Monthly Archives: June 2012

Strawberry Superfood Shortcake for Foodie Friday

Go grab some fresh, local berries & get ready to make this rawsome dessert.  It’s sooooo yummy & loaded with all kinds of magical superfoods.  :-)  HAPPY FOODIE FRIDAY!

recipe serves 8

Shortcake:

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup pecans

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted

1/4 cup raisins

2 Tbs coconut oil

1 Tbs raw agave

2 Tbs chia seeds

2 Tbs cacao

2 Tbs spirulina

1 tsp maca

1/4 tsp sea salt

sauce:

2 cups strawberries

garnish:

2 cups strawberries, sliced

whipped cream:

1 cup cashews

3/4 cup water (or more, as needed)

3 Tbs raw agave

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, scraped

1.  Blend all shortcake ingredients together in a food processor until a crumble texture is achieved, approximately 45 seconds.

3.  Shape crumble into 3 inch rounds, about 1 inch high.  Recipe makes approximately 8 “shortcakes.”  Make a slight dip (like a pie crust) in the center of each shortcake to hold the strawberries & sauce.

4.  Blend sauce ingredients together until smooth.

Place a 2 spoonfuls of sauce on plate, set a shortcake on top of the sauce and place a little more sauce in the center of each shortcake.

5.  Top each shortcake with sliced strawberries.

6.  Blend whipped cream ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender until smooth, approx 30-45 seconds.  Add more water as needed.  Drizzle whipped cream over individual servings of strawberry superfood shortcake & eat up!

OPTION:  You can simply leave out the superfoods, or add in some of your favorite superfoods … this recipe is very flexible.

OPTION:  You can also serve this recipe as a crumble, by loosely placing the shortcake mixture into a pie plate, topping it with the strawberry sauce & sliced berries–just serve with a serving spoon & let guests add whipped cream on top to their liking.

 

Watermelon Wednesday

Hey, it’s Wednesday somewhere, right? I didn’t want to overshadow our RAWkin’ article in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, so I pushed this back a day. Here is the link to the Raw Power by Avery Yale Kamila article in case you missed it: http://www.pressherald.com/life/foodanddining/raw-power_2012-06-27.html

Raw Power with Kale Chips!

This weekend, make a date to take your family on a hike. We are incredibly fortunate that no matter where we live in Maine, there are plenty of trails for all abilities.

Even the youngest kiddos can go. When my son was a baby we just plopped him in a wrap and away we went.

The most important thing when hiking is to have good shoes. If you go on easy, flat terrain, your sneakers will be fine. But if you start to play on inclines, you definitely want to invest in a good pair of hiking boots. The experts at EMS, LL Bean or other outdoor specialty shops can help you. Make sure you break them in before you go. Nothing is worse than having blisters when you are 3.4 miles from the car!

Every age will enjoy a good hike.

And now the fun part: SNACKS!

When I was young the only reason I liked camping and hiking was because of GORP. And Gorp has chocolate chips in it. My father was beyond anti-sugar (he scraped the frosting off our birthday cakes), but for some reason, tiny chocolate nibs when surrounded by almonds and raisins were OK.

Here is a quick recipe for your own camping Gorp:

Combine in a large bowl

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw walnuts, halved

1/2 raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped

1 cup dried banana slices

1/2 Goji berries

Raw cacao nibs or Vegan chocolate chip

Sometimes I like to add chopped crystallized ginger for warmth if it is a cool day.

GORP! Will keep your energy up for your hike.

Place even amounts of gorp (with even amounts of chocolate) in stainless steel tins for each camper.

Don’t forget water, sunscreen, camera, a bag for trash, wipes for sticky hands and to check for ticks.

Here are a few of my favorite places to hike with my four-year old.

 

Pineland: http://www.pinelandfarms.org/recreation/index.htm This is really one of the best kept secrets around. Just a gorgeous area with views of Mt. Washington and trails that are easy for kids.

