Last night’s raw Holiday Workshop at Kitchen Quickies

I just want to say thanks to all the ladies who joined us last night for our Holiday’s workshop. I think everyone loved the food and most importantly they feel like they can easily make it at home. One lady even commented that this was the best pumpkin pie she’s ever had in her life! We also made Carrot Cake, Chocolate-Mint Patties, Christmas Chocolates and Caramel Apples. It’s so awesome to have healthy alternatives for sweets, now we can have our cake AND eat it too!

Thanks to my friend Elise Aspa for assisting me and big thanks to Kitchen Quickies!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!

 

Karen McGregor “Ignite Your Life Purpose” Retreat

What a great weekend! There is nothing more fulfilling for me than to be preparing food that nourishes the body and souls of people. It is my way of nurturing them and expressing my love. When Karen McGregor invited me to be a part of her retreat she said it was really important to feed her guests plant-based food. This would allow them to be in their body and go into their heart to connect with their life’s purpose. It was pretty amazing to watch and feel the energy in the room as people were shedding some layers and uncovering truth. Karen’s work is really powerful and much needed in our world. My goal was to make the food as healthy and yummy as possible. On the first day I served them a warm curry-yam stew with raw almond “toast” for lunch. For dinner we had a raw mexican fiesta with chocolate cake and caramel sauce for dessert. On Sunday I prepared some delicious spring rolls with my favourite ginger dipping sauce and we had cheesecake with double berry sauce to top it off. Everyone loved the food!

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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.
 

SEED Event with David Wolfe

The main reason I was going to the SEED Event was to hear David Wolfe speak. When we first got to the stadium we ran into him and got a chance to speak for a minute. He was sipping on his Chaga mushroom tea and had the biggest smile on his face. His energy was grand, solid, and very heart warming. There was a holistic power about him where I could feel a connection verses a separation and I loved that about him. To me that shows how David Wolfe is walking his talk and is really here for the people. I shared my gratitude for all the inspiration and knowledge I had gained from him over the years and I also asked him an important question that I get a lot from people; do people with blood type-O HAVE to eat meat? He said no. The only difference is type-O’s have a higher tolerance to meat (and junk food in general) but absolutely don’t need meat to be healthy. David is a Type O himself and has been on a plant-based diet for over 20 years. He mentioned that grains and beans aren’t ideal for blood type-O. He also said that people with blood type-A who eat meat are guaranteed to loose 20 to 25 years of their lives since they have very little tolerance for it. Crazy!! His speech was incredible, funny, and super empowering. Thank you David Wolfe :)

The rest of the day was filled with live music, raw/superfoods, and AMAZING speakers such as Adam McLeod, Gerald Celente, Jeffrey Armstrong and Deepak Chopra. The whole event was all about inspiring, educating, and empowering people to think for themselves, take charge of their own health, connecting with their inner power, and live through their heart. Gerald Clemente, the #1 Trend Forecaster in the World really let it rip on how our world is being run by “money junkies” (politicians), and gave the people great advice on how to prepare for the future. Jeffrey Armstrong, Western Master of Eastern Wisdom opened the hearts of every soul in the audience and got everybody to chant and go into their heart, a place called home… I had tears. Adam McLeod, the World’s Most In Demand Healer gave out some really powerful tools on how to work with our own body energy in order to heal ourselves. We missed Deepak Chopra, but I’m sure it was an enlightening experience.

I am so grateful for this experience! Events like these give me hope and confidence that the world can really transform into a positive and loving space, and this vision is the world I want to bring children to someday J

 

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...]

 

Serena Williams Wins Tennis Title on a Raw Food Diet

Serena Williams supercharged from that raw diet!

 

Who says athletes need “animal protein” – it’s a MYTH. Serena Williams, American tennis champion and raw-vegan food dieter, beat the world’s top-ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, last Sunday to win the US Open women’s singles title. I truly believe that her raw diet that she had switched over to in support of her sister, Venus, earlier this year has helped play a role in her success.  It’s exciting to see professional athletes starting to come out and talking about their choice to convert to a raw food diet. “Even though I’m 30, I feel so young,” Williams said. “I’ve never felt as fit and more excited and more hungry.”

 

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 Workshop in Seattle: New friends, yummy food

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My raw workshop in Seattle was a lot of work, but fully worth it!!! Much like an excellent dish, there was plenty of preparation and work, all made worth it by the payoff of sharing good food with friends.

Seattle is such an incredible place for those interested in health, food, and environment, and was such a cool location for my workshop where i was able to share tips for living raw. With the help of Air, Puget Sound Creative, MAKERS, and Bluewater Vodka the workshop was a complete success: inspirational, instructive, social and fun.

I was blown away by MAKERS, where the event was held at. Those new to raw foods were surprised to find a menu that included my raw flat bread pizza, yummy drinks and raw cheesecake. As we ate, the looks on the girls faces said it all! At that point I thought to myself “mission accomplish!” [Read more...]

 
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