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Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan

Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

6 Comments 01 August 2016

I’m thoroughly enjoying a break from real life, submersing myself in things that I love, learning from others, and sleeping 9 hours each night. I’m appreciating moments rather than moving on to the next one. I’m savoring the flavors rather than inhaling for sustenance. I’m digging into the now and remembering how densely delicious it is. And I haven’t once missed my book of lists with tabbed sections and sublists of lists.

I’m enjoying the essence of things.

Things that are spreadable.

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Things that are sticky.

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Things that are off balance.

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Things that are old.

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Things from long ago.

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Things that are better with toppings.

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Things I had forgotten about.

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Things that are savory.

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Things that are sweet.

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Things that are green.

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Things that make this heart happy.

Readers, dish!

  • Which picture do you want to know more about?
  • Where do you go just to “be”?
Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

5 Comments 30 July 2016

Most summers I enjoy a long weekend with gluten-free blogger friends in the country. The days are filled with relaxing, walking, art journaling, chatting, yoga, writing, shopping, cooking, blogging, and eating. Lots of eating. Here’s a snippet of my day:

Walking with a sweet friend while being watched.

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Making sure this little guy made it safely across the road.

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Breakfasting. A throwback to pre-gluten-free days as this tasted exactly like my memories of Entenmann’s.

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Fortified with a green smoothie, of course.

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And a new product that I’m crazy about.

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Swapples! Covered in vegan cream cheese compliments of Valerie of City|Life|Eats. I think this flavor was my favorite.

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They were also incredible last night with That Chili with the Mushrooms by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily.

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Snacking at Kickshaws Downtown Market, a local whole foods market that caters to the gluten-free vegan crowd.

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Jackfruit and sauerkraut on vegan and gluten-free sourdough bread. (If you need your own vegan pulled-pork experience, try Johnna’s recipe. Even carnivores like it.)

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And a strawberry shortcake cupcake for dessert. Do snacks qualify as dessert-ending meal?

Just in case I need more to look forward to, these vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls are on the counter waiting for breakfast.

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Or a maybe a midnight snack.

And just for fun, these caught my eye today.

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Ew, right?

Full and content, I’m off to bed.

Readers, dish!

  • What do you do to let down?
  • How do you fill up when you’re feeling depleted?
Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

9 Comments 30 April 2014

Happy May Day! I’m glad you’re here. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a day dedicated to plants and flowers than to share our plant-based raw creations! Last week there were some incredible submissions, and I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

Favorite Breakfast

Green Hemp Acai Bowl by The Taste Space

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Favorite Salad

Sauerkraut-Avocado Salad by The Gluten-Free Treadmill

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And there was no way I was choosing a favorite dessert. So here are three!

Vegan Pear Chocolate Cake by Naturelle

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Or would you rather enjoy your chocolate cake with a lemony twist? Try Chocolate Dipped Blueberry Lavender Cake by Detached & Connected.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Drops by The Fussiest Eater

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Are you inspired? Me too!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

6 Comments 31 March 2014

Where is Spring? There has been a lot of complaining about this winter. A lot. When New Yorkers hear that this is my first winter in the City, they make sure that I know that this has been the hardest winter in years. “You picked the worst year to come,” they encourage. “The winters are not always like this.”

But I haven’t complained one bit. Well, I haven’t complained much. I did complain that school wasn’t canceled on the days that it snowed between 8 and 12 inches, but even on those days it was kind of exciting to strap on winter boots and tromp through the snow to work. In general, I have loved this winter. This Southern girl loves the snow! And dealing with the cold hasn’t been too terrible either. While this is a walking community, ducking into warm places like shops, train stations, or cabs means you really don’t have to be out in the cold for too long.

Plus, I think I finally figured out the whole layering clothing concept.

But March is coming to an end, and Spring just has to be around the corner, right? If not, I just may need a visit to a tropical island.

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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie

by Heather 

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place nut milk, quinoa flakes, and protein powder in the Vitamix or high powered blender. Blend for 5 seconds and let it sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. Add remaining ingredients to the Vitamix and blend until creamy.

