Weeds That Feed – Okanagan Rawsome Shares Spring’s Super Foods

Afke Zonderland, Okanagan Rawsome

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken our taste buds to delicious raw, gluten-free goodness! Afke Zonderland, Chef & CEO shares how easy it is to live a whole-food, vegan, sprouted philosophy and make the healthiest choices for yourself and your family.


Green fields and vibrant reds and yellows from tulips and daffodils are a feast for the eye every spring. Perhaps not so welcome is the proliferous spread of yellow dandelions in your lawn or stinging nettles in a field.

Okanagan Rawsome Weeds That Feed wpDandelions are especially abundant in the early spring to provide many bee varieties their first real fresh pollen and nectar. Us mere humans who can give thanks to modern shipping have access to fresh food year-round. But give these bright yellow beauties a second look as an important and timely addition to your salad greens or smoothies.

Both dandelions and stinging nettles are considered spring’s super foods. They purify the blood and give our organs a wash and rinse to activate a scrub down from the inside out. You can find me snipping choice leafy greens around our yard early in the morning to add to last years’ blend of frozen berries and cucumbers. I like to add a slice of lemon with peel and half an avocado to the blender for a delicious nutrition-packed start to the day. You can substitute nettles in favour of spinach in most recipes if you pick just the mild and tender tips. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves!

Benefits of sipping dandelion root juice or tea made from the whole plant:

  • Protects your bones. High in calcium and Vitamin K. Evidence suggests ˜that Vitamin K is a grand soldier that mineralizes our bones and is needed for proper blood clotting. It also helps maintain brain function.
  • Vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help cleanse our livers and keep them working properly.
  • Helps people with diabetes by stimulating the production of insulin by the pancreas and keeping blood sugars low.
  • The milky white substance from the inside of the stem works dandy to relieve itchiness from eczema, ringworms and psoriasis
  • Just one cup of tea will provide you with 100% of your DV of Vitamin A. Good food for your eyes and to treat respiratory infections.

Harvesting Tips:

  • Be sure to pick your dandelions in an area that has not been sprayed with an herbicide or is a favorite pee spot for your pets! I tend to leave a few mature dandelion roots behind the house and on the edge of the raspberry row.

Wild Herbs Salad 

  • from Vienna Sunday Kitchen

Ingredients
• 2 handfuls stinging nettles leaves (the leaves of the top 5cm of the plant)
• 2 handfuls dandelion greens ( the younger leaves)
• 3 – 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves
• 1 TBSP crumbled goat feta
• 1 small handful of cranberries
• 4 TBSP balsamic vinegar
• 4 TBSP quality olive oil
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 TBSP honey

Instructions
1. Wash nettles, wrap in a dishtowel and knead, so that they no longer burn. Chop small the nettles.
2. Wash and chop dandelion leaves.
3. Wash Romaine lettuce leaves and tear in bite size pieces
4. In the salad bowl, mix the vinegar with about 0.4cup {100 ml} of water, add salt and honey and mix until both have dissolved.
5. Add the wild herbs to the vinegar mix in the bowl and mix well with the olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste
6. Top with cranberries and feta cheese.

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weight-loss diets, health issues, aversions, religious beliefs, and world-changing agendasOkanagan Rawsome is proud to source all the  fruits and veggies in their crisps from their own garden in Grindrod, BC and from organic farmers in the Okanagan Valley.  This year they  decided to grow the leafy greens, kale, spinach and parsley for their new Okanagan Rawsome Garden Crisps.

100% Non-GMO • Soaked & Sprouted Seeds • Dehydrated at Low Temperatures • No Refined Sugars • Low-Glycemic

A source of pure plant energy, these living whole food snacks are low-glycemic, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation. Loaded with organic ingredients and local produce, Okanagan Rawsome is real food that nourishes your body – and soul! 


 Supergreens Garden Crisps

It doesn’t get any greener than this combination of spinach, kale and parsley made with local grown apples and zucchini. BC grown all the way!

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Top these Garden Crisps with your favourite cheese and some sliced cucumber to create a perfect pairing.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples,*spinach,*kale,*parsley,*zucchini,*flax seeds,*coconut,*dates,*lemon juice,*sprouted pumpkin seeds,*chlorella, ginger powder, garlic powder, pure ocean aquifer sea salt. (*organic)

Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps • See how they are made!

Onion-Herb BEET CRISPS are packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)

carrot-crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps • See how they are made!

Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)

How Carrot Crisps are Made


Orange Sesame Apple Crisps

Orange Sesame Apple Crisps

Orange Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes!

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *coconut, *ground flax seeds, *sesame seeds, *dates, hemp hearts, *oranges, *lemon juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, *sea salt (*organic)

How Apple Crisps Are Made


 Cran Raisin Apple CrispsCranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. 

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.


 Okanagan Rawsome Choc-Ginger

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

*Available exclusively online in Smaller Pieces or in Bulk

Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates. 

  • LOCAL Organic Produce
  • 90% ORGANIC Ingredients

Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Available in convenient single-sized portions.

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