Wednesday, December 31, 2008

INSPIRATION #8 A Smile is Worth 1,000 Words


I love to smile, I smile all the time, and most of the time people smile back. I have found that a simple smile is all it takes to connect with others. Everyday I put out an intention to meet and connect with as many new people as I can. I find these smiles contagious and in many cases the people I smile at will start a conversation or I will.
In 2009 it is my intention to consciously create LOVE, PEACE and COMPASSION in each moment. A smile is a beginning, a kind word is another and the more I can inspire others to take their nutrition more fresh, fruity and green through love, peace and compassion the more I feel the return of love, peace and compassion. My personal inspiring contribution to you and all is to continue to gift you our fruity green family blog. Please continue to ENJOY these words, videos and recipes.
I would love to inspire you to gift of your talents and watch the boomerang of the universe come back full circle and gift you all of what you put out. We have the power to live an intentional life spreading love, peace and compassion one smile at a time.

Have a Compassionate 2009
With Appreciation,
Keep it Fresh,

Speaking of smiles, recently I was asked about eating a raw food diet and how it was on your teeth. Through years of our family eating a raw food diet I have found as with eating any other diet that as long as you keep it fresh and low fat your teeth will be great. When lots of dried fruits and nuts are eaten you can experience teeth issue. I think it is easy to over do nuts and dried fruits in the beginning so just remember to eat these things very sparingly and you will do great!

(Oops! here is the recipe I forgot to give you early)
Ring in the new year with a fresh dressing to top your amazing fresh organic green salads. Remember add some fresh citrus fruit (orange, tangerine, pineapple, or even apple works nicely) to your salads for even more amazing taste sensations!

Raw Goddess Dressing
by Darlene Navarre

2 celery sticks
5 to 7 dates
2 tablespoons of tahini
a chunk of onion
2 cloves of garlic
a bunch of cilantro or parsley
1 lemon  juiced
Salt or dulse to taste if desired (I avoid salt whenever possible, I think the celery is the perfect salt)
add water a little at a time 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Blend until smooth!
This is low fat and with the combo of 5 tastes sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter it is sure to please your taste buds

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

December Fruity Green Family Video- NUT NOG


3 cups water
1 cup soaked almonds (soaked for at least 8 hours) 
(any of your favorite nuts may also be used)
10 dates or more to taste
1 or more banana to taste
1/2 TB nutmeg
1/4 TB cinnamon
turmeric for color

Blend 1 cup of water with almonds and blend well.
Strain through a cheese cloth bag or strainer from hardware store.
Put milk back in blender, add dates and blend well. 
Add rest of ingredients to taste and ENJOY your Happy Holiday treat!!!

INSPIRATION #7 Giving and Appreciation


I know with the holidays and all everyone has a theme for giving. I love giving and would consider myself a nature giver. For the past year or so I have been taking a deeper look into the art of giving and what I can do more to give on a daily bases.

I wanted to become more conscious of my giving I looked at what other inspiring givers were doing and also thinking of how I already give. At one point I felt a little overwhelmed by the need I could see that could use a lot of help, or so that was my story. I thought how could I help so many when I am only one person. Then I remembered the story of the man who was putting starfish back into the ocean. He could not help them all and it still made a difference to that one. I also feel that giving is contagious and when you give to someone that someone usually feels inspired to give to another and so on.

I even realized from speaking to an amazing gentleman I met the other night that giving continues even after one passes on. His wife had cancer and because she decided on an alternative health path she was able to continue her life on this planet for 5 years longer than expected. He was not really open to eating a diet different from what he was already use to as a body builder. Through the health his wife gained by changing her diet he began to open his mind and alas he joined us for a raw (pot) luck and gave of himself in the form a delicious dish he made with live ingredients and more importantly LOVE!

I also know giving also inspires attitudes of gratitude and of course both appreciation and giving (when given from the heart) both feel good. Feeling good creates more abundance of giving and WOW one think leads to the other and what more could one get than a complete package in life than giving and appreciation!

Someone once told me do what you love and you will always be happy, I would like to add, “do what you love and give, share it and that is true happiness.” Giving is a gift you give yourself also because without the oranges you can’t give away the orange juice.

I want to thank you for sharing in this blog as our gift and love to you all throughout the year, Happy Days!