Bradbury Mountain: http://bradburymountain.com/trail-maps.html I have been to the top with five-year olds! There are inclines, but overall it is an easy hike and a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.

Rattlesnake Mountain: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Rattlesnake_6403.asp This trail gets very steep at the top, but you can stop halfway up and still get a good 45-minute walk in. The views from the top are amazing! You can see Sebago, Panther Pond and Crescent Lake.

For more trails please visit: http://maineoutdoors.com/hiking/hike_info_trails.shtml

Share your favorite places to hike with us!

Rawsome Tip Tuesday: Stop Mindless Eating

STOP. Where is your right hand right now? Creeping toward the bowl of M & M’s on your desk? Unwrapping the plate of cookies your neighbor’s kids made? Digging for change to go get some sodey-pop? It is Mindless Eating. Most of us are victims of this several times a day. We’re bored. It’s there. We eat. We get fat.

Drop. The. Cookie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traps are everywhere, from the welcoming bowl of butterscotches on the insurance  man’s desk to the warm brownie samples at the bakery when you only went in to get tea. It seems so innocent, a tiny taste here another one there. How much harm can it do? Hundreds of empty calories worth! The worst thing about mindless eating is that we hardly notice we do it. Think of a time when you went to the movies and got a large popcorn thinking, “I will never eat this whole thing.” By the ending credits, the bag is empty! Who ate that?

When the pants are tight you panic. You scan your day of “meals,” and it seems normal, healthy even. We “forget” the nibs and nabs that are the killers to our waistlines and health.

This effects your kids, too. If you leave unhealthy snacks that are accessible to little hands, they will find them. (Even the Vegan baking chocolate! Ask me how I know…) So, flip the switch on Mindless Eating. When the kids are watching a show, place a bowl of kale chips and grapes in front of them. Keep cups of almonds on the counter; carrots by the fridge; cups of seltzer water with lemon slices on the table.

Leave bowls of grapes around instead.

We are lazy by nature. If it is there, we will eat it. Make the choice healthy.

My Rawsome Tip for today: Stop Mindlessly Eating Crap. 

After you master this, you can focus on eating MINDFULLY. This involves sitting down, noticing the color, texture and smells of your food. Of slowly chewing each bite, tasting each morsel as it explodes in your mouth. It involves showing gratitude to Mother Nature and farmers for growing such nutritious food with love and patience. It is being at ONE with your food as you enjoy it and noticing when you have had enough–and stopping. Here is a lovely graphic from www.eatingmindfully.com.

How to Eat Mindfully

Food is your friend. Treat it as such.

How to Enjoy Smoothies!

Let’s Get Vegucated on this Wicked Smaht Monday

I just cozied in & watched the movie “Vegucated.”  It was the perfect thing to do on a rainy Wicked Smaht Monday.  So the question this film asks is “Why vegan?”

We get a quick re-cap from Marisa about how her journey “vegan” after moving to NYC.  Basically she got curious about how our food and clothing are produced.  She read up and watched documentaries & realized how scary, unhealthy and backwards our system can be and she jumped into vegan living.  She was worried … would she suddenly grow crazy armpit hair? LOL!  :-)  Become a militant animal rights activist?  … What did happen was she lost weight, felt great and wanted others to share in this experience.

With a film in mind, Marisa turned to craig’s list in search of carnivores willing to try vegan living for 6 weeks.  After interviewing 25 people, she found 3 volunteers to go vegan for 42 days:  Ellen, Tesla & Brian.  They all wanted to lose weight, feel good and get healthy on their journey and they all brought great, relatable perspectives to the film.

The trio gather with Marisa for their last carnivorous supper & then they are off.  First stop, a visit to get checked out by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  From here we follow them on all kinds of adventures … a trip to Moo Shoes, a visit to a grocery store, to watch a film on factory farming, to work out with a buff vegan athlete, to an animal sanctuary, to a lecture with Howard Lyman (former cattle rancher), to a vegetarian festival, to their homes and more. There are certainly some challenges along the way, but the shift in awareness each volunteer achieves is beautiful … each person brought so much to the film, and Ellen’s two kids are adorable!

