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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French Onion Soup (Bite This)

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Vegans and carnivores will both be happy with this amazingly rich soup. A perfect starter for a Christmas meal. The special somethin’ somethin’ comes from the use of unpasteurized dark miso. I use south river miso. They make their miso using a variety of grains, beans and sea vegetables. They are all wonderful. Miso not only adds extra depth to any soup but has exceptional nutritional values. Unpasteurized miso is a ‘living food’ and contains natural digestive enzymes that aid in digestion, so it’s a great way to get your tummy ready for all the other food comin’ it’s way from your holiday feast!

*note: Use the recipe for ‘homemade vegetable stock’ from our earlier Bite This recipe for the vegetable stock!

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I Love My iPad! Now To Fill It With A Little Digital “G”

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Like any well behaved Flesh Monkie I follow my masters orders and when Master Steve Jobs told me to go out and buy his latest gadget, I didn’t ask why I just did it. I promptly strapped on my latex (nature) pants, pulled on hangman’s black latex hoody, and slid my feet into my favorite 6 inch faux leather KIZZ Boots. Okay, I am sorry that last part isn’t true. I don’t have faux leather KIZZ Boots. Now you know what to get me for xmas, just saying. Alright back to my story. After getting dressed I ran out the door, jumped onto my electric bike and headed to the nearest (only) Apple store to get my very own iPad. I am happy to report, it’s been true love ever since.

Yes, I have an iPad and I love it. But the ipad in itself isn’t really something to fall in love with. Yes, it’s slick, well made, cool to the touch, nice to look at and comes with some great basic apps. But to really fall in love with the iPad, you need to get busy adding some serious “G” digital stuff. What is “G” digital stuff? I am glad you asked. “G” digital stuff is defined as anything you can load on to your iPad which inspires you be “G’er”. You know…. eat greener, dwell in a cave, stop buying printed things, eating more greens, never leave your home, consume more G Living post, and of course digging up your yard and planting a espresso powered veggie garden. Your basic “G” lifestyle stuff.

To get you started on your own love affair with your new ipad (I know you have one, admit it), here are a few digital “G” finds you might want to tryout

For today lets start with Recipe eBooks and Apps.

The Photo Cookbook is an app taking the cookbook to a whole new level. This is my favorite food app so far, but sorry to say it has a limited Veggie recipe selection right now. Lets hope that changes as they new recipes. The Photo Cookbook is like a private cooking course in your own kitchen with an experienced cook, who clarifies the preparation. Beautiful photography, which is displayed in high resolution especially on your iPad, illustrates every step.

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Sweet & Spiced Pecans (Bite This)

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A perfect holiday snack. Also wraps up nicely for a delightful homemade gift. Using walnuts in place of the pecans or mixing half and half is very yummy as well.

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Nutmeg Ice Cream (Bite This)

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If you like egg nog… you are gonna love this. Frozen vegan nog! YUM! It’s incredibly delicious on it’s own or scooped on top of warm apple crisps, pecan or pumpkin pies. If you don’t want the alcohol you can leave it out but…it’s extra tasty with a little kick!

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Blood Orange Sorbet (Bite This)

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Here’s a light and refreshing way to cleanse your palate so you can make room for some more holiday dessert! Yes, you can definitely serve this sorbet on it’s own or scoop it over fresh organic berries or pie or crumbles….heck you could even put a scoop in a glass of champagne for a blood orange style chilled mimosa!

*Note: if you can’t find blood oranges you can use the juice of six regular oranges and 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

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Delicious Ginger And Lemon Pyramid Cakes By GreenChefs Golubka

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My professor once told me that everyone’s personality has a distinct shape, much like a zodiac sign. She said that she is a circle, which somehow made perfect sense, and we proceeded to guess the shapes of everyone in the classroom. Circle? Triangle? Square? Everyone had some good laughs while guessing. I knew right then and there that I am a triangle.
I love triangles as a visual element. They always appear in my doodles, which are said to be a great tool for looking into one’s subconscious. Of course, I equally enjoy the triangle’s 3d sister, the pyramid.

Recently, when I saw a mini pyramid cake form for sale, I knew right away that I found a way to do justice to one of my favourite cakes, ginger and lemon. I’ve been making it for a couple of years now, but every bite from every batch makes me smile, close my eyes, and listen to the flavours, just like the first time around.

