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RAWR ~ Buy Local, Buy Fresh

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“The best way to eat and drink is one that makes you feel healthy and happy!”

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Buy local, buy fresh. 

Live in Orange County?

Rawr delivers creative and organic plant-based food right to your door. Whatever your personal goals or detox plans may be, rawr will work with you to create custom meal plans or even cater events.

Besides the creativity involved, Josh sources organic and often locally sourced ingredients to create these beautiful and satisfying plant-based dishes. As a classically trained chef, he brings his experience and gained insight toward health to deliver an incredible menu full of snacks, entrees, sweets, and sips as well as favorites that are always available, including: street tacos, pizzas, and nut mylks. I love the idea of ordering the kitchen sink which includes a few days worth of food; however, you can also order as little as you like if that suits.

As a raw vegan in Orange County (or anyone with an interest in health and keen to try new things), Shakti Juice & rawr have you sorted! The energy that flows within the organic, cold pressed juice and raw plant-based meals is amazing. Both companies reflect important sustainable practices and products that encompass holistic health. These companies may align for you whether you are coming off a juice fast and wanting to eat some raw gourmet food delivered to your door, or you may drink Shakti Juice and order the one off or weekly meal from rawr. The beauty is that these products are available and ready for whenever you choose! Locally sourced, locally made.

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Pizza Fiesta & Raw Street Tacos

I am incredibly grateful for crossing paths with rawr through Instagram and being able to try out some of their incredible food. Have you ever tried raw pizza or raw tacos? I love playing around in the kitchen and making my own food, but there is also something amazing about being able to enjoy fresh raw food that someone else has created for you. I love supporting local, raw, vegan, organic food, especially food made with love. The amount of detail and energy that goes into creating rawr food is noticeable with every bite. Even through lengthy processes of dehydration, fermentation, soaking, and sprouting, their intention for nutritional and flavorful food will bring you positive energy and make you feel good. Eat local, eat fresh.

Order from Rawr!

Don’t forget to connect with Shakti Juice & rawr via Instagram for yummy updates…

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to health & happiness ❤

Hazelnut Cacao Happiness

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Vegan Chocolate

Organic ~ Raw ~ Vegan ~ Hazelnut ~ Cacao~ Happiness

MADE WITH LOVE ❤

The Coco Jack

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Young Coconuts

The easy peasy way to open young coconuts! My little three year old vegan is excited about being able to help smash the coconuts open. We all love coconuts, and this is the perfect little tool we were given to help us get them open and discover all the nutrients inside.

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Discover the Coco Jack

Raw Buckwheat Groats for Brekkie

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Bowl of happiness and pure energy! There’s raw buckwheat groats underneath all those delicious berries, shredded coconut, walnuts, hempseed, and heaps of cinnamon! Perfect way to fill up your puku in the morning. Very satisfying and vegan kid friendly, too. Just looking at this bowl of goodness makes me smile :). How do you eat your buckwheat, or what other ways do you fuel up in the morning?

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Enjoy the simple things in life that make you smile ❤

“I make conscious decisions about the food that I put into my body. My body is a home to my spirit, therefore I choose to look after it as best as I can. I feel wonderful.” ~Carly Marie

Raw Vegan Desserts

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Life is pretty busy with two little ones, but at the start of this year I had decided to somehow squeeze in time to start exploring again with raw desserts. I have always loved exploring in the kitchen and really developed an interest in raw desserts when I first went vegan. Besides loving sweets, the raw desserts just looked so appealing and vibrant. The challenge of creating these decadent desserts without any “typical” ingredients was also exciting and seemed to intrigue me.

Once you begin making and eating raw desserts, anything seems possible! Many of them even have similar ingredients, but are very adaptable to adjust flavours and create something entirely different. Raw desserts are pure energy and happiness. Here are a few raw desserts that I have been playing around with, and I cannot wait to make some of my favourites again; especially raw vegan cheesecake!

