Nice People, Nice Gift

right now rawMean people suck, but nice people are AMAZING — they have a way of making the world a better place just because they are in it! Dave and I are blessed to have a couple in our lives that are the nicest people you will ever meet. We had the opportunity to spend some time with this lovely couple, we had fun just hiking in the woods and eating good food. These kind friends gave me my favorite present this holiday season, homemade almond milk.

What? I can’t believe I have never made this! First of all, for the past two and a half years of being a raw vegan, I have not had any milk-like products. If you are a raw vegan, vegan, or an omnivore— I just have one question…. Got milk?

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After spending time with this precious family, I woke up early the next morning eager to try this milk. I crumbled up my raw granola bar, threw in some raw nuts, tossed a few dried cranberries in, then proceeded to pour this beautiful white substance over my creation. Oh my, I am addicted, I admit it! I look for raw food to drown in this unbelievably delicious milk.

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The best gifts are the ones that show that you truly know what a person will enjoy. I love healthy gifts. I wish I could deliver fresh juice to all of you this Christmas season for hanging in there with me and reading my post, I appreciate you!!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to be a juice gift giver, but I do plan on finding some who will enjoy an organic fresh juice.

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My sweet friend shared her almond milk recipe with me. She and I share a love for organic food. Now, I must pass this along to you, be warned; this can be addicting!

ALMOND MILK:

  • 1 cup almonds (soaked 12 hours)
  • 3-4 cups water

Blend high-speed, strain through fine strainer, or cheesecloth.You can also throw in a few dates and vanilla in the blender with the almonds.

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Fresh Friday – Raw Vegan Sandwich

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It feels so good to be back in Southern California on this Fresh Friday. I love eating fresh fruit in the summer because it keeps me hydrated and full of energy. The farmers’ market is one of my favorite places to shop.

I love eating a raw diet for many reasons, but one that is kind of cool is that I have not had bread in three years. I know I seem weird — like how do you eat sandwich? With tomatoes flourishing in my backyard it’s easy. I just pick a beautiful tomato, slice the top and bottom the same thickness as a deli roll, and then I load it up with awesome vegetables.

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Sliced purple onions, shredded lettuce, olives, and chopped cauliflower mixed with nutritional yeast makes this a great summer choice for lunch.

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Making healthy choices with every meal is easier than you think. Summer is a great time to start because of all the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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I hope you skip the stores and go straight to the outside farmers’ markets. It’s easy to eat healthy when the food is locally grown, the freshness is without question the best when it is delivered from field to table. Enjoy your weekend!

Choosing Health ♥Right Now Raw


Fresh Friday – Simple Life

This Fresh Friday finds me away from home. On the horizon, we have our first grand baby, 2 weddings, and a summer camp. I’m sure my summer schedule is not going to relax! Hectic schedules make me realize how much I love being a raw vegan. I can’t imagine any lifestyle more accommodating than this.

My focus during crazy times like these is to keep my meals simple and my exercise going. Organic fresh raw food will nourish your body better than anything you can think of. It is easy to travel with fresh food, a yoga mat, and running shoes. Being determined to stay on track with your good health regime during the summer will balance even the most frenzied schedules.

The recipe I have to share with you today is; keep your life simple, grab a banana, eat a fresh peach from the farmers market, devour luscious salads for dinner, and exchange fresh juice for a meal or snack. I am convinced you will enjoy your summer so much better when you make healthy choices.

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Fresh Friday – BBQ

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Vegan Daughter and I could not have been happier with the Memorial Day BBQ the family prepared. Everyone was excited to feast on an all vegan/ vegetarian dinner. At times, I wanted to pinch myself because it almost did not seem real that this could be my family. Wonderful Husband had the reputation for making the best ribs in town, who needs ribs, he makes AWESOME grilled veggies!

Our menu consisted of; organic corn sautéed with onion and peppers, twice baked potatoes stuffed with organic chives, cheese, sour cream and topped with crispy kale, grilled organic pineapple on skewers,  grilled jalapeños  stuffed with cream cheese, and I can’t forget the star of the grill, marinated onions & bell peppers. (we used vegan cheeses for Lori’s food) And of course, I don’t eat cooked food, but my salad was BOMB!

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One thing I get asked often is; How did I get my family to switch over to a plant-based diet?The only answers I can come up with is; live out healthy everyday and people will follow, be patient, and keep good healthy food in your house.

