Raw Livestyle – Holiday Sweets Workshop

 

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Leather

This is one of the easiest raw food snack to make and the kids love them! Also great for on-the-go snack and performance snack. I bring some with me when I go mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking. Awesome for traveling too!

4-5 Apples (skin included)
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until really smooth.

Spread about 1/8 inch of the mixture onto a tray lined with teflex sheet and dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours.

Keep an eye on it and make sure you don’t let it get too dry and not pliable.

Tip: You can also cut them in strips, spread some almond butter and roll them up.
 

Tap Water vs Spring Water

We are so fortunate to have abundance of pure water yet most of us don’t realize the importance of it. I’m talking about “pure” water, not tap water. I used to think filtered tap water was great but I wondered why I could never drink lots of it in a day, I felt bloated and couldn’t meet the minimal requirement my body needed.  Crispin felt like no matter how much water he drank, he never felt hydrated, and often got headaches. Two years ago we started collecting spring water and that changed everything for us; it’s much easier to swallow, it feels light and almost “invisible” in the tummy. We feel so much more hydrated and energized, and the taste is fresh and pure. We now can’t go back to tap water because we can feel the difference right away, and that’s what makes us realize how important “living” water is for our health.

In his book “High Frequency Food“, Lee Bracker discusses how “the body behaves as an environment devastated by drought when infused with tap water” because tap water has been degraded by pipe lines, uncool temperatures, and chemicals like chlorine that compromise the structure of it. In a way, tap water is almost like processed foods. It is not completely bioavailable to the trillions of cells in your body, leaving your thirst un-quenched and your body needing more. Check out his book to learn more about the benefits of pure spring water versus tap water here.
 

Food Preservation Workshop

First I want to thank Squamish CAN for supporting this event,  it feels GOOD to use government funds to offer a valuable experience for the community – for FREE

This workshop on Tuesday was on DEHYDRATION. I wasn’t sure if people expected to be learning how to dehydrate grapes and apples but I think they were pretty excited to leave feeling like making gourmet raw food can be easy AND tasty! We made Corn Tortilla Wraps (filled with cashew sour cream, peppers, avocados and chipotle salsa), Crackers (with fermented cashew cheese), Fruit Leather (rolled with almond butter and honey), and Macaroons to wrap it up!

I loved how everyone engaged and asked many questions, it felt more like a conversation where people really got to connect with each other and the food. I strongly encourage these types of events to allow communities to grow together, share ideas and support each other.

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Quick Fuel Snack

I often find myself running around with no time to prepare healthy meals in advance. So I always make sure to keep certain Superfoods in my cupboards such as Chia Seeds and Goji Berries. Here’s an example of a quick snack I make for myself; I simply put chia seeds and goji berries in water and let it sit for about 15 minutes or until the seeds and berries absorbs the water and becomes soft and gelatinous. If you happen to have coconut water – even better!! [Read more...]

 

Brazil Nut – Vanilla Ice Cream

This is my favorite ice cream! LOVE the taste of brazil nut milk. This recipe is from “Raw For Dessert” of Jennifer Cornbleet.

Ingredients:
2 Cups Brazil Nut Milk (see below)
1/2 Cup Cashews, soaked for 8 to 12 hours
1/2 Cup Agave
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Vanilla Beans
1/8 Teaspoon Salt

Pour 1/2 cup of the brazil nut milk and all the cashews in a blender and process until very smooth. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups brazil nut milk and all of the agave, vanilla extract, vanilla beans, and salt and process until blended. Transfer to a jar and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Put the mixture in a ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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Raw Food for your Kids Lunchbox!

Come learn how to make raw food for your kids lunch box!
Easy, fun, and YUMMY!!

 

 

OAT GROAT BREAKFAST – Better than Oatmeal!

This one is my ultimate favorite for breakfast! I love the texture and the taste is similar to oatmeal but even better! Oat groats are high in protein and fiber which makes it an excellent breakfast before going for any physical activities. You can replace the water for nut milk and add your favorite fruits. I sometimes use almond milk, chopped apples and raisins for a traditional taste. [Read more...]

 

THE POWER OF CHIA SEEDS

I wanted to talk about these incredibly nutritious little seeds called Chia. Not only are they loaded of calcium, fiber and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, but they also contain a high concentration of easily digestible protein. By soaking them in water, they swell and become gelatinous which makes them extremely filling, while keeping you hydrated.  [Read more...]

 

LEAFY GREEN SMOOTHIE

Leafy greens are essential to human health, and a great way to consume them is in green smoothies. You can variate the amount of fruit to make it sweeter, and I find that adding frozen bananas to it makes the texture even creamier..  [Read more...]

 
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