Ravishing Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs You Can’t Resist!

- Stacey Terry


Ravishing Raw Chocolate Eggs You Can’t Resist!

- by Marie-Claire Hermans of Ravishing Raw

I wish I had known about raw food when my kids were little. Both were very allergic to dairy and it was the era before any alternative was available but the first boxes of soy milk. Every Easter I wondered how I could give them the time of their life in the garden, looking for chocolate eggs without becoming sick after eating them. Read more »

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Creating Memories Around Healthy Food


Food And Memories

One of my favorite memories as a very young girl, is visiting my grandparents and sitting at the bar in the kitchen next to ‘Pepaw,’ reading the newspaper with him (i.e. looking at the pictures and reading the titles) and drinking ‘coffee milk,’ (milk with a tiny splash of coffee). I started very young with this little addiction! I felt so grown up, sitting there early in the morning reading very grown up news and drinking a ‘for-grown-ups-only’ drink.

Coffee has another very strong memory association for me, in a way that makes me feel very close to my mother. I used to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and sit with her in the bathroom while she got ready for work. I would get her coffee (with lots of milk and sugar…just the way I like it now!) and pretend to put on make-up and curl my hair.

It is easy to picture different times in life when you think of a certain food, meal, smell, or song, event, etc… Sometimes a memory can feel very real, as if you are actually there reliving it.

That is how coffee became a comfort food for me. It wasn’t my past habit of drinking a pot of coffee while pulling in an all-nighter study session in college. I let go of the caffeine habit long ago. It was the memory of what coffee means to me, that kept me coming back for more.

Decaf coffee was my new thing (yeah…I know it still has some caffeine…). I wasn’t drinking it in the morning for a pick-me-up. I was drinking it in the afternoon for my special quiet time during nap/homework hour. It was hot, sweet, and the perfect calming, soothing, special drink.

Food is a social and emotional thing. No matter how we try to make it a purely physical, nutritional experience, it still holds other, much greater powers over many of us. This does not mean that enjoying it is a negative experience, but simply that trying to avoid emotional ties to food is almost impossible. The little traditions that revolve around our food can create very strong bonds to certain foods by memory association. Being too restrictive about food can create emotional bingeing on ‘no-no’ items.

Eventually, I successfully gave up the coffee habit for good. I gave away my machine and tossed everything that went with it. It feels great now, but it was a long, hard struggle.

Creating “Healthy Food” Memories

I want to create positive emotions and memorieskidwithfruit198x267 around healthy food choices for my children. I want them to remember great things about the way we eat and not dwell on the fact that they can’t have all the other stuff that they used to get and that everyone else still does.

For my son with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and ADHD, (problems on the autism spectrum), this diet is not a choice that we want for him simply because it is healthier. It has become a saving grace for us. There is no room for special treats, one time cheats, or eating the junk that the nice neighbors/relatives give the kids.

Literally, one time to eat ‘something special’ (meaning the non-raw foods that we avoid) will send him off on a minimum of 3 days, if not a week, of the old symptoms we used to see in him. That is not acceptable for us or him. He knows the difference. He feels the difference. He doesn’t want to eat it…most of the time. So, how do I set up a positive attitude toward food restriction?

  • First, educate! The more the kids know about the effects poor food choices have on their bodies, the stronger their desire is to not choose it.
  • Second, make it fun! Get them in on the process of preparing food. Present it in a fun way. Make it look good, in a kid-kind of way!
  • Last, but most importantly, make great memories by setting up new traditions and special things surrounding healthy foods. For instance, when I go grocery shopping with the kids, I let them choose a new fruit or vegetable to try. They can read about what it is, how you eat it, where it came from, and what it has inside that does a body good! That’s lots of good learning to go along with trying and experiencing new foods.

Since my son has sensory issues that make him a very picky eater, this has been a great way to get him to try more types of food and go beyond what he thinks he likes. When he chooses it, he is excited about trying something new. Now, he might not like it, but he is at least trying. He has even started trying things a second or third time around, realizing that he has learned to like other foods that he didn’t before.

Start A New Tradition – Or Try A Competition!

Another little tradition we have started is looking for a new raw dessert recipe to make. The kids get to think of an old non-raw favorite and we think of ways to “rawify” it, or we look online and see if someone else already has. We do it all together of course, and sometimes the end product is a great success, and sometimes not. The fun part was doing it together and trying something new.

We also have a ‘Make Your Own Smoothie’ night, where everyone gets to choose what their ingredients, and they get to do the blending, too! We have come up with some interesting combos that I never would have tried without their imagination!

We have competitions to see who wins the gold medal for finishing their carrot juice. That one started during the last summer Olympics when we were introducing the juice to them for the first time. The game that started as a way to get them to drink it is now a tradition to our almost daily carrot juice, after we get past the fight over who gets to make it!

