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

Fall Hiking FUN with Friends

Yesterday I had the opportunity to travel with my friends Justin, Kiyomi, and Mike to Palomar Mountain for a hike. It was a perfect fall day with brilliant colors, sunshine, fresh air, gorgeous trees and all of Mother Nature’s beauty. Hiking is one of my favorite activities!! We hiked to this gorgeous Mother Tree and soaked up its essence. Fall days are perfect for nature hiking!! We also saw two deer standing in the woods. What’s your favorite hike?

While on the hike, we all ate some oranges at the Mother Tree. But after our day of adventure, we wanted some more fuel so we headed to Peace Pies in Encinitas. Mike Strawberries had two orders of tacos and Mint Chip Cheesecake!! I ate three Rainbow Salads and Justin had the Mango Curry Wrap. Kiyomi also enjoyed tacos and Mojito Cheesecake. PLEASE check out Peace Pies if you’re in the Encinitas area. It gives you some great raw options that you might want to sample!! My friends REALLY loved the food there!

Mango Curry Wrap at Peace Pies Encinitas, California

Upcoming Events

  •  My next Raw Food Potluck will be on October 14 at 6:15!! Find the Meetup Group at Raw in Riverside Meetup Group. Costumes are welcome so feel FREE to DRESS UP!!!!
  • Elevated Awareness will be at Source Yoga on Saturday, October 8, from 12-3 p.m. I’m going to be doing a juicing demo!! Come on out!
Elevated Awareness Crew
Elevated Awareness Crew
Tower Garden with Nancy!
Tower Garden with Nancy!