Raw 'Meatless' Meat

I talk about this recipe in the video to follow.  The other night everyonein my house wanted fajita’s, which I do love, but since committing to as much raw or live foods as possible I wanted to get even more creative and this is what I came up with.

I am one that gets ideas from cook books (or I should say “un” cook books!!!) and then play with it.  I love doing that.  Now some people may like to follow recipes to a ‘t’, just remember you can always adjust things to your taste or substitute some ingredients for others for different flavors…….have fun, be healthy and remember, it’s your palate and as you eat fresher, more alive foods, your taste will change.

Raw ‘Meatless’ Taco Meat

In a processor combine

1 cup sunflower seeds (the best for making a meat like texture or more course)

14 – 1/2 cup walnuts

Pulverize till fairly course

Add

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

celtic sea salt to taste

1 clove garlic

1 tsp cumin (optional)

bunch parlsey (or cilantro, basil or other herb)

You can also add any flavorings you like as well, like chili peppers, cayene pepper,curry etc

Mix up well

You can use this to substitute in tacos (whether it’s a corn shell or cabbage leave or a wrap), put in celery, on crackers etc

Watch the video that follows for a quick snack or dinner idea.

Enjoy and please feel free to share with a friend!!

To Your Health

Jodi

At the Coffee Shop

Since having to be in the city for a couple of days and having a little time to check things out in different areas of Vancouver, and yes on ‘The Drive’ again as one of the areas, I am amazed at the amount of coffee shops around.

I sat in one yesterday, actually a Starbucks so I could use my computer since I had a no show for an appointment, grrrrrr, moving on!! I was in there for over an hour on my computer, but paying attention to the amount of people coming in and out. Yes in was in downtown Vancouver, but it was one  of a quazillion coffee shops, ok, maybe not that many but there are alot of them on every corner!!!

It probably also didn’t help that there was a huge line up outside for The Wonder Girls, I think that was there name anyways as there were 100’s of people lined up down the street and around the corner of the Starbucks I was in.

I have to admit, I have this weird quirk that I have always had whether I am in a coffee shop or in a grocery store, I always look at what people buy or put in their cart.  Lately though, I have looked at their face and then in their carts and I can usually connect what type of food will be in their carts before I even see it.  Believe it or not, the face and eyes give it away in most cases.

Back to Starbucks though, I was totally amazed at the number of people coming in and out and this was the second one I was in in the day and it was the same at the first one.  We have become a nation of take out, coffee, lattes, frappacinos and snacks.  Doesn’t anyone eat at home anymore???

I sat just wondering how much some people spend in a week in coffee shops, how many coffees or the syrup, sugary, fatty drinks or snacks people are consuming and how much waste we are creating by all the take out containers.

Then I thought, wow, this is just one (well two today) spots in one city, what about the province? Across Canada? Across North America?  Now the world??

Wow……..two thoughts then came to me, I need to get out more often and make sure I do my part in making the world a better place in ways that I can, like bringing my own to go cups (which I do).  And to really start spreading the word about eating healthier.  Now I know some peopel might say, well once in awhile it’s a treat.  Yes and No……..I will dive into that one later on!!

The best part about it is people watching, I love doing that, people are so interesting!!!

Yup, I need to get out more often, it must just be the city!!!

Hope you’re having an awesome day!!

JB

Pesto Sauce

Raw Pesto Sauce

I was at the market the other day and there was an abundance of Basil and fresh Garlic – perfect for making pesto.

2 bunches basil leaves (no stems)

2 – 3 garlic cloves

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

nuts are optional, I usually use them, but you don’t have to. Traditional pesto called for pine nuts, but you can also mix them up. I have used pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts and walnuts, you don’t have to soak them, it is up to you, I usually don’t.

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend up until mixed well.  You can make it very smooth or a little more course.  You can add more olive oil for less concentrate.  I usually make it somewhat concentrate then depending on the dish I can add more oil if need be.

This is great for pastas, (regular and raw), crackers, dressing etc

Enjoy!!

Raw Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Great alternative to chips!! Easy and quick to make.

1 – 2 bunches of kale

Take the leaves off the stems and put into a bowl.

Here is where you can get creative.

Add

– couple tablespoons olive oil and a few dashes celtic sea salt

or

Instead of  salt or along with it you can add cayenne, garlic, onion or chili powder

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto with some Nutritional Yeast

Mix together with the kale until well coated.

Spread out on dehydrator tray and dehydrate about 4 – 6 hours depending on how crispy you like it.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can bake them in the oven, but I recommend using the lowest temperature possible.

If it is above 115 degrees in the oven, chances are it won’t be raw then, but still healthier than chips!!

Enjoy!!

Why Orgnic??

A word on Organic

You are what you eat and your skin is the largest organ of the body, everything you put on it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, so for me, if I am going to eat healthy, raw and organic as often as possible, then I want to put healthy products on my skin as well.

We already get exposed to enough toxic chemicals and if we have a chance to reduce that, why not??

Foods and products that are organic are not gentically modified (GMO), don’t have pesiticides, herbicides and other chemicals.  These chemcials can be detrimental to your health and are usually cancer causing.

Organic foods and products reduces overall toxins in your body further increasing your health and vitality. They are more nutritious, safer, have more vitamins and minerals and are better tasting.

