Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Raw Trail Mix & end of the year musings to come...

Yummy! Here is a big batch of my Raw Trail Mix. My husband always keeps a bag in his lunchbox (yes, he has a little cooler that he uses as a lunch box for his carpentry jobs!), I keep some at work for times I work longer than expected and then, of course for skiing and hiking! It has: dehydrated pears, apples and plums(harvested locally by me this fall), soaked and dehydrated pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and brazil nuts, coconut flakes and goji berries.

Two days ago was the 1 year anniversary of me starting this blog to document my journey. It has been rich...so much happens in a single year! My amigos and I are going away again to welcome in the New Year...a cabin in the middle of the frozen wilderness. I will be taking time to reflect on the past year in a nutshell and goals for the next-I look forward to sharing these musings with you early next week. Until then, Happy New Year to you! May your heart be filled with Love and Light!!
XO, Kelly O :)
p.s. Remember New Year's Eve Day is the last day to get your 20% Holiday discount at the Raw Foods Super Store!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Raw Biscotti Recipe

Happy Holidays! I hope your holidays have been filled with lots of quality time with your loved ones and the True Spirit of the Season! My ma-in-law created this recipe in an off-shoot of the one taught to her at the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona. It is delicious and not too rich because you use nut pulp leftover from making nut mylk rather than ground nuts. Enjoy and thanks to Nadine for the yummy recipe and tasters!

Raw Biscotti

3 cups leftover nut pulp
1.5 cups Truly Raw Carob Powder
1/4 raw Cacao Powder
6 dates (soaked in 1/3 cup water and mushed well)
3/4 cup ground coconut
1 cup whole hazelnuts

Knead together, shape like a loaf and Dehydrate. Slice and return to dehydrator until done to your liking. XOXO!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Raw Food 20% OFF!!

I almost forgot! Matt Monarch is offering an awesome discount, which is valid thru Dec 31! Just click on the Raw Food World Super Store logo above my photo to the right and type HOLIDAY in the coupon code. Enjoy!! Here's the info from Matt:

20% HOLIDAY Coupon Code - on ANY SIZE ORDER!!!

Never, have I seen more orders placed at www.TheRawFoodWorld.com, like this past week since we put the 20% HOLIDAY discount code out.

Only 7 Days Left to take advantage of this 20% HOLIDAY coupon code!!!

Just type in the coupon code - HOLIDAY - to receive 20% off any size order, excluding all appliances until December 31st.

The mark-up on all appliances is minimal and we would actually lose money if this coupon code was used for purchasing appliances. Unfortunately, we will have to refund any orders that contain appliances. However, that being said, if you want to get a rebounder, a slicer, or a Breville Juice Fountain, I will let the coupon code slide for those, as the mark-up is slightly higher on these products.

So please enjoy 20% off all your foods, books, superfoods. 'at-cost' specials, and any of our other non-appliance products.

Attitude of Gratittude and Smoothie tips!

Happy Coming of the Light...aka Winter Solstice!! This is such a special celebration each year, perhaps more so for us so far North! The darker days and deep snow nurture introspectrion, slowing down and family for us. It has been really cold up here lately and downhill skiing in negative temperatures sounds less attractive, so my Love and I have been having long weekends at home, cross country skiing from the house and doing things inside that we are so happy to get done, but get left behind on yummy, sunny days. Winter Solstice represents the Coming of Light, which means if you have a 9 to 5 job (which I don't), you will eventually see sunshine beyond working hours.
Last night, my good friend hosted a gathering at her house to celebrate. We shared good food (I thawed a gallon of apple cider from our tree) , shared poetry, intentions and quotes and topped it off with a "Sweat your Prayers" Ecstatic Dance! So Fun! I brought a quote from the owners of Cafe Gratitude on Abundance. As we gathered to share our words, I looked to see what the quote was on my Yogi Tea bag..."Gratitude is the open door to Abundance."- How incredibly appropriate! I am so grateful to have a loving family, work that is an honor to share with others, land that we can grow food on, and an amazing community to live in! My intention for the coming year is to be in an Attitude of Gratitude!

On the food note, I have been growing extra masses of sprouts since it's the only food we have growing on the property right now besides wild rose hips. I generally use a blend of clover, radish and fenugreek seeds. To add some veggies to my green smoothies (in addition to Spirulina and Vitamineral Greens), I have been adding a big handful of sprouts, a stalk or 2 of celery and a big pinch of ORGANIC ATLANTIC DULSE flakes. Dulse (a seaweed) is a good source of vegetable protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, iodine, chlorophyll, enzymes, Vitamin A, Vitamin B's, and dietary fiber. I also love to sprinkle it on top of my salads and most everything for a yummy savory flavor! Happy Holidays to you each and all!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dome Greenhouse!!

Yahoo!! The Geodesic dome greenhouse is coming together!! It arrived just a few days before my road trip adventure and the guys have been working hard on it. This was what it looked like right when we got back. Isn't it beautiful?!

This is the inside with raised beds filled with top soil...a bit cold(completely frozen) at the moment!

The panels are getting put on quick, as there is snow and negative degree weather on it's way!

This is my love-it was wicked cold this weekend and we even ended up getting snowed in and stuck in our driveway because the wind created big snow drifts!

My love and our neighbors/good amigos who we are creating this project with...

Yahoo! We are so excited to be able to have this dome on our land and elated to begin planting! I will keep you updated! For more info on the domes, check out www.GrowingSpaces.com

Friday, December 12, 2008

Green Smoothies for Kids!

My mom and sister have jumped on the fabulous Green Smoothie train and my nephew loves it! While enjoying our morning ritual green smoothie of frozen berries, banana, Sun Warrior Protein powder, fresh greens, Vitamineral Greens, Organic Kelp and bee pollen, my nephew asks for more and more! The wide mouth mason jars make for fun green mustaches and it is a great reminder that children want to eat what the people they love are eating (plus, it's delicious!!) I feel so grateful that my family is open-minded to healthy living and adopting these beautiful practices in their lives! Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing it back with me!

Isn't he gorgeous?! Instead of the Gerber baby, he could be the Green Smoothie toddler!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sacred Commerce Book Review

Among the rest of the eye candy in Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco, Shonna picked up a book written by the owners (Matthew and Terces Engelhart) called Sacred Commerce. I highly recommend this book for any business owner and for any employee or individual who cares to bring more consciousness and remembrance of Oneness into their work life! Their mission is basically no less than transforming the entire planet and they are doing an amazing job, one moment at a time! Here is their mission staement:
"Cafe Gratitude is our expression of a World of Plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the Earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We support local farmers, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally friendly products. Our food is prepared with love. We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone who chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful everyday, and experiencing being provided for. Have fun and enjoy nourishing yourself."

