Ive been making a raw green energy soup in the mornings lately instead of my raw food smoothies.
This is the one I made this morning. You can alter the spices and seasonings to your liking.
In a blender or food processor, blend all of the ingredients except the Dulse, until smooth. Once this is blended well, add the Turmeric, Cayenne and Cumin and blend again. Pour into a large bowl and add Dulse pieces. I like using a vitamix so it comes out really smooth and creamy.
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Ive been making a raw green energy soup in the mornings lately instead of my raw food smoothies.
I usually put a ton of greens, swiss chard, kale, sunflower greens, celery and cucumber along with chia seeds, and a host of other raw foods in my smoothies but this morning I tried something new.
1 red grapefruit
Large handful of spinach
Burdock root – about an inch size piece
Scoop of vanilla Sunwarrior powder
Blend in Vitamix. So smooth and creamy and filling!
For New Years Eve, I made some raw food to bring to a friends. The dessert was Raw Peppermint Brownies.
I adapted the brownie recipe from Raw Food for Everyone. Actually, the brownie part is still the same but I made a peppermint frosting instead of the chocolate sauce topping.
Brownies – Makes 20
2 cups pecans
2 cups walnuts
2 cups hazelnuts
4 cups cacao powder
4 cups pitted dates
1½ cups agave nectar
1. Put 1 cup pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts in a food processor. Blend until finely ground. Remove the ground nuts and transfer to a bowl, then repeat with remaining nuts. Put the cacao powder into the food processor and pulse a few times to get rid of any lumps. Add the cacao to the ground nuts and stir to combine.
2. Put the agave and dates in a food processor (no need to wash it). Blend until a coarse paste forms. Remove to another bowl.
3. Put 1/3 of the nut mixture and 1/3 of the date mixture in a food processor (again, no need to wash it). Pulse for about 30 seconds until the mixture is crumbly and moist. Transfer a bowl. Repeat two more times. When are three batches are in the bowl, mix well.
4. Evenly spread the brownie batter into an 11-inch x 7-inch pan. You can cut the brownies immediately into large or small pieces, or cover and store at room temperature for 5 to 7 days
For the frosting:
1 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
2-3 drops of essential oil of peppermint or use a peppermint extract
I used a small blender to blend it all and melt it together. When this is nice and creamy, spread it over the top of the brownies. You can put it in the fridge to harden but then I left it out at room temperature and it was creamier.
I needed some gifts for Christmas eve and Christmas day and I didn’t feel like bringing my usual raw food desserts or raw food goodies so I made this brown sugar and vanilla scrub. SO easy and pretty! Posted this on Facebook and you all wanted to know how, so here is the recipe:
Sweet almond Oil (you can use other oils. Coconut I’m sure, but I would think it would harden, maybe that would work though)
Put the brown sugar in a bowl and add the oil. Mix well. Its usually about 1 cup of sugar to 1/4 or a 1/2 of oil. I’m sure you can find a to of recipes online. Just dont make it too oily. You want it to be grainy. Also, after sitting, the sugar soaks up the oil, so add a little less then you think.
Write out some labels.
Wrap some cloth around the lid.
Put some pretty paper around the outside and tie with some cloth.
I used tissue paper and some pieces of an old shirt.
On top of an amazing Raw Food Dinner my friends gave me some of the best birthday gifts this year:
And…the words of warm birthday wishes from so many of you… thank you! June is not my favorite month anymore after Dennis passing on the 24th. But thanks to you all, you have lightened my spirit and got me through another year. oxox
My sister, Stacie, is here from Florida to help me with my April Raw Food Certification class that starts Friday. Its 5 days of non-stop set up for the class but she is finally over at the retreat house prepping food with 4 other amazing raw food helpers today. Its always an incredible experience meeting the people who come to the class. I think the furthest person coming to this one is Seoyull from Korea! Its always a life shifting experience for them and for me. I’m ready to be in the bubble of bliss that is created from each class! Ill be tweeting pictures throughout the weekend so make sure you follow me on twitter!
Stacie made these incredible plantains yesterday for us that are so easy to make and really unique. Just make sure you use really ripe plantains or they won’t taste good at all:
A couple of VERY RIPE plantains
Melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt
Slice the plantains into bit size pieces like you would a banana.Pour some melted coconut oil over the plantains. Use enough melted coconut oil to coat the plantains. Mix them around in the coconut oil and then sprinkle a large amount of cinnamon, curry and sea salt on them to coat them really well. They should look brownish-orange from the spices. Let sit and marinate for at least an hour. Enjoy!
