Raw on the road: PEI

Traveling raw can sometimes be a challenge. It’s easy to pack fruit, nuts and raw energy bars for a trip, but I often find that getting in as many servings of veggies as I like per day (usually 8-10) is more difficult. I especially miss my Vitamix while on the road — it just doesn’t feel right to go too many days without a green smoothie!

Eating high raw becomes a lot easier when I’m visiting my mom in PEI, where I grew up. For starters, she has a gigantic garden, which I raid with reckless abandon. Her garden is bigger than my entire community garden in Toronto! And because my mom’s also a vegan (we went vegetarian together when I was 12), the cupboards are usually well-stocked with vegan and raw staples. My mom’s also into fermented foods, and makes her own water kefir. She’s giving me some water kefir grains to take back to Toronto!

Mom's garden

Yesterday morning I was feeling low on leafy greens, so we went across the road to the neighbours’ place to grab some kale – they have a huge market garden. I loaded up on kale, spinach and beet greens. According to them, kale is finally taking off on PEI. They tried to sell it last year at farmer’s markets but no one was interested/knew what it was. But this year, kale is the new hottest thing – it’s popularity has exploded! I’m pleased that so many more people are catching on to its health benefits.

Sadly, my mom doesn’t have a Vitamix. She has an Osterizer from the 80s (seriously). I used spinach instead of kale in my blueberry-nectarine green smoothie since it makes for a less chunky smoothie if you’re Vitamix-deprived.

We went to the beach in the afternoon. If you’ve never been to PEI, the beautiful beaches, red cliffs and stunning sand dunes alone make the trip worthwhile.

For breakfast this morning, I concocted a chia pudding, with Sun Warrior (yes, I brought some with me), hemp protein, cinnamon and dates.

Today, I think more beach time is on the agenda before the wedding rehearsal tonight, and then tomorrow I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. So excited! I’ll be back next week with an update from a raw blogger fun day in Toronto on Monday, with Heather, Kelli, Marlie, Nelly, Lisa, and Kristin! I can’t wait to hang out with these ladies.

Before I go, I want you all to take a minute to vote for everyone’s favourite raw dessert chef Heather — she’s running in the Hot Raw Chef contest sponsored by the Living Light Institute. If you cast a vote, you’ll get a free raw recipe e-book with all the recipes demonstrated by the contestants in their entry videos. To cast your vote, go to http://www.hotrawchef.com/, fill out the entry form, and cast your ballot for Heather. You can also watch her entry video to see her recipe for a raw vegan summer berry tart, which I know I’ll be making some day soon. Help Heather stay in first place!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xo

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12 Comments to “Raw on the road: PEI”

  1. That’s awesome that your mom is vegan and so visiting must be such a great foodie experience (plus all the love of course:)
    I have wanted to visit Eastern Canada for a long time but have never made it there.
    It’s so stunning!!
    Love that you put your green smoothie in an Alexander Keith’s mug:)
    Have a lovely time at the wedding and enjoy your day with the lovely ladies on Monday!!

  2. How beautiful the beach picture is. And the garden.

    I had to make do with a low speed blender. I use spinach too and eat more kale salads to get my kale quota in.

    Enjoy the wedding!

  3. Wow! The beach is beautiful! Your mom’s garden is awesome too! I love the blender…even says ‘classic’ – perfect! I shouldn’t laugh. It’s a blender and it works right? But it’s hard to function w/o a Vitamix sometimes. We’re spoiled with those. Have a fun time at the wedding and with all the lovely ladies!

  4. Wow, what beautiful pictures and what a beautiful garden!! I want all that kale for myself! :) So cool that your mom is vegan. I have turned my mother in law vegan and she is even high raw now! :) Have a wonderful time! Can’t what to hear about the meet up, sooo jealous!

  5. So happy to hear you are enjoying your family, friends, and food:) Yay!

  6. Holy Guacamole, talk about a food forest! Fab garden, Mom!

    What an absolutely gorgeous environment to grow up in. The shot of the beach is breathtaking with the red cliffs and sand.

  7. You have such a cool mum! I’d love it if my mum was vegan. Whenever I visit the parents I always have to bring food with me :P x

  8. That’s so awesome that your mom’s a vegan and has such an amazing garden!!

    Funny – I just came home for my cousin’s wedding that I’m a bridesmaid in, toting my Sun Warrior and hemp protein. :)

    Have so much fun with those lovely ladies!!!!! Jealous!

  9. So nice that you mom has everything you need to make some yummy foods!! And the garden is amazing!! Yay for fermented drinks!! And so jealous you all bloggers get to hang out….we will be there in spirit!

  10. Hey doll!
    That garden looks brill! I hope to have my own veggie patch one day. I hope you have a great raw get together with the girls – I’m sure you’ll have a blast. I met up with my best friend at the weekend….she’s the only one I know who’s vegan so we spend many a happy time in the kitchen when we meet up :-) Great post and piccies….what does water kefir taste like?
    Hugs x x x

  11. Love PEI and can’t wait to be back next week with my blender. This garden looks amazing. I’m happy to hear that Kale is available :-)

  12. Hi, I live in PEI and I am looking for some water kefir culture and Kombucha. Would I be able to get in touch with your mom to see if I could have a few kefir grains?

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