I love it! Although, I certainly have a mission statement in my mind, I have not actually ever written it down. I am working on that, for both my job and my personal life (although I'm not sure they will be much different...) Care to join me? Now is a perfect time of the year for declaring our mission. The authors recommend going big! Declare a mission statement so big and true, one that at times appears too big to acheive, so big that it is difficult to remain attached to and that lack of attachment opens up doors of possibility as our work space deepens as a Sacred Space. Hallelujah I say!

In bringing Abundance and the World of Plenty into our lives, the Engelharts offer this insight:

"Where we invest our attention, our worship power, becomes our focus, that which we cultivate. As I sow, so shall I reap. Both scarity and abundance are valid points of view. One is no more true or real than the other. They are both states of consciousness. Does an oak tree move you to tears of joy and appreciation, or is it an obstacle that stands in your way? What life do you choose to create with your attention? There is all the evidence necessary to conclude that the world is "going to hell in a hand basket" and that massive ecological breakdown is imminent. There is also ample evidence that humanity is awakening, and that our finest hour is at hand. Which is your world? Your belief makes it so."
Cafe Gratitude LLC estimates that they spend $230, 000 a year (which is about 1/3 of their profits for 2007) "clearing" their employees! As stated in the book, "Clearing is a basic technique for distinguishing how the past is impacting the present and then presenting an opportunity to create something new and shift one's attention to something more empowering." This is how the work day begins everyday at Cafe Gratitude and it is very evident as you enter. We were greeted with genuine smiles, even though the staff was busy. The waitress took time to explain the menu and offer samples of certain items. Everything was joyfully intentional and we savored our time there in exuberant bliss!
As we drove south, we went to Rawvolution, a raw food restauarant in Santa Monica and were shocked by the stark comparison. I have listened to interviews by the owner and thought it was going to be a great place, but must admit that I was disappointed. The overall energy of the place was very low, staff seemed to be plugging through their shift, the presentation was blah and food was mediocre. We thought at least that dessert would be fabulous as raw dessert usually is, but it was yuck! This was of course, our one experience one night and perhaps not a representation of the whole, but it showed me a beautiful example of intention in business and has inspired me to up the ante in my life! Cheers to Abundance and the World of Plenty and a big, special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mama today! I love you, mama! XO, Kelly O
p.s. You can check out the cafe and order the book at www. CafeGratitude.com

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy THANKSgiving!!

Here's my yummy plateful of Gratitude with a personal placard made by my niece!

Chile Rellenos!

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!! I am so deeply in gratitude to have spent the day with my family in Tucson creating a beautiful meal together, doing Kung Fu Panda with my nephew and cuddling with my niece and sister. My mama and I are a dynamic duo in the kitchen and we were so glad my dad didn't have to be at work! I am also in deep gratitude for my family gathering together in Montana (the men gathered to work on the geodesic dome greenhouse while the women created a meal in joy)! The desert was blessed with rain today and nothing smells quite like it...I savor deep breaths!

I am Festive! I am Generous! I am Creamy! I am Creative! I am Ravishing! That was the name of our meal today! My family was open minded and joyous to celebrate Thanksgiving Cafe Gratitude-style...

I am Festive=Raw Chiles Rellenos stuffed with Cashew cream cheese!

I am Generous=Guacamole!

I am Ravishing=Cashew Sour Cream!

I am Creamy=Hemp Seed Ranch dressing for the salad!

I am Creative=Raw Pumpkin Pie (topped with cashew whipping cream!

Yum! It all turned out so delicious, complete with extra cooked goodies like mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and mac-n-cheese for the kiddos. And iced Passionfruit green tea!

It was so nice just to gather as a whole to share company and laughter all day (and no post-turkey coma). I hope your day was filled with happiness and connection with those you love, in whatever form you chose to celebrate!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Esalen Institute

Aaaah...here are some gorgeous pictures of the magical Esalen Institute. This was our favorite hot spring tub to soak in, which was usually so much less inhabited than the others, except for this remarkable couple we got to know. They were there to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary and are such a beautiful inspiration of sharing Love and Light with the world. She does intuitive Angel card readings and her wise words were a blessing on our path. We actually hope to connect with them again on our journey :)

This was our magical view every morning and afternoon as we savored the delicious food they prepared. We have been blessed with very warm weather to nap in the sun, topped with moon bathing in the evening. We feel amazing gifts from the moon and wonder if there are specific benefits for actual moon bathing-got any info?
Here is the glorious garden covered in kale, chard, sunflowers and everything good to fuel the appetites of the soulful warriors at Esalen.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Grace...we have been shown this word over and over again on this journey. While we were working out, we have been conscious of bringing our cores in and up (uplifting our cores). Sometimes we make up secret code words to remind ourselves of something. On my wedding day, as the excitement grew, when my girlfriend said "popcorn" I would remember to take a deep breath. For uplifting our core, the 1st thing that came out of my mouth was "marshmallow". We thought we could choose a better one and "Grace" quickly came forth.
At Esalen, as we crossed a bridge over the river, a word was written in stone. It was "HEAL". The next day, it had changed and become "GRACE" and Grace it remained the rest of the days we were there. During our Touching the Core workshop, I had a realization during meditation that explained one of the reasons destiny had brought me to the course. A few weeks prior, I had the honor of spending time with some sacred stones that had been carved with sacred geometry. I slowly moved from stone to stone, tracing the symbol with my fingers and each was a very different experience. When I came to the stone which was Grace, I felt energy pouring from my core into the Universe. I was receiving energy back in via my hands. I realized that while energy felt very high in and around my body, that I had to consciously bring energy down into my legs. When I shared this with my friend, she often has the same experience and both of us felt like this began after our knee surgeries years ago. I spontaneously started making figure 8's with my hips (the infinity symbol) and energy then flowed very naturally into my lower body and I felt very complete. I feel blessed to tune into what my body needs to vibrate at a high level and to be given these messages from the Universe. I pray to be more and more aware of the messages and sychronicites gifted along my journey and bow in Gratitude to you each and all for showing me the meaning of Grace.

Here are a few departing pics and Shonna and I in San Fran and a raw breakfast of onion bagel with nori lox and cashew cream cheese with the all appropriate question...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ooh la la! What do we have here?! Shonna and I were in complete joyous Bliss as we were able to visit Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco. This is the sampler plate with a collard wrap and Thai dipping sauce, olive tapenade, almond hummus, seaweed salad and dehydrated crackers. Yum! My friends we were visiting were kind and interested enough to join us for lunch and it was pretty much a hit! More later...

