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Whole Life Expo 2012

We went to the Whole Life Expo and I think this year it was better than last. The show is divided into three sections: 1) Food, 2) Health related products and 3) Health related services. As foodies we tend to stick to the food section and were happy to see a bunch of familiar faces.

This picture makes the show look calm, but let you tell you when people have their back packs on and aren’t paying attention this get crowded FAST.

First, we stopped at Upaya Natural’s booth – they had a wide selection of raw, vegan, organic foods and appliances. I took pictures, but I realized after we left they were blurry. I’d go so far as to say they have the most selection of any raw/vegan store, they will most likely have anything you can think of and they are always adding more products to their mix. We bought our Blendtec and Excalibur dehydrator and Omega Juicer through them – oh, and our spiralizer as well. They are more than equipment, they have every raw/vegan food item you can imagine from: dehydrated mulberries, to enema bags, to Earthings grounding shoes and more.

Giddy YoYo is a company out of Orangeville, Ontario and they make raw chocolate amongst other things. They recently change their packaging and increased the size of their chocolate while maintaining the same price. That is pretty impressive. You don’t hear of a company giving you more of a product and not charging you for it. We are addicted to the mint raw chocolate. I cherish it and eat it one square at a time. Too good. I asked Mark, one of the owners, about the shelf life of the chocolate and if it’s okay not to seal it once opened. He mentioned it was fine, oxidation does not occur, but chocolate can age like a fine wine. Mind you raw chocolate from 1960 wouldn’t be suitable to eat, but month old chocolate is okay.

Cruda Cafe was very busy with their raw tacos and desserts. These were the same tacos I reviewed at the CNE this summer. Cannot say enough good things about how good the tacos were then, we had already eaten before we came, but that really shouldn’t have stopped me now that I think about it. Ah well. If we’re in St. Lawrence market on a weekend I’m sure we’ll venture to the basement level to find the storefront of Cruda Cafe.

Rawfoodz is an organic raw vegan salad dressing company and they recently started making a raw chocolate spread that’s not on their website. I tried it during the Raw Food festival. What is on their site is their new Butter style spread both in original and garlic. That I can totally get behind – freaking tasty. I’ve tried the dressings and the spread and each are pretty darn good. I have a preference to Italian Idol, but don’t let that discourage you from trying others. They’re creamy and intensely flavourful, it’s hard to believe the dressings are raw. The dressings are great on kelp noodles, raw coleslaw, veggie dip just to name a few uses.

A new face on the raw vegan scene is Rawlly Delicious. They are operated by a husband/wife team Natalie and Derek Neal based in Caledon, Ontario. On my high raw days I have resorted to carrying nuts and seeds with me to snack on. Sure that does the trick, but why not have a fulfilling treat that provides 5g of protein per serving. Rawlly Delicious has five flavours of Energy Ball: Hulk Energy, Nuts About Hazel, Almond Crunch, The “Seed” and Coconut Bliss. They have since added one NEW product: Chaga-Maca Brawnie.

Chaga-Maca Brawnie

What I love about these Energy Balls a) they all taste amazing, yes I have stuffed my face with them and b) they’re sprouted/raw/organic. I asked Natalie how long does it take to make each Energy ball batch and her answer – four days in total. That’s commitment. I like the idea of having a product that I can eat on the go and not feel guilty about. In fact, I feel pretty darn good after eating them just because they are easier to digest. Rawlly Delicious has an auto-ship program so you can opt to have a customized order shipped to you so you never run out. I can see this being very helpful in keeping up with my new addiction.

This is the six pack of all of the Energy Ball products. At the show the price was $20. I’m not sure if this is going to be sold on their website, but hopefully it will. 

What kind of Air Eater post would this be without the Nutritional Value information? (Click to enlarge) The Chaga-Maca Brawnie info is missing as it’s still being finalized. Here is a link to their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube account. Amazing that this little company has already been featured on CTV.

Overall, I am very glad we went to the Whole Life show, it was worth the parking and crowds to get the great deals we did. I felt hilarious walking around with so many raw food items, but I refuse to feel guilty about healthy pleasures.

Happy eating!

 

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Raw Stock 2012

This weekend we went to Raw Stock and had a great time. We saw quite a few vendors and the location of Niagara-on-the-lake was perfect. Along with vendors, there was a fenced in kid sand box/jungle gym area, a speaker seated area, free all day yoga and live musicians playing. There was a sense of calm and overall good feeling in the air. I would call the event very successful and I can only imagine what next year will be like.

The event seemed very well organized and pretty much ran itself. That’s what it seemed like, which I think is a great compliment to any large event, it all seemed very smooth and well thought out.

This is where most prepared raw foods were being sold. It was one large room with vendors along the side. It was incredibly busy during the lunch rush. The line up for food from the Naked Sprout and the raw pineapple juice/young Thai coconut water from Andria Barrett & Mary Hulbert was very popular.

