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Transition in progress.... [12 Dec 2011|07:08pm]

[ mood | ready ]

Not sure if anybody is really active here anymore, but I figured I should give it a shot...

I am trying to transition right now, and I have a hard time getting past 80%. I have had a lot of problems with food routines and COE in the past, but so far raw foods seems to have helped a lot of with my eating habits. It's just getting over that last hump of abandoning hot food...

Any good recipes, maybe? Or routine tips?  Thanks!

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Light Pesto Carrot Boats [31 Aug 2011|12:33pm]

[ mood | busy ]

hey everybodies!

If anyone is interested in the recipe for a delicious late summery dish that isn't a salad, check out my latest blog post with the recipe at:



x-posted to raw_recipes

** Sorry if linking directly to my blog is a major faux-pas. Lemme know and i'd be happy to just post the recipe here. But hey, it's just an extra click, right??


Dehydrator and kid treats [21 Aug 2011|01:07am]

Okay, I'm going to admit this now... I absolutely SUCK at getting enough raw veggies and fruits into my day. I've figured out some ways to make it easier (woot, farmer's markets and neighbors gardens!), but I'd like to try and do some more, and get a little creative with it. I have a dehydrator that I've been itching to use - any ideas/recipes, other than just slapping on a fruit or veg?

I also have a little six month old baby right now and I'd like to practice making healthy treats as opposed to the junky treats most kids have. Any recipes for cookies or the like? Thank you, everyone!
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[20 Aug 2011|06:54pm]

[ mood | crappy ]


Hopefully I can get some advice ...
I'm very low on money (my Dad gives me varying amounts of money to eat and somedays nothing), my EBT (government money) ran out a few days ago so I need to find a way to eat healthy and cheap until the 9th of next month when I get more money loaded onto the card. I'm vegan and these past few days I've been eating quoiamixed with spiced soybeans from trader joes (only 99 cents per packet of the soy stuff). I also bought my favorite cereal which is the longest lasting one for the box which is Barbara's shredded spoonfuls. I add flax for the omega 3s. Breakfast is pretty much taken care of but I need to figure out my two other meals. What I've been doing is like I've written above: quoia and soybeans... It's filling but I'm not sure it's the most healthy since I'm not eating green veggies or fruits and during the afternoon I feel really really out of energy eating this way. I also take a multi vitamin from traderjoes which includes b12. I guess my question is... with about 3 - 10 dollars a day to spend on food, what would be the best things for me purchase and eat which is both cheap and has nutritionally everything my body needs.

I eat strictly vegan and want to go raw when I have money and a better living situation.

Any advice would really help me out a lot.

(x-posted among other vegan lj communities)

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Treat time! [28 Jun 2011|10:45am]

I received a jar of Artisana's walnut butter and a jar of coconut butter. Any recommendations other than a spoon?
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Wheat grass juicing [01 Jun 2011|09:42am]

Hi! I'm looking for suggestions for cheap wheat grass juicers or ways to juice wheat grass. Thanks!
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Substitutes? [10 May 2011|11:37pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a reliable, vegan-friendly substitute for honey. Particularly for baking.
My boyfriend suggested Agave nectar. Thoughts/comments? Suggestions?

Thank Youuuuu :)

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total tongue bliss [03 May 2011|06:28pm]

♥ dinner:

1 canteloupe
juice 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup organic coconut milk {not raw}
rough tablespoon grated ginger
3 dried apricots
{opt. 1tsp lecithin, splash rosewater & ice}.

blend ♥ ahhh..xx

[13 Apr 2011|12:44am]


5'4", 123-124 lbs. Have juiced, fasted, been vegan for a year and 90-95% raw for a few months before. That was the last time I lost a lot of weight (160 down to 110).

Went on a hiatus from being vegan, got back up to 145, and now down to my current weight, been vegan for 5 and 1/2 months now and I would say I'm about 60% raw. Want to juice, smoothie & salad my way down to 115 in 2 wks. A little extreme.

But an 18 day juice fast is how I lost 20 lbs and kept it off for quite awhile last time.

I'm hoping to repeat the success. Going to eat a little more substance this time, and not stick 100% to juice, but mainly liquids. Juice, teas, and soups.

You guys are my favorite kind of people, so if you're on here and would like to be friends and/or offer your support, I welcome you! :)

Peace and Love~

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Sharing My Favorite Raw Drink [10 Apr 2011|12:53pm]

I make this drink for myself nearly every day, so I wanted to share it with you all...


1/2 Lemon, hand-squeezed into a regular-sized glass.
1 Tablespoon Raw Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds (Optional)

Whisk together with a fork.
Add water to fill the cup.
(Optional) Wait about 3-5 minutes before drinking, and stir again. This gives the chia an opportunity to begin to sprout.

Chia has a nice pudding-like quality once it has begun sprouting. This is useful in making dehydrated cookies/chips, and also if you're missing eating something pudding-like. I suspect that with a nice blender or juicer it could be made into a really good pudding or icecream substitute, but I haven't tried this myself.