Wow! I could stop with that one word as I feel blissful stillness and I am also happy to digest experience through words. We are here at the Esalen Institute for the advanced massage workshop "Touching the Core". Our teacher ended our day by saying "Digestion is the key to Health. Not just the digestion of food, but the digestion of life's experiences." I couldn't agree more.
Here's an example of our day today...
Woke up at 7 am. We are in the sleeping bag space which turns into a meeting room during the day, so we roll up our sleeping pads, zip up our suitcase, stuff them in the closet outside and stroll down to Yoga class. We enjoy breakfast outside with sunshine on our faces as the ocean crashes on the cliffs below...the oranges are divine! I pull an Osho Tarot card, which is Awareness. It speaks of the dissolving of illusion, so I can see reality as it truly is. It speaks of the no-mind rather than living in my mind full of thoughts. Class is 3 hours long beginning with gentle movement followed by hands-on massage techniques. Lunch has an amazing salad bar and the we stroll down to the bath house to soak in the hot springs and nap in the sun on a massage table. Another class begins with restorative yoga for the psoas muscle and pelvic region followed by more hands-on exploration of the deep abdominal muscles. I am expecting an interesting bowel movement in the morning! Back to the baths where conversations include Reiki, healing journey with artwork as a medium of expression and deep Gratitude for the remarkable beauty that surrounds us!
I would love to share more, but I am beat and it is 11 pm already. We plan on rising and shining again at 6:30 am. There is no cell phone reception which is a blessing. Know that I send you my LOOVE and GRATITUDE....xoxo!

Raw Tiramisu!!OMG!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Raw Road Trip!!

Hello gorgeous lovelies of the Universe!! I am amidst a Raw Food Road Trip! Actually, my mission is to visit my Denton family in Tucson and attend a massage training at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, with Raw Food accents along the way. My cuz Shonna and I drove 10 hours to Portland, Oregon and gratefully jumped into a personal training session with our other cuz...medicine ball squats, crunches, interval training and a little running tour of the hood. It felt so good to move after being in the car (a.k.a. the Black Panther!)
Then, onto our 1st raw food restaurant experience in America for our whole group of 4! The Blossoming Lotus is a beautiful, extremely reasonably priced restaurant that shares a building with a yoga studio and massage therapy offices. We all shared a Kombucha while waiting for our table, devoured Live Nachos for an appetizer and actually all ordered the Live Taco Salad for dinner because it looked so delish! It had dehydrated tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and cashew sour cream topped with savory nut taco meat! Super good and very filling. We didn't save room for dessert!
On the road, we drink lots of tea and always refill our thermos with hot water when we refuel the car. For snacks we have apples dipped in ground flax with cinnamon, carrots, sprouts wrapped in nori and romaine filled with avocado, gomasio and sprouts.
It is so wonderful to see the ocean again and got to dip our feet in at Trinidad State Beach...yummm...sand in between our toesand deep breaths of ocean air!
I will post photos when I can and send deepest Love!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Aaaah! Here is a pic of the gorgeous golden larch trees on our property whom I adore so greatly always (and especially in the Fall). Larch trees are the only deciduous pine tree (which means they are the only ones that change color and lose their needles). It is a glorious sight! Last week, I nestled in our hammock on the deck while gusts of wind sent golden larch needles sleeting sideways, ringing our chimes to boot! I love Fall!!

These are some amazing, delicious, darling little plums my friend shared with me from a local harvest. They look a lot like the color and size of Rainier cherries and taste like a delectable plum! Yum! I planted a purple plum tree about 3 years ago. It has been growing slowly (I think I should have planted it in a sunnier spot), but it keeps chugging along and we ate 5 yummy plums from it this year. It is such magic to harvest right at home!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Raw Rich Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Yummy in my tummy...I think you'll like this one. Super fast and easy...all you need is a Blender. This tastes delish with carrot and celery sticks, steamed broccoli and just about everything, I reckon. My hubby and I made raw tostadas. For the base, I put a bit of olive oil and Sea Salt on Ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas and dehydrated until crisp. We topped those with this rich cheddar sauce, diced romaine, fresh salsa and chopped avocado. It was a hit! The leftover cheese sauce made a great quick and yummy snack!

Raw Rich Cheddar Sauce

1/2 cup Organic Raw Cashews
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 large red bell pepper
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp Organic Raw Tahini
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 clove garlic
2 tsp onion powder

Soak the nuts and seeds for several hours, rinse and drain. Put everything into the blender and voila!! Enjoy and let me know what you like it best with! XO, Kelly O

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Raw Onion Bread!

Yum! You need a dehydrator for this recipe and it is delish! I got the recipe from www.goneraw.com, which is a great resource for recipes and sharing if you are ever looking for a favorite food of yours in its raw version, or are simply ready to try something new this week! I modified the recipe to what I had in the fridge and always add grated veggies to raw cracker or bread recipes to make them less rich...and they are still plenty rich! Here's what I came up with:

Raw Onion Bread

1 1/2 yellow onions
2 cups sunflowers seeds (soaked overnight,rinsed and drained)
2 cups pumpkin seeds (soaked overnight,rinsed and drained)
2 cups grated carrot
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup Bragg's liquid aminos

Food Process 1 cup of the onions (diced), all of the seeds and Bragg's, and half of each of the grated veggies. This will take a few batches (don't fill the food processor more than halfway full). Combine in a large bowl with the remaining grated veggies and 1/2 onion (which is thinly sliced).
on teflex sheets about 1/4 inch thick and dehydrate on 145 degrees for 1 hour (good idea to set a timer!) Then reduce heat to 105 degrees. When dry enough to peel onion bread cleanly off teflex sheets, flip the bread and remove teflex sheets. Continue dehydrating until bread reaches your desired crispness!
I love this savory raw goodness! It is a great base for an open faced raw veggie burger, to dip in zucchini hummus, or simply a tasty side next to your big, beautiful fresh salad! Enjoy! XO, Kelly O

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Great Raw Food Specials!!

