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Brought to you by two fun loving raw vegans, Courtney and Todd.

This space is for you, to learn all about eating to heal and nurture your body, bring clarity to the mind, and in a way that is gentle on the earth and does not cause harm to other sentient beings.

Everything in this world is made up of energy, including us. When we feed our bodies living, plant-based, raw foods, alive with enzymes, minerals, vitamins and water, we are feeding ourselves foods of a higher vibration.
High vibrational foods feed your body on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A high vibrational diet, rich in life force energy will not only bring you health and healing, but will also help connect you to the Earth, connect you to your source energy, amplify your intuition and give you a far more positive outlook on life.
Our desire is to share our knowledge on raw, high vibrational foods; to provide recipes; review products; share our favourite books and plenty more information to help educate and inspire others to make empowering food choices that positively impact their own lives and the beautiful planet we call home.

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Many Blessings and enjoy the blog posts below.

Courtney & Todd
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Monday, 27 April 2015

❀ ✿ ❁ Hippies in the City ❀ ✿ ❁

Courtney and I recently decided to revamp Banana Rawpublic's blog and to embark on a 30 day blog challenge.
We will be sharing our tips and tricks to creating delicious raw food, as well as discussing some of the products, superfoods and things we do in our day to day lives to improve our health and wellbeing.
At the same time we were prepping for this blog challenge we were contacted by some friends of ours who were planning a wellness event called "Hippies in the City". They were keen for us to demo some raw food recipes and to share our stories.
I thought wow an event where we don't have to wear shoes, and where we will get the chance to share our passion and knowledge of raw foods with others, it doesn't get any better than that!


So for our raw food demo we chose both a savoury and sweet option that would be delicious, full of flavour and yet quick and easy to prepare. Plus they are dishes that we love to make and share in our own home :)


For the savoury option we went with a classic zucchini pasta, or 'zoodles' as they are often called, with an Alfredo type sauce.
Check out the recipe below.
You'll need:
A spiraliser for the zoodles, and a blender for the sauce. 

*Spiralisers are a great addition to any kitchen and they are only about $30-$40. If you need one click on the Amazon banner on the left to order yours now*
Ingredients (serves two) - 2 Large Zucchinis
- 1 cup of cashews (pre soak the cashews in spring water for at least 4 hours)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tbsp of freshly chopped chives
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp of fresh thyme -1/2 cup of filtered water (more if needed) - 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt - 1 tsp of coconut nectar (or a drop of stevia) - 2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Method:
For the zucchinis, give them a wash with fresh spring water and trim the ends. Choose the type of blade for your spiraliser and get spiralising! We like to use the medium sized blade to make spaghetti like pasta.
For the sauce, rinse the soaking cashews with some fresh spring water and pop them into the blender with all the other sauce ingredients (except the chives). Blitz until smooth. You may need a dash more filtered water to get the right consistency.
Remember to taste and find that nice balance between fresh herbs, saltiness and a hint of sweetness to balance it all out.
Once you're happy with the taste, then put the chives in and pulse lightly to mix them through but not too much as they will add some nice texture.
Then just pour the sauce over the fresh zoodles, stir it all though and top with some fresh herbs and you're done! We like to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast and hemp seeds on top.
This is a great option for quick lunches or dinners, and you can even spiralise things like cucumbers, carrot, beetroot, daikon and more to add some great texture and variety to basic salads.







NOW FOR DESSERT!!!!
Nothing better than ice-cream for dessert right? Wrong! Well kind of...
Ice-cream is such a popular dessert option but there's a lot of people that are lactose intolerant, or find that dairy bloats them and they end up feeling pretty terrible after eating it.
So we decided to make up a simple Nice-cream. The concept of nice-cream is to get the same texture and taste of ice-cream but using all natural ingredients that are completely dairy free, refined sugar free and cruelty free.
Here's how we do it.
You'll need:
A food processor or thermomix, or even a blender will work too.
Frozen fruit of your choice - banana is the most common so we decided to make banana and strawberry. Just remember to cut up your bananas and other fruit into small pieces before freezing. As for the amount, use as much as you want to eat At least 4-5 bananas is a good start with a handful of the strawberries.
Cacao powder - 2 Tbsp
Coconut nectar - 1 Tbsp (could also use maple syrup or agave)
Coconut oil - 1 Tbsp
Method:
Put the frozen fruit into your machine of choice and start blitzing.
A thermomix is pretty quick and will only take a minute or so.
However if you're using a food processor (which works just as well) it will take a little longer.
First it starts to look like its 'crumbly' and doesn't really resemble ice-cream, but give it time and it will start to whip just like ice-cream.
For the sauce, simply mix the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon and then drizzle the sauce over the nice-cream.
It will set just like ice magic!
Another treat that kids (and adults) will love and is so simple to make!
You can use a variety of different fruits for the nice-cream as well as heaps of fun toppings such as crushed nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and more. We love bananas but when it's mango season we go mango nice-cream crazy!
Give these recipes a shot and let us know what personal touches you've added to make it your own.
Aside from some delicious raw food and a chance to share our passion we also did some henna tattoos. This event was all about taking some time out to find your inner hippie, and henna is a great way to do just that.



