Monthly Archives: September 2012

Puppy Treats on this Foodie Friday

  

Today’s post is dedicated to my sweet ol’ hound dog Maxi, who crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday to join his friends in doggy heaven.  Maxi LOVED his fruits and veggies and these where his favorite after dinner treats!  Calvin, our Boston Terrier loves ’em too!

Puppy Chips (good for humans too) – makes 1 large baggie of treats!

1 sweet potato

2 apples

1. Slice sweet potato & apples into 1/8 inch rounds on a mandolin or with the slicing blade of your food processor.

2. Place slices in the dehydrator & dehydrate 12 hours or until you get your desired texture.  Some pups like chewy & some like crispy.  Our pups like them any which way!

We stopped buying our pups traditional doggy biscuits awhile back because they love these so much & they are a piece of “cake” to make!  Cheers!  This batch is for YOU, Maxi!

Watermelon Wednesday: Sustainability Fair at St. Joe’s

Tomorrow at St. Joseph’s College (278 White’s Bridge Road, Standish, ME) there is a wonderful Sustainability Fair on the Alfond Lawn from 11-2pm. Experts on green living will be presenting their goods–everything from raising honeybees to the benefits of owning a hybrid car.

There will be a lunch highlighting the local harvest with organic salads, veggies beverages and more–many of the produce has been grown on campus and from farms within a close radius.

For more information and directions,

visit http://www.sjcme.edu/content/fall-sustainability-festival-and-eat-local-lunch.

Estabrooks Greenhouse’s Scarborough and Kennebunk locations are closing for the season next week and all of their perennials, bushes and trees are 50% off!! I was there last week and stocked up on gorgeous plants and they still have tons of stuff.

Get Stocked up on Your Favorite Plants

 

Fall is a great time to plant and saves you time and money in the Spring. Get your kids excited by letting them pick out some pretty plants and get dirty this weekend!

Watermelon Wednesday: Today is National Gratitude Day!

A whole day of Thank You’s! Now that is RAWsome!

According to theultimateholidaysite.com, “The United Nations established this day to thank the people who’ve acted in the spirit of Globalism. It’s also a day to show gratitude to people in your life who’ve done good deeds. Yes, today is all one big ball of gratitude that should leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.”

Who are you going to thank today?

Kids Gone Raw would like to give a huge Thank You to all of you who have helped support our mission to Inspire, Educate and Nourish the children of the world to respect their bodies and the planet by choosing whole, living foods.

Say Thank You Anyway You Can

We chose to show our gratitude for the abundance of food we have the option of enjoying each and everyday. To show compassion for those who don’t have this choice, today we supported the Good Shepherd Food Bank Backpack Program. Our hearts ache at the number of children that go home each weekend to an empty fridge. When your only food is at school, the weekend is long and sad. This program fills backpacks with meals for food insecure children to have with them over the weekends. Learn how you can help at http://gsfb.org/how-we-help/programs/backpack-program/ or you can buy the back packs at Whole Foods in Portland.

No Child Should Have to Wait until Monday to Eat.

Outside of the Portland, Maine area, you can support through http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/ or donate at your local food shelter.

One of the best ways to show what you are grateful for is to share that with those who don’t have it. Thank you!!

Wicked Smaht Monday: Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy

This year was the first in which I planted strawberries. I knew nothing about them, so plunked them down next to my broccoli, thinking the colors would go nicely together. As beginners luck would have it, we had succulent berries all summer and  they are still flowering despite plummeting temps at night. What I just realized today, as I went to clip some broccoli for dinner, was that the strawberry vines have arched and replanted themselves all over the bed. Which is certainly very cool (and saves me money on buying new plants next year) but not quite what I want in a garden that is already filled with herbs and veggies.

Strawberries are very good at staying abundant!

It did give me an idea, however. Next spring, what if I planted them in a large bare spot in the yard and let them act as delicious ground cover?

Was that an option? I was happy to have reason to pick up my newly acquired book, Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy.

If you want to literally garden outside of the box, this book is a must read. Rosalind can show you–no matter if you are a beginner with a tiny scrap of yard or a green thumb with rolling acres–how to give your produce a second job. Sure your rhubarb looks great when you harvest it into a cobbler–but in the months leading up to dessert, those giant leaves can be stunning as a border plant.

http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/growing-rhubarb-in-an-edible-landscape/

Thai chilies add pops of color around a lamp post; rows of lettuces guide you to your mailbox; flowering chives are pretty in pink against a rock wall; fragrant basil cascades next to an entryway; well-placed pots of tomatoes serve as a little snack shacks as you walk…seriously, would you ever leave?

Your entire yard can be delicious and beautiful!

Imagine what your yard can be if you grow food beyond the raised bed in the corner! Planting for beauty and food is a kind way to garden. There is less waste since you can reap the yummy benefits throughout the season rather than just throwing out flowering annuals after they die.

Lacking for inspiration? This book is filled with gorgeous, color pictures of edible landscapes from all different zones. Even the smallest yard (she has tips on how to maximize tiny areas and how to plant to make it feel larger) will turn into your personal farmer’s market. She did an experiment with 100 square feet and harvested over 77 lbs of produce in one season! On her website, Rosalind lists recommended plantings for each zone, so it takes the guesswork out if you have no idea what will work well in your area.

