We are a family who loves to travel, and our most recent epic road trip took us to Michigan. But, travel can wreak havoc on anyone’s best attempts to eat healthy. Not always. Check out my post below where I show how we traveled across the country while (almost exclusively) staying on our Real Food Foodie Lifestyle (i.e., we ate really healthy in spite of being on the road). It meant extra work, which isn’t always the thing you want to do after a day of being in the car, but I’m simply not willing to eat crap food which is most often what’s served in restaurants.
Tuna fish in a can makes a quick lunch, but I’ll only buy one brand of tuna. Wild Planet is a tuna fish I can trust to have low mercury and high omega fatty acids.
When we travel on the road, we eat it right out of the can for a satisfying protein and nutrient boost (we take these to Disney Land, too).
But, today, I’m sharing a recipe where it’s all gussied up with delicious textures and flavors. My whole family loves this, especially the bites with hidden gems in them like diced dried apricot.
Gussied-Up (low-mercury) Tuna Salad
Yield 2 to 4
- 2 cans low-mercury tuna
- Juice 1 organic lemon or lime
- 1/2 cup grass-fed organic (full-fat) Greek yogurt
- 1 stalk celery, chopped <— get a good knife
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 tsp kelp granules
- 1/2 to 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Drizzle quality raw organic olive oil (or brain boosting MCT oil)
- 1/2 cup raw sauerkraut
- 1 tablespoon organic mustard
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced dried apricots (or currants)
- Handful each cilantro, parsley chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Mix everything together with a large spoon in a large bowl. Enjoy.
I have ventured into unknown territory for me… into a land I never thought I’d enter. I made a stew that had heart in it. Yes, actual heart. It was grass fed bison heart to be exact (though you can make this recipe with either bison or beef heart). And, of course, I used my trusty ol’ slow cooker.
I bought the grass fed bison heart many months ago and it sat in my freezer. Of course, it scared the dickens out of me as I had images flashing before my eyes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – pictured below. But, as my repertoire of recipes increased to include other unusual things for me (grass fed tongue and grass fed liver), the heart didn’t seem as crazy as when I originally ordered it.
A fully functioning raw food kitchen can be filled with all kinds of fun tools, appliances and gadgets. But, what do I recommend for a newbie? There are a couple of definite must haves. The list is longer once you get your groove on with your raw lifestyle, but these are a couple of items that I think every newbie should have.
1) A Great Knife!
The thing you’ll do the most in your raw food kitchen is chopping, dicing, and mincing… more than anything else. Even if you’re going to use your blender, you’re usually still chopping something before you put it into your blender. So! Get a great knife! Here is my favorite: MAC Knife. I’ve had it for years and I love it. It’s light in my hand so I can chop for hours and my wrist and hand don’t get tired. A great, quality knife makes chopping fun! Seriously… FUN! Although, I think some people think I should reevaluate my idea of fun – haha.
2) A High Powered Blender!
I’ll start by saying that I cannot imagine my foodie life without one of these bad boys! It’s true that you can make smoothies easily with a normal blender. But. If you want extra powerful smoothies (the high powered blender can bust through cell walls and pulverize seeds to release more nutrition) as well as the ability to make other great foods like raw ice cream, raw cheesecake, raw soup, raw juice (Yes, juice! By using a nutmilk bag to strain your blended mixture, you can have fresh juice), raw mousse, raw pesto, raw slaw, and so much more… then treat your health to a high powered blender. Obviously, if you don’t have a high powered blender, you can still successfully make some raw foods. It’s just easier, more fun, and usually healthier with a high powered blender. Here are the two brands that I have:
For my reviews on the two brands of blenders I have (Blendtec and Vita-Mix), read my blog post here. (Note: Since my baby Kamea came into our lives, I have been using my Vita-Mix more because it’s quieter.)
Like I wrote earlier, there are a bunch of other tools and appliances that I recommend in the long run, but to get you started… those are the two best items (a quality knife and high powered blender). Other things for down the road… food processor, spiralizer or turning slicer, juicer, dehydrator, fruit scoopers, water filter, mandoline, ceramic knives, fermenting crock pot, etc. Links to these great products (and more!) available in my Kristen’s Raw store.
I was asked about knives recently via a Facebook email… ceramic v. stainless, etc. and shape/size… What’s best for various raw food prep.
I always tell people that, to me, the most important tool in a raw food kitchen is a great knife. There is so much chopping to be done that not only do you want it easy to do, but you want it to be fun. I still get a kick out of using my fancy knives every single time I grab one, and I’ve had them for years.
To put it simply, ceramic knives are terrific for lettuce, herbs, and softer items (especially great for helping reduce oxidation in items like apples, leafy greens, etc). Keep in mind that ceramic knives are usually more expensive, and they’re for softer items because they are very delicate and can break easily (be sure you don’t ever drop one). Ceramic knives come in various sizes. Extreme caution is used with them because 1) they’re so fragile and 2) they are mega-ass sharp! :) In fact, the rule is that ceramic knives rarely, if ever, need sharpening. If / When the day comes for that, you send it to the company to sharpen it for you. I use my ceramic knife daily.
Chef knives vary by comfort on what the person wants with respect to length and weight, and can be used for greens, vegetables, fruit, etc – hard or soft in texture. My favorite chef knife is my MAC knife because it’s light in my hand, which means I can chop for extended periods of time without my hand tiring. I use my MAC knife daily.
Some chefs use paring knives for cutting small things. I have a paring size ceramic knife, but honestly, I don’t use it often.
It’s important to always keep your knives very sharp! I use this sharpener for my MAC knife. It is believed that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife, because it’s more likely to slip from the food your cutting and result in cutting you. Ouch!
I’m frequently asked about the easiest way to open young Thai coconuts. I made a quick video showing you just how I do it. Enjoy!
Links to the equipment I used:
Here is a link to the organic coconut I’m going to buy. Has anyone tried them? UPDATE: Bummer… I placed an order and they emailed me the following information: The shipping method you chose is taking two days to Arizona. We have had trouble with 2 day deliveries in the past and can therefor only guarantee the product if shipped over night. Shipping the coconuts overnight would cost an additional $40. Please let me know if you would like to upgrade your shipping mode. An additional 40 bucks? Yikes, I think I’ll pass. In the comments you’ll see someone suggested another company from Florida. I think I’ll try them.
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Yay! It’s recipe time! In today’s video, I’m showing you how to make an EASY yummy bread recipe, Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread. If you’re a fan of savory onions, then you’ll be one happy camper with a slice of this! Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread is delicious, pretty, and filled with nutrition… essential fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Essential fatty acids are necessary fats that we basically cannot synthesize on our own, so we have to get them from our diet. Enter: hemp and chia! Not only that, but hemp foods are an excellent source of complete vegetarian protein. Personally, I consider hemp foods as superfoods because they are loaded with important nutrients and they make me feel great. As a pregnant gal, I’ve been upping my intake of them – great for my growing baby. So… back to the bread… It’s perfect for snacking on by itself, dipping in Raw hummus, and spreading with Raw hemp seed butter or guacamole. Depending on the size you cut, you can also use it as a nutrient rich bread for hearty Raw sandwiches. As I’m typing this post, it’s dehydrating in the kitchen and it smells soooooooo awesome!