I find everytime I go to the store and try and find a safe, healthy or organic product, reading the labels is quite amusing to say the least!!  I don’t know what the guidelines are but to put on the labels nautral or organic and to find out they still have toxic chemcials in them can be  frustrating!!

These are some foods that have high amounts of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics etc

– beef, chicken & pork

– dairy

– strawberries, raspberries and cherries

– apples and pears

– tomatoes

– spinach and salad greens

– peaches and nectarines

– coffee

– potatoes

– grapes (imported from Chile)

– celery

– peppers red and green

Organic may be more expensive, but for me, I feel it’s worth it.  A good way of getting fresh, organic and usually well priced produce is through your local organic farmer or at farmer’s markets, buy from organic co-ops, buy in bulk or decide on what you can or will buy that is organic, it’s not always alot more money especially if it’s in season.

I have found that I can actually taste the difference, but I know I am feeding my body better.

Here’s to Your Health!!

JB


Commercial Drive

Lately, I have been loving heading down to Commercial Drive or just ‘The Drive’ in Vancouver. Now I know some people have been hanging out there for years, but some of us have been hanging out in the back woods!!!

I love going down there, it’s alive, full of energy, artists, cultural, outside patios and little store front markets which of course I love seeing the fresh food, but all of it.  Living on the Sunshine Coast is great, I mean it’s beautiful here and so close to being on the ocean almost every day, but getting a little bit of different energy is always good too!!  And the fresh food is oh so cheap.

This past Saturday, I had to go into to the city for a bit and of course I headed over to ‘the Drive’ where I got as much as I could carry, fresh food and I soaked in the atmosphere even to a quiet, while I was there at least, protest for the G8.

For me, I find that when I can find little ways to re-charge myself, get my creative juices flowing again, it’s always good.  I come back  refreshed.  it’s always good to find the little ways to do that for yourself if no ‘big’ holiday is in the cards, squeeze some time out to re-charge yourself, you might be surprised at how good you feel!!

Healthy people find ways to unwind that build them up, not tear them down.

What could you do this week to do that for yourself??

Have fun!!

JB

Quick Snack Ideas

Just a couple quick snack ideas to help you eat a little healthier!!
Enjoy and please feel free to leave any comments!!

To Your Health
Jodi

Raw Ceasar Dressing

This one is great and no one can tell that it is raw, even my husband likes it, actually he loves it!!
It only takes a couple of minutes to blend this up in the blender and remember adjust things according to taste, this
is just a guideline to go on, if you like more garlic, add more, or lemon or anything else, just make it so that you like it
and enjoy it!!

Put all ingredients in a blender

2 stalks clery cut up
2 cloves of garlic
squeeze juice of full lemon
celtic sea salt & pepper to taste
few flakes of dulse (optional but adds flavor
1/3 cup cold press olive oil
1/2 tbsp tahinni

These ingredients are optional as they aren’t raw, but I add a couple of drops to give it more flavor
tabasco
wortshire sauce (or tamari or nama shoyu)
capers

Blend up to smooth and to your liking.
Pour over romaine or any other kind of lettuce, eat and enjoy!!

Here is a recipe for raw croutons which are awesome!!

What is Being Healthy Mean??

What does Healthy Mean to You??

We are all different, different bodies, different thoughts, different reasons of why we want to be healthier.
Here’s my thoughts……

Click here to watch

Rice & Spinach Salad

Rice & Spinach Salad

This is for thepeople who want to start adding more veggies into their diet, are vegetarian or who just aren’t 100% raw.  This is also great for leftovers (if you made rice) to make for lunches for the next day or two.

This is how I made it, but there are no rules here, add any veggies you like or haven’t tried yet and lots of them!! Experiment and have fun!

Rice

chopped Spinach

chopped Chinese lettuce (or cabbage)

Tomatoes

Green Onions

Parsley

Cilantro

Black Olives (not from a can or jar those aren’t considered raw)

1-2 Garlic cloves minced

Tamari (or Namu Shoyu, Braggs or even Soya Sauce)

Olive Oil and I added some Hemp Oil to mine

Mix all together and enjoy. I always like eating mine with some chili peppers added in and avocado on the side.

Notice there are no measurements, just add a bunch of veggies and you can make a dressing out of these ingredients or one of your favorites and adjust to taste……you should enjoy what you are eating!!! You don’t need very much dressing though.

Enjoy!

J

Dandelion Green Smoothie

Dandelion Green Smoothie

I decided to branch out and try one of my early morning Green Smoothies with Deandelion Greens since this is the time to do it. It’s Springtime, almost summer and Dandelions are in season.  Now, I don’t know if I would go picking the ones in your yard unless you know they haven’t been sprayed at all, but you will find them at the Farmers Market and in the Grocery stores.

I put the whole bunch in the blender, just cut the bottoms, so I was using the green leaves.

–  addapprox 1 in piece of giner, peeled and cut up

–  squeezed one lemon in

–  1-2 bananas

–  add some water, depending on the tickness you would like, if you like it thinner add more water, I sometimes throw in an ice cube or two to make it a little colder

Enjoy, you will find this Green Smoothie quite cleansing.  Dandelion Greens have alot of nutrients, are cleansing, good for digestion,  constipation and weight loss.

It’s good to mix up your greens and with these being in season, give it a try!!

J