If my computer is open, I am reading something about veganism, raw foods, recipes, activism, and probably shopping.
After reading a post by one of my favorite raw-vegan blogger, Sayward Rebhal author of Bonzai Aphrodite, I was super inspired to do a mix of all of the above – vegan food shopping that is. Would you expect anything less?
Sayward writes a love list of her favorite things for the week and one happened to be about her favorite raw food website having a “at-cost” sale. The Raw Food World is an wonderful website that offers anything you could dream possible to live an amazing raw-vegan/vegan life.
After hours of scouring through the hundreds of products I settled on these…
Organic chia seeds, Raw Maca powder, Raw Mesquite powder, Raw Cacao Nibs (FAVE!), and Kelp Noodles (not pictured).
YUM! I love, love, love raw cacao.
I’ve been using Maca powder and chia seeds for some time now, but I have yet to use Mesquite Powder. What is it you ask and why am I so excited about it?
Mesquite is new to me, but I’ve heard outstanding reviews about the product. Native to South America, the mesquite tree produces large seed-filled pods, which are collected, ground into a delicious powder, and used in recipes. It is of particularly great value to those looking to balance blood sugar levels. Mesquite powder offers a naturally sweet flavor to recipes, but its sugars are derived from fructose (which does not require insulin to digest and is readily metabolized).
Additionally, the powder is an excellent form of fiber – meeting almost a quarter of daily needs in just two tablespoons – which not only improves digestion but further benefits sugar metabolism. Mesquite also contains lysine (an amino acid), as well as notable quantities of digestible protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. As such a balanced food, it is easy to see why our Native American ancestors relied so heavily on mesquite as a staple form of delicious nourishment.
Any time I can have sweets and not feel the least bit guilty about it, you bet I’m going to be over the moon with excitement. Expect sweet delights to come…
Until then, chew on this little amazing recipe appropriately named for its superfoods power.
1 bunch kale – destemmed & torn to bite sized pieces
1 pomegranate – seeded
2 carrots – thinly sliced
1/2 head small cabbage – shaved
1/2 c. edemame
juice of 1/2 an orange
1 c. cherry tomatoes
2 – 3 tbsp Braggs Liquid Amino
2 tbsp olive oil
3 – 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
In a large bowl place kale, avocado, pomegranate seeds, carrots, cabbage, and edemame. Cover vegetables with the orange juice and massage into the kale. Continue until the avocado has completely been broken down causing the kale to look wilted.
Add the tomatoes, Braggs Amino, olive oil, and nutritional yeast and toss to coat.
You can just barely make out the fork in the background ready to pounce! Delicious my friends, I promise you this. The sweetness from the orange juice and pomegranate coupled with the saltiness from the Braggs – match made in green heaven! I can guarantee this will not disappoint.
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PS – It has officially been 1 year since the launch of Soul Searching Vegan! Truly, I can not thank you enough for all your love and support. So much love – Chelsea