Matt Monarch has some great at-cost and below-cost specials! I ordered some and my goodies arrived today! You can get a pack of 50 sheets of Raw Organic Nori sheets for $12.56! I had ordered a 50 pack from Azure Standard recently, which is a natural wholesale company-I thought that was a good price at $20, but it was toasted and not organic! 3 lb bags of Nutiva hemp protein powder are 1/2 price and lots of other goodies like exotic nut butters and such. This sale lasts through Halloween (Oct 31). To access this yummy sale:
Click on The Raw Food Super Store logo above my photo to the right.
Type "NutSp" in the Search box.
The specials should show up and there are 2 pages, so click "Next" to see the 2nd page.
When checking out, enter "Nori10" as the coupon code.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Intention Meditation

Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
- Max Ehrmann

I saw this quote on a friend's fridge this weekend and was able to find it via the amazing world of Google, so I could quote it directly. May this be our mantra while we remain grounded in Faith and Trust, particularly as Election Day draws near. The Universe is unfolding exactly as it should! Let us spend our energy as a positive force, visualizing and creating our highest potential and supporting the highest potential in others. May we respect all the gifts in our lives in deep Gratitude! Fear dissolves in this land of Light. I am reminding myself of a recent preaching video from Bunny Berry on www.RawFu.com. She is a riot-a light of Humor and Inspiration as she supports many in her 100 Day Raw Food Challenge! Check out her latest Holiday Challenge as well!

I also just finished this Intention Meditation
What a lovely way to spend a few minutes! Check it out! (Just click on Intention Meditation above) Thanks to www.Chopra .com for this mini-masterpiece!

Namaste! Kelly O
p.s. the photo is a recent one my love took in the mountains!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Walnut Tacos Recipe!

What's for dinner? Walnut Tacos...Yumm!!

Okay, this is by far no beautiful display of dinner, but it is a realistic display of what happens when you come home from work hungry, ready to create something quick! Walnut Tacos are super delish, quick and easy...and my meat eating husband loves them too! I had already made fresh salsa the previous day when I had time (tomatoes, peppers, green onions, cilantro, lime juice and sea salt)-see jar on far left! To make guacamole, I simply mix some drained juice of the salsa and salsa itself with avocado. Next, I make the walnut meat.

Taco "Meat"

3 c. walnuts, soaked and dehydrated*

1-2 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

1 tsp Bragg's liquid aminos

(*If you don't have a dehydrator or one that dehydrates at temperatures below 118 degrees, soak the walnuts for 4 hours, drain and rinse. Then place in a bowl uncovered in the fridge for several days, tossing 1-2x/day to make sure the damp ones on the bottom get dry too!)

-Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

-Process by pulsing until desired texture is acheived.

-Season to taste!

p.s. This makes a big batch, which keeps well in the fridge, or you can make a 1/2 batch.

Use lettuce as the shell (we like romaine). Add walnut "meat", salsa, guacamole, and any of the following...Kelp Granules, Brewer's Yeast, diced scallions, shredded carrots, sprouts, etc.

Quick and delish! Thanks to Shonna who brought this recipe back from her Health Educator training at Hippocrates Health Institute! Enjoy! Kelly O

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall musings and Fruit rollup pics

Fall is so bittersweet. The gorgeous golden glow of the forest, the mystical chilled wind, the natural slowing down, the falling leaves. It dropped to 22 degrees this week. I thought the plants inside the hoophouse would still be free from frost, but I was wrong! The chard and greens are still kickin' but all those tomato,tomatillo and basil plants we have been nurturing are wilted into oblivion, making the slow decomposition back to the Earth. Such a beautiful rhythm!
And we have really great news! We have invested in a geodesic dome greenhouse!! Yahoo!! On October 16th, the pieces are leaving Colorado (thanks to www.growingspaces.com) and we expect them to arrive a few days later! We are so excited to become more and more self-sustainable and be able to grow fresh produce year-round in northern Montana! This is going to be quite an experimental adventure and I will be sure to post lots of photos along the way! It should be a stark contrast to my Juice Feasting adventure last January. For that month of radically abundant produce, I was able to get all the organic produce I wanted from our local Health Food store, mostly venturing from California and Washington. This Winter's produce will be right from our own property, not to mention the deep Joy I celebrate in when working with plants! Very exciting!

Also, I made another batch of raw fruit rollups from some apples I harvested locally and took some pics this time!
First, I chopped the apples and filled my Blendtec. I had some fresh apple cider we had pressed, so I added about a cup of that per blender batch, but that is optional. Simply add enough water to make the fruit blend. (I didn't have to add any water when I made the plum, apple rollups.) I also added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Blend!

Then, spread it thick on teflex sheets and dehydrate at 105 degrees...

This time, I didn't roll them in wax paper and it worked great! A super delish snack that is great for the trails, road trips and camping!

LOVE!! Kelly

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Halloween Candy

Speaking of the bittersweetness of Fall, sugar season is coming! It is estimated that in the U.S., we spend $1 billion dollars on Halloween candy! We buy 20 million pounds of candy corn alone! Every year, teenagers eat 93 pounds of refined sugar on average. (Thanks to Dr. Mercola for these statistics.) Wow! We are moving into the next 6 months where Standard American media bombard our senses, but thank goodness for the Power of Choice. It all begins with SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR for Halloween, then overeating at Thanksgiving, overeating and sugar for Christmas, Guilt and new resolutions for the New Year, sugar for Valentine's Day and Easter and then panic when bikini season returns with the sun. Wow, that sounded incredibly pessimistic!!

How about a change of focus and perspective...

Halloween - a time of abundant creativity, laughter and pumpkin carving parties!
Thanksgiving - a time for connecting with family and friends to give up Thanks in deep Gratitude (and cool,late morning football!)

New Year's - a time of both introspection and Joyous celebration to invoke our highest potential!
Valentine's Day - a special celebration of true LOVE in our lives!
and Easter - well, that depends on your belief system, but nonetheless, a great reason to gather with the ones you love!

We don't get Trick-or-Treaters at home since we are a bit out of town, but my massage practice is located downtown (check out www.RollingMirrorMassage.com) and we get tons of adorable little ones during the day. Last year, I just couldn't make myself hand out candy even though I love being able to give to all those cute little cowboys and bright eyed angels! This year, I decided to hand out some other fun stuff instead! I was able to find fun Halloween pencils, spider/skull rings and colorful puffy stickers. Hopefully I won't become known as "that lady" that you never want to go to her house because she hands out pennies! I thought this bowl of Halloween treats looked pretty fun! What are you going to do for Trick-or-Treaters this year? Any fun ideas to share?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Raw Protein Powder

We have been enjoying glorious 80 degree Indian summer days! They are so deeply savored here because we know they won't be back for a long time! The forecast is calling for...Fall in Montana...highs in the 50's and 60's and rain showers. Time for firewood-getting and all those little things I need to do, but have been putting off for a rainy day! It is a beautiful, natural slowing down that happens this time of year and the larch tree pine needles are beginning to glow in gold!

