3 Day Juice Cleanse

3 Day Juice Cleanse

Join Raw Chef Anita Edwards for a 3 day Juice Cleanse that will reset your health and give your immune system a major boost. Give your body the much needed break it needs after all that Winter comfort food by feeding it for 3 days with nothing but intensely nourishing, home made, organic juices. Each day you will get 3 liters of fresh green and vegetable juices as well as coconut kefir, recipes for how to make them at home, and detox information. Plus you will have the opportunity to consult with Anita, a very experienced juicing expert, about your progress and how you’re feeling.

When : ~7am Daily Pickup, October 13th – 15th

Where : Manjimup, Exact Pick Up Point TBA 

Cost : $120

Contact : Anita Edwards – 0416 359 922 or wedwards@wn.com.au

Anita Edwards has been working in the organic food and health industry for 15 years, and is as passionate about the well-being of humanity as anyone you’ll ever meet. She has explored pretty much every facet of the industry and her vast knowledge shows this diverse experience. From owning her own Raw Organic cafe to teaching Yoga and exploring innovative Bio-Dynamic farming techniques on her Avocado farm in Manjimup in Western Australia, Anita truly practices the healthy lifestyle she teaches.  

She has trained with some of the industry’s foremost experts, having received her Raw Chef Certification from Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Academy and her Body Ecologist training from world renowned fermentation expert Donna Gates. Most recently she started her own fermented vegetable and health food brand, Loving Gift, which she runs out of her farm, The Tree of Love Resort. 

Chocolate Lovers Workshop

Chocolate Lovers Workshop

Join Raw Chef Anita Edwards for a morning of not so guilty pleasures that will re-define your idea of dessert. You’ll learn how to make your favourite food in the world, Chocolate, but in a way that is healthy for the body and the soul. The workshop will take place at the Edwards’ family picturesque avocado farm and resort, The Tree of Love in Manjimup. 

When : 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Saturday October 7th

Where : Tree of Love Resort & Avocado Farm

Cost : $60

Contact : Anita Edwards – 0416 359 922 or wedwards@wn.com.au

Anita Edwards has been working in the organic food and health industry for 15 years, and is as passionate about the well-being of humanity as anyone you’ll ever meet. She has explored pretty much every facet of the industry and her vast knowledge shows this diverse experience. From owning her own Raw Organic cafe to teaching Yoga and exploring innovative Bio-Dynamic farming techniques on her Avocado farm in Manjimup in Western Australia, Anita truly practices the healthy lifestyle she teaches.  

She has trained with some of the industry’s foremost experts, having received her Raw Chef Certification from Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Academy and her Body Ecologist training from world renowned fermentation expert Donna Gates. Most recently she started her own fermented vegetable and health food brand, Loving Gift, which she runs out of her farm, The Tree of Love Resort. 

Workshop – The Art of Fermentation

Workshop – The Art of Fermentation

Join Raw Chef Anita Edwards to learn the ancient Art of Fermentation, a style of food preparation that was essential for thousands of years. You’ll learn how to make a number of delicious and healthy recipes that can help the body achieve optimal health, particularly when it comes to digestion.  The workshop will take place at Anita’s beautiful family farm and resort, The Tree of Love in Manjimup. 

When : 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Saturday September 23rd

Where : Tree of Love Resort & Avocado Farm

Cost : $60

Contact : Anita Edwards – 0416 359 922 or wedwards@wn.com.au

Anita Edwards has been working in the organic food and health industry for 15 years, and is as passionate about the well-being of humanity as anyone you’ll ever meet. She has explored pretty much every facet of the industry and her vast knowledge shows this diverse experience. From owning her own Raw Organic cafe to teaching Yoga and exploring innovative Bio-Dynamic farming techniques on her Avocado farm in Manjimup in Western Australia, Anita truly practices the healthy lifestyle she teaches.  

She has trained with some of the industry’s foremost experts, having received her Raw Chef Certification from Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Academy and her Body Ecologist training from world renowned fermentation expert Donna Gates. Most recently she started her own fermented vegetable and health food brand, Loving Gift, which she runs out of her farm, The Tree of Love Resort. 

