Newsletter - January 6, 2021

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Video: What We Can Learn From the Pandemic

Dear brothers and sisters,

Americans are the most overweight population in all of human history.

Unbelievably, almost 80 million Americans — 42 percent of the population — are obese and another 30% are overweight.Others argue this estimate is too conservative, i.e. 90% of the population are overweight. Of the remaining 10% some have a pre-existing condition that keeps them thin, others are smokers that also helps to shed excess pounds. Only the remaining 2-3% or so can be said to be healthy. Is it any wonder then that disease sweeps through a population as imbalanced as this?

In reality, then, the pandemic is one of many. There is the pandemic of diabetes, the pandemic of high blood pressure, the pandemic of heart disease and the pandemic of cancer. All stem from a profound imbalance in how we eat, live and relate to one another.

The latest data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years.Tragically enough this troubling decline is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. 

That is why we maintain that the virus is but a symptom of a deeper, more profound illness.

We suggest that we heed the wake up call.Imagine getting back to a diet based upon living food.Imagine  a green drink of lettuce, kale, chard, spinach and celery with every meal.Imagine cleansing and re-creating ourselves via intermittent fasting. Imagine becoming more  vibrantly alive  via vigorous exercise.Imagine get back to the Victory Gardens that people planted during WW2. (In 1943, backyard gardens produced 40% of all vegetables consumed in the U.S).

Let’s then get together with friends and neighbors and plant  victory gardens, edible schoolyards and permaculture parks.

Let's go forward with renewal, regeneration and on to the redemption of this American earth.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: The Impacts Of Daily Fasting On Chronic Disease by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Covered Walnut Truffles

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A deliciously healthy, soft, sweet, chocolate covered walnut truffle recipe.



  1. Prepare ahead by soaking your dates in water to soften them. Soaking for at least an hour should soften them enough for blending. Alternatively use pitted medjool dates and miss out the soaking period altogether.
  2. Once soaked, drain the dates thoroughly to remove any excess moisture.
  3. Blend the dates with the walnuts and vanilla extract using a hand blender or food processor, until you achieve a thoroughly blended consistency. If you like things to be a bit rustic, then you can also leave it a little chunky.
  4. Once you have blended the mixture, add the ground flax seed in, either using the blend, processor or by pressing in with a spoon.
  5. Roll into teaspoon sized balls and pop on a ceramic plate, placing them into the freezer whilst you make the chocolate covering. Freezing helps them rapidly firm up and also chills them so that the chocolate coating will quickly set when you go to coat them.

New! Items For January

Macadamia Nuts Whole (Hawaiian) – Alive & Organic

We are delighted to say that our Hawaiian macadamia nuts are back. Quality and flavor are superb.

Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.
Our macadamias are crisp, fresh and alive!

Buckwheat Groats - Alive & Organic

Buckwheat Groats are buckwheat seeds that have been hulled. Subtly flavored when raw, buckwheat develops an earthly, nutty taste when roasted, long used as a tasty cereal-type grain called kasha.

This gluten-free grain can be substituted for wheat, oats, rye or barley. You may also grind it into a flour to use in buckwheat pancakes or combine with wheat flour to use in baked goods.

Macadamia Oil (American Grown) – Alive and Organic

Back in stock after a lengthy absence!

This macadamia oil is produced from macadamia nuts grown by family farmers. The trees thrive in the luxurious fertile soil of the isle of Kona, Hawaii.

Imparts a smooth, nutty flavor to foods. It is quite shelf stable. Has a distinct, inviting nutty aroma. Use macadamia oil for salad dressings, light sauteeing and stir frying – anything you’d normally use olive oil for.

Golden Flax Seed Oil – Alive and Organic

Back in stock!

This Cold-Pressed oil has a delightfully nutty, buttery flavor. We think you’ll agree that it’s the best tasting flax oil. Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Flax lignans are phytonutrients found in unrefined grains, legumes, certain vegetables and seeds. Flax is the richest source of lignans, providing more lignans than most other plant sources. Flax lignan is one of the hottest natural health ingredients in the market place. Flax has been valued for centuries for its good flavor and nutritional properties.

January 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!)
Turmeric & Honey Butter – Alive & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Turmeric and Honey Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw sesame seeds, turmeric and honey. We have added raisins, coconut oil and spices to highlight the delightful flavor. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. We urge you to research what people are saying about the benefits of turmeric and honey.

Hemp Heart Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Hemp Heart Butter is created in Berkeley, California from a combination of alive, raw organic seeds and oil. Starting with hemp seeds, we’ve added sesame seeds and black sesame oil. The flavors of the seeds are accentuated by our organic Hawaiian Native Forest Honey and pink crystal salt. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture.

Coconut Butter - Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Coconut Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw coconuts. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. Try it on fruit slices. Goes so well with sliced dates, figs and raisins. Savor its fragrance and rich texture.

A Few Words From Our Wonderful Customers

Thanks for your great products, esp the raw almond butter, which I usually buy from Foodworks in CT....

My husband and I are in love with the nut butters by Living Tree Community Foods. We are hooked for life! We have tried almost every brand of nut butters out there and we were just not impressed. Living Tree Community Food nut butters taste so fresh and the unique blends are just our favorite so thank you thank you. Our 18 month old son loves the almond, Brazil nut and cashew blend in his oatmeal and he’s a picky picky eater. We also love the nut flours, they are perfectly ground and taste so fresh! Thank you again for your divine products....

I received my order today. I have to tell you that for the first time ever, I was able to place my own order. In the past, my daughter in law would have to do it for me because I'm visually impaired. She notified me last week that Living Tree has a new web site and that I should see if it was finally accessible to people like me. The verdict is that it's one of the easiest I've used. Thank you so much for caring about us glorious elders...

Your tag line is SERIOUS! “Created for YOU...”
I have never written a love letter to a nut company before~ but I am so taken with your ‘alive and organic ALMOND BUTTER’ that it’s hard to put the top back on the bottle!!
This is the tastiest, most delicious almond butter I’ve ever experienced in my 73 years on our beautiful Mother Earth!
Thank you for keeping me in mind when you created this product...(“created for you” is totally believable!!!)
….Took me a while to find you~ but now that I have~I will be another of your devoted fans! (It will make a great gift for my siblings back East, too!)
Just had to ket you know how delighted I am!
Thank you for introducing the world to such high quality, bursting with flavor, and incredible textured nut butter!  My Universe has just expanded! (...and maybe my waist as well!)
Best regards and cheers!!!

Sara Jo West

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