Superfoods on a Mission

I am so proud to announce my latest project SUPERFOODS ON A MISSION. SFOAM’s mission is to bring nutrient dense food to those who need it most and subsequently educate others in the process.

It is our intention to receive donations of SUPERFOODS from various manufacturers of only the highest sources along with monetary donations and grants to be used for purchasing these foods and operating the organization.

Mission #1 is underway with donations from Victoria Boutenko and Passion For Life Nutrition (Mama Chelsea’s). Victoria personally donated several copies of her Green for Life Books and PFL donated several packages of their best selling RawGranola, which includes goji berries and cacao. Also included in the First Mission are GoPals nori snacks and Odwalla Superfood Bars, Spirulina & Wheatgrass.

Since this first mission wasn’t planned and needed to happen in a rush, the non profit is not yet officially running but it is expected to be up and going in the next 45 days.

This first batch of Educational materials and SUPERFOODS is making its way to Iraq for a team of 5 soldiers who are serving though the Holidays. Although SFOAM doesn’t support the war, we do support the need for everyone to benefit from the nutrition and healing power of SUPERFOODS.

We believe good health, fresh water and education should be available to all. Our current target is those serving in the military and those with weakened immune systems, or lacking food. We request that you participate with us in spreading the word and helping those in need.




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Face Plant!

No, I didn’t just fall down. I was just thinking about my evening face mask. Sexy huh? I know you’re expecting me to tell you all about my Raw Food day, what I ate, how I planned the family meals, etc., but all I can think about is what I want on my face tonight.

If you don’t already know it, you will soon. RAW IS SEXY! Think about it…You are a living being, You were born perfect, You were born beautiful, You were born pure and ecstatic, full of life. Raw food, aka whole food, aka living food is what your living body needs. A ripe, red, plump apple grown on a tree in soil that is rich and untreated that you just picked from the tree. You wipe it off and take a bite…now that’s sexy! Or…

You drive to the market, push your cart down the dairy aisle to get your processed cheese slices wrapped in petroleum-based plastic for your sandwich on processed bread that has been “enriched” because the process of making the bread removed its original nutrients…need I say more? There is Nothing sexy about processed food. Not only is it not sexy, but it makes me fat, tired and miserable along with millions of other people.

Raw Food is food in its most natural, pure state grown with the warmth of the sun allowing it to mature naturally then consumed while it still has its life force in tact is simply amazing.

We are fast approaching a time of necessity for change in our thinking. No longer should we ask “how will it taste?” But rather “how will it heal?” We are all in need of healing. It may be physical, mental or emotional but we all need it. Face it, life is tough sometimes and we live in a fairly toxic world, but the healing power of food in its blissful living state can help us ward off some of the environmental damage.

This leads me to my weekly routine of the Face Plant. I’ve been not only drinking greens for some time, but I find that sometimes my body craves a soaking through my skin as well. Yes, I know that sounds bizarre, but I have seen improvement in my joint pain from soaking my feet in greens. It usually gives me a boost of energy as well.

Since our skin is our largest organ and absorbs whatever is placed on it, I use it to my advantage. It may be coconut oil on my legs and arms, greens on my feet, turmeric on a sore spot, but my favorite is my face. This is where I really get to play. Since I look at my face everyday, I can try different foods to see what my skin likes.

I know cacao is supposed to be amazing, but I haven’t tried it yet. I like to eat my cacao. What I do love on my face is a blend of aloe vera, acai and raw honey. They each have anti-inflamatory, antioxidant and medicinal properties.

I love the skin healing power of aloe and I’m hoping to fight off fine lines in the process. The acai pulp causes the skin to tighten and the raw honey has bacteria fighting power to keep blemishes away.

Slice an aloe leaf and blend the gel along with acai and raw honey. Smear it all over your face and leave it for at least 15 minutes.

You are beautiful!

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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in antioxidants, Cacao, coconut oil, Uncategorized


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Forks Over Knives

Join me tonight at THE HIDDEN SPRINGS WELLNESS CENTER 635 Lit Way, Ashland, OR 7:30 -9:30


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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


15 Green Smoothies

Here’s why I love the Boutenko’s. It couldn’t be an easier than this to get your greens in.


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July Raw Food Challenge

With the summer months heating up and making me feel so much better, I’m very motivated to get back to my Raw Routine. I lost my game this past winter but have taken on new life with the help of our friend the Sun, Green Drinks and exercise.

