Larabar’s Organic Jocalat

larabar 01 Larabars Organic Jocalat

LARABAR makes pretty darn good energy bars that are perfect to take along on any outdoor adventure. They are affordable, raw, vegan, gluten-free, nutritious and easy to pack. The only problem is they are not Organic. Sounds a little counterintuitive since they are raw and vegan, right?

Well, LARABAR must have realized the same thing because they just recently introduced a new line of ORGANIC chocolate bars called Jocalat (formerly known as Maya Bars). Flavors include traditional Chocolate, Chocolate Organic, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Coffee. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Russell James | Zucchini Lasagne with Spinach and Green Pesto Recipe

lasange GreenChef Russell James | Zucchini Lasagne with Spinach and Green Pesto Recipe

Zucchini Lasagne
with Spinach and Green Pesto (raw)

“I am drooling over this summer fresh layered lasagne recipe created by Russell James. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Empowered Foods | Raw Chocolate Goodness

ef1 Empowered Foods | Raw Chocolate Goodness

Imagine a candy bar that was rich and decadent and – wait – was actually good for you and wouldn’t fatten your behind. As crazy as it sounds, there is such a thing. Empowered Foods has created raw versions of chocolate bars and cups made from all raw and organic ingredients and sweetened with Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

In Season | Cranberries

snow cranberries In Season | Cranberries

Blueberries tart red cousin, the cranberry (also called bounceberries because they bounce), still grow wild as a shrub. Now they are cultivated in low trailing vines in bogs of sand, pean and clay – Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Is Organic food really healthier for you?

organicfruit 01 Is Organic food really healthier for you?

According to new findings, it is. Contrary to what some previous research and skeptics have suggested — that there is no benefit to eating organically grown produce — a 10-year study at the University of California, Davis on organic and conventional tomatoes has shown dramatic differences in the levels of nutrients. The organic tomatoes had 79-97 percent higher levels of the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol — both beneficial antioxidants associated with reducing the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Other research found organic tomatoes have significantly higher levels of lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

So what could make the levels of some nutrients so much higher in organically grown food? Alyson Mitchell, the food chemist who led the research says it can be explained by the availability of nitrogen. Reduced levels of flavonoids are likely due to overfertilisation of conventional fertilizer with high concentrations of inorganic nitrogen. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Ingredient Spotlight | Preserved Lemons

lemon Ingredient Spotlight | Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are my new ‘it’ ingredient. I made a few batches and gave them away as gifts around Christmas time and lately I’ve been inspired to find new and creative uses for them. Traditionally, they are used in Moroccan cuisine, as a condiment and in tagines and couscous. I think they lend themselves particularly well with all of the Spring ‘greens’, like artichokes, asparagus, peas, etc, etc. My favorite restaurant in Chicago- Green Zebra- has a salad on the menu made with shaved artichokes, preserved lemon, parmesan and red pepper foam that I just had to try last time I was there.

Searching online, you’ll find tons of ideas. Alice Waters of Chez Panisse makes a relish out of preserved lemons, olives, shallots and herbs- great for the summer BBQ season. People are using them as toppings for pizza, in martinis, and even in lemony desserts. So get creative! And if you come up with something good, let me know! Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Russell James | Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche

spinach quiche GreenChef Russell James | Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche

I’ve been meaning to devise this recipe for a while now, after someone asked me if it was possible. I’ve never, even in my darkest days, been into quiche – but when someone asks me if something is possible to do raw, my brain starts to whirr with ideas that just have to be brought to life, otherwise steam starts to come out of my ears!

I chose to focus on spinach as the featured ingredient this time, and in doing my research, I was amazed at just how many benefits this incredible green has; I actually ran out of space to highlight them all! No wonder I feel so good after my green smoothie of 2 mangoes and a bag (about 200g) of spinach. With all this weight training and spinach, I really will have arms like Popeye!

Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche
(raw)

Makes 4 small quiche
This recipe will require you to make the bases ahead of time.

For the Base:

1 Cup Cashew

1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts

2 TB Flax Meal (ground flax seed)

1 Clove Crushed Garlic

1 TB Nutritional Yeast

2 Tsp Olive Oil

1/4 Tsp Salt

3 TB Water

1 TB Lemon Juice

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E! Entertainment features Organic Raw Food

rawfoods1 E! Entertainment features Organic Raw Food

E! Entertainment recently did a piece on raw food diets — of course it’s a crappy video, full of cheesy music and stiff voice-overs that make it sound more like an infomercial then a news segment. It’s hard to believe it’s from a major network like E! Entertainment — actually, on second thought — it’s not hard to believe at all. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Restaurant Review | Lean & Green

leanandgreen cafe 021 Restaurant Review | Lean & Green

Looking for a meal in the San Diego area that’s healthy for you and the planet? Check out Lean & Green.

By anyone’s measure, this La Jolla, CA eatery is small in size. But one look at the Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Roxanne Klein | The Comeback Queen

roxraw1 Roxanne Klein | The Comeback Queen

Maybe you’ve heard of her…chef and creator of the hugely popular Roxanne’s restaurant in Marin County, co-author of the un-cookbook Raw with famed Chicago chef, Charlie Trotter, and wife of wealthy environmentalist Michael Klein. We have Roxanne Klein to thank for catapulting gourmet raw food into the mainstream. Without her, people would still be thinking that raw food was just about a bunch of hippies eating carrot and celery sticks. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Staglin Family Makes “G” Wine

stagfamily wine Staglin Family Makes G Wine

I love the Staglin Family. Not just because they produce some of the best wine in the world, but they are honestly people to admire. The Staglins are a tight knit family of 4 who all share the same intense fascination for wine, amazing work ethic, and passion for travel and life. They do what they love and do it well!

Why is Staglin Family Wine Green? First of all, for the record, wine produced in the US cannot be Certified Organic if it contains sulfites. This is why many Organic wines don’t taste as good as their non-organic counterparts. Wines from Europe however can be considered Organic despite their sulfite content.

The Staglins grow their own grapes using Organic farming practices and actually make their wine on their private vineyard.

According to their web site:
“Our vineyard is organically certified, reflecting the sustainable farming we’ve practiced since 1990. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

sandwhich GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

“There has been a lot of talk and questions recently in theInsider Forum about what healthy G foods can you pack for a lunch and take to work or school. It’s always a challenge to figure out what to pack and what is portable to eat anywhere. Fortunately, Russell James has already created the perfect solution to this dilemma, the raw sandwich bread! Ok, this does require a dehydrator, but if you have one or plan on getting one, it’s pretty easy once it is pre-made. Just use it like any loaf of sliced bread to spread on your favorite sandwich fixings like avocado, tomato, lettuce, cashew mayo, mushrooms etc.” – Indulge

Here is the recipe for the bread from Russel James:

mediterranean almond bread GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

Mediterranean Almond Bread (raw)

Makes 18 ‘slices’

For the Bread:

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes, loosely packed

3 Cup Almond Flour*

1 Cup Flax Meal

3 Medium Courgettes (zucchini), peeled & roughly chopped

2 Apples, cored and roughly chopped

3 TB Lemon Juice

1 Tsp Salt

3 TB Herbs De Provence or herbs of your choice

2 TB Marjoram or herbs of your choice

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