Here’s Natalie from Rawlly Delicious talking to customer about nutrition.

Rawlly Delicious brought a variety of Energy Balls. If you’re in the GTA, they actually will deliver your order. That is amazing. Not only do they offer raw, vegan, gluten free food, but you don’t even have to lift a finger to get it. Click here to order. I’m going to write another post separately about my review of their Hulk Balls. It makes me giggle every time I say it, yes, I know my humour level is middle school. Continue reading

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Nature’s Empoirum Raw Food review

Last weekend we went to Nature’s Empoirum for a Concept Branding client meeting and while we were there we had lunch. Thankfully Nature’s Emporium has a raw vegan chef, named Pedja, who makes some truly wonderful food.

WARNING: You will eat with your eyes and thus want to buy two slices of pizza and a burger, however, you will most likely not be able to finish a pizza slice and a burger.

I highly suggest getting a pizza slice and sharing the burger. It’s seriously filling and you really will be so satisfied that for the rest of the day you’ll be full. As you can see the pizza looked amazing!

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Raw Vegan Festival – Summer 2012

The Raw Vegan festival held at 918 Bathurst was fantastic yet again. New vendors and such a fantastic vibe from everyone there.  I couldn’t take enough pictures. The problem was that I’d take a picture of the banner of the vendor, then spend way too long talking to the vendor to remember to take more pictures of the food.

Right by the top floor entrance was our friend from Live. We adore their food and their lovely products.

We stopped by the Upaya Naturals booth. Always full of a broad selection of health and super foods, Upaya has items you won’t find in your regular grocery store, run by two raw vegans who believe strongly in organic products to say the least. Have you tried Dandy Blend? I heard it’s a great coffee replacement.
We came across a vendor called Ausable River Soap Co., all the way from Lucan, Ontario.  We spoke to the owner Jaime, who explained how she hand crafts her soap items and makes everything in small batches. The only non-vegan item is the lip balm which has Beeswax. To the celiacs: If you’re going to order any soap, be mindful if it contains gluten (oatmeal) and double check ingredients.
Almost hidden away downstairs we came across Rawlly Rawlly Delicious, a husband and wife duo making raw, gluten free, vegan treats! Very nice to see a couple coordinate as such. When I asked Natalie why she started making such treats, her reply was to fool her child into eating healthy. Rawlly Rawlly Delicious uses a lot of healthy ingredients, so there’s no guilt involved, it’s a tasty way to get  your vitamins.
Here’s Derek, Natalie’s husband proudly working the booth.
Here’s the video clip he has playing when Natalie was invited to speak on television for CTV:

Back upstairs the venue was starting to get busy:
We visited the Health Nut booth. The lovely lady on the left, Mandi, is the creator and maker of Specialty Nut Butters & Raw Vegan Nut Cheese (Raw, Vegan and Organic). Where can you buy these wonderful hand made items? Why click here and find out!
At this point we were feeling hungry and had to go visit Nzyme downstairs. They do not have a physical restaurant, but they do catering and I regret eating too quickly as we forgot to take a picture.
Back downstairs we saw the Nud Fud table and the crowd started to really form at this point, so I took limited pictures. I wish I could show the bags of raw, vegan, gluten free snacks.
Here’s an idea of their product offering: Click to enlarge
Close by we visited with Chica Momma, a Caledon-based company that specializes in raw gourmet catering and education. Jessica, a high raw vegan mother of three created this business as a result of being captivated by raw food. Her lunch and learn program, “Give it to me raw!”, for the workplace teaches people how to incorporate raw food and explore the world of organic raw cuisine in 30 minutes. Not bad for a lunch break.
At this point there was barely any turning around room and we didn’t get to speak with the owner of 365 Deli, but had a chance to snag a quick picture:
There were so many other vendors, wish I had a chance to stop at each booth and take pictures properly, but the event was very busy and well attended. I plan on going to the winter one as well. Great show over all.
Honourable mentions:
Doug McNish was there with his beautiful wife Candice selling Doug’s new cook book. I have this book and I would HIGHLY recommend it. (I do not receive a penny for this statement) I find his recipes are simple, quick and tasty. That’s how I like things and clearly Doug and I are on the same page. I have to say his Nacho Cheese recipe has made a permanent home in my house.
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Gearing up – Air Eater Juice Fast

On June 6th I’m having minor gum surgery and my dentist recommended that I don’t eat solids for a week. It’s like a sign because I have been thinking of doing this anyway. The unfortunate part about this is that I don’t have the option of taking a day off and eating solids. I’ve never done well with being forced into a situation. I suppose I will have to. I guess the main fear is being hungry and missing the fact that I won’t be chewing anything.

Our morning smoothie is always fantastic and I look forward to it every day, plus, I really enjoy our green juice in the afternoon, so am I going to be able to get over the hump of not having my huge salad in the middle? Hhm…might have to do a test run day and see what happens. I figure I’ll have to just keep drinking. I am trying to break it down as I would my usual day where I eat every two hours or so.

