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RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Get Your PB and J on!

Everything has a day! And I imagine most little rawk stars would heartily celebrate a day dedicated to the sammie that defines childhood: Today is National PB and J Day!!

Is there a more perfect marriage of comfort flavor?

But commercial peanut butters can be full of naughty partially-hydrogenated oils and jellies are jammin’ with sugar. Blech. That’s nothing to dance about.

Here is our raw AB and J recipe that is full of nutrients and flavah! The bread does need to be dehydrated so if you want to save time, choose your own sprouted bread to use.

Let's Fill Those Rumbly Tummies!

 

RAWKIN’ AB and J Sammie

Soak Time: 8 hours • Dehydrating Time: 7 hours • Chop & Blend Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Honey Buckwheat Bread:
    • 1 cup of buckwheat, sprouted or just soaked 8 hours
    • 1 cup of ground flax
    • ½ cup of cashew flour (grind ½ cup of cashews in a spice grinder)
    • 1/4 cup of apple, diced
    • 2 Tbs of honey or agave or maple syrup
    • 2 Tbs olive oil
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ¼ – ½ cup of water, add gradually
Almond Butter:
    • 1 1/4 cup of almonds
    • 2 Tbs honey, maple syrup or agave
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
Berry Jelly:

Instructions

Honey Buckwheat Bread:
    1. Place all ingredients in a food processor & blend until smooth & creamy.
    2. Spread mixture onto 1 teflex sheet to about 1/4 inch thick.
    3. Dehydrate for 3 hours at 110.
    4. Remove bread from teflex sheet & dehydrate another 3-4 hours at 110.
    5. Cut into 9 or 16 squares & use as bread!
Almond Butter:
    1. Place dry almonds in a food processor & blend for 10-13 minutes.
    2. The almonds will turn to a flour, a crumble & then into a spread.
    3. You may have to scrape the sides down once or twice.
    4. Remove almond butter from food processor & mix in sweetener & sea salt.
Berry Jelly:
  1. Place berries, dates & psyllium husk powder in food processor & blend until smooth.
  2. Place mixture in a bowl or jar & place in fridge to thicken.
  3. Assemble your sandwich & gobble up!!!!!! :-) Yummmmmmmm!

It's Lunchtime Rawk Stars!!

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Peach Pit

Sorry to let you 90210-ers down, but this won’t recap our favorite moments from the Bev Hills 90210.

From the Peach Pit to Peach and Pit

However, this little game will allow you to bond with your little Rawk Stars at the end of the day and maybe even learn something new. And what parent doesn’t want to get to know more about their kids?

This game was passed on to me from my friend who uses it with her 6-year old twins nightly.

“I will ask them how school was and get the bored ‘fine’ reply. But at night, when we play Peach and Pit, they tell me so much. I found out my daughter was being tormented by a girl on the playground.”

Peach & Pit will Allow you to Bond with your Kids

PEACH & PIT: How to Play

It’s simple! After your nightly stories, have the family cuddle and each member shares their “Peach,” or the best part of their day and their “Pit,” the worst part of their day.

It is a special and safe time to celebrate the good stuff and let the kids be aware that even Mommies and Daddies and perfect older sisters all have icky stuff happen during the day.

There is no judgement during Peach & Pit, and if something big comes up, decide wether right before sleepy time is the proper time to ask more, or waiting until the next day may be better.

Creating a Space for Each Other NIghtly is Special

This game is a sweet and special way to end the day. It only takes a few minutes and lets your kiddos know that having ups and downs during the day is a normal part of life and there is love and support waiting for them at home.

Share with us some of your favorite “peaches!”

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Not Too Early to Pick Summer CSA.

What? With all of this ***SNOW*** outside it seems like picking your summer veggie share is month away. The truth is that your local farms start accepting applications for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares now so they can plan for seeds and planting.

Even in the snow your farmers are planning for summer!

Many of the established CSA’s that also offer fresh eggs, flowers, jams and honey fill up fast, so now is the time to do your research. How? Ask friends, call up local farms or search on their websites, ask the local health food stores or Google CSA Portland, Maine (or your town).

Why is a CSA better than just heading to the grocery store? You are supporting local farmers (who really have one of the toughest jobs!), getting super fresh food that has traveled minimum distance to get to your plate, you get to try new foods, you can sometimes take your kids to the farm to help pick the goodies!

Sometimes the kids can go help harvest!

Many will offer single shares or an option to split a share if you don’t see yourself eating crates of produce each week. You can usually get a discount if you pick up directly at the farm instead of getting delivery or if you offer to be a drop-off site. You can even encourage your co-workers or members of a book, knitting or running club to all join and share in the healthy benefits!

Even though I grow a lot of my summer veggies, I really look forward to the greens, herbs and flowers from the farm. Plus I juice so much I can always use the extras for sauces and canning.

Here is a great site that offers more info on CSA’s: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: The Real Flu Shot

Have you escaped the flu? Fingers crossed your family makes a clean escape, but the flu peaks over the next two weeks.

Nothing about the flu is funny.

A lot of people run out and get the medicinal flu shot even at this late stage in the season, but it is controversial for many reasons including the fact it is egg-based (not Vegan), tested on animals (not kind) and not guaranteed to work!

Escaping the feverish clutches of the flu is fairly easy. Wash your hands, keep up your plant-based, whole foods diet and take a daily dose of Nature’s Flu Shot: WHEATGRASS!