Do you remember these?! I almost didn’t! With all the gourmet raw food floating around the internet and the popularity of raw foods now, I often crave the simplicity of my old, tried but true, basic raw food recipes like the ones in Living on Live Food. Give these a try and alter them to your liking. They are pretty simple and basic which I like because they can go with a variety of toppings or dips, etc…
Flax Seed Crackers
The basic cracker. I love these! They are simple, yet tasty and great for dipping or topping with avocado, tomato and onion. After you make these once, you can vary the amounts of garlic and ginger and lemon to suit your taste.
2 cups whole flax seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for 4 hours or overnight)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos or Nama Shoyu
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined, and until the garlic and ginger are completely ground.
2. Remove from processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Spread batter into a thin sheet about 1/8 inch thick (or less…I like to make these very thin: the ‘goopy’ substance from the flax seeds holds these crackers together even if they have holes).
3. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours, depending on degree of crispness desired. Flip crackers and peel off Teflex sheet after 7-8 hours.
Note: When you place whole flax seeds in the food processor with the other ingredients, the flax seeds will stay whole. This is suggested just to grind the other ingredients and to blend the flax seeds into the mixture.
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Alissa has been eating and teaching the raw vegan lifestyle since 1986.
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Alissa has added a 4th day for the Level 3 Teacher Training! We are so excited to have Leah Dubois, Alissa’s chef from her restaurants, Grezzo, and co-author of Raw Food for Everyone, teaching a full day of advanced raw food prep on Monday attached to the level 3 Teacher Training. This 4th day of training with Leah will be included in the cost of the Level 3 Teacher Training! Please read below for more information about this day.
After taking Alissa’s level 3 Teacher Training, many of our students teach classes, open restaurants and wellness centers, cater, become personal chefs, write books, consult and make an abundant living doing what they love! Many students come to class just to learn how to take care of their families, friends and communities by sharing Alissa’s raw food philosophy.
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From the level 3 Certification Course, you will learn how to go raw and stay raw. You will also be able to teach others how to go raw and stay raw with ease! While creating optimal health through a fun, enjoyable, and realistic way! You will learn tools and techniques to motivate and inspire others along their path. You will not only be learning food preparation and nutrition, but also about the mental and emotional aspects of a raw food diet.
Spending 4 Days with Alissa in Gloucester, MA., you will also learn:
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- Colon cleansing
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- Wheat grass and other nutritionally rich foods.
- Self massage, skin brushing, etc…
- Intestinal workouts and body stretching
- Netti pots
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- And much more!
- Many of these techniques will include a hands-on approach while learning. You will be given the opportunity to test techniques when appropriate such as a mini self-massage, netti pots, skin brushing, as we walk you through the steps.
Although you will have access to Alissa and be able to ask her questions throughout the entire training, there will also be a long question and answer period with Alissa. This is very often a favorite part of the trainings for many people. The knowledge gained in these sessions while talking with Alissa and sharing with the group often brings about an enormous understanding and awareness for the Raw Food Diet and lifestyle.
Leah Dubois will be the main teacher for Mondays class. You will be learning unique recipes and techniques from Grezzo.
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Gourmet meals and a celebratory dinner included.
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(If you are not coming to the Level 3 training but would like to sign up for this one day training on the Monday following the Level 3, please call the office at 978-985-7217. We will have a very limited amount of spaces available for people interested in the one day only. Past Level 3 Teachers will receive a discount, please call the office for more information)
(At this time, the only dates we have available for this extra day of training with Leah is for the 3 Mondays following the level 3 training dates in 2013. We offered this day a few years ago when Alissa had the restaurant in Boston and it was such a huge success that we were turning people away just weeks after announcing it. We do not know if this extra day will be available after the 2013 teacher Trainings.)
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Being part of Alissa’s team means that you will be benefiting from Alissa’s knowledge and experience. Best of all, you will be part of her organization that will connect people to you through her online database and through your own Living on Live Food website that promotes your classes and raw food business through Alissa’s site. We will refer people directly to you when they call and email the office asking for teachers and classes. We also mail the certifications to your clients immediately following their classes with you so there is no paperwork for you to deal with and no inventory of certifications for you to worry about. You may also buy and retail Alissa’s books and DVDs at a 40% discount. Please call the office for more information at 1-978-985-7217.
Example of possible net income:
10 people in a Level 2 instructor class: $650.00 per person = $6500.00 -20% $5,200.00 (Minus food and basic supplies.)
$5,200.00 a class.
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The price for this training is $2400.00.
Please call the office to register today at 1-978-985-7217 and to find out more information.
After registering we will send you an information packet with directions, local hotels and other information.
Alissa’s Classes fill VERY quickly (usually a month or more in advance) and there is limited space in this class. Please read testimonials here and watch video testimonials to see what people are saying about the level 3 training