A Country Bound Food Diary & Raw Superfood Clusters

This week I packed my things, namely piles of textbooks & notebooks and a few warm sweaters and made for the tranquility of the countryside. My grandparents own a hobby farm along the escarpment with a yellow pine house my grandfather constructed, flower gardens, trails, and my favourite of course; vegetable gardens(!) all blanketed under the winter’s snow.

into the wild

Every new year I find my way here for a couple of days to recharge. It is a time to retreat into the expanse and solitude of their property, to work a few hours with warm tea and spend the evenings chopping salads in my grandparents’ kitchen, hiking the back trails, burying myself in the snow and learning to make a fire to keep warm while teaching my grandfather how to culture sauerkraut. And in the midst of it all was a surplus of fresh produce from their garden, chopped for salads or sliced with nutbutters and a whole slew of delicious food to spoil their guest. If there’s one thing you can rely on with grandparents, it’s that you will never go hungry! And here is a taste of what became of our plates:

With the sunrise: 
  • Each morning we awoke as the sun broke across the horizon of naked trees. The fire having long died out in the night lied peacefully of ash. We first set the kettle to enjoy warm lemon water as we waited for our oats to cook over the stove top. We had set these out the night before to soak which makes them easier to digest and makes the nutrients more available to the body. We topped this with a blend of ground seeds (pumpkin, flax, chia) and spices (cayenne, turmeric, curry, ginger etc.), a splash of flax oil and basmati brown rice milk and this, to my request, was the breakfast to energize us each morning.
In solitude and left to a delicious kitchen…
  • While my grandparents were out at Tai Chi or chiropractic appointments, I would get hungry and scour their kitchen for food, of which there is plenty! Nuts and seeds, vegetables and sprouts, it’s a holistic foodies haven!
Every day I had a protein drink with MSM, L-glutamine, and so forth and mixed in detoxifying beet crystals which turn the vanilla drink a bright pink.
Others:
  • nuts and seeds
  • sprouts
  • banana
  • crackers slathered with coconut oil and nutbutter
  • Raw superfood clusters

 

raw superfood clusters

Raw Superfood Clusters

There is no exact recipe, simply mix ingredients until desired:

  • Almond butter
  • Apple sauce (for sweetness)
  • Coconut oil (to make them solid)
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Mix together almond butter, apple sauce and oil until the coconut oil is well mixed in. Then add the bulk ingredients to form clusters. You can use any nuts or seeds here, I used:

  • Unsalted, raw Pumpkin seeds (which we dried out ourselves)
  • Sprouts (my grandfather had sprouted mung beans and green lentils)

Once in little clusters, pop them in the freezer to harden, then enjoy! The healthy fats help to stabilize blood sugar, provide a fantastic source of energy and will assist in keeping you satiated to lunchtime.

Upon their return: 
Lunch time and large appetites where synonymous with my grandparents arrival home. We would set to work in the kitchen right away to prepare vegetable plates served with nut and seed butters.
veggie plate
 
Possible accompaniments:
  • Poached eggs
  • Chicken
  • Sardines (my favourite! A treat we picked up when my grandmother brought me on a special trip for my first time to Goodness Me)
  • Gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free pancakes topped with nutbutters, apple sauce, red currants and a little maple syrup (high quality)
Midday snacks:

 

dates

Dinner 
  • We usually made salads of my grandparents’ vegetables. The root veggies we had were harvested in October and stored to eat through the winter as they do not spoil when kept properly. We shredded these finely which aids digestion and used olive oil and apple cider vinegar as a dressing, topped with sprouts and served with the rest of the meal:
  • Chicken two days
  • One day we ate lightly steamed veggies with rosemary & humus as we sat around the fire

chopping salads

Post dinner: 
  • Green tea which was brewed continuously throughout the day
  • Chia seed cereal pudding from Earthly Choice
  • sprouts
  • a small dried fruit platter

I was sent home with dried apples juuuust in case I should find myself feeling a bit famished on the voyage home and was greeted with a warm hug from mom and a furry little animal (Aussie) who shared a dried apple or two with me before bed. My road trip playlist? A mix of Eddie Vedder and Matthew Good! Though I infinitely love the peace, tranquility, and rather more primitive life of the countryside, it has been wonderful to be reunited with my family, Aussie and my Vitamix once more!