3. Pour and sprinkle with orange zest.

Serves 1

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Another favorite zucchini smoothie:

Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie

Readers, dish!

  • Has spring sprung for you?
  • What are some of your favorite tropical fruits?
Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

GF Product Reviews, GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

12 Comments 24 March 2014

Many vegans claim that they can get all of the protein that they need from plants, nuts, and seeds. I think my body needs a bit more than most, so I supplement with high quality protein powders. I’m extremely picky about my protein powders. Not only must they consist of raw vegan ingredients, they have to taste good and have a smooth texture.

I receive a lot of requests to review products, and I turn most of them down after a quick Google search. But when Growing Naturals contacted me about reviewing their protein powders I had a feeling that this would be a product that you and I might like.

I tried all 5 of their protein powders, two brown rice proteins and two yellow pea proteins. Of course the first one I tried was the Chocolate Power Organic Rice Protein, because my go-to smoothie ingredient is usually chocolate protein powder. Chocolate Power has a rich, deep cocoa flavor that enhances many of my morning smoothies.

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It mixes well and the texture is smooth. You can tell from this picture that it isn’t at all grainy. It has 24 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar.

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I suggest trying this powder with any berry or banana-based smoothie like these:

The Original Organic Rice Protein is perfect for boosting the protein content of a food or drink without changing the flavor. It was perfect with my Sunshine Juice which has a powerful flavor of its own.

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This is another smooth powder that mixes well and contains 24 grams of protein yet no sugar.

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The Vanilla Blast Organic Rice Protein has a delicious vanilla flavor that I use in many of my green smoothies.

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I highly recommend using a scoop of Vanilla Blast with any of these smoothies:

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Again you can see the velvety texture that has absolutely no graininess.

I didn’t expect to love the yellow pea protein powders. As you may recall, I’m not a pea fan. But I LOVE these products! They have 15 grams of protein, and the Original flavor has 1 gram of sugar while the Vanilla Blast has 3 grams.

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I love the Original Yellow Pea Protein in my green juices. It doesn’t change the flavor of the juice yet provides enough protein to fuel my late afternoon workout.

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The Original has a slightly earthy taste on its own which can’t be tasted at all when mixed with these juices:

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I’ve saved the best for last. I bet you thought that my favorite was going to be the Chocolate Power. That’s my second favorite. But my favorite of all of these wonderful powders is the Vanilla Blast Yellow Pea Protein. Are you as shocked as I am?

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I used this delicious powder to create my new favorite breakfast cereal which is packed with protein and superfoods. Just make sure to brush your teeth before heading out for the day!

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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Pour in nut milk while stirring. Stir to mix well.

3. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least an hour.

Serves 1

The subtle sweetness of the Vanilla Blast compliments the natural flavors of these ingredients making every spoonful a delight.

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This will be my contribution to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up, Raw Foods Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Friday, Wellness Weekends, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

Bottom line? Growing Naturals gets two paws up from the Gluten-Free Cat. Their products help supplement my protein needs in a variety of tasty ways. Give them a try!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Growing Naturals protein powders yet?
  • What is your favorite raw vegan protein powder?
  • How do you make sure you get enough protein?

(Note:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Growing NaturalsI did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion. Many links are affiliate links that help support Gluten-Free Cat.)

Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/6/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/6/14

13 Comments 05 March 2014

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! Can you smell Spring yet? Turning the calendar from February to March gives me hope despite the fact that brownish grey snowbanks still line every street in New York. They are not too long for this world!

Thanks for your submissions to last week’s Raw Foods Thursdays. I hope you picked up a few new recipes to try. Here are a few of my favorites.

Favorite Salad

Fennel, Celeriac, Parsley and Red Onion Salad by The Omnivore and the Vegetarian

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Favorite Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Smoothie by Rock My Vegan Socks

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Favorite Snack

Raw Protein and Fiber Nut Bars by The Gluten-Free Treadmill

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Favorite Dessert

Raw Cinnamon Roll Bars by Oatmeal With a Fork

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This week I’m sharing my Chocolate Avocado Monkey Pudding.

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What have you been working on?

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.



