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Having FUN with Health! ON MAUI…

Maui Xmas in May May 7, 2011

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Aloha! Merry Xmas!! And Happy New Year! ….. in May~  We thought this vid might put a big smile on your face…We went camping on one of our favorite secret beaches for Xmas as well as New Years this last year. Since then I have had major computer issues on and off and have never gotten to putting this up. It made us realize how fast the year is going. We hope the first half of this year has been fabulous for you and that all of your wishes are coming true!

<————Click on the pic to see our Beach Camping Video———— ENJOY

Lots of love from us here on Maui~
C&S

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Magical Mangosteen Madness~ January 3, 2011

Magical Mangosteen Tasting

Click Pic to watch VIDEO

OMG This is our new FAVE!!! We finally got to try the REAL, FRESH magical fruit called Mangosteen…. Mmmmm … Totally delicious and supper healthy! Of course we filmed it for you so can see it for yourself…. you just don’t see these very often.

Check it out! Click the picture…

If you can get your hands on some of these I suggest you do and PLANT the seeds PLEASE!!!!  We need more of these growing!

Enjoy~

Lots of Love,

C&S

 

Delicious Durian Tasting January 2, 2011

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Aloha! We had to share yet another amazing Maui tropical fruit VIDEO with you – This one here is known as the “King of Fruits” …. Its big and reptilian looking with a bunch of thorny spines and it stinks like no other, but apparently offers us much in regards to health and nutrition.

This should be on your “foods I gotta try bucket list” …  Check it out~

It happens to be made up of  high levels of tryptophan (the feel good amino acid) which raises serotonin levels and helps to lift the spirit!! MMmmm. Euphoric… And said to increase libido… hmmm….

It is also known for its beautifying effects on your skin. Which I love to hear… It has high concentration of raw oleic fats (good fat) (and vitamin E), sulphur compounds, and soft proteins which all aid to our skins health. Not to mention anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant, energizing, blood cleansing, the list goes on.

This is a truly magical food! I am so grateful to have access to this beautiful thornball of nutrition!! LOL! I love it!!!

Click the durian picture to the left for a VIDEO of us doing a Durian Taste Test…

Enjoy~

We love you!!!
Chris & Sara

 

Welcome to Our Garden! July 14, 2010

Garden Tour Videos

Click each picture for Parts 1 & 2

Garden Video Part 1 of 2

Aloha! Welcome to Hohani Gardens!!!

We are sooo excited to share our garden with you. It has been our growing baby for the last year. LOL!

We have a 2 part Garden Tour for you.  Part 1 is the garden a few days ago. Part 2 is our first day in our garden, almost 1 year ago….

We have had soo much fun and have learned so much. We had no idea what we were getting into when we first started this treck about a year ago. At the first place that we lived here on Maui, we built a small box garden and had great success with tomatoes, tons of salad greens, kale, herbs, beets, carrots etc. Although, we only lived there for about 2 mos. and only maintained it for a short time after. That was our first experience in the garden.

So Hohani Garden (above) is where we have been the last year. 🙂 And this is like our first real garden. Before now, I could barely keep my house plants alive and the only food I have ever grown was a chia pet! And I didnt even KNOW (chia) was food at that time!  Chris gardened as a child with his mom and sisters, so he had some knowledge. But we have seriously learned everything as we go.

It  really began a few years ago when we started cleaning up our food choices. Eliminating processed foods was the goal. After awhile, we realized we were buying the majority of our groceries at the Farmers Market. -McClendons in Old Town Scottsdale- (Wonderful Farmers Market if you are in the area). We pretty much ate produce. And since we already knew we were to live in Maui, we began to get REALLY excited to GROW OUR OWN FOOD!! Thats all we knew. We could hardly wait. So thats why we built the first garden even though we knew it was temporary. We had get our hands in the dirt. ASAP.

So this garden has already grown through a few rounds and has morphed plenty of times. We just started with planting the food that we were buying regularly. And every once in a while you will get a surprise garden plant that you never planted. I love it! We also started collecting seeds of all of our favorite organic fruits n veggies that we would eat anywhere. It is so awesome! We have quite a collection already. Now we just need the perfect seed saving device! We have seeds EVERYWHERE!!!

Originally the gardens were mostly overgrown with weeds when we first got here. So, we started by cleaning each bed out . Part 2 Video is the very first day we worked in our garden and you will see the overgrowth that we started with…  and the little bit of paradise that we uncovered! It felt sooo nice to clear all that out and start fresh. We did get a few plants to start with. Check it out!

Garden Video Part 2-

A video of our first days in the garden

We are curious if you are growing any of the food that you eat currently?

If you are not growing anything, why not? At the least you can have some house plants, a.k.a salad greens, tomatoes and herbs. They are easy and dont require a ton of space. I never knew!

