Raw Food & Yoga FAQs


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How’s it going for you today?  What’s shakin’ this weekend?  Fill me in on what you’ve got planned.   For me, Saturday morning is going to be filled with teaching yoga and then afterward chilling with Scott and Skylar.  Sadly, he’s got a biz trip and is leaving Sunday so I will be flying solo, just me and a 2 year old til late Tuesday night.  Three days doesn’t sound that long…til you’re alone with a 2 year old.  I know the moms who read this know exactly what I mean.

Thanks everyone for the props on the Raw Vegan Apple Crumble from yesterday!  I’ve had rave reviews from people who’s made it in the past and can’t wait to see who else tries the appley goodness!

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

And I totally appreciated your kind words about my home redecorating and your commute-time passing ideas.

Night stand with white lamp turned on

Recently I did a guest post on Janetha’s Blog.  I am not sure if you saw it and so I wanted to re-post it here on my own blog.

I get alot of questions about why I went vegan and high raw.  Hopefully this will shed some light on things for you and answer some of the most common questions I get.  By the way, if you want a response to questions you ask me in the comments field, my dear bloggies, you must leave an email address for me to reply to.  Blogger hides your email address from me 99% of the time so I can’t reply to you directly.  Not saying that I can respond to every single question I get, but leaving an email addy will help your cause greatly.

Without further ado, here’s the Guest Post

Hi Meals & Moves Readers!  When Janetha asked me to do a guest post on her lovely blog, I was flattered, but also had no idea what would be interesting or informative for you to read.  Since Janetha left things wide open, I thought I would do a little Q & A session about things I am frequently asked about my approach to diet, health, and exercise.

Some of you may know me or read my blog already.  I am Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga.  I am a high raw, all vegan, yogi who adores making raw foods, especially raw desserts, while taking care of my husband, Scott, and my almost 3 year old daughter, Skylar.  The following are common questions I am asked about my life and my approach.

Woman and young girl dressed in fairy princess costume sitting on bench

Why are you raw?
In order to answer this question, I need to give you a little of my history.  After a life of suspected food allergies, when I was in my mid 20s I realized that the GI disturbances, aching joints, headaches, bloating, moodiness, fatigue and sense of overall imbalance I had were not normal.  After consulting with a naturopath, acupuncturist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, and massive amounts of trial and error old-school detective work by doing food eliminations & trialing the suspected food allergens back into my diet, I realized that I am allergic to or intolerant to many foods.  

My body cannot handle gluten (wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, etc.), dairy (cow, sheep, goat), or soy.  Once I eliminated these foods from my diet, my health and wellness improved dramatically!!  I saw the biggest benefit by eliminating gluten grains & products but was still feeling a little “off” and that’s when the dairy & soy elimination took place.

So that still brings us to the question of why raw?  
Well, after I eliminated gluten, dairy, & soy, I feel that raw chose me, I did not choose it.  Meaning, for me, it’s just easier and simpler to eat raw foods, less minimally processed foods and in as close to their natural state as possible…

…such as Aparagus, tomatoes, greens, carrots, red & yellow peppers, cukes, dressed with OJ, agave, and cracky blacky.
Greens salad with mixed vegetables in homemade dressing

Do you ever eat cooked foods?
Yes, of course!  I am not a raw purist, nor do I aspire to be.  I like baked squashes, roasted root veggies, I like my veggie soups warm, and I drink coffee.  I go with the spirit of respecting what my body is asking for, and if it’s asking for warm or cooked food, then I cook it.  Not rocket science.  I just go with the flow.  Check out My Squash Fries

Homemade Squash fries up close

Or My Sweet Potato or Curly Fries

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries in foil line pan
Curly Sweet Potato Fries in foil lined pan

Why are you a Vegan?
Most of my life, since childhood, I have been a vegetarian, or a pescatarian where I ate a few bites of fish a few times a year.  Other foods I cannot process or tolerate well are animal products and animal proteins.  This includes dairy and eggs, but also animal flesh like beef, chicken, pork.  I also have analphalatic reactions to shellfish, meaning I break out in hives and my airway swells shut.  So again, as I said with raw foods; the vegan lifestyle chose me, I did not necessarily set out to choose it.  

How Do You Get Your Protein?I eat dark leafy greens, sprouts, fruits, vegetables, and supplement a few times a week with brown rice protein powders (Sun Warrior is my favorite followed by Jay Robb).  For me, this works and I feel great.  If you research vegan protein sources, you’ll find that darky leafies are nutritional powerhouses but everyone has to do what works best for her body to feel optimally!  I completely respect anyone’s diet & exercise choices, as long as they are well-researched and the person feels great with those choices!
Try this one on for Protein & MicroNutrient Size.  Kale & Brock, two kings in the plant world.
Broccoli, Cauli, & Kale Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Kale salad with homemade dressing in white dish

And I’ll leave you with some additional raw recipes I have created on my own and that I am especially proud of! They all take 15 minutes or less to make and require no special kitchen equipment other than a food processor.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls on white plate

Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes

Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes up close on white plate

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear dish

Raw Thai “Pasta” Noodles with Homemade Vegan Peanut Sauce (for this one you will need a good knife or a $29.99 spiralizer)

Raw Thai "Pasta" Noodles with Homemade Vegan Peanut Sauce in white bowl


Close up of Raw Thai "Pasta" Noodles with Homemade Vegan Peanut Sauce with sauce pooling on plate

And a Couple Yoga Shots….  
For those of you who read my blog, you know I am passionate about yoga!  In an effort not to write a book here Miss Janetha’s blog, I just invite you stop by my blog where I do a new yoga pose daily. 

