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    46 Million Turkeys Project

    by  • November 20, 2013 • community, Holidays • 0 Comments

    Turkey Trot
    10×10 oil on canvas
    www.paintsquared.com

    Spread the turkey love & join the 46 Million Turkeys Project.  Grab a pen & paper or a rubber stamp TODAY & start creating turkeys.  Mail them off to with a few bucks to the address listed on the website & remember each of the turkeys that will be eaten this Thanksgiving.  Donations will be split between 2 non-profits:  the Harlow Gallery & the Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary.  Get creating TODAY!  🙂

    I am grateful for you today & everyday!  Thank you for being you!

    SUSHI: Veggie Maki Rolls

    by  • November 12, 2013 • entrees, recipes • 0 Comments

    This is a simple & flavorful dish that is a favorite in our house!  In fact, we had it for lunch today in the Kids Gone Raw kitchen–so good.  🙂  Enjoy!

    Veggie Maki Rolls  – Makes 4 servings

    Wrappers: 

    4 sheets of Nori (untoasted)

    Filling: 

    1 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds

    1 carrot

    1 stalk celery

    1 minced scallion

    1 tsp fresh grated ginger

    sea salt to taste (1/4 tsp)

    Veggies to Roll:

    1 carrot, julienned

    1 avocado, sliced

    1 red pepper, julienned

    1 cucumber, julienned

    1 cup fresh basil

    8 springs cilantro

    ½ cup sprouts

    1/2 mango, sliced – optional

    Dipping Sauce:

    3 Tbs soy sauce (I love coconut aminos)

    1 Tbs olive oil

    1 Tbs tahini

    grated garlic or ginger – optional

     

    Filling:  Chop carrot, celery & scallion into chunks & pulse them in food processor.  Add cashews, ginger, sea salt & blend.

    Veggies:  Julienne carrot & cucumber & slice avocado & pepper into strips. Chop fresh basil.  Have veggies ready for assembly.

    Rolling: Place nori sheets on clean dry surface with the glossy side facing down.  On the side closest to you, place a strip of chopped basil, 2 sprigs of cilantro, carrots & avocado followed by another strip of filling & another strip of pepper, cucumber & sprouts.   With dry hands, roll the sushi up and over the filling, trying to keep your roll as tight & uniform as possible.  Wet the edge of the nori roll with a little water or with a slice of cucumber to seal the edge.  Slice into bite sized pieces with a sharp knife.  Repeat for each roll.

    Dipping Sauce:  whisk ingredients together & dip your sushi in it!  YUMMY!

    SIGN UP FOR MONDAY’S THANKSGIVING DINNER CLASS TODAY!  🙂

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :-)

    by  • October 31, 2013 • Holidays, snacks, sweets • 0 Comments

    Pumpkin Bites
    makes about 12 pumpkin bites
    bites:
    1 cup cashews
    1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs goji berries, soaked 10-15 minutes in water
    1 Tbs coconut oil
    1 1/2 Tbs raw coconut sugar OR agave, honey or maple syrup
    pinch sea salt
    Place ingredients together in a food processor & blend until a doughy mixture forms.  Shape into balls.
    pumpkin features:
    2 Tbs raisins
    fresh herb stems cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    Flatten raisins with your finger & then cut into quarters to create the eyes.  Cut raisins in half to create the mouths.  Gently press features into pumpkin bites.  Cut herb stems into pieces & stick in the top of your pumpkins.  Place pumpkins in fridge to firm up.  ENJOY!

    “The Power in YOU!”

    by  • October 31, 2013 • classes, community, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

     It’s so true that the power lies within you.  You can choose joy.  You can choose nourishing food.  You can choose fitness. YOU & only you can choose whatever it is you want … you are the keeper of your own life.

    I personally choose a diet high in raw & living foods, yoga, family, laughter, time outside in nature, time with people that lift me up.   I choose joy & peace.  What do you choose?

    The power is in you.  This is a powerful message and one that we can often forget as we get sucked into the drama of our everyday lives.  So for those of you in the greater Portland area, I’d love to invite you to join me at the Bay Club on Saturday from 9-4:30 for a day of love, nourishment & self-discovery.  You can participate in many different mini-workshops, including massage, reiki, zumba, yoga, breathing, body composition analysis, raw food with yours truly & so much MORE!  And lunch is included.  You can check out the details & register by CLICKING HERE.

    And for everyone, near & far ponder this Thomas Edison quote:  “If we did all of the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  And then step outside your comfort zone & RAWK this world & your fabulous life!

    Kick the Dairy Habit!

    by  • October 18, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    photo from Wisconsin Dairy Products Association

    I was a cheese and yogurt junkie.  I ate cheese and yogurt every single day for years and years and absolutely loved them.  When I first entertained the thought of going vegan, I thought there is no way I can give up my cheese and yogurt long term.  So when I set out on my vegan adventure, I took it one day at a time and you know what, I did not miss dairy at all!  In fact, I felt better than I had in a long, long time!  I had a debilitating menstrual cycle and would pop 12 advil a day, 3 days a month, just to make it through.  Almost immediately after giving up dairy, I was able to breeze through my menstrual cycle without ANY advil.  I gained 3 days of my life back each month.  That’s HUGE!  I had no idea how much dairy was messing with my body.

