Radiantly Alive Cuisine

December 12, 2009

It’s amazing the possibilities that are available when creating raw food. Most people assume that raw foodist eat carrots and apples all day long. Sometimes we do! If you feel like spending a little extra time, there are endless ideas and meals that can be created! This blog entry is proof of that!

Organik produce delivered daily to our sacred space for our sacred meals!

For the past 2 months I have been living in Bali surrounded by Balinese culture, the Indian Ocean, the jungle, monkeys, love, yoga, and a never ending buffet of beautiful, gourmet raw foods!  Words can only skim the surface of how thankful I am for the experience that I have just been through.  I’m extremely grateful to the beautiful people involved with the Radiantly Alive Crew and all of the fellow family members that I have gained through the past 6 1/2 weeks of Vibrant Living training!

Entering the sacred space…..

While spending the past month and a half living at the Anahata Resort, just north of Ubud, my yoga family and I were provided with a vast array of gourmet raw cuisine.  This would not have been possible with out the lovely and talented Simone Powers!  Simone was the chef in the kitchen for the 4 week and the 2 week training that just concluded in Bali.  Along with Simone were the beautiful Lisa, Lucy, and Marie.  The four of them worked a tremendous amount of hours, abstaining from some yoga, to create three beautiful meals for us daily.  I can not go further without mentioning the amazing Balinese staff that works w/ the girls in the kitchen prepping all of the ingredients and learning about raw foods.  The foundation of preparing gourmet raw food is all about the prep work, clean, chop, soak, blend, love!

Lunch time at Anahata!

From this point on, I’m going to cover some of what was prepared, with love, for us hungry yogis! Upon arrival on day one of training we were presented with tremendous love and positive vibrations. Those feelings continued to the dinner table which consisted of Pad Thai, spring rolls w/ a sweet, tangy dipping sauce, salad, and soup! It was delicious!

Yummy Spring Rolls to accompany the Pad Thai!

I believe the best way to share the experience with you is to show you! I’ll give some descriptions under each picture to describe what you are seeing! Are you ready!?!?

Let’s begin with BREAKFAST!

Every morning after hours of meditation and yoga, we headed downstairs to a table full of local Balinese fruit and more!

All you can eat mango, papaya, passion fruit, rambutan, mangosteen, and pinapple!

With every breakfast we had an abundance of fruit, while the other components of breakfast would change up. The majority of time, we would enjoy a bowl of chia porridge. This porridge is created by using soaked chia seeds, a nut/seed/coconut milk of your choice, and a dash of whatever flavors your prefer.

Get up close and personal w/ my chia porridge mixed w/ passion fruit and mango!

Chia seeds are an extremely powerful superfood w/ loads of benefits. The chia seed is an excellent source of fiber, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3. Chia seeds are amazing in that they can absorb more than twelve times their weight in water. When eating chia seeds that have been soaked and have absorbed an abundance of water, you are gifting your body with immediate and prolonged hydration. To learn more about the chia seed, you can visit http://www.thechiaseed.com/.

Chocolate Chia Porridge

I would jump for joy everytime I saw muffins on the table! We had a variety of muffins from carrot/goji to blueberry. We would smother the muffins in a coconut/honey butter created out of local ingredients! YUMMY!

Imagine the look on our faces, when we walked downstairs to find out that it was indeed…….CREPE DAY!

A beautiful example of Simone Power’s work! Mulberry Crepes!

Breakfast of Champions!

Some of you out there may be wondering about mulberries. Have you every tried them? Some of you may have tried dried mulberries without even knowing it. Found in mulberries are an active antioxident called resveratrol, which is known to help prevent and fight cancer. Mulberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and Iron. For a fruit, mulberries are high in protein. This fruit is known as a liver cleanser, a kidney strengthener, a life expander, and helps with hearing, eyesight, anemia, illness, constipation, and even to prevent gray hair!

Mulberries and Creme!

