Gardening is therapy for my heart and soul. First hard work is done to prepare the space, sweat, blisters, bug bites persist yet glorious hard work overcomes all bringing a great sense of joy and inner peace. As the weeds come out of the ground they also come out of my soul.
Then come the rows, carefully prepared with love hoping the hard work has paid off. Seeds are picked out, planted, covered and blessed.
Then the 3 w’s:
I wonder will the seeds take…will they grow. When I don’t see anything I doubt for a moment and am overjoyed to find growth on a new day.
Gardening is like anything else, if you don’t succeed the first time try again! I’ve already re-seeded a few areas and thankfully I did because now new growth is coming up. I have a few more to tend to.
We planned our rows out this time.
Can you tell I am married to an engineer? He helped organize us and I learned quickly documenting it on an excel spreadsheet. Fun!
Fingers crossed what we planned actually comes to fruition!
I am hoping the garden produces so much we have plenty to share!!!
Here are some of the beauties coming up!
Do you have a garden? We hope to have a big piece of property someday, an earth ship home and a permanent garden spot but for now we are so happy to have the go-ahead to plant where we are. We’ve done container gardening in San Diego on our patio and it was fun to see how much we could grow. Whether big or small in a kitchen window seal or a patio growing plants brings much joy!
With love and dirt under my thumb,
“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
Beets are a nutritional powerhouse loaded with immune boosting qualities!
Once I learned how good they were for us I couldn’t help but keep some around for our smoothies. We even planted seeds for some fresh organic heirloom beets (hopefully!)
Did you know 1 tsp of beet powder is equivalent to the nutrition of 1 whole beet???!!! I didn’t! I learned about it on Instagram from @rawgrandma. Dehydrated beets, ground into a powder can be used in smoothies, sauces, soups, treats and more adding a gorgeous color and an instant shot of health. To make some for yourself wash and peel some beets…
Slice thin with a knife or mandolin…
Place on a dehydrator rack. I love our Excalibur!
Dehydrate overnight at 104-105 degrees until completely dehydrated. I let ours continue until mid-day.
Remove and grind into a fine powder. I ground ours in our coffee grinder. I will try our food processor or blender next time for a more refined powder. You can also purchase beet root powder online. :0)
I even used the beet powder as a 100% organic and raw blush and lip-gloss! Place the beet powder in a clean make-up container for powders or tap some in the lid of a jar (I chose this option) dab your brush in the powder, tap it to remove any excess chunks and apply, adding additional layers as preferred to reach a beautiful glow! For lip-gloss use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil and apply to lips, rub in. Dab your finger in the powder and rub your lips together or use your finger to rub in. The moisture in the oil will unleash the color for beautiful kiss-worthy lips. Simple and pretty! I found an awesome lipgloss recipe here that I can’t wait to try: http://yumuniverse.com/easy-diy-beet-powder-cream-blush/!
I hope you enjoy the health benefits of beets or even beet powder.
Burrito Bowls offer a complete balanced meal that’s easy to make, attractive to your eye, nourishing to your body and super delicious! For a vegan or non-vegan this meal is sure to please! It is a great meal to kick off National Vegetarian Awareness Month.
I honestly didn’t know it existed! It was established by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977! FIX.com is spreading the awareness about the benefits of vegetarian lifestyle. Read all about it here. They even created the beautiful image below.
To make this bowl start 1 cup of cooked brown rice in the center of a bowl. Surround with a layer of guacamole.
Cover the guacamole with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”! Opt to add “refried” beans. We took soaked and boiled beans, added a dash of oil, seasoning and placed it in the food processor for a homemade version. (Props to my hubs!) Then surround the plate with your favorite leafy green, we used amaranth leaves. :0) Opt to top with a heart of Sriracha sauce!
Homemade or purchased beans (your fav – whole or blended)
1-2 cups fresh leafy greens
Dash of Sriracha sauce
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro.
Pre-cook the rice on the stove or in a rice cooker. Place 1 cup each in a bowl for 2 servings.
Create a fresh batch of guacamole, surround the rice. Rinse and whip up some raw walnut taco “meat” and place on top of the guacamole.
Place beans around the base of the rice and fresh greens around the bowl. Serve with a heart of Sriracha on top and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro, dig in! Serve as is or with tortillas or chips.
100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos! The “meat” is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible. We both were blown away at how it tasted like the “real thing.” We loved it so much we had it for dinner two nights in a row. The first night we enjoyed it in cabbage wraps with fresh fruit on the side.
Tonight for Taco Tuesday we had it on a corn crisp with all the fixings.
I served it with a big platter of food, sometimes it is more fun to make it yourself!
With walnut taco “meat” that is out of this world! The recipe was inspired from The Rawtarian who I’m just beginning to follow and love!
Stack it, stuff it, sprinkle it, scoop it, enjoy it any way you please!
To make the Walnut Taco “Meat” all you will need is a food processor and the ingredients below. Combine all of the ingredients and process until desired consistency. I displayed the recipe as 2 servings but it could be 4 small serving as well, each time we had enough left for a late night snack.
I thought it would be fun to end Vegan Month of Food and September off with a bang! A new raw, vegan and gluten-free recipe that is sure to please. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Today for lunch we enjoyed homemade hummus dip! I started playing with it shaping it in a round shape and then Gerald started shaving a carrot. Before we knew it we had a Hummus Turtle! :0)
It was a fun way to enjoy a delicious dip! We both LOVE hummus and it’s been way too many moons since we last enjoyed some. We recently soaked and boiled chickpeas so it was the perfect occasion for a fresh batch of hummus. We couldn’t help but enjoy every last bite.