Song of India Henna supplied from The Blue Buddha
Sometimes the biggest challenges to making positive changes in your life is getting the right support. This event was a great example of how surrounding yourself with people that will bring out the best in you can help you reach new heights in all aspects of your life, from health to happiness! 


All eyes on us as we demo our raw pasta and nice-cream

We were very blessed to be a part of this event and can't wait to get some serious blogging done over the next 30 days to help add some good health and happiness to your life.
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Much love and many blessings!
Todd & Courtney
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Friday, 7 February 2014

Beetroot Hummus





Ingredients:
2 medium beets, roughly chopped
1/2 Zucchini, roughly chopped
1 cup cashews, soaked (approximately 6-8 hours)



1 garlic clove, peeled
2 TSP extra virgin olive oil
1 TSP salt
1 TSP ground coriander 
1 TSP ground cumin
1-2 TBSP lemon juice, plus extra if needed
1 TBSP tahini
pepper, to taste

1 TSP agave (can omit if you like, I just use it to balance flavours)

A couple TBSP of filtered water (maybe need to assist in blending).

How to:

All you have to do is pop all these ingredients into your high speed blender, blitz away and you have yourself a seriously delicious raw vegan, beetroot hummus!

Best served with fresh vegetable crudités such as carrot, celery and cucumber. Also goes really well with flaxseed crackers.

Yum!!

Enjoy,

C x 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Raw falafels wih Cauli-rice and hummus


Raw falafel balls

I'm not sure I know any vegans that DON'T like falafels! They were a regular in my diet until I went raw vegan. However, I recently discovered that raw vegan falafels do exist and they in fact taste so much nicer than your regular falafel!

Here's how you can make a great, raw vegan falafel meal at home

Spice mix:
1 tbs ground black pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
1 tsp oregano fine leaves
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tbs maca powder

Falafel mix:
2 tbs ground flaxseed
Juice of half a lemon
2 cup of grated carrot
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley
Dash of olive oil
1 date 
Spice Mix
Blitz in the food processor.
May need a dash of water to help get the right consistency to roll them.

Raw hummus sauce:
1 cup of mixed sunflower seeds and cashews (pre-soaked)
1 clove garlic
1 tbs tahini
1 tsp himalayan sea salt
1/2 zucchiniBlitz all ingredients up in a high speed blender. 




Rice:
Half a small cauliflower
1 tomato (from our neighbours garden)
Half a burpless cucumber 
1 Corn cob

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until vegetables have a rice like consistency. 

Wash and prepare half a red cabbage to use the leaves for the wraps.

Assembly:

Like the photo below shows, this is a great dish for you and a few friends, because everyone loves playing with food and assembling their own little falafel wrap. I wouldn't advise you make this for a first dinner date or anything though, if you're like me there is no graceful way to eat these.

Enjoy,

C x

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Ants on a log smoothie

Ants on a log smoothie

Who didn't like eating 'ants on a log' when they were younger? The combination of crunchy, salty celery with smooth nuttiness from peanut butter, topped with sweet sultanas - amazing! Now days we still make ants on a log, only we use raw, unhulled tahini to top the celery and usually use dates as the 'ants'.

This morning (like most mornings) some raw experimenting took place...and it turned out to be a giant success. Ants on a log smoothie is possibly our new favourite green smoothie - incredible after a big swim in the salty sea. 


Ingredients

4-5 Large stalks of celery

2-3 Green apples
4 Frozen bananas
8 Medjool dates

2 Tblsp unhulled tahini

How to

Juice the celery and apple (should yield approximately 600ml of juice), then set aside. In a high speed blender pop in your frozen bananas, dates, unhulled tahini and add the celery and apple juice. Blitz these goodies together then pour into your favourite jar.