    When you really think about milk and its purpose, you wonder how on earth we actually began to drink it.  Cows produce milk for their babies … it is the equivalent of breast feeding.  Calves drink their mamas milk and grow from approximately 70-100 pounds at birth to about 500-700 pounds at 10 months.  WOW, huh?!  Moooooooo!  Cow’s milk makes calves grow like crazy.  Do you want to grow like crazy?  🙂   It’s pretty simple when you think about it … human milk is for humans & cow milk is for cows.

    As a former dairy addict, I am happy to report that I love my nut and seed milks, my homemade coconut milk, nogurts, dips, spreads, cheezes, nice creams, puddings & cheeze cakes!  I make all of these things from “scratch” in my kitchen & I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Whole foods, plant-based dairy alternatives are RAWsome!  My body thanks me and I think the cows do too.

    ** CLASS **  If you want to learn more about kicking the dairy habit, please join me on Monday night for a fun evening of food & conversation in my “So you think you can’t live without dairy? Yes you can!” Class!  Registration is required.  This class is a gourmet eating event & you will also receive a nut milk bag to take with you.  Sign up today!  ** CLASS **

    Photo from collapseboard.com

    If you want to learn more about the MANY, MANY reasons why you should say goodbye to dairy once & for all, check out these links:

    No Happy Cows, John Robbins

    The China Study, T. Colin Campbell

    Forks Over Knives

    PETA on Dairy

     

    FALL CLASSES

    by  • September 26, 2013 • classes, community, potluck • 0 Comments

    Come join me for some RAWlicious classes this Fall.  I’ve got all kinds of goodies on the calendar  … from hands on dinner classes, to more intensive themed classes and certification classes too.  And don’t forget about raw food potluck on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm!  Click here to view the calendar & to sign up for some RAWsome fun!  

    Girl Gone Raw classes are fun, informative, inspiring & nourishing on every level … and they can simply be life changing!  What are you waiting for?  Come play in the kitchen!

    And remember that I do parties for 5-7 people too, so get a group  of friends or family together & come in for a rawmazing time!

    RARE OPPORTUNITY: Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Maine

    by  • September 13, 2013 • classes, community • 0 Comments

    Wow!  What a great opportunity for us to hear from Dr. Brian Clement of the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Clement will be speaking at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Thursday, September 19th–details below.  I will be there & hope you can make it too.  Registration is required.  Click on the flyer below to be taken to the registration page.  Have a RAWsome weekend!  🙂  xox 

    Walnut Pesto … YUMMMM!

    by  • August 16, 2013 • recipes, salads, side dish, snacks • 0 Comments

    Summer is bursting with flavor & I thought I’d whip up some pesto to share with you.  It tastes divine on a slice of heirloom tomato!

    Walnut Pesto

    4 cups fresh basil

    1 cup walnuts

    1/4 cup olive  oil

    1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste

    1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked in water for 1 hour & drained – optional

    Place all ingredients in the food processor & pulse chop until your desired consistency is achieved.  SO GOOD!  🙂

    You can use it as a dip for veggies or on raw bread or crawkers or thinned out as a salad dressing. ENJOY!

    Juice Feasting … NOW is the time!

    by  • July 24, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Note: Raw Vegan Potluck on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at 81 Congress St.

    Have you been curious about trying a juice feast/fast?  

    Well NOW is the time!  With local produce in full bloom & warm weather

    to help us want lighter, fresher food, the timing couldn’t be better.

    What is a juice feast & why do it?

    A juice feast is when you consume 4-6 quarts of fresh juice a day for a period of time, without eating any food.  It is safe for healthy folks to juice feast for 1-10 days, and if you are interested in going longer, you might want to consult with your doctor.  Some people have juice feasted for as long as 90 days. Any day you enjoy fresh juice is a good day!

    Why juice?  Juice feasting is a great way to give your body a break … a break from digesting food, which requires a lot of energy!  Completing a juice feast lets you load up on the incredible nutrients found in fresh produce and is a great way to reset & eliminate cravings.  You will feel brighter, clearer, lighter, more energetic & happy!  Juicing is also known to help people heal from numerous illnesses & diseases.  Fresh juice packs a serious punch of nutrients!

    WHAT TO EXPECT from enjoying fresh green juice every day:
    increased energy
    improved digestion & elimination
    glowing skin
    a desire to be more healthy all around
    emotional balance
    weight balance

    detoxification

    Juice Feast Class: I am hosting a juice feast class next Wed, July 31st from 6-7:30pm.  We will learn all about juice feasting and make 5 yummy juices together.  You will get a shopping list, a 5 day juice feast recipe plan.  We will meet on Thursday evening for a showing of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead & then again on Sunday night at 6pm for a special dinner juice and discussion on how to break a juice feast.  You will get all of the support you need to RAWK a 3-5 day juice feast.  REGISTER HERE.

    Note: Raw Vegan Potluck on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at 81 Congress St.

    Smoothies Gone Raw

    by  • July 1, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Our new “Smoothies Gone Raw” book is HERE & it arrived just in time for the 30 Day Green Drinks Challenge that will run for the month of July!  You can order your signed copy below & join in on the challenge HERE!

    30 Days.  30 Quarts.  Feel good for Summer.

    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 below!  
    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.
    Thank you for being YOU!  🙂