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Hi Boys and Girls. The new and improved “Live Food Experience” is up and at a slightly different URL. I’ve migrated all the content over to the new site and that is where the new content will be posted… so come on over, change your bookmark and update your subscription.
Also on the new site is a free ebook that can be downloaded from the “store”. It’s called “Zen and the Art of Gadgeting”. It’s part memoir, part inspiration, part recipe book and part vanilla, lucuma swirl.
See you at the new site and Keep it Live!
Recently I prepared an in home dinner for 4 in Jacksonville, Florida. I have to say this is one of my favorite ways of introducing people to the magic of living foods. I’ve done a few these dinners in the past they all have been a great success. Most of the time there is a skeptic in the bunch or at least someone who doubts they will enjoy or feel satisfied with the meal. So far I’ve been able to leave everyone satiated, satisfied and smiling. Now there’s no telling whether or not they throw a pot pie in the microwave or thaw out a pizza once I’m out the door.
Thai Miso Soup
The menu from the other evening began with Thai style miso soup. Here’s the basic procedure:
- Start by warming 3 Cups filtered water on the stove, not boiling just hot to touch.
- Transfer the water to a blender. I had brought my Vitamix but any blender will do.
- Add 3 T of unpasteurized miso. I used my favorite chick pea miso from South River Miso to make the broth. Add 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 or a full bell pepper (yellow preferred), 1 T of Thai Curry Spice from Mountain Rose Herbs,1-2 cloves of garlic, 2 t lime juice and 1-2 t of fresh ginger..
- Blend for for 30 seconds.
- Cut up some fresh basil add to blender and blend for 5 seconds.
- Pour into cups and add fresh cucumber batons, shredded carrot and bell pepper chunks.
- Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
Next on the menu was a veggie medley Pad Thai creation. I used kelp noodles from Sea Tangle Noodle Co., spiralized zucchini and carrots and diced jicama to make the noodles. The sauce consisted of:
- almond butter
- unpasteurized miso
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- palm sugar
- hot pepper
Pad Thai with Almond Miso Sauce
I’m a big fan of this sauce. To me it’s good enough to drink straight. After I blend up a batch I swish water in the bottom of the blender and drink what’s left. Nothing goes to waste in the live food kitchen.
Dessert was the next order of business. I like to keep things delicious and easy at these dinner parties. I chose to make a mango banana sorbet. The sorbet is a easy 1, 2 recipe… 1. cut up and freeze fruit 2. pass frozen fruit through a masticating juicer with the blank plate… done.
I did make a special sauce to top the sorbet with. It was an agave cinnamon sauce. It consisted of:
- maple syrup
- almond butter
- agave powder
I blended this mixture and put it in a squirt bottle. The agave came across very sweet to me and in the future I’d probably make this again with soaked dates or palm sugar instead of agave… regardless, it was still delicious! Schedule a Dinner Experience in your home today.
Mango Banana Sorbet
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The task of shopping is set before you and you must prepare yourself. You have a list, but is it the best possible list for yourself and the planet? What is your motivation for shopping? Are you motivated by saving the most money or feeding yourself and your family? If you answer both ways a compromise has to be made and that compromise is your health. Being an informed and conscious shopper doesn’t mean you have to spend more money, on the contrary. When you are a conscious shopper you see things at the store for what they actually are as opposed to what they are advertised as. Defining your motivation is one way to become a conscious shopper. Let’s say your motivation is simply “to feed yourself and your family.” Now if that is the extent of your answer then the food manufacturers are left with plenty of liberties in regards to defining the “food” you are shopping for. If you expand your answer to say, “feed myself and my family the healthiest and best foods possible with consideration to planet and global community” you empower yourself and eliminate the inferior food choices that make up the majority of items in the grocery store. You and I know that grocery stores abound with mountains of toxic ingredients combined together and dressed up to appear as food. This is where advertising comes in; which is just another way of saying propaganda and mass manipulation. It sounds harsh but it’s true. An advertisement for a product is successful only to the degree to which it convinces the masses to purchase the product… regardless of whether it is telling you the truth or not. Be an informed and empowered shopper and everyone will benefit.
Here’s a challenge for you:
- Purchase quality items that aren’t advertised heavily.
- Purchase items with minimal packaging.
- Limit the number of ingredients in a processed food to 12 or even less.
- Buy products that don’t use artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or additives.
