Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carrot Juice with a Twist

This is the twist--kale.
 

Certain members of our household adore raw kale and we try to use it in just about everything. Today we added it to our carrot apple lemonade that we make routinely. If you want to get veggies into your kids, give this juice a try. It is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream because the fiber is not present. They'll get a blast of nutrients that require almost no digestion. Juices that have greens in them are very cleansing so ease newbies into this slowly by diluting the juice with a little bit of purified water. A good ratio to start would be 50/50 for those new to green juices. Each week decrease the water to juice ratio until you reach 100% juice!
Here are the ingredients:

Carrot Juice with a Twist

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com


12-13 large, organic carrots
1 organic apple, I use the entire thing!
1 organic lemon, use two if small
3-4 large stalks of organic kale, stems and all

Run all of the ingredients through the juicer and ENJOY!
Note: For those new to green juices, dilute the juice with some water and slowly, over several weeks of juicing, add less and less water until you are drinking 100% juice. I find that children who are new to fresh juices, even those without greens, do best in the beginning with diluted juices. Their bodies will adjust to the cleansing properties of the juice and within a few weeks of regular juicing they will be able to handle 100% fresh juice.



+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for children who squeal when they see me getting the juicer out!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

RAW Lime Pudding

Today I wanted to share a more indulgent raw vegan recipe with you. The inspiration came when I spotted a very fresh looking Young Thai coconut at our local Wally World (Wal-Mart).
I was wanting something similar to key lime pie but didn't want to make a nut crust, which would make it an even higher fat recipe, so I went with a lime pudding. First I hacked open the coconut and strained the water from inside. I knew right away this would be my electrolyte filled soak water for the dates that I wanted to use to sweeten it. I store my Medjool dates in the refrigerator which makes them hard, that is why I like to soak them before using in recipes. Be sure to save the extra coconut water in case you need it for blending. I drank the remaining extra water--so delicious! Here is how the rest of the recipe came together...making it up as I went along. That is the fun of raw foods; no real measuring or rules involved. It really was fantastic, if I say so myself. I hope you get a chance to try my recipe.

 

RAW Lime Pudding

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 Young Thai coconut

1 Haas avocado, organic

Juice of 2-3 limes, according to your taste

4 Medjool dates, pitted

1 truly ripe banana

1/2 C raw baby spinach

1/2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract

Open the Young Thai coconut, pour the water through a fine mesh strainer. This will be used as the soak water for the dates and also in the pudding if needed. In a glass dish cover the dates with just enough coconut water and allow to soak 30-60 minutes. Reserve remaining coconut water for pudding. Next scoop out all of the coconut meat and place in a blender along with the dates and soak water. Add the lime juice and begin blending the meat until smooth. Now add the avocado, baby spinach, vanilla extract and banana, blend well. If too thick keep adding the extra coconut water slowly until your desired consistency is reached. Garnish with a lime slice and ENJOY!


+JMJ+Today I am grateful for special information being laid in my lap.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Raw Green Soup

We've had some mighty scary things happening around here and therefore things have been quiet on the blogging end. My Mom had a very serious situation and I can't tell you how afraid I was. My only salvation was knowing that I was not alone, none of us in the family were. We had Christ right by our side leading us and guiding us through this very difficult time. Fear was there but so too was comfort; knowing that God was in control. Deep down I just knew things were going to be okay. We had the support of many friends and family members praying for her and my Dad, and I am happy to say that she is home recovering and doing well--praise God!!

I have been playing around with some new recipes that have been popping into my head. Raw soups have been my focus lately and here is a recipe that just came together one day and turned out to be amazing.

RAW Green Soup

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 Haas avocado
juice of 1 lemon
1 zucchini
2 small cucumbers
1/2 C spinach
1/2 C sunflower greens
a few sprigs of fresh dill
1/8 C organic sweet onion
1 clove organic garlic, remove inner green "sprout"
purified, alkaline water to blend
Garnish:
diced, organic grape tomatoes
diced sweet onion
broccoli sprouts
Option: Convert to Energy Soup by adding freshly ground flax seeds and some Dulse flakes!

In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful that my Mommy is ok!!!+

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cara Cara Bok Choy Salad

The children have been loving the Cara Caras lately. We go through two bags in just a few days. We have also been buying a ton of other citrus; enjoying citrus season down here in SW FL.
I was craving bok choy yesterday and thought up a simple recipe that incorporated both the bok choy and the Cara Cara. I thought they would taste great together with perhaps some fresh cilantro a few sweet dates too.

I was right! The cilantro added that extra bit of flavor and the dates lent a subtle sweetness, making this salad explode in your mouth with freshness.
Here is another example of just how basic and simple you can make the raw, living foods diet work for your lifestyle.


Cara Cara Bok Choy Salad

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

4 heads baby bok choy, chopped

1 organic red pepper, diced

2-3 Car Cara oranges, peeled and diced

4 Medjool dates, remove pits and chop

1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped

Toss everything in a bowl and enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for messages.