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Worm Bins and Vermiculture – Compost your kitchen scraps

What to do when you have a ton of compostable kitchen scraps or even tons of juicing pulp? That’s the dilemma I faced when I started working at Juice’d in Orlando, Florida. One of the answers I found was to “Get Worms”.worm bin

Yes I said “Get worms”. Not the kind your dog may get. The kind I’m talking about aren’t parasites, they are composters, they consume organic matter and produce rich soil. I was fortunate enough to see a presentation by the local worm lady Bernie Moro (Our Vital Earth) and was convinced that this was the route to go.

Since I was inundated with copious amounts of worm food from work, now all I needed was proper housing for my worms and the actual worms. Housing was easy to find. There a many DIY options and many purchasable options as well.

I went with the Worm Factory 360 which I purchased off Amazon. The worms I picked up locally from Our Vital Earth.
Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter, Black
It only took a month until I really started to see what the worms could do. As long as you keep them fed and provide them with fresh bedding (dry compostables) they will multiply and produce worm castings (poop) which is nutrient dense soil. This whole process is called “vermiculture”.

Enjoy this video of me adding another layer to my “worm condo”. Feel free to post any questions and comments. -Keep It Live!

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Keep Warm in Those Cold Months Raw Vegan Style

Greetings Health Fans,winter_shadow

Chef Adam checking during his winter travels. I have escaped to the West Coast for a little sunshine and fun times. Though I’ve been living in Michigan year round for the past 4 years, I still don’t care much for the winter months. Yes, the pristine white snow and the serenity of winter have their charm but I can enjoy these scenes nestled in a hammock or with my toes in the warm sand.

winter_teaStaying raw in the wintertime can be challenging especially if you’re going to be inflexible about things. Flexibility is your key to success. Hot tea and warming foods have been my saviors during the winter. During the cold months I still start my day off with 32 ounces of water with minerals or fresh lemon. The only difference is that I warm the water first. Not in the microwave though, I use an electric kettle. This warmth first thing in the morning makes a world of difference too. Also I make a point to eat fruits at room temperature and allow refrigerated food items to warm to room temperature before consuming them.

Skin brushing first thing in the morning has a warming effect. Rebounding is a year round staple but it’s especially useful in the wintertime to get the circulation going and warm up the body. Hot teas throughout the day are great for maintaining warmth. I make a point to have a variety of loose medicinal teas like reishi, pau d’arco, oat straw, cat’s claw, holy basil, mint and sarsaparilla on hand to drop into my French press and brew a custom tea that will support my immune system.

When all else fails I have something cooked in the crock pot. My favorites are sweet potato or any of the hard winter squashes. I like things simple and so I simply wash whatever I’m crocking, put it into the pot, set it on high and check back in 2 hours. Most folks like to cut their squash in half and scoop out the seeds. That’s easy enough to do but sometimes I throw the whole thing in and deal with the seeds once it’s been cooked.

To top the squash or sweet potato I like to make an enzyme and probiotic rich sauce using miso paste, some warm water, coconut oil and some spices. I hand mix these items in a small bowl and then pour them over what ever I’ve prepared. Here’s a basic recipe:

1 TB organic miso paste

1 TB coconut oil

2 TB hot water

1/4 tsp cinnamon or ginger

Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour over squash or sweet potato.

Where ever you are I hope you’re warm, safe and well nourished.

Keep it Live!

Adam

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Chef Adam’s Creations – Years in the Making

CAC site banner2Greetings Health Fans,

You may have noticed the new banner across the top of my website. It features the new logo for my food production business: Chef Adam’s Creations. This has been an on going process that has spanned a couple of years now. It’s a slow process, made even slower because I’ve been working on most of it on my own. Little by little things get done and now I’m finally unveiling the first snack items: Being Bites. This is a line of raw, vegan and gluten-free granola. Featured flavors are Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Cashew Curry Crunch and Almond Ginger Snap. All 3 have a unique flavor, are made with high quality ingredients and are super satisfying… some might say addictive.

3 Bags Being Bites

A friend once referred to my granola as “snack crack”. I take that as a compliment though I won’t be using it in my promotional materials.

3 Unique Flavors

Pumpkin_Seed_BrittlePumpkin Seed Brittle – *sprouted pumpkin seeds, coconut, *sprouted buckwheat, *cacao nibs, *coconut palm sugar, *ground chia seeds, *maca powder, *agave powder, Himalayan salt, *crushed vanilla bean.

*Organic Ingredients

 

Cashew Curry Crunch – *cashews, coconut, *sprouted buckwheat, *coconut palm sugar, *raisins, *ground chia seeds, *lucuma powder, *curry powder, *maca powder, *agave powder, Himalayan salt.

*Organic Ingredients

 

Almond Ginger Snap – *sprouted almonds, *dried apple, *sprouted buckwheat, *mesquite powder, *coconut palm sugar, *raisins, *ground chia seeds, *maca powder, *cinnamon, *agave powder, *ginger, Himalayan salt.

*Organic Ingredients

 

Give Them A Try!

Here’s a quick recipe for a tasty Berry Whipped Pudding using fresh or frozen berries and avocado… it’s tasty and easy!

1 C fresh/frozen blueberries
1 to 2 peeled oranges or pitted peaches
1/2 to 1 avocado – depends on how creamy you want your pudding
1 TB spirulina or blue green algae
1 tsp maca powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Sweeten to taste with coconut palm sugar, maple syrup or stevia
Blend smooth – add water if too thick
1/2 frozen banana – optional

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Berries, berries: blue, red, black…

blue berry farmBerry season is in full effect. We’ve got blueberries, mulberries, strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, black berries… peaches and apples are on the way as well.

Here’s an easy recipe that makes use of berries, avocado and your favorite superfoods.

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Berry Whipped Goodness

  • 1 C berries – frozen or fresh
  • 1 orange (peeled) or 1 peach (pitted)
  • 1/2 to 1 avocado
  • 1 TB spirulina, blue green algae or favorite green superfood blend
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 frozen banana – optional

Blend all ingredients smooth. Add water if too thick. Top with berries and granola.