Know Any Literary Animal Lovers?

Hi there PureJeevan readers! We wanted to let you know that Jim's new novel CHROO is available on Amazon. It's a crazy adventure involving a billionaire heiress, her Chihuahua BFF ("Chroo") and a host of human and animal characters. Find out more on Amazon! Here are some links:

{SCPinterestShare href= layout=standard image= desc= size=small}

To continue with our Summertime Raw series, we took a trip to Pittsburgh's Frick Park to enjoy the beautiful day. Before leaving, we packed another meal to show you how easy it can be to eat a raw food diet while away from home.Frick Park was wildly popular among dogs; we saw canines of all shapes and sizes -- all playful, yet calm in comparison to our lovely Julia, a rescued blue Doberman. Joogie enjoyed the outing very much because she was able to snack on cucumbers (a favorite treat), chase after a few joggers (we're teaching her that this isn't proper doggy behavior), knock the cooler out of Jim's hands when we were leaving (which broke a few of our best glass dishes), and lick the faces of a few new furry friends. We've been to many parks, but we have a feeling this is now Julia's favorite. ?

In yesterday's blog and video post, we showed you how easy it is to simply grab fresh fruits and veggies and head out the door for an outing. In that show, no refrigeration or preparation was necessary. However, we also know that many of you are new to raw foods, and perhaps eating simple chopped produce isn't so appealing for you compared to traditional foods you'd normally eat while in a park. So, today's goal is to demonstrate how simple it can be, making it easy for you to stick to a raw food lifestyle and not feel tempted by the cooked foods that may be around while you're out enjoying the summer with friends and family. So, today's video is about stepping it up to the next level.

Before leaving the house, we created some quick sandwich spreads. We also packed some whole veggies to slice and use for our sandwiches.The total time we spent preparing the spreads and packing everything was about 20 minutes. Since we processed some of the food and brought along some perishables (e.g., lettuce), we needed to bring a cooler with us for this trip. In an extra bag we brought along a cutting board, chef knives, a vegetable peeler, some blankets/throws for the ground, a few fruits, and a bottle of water. We were out the door in about 20 minutes; not bad!

While at the park, we spent another 20 minutes or so slicing the vegetables, creating our individual sandwiches, and making some miniature sandwiches to offer to others in the park. We figured that it would be difficult to find anyone to take food from a stranger, but it was worth trying because we could plant the seeds about a raw food diet even if no one was interested in sampling what we created. You'll have to watch the video to see if anyone took us up on our offer of sampling the mini-sandwiches!



  • In this video you see how simply preparing some spreads ahead of time, you can create delicious sandwiches using vegetables that you slice at the park.
  • If your cooler has a flat lid like ours, it can become a convenient table top for chopping and serving foods!
  • Wrap your chef knives in a few kitchen towels, so they don't poke through a bag and possibly hurt someone (and the towels are convenient for helping to clean up).
  • Make your meal fun so you don't feel like you are missing out on anything. We created cute little sandwiches that were visually appealing and fun to eat.
  • It's convenient to have pre-packaged raw bread to save yourself time. Plus, they are delicious!


The Summertime Raw series will pick up again next week, after we've taken a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit some friends. What better way to show you how to pack for a raw outing than by going on a small trip and taking you along with us? We're going to require some more complex dishes to keep us from being tempted by the most delicious cooked Indian food, however! Wendi will be okay, since she's been raw longer. But, this could be a huge struggle for Jim! We'll let you know how it goes...

Original Comments

Below, we have included the original comments from this blog post. Additional comments may be made via Facebook, below.

On June 23, 2009, Melissa wrote:

Great video! That was so funny asking people to sample the foods. I wish I would have been there, though...those finger sandwiches looked so delicious. I know what I am making for tomorrow!!
~ Melissa

On June 23, 2009, Kandy wrote:

Cute that your dog loves veggies. My two granddogs(Boston Terriers) beg for cabbage, romaine and baby carrots when I make my green smoothies. My dog has joined them in these daily treats! Good video with great info.

On June 24, 2009, sheryl miler wrote:

Great stuff Wendi!

I would of tried them and came and brought my hummus,fruit and black tea to share with you!
Is the recipe for the cheeses on the Pure Jeevan
Also where does the name Pure Jeevan come from ?
Sheryl Miller

On June 24, 2009, Joanna_Steven wrote:

wow I can't believe people were so afraid to try the food! I must be a really trusting person, because I would have tried your sandwiches :)
I thought the 80 year old guy would have tried a few though.

On June 24, 2009, Errigal_lass wrote:

Wonderful absolutely FUN! I recently have gotten into making nut pestos and those looked marvelous! Picked up some great stuff at Whole Foods yesterday and looking forward to experimenting.

I used to frequent Frick Park in my early twenties.......many moons ago, and loved seeing it again. Thanks for sharing!

On June 24, 2009, rawvelous wrote:

Wow! That was awesome... My cheeks hurt from smiling, lol... You guys are awesome! Are you going to see Rawbin ?!! aw...

On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Melissa. :-)


On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

Yes! Dogs really do love veggies. I don't know why people insist that dogs only eat meat...they enjoy all kinds of foods. :-)

Thanks for the comment!


On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Sheryl! I would have loved to share them with you. :-)

Yes, the recipes are in the Pure Jeevan recipe ebook.

Pure Jeevan means Pure Life. Jeevan is the Hindi word for life.


On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

I was surprised the older guy didn't try anything, too. He talked with me for a very long time. He's been doing yoga and eating vegetarian for over 30 years. :-)


On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks!! I love pesto, too.

I'm surprised we don't visit Frick Park more often. It really is such a lovely park.


On July 1, 2009, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Joanna. :-) You are awesome, too! *blows kisses*

No, we went to visit with my best friends I've know for many years. It was time for a girl gathering and we had a blast. :-)