Living Light Culinary Institute – California, U.S.A – Raw Vegan

Welcome to the world’s premier raw vegan culinary school – The birthplace of gourmet raw vegan cuisine.
Living Light Culinary Institute offers a variety of practical yet fun and life-transforming trainings to suit every student, whether you plan to forge a career in the fast-growing arena of raw living foods or simply prepare meals for family and friends. Their courses inspire students to create healthier, more conscious cuisine without sacrificing taste, presentation, or the emotional satisfaction of food.

They offer three levels of chef certification: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification™, Gourmet Raw Food Chef Certification™, and Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™. These courses take students through a progressively complex set of culinary skills—everything from mastering knife skills and learning to set up a healthy kitchen, to charting a menu, catering a raw event, and even creating dishes without recipes! They empower their students by offering the practical knowledge base they need to develop confidence, creativity, and expertise in the kitchen. They also offer two Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ certifications developed by Rick Dina, D.C. and Karin Dina, D.C., as well as other interesting and inspirational classes including advanced courses, Ethnic Flavours in Recipe Development™, RawFusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine™, Raw Event Catering & Elegant Entertaining,™ and the Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills!™ Course. Call or visit their website to receive our complete brochure of courses and program discounts. www.rawfoodchef.com

Their full address is at : 301-B Main St, Fort Bragg, California 95437

Living Light International is an organization of dedicated individuals devoted to sharing knowledge about healthful, vibrant living and transformation of body, mind, and spirit.

Living Light International educates and inspires people to create delicious, health-promoting foods for themselves and their families, instruct others in the benefits of the raw vegan lifestyle, and reach the highest standards of leadership and professionalism in the field of raw culinary arts and nutrition.

Contact them at:  (707) 964-2420 or (800) 816-2319 or at  info@rawfoodchef.com

Café Bliss!

Café Bliss is the dream and vision of a young entrepreneur named Heather Cunliffe who was not afraid to follow her bliss. She wanted to feed the world healthy and scrumptious food and inspire others to follow their bliss through choosing to nourish themselves. She opened Café Bliss in July 2008.

Café Bliss has become a vibrant community of young forward thinking individuals who devote their time and skills to serve bliss, and of conscious and caring customers who come to be nourished. Heather spends most of her time in Bliss’ kitchen with unceasing devotion and passion where she continues to make and invent the many delectable items that Bliss serves.

Delicious and nourishing! 100% Wheat, Dairy, Gluten, and Processed Sugar Free.

Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

556 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N7

Contact at: (250) 590-5733

Email at: cafeblissinfo@gmail.com

Their website:  http://www.cafebliss.ca/

Let them nourish your body with our fresh, rejuvenating live food menu, and lift your spirits with their clean bright and friendly atmosphere and vibrant service.

Add some bliss to your day with a wide selection of fresh made fruit and vegetable juices, wheat grass shots, raw chocolate shakes, super food smoothies, green juices, local salads, raw chocolates, warming soups,dairy-free milk shakes, delectable treats, cracker plates, pizza, seasonal specials, kids plates, cutting edge desserts, and so much more!

100% organic, raw plant source ingredients that are selected according to seasonal and local availability and gently prepare at low temperatures ensuring richness in flavour, colour, and vitality.

100% organic, 100% vegan, 100% wheat and gluten free, 100% fresh and local ingredients, 100% made with love.

Do give their Facebook page a thumbs up in show of support and if you’re in the area, swing by for a real treat! Cafe Bliss

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So where will I get my proteins?

Not a day goes by where I am not asked about protein and a plant-based diet via Facebook messages, emails, or in my day-to-day life.

So here are 9 facts about protein to help answer those questions:

1. Protein is not a food group, but a macronutrient found in varying quantities in all intact whole plant foods even bananas and rice, touted for their carbs.

2. The Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intake for protein is 56 grams per day for males and 46 grams per day for females aged 19 years and older. Or else, 0.8 grams per kilogram bodyweight per day.

3. Protein superstars include legumes (beans, lentils, peas), nuts and nut butters, seeds and seed butters, leafy greens, and (non-GMO, whole) soy products.

4. Too much protein is taxing on the kidneys and can promote gout and cancer growth.

5. Plant sources of protein are packaged beautifully with thousands of other nutrients that work synergistically to support immune function and health.

6. Plant sources are superior to animal sources of protein because they are not filled with health-challenging substances such as carcinogens, high levels of saturated fat, hormones, steroids, etc.

7. Plant sources of protein are cruelty-free.

8. Opting for plant protein is exponentially better on the planet.

9. Athletes will automatically increase protein intake with increased caloric intake. It is ideal for athletes to get protein from plant sources because phytochemicals and antioxidants are crucial for recovery and are abundant in plant foods.

~ Active Vegan ~

Benefit from seeds!

Quality of health increases through regular consumption of seeds.

Seed are not just excellent for birds, they benefit humans tremendously, and they are a superfood source that you really do want to incorporate into your daily meal plan!  You can eat them in larger quantities as a main course, grind them into butters,  flax seed can be used as a healthy egg substitute (1 t flax to 3 part water),  you can pop them into smoothies,  drinks and make desserts with them,  sprinkle them over any dish including salads and sandwiches, or use them in smaller quantities as garnishes for other foods. They’re inexpensive, convenient, and tasty. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the most commonly eaten seeds:

Flax seeds: Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, zinc, iron, calcium, and Vitamin E, and are a great addition to your diet. Newer food products that may contain them include cereals and crackers, but you can buy plain flax seeds as well. Flax seeds must be chewed thoroughly though to get the benefits. Since it’s difficult to completely chew this small seed, a better option is to grind them in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder. Once they’re ground, you can add them to smoothies, bread dough, baked goods, and hot cereals. You can also use them as a healthy egg substitute in cooking and baking (1 t ground flax to 3 part water = 1 egg).

