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RAWkin’ Segment with Tracy Sabol

What a fun morning we had in the kitchen last week with WMTW’s Tracy Sabol. We  chatted all about the rawsome bennies of the raw food lifestyle as well as made two smoothies: Basil Mango Boost and Strawberry Shortcake. Both are from our book, Smoothies Gone Raw: over 100 gorgeous recipes to rawk your world! You can order your own autographed copy HERE.

We are so grateful to share our love for raw food and green smoothies with communities far and wide. To enjoy the segment, courtesy of WMTW Channel 8, Portland, ME, click HERE

Getting ready for our news shoot!

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Smoothies Gone Raw – Order your copy TODAY!

Our NEW book has arrived!  Yipppeeeeee!  We are so excited about “Smoothies Gone Raw” and we know you & your loved ones will be too.

It is loaded with over 100 gorgeous smoothie recipes that will most definitely rawk your world!

Support our mission to make this world a healthier place by ordering your copy of our RAWdorable, informative & easy to read smoothie book.

Purchase a signed copy of our book!  
LOCAL ORDER:  Click HERE to order a book for local Portland, ME pickup. 
SHIP ORDER:  Click HERE to order a book & have it shipped via Priority Mail.

These kiddos are big fans!  :-)  Aren’t they cute?!

Thanksgiving Poem

SAVE A TURKEY by sponsoring a turkey at the Farm Sanctuary

Point of View

Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless
Christmas dinner’s dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey’s point of view.

Sunday dinner isn’t sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
‘Til I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner’s point of view.
— Shel Silverstein

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Wicked Smaht Monday: Smoothies Gone Raw

We did it!! After many fun months in the kitchen creating smoothies we know your family will love, we published Smoothies Gone Raw last week. And nothing is smahter than adding a smoothie to your day, everyday!

Elizabeth and Maggie came up with 131 recipes that are divided into three rawlicious sections: All-Fruit, which is great place to start if you or the kiddos are new to smoothies; Green Smoothies, where we expand the nutritional value by adding rawkin’ greens like kale, spinach and watercress; and Dessert, all guilt-free and delicious!

Smoothie Lickin' Good!

Here is our Berry Muddy Smoothie that you can make today! Kids love it and can’t even taste the spinach.

In a high-speed blender, place two peeled, ripe bananas; two cups of your favorite berry mixture (in these pics, we used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries); two handfuls of baby spinach, 1 cup filtered water and 1 cup ice. You can add sweetener like agave if you wish, but it really isn’t necessary! Blend until smooth and drink up! (Or store some extra in a mason jar for later.)

This RAWK STAR keeps asking for more!

To buy Smoothies Gone Raw for only $4.99, please visit Amazon.com at  http://www.amazon.com/Smoothies-Gone-Raw-Gorgeous-ebook/dp/B009J3KI56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349120533&sr=8-1&keywords=smoothies+gone+raw

Thank you so much for your RAWSOME support!

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.

 

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!

Wicked Smaht Monday: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals by Ruby Roth

Two Kids and Batman Read "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."

 

“So after reading this do you feel like you may think differently about eating meat?” I ask.

Danielle, age 11, shakes her head with certainty. “Especially turkeys. Did you know their snoods change color with their moods?”

“And pigs!” yells 8-year old Luke, “It says they are the smartest and cleanest animals on Earth. But they are always in mud so I don’t know why it says they are clean…”

Kitten Benny Does NOT Agree That PIGS are Smartest...

That is why I love Ruby Roth’s, “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals.” Is has take-away lessons that even Batman can remember! (“Did you know ducks fly for months every year? Just like Superman?”)

This colorful book relays the point that animals are here to be valued and enjoyed for who they are without being graphically scary. For each animal Roth says something that is special about them (Cows show-off in front of their friends!) and what they enjoy like flying, cuddling or grazing. She then says how different life is for an animal raised as food–how they don’t get to live the life Mother Nature intended for them.

These Two Animal Lovers Give it Two Thumbs Up!

This a lovely book to add your compassionate library!

Visit Ruby Roth’s page at http://www.WeDontEatAnimals.com/

Wicked Smaht Monday: Lean into Vegan with Kathy Freston

Hey there, rawk stars!  What do you say we get lean by leaning into healthy eating?!  I say, “Let’s do it!”

Last week, Maggie & I attended a talk by vegan author Kathy Freston at Whole Foods Market in Portland.  Kathy was promoting her new book “The Lean,” and of course we had to be there!  Local macrobiotic star, Meg Wolff, interviewed Kathy and we got to hear her responses.  Kathy was fun and interesting and so accessible.  The veganist spoke to mainstream America about how, little by little, we can squeeze animal products out by simply adding in some other yummy food.  YES!

I spent some time with Kathy’s book “The Lean,” over the weekend and really enjoyed it.  The book gives you one new thing to focus on each day for 30 days and by the end of the 30 days, you have really shifted your awareness and implemented some changes that will help you improve your health.  And there are all kinds of scientific facts and studies mentioned that really help you stay empowered as you move forward on your rawsome journey.

For instance, Kathy talks about eggs, saying that “a woman who consumes the amount of cholesterol found in a single egg a day cuts her life expectancy by as much as she would if she smoked five cigarettes a day for 15 years.”  WOW!  “And if that’s not enough to sway you from eggs, a new National Institutes of Health–sponsored study appeared September of 2011, reporting that men who ate 2.5 or more eggs per week have an 81% higher chance of developing lethal prostate cancer. Yikes.”  Yikes is right!  And that’s just a taste of the reality of what consuming animal products does to our bodies.

Some of the daily changes that “The Lean” includes are drinking 8 glasses of water, eating an apple (or other fruit), enjoying a handful of nuts, cleaning out your pantry, making salads, drinking green juice, eating a superfood, being kind to yourself.  So many great tips that are so simple!  And when you start implementing them, you find yourself feeling great!

Cheers to vegan living & cheers to baby steps towards vegan living!  Thanks for the great book, Kathy, & for visiting us here in Portland.

Make today (& everyday) a Meatless Monday!  :-)