July and August


This month I have the pleasure of presenting a raw food menu made with fresh, organic ingredients. This delicious menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner options - each with different dishes to choose from.


Some of us begin the morning with a green smoothie in the form of vegetables or green powder, while others have smoothies with some fresh fruit - all healthy and easily digestible. This breakfast menu takes breakfast beyond the ordinary, into a hearty meal that is deeply satisfying, like a buckwheat and granola dish served with almond milk, berries and fruit. The first month of autumn is a wonderful time to celebrate and remember the summer by using the tender berries that grew in the summer heat, like strawberries and raspberries.


The lunch menu further has beautiful dishes like raw vegetables served with a light avocado cream paté on crackers with a side of soup. 

All of these tasty dishes are so easy to prepare!


The dinner menu includes a variety of entrées like spaghetti, pates, vegetable cakes and soup, seasoned seeds and nuts. 


Some of these dishes can be so elegantly prepared that they could easily be served in the finest gourmet dining places (evident in the pictures :-). Fortunately, we don´t need to go out to enjoy these simple culinary pleasures; they are best enjoyed in our own home, lovingly prepared in our kitchen.


Menu

Breakfast

Lunch 

Dinner



My Wonderful Meeting with Jennifer


In connection with my wonderful raw food menu this month, it is my pleasure to 
present Jennifer Cornbleet, my favourite instructor from the Living Light Culinary 
Arts Institute in California where I received my raw education. Besides having a 
beautiful disposition, she is also an accomplished teacher. She has published two books on raw foods - one with the everyday meals, the other with desserts (both books are available at her web site). 

Raw Food Made Easy is one of the recipe books I´ve used most. Like Jennifer, I like my meals simple and natural, where the food is kept in the most original form possible. Some of the recipes in my Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menu on Butterfly Nutrition are from her book. I warmly recommend this book (and it has already sold over 100 000 copies). This month it is being launched in a new, expanded edition with more recipes and chapters about healthy topics like green smoothies and more (plus more gorgeous pictures to enjoy). :-) 

Visit Jennifer’s website to get a free e-book with menus and easy recipes. In addition, her site has many raw videos where you can see, firsthand, how to make healthy raw food. This month, she´ll also post a new monthly video, with dishes from her updated book. I am looking forward to see them all. 
Please visit Jennifer’s website here :-) Enjoy!

Have a wonderful transition from summer to autumn! 

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August

It is August. The last month of summer begins with warm days and beautiful sunshine. The flower meadow is still in full bloom, lightening up its surroundings with colorful floral petals and luscious scents, while blueberries and raspberries can be picked in the wild.
 
In a few weeks school will start again, something which the youngest children are most excited about. Their very first day of school, with a new backpack, pencil case and fresh clothes will be something to remember. And every school day, they’ll tote along a packed lunch - usually in a special lunch box, like a pink princess theme for girls. As an outdoor instructor for children, I see many cute lunch boxes at lunch time when we're playing out in nature :-) The boys usually have a blue lunch box with a design they like, such as a train conductor or race car.



Daycare and School Meals
A packed lunch is always good to have when you get hungry. Most often, 
it consists of some pieces of bread with one or more toppings or a sandwich.
This month, I will show you some new and colorful varieties that children like, usually between the ages of three to ten years old. Children love colours, as well as having their food served in small pieces that can be eaten with their fingers. Vegetables such as carrots and kohlrabi, are always welcome when served as in the pictures here, transformed into lovely flowers and figures. A lunch can be both delicious and nutritious without containing sandwiches.

Lunch boxes are available today in many fun colours and varieties. The green box in the photo can be used both by older children and adults - ideal for lunch or when taking a walk in the woods, with ample room for both an apple and orange, and a little drink. By clicking on the links to the right, you can see more lunch menus and descriptions of how 
they´re prepared, such as how to divide the fruit into pieces and use
a spoon to eat small, yellow corn grains :-)

 




Links to lunch boxes.                                           
Small Lunch - kindergarten and preschool
Large Lunch - older children    










                                                               
                                    

                                                                                            

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                       
Mountain Hiking 
August is the summer month in the mountains. A time that is perfect for hiking, as well as for exceptional experiences in nature. But some may wonder: what about the food? 
If you have a diet rich in raw food, such as fruits and vegetables, 
how will you prepare it?
Whether you go hiking in the mountains, from hut to hut, or stay in a cabin and take day trips up to the hills, the opportunity to cook is usually a little bit limited. Even the finest of cottages, with all kinds of facilities, seldom have a blender to make smoothies and juices. And where do you get your organic vegetables and fruits when you go from hut to hut - or lying out, under the open sky or in a tent, during a hike?

If you do the last thing (walk or hike), it is wise to bring some fruit and vegetables in your backpack for the first few days of the trip. It's always nice to have some fresh apples, oranges, bananas, carrots and the like, to eat during the walk. In addition to enjoying their wonderful taste, you´ll also get the joy of experiencing how the bag gets lighter and lighter every day, as the fruit is eaten. So the extra weight at the beginning of the trip is well worth the carry :-)

A mixture of nuts like almonds, hazelnuts mixed with raisins are 
also good to eat along the way, in addition to some raw chocolate nibs 
from a health food store. Energy and protein bars also are 
excellent additions and easy to pack. They contain concentrated nutrients with lots of energy. Energy bars are especially wonderful to have while hiking, if your hike becomes longer than expected and no more lunch remains. They are quick and easy to snack on in the mountains, and they deliver a high energy value. They also taste wonderful in the fresh and clean air you´re surrouded with; walking on a path or taking a rest, sitting by a beautiful lake :-)

And for those who like a green smoothie: Just bring a shake and a few bags of green powder and protein, such as hemp. By adding a few spoonfuls with greens, like spirulina and other superfood in the shake, with some water, you’ll get a tasty and nutritious morning drink that is also suited perfectly as a mid-morning snack.

Whether you are spending the month of August in the mountains, by the sea or simply at home, have a beautiful summer! :-)

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In August, read all about affirmations and the treasures of positive thinking.

January

A new year, full of rich and beautiful experiences, awaits you, in addition to many wonderful opportunities to enjoy healthy, delicious food. Whether you’re new to raw food or just want to add some light and nutritious food to your diet (or even if you are a master in raw gourmet cuisine!) you’re welcome to visit Butterfly Nutrition and to have a look around. In addition to nutritional topics, you’ll also find uplifting articles in the Lifestyle menu. Just have a look and see how quickly positive reading can lighten you up! By eating healthy, delicious food and surrounding yourself with positive energy and thinking, your life can change in amazing ways (and sooner than you ever would think!). 

As a nutritionist, I will post a new article here monthly about 

nutritious food and the way that positive thoughts affect our lives.

I invite you to enjoy! Wishing you a Wonderful New Year filled with 

Miracles and Wonder! :-)


















 
 
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