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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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What Color is your Carrot?

It’s fascinating to learn about the heritage of food and how it’s changed, evolved and sometimes dimished based on appearance. Making changes to your diet can be as simple as the carrot that you eat. Growing up on the West Coast, all I’ve ever known was the simple Orange Carrot. Little to my surprise, there is a whole new world waiting to be explored. I’ve heard you should eat the rainbow, so when I look for veggies, I always pick bright vibrant “real” colored food. Of course I try to buy local, but I may have to venture out to find my latest food crush….THE PURPLE CARROT

Being an Artist, I have an eye for beauty and from afar, this sexy  beast is sending me signals to come hither. I recently read about it’s startling nutritional density and outrageous antioxidant properties.

An Australian study has shown that Purple Carrots  are high in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. They are supposed to be the original carrots, from ancient Persia.

Compared with orange carrots, purple carrots have up to 28 times more anthocyanins – the antioxidant that creates the purple-red pigment in blueberries and raspberries, among other foods. Most people don’t know why we need antioxidants. We need them to fight off the free radicals that cause us so much damage. It’s a toxic world we live in, so eat your carrots! I’m planning on ordering seed packets today even though I’m a little late to start them in  garden.

Here are some spots for you to order your Purple Carrots from.

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/seeds-books-tools/vegetable-seed/cabbage.html

http://www.cottagegardener.com/

http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/cgi-bin/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=8

http://homeharvestseeds.com/ferrymorsevegetableshealthsmart.htm

http://www.stellarseeds.com

~ RawMa

 

Hydroponic Gardening

My mom gave me this great Long English Cucumber. I love cucumbers and I juice them often, but this one was different. It was “packaged” wrapped in a tight plastic and stated hydroponically grown.  I guess I’ve been living under a rock because I have never heard this term before. I ran to the computer to learn more and to my surprise, I knew exactly what it was, just didn’t know there was a name for it.

Here are some facts I learned:

What are the benefits of hydroponic growing?

Cultivating plants hydroponically is an easy and environmentally sound way to grow a wide variety of healthy plants. It offers numerous benefits over growing in soil, including:
• Plants grow up to 50% faster because they have easy access to food and water.
• Plants become “vacation-proof” and “neglect-resistant” as rockwool retains water so well, you only need to water every three to six weeks.
• Plants can “tell” you when to water, because they droop before wilting and damage occurs.
• The absence of a buffer in the growing medium means plants get all the nutrients available (they don’t remain “bound up” as occurs in buffered mediums like peat moss and coco fiber).
• Little or no pesticides are necessary. Plants start our in a disease-free medium.
• If disease occurs, it may only affect one plant, not a whole row.
• You use smaller containers, because the roots can grow throughout the media without being root bound.

Hydroponics Is Simple
Plants don’t use soil; they use the food and water that are in the soil. Hydroponics basically is growing plants without soil because it is simply a more efficient way to provide food and water to your plants. Soil’s function is to hold nutrients and anchor plants’ roots. In a hydroponic garden you provide your plants’ roots so they have easier access to the food and water.

In a soil garden, food and water are randomly scattered; plants have to expend a lot of energy growing roots to find them. In a hydroponic garden, the food is dissolved in the water so it goes directly to the roots. The plants will grow quicker and be ready for harvest sooner because their growth will be above the surface, not under it. Since the root systems will be compact and not competing for food and water, you may also have many more plants in a given space.

Hydroponics Is Not New
Hydroponics has existed in different forms for thousands of years. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon used hydroponic techniques. Today hydroponic installations can be found in all 50 states and many countries around the world. In fact, in colder climates, a majority of vegetable and flower crops are grown hydroponically.

I LOVE this idea and now that we’ve settled into our new house, I can consider starting the garden. The photo alone make me want to do this. It’s visually stunning to me and such a cool idea.

~Rawma

 

The great Juicer Debate


Since one of the internal pieces broke on my Jack LaLane Juicer, I’ve been using the Vita Mix every day to get my juicy life moving. I love the Vita Mix, but when I use the juicer, the drinks are so smoothe and I drink more. I miss my juicer, so I’m comparing notes so I can purchase a new one. Yes, I have designated juicer money. I LOVE treating myself with new kitchen gadgets, but really I only need a couple of things to really enjoy it. I haven’t been in the market for a while, so I’ll have to spend some time evaluating this so I get the most for the money. I had my last juicer for two years and used it almost daily. I think I spent around $100 for it, so I’d like to upgrade the juicer but not the price. I’ll get back to you with my findings, but in the meantime, let me know which juicer you prefer.

~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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30 Day Raw Challenge Update

Well, this is day 6 of my 30 days at high raw of 100%.

I’m feeling great and my digestion is getting better too. Yesterday I was really tired. That was a combination of lack of sleep and detoxing I’ve been enjoying a wide array of raw dishes and trying new recipies each day.

I can’t wait to test what’s in the dehydrator as I plan my week ahead. There are so many great dishes to make. If you have one you’d like to submit, I will post it on RawMa’s Blog

~RawMa

 

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RawUnion

Please join us at RawUnion this Saturday & Sunday visit www.rawunion.wordpress.com for more information.

 Angel’s Organic Farm in Central Point, Oregon, 20 minutes north of Ashland, hosts the first RawUnion Festival, an Eco Dream Fest celebrating divine love and living foods, June 20 and 21. Featuring the wedding of world–renowned raw food advocates Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes on Summer Solstice Sunday, June 21st, the weekend includes musicians from Los Angeles, San Francisco and parts of Oregon. This passionate pair are throwing the doors open to all and have extended their ‘special day’ into a whole weekend festival celebrating raw food, eco–living, permaculture, healing and divine union. The event has been named ‘Raw Union,’ and the young couple will be wed by another prominent raw food speaker, David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe, who is also an Essene Minister.RawUnion

 

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