I make (and deliciously savor!) a green smoothie nearly everyday. The basis is frozen fruit, fresh greens and water. Berries are probably the best nutritionally and tastiest fruit to use and I also use lots of pears and plums that I harvest locally and freeze. For greens, my favorites are lacinato Kale and spinach. I also use lots of chard, wild lamb's quarter and even spring mix that needs to be used.

For yummy additions, I add Sun Warrior Protein powder, Spirulina
">, Vitamineral Green, Carob powder,Organic Hemp Seed, Organic Raw Tahini (great source of calcium), stevia etc. (Oops! I did it again! I put pictures by accident instead of words, but I'm going to leave it because it makes me laugh!)

I have been doing some research on the raw protein powder and found some great info! You can order by clicking on the logo below my picture if you are interested! Here is some info by David Wolfe on Sun Warrior Protein Powder:

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Wishing you a blissful transitioning of seasons!! XO, Kelly O

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Raw Fruit Roll Ups!!

...a.k.a. fruit leather! Our Excalibur dehydrator has been very busy the past 2 weeks...dehydrated apples, dehydrated pears and now, raw fruit leather. My love has our camera, so perhaps I'll catch up on the pics later, but fruit leather is really easy to make. I had harvested a bunch of plums and apples, so I pitted the plums and tossed them in the  Blendtek. Oops! I did that picture by accident, but it's funny, like mad libs or something! Then, I chopped apples and added those (I used about twice as many plums as apples). Blend to a puree, slather on teflex sheets (about 1/4 inch thick) and dehydrate at 105 degrees. We have been cutting the big fruit leather sheets in quarters, rolling them up in wax paper and filling gallon freezer Ziploc bags for the freezer or fridge. We'll have lots of yummy power food for skiing and hiking! Yum!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wilderness and Meditation....

My love and I headed to elk country for the weekend. He has begun to explore the world of bow hunting and I gleefully hunt for wild...Huckleberries!!! We awoke in the dark, starry morning to hooting owls and donned our layers of clothes we eventually stuff into our packs as the sun warms us. Driving to the trailhead, we saw a mama moose and her baby. We walked in silence on the trail as the sun barely started bringing light. Elk were bugling! Have you ever heard it?! It is such an amazing, ancient sound (like a dinosaur)! They continued calling throughout the day and I savored my time, slowing picking berries, feeling like I was in the middle of Jurassic Park (although a lot calmer than if pterodactyls were flying overhead) . It felt immensely quiet in so many ways, yet nature is also so rarely quiet...birds chirping, squirrels throwing huge pine cones out of the trees, deer snorting and of course, elk bugling. Perhaps the quietness I am aware of is inside myself as the harvest transforms into a meditation. I noticed this as I was picking with my homegirl yesterday. We happily picked at different bushes, joyous to have time in the woods to catch up on life with each other. Our conversation slowly, naturally eased into silence... individually immersed in our moving meditation. As we grew out of sight of one another, we would occasionally give a hoot and a gentle return, just to check in.
So simple and so rich!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Apple Cider/Sauce, Dehydrated Apples (Do I sound like Bubba Gump yet?)

The thunder rolled, rain let loose last night and now it is clearing into what is expected to be a yummy 70 degree day-September is my favorite! It is a month of so much abundance (I get to harvest my friend's pear tree today), both cool and warm weather and although work is slower with less visitors in town, the streets and woods keep getting quieter and calmer...and then the locals come out to play!

Ma-in law and I harvested grandma's tree and churned the fruit into amazing apple cider using a great old school press we have in the family. The sacred Juice is soo yummy and sweet that you almost have to dilute it. Then, I use some of that cider to make applesauce from our tree (rather than using the sugar water that most recipes call for). I also chopped up apples, tossed them in lemon juice and have them dehydrating at 105 degrees in the radical Excalibur dehydrator as we speak.

So many things are calling me to Arizona this weekend, but I won't be there. My gorgeous nephew is turning 2 years old and there is a family birthday party. I usually go home 2-3x/year, but haven't been yet as I was traveling this Spring and the call to the Old Pueblo (where I grew up) and my family is strong. Also, Raw Spirit Fest is happening in Sedona, which I would love to go to, but why is it planned right during harvest season? It's probably gorgeous there right now. I send BIG LOVE to my family that will be gathering and also to all the amazing folks I have met (even it is is via computer) in this amazing raw food community!

This weekend is still going to mega-fabulous with sunshine and 70 degree days expected. I am going camping with my love, and while he is exploring the woods with his bow, I will have my trusty bucket strapped to my belt, stuffing fat huckleberries into my mouth, I mean my bucket, by the purple handful! Quite the little hunters and gatherers, aren't we?!

If you haven't read We Like It Raw lately, here is some crucial info on greenhouse gas emissions and commercial meat. That being said, I would also like to put a shout out to my uncle in Maine who works for Wolfe's Neck Farm and all other cattle farmers who work at a more sustainable level. Keep up the Love! (Wolfe's Neck Farm is a historic 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being...Hallelujah!)

Back in November 2006 the UN published a study that concluded "Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars."

The calls to action that the UN attached to the 2006 study primarily focused on better factory farming methods. But no one from the UN was publicly recommending that the world eat less meat.

But that all changed this past weekend.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Prize winner and chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has announced that if we as a world society want to get serious about climate change, we must eat less meat.

Although eating less meat was always implied by the UN, no formal statements were ever issued. Considering that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the world authority on global warming, you can bet that this is the boldest action challenge ever issued on the topic of warming to date.

You can also bet that there are thousands of meat lobbyist around the world who are totally pissed!

Via the Guardian

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer.

Pachauri, who was re-elected the panel's chairman for a second six-year term last week, said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems - including habitat destruction - associated with rearing cattle and other animals. It was relatively easy to change eating habits compared to changing means of transport, he said.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. These are generated during the production of animal feeds, for example, while ruminants, particularly cows, emit methane, which is 23 times more effective as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide. The agency has also warned that meat consumption is set to double by the middle of the century.

'In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, it clearly is the most attractive opportunity,' said Pachauri. 'Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there,' said the Indian economist, who is a vegetarian.

Who would have ever expected that an international organization, or even a national one for that matter, would have ever taken a public stand on food and how it effects our planet?

Monday, September 8, 2008

My Love Affair with Juice...

How could I forget my love affair with Juice? It's been so long, perhaps that's been part of my funk. I have some silly resistance to my Juicer, like it's going to take forever to clean up or something. I have been opting for the green smoothie, with all of its glorious fiber and wicked easy clean up. I've been thinking about my Green Star and even got it all prepped the other morning...right before I made a green smoothie. But this morning I finally made Juice-she wasn't mad at me, she welcomed me back with the unconditional love my dogs give me, no matter how much I've ignored them. Tails wagging and everything! The most abundant produce we have growing right now is cucumbers, chard and ripe apples and this is what I made the Juice out of....yummylicious! It instantly ignited something in me and it feels and tastes awesome!! Oh, yeah, and the clean up was a piece of cake! XOXO, KO

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Checking in with Rules and Regs!

