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This cultured vegetables recipe is one of our go-to favorites that blends the wonderful chopped cabbage leaf with some basic but colorful vegetables: red pepper, broccoli, carrot, kale, red onion as well as the spicy daikon radish root. Although the color will fade some after the fermentation process, the end result provides a nice blend of textures and pickled sweet flavors.
Supportive to Brain and Nerve Functions
Lion's mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, is an immune enhancing medicinal species that has become particularly well-known in the last several decades for its health-supporting effects on the brain and nervous system. The subject of much scientific analysis, its specific neuroprotective attributes have been shown to far supersede any other edible variety known today. Not exactly your typical cap and stem looking mushroom, lion's mane has distinctive white cascading tendrils that, as the name implies, somewhat resemble the mane of a lion.
To Harvest for Herbal Preparations
Here's a list of some common wild herbs you might want to look for when out in the woods, coast, desert or high mountain elevations. Once safely identified, you can harvest them for use in homemade wild herbal preparations, like teas and tinctures, or dry and store them for later use. Some of these herbal plants listed have cleansing qualities whereas others contain nutritious and immune enhancing compounds. A varied intake of wild edible greens, as well as herbs, can be a great way to get a broader spectrum of other phytonutrients not typically found in cultivated foods.
A Crunchy, Dehydrated and Low Fat Snack
Flaxseed crackers are a handy healthy snack to have on hand for dips, hummus, seed cheese, soups or are delicious all by themselves. They are low fat, gluten-free and completely raw vegan. These are a basic recipe that only require a bit of prep work. Mostly that involves soaking your flaxseeds in enough water to create a gelatinous consistency similar to egg whites. This is usually achieved by soaking them the night before (or at least 4 hours) before you want to use them.
Food-Based Vitamin C Vs. Ascorbic Acid
Acerola is a cherry-like fruit that grows in warmer climates and subtropical regions and is believed to be native to the West Indies, other regions of the Caribbean as well as areas of the Yucatan and Central America. They are not typically eaten straight like other cherries as they have a sour tart taste, but are blended into recipes or drinks. Because they rapidly start to ferment soon after harvest, they are most always prepared before export as a freeze-dried powder or as a powdered water extract.
A Recipe Using Lions Mane Mushroom
This raw chocolate coconut cream pie recipe is another version of our original coconut cream pie, but instead using dried coconut, chia and cashews to create the traditional "cream pie" consistency. As usual, we also thrown in a heaping tablespoon or two of a favorite superfood. In this case it's brain boosting lion's mane powder, but you can substitute most any other superfood powder that doesn't have a super strong taste.
Potential Benefits and Side-Effects
Kombucha drink is a fermented tea made with a sugar source, caffeinated tea and a scoby kombucha culture, a gelatinous firm jelly-like structure made up of various yeasts and bacteria. The final ferment produces a tangy slightly sweet beverage with varying degrees of fizziness depending on the length of fermentation and techniques employed. While kombucha is known to contain many health-enhancing substances, it is not however necessarily beneficial for all people. Here on this page we will discuss the pros and the cons of this now widely popular fermented beverage.
Possible Heavy Metals and Pesticide Residues
When purchasing Chinese herbs it is definitely important to make sure you are getting a clean, quality product. In recent years, some studies have identified high levels of heavy metals as well as pesticides particularly in herbs sourced from China. Because Chinese tonics by nature are most effective with regular long-term use, these possible toxic substances can in fact build-up in the body over time producing toxic outcomes rather than therapeutic ones. This is a major concern if you are a frequent tea drinker or extract and supplement user. Here we give our top recommended herbal suppliers and details about their quality control and lab testing.
An Omega-3 High Fiber Food Source
Flaxseeds come from one of the world's first cultivated plant species recognized on the list of eight "Neolithic founder crops" of early agriculture. Domesticated from wild flax by ancient farming communities in the Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East, the plant was extensively utilized for its versatility as both a fiber and oilseed crop. The seeds are now also nutritionally valued as a nourishing dietary superfood due to their particularly high amount of omega-3's, fiber and lignan content, ranking #1 in all three categories for any vegan food source.