- Purchase products with ingredients that you understand and can pronounce. If you are unfamiliar with an ingredient, write it down and look it up on the internet.
Taking this challenge and adopting these practices can go a long way to save you money and time. Let me explain. The money savings in the short term come in because you are purchasing higher quality unprocessed food items with denser nutrition. Denser nutrition means “less is more” in that your body will be satisfied and nourished with less by eating quality food rather than eating more of an inferior food. This is an easy equation for losing weight and optimizing health. Often times people choose food items on the basis of size and price while totally overlooking the actual ingredients. “Twice as much for half the price” is usually a signal to look at the ingredients. You’ll likely find an assortment of cheap fillers. Would you buy gas from a station that offered it for half the price if you knew that what was coming out of the pump was half gas and the other half water? No you wouldn’t, so don’t make the same choice with the food you purchase. In regards to saving money in the long term just think about health care costs. Shopping consciously means long term health benefits. My personal consumption choices are my health care plan. Being sick costs time and money so once you’ve removed sickness from your living equation you have extra time and money… a win, win situation. On the subject of saving time, once you raise your personal consumption standards, you will have eliminated thousands of items from even being considered. You literally have eliminated ¾ or more of the grocery store which I refer to as the “waste land” or the “dead zone”. This optimizes your shopping potential in a major way. Now you enter the grocery store with a focused purpose and that is purchasing only conscious products. These products are concentrated in the produce department, bulk foods section and in the refrigerated and freezer sections: everything else is just a distraction to be ignored. Save time, save money, save your health, save the planet and lose weight… I think we may be on to something. Give it a try and let me know how things shape up. Until next time… Keep It Live!
Sprouted buckwheat is a really magical food. Most people know buckwheat in terms of buckwheat pancakes but sprouted buckwheat ain’t the same thing. Buckwheat isn’t even a grain like the name “wheat” might imply. It’s a “achene” which is a technical term you can investigate. For simplicity sake let’s just call it a seed that is unrelated to wheat therefore having no gluten. Buckwheat flour used for baking and raw buckwheat groats are unsprouted and contain enzyme inhibitors which need to cooked or sprouted to deactivate. Newbie rawfooders may initially have a bad experience working with buckwheat if they don’t sprout it. Buckwheat needs to be thoroughly rinsed, soaked and sprouted. Check out this post regarding sprouting buckwheat.
Once you have sprouted the buckwheat you have a very versatile ingredient for food prep. Don’t be shy when sprouting buckwheat. The sprouted groats can be dehydrated and stored for later use in recipes.
Buckwheat can have a dominant flavor and texture if not used in the right proportions. When I use it in granola I typically add 3 times the amount of nuts or seeds to buckwheat in the recipe. You’ll know if you have too much buckwheat in a recipe because it will taste bland and have a chalky feel in the mouth.
Buckwheat is a warming food which makes it a great breakfast option during cold months. It is high in calcium and also a great source of rutin which helps to strengthen capillaries. If you bruise easily or are wanting to rid yourself of varicose veins, add buckwheat to your diet.
Here’s a quick and easy buckwheat recipe. I used apple for this version but banana or pear can easily be substituted. I added hemp oil to give the porridge the satisfying effect when fats are added to a recipe. You can add a thick nut or seed mylk instead or a nut butter. Have fun with the recipe and adapt it to your liking.
Sprouted Buckwheat Apple Porridge
¼ C sprouted buckwheat
3 T shredded coconut
1 apple – cut up
2 T gojis or raisins – mix in at end
1 T maple syrup, honey or agave
1 T sweet cinnamon or 1 t cinnamon
1 T mesquite
1 T hemp oil
1 t maca
pinch of Himalayan salt
Combine in all ingredients except for raisins/gojis in food processor.