Wow-Fall is definitely in the air! Our last day of August brought us snow capped mountains in Glacier Park and a chilly rain in the valley-yikes! The days have been reaching a high of 70 degrees, but not for long in between the cool mornings and evenings. More rain right now. I do hope we get our usual gorgeous Indian summer.
I have been feeling a little bit funky monkey lately, just not feeling like my uber-champion self! I don't feel like my diet and daily practices are serving me to my highest potential. I have still been eating mostly raw (green smoothies, salads, anything with cucumbers :) ), but I have also been pretty lax. After 8 months of not having any beer, wine, or alcohol at all, I enjoyed a glass of red wine on the airplane coming home from Bali and felt totally happy and content about it.
That opened rule has gradually lead to more frequent glasses of wine and beer, and even a few late night buzzed up snack sessions (since when do I eat sweet bread and graham crackers?!)
After traveling in Guatemala, my mind felt more open to food beyond raw. I simply felt grateful to have enough food to eat to be in good health. Needless to say, I was still loving eating mostly raw. Then, I had a tortilla chip, then a cracker, then a little cheese...
I do really well with rules, guidelines, goals. I love having something I am working towards to motivate my daily actions. Besides a few days of mind struggle in the beginning and mid-way through my Juice Feast, it was pretty easy for me to be on all liquids. That was the protocol, I had already made the decision for what I was going to do and it was easier to keep up than to change my new daily rituals. For me, at this time, I think I still need a general focus to be making my decisions from...
For a little while, I'm going to focus on this and see where it leads me:

  • 2 quarts of green smoothie or green juice (the cukes have been great in my smoothies!)
  • snack of fresh, raw fruit or veggie if desired (the local watermelon has been amazing!)
  • one reasonable yummy meal (or another juice or smoothie)
  • stay atleast 80% raw
  • drink lots of water and tea
  • no tortilla chips!
I like the idea of not trying to be 100% raw right now. It gives me a little lee-way, an ease. Although rules and discipline serve me, I'm not sure if 100% rules do. I feel totally great about eating applesauce that I have canned with love from the tree in our yard. I'm not worried about eating toasted Nori sheets. But I do need to lasso in my appetite a bit, cowgirl! My tummy has been feeling a bit bloated and uncomfortable and I just can't feel my true self as clearly this way...which has been leading me to a bit of introspection...what is it that I haven't been wanting to feel? Perhaps I'll share more on that later.
Another thing that has been interesting is my menstrual cycle. Since I had become slimmer with my cleansing, my periods became really irregular. This is common for me and I had experienced it a lot with low body fat in college from playing so much soccer. This year, I have had 2 periods that had a 2.5 month gap in between and 2 with a 1.5 month gap in between. Now that I have gained a few pounds back, I had my 1st regular period in atleast 9 months. It's definitely something to be aware of since we do want to have a baby some day, if my husband ever stops giggling nervously every time we talk about it! A friend of mine who is pregnant (what's up girl!) told me her husband did the same thing, and recommended I talk about the sexcapades during ovulation more often!
On that note, I'll bid you a farewell for the evening-hee hee! What's up with you all out there in this gloriously dynamic Universe? XOXO, Kelly O

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Family Reunion pics and gentle cleanse...

Aaaah! Alas, here are some fun pics from our family time in Maine. Auntie grew an amazing garden this year that supplied us with giant, gorgeous salads twice a day, fresh basil pesto, spiralized zucchini and edible flowers...yum! It is such a treat to harvest right in the yard! It has been raining so much, she hasn't had to water it at all!

Yoga interspersed wherever we could fit in the living room! Go Ordways!

And since we have been home, we have been picking wild huckleberries! Our purple hands show we are guilty as charged! I have also been doing a very gentle, modified cleanse after eating so much good food! I am drinking Intestinal Drawing Formula 2-3 x/day and taking Intestinal Movement Formula 2-3 x/day. I started this on Monday and will continue for a week. It feels great after feasting so much to be clearing out the tummy. We have cucumbers galore ripe in our greenhouse and luckily, it is my new favorite food! I have been eating a big cucumber everyday, just dipped in some salad dressing or zucchini hummus. With it's high water content, it is so hydrating, cooling and filling in a nice way-they are delicious fresh picked!! We are seriously looking into investing in a geodesic dome greenhouse (check out Growing Spaces), so we can grow fresh food year-round-it would be such a treat and a dream come true!! We'll see if we can get the money together and make it happen! Everything is possible, si?
Sending big Love! Kelly Ordway! :)
p.s.- I forgot a very key top ten item for what to do when big rain strikes on your family vacation...Aunt Kim busted out a chia pet and I hear it is in full bloom now!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Top 10 Things to do when it Rains/Flash Floods on your Family Vacation!!

Auntie hasn't had to water her garden yet this year because it has been raining so much! Then the night before last, the torrential downpour lasted for 12 hours to accumulate 7 inches!! LL Bean shut down their huge distribution center and just 100 yards down the road from us, the road completely washed away, turning a trickling stream into a raging river where the road used to be be. It took the water main with it and we are so grateful we are on a well since the family is graciously hosting atleast 15 house guests!! Day after day of rain, we are getting good at alternative fun in the not-so-sun! Here's the Top 10 list when cabin fever strikes...

10. Try to read a book around 20 fun-loving relatives...yeah, right!
9. Learn new card games like Set-back/Pitch!
8. Pick out your favorite bootie socks and vinyl-velcro shoes to go bowling!! (Everyone is happy just to break 100!)
7. Don your blue racing suit and helmet for Indoor go-cart racing...yahooooo!!
6. Go dancing and wish you could dance as well as your aunts and uncles!
5. Walk down the street in your rain jacket to gawk and give interviews at the local natural disaster!
4. Pray for some sunshine...
3. Intersperse yoga mats in between furniture and experience podcasts of yummy yoga!
2. Trade massages upstairs with your cousin who is a fellow therapist...yum!
1. Love what is!! (hint...check out the book Loving What Is by Byron Katie)

Peace!! Kelly O

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Garden Goodies!!

