Chef Karen Hammer
Raw Vegan Cuisine to keep you healthy and well
I am living in the land of enchantment and loving it in Albuquerque, NM!
I am currently offering classes in Albuquerque to share the wonderful tastes of Raw food
Sunday, April 13th
$40.00 total+2.80 tax
reserve a space now!
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Teaching Raw and Living foods to Add Spice to your life!
Therapeace Massage and Taste of Raw
Therapeace Bodywork and Massage
LMT Karen Hammer is practicing on Saturdays at Oriental Medical Arts!
2716 San Pedro NE
Body Mind and Soul for creating our optimum health!
2+1 special with raw food and massage for well being!
2 therapeace massages and 1 taste of raw class/ 2 taste of raw classes and 1 therapeace massage
Check out the April article in "Albuquerque the magazine" with Karen Hammer & Taste of Raw
This is Awesome and Awesomely Delicious
I am so excited they wrote an article in the Albuquerque Journal
"Turn Off The Heat"
Check out the April 2014 article in "Albuquerque the Magazine"
A monthly article -My Favorite Recipe, featuring Taste of Raw
HI! I'm Chef Karen Hammer and I love fresh healthy, healing foods and I also love to prepare them. I am a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and received my certification as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef in February 2010. A lifelong interest in food and heath and a believer of the quote from Hippocrates which states "Our food should be our medicine and Our medicine should be our food". I am interested in sharing with you foods that taste delicious and create better health and healing for many people all over the world. At this time I find it is important to find ways to stay healthy through wonderful whole fresh and organic foods. Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, seeds and beans. Sea veggies provide so many minerals that we need and I believe can help to keep us well. Eating at least 50% to 75% raw vegan foods or more is what I recommend for people who want to improve their health. I am passionate about sharing this lifestyle where living or raw vegan foods can be delicious, satisfying and beautiful using natural whole plant based foods.
These are the foods that will sustain into the future!
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I have always loved to cook and experiment with foods and flavors, but changing to a raw program had some distinct changes. Soaking nuts and seeds to remove the enzyme inhibitors. In raw, the raw means fresh foods that are uncooked, like salads and raw vegetables. We also use very low heat using a dehydrator below 118 degrees and this low temperature preserves the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Preparing foods that are satisfying and have variety is not as challenging as you might think once you get the hang of it. It is a change but, exciting and fresh living foods are wonderful and for me and allowed me to lose weight while feelingso alive and healthy. It's amazing how much variety you can have. There is a rainbow of colors and variety and fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from. Nuts and seeds, living superfoods and more. You can you learn new ways of creating sauces, soups, dressings, salads, vegetable dishes, pate's and amazing desserts!
You can make low temperature dehydrated crackers or breads and wraps. You will love it and you can be extremely creative and satisfied with the foods.
Your body will detox and go through a transformation when you decide to omit heavier foods. You will feel so much lighter and full of energy.
I was eating a living food diet for a year when I went to Ann Wigmore Foundation in NM. and then I attended Living Light Raw Culinary Arts Institute. After hearing a talk in Albuquerque, I decided to try going raw vegan right away and I became passionate about raw vegan foods enjoying this adventure with fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables and a few other foods.This kept me feeling vibrant and energetic and I now am now 6 years raw vegan and I still continue this way of eating and love it.
That first year I was hungry for information about how to prepare this cuisine and experimenting with flavors. Today I still love to experiment and be creative with foods. At first though the change to Raw Vegan didn't seemlike such a stretch for me as I was vegetarian for years. The change was omitting all processed foods like high temperature baked bread or crackers. If you have trouble pronouncing an ingredient, it might not be the best ingredient for you to eat.
My desire for a healthy diet and learning about healthy food started in high school when I decided to become a vegetarian, but was convinced by my parents that we need cheese or fish at the least to be getting the protein we need. It seems to be an obsession with many Americans to worry about whether they get enough protein.
Have you ever heard of a protein deficiency in this country? I haven't! Since I started as a raw vegan a 6 years ago, I have now released about 44 lbs. and I feel great. I just eat fresh and healthy raw foods in whatever quantities I felt I needed and the pounds melted off.
A special note for one instrumental person who was a pioneer in this raw food and living foods movement. Her name was Ann Wigmore and she started healing people that had many diseases including herself of cancer starting in the 1960's. She popularized sprouting and wheatgrass juice and she was the founder of Hippocrates that was in Boston MA. Then she started a foundation which then moved to New Mexico after she passed due to a tragic fire. Now The Ann Wigmore Foundation, is just an hour west of Albuquerque N.M. This Ann Wigmore Foundation retreat center is internationally known and I recommend this program to people who are in need of healing from disease's or serious health conditions or simply learning how to stay healthy. I went there and I highly recommend it. People come from all over the world to learn how to heal themselves using raw and living foods. They follow the protocol that Ann Wigmore developed and called the Living Foods Lifestyle.
