Posted by: Zoe V | July 25, 2013

Best Tasting Green Juice (kids-approved!)

Parents often tell me how difficult it is to instill healthy eating habits in their children. One of the top challenges is to get them to eat their vegetables. Some children would rather starve than eat their broccoli. Sad, sad…

As with any good habit, first you need to set it by example and second, start as early as possible. Forget the jarred baby food and overly-sugared juice beverages. Make them fresh green smoothies and green juices instead. This way kids will begin to develop taste for vegetables and associate it with positive feelings.

Denzin enjoying green juice in July 2010

My son Denzin was about 18 months old when we started giving him green juice. Actually, it was him who wanted to try it in the first place. He would see Mark and I drink our daily green juice in the morning and snatch the glass from our hands. Now at four years old, he makes his own green juice and likes to pack it for daycare every day. I would never forget when his teachers first asked what was that green “thing” I was making for him. :-)

The recipe I’m sharing has been carefully developed over time. It’s the most requested formula by my clients who order juices from me too. Mild, pleasant and lightly sweeten, this green juice would change your perspective on how you and your family consume your veggies.

Best Tasting Green Juice

Yields 4 x 8 oz. servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 Bunch Kale (Regular of Lacinto)
  • 1/2 Bunch Swiss Chard/Collard Greens/Spinach
  • 1/2 Bunch Celery
  • 1 Fuji Apple
  • 1 Lemon
  • A few sprigs of Mint

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Soak and wash all the produce with fruits/veggie wash (preferably) to remove any traces of dirt, pesticides, preservatives or waxes. Chop up celery and apple. Peel and chop up lemon as well. Put through juicer in alternating patters – follow greens with a piece of apple or celery to facilitate easier processing. Strain juice through a mesh strainer to remove leftover pulp. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

 

It’s always best to use organic produce in season. But if not available or if too expensive, it’s perfectly fine to use regular produce. Just make sure to soak and wash carefully so there are no traces of harmful chemicals that can end up in your juice.

Also, due to green juices’ energizing and detoxifying properties, the best time to consume is first thing in the morning or in the mid afternoon, a few hours following a meal. DO NOT consume along with solid food as it will greatly slow down the absorption of nutrients.

Enjoy and I would love to hear your feedback when you try it. :-)

 

Cheers!

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Posted by: Zoe V | July 20, 2013

My Raw Food Journey ~ 3 Years Later

Hello Everyone!!!

It’s been a long break from blogging and I’m anxious to get back and start sharing with you again. I figured what better way to do it than to post an update on my raw food journey. With over 900,000 views and counting (!!!), my original video posted in July 2010 has generated a tremendous interest.

 

 

So many people commented saying how much they were inspired by my personal transformation. Sure, the intention was to share and motivate others to change, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the magnitude it would reach. Words cannot express how grateful I feel to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in others lives. I’m truly blessed! :-)

And now I want to share my latest video so that you can see how I look today, three years after undertaking the raw food diet path. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share your comments below.

 

 

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Posted by: Zoe V | February 20, 2013

Coming Soon to TV Near You

I can’t believe March is around the corner. Time really flies since the year began. And I realize that I have not posted new blogs for a while. Let’s change this and give you some highlights of what has been going on in my life lately.

First things first – RAWbundant. Since we vacated our rental kitchen last October, many people have emailed and asked me what is going on with my raw vegan product line. It turns out we are greatly missed by loyal fans of our snacks. Unfortunately, we are not yet back in production but I can assure you, I have one and only resolution for 2013 – to raise capital and get RAWbundant back into stores.

After we launched RAWbundant in select natural food stores in Manhattan and NJ in early 2012, the demand escalated rapidly. Things were no longer as simple as renting a space and working around the clock to fulfill orders.  While we hired more employees, it became apparent that we need a larger, independent facility that can accommodate the growth of our company.

It’s truly a blessing to see RAWbundant get to this level. Who would have thought that my home creations would become so popular on the natural foods market?!  Believe me, I am deeply grateful. Haven’t been for all the positive feedback from our customers and fans, I don’t think I would have been able to sustain the tough times that we went through on our journey. It’s because of you, folks, that my fight continues to bring us back on the shelves.

While we are in transition, there are a couple of other exciting projects going on. TV host and a huge fan of our products, Ereka Vetrini, invited me to be a guest on her upcoming TV show Naturally Beautiful. You may know Ereka from the first season of The Apprentice. She and I filmed the segment last Wednesday, discussing the raw food diet while featuring RAWbundant products. We even made my famous Chocolate Mousse dessert.

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Ereka and I on the set of Naturally Beautiful.

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Showing how to make my Magnificent Chocolate Mousse

The show Naturally Beautiful will air in April 2013 on Veria, a channel dedicated to holistic living. Check your local listings to see if it airs in your area. I will definitely post more specific updates as time gets closer.

The other interesting project I have been working on is a Gluten-free Flour Blend. I was inspired to create it after too many failed attempts with gluten-free baking mixes on the market. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen pictures of the successful experiments I’ve had using my new mix. I don’t want to give out too many details yet but know this, it will revolutionize the way you bake. It’s really that good!

On a more personal note, lately I have been obsessed with makeup. Not just any makeup but eco-friendly, chemical-free, cruelty-free, and preferably vegan-friendly makeup. I have been experimenting with products from Tarte, Hourglass, Lorac, Boscia, Ole Henriksen. Who knows, I may dabble in making video reviews/tutorials on natural makeup in the future. :-)

That’s about it for now. Thank you for taking the time to read and follow me on here, Facebook , Twitter and my YouTube channel. I really appreciate it. Till soon…

 

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families. Mine was beyond amazing. Mind-blowing fantastic! All day Thursday I cooked a variety of delicious vegan meals made from scratch. There was Sangria, grains meatloaf, side dishes and my gluten-free desserts that featured cupcakes and a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Everything was so delicious. My mom, sister and nephew came over and we had a blast!