Aloha! We are away on a family reunion trip in Maine and having such a great time! It has been raining a ton and we have also been getting some good sunshine and harvesting auntie's garden like crazy! She grew a huge, abundant garden this year, so our group meals are blessed with gargantuan bowls of fresh greens, herbs and edible flowers like nasturstiums. We've also been making fresh basil pesto, spiralized zucchini raw pasta, zucchini hummus and raw crackers. We are so very grateful because it would be hard to keep that much fresh food around to feed 10-15 people each meal unless we were able to harvest it straight out of the garden each meal. They also have a great license plate that says "Support Local Agriculture". We are one lucky family! The young men are at grandma's insulating the attic while us ladies are enjoying each others company and dehydrating raw crackers. A few mornings we have scattered in between the furniture throughout the living room for yoga...Aunt Kim might share some Qi Gong with us. Besides that we have been indoor go-cart racing (sooo fun!), to the beach, had a bonfire and laying lots of games (cranium, apples to apples, pool, ping pong).  Wishing you the best day ever full of fresh food and great company!! xoxo  

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

To be or not to be...a vegetarian

Check out the latest news I read from Courtney Pool's blog...

More than one million people in Taiwan have pledged to help cut carbon emissions by being a vegetarian. Taiwan's population is about 23 million, and the one million vegetarians would reduce at least 1.5 million tons of carbon emissions in Taiwan in one year.

The Union of NoMeatNoHeat made the announcement during its anti-global warming drive. Many prominent politicians, such as the legislative speaker, the environment minister, and Taipei and Kaohsiung Mayors all pledged to become vegetarians.

The Union said 20 percent of the world's carbon emissions are created by the livestock industry, which is higher than the 15 to 18 percent produced by all the world's transportation vehicles.

The Union said if a person eats only vegetables for a whole year, roughly 1.5 tons of carbon emissions can be cut.

Awesome! I think we should all pledge not to eat commercially grown meat! Last October, when I decided to move more towards raw, I stopped eating meat (although, I think I accidentally eat my fair share of slugs and bugs from our organic garden). I didn't eat a lot of meat at the time and most of it was local wild game and fish. I continue to feel no need in my body for meat at this time, but this subject always brings up that interesting concept of local and low carbon footprint. My husband is a hunter. It may sound like an oxymoron to some, but he has a deep respect for the animals and woods he spends so much time with. He is able to hunt close to home and we do all the processing ourselves. He spends tons of time out in nature observing. So much of the food we consume is something we have grown or gathered or he has hunted/fished. Commercial agriculture has huge negative impacts on the physical, mental and spiritual health of our planet and all of it's lifeforms. This is obvious to me. However, this gray area I am speaking of, never seems to be addressed. It deepens for me as I think about Shamanism and the plant matrix of life...who are we to decide that taking the life of a plant is any less powerful of act than taking the life of an animal? What is most important to me is that we receive our nourishment with a deep level of gratitude, respect and connection. By connection, I mean knowing what our food looks like when it grows and where it comes from, rather than being consumed by supplement bottles and packaging.

I would love it if folks would like to comment on this, as I am very curious for your opinion and experience.

Sending Love and Respect, Kelly O

p.s. The sarvice berries are ripe in our yard (a wild edible berry, sometimes known as saskatoon berries) and I picked a big bundle for my green smoothie this morning, along with lamb's quarter and chard from the green house! Yum!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Raw Cheesecake!!

Alas, I got around to making that raw cheesecake recipe-I was waiting to make it for my folks to arrive for their visit. It was a hit and so simple to make! Sooo much easier than baking! We topped it with mashed up strawberries fresh picked from the garden! Here's the info:
1.5 cups Organic Raw Macadamia Nuts or Organic Raw Cashews
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1/2 cup pitted dates (I used prunes simply because that's what I had)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1-2 Tbsp raw Carob Powder
1-2 Tbsp raw Cacao Powder

Throw it all in a food processor and then press it into a springform pan or any baking dish.

3 cups cashews
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 6 lemons or less, if you would prefer it less tangy)
3/4 cup Honey
1 or 2 Vanilla Beans
1/2 cup water as needed

Food process until nice and smooth (Vitamix Blender would work well for this too), pour on top of crust, cover and freeze or refrigerate to make firm. Savor and enjoy!! xoxo
p.s. It freezes really well, so it is easy to make to have ready for company or keep some emergency sweets on hand!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Backpacking with wild foraging!

Aaah...we have just returned from a lovely weekend in the back country! It was so nice to spend such a busy holiday weekend completely immersed in nature. We came upon more snow than we had expected (we have had a late cool start this year) and often weren't exactly sure where the actual trail was, but everything worked out perfectly! There was just enough dry space for us to camp and on the ridge above, there were tons of glacier lilies and spring beauties, which are some of the yummiest edible flowers around!

We also nibbled on young fireweed, yellow violets and even found some stinging nettles down low. While I was showing my friend how to fold the leaf so the stingers don't get you when you eat them, my other amigo threw the whole top bud of the plant in his mouth for a nice surprise! Before we left, I was able to collect some nettles leaves that I am drying for tea. Here's the 411:
Nettle leaves are a storehouse of nutrition, with high iron and calcium contents, as well as an excellent source of folic acid, an essential nutrient during pregnancy. Nettle strengthens the kidneys and adrenals, while it relieves fluid retention. Because nettle also supports the vascular system, it can prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Postpartum, it increases breast milk. Good stuff!
During the day, we each carved our own wooden spoons from fallen trees to enjoy our curried lentil soup with. So fun!! They turned out pretty good and it was a beautiful, meditative way to spend a cool day.

Have you ever played pigs? It's a fun, old game where you shake little plastic pigs like dice and get points for the different ways they land. Upright is called a "hoofer", on it's back with feet in the air is a "razorback", breakdancing on the side of his face is a "leaning jowler" and touching is "makin' bacon"! We found a gorgeous flat rock to play on and I'm proud to say I am the reigning champion! It reminds me of someone in Bali who was famous for wearing a shirt with a picture of a pig that said "Friend, not food." Simple pleasures...what are the simple pleasures of your day? Thank you to ya'll out there who leave comments on this blog, I love to hear from you and I apologize for not communicating back so much...I tend to hit a wall with my computer tolernace, but please know I love to hear from you!! XOXO, Kelly Ordway :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wild Greens!

Buenos dias! Good morning! Actually, it's after noon already, but it rained and rained and rained all night and morning, so it feels like the day is just beginning! I had fun with another Yoga podcast class this morning and am just loving it! As long as I can actually get started, I am good to go. I have heard that 90% of the equation is simply showing up and this rings true for me in many ways. Then, I walked outside to pick some greens for my smoothie and realized some of our strawberries are ripe!! Yahoo! Only a few were ready and they were delish! Nice appetizer...then to the greenhouse to pick some of the last of the spinach (it likes cooler weather in early spring and fall)and some weeds to eat! I picked lamb's quarter and dandelion leaves. Here's some info I cut and pasted for you...