Writer/director Marisa Miller Wolfson

The film is heavy on factory farming and animal cruelty which is always so hard to stomach, but what made it especially powerful was that we were on the journey with three people who adored meat & ate it at every meal just a few weeks prior.  What they saw and learned had a lasting impression on them, and that is inspiring.

And of course when they visit Dr. Fuhrman at the end of the 6 weeks , and we see that they all had significant positive changes in their health.  I always LOVE to see the impact vegan living has on one’s health.  Way to go, guys!

I was surprised at the amount of processed foods in their fridges, and lack of greens, but I recognize that they are just beginning their journeys and that some of the vegan processed foods serve as great stepping stones for folks transitioning to a vegan diet … but I can’t say I approve of eating oreos & containers of cake frosting … Gross!  It’s all about baby steps.  :-)

The film started with some street interviews about veganism.  “Would you go vegan for $10,000 or $100,000?”… Some of the people Marisa asked said “NO!” My question is, would you go vegan to save your life? I hope so.  Why not start NOW!?  Get Vegucated!  This movie is fun, inspiring and informative.  A must for anyone considering the vegan lifestyle.  Thanks for tuning in with me for Wicked Smaht Monday.  Cheers!   – Elizabeth

Frozen Treats for Foodie Friday! Help us name them.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Treats – makes 18 bite sized treats

(got a fun name idea for these treats? Post it on our facebook page under the photo of them at facebook.com/kidsgoneraw )

nice cream:
3 frozen bananas (peel ripe bananas, place in a ziplock & freeze)
1/4 cup water
chocolate sauce:
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 1/2 tablespoons raw agave nectar or maple syrup
2 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
pinch or 2 sea salt
Garnish
3 Tbs chopped nuts (we like almonds, cashews, pistachios or pecans)
1. Break bananas into pieces and blend with water in a high speed blender or food processor for 45 seconds until smooth and creamy, like soft serve ice cream.  If using a food processor, you may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.
2.  Fill an ice cube tray with frozen banana mixture and place in freezer for 3 hours to harden.
3.  Whisk together chocolate sauce ingredients in a bowl right before you remove the ice cube tray from the freezer.
4.  Using a butter knife, pop the frozen banana treats out of the ice cube tray & with a spoon, dip them into the chocolate sauce, remove and place on a wax paper covered plate.
5. Drizzle a little chocolate over each one & top with some chopped nuts.
6.  Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set and eat up!
These treats are so simple, delicious and healthy … and totally guilt free.  Kids of all ages love ’em!  You can even put a stick in them & turn them into popsicles.

Watermelon Wednesdays

WOW, what a summah day! Make sure you, your kids, pets and plants are drinking plenty of cold water–and eat watermelon, of course!

Watermelon Wednesday highlights healthy-living events in Maine. We are happy to include events in your area if you let us know at info@kidsgoneraw.com.

Farmer's Markets are Always Fab for Family Fun!

 

Tomorrow, Thursday June 21st, is TRACTOR DAY at Pineland (10am, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, (207) 688-4800 www.Pinelandfarms.org). Kids love learning about all of the different tractors and machines used on the farm and seeing them up-close! Visit the newly renovated market for fresh produce including right-off-the-vine strawberries! $5.00/per person

On Saturday, June 23rd, is the 8th annual Portland Vegetarian Food Festival sponsored by the Maine Animal Coalition (East End School, North Street, Portland. 11-3 http://www.maineanimalcoalition.org/vegetarian-food-festival). Some of the amazing presenters include: Maria Giurcan who speaks on “How to Travel the World as a Vegan at 11:30; Meg Wolff on “Kicking the Sugar Habit at 12:30 and our own Elizabeth Fraser on Sprouting at 1:30, plus many others. There will be music, lunch for sale and dozens of vendors. It is always a RAWkin’ time!