Bliss Balls

Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Cookies

Vegan Donut

Vegan Lemon Bar

Yes, these are raw vegan desserts! Crazy enough, I actually had to use a hand food processor to create these as well which is why they are not perfect, but definitely made with love. Unfortunately the hand food processor is now out of action so I will need to come across one to continue making and sharing my raw desserts. I am truly grateful that I was given some raw ingredients to play around with as well as having some happy taste testers. Watch this space for more raw vegan desserts, and let me know if you want to come try some out or experiment in the kitchen together.

Vegan Avocado Truffles

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So simple, yet so satisfying

Truffles or sushi? I cannot decide. Whatever you choose to call them, they are simply amazing!

Cut an organic avocado in half, remove the stone, and scoop out some of the avocado into a bowl. Mash and then toss in small pieces of fresh mango, coriander, black sesame seeds, and fresh squeezed lime.
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After scooping this amazing mixture back into the avocado, put the two halves back together, and peel off the skin.

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We then chose to cover our avocado with small pistachio pieces and black sesame seeds.

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Then, I sliced the avocado into pieces and added extra pistachios and filling on the side.

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Enjoy!

These were so delicious! The little vegans helped quickly devour these. I knew I should have made more! This was the perfect mix for us, but feel free to use any ingredients you have or what sounds best to you. I have had this idea saved to Pinterest and on the top of my “to make list” for a very long time. I cannot believe that we have finally made them, and I can guarantee it will not be the last. So many more organic raw vegan avocado truffles to come!

SLOW Food For Fast Lives

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Always on the go? Looking for a nutritious bar that will leave you feeling full and healthy? SLOW food for fast lives is a new alternative to traditional vegan food bars!

Savory, not sweet, this new ethnic twist on bars was created in globally inspired flavours: Moroccan, Thai, Indian, and California. They are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, kosher, low glycemic, and all natural with no added sugars, fats, or preservatives.

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I love hearing about new vegan products on the market so I was really excited when I was contacted to try out these new bars. They are so unique compared to anything currently on the market. Which flavour would you try?

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They are all vegan except for California which contains honey. It sounds delicious though so I definitely hope that SLOW will consider replacing they honey with a vegan alternative. Since it arrived in my package, I chose to get some feedback on it anyways rather than let it go to waste. My sister was very impressed with it, and it was a bar that she would definitely eat again.

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I was then left with three flavours to try, and I cannot tell you which one I like the best because they are all so unique. It all depends on preference and mood.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. They seem a little unusual after the first bite, but make sure you give them a chance. I am certain that you will realize that they each savory bar is delicious in their unique way. Often other bars are filled with chocolate or are very sweet. SLOW bars contain so many distinct flavours. If you are in the mood for spicy, definitely go for the Thai. The Moroccan tasted the sweetest out of the three bars. With 1-2 servings of vegetables per bar along with nuts, grains, and seeds, they are a perfect go to bar to always have around. These bars contain natural ingredients rather than lots of sugar! I can’t wait to try out the new flavours in the future.

SLOW food for fast lives seems like an overall awesome company producing natural and unique vegan bars, making it possible to maintain busy, but healthy lifestyles. I can’t wait to follow along and watch the growth of SLOW.

Go check out SLOW food for fast lives on Facebook and their website for more information. I went to Sprouts yesterday and spotted them on the top shelf down the bar aisle. Check out your local Sprouts, Lassens, New Leaf, or online to purchase.

“…if on-the-go is where we find ourselves, we believe slow food for fast lives will keep us going.”

Eat global + stay local = SLOW

*Thank you to SLOW for letting me try out their new globally-inspired bars to share with you!

Solar Oven Kale Chips

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SUNFLAIR Solar Oven

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Cooking with free energy from the sun means money saved and more time to play instead of standing in the kitchen. Plus, it supports our eco-friendly lifestyle in so many ways! This makes us another step closer toward being sustainable. Have you heard of SUNFLAIR or solar ovens? I have dreamed of building a solar oven and using a dehydrator for so many years. Now, we are beyond excited to be cooking with our new portable solar oven.

dehydratorZaedyn searched for the perfect spot to set up our oven.

dehydratorHe helped set up one rack with two collapsible pots & the thermometer.

dehydratorAfter waiting patiently, Zaedyn was right into eating his rice & veggies.