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My visit to Canada introduced me to many new flavors and experiences. Aside from the obvious differences between Northern Ontario and North Florida, like the weather and landscape, there was chaga tea, maple syrup and my new favorite ingredient maple butter; a creamy maple product made from cooking down the maple syrup, cooling it and then whipping it. Though maple syrup is a cooked product I feel that it is an acceptable addition to my kitchen quiver of ingredients. I’m already gadgeting ideas in my head of confectionery creations that I can make with maple products. Recently I made this yummy chia porridge using the ingredients listed:
- 1/2 C chaga tea
- 3 T chia
- 2 T gojis
- 1 T maple butter or agave, palm sugar
- 1 T hemp butter or your favorite raw nut/seed butter
- 1 T vanilla water -soaked vanilla beans blended in water
- 1 T maca blend – maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon
- 1/4 C hot water
- pinch of Himalayan salt
For this recipe you can use your favorite tea. Something with a bit of spice to it might be nice. Chaga has a mild and slight vanilla taste. Soak the chia and gojis in the tea or water in a bowl for a half hour. You can set things up to soak the night before and have it waiting for you in the morning. Take 1/4 C of the soaked chia and goji mixture and add it to the blender, add the hot water, hemp butter, vanilla, maca blend and salt. Blend smooth and add mixture to the chia mix remaining in the bowl. Mix everything together. You can sprinkle hemp seeds and cacao nibs on top.
That’s it, a yummy, warming, healthy, vegan breakfast creation that will blow your mind.
Maple Chia Porridge
Recently I submitted a recipe to Basil and Spice. The site features tons of cool health oriented content.
Take a look at this holiday recipe… candied nuts, yummy.
Recently I was inspired to submit an entry into the “One Minute to Save the World” contest. It’s a video contest where contestant have the opportunity to submit a 1 minute video that shares there message on how to save the world. I chose the topic of “going vegan” as an easy way to create paradise on earth. The medium I chose was in the form of a rap tune. Gary Pfeffer used his video and composition skills to put together a soundtrack and the video for the project.
I’ll tell you upfront that I’m no singer and although I sang on this video I was not willing to do it in front of the camera. This created a unique situation… who was going to be on the video? With the help of my friend Whitney the solution manifested in the form of puppets. With a visit to Jo-Ann Fabrics and a little guidance I threw together some cool puppets to share this vegan message.
Gary pulled out all the stops in creating this video, even going so far as to purchase a couple fast food burgers to drop into the toilet in the slow-mo finale of the video. This might not seem like a big deal but for a raw vegan the idea of standing in line at a fast food restaurant and ordering a burger is enough to turn my stomach… though it was only 5 years ago that I was chowing 1/4 pounders and dying from the inside out.
To bring it home we added the seductive appeal of eating naturally for the health of the planet by including a cameo appearance from the Raw Dessert Goddess, Heathy Pace… those grapes never had it so good.
On the set of "Be the Change" music video
So how can refining your dietary choices change the planet? Can reducing your consumption of animal based products really save the planet? Once you look at the facts the answer is an unequivocal “YES”! Here’s another bonus; consuming less animal products and increasing your intake of whole foods and organic fruits and vegetables will dramatically change your health for the better… who needs universal healthcare if everyone is healthy? Here’s a few facts for you to digest while considering what impact your personal choices on the rest of the world:
Global Impact Facts:
- Percentage of raw materials consumed in U.S. for all purposes presently consumed to produce current meat-centered diet: 33
- Percentage of raw materials consumed in U.S. for all purposes needed to produce fully vegetarian diet: 2
- User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the United States: Livestock production
- Quantity of water used in the production of the average cow sufficient to: float a destroyer
- Water needed to produce 1 pound of wheat: 25 gallons
- Water needed to produce 1 pound of meat: 2,500 gallons
- Cost of common hamburger meat if water used by meat industry was not subsidized by U.S. taxpayers: $35/pound
- Current cost for pound of protein from wheat: $1.50
- Current cost for pound of protein from beefsteak: $15.40
- Cost for pound of protein from beefsteak if U.S. taxpayers ceased subsidizing meat industry’s use of water: $89
- Production of excrement by total U.S. human population: 12,000 pounds/second
- Production of excrement by U.S. livestock: 250,000 pounds/second
- Sewage systems in U.S. cities: Common
- Sewage systems in U.S. feedlots: Nil
- Amount of waste produced annually by U.S. livestock in confinement operations which is not recycled: 1 billion tons
- Relative concentration of feedlot wastes compared to raw domestic sewage: Ten to several hundred times more highly concentrated
- Where feedlot waste often ends up: In our water
- Amount of wells and surface streams in the U.S. contaminated by agricultural pollutants: half
- Amount you reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing your consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs 10%: 9%
- Amount you reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing your consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs 50%: 45%
- Amount you reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing your consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs 100%: 90%
- Rise in blood cholesterol from consuming 1 egg per day: 12%
- Rise in heart attack risk from 12% rise in blood cholesterol: 24%
This link will take you to where I found these not so tasty facts about the impact of our personal choices.
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