Breakfast:  Lemon water + smoothie
Mid morning: red juice
Lunch: green juice
Mid afternoon: lemon water
Dinner: green juice

Smoothie: Sun warrior (vanilla), hemp heart, chia seed, strawberries, Almond Breeze (vanilla), cinnamon
Green juice: Kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, collard green, celery, carrot, apple, dandelion, swiss chard.
Red Juice: Green juice + lemon + beet – apple

I might switch up the green/red juices, I don’t know. It’s whatever we have on hand really. I am slightly worried that I won’t be getting the proper vitamins/minerals. I need to do more research.

If you have recommendations – please let me know!

 

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Semi Raw Vegan Bento

I loved making Bentos for Vegan Mofo and it took a lot more of my time than I thought. I do enjoy the painstaking details, but it really can drive someone mad. Here’s a quick and dirty, well quick if you have everything and you’re ready to assemble. I don’t think anything about raw food is quick (minus the obvious veg/fruits).

Here’s my first semi-raw bento:

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Ani Phy raw burger, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

This delightful burger, is from an Ani Phyo recipe, it’s delightful and I wish I had made a cashew sauce for this picture. You can find the recipe here. I really enjoyed making these burgers, I would stress that when forming the patties, squeeze hard to make the items retain their shape, or else things don’t adhere very well.

Marinated portobello mushroom, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

I marinated these portobello mushrooms over night in: 1 tbsp Organicville BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp organic Tamari sauce, 1 drop of liquid smoke and 1/2 tsp olive oil. They were so tender and fantastic. I used about 3 medium sized caps.

Raw bread buckwheat groat and phyllium husk, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

I’ve made this bread before, however, this time I didn’t mix the buckwheat groats and they came out a bit textured, not necessarily a bad thing.

Organic mixed vegetables, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Just for colour and I do enjoy a little bit of mixed frozen vegetables, I threw these organic ones for fun. No ‘butter’, just plain as is, ran them under some warm water and there you have it.

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Raw Stuffed Mushrooms

As summer is coming up, I figured, why not make some fun finger food that can be served at parties and will really impress and delight. Yes, I literally thought this out loud. Good weather can improve a mood and when you’re in a good mood the next logical step is a party – right? Right!

The next time you’re going to such an event why not bring raw stuffed mushrooms, they can be made without a dehydrator, just some prep time before hand.

Lidia Le Francois, raw nuts

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Raw Pizza

As much as I love the ooey, gooey, goodness that is a Daiya pizza, I decided to make a raw pizza. I always have raw tomato bread handy these days, so I used that for the crust and the only hard part was blending the macadamia nuts into a ‘cheese’.

Here’s the link to the tomato bread: http://wp.me/p1tEpk-Qu

raw pizza, Lidia Le François, gluten free

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Coconut Raw-violi

I decided to try my hand at making ravioli with fresh coconut meat. I figured this would dehydrate nicely and be adaptable to a savoury dish. What’s ravioli without ‘cheese’? I also made a cashew cream cheese that really complimented the coconut: soaked cashews, 1/4 cup of coconut water, 1.5 tbsp minced garlic, a pinch of salt, a bit of fresh basil and blended it up. Worked like a charm.

If you’ve never opened a young thai coconut, I do suggest you check out a few videos as there is really easy way to do so. Plus, you might want to have a hacking knife and not ruin your nice chopping knives.

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Raw Tomato Bread

Now that I have a dehydrator, I am in raw food heaven and I have been looking up recipes and trying fun things. I am going to try every bread that I can. I used a recipe from Choosing Raw.

Raw Tomato Bread (raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Makes 8 large pieces

5 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
3/4 cup flax meal
1 tbsp tamari or nama shoyu (substitute sea salt to taste if you’re allergic to soy)
1 tsp oregano (dried)
2 tsps basil (dried) – I used fresh
1 clove garlic
Black pepper to taste
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Now, the directions say to blend everything except the sunflower seeds, however, if you do this the mixture will just liquify and the seeds added in the end won’t be chopped at all. I chopped the seeds first and then added them at the end already in powder form. Maybe the seeds are supposed to be whole, or if you’re using a high power blender it will pulverize things; however I am not happy with my Vitamix right now and I opted to use my food processor instead, thus the pre-chopping the seeds.

As per the recipe instructions: Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours. Flip the bread, score it into 8 pieces on the wet side, and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours, till totally dry.

I just made it into full sheets and scored as I felt like it. I also made sure to lay out the “dough” rather thick, you’ll see 1/4″ in a lot of recipes, that measurement is seriously important, unless you like paper thin crackers. I really enjoyed how thick the bread came out, mine was a bit different than the original author’s. It’s all personal preference anyway, I just want to be able to bite into something versus having it feel like it will break. Maybe it won’t, I’m not experienced enough to be able to say just yet.

chopped sunflower seed

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