Every morning the smoothies were different! More the most part the smoothies consisted of some yummy nut/seed milk, cacao, lots of superfoods, and love! Nothing like a chocolatey smoothie in the morning!

Last but not least….. Chocolate! No breakfast would be complete without live chocolate. There is nothing better to jump start your day than unprocessed, raw, delicious chocolate!

Following breakfast the yogi’s joined for lectures and practice teaching. Hours would go by and suddenly it was LUNCH TIME!

LUNCH TO THE MAX!

LUNCH TIME!

Beautiful sushi stuffed w/ peppers, cucumber, avocado, and pate. Served with the sushi was a seaweed salad and a green salad! Yummy!

One of my favorites was the curry carrot salad served with lettuce shells and a salad!

“Salmon” Pate made from nuts and seeds, served with nori wraps, salad, redpepper and jicama.

I decided to take the matter into my own hands by eating “salmon” pate taco style!

Almond pate served with fresh veggies for dipping and salad!

Red pepper hummus with veggies and salad! All raw, all amazing!

Carrot Dip with veggies, hijiki salad, and za

Hijiki salad, Kim Chee, and salad for lunch! Amazing combination. Amazing flavor and hottness!

Vibrant Colors, Radiant Food!

A plate of salads!

Through this food
and this family,
we give ourselves strength,
to hold ourselves high,
in the light that surrounds us
and is within us
for this is the water
of the spring of life
Ahhhh HOOOOO!!!

This means……… DINNER TIME!

Joining as a group to be grateful of the local, organic abundance, the earth that provided it, the wonderful people, the amazing chefs, and life!

Setting the mood for dinner time, the photography becomes a bit darker. Imagine yourself there with a plate of raw goodness in front of you! What’s your favorite?

Lasagna night! Beautiful raw lasanga layered w/ zucchini noodles, cashew cheese, spinach, and more! As always, a beautiful salad was vibrant and present with our meal!

A mexican cassarole served with a corn salad, salsa, and green salad! YummY! One of my favorite meals!

Falafel night w/ hummus, tzatzkii sauce, olive tapanade, and salad!

Coconut ceviche served with gazpacho, crostini, and salad! Wow Garlic!

Pesto Pasta filled with loads of fresh veggies!

Yes!!! It’s raw! Pizza Night!

A plate of pizza and salad! Celebrating a Saturday night!

Taco salad! “Better than beef” made from beet and carrot pulp, sunflower seed beans, guacamole, salsa, and salad!

Ohhhh….. Chili night! Warm Chili served with coconut cashew sour cream, corn bread, and salad! Delish!

RAWtwarst made from walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds w/ catsup, mustard, jicama fries, sauerkraut, and salad!

During a four week yoga training with Radiantly Alive, you hardly see the same meal twice. Still there were many more meals not placed in this blog from banana pancakes to Indian curry! I am so thankful to have experienced such an amazing array of raw goodness. This training was beneficial to me in so many ways. Not only did I walk away with a greater understanding of who I am and knowledge on yoga and life. I walked away with inspiration to get back in the kitchen and share new creations and recipes with all of you!

For those of you interested in this experience, you can check out what the Radiantly Alive staff has created at http://www.radiantlyalive.com/. You can also find the beautiful chef at http://simonepowers.com/home.

Enjoy! Now get in the kitchen and begin creating!

2 Responses to “Radiantly Alive Cuisine”

  1. KELLY!!

    From the looks of things you had an amazing journey. The food pics are orgasmic to say the least, WOW! Thanks for taking the time to share it all. I’m making a post on my blog, about your blog, check it out, it will be posted Thursday, hopefully get some folks to see the tasty raw goodness. Hope you are well, we will talk soon. Much aloha from Oregon to you. -Alex

  2. danielaaronradiantlyalive March 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Kelly… you are a superstar. When are you coming back? Thanks for the great pics… as we’re about to start again soon, I’m glad to get my mouth watering seeing that food.

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