The kids have also started some new things all on their own that have taken root. Thanks to Daddy’s one-time joke, every time we drive by a McDonald’s, they all start chanting, “Yuck-Donald’s, Yuck-Donald’s” and giggle about how they will NEVER eat there again!

momandkids325x215Of course, special memories can and should be made revolving around many things, not just food. There is the ‘first snow’ snowman building and snowball fight that we have every year. Or the planting of the garden with each child getting their own section and choosing what to plant and doing it on their own. (Ok, so that one does relate to healthy food!)

Since this is Easter weekend, we will be eating ‘Bunny Food’ (carrots, greens, and other bunny favorites), and making raw brownies in easter egg shapes in a pre-formed pan. The baskets full of ‘junk’ that the kids bring home from the elderly neighbor’s yearly invitation to hunting eggs and candy in her yard will be eagerly traded in for acceptable treats or money.

Here is my last thought to you on making healthy food fun and memorable: We offer these trades to make it easier for the kids to give up the stuff that they can no longer eat. Most often, my son trades for the money as he has learned its value and is saving up for a great toy. (His thoughts… “I only get to taste the junk food once, but I can play with a toy forever!”)

What fun, healthy memories will you be adding to your list this year?  Please share in the comments section!



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Ever Wondered About How To Detox Chemicals From The Body? This Unique Medical Practice Does It Every Day!


Ever Wondered How To Detox  Chemicals From The Body?  This Unique Medical Practice Does It Every Day!

By Donna Kasuska

What if I told you about a doctor’s office that is not visited by pharmaceutical sales reps?  Or one where patients are invited to visit for the purpose of doing research about their own health?  Or what if I told you that you could attend health seminars at this office and detoxify your body in the sauna and exercise rooms at this office?  Would you think I was dreaming?  Well, in a way you would be right.   Read more »

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Raw Recipe: Fruit And Nut Chocolate Treats In Time For Easter!

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Treats In Time For Easter!

by Joanne Newell


I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate. There’s just something about it, isn’t there? Unfortunately, most conventional chocolates are chock-full of sugar, milk compounds and emulsifiers – do yourself a huge favour this Easter by making these sweet chocolatey treats from natural, health-giving ingredients. They’re still an indulgence, but I guarantee you’ll feel better!


  •  1 cup coconut oil (or cacao butter)
  •  40–50g raw cacao powder
  •  1 1/2–2 T dark agave nectar
  •  1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  •  1/4 cup cashews, finely chopped


Place the coconut oil in a medium-sized bowl. If it’s cold at your house and the oil has turned hard in the jar (becoming coconut butter), place the jar in a pitcher full of hot water. If this fails to melt the oil, scoop out spoonsful of the coconut butter and melt it gently and slowly in a saucepan over low heat. It should definitely be liquid, without lumps.

Add the cacao powder, agave nectar and vanilla extract to the coconut oil, whisking until combined.

Add the sultanas and finely chopped cashews to the mix, whisking well.

Use a teaspoon to gather up a good distribution of the chocolate-coconut liquid, fruit and nuts,
and tip carefully into mini half-egg molds.

Chill for at least 3 hours in the fridge, or for at least 1 1/2 hours in the freezer. Carefully tip the egg
halves out of their moulds, and serve while chilled.

If you wish to make whole eggs, you can place the back of the eggs on a very hot plate to melt the chocolate a little, and then press two halves together to form one egg. However, half-eggs are just the right size to pop easily into your mouth…

Bonus tip: for extra juicy sultanas, soak them in water (or orange juice – yum!) for at least an hour before adding to the mix. Make sure you drain the sultanas well.

 This recipe makes about 30 half eggs


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Looking For A Way Out Of Clutter? Vanessa Stewart, Our Very Own Clutter Buster, Can Help!


Looking For A Way Out Of Clutter?  Vanessa Stewart, Our Very Own Clutter Buster, Can Help!

Interview by Donna Kasuska


Piles of paper, shoes on the floor in the mudroom, narrow pathways in the basement, that six-foot radius around your teenager’s laundry hamper, or knickknacks peeking through a layer of dust.  These and other disturbing mental images come to mind at the mere mention of the word clutter.  Yet some symptoms of clutter are much more subtle.  In fact it’s entirely possible that our clutter problems are all in our heads.

Since we’ve been focusing mostly on toxicity and all those invisible hazards, you may be wondering why we would switch to the more obvious topic of clutter, after all our clutter is right there in front of us, clearly visible to everyone.  It reminds us every day that we should do something about it, and quite frankly we don’t like to be reminded. Read more »

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