Ann Hartenbach of Winneconne Wisconsin had a gentle epiphany on Thursday after breakfast.
It was the day something shifted inside Ann, who has lost 18 pounds since arriving at Creative Health Institute May 1. Following the 10-Day-Detox Program she participated in, Ann became an intern. And this week she’s been getting experience preparing food in our raw kitchen.
She had been through detox programs at CHI in the past and reaped emotional, spiritual and physical rewards from them. The 10-Day Detox she went through this month was extremely beneficial, too. But the experience she has been gaining behind the scenes in the kitchen since her internship began is really what’s helping Ann take her raw living foods lifestyle to another level.
“The kitchen supervisors create confidence and show how easy the lifestyle can be,” Ann said. “I feel I can go home now and know what to buy and how long to keep it.”
Ann’s new-found confidence in the kitchen helped her to look at a bowl of leftover oatmeal from breakfast and see a future batch of oatmeal cookies. Before long, Ann was mixing together ingredients from an oatmeal cookie recipe developed for Creative Health Institutes own Master Chef and creator of the Raw Chef Level 1 Certification Class, Bobby Morgan.
Her cookies were a huge hit and other interns were eating them right out of the dehydrator.
It was her first batch of raw cookies. Now that she realizes it’s just as simple to make raw cookies as it is to make baked cookies, Ann expects to be doing quite a bit of “un”baking.
Ann recommends the CHI internship program for budding raw foodists who want to learn more at an accelerated pace.
And for those who can’t commit three months for an internship, she still recommends the 10-Day Detox program.
“The detox is more than just losing weight. It clears toxins leaving you with a clear head and lighter feeling, ” Ann said.
She is so grateful for all she is learning at Creative Health Institute — and for her new confidence to continue the lifestyle when she returns home.
“Good tasting healthy food is in abundance,” Ann said. “Healthy food does not have to be without flare, spice and richness.”
Bobby’s Really Rawsome Oatmeal Cookies ©
2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup dried raisins
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup of raw agave or honey
- 2 apples grated
- ½ cup of macadamia nuts finely ground- (leave out a dozen to chunk up and put in the batter)
- ½ cup cashew nuts finely ground – (leave out a dozen to chunk up and put in the batter)
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Place oats in a food processor and pulse two short bursts. If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender. Transfer the oats to a mixing bowl and add the dates, raisins, walnuts agave or honey and apples and mix the batter well. Set aside.
Robert (Bobby) Morgan
Master Raw Chef
Creative Health Institute