They got me! I confess, I let myself be had!

A thoughtful friend gave me a package of Rhythm SuperFoods Kale Chips. Although the package did not say *raw* on the front, the first line on the back said “These Kale Chips are a raw, delicious and nutrient rich alternative”. I trusted the hype, and ate some of them. Right away, I knew something was wrong (I am a sugar-sensitive, and, since I control, it takes me mere seconds to realize that I have been poisoned). I went to read the ingredients and found that, although this item claims to be raw, it lists “organic cane sugar” as the fifth ingredient (by amount). No kind of sugar is raw (unless you get a piece of raw sugar cane and suck on it). No kind of sugar is healthy , unless it derives straight from raw fruit or vegetables.

Please, if you are buying packaged products, read the ingredients listings before you choose something. Companies like Rhythm SuperFoods try to hoodwink folks, and there is apparently no control over companies claiming that their products are raw when, in fact, they contain non-raw ingredients.


PASSOVER RECIPES! Passover is just around the corner!

You want to celebrate Passover right, but you’re raw vegan.  Help! 

HELP HERE:  Check out my raw vegan Passover recipes – there’s even gefiltefish and matzoh! 

8/12/14 CSA SHARE: What they said we would get, what we got, and what I traded ffor

I love love love my Corbin Hill CSA. They usually have a trade box, where you can put in what you don’t want, and take something you do want. They usually have a guard to make sure you are making your fair trade, but I don’t mind that one whit, as I am honest. The trade box is my savior when I get something I just know I am not going to eat – at least, I will get something to take home. To take full advantage of this, I make every effort to be the first person there – even though the CSA distribution is supposed to open at 4:30, I get there at 4:00 because other people come early, too. I just wait (it is handy to be a reader, as I always have a book to occupy my wait-time). When they say I can go, I gallop down the stairs into the basement  space where the CSA volunteers have set up the bins with the share items.  (Usually, as I go, I put each item in a ziplock bag. This week, however, there were about 5 people behind me, so I just stashed everything in a plastic bag, to make way for the others behind me, and then went over to the share box, dropped my bag, did my trading, and then just squatted down there and put all my goodies in ziplock bags right there and then. This system works for me, because I tend to be disorganized.  If I bag everything properly as I pick it up, it is easy for me to shelve it in the refrigerator when I get home. I developed this system at my former CSA, which delivered the shares in boxes, and we had to take the things from the boxes. There was space there, so I bagged everything there. This new CSA doesn’t have a lot of space, but, hey! I am still a little flexible, so I can squat down on the floor and do my work out of everyone else’s way)

Anyway, this is my record of this week’s bounty. Things I got and brought home are marked in green. The things that did not come are marked in red.  Where I traded something, that is marked in italics, and what I took is marked in green.

WHAT THEY SAID                                      WHAT I TRADED FOR
1 bun Cilantro

1 bun Mustard greens                               2 tomatoes
1 bun Kale
1 pc Fennel                                                1 bun kale
1 bag Green beans                                    2 ears corn
2  tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Corn 2 ears corn
Long hot peppers 2 peppers
3 Doughnut (Saturn) peaches

In the fruit share I got:

3 Doughnut (Saturn) peaches
8 Shiro Gold plums

What I will do with all this bounty:

Kale: That’s easy! This is my last week with my dehydrator for a while, so I expect I will make some delicious kale chips while I can.

Tomatoes: Oh! Tomato salad with the onion I got last week and some of the cilantro!

Long hot peppers: I’ll have to taste them, but I expect they will go with anything and everything I make this week. If, in fact, they are hot, they will go into the kale chips, in the tomato salad, and anything else I make up.

Doughnut (Saturn) peaches: These are interesting. They are hard, but sweet. They are not very juicy. Munching at work, and a cashew smoothie or two. My last CSA called

them UFO peaches.

Shiro Gold plums: I’m eating these. They are actually a bit on the sour side, not quite as sweet as red plums or purple plums. This is the first time I have eaten this kind of plum.