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Extinct volcano's and the beautiful New Mexico sunset! Shortly after moving here 11 yrs ago I took this picture. I had never seen a sunset like this one before but, now I realize it was probably was created by Chemtrail's or geoengineering the sky, I am starting to have showings of the documentary film "What in the world are they spraying?
This is an important issue! Our air, food, and water is at stake!
Since last March 2013 I have also taken on the challenge of being a local coordinator for Food and Water Watch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. and I'm working on the "We Will Decide" campaign!
To Label Genetically Engineered foods in New Mexico. I believe we have the right to decide what foods we put into our mouths and that GE foods should be labeled.
Check out food and water watch NM on facebook!
I am so energized to be sharing Living foods by giving raw food classes for
health. The foods taste wonderful with fresh natural flavors
Upcoming Raw Vegan "Taste Of Raw Classes"
with Karen Hammer
Classes from January 2014 to April 2014
Register now for classes below to reserve a space. All classes have a 7% sales tax
3 hr classes $50.00 plus tax and 1 1/2 hr.- 2 hr. are priced accordingly
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Cucumber Seaweed Salad, Sushi with Miso Sauce
Tom Kha Soup, Vegetable Teriyaki Skewers and Sauce,
Tropical Fruit Tart
Come and Enjoy the divine healthy and flavorful dishes and
learn all Knife Skills, Ways to make dishes that are familiar and
delicious and enjoy the wonderful flavors
"All American Cuisine"
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Yum Burgers, Onion Rings, Coleslaw,
fresh Ketchup and mustard
Brownies and Vanilla Ice Cream
All raw and vegan and delicious and healthy!
Desserts to Live For!
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
1:00-4:00 pm, $53.50 total
Mango Pear Crumble
Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry swirls
Decadent Chocolate Cacao Ice Cream
All Raw Vegan, Dairy Free, Wheat Free
Call Chef Karen with any questions you have and send a check or payment
to reserve your spot. I'm Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
see below the picture for a contact form
To register for classes:
contact Karen at 505-363-4288
Pay by mail to Karen Hammer, 699 Bluebird Ln NE Abq. NM 87122
Garden Gossip and More...
Gather the Harvest, now that spring is upon us its time to keep composting, gather all of the fruits and veggies you've had, leave the cold weather veggies, Kale, some herbs survive, but if you want herbs bring some into your home with a pot and keep them watered so you have them nearby when you want to add flavor and nutrition to your creations. This spring I've been working for Food and Water Watch since April 2013 started being a coordinator in the NM office to work on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods and Genetically modified foods (GMO's). Go to facebook to sign up for the food and water watch facebook page NM to see whats going on locally. Our foods are just too important to fool with! The big agribusinesses have to return to more natural and sustainable ways that won't hurt animals, people or the honeybees.
The best thing we can do right now is grow some of our own food or buy from local farmers markets and they'll all be in going strong soon, but there are even a few winter market in Abq. Natural seeds are amazing and self propagating. I am truly grateful for the work farmers do, especially organic and sustainable farmers as I depend on them.
Indoor Gardening-Besides sprouting indoors and growing wheatgrass. I find watching the sprouts and living plants grow is such a gift that shows us the miracle of nature as it is intended! Check out my class on sprouting and wheatgrass in February.
Garden stores sell seeds and starter plants many with heirloom or organic seeds. Check out Plants of the Southwest! CSA's such as Los Poblanos and Skarsgard farms are going strong (community supported Agriculture or your local coop or health food stores in town.
I am so thankful for the hard work farmers of the world put into working with nature to bring us wonderful foods that give us the nutrition we need to live.
Below picture of Vegetable Terriyaki with Pinapple skewer from my asian class - mmm good!
Below that a picture of my potted flowering basil flowers which are edible. and info on lemons alkalizing properties.
It is good to include some Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes which are some of the most alkalizing fruits. They taste sour but once they go into your mouth and mix with your saliva and go through the digestion process they turn alkaline inside your body. We try to achieve a balance, but a body that is on the alkaline side keeps us healthier. You can include it in your preparation of foods or add lemon to juices or water, in addition to dressings, sauces, and most dishes in raw food preparation. Its easy to substitute lime and a tip is you need much less salt.