You’ve got the food carrier and cutlery all taken care of, but all that food is likely to make you quite thirsty. What are you going to use to carry around your drinks in? What is the most G option, and the most stylish? Again, SIGG from Switzerland comes out on top. This series of theirs not only features some of their coolest looking bottles, but they are also made of non-leaching food grade stainless steel. Plastic bottles leach all sorts of carcinogens and BPA. Their other bottles are made of aluminum, which might be ok due to their coating on the inside. But you know with these that stainless steel is the best option, now you have that with the coolest designed bottles from SIGG. The above traveler oval black flask includes a detachable cup. $29.95 The blue and red oval flask options are less expensive at $19.95 and are made of the same great quality.
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This recipe was adapted from ‘The Soul of a New Cuisine’ by Marcus Samuelsson, an Ethiopian born, Swedish raised chef with a restaurant in NYC. Then, quite by accident, I came across an article in the food section of the Tribune with a recipe calling for ginger beer and rum called a Dark&Stormy. Ginger beer can be found bottled in some super markets and international grocery stores.
The spiciness can be adjusted by either adding more or less ginger. But don’t be fooled, this is a great thirst quencher during the hot summer months.
This Salad Features the best of the farmers market fresh tomatoes and herbs. It is very simple, beautiful and easy to make. It takes me only about 5-10 minutes to make, and I’m pretty slow. I always look forward to the season when there is plenty of colorful varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the market.
They are usually available in the late summer through the fall. Try to follow the seasons and buy what is currently available in your local area. This is still a great simple salad with any type of tomatoes, but the heirloom pineapple tomatoes just burst with so much succulent flavor and richness. If you can find them when they’re in season it’s so worth it. All of the heirloom tomato varieties are excellent, but the pineapple always seems to be my favorite. Yellow bell peppers are also very sweet and mild and go well with this mix. They look lovely too. I usually buy a pre-mix of organic baby greens at the market. They include greens like baby chard, kale, romaine, spinach, arugula, etc. Most stores carry organic garden mixes of baby greens as well. Macadamia nut oil is also becoming more and more popular and easy to find. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Tea aficionados know that the best cup of tea comes from the full steep of fine loose tea. However, loose tea doesn’t offer the convenience of a quick single serving cup like the tea bags. Now you have the freedom to choose any of your favorite loose-leaf teas without a complicated ritual and having to brew a whole pot. The Teastick is the modern infuser for tea junkies – with it’s sleek “scoop-slide-steep” functionality, and pure 304L stainless steel design. So no more drippy, messy tea bags with dioxin containing bleach, glue adhesives and staples – and no more bulky egg-shaped strainers that always seem to fall apart.
The long straight shape of the Teastick spreads the tea out to make sure it comes into contact with the largest surface area of water, and can be gently swirled and stirred for the optimum infusion. The Teastick, brought to you by Gamil Design, is a scooper, measuring spoon, and infuser all in one – insuring you get the perfect cuppa every time.
Blend All Ingredients except cranberries on high until smooth. Pour once or twice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds. You can also leave them in and they are good that way too. But if you want a very smooth sherbet remove them. Pour into ice cream maker and follow instructions. Or pour into glass storage container and cover, and place in the freezer to freeze for at least 4-5 hours. Serve with frozen cranberries, fresh raspberries, fresh mint or whatever you like.
This is one of the healthiest ice creams you can eat, but it really is a treat. Very rich, creamy, tangy and yet light. The lime is key in the this recipe as it gives it a tangy kick and zest that is so refreshing. I can’t emphasize the importance in finding a high quality coconut butter more. It really does make or break the dishes.
There are very inexpensive coconut butters on the market and they will work and do the job, but a lot of them will pale in comparison to the quality ones and possibly could even ruin one of your dishes. Some of them just have very odd flavors and tastes that will come out strongly in your dish. While the high quality ones are super light and creamy and just melt in your mouth like butter and have a very light almost neutral flavor. They don’t overpower your dishes or make them taste like coconut, they simply add the right fat, constancy and texture that you want. My favorite brand is Coco De Creme (see sources). Whatever coconut butter you choose, make sure it has a pleasant smell.
Hunting down a gazillion different organic ingredients at the market and slaving away in a hot kitchen all day might be some people’s idea of a great time, and all part of the familiar ritual of the big holiday dinner – but for most of us, we’d rather just enjoy our food and the company of our family without the fuss. Quite frankly, the idea of spending the entire day in the kitchen whipping up 10 different recipes bores me. If you don’t even trust yourself with a kitchen knife, or you’re just a lazy cook like me, the best idea is to order your meal from a local organic restaurant. That is if you are lucky enough to live near one. If you are in L.A. or NYC, you are indeed in luck. If you have a Whole Foods Market near you, you can also order an organic holiday meal from their catering menu. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Opinions on what we should and should not eat flood our lives every day. I’ve been on a high-raw vegan diet for almost 5 years now. A good proportion of that ended up being green smoothies and superfood smoothies. If someone includes those two items into their day, its pretty difficult not to stay high-raw…they are total meals by themselves.
I’ve been branching out a little bit lately with what I’ve been listening to. Not exactly the same raw vegan material as before. I’ve been listening to some speakers with a more “paleo” style of eating, which would include raw, grass-fed meat and dairy. And eggs. LOTS of eggs. I heard a speaker online today talk about healing someone with 18 raw eggs a day.
Im not saying AT ALL that im going to get into that way of eating. I like my diet the way it is. I’ll occasionally have some pasture-raised chicken eggs, but the real bulk is in the superfoods, greens, and raw plant fats, especially hemp and coconut.
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.
Milk is for calves. Soy is for losers. So, what’s the alternative? Hemp.
Hemp is the oldest food known to mankind, but only lately has it been receiving massive buzz as the next must-incorporate-into-your-diet super food. The reasons are clear. With its nutty creamy taste, hemp has a lot going for it. It’s got all ten essential amino acids, it’s a great source of protein, it has good fats in the form of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and it has naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
The crazy thing is, all of our hemp is currently imported from Europe and Canada, as the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that bans hemp production. Something to do with its fun-time relative, marijuana.