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Gearing up for Gourmet by kristin

LL StudentsWe’re getting ready to begin our Gourmet Raw Food Chef™ certification series on June 22, which includes our five-day advanced training available just three times a year. The advanced courses include Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development, Raw Fusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine, and Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining, and now we’ve added a day six: Food Styling—wowza! Green Papaya Rainbow Salad

“Ethnic Flavors” is so much fun…just think of getting a personal culinary tour of the world—from India to Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and other exotic places. Your teachers at Living Light will make each region come alive, and you’ll explore the tastes and textures of each locale as you prepare its cultural cuisine.California Sliders

“Raw Fusion” is designed to support an active lifestyle—you begin with simple, light and luscious fresh ingredients and learn how to combine textures and flavors to produce a wide array of exotic dishes and gourmet feasts! You’ll also learn how to develop your own recipes and make delicious dishes without using a recipe.

In “Catering” you’ll learn how to cater events from intimate gatherings to elegant weddings and beyond. Wouldn’t you love to learn how to organize, budget, negotiate a contract, plan menus and manage a catering team? And the crowning achievement of this course is catering an organic gourmet raw vegan lunch for the public!LL  students II

In Food Styling, you’ll learn how to plate and style recipes using color, texture and contrast, and make them “camera ready” for your website, blog, flyers and other publicity purposes. When you complete our gourmet raw food chef training, you’ll feel like the professional you are! Call our enrollment department for a personal consultation today! 707-964-2420

“I enjoy the professional way of teaching and all of the helpful staff at Living Light. I especially enjoy the creative challenge and freedom to explore recipe development in Ethnic Flavors and Raw Fusion and having all my dear classmates around me. A big hug to Living Light.” 

-Christine

“The level of organization and orderliness here is something I will carry with me the rest of my life – as valuable as the techniques we’ve learned. Truly outstanding!” 

-Ariel

May 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Green Juice for You by kristin

With the Dina’s Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ certification series beginning May 25, I thought it might be a good time to share some special green juices from Karin Dina, D.C. Don’t forget, any class at Living Light is discounted by 15% until May 15!

Lighgreen_juicet and Dark Green Juice By Dr. Karin Dina, D.C.

I’m constantly coming up with ideas about how to enjoy more green juice. I love developing new green juice recipes and am continually amazed at the nutrient content of even the simplest of green juices.

 Here is a green juice recipe for people who enjoy a lighter flavored green juice:

5 stalks of celery (12″ long), 1 medium lemon, peeled, 1 medium cucumber, 8″ long

Makes about 2 cups of juice. The ingredients for this juice contain 198 mg of calcium, 2 mg of iron, 1 mg of zinc, and 81 mg of magnesium.

For people who enjoy the flavor of dandelion greens (a great Spring tonic),  a dark green juice recipe:

  • 5 stalks of celery (12″ long)
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 medium cucumber, 8″ long
  • 3 cups frisée greens (curly endive)
  • 5 cups dandelion greens

Makes about 3 cups of juice. The ingredients in this juice contain 790 mg of calcium, almost 12 mg of iron, 3.4 mg of zinc, and almost 203 mg of magnesium. As one can see, the dandelion greens and frisée greens contribute quite a bit of calcium and iron to this juice when compared to the light green juice recipe. These numbers are impressive when compared to the adult daily values for these nutrients!

Rick and KarinLiving Light faculty instructors Dr. Rick Dina, D.C. and Dr. Karin Dina, D.C. have created an exceptional curriculum on the science of raw food nutrition, which includes a comprehensive 5-course series of classes that will answer all your questions about the raw food diet and how it measures up with other popular diets.

Our Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator™ package is highly recommended for both health educators and raw food chefs alike, and is perfect for anyone who plans to live the lifestyle or teach the benefits of raw and living foods to others. And the best news is that the next complete session begins May 25!15percentdiscount

Gain the confidence you need in scientific-based knowledge, and be able to share the information with authority and accuracy!

For more information about the  Science of Raw Food Nutrition series of classes (discounted until May 15) Call our enrollment department at 707-964-2420 or Click here

April 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

Feels Like Spring by kristin

The past couple of days have been relatively warm and sunny – in the low 60s here on the Mendocino coast. Hardly any frost on the ground for the past two mornings, after several weeks of frost covered grass. I’m sort of obsessively monitoring the daffodils in my yard – waiting for the first golden bloom to emerge. The paperwhites I forced on my kitchen windowsill have kept me company during the cold, frosty mornings, but they are nearly finished, and I noticed that the alyssum, which appeared nearly dead as I transplanted it in a few key places last fall is popping up all over. Success! Spring is in the air, if only temporarily – but it is on the way. Hooray!green smoothie

Besides bringing flowers, Spring showers and longer days, maybe thoughts of Spring cleaning – or better yet, a Spring cleanse. It is the perfect time of year to renew not only our spirits but our bodies. Drinking plenty of green juices and a adding a squeeze of lemon to fresh water first thing in the morning cleanses the liver and removes some of the sluggishness we might feel from eating some heavier foods to keep us warm and spending more time indoors during the long winter. That puts a spring in our step and the longer days motivate us to get outside and get our mojo working again!