The Fruity Green Family

For a Delicious Healthy Holiday Morning Treat

Berries and Creme
By Darlene Navarre

Almond Mylk:
2 cup almonds
4 cups water
Blend very well and strain through a cheese cloth bag

Put milk back in blender and add:
2 cups of Macadamia or cashew nuts
be sure to add only 1/4 cup at a time
Blend until smooth.
Then add 1 cup date/raisin combo
1 teaspoon to vanilla or one vanilla bean
blend until smooth

Put in bowl and add your favorite fruit (fresh or frozen).
A few favorites are peaches n cream and mixed berries n cream
Your can serve this at any family event and nobody will know that it is non dairy and with non refined sugar. ENJOY

Saturday, December 6, 2008


The Power of Decision

I have found excuses are no more than justifications for what you doubt in yourself. We are all out here in this amazing time, space, reality to experience contrast to decide what works for each one of us, no excuses needed. When my children ask me what the plans for the day are I always say this is my intention and I am open to surprises of change or deviation. However I have also found that when I am clear about what I want for myself it always seems to show up. It may not be the total package I dreamed up in my head and it is always perfect still.

Once I have tasted many flavors of life I may decide for that moment to make a decision about something that really works for me and brings joy to my life. I make a deliberate decision with all my heart and the universe shows up for me. 

Many times I hear comments from people about travel and how hard it is to eat healthy on the road. I believe when a strong decision or determination is completely made all the possibilities in life open up. Lets take a closer look:

I too thought this one time and then I opened my mind and eyes and all the sudden I could see the alternatives. My amazing partner (husband), Blake, travels everyday for his current living in life, and I have traveled for many of the past few years. On our journeys we always seem to find or SEE grocery stores all along the way. No matter where we travel we find all the living foods we need or we bring certain items along with us. Even airport and gas stations sell some sort of fresh fruits and vegetables. Blake’s sweet father lives in a remote area of Michigan and still when we visit him there is a grocery store just minutes from his home where we can buy a variety of fresh foods to satisfy our fresh living diet.
Blake once told me that when he was in Grand Junction, CO and his co-worker wanted to meet him for dinner at a popular restaurant. Blake had no idea where this restaurant was, when he asked the co-worker for directions he told him it was right across the street from the hotel they were staying in. Blake had been staying at that hotel for a week and never SAW the restaurant and yet he knew were the grocery store was .25 mile away. 

What I found is although it may not be the best Organic produce stores I am use to and love, any grocery store is better then most restaurants and all fast foods any grocery store works to provide us with fresh produce. 

Do yourself a favor when you make your decision and/or intent, be complete and strong and all the possibilities for keeping you on your path will be everywhere you need them to be.

In case your in a pinch take a trip to the grocery store to create a

Mixed greens or roman (if you can Organic as much as possible, lots of conventional grocery stores are carrying Organic now days)

Large or cherry/grape Tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are usually sweeter than the standard tomato)

Onion (purple onions are stronger, yellow onions are sweeter)

Red pepper


Any other fruit or vegetables you love (I love chopped pineapple or orange on my salad)

Slice the roman in small shreds and chop all your fruits and vegetables in tiny pieces.

I large avocado or 2 small (serves 2)
1 orange
3 chopped green onion or any other onion
Dill seasoning to taste (add salt and pepper if you desire)

In a bowl mash the avocado well. Cut orange in half and squeeze on top of avocado add chopped onion and dill (salt and pepper) to taste and mix all together. Place salad in a bowl and toss or just put dressing on top. Quick and easy and just about all grocery store sell these ingredients. ENJOY!

Monday, November 24, 2008

INSPIRATION #5 Thanks and Giving

Thanks and Giving

For this weeks INSPIRATION I wanted to acknowledge you on you health path and the amazing job you are doing in your life in general. Thank You for your awareness and effort towards yourself and your whole well-ness. Take time to Thank or Appreciate yourself. 
Giving may feel like effort when you are empty, tired, and possibly feeling bad about yourself, thinking your not doing enough or any other negative thoughts that can sneak in when we are down. Life can be overwhelming at times (especially during the hustle of the holidays) and in these times we can be less then affectionate towards our self and others. 

STOP: Take a moment to play the Appreciation Game. 
Start by thinking or writing down everything you appreciate and/or do well in your life. 
Example: "I love that I can hear music"
"I love how my hair has a natural curl"
"I love that I woke up and made myself a fruit smoothie"
"I love cuddling up to my children at night and reading to them."
"I love how my husband calls me just to tell me he loves me."
All the sudden you start to feel light and open. Your cup of life fills and giving becomes second nature. 

