I’m often asked, “Why bother taking an online course when I can simply find free recipes and YouTube videos online?” Well, I take a lot of online courses myself – both about online business issues as well as about various aspects of food crafting. So I have directly experienced the benefits of this learning medium, and have tried to address the challenges I’ve encountered elsewhere while creating my own classes. Truthfully, the online experience of learning about how to make a new recipe is really nothing like an in-person class, particularly if your primary focus is to socialize and enjoy a good meal (good reasons!), with no great intention of recreating that meal for yourself in the future! Yet, if your goal is really to learn how to make this delicious dish for yourself, then our online classes are perfect: Continue reading “The Top Five Reasons to Sign Up for an Online Class with RAWareness”
We’ve had a fairly long stretch of hot and humid weather here in Cape Breton recently, and so there’s seemingly always a need to cool down! Some of our preferred ways involve jumping in Bras d’Or lake, sitting in front of a fan, and drinking smoothies! This smoothie is a favorite for this time of year with plenty of mint growing in the gardens. Continue reading “Staying Cool!”
The days here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia have been unusually hot and humid, calling forth a need for refreshing & frozen treats – anything cool helps. These are simple & nutritious – loved by both grown-ups and kids alike!
Directions: Slice bananas and make mini sandwiches with almond butter filling. Freeze for a couple of hours. Dip in chocolate and refreeze. Store in sealed container in freezer (after eating a few first, of course!)
What happens in your kitchen when you bring together ingredients that include strawberries, homemade almond butter, cacao paste, and OMG Vanilla Fig Balsamic vinegar? In ours, the end result is incredibly delicious vegan truffles!!
Some other flavor combinations we love include Coffee Cardamom, Orange Ginger, Chocolate Mint, Salted Caramel, Cherry Almond, & Strawberry Pepper!
You too can learn to make these scrumptious truffles by following the simple base recipe offered in Raw Chocolate Level 1, and experimenting with your own flavor combinations. Let us know what your favorites are!
Like most things, it’s a process of becoming. I didn’t wake up one day, say I wanted to be a chocolatier, and there I was. Well, actually I did wake up one day and say that, and it has been a process of manifesting ever since!
(With a tip of the hat to John Denver!)
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!
Looking for a last minute gift idea for a vegan or dairy-free foodie family member or friend?
Take a look at these RAWareness online courses!
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!