real raw kitchen: 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

RECIPE: Coconut Cream Dream with Banana

EDITED 1/13/2014: This recipe is one of my very early posts to a non-existent blog. It's a killer recipe but a less than stellar set up and personal Instagram photos ..

To me, now in 2014, I am horrified that I could publicly post this as my own creation but I'm reluctant to take it down simply because the recipe really is that.good. ( and from Gliving .. check it out!)

So please accept my apologies for these weird pictures and instead just trust the process .. and maybe I'll remake it JUST to photograph it for you!

Enjoy! xo




Coconut Cream Dream with Banana
Recipe adapted from Gliving

Ingredients

For the crust
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup shredded dry coconut
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 2 TB agave 
  • pinch of sea salt
For the filling
  • 1-2 bananas, sliced
  • meat from one whole coconut
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup TB agave (or less, depending on your taste)
  • coconut water (from the coconut, if needed)
  • 1 TB lime juice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder)

Instructions

For the crust
  • Place everything in a food processor and process until crumbled but not paste-y. 
  • Dump contents out onto the bottom of a springform pan. 
  • Wet your fingers and press everything down until an even crust is formed.
  •  Set aside.
For the filling
  • Line the crust with your slices of bananas until a layer is formed. 
  • Place the remaining ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until completely smooth. 
  • Pour over the top of your banana slices. 
  • Place in freezer for 1-2 hours until firm and then transfer to the refrigerator for a few more hours until you are ready to serve.

note: many raw dessert recipes call for you to place the crust in the freezer while you prepare the filling by I usually leave mine out on the counter. By allowing it to stay at room temperature I've noticed that the layer hold together much better. When you finally put it in the freezer altogether they set together, making it very cohesive.

Slice it up, top with more bananas and/or coconut shreds and enjoy!

xo


Monday, March 28, 2011

Gotta UTI? (yuck) Nature's gotta cure.

How to Cure A UTI Naturally By Elizabeth Seward 

Courtesy of http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/uti-natural-remedy.html

If you are a woman, particularly a woman who is sexually active, then you may already know that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can strike at almost any time for any reason. They're one of the most uncomfortable ailments to experience. From the burning and constant urge to urinate, it's a feeling that you'll want to rid yourself of immediately.

Antibiotics are the traditional medicine for UTIs. They clear up your system quickly and relatively painlessly.
So What's the Problem with antibiotics?
Some people believe in antibiotics, but others don't. Drug companies certainly aren't the most the most eco-friendly—their factories produce pollution and their drugs come decked out in plastic. Some think that antibiotics kill off good bacteria, leaving your immune system weaker.
While UTIs are something that you should definitely treat through a doctor if your symptoms persist for longer than 2 days or so, there are still natural things you can do to help snip them from their start without spending much money or using many resources.
Natural Remedies For UTIs:
  1. Cranberry
    Cranberry has been proven to help acidify the urine and prevent the UTI bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Make sure you drink 100% cranberry juice or eat actual cranberries, though. All of the unnatural sugars and other substances in regular store-bought juice won't do you any favors.
  2. Baking Soda

    When you first feel the symptoms of a UTI, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with eight ounces of water. It's gross tasting, but you'll be happy you did it. Baking soda raises the PH level of the irritating and acidic urine during a UTI attack.
  3. Uva Ursi

    Uva Ursi is an herb you can get at most natural food and drug stores. Although the scientific evidence seems to be controversial, this herb may have antiseptic properties.


With all of this said, I should warn you: letting a UTI go untreated can be extremely dangerous. The bacteria can easily spread and cause a kidney infection. These are only remedies you should try for a couple of days. If your symptoms do persist, you should make an appointment to see a doctor, regardless of the environmental repercussions of plastic bottles and drug factories.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

RECIPE: butternut squash soup

This is such an incredible raw soup. Raw soups are not really my thing and sometimes are hard to digest but THIS soup is magical. It's tasty, it's light, it's filling, AND it tastes soooo good. Also, it takes about 5 minutes to make ...

for the soup:
the recipe
1.5 Cups of raw chunks of butternut squash, peeled and seeded.
3 Cups of orange juice (fresh)
1 Cup of mango
1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg or Cinnamon


garnish
Banana slices or mango cubes
Cinnamon

In a high speed blender place all the soup ingredients, and slowly increase the speed, this is to to prevent too much foam on top. Allow ingredients to fully mix. Serve and garnish with the rest of the ingredients.