I have a sense of renewed motivation with my reaction to the scale last week along with the decline of Dad’s Health.

Some of you may remember he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in late 2009. He’s a great man, but very set in his ways and continues to be stubborn about his intake of whole foods. Of course it’s not just him, but my mother is the one who prepares the meals and even though I don’t like to point fingers I must say that it’s not that hard to “hide” the veggies in the food you make. In fact, I have found it really easy to incorporate tons of fruit and veggies in ways that my kids eat it with no problem.

It’s not all good. I have had my share of trial and error recipes with the Raw Food uncookbooks and my discerning family’s palate, but I’m not asking my dad to try elaborate raw meals. What I want here is WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION. You know…like what grows…can be picked….doesn’t have to be prepared much if at all. At the very least buying a bag of spinach and freeze it then blend up a handful with some frozen fruit. To me it’s simple. I know it’s not a cure but when you have almost zero fruits and vegetables daily, your energy, clarity and function shut down. In his case it’s worse because he is on medication that is causing severe side effects and he really needs all the help he can get. In the last 2 weeks, he has fallen and rushed to the Emergency room receiving a total of 10 stitches in his face. The falling is absolutely tragic to witness and humiliating and painful for him to endure. He is reluctantly now using a cane after much urging. His brain isn’t communicating with his limbs and so he begins to fall and with his arms by his sides he can not react to the fall until after it happens. So, with it progressing so quickly I really want to help any way I can aside from buying him a football helmet to wear ☺

Since I am still learning about how to help, I would love to hear any advice you may have for this journey. In the meantime, my Raw Food Challenge will last until the end of July. Who’s joining me?



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Raw Veggie Burgers




 Veggie Burgers

large red onion

1 large bell pepper

3 carrots

1 small head cauliflower

1 lg. stalk broccoli

1 C almonds, soaked 12-24 hours

1 C sunflower seeds, soaked 5-6 hours

1/4 C sesame seeds, soaked 5-6 hours

5 cloves garlic

2 T Braggs or to taste

1 t cumin

2 T dried Cilantro or 1-2 C fresh

Blend all of the above ingredients and seasonings in a champion juicer with solid plate, or a food processor. This blended food is your patty mixture. Form and put 1/2″ thick patties on a teflex sheet and place trays in dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8-12 hours or until desired texture is obtained. Flip your burgers after 4 hours and remove teflex sheets, continue to dehydrate for 4-5 hours or until desired moisture is obtained.

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Alzheimer’s vs. Whole Food


It’s just one more thing to consider in the prevention of disease. For years, I was focused so tightly on preventing Cancer, that I neglected to research the prevention and treatments for other diseases. My attention always swings to another category when I have a personal experience with a disease or illness. In this case, my husbands Grandmother spent her final years with Alzheimer’s. It was horrible to watch such a spitfire of a woman shrink into this frame of a body that had no function, no control, no memory, no life. It was heartbreaking and I can still see her beautiful eyes staring at me with a confused look and then the frustration of a child when she didn’t know who I was. Since she passed, there has been a lot of research done, but still no cure.

I never felt this disease was genetic, but I have heard that as an argument and I understand everyone is entitled to their opinion. Until there is an actual cure, I continue to think it has more to do with nutrition and environmental issues. I wasn’t surprised to hear that some of the new research points at 4 food groups that are now considered to be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s.

Smoked Meats, processed cheese, Beer and white foods such as white flour, rice and sugar are considered to be among the most harmful. It was recently discovered that Nitrites cause a reaction in the brain with imprints of the Alzheimer patterns. If your food label reads  “Sodium Nitrite”, try to avoid it. It is a preservative, which adds to the product shelf life, but certainly not the shelf life of your brain.

Of course I always recommend whole foods, but that’s not what everyone eats at every meal, so amp up your intake of Antioxidants  (helpful substances that protect cells from damaging molecules called free radicals) They are thought to be useful in the battle against Alzheimer’s by preventing the toxic plaque that causes the disease from forming. Among the compounds researchers have identified as helpful are aged garlic extract, curcumin (found in the spice turmeric), melatonin (found in sunflower seeds and spices like coriander and celery seeds) and green tea. Filling your plate with antioxidant-rich whole foods will benefit your whole body but most importantly, your brain.

Look for dark-skinned and -leafed vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and red bell pepper, and fruits (fresh or dried) such as red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries.