Thanksgiving Cheeze Ball
By Darlene

2 to 4 cups of 2 combinations of soaked nuts and/or seeds (example: walnuts/sunflower seeds, pecans/cashews, pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds)
Blend nuts in a good blender add a little water at a time until smooth.
Place mixture in a milk bag, cheese cloth or sprout bag and twist tight. Making a cheese press place cheeze mix in bag on top of a strainer turned upside down or a plate turned upside down. Second place a second plate on top of the cheeze bag. Last put a weight on top (a water bottle, or anything heavy and stable). The idea is to press out the water with in the cheeze. Leave cheeze out overnight or at least 8 hours.

Now add any spices, red pepper, onion, jalapeno, parsley, etc to cheeze. For a final touch you can roll in crushed nuts and leave in frig for a while to allow the seasonings to soak in. The cheese ball will taste better with time. I love to serve it with flax crackers or crackers made with flax seeds, almond pulp and salt.
ENJOY and have a Thanks and Giving Day everyday!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Healthy Holiday Raw Treats

"Pumpkin" (Butternut Squash) PIE
By Darlene Navarre
Makes 2 pies

1 butternut squash chopped and the seeds taken out
2 meats of 2 young coconuts
Juice of 2 oranges
1 1/4 cup raisins
1 cup dates
1 TB orange rind
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tea garam masala spice or pumpkin pie spice
Young Coconut juice or water to blend

Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour into a Crust.

Sweet Crumble Nut Crust
makes 1 pie crust

1 Cup Nuts
1 Cup shredded coconut
6 Dates
1 tea cinnamon
Process in a food processor until processed.
For nut-free topping top with shredded coconut.

Whip Cashew Cream

2 cups cashews or macadamia nuts, soaked for 1/2 to 1 hour
2-3 dates or 2 TB Agave to taste

Blend in a blender until creamy and Top on dessert.
For Nut-Free Whip Cream use dry young coconut meat and very little liquid and blend


By Darlene
Make around 2 cups

1Cup of dates
soaked and blended with young coconut water until creamy

Meat of 1 young coconut

4TB Raw chocolate (start with half and increase to taste)

2 TB Raw Carob (start with half and increase to taste)

optional: Agave to taste

¼ Cup coconut oil/butter

Young coconut water to blend

Make sure dates are blended smooth with y. coconut water, add rest of ingredients except coconut oil/butter and blend smooth. Lastly add coconut oil/butter, blend and taste. Consistency should be just thick enough to stick to your fruit. Serve with your favorite fruit, on top of a raw food cheese cake, or freeze it for chocolate bars.




I love to help and share. First I will answer from a place of knowledge-information and second from experience, what we learned along the way when feeding our raw children from birth.

What is ALWAYS best for any baby is mothers milk when ever possible and as long as possible (world average child-led weening is 7 yrs). Yes, around 5 month or so babies will start to put everything in their mouths this is how they learn (taste, touch, hear, see, feelings) this does not mean they are ready to sit up and eat. The more you nurse and the more you eat a healthy diet your baby with be getting all the nutrition he/she will need. What I have also learned and experienced is babies develop their taste buds between the ages of 9 to 18 months of age. So what your feeding your baby between these ages will influence their palate for taste, keep in mind breast milk is very sweet and perfect in digestion depending on what the mother is eating. As humans when come into this world we are born with a knowing how to suckle for nursing (if at all possible) this is our natural instinct. As we grow and begin to get teeth we also develop skills of chopping or up and down chewing motion. For what I have observed this chewing motion develops after 1 year.

My grandson is 9 months and my daughter is choosing to start him on other foods. One day as I was feeding him banana ice cream I observed that when I put the food in his mouth he was confused at first then he started to suckle not chop or chew. When Mitchel and Carter, our 8 and 6 year old, we babies they did not really start on any foods until 14 to 18 months of age, as their chopping/chewing skills become developed and they had more and more teeth to chew with. Perhaps a little banana or avocado here and there and mostly both their diets consisted of mothers milk for at least 18 months. I feel because we fed these little men green smoothies and all fresh foods during the first 9 to 18 months of their life, now that they are older they still love and want to continue eating their living/raw food diet (and we take life a day at a time).

Now you have information about to answer the question:
For first foods I recommend starting with SOFT SWEET FRESH FOODS:
bananas, avocado, mango, green smoothies, watermelon (in very tiny pieces), young coconuts.
I would wait until at least until 2 years of age to start them on any citrus, berries, or nuts. Even though they are fresh they can be harder on a growing digestion.

Ultimately you are the parent and what we have found to be most important and influential is what your eating. Your little one will see what you, as parents, are eating and that will be the biggest influence in their lives.

