Hey Peeps! This past week I’ve been rocking out a smoothie feast with Amanda. I am a smoothie fiend so a “fast” like this is right up my alley! Why a smoothie feast? Well besides being delicious, full of amazing nutrients (from the amazing ingredients you choose to use!) and filling, smoothies are super easy to digest! So while you’re enjoying a tasty blended meal, your body get’s to take a break from breaking down food! This allows it more energy to do all sorts of stuff, like fine tuning itself and leaves you with more energy to do the stuff you’re into! I’ve been exercising more this week, rockin’ out some writing work and feeling even more geeked up than usual (scary thought, I know!). Rocking smoothies for a fast can be very cleansing as well! All the lovely fiber in your blends keeps you feeling satisfied, buffers the absorption of the sugars(fruit sugars, raw honey etc) in your blends and it does an awesome job of house cleaning! Each of the fibers in your blended concoctions(from the fruits, greens, nuts and seeds) act as lil’ magnetically charged brooms. They travel through you snatching up toxins as they go and dragging them out the backdoor, for lack of a gentler way of putting it. This is perfect as your body will be using some of it’s energy surplus to cleanse and, by rocking fiber’iffic smoothies, you’ll have given it a surplus of cleaning supplies to finish the job with!
We’ve been indulging in breakfast blends of berries, bananas, almond mylk, coconut butter and hemp seeds. These are awesome for those looking for a creamy morning shake and the good fats in the almond mylk and coconut oil increase the availability of the phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals in the fruits! Also the coconut oils works synergistically with the omega 3 fatty acids in the hemp seeds to make them more usable for our body as well! For lunch we either crank out another fruit blend or a savory raw soup deal! One of our faves was a creamy red pepper tomato soup with an almond mylk base! So good! Dinner’s have been over a quart of green smoothie each, consisting of mixed greens and various fresh and frozen fruits with an h2o base. Dessert (Oh yes. Dessert!) has either been a cacao smoothie with an almond mylk base, frozen bananas, hemp seeds, coconut butter and raw honey or a chocolate frozen banana ice cream! This is amazing and super simple using the same ingredients to flavor straight up frozen banana chunks, creates a soft serve experience that’s tasty and healthy! Check out my Banana Ice Cream video (below) for the basics!
If you’re thinking of rockin’ a fast/feast for the first time I’d highly recommend looking into going the smoothie route first. My strategy to approaching raw living was to take the steady and comfortable route and it worked very well for me. I went the route I did to allow myself learning time, time to develop new habits, create recipes I loved, ease into the detoxification process and most of all to keep it fun! It’s easy to enjoy taking on the raw lifestyle when you do it at your pace! For some, going “all-or-nothing” works best, but for myself I knew how I like to roll and I wanted to avoid rapid detoxification issues (and high-speed sprints to the restroom!). So if my approach to raw sounds like your kind of route, then smoothie feasting may be your first choice when considering a feast! Easy, satisfying, nutritious, fiber’iffic and gentle in the detoxing department, smoothies are a pretty sweet way to go!
Happy Blendin’ my friends ~ Rory :0)
Hey everyone! Do you like smoothies? Do you like toting your smoothies about with you so that you can take your raw goodness wherever ya gotta go? Do you also like to use a non-reactive container such as a glass mason jar? Me too! But, glass can be a pain in the … err well ya know. That’s why a while back I concocted a design for an insulated carrier for traveling with your smoothie in style! With Amanda’s knowledge and skills with sewing, we put together these awesome gizmos we call “Smoothie Jar Bags!”
Just a couple examples of what we offer. Styles change all the time.
These handcrafted bags allow you to easily and more safetly tote around your favorite green, nut milk or fruit smoothies! Also great for water! The insualted liner is made from Reflectix Brand insulation which is a foil wrapped bubble wrap type of insulation, so not only does it hold in the cold, but it also adds a bit of breakage protection to your mason jar! The shoulder strap allows for hands-free carrying *bonus!* and when the strap’s not in use you can stuff it in between the liner and the bag so it’s out of the way when it’s parked on your desk! These bags also conceal the ”interesting” colored beverages that co-workers and on-lookers may otherwise give ya funny looks about. Until I began using my smoothie bag I had heard it all, “What’re ya drinkin’ ? Pond scum ?”
