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Newsletter July 16, 2017:

Start your Victory Garden for Autumn and Winter – Now!

Dear brothers and sisters,

By starting now, you’ll have vibrant salad greens all winter long. From regeneration to redemption – the healing this America so desperately needs depends on you.

With so much appreciation and respect,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video Recipe: Best of Italy Wrap

by Master Live Food Chef Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are privileged to present a video by a most creative and original chef.

With best wishes for good health to you and family,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Best of Italy Wrap

Note: This recipe is truly the best of Italy and is a 5 star creation. Prepare the sprouted Buckwheat Groats, Sun Dried Tomato Wrap, Fermented Sun Dried Tomato Cheese, and the Sautéed Marinade Garnish on the first day. Keep in mind that the Buckwheat Groats can take 24 to 48 hours to sprout.

Buckwheat Groats Ingredients:
1 cup Red Mill organic whole grain buckwheat


Note: 1 cup of buckwheat groats will expand into 2 1/3 cups after they have sprouted.

Take the cup of buckwheat and place it in a strainer. Rinse it with filtered water. Place them into a mixing bowl. Fill the bowl with filtered water and let soak for 15 to 20 minutes maximum. Pour them back into the strainer and rinse again until the water runs clear. Set the strainer inside a measuring cup. Place them on the counter and cover them with a cheese cloth. Rinse the buckwheat in strainer with filtered water 3 to 4 times a day for 24 hours. If you live in a colder climate, it may take up to 48 hours for them to sprout. Make sure to keep rinsing them until they sprout. As soon as you see the sprouts coming out the ends, they are finished sprouting.

Wrap Ingredients:
1 cup sun dried tomatoes (Living Tree Community Foods)
1 cup filtered water
¾ cup peeled cubed zucchini
1 cup flax seed flour
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
¾ cup chopped basil leaves
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
¾ tsp. Himalayan salt
2 tbsp. California Heritage olive oil (Living Tree Community Foods)
¼ cup Organic Maple Syrup
½ tsp. cayenne pepper (Living Tree Community Foods)
¼ cup hemp seeds (Living Tree Community Foods)
1 tsp. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

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A Testimonial from a Glorious Sister

I want to thank you for the very excellent products I received just before the weekend. As always, almond butter that no one else can compete with and sesame seed butter that is comparable to none. Both absolutely fabulous products . As well, thank you for my elder gifts of raisons and olive oil. When I opened the olive oil, its fragrance, so unique to a particular olive in California, was perfume for my day; its flavor, had a familiar bite and was lovely. The raisons, quite a cut above any available elsewhere, should keep my sweet tooth in check for a while.

Again, thank you for all that you do to raise the bar for the rest of us, that try to do good work. I appreciate it always,

With best wishes,

Elizabeth M. Rogers

Video Contest: Your Garden in Mid-Summer

We invite you to share the wonder of your garden with brothers and sisters. Tell us of your triumphs and successes with sweet corn, cucumbers and tomatoes. Share the joy and deep satisfaction you receive upon harvesting the fruits of your labor. Tell us of the salads you create from lettuce, chard, kale and parsley.

We are offering as a prize a $150 gift certificate.

Put it all together as a video walking tour. Contest ends August 6th.

Send the video to

Featured Item: Organic Cashew Butter 16oz On Sale In July!!!

A $18.99 Value – Yours for $16.99!!!

And remember if you buy three jars or more you get an additional 10% discount.

This Cashew Butter is sweet and creamy. It’s made from Organic Cashews and our raw Organic Almond Oil. It’s perfect with when paired with cucumbers, celery or even peppers. It’s also a great topping for fruits and desserts. What a delightful way to add some variety to your lunches!

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We Are Seeking an Alive, Organic Sales Manager

We are seeking a person of spirit: wholehearted and enthusiastic. Someone with first hand experience in sales and marketing of alive, organic and kosher food.

At Living Tree Community Foods we manufacture organic nut butters, oils and chocolates.

We are an ethical business and treat our colleagues and clients with kindness and respect. We have been established for over 38 years. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our work

Our office is located in lively north Berkeley.

Alive Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Gold-Tipped Medjool Dates for the Month of July

Heritage Olive Oil has a polyphenol (antioxidant) content of 404 parts per million compared to 222ppm for most other olive oils.

New! Items For July

Hawaiian Macadamia Blossom Honey – Alive & Unfiltered – 24 oz jar

It is our delight to offer this Hawaiian treasure gathered from macadamia blossoms.

To some inspired tastes, its flavor is redolent of macadamia nuts. The honey is gathered by family farmers deeply committed to sustainable and regenerative agriculture in a pristine, isolated locale on the Big Island of Hawaii.





Gold Tipped Medjool Dates (California) – Sundried & Organic

These beautiful dates are a vitalizing treat as a dessert or snack. Firmer and with more depth of flavor. Pack them along when traveling or hiking. Its easy to remove the pits and use for a wealth of culinary applications. Great addition to school lunches. Grown by California Family Farmers.




Large Medjool Dates (California) – Sundried & Organic

Magnificent, large Medjool dates. Pack them along when traveling or hiking. Its easy to remove the pits and use for a wealth of culinary applications. Great addition to school lunches. What a wonderful gift idea! A farming family in southern California grows these majestic dates. You’ll be pleased with their quality.




California Almond Flour – Alive & Organic

We produce this almond meal from our California almonds grown by family farms. Rejoice in its moist, oily aliveness. What wonderful raw, alive cookies and cakes you will make! Combine with honey, chopped dates and raisins for a raw, alive pie shell. You’ll think of so many other creative uses!




