Fresh Juice, Why Is It So Important?
Find out why FRESH JUICE, SMOOTHIES & RAW SALADS are best for your body to cleanse after big meal days with Vegan Chef Ietef Cavem Vita/ DJ CAVEM musician, producer, Ph.D. in Urbanology, radio show host, and creator of BIOMIMICZ and SEED EDUCATION. Our bodies need a break from all the digesting sometimes, to regroup, which is one reason why juicing is so important. Let’s learn a thing or two from Chef DJ CAVEM.
Fresh Juice Educator Is Just One oF His Talents!
When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn’t know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice, and plant-based foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown. Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita became known as more than just a rapper — but an activist, educator, and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness, Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. His latest project BIOMIMICZ is being released as an album/seed pack to get people involved and spur listeners into action.
“I wanted this album to become an experience,” he explained. “I want people to understand that one of the best ways to make an impact on the environment is being more conscious of what we eat and understanding that our everyday food choices impact the environment in a positive or negative way.”
From an early age, Cavem has had a deep connection to environmental activism and food justice. Raised in Denver’s Five Points district, often referred to as the Harlem of the West, his interest in gardening and hip hop helped him resist the snares of gang lifestyle. Becoming vegan at age 14, he said he felt a calling to speak about these issues in his songs, “especially since most of the neighborhoods considered food deserts were people of color.” His 2007 debut single “Wheatgrass” with rapper Stic. Man of Dead Prez hit the top ten on the charts in Spain and introduced him to the public as an OG (Organic Gardener). It led to his 2010 debut album The Teacher’s Lounge, followed by 2012’s The Produce Section, which featured collaborations with Speech from Arrested Development, Drummi Zeb from The Wailers, and Sa-Roc. Part album, part curriculum, The Produce Section offered lessons on organic gardening, plant-based recipes, and alternate uses of energy.
Since then Cavem has traveled the world as both a performing artist and an educator. He’s shared the stage with Nick Jonas, Public Enemy, 2 Chains, Questlove, Wyclef Jean, among others. Offstage he’s involved with numerous organizations and projects dedicated to promoting wellness, eating healthy and environmental awareness. With his wife and collaborator Arasia “Alkemia” Earth, the pair inspire and educate around the world including communities in countries such as Azerbaijan through workshops and speaking engagements. They formed a non-profit organization called the Vita Earth Foundation, which hosts health and wellness summer camps, Culinary Concerts, and their Recipes for Resistance workshops, which focus on culinary climate action.
Traveling the globe has given Cavem a fresh perspective with BIOMIMICZ. Released during International Compost Week, the EP is a precursor to a full-length album. It’s being issued as a seed pack — kale, arugula, and beets — to be planted right away. Come harvest, the full-length album will be packed with recipes on how to prepare meals with those vegetables. According to Cavem, BIOMIMICZ is about getting back to basics with a sense of urgency.
“Factory farms have destroyed the Amazon rainforest. Pesticides and herbicides have destroyed our soil and microorganisms and contaminated our water. Our oceans are becoming acidic and we are losing the coral reefs. I hope my lyrics will inspire and educate. And I hope the seeds will be planted, literally.”
What an amazing and talented young man, using the arts to change hearts and minds, and the world. We are so honored he took the time to show us how to make some healthy fresh juice, and teach us a little bit about choosing a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
Be sure to check out Natalie Portman’s Gift Picks, which includes DJ CAVEM’s Seeds and also help support the shift from food deserts, to seed education and urban gardening with DJ Cavem and Alkemia’s initiative VitaEarth at https://www.gofundme.com/f/vitaearth
Let’s Check Out His Fresh Juice!
Dj Cavem used pomegranate, grapes, and cannabis leaves for the fresh juice he made for us today. Sounds really interesting and delicious. I am providing the recipe below so you can give this juice a try. You can use any type of greens you like in place of the cannabis leaves, like kale or spinach, etc. I use to be an avid juicer myself, back in the day. I should consider getting back into it. Juicing is so good for you and I always felt great after a nutrient-dense juice.
FRESH JUICE, THE RECIPE
Cold-pressed Tupac Juice Recipe
Use PURE Juicer or traditional Juicer
Cut a Large pomegranate into pieces
Place in cloth to lay into the Cold Press Juicer
Add 2 cups of red grapes
Process and enjoy!
Add greens of any kind: cannabis, kale, spinach, romaine into the juicer. Press and enjoy!
Thank You For Stopping By
Thanks so much for joining us for this episode of #LunchBreakLIVE. It was loads of fun learning all about juicing. If you are interested in other vegan recipes to try out we have loads for you to choose from, so be sure to check those out too. Until next time…keep cookin’ (or juicing)!
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