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Raw Kale Avocado Salad

Kale is an amazing food. You should eat lots and lots and lots of it. We’ve been eating it daily here…in the form of juice, smoothies, and salads. You can check out its awesome benefits and nutritional content here. Anytime you can avoid cooking something…it’s better. However, kale tends to be rather tough and stringy when raw. One of the most common raw recipes you’ll see out there is the raw kale and avocado salad. The mixture of salt and lemon juice essentially “cooks” the leaves and breaks them down enough to make it a delicious salad.

I first saw this recipe in Alissa Cohen’s cookbook, Living on Live Food…but you can find so many different versions of this salad across the web. I’ve adjusted the ingredients to my taste, but as always…tweak it to YOURS!

  • 1 head kale, shredded (I prefer the taste of curly kale for this one)
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped (fresh salsa is also delicious!)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or hemp seed oil (go for less if you can)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, to taste (1/4 – 1/2 t)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • For extra yummy…add 1-2 sheets untoasted nori (snip up with scissors into little bits)
  • Optional toppings: raisins, pine nuts, hemp seed nuts, sesame seeds

Preparation

In mixing bowl, toss all ingredients together. Mush everything together (with hands) to created marinated/wilted effect on kale. This makes it much tastier and easier to digest.

Here is a great video by the raw food coach, Karen Knowler…demonstrating how to make this salad:

February 12, 2008 at 2:35 am 58 comments

The Butterfly

Here is a fun way to present the marvelous apple + date combination to your kids. I saw this somewhere online, and I thought it was a fun idea. Also, in place of the dates, you could drizzle almond butter down the middle for the body/antennae and then put raisins on it’s body for decoration. Bella LOVES eating her butterflies πŸ™‚

February 12, 2008 at 2:21 am 3 comments

Apples + Dates

We have been experimenting with different snacks and “treats” around here. Being that we cut out all the processed snacky food, so there is no more grabbing a box of something. We have to get creative and our latest favorite is apples and dates. Did you know that apples + dates = caramel apples! Yes…it’s true!

Get some medjool dates…or any other creamy type of date. Now, take one bite of apple, and one bite of date…and enjoy πŸ™‚ It’s like heaven. It does taste just like a carameled apple. If you want to get fancy, you can soak 8-10 dates in water, and then blend them to make a caramel sauce to dip in. Bella likes them cut into little “rings”. I think dates might be my new favorite thing!! They are addicting though, so I have to limit myself to a few, lest I overdo it!

February 9, 2008 at 3:26 am 20 comments

Mango Hedgehogs

Bella LOVES it when we have “mango hedgehogs”. These cute little fruity animals are made by slicing off the 2 sides of the mango opposing the core, scoring them almost to the skin in a grid-like fashion, and “flipping” them inside out. Sprinkle a little lime on top for some kick…and dig in. Literally. Mangoes are meant to be a messy food…pick them up with your hands and eat the soft flesh right off the skin with your mouth. Yes, you will get messy and drippy, but that is part of the fun.

You can also freeze mango chunks for a delicious mango/pineapple/banana/almond milk tropical smoothie. Unfortunately, I have recently discovered that I am allergic to mangoes….even though I used to eat them. Booo hoo! So, I will live vicariously through my daughter. Eat away, little one. Yum!

February 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm 6 comments

Figgy

I began my love affair with figs a few years back when I found them at my little corner grocery in Des Moines. They were dried calimyrna figs and they were so yummy! I recently came across some dried black mission figs and have fallen in love all over again. They are perfect for an after dinner snack when you need just a little something sweet…they have a gooey, fudgey consistancy with teeny tiny little crunchy seeds inside that you eat with it. They even come with a little “handle” (stem) to hold on to while you eat it. When you are looking for them, try to find them in bulk instead of in a bag that has been sitting on the shelf for awhile. Those tend to be very hard and dry instead of moist. Calimyrna figs will be a bit drier anyway, but are still gooey in the middle. I could literally eat an entire bag of these…but I try to resist πŸ™‚ Bella loves them too…they’re a great mid-afternoon snack for a hungry toddler!

January 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm 5 comments

Ode to Watermelon


Watermelon…it’s a slight obsession. I could eat watermelon ALL DAY LONG. I buy at least 2 at a time in the summer because I can go through one a day! Here are some fun facts about watermelon:

* Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or
cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
*Watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
* Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitacae and it is a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
* The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
* A watermelon was once thrown at Roman Governor Demosthenes during a political debate. Placing the watermelon upon his head, he thanked the thrower for providing him with a helmet to wear as he fought Philip of Macedonia.
* Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
* The word “watermelon” first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.
* Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
* In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
* In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
* In 1990, Bill Carson, of Arrington, Tennessee, grew the largest watermelon at 262 pounds that is still on the record books according to the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
* In 1999 over 4 billion pounds of watermelon were produced in the United States.
* Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
* Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

And believe it or not, there is actually a National Watermelon Promotion Board.

July 31, 2006 at 9:10 pm 5 comments

Collards

Collards make great wraps. You can use them just like you would use a tortilla, pita, etc. (but so much healthier!). They have a very mild flavor and are very tasty. My favorite thing to wrap them around is: hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprounts, avocados…and a little vegenaise and mustard. A little tip…use your thumb to press down on the vein and flatten it out before you roll it.

Go Green!

July 26, 2006 at 9:53 pm 2 comments

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