Meditation on Forty-Three Ears of Corn

43 Ears Ears of Corn

I got a case (minus about 7 that other members ordered) of organic corn in our buying club produce order today. I was tired and uninspired to deal with it, but I jumped into action and spent an hour or so shucking and removing the corn from the husks and bagging it up for various uses through the week. The process was actually rather relaxing… it’s hard to be stressed when you’re focused on a task! After my corn-inspired meditation session, everyone was getting hungry for some dinner. So, today’s inspiration was a corn and kale salad for me and hubby, and corn/potato soup for the kids. Good. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Raw Chocolate Fix

Raw Chocolate Fix
I like to make a batch of truffles or “yum balls” every now and then and leave them in the freezer for an after dinner treat. They’re so easy to make, and though they’re definitely not “health food,” they are a healthier treat, containing only real foods and no crazy chemicals or fillers, like many vegan packaged treats. Sometimes I leave out the maple syrup, and just use mesquite powder, but then I’m the only one that likes them. Wait, maybe that’s a good thing! Anyway, yum!

Olivia’s Energy Shake

Olivia's Energy Shake
My daughter’s friend was over today and asked for a chocolate shake. Hopefully we didn’t send her home on a “cacao high.” But, it sure was tasty! This is how it evolved…

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp mesquite powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • water to consistency of a shake…

Gave it a whirl in the Vitamix…
(This served three)

Just Because It’s Vegan, Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy

In response to reading some articles as to the sustainability and cruelty-free status of palm oil, I, once again reflected on the challenges of creating a diet that is in balance with our needs and the needs of our collective creation. As a vegan, the intention is to reduce suffering, not to just be annoying to all our animal-eating family and friends (though, I’m sure some would argue otherwise). Yet, from the perspective of health, so many vegan products today contain tons of crappy fillers, refined oils and ingredients that are far from health-promoting on any level, or possibly not even cruelty-free, despite not containing animal derivatives. But, they are packaged in pretty wrappers and labeled as vegan, like that somehow makes them healthy and superior to other processed foods.

This is especially a challenge as parents, trying to give our kids lifelong, healthy, conscious-eating habits But, everywhere we turn, we are up against marketing giants, and it often seems that whole foods take a back seat when life gets busy, budgets get tight and community support is lacking.

I know there is no quick fix to feeding the world’s population in a sustainable, healthy way for everyone. But, being open to new information, making conscious purchasing decisions and avoiding buying products just for convenience sake, if we can go without or find a better alternative, at least shows we are trying to reduce suffering, whether it be our own (health), the animals, the workers that produce products, or the environment. And, to me, that’s the essence of what veganism is. It reminds me of one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes, “When you know better, you do better.” Words to live by… even though doing better might be difficult or inconvenient.