Here is a refreshing chia pudding recipe for the summer that can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or as an easy breakfast (make it the night before to enjoy the following morning). I pulled it from my Raw Vegan Transitions book and changed it up a bit to suit my preferences these days. Mainly, I swapped out the agave nectar for raw honey. (To keep it vegan, simply use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.)
The last (and best) place I want to share with you about our recent trip to New York is for Bareburger, a “micro-chain of organic burger restaurants” (and like Don Antonio’s Pizza), we chose the location of our AirBnB rental to be between Don Antonio’s and Bare Burger. They’re that good. When we’re in New York we eat at Bareburger every couple of days, sometimes multiple days in a row. Thank you to Lauren for sharing this with us!
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- Raw & Vegan Foodie Adventures in NY
I love wild caught salmon roe, but I don’t love it. Make sense? Maybe not. More specifically… I love the nutrition it offers me, and, well, they’re oh so pretty, like a spoonful of jewels. But, I don’t love the taste. They taste like salmon on steroids. As a fan of fish in general, I was bummed that I didn’t love wild caught salmon roe like I had hoped.
Roe is so nutrient dense that I dare say it’s a superfood; hence, my desire to love their flavor. They’re reputed to have: vitamin A (in the best form: retinol), B vitamins, tons of vitamin D, vitamin K2, magnesium, phosphorous (good for your teeth), vitamin C, astaxanthin, selenium, zinc, omega fatty acids, iodine, and more. Read More »
One of my favorite restaurants in New York is Don Antonio’s for gluten free pizza. I don’t know what kind of devilry they have going on there to make such an amazing gluten free crust, but I’m hooked. If we’re in New York for 10 days, you can expect us to have their pizza about 4 to 5 times during our trip. It’s so good that we chose the apartment we rented to be near it (and Bareburger). Read More »
Here’s how my three year old ate the other day… she’s a foodie rock star who routinely eats wild caught salmon roe, grass fed liver and heart, sardines out of the can, all of her veggies, and extra dark organic chocolate to name a few.
- Organic blueberries topped with 1) organic grass fed whole yogurt, 2) sprouted raw organic pumpkin seeds, and 3) raw organic coconut oil.
- Herbal tea Mountain Rose is my favorite place to buy herbal teas. They really know what they’re doing. We buy many of their blends (pictured above) as well as single leaf teas to make our own blends. Tea drinking is a ritual we take seriously in our house. Coffee too!
- Three gently scrambled organic pasture-raised eggs in grass fed ghee (this is the only ghee I buy – it’s deliciously unique). The eggs are topped with raw grass fed cheese, steamed organic broccoli, and organic salsa.
- Kits organic chocolate almond coconut bar
- Filtered water
- Vitamin D3 supplement
- Grass fed organic liver and ground beef recipe with organic grass fed buttered mashed potatoes. I FINALLY nailed a liver recipe, after many attempts, that is so delicious. I eagerly want it every week and it’s loaded with nutrition. I will share it very soon so you, too, can happily reap the benefits of grass fed liver with a genuine smile.
- Grass fed organic mint chip ice cream.
- Filtered water
On our recent trip to New York I splurged off my routine eating to experience the best sandwich in the city as well as the best cheesecake known to man. The rest of the trip, however, was the usual high quality real food that I regularly eat. When we planned our New York trip we chose the apartment we rented (through Air BnB) so that it was strategically placed between our favorite restaurants:
- Don Antonio’s for the BESTEST gluten free pizza ever (not entirely “real food” but I learned their crust is simply four ingredients and the cheese is freshly made daily). It’s so amazing I can’t even describe it.
- Bare Burger for a lip-smacking grass fed burger experience every time.
- Blue Dog Kitchen Cafe (on 50th) which I’m writing about today.
I’m back today sharing part two of my foodie experience in New York. After I shared the details with my mom, while I was still in NY, of the famous Katz Delicatessen sandwich I devoured, she said if I wanted another true New York foodie experience then I had to head to Juniors.
To Junior’s we went.
Actually, in my opinion, as far as “cheating desserts” go, I figured that cheesecake was actually not a terribly crazy food off my diet since it’s mostly just cheese, sugar, eggs and whipping cream. There’s gluten in the crust, but it’s a small amount. Now, I don’t ordinarily say, “Oh, I’ll eat X-food because it just has a little gluten.” No, I don’t like gluten in any form these days. But… as I mentioned in my Katz Deli post, sometimes a healthy life is more than just truly healthy foods. I was excited to share in something that so many people love and adore, especially since I’m a foodie.
Although I don’t like to think of how I eat as a “diet” … sometimes that word just works.
Today, I’m sharing with you a meal I had in New York recently, where I went off the rails completely in exchange for a true New York foodie experience. Was it worth it? Oh yes. Yes, I enjoyed every devilish bite.
As you can see from the picture above, I had a sandwich. Ooooh so crazy, eh? Ha. Well, since I don’t eat wheat these days, it was very different for me. Plus, it wasn’t grass fed. But, a healthy lifestyle goes beyond just food. It involves happy experiences, family, friends, rest, fun, and so much more. And, take note, I always say that when I travel to France (some day), I will enjoy their authentic foods with pleasure in all its wheat filled glory. Same goes for Italy.
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil. High Vitamin Butter Oil. – I took a teaspoon of each and chugged them down with filtered water. They have fat-soluble vitamins that work synergistically to help boost immunity, longevity, and fertility. That being said, while I’m pretty sold on the beauty of High Vitamin Butter Oil, I’m not completely sold on the fermented cod liver oil. My jury is still out. I praise it for the high vitamin A content which is why I like it (along with the vitamin D), but I’m not sure we need fish oil in our diets especially if we already eat a low omega-6 diet, thereby requiring less need for omega-3? Not to mention, we eat sardines and wild caught salmon (along with other high quality grass fed animal products) giving us great sources of omega-3. I’m not sure I’ll ever have the answer so I usually choose to have the fermented cod liver oil on hand in the case of illness but not take it regularly.
- 2 raw pasture-raised, organic egg yolks swallowed from a shot glass and chased with iced herbal tea. Oftentimes I add 2 to 3 drops of this crazy hot and therapeutic cayenne tincture.
- Smoked Oysters (canned)
- Vitamin Supplements (various ones like magnesium, CoQ, organic turmeric – taken with fat, probiotic – trying a new one, multi)
- Decaf Upgraded Coffee with organic grass fed cream and Upgraded grass fed Collagen
The first time I created this recipe both my husband and I knew it’d become a regular in our house, and it has been for years. The textures and flavors are refreshing and delicious (especially fantastic during the warm summer months), and it’s a pretty dish. Oh, it takes a maximum of 10-minutes to throw together – I love that.
Olive and Veggie Pasta (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)
Yield 2 servings
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 medium to large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 avocado, pitted, scooped / peeled, and diced
- 6 raw olives, pitted and chopped*
- 4 to 5 leaves fresh basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives or 1 green onion, chopped
- fresh organic lemon or lime juice, a good squeeze’s worth
- drizzle high quality raw olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- Using a spiral vegetable slicer, spiralize the zucchini into noodles (if you have kids, have them help with this because they’ll love it). If you don’t have a spiral slicer, use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini into long, thin, ribbon-like slices.
- Put the zucchini in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
- Toss well with some fun bamboo hands and serve immediately.
* We really love Essential Living Foods Raw Peruvian Black Botija Olives. They are so unbelievably good… very juicy and meaty. The only ingredients are organic raw botija olives and sea salt.