Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Nuts…

roasted brussel sproutsBrussel sprouts are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. I love green food and if it has leaves even more!
Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, brussel sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, all of which are veggies that are low-glycemic, highly nutritious and because of their high antioxidant content can offer protection from colon, prostate and endometrial cancer. Plus, they are so versatile and easy to prepare, like this recipe that can be done in 10 minutes!

To prepare about four servings…
About 16 brussel sprouts, little more, little less depend how much you eat=]
1/2 cup pecan nuts chopped in rough chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries, you can also use other berries if you like
2 tablespoons homemade pesto (you can use your own or try the one below!)

Simple…
Cut the brussel sprouts in half and marinate with the pesto for about two hours… if you’re in a hurry you can skip the marinating and go straight to the roasting, but if you have the time it definitely makes a difference. Roast on the grill or in a roasting pan placing the open half down first until slightly golden, turn to the other side and add the pecans and cranberries to roast with the sprouts just for a few seconds. You want the flavors to blend but don’t over cook the berries and nuts for they can taste bitter! and that’s it! serve them as a side with other roasted veggies, maybe some quinoa or what ever or by themselves, they are that nutritious and tasty can be a meal on it’s own!

For the pesto I usually keep it simple and fast by filling about half of the blender with basil, four to six garlic cloves, little sea salt, little pepper and about two cups of virgin olive oil. Once blended you may add more basil or oil until you get the consistency you like… mine is always thick and super green!! if you want to vary a bit you can always add cilantro, parsley or other herbs and get creative=]

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Vegan Egg Nog… Happy Holidays!

This is a great recipe to substitute the traditional egg nog. I served it during this Holidays and I must tell you everybody loved it! Including my parents and their friends, who are not vegan, picky in their drinks and have high standards, so good! You can vary the proportions to match your taste, add more or less milk to make it as heavy and dense as you like, play with the banana/avocado ratio to vary the taste. You can even make it all raw using raw coconut and almond milk, all good healthy fats, ninja!

2 ripe avocados
1 banana
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups almond milk
Agave nectar to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional 4 oz. rum – for this I like to use Appleton Estate or Captain Morgan, but choose your favorite! Malibu goes really good specially using coconut milk, you can also use vodka or skip the alcohol entirely!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Blueberry Ginger Smoothie…

The Holiday season is here!! ūüôā
I love Christmas… I think I already told you that like 20 times before!! well, it’s my favorite time of the year so I’ll probably tell you again a few more times.

Another good way of adding heating foods in your diet this cold season is using spices in your smoothies, so easy! and that will help keep your internal fire going, that energy responsible for the strength of your immune system, for the power of assimilation and transformation of your metabolism, for keeping your spirit and energy high even during these times of coziness and over indulging.
This morning I’m using ginger and cinnamon, warming, sweet, detoxifying and stimulating spices that also add some added sweetness.

1 pear
1 cup blueberries
1 cup ginger tea
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 tablespoon almond butter

We like to make our own ginger tea by cutting two to three inches of ginger root into thin slices and let it simmer in one liter of water for 10 to 15 minutes, also whenever possible, ground our own cinnamon and spices for they conserve their medicinal properties better whole. When you think of your food as your stronger medicine you start to take care of preserving it’s nutrients and components: fresh is always better, avoid oxidation, humidity, sunlight… ¬†AND!!! ¬†I’ve been into nut butters lately, preparing some super fresh totally homemade, natural, delicious, indulging and healthy butters, keeping up with our Chihuahua Gourmet preserves. We’ll sell them in some local markets trying to make a little extra cash for the road so if you’re around stop by!!

Chocolate Nut Quinoa Muffins…

Yes… that is me! Ja!
But seriously, don’t you sometimes need to leave everything out the kitchen and just enjoy a simple, easy, relaxed time? The world will be there tomorrow with all that is happening now… ¬†but ‘now’ will not be there tomorrow so you need to enjoy it, well, NOW. Tonight I feel that way so we are having muffin night. We’ve been so busy with the Ninjapalooza, making Vinomio, etc. Sometimes having vegan muffin night has therapeutical powers!

