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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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/.
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!
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!
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
This means……… DINNER TIME!
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?
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!