Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bees Please!

We Think Bees are RAWSOME!

Love, don’t swat!

Honeybees are critical for the survival of our species. They are much more than the sweet honey makers we know them to be.

Bees pollinate many of your favorite crops such as blueberries, avocados, carrots and cherries. In fact, bees provide pollen for over 80% of fruit, veggie, flower and seed crops. If bees weren’t, well, busy, the majority of fruits and veggies would die out. Then where would we be? Hungry, that’s where!

Don’t harm or kill bees! They aren’t going to attack you. If they land on you it is because you are as sweet as a flower! Stay still and they will fly away for greener pastures.

Instead, be a Bee Lover! Plant bee favorite flowers such as marigolds, dahlias, geraniums or crocuses. Garden in the Koop makes a “Save the Bees” garden box with all of the seeds you need for a lovely tribute to our striped friends.

Don’t support commercial agriculture whose use of pesticides kill off bee populations–buy your produce from local farmers who also are bee lovers.

And the next time you see a bee doing its important work say, “Thank you!”

Don’t be Afraid of a Spring Cleanse

Lemons are RAWSOME for cleansing your body!

The words “detox” and “cleanse” are enough to make most people intimidated. They assume that means drinking nothing but water for days and not even eating a carrot stick.

That is hardly the case.

Spring is a natural time to lighten the load, so to speak. Our bodies are waking up after a long winter and no longer need the extra fat and oils to keep us warm. Rather, you can gently help your natural cleansing cycle by dropping heavy winter foods from your diet replacing them with the lighter locally grown produce of springtime.

This is an important time to focus on cleansing the liver, which filters out the toxins in our blood. The liver benefits from tart salad greens and lemons.

Start each morning by sipping warm water with the juice of one organic lemon. For the kids, add a teaspoon of raw honey to ease the sourness. The lemon builds a healthy alkaline environment in our systems, which cuts down on the acidic inflammation the Standard American Diet fosters.

To increase the cleansing process, turn one meal a day into a raw feast of fruits and vegetables. The fiber boost will help clean out your bowels and all of those vitamins and minerals will be able to saturate your system. Even better, take one whole day to give your body a break from trying to figure out what to do with bacon and M and M’s.

Continue to drink lemon water often throughout the day to flush out the toxins.

Your organs, skin and mind will be refreshed. You will have more energy and clearer thoughts.

Spring is a time to blossom! Allow yourself to do just that by letting go of winter’s hold on your body.

Eat this salad for lunch this week!

Spring Cleanse Salad:

4 cups mixed bitter greens such as arugula and dandelion greens
1 organic cucumber, sliced
4 radishes, sliced
1 green apple, diced
handful fresh parsley, chopped
2 TBSP ground flax meal
2 TBSP Dulse flakes
Squeeze the salad with the juice of one lemon. You can whisk in some agave or raw honey to slightly sweeten.
(Please don’t add salt.)

Kids Gone Raw Mother’s Day Cards

This little artist readies a lemon to use in her design.Even the youngest kiddos can have a blast painting with produce!

Here are the two best ways to show Mom how much you love her: Eat your veggies and paint with them! (Probably not best to do both at the same time…)

Instead of buying a card or making one with regular art supplies, head to the fridge.

1) Cover your art space with an old sheet or newspaper. Cover yourself with a smock or old shirt.

2) Fill containers with several colors of acrylic paints. Have brushes and a couple dishes of water ready.

3) Grab some leafy greens like kale, sweet potatoes cut into triangles, vertically sliced carrots and radish rounds. Any variety of stiff, not-too-ripe produce will be fine.

These are your new paintbrushes. Gently dab the frilly ends of the kale leaves into some acrylic paint for pretty, lacy patterns. Once the carrots are covered with paint, press them onto the paper to make the rays of the sun or petals of a flower. Use your creativity to cut the food into funky shapes and stamp away.

When you are done, wash the paint from the produce and compost.