The recipe hails from our Blendtec Cookbook with modifications for a garlic, herb and seed blend with red pepper flakes for a pinch of spice. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!
Creamy Cantaloupe mixed with coconut milk and agave for a divine and refreshing pick me up!
I haven’t purchased a cantaloupe in a long time. Last week while at the market I couldn’t help but pick one up. I could smell it walking down the isle and new it would be sweet! We both forgot how much we love cantaloupe, I have a feeling they’ll be appearing in recipes more often. So sweet, so healthy and really good frozen, who knew? Once frozen and whipped with coconut milk and a dash of sweetener it is a soft, creamy, cold, icy, orange mellow cool smoothie!!
About a month ago I had someone write me offline asking about measuring their telomeres. They were excited to try our Starfire Gold and wanted to know if we had heard of anyone getting their telomeres measured. We hadn’t heard of anyone following through or up with us directly. It turns out there are companies out there who do measure your telomeres! You can even order a DIY kit. I found this company and there are more.
If it weren’t for my husband I would be reading this asking..okay so what are telomeres?
Telomeres are comparable to the caps on our shoelaces for our DNA or genes; they protect them from shortening and fraying. Recent research is providing evidence for a connection between telomere length and lower incidence of disease and better aging. Meanwhile, others are studying how we can either preserve the length or elongate our telomeres with diet. They have found that a plant-based diet that is rich in folate, antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium), omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D is associated with longer telomeres.
WHOO-HOO – Insert Happy Dance here! I read it to my husband and gave him a high five!
Eating a healthy diet, getting regular movement and exercise, reducing stress, yoga, meditation and positive lifestyle changes can lead to a longer life and longer telomeres!
It will give you a younger immune system, make your cells act younger, and you’ll be able to keep doing what you love no matter your biological age.
I’m talking about citrulline.
Citrulline is an amino acid. And it’s the main facilitator in the process that turns on a natural telomere protection factor called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide protects your cells and your telomeres, maintaining their length.3
Citrulline helps and improves the process that makes these telomere protection factors work.4 In fact, when researchers looked at citrulline’s effect, it increased your telomere protection factors by 300 percent! 5
…Watermelon juice also has more citrulline than the flesh, but you have to drink three glasses a day to get a good amount of citrulline for a telomere boost.6
…The easiest way to get citrulline is through a powder or an extract.
…Just 50 mg a day of citrulline should provide you an additional telomere protection boost. – Al Sears, MD
Starfire Gold has been used for thousands of years for longevity. “The white powdered starfire gold was consumed by high-ranking Anunnaki, knowing that it activated the pineal gland, subsequently producing DMT which is somehow correlated to the production of the enzyme telomerase, tempering the damage to telomeres during cell division. A solution to the rapid aging process due to the short solar cycles on Earth had been found.” [pg 106] – Gerald Clark
It turns out cantaloupe contains Citrulline! Not a lot but I figure every bit can help!
To make this healthy dreamy alchemical creation simply blend the following ingredients in a blender, scraping down sides as needed and sip to a healthier you!!! Cheers!
It was a very fun way to enjoy a LOT of raw vegetables and herbs, combined together layer by layer with love to create a big slice of flavorful raw lasagna!
The recipe comes from FullyRaw Kristina! It was sent to me by a sweet friend and boy am I glad she shared. Here is the video with full instruction on how to make it.
I subbed a few ingredients based on what I had in the kitchen. Making it work as Lindsay with Happy Herbivore would say!
Mine looked something like this:
More Zucchini Layers, a green layer, and raw marinara layer!
More zucchinis, a green layer and then a cucumber nut layer…yum!
More zucchini, a green layer, a red marinara layer topped with red bell peppers. Another zucchini layer topped with the cucumber nut blend and topped with cucumber, red bell peppers and red onion.
The end product:
Very nourishing, healthy, satisfying, fun, filling and tasty! We couldn’t wait to slice into that beauty and dig in!
The results? Fantastic!
I hope you enjoy this healthy fun way to eat raw vegetables! I was curious what it would take like cooked… I know I know it’s supposed to be raw! With curiosity I heated the balance for dinner at 350 for an hour and it was insanely delicious. Oil-free, vegan and loaded with vegetables! We ate about 5-6+ cups of dark leafy greens, cups of herbs, onion, garlic, tomatoes, nuts, zucchinis, cucumbers and red bell peppers between lunch and dinner….wow…! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Thank you FullyRaw Kristina for your fantastic recipe and all you do for humanity!!!
Do you ever have one of those mornings where you aren’t sure what to make for breakfast? I had 2 ripe bananas and an apple to work with plus other nuts and dried fruits.
I started combining all of our favorite snacks, bananas, nuts, prunes, dates. Then half an apple to bulk up the smoothie with flax meal and chia seed for a boost of vitamins and minerals.
The smoothie turned out so creamy, lush, silky and filling! It filled me up so quickly and left me smiling.
This smoothie is:
and Provides a Healthy Boost of Energy!
Save 1/2 of the apple, sliced and the coconut flakes to top. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency. Top with apple slices and coconut flakes. Enjoy!!!
I have great news! Gerald received his 4th donation this month from Bella out of his home state of all places! It was such a sweet surprise to see someone from his hometown supporting him. Thank you so much Bella for showing your support and appreciating my husband. We appreciate you.