Barbeques and family celebrations don’t have to center around meat, there is a better option out there…… fruits & vegetables, give them a try and watch your health improve along with your family’s health.right now raw Loving Life ♥Right Now Raw

 

Fresh Friday – Raw Key Lime Pie

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I love it when our girls are in the mood to cook. This Fresh Friday I am reaping the benefits of our girls preparing meals for their backpacking trip in the Sierras. Jessie hooked me up with some raw pesto, and vegan daughter made me my favorite dessert, which should last me all week since I’m not able to hike with them due to my health. Sharing is caring!

With that in mind, I must share with you Cafe Gratitude’s Key Lime Pie. My absolute favorite raw pie is now easy to make at home. Just hit the link and ENJOY! I must warn you this pie is addicting!

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As you can see Vegan Daughter added some coconut lemon meringue topping. When we are really in a sweet mood we double it, just because we can.

Lori’s Coconut Lemon Meringue

CREAM

Place coconut cream in the refrigerator overnight. Add coconut cream to chilled mixing bowl, (do not use excess oil in bottom) whip until you get the desired consistency. Add all other ingredients and whip until well blended.

raw key lime pie You don’t have to be a raw vegan to enjoy this wonderful pie, everyone in our family loves it.

right now rawright now rawIf you can get outside and enjoy nature this weekend DO IT, but if you find yourself, like me, not able to venture out do the next best thing…. EAT PIE!

Taking It Easy ♥Right Now Raw

Fresh Friday – Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

tomato soupDark clouds have been teasing The Circle City where I live, obviously displaying nimbus clouds, but not surrendering any water. Days like this, that refuse to let the sun shine, make me want to cook some savory soup for my family. Nothing brings me back to my Southern roots quicker than tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches! This was always a quick comfort meal growing up.

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On this Fresh Friday I want to share a delicious tomato soup that the family loved. I can’t take credit for this recipe, because I found it on a wonderful blog, The First Mess. Yes, this beautiful vegan is brilliant! I did not modify anything. It was fun to cook, and the soup speaks for itself. Click on this link and enjoy. I know you will love it.

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I absolutely love what I am finding in so many vegan recipes; the use of soaked raw cashews. By soaking and using these nuts, it gives pureed soup the taste of cream. The best part is; there is NO dairy! Love this vegan community!!!!

I really enjoyed cooking this soup for my family. The smell of fresh organic tomatoes stuffed with garlic roasting in my oven on an overcast day made this a perfect choice for my Fresh Friday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Scroll through The First Mess Recipe Index,  you might not ever come back to my blog…. I don’t blame you. Not only are her vegan recipes amazing, most of them are gluten-free! Her work is truly inspiring! I will definitely be making more of her stuff!!!!!!!

 

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Fresh Friday – Quick Veggies

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When life begins to accelerate in a way that it’s difficult to keep up with your regular routine, don’t throw out healthy decisions. On this Fresh Friday, I am reminded of the importance of carving out time to exercise, and most importantly; EAT CLEAN.

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This has been a whirlwind week for me, I have not even been able to post on my blog. (I miss it) But I could not let Friday fly by without sharing how I keep it healthy for the family. Cooking with fresh vegetables is quick and easy, perfect for hectic times. Our healthy choices should not be the first thing thrown out when we have an overactive schedule.

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 POTATOES

  • 6 organic russet potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Cajun seasoning
  • vegan butter

Wash, and cut potatoes in large chunks. (leave peels on) Steam until soft. Brown onion and garlic. Toss steam potatoes in onion mixture, season with Cajun, add vegan butter if needed. Cook until lightly browned.

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CARROTS

  • 2 bunches fresh carrots
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt & pepper

Wash carrots, keep whole, cut the large ones in half lengthwise. Brush carrots with olive oil, season with garlic salt & pepper. Place carrots on cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet, bake at 450º for 30 minutes, or until tender.

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  • 4 artichokes
  • vegan butter

Wash and trim artichokes. Place in steamer basket and cook until tender. Melt butter for dipping. Now, you have it! Great tasting vegetables with minimal effort. ENJOY!

I am so thankful I stuck to my healthy regime during a crazy week. By choosing right with each meal, it eliminates regret, and nourishes our bodies. Keep up your healthy choices and exercising, you will be amazed how stress levels are brought down, and you will feel more balanced, especially through the stormy days!

Balancing Life ♥Right Now Raw