Tropical Pineapple Smoothie

We have tons of fresh peppermint in our garden now, so I decided to add it to my breakfast today – tropical pineapple smoothie this time! Worked out to be a very pleasant taste – all fruits and berries with a slight hint of peppermint. Yum. While prepping to make the smoothie, I just loved how vibrant were the colors of ingredients so couldn’t help but snap a pic of them! Eat the rainbow for optimal health and happiness! 😀 Raw vegan lifestyle is super easy and filled with amazing benefits and gratification! Check out the recipe below:

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 twig of fresh peppermint
  • 1/2 cup raspberry
  • 2-3 tbsp water or more

Instructions:

Throw everything in Vitamix and blend that smoothie up!

Celery Lime Energy Green Juice

Celery Lime Energy Green Juice today! Long long time no posting….Crazy weeks, again been keeping sane with the help of raw juices & veggies and jogging! Glad I always have these guys by my side 😀

Have been making this amazing energy green juice recently, very sour but so goooood! It works especially well for me on rainy mornings – its sour kick just wakes me up in seconds, filling me up with vitamins and nutrients and making me move faster and accomplishing all necessary things for the day! 😀

Celery Lime Energy Green Juice

Celery Lime Energy Green Juice recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 large kale leaves
  • 2 large celery stalks
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 large green apple, ideally sweet

Instructions:

All juices should ideally be cold pressed on a masticating juicer, this way you’ll get all your nutrients undisturbed by high-speed centrifuge juicers. So use your Omega juicer or any other alternative if available! <3 Alternatively, centrifuge juices are absolutely fine as well still providing you a high percent of nutrients and vitamins from these amazing ingredients!

Berry Saturday

Having a berry Saturday today. Just a lazy sunny weekend relaxing and enjoying the berries…mmm…life is good 😀

Berry Saturday

I wish I could add blackberries to this beautiful picture of Spring-y berry goodness, but those are not good in the stores right now. So I’m just waiting until the Summer when natural wild blackberry will be available for free from all around Seattle! This usually happens around July. Did you guys know that wild blackberry is considered to be a nuisance weed here in Pacific Northwest, and people just plain mow it off their lawns and backyards? We, on the contrary, preserve every sprout of this wild “pest” to enjoy its amazing sweet deliciousness, although so far we don’t have any large blooming blackberry bushes around our house. But with its widespread abundance all around the city it’s not really a problem. Can’t wait for July when all sunny hills will be covered with ripe delicious blackberries that I’m religiously foraging every time I see them. PNW is love! 😀

Sunflower Pate

So awesome to be back home to my kitchen devices 😀

Making sunflower pate today with my amazing Vitamix! Sometimes I just whip up some dip and simply munch on veggie slices all day with it. Excellent for a lighter snack when you don’t feel particularly hungry or you’re just plain busy to make a full meal. On days like this such dip is the best bet! Sunflower pate is my favourite one right now, I just can’t get enough of it, making it literally every day. It goes perfectly with any veggies you’ve got in your fridge – carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnip, beets, you name it. Which just makes this dip even more purrrfect! 😛 Read on for the details…

Sunflower Pate

Sunflower Pate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 generous cup fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in your food processor or in Vitamix on low speed so that pate works out somewhat chunky. Serve with any veggie slices and enjoy! Mmmm… 😀

Beet Ginger Juice

Back home and quickly back to juicing! So nice to be in Seattle again, the Spring turned into Summer while we were away – everything is in bloom. But it’s still raining quite a bit, so on such a rainy morning as today a warming juice is exactly what I need. The perfect warming combo is this beet ginger juice – so delicious, sweet, sour, tangy and a tad salty! Such a party of flavours in one juice 😛

Ginger had been long used in Ayurvedic tradition. It contains numerous health benefits – prevents cold and flu, boosts immunity, improves appetite, betters digestion and nutrient absorption in the gut, rids of nausea, relieves joint inflammation. Wow! Just this list of its properties should make anyone put this golden spice to a daily use. In addition to all of those qualities, ginger also has a warming effect, so on rainy or wintery days this choice of spice is the best. Scroll down for the recipe…

Beet Ginger Juice

Beet Ginger Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 average beet
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 lemon
  • pinky of fresh ginger root

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cut all ingredients into small pieces, then cold press on a masticating juicer like Omega. Enjoy the ginger kick 😀

5 Tips – Being Raw Vegan in Airports

The delay in Pearson airport going back to Seattle was over 4 hours! And all that taking into account my flight was connecting, totaling 7 hours, so as a result I spent somewhat about 14 hrs hanging around airports. My mistake – didn’t get any raw snacks beforehand hoping for the timely flight. But if flying Delta – expect anything!

Of course airport food is far from the best, but even in a situation like this it’s quite possible to stay raw.

  1. If an airport restaurant does not have raw vegan salads, just ask them to make you a custom salad out of all raw ingredients they have.
  2. There’s always fruits like bananas, apples, oranges in airport stores.
  3. If you crave something pickled, like I often do, get packaged olives!
  4. Look for raw nut&seed mixes – they are there and often are quite expensive, but they’re high quality and raw, so very worth the money. Plus they will last you through the whole trip.
  5. Opt out for hot green or herbal tea instead of bottled water, as virtually all of that water contains antibiotics for extending shelf life. Don’t poison yourself.

In my case I went to a nearby Mexican place and asked them for a custom salad with all raw ingredients plus avocado. They charged me regular salad price and it was delicious!

5 Tips - Being Raw Vegan in Airports

Later I found carrots and celery in deli as well as Oloves <3 and ripe bananas.

5 Tips - Being Raw Vegan in Airports

Which was followed by raw seeds and nuts mix. Also I found these Anti-Oxident nuts, so this brand could probably help you as well against “oxidents” 😀

5 Tips - Being Raw Vegan in Airports

NYC >> Montreal >> Toronto

Instead of going to Toronto directly, we decided to detour via Montreal and the largest national park in USA – Adirondack. Great decision, because the Adirondack mountains are in fact enormous and gorgeous, and I thought nothing can surprise me after living in PNW. Well, not quite. The mountains in Adirondack are so tall that in early May some of them had snow on top!

NYC >> Montreal >> Toronto

And we of course took out the Balducci’s King Salad for the road:

NYC >> Montreal >> Toronto

 

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New York New York!

So yep, I’m on the road again! 😀 New York New York! Here I come.

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This time I had to (and was oh so happy to) go to my most favorite city of all – Manhattan 🙂 Overnight flight from Seattle to NYC LaGuardia via 4.30am stop in Chicago ORD. The flight was amazingly full for an overnight one! Sometimes 11am flights are much emptier. So not sure I’ll do the overnight again, because I anyway cannot sleep in the plane and keep looking out of the window. Chicago airport is so pretty, stopped here numerous times and still loving it. 1.5 hr stop in ORD was sleepy…zzz… Good thing I got my organic tea bags with me and the tea helped me greatly to wake up.

New York New York

 

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