It is not that hard and sooo rewarding to not only know where your food comes from, but to actually bond with your food as it grows and until you eat it. It really is fascinating. I had no idea what a lot of my food looked like growing!! That was scary for me. And I am constantly learning of the amazing amount of varieties of fruits n veggies that we never hear of. Not to mention WILD EDIBLES…. MMMmmmmm…. There is sooo much food out there,  we tend to forget there is more than the isle at the grocery store.

Thats why we had to share our garden with you! We hope it inspires you to start with just one edible plant around your house, if you don’t already have one or have a garden.

If we can do it, so can you!

We love you tons n tons! Have an awesome day!

Chris & Sara

 

Cherimoya Fruit/Custard Apple- a.k.a. Romantic Fruit April 25, 2010

Aloha!!

We are sooo excited to share this most succulent tropical fruit with you ~ The heart shaped Cherimoya Fruit (also known as “Romantic Fruit” ).   It is pretty much the epitomy of tropical fruit (in my opinion) … It seriously tastes like a custardy blend of pear, banana, mango, pineapple, lilikoi, vanilla, coconut HEAVEN! All mixed into one!!!! You’ll have to try one to believe us~

It is said to be enjoyed with a loved one … so we wanted to eat it with YOU! 🙂

Here is the video so you can see its succulence in person! (so to speak..)

The cherimoya tree is a native of the Andes Mountain range in South America, the mountain area between Colombia to Bolivia, at an altitude of 1000 to 2000m. But we got ours LOCAL here on Maui, from Mana Foods, our local Organic Store. I am soaking my seeds now and will plant them soon. I guess they grow pretty fast. Now for the meantime, I need to find us the supply tree! Possibly trade some bananas??? ….

Cherimoyas are a rich source of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Niacin. The Incas enjoyed these in ancient times. They used it as an aphrodisiac and to improve fertility… hmmm…. be careful with this one! LOL.

This would be an awesome  base for a creamy green smoothie or even as 5 Star Raw Ice Cream treat! Ooo la la… Or just slice into wedges and scoop out the meat. Loving these!!!

Here is a picture of it growing on the tree Thanks to tradewindsfruit.com. (where you can purchase these seeds!) This was one of the few pics I could find of the whole tree, believe it or not. I will definitely be looking for the tree here on island for more fruit and some personal pics for you guys!

 

Harvesting Bananas on Maui & Green Smoothies March 24, 2010

Aloha!! We are going BANANAS over here in the jungle!!!! LOL!  Look at all our bananas!!

Have you ever seen what your bananas looked like on the tree before they got to you? Ever seen someone harvest bananas? Well, here’s your chance! Because Chris loooves to harvest bananas and we loooove to EAT bananas!!! We are very lucky to have a pretty good size banana orchard here on our property. We go through a lot of bananas as they are a wonderful base for the PERFECT GREEN smoothie. And we loooove green smoothies! 🙂

So here is a video of Chris harvesting bananas: (and the property dog, Bella) <—– No I didn’t name her!!!

And here is a DELICIOUS Green Smoothie Recipe (for 2) for you to try: Share it with someone you love~

  • 1-2 Large Bananas (or 3 small local variety)
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves
  • Large handful of Spinach
  • Large handful of Sunflower Sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup Ice
  • Water as desired (more for thinner smoothie/less for thicker

Blend and enjoy!~ This smoothie is chock full of yummy nutrients that your body will thank you for! Try one! You will LOVE it.  PROMISE!!!

 

Plant a Quick & Easy Herb Garden March 18, 2010

Aloha!! We have been really enjoying our Fresh Herb Garden lately. Our friend Mike brought us over clippings of his herbs, and thats how we started ours! It is so easy we had to share it with you. You can do this anywhere!!

Next time you buy herbs at the grocery store or farmers market, pinch out a few stems and plant yourself a quick and easy herb garden. You will be glad!  Thats the last time you will need to buy that herb. Seriously. Check out our video – We show you how to get started clipping some herbs and goji berry starts….ON MAUI~  EnJOY!

Love ya!

PS. How do ya like my HOLY BASIL picture!!! Check out the eye that was lookin back at me!!! WHoah!

And here is the video~

Oh yeah! Check out this recipe for Pesto Pate….  Our raw food chef friend Jason gave us this one. It is sooo yummy you wont even miss the cheese! Try it out!

1/4lb Fresh Basil

2/3 cup lemon juice

3 cloves Garlic

7 leaves Lacinto/Dino Kale

1 cup pumpkin seeds (organic/soaked 1-4 hrs)

Pinch of cayenne and sea salt

Blend all together till creamy. Add a little water if necessary.

Enjoy it as a dip or a spread or even a dressing~ Thanks Jason!