1/2 cup each of grounded flax seed, amaranth and quinoa
1/2 cup spelt flour
3 Tbsp. almond oil
1 smashed avocado
2/3 cup soy milk
1/2 cup sucanat
3 Tbsp. cacao powder
1/4 cup each of dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts and pistachios
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

For the grounded flax seed, amaranth and quinoa I use a coffee grinder. You can also use a blender (although sustitute the amaranth for more quinoa since the blender won’t break the amaranth) or buy the flour already grounded at the store. I figure is ¬†best to have the whole grain and ground it myself, some of the flour you find at the store is from grains that were grounded months ago and have lost a lot of it’s freshness by now and also I feel the difference in my body, homemade is always best, it’s time to re-define homemade!

Ok, start by heating the oven at 450 degrees, mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until they are well incorporated. Now add the rest of the ingredients little by little mixing throughly, start with the oil, then the avocado (you can also use apple puree, silken tofu or vegan yogurt) and then the milk. Pour into an oiled 6-muffin tray and into the oven for 25 minutes!

One tip, you can sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sucanat at the top to get a crumbly sweet crust! and have a coffee mug with some wise advice next to you, that also helps!!

Your, “Jolly Quick How to Guide for Becoming Vegan Almost Overnight.”!

This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=] ¬†We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition. ¬†NOTE! THIS AS WITH ALL ARTICLES WILL BE EVOLVING, which means we will add more as we learn amd time permits! We are here for you! ¬†Of you read this between sep. 21 and 28, I probably did not link the other articles I refrence, please seek them out, after the 28th, this will be an easy read=]

You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy in relation to your food choices feels like. Please take a momnet and at the very least watch the video contained in the “Shifting Baselines and Wastelines” article as this will become a bit easier to grasp.

Basically, to sum up the shifting baseline, Please give yourself the time, and know that as the brain works, your self image is going to be out of whack as is your notion of what you do and do not need in relation to food. Many of you have never even fasted, you do not know what it is to be H U N G R Y, you think you know as when your little tummy rumbles you rush to closest McDonalds, but, I assure you, you are waaaaaaaaay out of step with reality. ¬†You can start this change by doing a fast, juice, Master Cleanse, smoothies, what have you. ¬†Help your stomach shrink back to a respectable size and learn to respect food and how much you actually need, further, this will be a time where you can put the world into perspective. ¬†There are people who dont have water from day to day and you’re able to drink water, veggie and fruit juices all day and you’re having trouble. Time to reset amigo, seriously, if there were a Zombie Apocalypse right now you’d be the whiny one, and you know what happens to the whiny one.

New Concept Number One in your new Vegan lifestyle:

Know that we consider it to be a more favorable move on your part if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with friends, not uncomfortable at a bar b q… etc. ¬†If you do not know how to make vegan food, why should you be un-pleased if no one else knows how to make it for you? ¬†If you learn to cook, i.e. To follow recipes which is what y do everyday, a recipe is a ritual. ¬†You have a million rituals that you tap into daily, this one will help save your life and the lives of your loved ones. ¬†Just read the instructions and BOOM, food that tastes good. ¬†As with ANYTHING, the more you do it, the better you get. ¬†Imagine being good at feeding your OWN body good food! ¬†WOW, its like so f’ing novel man…. ¬†Seriously, learn to cook and this will be a breeze, rely on others and it will get serious fast. ¬†TRUST US!

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on government or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need. ¬†If you are one of the people who immediately point to your TWO, your ONLY TWO incisor teeth and immediately preach on about how you were meant to eat meat, I assure you that if you compare your ONLY TWO “KINDA SHARP” teeth to an animal that IS a carnivore, you will be quickly put into your place, right along with Cows, Elephants, Gorillas, Rhinos, The Brontosaurus or whatever name is being bandied about by scientists in thier ever interesting attempt to re-wipe all the dinosaurs from the planet and all the other animals that DONT EAT MEAT. Many of you have taken a dog captive and named it pet, perfect, open its mouth, if it’ll let you and compare…. D’ya see what Im sayin, you are NOT MADE to be a carnivore, check out this other article as well – when I find it=]

Now, as to dairy, surely by now you have noticed that none of the animal kingdom, save for humans, drink milk after the formative years. ¬†I believe Arnold said it so eloquently, ” Milk is for babies, beer is for men.”. ¬†While this may come off as chauvinistic, it is after all Ahhhnoold, it has wisdom to it. ¬†So much in fact that all of it, the entire statement rings true if we dissect it.

