Checking and Storing Raw Food for Optimal Freshness
In my classes, I get asked a lot about the best way to store expensive raw food ingredients for the best and longest shelf life. Here are some of the answers I give: Nuts, Seeds and Grains are best stored for between 3 months to one year in a glass jar in a cupboard or pantry. They stay even fresher stored in the refrigerator for up to a year or in the freezer even longer. The question becomes, how do you know how fresh they actually are and were they fresh when you bought them? If you buy your fresh nuts and seeds from a reputable source that has a high turn over such as Whole Foods, chances are pretty good that they are constantly refilling their bins and shelves with fresh ingredients. You can be sure you are getting something fresh there.
Ho, Ho, Oh, No. The Holidays Are Here!
Many of us trying to make healthier lifestyle choices dread this time of year because it’s different. We shop more, sleep less, eat more, exercise less, and stress, stress, stress! Rather than dread…look ahead! Try some of these tips to help you enjoy this holiday season.
What Is A Keto Vegan/Plant-Based Diet?
What Is Ketosis? Definition: “Ketogenesis” means “generating ketones,” which your body does naturally to generate energy from fat when carbohydrate sources are sufficiently low (e.g., after intense exercise, long periods of fasting, etc.). “Ketogenic diets” are thus a way of switching your body over into a fat-burning state. The Ketogenic or KETO diet is gaining popularity. Many people wonder if it is possible to adopt a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet. I’m here to tell you YES! It is!
Easy Upgrades – How to Make Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes (Video)
Join Malcolm Saunders in this Autumn edition of Easy Upgrades, enjoying the fruit of the season: pumpkins! Learn how to make protein-rich "paleo" pancakes. These are grain-free and gluten-free, and can be included into a gut-healing diet depending on your stage in your health journey.
Easy Upgrades – How to Make Superfood Granola (Video)
Learn how to make your own Superfood Granola with the potential for many inspired of variations. You can use whatever nut, seed, dried fruit, sweetener, spice, and oil you desire and have on hand for the base. Then when it comes to adding in superfoods and herbs you can really get creative! This is an easy and delicious recipe to be made as simple or complex as you are inspired. Great for breakfasts, snacks, and whenever you're feeling it!
Easy Upgrades – How to Make Gluten-Free Bread (Video)
In this edition of Easy Upgrades with Malcolm Saunders of the Light Cellar, Malcolm uses a base of nuts and seeds to create a gluten free bread that can be modified for flavor or dietary needs. Sweet or savory, this bread can be adjusted to be Paleo or GAPS friendly. The basic recipe is below:
Is Coconut Oil Related to Heart Disease?
Have you heard? The American Heart Association just released news that coconut oil is bad for you… The author of the study said that coconut oil increases the risk of heart disease. Funny enough, if you read the article all the way through, you will see that it also mentions that it is subjective to each person, and that cutting saturated fat may not actually reduce the risk of heart attack. This sensational headline is designed to get people reading the article but seems to contradict itself by the end. It also mentions that sugar and junk food are the main culprits for heart disease. The article uses MCT oil as its main way of bashing coconut oil. MCT oil is a more expensive, highly processed, fractionated form of coconut oil used by athletes and body builders to increase metabolism. MCT oil is not coconut oil.
When does a banana, or any other fruit for that matter, become ripe enough to eat? And at what point do they become over-ripe: too ripe to eat? I ask because both my partner and I have witnessed what to us is a huge waste: fruit that to us is still perfectly edible, but which other people are throwing away! Bananas are the case in point.
4 Superfoods to Make You Stronger, Smarter, Faster!
One of the most important things you can do for your health is to eat a diet rich in alkaline minerals to neutralize excess acidity such as ripe fruits and leafy greens. Grass powders are a quick way to buffer acidity and quickly increase your alkalinity. A result of consuming too many acid-forming foods (like processed and fried foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and grains) our bones are robbed of their precious minerals which can lead to illness and degenerative bone disease.