If you don’t want to eat a plate full, you can always take my advice and blend it up into a smoothie.

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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Alzheimers


Raw Food Diet or Lifestyle?

After you take the time and awareness to give the Raw Food “Diet” a try, you will very quickly notice that it’s not a diet at all. In fact it is a very sexy version of a lifestyle enhancement. After being in SAD situation with the SAD diet of most Americans, my body was beat up. I really took for granted the luster of my youth and invincibility of my body when it came to eating and exercise. Fast forward several years and back injuries later, I’ve found that the only thing that helps my body regain a sense of balance is good old fruits and vegetables. Boring you say. I think not! If you have ever felt like the pain in your body was too much to overcome that you, in your out of your mind state reached for the prescription drugs, or over the counter pain killers, then you owe it to yourself to get back to the basics.

Slow it down and think about it for a minute. It’s healthy, cheaper and good for you and the planet if you eat your greens. Yes, there are debates over Organic vs. non, but the bottom line is that your body needs REAL FOOD, REAL FUEL. If you filled up your cars tank with sugar, the tank would rot out. I heard people used to do this to their enemies. That’s not nice, but it does show a point I’m trying to drive home here. Sugar and all the over processed foods are slowly killing you. The proper nutrition is needed to function. Every day our lives are filled with toxins and we can’t see them, or taste them, but we are feeling the impact on our bodies. I want to feel GOOD for the rest of my life, and I want you to feel good too.

If you hate veggies, juice them, or blend them with fruit to make them taste better, but just get them into your body and let them do the work they were meant to do.



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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


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SPINACH and Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies are all the rage. If you’re going to have a smoothie and your committed to getting healthy, why not include some greens. The best part of making a smoothie is the “sneaky factor” You can make a regular fruit smoothie and add in the green but the flavor won’t change. That’s part of the fun. The look on people’s faces when they see this green drink…it’s always the same look of disgust, but then they take a drink and they’re shocked at how good it tastes. Looks can be deceiving, so drink your greens!

I bet you didn’t know that Spinach contains an impressive range of active substances which are indispensable to the body. In its structure we find mineral salts (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, manganese, iodine, copper), vitamins (C, B1, B2, B6, PP, E, K, folic acid, vitamin A), chlorophyll, amino acids such as arginine and lysine, but also lipids, protides, glucdes and fibers. With only 17 calories, 100 grams of spinach supplies the body with 5 mg of iron, 500 mg of potassium, 170 mg of calcium, 23 mg of vitamin C, 2 mg of vitamin E, 150 micrograms of folic acid, 3500 micrograms of beta-carotene and 7 grams of alimentary fibers. Because of this, an alimentary diet which contains spinach, leads to the strengthening of the body. The magnesium contained in spinach helps prevent diabetes; iodine helps treat skin diseases and strengthens the immune system; vitamin K contributes to bone resistance; vitamin B improves cerebral activity, helps in maintaining the firmness of the skin and controls insomnia; potassium stimulates the cardiac muscle; beta-carotene prevents sight problems and sulfur increases hair attractiveness. Alimentary fibers, vitamins and minerals contained make spinach a good depurative and detoxifier. The toxins originating in nourishments that are rich in fat and proteins of animal origin are thus eliminated quickly. At the same time, alimentary fibers prevent constipation and colon cancer. They interact with the absorption of fat and adjust the level of cholesterol in the body. Moreover, spinach can help eliminate intestinal parasites. All of these are sufficient reasons to start a diet based on spinach or at least for introducing it more often into everyday nourishment. By being nutritive, tonifying, mineralizing, calming for the nervous system.

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Drying herbs

What’s in the fabulous Excalibur Dehydrator today?

Well, the house smells wonderful. It’s a true fall day with winter on it’s way here in Ashland, Oregon. We had a rain storm last night with some wind and now the air is clean and leaves are falling. I needed to bring my herb garden indoors so I decided to cut back my basil to use in the future.


In the dehydrator I have basil, dill, chopped fresh cranberries, banana chips and red peppers. I love making good use out of the time the dehydrator is going, so it’s nice to have all these things going at once. It still amazes me that the flavors never cross over to each other.

I made a new version of the Cauliflower Cous Cous as a side dish for later tonight, and am working on a raw granola breakfast bar recipe to try out for the morning. I want to hear what you dehydrate and what you make with it. I’m also calling for all unique but tested raw recipes.