Milk is for children, their mothers milk, not formula or cow milk, milk from the mothers teat.  As a boy becomes a man, his needs (and we are still being male chauvinistic, this applies to women as well, duh.) change to reflect what good quality beer can offer, the powers of fermentation and supplying the gut with quality bacteria to break down food.  Of course if the man has too many, he has then destroyed any helpful benefits and a whole new world of drunken disillusionment opens and then all bets are off.

Further, you will notice that animals do not drink the milk of other animals.  While, yes, there are rare occurrences where a kangaroo will be raised by an Orangutang, but these are rare, for most humans it is common. Ever wonder why so many people are lactose intolerant? Thats the bodies way of saying WTF?

What you will be letting go of :

Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat –¬† includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. “What the hell is it then”, I find myself wondering. It has a spine, bones, blood, veins, breathes oxygen… the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal. For instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from any animals milk or dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, is not vegan.

Now you have a basic idea of what vegan is, I almost forgot, honey isn’t Vegan either, from a face remember, also the bees are dying thanks to the Monsanto company, so, thanks for choosingna diet that doesnt include killing bees. If you are unaware, if the bees go, so does natural food. Just a thought based in one hundred percent sobering science and fact.

Many of you are into labels, we are not. Labels are stoopid and are merely a way of rationalizing thought patterns that may or may not be beneficial to your life. We can discuss that later, for now lets looks at the different ways you can go deeper with being Vegan.

We are not sure anyone recognizes these labels outside of this article, and if they ever are taken into the daily labeling game, we will claim copyright infringement and stop the madness=]

Vegan Spotting Guide-

Vegan – doesnt eat anything that comes from an animal, anything with a face, I know we covered this, but it needs to be your mantra as you will try to con yourself in these formative months. Unfortunately a lot of junkfood and candy is Vegan, you would be surprised just how many overweight and unhealthy Vegans there are. Eating potato chips all day is not the point. Just sayin. This is still a vegan for the rest of you upper echelon Vegans, so no looking down your nose at them, thats not the point, everyone helps everyone else up the ladder to health and world peace…. Understand? Usually you will/may still go batshit crazy when meat is smelled and is thoroughly confused at restaurants. ¬†It has been 6 good solid years for me and I still love the smell of meat… ¬†I just dont eat it. ¬†I control me, you understand?

A more refined Vegan – reads labels, drops long unnatural sounding chemical names, artificial colors and flavors, heavy metals, refined salt and sugar and finds him/herself thinking of becoming a do gooder more often. Will usually be outspoken and tries to convert everyone. At this point they may shy away from any public gathering where meat is served wholly condemning everyone involved as murderers. Social life will falter at this point, if this thought process is kept for too long, person will become a “crazy old Vegan”. Avoid this, the process will happen, just avoid it as best you can as it helps NO ONE. Least of all you.
at this phase, person becomes demanding at restaurants and may get kicked out for impromptu protesting when the local Hot Dog shack wont serve Veggie Dogs, not they dont want to, they just dont have them. Try to not take things personal during this process. Chances are, if you do take a lot of stuff personally, you may want to shed light on other areas of your life as there may be some wonky stuff going on the as well.

