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Meet Our Newest Rawk Stars

KGR is on the GROW–and we can’t go it alone, so we are hiring the most talented kitchen stars we can find. We are excited for you to meet Cady and Paige, our newest rawk stars!  YEAH!

cadyCady Frazier joins our kitchen with an amazing acumen of culinary knowledge. She is a graduate of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas, where she studied all facets of plant-based cuisine including several courses in raw food. She is also a baker at Hilltop Coffee Shop in Portland, where her goal is to add more vegan options into the sweets case. Cady is very excited to join KGR and to continue exploring her passion of locally made, wholesome food.

 

 

4857cb28-77a9-4d53-bca7-3c37cae11382Paige Peterson worked at Modern Vegan before joining the KGR team, but that was hardly her first experience in the kitchen. She became Vegan at 15 and took over cooking for her whole family working her way through every recipe in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Veganomicon. Her comfort in the kitchen is a rawsome addition to our group. Paige will be taking October off to intern at the Farm Sanctuary in New York. When she isn’t in the kitchen, she is volunteering at the Animal Refuge League where she loves playing with the kittens.

 

A BIG, rawsome welcome to Cady & Paige!  :-)  

Adopt a Dehydrator & Get Snacks Back!

We are looking to add to our family of dehydrators and you can be a proud parent to our newest additions.
As Kids Gone Raw grows and expands, we are offering a fun opportunity to our Rawk Star friends. If you purchase an Excalibur nine tray dehydrator for our kitchen, we will send you (or you can pick up) a weekly portion of the goodies that come from the machine for up to three months.

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It will always be a surprise! Cookies? gRAWnola? Rawkin’ Rolls? Always different and delicious.
You can even pitch in with a bunch of friends and have snack parties!
It will warm your generous heart to know that you are helping KGR increase productivity without going into debt–and we will be so grateful for your support.
Here is a link to the dehydrator on Amazon–the lowest price we have found.

http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-2900ECB-9-Tray-Economy-Dehydrator/dp/B001NZPP6U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1409872637&sr=8-4&keywords=excalibur+dehydrator
Email us with any questions at info@kidsgoneraw.com
Our mailing address:
Kids Gone Raw
81 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAWK!!!

Getting Your Kids Back on a Healthy Track

I know, I know…it’s hard when the visions of sugarplums and candy canes turn into the hard reality of sugar addicted kids.

Time to toss the holiday sweets!

The holidays are over, Mom! You can no longer use the excuse of parties and shopping to explain away the gum drops and Happy Meals. You know better than anyone that if you don’t prioritize healthy food you are going to be stuck with some sick, cranky, chubby kiddos come March.

“But it is just so easy to throw stuff in the microwave or hit the drive-thru!”

Zip that Lazy Bone up! I know it seems like that is easier and seemingly cheaper to feed them processed food, but in the long run you are doing your family a huge disservice. Not only will they gain weight, but their risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and allergies increases greatly. Their immune systems also suffer and they will be sick much more often. I am sure their pediatrician is cute, but come on, hanging around a germy office when you could be skiing isn’t worth it.

The bottom line is that kids will eat what YOU feed them. Sure they are going to cause a scene when you take away the coco puffs, but when they are hungry they will eat (and love) the nourishing foods you serve them.

Here are a few tips to ease into your new Healthy Day:

1) Start the day GREEN. Green Smoothies are the best way to get a truck-load of vitamins and nutrients into your kids’ system. They will be filled up with the sun’s energy and will be rawkin’ until lunchtime. Older kids love peeling, chopping and blending gorgeous fruits and veggies, so let them make their own creations.

Here is a great starter smoothie:

This Rawk Star starts each day with Green Power!

IN a high-speed blender add:

1.5 cups filtered water

2 ripe, peeled bananas

handful frozen or fresh berries

the meat of one ripe mango (or cup frozen cubes)

big handful baby spinach

Agave nectar is optional for extra sweeteness

cup ice

Blend until smooth

We have an e-book, Smoothies Gone Raw that has over 100 amazing smoothies for extra inspiration.

Our e-book will help you create months worth of smoothie goodness!

http://www.amazon.com/Smoothies-Gone-Raw-Gorgeous-ebook/dp/B009J3KI56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357238652&sr=8-1&keywords=smoothies+gone+raw

2) Be a role model! You can’t preach to your kids to eat fruits and veggies if you are chowing down on Chinese take-out. Eat what you are telling them to eat. That influence goes a long way! Eat as a family. That is so valuable in many ways.

Eating all together is a magical way to end the day.

3) Take your kids shopping with you. Children are naturally attracted to the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and veggies. Let them pick our what they gravitate towards and they will be much more likely to eat it.

4) Get some help. There are so many amazing raw and Vegan cookbooks out there. You can find pretty much anything in a vegan (or healthier) version. Pizza, cake, chicken nuggets–you can still feed them their favorites but just in much better versions. Follow Vegan blogs, visit your local bookstore and library and buy veg magazines for some incredible treats.

5) Start slowly. If all you do for now is add one Green Smoothie a day, that is great! In Feb, start adding one all-vegan meal once or twice a week and grow from there. The family will be much more appreciative and receptive if they can still cling to some familiar foods. But before long they will be craving the POWER OF PLANTS!

Watermelon Wednesday: Get Your ROOST On!

Time to ROOST!

Finally, the wait is over! The opening of ROOST happened today. We are so happy there is a new juice and raw food cafe in Portland!