Salad, Juices & Smoothies – Beginners Raw Food Workshop

Salad, Juices & Smoothies – Beginners Raw Food Workshop

Join Raw Chef Anita Edwards for a morning of delicious Raw delicacies perfect for starting your new healthy lifestyle off with ease. You’ll learn how to make loads of nourishing recipes that are the fundamental building blocks of any successful long term Raw Food Diet.  The workshop will take place at the idyllic family farm and resort The Tree of Love in Manjimup. 

When : 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Saturday September 9th 

Where : Tree of Love Resort & Avocado Farm

Cost : $60

Contact : Anita Edwards – 0416 359 922 or wedwards@wn.com.au

Anita Edwards has been working in the organic food and health industry for 15 years, and is as passionate about the well-being of humanity as anyone you’ll ever meet. She has explored pretty much every facet of the industry and her vast knowledge shows this diverse experience. From owning her own Raw Organic cafe to teaching Yoga and exploring innovative Bio-Dynamic farming techniques on her Avocado farm in Manjimup in Western Australia, Anita truly practices the healthy lifestyle she teaches.  

She has trained with some of the industry’s foremost experts, having received her Raw Chef Certification from Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Academy and her Body Ecologist training from world renowned fermentation expert Donna Gates. Most recently she started her own fermented vegetable and health food brand, Loving Gift, which she runs out of her farm, The Tree of Love Resort. 

6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

Eating a high Raw Vegan diet can sometimes be a challenge, particularly during winter. According to Chinese and Ayurvedic principles, the body can lack heat, or digestive fire, if not enough cooked food or heating ingredients are included on a regular basis. Some of these heating foods are well known, like ginger, garlic and hot peppers, but some of them are relatively unknown and somewhat surprising, like parsley, basil and dates.

So today I’ve compiled a list of 7 Vegan Recipes from good ol’ local Australian Food Blogs that include heating ingredients to keep your digestive fire burning strong throughout winter. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell us how they went for you in the comments, and if you have any tips or tricks to improve them 🙂

Vegan Copycat Sloppy Joes by My Goodness Kitchen

I don’t think I’ve ever thought Sloppy Joes could look so mouthwatering. I remember them from my school days as a pretty, well, sloppy looking meal. But Logan of My Goodness Kitchen has somehow managed to make them look utterly delectable. The recipe contains three heating ingredients; lentils, garlic and red capsicum.

I decided to give it the number 1 spot because it doubles as the kind of recipe that you can convince ornery meat eaters to try and probably sway them to eat more vegan food with 😉

 

Chipotle, Bean & Lime Stuffed Sweat Potatoes with Herb Salsa by My Darling Lemon Thyme

Few meals get me more excited than stuffed… anything. And sweet potatoes are in my top 5 “To Stuff” list. This recipe is chock full of heating ingredients like garlic, parsley, chili, cumin and pepper. Bonus points for it being a very straightforward, low maintenance oven recipe. They are my favorite.

Asian Slaw with Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu by The Macadames

I had to include a recipe from this blog, whose name hits a sweet spot for me. It sounds like the name of an old school Soul band and I love that kind of music.

The recipe sounds amazing too. I’m a sucker for anything with peanuts in it and as far as [mostly] raw recipes go they can’t get much more heating. Ginger, sesame oil, garlic, red pepper and of course chili combine to pack a powerful punch.

Vegan Sticky Date Pudding Recipe by Veggieful

One of the best parts of blogging is it provides so much opportunity to learn. Until researching this I never would’ve guessed dates were a heating food, but there you have it! I couldn’t be happier, as they are one of my all time favorite foods to eat on their own. Especially the Medjool ones.

This recipe uses a bunch of margarine, which I don’t consider very healthy, but I’m sure it could be substituted fairly easily. Got any ideas? Tell us in the comments.

Cultured Vegetables by Loving Gift

I couldn’t make a list like this without including one of our own recipes, now could I 😉 ? Anita, AKA Chef Neatz, is a master of fermentation (you can buy one of our many cultured veggie mixes here), and she has generously shared her secrets with us.

The main ingredient, cabbage, is a heating ingredient, and so are a few of the complimentary ingredients; kale, garlic and basil.

Raw Vegan Red Pepper Soup by Chomp Chomp

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Soup is simple, and especially during winter, quick, easy and delicious meals are paramount to successful healthy eating. Being able to whip up something in a matter of minutes is key when it’s cold and you’re hungry. Those are times I find very easy to reach for unhealthy snacks, so it’s important to have fast options to whip up before cravings take over. 

