Monthly Archives: July 2012

Raw Vegan Radio for Wicked Smaht Monday

Just a quick post to share with you one of my favorite raw vegan learning websites:  www.rawveganradio.com  Raw Vegan Radio is to live for!  Wooo-hooooooo!

It’s an interview format radio show and I love playing it while I am working in my art studio or in the kitchen.  I get lost in creating and in Steve Prussack’s rawsome interviews with folks in the raw food world.  It’s such a great way to learn about how people are making a difference in our communities.  I have listened to Steve interview so many wonderful folks … from chefs and authors to athletes and entrepreneurs.  When you have a few free minutes, check out rawveganradio.com, it RAWKS!

HAPPY WICKED SMAHT MONDAY!

Burger Time on this Foodie Friday

It’s Summer & we all love a quick delicious meal, don’t we?!  Well, nothing is as easy as these rawlicious basil burgers … you can have dinner on the table in under 5 minutes!  Try them for a quick & tasty bite or to take on a picnic with you.  ENJOY!

Cashew Basil Burgers  serves 2-4

1 cup cashews

5 sundried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes

1 small handful of fresh basil, approx 1/3 cup (or try cilantro or dill)

pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor & blend for 30-45 seconds until mixture clumps together.  Shape mixture into 4 burger patties and serve in between 2 chard or collard leaves with sliced tomato, avocado and fresh basil.  Yummmmm!

 

 

Watermelon Wednesday: Cleaning UP

I know you spend a lot of time looking up. Up at the seamless sky, glittering leaves and soaring birds.

Now, I want you to look down. Sadly, it seems like more people are disrespecting the earth by tossing garbage on her. Cigarettes, cups, bags, cans…all make for a nasty scene.

Litter Makes Mother Earth Sad

This weekend, gather the family for Litter Patrol. Armed with gloves and bags, head into your neighborhood, park, beach, parking lot…wherever you see trash! Let others see what you are doing so they will be inspired to also clean up!

Remind the kids they cannot eat that half-melted ice cream cone and to wash their hands when done. And praise them for helping be keepers of the Earth. Start a habit of picking up trash on your daily walks and when out and about in town.

And keep eating a RAW diet! Not only is RAW the healthiest way to eat, but there is minimal packaging, which means less will end up in the landfills or on the street. When my son and I picked up trash on our walk today, we took tally: Fast food wrappers, beer cans, soda bottles, candy wrappers, chip bags…all the trash was related to junky, gross food choices!

Share your pictures with us of your weekend as Litter Patrol! Mother Earth loves her RAWK STARS!

Turn Your Kids into Keepers of the Earth

Rawsome Tip Tuesday: Rest is as Important as Play

The three defining words of a kid?

GO! GO! GO!

Kids are Pure Beings of Energy!

But within all that zooming, zigging and zagging, there needs to be plenty of opportunity for downtime. Especially on these long, lovely days of summer, where they crave the outside from sunrise to sunset, there needs to be opportunity for rest.

This is not an excuse to plop them in front of the TV for hours. Sure, a 30 minute (age-appropriate) show from time to time is fine, but don’t use the tube as a daily aid for rest time. We don’t want kids associating electronics as the only way they can rest. Hence, never have a TV in the bedroom! Falling asleep with that on messes up our brain waves and we can’t fully fall into a healthy sleep. (Don’t you get annoyed waking up at 2 am to HSN?)

Don't Use TV as a Regular Way to Help Kids Relax

Rather, use an hour or two in the afternoon as structured down time. Give your kids options for quiet, calming activities. They can play in their room, read, make a simple snack by themselves, draw or cuddle on the couch with you. Some will just fall asleep–and think of what you can get done with that extra time!

Just because most kids won’t nap after four years of age, that doesn’t mean they can go go go up all day. Having rest time gives their little systems time to recover. Their muscles, hearts, lungs and voices need breaks, too! And it ensures they won’t turn into devils at 5:30!

If you have those days where you are out all day, put the kids down earlier for bed.

To help their bodies recover from play, give plenty of fluids like banana, raspberry and kale smoothies or iced-herbal tea; electrolyte-enhanced foods like watermelon and cucumber slices; and protein like almond butter on celery.

Thanks for being such a RAWsome Parent!

Rest Time is an Important as Play Time

Mint Ice Cream for Foodie Friday

I’m sticking with the refreshing mint theme this week … it’s soooooo yummy!

