The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for
The Metaphysical Church of Enlightenment
"In 1981, Reverend Clarke Carraway founded The Rodan Foundation with the intention of creating a powerful, growing community of awakening beings who experience love, peace, prosperity, unity, healing, harmony, and revelation through learning and service. The Rodan Foundation, recognizing the Law of Cause and Effect, expresses gratitude to for the many blessings it reaps from the community's experiences." Since 1981 The Rodan Foundation members have enjoyed scrumptious dinners and church service foodie events. In 2012, the Food Babes published The Rodan Foundation's first cookbook, Happy Bellies, Happy hearts.
The Food Babes are excited to present to you our very first newsletter: Food Works!!
This is a quarterly publication that may include recipes, food tips, and interesting foodie articles. If you have a particular recipe you would love to see or would like ideas on how to use certain foods, let us know and we will see what we can cook up. ~ Your Food Babes: Patty, Noel, Cecilia, Gina, Judee, & Laura
There is something quite comforting about knowing that everything in the universe has its place – that things are what they are for a reason. Here are 10 very good reasons for why you should eat seasonally.
1. Flavor - Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen in the sun taste amazing!
Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavor – crispy, fragrant, juicy and
colorful. Those summer heirloom tomatoes make all other tomatoes seem inferior.
You can eat it like an apple; raw, warm from the sun and straight from the vine
2. Nutrition - Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they’re ripe and fully developed. There’s more sun exposure, which means it will have higher levels of antioxidants!
3. Economy - Simply supply and demand. When there’s abundance of a product, such as watermelons in the summer, the prices go down. Seasonal food is much cheaper to produce for the farmers who would rather sell their products for a lower price, than not at all. Cash in on the seasonal bounty.
4. Environment - Seasonal produce can grow without too much added human assistance i.e. pesticides and genetically modification. We know how these toxic compounds can contaminate the water and soil and also our health. Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced as well, which reduces the load on our environment due to transport, or “food mileage”.
5. Community - Getting to know where your food is coming from, who is growing your food and how they do it also makes you feel more connected to that whole process. CSA’s and farmer's markets create communities around food that encourage us to share our knowledge, ask questions and engage in our own local environment. Together we are more powerful and big change can happen.
6. Home Cooking - Eating seasonally also forces you to cook more -- and there really is nothing better you could do for your health. When you start to take back control of what you put in to your body, which oil you choose to cook with, how much sugar you add to your food etc, you are consciously making better choices for your health. Cooking is also a great activity to do with your kids, family and friends. And, what better way to show your love?
7. Creativity and Variety - Whether you shop at the market or you’re part of a CSA, eating seasonally keeps challenging your creativity to come up with new, fun and delicious dishes based on what you find. Variety is also healthy for our bodies; by changing our menu according to what’s available you are also less likely to develop food intolerances.
8. Support of Your Seasonal Needs - The natural cycle of produce is perfectly designed to support our health. Apples grow in the fall and they are the perfect transition food helping the body get rid of excess heat and cool down before winter. In the spring the abundance of leafy greens help us alkalize, detox and loose some extra pounds after a long winter of heavier foods. In the summer we need to cool down and stay hydrated by eating more fruits, berries, cucumber, watermelon etc. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
9. Organic/Free of Pesticides - Food grown outside of their season or natural environment need a lot more human assistance in forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives to grow and look appealing to us consumers. By choosing local and seasonal food, you are also more likely to get a cleaner product! Many small family farms cannot afford to go through organic certification but still follow very natural and healthy growing practices. So when shopping at the farmers market you don’t have to be as careful about finding the “organic” produce as you are when shopping at the super market.
10. Harmony - Living in tune with nature’s rhythm makes us more aware and appreciative of the beauty around us. We can live in balance with our surroundings instead of constantly butting up against and living in conflict with nature. Embracing the natural rhythm of things also helps simplify our lives. The options are limited and we can trust that our food is nourishing and good for us!
~By Katrine van wyk
The benefits of avocado read like a rap sheet of antioxidants, nutrient rich vitamins and minerals, all aiding in the overall health of your skin and body. Here are just a few the health benefits of avocado.
1) Good fats are good - Avocados are rich in monosaturated fats, which are great for heart health, and in aiding in the absorption of antioxidants.
2) Rich in Nutrients & Low in Sugar - It means that swapping out that mayo, cheese or butter on your sandwich for just 1⁄2 an avocado will help fill you up for longer as well as give your brain and body the energy to power through your day.
3) Don’t Forget The Seed! - Did you know that 70% of the antioxidants in an avocado are actually in its flesh and seed?! After slicing open your avocado, place the seed in a bag and hammer it down with a heavy object (olive oil bottle, rolling pin) When its broken down enough, sprinkle it in with your smoothie mix and blitz it all together.
4) Incredible Versatility - All right now, it’s time to let your culinary imagination run free! With such a creamy texture and neutral taste, avocados are great to substitute into any baking recipe that calls for butter or shortening. It can be whipped up into a mousse or blitzed into a salad dressing or pasta sauce. No matter your tastes or dietary restrictions, there is a place for avocados in your meals.
5) Improve your Eye Health - Avocado contains the antioxidants lutein & zeaxanthin which protect your eyes from stress damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
6) Radiant Skin & Hair - Incredibly nourishing for your skin and quickly absorbed, avocado gets into the inner sebum layers of the skin, giving moisture to dry skin quickly and also helping to lock in that moisture.
No matter how you serve it, avocado is a fruit packed with potent health benefits!
Creamy Avocado Salsa
This only takes 5 minutes to make!! It’s the perfect green sauce for tacos, nachos, burritos, salads, or just for dipping chips!
1 Large Ripe Avocado
1 Jalapeño de-seeded
3 tomatillos with the husks removed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup cilantro - 1/2 a bunch
juice from 1/2 a lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until completely combined, will be a creamy smooth texture. If salsa is too thick. pour in about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to thin it out.
A simple, awesome dessert that is good for you!
3 ripe Avocados (want them to be ripe, creamy, silky & smooth)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 cup Raw Honey
6 Tbsp Unsweetened Cacao or Cocoa Powder
Directions: Put all ingredients in the processor bowl. First pulse and then blend until a smooth consistency. Transfer the chocolate mousse to bowls, put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. You can add flaky sea salt on top to give it a little crunch. Enjoy!
A Farm Friendly Food Tip
Wondering what to do with those lovely, fragrant chives from Ouroborous Farms?
Snip chives with scissors instead of chopping them, and do not subject them to much cooking, as they are delicate. Instead, use chives in garnishes, salads, egg salad, vegetable stocks, soups, creamy sauces, potato dishes and omelettes, adding the herb to the dish just before serving.
Of course, you would love to have a copy of our wonderful cookbook!
It makes a wonderful gift for friends and family, too. All proceeds from cookbook donations support The Rodan Foundation. We always have copies on the community table Sunday mornings at The Metaphysical Church of Enlightenment.
Visit our Food Babes page to get a copy for yourself!