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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!

Vegan Protein Pudding

I whipped up this Protein Pudding at my client’s home by using what he had on hand in his fridge and cabinets. Since he had no vanilla extract and no cacao powder, I used his flavored vegan protein powders instead. He did have half of a banana, 2 avocados, coconut water, and stevia powder.

So, I made this Protein Pudding by blending together sweet banana, creamy avocado, chocolate and also vanilla protein powders, electrolyte coconut water, and non-caloric stevia powder. And it was delicious!

Though I’ve personally stopped using all protein powders (instead I’m using only whole foods), this gluten-free, vegan pudding is an easy way to up your protein intake today.

Happy Meatless Monday!

Red Bell Pepper Hummus

This recipe can be found in “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials”

Red bell pepper hummus makes the awesomest vegetable dip.  It’s so easy and simple that you can make it in just minutes!

Ingredients include:

Peppers
Almond butter
Garlic
Salt

 

Curried Coconut Soup

This recipe can be found in “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials”

Makes 4 servings:

1 cup diced ripe avocado (about 1 large)
2 1⁄2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon) 1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid
1⁄4 cup cilantro, fresh
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup filtered water

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
To serve, divide among serving bowls. Top each portion with fresh cilantro leaves. Enjoy immediately!

Will keep for 2 to 3 days in fridge. :)

Got Juice?

I love green juices, and think of them as my daily multi-vitamin. In the same way I would never think to live off a bottle of vitamins only, I don’t think to starve myself on a 5-10 day juice fast in order to detox (unless I had a tumor to starve or some other acute health crisis).

It seems to be a new trend here in LA that people with unhealthy processed diets and lifestyles, who even smoke, suddenly think it’s okay to starve for 7 days on a juice cleanse to make everything better. How about focusing instead on creating a healthier lifestyle through exercise, clean eating, mediation, and happiness rather than starving? These are the real keys to longevity.

Green juices are wonderful for vitamins and minerals, and for nourishing our bodies. But, it’s so much more FUN and less painful to enjoy delicious Raw Foods while accidentally DETOXing! Feasting on Raw Foods, rather than starving on a juice cleanse, is safer and healthier for you.

We’re designed to be eating whole foods. Starving our bodies on just juice cannibalizes our muscle mass, slows down our metabolism, and will make us gain weight as soon as we eat again (besides throwing off our hormones, along with triggering a slew of other biological reactions). It’s painful to starve ourselves. Why deny ourselves when instead we can feast and enjoy delicious Raw Foods to cleanse and detox?

I’d rather eat clean, detoxifying foods, than starve myself. Wouldn’t you agree?

Ani’s Favorite Green Juice Recipe:

Dandelion
Kale
Cilantro
Jalapeño
Fennel
Basil
Turmeric
Cucumber
Celery
Spinach
Lemon

Mango Sorbet-Macaroon Tartlets

Mango Sorbet-Macaroon Tartlets

Makes 4 tartlets

Crust

•2 cups shredded coconut
•1/2 cup cashews
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 cup agave syrup

Mango Sorbet

•2 cups chopped frozen mangoes
•1 cup filtered water
•1/3 cup agave syrup

 

To make the crust, combine the coconut, cashews, and salt in a food processor and process to fine powder. Add the agave syrup and process to mix well.

To make the tartlet shells, line 4 small tartlet or brioche cups with plastic wrap. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the crust into each. Using your fingertips, firmly press the crust into the tartlet cup, leaving a cavity in the center to hold the sorbet. Place in the freezer to firm up for at least 30 minutes or more.

To make the mango sorbet, combine the mangoes, water, and agave syrup in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Or, for an icier, more solid texture, scoop into a container and place in the freezer for an hour or more.

To make the mango sorbet in an ice cream maker: Chill the mixture in the freezer for an hour or so, then scoop into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

To serve, scoop 1 tablespoon mango sorbet into each tartlet shell and serve immediately.

The tartlet shells will keep in the freezer for many weeks. The assembled tartlets are best enjoyed immediately, but will keep in the freezer for several weeks. Thaw for 5 to 10 minutes before eating.

– Recipe from Ani’s Raw Food Desserts

Tapenade and Candied Onion Stuffed Red Cabbage

Cabbage leaves are great to use as 'shells' to stuff with my favorite fillings to create different hand helds. Olive Tapenade, Candied Onions, Chiffonade Green Cabbage fill a beautiful purple cabbage leaf and adds crunch. Recipes and video included.
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    Congratulations to Ani’s Raw Food Certification Course, Level 1, Inaugural Class!

Congratulations to Ani’s Raw Food Certification Course, Level 1, Inaugural Class!

We kicked off Ani’s Raw Food Certification Course, Level 1 on March 15, 16, 17th, 2013 to a packed house! It was a weekend of raw food making and eating, eco-green living inspiration, and happiness all around. Experiencing visible transformations as people detox on raw food for 3 days is incredible! The room’s happiness index kept rising up as our days passed, and people glowed.