A note on agave: I get the Ojio clear agave in the glass bottle usually, which is in the "real raw" category as they say on their site. The Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Agave reaches I believe 112 degrees (you can always call them like I did and find out for yourself), so it depends on your personal beliefs whether you want theirs. It personally doesn't bother me because agave grows in a tropical climate, so I suspect it can reach 112 degrees without it damaging the plant's enzymes, so it doesn't bother me. It's a gray area, and you need to decide for yourself. :-)
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recall of cantaloupes [25 Mar 2011|07:24pm]

since i have been unable to keep up with my groups, this may have already been posted.. but i figured i should warn folks
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Why is it so hard??? [02 Mar 2011|11:05am]

6 years ago I was a raw vegan. I had been pregnant with my daughter and for some reason couldn't keep down anything cooked. It was then that I heard of being raw and really liked it.

I stayed raw for about 3 or 4 months after she was born. Making separate meals for myself and my husband and son was difficult. While my husband didn't mind eating raw foods from time to time he insisted that he needed meat. My son, well, he wouldn't eat what I was giving him and had started losing weight.

So eventually I caved and started eating cooked foods again, eventually also eating meat. Since then I have gone raw many times but I always have trouble sticking with it.

In my heart I know that a raw vegan diet is the way I'm supposed to eat. I can't say the same for the rest of the world. It's a personal choice that I feel each person must make. But it IS a choice.

To be honest when I'm raw is the only time in my life that I'm ever truly healthy. Most cooked foods, especially animal based foods, tends to cause so much trouble with my digestive system. It's an issue that leaves my doctors baffled. Plus, when I'm raw I don't need to take as much medication for other issues. My body seems to heal most of what I have going on. Not to mention that I don't get sick as often and I feel so much happier with a much clearer mind.

There are millions of reasons why I should be a raw vegan. Millions. So why do I find it so difficult? The physical reasons I mentioned are just part of it. I also feel it's a more spiritual way to eat. This is something that calls to me.

Am I weak willed? Or do I just not know how to do it properly? I know ways to prepare my food that gives me plenty of protein and other nutrients. I know how much I need to eat. I know some really really yummy raw dishes. So what's the problem?

I think this is more a mental block of mine than anything else. Others must have gone through this. Do any of you have any advice?
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Where do you get yours? [01 Mar 2011|08:55pm]

Does anybody know where I can get the Cheapest/Most Inexpensive
raw nuts,
and dried items (fruits, veggies, etc.)

BESIDES making them yourself?

And also, specifically, do any of you buy organic raw peanuts, and if so, where?
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macadamia mozzarella cheese [01 Mar 2011|12:37pm]

Hi all!

I made a batch of macadamia mozzarella last night for the first time using this recipe. I was planning to have it with the red pepper sauce the recipe suggested, but the red pepper sauce turned out horrible! I'm new to raw vegan food, so would love some other recipes involving the cheese.

Today I had it with zucchini and carrot noodles, basil, olive oil, garlic and sundried tomatoes (delicious!). I'm looking for dishes with a similar degree of difficulty and amount of ingredients, ideally. I have a food processor, blender and spiralizer. (No dehydrator, so no crackers!)

What are your favourite ways to eat macadamia cheese? Thanks so much. :)
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Dehydrator advice? [12 Feb 2011|05:46pm]

I've decided that my kale-chip addiction alone is reason enough to get a dehydrator, but I look forward to trying lots of other stuff in there once I get one. Right now I'm overwhelmed by choices. Beyond keeping the price at or under $100, I'm not sure which way to go. Two questions for y'all:

1) Do round dehydrators work significantly better than square ones? Seems like squares would make better use of my very limited kitchen space, but if they don't work as well I stick with the more common round shape.

2) Do you have a model or brand that you can recommend or steer me away from?


ETA: Thanks, everyone! Just calculated my tax refund, and Excalibur it is ;)
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Iron Bomb Salad [11 Feb 2011|04:55pm]

This is my dinner lately. It's amazing.


Recipe here

A leafy greens meal - iron problem? [08 Feb 2011|09:49pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Sounds weird, I know.
So far, my dinner was a fruit salad with a teaspoon of spirulina for iron, sprinkled over it. Since I decided to go as raw as I can I've been plotting to upgrade the salad with some leafy greens. This week I got me some celery and chard to add to the salad (and some pumpkin to grate into it, too). It all sounded lovely (accept mom, who decided the chard will give me stomach aches if I ate it raw...w0t?) until I surfed the internetz and found out that both celery and chard have a lot of calcium in it.
I go about planning my meals carefully so as to saparate calcium from iron as much as I can (accept lunch's salad, which has legume sprouts and a tahini-based sauce) and piling the iron with as much vitamin C as possible. Now that it's winter time, there are at least two citrus fruits in the fruit salad to pump up the C. Do you think the celery and chard with disrupt my iron absorbtion?

Thanks in advance and also, hey, newbiew here :)

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Best Source for Dehydrator Recipes? [04 Jan 2011|02:42pm]

Hey everyone,

It seems like when people post raw vegan recipes they emphasize recipes that don't use a dehydrator. However, I'm currently home for winter break, and my mom bought herself a beautiful, giant Excalibur dehydrator. We're testing it out with simple things - apples first - but I also want to make some more fancy things before I leave.

In my past, I've had delicious raw tacos and raw pizza made using a dehydrator. Anybody know any recipes for these kinds of things? How about your favorite source for raw vegan dehydrator recipes?

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[28 Dec 2010|01:05am]

LOVE that this community is still alive and active!!! 

Juicer for Christmas and Cranberry Juice! [26 Dec 2010|08:57pm]

Here it is, folks, my first time using my new juicer.
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