(or just drink it from the jug like Todd - yep, you can see his beautiful soul shining through!!).


Enjoy!

C x

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Raw vegan rum balls

The most merry 'Rum' Balls


I was at my dads house for a family Christmas du and just before all the family turned up I decided to make some sort of raw vegan bliss balls. I had made raw vegan gingerbread but that was a hit with everyone and was already gobbled up before lunch time. I had just a few things to play with in the pantry, but managed to come up with some seriously delicious treats that actually have a little rum like flavour to them. Honestly, I am still suprised at how amazing these were with so little ingredients!




Ingredients

500g Sultanas (I had mine soaking for a good few hours)
250g Desiccated coconut
3 Tbsp carob powder (this is an estimate - I think I used more)

How to

Drain your soaked sultanas and pop them in the food processor with the other ingredients. Blitz them up and then roll into balls. I spread some extra carob powder and desiccated coconut onto a plate and rolled them in that, before sticking them in the fridge to harden a little.

That's it. Possibly the easiest snack balls/sweet treats and they taste awesome! 

Enjoy,

C x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Couple that flush together ;)


The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush


It is the job of the liver to make bile, 1 to 1 1/2 (one to one and half) quarts in a day! The liver is full of tubes (biliary tubing) (intrahepatic bile ducts) that deliver the bile to one large tube (the common bile duct). The gallbladder is attached to the common bile duct and acts as a storage reservoir. Eating fat or protein triggers the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty after about twenty minutes, and the stored bile finishes its trip down the common bile duct to the intestine.

Cleansing the liver of gallstones dramatically improves digestion, which is the basis of your whole health. You can expect your allergies to disappear, too, more with each cleanse you do (one liver flush is not always enough, sometimes you may need to do five to clear up ailments)! Incredibly, it also eliminates shoulder, upper arm, and upper back pain. You have more energy and an increased sense of well being.


So over the weekend Todd and I conducted The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush (our idea of fun on a Saturday night). We documented the procedure, along with how we felt so that you can conduct you own liver cleanse (if you're game!).





The cleanse/flush we did was based on liver cleanses by Andreas Moritz, Dr. Hulda Clark and cross referenced with a few other google searches.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons of Epsom Salts
1.5 Litres of Freshly squeezed apple juice - 250 mls in each epsom salt mix (may want a little more for chasers after drinking epsom salt mix)
1/2 a cup of cold pressed, organic olive oil (for best results take the cap off to olive oil and let air for 20 minutes prior to taking it)
Freshly juiced pink grapefruit  (1 large = enough for 2/3 of a cup of juice)

**This is for one person**

How to do it

So it is suggested that you drink 1 liter of fresh apple juice each day for approximately a week prior to the liver flush. I drank a litre each day for 5 days leading up to the flush, Todd drank just 1 litre of apple juice on the day of the flush. It's also suggested that you eat lightly, and mostly fruit and vegetables in the days preceding the cleanse/flush. Todd and I are both raw vegans, so we didn't need to alter our diets for this.

On the day of the cleanse I recommend drinking 1 litre of freshly pressed apple juice, and stop eating and drinking by 2pm. This instruction is consistent with all the references - it states that you will feel very ill if you don't stop eating/drinking before then.

Schedule and how we felt:
We took the first Epsom salt and apple juice mix at 6pm:
The taste wasn't the best, but we could get it down ok.
It leaves a really, really bitter after taste but a mouthful of apple juice as a chaser after helps a lot.
We both went to the toilet over the course of the next two hours and experienced a little bit of stomach rumbles and gurgles but nothing too full on, still smiling :)

The second Epsom salt and apple juice mix was taken at 8pm:
This seemed to taste worse than the first batch.
Really bitter after taste too (think bile).
Initial feelings are pretty good, minimal stomach gurgles and movement.
Couch and movie were on the cards after this!!

Grapefruit and Olive oil mix at 10pm:
Taste wasn't quite as bad as the Epsom mix however still pretty gross.
The oily feeling in our mouths was pretty horrible, looking at the oil and grapefruit mix almost curdle together when it was first poured was cringe worthy. 
Straight into bed (laying either on your back with your head raised above your abdomen, or laying on your right side with your knees pulled up towards your stomach) then we lay still for about 30 minutes (minimum of 20).
We literally didn't move (except for when we had a few giggles)
T and I both felt like we could have gone to the toilet, we didn't (be warned, there is a strong urge to go to the bathroom, we just rode the waves - deep breaths)
After about 30-40 minutes we fell asleep.