What an amazing project to share with your children. Turning their surroundings into an edible paradise is something they will be so excited to show-off when friends visit. The whole Southern side of our house is what I call the Pancake Garden–blueberries and raspberries twist and turn under a pear tree. Kids love running out there and picking their toppings as the griddle heats up.

Which brings me back to the Strawberry Question. As you see above, Rosalind loves planting the colorful gems in containers and allows them to dazzle without taking over the poor broccoli!

To learn more about Edible Landscaping and Rosalind, visit her site at http://www.rosalindcreasy.com. She is a true RAWK STAR for showing us that Mother Nature is really the best gardener!

Rosalind Shows You How to Turn Your Yard into Your Own Farmer's Market

Rainbows on this RAWsome Tip Tuesday

We like to say:  “Eat a rainbow of food and you will get all of the nutrients your body needs to live your best life.”  If you aren’t sure what we mean by that, take a look at your plate.  Is it colorful?  Does it include many of the colors in the rainbow?

Shopping for a rainbow of food at the farmers’ market and the produce section of the grocery store makes shopping fun.  Turn rainbow shopping into a game for you and your family.   Let each child pick 2-3 foods in each color and then have them help prepare a meal or snack platter with the gorgeous food.

RED:  Red fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants which help keep our cells healthy.  They also contain vitamins A and C and lycopene which is known to reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.

beets, red peppers, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, pomegranates, watermelon, radishes, cherries

ORANGE:  Orange produce is generally loaded with vitamins A, C and beta-carotene.  Vitamin C helps keep our immune systems working and beta-carotene keeps our eyesight healthy.

Oranges, cantaloupe, orange peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash

YELLOW:  Yellow fruits and veggies mean lots of vitamin C, potassium and fiber too which keeps our internal systems running smooth.

Bananas, yellow squash, golden apples, lemons, corn, mango

GREEN:  Green gives us is our favorite category as it is loaded with the biggest rawk stars of all … leafy greens.  Leafy greens keep our blood clean, our immune systems working and the pH level in our bodies balanced.

Spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, grapes, pears, avocados

BLUE / PURPLE / DARK:  Blue, purple and dark foods are high in antioxidants and help keep our hearts healthy and our brains working … some say they even make us smahter.

Blueberries, grapes, cabbage, blackberries, figs, eggplants, seaweeds

WHITE:  White foods are also loaded with antioxidants and fiber and anthoxanthins that can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Cauliflower, radish, turnips, parsnips, garlic,onions


EAT A RAINBOW!

Rainbows are beautiful and so are you! 

 

Wicked Smaht Monday: Getting to Know Alice Waters

Seeing the business I am in, one would assume Alice Waters would be a name that rolled off my tongue as easily as “drink green smoothies!” However, she ducked under my radar until an old friend, aghast, forced me onto Amazon in his presence to order at least one of her tomes.

In case you, too, need to know Ms. Waters, she is a pioneer who, in the 60’s before it was trendy, molded her food philosophy around the big four: Local. Sustainable. Fresh. Fine.

Over 40-years ago, she opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California where she makes it a priority to showcase produce from local farmers. The menu changes nightly and according to season, availability and freshness. While Chez Panisse does serve fish and meat it is local, organic and sustainably raised.

Alice Waters Understands the Importance of Teaching Kids to Eat Well

Beyond her famous dining room, Alice is a pioneer in the education world as well In 1996, she started The Edible Schoolyard Project.

“By actively involving a thousand students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Edible Schoolyard is a model public education program that instills the knowledge and values we need to build a humane and sustainable future. The program is nationally recognized for its efforts to integrate gardening, cooking, and sharing school lunch into the core academic curriculum. Alice established the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 to support the Schoolyard and encourage similar programs that use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The success of The Edible Schoolyard led to the School Lunch Initiative, whose  national agenda integrates a nutritious daily lunch and gardening experience into the academic curriculum of all public schools in the United States.”

Excerpt from: (http://www.chezpanisse.com/about/alice-waters/)

Doesn’t she just sound RAWSOME?

I have one of her (many alluring) books, simply entitled, “Vegetables.”

It is much more than a cookbook. Peppered with her philosophy, it celebrates how wonderful seasonal food fresh from the garden is. For each vegetable, there is a lovely illustration that feels very French and outlines when the veggie is in peak season and how best to prepare it.

I had never heard of a “cardoon,” but learned it is a Mediterranean favorite that looks like “an overgrown thistle.” While many Americans will probably bypass preparing it, she notes it does make a lovely addition to your landscape especially when in bloom.

I feel blessed to finally have met (on paper anyway), Alice Waters and look forward to reading more on her philosophies and recipes..and hopefully will be lucky enough to dine at Chez Panisse someday.