The Result?

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Two thumbs up from Zaedyn!

We have yet to decide what solar food we will make next, but it was awesome to start with something simple. Zaedyn loves rice and veggies anyways, but rice and veggies become so exciting when it becomes solar food. With a sunny day, our solar oven heated up fast. Rice is cooked similar to how you would cook it on a stove. After letting some water heat up, rice is gently stirred in and left for only 20-40 minutes. Amazing! I can definitely say that this was the first time I have ever mowed the lawn and cooked rice at the same time. No need to worry about it burning!

This also acts as a dehydrator so I am thinking kale chips would be a good option to make. I would love to start eating more raw foods again and am keen to experiment with some raw sun burgers and raw breads. Endless possibilities! Did you know that you can even use it to bake a cake or cookies? What would you make in a solar oven?

Are you wondering how it works? UV Rays are trapped inside the oven, and SUNFLAIR has reflective material with an insulated layer to keep the heat inside and directed at the special pots, making yummy solar food thanks to the sun.

I am so excited that Zaedyn gets to be involved and be a part of new ways toward being eco-friendly. The pots do get really hot to touch, but Zaedyn loved finding our special place to cook and watching while he waited for our food to be done. This also gives us another chance to talk about solar power and other ways that we can use it.

SUNFLAIR Solar Ovens are currently on sale over at EcoDeals! There are two versions: standard and deluxe. The deluxe oven has an extra rack and tray as well as a large cooking pot. Besides the pots and racks, both sets come with the oven, a carry bag, thermometer, and a water pasteurisation indicator. If you are in New Zealand, be sure to subscribe to EcoDeals. They have amazing offers, and it is great to see what eco-friendly products are available through their deals and shop.

If you miss the deal, SUNFLAIR Solar ovens can be purchased from eBright Energy NZ or their retailers in New Zealand, eBright Energy AU or their retailers in Australia, or SUNFLAIR in North America. Check out all of the sites for their recipe section!

Would you buy a SUNFLAIR Solar Oven?

Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Chocolates

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One of my favourite combinations, coconut and chocolate. Plus, these are extremely easy to make & very yummy, too! They seem to be disappearing out of my fridge.

I am not sure if you can really go wrong with chocolate and coconut. I have followed a few recipes or come up with my own, and they always turn out delicious. I cannot seem to find my recipe at the moment, but I have even made a raw vegan version using a young coconut. I used to love Almond Joys and Bounty Bars, and these are the perfect vegan treats that remind me of them. This time, I was inspired by Tasty Yummies.

I have a very small mini muffin case and a slightly bigger one. I mixed 1 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 2 TBLS agave (any vegan sweetener should be fine), and 1 tsp vanilla extract. I am sure that they would pop out alright from these, but you can grease them with coconut oil if you like. Then I packed the coconut mixture down into all 12 spots and popped them in the freezer. Easy peasy.
vegan almond joyAfter waiting for about 45 minutes, I popped each one out and set an almond on top of each. Now onto melting chocolate.
vegan almond joyThe recipe called for chocolate chips, but you can really use any sort of vegan chocolate. A block of dark Whittakers is the perfect amount. I debated about making some adjustments as I often find that melted chocolate is always a bit melty while you are trying to eat whatever you have made, but I decided to keep it simple. I knew that they would be yummy either way, even if I ended up with chocolate on my fingers.

I melted my chocolate, poured some into the 12 slots of the slightly bigger muffin case, popped each of the frozen coconut mix and almonds down, and then covered them with more chocolate. I thought this might be the easiest way, but the original recipe suggests using a fork to dip into the chocolate which would also work. If you do it this way, leave the almond out, dip in the chocolate, place the almond on top, and then pour chocolate over. Once all of mine were covered, I placed them back into the fridge to harden for another 45 minutes or so.
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Yum! I decided to keep these in the fridge and have been noticing them disappearing. They really are that yummy. Oh, how I love chocolate and coconut. These are definitely worth making, and the hardest part is probably being patient while you wait for them to set in the freezer and fridge. Enjoy!