So now that ya got the low down on what our smoothie bags are I wanna anounce that Amanda has cranked out some awesome new ones! These smoothie jar bags also come with a couple of options for lids! We put in a wide mouth jar lid insert with a pre-drilled straw hole and a standard size plastic jar cap also with a pre-drilled straw hole. So all you need to add is your favorite mason jar! So if you need a fun new way of carrying your smoothie goodness and/or you have some raw foodies on your holiday shopping list then check out our Etsy page to see all the neat choices we have! Peace everyone and have a rawsome day! :0)
Kevin and Annmarie Gianni stopped by Catch this past Tuesday for Cinco De Mayo! Kevin did a fun impromptu live video direct from his phone to twitter! Gotta love technology :0)
Click the above pic to check out the video!
The evening was a blast! Kev and Annmarie did an awesome talk/food prep demo! The food was Mexican inspired, in honor of the holiday. An awesome taco “meat” made with sunflower seeds, carrots and spices that could easily win over any carnivore or raw foodies taste buds! This mix was served on romaine leaves with a dallop of spicy mole sauce (featuring raw-cacao powder) , a mix of avocados and tomatoes and generous topping of cashew cheese. Muy Bueno!!
During Annmarie’s demo Kevin gave a great talk about all things health! The main topics were the principles of his new book “High Raw”. The book is awesome for the average person getting started with raw-foods. Its focus is not setting a goal of 100% strict raw but, rather goin’ for a high percentage of raw-foods and the awesome health benefits that go along with it! I agree whole-heartedly with this approach to raw-eating as goin’ “100%” may seem too lofty a goal to start out with. When I first got into raw my goal was 70% and it just went on from there gradually and naturally winding up where I’m at now!
Kevin also got into many other subjects regarding health, from not gettin’ caught up in health protocols without stopping to check and see if they’re necessary, and the importance of not over complicating the simple truth that eating more fresh fruits and veggies is good for you! Great advice and a lot of fun anecdotes from their fun travels in the Kale Whale exploring the many venues and people in the world of healthy living!
After the talk ended and the crowd headed home Kevin and Annmarie hung out for a while chatting with Paul. Glen and myself. I told Annmarie how jealous Isabel was that Amanda and I had got to tour the Kale Whale at their send off party and she suggested right away that I invite them to come down so she could show her around it! Amanda and Isabel arrived and we all had a great time shooting the breeze and goofing off. We love what Kevin and Annmarie are all about with their mission of spreading healthy info through their work and they felt the same way about what Amanda and I are up to with our videos and my raw food classes, they even loved the smoothie jar bags we had given them for their trip! Annmarie hooked us up with a bottle of the Tooth Soap that they’re selling (amongst a slew of other healthy and raw-living goodies they’ve discovered during their travels!) and it’s awesome stuff! Check out Amanda’s post about it.
For an incredible wealth of fun, informative videos and drool worthy recipes I suggest you check out Kevin and Annmaries’ site www.renegadehealth.com and look into Kevins’ book at www.GoHighRaw.com ! Peace and happy healthy wishes everyone! :0)
When I first went raw, one of the hardest things for me was trying to find something satisfying to munch when those random munchy feelings would come up. Raw gourmet items as snacks were out of the question because the munchies don’t wanna wait for 2 hours of soaking, 3 hours of dehydrating, and 30 mins of prep time! Sounds like a lot of work right? Well actually the majority of that time you’re not doing anything and the soaking times and dehydrating times can be pretty flexible, (a dehydrator is a LOT more forgiving than an oven!). So doing that kind of prep work for a dinner is no biggy but, for snacks you need something a lil’ more rapido!
Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite raw snacks. We’ll start with the simplest and move onto some stuff that requires a lil’ advanced thought~
*Cherry tomatoes are awesome fresh washed and rolled in some sea salt and basil flakes. Do it while they’re still moist from being washed….MMMmmmm.
*Carrot chips! Wash some carrots and cut them lengthwise at a 45 degree angle, this will give you a long thin chipish thing. Now place them in a bowl, drizzle with a lil’ oil and sprinkle on some salt and your favorite seasonings, maybe a lil nutritional yeast, and toss to evenly coat them! These are great on their own or dunked in your fave raw salad dressing or dip!
