Monday, October 26, 2009

"A few of my favorite Things" Mondays!!

Hello my RAW Vegan, Vegan, and Vegetarian family!!!

It's Monday and a little dreary today. It is not as cold outside as it looks but I still didn't want to venture outside today (other than to go pick the kids up from school). While, I am at home with my three year old and making a salad, I started thinking about some of my favorite things that I am using in my RAW vegan journey as well as some things that I would love to try and have. So, I thought I would share them with you. I will devote Mondays to doing just that.
I am going to kick off this weekly post with an absolute favorite of mine. I absolutely love coconut oil.

When I say love it, I MEAN LOVE IT. I use it in our meals, on our bodies, and in our hair. It is something we use a lot of. First, I always use extra virgin, organic raw coconut oil meaning that is has not been heated over a certain degree or treated in any way. The smell is incredible and it does the job when it comes to our overall needs.

Let me give you some healthy facts about coconut oil:

"The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing,etc.."

Coconut oil is amazing in smoothies, shakes, salad dressings, desserts, and anything else you can think of. A tablespoon a day is all you need. You must try it and see why I love it so much. Well I am going to make this a short quick post......gotta go order some more coconut oil. ;-)

Here's to taking your health back,

Friday, October 9, 2009

RAW NEWS FRIDAY!! "Raw and Uncut" by TwinkieR

RAW NEWS FRIDAY!! "Raw and Uncut"

by TwinkieR

Hello My Vegetarian, Vegan, and RAW Vegan Family!!!

Much love and Blessings to you on this wonderful Friday. It is very rainy here in Arkansas this morning but I am enjoying it. We didnt get much rain in Arizona so for me it is welcomed. I just hope my garden can tolerate it (you know I am a newbie at gardening). My hubby is off today so I am expecting a great day all the way around (Yay, me)! ;-)

Well since it is VeganMoFo, I thought I would devote my Fridays to showing love and support to my family as well as informing people of what is going on in the Raw and Vegan food world. If I miss anything going on, let me know (twitter or FB) and I will make sure to show you some love. I pray that my posts on Friday will give some people encouragement to try some new things to promote their health. PLUS, to have some fun because eating healthier AWESEOME!

Some of this information is a recap of what went on this week as well as upcoming details of some events, products, reviews, and anything that I think should be known.

I want to start off with Jim Carey, his "INCREDIBLE" Dr. Ann Wigmore Raw living foods Lifestyle Home Study program on DVD is back! Now you can have the best of both worlds (online or DVD). Find out more about this great program at .

Congratulations are in order for a beautiful Raw Goddess, Kristen Suzzane of Kristen's Raw . Kristen is expecting a wonderful bundle of joy. I am so excited for her. Check out her blog, you will be so glad you did! Kristen, Get some rest and enjoy your alone time with hubby because once the little one is here......Raw Energy will be needed! Smooches....

Now for those Rockstars out there, (you know who you are) Philip McCluskey has revamped and relaunched his site "Loving Raw: the Raw food Rockstar Community" ! I am loving it. Here is a guy that knows how to party Raw style! Philips is also planning a bi-coastal rockstar birthday party(ies) in November. He is looking to celebrate in N.Y. and L.A. Philip, I am looking forward to partying Rawkstar style!

Matt Monarch, The Raw Food World Presents a very special interview with Dr. Gabriel Cousens on his radio program on October 15, 2009, 10 pm Eastern time (7pm Pacific time). I am not going to miss this! Listen in and learn from one of the most knowledgable health experts on the planet. You can check out the details and sign up at .

I also want to give a shout out to the grand opening of the resteraunt/shop/educational facility- 105 Degrees! I so wish I could have attended that event. I know it was absolutely MARVELOUS!! I have seen so many pictures and video's of the celebration and I know that a great time was had by all. I guess I am going to have to take a trip to Oklahoma City (I will blog about that experience when I go) really soon. Man, I am going to book that trip after this blog post. LOL!! In the meantime, check out their site at

I am sure that there are many other things that are happening in the Raw Food World but I thought I would give you a taste of what Raw News Friday will be about. If you have something awesome coming up or going on, email, FB, or Twitter me. I am sure the family would love to know what is going on.

Until next Friday...Many RAW Blessings to you! Kisses....

TwinkieR* A.K.A. The Raw Twinkie

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Its Vegan MoFo!!

Hello Everyone!! It’s been a while since I have posted something (well a couple of weeks) and I have had some things going on here in Little Rock. I am enjoying myself learning my way around (thank God for GPS). I was so consumed with acclimating myself with Arkansas, that I almost forgot about VeganMoFo. I wanted this to be the first year participating and I almost missed it. Thankfully I have some amazing friends who kept me in the loop! Thanks Robyn, @!

Okay down to business, I am going to be posting every day this month some fantastic recipes as well as a look into my life being a mom, wife, and RAW Vegan foodist. So pretty much you will enjoy the fast paced comical world in which I live. This month will be so much fun (well, for me at least). LOL!! Let me start out by re-introducing myself. I am TwinkieR A.K.A. The Raw Twinkie and between my Awesome Hubby (A.H.) and I, I am a mother of 10 children (I physically had three of them). I have been married to my A.H. for going on four years, I am a Raw Food Chef, Life Coach, Writer, and Educator. I lived in Phoenix Arizona until July (my husbands job relocated us) when we moved to Little Rock Arkansas. I can tell you in my household there is not a dull moment. Not even during the sleeping hours. LOL! So now that I have introduced myself, I will say nice to meet you again. Now on to the good stuff.....

I was in the kitchen cleaning out the fridge yesterday when I decided to make a soup out of what I had left. I will tell you that it was one of the best soups I have ever made since going RAW. I was impressed with how incredible the flavors meshed together. The boldness of the herbs gave way to the Campari tomatoes and let them be an incredible star in this soup. Since I am used to really warm weather in Phoenix, I was trying to prepare my

mind for the fall here in Arkansas. It is starting to get cooler and I was looking for some tips and suggestions on how to adjust to being RAW in the fall and winter. After this soup however, after eating this soup, I dont think I will have to worry at all!

Fall RAW Vegetable Soup!

Makes about 3-4 servings

1 carrot (chopped) 1 cucumber

1 1/2 cups of spinach

1 clove of garlic

3 campari tomatoes

1/2 of a red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and a yellow bell pepper

2 green onions

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 tablespoon of fresh sweet basil

1 tablespoon of italian herb seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of hemp seeds

1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt (more if you desire)

1/2 cup of Water

Blend all ingredients together until soup (creamy) consistency and enjoy!

To add some texture to the soup I chopped some additional bell peppers, carrots, and green onions and tossed them in after the soup was finished blending. I loved it! Not only me but........

My three year old was all over my soup.

I am grateful that she loves fruits and veggies though. Eat as much as you like Ce Ce, just save mom some! ;-)

Much love to you and yours,

TwinkieR a.k.a. The RAW Twinkie