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My New Love: Coconut Water + Green Smoothies


I’ve never liked coconut water. Honestly? It tasted like vomit to me. Gross, I know. But it did!

In the raw food world, there are lots of recipes that call for it and I’ve purchased them at the Asian grocery store and cracked them open with a butcher knife in hopes of gaining some love for them. I even bent my favorite knife doing it! But despite my efforts…no love.

And then my friend was going on and on about it…but she wasn’t drinking it plain, she was putting it in her smoothie as the liquid.

So I thought I would try it too.

Eureka! I liked it. I more than liked it…I LOVED it. It gives my smoothie a totally new taste…nothing really overpowering, just a nice overall flavor. I don’t use it every time, but if I have it on hand, it adds a twist. It also has nice health benefits like high potassium and electrolytes (great for post partum) and a bunch of other things that (according to the Internet) may or may not be true. Google it πŸ™‚

I like the kind with no sugar added (for obvious reasons) and have found it locally for 9 cents an oz. If you want to order a case (but not the same brand), check out Amazon. It appears to be well-liked and is 12 cents/oz if you do the subscribe and save option.

So for all you smoothie lovers out there, try it out! I know I’m late to the game and I’m sure some of you are already doing this, but I just had to share. Yum.

April 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm 16 comments


We all have them. Those food items that you would run to the store in the middle of the night to buy. The favorites that you just can’t live without. Here are a few of mine:

We ALWAYS have avocados on hand. Could there be anything more delightful? They are the ultimate power food…and we all love them. We eat them on salads, salted on sprouted bread, plain, on curries…you name it. Avocado was both Bella and Lucy’s first food. Yum yum.

Raw Goat Milk Cheese
This is not the soft goat cheese that you might be thinking of…we get the raw cheddar cheese and we eat A LOT of it. It’s more spendy ($6.99 for a small block)…but it’s so worth it because we don’t do cow’s milk cheese around here most of the time. If you’ve never had it, you’ll be surprised at how wonderful it is! Even when we’re eating mostly raw, we keep this cheese in to satisfy cravings.

Justin’s Nut Butters
Oh.My.Goodness. Love it. Maple is our favorite. We top our brown rice cakes with it. We put it in our oatmeal. We like to scoop it right out with a spoon. No, it’s not raw…but it’s darn good. They also make them in little travel packets. So handy dandy. They are based out of Boulder…I might have to go take a photo of their headquarters while we’re here. I love them that much.

Green smoothies
These are a staple around here. We are still making them almost morning…we can’t go too long without one or we feel it! And yes, I am planning another Green Smoothie Challenge. Don’t ask me dates…but I’m hoping to do it soon! So get ready πŸ™‚

Crave it. The smell. The sweetness. Love it. We eat LARGE bowls of it in the summertime, sometimes having entire meals of just watermelon.

Citron Oolong
This is easily my favorite tea. I have it nearly every morning. Just the smell will amaze you. Excellent hot or iced.

Steel Cut Oats
This is a recent addition to our favorites. The texture is similar to brown rice. Chewy, nutty, and delicious. Iwe like to top it with bananas, almond butter, walnuts or hemp seeds, maple syrup, and almond milk.

Iced Tea
We’ve been drinking OOODLES of iced tea around here. I’m loving the Celestial Seasonings tropical “cool brew” as well as their blueberry green tea. I love to mix and match my flavors…it’s like making a cocktail! πŸ™‚

So there you have it. A short list of the foods and drinks that we’re loving right now. What’s on YOUR list?

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Mostly, I’m just trying to be helpful πŸ™‚

July 28, 2010 at 1:23 am 37 comments

Mary’s Secret Garden – Ventura, CA

This is possibly the yummiest veggie burger ever made. All veggie, all VEGAN! Even the cheese. Matt devoured this at Mary’s Secret Garden in Ventura, CA, a sweet little vegan and raw cafe near the beaches in Ventura. I ordered some fresh spring rolls and a pineapple & date smoothie, but forgot to take photos. Oops! I ate them too fast.

