Guest Post: Day 8 Raw Food Challenge + Raspberry Neapolitan Bars Recipe

My routine throughout the week varies little. I pretty much have to tend to my skin a very specific way in the morning to successfully make it through my other activities. It seems that if I skip that step and alter my morning skin care I have a much harder time of things. At Dr. Rapaport’s orders I have been laying on my deck for half an hour a day getting direct sunlight. It is amazing how much the sun heals my skin. You can see a difference in 24 hours just from 30 minutes on the deck.

If it weren’t for my mom finding the International Topical Steroid Addiction Network (see who knows if I would have ever found out what was wrong with me. And I would never have found Dr. Marvin Rapaport. ITSAN has really come a long way in the last 2 years of my membership. When my mom found them in March 2012 they didn’t quite have 200 members. They now have over 1000 members from around the world that are currently related to, friends with or personally recovering from Topical Corticosteroid Addiction (TSA). It is really amazing because many of the ITSAN members found ITSAN in the quest to find answers to what they were suffering from; question that no one could answer.

TSA (also known as “Red Skin Syndrome” or “RSS”) is due to negligent physician oversight and the improper dosing of prescription Topical Corticosteroid Creams, Ointments, Sprays and Foams. TSA can also be due to the unsuspecting patient’s prolonged use of over-the-counter Topical Corticosteroid Creams, Ointments, Sprays and Foams. (You would be shocked to know how much skin care and makeup contains Corticosteroids.) Any person of any age and any country can unknowingly become addicted. There are infants and toddlers, as well as, elderly people suffering. If you or someone you know is suffering from prolonged Atopic Dermatitis of some type and is using Topical Corticosteroids of any kind, you should send them the information to You may help them regain control of their life.

Day 8 Raw Vegan Challenge

Quart of water upon arising.

I made a 40oz Green Smoothie using my Strawberry Basil Frappe as the base. A friend of mine stopped by so I shared the smoothie with her.

Strawberry Basil Frappe (16oz thawed)
Mixed Baby Greens (2 cups)
Banana (1 peeled)
Superfood Powder (2 TBSPNS)


For Lunch (as seen on Instagram) was a large Green Salad consisting of Romaine Lettuce, Carrots, Celery, Pecans, Yellow Bell Pepper, Sun-dried Black Olives, Roma Tomatoes, English Cucumber and Fuji Apple. I made a fresh Mango Cilantro Dressing to go with it. For snack I ate 1 Frozen Lime Cashew Cream Sandwich.  I wasn’t actually able to eat my entire salad because it was gigantic! So I finished the rest for Dinner. Here is the Dressing Recipe:

Mango (2 cups)
Lime (juice of 1)
Navel Orange (juice of 1)
Cilantro (1/2 a head)
Ginger (2 inch peeled chunk)
Garlic (1 peeled clove)
Cold Pressed Olive Oil, if desired but unnecessary (1-2 TBSPN)


Blend in Vitamix till smooth. If needed you can drizzle more Orange juice or Coconut Water to thin it out. You could basically drink this dressing as a smoothie if you wanted. I may actually make it a Green Smoothie tomorrow. LOL!

Tonight I will be bringing my Monday treats to a friend’s house. We shall see the reaction I get from everyone. Aren’t they gorgeous though! We’ll call them Frozen Raspberry Neapolitan Bars. They are basically the Frozen Lime Cashew Cream I made last week, the Chocolate Mousse I made yesterday and my go-to Raspberry Sauce from last year’s 30 Day Raw Vegan Challenge. (I make the Raspberry Sauce all the time.) Here is how to assemble:

Layer 1: Once you have the Cashew Lime Cream prepared, you will pour it into a parchment paper lined cookie or baking pan (I used a glass lasagna dish). Make sure you make a ½ inch layer that is even. Put in the freezer for 4 hours.

Layer 2: Pull it out of the freezer and pour a ¼ inch layer of Raspberry Sauce over it. Make sure the layer is even. Cover and place back in the freezer for 3 hours.

Raw Vegan Raspberry Neapolitan Bars

Layer 3: Pull it out of the freezer and spread a layer of the Chocolate Mousse evenly over the top. I would make it a good ½ inch layer. Put back in the freezer for like 2-3 hours or overnight.

Frozen Raspberry Neapolitan Bars


Frozen Raspberry Neapolitan Bars


Raspberry Neapolitan Bars

When you are ready to serve them or make them into individually wrapped treats, be sure to pull it out of the freezer and thaw (about 15-20min) it long enough that you can stick a butter knife through it to cut the pieces. (I used a cookie cutter to make the outline of the cuts and then a butter knife to make the final cuts.) Serve ‘em up!














Find Heather on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter @hpesthetics. For more information on TSA/RSS, check out, the International Topical Steroid Addiction Network. You can also read about Heather Petersen’s experience at:



  1. Loren on May 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Wow heather you are becoming an amazing chef! Wish I could eat at your house!!! Xoxox loren and Kline

    Here is my son’s journey from topical steroid addiction as well!

    • HP on May 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks Loren for checking us out. Kline must be getting close to better. I believe he is ahead of me in the healing process.

  2. Allyson Cunningham on May 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hello Heather and Christine,

    I didn’t want to miss out on getting involved in your 30 day raw diet. So this is my first day checking everything out. I looked at the last 8 days of the blog recipes and chose day 3’s Orange and Date drink. So…I didn’t have the same ingredients but I chose similar items. I decided to make only a 16oz drink instead of a 64 oz. But I still used a mason jar! check out my 2 pictures on Instagram.

    For Dates I substituted 1/4 cup mission figs and 1 1/2 lemons instead of oranges and I used spring water. It was refreshing. I had lemons because of a suggestion from Heather for smoothies. I’ve been using them in my own smoothie recipes and I like the added taste of lemon with it. You had said the lemon juice helps to get rid of some of the bacteria on the fruits and veggies right?

    Also, my husband is asthmatic, the pollen in NJ is really bad right now. So last night he was having trouble breathing a bit. So I looked up online what can bring down inflammation for asthma sufferers. One if the items was lemon. So I boiled some water and put some lemon in it. He woke up this morning feeling better and he attributed it to the lemon. He also has Barrett’s Esophagus, which Christine you have helped us with before. Will the lemon bother his Barrett’s if he uses lemon during allergy season? And Heather and Christine do you know of any other foods that help with bringing down inflammation for asthma sufferers, to assist in avoiding asthma attacks?

    Thanks girls!
    I’m proud of my Big Sis Heather.

    • Christine on May 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Al! So glad you have decided to join us dear! So happy to hear that your hubby is feeling some relief. Berries are an amazing anti-inflammatory, so is turmeric, ginger and raw foods in general are. Avoiding dairy and mucous causing grains are very important for him with Asthma, the more plant based foods he can include the better and of course especially raw plant-based even more so. Lemon is actually alkaline once digested and broken down so he should be fine but if it starts to bother him then stop it. If he makes those above changes to his diet that will be a huge improvement for his Barrett’s because the SAD diet causes acidity and fermentation resulting in reflux, Barrett’s and many digestive problems. Hope that helps! Hugs. Xo

    • Heather on May 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Woohoo lil keeb! Keep it up. Nettle and Quercetin are really great antihistamines you can find with Tumeric in liquid gel caps by a company called Gaia. You can also make a fresh juice in the morning of apple, lemon, leafy greens, ginger and tumeric for him. Ginger is really great for reducing pain post workout – that info was recently published with regard to weight lifters. So I’m sure if it helps reduce muscle pain it will help reduce inflammation as Christine mentions below.

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