If you are a parent of older children and you would love them to eat healthier and they are not wanting that for themselves now, I recommend you keep on inspiring them with your actions and perhaps some new stories and inspiring information to help them come to a decision on their own. Their current palate may be accustomed to what they are eating now. Later it may change, I was raised on a very SAD (Standard American Diet) with maybe 10% fresh in my growing years and NOW I am and have been eating 100% live vegan foods for 5 years because I made the decision. We are all changing and growing I know with a little faith, understanding, love and inspiration anything is possible.

I was able to inspire our whole family of 7 including 5 children (ages 12, 10, 6, 2. and baby) and husband to eat a 100% living/raw diet for 4 years. It took 1 year of integrating more and more delicious living foods in our lifestyle along with compassion, understanding and story telling and it was all worth it. Even though the 3 older children make different choices now they still have a fresh living foods foundation of knowledge they may choose someday. Still I hear comments like "those were the best times" "mom, you make the best raw foods" "mom we only like the foods you make" "mom, now that I am gone I miss all the fruits and vegetables we use to eat".

Our Babies Favorite Food:

Grinch Pudding:

3 Bananas
1 handful spinach
1/4 avocado

Blend and Enjoy!

Life is for fun enjoy the journey!!

Fresh Living News November 2008


1. Live/Raw Food Demo at Whole Foods Market in Las Vegas, NV

For those of you close or living in Las Vegas, NV I am currently working with Whole Foods Market to bring weekly live food demo's to those interested in quick fun DELICIOUS recipes in minutes. The first demo will be Sunday November 23 from 11am to 3pm pst. If you are unable to attend I will have a quick video available here for you too along with the recipes I will be demonstrating.

2. New books coming soon

I, Darlene (fruity green momma) have been writing 3 children's books which include, living foods, peaceful parenting, cooperation, problem solving and more. I have hired children artists to create the pictures as soon as they are available you will know.

I am currently also writing a book entitled "Leaning into a Living Foods Lifestyle" complete with more of Our Fruity Green INSPIRATIONS and simple recipes for adding more and more whole fresh living fruits and veggies into your life and/or for going all the way into a whole fresh living foods lifestyle.

3. Vita Mix to purchase on Site

In our experience a Vita Mix (blenders) is a wonderful living foods prep tool and can assist you in creating many living foods recipes and daily green smoothies! It makes everything from frozen fruit ice cream, soups, dressings, dips, to breaking up greens in smoothies for the best nutritional absorption (We use ours personally at least 20 times or more a day). Soon you will be able to currently working with the Vita Mix company to have them available to purchase right from this site and shipped straight to your door. YEA!!!

4. INSPIRATIONAL Living Foods Family Videos

We love seeing how to do things so our family has decided to add a fun short Fruity Green Family Video every month with the amazing Darlene (fruity green mother) and many times even with fruity green kids of all ages creating fun foods. Check out our monthly videos for fun and INSPIRATION to help get more fresh into your life.

5. From You

Please feel free to email for questions or ideas you would like to see within this blog. We are also students and love to be inspired from you!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008



WELL-NESS Thinking and Eating!

I believe every situation no matter how wrong or bad it may seem at the moment always has good within it. My father was very ill during my youth and died at 50 years. He was in pain most of the time and seemed angry. In the past I would look back on my memories of him and in my perspective he was short tempered and unhappy. Now with my new perspective and new found appreciation for the contrast my father showed me, when I started getting similar symptoms of illness I intentionally decided I would choose health and happiness over pain and agony. I set out intentions to seek and find health and happiness, I choose to eat differently and make a conscious effort to see WELL-NESS in LIFE everyday! My attention switched from a negative past in pain to focusing my attention on the good in it. I began to remember my fathers wonderful talents in computers and many other memories when he taught me to cook surfaced. The memory shifted and I physically felt better inside and out.

I have found eating a living foods life style is a fun way to bring out the creative side in yourself. I love the challenge of taking an unhealthy recipe I once loved and turning it into a new amazing healthy recipe.

I have wonderful memories of my grandfathers homemade apple pie so during the fall I love to make my version of fresh live apple pie!

Past Apple Pie:


1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust
5 cups apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter

Presently Healthy Apple Pie (raw/live)


9 inch Pie Crust:

1 Cups of nuts (your favorite)

1 Cup of shredded coconut or for a nut-free crust 2 cups of coconut and leave out the nuts

1/2 cup dates

a touch of cinnamon or 1 TB carob (gives it a delightful extra flavor)

Chop in a food processor until crumble consistancy

Press into a glass pie dish saving 1/4 cup for top

Apple Filling:

5 cups apples, peeled and cored (reserve 1 cup for the blender) slice the rest

1/2 cup dates (or to taste)

(I love to replace sugar with dates especially in the pie toping it thickens it.)

