Monday, October 20, 2014

Raw Açaí Berry Bowl

Blend together: 1 frozen banana, 3 soaked dates, a handful of frozen blueberries, a handful of frozen acai berries and their juice (can be purchased in bulk, but powdered form works too), water or almond milk, pinch of spirulina, and a pinch of cinnamon. The consistency should be similar to soft-serve ice cream once it's blended. If you want the contrasting-coloured garnish at the end, like you see in the picture, reserve some of the banana date mixture before adding the blueberries. In a large cereal bowl, put down a layer of raw granola. Spread over your frozen blueberry mix. Top with whatever garnishes you like. I went with raspberries, sliced banana, bee-pollen (see nutritional benefits here), and pomegranate seeds. Add three dots of your white mixture and swirl it around with a knife. This is a really nice 10-minute breakfast. And, once you get the "fancy" ingredients stocked in your pantry, they won't seem so exotic. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Everything Autumn Soup

Cabbage, butternut squash, pumpkin, onion, turnip, carrot, celery, and garlic were all cooked until extremely soft. Spices can include any combination of: cinnamon, garam masala, ginger, tumeric, fennel, curry, corriander, cumin, etc. I skipped the browning-with-oil stage and jumped right to boiling everything in vegetable stock. I didn't notice a difference in the final product, and enjoyed how light and clean it was to eat! When the vegetables are good and mushy, use an immersion blender to keep the mess to a minimum. If you do use a stand-blender, be conscious of the mixture's heat being whirled around in a confined appliance. Put a tea towel over the lid of the blender incase things get rowdy... To make it even more lovely and silky, run the lot through a fine sieve before serving.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Apple Pie Smoothie *Raw Vegan

This is an awesome dessert-style smoothie that's easy on digestion and works well as a morning sugar boost. I've gotten out of the habit of eating large amounts of protein at every meal and transitioned to a predominantly vegetarian/vegan diet. Only on days that I lift weights, or am truly craving meat, will I have ethical protien. A higher quality of meat or fish, less often, is the best way to go! While I don't advocate eating heaps of cashews, nut butters, "tofurkey," or "vegan cheesecakes" in meat's absence - just eat a damn salad, or some lentils - having something like this smoothie is always a welcomed treat.

Soaking the dates and hemp seeds in a bowl of water the night before will give you a perfectly blended, creamy smoothie.

Blend together: 3/4 cup raw pressed apple cider, 1 frozen banana, a handful of soaked dates, a few tablespoons of soaked hemp seeds, ditto for chia seeds (optional protein add-on), pinch of nutmeg, 2 pinches of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla, and enough water and ice to reach your desired thickness/frozen-ness. I like a massive size smoothie, so I water mine down and make it last an hour. You may like yours denser and sweeter. Enjoy!