Monday, January 28, 2013

RAW VEGAN MEETUP

     Last night I attended my first raw vegan potluck and it was fantastic! There is a wonderful website called Meetup that allows you to meet with different people who share similar interests. It can feel quite lonely when after 27 years of life lived one way you decide to make some huge changes and live your life in a very different way. I am blessed to have family and friends who accept and welcome my new way of living, but I continue to look forward to meeting people who have also made the leap to a whole new world, a vegan lifestyle. To my surprise there were many people at the potluck who were not vegans and simply just wanted to try something new.  I had a wonderful night of tasting many different raw vegan dishes, learning about different methods of sprouting (mini presentation) and best of all meeting others who share my love for raw vegan food. 
 Thank you Raw Aura for your cozy space :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER POPCORN

     Movie night? Need a healthy idea for something to munch on? This Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn can be made in less than 5 minutes and it tastes phenomenal. This recipe is great for a movie at home and also easy to pack up and take to the theater. Nutritional yeast is the special ingredient that transforms the cauliflower into cheesy-like clusters of love. If you want some spice to your pops then simply add some cayenne pepper.

INGREDIENTS
- 4 cups cauliflower, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- pinch sea salt
- ½ tsp cayenne (if you want it spicy) 


PREPARATION
1. Wash and chop/break cauliflower into popcorn size pieces.
2. Mix nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt and cayenne(optional) in bowl.
3. Mix cauliflower and ‘cheese’ sauce in bowl.
4. Dehydrate if you want it warm, I prefer it right away.


  Nutritional Yeast Flakes 
 - Great source of B12 :)

 Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn
***If you want it super cheesy then simply add more 
nutritional yeast and perhaps more olive oil to help mix.***

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

VEGAN LIFESTYLE

     I have been living a vegan lifestyle for over 5 months I initially decided to cut out all animal products from my diet when I was trying to clear my skin and heard that eating dairy and hormone-pumped animals could be playing a role in my acne. At that point animal rights did not even cross my mind.

    After a few weeks of following a vegan diet I saw a video that changed my entire way of living. It took 1 hour of listening to an incredible speech to change my life for the better. In his speech, Gary Yourofsky does a great job at creating awareness about the pain and suffering animals are put through from the moment they are born until their planned death. Gary also speaks about the health benefits of going vegan and the hidden truths about the meat and dairy industries. I highly recommend listening to his speech but I do like to warn people about the gruesome video clips of animal abuse and torture that he shows during certain parts of his lecture.

     I was blown away by the cruelty that innocent animals endure every second of their life, simply for human pleasure. Whether it be in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the entertainment we watch, animals are suffering at our expense and it is unjust. Who are we to decide which animals are lovable and which are worthless? We live in a society where many of us have a variety of animals as pets that we love with all of our heart, but at the same time we fry, bake, roast and barbeque other animals to eat. We also walk around wearing other species skin, fur and feathers as though it was made for us, as though we have a right to pluck, chop or shave it off as we please.

     The easiest part of becoming a vegan for me was not purchasing another dead animal. The hardest part of becoming a vegan for me  was living in a society where much tradition is centered around dead animals. I went through phases of anger, hurt and hate towards people who I considered ignorant, people who thought the way I did for almost 27 years. I preached and pushed my new way of living on others because I was desperate for others to become educated and aware of the animal abuse taking place and for them to care for animals the way I did. That lasted for a month at most and then I realized that the best way to change the world is to BE the change you want to see in the world. (Thank you Gandhi)

      I am not a nutritionist so I will not sit here and say that the vegan diet is the healthiest way to eat, though I have come across lots of research that supports that argument. What I will say is that since going vegan I feel 100% better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My entire being has benefited from living a vegan lifestyle. Family and friends continue to seem surprised that I am still a vegan. (I do not blame them due to my history of quick changing hobbies and interests) Some people may follow a vegan diet plan to lose weight or get healthy and that can quickly and easily come to an end like most diet fads. The difference is that I am living a VEGAN LIFESTYLE, a way of living that does not support animal cruelty, and that is for life :) 

 
Miley, my angel. 
Just because I named her and take care of her does not mean she is more important than any other animal. She deserves to be treated with love and care just as much as all animals do. Why does she get a loving home when millions of animals are tortured and slaughtered daily? Should we call her lucky? Or should we take a closer look at what we are doing to the most unconditionally loving beings---animals. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DATE MOUSSE

     If you have a sweet tooth and you are looking for a quick and healthy fix then this is the recipe for you! This Date Mousse can be eaten with a spoon or even as a delicious dip with apples or other wonderful fruits.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 banana
- 7 medjool dates
- 2 tbsp almond butter

PREPARATION
1. Remove pits from the dates and soak dates in water for 15 minutes, then pat dry. 
2. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 



This is a dippin' delight :D

Monday, January 21, 2013

PAD THAI


    Pad Thai is one of my absolute favourite comfort foods and this raw vegan recipe certainly does the trick! Before I went vegan I easily ate pad thai at least once a week. I always ordered the vegetarian with extra tofu. This meal was delicious but always left me feeling tired and bloated. I eat the same portion, if not more, of the raw recipe and feel energized and satisfied post meal. 
     The following Pad Thai recipe has been inspired by Mimi Kirk's recipe in "Live Raw" which is a wonderful book with many awesome recipes! This recipe serves 2-4 people, depending on how little or how much you want to eat :)
 
INGREDIENTS FOR NOODLE SALAD
- 4 zucchini
- 2 parsnip
- 1 carrot
- 1 pepper (red or yellow)
- 3 green onion
- 1 persimmon  
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds

PREPARATION  
1. Peel zucchini and parsnips.Use spiralizer and make noodles with with zucchini and parsnips. 
2. Use peeler to make thick shavings of the carrot.
3. Chop pepper, green onions and dice the persimmon. 
4. Add sesame seeds and mix all ingredients in large bowl.   