A still further refined Vegan – understands impact of conventional farming on human health and therefore goes organic, and/or grows veggies in garden/farm. At this point you will learn as fully as is possible about the company Monsanto. This will result in an abject terror of grocery shopping and of food in general. You suddenly realize that the company responsible for PCB’s, Agent Orange, DDT, Terminator Seed Technology, genetically combining trout genes to tomatoes and hiding the fact that round up kills more bees than anything currently known to man or nature is probably not the best company to be given the charge of saving the world from its current food shortages. Further, they should definitely not sit on the Supreme Court, the FDA, the Agricultural arm of the US or the EPA. And yet, sigh….. Basically at this point you will start to understand what is really going on. You may even quit drinking, though for me it was the opposite=]

Global Vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade, thinks about the world as a whole, one giant organism, not separated by race, creed, color, religion, political preference, geo local, many at this stage may ditch voting and in some instance quit paying taxes,mafter all, 60 percent go to the war machine andmrhis does not fit the Global Vegan ideals. Mind you, Im not sure what the proper tags and titles are, Im just helping you understand how you can go about your shopping and helping to identify some new thoughts or feelings that may be surfacing.

Veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce and minimal super-foods from far away places and of course they are fair trade. Usually do not drink, nor partake in any drug, would consider themselves “straight edge”. This is advanced and usually comes with geographic restrictions. For instance it is very easy to do in Hawaii and, surprisingly a large fairly cosmopolitan city such as New York. Go to Pampa, Texas, good f’ing luck, there you can be happy if Dominos doesnt hang up on you when you say, “no cheese on that pie.”

Those are some ideas for when you step into the stores and markets near you to buy the ingredients for your meals. Mix n’ match, do a little study to learn what the various ideas are about and what the corresponding titles such as Fair Trade mean.

Food Exchanges –¬†¬†

These are items in your food purveyors aisles which will help make the initial transition a breeze, or at least that is the idea, many people make this harder than it has to be. For instance, saying how horrid soy milk is, meanwhile, the FDA keeps raising the amount of hormones, antibiotics and the levels of blood platelets and pus that are allowed in their “tasty” milk… Try your best not to be a moron and you’ll do fine.
These meat and dairy imitations really do a wonderful job of doing better then what they are patterned after. The look, feel, texture of many meat and dairy products, is cunningly reproduced and made healthy. ¬†Be sure to read labels, you don’t want to be getting mega doses of isolated soy protein as it isn’t good in grandiose amounts. ¬†Turns out nothing is really…

cHEEZE – Daiya, one of our favorite cheeses as it melts to the point that it stretches! ¬†It tastes great, interesting, the fact it melts is more important to me just then than the taste… very interesting… no?¬† This is a good crossover food, but do know that it is NOT HEALTHY, not even a little bit.

Made with seemingly quality ingredients, works for Pizza’s, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas, whatever you would use cheese for. ¬†Mozarella, Cheddar and Spicy Jack are the three shredded flavors and I believe that by next year you will have cheese by the block available and possibly even Brie… ¬†WOW and nothing has to die for you to have it. ¬†Thats impressively rad.¬† Again, not actually healthy and has heavy metals, still waay ahead of conventional cheese, not sure how it wold stack up to organic free range happy cow made cheese, I would place my money on the actual cheese as it wouldnt have the heavy metal, which, while great for music, bad for body.

mEAT – Seitan is best when homemade and the best recipe I know of comes from the Vegan Community, Gentleworld. Tofurky makes deli slices, hot dogs, sausages and they taste great. There are more companies coming online with great stuff going on, so poke around, go online, educate yourself for a change=]

mILK РThere are so many dairy substitutes that are magnificently healthy and the tastes leave conventional milk in the dust.  Choose from: almond, rice, hemp, soy, oat, hazelnut, coconut and others Im sure.  They work the same as dairy in all aspects and are simply much healthier.

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein, homemade bean patties. Easy peasy, and when you compare to most conventional meat, you’ll probably have more meat content in the Vegan ones than the actual meat..Ha! That was a joke and at the same timea sad testament to our current times.

lINKS – tofurky and this other company do a great job, what is their name…..?