Mint Ice Cream –  serves 8-10

3 cups cashews

3 cups water

1/2 – 3/4 cup maple syrup or agave

1 1/2 cups fresh mint – or to taste

1/3 cup coconut oil

pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender & blend for approximately 1 minute with the tamper in.  Stop & let the machine cool down for a minute or two.  Repeat the 1 minute blending interval followed by cool down two more times.  Pour ice cream mix into ice cream maker & let it go according to ice cream maker instructions.  It takes about 45 minutes in my cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker.  Scoop ice cream into a tupperware container until you are ready to serve it.  Top with a chocolate sauce or chocolate bar.

chocolate sauce / bar
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
sauce:  whisk ingredients together & pour over ice cream.
bar:  whisk ingredients together & pour into a wax paper lined pie plate & then place in freezer to harden, approx 10 minutes.  Break into pieces & serve with ice cream.

Watermelon Wednesday: Kids Gone Raw at the Children’s Museum and More!

How are you celebrating the rest of this gorgeous week?

How about joining Elizabeth and Maggie of Kids Gone Raw www.kidsgoneraw.com at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine Thursday July 18th at 10:30? We will teach kids how to make Raw Vegan ice cream and then they can create sundaes with a variety of super yummy toppings! We will also invite everyone to bring out their creative side and illustrate their favorite fruit or veggie! It will be a RAWsome way to spend a HOT Thursday, so come on by. The class is free with regular admission.

Kids Gone Raw Screams for Ice Cream!

http://www.kitetails.org/calendar-of-events/

Saturday July 22nd is Open Farm Day in Maine! All farms will be open for exploring.

Watch farm activities and pet farm animals, pick berries, tour a barn or go on a hay ride. There will be farm-raised products for sale, displays to see and samples to taste.

If you need information regarding the 2012 Open Farm Day, please call Amy Allen 287-3494 or visit http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/44/index.htm

Visit Local Farms this Saturday!

 Share local healthy living events with us in your area–we would love to add them to our Watermelon Wednesday postings!

Staying Cool on this Wicked Smaht Monday

The smahtest thing we can all do during this wicked hot & humid heat wave is to stay cool & hydrated!  One on my favorite things to enjoy during hot weather is mint.  Mint is so cooling & refreshing & it also packed with all kinds of rawsome nutrients.  Here’s the skinny on mint:

• It’s got vitamins A & C & B2. It also has some essential minerals in it that include manganese, calcium, copper, iron & potassium.

• helps with allergies

• relieves cold & flu symptoms

• aids in digestion & is simply good for the tummy

• can help treat skin irritations when applied directly to the body

• keeps our blood clean blood

• tastes great in smoothies, teas & nice creams

Here’s a simple iced Mint Tea recipe for you to keep on hand to battle the heat.

 

MINT TEA

1 cup fresh mint leaves, packed

2 quarts of cold water

liquid stevia to taste, approx 8-10 drops

1/2 lemon, juiced – optional

10 ice cubes

1.  Wash & crush your mint leaves in your hand & then tear each mint leaf to release some of the mintiness.

2.  Place crushed mint leaves & remaining ingredients in a pitcher & stir.

3.  Drink up to stay cool!

Note:  Once you have finished your mint tea, throw your mint leaves into a smoothie for another refreshing treat.

Stay cool, kids & enjoy Summer!  Ahhhhhhhhh!  :-)

 

Blueberry Jello Squares

makes 16-20 jello squares

3 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup apple (approx 1 apple) or other fruit
1 tablespoon coconut nectar or agave
1/2 tsp cinnamon-optional
1. Blend ingredients together in a blender or food processor for 30-45 seconds until creamy.
2. Pour into an 8 inch square baking dish or other dish.
3. Place dish in fridge for 1-2 hours to allow blueberries to set.
4. Remove, cut into squares & top with whipped cream & blueberries, YUMMM!

Whipped Cream
1/2 cup cashews
1/4-1/2 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean
2 Tablespoons coconut nectar or agave
Blend all ingredients together for 30-45 seconds.

NOTE:  Blueberries & apples contain lots of natural pectin which makes them turn jelllo-like when blended.  Pretty cool, huh?

Watermelon Weekend Wrap-Up

Come love me at the farm!

I think most of you locals will be heading to the beach this weekend–Saturday is in the 90’s! If you don’t want sand in your car, here are some local happenings. As always, we love to post events from all over, so you Vermonters, Floridians and Wyomingtons–Wyomingites? send us rawsome events to share!

