When we think about eating really good food our focus is most often about taste, then maybe appearance, and also about what it smells like. Our sense of smell is an ancient and guiding part of our brain, alerting us to danger or serving to attract us to good things in life. But it turns out that this basic sense is often now being used against us in ways that are harmful to our health.
While this article isn’t about food, it is about becoming aware of what we are taking into our bodies – both health-ful and harmful – and that’s a major focus of RAWareness.
This time of year can become something of a sensory overload. Rather than becoming overwhelmed, I believe we can choose how we want to engage with the spirit of the season. These holidays speak to us through all our senses, regardless of the traditions we were brought up within. We are touched by the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the sights, and even the feel of these special times. We experience them through memories, and we recreate them in the present.
As we move away from the old recipes of our parents and grandparents, with ingredients we no longer include in our diets, the celebrations can become something of a puzzle. I love making most anything from scratch, and over the years I’ve experimented with creating so many raw vegan versions of “the classics” including this delicious nog-like drink. In truth, I’ve never particularly liked the idea of eggnog, but I do love the combo of spices and Judy goes into rapture over it. We used to drink the soy alternative that “traditionally” showed up on grocery store shelves. And she was excited to have that option! Now, the grocery store choices have multiplied, but we have our own version that we want to share with you.
*3 cups of almond milk (homemade is best!)
*½ cup coconut milk (homemade is best!)
**6-8 medjool dates (or 4 Tbsp of maple syrup)
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice (optional)
Pinch of salt
Place all ingredients in blender and blend! If you like your nog chilled, place mixture in fridge to cool (be sure to shake before serving). If you prefer it hot (well, warm), blend on high until mixture warms. Serve and enjoy! If you’re looking for a thicker nog, simply add half a banana 🙂 .
*To make homemade almond milk, soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Rinse and drain well. Place in blender along with 3 cups of water. Blend on high for a couple of minutes. Strain through nut milk bag (very fine mesh bag) or cheesecloth (or some other creative straining technique you figure out!). Pour into a jar and put in fridge. (If you’d like, you can also add a date and a bit of coconut oil, but these are optional!) Similarly, for homemade coconut milk place 1 cup of shredded coconut into blender with 2 cups of warm water. Blend on high. Strain, and put pulp back into the blender with 2 more cups of warm water. Blend again, strain, pour it all into a jar and place in fridge.
**Sweeten to your taste. If you want the drink to be fully raw, then I suggest using dates. Personally, I like the taste a bit better with maple syrup though obviously it’s not raw!
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We’ve launched Raw Chocolate Level 1 online, and just in time for the holidays! Learn to make simple Raw Chocolates and turn eating (and sharing!) chocolate into something delicious and nutritious rather than merely consuming empty calories. Or gift the class itself to someone you know would love to learn how to create healthy and delicious chocolate at home. Sign up now for our Special Launch price of $49.95! (Remember that once registered for the class, you have lifetime access — you can start and return to the course content whenever you want, so why not take advantage of this great launch price?!)
We’re being asked about our logo and its creation was an important journey for us so we’re happy to share! We wanted it to be imbued with meaning and our own values, and not just as an advertisement. So here are some of the elements that make up who we are and what we do:
First, let’s talk color: The use of several different shades of green represent the colors of growing things and a healthy earth. While not all plant-based foods are green when you eat them, greenness has been a part of their life cycle at some point.
We see the logo image as active and not passive – supporting people to make changes in their lives – to make the move towards wholeness.
Our tag line of Wholesome food / Wholesome spirit hopefully communicates our excitement about nurturing body, mind, and spirit. RAWareness is not just about learning to make delicious & nutritious plant based foods from scratch in your own kitchen, but also about mindfulness in all aspects of our life choices.
We’ve been told that the dot and semicircle (or swoosh) at the top of the logo look to some like an active person’s head and arm, which is great! For us, they represent the top part of the OM symbol. The dot represents the quiet peaceful state that is the highest intention of a spiritual practice and the semicircle speaks to what gets in the way of our spiritual development. We chose to include these two parts of the OM symbol as they speak to us about our aspirations to whole person and whole world health, with a recognition of all that can get in the way. [Note: The lower parts of the OM symbol (which looks kind of like a stylized number three) represent normal consciousness, the dream state, and unconsciousness.] We also want to be reminded of the vibration that comes from chanting this sacred sound and which we hope permeates all of what we do.
A special thanks to Graphic Deisigner Leah Noble for her incredible work of turning our ideas into a reality!
Coralie Murphy offers an 8 week long community supported cleanse here in Cape Breton, NS, along with incredibly rich weekly info meetings. The video below is of the initial gathering for this Fall’s cleanse and is jam packed full of great info about nutrition and our health. It’s worth the time to watch!
Eating fermented foods is a great way to introduce probiotics into our digestive systems and help our systems regain balance for overall health. Probiotics have been shown to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity. Recent research indicates that the health of our gut leads to whole body wellness as well as to improved mental health, memory, and many other benefits!
After several years of offering face to face raw food workshops, we’ve decided to go online too! We’ve just launched a class focused on helping you to make gourmet fermented nut cheeze in your own kitchen.
The hardest part of shifting from being vegetarian to vegan for me was cheese. I’d let go of all other dairy 10 years prior but every once in a while I’d still have a craving for really old cheddar. Since I’ve discovered how to make fermented nut cheeze, that pull to eat dairy cheese doesn’t really happen for me anymore. I’m really excited to be able to share my journey with you, bringing 30 years of delivering educational experiences to this new venue so that you can craft satisfying artisanal nut cheeze in your own kitchen.
And you can choose to fit your budget: Lifelong access or just 30 day access.