Using Gluten-Free Sprouted Buckwheat
This is our no-bake pizza crust recipe made with essentially three main whole-food ingredients: sprouted buckwheat, chia seeds and carrots. When processed into a dough and dehydrated this combination provides a perfectly firm yet flexible pizza crust texture, similar to New York-style pizza. When making this recipe, we like to divide up the dough portions to create several mini-size pizzas. These are great to have on hand for making instant meals and will keep for several weeks when stored in the fridge.
Top 3 Reasons to Eat or Juice It
Cilantro, also referred to as Chinese parsley, is the tender soft green leaves and stems of the coriander plant, Coriandrum sativum. Like dill, it is utilized for both its leaves as well as its dried seeds, which are commonly ground as a culinary spice known as coriander seed powder. Although the leaves are widely used as a culinary herb and raw garnish, both the leaf and stem can also be used for therapeutic purposes, especially when consumed in higher amounts through blending, juicing or as an extract concentrate.
How to Make a Mojito Superfood Style
This is our kombucha mojito recipe, a healthier version of the traditional Cuban cocktail. While classic mojito's, served as an adult alcoholic beverage, are traditionally made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, mint and carbonated water, ours leaves out the rum and replaces other ingredients with a few superfood surprises. In essence, our mojito is an energizing green drink designed to make you naturally "feel good", while also providing the sweet minty-lime flavor that mojito's are known for.
A Prized Top Longevity Tonic
He shou wu, also known as fo-ti or Polygonum multiflorum, is classified as one of the premier major tonics in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for centuries as a Taoist longevity herb fundamental for increasing Jing and kidney Yin, the deep primordial stored life force that fuels all other energies. The Taoist philosophy of "internal alchemy" claims that preserving one's Jing is an essential component to prolonging one's lifespan. In today's modern fast paced world, many people are burning up this energy reserve at a rapid rate with the use of stimulants and excessive lifestyle habits that can over time cause adrenal fatigue and deep depletion of kidney Yin.
Top Superfood Protein and Multivitamin
Spirulina is a species of edible blue-green algae that naturally grows wild in tropical and subtropical ponds, lakes and alkaline waterways. The genus Arthrospira is among the diverse class of single-celled cyanobacteria identified to have played a primary role in creating the Earth's life-sustaining atmosphere nearly 2.3 billion years ago. Along with phytoplankton, this group of ancient algae also contributed to the basic foundation of the food chain, essential to developing some of the first life forms on the planet.
A Tasty Raw Vegan Bacon Alternative
Our coconut bacon bits recipe makes a great topping for salads, meals and is even delicious as a crunchy snack eaten by the handful. It's crispy, salty, smoky-sweet and tastes pretty darn close to bacon, but it's completely vegan and pig friendly! What is coconut bacon? When most websites use the term "coconut bacon" they are most always referring to dried coconut slices or pieces that have been baked with spices. They are not the long traditional shape of bacon strips, but are more like "bacon bits."
An Alternative Natural Sweetener
Pure maple syrup is made from the sap extracted from certain species of maple trees primarily growing in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Tapping maples for this clear sweet liquid is a practice originally acquired from various indigenous woodland tribe's native to these regions. The syrup we are explicitly referring to is 100% pure maple syrup, which is nothing but the boiled sap from the maple tree. Manufacturers use the word "pure" to make the distinction that maple syrup is the only ingredient.
The Andean Gluten-Free Grain
Quinoa is a whole grain variety that originated in the Andean highland regions of Peru and Bolivia, where it was utilized as a staple food source by pre-Columbian civilizations. Becoming increasingly popular among a more mainstream audience for its higher protein to lower carbohydrate ratio, it has also taken center stage as one of the top gluten-free grains advocated for those with gluten intolerance, wheat allergies or celiac disease.
Detox Uses as a Periodic Dietary Supplement
Activated charcoal is a manufactured form of carbon that has been utilized since the early 1900's as a natural remedy and top universal antidote employed around the world for extreme cases of toxic contamination or gastrointestinal poisoning. Today it is not only a convenient household first aid kit item, but is likewise considered a potent substance to take during periodic cleansing regimes due to its ability to effectively adhere to toxins and chemicals that may accumulate in the body.
