Juli Novotny

Juli Novotny

Juli has been creating healthy vegetarian, vegan and also raw food recipes and menus since the age of 20. Then at age 24 Juli's talent and passion led to the creation of her own vegan food company, Kookie Karma, specializing in raw vegan cookies and snacks. Now, 6 years and 2 babies later, she is still creating vegan food but this time, she's also focusing on children's health and their ever-so-picky taste buds. Follow her PUREmamas blog to stay up on her growing catalogue of healthy kids snacks, meals and modern decor ideas. A "Mimi" G Living, if you will!

Coffee, That Dark Rich Demon In My Cup…Oh, Coffee!

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My uncle and I were talking the other day, he’s not a raw foodist by any means but he’s a health NUT and he owns a supplement company. He drinks green smoothies, makes everything fresh, eats only organic meat, goes on radical cleanses and so on as we do from time to time about health and food.

Our topic on this particular day was COFFEE! Yes, coffee, which I indulge in from time to time. The reason I brought up coffee was because I had read something that REALLY freaked me out. I mean, deep down I know that coffee is far from a healthy beverage. It’s a Fake-Out and a stimulant and bad for the kidneys and nervous system to some degree, it stimulates the bowls, and so on and so forth. Then you hear on the news sometimes that small amounts are actually “healthy for us”! Come on! I don’t believe that {although I listen in hopes that I hear something new and interesting as to why I should drink that espresso}. I mean, MAYBE the good {it’s a great pick-me-up when you are tired} outways the BAD sometimes and won’t really HARM us in a permanent way. Now that I can see!

But again, as with most things, we are always looking for an excuse to drink it or eat it! Right? We like to justify it. I mean come on, there are WORSE things, right?

Back to my story: the blurb I had just read that day was out of Sarma and Matthew’s Raw Food Real World. I had received the book as a gift about 5 years ago when it first came out and hadn’t really read much of it. Of course one of the first pages I turned to was the page on COFFEE and how bad it is for us.

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Apricot Cobbler {turned healthy} By GreenChef Juli Novotny

apricot cobbler raw juli novotny 01 Apricot Cobbler {turned healthy} By GreenChef Juli Novotny

I am SO excited about the summer season – TONS of fresh, local and my fav fruits in season. I have this theory that I made up a few years back – EAT tons of local seasonal fruits and veg and you will boost your immune system. The local and seasonal part is the key. I do it with my kids and they seem to be flu and cold-free most of the year {maybe one a year if that – SO FAR}! Roman has yet to be sick and he’s a almost 14 months old.

Anyways…so… I woke up last night dreaming of apricot bars {I definitely don’t eat those anymore}. My girlfriend Kelley Lilien and I used to make them with oats, flour and butter as a crust then topped with apricot preserves {store bought}. They were to die for. So I thought to myself, hmmmm, wonder if I could come up with something comparable? Luckily I had local seasonal apricots on hand.

My recipe makeover turned out AMAZING, but not as firm as I’d liked. So, I am calling it a cobbler! The whole family enjoyed it, together with a scoop of Tomberlies raw vegan ice cream! YUM!

For the Preserve

4 apricots

1.5-2 lemons, juiced {depending on size}

2/3c agave nectar

1 tsp Kuzu {wild root starch} OR chia seeds

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Nutrition Is Not About Calories {food for thought}

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These past few days I have come across a few different stories that have touched me in some way or another and I would like to share them. Each totally unrelated yet also very related. They are about nutrition/food, of course but ALSO about finding our ‘purpose’ in this life!

The first is an article from the Washington Post: The new front in the culture wars: food
The next was the Rush Limbaugh show: See, I told you so: twinkie diet
And then, a David Wolfe vblog: Mission and Values {see below}
And finally, this wonderful indie film: The Human Experience {brililant}

All I mainly want to say about Rush’s Show is that I didn’t enjoy even one aspect of it. It gave me that icky feeling I talked about before – sort of a cynical, depressed mood about where we’re at on the food front in our society. Just an overall bad energy and vibe. But, on the other hand, Rush is correct when he conveys that calories in minus calories out is the equation for weight loss. Eating TONS of “health food” won’t necessarily result in weight loss. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. I went from a diet of basically smoothies and salads to no sugar/fruit diet and gained 5 lbs.

