Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

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Quick Yoga Video Tutorials Part 1: Tips for Some Basic Poses

December 14, 2009

So it was a gorgeous day in Santa Monica today, and I decided to shoot a few quick yoga tutorials for some common issues in form and alignment for a few common poses. There are a bunch more!

Hope this helps you in your practice. PS- The next few videos are easy movements anyone can do at home- whether you have an existing yoga practice or not!

Shanti and Love, Kimberly

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A Salad Chopper and a Female Entrepreneur

December 2, 2009

Meet Wendy! Mother, entrepreneur, chef, QVC extraordinaire- and an incredibly warm and wonderful person!!

Hi Guys!
So a few weeks ago I had a blog reader email me and thank me for the tips she had learned and the improvements she was making in her diet. She generously insisted on sending me a package from her cooking ware company, named Silvermark, filled with kitchen scissors, an excellent salad chopper, and more!! I’ve been using what she sent me these last few weeks, and I can say that they are all fantastic products. A few basic but very GOOD cooking products makes a huge difference as we get more into this lifestyle, which involves making our own unprocessed foods and trying out recipes.

Wendy is an incredibly sweet woman, and even wished me Happy Thanksgiving. You can always tell when someone is giving something from the heart- not because they expect something. That is who Wendy is! I am always interested in hearing about female entrepreneurs, especially in a field tied to nutrition, so I interviewed Wendy.

Kimberly: Tell us about your company!

I mean, could you ask for a sweeter face??? 🙂

Wendy: Silvermark makes kitchen gadgets and housewares which are all designed for fresh and healthy food prep. Our bestselling item is the Toss & Chop Salad Chopper. We sell to hundreds of retailers across the country including: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table and many more. Our products are also sold on Amazon and our own website – www.silvermk.com.

Kimberly: What inspired you to start Silvermark?

Wendy: I didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur! I was a stay-at-home mother of two little girls and in my quest to eat healthier I was trying to make chopped salad out of a salad I had ordered in. As I was holding my child and stabbing at my salad with a pair of scissors, the idea that would become the Toss&Chop popped into my head. A few years and about 10 prototypes later, I had a working sample. I took the product to QVC and it launched in January of 2002 at the International Housewares Show where QVC was broadcasting live. We sold 13,000 units in 6 minutes and broke a record for an item under $20.00! From then on there was no looking back; we went on to sell 250,000 Toss & Chops in our first year on QVC alone and invested all of the proceeds into launching Silvermark. We know have over 80 items on our line and sell to stores all over the world.

Kimberly: Wow! Holy moly! That is just incredible. What lessons do you have for other aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Wendy: I could write a book on the lessons that I have learned, and am still learning. One thing I have learned is that there are a lot of unexpected challenges and there is more to being successful than just having a best-selling product. It is easy to launch and get the attention of the press because they are always looking for new things; it is much harder to keep on selling your products day in and day out for years. A company can be brought down by issues other than the products not selling, such as: shipping and manufacturing problems; disorganization in invoicing and collections; not paying attention to customer service issues and other fun things like that. My passion is writing recipes and inventing, but I spend many days mired in company related issues – you have to have the stomach for it!

Wendy's famous salad chopper! It is awesome.

Kimberly:  Why is your cooking ware better/unique?

Wendy: My items are unique in a few ways. First, and most important, is we have items with both utility patents and design patents, so we are the only ones who can manufacture them. Second, we always try to build products with amazing quality and sell them at reasonable prices. Lastly, but not least, all of our products are designed for fresh and healthy food preparation and they are designed by someone who actually cooks – me! You would be surprised to learn how many houseware designers there are who don’t actually cook!

Thanks Wendy! And remember that cooking ware is an AWESOME holiday present- even if you buy it as a present to yourself and for you own family. ☺ I LOVE getting new kitchen ware!!! Silvermark’s site again is: www.silvermk.com. Check it out! You’ll know you are getting great quality- plus supporting a lovely woman and a family owned and operated business. 🙂

Hope you are having a beautiful day. ☺Oh by the way, I was thinking of starting a forum on my blog so we could all talk. But I don’t want it to just be me doing the talking!! 🙂 Would you guys actually participate if I do that? What do you think??
I will write more soon.
Love, Kimberly

This is my last picture from that Gates' Foundation Gala I went to 2 weeks ago in Seattle. I am STILL in love with Bill and Melinda Gates. They are just so great with all the sincere work they are doing to help others. Admittedly, I have a picture of both of them up in my living room now. I know it is kind of dorky, but they inspire me! 🙂

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Good Day LA Segment: Raw Key Lime Pie Bars

June 15, 2009
CHECK OUT THE GOOD DAY LA SEGMENT
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Here I am, pretending to be one of the Good Day LA hosts. Ha! 🙂

So Friday I was on Good Day LA, doing a demo for my Raw Key Lime Pie Bars. Check it out!

xx Kimberly

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Hmmm....waiting by myself until the hosts come over. Trying not to get nervous!! Even though I'm just sitting there completely by myself!

