In our ongoing effort to keep it cool we’ve created concocted new brews…
With a bit of almond milk, blueberries, and other sweet ingredients our Violet Tea has kept us cool. It also goes well with open-faced sandwiches and kale chips a la Kate Magic.
“No Sweat!” Summer Salad
4 cups cucumber
1/2 an onion
2 tablespoons fresh mint
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
bit of salt & pepper
red clover blossoms & extra mint leaves for garnish
For those of you who are not ready or willing to make extreme dietary changes at this point, this TEDtalk by Mark Bittman will probably appeal to you. He does a really good job of laying the facts out of general health and environmental concerns while maintaining a rather moderate stance. Not surprisingly, I am far more extreme in my views and actions than he is, but I still love this talk. It is a great place to start. He gives an amusing and easy to follow history of how we got to where we are today agriculturally and then gives some sound advice on how to start to make a difference in your life and the health of the planet. If you like this video, consider buying his book, Food Matters.
The most common excuse people offer for not pursuing a healthier diet is that they could never give up a certain food. Sometimes their guilty pleasure is cheese, other times chocolate cake, steak or bacon. Regardless, the thought of letting go of this tasty treasure is too daunting and they are therefore unwilling to take steps toward a healthier diet.
Here is the secret: you never have to decide to give anything up forever. All you ever have to do is choose to eat healthy things today. Today’s choices have nothing to do with yesterday’s choices or tomorrow’s choices. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are free to choose a chocolate souffle tomorrow… but today we are empowering ourselves with organic, whole, vibrant foods.
It is my belief that eating well never has to be a question of willpower. When I got to the point of eating 100% raw vegan foods, it felt like a relief. I was so excited to feel better and could not wait to try out some new foods. This only happened for me, however, after years of starting to include some healthier items into my standard American diet, and educating myself about the benefits of plant foods and the various scary side effects of processed junk food. I started to notice how my body felt after eating one food or another, and as a result I naturally noticed myself avoiding the foods that made me feel worn down or poisoned.
Some people will find themselves attracted to a strict dietary lifestyle change, others will be more interested in a moderate approach. Either decision can have a very positive effect on health and wellbeing. Regardless, no one ever has to make a dietary choice for the rest of their life – just decide for today, for this meal, this bite. The rest will work itself out effortlessly if you listen to your body and its true cravings.
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Here are the cakes in full view.
I love raw desserts. I want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I still can’t believe that I can have my cake and eat it too! I am starting to spread the word too. I just made this cake for my dad’s birthday. I used Heathy Pace‘s chocolate cake recipe from her “Just Desserts” e-book. She’s right the apple does make it super moist!! I gave it a shot and tried the coconut whipped cream. A perfect finishing touch! You can see it dolloped on top. This cake was puuurrrfect with fresh strawberries and frosting that can fool any greasy spoon regular with a little bit of avocado cacao and agave! I topped it off with some fresh banana ice cream too.
Happy Birthday Dad!
Here is another cake I made. An ice cream cake this time and my own recipe!
The top is banana ice cream with a brownie layer underneath. I tried any phyo’s recipe for coconut ice cream and added my own little twist with FRESH nutmeg, ginger, and almonds. The bottom is carob, raisins, and pecans. Please stay tuned for a full recipe in our recipe section! The pictures of the cake are a little blurry, my apologies.
I am loving it up on Moosehead. Please stay tuned for more updates!
Much love Jaime