For years, I condemned Black Friday and refused to participate in this troubling pattern of rampant consumerism. For all I cared, that was the day I avoided shopping at all costs. I mean, who enjoys shopping at night, waiting in long lines to get to the store, fighting with crazy shoppers or learning your item sold out right before you got there? No, thank you!

This Thanksgiving, my perception changed forever. I’ve been eyeing the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Mixer for a while but the steep $450 price tag was too high. When I saw it at my local Kohl’s store last week, I knew the timing was perfect to get it on Black Friday so I can save as much as possible. For the first time in my life, the reasons that kept me away on Black Friday did not matter. All I wanted was that mixer.

As soon as the clock hit midnight, mom and I drove off eagerly to get my coveted item. Madness and frenzy are understatements as to what we saw when we arrived at the store. But nothing bothered me as I snatched my mixer and a few items and waited patiently for 30 minutes to check out. Before you dismiss me as crazy, wait to hear the final price I paid. Are you ready???

THIS “BABY” COST ME NOTHING! Yes, you heard that right! $0 BUCKS!!!

My brand new KitchenAid mixer looks absolutely gorgeous on my countertop. The color is Pearl Metallic. Hard to believe it cost me nothing to buy it.

As we left, mom and I laughed talking about how one day when I am old and celebrate another Thanksgiving with my children and future grandchildren, I will have an extraordinary story to share about how grandma got that KitchenAid mixer many years ago.
If you want to know how this all happened, watch my video below. This was not some miracle, luck or coincidence. Everyone can receive the same savings as I did on Black Friday. Make sure to share it with all of your family, friends and relatives so more people can enjoy great savings especially on those coveted high price ticket items.
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Posted by: Zoe V | October 31, 2012

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

It’s the second day without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Mark and I had no choice but to leave our cold, dark home and look for a cozy warm place that offers WiFi so we can get back in touch with the world. Thankfully, we found The Coffee Beanery in Garwood, NJ. Sipping hot tea I wanted to share some reflections from the last few days.

Blogging from the cozy Coffee Beanery in Garwood, NJ

Mark conducting a video call with coworkers. Nothing can stop us from being productive!

Although it’s hurricane season, it’s highly unusual for hurricanes to make it all the way up north to Maine. Except for Hurricane Irene last fall and Hurricane Sandy on Monday, we rarely see natural disasters of the magnitude the South and Midwest see each hurricane season. We, North-easterners, have that invincible attitude that we live in a disaster-proof region. Or so we thought.

According to NASA, Hurricane Sandy covered 1.8 million square miles, from the Mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley, into Canada and New England.

Hurricane Sandy proved to be the kind of a natural disaster that nobody could have done enough to prepare themselves. The hardest hit areas, South Jersey and Lower Manhattan, were demolished beyond recognition. Shore houses were washed away, boardwalks were ripped off, homes were flooded. In Downtown Manhattan, both Hudson and East Rivers, spilled over to completely saturate streets, subway stations and pass-through tunnels.

The most fascinating thing about Hurricane Sandy was the way it brought destruction. It was not rain that caused floods. It was a monstrous tide surge and crushing wind speeds. For South Jersey and Lower Manhattan the tide was the equivalent of the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. The physical damage is as big if not larger than in Japan. We have yet to learn of the actual dollar number but it’s safe to say it will be in the tens of billions of dollars.

NYC Subway station flooded from Hurricane Sandy

Water rushing into Ground Zero site

Lower Manhattan below 35th Street went completely dark due to a reactor explosion caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York

NJ Shore homes completely washed away post Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy demolished NJ Shore amusement park

A giant tree fell on top of a home in NJ

This tree completely crushed a car near our home

Huge lines for gas at the few still open gas stations on Rt. 22 near Union, NJ.

The “positive” news, however, is the low number of fatalities Hurricane Sandy left behind – 59 as of today. Much credit goes to the Authorities that ordered evacuation of the shore fronts and closed all subway stations and tunnels in NYC. Had it not been for the clear and persistent efforts to keep people safe, the death toll from Sandy would have been devastating.

There is another thing to be grateful for post Sandy – the unity of human beings. With less than a week left to Election Day, people seized to focus on political differences, and instead joined hands to work together to help those who were hit the hardest on Monday. I wish that was the dominant attitude in Washington, not something that only happens after terrorism attacks and natural disasters.

NJ Governor Chris Christie and welcoming President Obama prior to their tour of devastated Atlantic City, NJ

As for my family, we are fortunate to be okay without any major damage or loss. Where we live, Linden, NJ, the worst is the power outage which has no end in sight. PSE&G reports it may take up to Monday to restore power to all homes in that lost electricity in NJ. In addition, we don’t have hot water, heat or Internet service. Cell phone service is sporadic and unreliable.

In moments like this, you begin to recognize the joys of simple pleasures such as being able to turn the switch on, taking a hot shower, having a roof above your head or enjoying a warm meal. On any given day we take those seemingly ordinary events for granted until they are taken away and we realize how essential they are for our survival.

Hurricane Sandy will surely be one of those events that I will remember for a lifetime. But rather than focusing on what was lost, I choose to remember what I am blessed with – a healthy and thriving family, sound home, sufficient money in the bank account, enough gas in the car, and a hot meal that mom prepared for us tonight. All else can be fixed.

Please take some time to reflect on your blessings and say a prayer for those who lost life and/or property during Hurricane Sandy. Better yet, if you can, help somehow whether by donating money or physical help to someone in need. May God bless us all.

Peace.

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