Sunday, March 21, 2010

away for a little while

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all wonderful! I know I haven't been around much these days. Life has just been getting busier and busier! I'm off to do some traveling for the next week or so, but I will definitely be back soon with some stories to share, and hopefully, some raw food adventures as well! 

Here is to a great week everyone. Talk to you soon! :-)


Sunday, March 7, 2010

strawberries mean love

In my last post, I talked a little bit about sustainable living in relation to raw food cuisine and lifestyle. It is an interesting topic of discussion for me, because as an independent student, I am conflicted between sustainable living (in terms of purchasing foods and being economical with my food purchases. This post demonstrates just that:  these recipes are super delicious and use strawberries which are not in season around these parts at this time of the year,  yet they are incredibly affordable (2 huge pints for $5). It is a tricky issue, but all in all, I do think we can allow ourselves a little sweet treat in the winter, especially when the strawberries were as sumptuous looking as these! Strawberries mean love, after all.

I always enjoy sharing raw food with others, and these recipes are no exception. A simple raw food meal for two just makes my day!

"Wake up, Jim" 
 fruit salad for two

1 winter banana apple, chopped
1/2 pint strawberries, sliced
3 frozen bananas, sliced
1 orange, segmented and sliced
1 bosc pear, sliced
5-6 dates, chopped
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp cinnamon

Layer fruits in a large glass bowl, creating individual sections. Top with cacao, slivered almonds, and cinnamon. Can also add 1 tsp agave for desired sweetness. Mix ingredients together. Serve in small bowls and voila, a yummy raw brekkie for two!

strawberry-vanilla yum-yum

1/2 cup buckwheat groats,
 soaked overnight and rinsed thoroughly
5 strawberries, sliced
1 banana
1 winter banana apple
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp dried cranberries

Blend groats, strawberries, banana, apple, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a blender until desired consistency. Serve in breakfast bowl, and top with coconut, bee pollen, cranberries, and dash of cinnamon. Strawberry Vanilla yum-yum! Perfect for breakfast or a snack between meals.

banana-strawberry soft serve

2 frozen bananas
5-10 strawberries
1 tsp hemp protein powder
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tbsp sliced almonds

Process bananas, strawberries, and hemp protein powder in a food processor with an 's' blade. Serve topped with sliced strawberries, banana, almonds, and bee pollen. Sweet little snack!

Ok, so I know we can't eat sweets allll day (although, I'd love to). Here is a salad I made a little while ago that combines strawberries and almonds. Mmm:

strawberry-almond salad
5 strawberries, cut into segments
1/4 cup slivered almonds
alfalfa sprouts
spinach greens
red lettuce greens

In a large bowl, mixed ingredients together. Serve with dressing of choice (I used my favorite 'Creamy Almondaise' dressing, the recipe can be found here).  Enjoy! 

(strawberry photo from

Thursday, March 4, 2010

sleepy sleep

I wanted to talk a little bit about sleep and eating a primarily high raw food diet. I've noticed that since going more raw, my sleep patterns tend to fluctuate. Of course, this could also be due to outside factors such as being busy, certain stress triggers and so forth, but overall I have found that since going more 'raw', I tend to require less sleep. That being said, it seems I can function on little sleep (around 6 hrs a night), sometimes less (like this morning, when I woke up at 4am, but went to sleep around 10:30 - still can't get over the 4am rise time). I don't mind, if anything it makes for more time to write groovy blog posts, but there are times that I wish I could sometimes sleep in until 1pm like most people ;-)

I also tend to feel that the moon cycles can affect my sleep. For example, when a full moon is present, my sleep seems to be more restless. I've read that there is some truth to that, but only know from personal experience (although, I'm sure I am not alone on the subject). Really, it makes perfect 'biological' sense! Currently, the moon is currently a waning gibbous moon, is in Scorpio, and is 18 days old.

Since I am currently 'up' and all, I thought I would share some of my latest kitchie creations:

raw-pple sauce with hemp seeds

2 apples (I used the 'winter banana' variety)
1 pear
1 tsp cinnamon

Puree ingredients in a food processor. Sprinkle with cinnamon and hemp seeds. Enjoy!

A little note about 'winter banana' apples:

Apparently, this variety originated in Indiana about 1876. The apples are somewhat large in size and round in shape, with a pale yellow skin and a rosy blush. The namesake is for the apple's aroma, which sort of evokes a banana with it's mild flavor.  This mild-flavored dessert fruit ripens in late September and early October and the flavor improves with storage. 

I was fortunate to purchase some local apples from an orchard in a neighboring town here in Ontaree-aree-areo ;-), which prides itself on being pesticide free! Yay! I was surprised that the local fruit stands have been selling apples well into February, as last year the availability seemed to fizzle around mid December. I like to buy a bushel or two and keep them around to last throughout the winter months - an affordable, economical, and sustainable approach to purchasing and consuming delicious 'in season' fruit!

vanilla yum-yum 
1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats/kernels/seeds what have you, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1 winter banana apple
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend ingredients together in a blender until desired consistency (I went for smooth). Serve topped with cinnamon, bee pollen, and shredded coconut. Uh, yum! Vanilla yum-yum to be exact ;-) Great as a post-hike snack, or breakfast option!
just one more photo, as this was ever so pretty
While on the subject of sustainable living, I wanted to give a shout-out to Chef Frank Giglio and Camille 'Goji Girl' Rose. I've been following their blogs and videos on YouTube, and most recently checked out their post on 'sustainable living in New England'. Watch the video here: 'a journey towards sustainability'. They have opted to change their diet for one month, switching from a high raw diet to a mode of eating that is more sustainable and 'in keeping' with the seasons and elements. Frank says it nicely in his blog post on the subject: "We move and eat in cycles, and Camille and I are ready to shift to a place where we work with the Sun, Moon, and the Stars, and not against it." They raise some very interesting points, including eating more root vegetables and (gasp) cooked foods in the winter months, rather than eating foods that are in opposition with the seasons and grown ina  climate opposite to ours (for example, eating mostly tropical fruits during the winter months, rather than, say winter banana apples;-))

While I personally don't think I would opt for a non-veggie or vegan option anytime soon, I certainly agree with their decision to eat more locally-grown foods as a mode of sustainability. I also think that a more harmonious approach to eating, one in tune with the seasons, could be quite beneficial. Depending on where you live will enhance or decrease the availability of locally grown produce, but if you have the option, try to eat for sustainability!

I'd love to hear from you about your sleep patterns since going raw, moon cycles, thoughts on these last few weeks of winter, and sustainable living!!