Mommy Nature is the best doctor

Wheatgrass is chock-full of living vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to thrive. You are drinking the pure energy of the sun in every sip, which keeps the body purified, alkaline and energized. When your physical body is in balance it keeps sickness at bay. And if you do happen to get sick, recovery time is much faster with more mild symptoms.

Not to jinx myself, but my family does a shot each morning and we have avoided the flu for years now. Kids love the idea of drinking grass, especially if you have the space to grow it yourself. It also adds the most gorgeous splash of color in these months of white and gray.

Here is a video from the Sproutpeople that talk about growing wheatgrass. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS8Xch0G0jMGrowing Wheatgrass

I prefer to order organic grass on-line through http://dynamicgreens.com, which is grown outside in a loving environment. The grass is frozen upon juicing and separated into 1oz cubes. This makes the morning process go by much quicker. My son usually likes the taste, but some batches are sweeter than others, so you can mix in a bit of juice or have an orange or pineapple slice to use as a chaser if your kiddos aren’t used to the taste yet.

On their website, Dynamic Greens offer serving suggestions for all ages. They also say people with grass allergies or those on blood thinners may not be able to enjoy, but you can always check with your (open-minded) doctor.

Most health food stores and juice bars offer shots as well!

Cheers to your RAWKin’ Health!!

 

 

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Elderberry Syrup

Ah, that time of year is upon us! Not sleigh bells, gift bows and snow flakes, but sneezes, wheezes and sick days.

If They Seem Sick, Keep 'Em Home

Certainly, hand washing and keeping your kids home if they seem sick are important but using natural supplements to help ward off germs is effective.

We moved to the city last year and almost immediately, with the increase of dirty doorknobs and kids never taught to “catch that cough,” all of us felt the effects. Not one to douse everyone up with over the counter crap, I asked around and Elderberry Syrup was the answer.

Elderberries are very powerful sources of antioxidants and work wonderfully either used in small doses daily to boost the immune system or once you get sick to help your body recover quickly. And the syrup is safe for small children and tastes yummy! (Follow dosage guidelines from maker.)

The syrups are available on-line from the makers or at your local health food store or apothecary (yes, we have one!)

Maine Medicinals (http://www.mainemedicinals.com/mainemedicinals_home/anthoimmune_about.html) makes an organic syrup, Anthoimmune, which we use to support local biz.

Elderberry Syrup Helps Keep You Healthy in the Winter

Gaia (http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/746/Black-Elderberry-Syrup) also makes a great product and has a special Night Formula for Kids to help them sleep.

A Must-Have Tool for Your Winter Medicine Chest

And make sure you are all eating immune-boosting foods such as green smoothies and a whole array of colorful, whole plant-based RAWsomeness!

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

SAVE A TURKEY by sponsoring a turkey at the Farm Sanctuary

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! 

 

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

 

RAWsome Tuesday: A Day with Kids Gone RAW

Elizabeth and Maggie had such a RAWSOME day today that we wanted to share all of the fabulous things we did!

We got an early start taping a Back to School radio show for Dr. Lisa. We talk about why it is so important to feed kids healthy breakfasts and lunches and why RAW food is the best choice for growing bodies and brains. The show will broadcast Sunday September 9th and we will be sure to share the podcast!

With Dr. Lisa, a real fan of living foods!

 

After all of that talking we headed down to Portland’s new Roost House of Juice to drop off an order of Almond Buttah Kale Chips and to hydrate with some RAWlicious green juice!

Watching our juices be created

Green Juice to LIVE for!

All Smiles with the Roost Juice Queens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we headed back to our kitchen on Congress St. to work on our e-book, Smoothies Gone Raw, which will be released in a couple of weeks! We played with a Divine Chocolate Sea Salt Smoothie, which was FABULOUS!

Dessert Smoothies--Healthy and Delicious? Yes, Please!

 

Taste Tasting is Our Health Benefit!

Ding Dong! Bruce has arrived with our CSA delivery! Fresh flowers and produce. Perfect!

 

All of this “work” has gotten us hungry! So we sit down to enjoy a big bowl of KGR Cinnamon Crunchies gRAWnola with nut milk. RAWlicious!

 

It's Always gRAWnola Time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are SO grateful that our job consists of meeting wonderful, like-minded people, enjoying the nourishing bounty Mother Nature provides and teaching KIDS to protect and respect their bodies and the Earth. Thank you for all of your support and love of Kids Gone RAW!

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: Becoming a Label Sleuth

Those sticky little oval labels are actually for more than just making you dig holes into your apples. If you look closer, there are numbers on them. What do they mean?

Those Labels Can Help You Buy Healthier

 

These numbers are clues as to how the produce was grown.

Your first choice is to look for five digits that start with a “9.” This means the produce was grown ORGANICALLY.

A string of four digits that begin with a “3” or “4,” mean the item is conventionally grown with the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. They are not Genetically Modified. If you buy this produce, make sure you wash them very well to remove any leftover chemicals. (Though, some will penetrate the skin, so avoid if possible.)

STAY AWAY from five digits that begin with an “8.” This denotes it is Genetically Modified (mucked up in a laboratory before it got to you–not the way Mother Nature intended!)

Labels? Solved!

Codes are standard across the country, so if you look for a “9” in Maine or Hawaii, it will be organic. But while you can use these numbers as a guide, they don’t tell you everything about the produce, so it is best to use your eyes, nose and fingers to judge the quality of the apple or bean.

The best is to use the mouth of your local farmer who can tell you the exact information before you choose!

"I can tell you everything about my corn."