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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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Raw Food Birthday Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Tomorrow I turn 42! I made my family promise they would not make or buy a traditional cake for me. I could make a great Raw Living Food Cake, but I’ve been craving a Watermelon all day!

My dad had his 73rd birthday yesterday and we indulged in a piece of his cake. I already had a sore throat and my taste buds were going on me, but I ate it all gone. Boy, was I sorry. Even today, just the thought of that cake makes me sick to my stomach. It was really beautiful but not what my body is used to, so this is what we are having tomorrow to celebrate my big day.

 

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Raw Food Chef Certification

So, here is my latest kick. I know sometimes I sound like I have ADD, but go with me on this one. Since I’m always whipping up something in the kitchen and having my family give me their honest feedback. Hahaha. Sometimes a little too honest, but I do appreciate it. I figured why am I spending all this time loving this process and spending money on the ingredients just for us? If I’m going to invest a large amount of time on something, shouldn’t I be getting paid for it? Actually, I do a lot of things just because I love to and don’t even think about a return in any manner. To me, it’s just not good Karma to expect something in return, but…the bottom line here is that business can be slow at times and it would be nice to fill the gap with a new venture. I decided to look into a Raw Chef Certification where I could learn additional skills and possibly get the knowledge and credibility I want to take one of my many ideas to market. Since I live in Southern Oregon, I am looking at Living Light in Fort Bragg, CA. Just a few hours drive time away, or Julliano’s in Santa Monica where I can stay with family while getting Certified.

I don’t really want to be a chef at a restaurant. If I did, I think true culinary training with an understudy of vegan/raw cuisine would be in order. I guess I really need inspiration and sense of direction. This would allow me to be in the moment and place one foot in front of the other so new doors (or windows) can open for me. I love the energy and excitement hosting raw events, and I know I don’t need to go this direction, but this is what’s on my mind and I ponder what new business ventures I can begin after this training.

I would LOVE to hear your feedback and suggestions.

~RawMa

 

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Kale Chips OMG!!!

Wow…that’s the best word to describe these amazing little chips I made last night. I surprised myself. I don’t usually like Kale alone, but dressed up, this one’s a keeper. I do use Kale in my green drinks, but I can’t even taste it with the apple or banana throw in along with it.

This was so simple. I had some Kale that didn’t get used in the morning drink, so before wilting, I washed it thoroughly, tore it up into small pieces and threw it in a bowl.

In the vitamix, I threw in:
1 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds
3 Tbsp sesame seeds or 1/4 c. tahini
juice of 1 lemon
1 piece of garlic, or more if you like
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c water

blend it all up until paste like
hand mix in 1/4 c of nutritional yeast and sprinkle of sea salt (optional)

toss this mixture with the kale leaves and dehydrate overnight

I’ve also had these with broccoli leaves instead of kale, but couldn’t find them this time.

The kids and hubby gobbled up the whole bag full by the time dinner was ready tonight.

They’re really savory and make you feel like you’re being naughty! Enjoy

~ RawMa

 

Edible and Non- Edible Flowers

I’ve been wondering about which flowers I could add to my raw feasts. They look beautiful and taste delicious too. I was thrilled when I opened an e-mail this morning and a new raw friend had sent out a wonderful list of edible flowers.

Joz wrote:
Organic edible flowers are not just for salads and garnish. I love using them in smoothies, too! Did you know that organic edible flowers are rich in nectar and pollen (studies have shown pollen to be nutritious with minerals and vitamins). Roses, especially rose hips, are very high in vitamin C. Dandelion blossoms (and yellow flowers, in general) have plenty of vitamin A, while the leaves are loaded with iron, calcium, phosophorous and vitamins A and C. Marigolds and Nasturtium have vitamin C.

Other herb flowers-The tiny flowering blooms of the
following spices are edible: anise, basil, bee balm, chives, coriander
(cilantro), dill, fennel, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.

* Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)-Tiny blue flowers have
slight cucumber flavor.
* Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as “pot
marigolds”, multi-colored blooms with a peppery taste. Sometimes
called “poor man’s saffron”
* Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)-Red, pink, and
white blossoms with clove taste.
* Chamomile flowers (Chamaemilum nobile)-Daisy-like flowers
with a slight hint of apple flavor. Especially good for parrots when
calming influence is needed.
* Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)-the lavander-pink pom pom
flower is actually composed of many small florets. Flowers have a mild
onion flavor.
* Daisies (Bellis perennis)-Yellow and white flowers with
light mint or clover flavor. Flowers
* Dandelion flowers – pictured (Taraxacum officinale)-Small
yellow blossoms have honey flavor when picked young. Older flowers are
bitter but my Eclectus parrots do not seem to notice. Also offer the
dandelion leaves which are an excellent source of nutrition.
* Day lilies (Hemerocallis)-Many colored blossoms with sweet
taste and crunchy lettuce texture. Flower buds and blossoms can be
consumed at all stages of growth. Note: Many lilies (Lillium species)
contain alkaloids and are NOT safe for parrots or people.
* Elderberry flowers (Sambucus canadensis)-Sweet tasting
flowers. For colds and chills, Gypsies mix elderberry flowers, yarrow
and peppermint and steep in boiling water for 13 minutes, and drink
tea frequently.
* Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)Flowers of many colors grow on a
spike with flowers above each other, all usually facing the same way.
Has lettuce texture and flavor.
* Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)-Tropical blossoms
in a variety of colors have slightly acidic taste. One of the favorite
flowers of most parrot species.
* Honeysuckle flowers (Japanese Lonicera japonica)-Small white
to yellow trumpet-shaped blossoms are sweet and delicious. Parrots
relish these flowers and the Loridae family of birds especially loves
the honeysuckle nectar. Only the Japanese honeysuckle is edible and
only the blooms should be used as the berries are extremely poisonous.
Offer only the flowers so that no berries on the vines will
accidentally be eaten.
* Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)-Multi-color small blooms
with mild taste.
* Johnny-Jump-Up flowers–(Viola tricolor) Yellow, violet, and
lavender flowers with wintergreen flavor. Leaves are also edible and
contain vitamin C.
* Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)–Lavender blossoms have heavy
floral fragrance and lemon flavor.
* Marigolds flowers (Tagetes signata pumila)-Bright yellow and
orange flowers with citrus flavor.
* Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)-Purple flowers are edible as
well as leaves and seeds which are known for benefits to liver.
* Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)–Red, yellow, and orange
flowers have a tangy, peppery flavor and are the most popular of all
edible flowers. Leaves can be eaten too.
* Pansies (Viola X Wittrockiana)-Purple, white, yellow
bi-color blooms have a sweet, tart flavor. Flowers
* Passionflowers – pictured (Passifloraceae – passion flower
family)–Passiflora caerulea and Passiflora edulis are two of the
hundreds of varieties. Some vines produce large greenish white and
purple blossoms and then orange or purple edible fruit, depending upon
the variety of the plant. *See website below with information and
photos of 200 Passionflower varieties.
* Roses (Rosa spp)-Some of the tastiest rose varieties are
Rosa xdamascena, Rosa gallica, and Rosa rugosa, Flower carpet rose,
Double Delight, Mirandy, and Tiffany variety. Roses have a slight
fruity flavor.
* Sage (Salvia officinalis)-Lavender-blue flower spikes grow
only on the culinary variety. The variegated species of sage do not
flower. Flowers have distinctive sage flavor.
* Other herb flowers-The tiny flowering blooms of the
following spices are edible: anise, basil, bee balm, chives, coriander
(cilantro), dill, fennel, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
* Sunflowers (Helianthus)–Many varieties but most have yellow
leaves around a “black eye” center. Mature flowers contain the seed
that all parrots find so irresistible!
* Tree flowers-Parrots can be offered the flowering blooms of
the following trees: Apple, bottlebrush, citrus (orange, lemon, lime,
grapefruit, kumquat), eucalyptus, melaleuca, and plum.
* Tulips (Tulipa spp.)-Multi-color flowers with crisp, cucumber taste.
* Vegetable flowers-Butterblossom squash flowers have slight
squash taste. Zucchini flowers,
podded pea flowers (ornamental peas
are poisonous),
okra, pumpkin, and runner bean flowers are edible.
* Violets (Viola odorata)-Deep violet and white color with
sweet wintergreen taste.

Some of the NON-EDIBLE’S and possibly poisonous are:
Azalea
Azaleas are flowering shrubs from the Rhododendron family whose stems grow just one flower. Azaleas can be particularly poisonous to animals. Symptoms of poisoning after ingesting azaleas include vomiting, diarrhea, hyper-salivation, weakness, coma and hypotension.
Black Locust
Black Locust is a large, deciduous tree with pea-like white flowers. It can be toxic in large quantities if ingested and may cause depression, weakness, dilated pupils, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weak pulse, coldness of arms and legs, paleness and shock.
Buttercup
Buttercups are yellow perennials and can be found throughout the US. They can be toxic if eaten in large amounts or cause a minor skin irritation. Symptoms of poisoning by a Buttercup include skin redness, burning sensation and blisters around the area that had contact with the sap.
Calla Lily
Calla lilies are often found in floral settings in homes and at weddings. While beautiful, a calla lily can be fatal if ingested. Calla lilies are tall with white bulbs. Signs of poisoning include burning and swelling lips, tongue and throat. Sometimes, stomach pain and diarrhea will also present.
Daffodil
Daffodils are yellow, innocent-looking flowers. However, if ingested in large quantities, they can be poisonous and even fatal. Signs of poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, trembling and convulsions. Daffodils may also cause severe skin irritation.
Mistletoe
Mistletoe is an evergreen with white and pink berries. The berries can cause nausea in large amounts, but a few are generally not toxic. Eating other parts of the plant can cause problems however, such as difficulty with vision and convulsions.
Morning Glory
Morning Glories are commonly found in gardens and can be found in many colors, including white, blue and purple. Morning glories are not as poisonous as other flowers, but still shouldn’t be ingested. Their seeds can cause hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, numbness and muscle tightness.
Poinsettia
Many people are familiar with the popular Christmas plant, the Poinsettia. Its red petals are hard to confuse with any other plant. Poinsettias are mildly poisonous to humans but can be deadly to animals. Symptoms of poisoning include stomach pain with vomiting and diarrhea.
Wisteria
Wisteria is a beautiful climbing plant with white, blue or purple flowers. If a large amount is ingested it may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. the poisonous species can cause health problems for animals, including dogs, cats and horses, as well as human beings.

**THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST, SO PLEASE USE CAUTION AND DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE EATING ANY PLANTS YOU ARE NOT 100% SURE WILL BE SAFE FOR YOU**

Peace,
RawMa

 

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Getting the “Glow” LIVING RAW FOOD

I Just got my latest Raw/Living Uncook Book in the mail and I am so excited. I’ve been wanting to get this one for months now. Sometimes I loiter around Barnes & Noble, or Bloomsbury Books in Ashland reading through the Health section, or flipping through raw books that I don’t already have. Since I’m on a bartering, exchange kick right now, I’ve decided not to purchase anything new unless I can trade for it. I’ve always enjoyed a good bargain, but this is a new level of creativity for me.

Here’s a perfect example- Since we’re prepping for an upcoming move, I’m in clean out – purge mode. We just don’t need some of the items we have. I had been wanting a cruiser bicycle for some time. I decided to post a barter trade on Craigslist and to my suprise, I had a new beach cruiser within 48 hours! My son and I went for a nice early ride this morning. I haven’t owned a bike in over 15 years, so this is really a treat for me.

Back to the book…I sold some books on Amazon and used that money to get this new book. YEAH! Sarma Melngailis writes in a way that makes you feel like Raw is easy, which it is but sometimes it looks complicated in how it’s presented. I haven’t been to New York, but when I go I will definately grab some food at her restaurant PURE FOOD AND WINE. I’m looking forward to making some of her Congo Bars and Coconut-Lime Cookies. I’ve lent out my dehydrator to a friend, so in the meantime, I’ll be making her KEY LIME PIE SHAKE for breakfast. Try it with me.

KEY LIME PIE SHAKE
1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice (3 apples any variety)
1/2 c fresh squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
1 ripe avocado
2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract (or fresh vanilla bean seeds)
2 Tbsp agave

Puree all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

 

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KFC and The Cure for Breast Cancer

Ok, I almost had a heart attack last night…no, not from the KFC, but from a commercial that ran so quickly, my little mind almost missed it. I was just sitting there watching TV with my husband minding my own business when I saw a Pink Bucket of KFC and the OMG Pink Ribbon?! My first thought was WTF? Then I thought for an instant that it must be a joke? But it wasn’t. It was a real commercial. I couldn’t quite grasp the idea of these two joining forces for good. One is already clearly good, even angelic, but the other in my opinion…that should be obvious. NOT GOOD! NOT HEALTHY! NOT ETHICAL, HONORABLE or NOBLE. I could go on, but you get the point. I’m not a fan.

I’m not an idiot either. I believe they mean well here and have probably raised a ton of money for the cause as well. The problem I’m having with it is the connection between eating fried foods and cancer in general. I know it’s not KFC’s place to educate you against eating poorly, after all they WANT to sell you their food to make money. That’s the business they’re in, but isn’t there some kind of responsibility here to give the public the right information?

Although I LOVE the Foundation for the Cure, I don’t think this is the right affiliation to raise the funds. Overall health and wellness begins with choices that are the starting point for healing. Encouraging people to eat crappy so called food in exchange for money is not the way to go. Help us find a cure and get clogged arteries and gain weight in the process. Thank you for giving to us…Seriously, the general public will catch on, but I hope they don’t have to eat buckets of KFC before figuring it out.

I know everyone does their best to use common sense, but I was really offended by the commercial and the mere thought of these two working towards the cure without KFC making serious changes to the health of the food they are selling. The responsibility and honesty of the food should be everyone’s concern. If it’s a change you want, then go to the heart of the matter.

In MY opinion and I’m no expert here, this is a bad idea and sets a scary precedence for future fundraising efforts.

There are many things that contribute to cancer, but I really don’t want to see mixed messages in the future. Seriously, if I want to raise money for an Alzheimer’s cure, do you think I’m going to team up C&H or another large sugar grower knowing what sugar does to the brain.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE CURE AND SEND THEM YOUR DONATIONS, BUT DON’T EAT FRIED CHICKEN TO CONTRIBUTE. BY DOING SO, YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR OWN POTENTIAL ILL HEALTH. One right and one wrong don’t cut it in my book.

~RawMa

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Animal products, Choices, concious, dog food, Fat