One thing that may happen in the beginning is you will be eating so erratically you will miss out on many important vitamins and minerals. You’ll become the fabled “sickly Vegan”! Here’s an easy set of guides to assist you in avoiding that title being added to your name…

Necessary vitamins and minerals consumed via food –

nutritional yeast – Huge in B vitamins which are of unparalleled import, lacking them you will begin to exhibit Alzheimers like symptoms. Has protein, fiber and tastes great on anything you would sprinkle with cheese. Pizza, popcorn, beans, rice, everything, salads, it all goes great with nutritional yeast. Eat a few tablespoons a day and you’ll be doing swimmingly.

dulse flakes – High in protein and apparently almost every trace mineral known, amd a great source of – vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine. It also contains essential enzymes like pyruvate carboxylase, which helps produce energy from sugars. Much better than synthetic replacements. When you become a robot, eat synthetic, until then, go as natural as you can.

chia – unsure whether this is a super food or just some seed used to make little clay animals sell on infomercials. Used by the Mayans, Aztecs and the Tarahumara for endurance, sustenance and power before long runs, like the Tarahumara running 450 miles… Non fucking stop! FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY MILES NON STOP ON CHIS AND NON GMO SOON TO BE ONLY GMO CORN POWDER. ¬†W. O. W.

The Mayans and Aztecs used it for more up to date purposes like being able to kill more people in battle due to its ability to be such a rad powerhouse of a food. Contains Calcium, phosphorus, maganese, potassium, Omega 3’s, fiber and protein, mainly used to make you a ninja, all contained in a 1mm shell.

hemp – used to make paper, Henry Ford made car bodies and the fuel to run them, scientists now figure that we can make everything from this plant, including MEDICINE. You’ll be eating the seed which will come pre-cracked as heaven forbid you plant it. All of it will be imported from less moronic countries that don’t have … Blah blah blah, you’re eating it because it has the following for you:
Omegas 3,6,9! Vitamins A, C, and E and a truckload of protein, more than meat, by miles or kilometers depending on where you reside.

Consumed in super foods –

chia – see above and see Dianas article.

maca – (also see article) In addition to sugars and proteins, maca contains uridine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, and the glucosinolates, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyglucotropaeolin. The methanol extract of maca tuber also contained (1R, 3S)-1-methyltetrahydro-carboline-3-carboxylic acid, a molecule which is reported to exert many activities on the central nervous system.
The nutritional value of dried maca root is high. The average composition is 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is rich in the dietary minerals calcium and potassium (with low content of sodium), and contains the essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese, and zinc as well as fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids.
Further, Maca contains selenium and magnesium, and includes polysaccharides. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties. One of the reasons this is important to you is that is an adaptogen, your body can makes many different kinds of “building blocks” from it, and it helps to balance hormones, one of the reasons it may also be a sexual booster. With many of our diets today, we are simply out of whack. Think how easy it is to throw off a car by adding such small amounts of water to its fuel. Now look at your diet, WTF right….

cacao – raw – In doing research on this, I see why Diana wrote an entire article on it and you cannfind it here in our Superfoods series. ¬†Know that eating raw chocolate may be the best thing you can do for your body, mind and spirit. ¬†Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, Omegas, Phytonutrients, etc etc etc etc….

mate Рraw Рaside from antioxidants, the things that help reverse all the ill effects of daily life in the world amd are key in slowing the aging process and maintaining overall system health, it has theobromine!  This is the same chemical found in RAW chocolate.  When heated it becomes caffeine, when raw it is pure smooth sustained energy.

Spirulina – see article

Chlorella – see article – Dios Mio, it isnt written yet! ¬†For now, know it is a superfood, can help you be ninja, has protein and such a vast array of other things that are good for you it deserves its own article… which we will write very shortly=]

Consumed in pre made formulas, pills, powders etc.-

Healthforce Nutritionals – this is the only company we really will plug as they have thought of nearly everything all the way down to the packaging. Depending on how your stuff is packaged it can be degraded due to offgassing from the plastic used. You see, it ALL matters. Any company who is willing to talk about why they package stuff the way they do is fine by us. The label represent what the company thinks of you. Remember that. Big colors, fancy design, touting “X grams protein per scoop”, this is all bullshit, as healthforce says – Hype is Nothing, Substance is Everything. Dr. Jameth Sheridan

Further guides

The idea of eating fruit by itself, is widespread over many cultures from Pennsylvania Dutch to Ayurvedic medicine in India.  Of course there are always exceptions, but since many of y didnt even know the rule, you can do your own further research to get to the bottom of that.  A brief overview tells us that fruit is broken down so quickly by the body that in waiting in the stomach for other food to be processed it actually starts to ferment and become rancid losing all nutritional value and beginning a breakdown of the other food as well.

read labels РIf you eat blindly what is put infront of you, you do for your body what you do for your life by not questioning.  Only the luckiest will do well living without asking.