You can make this with raw corn, frozen corn, or cooked corn, as you prefer. I am raw vegan, so I make with raw corn or raw corn I have frozen.
2 C corn
1 C diced tomatoes
1/4 C minced hot peppers (jalapeno, etc)
1/8 C finely chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste
1 T minced garlic, or to taste
Sea salt (to taste – I don’t use salt, but you might like it)
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t (or to taste) apple cider vinegar

YOU NEED YOUR FATS – they just have to be good fats, and in proportion with the rest of your meal

Oh, ho! I’ve been saying all along that you need to eat your fats even when you are on a raw or high-raw vegan diet. Along comes Frederic Patenaude, who has been espousing low-fat for years, saying that he is eating raw nuts and seeds and avocados, and, what’s more, he points you to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s video, in which the good doctor denounces a diet with only 10% fat as unhealthy (now, I have never gone so far as to say that in writing, but I have told my clients who were having trouble sticking to 80/10/10 that, if they would only add some fat to their diet, they would vanquish the cravings and be able to get on with a healthy raw food diet.

My first personal vindication came when Ani Phyo came out with her 15-Day Fat Blast, in which she suggested a diet which is pretty much 40/30/30 (carbs/protein/fats). Now, Dr. Joel Fuhrman is weighing in on my side. Of course, he Is talking about *healthy* fats, and decrying high animal/trans-fat diets. So? When I say “high fat”, and, even when Dr. Atkins said “high fat”, what is meant is a diet that contains approximately a 40/30/30 ratio (carbohydrates/protein/fat), with the fats being good fats)

Dr. Fuhrman speaks against the Atkins Diet because too many people have conveniently ignored the part in his book where he explains how much protein a person should eat (you are supposed to divide your weight by half – or, conversely, multiply it by .5, and come up with the appropriate number of grams of protein to eat in a day, which is to be divided among 3 meals – and then you figure out what is 10% more than that, and what is the same number of grams of fat, and where they are coming from, i.e., will they already be in your protein source.)  

I have never been good at math, so, since I hit on Atkins, and decided that it would help me, I’ve just made my meals be 30/30/30,and it has worked. Actually, if you are raw, it is almost impossible to eat too much. I started out at 250 lbs. (-so 75gr protein per day).

Wow! That’s a lot of protein!   I did try getting that from raw nuts and seeds, but it was work, so I switched to a dumbed-down version of Atkins called 40/30/30, put out by the Daouds. In that plan, whatever I ate, no matter when, had to be a “meal” containing a 30/30/30 (yes, I stuck with that number) protein/fat/carb mix.) I mean, I could eat just protein if that’s what I wanted to do, but, if I was eating carbs, first I had to eat an equal number of grams of protein before I could enjoy my carbs (the fats tend to come in the protein in raw vegan diet – I mean, when have you met a nut that did not have fats in it?)

Usually, if you eat your proteins first, you aren’t going to want much else, as proteins will fill you up. Fats of the type that you can get on a raw food diet (fats from raw nuts and seeds, avocados, and whatever oils (extra virgin olive oil or raw coconut oil, for example) you add to what you are preparing will help avoid cravings.

Actually, it is really hard to OD on raw carbs or raw fats unless you are preparing those time-consuming fancy designer recipes you see in many raw food recipe books. 2 C of raw spinach are only 4 gr of carbs — 2 CUPS! That is a heck of a lot! Can you eat that much in a salad for lunch or dinner? Even if you combine 1 C of raw spinach with 1 C of cashews, and then spread it on tomato slice for dinner, you are not going to be able to OD in one meal on carbs or fats, even if you add in a raw cabbage/wakame sea-vegetable salad with onions, red bell pepper, garlic, and some extra virgin sesame oil or olive oil.

What is dangerous, in any diet, is figuring that you can eat anything and everything you want.