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Here I am with Michelle, one of the Good Day LA producers. She is awesome and I love her so much!!!

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Here I am with Steve and Lisa, 2 of the hosts, before the show. They were funny and sweet!

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Spirulina Pie Revisited

January 4, 2009
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Buy spirulina in powder form like this, so it can easily be used in recipes.

Spirulina pie is definitely one of my favorite deserts. It tastes like green ice cream pie, with a nice dense crust underneath. Whenever you are having a dinner party, this is a nice way to end on a high note, and impress your friends! Plus you’ll be having the most nutritious desert in the world, since the algae spirulina is arguably (Dr. Gabriel Cousens would be on that team) the number one food in the world.

So this past Saturday night I had a little dinner party. I made this desert the morning of, so it could still freeze in time for dinner. I didn’t have cashews, which I usually use. But I did have tons of Brazil nuts. With this little modification in the recipe, the texture of the pie changed and came out better than ever! Such are the important subtleties of raw food ingredients and their properties. ☺ Maybe it has to do with the different fat in the Brazil nut- which is also really high in selenium- but the green ice cream part held together much nicer. The taste is pretty similar (which is yum). So below is my amended recipe.  Oh yeah, I forgot to remind you that coconut oil stimulates your thyroid and metabolism, you will not gain weight from this- though it is will increase your beauty. Read on:
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Spirulina: All the essential amino acids in correcte poportion, full of Vitamin B12, vitamins, glycolipis, 17 different beta-carotenoids, minerals (especially iron and magnesium), GLA, and over 2,000 enzymes. Unlike other algaes, spirulina’s cell walls have high concentrations of mucopolysachharids, which are easily digested and used to form protein and the building blocks of cell membranes. Also very alkalizing and healing. What an amazing anti-aging, beautifying food!!!

Filling:
– 3/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup Brazil nuts
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 2 Tbs. spirulina *** (which you can buy at the health food market, Wholefoods or online).
* 1 Tbs. pure cacao powder

Crust:
– 2 cups finely ground raw almonds
– 1/3 cup pitted dates

To make the crust mix the ground almonds and pitted dates in a bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 5-inch pie tin.
In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour this liquid mixture onto the pie crust and freeze overnight, or at least 4-6 hours before serving.  Almost better than ice cream!

Enjoy!

Kimberly

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Glow Inside & Out: Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R)

October 9, 2008

For starters, do you feel like you could never, ever give up your morning coffee? Well, there is in fact a scientific reason for coffee “addiction”. The reason has to do with alkaloids- which are bitter organic compounds derived from plants bearing seed. Caffeine, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, are all alkaloids. Alkaloids give us a temporary high as acids are neutralized in the body and the blood is alkalized. What if you could feel like that all the time, without the horrible side effects (belly fat, energy slumps, um….illegal??)

Well, there really is a way to get a natural high (Yay!). Raw greens have the same effect as alkaloid substances, thereby giving your body the alkaloid stimulation it desires. The great news is that their high lasts much longer, and unlike the other aforementioned substances, greens soothe the nerves and calm the body.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

By consuming a green smoothie, you are blending the greens, which is in essence “predigesting” the greens. Many of the important nutrients in greens are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. So blending allows the food to be ingested as a whole vegetable with fiber intact (as opposed to juicing), so you feel FULL from the fiber and are able to absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens. Plus, you are getting more greens than you would probably get in a day…or in a few days!

It takes only a few minutes to prepare this amazing green smoothie:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3-4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon

optional:
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

Directions:
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

This smoothie tastes yummy. The fruit and lemon cut right though the grass taste.

Feel free to mix and match different greens and fruits, as these two specific food groups combine well.

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Raw Chickpea-free Hummus

July 29, 2008

Hummus is a great vegetarian snack, but most commercial hummus is made from CANNED chickpeas, which are cooked, re-cooked, denatured and completely devoid of their natural enzymes. Ugh. We need our enzymes to stay vibrant, healthy and energetic! You’ll be amazed at how yummy this raw variation is:

  • 2 organic zucchinis, chopped
  • ¾ cup raw tahini
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ Tbs. ground cumin

** Optional: Add a couple of Tbs. of Kal brand nutritional yeast, for added protein and a thicker, cheesier flavor.

Dip celery, red peppers, and cucumbers for a great snack or appetizer!