A No-Bake Flourless Cake Using Superfoods
This is our tried and true carrot cake recipe we commonly make for birthdays or special gatherings. It is a gluten-free flourless cake with no baking required. All you'll need is a food processor for the cake ingredients and a blender for the cashew cream cheese frosting. While eating a raw carrot cake might seem a bit odd at first, rest assured it is not at all as unappetizing as it may sound. This particular recipe, we have perfected over the years, offers the best blend of dense cake-like texture and thick, smooth, sweet cheesy frosting.
Beauty Herb and Sexual Tonic
Schizandra berry tea a is a delicious and fruity liquid made with one of the top major Chinese herbs, schizandra berries. Also spelled "schisandra", the fruit has been highly valued since the beginning of Chinese herbalism for its full spectrum of tonifying properties, often prized alongside ginseng, goji and reishi mushroom. Unlike other berries, schizandra is not a fruit you would commonly consume by the handful, but is rather prepared as an energizing and restorative tonic tea or taken in extract form.
A Homemade Soy-Free Alternative
This black bean miso paste recipe is an American-style miso or "modern miso", a non-traditional version utilizing black beans as opposed to the customary soybean selection. It is made the same way you would make Asian varieties; you simply substitute black beans instead of soy. This can not only be a preferred option for those trying to avoid soy products, it also tastes absolutely delicious using this legume option. When making a homemade miso paste, is important to know going in that there is a good amount of waiting required.
A Raw or Cooked Plant-Based Protein
Mung bean sprouts come from the green mung bean variety commonly used in Indian cuisine when making curries and dals. While most cooked recipes utilize hulled yellow mung beans or split mung beans, for sprouting purposes the whole unhulled green legume is the only type that will actually sprout. This is because the seed is still viable and contains living energy necessary for the sprouting process. In recent decades, consuming these raw sprouts has become an increasingly popular way to eat them, usually served in small amounts atop meals or salads.
A Mediterranean Version
This quinoa salad recipe is a personal favorite utilizing one of our top cooked grains of choice, quinoa. Pronounced "keen-wah", this South American staple makes an especially nice salad ingredient when cooked, cooled and added to chopped, diced and thinly sliced raw vegetables and a marinade using fresh herbs. Very similar to the popular "quinoa tabbouleh", but with a Mediterranean twist, a quinoa recipe like this one is a great choice for a light and refreshing main meal or can likewise be served as a side dish to other protein sources.
Benefits of Immune Supporting Beta-Glucans
Agaricus blazei is an edible medicinal mushroom species that grows wild in various habitats that are conductive to its growth cycle. It is also widely cultivated and used for culinary purposes, sold dried or prepared as a dietary supplement. The mushroom comes from the genus Agaricus and is related to the common white button mushroom cultivar, Agaricus bisporus. This particular "blazei" selection is well-researched and known for its high amount of polysaccharide content, specifically the class of beta-glucans.
How to Harvest and Prepare Them
Wild grape leaves are an edible, leafy green species that grow prolifically throughout the world in a variety of different climate zones. Wild grapevines produce very large leaves the size of one's hand and are a rewarding species to harvest as you can collect a big bagful in under a few minutes. Wild leaves are frequently utilized as a type of wrap to hold an assortment of food fillings, often referred to as "stuffed grape leaves" in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultural dishes.
Using Aloe Vera Gel and Chia Seeds
This is our charcoal lemonade recipe, a now trendy health food drink concoction commonly made from water, lemon juice, a sweetener and, of course, activated charcoal powder. If you're used to the idea of consuming green juice or green smoothies for breakfast, charcoal lemonade is also another alternative option to consider. It is especially helpful for detoxification regimens as it helps to promote the cleansing of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract.
A Potent Kidney Yang Tonic and Aphrodisiac
Cistanche stem is the stalk of several species of desert plants that grow wild in dry arid regions of Asia and the Middle East and is commonly cultivated in northwest China and Mongolia for commercial use. Classified as a major Chinese tonic herb, it has been used for centuries in traditional formulations to help restore and support kidney Yang and tonify Jing, one of the three treasures associated with our deepest stored energy reserve. It is known throughout Asia as a top male tonic for its ability to increase sexual virility and libido as well as improve the fertility rate in both men and women.