Saturday July 14th: Family Farmyard Fun, 10-11:30am Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, ME (207) 688-4800, www.pinelandfarms.org. The more you expose your kids to cute little chicks and cows, the less they will want to eat them! The cute barnyard at Pineland has goats, pigs, chickens, bunnies, cows and ducks nestled in a gorgeous setting. Kids can pet and feed the animals–last time we were there, the kids got to bathe the pigs! Afterward, visit the market for farm grown berries, corn, tomatoes and herbs.

Saturday July 14th: 9am-9pm, 10th Annual Fundraiser in the Field, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, Yarmouth, ME (207) 829-9203 www. skylinefarm.org. Skyline Farm is a gorgeous spread of land in Yarmouth. It is one of the few farms in the area that still has its original acreage with horseback riding arenas, barns and trails. Sprawling fields that gently roll into the sunset make it a lovely place to spend the day. There are wonderful bridle trails for hiking (nordic skiing in winter) and a fascinating carriage museum, which is home to over 80 unique carriages and sleighs.

An example of a historic carriage at the Skyline Museum

It is also home to Deri Farm, which hosts a wonderful CSA from June through October. http://www.derifarm.com/csa.html

Their annual fundraiser is a fun event with an auction, pony rides and a demonstration to how to teach your dog tricks. In the morning there will be a barn sale where vendors will sell antiques, horse supplies and even antique sleighs! It really is a magical place to take the kids and worthy to support a non-profit that is so dedicated to maintaining a lovely public space. (At night, there is a Lobster Bake, which sadly doesn’t offer a vegan meal, but you can leave before that starts.)

And as always, visit your local Farmer’s Markets and support local love and produce!

Live Local!

 

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: YOGA!

RAW food and Yoga have a lot in common: They nourish our health and spiritual bodies as well as honor the bountiful energy that Mother Earth offers.

Kids are naturally so flexible and bendy that adding yoga into their day is a perfect fit. In fact, you have probably seen your children taking Downward Facing Dog, Pigeon and Bridge Pose during their normal play.

Kid's bodies are made for yoga!

Children are in tune with their bodies. They don’t have the stress of a mortgage, work and car payments blotting out the whispers (and screams!) of our bodies asking for a little TLC. Unconsciously, they flip, wiggle and bend into poses that compliment their play and counteract hours of bending over bugs and searching for fairies.

And admit it, you need more yoga in your life, too. It isn’t realistic for many of us to drive to a studio and spend (albeit blissful) hours om-ing away the afternoon. But you can have structured yoga time with your kids. Start the morning off with grace and gratitude with a modified Sun Salutation. Stand by an Eastern-facing window with your sleepy heads. With feet together, inhale both arms over your head. Exhale as you slightly bend to the right, envisioning your torso is between two panes of glass so it stays aligned. Inhale back to center, then exhale and slightly bend to the left. Inhale back to center and exhale rolling down towards your feet, knees bent. Let the weight of your body wake up the back of your legs. Slowly roll back to standing. With hands in prayer position in front of your heart, say “Today is a beautiful day. Each step I take keeps me on my intended path. I live with compassion, truth and light.” Or some such positive prayer.

Greet the New Day with Yoga.

 

Breath work is an intrigual part of yoga practice. When your child gets anxious, mad or frustrated, help them focus on their breathing until their emotions settle. Sit or stand facing them. You can hold their hands to deepen the peaceful connection. Together, take an inhale to the count of four. Hold the breath in for a count of four. Exhale to a count of four. Hold the breath out for a count of four. Repeat this patten until your child is calm and you can talk about what upset them.

A friend gave my son a deck of Teresa Anne Power’s cards called “The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids.” Each card has a whimsical illustration of the pose with an instructive poem on the back. Each morning we pull a card and practice the pose throughout the day. It is so fun for him and get bonding time. Children are much more likely to keep healthy habits if you are also taking part.

 

Kids Love Yoga! This Deck of Poses is a Perfect Guide for Your Practice.

There are also family-friendly studios that offer age-appropriate classes. In Portland, Kids Heart Yoga (http://www.facebook.com/KidsHeartYoga) holds classes on the Eastern Prom during the summer.

When children learn how to respect the miracle of their bodies from a young age, they are much more likely to carry that into the rest of their life, including what they eat. When you connect within, you only want to eat the most nourishing, vibrant foods!

Do your kids like yoga? Share pics with us!