Owners Kathleen Flanagan and Jeanette Richelson took extra care in creating a menu that is as original and inspired as it is healthy and delish. It was hard to choose from the lovely menu–I was toggling between the Arugulta, Green Lemonade and Red Russian…How can I choose??

Pouring up the LOVE

It was easy for my four-year old to choose; He was quickly obsessed with the idea of a Banana Split Smoothie complete with cashew whipped cream and a cherry! (He asked for ten!) I finally choose and happily sipped a chilly Mojadito Pepino, which tastes exactly like a Mojito, the essential summer cocktail. I added in some fresh ginger Kombucha for an extra burst of nutrients.

While Roost has yet to start serving the food, (the imagine by the end of the week they will be ready) the drinks were plenty filling. They will also be open late with organic wine and Prosecco choices.

Looking ahead to the food, Van loves that his favorite snack, Ants on a Log made the menu and I am most excited to try the Nori Roll, which is made with almond-sun seed spread, seasonal organic marinated veggies with a side of Almond Buttah kale chips, made by your very own KIDS GONE RAW!

Yes, we are super grateful that we are contributing to this RAWKIN new adventure.

Visit ROOST at 11 Free Street in Portland (across from Arabica Coffee)               (207) 899-4275 and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RoostHouseOfJuice

For a complete article by the RAWSOME Avery Kamila Yale at the Portland Press Herald, visit http://www.pressherald.com/life/roost-new-perch-for-raw-organic-food-and-juices_2012-08-22.html

Watermelon Wednesday: Help Hungry Kids This Summer

Seven-year old Mikey has been alone since 6am, when his mom left for work as a motel housekeeper. Every hour, he opens the fridge. Each time, it is empty. His stomach cramps with hunger. He doesn’t even know if his mother will bring food when she finishes her ten-hour shift. But he waits, hoping she will get enough tips to get a hot pizza, peanut butter, bread…anything.

For Too Many Children, This is Their Reality

 

Did you know that for many children, the only meals they can count on are the ones they get at school? That makes summer a long season.

Your mission for the weekend: Donate kid-friendly (HEALTHY!) food to your local food pantry, shelter, church, soup kitchen…anywhere will hungry families head to eat.

You know how excited your kids get to eat. Imagine they are at a shelter and all they have are cans of beans and olives. When you donate food, don’t just dump off expired cans of stuff no one wants to eat. Rather, skip your fancy lattes for a week, and use that money to buy almond butter, kale chips, whole wheat pasta and sauces, apples, bananas, organic jars of baby food, fruit leather, fruit sauces, chicken noodle soups, Amy’s mac and cheese…stuff YOUR kids would love to eat! *Granted doing all RAW donations may be a challenge, but fruits, veggies and anything healthy will be so appreciated. You can also donate Batman or Dora toothbrushes, little bottles of water, baby formula, toilet paper, little soaps or combs, diapers…all of these basics which we take for granted but are so needed these days.

There is also a wonderful charity called Blessings in a Backpack, which was voted the 2012 Charity of the Year. They ensure that elementary school kiddos are fed on the weekends throughout the school year. When children are properly nourished, the have more energy, which leads to improved test scores, improved health and positive behavior. To donate or read more, visit http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/

Every Kids Has a Right to Eat Good Food

 

In America, it is a SHAME that ANY child should EVER wonder where their next meal will come from. This weekend, please have your kids pick out some yummy treats to drop off at your local shelter. YOU RAWK!!!

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!

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!

Apple Peelers & Cranberry Apple Sauce

If you have kids in your life & don’t have an apple peeler, I highly recommend getting one!  They cost about $25 & will give you lots of good times in the kitchen.  You can slice & peel dozens of apples in no time at all to use in apple pies, cobblers, dehydrated apple slices, apple sauces & just for eating plain.  The options are endless & it’s such a fun tool.  Kids love the apple peeler!  My little helper peeled four apples yesterday & would have kept going if we had had more apples to peel.  :-)

Once we peeled the apples I asked Avery to help me create a delicious new recipe.  We brainstormed for a minute & then threw our ingredients into the blender to work its magic.  We decided on a cranberry apple sauce & the outcome is delicious!  See recipe below & ENJOY!

Cranberry Apple Sauce  

by Girl Gone Raw & Miss Avery  :-)
serves 3-4

4 large apples, peeled & cored
3/4 cup of fresh cranberries
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 Tbs raw coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup
Place ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor & blend until smooth & creamy.   Eat up!  :-

Dempsey Challenge 2011

We were set up at the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston making rawsome SUPER HERO smoothies & rawkin’ applesauce in the KidZone on Oct 8th & 9th & we had so much fun!  It was great to connect with Dempsey Challenge participants & their families over a celebration of healthy living through nutrition & physical activity.


The rawsome snack shack was a big hit!  There were lots of adorable green smoothie mustaches going on & lots of smiles over the apple sauce.

The Dempsey Challenge is an INCREDIBLE event!  WOW … it is so organized & thoughtfully put together & the staff & volunteers were out-of-this-world!  We were in awe of all that happened here & grateful to have been a part of the festivities!  THANK YOU!

Click HERE to see more photos from the weekend.

WELCOME

Who said there can be too many cooks in the kitchen?  Elizabeth and Maggie welcome you to our KIDS GONE RAW blog.  Our site and forth coming un-cook book will empower kids (and their people) to take control of their health through fabulous RAW snacks and goodies.

Here on our blog you will find all kinds of tasty bites, healthy living tips &  MORE!

Stay tuned …