September Musings

Happy September everyone!! I thought I’d share some super exciting news with all of  you this morning! I’m going to have an official store front in downtown Riverside beginning in May of 2018!! The Food Lab will be located in downtown Riverside next to the Fox Theater. It will have 14 locally owned eateries and a JUICE BAR!!! I’ll be selling cold-pressed, organic juice under the name Freelyraw Juice and Living Foods!

Mohara Devi from Source Studio and I will be partnering up on OCTOBER 21 at 9:00 a.m. for a pop-up event that will showcase yoga, Juice, and acai bowls made by Sally! We’ll be out at the Food Lab (located at the Fox theater) so come and find us!! I’ll be handing out FREE JUICE and you definitely don’t want to miss this special day!!

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April FUN!!

BDPV6418WOW! I can’t believe it’s the end of April already! I have been having a lot of fun!! An exciting event in April was our 14 Day Raw Food Challenge!! The participants were challenged to eat as many RAW meals as possible.  Some of our participants did the Seven Day Challenge and some continued on. For our celebration dinner, we went to SunCafe Organic and feasted on Raw Vegan Nachos. We also visited the lovely Descanso Gardens to see some of Mother Nature’s BEAUTY!!

In June there’s going to be a 21 Day Challenge so stay tuned!  If you’d like to join the challenge, please e-mail me at jennifer@freelyraw.com. Learning to eat raw foods can be challenging, exciting, and REWARDING!! I PROMISE that when you learn to eat a low-fat raw vegan lifestyle, you won’t crave cooked foods EVER again! Once the lifestyle becomes part of your life, it will be EFFORTLESS, DELICIOUS, and AMAZING!!IMG_5370

I planted my summer garden this month and it’s one of my favorite activities. I LOVE to grow fresh food! I picked up some plants from some local gardeners here in Riverside at their annual plant sale. I also have plants from Parkview Nursery and my neighbor. I planted heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, red and orange bell peppers, and WATERMELON!! It’s my first experience with starting watermelon from seed, so it will be a learning experience. What are you planting in your GARDEN?

ALSO, on May 7, 2017, I’m going to be doing a Raw Food Demo at the Herbivore Festival in Yucaipa at Crafton Hills College. I’m presenting from 1:00-1:45. There will be vendors selling plant-based foods and products as well.  I went last year and it was super fun!! SO, come on out and join a supportive plant-based eating community and learn some new RECIPES!!

My next  Raw Vegan Potluck will be on May 20 at 6:15  at 4458 Larchwood Place. PLEASE bring a fruit or veggie dish to share and join in our vegan support group!!

Seven Day Raw Food Challenge

Hi!! How are all of you? February flew by and now March is here and it feels as if spring has already sprung!! On March 1, I offered group support for a Raw Food Challenge! I was PLEASANTLY surprised to have TEN participants giving their BEST EFFORT to eat more raw foods!!

We met on the first day at my house to introduce ourselves and why we were interested in eating more raw foods. I talked briefly about what to expect and where to find resources about the low-fat raw vegan lifestyle. There was also a Facebook page for posting recipes, pictures, and feelings during the seven days.

Everyone went their own way and we gathered again on Sunday night at my house to make Zucchini Noodles and Karen brought her delicious dessert! We also discussed the Celebrations and Challenges that everyone was having sticking to the new lifestyle. A few celebrations were that individuals were not giving into cravings, some were feeling less bloated, some were losing weight, and some had learned delicious new recipes! Some challenges were detox symptoms, craving warm food and certain foods, and eating and/or cooking for others. YES! All of these celebrations and challenges are real and RAW!! Getting the hang of this lifestyle requires time and patience with oneself and others as well.

I hope that the participants in the Raw Challenge will continue to eat more raw foods now that they’ve learned more about the lifestyle. I’ll be offering Raw Cooking Classes again at my house in April, so watch my Instagram and Facebook feed for more information!

On Friday we’re taking a Celebration Field Trip to Peace Pies in Encinitas to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments!! We’ll also visit the ocean and the Meditation Gardens that are near the restaurant. Take a trip there if you are interested in learning more about Raw Foods. Or, if you live near Riverside, my next potluck will be March 18 at 6:15. Come on out and eat some tasty and food and meet some new people!UZIO0953

Christmas Cheer 2016

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WOW!! Last night I had a RAW Potluck at my house and it was so AMAZING!! There were around 30 guests at the house, and our youngest little fellow was four months old! Nick Hughes from Auraganic Juicery http://www.auraganicjuicery.com in Chino Hills made some RAWESOME LASAGNA!! Michele made some delicious raw soup and Douglas made some walnut tacos. I made a delicious Raw Chocolate Pecan Pie and if you’d like the recipe, you can find it online at www.fullyraw.com. Michael made his Sinless Cinnamon Rolls out of bananas, and everyone feasted on fabulous VEGAN food!

