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Healthy Living Series Kicked off With Raw Lifestyle Food Preparation Workshop

On Friday, November 14 we kicked off our Healthy Living Event Series with Joan Jackson of Living Raw. 

Hosted by Zebra Organics and Sky Island Organics, the evening was a great success. Joan inspired the audience with some delicious raw food recipes, including a zucchini pasta in a flavourful tomato based sauce.Everyone enjoyed the evening, with a few guests accepting the invitation to come up and prepare some food, on their own, with Joan’s guidance.

Team members from both Zebra Organics and Sky Island Organics were on hand to offer insights and support to the group.

Thank you to everyone that attended. Here are some highlights from the evening:


Joan preparing a raw tomato sauce
Audience members assisting Joan with the
preparation of zucchini noodles


Guests tasting Joan’s homemade granola


Note taking to remember ingredients and steps

Key ingredients for zucchini pasta:

Pistachios – Garnishing your pasta dish with pistachios diversifies the texture and provides a satisfying crunch. Sky Island Organics offers Organic Sprouted Pistachio kernels.

Olive oil – Tossing your zucchini pasta in Zebra Organic’s Gourmet Peruvian Olive Oil will add a rich flavour to the dish.

A tip from Joan: Use Organic Pitted Botija olives in your zucchini pasta recipe, for their super rich, delicious, full flavour.


Next month we will welcome Deanna Moore, the founder of Chocolatl, to present a chocolate workshop. The event will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on December 5 at 870 E Research Drive, Unit 6, Palm Springs, California.

You can look forward to:

– Tasting different varieties of chocolate
– Learning about how chocolate is made, from tree to bar
– Learning about where cocao beans grow
– Experiencing a slideshow about chocolate history and culture
– Insights on the health benefits of chocolate
– Learning recipes using raw cacao

You can find out more about our Chocolatl products –here

We hope to see you then.

Blessings to all of you,
The Team at Zebra Organics

Our Healthy Living fall – winter free series will feature lectures by doctors and wellness practitioners, cooking classesdemos and film screenings

The Importance of Choosing Raw Honey Over Cooked Honey

Special announcement –
Healthy Living Event Series
SkyIsland Organics and Zebra Organics present this series at our combined
facilities in Palm Springs, California, which includes the wellness &
teaching center, manufacturing kitchens, packaging facility, distribution
warehouse, and product showroom. The events are free and everyone is welcome.
take place at:
Zebra Organics / Sky Island Organics
870 E Research Drive, Units 5 & 6
Palm Springs, CA 92262
off Ferrell Drive)
Friday, November 14th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Raw Lifestyle Food Preparation

Special guest Joan Jackson, raw lifestyle consultant & chef, will join us
this Friday. Joan will teach us how to make healthier eating simple,
demonstrate how to make delicious health food and we’ll get to taste her
amazing food at the event. Joan will also sign her book, which is describes an
effective system for making the raw food lifestyle simple, satisfying and

We hope to see you there.

Raw Honey is Medicine, Cooked Honey is Poison
We’re all familiar with honey and its
sweet taste. You may have used it as a substitute for sugar in tea or recipes.
But apart from considering it a healthier alternative to sugar, you may be unaware of just how nutritional this natural resource is.
Containing an enzyme that prevents the
growth of certain bacteria, honey has a long history as a antibacterial
treatment for wounds and illnesses. Ancient Chinese medicine uses honey to
neutralize toxins in the body, relieve pain and assist in treating stomach
According to the
traditional medicine of Ayurveda that is native to India, honey is the nectar of
life. Ayurvedic medicine suggests that raw honey is medicine and cooked honey is
poison. Rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and carbohydrates,
honey in its natural form is full of nutritional value. 