So easy and simple.

xo


Monday, February 7, 2011

Move that money maker!



Whoever said exercise was a bad thing? And whoever said you had to be a professional athlete in order to get adequate exercise? Simply moving--as in shaking that money maker--for 40 minutes can actually increase your brain size (and naturally, your brain power) as well as make you look and feel fabulous. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied an already studied quick-fix to all things maladaptive: exercise. This time the study focused on exercise and aging adults. No surprise here...exercise is fabYOUlous and it can also help our bodies survive on Earth how God intended it to.

Read the article and find out for yourself:

Get a moooove on!

In the meantime, maybe you can get your brain juices flowing by trying out some (simple) exercise. I promise, that's all it takes. I'm not promising you will look like Gisele Bundchen, but getting that crimson liquid running through your veins faster than the sloth-like pace that it's accustomed to can make all the difference in your daily threshold.



Yoga
MmmMMmmmmMm my favorite. Get those juices flowing and you'll be surprised what else starts flowing.

Shopping
Amen, sister. Walking around in circles will get that blood pumping. And I can guarantee the Semi Annual Sale will get your blood flowing, not to mention the likelihood that you will spend more than 40 minutes in this activity.

Farmer's Market
My Sunday walks are probably my favorite part of California. I get to wake up every lazy Sunday and walk to the local Farmer's Market. I take my time and meander through the stands and smell the different and exotic smells. This is my time and I don't let anyone interrupt me. I'm exercising my sluggish legs as well as my stifled soul.

Hike
When was the last time you went for a hike? Okay, so the Sierra Nevada's aren't on everyone's doorstep, but an outdoor walk--non-concrete-pounding--is probably more physical than your romantic relationship you've developed with your fancy computer.


Stairs
Even when I was prime (okay, more prepared than less so) for my marathon I would still get winded taking the stairs. So master those stairs, pretty lady, because that brain isn't the only thing that will get juicy.

Clean House 
Aside from my unnaturally clean boyfriend, most small spaces, and even large ones, could use a good once over. And my once-overs are the works: vacuum, mop, dust, laundry, dishes, windows, mirrors, linens...okay, I'm not that disgusting, but 40 minutes in and I'm feelin' good.

GET MOVING, WOMAN!

What I'm reading, now

As a graduate student I certainly have plenty of assigned readings piled up on my desk but every once in awhile I like to read something a little more satisfying. My internal nerd (or maybe my nerd-self is completely visible) compels me to explore Buddhism. I once took a World Religions class and though I cannot recite almost anything I learned, I can say that ever since then I've felt this magnetic pull toward Buddhism. I don't know what this pull is (maybe it's the freedom of exploration and understanding) but I figured I'd start acknowledging this pull by satisfying my craving. As per the recommendation of one Dr. Ann Berliner I've checked out What the Buddha Taught at my local library. Aside from my textbook reading--and all of my other duties I should be attending to--I've devoured the first pages of this book. With a little self-restraint I've been reading it chapter by chapter.


So far I've found that there's an incredible amount of satisfaction found in following your yearnings. I don't know where this will take me because I rarely can predict the future, but I do know that having the space and freedom to indulge my curiosity has had the most profound effect on me in the venue of peace. Maybe it's the Buddha's no-nonsense approach to life, or maybe it's the satisfaction found in self-indulgence, but I find myself a lot more content and peaceful when I allow myself this freedom. Self-growth is essential in fully living and growth cannot happen without a little sunshine, water, and fresh air! Give yourself some space let that inner whoa-man shine!