Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Raw Fig Pudding

 
 
Lately I have been having a blast making different raw puddings and "fruitsauce" creations. I have made raw applesauce and a delicious raw cranberry sauce that will be perfect for Thanksgiving. Those recipes I will be posting very soon but today I wanted to share this amazing fruit pudding recipe I made back when fresh figs were at their peak. You could substitute dried figs as long as you soak them until plump and soft.

 
 

Raw Fig Pudding

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

6-8 fresh Black Mission Figs, or dried figs that have been soaked till plump and soft
2 organic apples
2 ripe bananas
pinch of cinnamon
Place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Process until desired pudding consistency. Enjoy!


Tomorrow begins National Blog Posting Month and WEGO Health Network will be doing their own Health Blogger version all month long and I will be part of it. Here I will be blogging about some of my own thoughts and others on health; and of course will continue to share my recipes--all of which are 100% healthy of course!
"As part of our ongoing mission to empower Health Activists, educate, and raise awareness, WEGO Health will be recognizing health bloggers during the month of November. You may have heard about National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo, a month dedicated to the art of blogging, taking it to a new level by pushing all participants to blog every single day of the month."
 
 
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for sleeping with the windows open all night. Finally we are getting a taste of cooler weather.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Diced Pears and Sauce

Prior to my evening meal, which is usually greens and sprouts, I will have a fruit dish of some sort. I do this to make sure I get enough calories and healthy carbs, since a dinner of just greens and sprouts doesn't add up much in the calorie department.

This week I purchased two bags of organic pears from Trader Joe's and 2 cartons of organic strawberries. The combo of the two sounded really good tonight. Here is the super simple sauce I made to drizzle over top of three organic pears. It is simply amazing! The first bite said, "Strawberry shortcake!!" The dates sweetened it up so nicely it tasted just like the sweet sauce my grandmother use to make for her shortcake. Hers of course was sweetened with white sugar--big no no. Now we know better and sweeten things with delicious dates.

Strawberry Date Sauce


8 organic strawberries, with green tops
2 dates, soaked (keep soak water)
In a personal sized blender, blend the strawberries, dates and some of the soak water, only if needed, until smooth.




Pour over top of 3 organic pears that have been diced and enjoy with a spoon!!! Licking the bowl is optional.





+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for memories of grandma.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

November is Health Blogger Month

The month of November should be pretty exciting in the blogger world. That is if you read blogs focused on health. Here is a copy of the e-mail I received:

Have Greetings from WEGO Health,

As part of our ongoing mission to empower Health Activists, educate, and raise awareness, WEGO Health will be recognizing health bloggers during the month of November. You may have heard about National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo, a month dedicated to the art of blogging, taking it to a new level by pushing all participants to blog every single day of the month.

We are doing our own Health Blogger version all month long and wanted to make sure to invite you to join us. By signing up, you'll get 60+ blog prompts to choose from for the month of November, plus you'll get the chance to be a featured Health Blogger on the WEGO Health Network.



So if you blog about health, come and join me. Here is the link:
I'm blogging 30 posts in 30 days for National Health Blog Post Month with @wegohealth. Join me: http://info.wegohealth.com/nhbpm2012

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a new focus in regards to my health journey. I have really settled into my new exercise routine and am feeling motivated!! That says quite a bit since I have never enjoyed exercising.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Homegrown Pineapple


My beautiful, little, homegrown pineapple! It took a loooooong time for this little gem to grow, but it was worth the wait. The flavor was exceptional. But the best part is that it ripened on the plant and was the most brilliant shade of yellow I have ever seen on a pineapple. So juicy and delicious!



Very easy to do; simply twist off the top of a store bought pineapple, place in a cup of water and patiently watch the roots begin to sprout.

You can click on this link to take you to my post showing how we constructed our own compost bins and you'll also see a picture of the pineapple top sprouting in water.
http://rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com/2011/04/constructing-compost-bin-planting.html
I planted it on April 16, 2011 and here is how it looked 7 months later. It took almost 7 more months before my beautiful little pineapple was ready to be picked. I actually transferred it into the ground as soon as the plant reached this 7 month mark, as shown here.
 
 
It was very fun sprouting, planting and harvesting this pineapple. The 3 youngest children really got a kick out of it. You could probably even grow one inside if you live up north. Give it a try!
Pineapple goes great with homegrown sprouts. Here I enjoyed it with sunflower greens and some sprouted fenugreek.
Or you could dice it up and add to your favorite salsa recipe.

 
 
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for fruit of my labor!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

BAT Cereal

BAT Cereal



I learned how to make this recipe from watching a video of Karen Ranzi interviewing her daughter. Karen wrote the book, Creating Healthy Children Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods. She was asking her what it was like to be raised a vegan and then a raw vegan. One of her fondest childhood memories was begging her Mom each morning to make "BAT Cereal". Well, it sounded delicious to me so I decided to try it for myself. I ordered a jar of raw tahini from The Raw Food World. This tahini is stone ground making it ultra creamy and oh so delicious. I have never tasted a raw tahini so good. Not bitter in the least!!


 As soon as it arrived I made a batch of BAT Cereal.

2 organic apples, diced
2 organic bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon raw tahini
Mash the 2 bananas with the teaspoon of raw tahini. Place the mixture in a bowl and top with the diced apples. Enjoy! Insane!!
Might be nice with a bit of cinnamon too.
 
 
 
 
 
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for more answers.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Favorite Green Juice

I've been enjoying bok choy and baby bok choy like crazy lately. It is so delicious raw. I love munching on it like a stalk of celery and I also enjoy it juiced.
I personally believe that juicing has many benefits, even though the fiber is removed from the fruits and vegetables in the process, as long as you balance juicing with the consumption of green smoothies--balance is achieved. That way one can get the amazing health benefits from both. I know that in the raw food world people argue back and forth about juicing vs blending. I say enjoy both and reap the rewards.
image from bing.com/images

Bok Choy Green Lemonade

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

4 stalks of organic Bok Choy
1 lemon, peeled
1 bunch of parsley
1 large cucumber, peel if not organic

Run all of the ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!




+JMJ+ Today I am greateful for a new perspective.