Upaya Naturals Giveaway!!!!!!!! It’s contest time :)

Hello friends!!  This week starts the first of many exciting giveaways over here on our blog.  We have the very best customers around and so as a token of our appreciation we would like to thank you all by launching our first giveaway!! And yes there will be more to come as well so be sure to spread the word to your health conscious friends too!!

Before we jump right into the giveaway wouldn’t you like to hear a bit about what it is that we are giving away?  Of course you would, so here goes!
This is one of our very favourite kitchen tools and has really helped us to stay creative in the kitchen and enjoy our raw, vegan lifestyles to the max 🙂  It also happens to be one of our most popular items so we figured you might just love it too!
Would you be interested in a salad that is full of colour and texture?  Maybe a raw zucchini pasta? How about fast and easy fillings for your wraps?  These are only a few of the amazing meals that we love to use our Vegetable Spiral Slicer for.  Oh our mouths are watering over here just thinking about it, must be getting close to lunch time 🙂  The Spiral Vegetable Slicer cuts veggies and fruits into curly, ribbon like slices.  It is simple to use and can prepare gourmet foods with a few quick turns of the wheel.  Healthy foods like vegetables noodles, apple rings etc are all at your finger tips.  How could we not love this tool.  We really hope that you will too and we would love to be able to help get you one.
This contest is easy, simply leave us a comment below telling us what the first thing is that you would use your Slicer for.  Will it be a salad? a pasta? Okay, what kind exactly?  We’re looking for details folks.  All entries will then be placed in the draw at the end of September ( so you have a month to enter) and a winner will be drawn at random.  We will contact the winner via email and ship your wonderful prize out in early October to be enjoyed!  So what are you waiting for,  this awesome slicer can be yours!  Best of luck to all and thanks again for your loyalties 🙂Image

Raw Veggie Falafels :)

Good Day friends!! This months recipe was inspired by a question we have gotten from both our wonderful customers as well as some friends who are new to juicing. Juicing of course comes with great benefit but along with juicing tends to come a lot of extra veggies/fruit that don’t get consumed from juicing alone. That of course being the juice pulp,the left over vegetables that remain once the juice is extracted. Like us many people have a hard time throwing out that much food after preparing the lovely juices. So we thought we would share one of the recipes that we came up with that uses some of that “veggie pulp”.

At first we just called these “Veggies Balls” but it didn’t have the best ring to it so we have now named them Veggie Falafels!! Not exactly like the standard falafel but a healthy variation that we have shared with out vegan and non vegan friends and met with success!! This recipe uses the left over pulp of carrots, celery, parsley and spinach. Its a juice we do frequently so it just made sense. For those out there that need a fruit source in their juice just place a different bowl under the juicer when juicing the fruit as to keep the veggie pulp separate for this recipe.

Raw Veggie Falafels

2 cups of carrot pulp
1cup total of celery, parsley and spinach pulp ( we use 3 stalks of celery and a handful each of the greens in the juicer)
1/2 cup of milled chia seed
2 Tbsp of ground flax seed
2 Tbsp of hemp oil ( olive oil is fine too we just like the added flavour of the hemp)
1 garlic clove minced
1/4-1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro
1 /4 cup of onion finely chopped
1/4 cup of sesame seeds

Simply mix all ingredients together by hand, we also like to roll our falafel balls in a bit more sesame seeds once they are rolled just for looks 🙂
Have the balls about 2 to 3 inches thick, kind of a 3 bite size 🙂 and then flatten slightly before placing on your dehydrator tray. At 110* dehydrate for 3 hours on one side and flip for another 2-3 hours on the other.

We serve our falafels with a garlic hummus.

Raw Garlic Zucchini Hummus

2 cups of Zucchini, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup of soaked and rinsed cashews
Fresh juice of one lemon ( or more to taste)
3 garlic cloves
3 Tbsp of your oil of choice, we sometimes use sesame oil 
2 Tbsp of raw tahini
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all ingredients together and serve along side your Falafels 

We enjoy these as an appetizer but they are also nice if you place 2 or 3 balls inside a leaf of kale or collard greens with the Hummus and fresh avocado and tomato slices.

Hope this helps you waste less and enjoy an easy to make Raw appetizer 🙂Image

Got Nut Mylk?????