This 5 ingredient recipe is largely composed of a heating ingredient, red capsicum, and you could definitely add more parsley to increase its heating properties.

I hope you enjoyed the post and the recipes. Thanks for reading!

5 Tips for a High Raw Diet

5 Tips for a High Raw Diet

Embarking on a new diet or lifestyle can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t need to be. Plenty of people I’ve met in my time as a Raw Food teacher have thought that a High Raw Diet would be more difficult and time-consuming than their current way of eating, but this doesn’t need to be true. In fact, I would argue that, when done thoughtfully and intelligently, a high raw diet takes less time and effort than one with lots of cooked food. So here’s 5 important tips that can make this claim true.

Keep it Simple

A lot of the popular raw food blogs boast lots of complex, gourmet recipes with gorgeous photos that can be intimidating to try to replicate. But in my experience, most long term, successful raw foodies mostly eat simple foods, such as smoothies, salads, and lots of fruits and veggies in their original raw form. For me, making hearty, filling salads and eating them for the majority of my meals is the most effective way for me to eat a high raw diet and feel satisfied.

Invest in some useful gear

You will have to do a lot of fruit and vegetable chopping if you eat a high raw diet, which usually ends up being the most time-consuming aspect of this lifestyle. Invest in a couple key pieces of equipment and you can cut this time in half or even more. And they need not be expensive either. Getting a $40 spiralizer and a $100-$200 food processor could be the best move you make on your path to eating a high raw diet in the long term. With a spiralizer you can prepare large amounts of zucchini, carrot and other vegetable noodles in a matter of seconds. With the multitude of chopping, slicing and julienne blades that come with most food processors you can pretty much avoid all slow knife chopping, and in the process, speed up your preparation times significantly.

Bulk Preparation

In a similar vein, if you prepare large quantities of raw ingredients at once it can save you lots of time and feel like you’re saving even more. I had a friend who would prepare a whole week’s worth of salad ingredients every Sunday, keep them in separate jars, and then mix and match depending on what she felt like each day. You can also make large quantities of salad dressings so that you can whip together a meal in seconds. This little trick is extremely convenient and time saving too.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you eat something unhealthy

Any healthy lifestyle change is a journey and you can expect ups and downs. If you eat something that isn’t great for you, don’t get down on yourself. It will only make getting back on the horse harder. One of my teachers liked to preach this lesson, and encouraged you to really enjoy every bite of that ice cream, saying that if you enjoyed it, you would feel less desire to eat it again afterwards. Being perfect is rarely a human quality, so just accept it for what it is and don’t add extra problems by feeling guilty about it.

Find Some Raw Foodie Friends

One of the biggest obstacles people encounter when changing diets relates to the social aspect of eating. Humans love to socialize over a meal, and there’s a good chance you won’t want to eat the same food or at the same restaurants as your friends when you switch to a high raw diet. Finding some raw foodie friends to share food with can help you overcome this. Plus, you’ll be able to learn and grow together, and lean on each other if you’re struggling to maintain your new healthy lifestyle.

I hope you enjoyed the article and learned something new.

Jonny

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2½ cups fine cashew flour
  2. 1¾ cups oat flour
  3. ½ cup raw cacao powder
  4. ¼ cup water
  5. ¾ cup maple syrup
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  7. 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  8. 1 cup + a few extra Raw Chocolate Chips (see following recipe)
  9. 1¾ cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hours
  10. 1 cup maple syrup
  11. 1 cup raw cacao powder
  12. ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
To Make the Chocolate Chips
  1. Place all ingredients in Vita-Mix and blend until smooth. Place in piping bag and pipe chocolate chips onto Teflex sheet. Dehydrate overnight at 118 degrees. Keep in refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to use.
To Make the Cookies
  1. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl by hand. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. Form into 3-inch cookies and press a few extra chocolate chips into the top of each cookie. Dehydrate (see Notes) on screens overnight at 118 degrees.
Loving Gift http://lovinggift.com.au/

