Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.

Many thanks, and come back often. I'm really glad you are here!


Thursday, 10 January 2013

I won!!! I won!!!! -- EVERYONE loves chocolate energy bars

Upaya Naturals Contest Winners

For a couple of years I have been making various versions of energy squares -- nutritionally dense combinations of raw ingredients that make perfectly snackable and awesomely delicious results.

The combination of such things as dates, raw nuts, and raw cacao means there's nothing in there a little kid shouldn't eat, and he's getting all kinds of good stuff to fuel his body and his brain.

One of my favourite online sources for high quality ingredients is upayanaturals.com, which is based out of Barrie, but has a local pick up in Toronto. They carry almost exclusively organic raw and natural ingredients such as raw almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpin seeds etc at truly excellent prices. Every month Upaya Naturals holds a contest to create a raw vegan recipe using ingredients they sell. When the ingredient was Raw Cacao, I decided to submit Zephyr's Favourite Energy Bars. And guess what? I won!! If you haven't tried these goodies, please check 'em out. My own favourite energy bars are the fruity superfood ones with goji berries and golden berries, but if you are a chocolate lover, the other ones may be your cup of tea. Ooh, and the chocolate peanut butter ones. Oh, and the chocolate and peppermint or chocolate and orange ones ... oh boy!! At any rate, I now have a shiny gift-certificate to spend on more ingredients, which will definitely lead to more recipes .... so, prepare to be annoyed.

Zephyr's Favourite Chocolate Energy Bars

Chocolate Energy Bars for School

Fruity Superfood Energy Bars

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Superfood Energy Bars for School

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