SLEEP:
Very broken sleep, both woke up several times.
We didn't want to kill eat other which is good (a couple doing a liver flush on a youtube video stated they wanted to harm each other, because their stomach pains were unbearable)
Aside from not having the best sleep and a few stomach grumbles and movement it was much better than we thought it would be, the pain we imagined we would experience was non existant. 
First thing about 5:45 am toilet was looking pretty good. I'll just say if you're doing it with a partner/friend etc. try doing it at a house with two toilets. 
Nausea set in really badly for me when I woke up, but I held it together nicely.


6:30 am we had our third Epsom mix after making sure that nausea was gone (you should not have this third dose of Epsom salts before 6 am). Dr. Hulda suggests you do not take your third Epsom salt mix in the morning until nausea (if you're experiencing it) subsides.
We both needed to go to the toilet pretty much straight after this mix.
Each passed about 4-8 small stones and maybe one or two bigger sized stones, about marble size.
Time to finish the movie on the couch - both feeling a bit sluggish and tired but not too bad.
Toilet visits happened again. And again. 

8:30 am our final mix for the cleanse/flush is…..drum roll please……another Epsom mix.
They definitely don't taste better as you get used to them, in fact this seemed to be one of the worst and needed another apple juice chaser!
Both T and I cringed from the gross aftertaste and pulled many funny faces trying to get it all down - still smiling though :)
Immediate stomach rumbles and more toilet visits needed.
More stones passed and a few decent sizes too.

About 10:15 am we had a few sips of Kombucha and that seemed to sit fine. 

11:30 am Fresh Juice time!!
We've never been so excited for juice (ok, that's definitely not true but you get the idea of how excited you are for something other than bile water)....orange you glad we didn't have to drink more Epsom salts! 
Decided to go with a beetroot, watermelon, ginger and lime juice.
Beetroot being good for the liver as well as an anti-inflammatory and detoxifier.
Watermelon is loaded with Vitamin B for energy and a high dose of lycopene (an antioxidant) to help combat free radicals in the body.
Ginger and lime together are great for the stomach to relieve indigestion, nausea etc. which is a good option to play it safe after a cleanse.
Annnnnnd it's one of my T's favourite juice combinations. 

If you have any questions regarding the cleanse, feel free to comment of send me a message on Banana Rawpublic's Facebook page.
Happy Cleansing!!

T and C x

Friday, 30 August 2013

Aloe Vera!!


I have always loved Aloe Vera! For external and internal use. I do have an Alove Vera plant, but I bought some Organic Aloe Vera Power to add to my filtered water. I often put Aloe Vera Gel in my juice, but decided to give this a whirl, far less messy and can take it with me on the go.

Aloe Vera is generally known for its soothing, skin healing properties.  However, aloe can also be be used in a myriad of other ways.

Some other health benefits of Aloe Vera:
- It soothes and helps reduce irritation in the digestive tract. From irritable bowel syndrome to colitis or constipation, aloe vera powder helps to make food and other supplements more bio-available to your body. 
-  Activates white blood cells in the body to help fight viral and bacterial infections. 
-  Has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics by as much as 48%.
- When taken orally, it can be used as a laxative and purgative.
- When used internally, can also be a remedy for many other ailments such as coughs, wounds, ulcers, gastritis, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, and immune-system deficiencies.
- Known for improving kidney, gall bladder, and liver functions as well as helping with blood circulation.
- Has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat sunburns, scrapes, cuts, rashes, and dry skin. 
- Helps to treat acne and rosacea, and also to remove stretch marks after pregnancy.
- Helps to stimulate the creation of collagen and elastin which prevent aging of the skin.  

  Nutritional Benefits of Aloe Vera Powder

 -  Contains vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B4, and B12.
 -  Is rich in glycosaminoglycans, (GAG), that help produce the gel-like matrix essential to strong, healthy joints.
 - Contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, iron, lithium, and copper.
 - High in essential enzymes that aid in digestion and liver function.
 - Contains many essential amino acids.

Rehydrate and remediate.

Courtney x