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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)

– 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

– 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
– 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!



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 >>


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!

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:


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


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

Free Compassionate Communication Workshop

On March 13th, 2011 I celebrated my graduation from the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts with a certification diploma in Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner. This 1,600 hour course included Professional Massage Therapy, Master Life Coaching, Energy and Somatic Massage, Spa Services, and Family Health Services.

The Master Life Coaching Program is one of the premiere self development and healthy living courses in the world today. The scope and objectives of the transformational living and the professional life coaching mastery program are wholly unique and visionary in the world of optimum health, personal transformation and prosperity. Just to give you an idea, here is  a partial list of the subjects that we explored in that program:

  • Committed Relationships
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Present Moment Awareness Stress Release
  • Releasing Mental Programs Emotional Mastery
  • Creating a Healthy Home Language of Healing

… and so much more!

So I was thrilled to find out that my club, Club Sport of San Ramon, is offering a free workshop in “Compassionate Communication” to the public.

I checked today, and you do not need to be a member to attend this workshop.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 2-3:30 pm in Studio Two.
Address: 350 Bollinger Canyon Lane, San Ramon, CA 94582
(925) 735-8500  

The  “Compassionate Communications” module that I learned was taught by a company called NVC (Nonviolent Communication) which is a process developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s and 70s.

It is a language of the heart where you learn how to cultivate the ability to listen and speak in a way that honors yourself and others. Engage with others in a way that is both non-violent and dynamic.

I will be there – hope to see you too!

– Angela

Note: NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on two aspects of communication: honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others) and empathy (defined as listening with deep compassion).
NVC is based on the idea that humans are innately compassionate, while violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet a small set of human needs. Needs are believed never to be in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes that if people can identify the needs of others, and the feelings that surround the needs, harmony can be achieved.

May 23, 2011 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff Project is an engaging and inventive animated series of videos about our
consumption. Creator Annie Leonard puts the  spotlight here on the tragedy of bottled water.

Click and see the bottled water myths busted!

We can all rethink one product at a time.  Help end the bottled water era!

I personally do not buy bottled water at all – I use filtered water inside  a dishwasher safe plastic container, (preferably BPA free) or even better a glass container or jar, which are typically used for pickling or preserving foods of any kind. You do have choices and your choices to affect the environment and your own health and well-being!

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

Being Frugal: The Original Sustainability

Enjoy…some green perspecitves I live by!

Here is a great video I came across: Being Frugal: The Original Sustainability

We will have MORE if we CONSUME LESS.  Needing less, or using what you have, is at the core of reclaiming our center as people and citizens, instead of consumers.

“Frugality” is no longer synonymous with poverty or miserliness,rather empowerment and freedom.

Let’s keep blowing the dust off the word itself. It’s about not being fooled anymore into meaningless, rote consumption.

Listen to Chris Farrell, author of “The New Frugality”, and spread the word!

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 5:04 am Leave a comment

VIDEO: The Power of Words

I came across this short u-tube video about the power of words. It touched me deeply and stirred up my emotions. This short film illustrates the power of words to radically change your message and your effect upon the world.

Enjoy and here is the link: (not even two minutes long – but so worth it!)

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

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