Going to Restaurants –

Learn to use your menu as a list of ingredients they have specifically ready for your use in their kitchen. ¬†Be prepared to speak to your server like a human and leave a decent tip. ¬†If it doesn’t come out exactly, don’t screw it up for the rest of us by acting the ass. ¬†Lastly, if their chef cant or many times wont do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen. ¬†If you mean to tell me you’re gonna kill an animal no problem and chop it up into bloody pieces of bone, flesh and fat, but I order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH! ¬†You will come across this as many chefs actually fear veganism, no idea why. ¬†Not my problem, it only becomes my problem if they are rude to me and then I solve it. ¬†Never let it ruin your day, be quick to simply stand, thank your waiter and move on. ¬†Help to teach the ignorant amongst you with peace and ninja skill, not temper tantrums and anger. ¬†Be the ninja you wish to see in the world. ¬†Eventually you will become so adept that wherever you go will will be eating vegan no problem.

Going to Bar b Q РI write this specifically as you cannot imagine how often this comes up as a reason to continue eating saturated fats and killing animals, boggles my simple mind it does.  So read on please, I have a few ideas to help you, yes this is all in bold because it comes up that many damn times!

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!  You need to learn to actually cook.  You will learn to male a sauce, to allow your veggies, shrooms, faux meats marinate and then you will grill to perfection as with any meat.  Goodness, what is chicken but a vehicle for sauce, and in this day and age a way to get your prepubescent son or daughter catapulted into puberty at the age of seven!

Here is a simple one so good it’ll curl your nostril hairs…

Cube peppers, onion, mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant. ¬†Let it soak overnight in olive oil, a wee bit ‘ lemon n lime, sea salt and pepper. ¬†Grill. ¬†Watch people literally swoon. ¬†Bow out as a hero and go on to saving the planet.

Adding raw to charge your diet –

Raw avo pie – see recipe

Raw hummus – I still have some difficulty getting this one to be right on, if you master it, please share your secrkrit.

Salads, forgot that could be a meal didn’t you…

Smoothies – see lots of recipes

Sprouts – super easy… ¬†Soak beans, or whatever is being sprouted for 24 hours, drain, rinse, put in collander with a lightly smaller bowl below to catch excess water. ¬†Cover with towel and rinse morning and night. ¬†About three days till sprouts happen. ¬†Keep them growing or refrigerate. ¬†You can even sprout rice. ¬†You can then dry it at a heat of 115 and below, or in the sun, grind it in a blender when completely dry, and presto, sprouted raw flour for making raw tortillas for the hummus!

initial detox phase

Now you Vegan! ¬† OOOONGA BOONGA, YES! BEAT YOUR CHEST AND YELL AT THE MOON! ¬†According to current scientific data, vegan is what we were for a long time, meat came in much later and as a result of lack of food… ¬†Bet you dont know that, but them, how much have you really thought of the situation back then. ¬†You think of back then in today’s terms. ¬†You see hunter with spear, fire, etc. ¬†That was late on the scene friend, in the beginning it was foraging, if they did find an animal it was usually half dead or already dead, had to be eaten raw and most people woulda just got really sick from it and maybe died. ¬†Just saying, I didn’t make it happen, I just listen to the people who get paid to wax poetic with their conjecture on what may or may not have happened. ¬†Based on their credentials, your ancestors were vegan.