Here are a few recent shots:

Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose).  Core strength first, arm strength second.  Bandhas, lock them first.  Then load.  And up you go.

Woman doing Tittibhasana yoga pose


Yoga Today is an Astavakrasana Variation
Woman doing Astavakrasana Variation yoga pose

Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana (One-Legged Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose)

 Woman doing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana yoga pose

 Camel (Ustrasana).  Open your heart chakra, let the love in.  Let the Universe send love right into you and relish in how good it feels to offer yourself up to the blessings of the Universe and all the infinite love and wisdom that is around us.

Woman doing Camel yoga pose 

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  1. brilliant!! your turtles look amazing…love how easy it ease. Thank you! can't wait to make these. i tried your PB cups…so good.

  2. Wow, these chocolate turtles look amazy, I imagine those would be a hit with kids and adults..will be sure to try this recipe, thanks

  3. Wow, you have really outdone yourself! I can't wait to try the peanut butter cups and caramel turtles recipes. Thank you. Your blog has quickly become one of my favorites!

  4. Many congratulations for getting the yoga job! Wow. I wish I could come along a be a student of yours. You have such an amazing and inspiring body. Best wishes, Em.

  5. Congrats on becoming a yoga teacher here! I'd love to take your classes, but I'm a COMPLETE yoga beginner. If ya ever teach a total intro class, lemme know ;) Those vegan pb cups look amazing! So do the turtles. Have a lovely night!

  6. Hooray – big happy dance for your new job!

    I laughed so hard over the drug screening! Let's hope that Chia seeds don't show up as something else and you pop a positive!!! ROFL

    Okay, maybe not funny. Sorry, just the thought of a drug test made me giggle.

    The turtles look delish – maybe a holiday treat!

  7. Ahhh Averie you are killing me with the goodness of your creations!!! The turtle is AWESOME…*drool*

    Congragulations on landing a job!! That is SERIOUSLY awesome! To be working in a field you love (and do everyday anyways) would be my ultimate dream. :P Too bad I don't get paid for eating! hahahah

  8. We Rise…
    You didnt leave an email address. If you want a more thorough reply, please leave one.

    However the short answer would be to ues RAW nut butter, use RAW cocoa powder, agave, and raw Coconut Oil to make chocolate sauce and so forth. It's more time consuming/expensive to keep them totally RAW, but do-able. Hope that helps answer your question.

  9. Congrats on the teaching gig! I teach at a gym in Philly, and after every class I feel so fulfilled. Teaching is such a wonderful experience. You'll have to keep me updated on how your first couple classes go!

  10. hey averie,

    the treats look great!

    I swear I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but what exactly makes those peanut butter cups raw? I mean, they are certainly a healthier version than reeses, but nothing a raw foodist could actually eat! Nooch, the chocolate (melted or not) and peanut butter aren't raw food products.

  11. AHHHh!!! you got the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm SO excited for you :)

    the celebration calls for cake. bake a cake.

  12. You know what, I think you're turning me into a chocoholic! I don't like chocolate that much but every time you post a creation, I want it!

    LOVE the apron by the way! CONGRATULATIONS on the job!! That's awesome and I know you're going to be a great yoga teacher!

  13. ahhhhhhhhhh Averie!!!!!!!!! Congrats on the great news!!! I wish you could teach me yoga! Someday I'll have to come visit and take your class, or get a private lesson! ha

    love all those delicious chocolate treats!!! those peanut butter cups are so perfect, WOW!

    HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HUMPDAY in your cute cherry apron!!!!!!!

  14. You come up with the best looking desserts! I'll tell ya! Everytime I read a new post there is always an amazing looking dessert. It all looks fabulous!! Congrats on the new job!! Thats super exciting. Its always fun starting something new. Cant wait to hear about it. Have a great day!

  15. Mmmmm I looovee Turtles! These rock sista friend! I am going to make some of these for the holidays :)

    I really admire that you have found yoga and have stuck with it for 10 years! That is great! You are a huge inspiration my friend.

    PS. How do you bend yourself like this?!


  16. Yay for the gym gig! I actually started out yoga at my gym, so I can appreciate they hire the real deal for instructors. :) Since then.. my practice is more at home, but I still enjoy going once in a while.

    Loove the turtles! Agck, I love making nut clusters and what not, and how they set up= amazing.