Mom will be so touched with your “outside the icebox” designs, she will leave the cards on the fridge for the whole year.

Thank you to all of the mothers who nourish their families with rawmazing foods and love all year round. xoxo!

5-2-1-0 de Mayo … a Let’s Go Event!

Kids Gone Raw was serving up some rawsome green smoothies on Saturday for everyone at the Lewiston Middle School for the 5-2-1-0 de Mayo Event sponsored by Let’s Go! Androscoggin. Health, nutrition & fitness were the focus of this 4 hour celebration & it was a blast … from veggie snack packs & smoothies, to karate, zumba & hip hop … this was the place to be.

We poured over 225 little glasses of green smoothies for folks & the consensus was that they were absolutely to LIVE for!

Here are the recipes for the different smoothies we blended up:

Berry Muddy Smoothie: serves 4 kids 3-4 handfuls of spinach, 2 bananas, 2 cups of berries, 1.5-2 cups of water. Blend & drink up!

Mangolicioius Smoothie: serves 4 kids 3-4 handfuls of spinach, 1-2 bananas, 1 mango (peeled with pit removed), 1 orange (peeled), 1.5-2 cups of water. Blend & drink up!

The Hanna Berry Mango Smoothie: serves 4 kids 3-4 handfuls of spinach, 1-2 bananas, 1 mango (peeled with pit removed), 1 cup of berries, 1.5-2 cups of water. Blend & drink up!

Thank you all for the great day! Get your blenders shakin’! To see MORE photos from the day, visit us on facebook!

Kid Tested, Raw Food Approved: grawnola & almond milk

The dehydrator was buzzing last week as I made 3 rawsome grawnolas in the Kids Gone Raw kitchen.  My 5 yr old niece came over for a slumber party over the weekend & tested them out with us.  We placed a bowl of cinnamon, strawberry & chocolate grawnola on the table & Avery, our kid taste tester extraordinaire, sampled them on camera.  Watch the video to see how cute she is & how seriously she takes her job  … and of course, to hear which one she liked best!  The winning recipe is posted below.

Strawberry Bliss Grawnola
1 cup almonds, soaked 8 hrs
1 cup pecans, soaked 8 hrs
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 8 hrs
1 cup buckwheat, soaked 20 minutes & sprouted
½ cup of pitted medjool dates blended with 3 strawberries and a ½ cup of water
8-10 strawberries, diced
1/4 cup of raw agave or maple syrup
pinch of sea salt

  1. Soak your buckwheat for 20 minutes–cover it by 2-3 inches.  Rinse & drain your buckwheat & use right away OR sprout it by rinsing & draining it 3-4 times over a 24 hour period until it grows a tail.
  2. Soak all of your nuts overnight—be sure to cover them by 2-3 inches of water.  Soak each type of nuts in a bowl by itself.
  3. Rinse & drain the nuts & buckwheat really well in a colander.
  4. Place the sunflower seeds & buckwheat in a large bowl & set aside.
  5. Pulse chop the almonds & pecans in the food processor–leave them a little chunky.
  6. Carefully remove the blade from the food processor & dump the pecans & almonds into the bowl with the sunflower seeds & buckwheat.
  7. Blend the dates with a ½ cup of water & 2 strawberries until creamy.
  8. Carefully remove the blade from the food processor & pour the date mixture into the bowl.
  9. Add in the diced strawberries & agave nectar into the bowl & mix well.  Eat as is OR …
  10. Place mixture on 2-3 teflex sheets in the dehydrator & dehydrate for 24-36 hours at 110, until crunchy.
  11.  Store in an airtight container.

NOTE:  you can substitute all kinds of fruit in for the strawberries.  We love to do diced apples, raspberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, pineapple or diced mango.

FULL Batch of Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Milk
1 cup of almonds, soaked 8 hours

5 cups of water
4 pitted medjool dates or 3Tbs of agave, male syrup, honey or coconut nectar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

Bon Appetit!  :-)