Dharma Momma

I’m a Buddhist and a Mother. This is what I do.

November 1, 2008

Filed under: health,recipe — mandora @ 6:26 pm

In the last year, I’ve made so many changes to make my body healthier, that I began to wonder just HOW healthy I could be.  In typical ‘me’ fashion, I decided if I’m going to get healthy, I’m going to get HEALTHIEST.   So, I started researching different nutritional plans, and found myself coming back, again and again, to the raw foods diet.  It’s not a ‘diet’ per say, so much as it’s a way of approaching your food.  And between my pregnancies I ate a diet of about half raw food and half just unprocessed food.  Specifically, I still cooked some veggies, and I ate tofu, etc., but about half of my diet was just plain ol’ unprocessed, straight from the earth goodness.  No sugar, no flour, no dairy or meat, and no preservatives or chemicals.

When I got pregnant, both my necessary food intake went up and my energy to prepare food went down, making it harder and harder to live on a diet like this and still make sure that I was getting everything my son needed.  Once he’s born I plan to go back to the same sort of diet, as it’s the healthiest I’ve ever felt in my life.  Right now though, I’m eating some meat and processed foods, simply for convenience sake.  In an effort to incorporate more of these sorts of things into my diet, even as my ability to stand and cook has decreased dramatically, I asked for (and received) a really great food processor for my birthday this year.  I figured if I had a super fancy piece of gadgetry, I’d HAVE to make all kinds of good for me foods!

And, today, for the first time since I got it a month ago (really inspiring me, huh?) I made a raw dessert to bring to a bbq at a friends place tonight.  Ironically, the bbq is being held to celebrate the success of this years moose hunting season, so my vegan, raw dessert and signature spinach salad may be lost on this crowd, but ah well.

I chose to make a recipe that I’ve been eyeing up from over at the sunny raw kitchen for quite some time.  Carmella makes raw food look so GREAT that you’d be a fool not to try her stuff!

So, what do you all think?  Would YOU eat this? Here’s what my version ended up looking like.  No where near as amazing as hers, but still super yummy, don’t ya think?


Recipe of the Week #1 September 24, 2008

Filed under: health,recipe — mandora @ 7:52 pm

I need to make this blog cooler and more full of ‘stuff’… my other blog was cool and full of stuff but it just wasn’t what I ‘wanted’ in a blog.  It wasn’t fulfilling me.  I LURVE the layout and design of this one so much… I’m excited to post everytime I come here because I love the cool little rounded boxes that each and every post is encapsulated in.  Problem is, I can’t get any of my usual ‘extras’ to work because wordpress is the devil.

On that note, I’m going to start something new.  Recipes!  Anyone who knows me knows how important healthy awesome food is in my life.  It’s sort of a passion – to create really good for me food that tastes like it ISN’T good for me.  And if I can do that with organic, wholesome, local foods, all the better.  I try to eat vegan whenever I can, and since the rest of my family (with the exception of my daughter) are all dedicated and proud carnivores, it can be a challenge finding vegan friendly items that they’ll also eat.  I’ve totally done it with THIS recipe though.  I originally was trying to find things that would be high in protein and other good things for pregnant ladies.  But aside from being super high in protein and omega-3, these bars are DELICIOUS.  I substituted agave nectar for the rice syrup, so I halved the amount, and it turned out great.  I urge you, even if you aren’t a vegan, TRY THIS recipe.  It’s not like, crazy and full of tofu or lentils…you wouldn’t even KNOW they’re good for you.  😉

Omega Bars

Full of brain food Omega 3.


  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or 1/2 cup more peanut butter + 3/4 cup chopped almonds)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (flaxseed meal)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 cups brown rice crispies


Heat syrup, canola oil, and nut butters over medium heat until soft and smooth. Stir in nuts, seeds, and rice cereal. Press into a prepared 9 x 9 pan.

Cut into 16 pieces and chill.

These bars have 1.8 grams of Omega 3 per serving and 7.8 grams of protein. Can cut into 8 pieces and have over 3 grams per serving!