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Nice Cream. Thank me later..

Hi Fruity Family!

I’m alive and well.  Raw Food 365 is in full swing, and I’m happy to say I am thriving in month 5!  The things I eat day to day vary quite a lot, but nice cream seems to always be on the menu at least every couple of days.  I change up the recipe depending on who I’m making it for.  This recipe and method is for the family, but easy to clean up and raw-ify for myself. Here is how I turn bananas into pure love..

What you’ll need..

2 bunches ripe spotty bananas

almond milk

natural peanut butter (optional)

cocoa powder/carob powder (optional)

pure maple syrup (optional)

Vitamix/any high speed blender/food processor

What you’ll do..

The day before: Peel bananas and break each into 2-3 pieces. Freeze them in a sealable reusable container.  Also, pour your choice of almond milk into an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight.

The day of:  Place 4-5 frozen bananas and 2-3 almond milk cubes into the blender.  Add a splash of almond milk to help get the blender started.  Use the tamper tool to press down the bananas, it’s an aggressive arm work-out don’t be afraid to show that blender who’s boss.  This will be your base.. from here you can add any flavour combination you like! Frozen fruit for a sorbet feel, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract, etc.  You can be as creative as you like!  Our favourite is maple syrup and natural peanut butter, or throw in a few spoon fulls of cocoa powder and you can satisfy any chocolate craving.  Top with organic cacao nibs or a home made sauce.  Check out my Instagram for sauce recipes!

Enjoy in abundance.

The best things in life are certainly, cruelty-free.

N

 

RAW FOOD 365

Update Time!

It’s been a long time coming, this is something I have been wanting and dreaming of for the last 5 years.  I’ve never tried and failed in the past, but I have tried and continued learning, plenty of times.  However, the time has finally come and the roller coaster has begun.

I’ve embarked on a 365 Day Journey with nothing but raw food.  Yes, raw food.  No cooked food, no alcohol, no coffee, no processed food, no baked goods, I think you get the picture.  Simply food, real food.  Fruit in it’s whole form, including frozen fruit.  Vegetables (including all greens) in their uncooked birthday suites.  And to drink?  The only acceptable liquid is water or home made fruit/veg juice.

The journey began on July 1st, 2017.  So far, it’s been a joy.  I was expecting the first couple of weeks to be the hardest, but in fact they were the easiest!  I prepared myself mentally, this was the key.  I’ve practiced on and off for 5 years, so this is NOT uncharted territory.  I have many raw foodist friends to consult with and confide in should I need some guidance or support.  Community is key!

If you want to know more of what I am eating day-to-day please follow me on INSTAGRAM!

I don’t want it to seem that I am pushing others to join me or that this is the one and only way to thrive.  However.. I certainly, unapologetically, encourage people to always research where there food comes from, encourage them to make improvements no matter where they are starting from, and to simply care, try, and experiment!  The way we feel, think, and perform in this world is directly related to our diet.  Our diet influences our physical being and metal state, this is who we are.  You are literally what you eat, everything is connected.  You and I are living breathing organisms, made up mostly of water.  We need living food for our living bodies.  I would not do this if it didn’t mean the world to me.  You cannot compare life on this planet on raw food vs processed cooked food (even vegan).  It’s day and night.  And I prefer.. day.

Please contact me directly for questions!
I am always looking to coach and guide so don’t be shy, I’m here for you.

Much love,

N

2017, Bring it.

Hello Fruity Family!

We are well into January 2017 now, and have you kept your resolutions so far? How many have you broken? 😉

 

It doesn’t matter because today, and every day, is just simply that.. a new day, a new moment.  Never get down on yourself for “failing” because it’s all in your head.. whatever failure you say you had, it’s only because you have labelled it that way.  Flip it around and say.. “I’m either winning, or I’m learning.”  If you are learning a lot, that’s great!  Every negative thought you have about yourself or your actions, are because of you.  Look inward, change your vocabulary, change your attitude, and the actions will follow.

So yes, the worst thing that you can ever do is get down on yourself, it only furthers the spiral downward.  I don’t believe in hitting rock bottom before climbing up.  If we can change our thoughts, and our perception of what’s actually happening, we can change the result.

No matter what, never give up.  Hold your goals, hold your desires, hold your dreams!  If you want it badly enough, you will make it happen.  It may take longer than you expect but who cares.. if you want it enough the only sure way of getting it is to devote all you have.. trust me, the years will pass anyway!

Go get em’

N

The Calcium Choice

True Story,

Calcium is a mineral found in the earth.

Calcium is present in plants that grow from mineral rich soil.

Animals eat these plants and obtain calcium, cows eating grass is a perfect example.

Calcium is then transferred to the mother cow’s breastmilk, same goes for zebra milk, giraffe milk, rabbit milk, etc. Nature knows.

Here’s the kicker.. you have a choice.

1. Obtain calcium and other minerals by eating nutrient rich plants.  OR   2. Drink the BREASTMILK of the animal who ate plants.

😑 hhmmm (Insert Jeopardy theme song)

If you chose #1 and you prefer to obtain your calcium directly from the source, dark leafy greens are a great place to start!