*Pineapple banana sammiches. Here’s a neat lil’ 80-10-10′ish snack that requires lil’ prep time! Peel a fresh pineapple and slice into about 1/4″ thick slices (you can use either a kitchen knife or a mandolin) they don’t need to be perfect, you’re just shootin’ for a thin disc of pineapple. Now for the filling, slice some banana at an angle similar to the carrot chips and mash a small amount of your bananas with a fork. This is the spread that’s gonna hold these bad-boys together! Now simply assemble your sandwiches to your liking, extra-points for double and tripledeckers!
*Super fast fruit shake! Don’t have any nut milk on hand but, you want a creamy shake? Got bananas? You’re in business!~
2 C water
2-3 ripe bananas
vanilla (extract or pod)
1 C of fresh or frozen, berries, peaches, pineapple or whatever you have lyin’ about
handful of ice
a couple of dates (or honey, or agave) optional
Blend thoroughly and enjoy!
For added nutrition you can blend in some of your fave greens, hemp protein powder, or dried walnuts.
Now for some stuff that requires a wee bit of advanced preparation.
Every week after picking up our groceries, I like to soak and dehydrate a couple cups of pumpkin seeds, some oat groats, and sunflower seeds. Occasionally I like to mix up my variety with some walnuts, pecans or brazil nuts instead. I store my pre-soaked and dehydrated beauties in glass mason jars and now I’m all stocked up for snacks, cereals, milks, desert toppings, pates etc.! I do about a weeks worth at a time, if you’d like to get ambitious and do more than that then it’d be best to keep your prepared nuts and seeds in sealed containers in the fridge for optimum quality.
Party nuts mix~
*Take a variety of your pre-soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds and toss them in a bowl. Next add just a drizzle of oil (hemp, flax, or olive) and mix ‘em up. Now for the flavor! Amanda came up with a cool technique for saltin’ up these mixes. She noticed that our course mineral salt crystals weren’t evenly coating the nuts so she used a our mortar and pestle to grind the salt into a powder! Voila! No overly or underly salted bits. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle you can use your coffee grinder. Your mix is ready to go as is, or for additional yumminess you can sprinkle on some chili, curry, chipotle, Italian seasonings, cumin, cayenne, nutritional yeast or whatever blend that sounds tasty to you!
Speaking of brain-rotting TV…….
Great site for all sorts of free movies and shows! I’ve watched an entire season of Dr Steve-O and recently me and Amanda had a ball watching sci-fi’s “Mad Mad House”, a fascinating reality tv show where the guests/contestants got to live with and face challenges from a witch, a voodoo priestess, a modern primitive, a vampire, and a naturalist, which just happened to be “Avocado” (a.k.a. David Wolfe) *lol* Great stuff!
*Need some nut milk in a hurry? Toss a cup of soaked & dried walnuts in the blender with 3-4 cups water and blend thoroughly!
Additionally you can simply toss a handfull into your smoothies for a creamy taste and a shot of omegas!
Having these on hand also makes for a quick and easy breakfast. Simply toss some chopped fresh and/or dried fruits in a bowl, sprinkle on your fave nuts and seeds, pour on some nut-milk and maybe a drizzle of your fave sweetener and you got a hearty breakfast or snack when you’re feeling a case of the mad munchies!
Another key to keeping cravings at bay would be to have a wide selection of fresh sweet and non-sweet fruits (such as tomatoes and cucumbers) on hand for quick and healthy munchies whenever you need ‘em. This is just a sampler of some of the many quick and easy raw snacks that you can throw together, have fun concocting your own. Peace! :0)
I actually invented this yummy green goodness when trying to bulk-up for the winter. This isn’t to say that this a fattening smoothie by any means though. The raw fats in the almond milk allow for optimum absorption of the amino-acids and minerals in the greens. Good for people trying to work-out and put on some muscleage. Also it’s great for anyone who’s having trouble gettin’ enough greens in their diet, kids especially! Even my youngest nephew, who tolerates but doesn’t get too excited by green smoothies, downed a bunch of it. And a friends’ teenage son housed three glasses in a row! If you like vanilla shakes you’re gonna looove this dairy free version and if ya have issues with the color.. pretend it’s a shamrock shake! lol
2 cups almond milk
2 -3 frozen bananas
2 big handfuls of greens
3 Tbsp raw honey (or to taste) or any sweetener you prefer
1/2 vanilla bean pod
Blend and enjoy!
