deep but come on, let’s be real, it absolutely affects how we feel about ourselves, no matter how much self care and personal development we do. How we look matters. It’s not everything by any means but why do we spend so much time on the cut, color, design lines and pattern of our clothes if looks don’t make a difference in how we feel and how we’re able to show up in our life?
Sorry, I digress.
Since that first Night cream there have been formula changes and enhancements as new science and new botanical sources are discovered so the newest AGE IQ formulation is even better. The scent is now light, creamy and spa-like, the dogs still love it and when my face tightens it’s a familiar reminder that I’m going to wake up feeling great about my skin; I’m rather attached to it. I will even apply it before boarding a red eye flight so I can be sure to arrive without looking like I had a sleepless night. 😁 Thank goodness it goes on and stays on Clear!
If you want to truly SEE The Holy Grail results for yourself, then click here. The other thing to know is, it’s risk free. If you aren’t thrilled with your results after 30 days you can send the bottle back for a refund.
Or you can order a free sample here if you are skeptical and want to do the same 4 night Feel It experience I did.
**I do recommend you take your picture. Please. Don’t be like me. 😉 I’ve learned my lesson over and over again and I do have results pictures from other products as they were launched but not from the original, flagship product that changed everything for me. 🤷🏼♀️😏 Lots of other people followed directions though and you can see THEIR results here.
The business behind these killer skincare and now wellness products is how I fund my product addictions (among things LOL) We have lots more products now and there are two of us so FREE certainly helps! How I got roped into the business side of things is a whole other story.