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20 Jul

What a gorgeous place I get to work at everyday….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With gorgeous organic fruit growing on the vine…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some great recent purchases…

sweet heirloom tomatoes & cucumber & yellow zucchini

 

fresh organic berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a zucchini-squash "squaini maybe?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

black bean spaghetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These look great because there is one ingredient: black beans.  We just got them in and apparently people love them. It’s a great pasta replacement!

 

kelp "salt"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These kelp granules are great, you just use them to replace salt. Whenever you would use salt,  just replace with the kelp and get all the benefits kelp offers. (Especially the iodine, which many vegans lack their adequate intake of)

Here’s to dad

20 Jun

I always make breakfast for my mom and dad on mothers/fathers day. Growing up my sisters and I would usually do french toast for my dad and eggs for my mom. Since my dad hasn’t had pancakes in a very long time (because of me) I made him some healthy but delicious vegan banana pancakes.  He loves bananas, and after the pancakes, banana bread my sister made for him, and banana ice cream, he was happy. They turned out to be delicious. Accompanied with fruit and coffee it was the perfect fathers day breakfast. He deserved it, love you dad!


Almond Oat Banana Pancakes 

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup coconut water

2 chia egg (2 tbs chia, 6 tbs warm water)

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbs agave

cinnamon & nutmeg

bananas, sliced

other fruit

First prepare chia egg, mix and let sit on counter for several minutes. You can buy oat and almond flour, but i just make it in the vitamix! Oats take less than 30 seconds to just grind the rolled oats (NOT quick) to a fine powder. Do the same for almonds. Almond flour and almond meal are practically the same thing. Combine wet ingredients separate and combine with dry ones, in bowl or vitamix. Let the batter sit a couple of minutes before making the pancakes. Pour on griddle and throw in banana slices, grill until golden brown. Drizzle with some extra agave if you want and fresh fruit! makes 4 or 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pancakes are vegan, NOT raw. But they are soy, dairy, and gluten free!

He enjoyed them (:

 

Later Lauren and I took my dad kayaking on the Potomac…



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best fathers day dessert to end the day? Banana ice cream of course! with blueberries..

Food Grace

5 Jun

Starting this blog has made me appreciate the beauty of food even more. Now that I am taking pictures of everything, documenting most of the foods I make and their ingredients, it has made me realize the beauty behind every natural, whole ingredient used. There are few things better than admiring a simple piece of fruit or vegetable that you know grew from the ground without being fed toxic chemicals and pesticides. It is so cool how God gave food such diversity and color, showing the numerous nutrients intended for us to consume to keep us healthy and alive. It is no coincidence how the foods he gave us for direct consumption is our natural medicine. It not only keeps us alive, but it heals us, cures us, makes us feel better, and IS meant to ENJOY.

These past two semesters at school in my nutrition classes, it’s been interesting to hear some of my professors talk about how it is fascinating how certain foods put together make a complete protein, or how eating some vitamin C with your spinach allows the body to better absorb the iron.  I don’t understand how people can truly think that it was by chance how when we put certain minerals and vitamins in our body from their natural source, our bodies thrive and actually function their best. It is no coincidence, the Lord gave us these foods from the ground to nourish us and build us up.

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Genesis 1:29

So go out to a garden, field, or  local farmers market, and pick some organic living food from the ground and enjoy the beauty and medicine God gave it for our bodies  (:

 

fruit, some produce, and some more fruit

1 Jun

So I’ve never had a blog before, and besides facebook I don’t do twitter or any other type of social networking..so it took me a while to figure out how to start this thing. But not having to work at all today, I had to decide what to do with all my free time, so I made a blog! It is like 95 degrees today, and I would go to the beach, but when my sister was here I got burnt, so I decided against that. But I finally called this local U-pick strawberry place, asking how heavily they spray their strawberries (because there are like no pick your own farms that are organic here). To my surprise the guy said they just did not spray this year! So I was thrilled to be able to get a ton of fresh berries, but unfortunately it was towards the end of their crop. It was quite the back-breaking process searching for little red berries in the 90 degree weather,  but I ended up with about 3 pints worth of the sweetest, chemical free berries there are. They are literally like candy-I’ll never be able to understand how people can’t taste the difference with organic fruits and veggies compared to conventional. He gave them all to me for 5 dollars, then I got 2 cantaloupes for another 5, so he gave me a great deal for only 10 bucks (:

I made out great at the discounted little stand at Harris Teeter. My days worth of purchases was 18 dollars total for all of this delicious fruit. My Harris purchase was about 8, which included 6 peaches, 7 apricots, 4 bananas, 1 sweet potato, 4 large red onions, 2 cantaloupes, 5 granny smith apples, 4 quinces (not sure yet what to do with them), 1 pepino melon, 2 grapefruits, and a whole lot of strawberries.

Successful healthy bargain shopping? I think yes.

I decided to throw together a quick spinach salad for dinner, I felt a little lacking on the green side, having more fruit than normal lately…I made a raspberry ginger dressing in the vitamix, with plenty extra that would last several days.

Raspberry Ginger DressingRaspberry Ginger Dressing

1/4 cup  EV olive oil

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey (I used a little less)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp dried basil

1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

2 tsp of peeled fresh ginger (more or less)

1/8 cup water

I just blended on variable 5 in the Vitamix for 30 seconds.

 

Drizzled over my organic spinach with onion, peaches, and walnuts, it was the perfect summer time salad!