Once honey is processed it creates cellular toxicity in the body and is stripped of its
nutritional value. It becomes a mucous-like texture and
can clogs subtle energy channels and arteries.
Uses for Honey in Natural Remedies
  • Improves digestion, as it does not ferment in the stomach
  • Relieves nausea 
  • Helps fight of acne – you can try warming half a teaspoon of honey in your hands and spreading it lightly on your face and leaving it for ten minutes before washing it off.
  • Helps restore sleep – try adding a tablespoon of raw honey to warm milk to increase melatonin production, which helps regulate sleep.
“Raw” or “unpasteurized”
honey is what you should be looking for in stores. Since it’s not processed, it
may appear a little cloudy due to its pollen and nutritional content. Raw honey contains bee pollen that is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial agents.
Zebra Organics offers several types of raw honey:
A special rare product:
White Himalayan Raw Honey
Heavenly Organics originates from
the isolated valleys high in the Himalayan Mountains near the source of the
Ganges River. Most of this pristine region, famous for its wild-crafted
health-promoting plants and flowers, is well beyond the reach of pollution and
modern agricultural chemicals.
Great for use in cooking or as a
beauty mask for your skin:

Avocado Honey
is a rare gourmet 100% pure raw honey. Made in the avocado
groves of Ventura County, California, Bloom’s Avocado honey has a rich, nutty
flavor with hints of avocado. Nectar from the superfood California Avocado is
high in antioxidants and vitamins & minerals.
Mesquite Honey
has an ivory white color and distinctive sweet taste. This
rugged desert honey from the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona has long been
used for its medicinal properties. It is 100% pure and raw – a healthy gourmet
treat for honey lovers.
Fun fact: honeybees
had to fly over 55,000 miles to make just one jar of Bloom Honey.
Some great ways to incorporate honey into raw food is in yogurt, tea or spread on bread or toast.

Who Is The Raw Food Lady And Why You Want To See Her Kitchen

we’d like to inspire you with this touching story about a woman that adopted
a raw food lifestyle to save her life.
Joan Jackson
had a laundry list of problems going on in her body in 2005. She lacked energy,
had acid reflux, hypertension, was pre-diabetic and weighed approximately 320
pounds. Pain in her colon was the last straw – from that moment she adopted an
organic, vegan and mostly raw diet. Within three days, her symptoms disappeared
and within one and a half years, she had lost the weight.
attending a three-week program at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego,
she learned the effects or raw food and realized there was a lack of teaching
people HOW to implement the lifestyle.
She transitioned from 60 per
cent raw to 100 per cent raw and set her kitchen up to do so. Opening up
her home to the Optimum Health Institute was the moment her life took a turn.
Her career in law turned to a career in raw. Jaws would drop at the insight of
her kitchen setup and people began begging her to help them setup the same
lifestyle. She began operating a raw food kitchen from her home and demonstrated that it could be done in your domestic environment; not just a restaurant kitchen.
To adopt this lifestyle takes more than watching some raw food
demonstrations. It involves learning how to overcome obstacles, learning how to
organize and prepare quick, tasty, raw food recipes in advance and learning how to work and travel
while being raw.
Since 2006 Jackson has been teaching people with cancer, diabetes and heart disease how to make the raw-food lifestyle work for them. She conducts live classes, coaching and consulting to promote a seamless transition to a raw food lifestyle.
You can visit her kitchen and
take part in a raw food class from her home in San Diego, overlooking the city
and Pacific Ocean. To read more about
her raw food classes click –here-
Jackson was recently interviewed by the team at Sky Island Organics. Jackson said, “I believe that if we can make the raw food lifestyle compete in the areas of convenience and function then most people can make it sustainable. That’s what I teach.”
What prevents most
people from living raw
to Jackson, the answer to this is the gap between INTENTION and IMPLEMENTATION.
To bridge the gap, you have to learn how to think about the creation of food
and steer clear of dogma and perfectionism.
Jackson’s gift is to inspire and empower people to adopt a raw food lifestyle and to illustrate that it can be simple, satisfying and sustainable.
Benefits of going


-You will have more energy
– Raw foods are rich in nutrients
– It’s a great way to detox