An Ayurvedic Formula for Healthy Bowels
Triphala powder is a specific Ayurvedic formulation composed of three dried fruits: amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki. It is one of India's most valued and commonly utilized household herbs. Used on a daily basis as a digestive tonic and for improved bowel regularity, it is believed to eliminate the root cause of many diseases that often begin from stagnant conditions and gastrointestinal imbalance.
Using Wild Watercress
These are two of our favorite vegan watercress soup recipes. One is cooked and one is made from raw ingredients. We typically find that in the cold months we enjoy a warm soup and in the summer a raw vegan recipe version is more appropriate. Watercress soup is a well-known European soup usually prepared with the freshest watercress that is available. Traditionally, it is made from wild harvested varieties which can be found in many temperate climate zones around the world.
An Energizing Herbal Adaptogen
Gynostemma, also called jiaogulan, is a green leafy herb that became famous as a legendary infused "immortality tea" among certain isolated highland village populations of southern China. This is a location where the plant naturally grows wild and where people were reported to live healthy long lives from daily consumption. Because of its remote use, it has only just recently been introduced into the Chinese herbal system and is now a popular hot tea to drink throughout Asia for its energizing and anti-fatigue effects, often used as a replacement for coffee and caffeinated teas.
Plus Two Superfood Varieties
Our basic raw chocolate recipe is created using only five simple ingredients and produces a creamy smooth chocolate bar that nicely embodies the deep rich flavors of pure raw cacao. In addition to this simple dark chocolate bar, we also include two other recipes incorporating different sweeteners, superfoods and types of cacao, utilizing either paste, powder or freshly ground cacao beans. These recipes are what most people refer to "freezer chocolate", which is a quick and easy way to make homemade chocolate bars without having to temper the cacao ingredient.
Benefits as an Alternative Sweetener
Lucuma powder is a natural whole fruit-based sweetener from South America and is indigenous to the Andes regions of Peru, Chile and Ecuador. Although used extensively in these cultures for centuries, lucuma has only recently in the last few decades become available to other parts of the world, mainly as an alternative sugar substitute. Sold as a powder made from the dried, subtropical, starchy yellow-orange fruit, it is known to offer a sweet taste but without a concentrated amount of sugar content.
Best Beverage for a Good Night's Sleep
This ashwagandha milk recipe is one of our favorite herbal combinations that provides both a satisfying warm evening drink as well as a grounding nervine tonic. In Ayurvedic Indian tradition, ashwagandha powder is therapeutically added to heated milk and honey and sipped as a sleep inducing beverage. Consumed a few hours before bedtime, it can replenish the nervous system, settle the mind and promote deep rest.
Difference Between Ceylon and Cassia
Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark of several species of cinnamon trees. The two most common varieties are Ceylon and cassia. While they offer different chemical constituents, both types are considered a valuable herbal substance known for their unique flavor, warming qualities and uplifting fragrance. The delicious taste of cinnamon has made it a popular culinary spice used among many cultures worldwide, however it is also prized for its tonic-like effects and subtle yet powerful qualities as a natural energy and circulatory stimulant.
Blended Enzyme-Rich Energy Soups
Raw soup recipes are a delicious and nutritious "fast food." They are not only simple to prepare, but are also extremely easy to digest and immediately utilized as an energizing food. This is one of the reasons why the late great Dr. Ann Wigmore called them "raw energy soups." Today there are many other variations using different types of fats and an assortment of vegetables and spices. Over the years we have come up with a few of our own favorites, three of which we share on this page.
A Cultured Vegan Protein Source
Tempeh is a type of fermented food that originated in Indonesia and is traditionally made from cooked soybeans bound together by a tempeh-specific spore culture. This short one or two day fermentation process produces a firm, meaty-textured protein-rich food that is not only easy to digest, but is full of rich and savory flavors. The ingredients used to make tempeh basically act as a food substrate for the Rhizopus mold strains which predigest the sugar, fat and protein content. These white mycelium spores weave together the legumes forming a type of "bean cake" with a pleasant mushroom-like taste and aroma.