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The Madison Healthy Vegan Meetup Group Message Board › Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members!

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Madison, WI
Post #: 52
Welcome New Members!

Raw and living foods do not have to be complicated or intimidating! And our Madison Raw Foodies are a great group of people to hang out with and discover the benefits of eating your foods in their freshest, purest, most natural, unprocessed state!

The Madison Raw and Living Foods Community is alive and well and growing and evolving. We enjoy learning from one another in community, supporting each other, and sharing our unique experiences and ideas while we share the healthiest food on the planet.

Everyone is welcome. We try to have two potlucks a month. We encourage everyone to contribute to the group as they are able - think of it as being on a “sliding scale” basis that is on the honor system. It is so important for us to share the benefits of raw and living foods as a community - and there has always been more than enough food - that we don’t want someone’s inability to always contribute to be a deterrent to their joining and enjoying the group experience. Please come join us an contribute when and how you can!

There are numerous ways you can contribute to the group. The main way is to bring a dish with 6 -8 servings to the potluck to share with others. It is reasonable to assume that this will cost somewhere around $15.00 when you use fresh, raw organic ingredients. Also, there are lots of good prepared, prepackaged raw foods that you can purchase locally to bring to a potluck. Yet another way you and everyone else can contribute - if you are unable to prepare something due to time constraints - would be to make a voluntary donation to help defray the costs of our group’s continuing use of the Meetup website (which costs $144 a year and is supported by our members).

If you are feeling adventurous and want to prepare something for your first potluck, check out some of the recipes on (­ ) and make something that sounds appealing to you that isn’t overly complicated. Contact David for other ideas of things that are quick and easy to prepare and he will send you a simple recipe idea to create (use the “email me” link on the left side of the web page).

If you don’t care to make anything initially, there are also plenty of things you can easily purchase in our local supermarkets and bring to share with the group. Please purchase organic whenever possible. And if you have any questions as to whether something is raw or not, chances are it isn’t. For example, hummus and tabouli that are available in stores are typically not raw (but there are lots of great raw versions of those you can make). Here are just a few examples of what is readily available in our local stores:

Whole Foods

Fresh, seasonal fruits or vegetables

Pre-packaged cut fruit salad

Raw Kale Salad, usually in stock at the deli counter

A nice big salad from the salad bar

Bulk raw nuts (cashews, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, etc.) or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)

one liter cartons of coconut water

A jar of live-cultured Rejuvenative Foods brand live-cultured Zing Salad or Kimchee (in the cooler on the back wall to the left of the dairy)

Raw granola, such as Two Mom's In The Raw brand granola is great or Laughing Giraffe brand raw vegan Pineapple Macadamia Coconut Caco Granola is incredible (in the aisle across from the nut butters)

Lara bars, Shakti bars, or other raw bars

Olives from the olive bar

Willy Street Co-op

Bottles of fresh raw, organic “Popeye” juice (carrot, beet, spinach)

Earth Cafe desserts (raw "cheesecake" and the like - in the cooler by the fresh juices)

Coconut Date Rolls (in the cooler by the dry bulk items)

Raw Nut Pate (prepared in the store - in the cooler by the hummus)

Fresh, seasonal fruits or vegetables

Prepackaged cut fruit salad

A nice big salad from the salad bar

Bulk raw nuts (cashews, walnuts, pecans, etc.) or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)

Olives from the olive bar

Lara bars or other raw bars

Metcalfe’s/Sentry at Hilldale

Sentry has a great selection of exotic fruits - star fruit, ugli fruit, pluots - have fun looking for some unusual colors, shapes and flavors!


cored pineapple

ripe bananas

ripe avocados


Also, we will have "Raw 101" potlucks periodically that will provide a basic introduction to raw food preparation, theory, and equipment, but by simply showing up to any of our potlucks you will be able to learn a lot of that information from our group anyway. There is also a lot of information posted on our message board - just click around for lots of recipes and ideas.

As for using our Madison Raw Food Meetup Group at, it is pretty straightforward and easy. There are various privacy settings and you are able to manage how many or how few automated updates and reminders you care to receive via email. When choosing not to receive automated updates, however, you will need to check back on the website frequently to see when the potlucks have been scheduled and to RSVP. We encourage everyone who is considering attending to RSVP so we will have a feel for how many will be attending and can prepare accordingly.

You can contact me by using the “email me” link on the left side of the web page if you have any questions and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can.

We look forward to having you join us sometime soon.

To your health and happiness!

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