Transitioning into Spring & Dairy Free Cheese Recipe

As the cold winter months come to an end and we turn the clocks forward, it's time to transition into warmer days. It's easier said than done sometimes because we can get used to being hermits. Here are some fun ways to really spring into Spring!

1. Fresh Flowers
Bring the life back into your world by getting flowers and plants to liven things up with color and freshness. It's a great mood booster, smells incredible, and it makes your home feel alive.

2. Let fruit ripen and vegetables ripen before eating.
Fruit in the wintertime can be scarce and not very pleasant. Keep fruit like mangos, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, etc out on your counter for a few days before eating instead of putting them in the fridge which will stop the ripening process. This will allow them to ripen more and you'll have a much more delicious meal at the closing of winter. I don't know about you but a juicy mango in March makes things better.

3. Take advantage of the warmer days.
The weather in NYC is on random right now. 60 one day, 30 the next. Take advantage of the nice days to get some fresh air every time you can. Walk to work, go for a walk at lunch, or workout outside. No matter what, getting in the fresh air will set you up on a great routine for when the warmer weather is here to stay. Better now than later.

4. Eat more RAW foods
Since you know now to let your fruits ripen, now it's time to ask yourself if you are actually eating enough RAW food. Not steak tartar or sushi raw - I mean fresh, whole, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables. I'm not telling you to eat a strict Vegan diet. But every chance you get it's important to eat RAW foods. We need to replenish our bodies with vitamins and minerals after the cold months. One of my favorite ways is to make my own sprouted seeds (alfalfa) and beans (lentils, peas, chick peas). To add life back for Spring, eat lean clean and green! Add more vegetables and fruits to salads, sandwiches, pasta, rice dishes, etc. You can really add fruit and vegetables to anything.

And here is a quick recipe for making a Dairy Free "Cheese" spread for a delicious morning toast with fresh vegetables:

For the Cheese:
1 cup SOAKED OVERNIGHT cashews (just soak in a large jar of water for a full evening, then rinse)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Pinch Chipotle Chili Flakes (for a smokey favor)
Pinch sea salt
Juice 1 lemon
Some water on the side to use as needed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

In a food processor, add all ingredients and process until a creamy "cheese-like" consistency has formed. You may need to add some of the water to loosen the mixture up a bit. Spread about 2 tablespoons on your favorite toast and top with veggies. (2 tablespoons per toast) I love cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, and greens on this dish. Top with some fresh pepper. The remaining "cheese" can be kept in the fridge for a few days. Enjoy!

For more great health tips and healthy recipe ideas, check out Aloha - a place to say hello to good health and happiness. They have so many lovely recipes and ideas for getting your Spring and health on.

Happy Monday!