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE
- 1 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup basil leaves
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds  
- 1/4 cup agave 
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Bragg's Soy Sauce
- 1/8 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 jalapeno, diced 
-  pinch sea salt
-  pinch pepper 

PREPARATION
1. Soak cashews for 3 hours. 
2. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth. 


Noodle Salad Ingredients
Noodle Salad before Dressing
Pad Thai
   Pad Thai with Red Peppers 

Friday, January 18, 2013

GOOD MORNING SMOOTHIE!

     For the past many months I have started every day with a delicious and nutritious smoothie. These smoothies are energizing, satisfying and full of nutrients. My smoothies always consist of a green leafy vegetable (kale or spinach), a banana, another fruit or mixed fruits, raw vegan protein powder, my raw superfood supplement and water. Sometimes I will add in almond milk, peanut butter or almond butter for an extra creamy drink

Why SUNWARRIOR?
- "The ultimate superfood protein designed for athletes, body builders, and health enthusiasts. Ideal for those who want to be extremely healthy and fit." 
- Highest (non soy) raw whole grain sprouted vegan protein on the market.
- Created with a low temperature natural process that does not use any chemicals or acid hydrolysis. 
- ***CRUELTY FREE***Zero animals used, abused or tested on. 

Why RAW SUPERFOOD SUPPLEMENT?
- 1 tsp of this supplement contains a blend of the world's most powerful superfoods. 
- nourishes immune function
- increases energy   
- improves metabolism 
- great source of vitamin B12 

Monday, January 14, 2013

RAW VEGAN LOVE

     So I have been 100% vegan for about five months and have recently decided to go fully raw for as long as my heart desires :) It has been two weeks and I LOVE IT! 
     There are millions of raw vegan recipes online. There are plenty of raw vegan blogs, websites, books and YouTube videos to use as resources on this healthy way of living. Why have I decided to go raw? I have plenty of great reasons which are always followed by one question, why not? After doing much research, I wanted to test out the raw vegan living to see if it was for me. To be honest, the first time I tried it out I decided to go back to cooked vegan food after one week. This time around I have not even noticed that things are different, it just feels so natural and I feel 10x better! 
    Below are some pictures of delicious raw vegan meals I have made that are absolutely incredible! 
 Delicious salad with sprouts, seeds
 and plenty of hidden veggies.
 Dehydrated sweet potato fries!! :D
 Cauliflower Popcorn
 Banana Cream Pie (made with Suz <3)
 Kelp Noodle Miso Soup (made with Suz <3)
 Pad Thai---- YUM!
Macaroni & Cheese

   I am vegan for the animals & my health.
  I eat raw 100% for me!

WARNING: You will find research that says raw vegan living is the best way to go, and you will find research that says the opposite. Do what makes you feel good and do not worry about what others have to say. Many people fear people who are different or whose lifestyle simply challenges their way of thinking and living. Stick to what makes you happy and you cannot go wrong :D There is nothing wrong with trying something new, and certainly nothing wrong with sticking to it! (speaking about healthy ways of living that do not harm oneself or others)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

CHOCOLATE BANANA PUDDING

     I remember always getting in trouble for playing with my food when growing up. Maybe it was because it got too messy for others to handle?  I still play with my food, it still gets messy, but my creations have gotten much better if I may say so myself. :) Last nights masterpiece resulted in an instantly chilled Chocolate Banana Pudding! ENJOY :D

INGREDIENTS
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp agave nectar

PREPARATION
1. Blend all ingredients in food processor. 

 ***Top with nuts for a CRUNCH***

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

GARLIC KALE CHIPS

     My new favourite kale chips! YUM!!! Enjoy :D

INGREDIENTS
- 1 kale, large bunch 
- 1 cup cashews, soaked 
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp garlic powder 
- pinch sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil

PREPARATION - Dehydrator

1. Wash and dry kale. Pour oil over kale and mix until all leaves are lightly glazed.
2. Soak cashews in water for at least 3 hours.
3. Blend all ingredients in food processor. (not kale)
4. Mix cashew sauce with kale
5. Place kale on dehydrator.
6. Dehydrate at 115F for 4-6 hours.(depending on how much cashew sauce you use) 



Saturday, January 5, 2013

CASHEW GUACAMOLE

    ***HAPPY NEW YEAR***
*2013*

     It has been a few days since I have posted a blog, and I have been having withdrawal! I missed it too much, but was super busy over the holidays. I apologize for those who check out my blog regularly, I am back :) Yesterday I made an amazing Cashew Guacamole so today I figured out the measurements and put up the recipe so that you can enjoy it too. You can eat this with nachos and salsa, use it as a paste in nori rolls, or simply as a dip for your veggies. YUM!

INGREDIENTS
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked
- 1/4 cup water 
- 2 tbsp lemon, juiced  
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
- sea salt to taste 

PREPARATION
1. Soak cashews in water for 3 hours. 
2. Drain cashews and blend all ingredients until smooth.