    In Tucson, there are SO MANY yoga studios, that one of our most well known institutes that has massage therapy, yoga instructor schools, masseuse school, it closed down! (Bad, bad economy.) I never went, except for the occasional massage, but I was still kind of sad.

  17. New favorite person. I have been CRAVING Turtles. Like seriously craving them for a month, but couldn't think of a better option to the Godiva version. I am totally going to add that to my list of your desserts I HAVE to try.

    Congrats on the new gig you'll ROCK. I wish I could do half the poses you do, but I'm just proud if I can do tree!

  18. you said it girl, competition is SO fierce out there! I do have a full time 40-hour a week job but my hours leave me plenty of time to teach Spinning classes outside of the gym, and now a days it seems that everyone is hopping on the fitness instructor bandwagon so it has been so hard for me to find classes to teach elsewhere! I am still sticking with it thougJ!

    YES You can drink some of my caramel vanilla coffee with SILK…and I think i can see you drinkingi it in 4 sec flat LOL

    those turtles look delicious as always, Averie, you never cease to amaze me!


  19. Yay on the new job and good luck passing the drig test! ;) I get why they do it but I think it is funny knowing how natural you are!

    And I love turles. The combo of nuts, caramel and chocolate is ultimate bliss.

    And I will send you the link from when I made your raw vegan cheesecake. yum!

  20. Congratulations on the new yoga instructor job!!! That is SOO fantastic! I'm totally jealous of all those students who get to take your class. You're going to be awesome. Scratch that – you already are. :)

    Turtles are some of my absolute favorite desserts – right up there with Reese's PB cups (soon to be raw vegan PB cups!) I need to get myself some nooch and get on the Averie chocolate dessert bandwagon!

  21. WOOO congrats Averie.. thats really exciting. Im happy for ya!

    Although I have a job currently Im looking for another!! lol I teach middle school and ideally I want to get back to elementary age. Its really tough, though. You literally have to know someone important to get a job in the chapel hill area.

    Your turtles=amazing looking!!!!!!

  22. Congratulations Averie on the job! That is so awesome!

    Oh my gosh! you are just cranking out the yummy desserts! Keep em coming! I can't wait to get the ingredients this weekend :)

  23. Oh, I'm SO happy for you!! How exciting!

    And by the way, all your yummy looking raw treats are killing me! I can look, but no touch:( You are a genius with all these different ideas. Of course Turtles used to be one of my faves, along with Reece's!

  24. Eeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkk CONGRATULATIONS Mama that's AWESOME! I want to come be a student! Things are falling into place, I'm so excited for you, way to go!

    Thin mints? Samoas? Turtles? Good god woman you are a rock star!

  25. I just found this awesome raw recipe from nutritionals Rose Cole for an eggnog substitute. I can’t believe how good it is, and it’s sugar-free, dairy-free, and RAW! http://ow.ly/BN0C Just thought I would pass it on.

  26. The apron is ADORABLE! I love fun aprons :)

    Congrats on the new yogi job! What a lovely way to spend your days :) They'll be lucky to have ya!

  27. Congratulations on your job!! I've honestly never had any troubles with finding a job but I've only worked at two places so far though.. I had the weirdest job interview for my current one (I work for an embassy). Two people interviewed me and I had to talk in 4 different languages during that half hour. It was fun though ;)

  28. Congrats on the great new job! Doing what you love and getting paid for it — fabulous!

    Raw vegan turtles? SWOON.

    All these awesome desserts you post…I like the way your mind works :)

    xo Sheri

  29. Yay Averie!

    You go girl! Congrats on your new awesome job! That's amazing! I'm so excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear all of your stories from class!

  30. Oh My Gosh!! LOVE :D I am so happy for you! you totally deserve this new job!

    i seriously need to get myself nooch. im going to order it since I cant find it. those PB cups have my name alll over them

  31. those vegan turtles=AMAZING! gahh..and your yoga poses!! i seriously am considering doing just yoga and no running..do you run at all?

  32. oh now NOT fair making more fab candy before I get pb cups done…(maybe tonight) and I will get some links together probably in the morning for ya! sounds like fun!

    so so happy for you and your new yoga teaching! I have been at my job for 18+ years. sigh

    I'm a little out of the job hunting phase. I have to only appreciate my job and the many benefits I am blessed with … and some days it's hard to appreciate it when my heart is at home. I am working 4 day weeks most weeks now and so it's getting a bit more balanced. The gift of TONS of vacation after being there so long.

    I'm off to go melt some chocolate!
    MMMMMM and turtles are so goooood ..what carmel sauce do you use? i need to find some.

  33. Averie!! Congrats on the yoga job! Your students are going to love you as the yoga guru we all know and love you as :)

  34. Okay, all of those goodies are making me hungry and I'm out of food! At least I get to go buy some tomorrow : )

    No job searching here and probably not for the next few years. I'm glad my DH has been at his company for a while and they are good to him. Right now being a mommy is enough for me : )

  35. Congrats on the new gig!

    Nice job going new school on the old school turtles. It's about time they got an upgrade. :)