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Cooling Cucumber Summer Smoothie

July 15, 2008

Try this for a simple, cleansing, and delicious summer smoothie. It not too sweet, and is a nice blend of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

In your blender combine:

  • 2 cups cold filtered water
  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 2 organic apples
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of mint leaves, plucked off the stem
  • ice (optional if you want it icy, I usually don’t add it)

That’s it! This is a great and easy way to get a whole cucumber into your diet. Often, people only consume two little slices of cucumber that comes on a tossed salad.

If you buy organic, it’s okay to eat the skin, which is a great source of beautifying zinc. Other skin-enhancing compounds include silica and Vitamin C. Ahh, easy on the palate and pretty for the skin. This is one you should definitely try!

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Yummy Spirulina Pie

June 20, 2008

I bet you never thought greens could create an amazing dessert. I had never really had a “green” desert before I tried this one out, and it blew me away. So skepticism aside, give it a try and I guarantee you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

For the pie crust:

  • 2 cups raw almonds finely ground in a food processor (I prefer to sprout mine overnight by covering them in water in a bowl)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates

For the pie filling:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Stevia as needed, to sweeten more if desired
  • 2 Tbs. spirulina (which you can buy at the health food market or Wholefoods)
  • 1 Tbs. carob powder or PURE ground cacao (no processed sugar please!)

To make the crust mix the ground almonds and pitted dates in a bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 5-inch pie tin.

In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour this liquid mixture onto the pie crust and freeze for about 3 hours before serving (try not to get impatient and eat it too early, as I’ve been known to do!). After freezing for a few hours, you can transport the pie into the refrigerator. Freezing it first creates an amazing, cheese-cake like texture.

Desert and sneaking more greens into your diet – Perfect!

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Megan’s Almond/Brazil Nut Milk

June 6, 2008

Unsweetened almond milk can be found at Trader Joe’s or your local health store. But there is nothing quite as delicious as freshly made, completely raw, and preservative-free nut milk made in your own blender. If you have the time its surprisingly easy to make.

  • 1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight) OR 1 cup raw Brazil nuts (soaked 15 minutes)
  • 3-6 cups of filtered water (depending on how thick you like your milk)
  • 1/4 cup raw pitted dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbs. lecithin granules
  • 2 Tbs. coconut butter
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Place the soaked nuts and the water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Taking a cheese cloth or bag (you can get them pretty inexpensively online or at a cooking store), pour the mixture through the cloth into a separate container. Make sure to squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth with your hands, so you get all the milk out. Note: For a finer milk, use 2 cloths or bags layered on top of each other.

Rinse out the blender, and put the strained ‘milk’ back in the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend on high until smooth

Fresh nut milk keeps well in the fridge for about a week. Use in place of dairy milk for all purposes. Yum!

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Ch-ch-ch-CHIA

May 23, 2008

When you think of chia you probably think of Chia Pets. I never realized that chia seeds were edible until I became interested in reducing grains in my diet and seeking out new, healthy ingredients. It turns out they are an amazing food.

You can find chia seeds at health markets, online, or at Wholefoods. Make sure you get the ones that are raw, non-GMO, non-irradiated, and produced without pesticides.

So why are these tiny black seeds so great? To start off, they are extremely high in Omega 3 and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They feature a perfect balance of essential fatty acids: 30% of chia seed oil is Omega 3 oil and 40% is Omega 6 oil. Studies also show that eating chia seed slows down our bodies’ conversion of carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This is great for preventing spikes in blood sugar, whether you are diabetic or not. Chia seeds are also highly hydrophilic, capable of absorbing 10 times their weight in water, and of great help in keeping bodies hydrated.

Chia seeds gel when wet and, when in our digestive systems, this gel prevents absorption of some of the food (and calories) that we eat. This makes the chia seed a great helper for those looking to lose weight! They also help by making you feel fuller faster so you will be less hungry.

Try this easy recipe as a great replacement for granola or cereal, or as a tasty desert!

  • Soak a bowl of Chia Seeds (the suckers expand so put in about ½ inch to start) overnight, then rinse well
  • Add to a bowl of unsweetened almond milk, making sure the seeds are completely covered in the milk
  • Let stand 10-15 minutes. Magic! The seeds get huge.
  • Sweeten to taste with stevia or xyletol

Wow! Instead of heavily-refined grain cereal or highly-glycemic granola, you are eating a raw ‘seed’ cereal that is filling and satisfying. Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!

For more info check out this article, too:

http://healthinmotion.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/chia-seeds-loaded-with-omega-3s/489/