 

Opening a Young Coconut for Foodie Friday

Young coconuts are so tasty!  We love sipping on the water–it’s loaded with electrolytes.  In fact, we call is nature’s gatorade.  And the meat is mild and delicious in smoothies and raw food desserts and puddings.  Watch our video filmed by Patrick over at Ramble Productions on how to open a young coconut & then enjoy our Crazy for Coco-Chia Parfait!

Crazy for Coco-Chia Parfait
serves 2-3
pudding:
meat from 1 young coconut
1 banana
1/2 mango
2-3 Tbs honey or coconut nectar
1/2 cup of coconut water
1/4 cup chia seeds
Blend all ingredients, except for the chia seeds, until smooth & creamy. Pour into a bowl & mix in chia seeds. Place in fridge to thicken for 10-20 minutes … or assemble parfaits & then place in fridge.

Layer 1:
1/2 mango diced
2 cups blueberries
2 cups strawberries, diced

Layer 2:
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Spoon some fruit mix from layer 1 into the bottom of a glass or bowl, top with a spoonful of layer 2 & then some pudding. Repeat until everything is gone. Eat up for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack! Happy RAWLISH!

 

Watermelon Weekend: Henry Fest & Dr. Lisa

This Sunday is going to be a RAWKIN’ one!

317 Main St., the community music center, hosts the annual Bluegrass festival HENRYFEST from 12-7 at Skyline Farm in Yarmouth. Always a fabulously fun time, this year will be the best yet. Musical acts include This Way, Stray Birds, student ensembles and enough to fill a whole day.

Sunday Will be a Super FUNday!

Come for the music, stay for the food. Kids Gone Raw will be there making RAWsome green smoothies and selling kale chips and RAWkin’ Rolls.

The festival setting is just gorgeous. Acres of sprawling grass is perfect for kids to run through. Last year people brought hula hoops, kites and frisbees to share and the kids just had a ball.

For more info on Henry Fest and 317’s music programs visit: http://www.317mainst.org/index.php?page=henryfest

And while you are up making your morning smoothie, tune into the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour to hear Elizabeth and Maggie talk about how to integrate RAW food into your child’s school lunches. The show will run at 7 am on WPEI Portland 95.9 or at 12pm on WLOB Portland 1310 AM. It will stream at wlobradio.com.

For more on the lovely Dr. Lisa visit: http://www.drlisabelisle.com/podcasts/

The Dr. Lisa Radio Show is a Wealth of Healthy Knowledge

 

Thanks to everyone who supports Kids Gone Raw!!

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Oh, The Places You’ll Go…

Disclaimer: I wish this had been my original idea, but it is such a touching story, I want to share to give you the opportunity to do it as well.

When most of us graduate from High School, some well-meaning aunt or friend’s mom gives us a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. That gets shoved into a book shelf until it gets sold in a yard sale for a dollar when your mom decides to move to Arizona.

 

This amazingly thoughtful dad, Bryan Martin, bought a copy of the book before his darling daughter, Brenna started Kindergarten–fifteen years ago. Then each year since, her teachers and coaches have all written remarks about how much they enjoyed watching her grow. Talk about a year book.

If that isn’t something your baby will keep forever, I don’t know what is.

I imagine the sales of the dear doctor’s book will skyrocket–I for one, have mine on the way.

Here is a link to an article about it from the Huffington Post. (SOB!)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/brenna-martin-graduation-gift-dad_n_1623574.html

 

Labor Day RAWKS on this Wicked Smaht Monday

Labor Day celebrates all of our contributions and achievements as Americans in the work force and it marks the end of summer and the start of the school year … Happy Labor Day to you!  :-)  On this beautiful Labor Day I would like to say thank you for letting us do what we love for “work.”  It is such a gift to be able to share the joy of raw & living foods with the world & we look forward to lots of exciting things to come.

I know we all work hard and make wonderful contributions to the places we call home and beyond, but today I thought I would honor our farmers, the men and women who grow the rawmazing food that nourish our bodies and minds so that we can live our best lives.

Maggie recently shared a book with me called Farm Together NOW and it is a beautiful book that shares stories from our nation’s farms, the people that run them and the land that they work.  The message is simple … enjoy community, get back to basics and shift our food movement to one of sustainability and whole foods living.  The book is filled with interviews with different farmers and organizations, farm facts and stunning photographs and info that tell a story about different people and places.

One farm that stands out is “Nuestras Raíces” in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  This farm has 10 community gardens a 30 acre of farm which is home to a farmer-training program that they offer.  It also has a cafe.  Nuestras Raíces creates community, a place for learning, pride and food for its people, & that is a beautiful thing!  You can check out their website at www.nuestras-raices.com .

Another group that jumped out at me was “City Slicker Farms” in Oakland, California.  Located within a part of the city that has little to offer when it comes to fresh produce, this organization farms leafy greens and root vegetables and inspires folks from the community to start their own backyard gardens.  They help 75 backyard gardeners set up their own garden each year which is totally RAWsome! Check them out at www.cityslickerfarms.org.

Every farmer and organization featured in this book has something special to share and it is worth taking some time to get to know some of these folks that are doing extraordinary things with a simple concept that begins with planting seeds.  RAWK ON!

THANK YOU, FARMERS, for all you give us!