Chocolate Coconut Barque – Alive & Organic

We invite you to set sail for the expanses as you take a taste of our sublime Organic Chocolate Coconut Barque. Alive, organic coconut embraces the very best alive, organic chocolate in this exceptional treat. We have added organic vanilla powder and coconut sugar to bring out the rich and delicate flavor of our alive cacao. Crispy organic quinoa puffs ensure a slight and satisfying crackle and crunch with each bite! Take a deep breathe, open a pack of Living Tree’s Chocolate Coconut Barque, and relish in the surprising and delightful taste and texture of this unique dessert.




Mango Cheeks – The New Crop Has Arrived!

They are dried in an evaporative cooling system and the pulp temperature never exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Moist and Chewy. Very sweet.




Flax Seed Flour – Alive, Organic and Grown by American Farmers

High in Fiber, but Low in Carbs. One of the most extraordinary benefits of flax seeds is that they contain high levels of mucilage gum content. Mucilage is a gel-forming fiber that is water soluble and has incredible benefits on the intestinal tract. The mucilage can keep food in the stomach from emptying too quickly into the small intestine which can increase nutrient absorption.




Macadamia Butter – Alive & Organic

Yes! Brothers and sisters! Alive, Organic Hawaiian Macadamia Butter is back! Our Organic Macadamia Butter has a rich, milky flavor that will delight your tastebuds. Created from Alive, Organic Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts.




July Victory Garden Sale


10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)


Walnut Butter – Alive & Organic

We make our Organic Walnut Butter by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try this delicious Walnut Butter on apple slices or carrot sticks, with a few raisins or a little honey drizzled on top.




Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our alive coconut butter is created from alive coconut. Savor its fragrance. Ponder its texture.





Black Sesame Tahini – Alive & Organic

Our Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini is a glorious, shining black. Made from organic UNHULLED black sesame seeds.The taste is profoundly sesame – robust and enlivening. This is our original creation (others have since tried to copy it). We presented it to the organic food industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California in March 2003. People were delighted, they called it “caviar”!




Dear brothers and sisters,
We’ve always regarded fasting as the royal road to health. But in the intensity of the industrial world, few of us are able to take time off for a prolonged fast. Here’s a sensible compromise. Our glorious intern, Marinas, will tell you about it.
Jesse Schwartz PhD

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of scheduled meals that allows you to get the most out of them. It does not change what you eat, but when you eat it. For example, a daily intermittent fasting schedule could consist of eating two 1000 calories meals at 1pm and 8pm and then fasting until 1pm of the next day. This would allow you to remain eating a 2,000 calories diet, but in a different pattern schedule. But, why should you change your eating pattern to include fasting?

Your body takes 3-5 hours in processing the food that you have eaten. When your body is processing the food, the insulin levels rise and thus, it is difficult for your body to burn, After the eating period of your day, let’s say 1pm-8pm, your body’s insulin level decrease and after 12 hours, the fasted state begins. During the fasting state, your body is able to burn fat that before was inaccessible. In the long term, your body would reduce in fat percentage while maintaining the muscle mass. In fact, this 16-hour fasting period pattern is greatly used as a weight loss tool because by doing fewer meals, there may be a reduction in calorie intake facilitating weight loss. Additionally to a lower calorie intake, there are some chemical changes in the body too. Some of these changes include the decline of insulin levels in the body, the increase in the production of growth hormones and the fat burning hormone norepinephrine. These changes in hormones increase the metabolic rate by 3.6%-14%.

Besides being a tool to lose weight, intermittent fasting also allows you to make your lifestyle simpler by allowing you to plan and cook for fewer meals. Some other benefits of intermittent fasting include: insulin resistance by reduction of the sugar percentage in your blood, reduction in the markers of inflammation, improvement of heart health by the increase of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar, improvement of brain health by the increase of the hormone BDNF, anti-aging and cancer prevention. Overall, these benefits can contribute to prevention of type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer, and heart diseases.

There are different ways to fast in which the, some popular patterns are:
• 16/8: This pattern involves 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating every-day as described in the example above. Generally, this pattern is done by skipping breakfast and then eating two or three meals in an 8-hour period and then fasting for the remaining 16 hours.
• 20/4: This pattern involves a 20 hours of fasting and 4 hours of eating. During the eating period it is recommendable to eat one or two meals.

Other fasting patterns that involve fasting for 24-hours or more are:
• 24-hour: This pattern consists of fasting for 24-hours from dinner-to-dinner or lunch-to-lunch. This pattern is generally done two or three times a day.
• 5-2: This pattern consists of eating regularly 5 days and then fasting for 2 days. However, on the two fasting days a meal of up to 500 calories can be consumed.
• 36-hour: This pattern involves fasting for a whole day. For example, eating the last dinner on day one and eating again until the breakfast of day three.

At the beginning it may sound hard to fast, specially if you are very used to your eating schedule. But once you get into the habit after a few days, your body can easily adapt to the new schedule. As seen above, fasting offers many flexible schedules that you can build your own. On the beginning, you may experience headeaches and constipation during the fasting period. To aliviate the simptoms, drink plenty of water, minral water, coffee or non-caloric drinks. Finally, it is important to mention that it is not recommended to eat meals composed of process foods. Instead, your meal should include green vegetables, free range chicken, nuts, eggs, butter, whey protein, avocado, and coconut oil.

Intermittent fasting allows your body to use the food you eat in a more effective manner. In the fasting period, your body will learn to obtain its energy from stored fat because it does not have a constant supply of calories. Intermittent fasting can thus, allow you to loose weight by maintaining muscle mass, and to improve your mental and body health.

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