Kids Gone Raw will be teaming up with Dunk the Junk (http://www.dunkthejunk.org/) on Saturday June 23rd at the grand opening of the Black Point Surf Shop in Scarborough from 11-2 (134 Black Point Rd, Scarborough (207) 939-6016, http://www.facebook.com/BlackpointSurfshop). We will be giving out sample of green smoothies and selling our new flavors of kale chips–Almond Buttah, Coconut Curry and Sour Cream and Onion. RAWsome!!

Elizabeth will also be selling Kids Gone RAW kale chips, RAWkin’ Rolls and gRAWnola at her art studio (81 Congress St, Portland) from 10-4 on Sunday during the Open Studio Tour–her art is RAWsome, too!

 

Rawsome Tuesday Tips with Maggie

Happy Tuesday! My RAWsome tip for today is GET OUTSIDE!

Our neighbors, who have three children under the age of 11, are never outside. It could be the most gorgeous day, and I can see the TV on through their window. It makes me so sad. But maybe they don’t know what to do with them. Maybe you don’t know either.

Kids NEED to be outside, once a day. (Blizzards, hurricanes notwithstanding.) They are pure beings of nature. They need air and sun and dirt on their feet. Can you imagine getting a horse and keeping it locked in the house all day? Kids need to stretch and run and explore. Please let them.

Here are two very fun activities that will get the family outside, together, the way Mother Nature intended.

If you are a purist, you can stand around together and breathe in the fresh air and watch the bees bounce from bloom to bloom. Get your Zen on, you know. Easy. No planning. Just step out and BE. (Try to ignore all of the weeding that has to be done.)

Just being in nature can reset your soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or you can choose to be interactive with all of the beauty that surrounds you.

Let Nature Nurture Your Senses.

I love this for kids of all ages! It helps you reconnect with all that gets blocked out because we are distracted by the phone, computer or angry thoughts consuming our brain.

1) Group in pairs, one adult or older sibling with a younger child. If there is an odd number, there will be one leader and two followers. You change positions halfway through.

2)Remind the children that this game is done in silence. If they need to speak (or pee) ask them to raise their hand.

3) The followers can close their eyes or be blindfolded. The leader gently leads the follower to any natural object, a tree, rock, flower, mossy patch…The follower will use their senses (not sight and probably not taste, more on that below) to try and guess what it is. First they SMELL. Then they LISTEN. Then they gently FEEL.

Even the youngest kiddos will love this game!

The leader can help guide the hands around. If you are in a garden and  them to TASTE, you can place the object in their hand. Of course, never eat anything you are unfamiliar with.

4) Ask them to guess what the mystery object is. You can gently remove blindfold or ask them to open their eyes. Was their guess correct? How was it different? Ask them to talk about what they smelled, heard and felt.

5) Switch places, so the leader is now the follower. Repeat activity.

This game will help you reconnect with the sights, sounds and feel of all of the beauty that surrounds you and helps spark a conversation about why nature is precious and worth taking care of.

This next activity is not mine, but it was way too RAWsome not to share.
Here is the link to Gardening for Letters, a cunning game of carrots, dirt and letters! Your preschooler will love this game!
http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/06/letter-gardening-alphabet-for-starters.html

If it is raining, the TV doesn’t have to be your immediate answer. Remember those paper things with words and pictures on them? Books, I think they are called.

Here is a RAWsome read: Hubert the Pudge, a Vegetarian Tale. By Henrik Drescher. Hubert manages to escape his destiny of becoming a TV dinner and heads into the wild only to become the biggest Pudge of all! (Don’t worry, it isn’t gross!)

 

A Rainy Day Read for Your Veggie Loving Kiddos

We hope you enjoy what we do at Kids Gone Raw. If you have a moment, we would love for you to show your support by voting for us. We are applying for a small business grant and we need 250 votes by June 30th to qualify–we are halfway there! Our dream is to open a community teaching kitchen where we can host events, workshops and film cooking shows. We can expand our wholesale business and donation base.

