June 27, 2012

Natural Foodie: The power of raw

Friends and activists for a vegan lifestyle, Maggie Knowles and Elizabeth Fraser are drumming up support for their cause with a forthcoming book and a series of appearances and cooking classes.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Maggie Knowles, left, and Elizabeth Fraser show off the kale chips from their Kids Gone Raw line of raw, vegan foods.

Photos by Avery Yale Kamila/Staff Writer

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Watermelon cake.

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FMI: kidsgoneraw.com


WHEN: 10:30 a.m., July 19

WHERE: Children's Museum of Maine

HOW MUCH: free with admission

INFO: www.kitetails.org

ALSO LOOK FOR the Kids Gone Raw team serving up smoothies and kale chips at Henry Fest, Sept. 9 at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth; and at the Dempsey Challenge, Oct. 12 to 14 in Lewiston.

After the smoothies were handed out, Fraser announced: "We're going to make a watermelon cake."

Taking seedless watermelon slices, Fraser used a circular metal cookie cutter to create round pieces of watermelon.

"You can make them whatever shape you want," Fraser said. "You can use any cookie cutter. We love having all the leftover watermelon pieces because we juice them, rinds and all."

Then she and Knowles stacked the slices and decorated them with strawberries, bananas and whole berries. The pair has also decorated watermelon cakes with slices of kiwis, mangos and avocados and springs of fresh mint and basil.

"Kids love making them, so you can prep the fruit and let them decorate," Fraser said. "If you have a bunch of boys and they're not into decorating cakes, you can have them make trucks or boats."

With the watermelon cake ready to go, the three of us sat down to enjoy a raw, kid-friendly breakfast.

In addition to the smoothies and the watermelon cake, we also dug into Frutti Patootie Pancakes made in a dehydrator from a mixture of bananas, peaches, pecans and agave nectar and topped with a berry sauce.

"They can be ready in five to six hours, which is quick for raw food," Fraser joked.

Next we enjoyed raw energy bars and finished up the meal with banana ice cream dipped in chocolate. We all had clean plates.

"Kids are our future," Knowles said, as we began clearing the dishes. "We need to inspire kids to take care of their own health. Kids are so creative and excitable and curious when they're young. When kids come in contact with this food they're so excited."

And, according to Knowles, eating a diet rich in raw foods can pay off at the doctor's office.

"Every year, my pediatrician looks at me and says, 'I've never seen a kid this healthy,' " Knowles said. "It comes down to fresh air and good food."


Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at: akamila@pressherald.com

Twitter: AveryYaleKamila


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Tootie Patootie Pancakes.

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Banana ice cream dipped in chocolate.


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