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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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Winter Travels 2013/2014

Carl in KitchenTime flies when you’re buried in snow. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was down in Florida enjoying the ocean and the sun. Months have passed but the memories remain. I took a road trip with my former girl friend and now good friend Stacia down to Bradenton, Florida in mid December. We spent Christmas with her cousin Tess Challis and family. Tess is a vegan chef and author who is also the co-founder of Get Waisted, a healthy vegan version of weight watchers. Tess’ husband Carl is the head chef at a raw food cafe in Sarasota called Ionie. I spent a day in the kitchen Tess and Carl… tasty good times.

 

raw pizzaNow I’m back in Michigan at Camp Rawnora. There’s no shortage of snow in these parts. I’m looking forward to the start of the 2014 season here at the camp. We still have 2014 Raw Recipe calendars available. It’s never too late to pick one up.

2014 Raw CalendarOur first event this year is the March Maple Water Fast beginning on Wednesday March 19th through Sunday March 23rd.

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Pawpaw, paw paw, papaw… have you heard of it?

Coconut yoghurt and persimmon breakfast
Coconut yoghurt and persimmon breakfast

Winter has well established itself here in Michigan with snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing. It seems that only a week ago I was trekking through the Rawnora landscape in search of pawpaws. What’s a pawpaw you say? That’s a fair question to ask considering this native fruit is relatively new to me as well.

pawpaw_on_treePawpaw, Latin name asimina triloba, is the largest indigenous fruit in North America. The pear-sized fruit resembles a light green mango in appearance though some fruit bulge at each end looking more like a green Mr. Peanut. The flesh of the fruit it light yellow and has smooth custard like consistency. Each fruit contains 6 to12 black seeds. Pawpaw’s flavor reminds me of banana and mango with hints of vanilla. Some local names given to this native food are Ozark banana, Indiana banana, wild banana, Kentucky banana, banango… Are you noticing a pattern?

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2 varieties of pawpaw

There are multiple varieties of wild growing pawpaw. Their fruits vary in size, color, skin thickness, flavor and number of seeds. Here at the camp we are fortunate enough to have a very juicy and tasty variety of pawpaw. The closest relative of the pawpaw grows in the tropics. Pawpaw is related to soursop, sweetsop cherimoya and other Annonaceae family trees… all of which I love to eat. Unfortunately these guys only grow far, far away.

Soursop in Jamaica
Soursop in Jamaica

Both the pawpaw tree and fruit have complex chemical properties that have both health and agricultural applications. Compounds known as acetogenins in the leaves, twigs and bark of the pawpaws are a natural insecticide and show anti-cancer properties. Pawpaw fruit is higher in protein than most fruits and is also rich in fatty acids. Caprylic acid (octanoic acid) in pawpaw fruits is a compound shown effective against bacteria infection and is also used in supplements taken to suppress candida.

Enjoy this pawpaw hunting video from October of this year and stay tuned for my next post where I’ll show you how to make a pawpaw pie.

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New Mexico – Good Eats in Santa Fe

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Soup in Santa Fe

Greetings Health Fans and Happy 2013. I hope everyone is well in the new year. Has everyone out there picked up their RAW 2013 calendar? Visit the Camp Rawnora site to get your copy complete with 13 raw recipes. This is a calendar that is useful even after 2013 is a thing of the past. Some of the recipes featured are: Black Raspberry Pie, Choco-Maca-Roons, Holiday Stuffing, Almond Cauliflower Tabouli and more…

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Currently I’m at Camp Rawnora in Watervliet, MI. It was a balmy 40F today. A bit of a change from the freezing temperatures and snowy days. Things are about to change though. On Saturday January 12th I’ll be on a plane to Jamaica to spend 7 days preparing food for a raw food retreat. I’ll be sure to post some pictures and my newest tropical creations. Until then please enjoy this restaurant review from my recent adventure in New Mexico.

Santa Fe, New Mexico has a surprising number of raw/vegan eating options. While visiting I had a chance to visit BODY of Santa Fe which has a menu that includes raw vegan, vegetarian and cooked meat options. Believe it or not I arrived without much of an appetite and had no room for dessert. Enjoy this review and Keep it Live!