This Halloween we were inclined to forgo the trick-or-treating. The weather was bitter cold and Isabel isn’t that much of candy lover, so we put in a scary movie with big killer bugs (“Mimic“-kick-a$$ movie if ya like sci-fi horror flicks) and attacked some hapless pumkins!
Things were groovy until when carving the top off the big one we started to get a craving for raw-pumpkin pie…and we didn’t have a lot of the ingredients on hand. What to do? Smoothiefy that mofo!
For this autumnal beverage you’ll need the following…
1 C Almond (or other mild nut-milk)
1+1/2 C cubed chunks of fresh pumpkin
1/2 C soaked dates ( or 2 tbsps honey or agave… less if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth)
1/2-1 tsp. minced fresh ginger root
1″ Piece of vanilla bean ( or 1 tsp. extract )
3/4 tsp. powdered cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
about 1/2 tsp. nut meg ( fresh ground is the bestest )
pinch of salt
2 frozen bananas ( broken into chunks )
Blend everything until smooth and creamy and have your pie and drink it too!
*Some pumpkins were definitely harmed in the making of this smoothie*
Smoothie Jar bags! My name is Rory and I like crafts…there, I said it. A lot of people like to goof on a guy that digs crafts (especially ones involving sewing) but I don’t care! This kinda stuff rocks! I’ve always been into drawing, making hemp-jewelry, painting on rocks and pots, and making lil sculptures out of random stuff. Art was definitely my favorite class back in the school days. When I discovered YouTube my instant fave was Threadbangers, Man I love that show! I started drawing on my t-shirts (and I am soon to start experimenting with appliqué) and dreaming up new ways to pimp out my clothes and give them a custom twist. At the same time I was delving into the raw-foods world (Smoothies galore!) and began to realize that there were no decent portable drink containers with a glass lining.
Why was glass so important? Well it has been found that plastic drink and food containers can leach chemicals into the foods they store (yeeeech to say the least). I didn’t need a scientific study to confirm that I could often taste a funky plastic aftertaste in my beverages after they’d been in my travel mug for over an hour. So I started using glass mason jars to tote around my beverages. This was great because they’re inexpensive, non-reactive, and are easy to clean. I’d simply pour in my smoothie, pop a bendy straw in there so I could just unscrew the lid and take a sip, screw the lid back on and I was on my way…sounds good right? Well sometimes it was a pain in the hinder. (laughing) The inner lid often fell out of the sealing ring and would plop on my clothes (yay…) and the straw was always a mess with smoothie so taking a sip meant my soul patch getting a nice primer coat of smoothie stucco. This madness had to stop!
Luckily this was easily fixed, by drilling a hole in the lid for a straw I could keep the lid on and still get a drink. Sweet! But, the store bought drink containers still had a leg up on my jar, they were insulated! Mason jars rock but, glass is very conductive and my smoothies would warm up pretty quick and leave a gallon of condensation on whatever it was sitting on. What to do? In comes those cheap $2 or less) freezer bags from the grocery store! Yeah! Now to cover the jar in this material and bag it up! In our early version my wife beautifully sewed together a bag out of the pattern I cut from an old band T, add a strap for easy carrying and voila! We had a smoothie jar bag!
Well some people were pretty impressed with these lil’ bad boys and suggested we sell them so we concocted a much more pimped out version with some awesome fabrics, wide comfy straps, and a better insulating material; a foil coated bubble-wrap insulation used in homes! It’s completely non-toxic and the bubble-wrap adds quite a degree of cushioning to the jar which should help reduce incidences of a breakage, which I’m told is a common problem amongst smoothie jar carrying super heroes! We’re soon going to be offering the jar bags complete with a couple of pre-drilled jar lid inserts!
Raw “Peanut” Butter Cup Smoothie – healthy and delicious
The origins of the peanut butter cup smoothie…no someone wasn’t standing next to me and spilled their cacao in my tahini and a brief argument didn’t turn into a best selling candy. This recipe came about when I was experimenting with tahini and banana smoothies, I noticed a peanutbuttery aftertaste…mmmmMMMMmm. One thing I missed when I went raw was the occasional peanut butter sandwich, so when I noticed this I was really geeked up! The next logical step was “let’s throw some cacao in there!”. With a lil’ tweaking and a pinch of salt this became one of our favorite smoothies. We must’ve been drinking one a night for a month on end. Hope this smoothie helps curb those peanut buttery cravings. Enjoy! :0)