Many people associate weight loss with Health. It’s crucial to remember that optimal Health is more than just weight. This is the COMMON simple-minded way of looking at health. The twinkie diet? I mean come on. But, unfortunately, this mentality is not all that out of the ordinary when it comes to most of America. { oh and cholesterol is one of my FAVORITE topics that I will tackle later on.}

This leads me to the Washington Post article and it’s discussion about culture. I often talk about this idea: for our society to REALLY change its diet we would have to completely restructure the foundation of the culture and its value system. The article references the ‘elitist’ connotation that goes along with the idea of ORGANIC food and health food in general. We’ve already debunked this idea awhile ago – the truth is that eating organic healthy food can be affordable and is available to all classes. The reality is, you’d find WAY more people out on Black Friday spending their wads on flat screen TVs than you would on let’s call it Green Monday – a day when Farmer’s Markets were on every corner selling veggies at a discount.

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Stress, Good Times, Kids and Some Raw Macaoni and Cheese By GreenChef Juli Novotny

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Ok, so it’s been a long couple of weeks for me. I have tons and tons of work to do and NO SITTERS! Our last sitter {that I talked about before} had to start her teaching career and has officially left us! We have been sitter searching and have found some lovely ladies but nobody has yet to start!

So that means next week will be well over a month without any help around here and I’m starting to go CRAZY. It’s been really fun at times, but mostly it’s been 1 hour naps {just enough time to clean the house, or take a shower, MAYBE}, me falling to sleep in bed at night with my oldest, waking up at 5:30 and sometimes 6:30a every day to “mom, I want juice…can I watch a show? Where are my toys? Mom, I’m hungry. Can we have a treat?” and LITERALLY having NO time to myself.

We’ve had a biting episode {oldest biting youngest}; Older pushing younger child in the bathtub, clothes and all; House paint being dumped all over our nice patio floor and super exciting stuff like that.

The TV, that I normally despise, has become my best friend.

Having my house cleaned yesterday was the HIGHLIGHT of my week. And driving in the car has become a nice relaxing time for me too: “ok boys, we’re getting in the car and driving to my office for kale chips and kookies!!!!!”

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What A Long Strange Trip It Has Been / My Detox

kookie karma cookies raw What A Long Strange Trip It Has Been / My DetoxPhotographer JoulesVintage

I chose this pic because it made me happy today when coming across it by accident. some girl took the photo and posted it online. i often forget i make kookies?

Where do I begin? These past few months have been so interesting from a detox perspective. I have been going through some seriously crazy health milestones. My body is changing. My mind is transforming. I’m finding MYSELF again. I’m talking my 24 year old self. The girl I was back when I started my business. You know those days, when you feel like you’re on top of the world and like you can do ANYTHING as long as you put your mind to it. You work and work and don’t stop, just because you’re passionate?

I lost that for awhile. I think partly due to my pregnancy, birth of my firstborn and knowledge of being pregnant again with my second only 3 months later.

Life was so hard and stressful. My diet was OK, but not as powerful as it is these days. I was sort of homebound and unable to get out much so work suffered which made things even more difficult.

Then, 9 months later, things only got worse healthwise and mentally.

I was suffering from some serious sleep deprivation induced postpardum issues. I had terrible anxiety. Nervousness. Mild depression. Being stressed with my business and faced with a newborn plus a 1 year old at home was just beyond my comprehension. And without much family to help out, it was almost too much for me to withstand.

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TAP WATER {GLASS} BOTTLES! By Juli Novotny

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My latest find was actually a Christmas gift to myself and my family: Tap Water Bottles for the unicef tap project. These bottles are glass refillable alternatives to the standard plastic water bottles – which are not reusable, made of plastic and go in our landfill!

We have been loving them because they are also easy to clean, super durable and they don’t look bad either. You, of course, don’t have to put tap water in them, you can put spring water, green drinks, smoothies, kombucha, tea and the list goes on.

In fact, as shown in the photo above, you can freeze them empty and use it when you want to instantly chill any beverage. Instead of using ice.

More info about the Tap Water Project

In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.

Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to thousands across the country today, the UNICEF Tap Project has quickly become a powerful national movement.

Read more from Juli at her blog Puremamas.

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Why The Today Show Is Driving Me Crazy This Morning. Out Dated Yogurt / Sweetener Health Information!

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I find myself often disappointed by the Today Show health updates. This morning was particularly frustrating. Watch the clip and then read my comments. It’s not that what Joy Bauer is saying is WRONG per se, it’s just that the information is not very fresh, new/current and there is so much research out there showing that most of what she is saying is not necessarily right anymore. For many reasons and factors that play a role in today’s farming and processing.