1/4-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon or more to taste

Pinch of nutmeg

(I always start with less seasoning and add more, when heat is applied to food it cooks out some of the seasoning)

1/4 cup raisins

(I think raisins go well with apples and brings another "sugar" taste)

1 TB orange juice

(OJ keeps the apples from discoloring)

Place 1 cup of apples, raisins, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and OJ in a blender (I recommend a Vita Mix if you have one). Blend until smooth and taste. Very important to taste for the 5 major tastes for a totally delicious balanced taste (sweet-dates and raisins, sour-apples and OJ, salty-this taste is less in an apple pie and would be in the apples, spicy-cinnamon, bitter-apples).

Pour blended mix over sliced apples and let side out for the day (I like to warm the pie mix in the sun or in a dehydrator on 100 degrees for 2 hours or so). Put pie crust in fridge for 1 hour after making. Right before serving pie put the apple mix into crust and top with 1/4 cup of pie crumbles. I love to serve with frozen banana Ice Cream or homemade Vanilla Almond Ice Cream (recipes in INSPIRATION future).

Get out those unhealthy heated recipes and use your imagination!

Enjoy Your Health Apple Pie best served with MANY FRIENDS and LOVED ONES!!!!




20 years ago I hung around a group of friends whom I had a great time with. We surfed on the roof of cars, stayed up all hours of the night, and did as many daring things that we could think up. It was fun for the time and 10 years later I would hear from many of those friends and they were still doing many of the same things and asking me to come along. I was a mom and shopping with 3 kids was as daring as my world was anymore. Without judgement on those friends I simply just said a final no thank you and "good-bye" to them. I still smile when I remember the crazy fun times I had with them and I know that is not apart of my present moments.

I left the friendship with in a peaceful way and kept my happy memories in my heart and mind!

This is how I decided to approach the inevitable FOOD CRAVINGS!

I used to love french fries and for years I would give in and eat them. After I ate them I would feel sick. One day I decided to stop and take a moment to think of the french fries and my modivation to eat them even though I would always feel sick after??? I remembered the fun times going out with family and friends and my french fry friends were always there. I decided to think of them as friends that were no longer fitting into my healthy lifestyle without judgement or angst, just a simple "good-bye" and thank you for all the fun times I had with you. All the sudden not eating those french fries did not feel like deprivation I felt light and easy about not eating them.

A NEW recipe to create and make NEW memories!

Coconut Creme Pie

3 Young coconuts, opened and the juice reserved and meat taken out. (Thai or Young coconuts are white husked and can be found in Asian markets)

1/4-1/2 cup dates, pitted

1 very ripe banana

Blend the inside of the meat with the dates, and banana using the coconut water until think and smooth. I love slicing bananas like a crust in the bottom of a glass pie dish and then pouring half of the custard on top of the sliced bananas and then slicing more bananas in the middle placing the rest of the custard on top. You can then top your pie with shredded coconut or berries, get creative and enjoy creating those new memories!!

Inspiration #1- Start your day with a Sweet and Smooth YYYY!

#1 INSPIRATION: start your day with a sweet YYYY!

Awake and Inspire you taste buds by starting your day with a sweet SMOOTHie and throw in a few green leaves (spinach, kale, Romain, or any other delicious greens) like blooming green trees in the Spring they complete your day.

Start with 4 sweet spotted organic banana's

1/2 cup organic blueberries (frozen are fine, due to season) or any other berries or

fruits you or your family enjoys

1-2 celery sticks or handful of spinach

blend with a bit of water and a few ice cubes

YYY: YummY to Your tummY!

Welcome- Inspiration Ahead!

Welcome to the first of many post’s and INSPIRATIONS on living a lifestyle eating fresh raw living fruits, vegetables, and greens or for just adding more fresh uncooked fruits, veggies, and greens into your world and perhaps your families world in a easy loving way. Please remember how long it took your home to be built and even your body took 9 months to fully grow and develop so be kind to yourself.
Let it start with the idea, “I would love to eat live, fresh foods!” Second your brain starts to think "how", "do I have time, money", the list of thoughts might become overwhelming. Of course we all want to eat more fresh tasty foods and eating live foods can be fun, quick and delicious all at the same time. YES, you can have it all! Lets start slow one moment at a time one thought at a time.
Lets start NOW, living in the moment.

AWAKE INSPIRATION: There are many POSSIBILITIES in beginning the day fresh. Your body has been fasting all night so start in the morning relax sink into your health give yourself a sweet fresh fruit treat for breakfast and then allow the rest of the day to be. Live in your moment and the rest will work itself out perfectly…..

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