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Maple Sap Madness at Camp Rawnora

Maple sap Rawnora

Greetings Health Fans,

March Madness finally has meaning in my life once again and I’m not talking about watching college kids running around dribbling a ball either. March is typically the time that the maple sap starts flowing in Michigan and right now the flow is upon us. The picture above shows how the professionals tap a tree. This year I decided to actually tap some trees as well. My set up was a bit more creative and DIY, but I got the same results… gallons and gallons of maple tree sap. Watch the video below and see.jars_of_sapSince tapping the trees I’ve been on a steady diet of maple sap for all of my hydration needs. If you have never experienced drinking a chilled glass of maple sap I encourage you to do so. The sap is 97-98% water when it comes out of the tree and from all appearances you would assume it is just plain water but you would be mistaken. It’s living water complete with organic minerals. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a slight maple syrup sweetness to it. I drink 2 glasses first thing in the morning. The first glass I drink straight and use it to throw back an MSM pill or 2. In the second glass I add some Oceans Alive marine phytoplankton. That’s the way to start the day. My only issue is that I have to keep the sap chilled in the refrigerator to keep it from spoiling. I’m not big on cold drinks in the middle of winter but I’m able to make this exception.

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Sprouted Oat Cookies

Here are some of the other creative ways I’ve integrated maple sap into my daily diet:

  • Smoothie base, use the sap instead of water
  • Tea base, I use an electric kettle, be sure to rinse it out because the sugar can collect inside the kettle
  • Raw granola and cookie recipes, I use the sap instead of water when making these recipes that will eventually be dehydrated
  • Kombucha starter base, my first attempt at this wasn’t exactly successful but I’m sure it was something I did and not the maple saps fault

Enjoy this video on how to harvest maple sap gadgetarian style. – Keep it Live!

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Prepare for Spring

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Greetings Health Fans,

It’s still a bit chilly around here but I thought I’d share a video from last summer that features one of my raised bed gardens at Camp Rawnora. I used old fence posts and fence boards to create the frame for the garden. The length of the fence boards determined the length of my garden. The only cutting I did was on the fence posts which I cut down to 14 inches. I dug a 6 inch deep hole for each of them and secured them in the ground before attaching the face boards. With recycled wood it is important to pre-drill holes and secure everything with wood screws. This aged wood had a tendency to split at the ends and pre-drilling will prevent that.

Underneath I lined the ground with cardboard and newspaper to kill off the grass and to prevent weeds from growing up into the bed. Eventually all of this material will breakdown and turn into future fertilizer. The beds were filled with composted manure which our horses happily produce. I topped the beds and the walkway around the bed with woodchips. This was useful for retaining moisture in the beds especially during the drought we had last summer.

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All the plants that went into the raised bed were grown from organic seed started under grow lights and then transplanted. The variety of tobacco used was from heirloom seeds gifted to Camp Rawnora by a Native American. The tobacco leaves and seeds were collected for ceremonial usage. As you can see from the pictures, humming birds enjoy the bountiful yellow blooms of the tobacco plant.

Currently the bed has a thick layer of dead leaves on top of it which is covered in a layer of snow. Eventually the snow will melt and it will be time to replant the bed. This year I plan on using activated EM to prepare the soil and I hope to experiment with compost tea as well. I’ll be sure to post my progress.

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Rock’n the Kelp Noodles

Still not so sure on how to prepare Kelp Noodles? Well never fear The Live Food Experience is here to guide you through your sea tangle noodle adventure. Kelp noodles are a raw vegan no cook alternative to traditional grain based noodles that require cooking. The magic of kelp noodles is that you just open the bag and they’re ready to go… well not quite. The secret I’m about to share with you will maximize your kelp noodle experience. Follow these simple steps and you will enjoy your noodles, do not follow these steps and… not so good.

  1. Open the bag
  2. Pour out the juice
  3. Squeeze the noodles
  4. Rinse the noodles
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 one more time
  6. SQUEEZE NOODLES

The most important thing to remember is that the last thing you should do to the noodles is squeeze them and squeeze them hard. This will allow them to soak up the tasty sauce you have prepared. You may be saying, “I haven’t prepared a tasty sauce.” Well I took that into consideration and thought up one for you to prepare.

Tasty Sauce for Kelp Noodles and Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 TB diced onion
  • 3 TB miso - preferably chickpea miso
  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 tsp ginger - optional
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Blend ingredients.
  2. Add salt or spice if needed.
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Here’s a video to bring home the message… Squeeze, Rinse, Squeeze, Rinse, SQUEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZEEEE!!!! Enjoy.

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5 minute raw vegan banana ice cream

Spring PonyGreetings Boys and Girls,

Fun stuff happening up in Michigan. We have ponies being born and baby greens popping up. The wild foraging is in full effect with this early spring. Check out my post from last year on how to make stinging nettle pesto. Don’t worry, once you process the nettles, they no longer sting. Please visit the Camp Rawnora website to check out our upcoming events. No matter where you are in the world, we have room for you here at Camp Rawnora.

In the meantime here’s a raw food recipe for food processor banana ice cream. This is one of my evening favorites especially when I sit down to watch a movie on the big screen at the Camp Rawnora media room.

Easy Banana Ice Cream

Easy Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 TB hemp seeds or walnuts
  • 1 TB mesquite
  • 1 TB lucuma
  • 2 tsp cacao or 1 TB of nibs
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-cut banana if it is in large chunks.
  2. Place all items in food processor with the S-blade.
  3. Pulse ingredients together and then allow to run.
  4. Ice cream is finished when it forms into a ball and spins around food processor.
  5. Transfer to bowl and sprinkle with raw granola or cacao nibs.
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