You’ll see what I mean…just keep reading…

1st, Joy believes yogurt to be the BEST source of calcium, “HANDS DOWN”. I don’t believe yogurt is the best source of calcium {a harvard health study also demonstrates this}. It might be the easiest to actually consume {because most kid and adults don’t like the taste of say, spinach} but because it’s DAIRY it’s not necessarily the BEST absorbed by the body, nor is it DIGESTED properly, which is HANDS DOWN the key to absorption and utilization of minerals and vitamins. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!

home made vitamins 01 Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!Photographer Juli Novotny

I’ve been on this darn candida cleanse for like 2 weeks now and my son saw me taking some enzymes, probiotics and so on the other day. He must have suddenly had a flashback of that time he was sick last year and got all kinds of fun medicines. He loved it because there was some sweet elderberry liquid stuff AND those sweet homeopathic tablets. He got very excited when he saw the jars, gave me a fake cough and then said he was sick and needed medicine!

SIGH!

I suddenly had an idea.

I got out {of the trash} a liquid supplement jar and cleaned it out really good, taking off the label as well. I then filled it with some flax oil, vita mineral greens, touch of honey {or yacon syrup}, liquid immune support, vitamin D and oil of oregano. Then I added my own label.

Genius, right?! I guess it’s not that ORIGINAL of an idea, remember that song, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down…? This idea has been around a long time, I guess. Try it for yourself.

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I’m EXHAUSTED. Tired. OVER IT! My Character Building Two Years

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I have been super duper stressed lately as I’m sure everybody has picked up on {no blog posts, and when I do post it’s all negative and rushed and not-so-spectacular}. Last night I was in bed and couldn’t help but analyze my stress.

Of course there are the inevitables – 2 babies that are just 12 months apart & a food company that I’m barely holding onto, just trying my best to keep going despite the fact that I don’t want a full-time nanny – yeah, those things are enough stress for anybody to deal with.

But started thinking about the past two years and the events that have occured. Not only did I birth two babies in these past two years but I attended 10 weddings 5 of which I was IN as a bridesmaid. 2 of my best friends also had babies and another one just got engaged a few months back. I have thrown two engagement parties, two baby showers and one HUGE birthday party here at my home in addition to the many I have attended.

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Cheesy Spicy Goodness Kale Chips By GreenChef Juli Novotny

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I’ve been busy lately eating kale chips. I’m so in love with dehydrated kale these days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE just plain old raw kale marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. But, dehydrated kale chips are great for crunch and of course a quick salt fix.

Nutritional Yeast is another one of my favorite things when it comes to making raw cheese-like comfort foods. In the world of raw foods nutritional yeast is added to dishes in order to give them a rich “cheesy” flavor. To do this I usually mix lemon, sea salt and nutritional yeast (water if making a cheese sauce). Normally I will also add a red bell pepper and cashews. Then this mixture goes into a Vitamix or a Cuisinart until smooth.

Nutritional Yeast can also be added to a “cracker” recipe in order to give it a cheesy flavor as well.

Nutritional Yeast is not to be confused with Brewer’s Yeast. Both are great sources of B12 (important for Vegans) but Brewer’s Yeast doesn’t give the cheesy flavor that Nutritional Yeast does.
So be sure not to confuse the two.

Another trick to making raw comfort foods is adding heat like jalapenos and/or ginger and/or garlic. This can give off the illusion that the dish is actually cooked or “hot”. It’s a great option when making soups and pates. Or when it’s cold outside. You can actually work up a sweat from combining all of the above spicy items.

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Juli Novotny | Creator of Kookie Karma

jnovotny Juli Novotny | Creator of Kookie Karma

It may seem as though I have fallen off the face of the Earth – well, at least in cyberspace that is. The truth is, I’ve been busy having babies – yes – and not one but TWO babies! Which as some men and women know, takes a lot of a person’s ‘spare’ time and energy. But, I’m back, and back with a vengeance.

My latest endeavor is this pregnancy blog I started. It’s all about modern “G” baby products as well as optimal nutrition for pregnant woman, new moms (and dads too), and babies alike! It’s full of raw vegan recipes, daily menu ideas, lunchbox ideas and pregnancy foods.

The blog will help you learn the importance of, as well as how, to feed your kids right and how starting now is the key to calm, loving, smart, and healthy children. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Marmol Radziner Prefab

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Marmol Radziner is one of my favorite designers when it comes to prefab. I love the modern style and use of natural materials. His architecture is very simple with lots of straight lines, glass and openness. The above photo is taken of his prefab in Palm Desert.

Better yet, these homes are GREEN–here’s why:

NATURAL COOLING

* Decks provide shade and reduce solar heat gain
* Wide doors for natural cross ventilation
* Architecture celebrates, rather than competes with, natural environment
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