A simple almond and date crust (at the base of the pyramids) frames the creamy and zesty filling. Here, I sprinkled the cakes with some ground freeze-dried bananas for a pyramids of Giza effect.

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Vegan Cake Pops By GreenChef Callie England

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Let it be known, I am that lady who will one day make origami animals out of my children’s sandwiches.

After spending eons of time obsessing over cake pops, I finally had the opportunity to make them for a holiday party that my mom and I hosted wednesday night. What I thought would be an easy feat, ended up consuming three whole days of free time. I kid you knot, it made gourmet raw food, seem easy! It’s one thing to dehydrate for 24 hours, but it’s a whole other thing, to actually be doing something for 24 hours! Let’s just say, I questioned my sanity far too many times than I’m comfortable with in those three days.

Work aside though, the final result was nothing short of complete gratification. And although I told mom I’d never make these again, I’ve already started to plan cake pops for Valentines Day – What can I say, It’s hard to deny my genetic makeup…

So with that, here is the vegan friendly, oh-so-not-healthy, cake pop recipe:

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Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Spiced Walnuts (Bite This)

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This is such a wonderfully nourishing simple soup to make on a chilly night with all those winter root vegetables you will find at the market right now. Serve with a nice thick slice of whole grain bread, a green salad and you got yourself a meal!

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A Raw Meyer Lemon Black Olive Salsa (Bite This)

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Meyer lemons are one of my all time favorite lemons. They are sweeter, less acidic and juicer than your regular lemon. You will find them at the markets this time of year up until about April. They also have very soft skin that is tender enough and yummy to eat!

You can not, replace a Meyer lemon with a standard lemon in this recipe.

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Escaping New York / L.A. & Shacking Up With Some Chicks

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The title of this post is really my own little person fantasy. As of now, I have just baby stepped out of L.A. and I am about to baby step into New York City and I already have one chick, but she isn’t the egg laying type. She is the egg eating type, if you know what I mean. In the near future, I would love love love to take a big step out of NYC / L.A. and land somewhere in the world, where having a bevy of chicks calling my name wouldn’t seem that unusual to the local folk.

For all those chick/canning dreamers out there, I present to you, two books sent to me out of the blue. Keeping Chickens and Canning Preserving with Ashley England. Two very well written and designed books about you guessed it, raising chickens and canning your own food for the urban dweller who thinks about escaping to a simpler life.

The author Ashley turns out to be a recent escapee. She is on her own adventure figuring this modern homesteading type of life out for herself and the books are a way of sharing that adventure. She even has a blog (small measures) and a few videos if your not the reading type. Her series of books which go for $14 each, would make a great gift. I thought the books were really well done. I give them two monkie stubs up…

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Homemade Candied Orange Peels By GreenChef Callie England

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Over the holidays, I did quite a bit of cooking. And yes, by cooking, I mean the kind that involves heat.

Something I’ve never made before, but have had bookmarked for ages – are candied citrus peels. Now, most recipes and/or ideas I bookmark are usually craving driven, but these, were presentation driven. I didn’t so much care about the food part, I just cared about the process and the final outcome. However, I have to say that I did end up really enjoying them taste wise, and, so did Polo! Sure, they aren’t much more than sugar + more sugar, but I guess if you’re going to eat candy, it might as well be organic, preservative/dye free, and homemade.

For most, this recipe would be nothing short of a punishment given the detail that goes into cutting the peels. For a detailed oriented person like myself though, I found it extremely relaxing. Then again, I’m the person who will scribble the same word over and over for hours on end to calm my nerves… Think I’m kidding? Just look at my desk – I actually think it’s borderline disordered.

Any who, with that being said, it’s obviously not the quickest recipe. But if it’s any consolation, the aromatic qualities from start to finish (peeling, cutting and boiling of the orange rinds) will surely help calm any tension it may bring.

As a side note, the original recipe called for 1 cup of sugar to every 1 cup of water. However, I couldn’t bring myself to use that much sugar. So instead, I used 1/2 Cup of sugar for every 1 Cup of water. In the end, it worked great – leaving absolutely no reason to use the original 1-to-1 ratio!

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