Chia seeds: great omega 3 to omega 6 ratio at slightly more 6 than 3, ALA, anti-inflammatory, laxative, soothing for the digestive tract calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, protein, fiber, different varieties vary quite a bit in nutritional make up. Great for breakfast, desserts and smoothies!

Hemp seeds: Commonly thought of as a “hippie” food, hemp has some significant health benefits. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, calcium, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. While hemp contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the compounds found in marijuana , you will not feel any effects by consuming products containing hemp. Stunning form of well rounded protein and amino acids! Versatile to almost every available dish you can think of. Best consumed in it’s raw form.

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are chock full of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, tryptophan, and iron. They’re also a good source of copper, zinc, and Vitamin K. You can buy prepackaged pumpkin seeds at most supermarkets, or you can make your own. Scoop out the seeds from a pumpkin’s inner cavity, rinse them off and dry them, then roast them for the best flavor.

Sesame seeds: Not just good on bagels or in Asian dishes, sesame seeds can jazz up salads, cereals, and yogurt. This tiny seed is loaded with copper and manganese, and also has plenty of calcium, magnesium, tryptophan, and iron. Toasting sesame seeds really brings out their flavor. Sesame seeds are a surprising source of the bone-building mineral calcium, great news for folks who have trouble tolerating dairy products. And seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. The only drawback: Some seeds are quite high in fat. Sunflower and sesame seeds provide about 80 percent of their calories as fat, although the fat is mostly of the heart-smart unsaturated variety.

Sunflower seeds: You can buy these shelled, but it’s more fun to buy them whole and crack open the hulls. Sunflower seeds are a tremendous source of Vitamin E and are also rich in Vitamin B1. Also a fantastic base for dips!

Seeds are the “eggs” that contain the nutrients needed to nourish the growth of a new plant. So their high nutrient content shouldn’t come as a surprise. What’s surprising is that we generally relegate these nutritional wonders to the occasional snack rather than making them staples of our diet. Adding more seeds to your meals shall strengthen your body as well as nourish your mind.

With their gold mine of healthy minerals and their niacin and folic-acid contents, seeds are an excellent nutrition package. They are among the better plant sources of iron and zinc. In fact, one ounce of pumpkin seeds contains almost twice as much iron as three ounces of skinless chicken breast. And they provide more fiber per ounce than nuts. They are also great  sources of protein.

Edible seeds are an important part of a raw food diet mainly for the essential fatty acids (EFA’s) they contain. EFA’s are polyunsaturated fats that the human body cannot produce, so they must be obtained from our diets. There are two groups of EFA’s; they are omega 3’s and omega 6’s. The omega 3 fatty acids are alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The omega 6 essential fatty acids are linoleic acid (LA), gamalinolenic acid (GLA), and arachidonic acid (AA).

These EFA’s found in seeds balance and regulate energy production, blood circulation, nerve function, inflammation, hormone regulation, recovery from exercise, immune function, cell growth, and much more. A diet high in animal products and processed foods is high in omega 6’s which compete for the same metabolizing enzymes needed by the omega 3’s for assimilation. Most people’s diets don’t contain enough omega 3’s which upsets the important balance required for good health. When omega 6’s are consumed in excess they use up the metabolizing enzymes making them unavailable for omega 3 metabolism, so it makes complete sense to stop consuming ‘animal products’, and up your seed intake for optimum health and balance.

It’s common for people to consume over 20 times more omega 6 than omega 3, and this type of imbalance is associated with significant health issues including heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimers, diabetes, mood disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation, and obesity. Experts vary in their opinions of the ideal ratio with guidelines ranging anywhere from omega 6 to omega 3 of 4:1 to 1:2. When consuming a well balanced raw food diet including seeds, it should be easy to fall within these guidelines.

Research shows that eating seeds and the EFA’s they contain can elevate mood, improve brain function and development, and build a healthy circulatory system to name just a few. You can now see how including edible seeds in your daily diet shall go a long way in improving your health.

Like nuts, which are actually large seeds, edible seeds are best if soaked before eating, except hemp which does not have enzyme inhibitors. Edible seeds can be put into smoothies, ground and sprinkled over salads, mixed in raw recipes, or blended with citrus juice to make a super healthy salad dressing. These are just a few of the ways to make seeds and their magical EFA’s part of your daily diet.

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Dig in to the radish

Radishes.

Radishes are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and diuretic. They are rich in Vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins and are excellent for sinus congestion, sore throats, chest colds, asthma, and hoarseness. Radishes have the ability to dissolve mucus and acids within the body and expel gallstones from the bladder as well as cleanse the kidneys. Radish is also very helpful in preventing and fighting urinary tract and bladder infections. Eating radishes on a regular basis can help prevent colds and flus and they are a great anti-cancer food and are known to specifically benefit stomach, kidney, mouth, and colon cancer. Radishes are also good to eat with starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, and grains as they have enzymes that aid in the secretion of digestive juices. The green leafy tops to the radishes are not only edible, but actually contain more vitamin C, protein, and calcium than the the radish itself. The green tops are highly nutritious and mineral rich and should be valued as much if not more than their roots. Radishes and their greens can be juiced for an excellent detoxifying drink that can soothe the digestive tract and cleanse the entire body. Added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and stews, radishes and their greens can add vibrant flavor and fantastic nutrition to support your health and body.

~ Active Vegan ~