We also had some music provided by Manny and his guitar and others joined in with their merriment. Of course, we had Michelle, Nick, Kainoa, Mike, and Manny practicing yoga moves as well. A white elephant gift exchange supplied everyone with a gift that they really needed! My gift was a feather toy that Luke and Leia really loved!! Nick received a book from Kiyomi that will keep him intrigued for days. The evening was perfectly perfect and everyone enjoyed the food and company! If you’re curious about raw food and you live close to Riverside, please come and join us in 2017!!

 

 

Raw Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!! I’ve been having so much fun throughout this joyous holiday week that I thought I would sit down and share with you all of the excitement!!  I was able to spend the first of the week with Diane Wattles, Kelsey and Cassidy Silberg, and Michelle Wattles. They visited Riverside and stayed at the lovely Mission Inn. I had such a great time visiting and showing them around my lovely city!! On Tuesday night we went to see Mamma Mia in Orange County which is always so entertaining.

I hosted Thanksgiving on Thursday evening at my house. This is my second Thanksgiving in my Riverside house, but my first official Thanksgiving. Michele Carry, Michael Bey, my brother Todd, and Natalie Larson all feasted on my first official vegan Thanksgiving dinner!! YEAH!! I really do love the simplicity of preparing raw food and the delicious flavors that can be created from Mother Earth’s bounty. I have much to be thankful for! I made a special Thanksgiving juice with pomegranates, apples, ginger, and oranges. I also made a scrumptious apple pie and a fall salad. All of my visitors brought delicious and nutritious raw dishes as well. We ate our apple pie first because everyone has always wanted to eat dessert first, and it’s better for digestion if you’re eating your fruits before your veggies!! Isn’t that lovely?

Today I went to visit Common Ground in Corona so that I could listen to Daniel Nahmod’s music. He is an amazing soul who writes and sings from his heart. You may find him on youtube and enjoy some of his tunes. His songs always remind me of the importance of being thankful and happy for each and every moment.

I hope your Thanksgiving week was special and filled with memories to treasure!!

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October RAW Potluck

Good morning! It’s Monday morning and I wanted to blog about my RAW Food Potluck gathering that happened on Saturday night at my house! I have been hosting potlucks for a year now at my house in Riverside. If you’d like to attend, please find my Raw in Riverside Meetup Group for details. It’s a great way to learn more about raw foods and meet some interesting people!

It was a Halloween theme for this month and several people wore Halloween costumes! Kudos to Kiyomi, Chuck, and Ronald for getting in touch with their inner child and dressing up!! We had some new people at the potluck and several of the “newbies” shared poetry. I also read my poem called Juice Girl!! Reign has inspired us to share and write poetry. Saturday was a Full Moon and Douglas shared his crystal bowls and a meditation. It was quite a spectacular evening!!

ALSO, we shared some tasty raw dishes!! I made Kristina FullyRAW’s Dazzling Date Dip and her Raw Fettuccine Alfredo. I HIGHLY recommend her recipe book, The Fully Raw Diet, if you are wanting to transition into a RAW Food Lifestyle!! We also sampled some delicious salads and some kiwi berries brought to us by the lovely Mohara of Source Yoga Studio! Michele made a salad with persimmons, jicama, apple and a pomegranate-strawberry dressing. Love that creativity!!img_3178img_3188

After my guests went home, I planted some broccoli in my winter garden by the light of the Full Moon. My neighbor Eugene gave me some of his extra plants. This morning they are getting a light rain and they are going to be super healthy and delicious!! Have an amazing week!!

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Eve’s in Encinitas

Talking about juicing and the raw food lifestyle at Eve’s in Encinitas

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my first blog post EVER! On Saturday I had an amazing opportunity to talk about juicing and the raw food lifestyle at Eve’s in Encinitas! There is a group in the San Diego area called Elevated Awareness. Three amazing men, Dave Kemp, Michael Paige, and Ian Michael Meyers, started the group to educate and elevate awareness about the power of a plant-based lifestyle. Between the three men, they have a combined total weight loss of 200 pounds.

Typically during an Elevated Awareness event, Michael leads the group through a yoga class. Dave provides the live music and Ian talks about health and wellness through eating plants. This weekend there were several guest speakers and I was one. I was a bit nervous and excited, but so thankful for the experience. My website freelyraw.com launched this weekend and I was super happy to share it at the Elevated Awareness event.

The Elevated Awareness presentation is something I think everyone would enjoy! On October 8, Elevated Awareness and Jennifer’s Juice will be teaming up at Source Yoga Studio. Please come out and experience the magic!