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This bright smoothie features blackberries, strawberries, a hint of blueberries and freshly made raw almond mylk. A perfect start to a busy weekend.

Raw Blackberry Strawberry Smoothie (Serves 1-2)

1 cup Almond mylk

1 cup strawberries

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup blueberries (optional)

Stevia (to taste)

Vitamineral Green or other green powder (optional)

1/2 cup ice

Enjoy 😉

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The cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, Calif.

I just returned from a beautiful little trip to Southerner Southern California! Not too far away from LA (approximately 2.5 hours drive), San Diego and the surrounding ocean-side cities are super cute! This was my second time in the area, but my first time partaking in its awesome vegan cuisine and exquisite nature.

Some highlights:

Evolution Vegan, a drive-through all-vegan restaurant in San Diego, Calif. also packages and sells some of their products in grocery stores throughout California. Their restaurant features raw wraps, gluten-free homemade veggie burgers, raw vegan soft serve, juice and soup specials. Highly recommended if you’re in the area–especially if you’re on the go and need something quick! Note: we did not drive-thru when we dined at Evo, so if you have and would like to share about the experience, please do!

Vegan drive-thru! Evolution Cafe in San Diego, Calif.

Another gastronomic highlight was Peace Pies raw vegan restaurant in Encinitas, Calif. I absolutely loved the decor, outdoor seating, and very reasonably-priced organic raw vegan food!

Peace Pies Cafe--Raw vegan food in Encinitas, Calif. That's Courtney walking in!

Raw vegan sauerkraut, kelp noodle and kale salad from Peace Pies.

Green Juice From The Lotus Cafe in Encinitas, Calif.

That's me, enthusiastically drinking green juice!

It was also very lovely to visit the beautiful SRF gardens in Encinitas, Calif. and spend time by the beach.

The Self-Realization Fellowship gardens overlooking the ocean in Encinitas, Calif. Photo courtesy of Jeff Dowler.

After spending a few days in the area, I stayed for five nights at Deer Park Buddhist Monastery in Escondido, Calif. Deer Park, founded by Vietnamese monk Thich Naht Hanh, is 100% vegan, organic, and sustainable monastery that is solar-powered! It is also absolutely gorgeous:

Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, Calif. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

At Deer Park, I enjoyed going inwards to enjoy healing silence and nature. Meals included simple Vietnamese vegan dishes like steamed veggies, greens, rice, noodles, and plenty of pho. Breakfast was oatmeal, fruit and almond butter, which is easy to make in bulk and hearty. It was quite nice to enjoy it a few hours after waking up for pre-dawn morning meditations!

Thanks for reading! I am now back in LA, enjoying being back in the city and taking with me the peace and ease of the trip.

xo

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Hi, Queer Vegan Foodies!

Savvy writer, nutritionist, blogger and doctor-to-be Gena Hamshaw recently wrote a series of posts on her blog Choosing Raw that shed light on the problem with conflating health with beauty, offering insightful commentary on these topics. Here is an excerpt:

Do I think there’s some truth to the idea that healthy lifestyle habits can help to keep one looking trim and youthful? Sure. Do I think there’s any sort of guarantee? No, not really. I’ve met incredibly healthy women and men who did not necessarily emanate youth, and I’ve met many more women and men who have lifestyle habits I’d call pretty unhealthy (processed food, no exercise, alcohol/nicotine/drug addictions) who appear to be the picture of youthful beauty. Healthy habits may offer some promise of youthfulness and beauty (whatever “beauty” means), but there’s certainly no direct cause and effect relationship.

I highly encourage you to check out the post on Choosing Raw!

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A few of my closest childhood friends are admirably, remarkably, brilliantly, several years sober. I am so proud of them, and though I do not abstain from all things alcoholic all the time, I wish to support them in their healing journey.

This year, for them, and for those of us who are avoiding alcohol tonight either out of necessity or personal reasons, or wish to include something healthy before getting soused, I hope my top five healthy beverage ideas will provide you with some delicious alternatives to enjoy when the ball drops!

Top Five Healthy Beverage Ideas For New Year’s Eve:

1. Coconut Water

Hydrating, sweet, and it goes down smooth! Available at health food stores, Trader Joe’s, and even some supermarkets!

