This issue is dedicated to:
Eating Healthfully during Economic
We offer you tips that have helped our family to eat well and save money.
Dandelion Pesto Recipe by
Enhancing Your Cuisine With Wild
Growing Your Own Mini-Garden and
Improving Your Soil
Popular Question: Do I need a
Victoria is speaking at Harmony
Festival, June 6-8, 2008
Joy for Life, a Seven Day
Spiritual Retreat with Raw Family
Children Learn about Green
Smoothies at School
Recipe: Dandelion Pesto by
To find out how to
get fresh dandelions, you may watch Sergeis video here: Video
3:½ cup dandelion leaves and flowers
½ cup sunflower seeds
23 cloves garlic
¼ cup basil greens- fresh or dried
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt (optional)
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
Place all ingredients in blender and blend
thoroughly. Add more oil or lemon juice if necessary. Serve as you would regular pesto, for example, on crackers, bread,
or pasta. Decorate with dandelion flowers. Serves 3.
Enhancing Your Cuisine with Wild
Victoria: This is my favorite time of year! Every
morning I return from my hike with a heavy basket of succulent fresh greens. While a small bundle of organic kale could
cost two to three dollars or more, my basket of miners lettuce, dandelions, malva, clover, chickweed and others is
absolutely free. In addition, they taste many times better. I have been putting wild greens in my smoothies and salads
for several weeks now, and have become used to their rich flavor. Everything is relative; recently I made a smoothie with
organic kale, purchased in my favorite store, and was amazed at the vast difference between the taste of wild greens
compared to even the best organically grown greens. Wild leaves add a symphony of taste to any dish,enriching and
expanding the palette of healthful eating. I think the wonderful flavor of wild edibles comes from the abundance of
nutrients in them, due to the quality of the soil in the pristine forest or field in which they grow.
If we care which
nutrients we receive from plants, we absolutely cannot ignore the quality of nutrients plants receive from the soil
because we literally consume minerals from the soil through plants. The quality of the soil in which plants grow
has an immense influence on the health of the people and animals who eat plants. Wild nature is the only place where
soils are still undisturbed by civilization.
When picking wild
edibles, be sure not to pull up the roots, so you do not disturb the continuity of the plants life.
there are countless benefits associated with eating wild foods, there are also some risks. It is a good idea to first
learn how to positively identify the edible plants. I urge you to take caution when harvesting wild
foods.Eating wild edibles is fun, healthful, and safe when done properly. Please take the time to educate
yourself and your loved ones. If you are ever in doubt about whether a plant is edible or not, please, please
dont eat it!
To help you
identify the most common wild edibles, Sergei has placed several free videos under the name Stalking Wild Edibles on
Episode about Dandelions
Episode about Miners Lettuce
Episode about Wild Strawberries
Episode about Fools Onion
More are on the
The trails and hikes that I have
already been on this year have been absolutely awesome! There is such an abundance of wild
edibles in the woods that I will surely need help eating them! My extended hikes are filling up quickly. Thus far, I have
mostly women signed up! DID YOU HEAR THAT GUYS? GORGEOUS RAW FOOD EATING WOMEN!
I only have a few spots left in the first two hikes (the Upper Rogue River
trail) and about eight more spots on the last hike (Sky Lakes Wilderness). If you are interested in joining on one of
these adventures please visit my website www.harmonyhikes.com for
more information. Click on the extended hikes tab.
I have also been working hard to
produce as many FREE wild videos as possible for educational purposes. If you are unable to come on a hike with me, log
on to my website anyway and check out my videos. My videos are concise, to the point,and fun. You will learn about, the
plant, its health benefits, how to properly identify it, where it grows, and one delicious raw recipe utilizing your
harvested wild edible! Log on to www.harmonyhikes.com and click on
the wild edible tab.
Growing Your Own Mini-Garden and Improving Your
Does one need a large back yard to have a
garden? Look how much I grow in one corner of my deck!
I even grow some
food on a tiny windowsill in my office.
You may purchase a
plant start for a dollar or less at your local health food store or farmers market. Then you may bring it
home,place it on a plate for easy watering, and food will grow for you.
long time favorites to grow on a windowsill are: tomatoes, parsley, lettuce, spinach, basil, green onion, dill, mint, and
As you can see, we
use rather small size pots for our plants but our herbs and lettuces are abundant and healthy. The secret is to use the
best possible soil. The soil available at our markets is often expensive, yet not of high quality. We use our own compost
with an addition of rock dust and crushed sea vegetables mixed in the soil.
Recently I learned
another magical way of increasing the productivity of soil from a man named Steven. He stopped by my office to share
delicious green smoothie that he made out of apple leaves and young buds blended together with apples. He brought me an
extra branch to show and I took a picture of it:
family has been preparing smoothies with different fruit tree leaves, including young leaves of avocado and olive trees.
Wow! I am going to start exploring those too!
me about his successful experiments with soil that he has been conducting for many years. Please read about his discoveries
at his website:
Popular Question: Do I
Need a Vita-Mix?
I recently visited Russia, where
almost nobody can afford a Vita-Mix blender.However, a lot of people are drinking green
smoothies there,anyway. The main difference between smoothies made in a high speed blender or a regular blender
is in the quality of taste, and the efficiency of assimilation by the body. Vita-Mix, Blendtec or other high speed
blenders enable the health seeker to enjoy wonderfully whipped, delicious concoctions,which are quickly assimilated by
the body. On the other hand, those who use simple blenders have to put up with some chunks and pieces of unblended greens
and fruit skins. These green smoothies may be less smooth but still provide a great deal of greens in one's diet,
much more than if people didn't drink them at all.
We now offer high speed blenders through
our website. Click Here
In 1998, when my
family was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, we were growing sprouts in our backpacks as we were walking. Sprouts are the
most economical food there is, considering its cost and nutritional value.For example, two tablespoons of alfalfa sprouts
will grow into a gallon of greens, at the cost of around 30 cents.
In our family, we
prefer the simplest and the least expensive way of sprouting: in glass jars. All you need is a glass jar, a piece of mesh
fabric or cheesecloth, and the rubber band.
First we soak our
seeds in water, in the evening.
Day 1 -
In the morning, we pour the
water out and rinse the seeds once.
Then we place the
jar of seeds on a dish rack at a 45 degree angle. This way the excess water can continue to drain, while the air flows in
Victoria is speaking at Harmony
Festival, June 6-8, 2008
Joy for Life,
a Seven Day Spiritual Retreat with Raw Family
Join us for a week long retreat of enlightening
dialogues, spiritual growth workshops and green smoothies!
Click for more details and to
Children Learn about
Green Smoothies at School
Valya and Victoria
have been making green smoothies everyday for two weeks, for the local homeschooling group. There are eighteen children
from age 6 to 10 years old. By now, every child knows how dinosaur kale got its name, and what a cherimoya tastes like,
and which button to push on the Vita-Mix. We asked each child to come up with their own recipe, write it down, and draw a
picture of the ingredients. On the last day of their school,we will present each of them with a book called, "Our
Favorite Green Smoothie Recipes".