Raw Foods Thursdays: 2/20/14

GF Recipes, Paleo, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Uncategorized, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 2/20/14

11 Comments 19 February 2014

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! Last week we had all sorts of Valentine-inspired entries, and I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss any of them. These passionate creations range from 100% raw to almost raw, and all of them look incredibly delicious. So take another look at these lovely treats and head to the following blogs for the recipes.

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And lest you think that I’ve gone off the deep end, or that I am currently stuck in a sweets coma, here’s a lovely sugar-free Tropical Dessert Smoothie by Erin Sift, Stir & Savour to get us back on track.

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This week I’m sharing my Raw Orange Carrot Bread. What do you have to share?

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Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.



Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

8 Comments 11 February 2014

It’s Love Week! And I’m starting each day with a gift of love. Love Smoothies! I have two Love Smoothies to share this week that are a bit nontraditional. In fact, neither of them are chocolatey. I’ve been eating very clean meals after my Juicing Challenge, and I’m not ready for chocolate just yet. So this just might be a chocolate-less Valentine’s Day for me. We’ll see. I still have three days to change my mind.

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We started Love Week by visiting this iconic New York sculpture.

Love your green smoothies? Me too! But this Valentine’s Day it’s time to try another green, one that won’t turn your red smoothies into that nasty muddy sludge when you mix them with red berries. Beet greens aren’t just pretty with their green leaves and red stems, they’re also quite tasty in a smoothie. Less bitter than kale, they’re a nice alternative to spinach and romaine.

This Can’t Beet Love Smoothie is also great when you buy beets and have a plethora of greens. Greens are quite perishable, not lasting more than a few days in the refrigerator. So blend them up before you lose all of those nutrients!

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This smoothie provides double the love from goji berries.

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You can soak them for 10 minutes while you wash and chop your beet greens. Then drain and toss them in the Vitamix with the rest of the ingredients.

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I just dump them into the blender with almond milk and chia seeds and let them soak. Using one less bowl is important in my tiny kitchen.

The shining star of this smoothie is definitely the goji berries, but the ginger does give it quite a kick. (Apples and Ginger helped me fall in love with ginger in smoothies.)

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Give yourself a Love Gift this week and start your day like this.

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Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. almond milk (Try this homemade milk!)
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 c. goji berries
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 5 beet greens with stems
  • 1 c. raspberries
  • 1-2 inches of ginger, peeled
  • *6 drops of stevia (optional)
  • *1/4 tsp. vanilla (if not using a vanilla protein powder)

Directions:

1. Pour almond milk, protein powder, goji berries, and chia seeds into Vitamix or high powered blender. Pulse once to mix and let it sit for 10 minutes to soften the gogi berries and allow the chia seeds to gel.

2. Add beet greens, raspberries, ginger, and optional stevia and vanilla.

3. Blend until creamy

Serves 1

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Readers, dish!

  • How are you taking care of yourself during Love Week?
  • Have you ever tried beet greens in a smoothie?
  • What are your favorite smoothie greens?

This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Vegan MondaysGluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Raw Food Thursdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, Wellness Weekends, and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Raw Foods Thursdays: 12/12/13

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 12/12/13

6 Comments 11 December 2013

Happy Thursday! Can you believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? Are you ready? I’m not even close. I’m banking on some serious inspiration to hit me this weekend!

I’m so glad that you stopped by in the midst of holiday preparations. Whether you’re looking for some inspiring recipes or you have one to share, let’s get this party started!

Here are a few festive highlights from last week’s Raw Foods Thursday.

Festive Way to Start Your Day

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Caradamom Eggnog by Ragdoll Kitchen

Festive Salad for the Holiday Table

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Cranberry Pecan Salad by Practical Stewardship

Healthiest Snack to Nibble Instead of Christmas Cookies

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Raw Green Olive Kale Chips by The Fussiest Eater

Festive Colorful Salad

Italian styled salad_Ves&Mork

Italian Styled Salad by Ves&Mork

Festive Dessert to Bring to a Party

Raw Walnut Fudge by Betty Rawker

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This week I’m sharing my “almost raw” Christmas No-Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share this week?


A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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