Please go to https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/, click on Support, Type Kids Gone Raw in Portland, Maine (not Poland, which comes up first) and vote! Very quick and means so much to us. Thank you!

Cleanse America is Wicked Smaht!

Wicked Smaht Monday with Elizabeth:  I almost let the day get away from me without my Wicked Smaht post.  Can’t let that happen!  Have you heard about Cleanse America?!  Cleanse America is a 10 day raw food cleanse that begins THIS Wednesday June 20th and runs through Friday, June 29th.  It is an online group that supports you on a raw food journey … the idea is to eat 100% raw for 10 days or do a juice feast or liquid cleanse.  So many rawkin’ options.

What I love about this group sponsored cleanse is the rawsome support in the form of videos, photos, recipes, tips, and groups that you can join … there is just a wealth of information & love here.  If you are looking to jump into raw food or experiment with raw food, join this cleanse with a friend or family member & rawk it!  :-)  It’s only $25, which is a bargain for the level of support you get … and by the way, there’s nothing in it for me to blog about this, in case you were wondering.  I just believe in Cleanse America & what they stand for!

I participated in the first cleanse they offered & loved it!  I am not signing up for the  cleanse membership this go around as I generally eat a high raw diet anyways and don’t need as much support as someone starting out, but I will join in & eat raw for the 10 days … Will you?  And if that feels like too much, will you add 1 raw food meal or  snack to each day for the 10 days?  YES, you can do it … and get those kiddos involved.  It’s Summertime & they love a challenge !  :-)

It’s All About the Strawberries & Peaches

Strawberries are a juicy source of vitamin C!

Foodie Friday with Elizabeth: 

I don’t know about you, but I cannot resist the juicy strawberries and peaches that are available right now.  WOW!  There is nothing sweeter than fresh picked fruit … not only is fresh, ripe fruit nature’s fast food, it’s also nature’s candy.  And guess who has a sweet tooth?  Not me!  :-)

We’ve got 2 simple recipes for you today that include strawberries and peaches, 2 of my favorite summer treats … ENJOY!

Peachy for Strawberries Smoothie (makes approx 1.5 quarts)

3 cups of mixed greens (I used chard & dandelion greens from my garden)

2 ripe peaches

1.5-2 cups strawberries (stems & all)

1 banana

1.5 cups of water

1/4 cup ice cubes

4-5 drops of liquid stevia (I did this to balance out the bitter dandelion greens)

Place ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth & creamy.  Drink up!

 

Strawberry Peach Salsa

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 peach, diced (I used a white peach)

2 tablespoons yellow onion, chopped

2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (I used a mix of purple and green basil)

1 tsp hemp oil

1 tsp coconut aminos or nama shoyu

1 tsp coconut nectar or raw agave

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss.  Let mixture sit for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to settle.  Serve as a dip with crawkers, on a bed of lettuce, or eat as is.

Wishing you all a RAWsome weekend with lots of love, sunshine, laughter & fresh fruit!  What’s your favorite summer fruit to snack on?  Do share in the comments below.

Watermelon Wednesday’s with Maggie

Happy Wednesday! Usually on Wednesday, I will post family activities or upcoming local healthy-living events (for those of you outside of the Portland, Maine area send me your local happenings and I will include them.)

Today, I am home with a sick boy, so my researching has been stalled!

So instead, I am giving you a MISSION for the weekend! I want you to go visit your farmer’s market and post pics

We love our local farmers!

on our Facebook page (Kids Gone Raw) or share recipes of what you are going to make with your bounty.

Those of you who share will be thanked with a Live. Life. Uncooked. sticker!

For those of you in Maine, visit here for a list of markets in your area! http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.showpage/pageID/5/index.htm

No Farms, No Food!