I love trying new greens & when I saw saw nettles on the Portland Food Co-op’s local order form, I couldn’t resist! And Victoria Boutenko talks a lot about nettles in “Green for Life” & I have always been curious about a green that is prickly when handled but yummy when blended or cooked.
Nettles are found all over the world & are often considered a weed although they have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Nettles are basically a cure all … they are high in iron, serve as a diuretic, are great for allergies, asthma, celiac disease, bladder infections & they relieve arthritis pain & SO MUCH MORE! Just google them & see for yourself!
Citrus Nettles Green Juice
5 cups nettles
Place all ingredients through the juicer & drink up! Or try nettles in a smoothie as you would any other green. Just be sure to use a glove when handling nettles as they really do sting! I stung my hand yesterday & the tingly sensation stayed with me ALL day!
Get your nettles on today! :-)
I am so grateful for my raw food journey & the path it has taken me on. When I think back on the person I was prior to discovering a raw vegan lifestyle and who I am today, I can’t help but chuckle and recognize the beauty in the journey that has unfolded before me.
This week has really given me pause for reflection as I have had a crazy fun raw food week that kicked off on Sunday at the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling … Maggie & I made 1200 chocolate Kids Gone Raw chocolate samples to share with fling goers … LOTS of WORK … & it was just so wonderful to see people enjoy our pure, wholesome sweet treats alongside all kinds of traditional chocolate treats.
And on Wednesday we (team Kids Gone Raw) hosted a Dave the Raw Food Trucker Dinner & Talk for 30 people that was RAWmazing! Maggie & I prepared a Mediterranean themed meal that consisted of gazpacho filled cucumber cups, a greek salad topped with falafel & tzatziki sauce & then a fruit sorbet, chocolates & brownies. (RECIPE for Falafel HERE & Greek Salad HERE) SO GOOD!
Dinner was followed by a rawsome talk with Dave the Raw Food Trucker. Dave shared his inspiring story of how a raw organic vegan lifestyle helped him reverse multiple diseases & lose 200 pounds. WOW! And his coach & mentor, David Whiting, shared the science behind raw food & his own personal story about how he found raw food. What a great night–THANK YOU ALL for coming out & thanks to Dave & the Whitings for coming to Portland!
And then last night I got to hear Dave’s talk again at Portland’s ROOST House of Juice on Free Street. ROOST served up a fabulous menu of raw organic vegan food (thank you, ROOST) & the two Daves shared their magic again with another crowd of rawk stars. Gratitude. It was just so great to be a part of it all!
I love our city & vegan community & of course, team Dave the Raw Food Trucker! RAWK ON! xoxo
I am so excited about the release of my friend Sue’s new book, “Food Fix: Ancient Nourishment for Modern Hungers,” and I wanted to invite you to join me at her book signing on Saturday, March 30th, from 11-1 p.m at Nonesuch Books & Cards, located at 50 Market Street in the Mill Creek Shopping Center in South Portland. SO FUN!
I can’t wait for Saturday so I can dive right into this book. Sue is so smart, funny and insightful about life, human nature and the struggles so many of us go through with food. Rawsome, remarkable and inspiring are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Sue–she’s a wonderful woman and the lessons she shares are certain to be valuable ones … so come on, let’s join my rawsome friend on the “Food Fix” journey.
Visit Sue’s website here: http://www.susanlebelyoung.com
I am so proud of her & excited for her to share this book with the world! And I will share my take on the book once I finish it.
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These are definitely a favorite at our house for special mornings … like snow days or sleepovers or brunch with friends. ENJOY!
2 cups almond flour (or dried almond pulp from making almond milk)
1 cup raisins
1 vanilla bean, scraped
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 Tbs cinnamon
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs agave or maple syrup
1-3 Tbs orange juice
Place all ingredients except orange juice in food processor & blend. After 30 seconds, add in orange juice gradually, until mixture balls up & forms a dough.
1/2 cup dates
¼ cup water
1 Tbs cinnamon
Blend everything until creamy in a food processor. You may have to scrape the sides down several times.
Sprinkle a little almond flour on counter & roll dough out to ¼ inch thick rectangle, approximately 8×4 inches. Spread paste on top of dough & sprinkle with more almond flour. Score into 1 – 1 1/2 inch strips & gently roll them up. Place in dehydrator for 2-3 hours–this step is optional.
½ cup cashews
½ cup water
2 Tbs honey
½ vanilla bean, scraped
Blend until smooth in high speed blender. Top cinnamon bun with glaze & eat up or place glaze
in dehydrator for ½ hour to warm up.
Warm Mug of Cinnamon Hemp Milk – serves 2
4 Tbs hemp seeds
3 cups warm or hot water
2 Tbs coconut nectar or raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt – optional
1 Tbs raw cacao powder – optional
Place ingredients in a blender & blender until smooth & frothy like a latte. Pour into you glass & drink up!
Banana Bread - makes 12-14 5″ pieces
1 cup ground golden flax (or dark)
1 cup ground sunflower seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean scraped
1/3 cup coconut sugar crystals or other sweetener
2 Tbs coconut nectar or maple syrup
1 cup water or more as needed
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup chia seeds – optional
1/4 cup chopped walnuts – optional
Mix flax, sunflower seeds, 2 bananas, cinnamon, sweeteners, water, vanilla, salt together in a food processor & then spoon into a large bowl. Now mix in sliced banana & chia & walnuts if you are using them. Spread mixture, 1/2″ thick, onto a teflex sheet & dehydrate at 135 for 2 hours. After 2 hours flip bread off of teflex sheet & continue to dehydrate another 4-6 hours at 115. Now slice your banana bread into pieces & continue to dehydrate another 8 hours or until desired texture is achieved. Serve with a sweet coconut oil while warm. YUMMMMM!
Sweet Coconut Oil Butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cacao
1 Tbs coconut nectar or maple syrup
Warm mixture & mix together to spread on banana bread.