 

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 A staple “item” for many people on a typical western diet seems to be milk. Be it cows or goats. Whether in a bowl of cereal, added to milkshakes and smoothies or simply a nice cold glass on it’s own. We too have had a lot of customers telling us that they dread the thought of giving up their “quick and easy ” breakfast option of a bowl of cereal with milk before leaving the house for work in a rush every morning. Knowing that breakfast is so important having a fast option is always ideal. So what do our raw/vegan friends do then? After all, they must have busy days and find themselves looking for a quick bowl of milk and cereal too right? Well of course they do!! 
Enter Raw Nut Mylk!! Really it works the same way as dairy milkas far as what it can be enjoyed with, and a bowl of cereal ( or in the raw world, a nice bowl of granola) is always perfect. Oh and for those of you who don’t already make your own Nut Mylk let us tell you it is indeed easy to make. The other great thing is that the flavours are almost endless. Most nuts and seeds make great tasting Mylks and can also be combined with each other. Nut Mylks are also very nutritious, the various varieties providing protein, selenium, vitamins B, E, C, D and lots more. Hemp Mylk is particularly nice in a smoothie post workout for a great boost of amino acids and omegas.

How about a simple recipe to get you started on your way? All Nut Mylks keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days. We also like to put some in ice cube trays in the freezer so that we always have some on hand and the iced Mylk is nice when put in smoothies 🙂

General rule is approx. 1 cup of nuts to 4 cups of water.
Nuts are best soaked for at least 2 hours ( nuts contain enzyme inhibitors and once soaked the nuts are much easier to digest and absorb, so we always recommend at least a quick soak and rinse)

HEMP, ALMOND, BRAZIL NUT MYLK ( this recipe is packed with Protein, Vitamin E, Selenium, Calcium, Folate and more)

1 cup total of soaked and rinsed Brazil nuts and Almonds
1/4 cup of hemp seeds
2-3 dates, if not soft you may want to soak for 20 mins or so. ( if you don’t have dates on hand you can use raisins or another quality sweetener)
1/4 TSP of vanilla powder
4 cups of fresh water

Simply blend together, strain with a Nut Mylk bag and enjoy. http://www.upayanaturals.com/Nut_Milk_Sprout_Bag_Mesh_p/pur-001.htm 

 
This mylk can be warmed up as well and is nice with a little turmeric powder, ginger and cinnamon and taken before bed.

Do you have a favourite type of Nut Mylk? How do you enjoy your Mylk? Smoothies? with Raw Granola?

Cosmic Nutrition: A Look into Breatharianism

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So we commonly hear about such diet lifestyles as carnivore, vegetarian, raw foodist, vegan and of course a good few more, but how often do we hear the term “Breatharian”??
We don’t know about you folks but for us its just not a common term around here. So that being said we thought we look into a little, after all you can’t really have an opinion of something if you don’t exactly know what the heck you’re talking about right 🙂

A Breatharian is a person who is fully nourished by pure energy and therefore does not eat or drink anything. Wow!! Some sources say that as a breatharian they live as light.
It seems a similar word, Inedia ( Latin for fasting) was first used to describe a fasting-based lifestyle with Catholic tradition, where certain saints were said to be able to survive for extended periods of time without food or drink other than the Eucharist.
Nowadays the term Breatharian is used, in which believers claim that food and even possibly water are not necessary and that humans can survive and thrive solely by the energy of the sunlight. Breatharians refer to this practice as a lifestyle and not a diet.
Gosh it sure makes you wonder how this can be doable in the winter/rainy grey months when sunlight is just not available to us if the basis of survival is actually sunlight! Interesting indeed 🙂
When you look at this lifestyle from a nutritional stand point ( which many of you tend to!)  do you think it indicates that extremely long, extensive periods of fasting (we’re talking more than a couple of months) can lead to starvation and dehydration (which of course aren’t recommended) ? Though rare,we found cases of starvation related deaths from this lifestyle that are documented. However it  seems some people out there are also thriving in this way of life as well.   One of these very individuals would be Wiley Brooks, he is the founder of the Breatharian Institute of America and has been a Breatharian for some 30 years.  He is now 74 years old and claims that if you live under the proper conditions a person can live with or without eating physical food.  He gives seminars and teaches his philosophy and was actually featured on national television in 1981 on the show ” Thats Incredible” demonstrating his strength buy lifting 1100 pounds of weight, nearly 10 times his own body weight.  Indeed that does sound pretty incredible.

Some of our customers just love their superfoods way way too much to ever imagine giving them up!! Maybe the breatharians haven’t heard them go on and on about how awesome some of these foods truly are or how they could possibly choose to go without 🙂  🙂 .” Life without Cacao, Spirulina, Hemp, Coconuts, Goji Berries, Avocado etc, No Way!!!!!!!!” Well not for a lot of you out there anyway but more power to them , all the more delicious raw, vegan options for those who thrive on them! Haha 🙂
ImageWhat about you guys, is this something you could ever practice? What foods would be the hardest for you to say a final goodbye to?