2. “B Healthy” Lemonade

This is a year-round favorite drink of mine. My recipe: add liquid  b-12 (MaxB by Premier Research Labs is the kind I use), lemon juice, and liquid stevia to pure water. You could also use limes or omit the B if you haven’t got it on hand. It’s a delicious way to get your essential b-12 supplementation!

3. Green Juice

Drinking green juice on New Year’s Eve is a wonderful excuse to get in your yearly dose of greens, and a superbly healthy way to usher in 2012. It’s pretty much a goddess-send, as far as your body is concerned!

4. Kombucha

Kombucha is fizzy, expensive, and culturally important–what more could you ask for when it comes to champagne alternatives? Note: I’m not totally sure kombucha is non-alcoholic, so if this is a concern for you, please check! It’s best to brew your own, but you can stop by your local health food store to grab a bottle or four in a pinch.

5. Water

Go for it, champ! 😉

Happy New Year’s Eve 2012, Queer Vegan Foodists! Remember: If you are going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly! xo

I’d love to know: What are you favorite non-alcoholic healthy beverages?

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Raw vegan hot chocolate is an incredible treat for the holidays. It’s cozy, warming and wonderfully delicious. This morning, in the festive light of our home’s cute miniature (real!) Christmas tree,  I whipped up a batch of delicious raw hot chocolate spiked with just about every “superfood” I had on hand. (P.S. If you haven’t already, definitely check out Gena Hamshaw’s take on superfoods. I really appreciate her perspectives on the topic!).

I have grown fond of tossing a bunch of “super” ingredients into my recipes when I can. I hope you’ll enjoy this fun nutrient-dense hot chocolate recipe, featuring reishi mushrooms, raw cacao, chia  seeds, maca, mesquite, and Vitamineral green.

Raw Vegan Superfood Hot Chocolate (Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup soaked Chia Seeds

1 Tbs Cacao powder

1 tsp reishi mushroom powder

1 Tbs Cacao Paste (optional)

1 tsp Mesquite powder

1 tsp Maca powder

Pinch high-quality salt

8 drops stevia (or, to taste)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp Vitamineral Green or other green powder (optional)

pinch of cayenne (optional)

Instructions:

Toss all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender. Mix until smooth. Meanwhile, heat up a pot of hot water. Add 2 cups hot water to the mixture and enjoy!

😉

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Most brands of Hanukkah gelt, the traditional foil-covered chocolate coins that are used to play games of Dreidel, are either non-vegan or are made with non-fair trade chocolate and yucky fillers. This Hanukkah, don’t settle for sub-par store-bought Hanukkah gelt! Make your own! This recipe, which is an adaptation of the raw chocolate I usually make, is solid at room temperature, and can be wrapped in foil, if you’d like!

Raw Vegan Hanukkah Gelt

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cacao paste (or 1/2 cup raw cacao powder and 3 Tbs coconut oil)

1/4 cup xylitol (optional)

2 droppers ful of liquid stevia

1 Tbs maca

2 Tbs mesquite powder

1 pinch vanilla powder

drop mint extract (optional)

Instructions:

Melt chocolate using a double boiler on low heat or in the dehydrator. Once melted, stir in other ingredients and mix until a smooth consistency. Remove from heat, place in chocolate molds and put in freezer or fridge. When hardened, enjoy immediately or during a game of cover in foil (optional) and use for a game of Dreidel.

Happy (early) Hanukkah! What other festive recipes would you like to see veganized for the holidays?

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Raw nori strips make delicious croutons!

On this sunny winter afternoon in Patagonia, Courtney and I were craving soup for lunch. We had a lot of freshly harvested garden greens that Courtney picked in the veganic garden this morning, including the sweetest-tasting kale, cilantro and spinach, and had some fresh cucumbers that we’d already chopped. This was the base for an amazing cucumber soup that pleased our palates and even wowed two of our other raw vegan housemates!

Raw Green Gaia Cucumber Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

3 medium-large Cucumbers

1/3 Sweet Onion (optional)

1 Cup Greens (Kale, Spinach, etc. will work)

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1-2 cloves raw garlic (optional; you may substitute Hing or Cayenne if you’d like)

1/2 Lemon’s juice

1/2 cup raw chickpea miso

2 Tbs Chia Seeds (optional; can also substitute 1/2 Avocado if on hand)

1-2 Pitted Dates (optional)

1 medium apple, cored

Instructions

Place all ingredients in Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Blend until desired consistency. Top with Nori strips, avocado slices, apple slices or even chopped cucumber!

 

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