Lamb's quarter, is a wild relative of the spinach plant and can be used as a free replacement for spinach! It grows prolifically throughout most of the world.
This herb is one of the most nutritious wild foods you can eat.
One cup of raw lamb's quarter leaves contains:
~ 80 mg of Vitamin C
~ 11,600 IU of Vitamin A
~ 72 mg of Phosphorus
~ 309 mg of Calcium
as well as good amounts of
~ Thiamin
~ Riboflavin
~ Niacin
~ Iron

Dandelion greens are one of season’s earliest wild picks and one of the finest spring tonics. The greens have a slightly bitter note and are elegant in a salad.
Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne. This sunflower relative boasts potent medicinal properties with laxative and diuretic properties.
Don’t bother gathering from plants that have gone to flower. Here’s why: as the energy moves up to the blossom, the greens becomes quite bitter and require blanching to be toothsome. Please note: do not gather dandelions from lawns, public trails, roadsides or any chemically-tainted area. The leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, carrying more iron and calcium than spinach.

Pretty amazing stuff, eh? And all just a free, fun wild pick! I was having a hard time bringing up pictures, but you can google them easily to be able to identify them for harvesting. I blended the big handful of greens with frozen plums, stevia, Carob Powder,, Spirulina , Goji Berries and water. I made the same concoction yesterday and this one tasted quite a bit more bitter, so you have to be careful with the amount and youthfulness of the dandelion greens, but it was still yummy. Frozen plums aren't my favorite fruit of choice for smoothies, but that's what I have in the freezer from last fall's harvest. I am grateful for all this beautiful, healing food that comes right from home! Pick something wild!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Yoga class podcasts and Raw cheesecake!

Isn't this a gorgeous photo? This is Nikki and Edward again from Tripsichore. If they ever travel near you, I highly recommend checking out their performance, which is a blend of graceful Yoga flow, theater and humor!

Aaaah...it is late evening and I just finished practicing Yoga and then listening to Holosync for a meditation...Yum!! Many days at home I have been listening to podcasts to practice. I didn't even realize it existed before the Yoga teacher training, but our teacher was recording himself for a podcast, so I decided to check it out upon my return home. I am able to hear a teacher leading a class and for some reason, I find this so much easier to challenge and focus myself compared to doing it on my own. It is such a helpful stepping stone to developing my own personal practice and it's fun! It's also a good way to learn about teaching since I can indirectly experience so many different teachers and styles! Yoga and meditation are so monumental in my life right now...helping me remember balance and release that peace and joy that is present in every moment!
The podcast I took tonight talked about self-worth and how often times we feel better about our selves when we are good at a posture or can do a certain Yoga asana well. It focused on remembering how completely worthy we are, simply by BEING ourselves. From that place of self worth and Love, we can have fun with asana to play and explore! Click here if you want to check out this Level 2 Anusara class with Betsey Downing :)
On the raw food tip, a friend of mine brought a raw cheesecake to a potluck baby shower party that was epic!! wow! I wish I had a recipe to share and try out for myself, but I know it came from one of Ani Phyo's books. I might try to make one soon from some of the recipes I've found on the internet, so I'll keep you informed and post the recipe if it is good to go! Until then, our sweet treat is the latest version of spirulina balls. Sweeet dreams!!! XO, Kelly O

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

As Local as it gets!

Hallelujah for fresh garden greens! I am so happy it is summer time and I can walk out to the garden to pick a salad for lunch! We are going to really pursue a greenhouse set-up that we can grow in year round...the freshness is leaps and bounds different than anything we can buy at the store, even organic. We are able to grow everything organically here too! From the garden, we have been enjoying all kinds of salad greens, chives, mint, cilantro and asparagus. The strawberries are starting to move from flower to small, yellow berries. I am grateful our spring was chilly and I didn't miss strawberry season while I was in Bali. We also have wild strawberries on the property and I have been picking young dandelion weeds to add to my salads and raw dressings. Not from the property, I have also been enjoying dehydrated raw portobello mushroom burgers and raw corn chips...Yum!!
May your day be fresh and vibrant!! XO, Kelly O

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Are you still out there? I apologize for being much less consistent with my postings as of late...my focus was deeply embedded in the Yoga Teacher Training :) The tremendously slow internet connection combined with very little free time gifted me with very little computer time. Here is a great picture from a Bali beach...an Acro Yoga Daniel sandwich...what a fun way to play with Yoga!
I am back from Bali now and am happy to say that I experienced no jet lag in either direction. Someone suggested that my diet and lifestyle probably helps a lot with that. Whatever it is, I like it!! I feel so grateful that the training was 100% raw food-it is such a huge bonus and a big reason why I chose that particular training. A friend of mine recently went to a week long Yoga workshop where the food was not so healthy. It seems so silly to be diving so deeply into health of the mind, body and spirit without recognizing diet. I love being 100% raw and am going to stay very mostly raw and I am also open to some cooked foods. I feel like it is so important to eat as local as possible right now and always. We have a short growing season here, since we have long winters, but I am able to grow a lot of our own food. I feel very happy eating applesauce that I canned at home from our apple tree last fall rather than an organic Fuji apple shipped from Chile. We have amazing salad greens growing right now (thanks to ma-in-law!) and I am happy to have a side of steamed squash frozen from our fall harvest. Hopefully that will balance those yummy Goji Berries I love to eat from China!

Speaking of goji berries, do you eat them? They are so yummy and nutritious-I eat them almost everyday...oops, there goes my local plan. It's all about balance, si? Here is some info on the amazing goji berry...
Goji berries, sometimes called Wolfberries, are perhaps the most nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet. Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan).

Goji berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).

Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.

Mature fruits contain about 11 mg of iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid), sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%).

Goji berries contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful secretagogue (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland).

Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. In several study groups with elderly people the berry was given once a day for 3 weeks, many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results showed that all the patients spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better, and 35% of the patients partially recovered their sexual function.

The famed Li Qing Yuen, who apparently lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is the most well-documented case of extreme longevity known.

These Goji berries grow in protected valleys in million year old soil in wild and cultivated areas. The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, then dried in the shade.

The Goji berry is a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin. The Goji berry tastes somewhat like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry.

A good daily intake of Goji berries is 10-30 grams (a small handful). Goji berries may be used as snacks or mixed with recipes or smoothies like other dried fruits.

May your day be filled with Peace and Joy!! xo, Kelly O