Easy Upgrades – Upgrade Your Coffee (Video)
In this episode you will learn from owners of the Light Cellar, Malcolm Saunders & Laura Milinusic, how easy it is to take your coffee to the next superfood level. Concepts covered include brewing coffee with a batch of herbal or medicinal mushroom tea instead of just water and/or adding a herbal or medicinal mushroom extract to your finished cup of coffee whether it is a cup you made or one you got while out on the go. Enjoy!
Alex Warda – Apple Walnut Cake (Video)
14 year old Alex Warda shows us how easy and fun it is to make a super healthy Walnut Cake! As a graduate of the Raw Chef Certification by Elaina Love and the David Wolfe Nutrition Certification, Alex has an incredible passion to inspire, teach and motivate kids and adults in the simplicity of living nutrition principles and recipes.
Strawberry Vanilla Coconut Cream Pudding
I made these for my family a couple of weeks ago for Valentine’s Day weekend. Although strawberries are technically out of season at this time of year I had seen them in the shops and thought they would be perfect for a heart-shaped theme. They are delicious; you need confidence that they will set well when you beat the coconut. I left them for an hour after making them, covered on the countertop although you could also pop them into the fridge.
Flower Power Superfood Smoothie
As with all of my superfood smoothie and elixir recipes, don’t be discouraged from trying it if you don’t have all the ingredients in the list. Start where you are. Use what you have on hand. Get creative! These recipes are designed as launch pads into the world of smoothie making. The exact flavours may not be the same, but as long as the main base ingredients are present, it will turn out just fine! The superfoods and herbs are add ons that increase the nutrient density of your smoothie.
10 Ways to Become Super Human
How would you feel if you knew you never have to take prescription medication again? Or that you would never get the dreaded seasonal flu every year? Is it possible? Yes, it is! I have discovered some simple lifestyle habits that are easy to do and can completely transform your health. Since I started eating a high raw food, vegan diet, I have learned many things about how not to get sick. I have not been hospitalized for illnesses since adopting these lifestyle habits. I have not taken any form of medication or prescription drugs, nor have I been down with the flu for years! My blood tests show that I am fully mineralized am in great health.
How to Choose the Best Blender
As a professional raw food chef and teacher for 20 years, I have used many types of blenders over the years. I have had some blenders that I have really liked using and some that I would not recommend purchasing. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. Here is what I have found through extensive hands-on research:
3 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes for Wintering
The Winter season has officially arrived with the magic of the Solstice. Ahhhhh, can you feel it? Time to turn inward, to hibernate, to contemplate. This is a time to gently release the old, that which we no longer need, and to create space for the new. Here in Northern Ontario, we endure long months of cold, wind, ice and snow, a beautiful insulation for this time of deep clearing.
7 Ways to Say YES to Raw Food This Month
With all of the colds, flu, viruses, stress-induced sleep disorders, hormone imbalance and low energy that people experience this time of year, our nutrition really matters! If you want to stay healthy, you need to be eating organic, plant-based, enzyme rich, alkalizing foods now more than ever!
Easy Upgrades – Best Matcha Ever! (Video)
Join Owner & Creative Visionary of the Light Cellar, Malcolm Saunders, as he shares how to make and upgrade your very own matcha latte! A tasty way to enhance your energy while also promoting relaxation!! This elixir recipe features the antioxidant-rich Matcha green tea as the feature superfood. Watch this video for all kinds of variations and suggestions to maximize the elixir to your preferences.
6 easy tips to merge raw and cooked food
Pure Joy Planet was created from a passion for sharing the amazing healing benefits of raw, unprocessed foods. Raw foods have been our heart and soul for almost 20 years, and recently my team and I have begun to ask , “Is raw food still relevant? Are people still interested in raw food in 2016?” Buzz words like ”Plant-Based” seem to be the new “Raw” and are popping up everywhere.