So, you’ll need to be drinking lots of water the first couple months… make sure you really do, very important time. I’m talking 3-4 liters a DAY. ¬†Start your day off with two large cups and go from there. ¬†The more natural the water the better. ¬†You are made from water. ¬†The stuff coming out of the pipes in your home has so much shit in it it barely resembles water any longer, heck, it has chlorine, they, the people that make stuff to purposely kill others because of differences that are skin deep, use it for chemical warfare, but since its in water all of a sudden its good for you? ¬†Who writes this stuff, who males it up and how do they find the package to get you to believe it!?!? ¬†Did you know when you bathe in city water (assuming it is your average US city and not some high tech, advanced city in the remoteness of Sweden or what not), you are soaking in heavy metals (pipes to bring water to you), antibiotics and medicines of all sorts, industrial waste (know where flouride comes from, not the natural one that in tiny doses is good for you, the other two kinds found in your water – waste from Tin production, its a toxic waste, literally, by the EPA, but its, again, its ok in your water all of the sudden? Think about this long and hard, someone is literally getting away with murder for profit and you’re it, oh, and your innocent defenseless children who rely on you for wisdom, knowledge and protection), ¬†what else, chlorine a chemical weapon, look it up, chlorine gas, Hitler, Nazis, in your water and your pool.

Go for clean water,  as I rode across the US, one thing hit me, and it hit me just NOW, so thanks for this article, natural water supplies ACROSS THE USA are being shut down, concreted and padlocked in the front of public safety concerns.  Be angry, you are made of water, someone is taking away the only water worth drinking. Do your best.  You will get one body, it is made of water.

Your body will be slowly cleaning all the saturated fats from your veins and arteries, all the vessels responsible for carrying blood. You may even notice your vision and thinking clear up during this time as those are the area with the smallest vessels. As we know, the smallest veins and vessels get clogged first and the ones that have the most noticeable affect you will be able to, quite literally see, are the eyes and mind.

You need as much water as possible to clear toxins.  Water is the taxi, it is the way that the bad will come out leaving room for the good.  Again you see the importance of clean, REAL water.

Give yourself time, if you do this right, you will feel sick, sometimes tired, you’ll get flashbacks of drugs you did in high school, understand you are undoing years of eating that are hardcore for the body. The reason you look as you do is due to your body digesting food. ¬†Can you imagine how much effort it takes to break down different foods, especially highly acidic (BAD FOR YOUR BODY) meats and dairy, then extracting what it can, and then, getting rid of it, and then fixing the damage it did going through…?

Give yourself time to get into this new way of living.  You ate heavy duty for thirty years, give yourself AT LEAST 3-6 months to re-stabilize, drinking copious amounts of water as you go!

To keep in fridge/kitchen as often as possible – these dishes last a while and are corner stones and are super easy to make or fairly inexpensive to purchase:

peanut butter – slightly acidic, so the Vegan Ninja gets almond butter.

hummus – (recipe – Aye carumba, need to write this as well for you=) can be used as a dip for veggies/chips, with bread, by itself

pesto – (recipe) same as above, depending on recipe can have many different properties.

HEALTHY – cookies, chips snacks, again, read really close – H E A L T H Y. ¬†This is meant as a treat, do not rely on these foods! ¬†You can find yourself being a super muncher in no time, and too many carbs will lead to an imbalance. ¬†Further, if you are not going Organic and non GMO, you could be really blasting your body. ¬†Remember this, most of what you buy pre made has corn, this year, in November 2012, Monsanto will begin mass production of GMO corn into your everyday drinks (corn syrup) and foods (so many different variations of corn it is shocking). ¬†You have been advised, do what you feel is right and know that independent scientific study has shown rats getting tumors twice as big as them in as little as 90 days. ¬†Rats are used because they mimic the human body so perfectly, but are smaller so ten years can be as short as 30 days…. Y I K E S!!!

Fresh vegetables of a variety of colors with a larger amount being dark leafy greens. ¬†They have protein, vitamins, minerals, make you strong like Bear and quick like fox. ¬†Beware the source, conventional farming gives you huge veggies with little nutritional value and most are becoming GMO to boot. ¬†sigh….