Atkins has an “induction protocol” which allows 25 grams of carbs in a day. Easy to manage, and stay full/satisfied , if you are eating raw vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, and using extra virgin olive oil  The problem is when people think that they can eat as much protein and fats as they like. For some reason, from the beginning, I have found that eating raw nuts and seeds, and using extra virgin olive oil, tends to fill me up before I can OD. From the beginning of my odyssey (I have taken off more than 100 lbs., and, today, stay around 130 lbs., at 5’9”), I have required myself to eat my carbs (and I am a weird raw vegan, in that I do not really like eating traditional salads) because I know that they contain vitamins and minerals that are good for me. Since I have to eat my protein first, I know that I have to leave room for the stupid vegetables, if I cannot manage to combine them with the protein, so it is really really hard to OD on protein and fats.

Sticking to 40/30/30, or, as I tend to do 30/30/30, for each meal, keeps me on the straight and narrow: keeps me eating healthy (I have to eat my vegetables), and keeps me from OD-in on anything that would threaten my plan to keep my weight steady. (Okay, I will admit that I have found wondrous ways to combine my carbs with my proteins (I have a dehydrator – I can put or any other vegetable in crackers! And I can make all sorts of vegetable/nut pates/burgers) I can make zucchini (or other vegetable) pasta with my spiralizer, and then have pasta-like dishes with cashew-crème sauces or almond marinara sauce.

Yes, you can be a raw vegan even if you think you don’t love vegetables as much as they say you should. The trick to doing it is to avoid the complicated “transition-type” recipes, and stay simple.

I will admit that one of my hobbies is reading raw vegan recipe books – but I recognize that I am not going to spend hours or days preparing a dish.  Okay, I am willing to wait overnight for a batch of crackers, or kale chips, but breakfast and dinner have to be things that can happen within 20 minutes or less. Sometimes breakfast is down to a cashew shake with whatever is on hand, or just plain with some sweetener, done up in my Nutri-Bullet (the VitaMix died and I haven’t been able to afford to get it repaired yet), and lunch is always what I didn’t finish from breakfast plus what I didn’t finish from dinner the night before.

High protein does not mean that you knock yourself out eating lots of protein. It just means that you balance your protein/carb/fat intake. This makes sense if you consider that 1 slice of white bread has 25 grams of protein – so you have already reached your carb count for the day with just one slice of bread (oh, gosh! but I want some spinach! I want a salad! Think about it!). If you get into eating a lot of dried fruit, you could run into a problem (oh my gosh! I’ve eaten a lot of carbs, but I can’t figure out how to , but, if you stick to simple recipe combinations, you will find that it is easy to stay raw and maintain your health and stick to a healthy weight.


Savory Raw Peach Soup

based on recipe from Frederic Patenaude

1-1/2 C chopped tomatoes (@ 2 med-size tomatoes)
4 C peaches, peeled and chopped (or nectarines) (@6 lg white peaches or nectarines),
2 small seedless cucumbers, diced – 1⁄3 cup packed fresh dill, chopped
Onion, diced, to taste.
1 t dry dill, or to taste (or use fresh dill)
Tabasco, to taste (optional).

  • Place tomatoes, peaches (or nectarines), and onion in blender or food processor, and process to a slightly chunky texture
  • Add cucumber and dill and process to chunky texture.

For best results, use ripe white peaches
Chunky texture is best.


from a recipe on the Corbin Hill Food Project newsletter
1 bunch kale
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper

Remove the kale leaves from the stem, then tear into small pieces (not too small – they will shrink in the dehydrator)
Place kale pieces in a large bowl. Add extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.  Toss to mix well, and then rub oil onto each leaf to coat on both sides.
Spread kale pieces one layer deep on a dehydrator tray topped with a paraflex sheet.
Dehydrate 6 hours or overnight, or until crisp.

To make kale chips in your oven:
Spread the kale in one layer on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then turn and bake for 15 minutes more, or until crisp.

The information for baking comes from a recipe on the Corbin Hill Food Project newsletter.


2 C corn, sliced from cob
1 C tomatoes, chopped
1/4 C onion
1/2 C bell pepper
Chili powder to taste

 In the food processor, process tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper to a chunky consistency.In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

I drizzled a little cashew cheddar cheez over this salad on the plate, and mixed it in as I ate.


  • In the food processor, process tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper to a chunky consistency.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

I drizzled a little cashew cheddar cheez over this salad on the plate, and mixed it in as I ate.