The cafe featured all vegan food…with much of that being raw vegan. They had such a great mix of food…and they were super sweet with Bella, making her a special noodle dish upon her request. I had read rave reviews about this place, but we almost left town without checking it out. I’m so glad we didn’t…now I wish we would have been there longer so I could go every day. Yum.

A cute little outdoor patio…looking over the park across the street.

It was hoppin’ at lunch time.

A quaint little corner.

January 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm 11 comments

Road Food

sara cooking
Here I am…in Walla Walla, Washington cooking up some Sunchoke Quinoa with my friend Ali. If you don’t read my other blogs, you might be wondering if I fell off the face of the earth. This blog has been mighty quiet lately πŸ™‚ Our family has gone back on the road full time and the last few months have been full of transition and craziness.

I will still be posting to Happy Foody, but while we’re on the road, it tends to be very sporadic. I’m usually cooking up some deliciousness in my friend’s homes…but most of it is stuff that is on my blog already! So…as I try new and fun recipes, I will post. I’ll be launching our new travel blog soon…stay tuned! Thanks for your patience.

Have a wonderful weekend!


November 13, 2009 at 12:59 am 9 comments

Quick Coconut Curry Stir-Fry

I’m always looking for a relatively quick and healthy lunch option…and this one was definitely a hit. The sauce is really simple to throw together, and yet is very flavorful. Yum!

Quick Coconut Curry Stir-Fry
1 medium onion, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
1 pound extra firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
2-3 cups broccoli, snap peas, peppers, mushrooms…you choose!
Salt and pepper to taste

Stir-Fry Sauce:
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon (about a thumb size) minced fresh ginger

Saute the onion in olive oil until soft. While that is cooking, stir together the sauce ingredients and set aside. Add all of your veggies to the onions and saute for a few minutes. Pour the stir-fry sauce over the mixture and cook through until veggies are soft. You could throw in a couple handfuls of spinach until just wilted if you like (right before you serve it). Serve over quinoa or brown rice. Top with some sweet thai chili sauce for a little extra kick! πŸ™‚

January 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm 29 comments

Snobby Joes

I’m not sure how I have lived so long without these…they are definitely a keeper! Another goodie from Isa Chandra…these “snobby joes” are certain to please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We ate them on buns with organic ketchup (way better tasting than regular!), mustard, and pickles. If you wanted to omit the bread, you could serve them in lettuce wraps. These were SO TASTY. Wow.

I tweaked the original recipe a bit…up the chili powder if you like it spicier!

1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 – 1 Tablespoons chili powder (orig. recipe called for 3!)
1 1/2Β  teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons yellow mustard (wet mustard)

4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns

Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.

Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait. I like to serve these open faced, with a scoop of snobby joe on each slice of the bun.

January 17, 2009 at 7:43 am 37 comments

Beautiful Beets

My midwife, Rebecca, encouraged me to eat beets during my pregnancy…so I promptly went to the coop and bought 2 different varieties, but they sat uneaten in the back of my fridge for weeks. Finally, upon seeing them, I had a craving and decided to cook them up. I do love beets…I grew up eating them fresh from my parent’s garden, but I didn’t know of (or care about) the awesome health benefits back then! πŸ™‚

Beets are super high in folate, which is essential when you’re growing a baby! It also has a decent level of iron and tons of other nutrients. There are several different ways to eat beets:

  • Roast or boil until tender…season with lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, etc.
  • Grate raw beets over your salads (I love this!)
  • Juice them!
  • Marinate/steam the greens just like you would with mustard or collard greens.

This particular variety of beets has a striped pink and white flesh and is called a “chioggia” beet. Aren’t they so beautiful? It was such a surprise when I cut into it! It’s a pre-1840 Italian heirloom garden beet and I had never seen it before. But the coop had a bunch of kinds, so I thought I should mix it up! I will definitely be buying more. Yum.

January 17, 2009 at 7:33 am 9 comments

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