If you’d like to know more about how to be the healthiest you can be, why not sign up for our Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ series with those inimitable gurus of green – the Drs. Dina! Honestly, the feedback we get from students about their classes is amazing. Drs. Rick and Karin have a way of making even the most complicated scientific information seem accessible and even fun! And they are both approachable – no question is too complicated or too simple – you’ll see! Series begins March 16!Rick and Karin

February 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm 2 comments

So Shiny by mary elizabeth

Artiste - John Atkinson GrimThe weather is so nice here in Fort Bragg right now I can’t stand it.  It’s sunny and bright and not windy – just lovely.  It’s been like this for, like, twenty four hours and already I can’t remember what a pain it was to defrost my car window for about a million mornings in a row up until now.  Everything’s beautiful today and that’s all that matters.  Valentine’s Day was lovely, too, by the way – just as I suspected it would be.  We hadpretty poppies yummy, heart-themed treats here in the office and my sweet boyfriend took me out to a lovely vegan dinner at the Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino.  It’s funny how sometimes life seems rather dismal and then all of a sudden it seems shiny and full of potential.  I know, I know – it’s me, not life that fluctuates like that.  But still – I’m sure at least some of you can relate to what I mean.  And I’m proud to say that I’m getting better at moving through the dismal times as quickly as possible in hopes of getting to shinier ones.

shinyIf you are feeling a little dismal, why don’t you go ahead and make that call to Living Light and sign up for our next Associate Chef and Instructor training today.  We’re extending our deadline for all the super fabulous discounts we offer, so it’s not like it’s too late.  Sometimes, the way to making our days shine is by getting into action.  Procrastination is a sure-fire trick for prolonging the darkness.  At least I know it is for me and so often, taking the necessary step isn’t half so scary as I thought it would be and the next thing I know – all is well.  Try it!  Embrace the light!

February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Benefits by mary elizabeth

Vintage Christmas Card0013I think I finally have my holiday plans in order, and more importantly, I feel good about them, too.  For whatever reason, I allow myself to get stressed out about what we’re going to do when and with whom and I want it all sorted right now!  Sometimes, the need to get it all sorted results in me making plans I don’t even like!  But – now it is all sorted and I can relax.  In fact, I can super relax because after a quick out of town trip for the kids’ birthdays, I’msnowy bridge just going to stay home until the very end of the month.  I’m going to try and make good things to eat and decorate the house and just be happy at home.  I’m really pleased with this plan.  The benefits to just staying home are huge!  Happy holidays to me!

There are lots of benefits to working at Living Light.  One of them iscafe staff that we get to have a green juice or an organic meal every day!  This is the best preventative health plan ever and so, so yummy.  We also get to feel good about our global impact as all of the different businesses that comprise Living Light International are very planet friendly.  But the best benefit of all is the people we get to spend our work hours with.  I know I’ve said it before, but I really feel blessed to work with the super amazing, strong, beautiful, creative and supportive women and men in this company.  And really, there are so many smiling, friendly faces everywhere I go at Living Light it’s a true gift.  Happy, happy holidays to all my sweet co-workers!  Let’s have a fun winter and a fabulous 2013!

December 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm 3 comments

The Coveted Golden Spoon by mary elizabeth

 Last Friday, Living Light participated in the Fort Bragg Food Bank’s first annual soup and chili cook off.  And guess what?  We won!!  Our Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder beat all others – quite the vegan victory, if you ask me.  We were up against some local heavy hitters, too.  I’m so proud of Joe and his whole kitchen/café crew, especially Living Light Gourmet Raw Food Chef grad, café employee and chef extraordinaire Elyse who made a most beautiful hostess at the Living Light table.  I’m also proud of our own Amanda who planned the event and sits on the food bank’s board of directors.  I got to witness this sweet victory from behind the bar, where my boyfriend and I served local beer and wine to the soup-hungry attendees.  If you missed the event, you can come in and try this award winning treat in our café – just call ahead and see when we’ll have it available.  But be sure and come next year.  We’ll be defending our Golden Spoon against all comers and it’s for such a worthy cause – especially at this holiday time of year.

Speaking of the holidays, I think it’s time for fellow blog goddess Kristin and me to start rocking our holiday blogs for 2012.  We like to use this time of year to reminisce and share holiday stories and ideas.  It’s pretty quiet here at work as the school closes for a few weeks and the new year rush doesn’t usually kick in till after Christmas.  It gives us a chance to highlight some of the more personal sides of Living Light and its employees.  I bet we’ll have more examples of the role Living Light plays in the local community, too – more reasons to be proud.  The Golden Spoon is a great start, though.  I can’t wait to see how we’ll top it next year!

November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Peacenik by kristin

With so many things competing for our attention in this fast-paced world of ours, it’s always good to keep our eye on our core values, which can be different for different people, yet upon close inspection, must be similar in many ways. imaginepeaceIn spite of strife on the world stage, I’d say the vast majority of individuals on the planet would prefer a peaceful world – one where their families, friends and neighbors enjoy relative tranquility and do not have to live in fear. Sadly, the International Day of Peace, which is September 21, 2012 (tomorrow!) probably gets far less attention than all of the wars around the world do. I’m glad there are people on the planet, including our friend Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, who help us focus our attention on the subject of peace on earth. Just today I got an email about a group of well-known musicians (Eric Clapton, Guns n Roses, Carol King and others) who are pooling their talent with musicians from other countries to create a Listen for Life world tour to raise consciousness about the importance of creating peace on the planet.peace signs So, tomorrow – how can each of us make the day a little more peaceful? Mindful eating? Lending a helping hand to your neighbor or colleague? Staying away from gossip? Or just centering ourselves in our hearts and thinking of all the people in our lives we can send love to. Maybe as our love radiates out into the world, we’ll create a powerful wavelength together. Make peace!heart vegetables

September 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm 1 comment

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