Raw Chocolate Mint Slice

Raw Chocolate Mint Slice
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Ingredients
Base
  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  3. 2 tbs. coconut oil
  4. 1 tbs. raw cacao
  5. Pinch of salt
Filling
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight (or at least 2 hours)
  4. 1/3 cup rice malt syrup (you can swap to raw honey or maple syrup.)
  5. 10-15 drops of peppermint oil
  6. 1/2 tsp. matcha powder
  7. Pinch of salt
Icing
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 3 tbs. raw cacao
  3. 1 tbs. rice malt syrup (or natural sweetener of choice - as above)
Instructions
  1. Line a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) baking tray with baking paper, we like to use a silicone mold.
  2. In a blender or food processor place all of the base ingredients.
  3. Whiz until a crunchy butter forms.
  4. Transfer this in to the lined tin and spread out evenly, covering the entire base.
  5. Place in to the freezer.
  6. On to the filling. Rinse your food processor first.
  7. Drain and rinse the cashews.
  8. Place all of the filling ingredients EXCEPT, we said EXCEPT the rice malt syrup in to the blender.
  9. Blend on medium speed until super smooth.
  10. Now add the rice malt syrup and blend on LOW SPEED until smooth. You do not want the filling to heat as the rice malt syrup will separate.
  11. Place the filling on top of the base and smooth out the top.
  12. Place back in to the freezer.
  13. Rinse the blender.
Loving Gift http://lovinggift.com.au/

Cultured Veggies

Cultured Veggies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head green cabbage, shredded in a food processor
  2. ½ head of red cabbage
  3. 1 bunch kale, chopped very finely by hand
  4. 5 or 6 collard leaves chopped very finely by hand
  5. ½ head cauliflower, broken in tiny florets, or chopped very, very small
  6. 2 to 3 carrots, shredded in a food processor
  7. 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  8. 1 Tbsp. celery seeds
  9. 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  10. ½ Tbsp. dried basil
Instructions
  1. Using a starter culture to ensure a perfect and potent product
  2. Dissolve a package of Body Ecology culture starter in ¼ cup warm (90 degrees F) filtered water.
  3. Add Body Ecology's ecobloom feed the starter if desired. You might also use a ½ tsp of Rapadura sugar or a bit of honey.
  4. Let this starter mixture sit for approx. 20 minutes or longer while the L. Plantarum and other bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar.
  5. Add this starter culture to the brine in step 3 below.
  6. Begin preparing vegetable mixture.
  7. Combine all veggies, seeds, and herbs in a very large bowl.
  8. Remove approx ½ of the above mixture and put into a blender.
  9. Add enough filtered water to blender to create a "brine" the consistency of thick juice.
  10. Blend well then add starter culture above to this brine.
  11. Add brine with culture back into veggies, celery seeds and herbs from step one.
  12. Mix together well. Note: If your blender is small you may have to do step 3 in two batches but you only need to add the starter culture once.
  13. Pack mixture down into as many pint or quart sized glass jars as necessary to hold all the mixture. Use a potato masher or your fist to pack veggies very tightly. You want to force out most of the air.
  14. Fill container almost full, but leave about 2 inches of room at the top for veggies to expand.
  15. Roll up several outer cabbage leaves into a tight "log" and place them on top to fill the remaining 2-inch space. Clamp jar closed, or screw on lid very tightly.
  16. Let veggies sit at approx 70 degrees F or room temperature for at least a week. Two weeks may be even better. Refrigerate to slow down fermentation.
  17. Veggies will keep in the fridge for many weeks, becoming softer and more delicious as time passes!
  18. Eat at least ½ cup of cultured veggies with every meal and...enjoy!
Loving Gift http://lovinggift.com.au/

Fermented Chocolate Chili Slice

Fermented Chocolate Chili Slice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup of Almond Flour
  2. 2 Cups of Desiccated Coconut
  3. 1 Cup Ground Cacao Nibs
  4. 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
  5. 1/2 Cup Sultanas
  6. 1 Cup of Kim Chi Fermented vegetables (you can use any flavor but you will need to add cayenne pepper about 1/2 tsp
  7. 1/2 Cup of Sweeter of Choice Coconut Nectar/Honey/Agave
  8. 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  9. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  10. Pinch of Salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processo rwith the S Blade in add all your dry ingredients.
  2. Mix until blended well.
  3. Then add Fermented Vegetables
  4. Blend until all mixed in. It should be sticking together like a batter.
  5. Press into a lined 20 cm tin.
  6. Place into dehydrator for approx 2 hours. Take out of the tin then place back in the dryer for a further 8 hours. You can do less time. With the longer time it firms up very nice on the outside.
  7. Thanks and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Ice with a Chocolate Ganache to double the decadency!
Loving Gift http://lovinggift.com.au/