Archive for June, 2011

Welcome to My New Website and Blog

I am every excited to announce the launch of my new website and blog! Check back often to see new blog posts about local community events, my favorite quotes, inspirational videos, mind/body/spirit helpful tips, and so much more!

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– Angela

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June 27, 2011 at 12:57 am Leave a comment

Recipe for: Raw Kale Cole Slaw

Hello Community,

In my program last year we spent a whole weekend “cooking” with Mary Kern. She is a Raw-Foodist and Associate Chef and Instructor of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. We made almond milk from the raw nuts, blended avocados, frozen bananas and some cocoa for a delicious desert, made a raw kale cole slaw and many other delicious raw food items.

I personally fell in love with the Raw Kale Cole Slaw, which I have been making forever since for my family and friends. Every time I bring this salad to a social pot luck people are thrilled with its fresh, crunchy and healthy taste. Last weekend I received so many compliments again that I decided to share this recipe from Mary Kern with all of you.

So get creative, get healthy, boost your immune system and just have fun with this colorful and vibrant “Slaw”:

Raw Kale Cole Slaw
Yield: 3 cups (2 to 3 servings)

Dressing
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 tablespoon flax oil
– 1 tablespoon light miso
– 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
– 1 teaspoon onion powder
– 1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
– 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

Salad
– 1/2 bunch kale, de-stemmed and cut into thin ribbons (about 1 cup packed)
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1/8 head purple cabbage
– 1 tomato, diced
– 1/2 read jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (or substitute a dash of cayenne
pepper)
– 2 tablespoons red onion, finely julienned
– 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
– 2 tablespoons kalamata olives, sliced
– other ingredients I have used for this salad before – thinly sliced:
carrots, golden beets, radishes, broccoli and bell peppers

  1. For the dressing: combine the oils, miso, lemon juice, agave, onion powder, mustard powder, and crushed garlic in a bowl and use a whisk to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, massage the kale with salt and lemon juice well for a couple minutes to soften. The kale should take on a “cooked”, broken down appearance.
  3. Add the cabbage, tomato, jalapeno, and red onion to the bowl of softened kale. Pour the dressing over the mixture, toss, and season to taste. Garnish with the optional olives.
  4. Kale Cole Slaw is best served immediately, but it can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

June 20, 2011 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

Explaining Sustainability Through Animation

Hello community!

I’ve been hearing the word sustainability or any version of it over and over lately.
Even though I knew what it meant I was curious what the official definition would be – and during my search I came across a neat little internet video explaining it via animation.

I really enjoyed the following link and it just brings me once more the awareness about how I would like to live my life!

Gesundheit,

Angela

June 20, 2011 at 5:52 am Leave a comment

Say Yes to Organic Gardening!

I am an avid gardener myself and love to spend time outside in my yard. Therefore it just made complete sense to me – trying to be holistic and eco friendly – switching over to organic gardening, or at least giving it my best shot.

Keep reading and watching the video below if you are interested in a different approach to all those critters:

  • 80% of the bugs in your garden are good bugs – they eat other harmful bugs, like the ones eating your crops.
  • Scott Myer, the editor of Organic Gardening Magazine has an enlightened approach and offers some wonderful practical tips in this video.
  • He emphasizes that the idea is to create balance in the eco-system in the garden.
  • Don’t panic when you see pests. It’s all about observing and making adjustments to help nature get it’s own symbiosis going.
  • Creative, natural remedies and suggestions abound.
  • How about a bird bath to get the birds feeding on the critters?

Click here to see the video >>

Gesundheit,
Angela

PS: below my own backyard

June 20, 2011 at 5:48 am Leave a comment

San Ramon Farmers Market Has Moved!

Guten Tag!

Have you heard? The San Ramon Farmers Market has moved to a new location: Bishop Ranch 2, Bollinger Canyon Rd/Sunset Drive across from Whole Foods Market.  Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, year round now.
The opening day was on May 7th, when my husband and I checked it out ourselves. Of course the setting is not as pretty as the Forest Home Farms location, but there was enough parking and set-up space for the vendors.I think that there were a few more vendors than before, which hopefully will make up for the change in location.
Here are ten reasons why to buy local food/ produce:
  1. Locally grown food tastes better.
  2. Local produce is better for you.
  3. Local food preserves genetic diversity.
  4. Local food is GMO-free.
  5. Local food supports local farm families.
  6. Local food builds community.
  7. Local food preserves open space.
  8. Local food keeps your taxes in check.
  9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
  10. Local food is about the future.
And now I am trying to get into the habit of supporting our local Farmers Market. See you there for breakfast with my cute market basket!
Gesundheit!
Angela

June 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

What is All the Hype About the Young Coconut Water?

There is always a new fad, if its for fashion, for foods, for drinks and in this case – for holistic and healthy drinks.

We are all trying to do the best we can do for our health and are constantly bombarded with new possibilities.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Thai restaurant in San Francisco with some of my class mates and my friend Kathy ordered a “young coconut” as her drink choice. I had never paid attention if they had the young coconut on any menu before, but was pleasantly surprise how good and not too
sweet the coconut water tasted.
The next day I went to our local Asian market in Dublin (Ranch 99) to explore with my own young coconut. The price was right – $1.99 – but how would I open it? Well, thanks to you-tube I was able to watch a how-to video and successfully prepared my coconut.
As for all the benefits of this great “nut”, I guess you can either read a lot about it, or like me – just enjoy and have fun with this  unique natural beverage!
Here is the how-to-link  (video) for opening the coconut and all the health benefits: (Pro-coconut water)

And here is the more critical link, that it might not be all what is promised:

Gesundheit,
Angela

June 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Revitalizing Your Life (and your colon) Through Food – Raw Green Vegetable Soup

Here is a recipe I got from my teacher Patricia Cramer last year –
I made it several times in different variations, depending what I did have on hand at home.


The summer is the perfect time for light, cool, refreshing meals. A raw soup, which is completely uncooked, is extraordinarily nutritious and easy to make in your blender. It’s very important to include raw vegetables in your daily diet as they still have all of their natural enzymes and nutrients intact. Heating destroys some of these compounds. I also urge you to buy organic when you can. Your exposure to pesticides will be much greater if you’re eating a lot of non-organic produce.

RAW Green Soup

1/2 cucumber (with unwaxed peel)
1/2 to whole avocado
2-3 tablespoons miso (wheatless better) or pink sea salt or salt
1 whole lemon peeled and deseeded
Greens to fill the blender:

3-4 Kales peeled from stem
hand full of parsely or cilantro or dandelion greens, or whatever combo you like
ie…beet greens, chard, etc….
1 garlic cube (optional)
2-3 mint sprigs

Blend the heck out of it so that there is only heaven

GUTEN APPETIT!

June 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment


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