Blending an end to another delicious week,

Suzanne Eden

Into the Wild : A Tent Pitching Food Diary

When I was a child, camping entailed rustic bacon and eggs with toast for breakfast, canned alphagettis, hotdogs and of course; toasted marshmallows! So what does one pack when wanting to eat healthy on a camping trip? This was the question we faced this past weekend when a group of fellow holistic nutritionists and myself decided to celebrate the completion of our diplomas by packing our bags and venturing into the woods. From being rained out, to broken phones, to my car breaking down on the highway (I believe this was my sign that I’m destined to remain in the wilderness), it was no shortage of an adventure and be-it that we are all holistic nutritionists, there was no shortage of good food either! We each pitched in to bring a meal and I documented it all to share. Here is our holistic camping food diary:


Day one – Into the woods:

Beach day snack:

  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple and later:
  • A tray of veggies

Beach day snacks

Dinner:

  • Antibiotic and hormone free organic chicken
  • Grilled asparagus and veggies
  • Light, summer salad

Day 1 dinner

That night we feasted on the flames of our first campfire equipped with the company of our neighbors.

Firefly

Day 2 : Into Muddy Territory:

We awoke to the soothing puttering of rain and (what I would call) the sweet, musty smell of damp earth. Having no picnic table shelter, we piled into the 6 person tent for this breakfast of overnight chia soaked oats, bananas & oranges.

Chia seed breakfast

You wouldn’t think it to be messy, but with all of us crammed into tight sleeping quarters, I came out with chia smeared on my pillow and orange juice across my sleeping bag, making for a rather… tasty sleep that night.

The rain piled half of us into a car and out into town to hunt down a tarp and the other half (including myself) to hold down the site and, naturally, eat some more delicious food! We split healthy, homemade banana muffins and later left trails of egg shells around the site from these soft-boiled eggs.

Soft boiled eggs

 

I’m afraid to say that by the time the tarp was hung and lunch was prepared, my ravishing hunger got the best of me and I forgot to take a photo! Here’s what it consisted of;

  • Crackers & hummus
  • Tortilla chips & guacamole
  • Cabbage salad
  • Quinoa salad

And another delicious snack: raw, unsalted, organic sunflower seeds.

Sunflower seeds

Dinner:
Homemade pizzas grilled with humus, tomato paste, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, and a little goat cheese as options

The night closed with round two of campfire card games and roasting free range, hormone free, organic, filler free hot dogs over the fire. And what would a camping trip be without a little fire wood stealing scandal? Our prime suspects being: 1) the suspicious girls who sent one to seemingly distract us in conversion as a diversion for the others to steal our firewood or 2) our neighbours befriending us, only for utter betrayal in the end. In either case, we kindly informed the park rangers to be on their best lookout for stolen wood. They seemed to confirm option one with a knowing head nod at the girl’s description signaling recognition. Case closed.

Day 3 – a little bump in the road:

Breakfast:
Banana muffins and chia seed bagels with nut butter and raspberry jam.

Chia bagels

With the weekend over we ended up with a lot of food to take home including my marshmallow substitute: roasted pineapple over the fire!

But the adventure hadn’t ended just yet. Not long onto the highway my steering wheel seised and we made a quick pull over to the shoulder. A nice CAA driver and some sweet mechanics later and I was back on the road! Much to my direction impaired self (and the assistance of directions over the phone) I made it home without getting lost (once I made it out of the small town) and came home to find my beautiful vegetable garden bursting with berries and peas before headed to a BBQ.

Holistic health may be tricky at times and call for you to think out of the box, but it is more than doable and absolutely delicious! Alphagettis over guacamole and humus? Not a chance. Not only delicious but if planned right, it’s easy, involves minimal clean up, and leaves you feeling light, fresh, and ready to take on anything and everything the wilderness has to offer you!

“The more we connect to our true nature, the healthier we’ll be”

To your next holistic venture into the wilderness,

Suzanne Eden