More to come for this section, feel free to email us with good ones and think outside the box!  A banana blended with some raw agave makes a great sandwich with almond butter on some nice mutli grain bread.  You can have the pickiest kid, they will be stoked on this stuff as will you, you who is nothing more than a fully grown picky kid=]

Lastly, for now, have you ever wondered why these companies don’t want you to know that the food is GMO? ¬†Why they spend literally millions of dollars to push lawmakers to decide in their favor… Ever think about that stuff, ever wonder why, ever think about if you are what you eat and someone doesn’t want you to know what you’re eating, well, what does that say about them, and the overall situation? ¬†These are just thoughts for you to ponder. ¬†We are stoked for you no matter what you do. ¬†You are always welcome at our table, you wanna eat meat, fine, want GMO corn, sweet. ¬†We care about the conversation and who you are. ¬†You’re life is fleeting as are all of ours, if we have a chance to meet, all the better for us both.

Aloha friends, happy eating, send questions, say Aloha and above all, always ask questions and protect the youth.

NINJA!

This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=] ¬†We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition. ¬†You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy feels like. ¬†Please give yourself the time. ¬†Know that it is better if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and to better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with freinds, not uncomfortable at a bar b q…

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on governement or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need.

What you will be letting go of : Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat, includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. What the hell is it then, I usually wonder to myself, it has a spine, bones, blood, veins, the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal, for instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from animal (any) dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, not vegan.

more refined vegan – reads labels, drops long non natural sounding chemical names

still further refined, understands impact of conventional farming on human health – organic, or grows veggies in garden/farm

global vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade

veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce

food exchanges to make the process easier from pre made items

cHEEZE – daiya

mEAT – seitan

mILK – almond rice hemp soy

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein

lINKS – tofurky

Necessary vits and minerals ¬†consumed via food –

nutritional yeast

dulse flakes

chia

hemp

Consumed in super foods –

chia

maca

cacao – raw

mate – raw

Spirulina

Chlorella

Consumed in pre made formula –

Healthforce Nutritionals

Rules ideas –

fruit by itself

read labels

Going to restaurants –

use menu as kitchen, if chef cant do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen.  youre gonna kill an animal no problem, but i order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH!

Going to Bar b Q –

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!

Adding raw to charge your diet –

raw avo pie

initial detox phase –

now your vegan, drink lots of water, first couple months, make sure you really do, very important time.

(AAauumMM) Quinoa-fig Muffins… from scratch!!

And I mean from scratch!! ¬†The last few weeks I’ve been very focused in my yoga practice and running. To say the last year has been intense is an understatement and in the midst of intense and constant challenges I have found myself quite a few times feeling completely out of balance. Life is like that, it pushes and pushes and pushes you, it doesn’t slows down, doesn’t waits for you to adapt or be ready. Ready or not, this is IT.

Of course, the better prepared you are, the more you are able to let go, realize that it’s you and not life who is doing the pushing so better just be free and enjoy the ride. HOWEVER, this moments of freedom and joy are tricky and often I find myself out of balance again, feeling broken and need to put myself back together.

In those moments of rebuilding, I like to start from scratch. Go back to the basics. For me that means focusing on my diet, exercise and rest. It’s difficult being happy when you’re feeling sick, so having a healthy body is a requirement for enjoying life.

This muffins are like that. Back to basics, doing it from scratch. What you need..

1 cup rainbow quinoa
1 cup oats
1/2 cup agave
6 figs cut in small pieces
3 tablespoons flax seeds
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 nutmeg

Start by preheating the oven and grinding the flax seeds. You can probably get the already ground from the store, but it’s better to have them whole and grind them just before using them to ensure all the nutrients are fresh and have not oxidized. Now soak the ground seeds in the orange juice and let it rest.

In the mean time grind now the quinoa and oats. For this I use the blender, just make sure you have a good potent blender and if you need to do small quantities at a time. Once you have the quinoa-oat flour ready, mix in a bowl with the orange-flax paste, agave, oil and nutmeg. For the nutmeg you can use a regular grater just take care of your fingers!

When it’s all well incorporated mix in the figs and walnuts and fill up a well oiled muffin tray for 6. Bake for 30 minutes at 420 F and enjoy!! Talk about nourishing food ūüôā