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Giving Thanks Day

I wanted to share 3 of my favorite raw vegan superfood pie recipes for Thanksgiving. All 3 recipes are from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: All American Apple Pie, Autumn Pumpkin Pie, and Pecan Chai Pie. I hope you will enjoy them!

Wishing you a very happy holiday celebrating gratitude while counting our blessings. Let’s all remember to tell our loved ones and those in our community how much they are appreciated.

It’s a wonderful time of the year to help those around us, and to give back. Helping others puts my own life into perspective for me. It reminds me to give thanks for the many blessings in my  life. I’m grateful to have my health, my friends and family, clean running hot water, organic produce, a safe comfortable home, and all 10 fingers and toes.

On this day of giving thanks, what are you grateful for?

Strawberry Superfood Beauty Shake

 

Shakes and smoothies help me kick start my day by food fueling my body with nutrients and superfoods that keep me at the top of my game. The blender ‘chews’ up the food for me, so it’s easier to digest, and leaves me with more energy. Plus, on super busy days, it’s just easier to for me to blend, rinse out my blender container, and then drink my shake on-the-go or while typing on my keyboard.

This recipe is made with antioxidant-rich strawberries (it’s strawberry season!); healthy fat and omegas from almond, flax, and hemp; maca and cacao for energy and mood-elevation; buckwheat (a complete branch chain amino acid) for protein; camu camu for vitamin C; MSM for building connective tissue and the collagen in my skin; and sweetened with stevia (my favorite non-glycemic, non-caloric sweetener). Drink up and get your glow on!

Strawberry Superfood Beauty Shake

2 cups organic strawberries, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons raw almond butter
2 Tablespoons flax meal
1 teaspoon camu camu
1 Tablespoon maca
1 teaspoon MSM
4 drops stevia

Blend with about a cup or 2 of filtered water, to desired consistency. Pour into your favorite glass.

Serve topped with cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and sprouted + dehydrated buckwheat groats.

Enjoy!

xo

 

Banana Superfood Chocolate

Superfood Chocolates made at Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 2 yesterday here in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Filled with banana, and topped with strawberry jam, coconut, and fresh berries. I love our raw food courses because I get to eat the best food on the Planet, while detoxing effortlessly.

Thank you to my awesome students for spending another fun weekend with me! (I never make these recipes for myself at home anymore…so it’s amazing to get to enjoy them with you all in class!)

 

Ani’s Feb 22+23 Course

Join me and enjoy the BEST RAW FOOD on the planet for a full weekend, and detox and cleanse effortlessly!
Come and kickstart your Raw Food diet, or jump back on the train. You will leave the weekend feeling inspired with a slew of new recipes and menu ideas. In addition to food, we will learn about the Raw Food lifestyle, including beauty, fitness, and living a toxic-free lifestyle while focusing on social entrepreneurship and even launching your raw food business.

Join me in my kitchen at my next “Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1″ on Feb 22+23 in Santa Monica CA. Space is limited, and filling up quickly. This is a hands-on Home Chef course.

 

Ani’s Raw Food Detox

 

Ani’s Raw Food Detox just arrived to me here in Los Angeles fresh off the presses. It’s always different to hold the physical book in my hands after it’s printed. This book will be available everywhere books are sold January 1st 2014. And, it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon too.

Eating raw food is a detox in and of itself since we eliminate common allergens like wheat, dairy, animal products, refined sugar, and processed foods. This book contains a 15-day program with shopping lists for eating healthy raw foods to detox and cleanse, and even loose some excess unwanted pounds. This detox will leave you glowing with health and bounding with excess energy. It’s fun to effortlessly detox while feasting on the yummiest whole, unprocessed, fresh, raw foods ever!

Fresh Apple Pie

 

The best Raw Food and Vegan Apple Pie ever!
I made this dessert with 2 lbs of sliced apples, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, and then topped it off with slivered almonds…all on a gluten-free walnut and Medjool date crust.
A yummy detox and whole food that’s both healthy and guiltless. Have your cake and eat it too! This is why I love Raw Food desserts.

Superfood Dessert for Giving Thanks

Getting ready for my Raw Food, Vegan, and Gluten-free Thanksgiving on Thursday, using all whole food and superfood ingredients.

Here’s a new recipe made with Cashew Kream that is topped with persimmon off a friend’s tree. It’s then finished with mesquite-lucuma sauce and cacao that’s been candied with coconut sugar. This is one of my new favorite desserts, and I’m feeling grateful.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses

I’m offering my final 2013 series of Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses in September in Santa Monica, CA.

Level 1: September 20, 21, 22. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 2: September 27.28.29. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 3, Teacher Training: September 29, 30, October 1st. Sunday 4pm to 6pm. Monday 10am to 4pm. Tuesday 10am to 2pm.

My inspiration for creating these courses is to help people learn how simple, quick, and easy raw food preparation can be! It’s all about delicious and nutritious recipes made using a handful of easy to find ingredients. Complexity is added with sauces and plating.

To support a healthy diet and lifestyle, we need to know how to make our own food, quickly! In my courses, I also discuss lifestyle topics including fitness, natural beauty, organic and eco-green living, healthy detox, weight loss, and much more. And for those interested in launching their own business, writing a book, and or creating a show, I talk about business strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and keys to building your brand.

I hope you can join me in September for one or all 3 of my courses! It’s a really fun course, and a great way to detox feasting on the best raw food ever!!

For more information, please visit my course page.

 

 

Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets

I whipped up some Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets for a dinner party tonight.

They are made with avocado for creaminess, and sweetened with superfoods: lucuma, carob, stevia since I’m watching my sugars (no syrups and need low-glycemic). Added in spirulina, which is why the pudding’s a bit green.

The crust is made with raisins, cacao, pink sea salt, and cashews.

Topped with goji berries and vanilla sauce.

Delicious way to detox in the summertime with whole, unprocessed, local, seasonal, nutritious, rawfood goodness!

Superfood Energy Truffles

Energy Truffles are a great way to power a long hike, bike ride, and even a car ride. These truffles travel easily, and are packed full of delicious organic goodness. I took this batch on a 4-hour hike in the Santa Monica Mountains this past weekend with my personal trainer. Each time our energy would get low, we’d pop one of these truffles to boost our endurance and stamina. They are made with omega-3 rich walnuts, antioxidant filled cranberry and raisins, and superfood cacao and maca. Flavored with a hint of vanilla, and rolled in coconut. Delicious!