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    The World According to Monsanto – a documentary

    by  • May 29, 2013 • community, movies, Uncategorized, videos • 0 Comments

    May 25th at 2pm marked the global “March Against Monsanto.”  Dozens of cities across the world participated in this event, including Portland, Maine, and it was such a thought provoking rally and march … and infuriating, really.  I keep having thoughts about Monsanto pop into my head I can’t help but wonder how they came about & how what they do is ok.

    So who is Monsanto?  Monsanto is a HUGE multinational agricultural biotechnology company that is literally ruining our global food source.  Monsanto is behind genetically modifying seeds, amongst many other damaging things.  They have modified seeds to create crops that grow in “desirable” ways and that are dependent on their very own herbicides & pesticides.  And they have patented their seeds requiring farmers who use them to buy their seeds each season.  These gmo (genetically modified) seeds then contaminate other fields and crops over and over again.

    Profit, profit, profit is what Monsanto is all about & the implications for their actions are absolutely horrific … I have barely scratched the surface.

    Nature is perfect and beautiful as it is.  When we start changing the DNA makeup of seeds in a chemical laboratory  to get them to do what we want them to do, we wreak havoc on the environment & our bodies.

    60-70% of today’s processed foods contain gmos (genetically modified foods) and if you are a dairy and or meat eater, your dairy & meat are contaminated too because factory farm animals are fed gmo foods.

    A recent study in rats who ate an all gmo diet developed tumors and lived less than half of their life expectancy.  Does that sound healthy & harmless to you?

    I watched the French documentary “The World According to Monsanto” over the weekend and I hope you will too.  We all need to educate ourselves about what is happening with our food supply & speak up with our voices & our pocketbooks.

    Eating organic food is one way to stay clear of gmos.  Certified organic food is never genetically modified, so support your organic farmers & take care of your bodies!

    Click here to watch the film The World According to Monsanto.

    And click here to read an article from Natural News about GMOs.

    RAW FOOD FUN!

    by  • April 12, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

     
    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

    GGR: Top Performing Video on ehow.com

    by  • March 22, 2013 • drinks, Uncategorized, videos • 1 Comment

    My video “How to Make Fruit & Vegetable Juice in a Blender” ranked in the Top 100 of all published videos on ehow.com.  Considering that ehow.com published thousands of videos in 2012, this is quite an accomplishment … my video  received over 8,000 views!  Thank you, Patrick for your awesome video work … Check out Patrick’s site at rambleproductions.com

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEOHow to Make Fruit & Vegetable Juice in a Blender —powered by eHow.com

    Chocolate Nut Chewies

    by  • April 6, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Chewies:
    1 cup of raw almonds or cashews
    1 cup of pitted medjool dates (soaked in water for 2 hours if they are hard)
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1. Place ingredients in a food processor & blend until a crumbly dough ball forms.  If a dough ball doesn’t form, add in 1 tsp of water or agave nectar.
    2. Pinch off a piece of dough & roll into a ball & then flatten it into an egg shape.
    3. Place “egg” on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Repeat until all of the dough has been shaped.
    4.  Place cookie sheet in freezer & then mix up the pink shredded coconut & chocolate sauce.
    Pink Shredded Coconut:
    1/4 cup of shredded coconut
    1/4- 1/2 tsp beet juice
    Place shredded coconut in a small bowl.  Grate a little piece of a beet & drop a little beet juice or a beet shred in with the coconut & mix it up until it turns pink.  Set aside.

    Chocolate:
    1/2 cup of liquid/melted coconut oil (melt in a dehydrator or place jar of coconut oil in a bowl of hot water to melt)
    1/4 cup of cacao powder
    1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup
    1. Place ingredients in a small bowl & whisk together until smooth & creamy.
    ASSEMBLY:  Remove dough “eggs” from the freezer & dip each egg into the bowl of chocolate with a fork or spoon.  Place egg back on parchement lined cookie sheet & sprinkle with pink shredded coconut.  Repeat until until all eggs have been dipped & place them back in the freezer to set.  If you have any chocolate sauce left over, pour it into chocolate molds or onto some parchment paper, edges folded up, & freeze.   These treats can be stored in the freezer or the fridge.  Enjoy!

    The Bay Club’s Rawkin’ Smoothie & Juice Bar

    by  • February 25, 2012 • community, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    There aren’t many places you can go to get a straight up green smoothie without all of the extra add-ins like agave, dates, peanut butter or a protein powder. I know, you can ask to not have those things put in … but I am a believer in the power of simplicity & I’d rather see people need to request the extra stuff.

    Well, I am so excited to share that the Bay Club in One City Center has updated their smoothie & juice bar to include some simple green smoothies & fresh juices with organic ingredients! Wooo-hoooo! I had the pleasure of helping Tracy at the Bay Club revamp their menu & I also got to do some cheerful fruit and veggie paintings to add to the decor. Girl Gone Raw is represented at the Bay Club. 🙂 Happiness …

     I took my niece and nephew in for a smoothie outing this week & it was fabulous. I had the “Fields of Greens” Smoothie which contained no bananas & had a little burst of fresh mint added in. My niece and nephew had the “Strawberry Fields” Smoothie & to say that they loved it, would be an understatement!

     

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    Go check it out & make the Bay Club Smoothie & Juice Bar a destination!