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It’s very important to not only obtain calcium regularly, but even more important to keep it in your bones!  Eating an alkaline diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way.

A diet high in processed food and animal products (including dairy) is highly acidic, and your body will leach calcium from your bones to remain in an alkaline state.  Alkaline = health

You didn’t think all those calcium supplements in the supermarket were for vegans did you?  And have you ever wondered why a society that virtually eats dairy at every meal, would have even the slightest instance of osteoporosis?  

I remember doing a project on osteoporosis in grade school, and my conclusion was.. eat and drink as much dairy as possible for strong growing bones.  😝  Thank the heavens for today’s information age – the internet – where you can find sources of information outside of what is driven by the dairy industry.  I’m still a little hurt that I was lied to – can you tell?  My only regret about my lifestyle change, is that I didn’t do it sooner.

I encourage you to clean your slate.  To read both sides of the story.  Unlearn and relearn.  Never stop investigating.  Experiment with yourself.  Get some blood work done.  Don’t take my word for it.  Read read read.  Ask ask ask.  Try try try.

And most importantly.. never, ever, listen to the TV.

✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽

 

Falafels for Days

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share our falafels with you all because they have been a huge hit around here, and I thought you may enjoy them as well!

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Recipe

1 can of rinsed chickpeas

1 small onion roughly chopped

3-4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

3 tbsp flour (wheat or GF)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup panko bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Add everything to a food processor and pulse until all ingredients (except the bread crumbs) are well combined, but not completely smooth.  I used my vitamix blender and it worked very well, I used the lowest setting and mashed everything together using the tamper.

Form into balls or patties by hand, and roll them in the bread crumbs.

Fry them until the outside is golden brown.  Bake them for about 10-15 minutes at 375F.

For SOS free falafels, omit the salt and skip the frying! A much healthier option!

Toss them into a salad, or eat them for lunch in a wrap.  They are a great alternative to meat and can be eaten hot or cold.

Enjoy my friends!

N

 

Zoodles for Days RECIPE

What do you do when you see Organic Zucchini on the reduction rack at your local grocery store? You buy them ALL!!! And you make Zoodles, lots of them.

Zoodles are noodles, only made from raw zucchini.  You will need a spiralizer, this handy piece of equipment can be purchased off amazon for an affordable price, and turns zucchini into noodles!

I don’t like formal recipes, so here is how I created this masterpiece..

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5 medium zucchinis peeled and noodled using a spiralizer

2 large cucumbers peeled and noodled using a spiralizer

chopped tomatoes, raw corn, chia seeds (you can add ANYTHING you like, whatever is in the fridge!)

carrot ‘noodles’ made with a vegetable peeler

THE SAUCE

The sauce is everything.

I blended one large perfectly ripe avocado, 1 peeled small zucchini (this doubles the volume), generous handful of herbs from the garden including basil and chives, a small tomato, and lemon juice.

Salt free. Oil free. Gluten free. Guilt free. Dairy free. Sugar free.  Just a big bowl of LOVE and hydration, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Everything your body needs, and nothing it doesn’t.  You’ll want to run after, not nap.

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And yes, it’s KID APPROVED!

 

Welcome to Eden (recipe?)

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Eating food, just food, why is that so strange? That’s how they did it in Eden, why shouldn’t I strive for that?  Well I do, every day.  It sounds too good to be true.. living in harmony among the animals, eating in abundance.. uhhh that’s basically what it feels like to live this way!!

Simple.  It’s my favourite way to eat.  No actual recipes, just delicious combinations.  Like this one.. juicy tomato, ripe sweet mango, lettuce and basil picked from the garden.  Nothing more.  It’s fabulous!

I do believe this is the food in heaven’s buffet.  The God that I believe in provided me with this to eat, and so I happily accept the offering.  I don’t come up with reasons why this isn’t enough, or unsatisfying, or missing something..  I focus on why it is perfect.  THANK YOU.  Living food for a living body.  I celebrate what this does for me, and I reap the benefits.

“On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

Welcome to Fruit And Family!

Welcome to Fruit And Family

Welcome to my BLOG!

I began “Fruit And Family” with a blog many years ago, and I am so excited to finally bring it back to life! The focus has been YouTube for the last while, but I truly believe there is something very special,irreplaceable, about the written word..coaching-img

I’d like to introduce you to my family. Those faces behind the scenes, those lovely people fast asleep upstairs as I type. These lovelies pictured here are my reason for.. everything. My husband D, and my 3 little kiddies. But I’m not your typical mama! Call me crazy.. but I want my family to eat as many plant based food as possible so they can enjoy life fully at all ages, and avoid common health issues in today’s world. I want them to grow up seeing mom and dad working hard, doing what they love, setting and achieving personal goals. I want to show them unconditional love and support, as they do for me. They are truly my EVERYTHING. Thanks for putting up with me!!

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You too, are very much a part of this family. We are all in this together. Single, married, divorced, re-married, polyamorous, you name it.. you belong here. If you are ready to embrace, or simply flirt with the idea of vegan living, then this is the family for you. We welcome you with open arms! Share your progress, accomplishments, struggles, fears, and tears. I’m here to listen, guide, and help in any way I can.

So once again,

Welcome to my family!

-Natalie