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Health Educator Raw Food Party at Hippocrates Health Institute
Raw Food Party Photos
One day I want to be part of a Raw Food Party at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. It’s one of the many things you learn in their Health Educator Program. This is a nine-week course that immerses you into the world of the holistic living foods lifestyle. It starts with their three-week Life Transformation Program and continues with the six-week Health Educator Program, at which point you become a Certified Hippocrates Health Educator.
Throughout your time there you are taught how to make some of the wonderful snacks, meals and desserts that you are served. And everything is dairy, gluten and sugar free and is made with only the most essential potent ingredients that will ensure your bodies have what they need to heal.
One of the things you learn from Hippocrates is how to detox. To do that the protocol focuses on eating raw vegetables, especially about 10 different kinds of sprouts, and consuming green drinks and wheatgrass. Depending on what issues you are dealing with, you may also be eating the freshest fruit and/or nuts as well as organic teas and a few other things.
But, I digress. What I want to talk about is the Raw Food Party I attended because I think this is one of the keys to success for maintaining the path that Hippocrates Health Institute leads you on. While taking the Health Educator Program, some of the foods you will learn how to prepare are nut meatloaf, tacos, sushi and other favorites.
Everything you prepare focuses on mostly vegetables, nuts and fruit. These ingredients are based on the foods served every day at Hippocrates. Everyone gets to eat the veggies, including mostly sprouts but also such things as raw carrots, peas, olives, peppers, cucumbers, asparagus, avocados and other such veggies. If it is approved for you then nuts and some food prepared with nuts is also part of the buffet. You can also enjoy nut milk or nuts by request, if it is on your approved diet. Also, the dessert of the week is ice cream on Saturday night. The choice is either banana or nut ice cream with a date sauce. It’s clearly everyone’s favorite part of the week and solves your wish for dessert.
Using Your Creativity in the Kitchen for the Raw Food Party
At the end of the nine weeks those attending the course use their own creativity to make up their version of whatever foods they want to prepare. At the one I attended, there was pizza, donuts, ice cream, coconut cookies, all types of salads and spaghetti like foods. I was impressed.
Hippocrates teaches you that if you want to heal your body the rebuilding is based on what you put in and on it, as well as working on removing any stress in your life. For many, adopting this new lifestyle can be a challenge because you feel limited. Yet, this sample food day made me realize that there are no limitations if you think outside the box.
You can use nuts to make tacos, cauliflower to make sushi and frozen bananas to prepare ice cream. You can even combine the bananas with frozen berries or add some nuts. Donuts can be just as delicious by adding extracts to flavor them and stevia for sweetness. A variety of things such as squash, carrots and other veggies can be combined into a salad. Add some avocado and herbs and voila your flavor buds begin to burst. The variety of foods I tasted that day was endless and, guess what, below are some of the recipes.
Yes, after I decided which ones were my favorites I did the smart thing and asked for the ingredients and details on how to make it. But I do think that here is where I need to reveal a bit about my lack of cooking abilities. I was one of the chosen few to appear on The Food Network’s Worst Cooks program. It’s not that I’m a bad cook. I just don’t know how. What makes admitting this even worse is that I was the first one eliminated – now that’s embarrassing.
So, I don’t know how well I will manage to put together these recipes, but there is something about having a goal to heal your body that provides you with the motivation to learn. Best of all my body is already feeling better after making the suggested HHI changes for my arthritis, pinched nerve and sciatica. That really gives you the desire to keep on going.
So, back to those recipes.
Recipes Based on a Raw Food Diet
You can bet that after 8 weeks the participants in the Health Education Program were ready to take the knowledge that they gained in this nine-week program to create dishes that would not only appeal to them but to their family and friends.
Steve Frank explained the pizza which was made with marinated mushrooms and a buckwheat crust. Well, Steve’s explanation made me feel like it could have been me giving the directions, but basically it starts with making the buckwheat crust that you then dehydrate. Once that is ready you create your own salsa blend. Theirs was a blended garlic and tomato mix, which they made in the morning. Then it went through another dehydration process to “cook” it.
Well, I’m not sure I can follow those directions but I bet I can find the recipe in a cook book.
Shanina Jones talked about their zucchini pesto. First you take a spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles so they curl. Next is the pesto sauce which was made with pine nuts and basil with a little garlic and olive oil and some unpasteurized soy sauce and lemon juice. Take those ingredients and blend them to make the pesto sauce, which gets mixed with the noodles. The pine nuts are then added to give it the “crunch.”
Now that was a bit easier to follow.
Elinor Panofsky, who originally lived in Israel, also created a zucchini dish. She called her creation Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta. You start out the same way by spiralizing the zucchini. Next combine peppers and olives. Then comes the sauce, made of tahini with cilantro, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, and Himalayan sea salt. Once the sauce is blended you combine it with the zucchini.
This one I think even I can manage.
Michael Natividad was the one who talked about the next recipe for Samosa. He dehydrated a thin zucchini wrapper. The zucchini wrapper was then formed into cones and then filled with an Indian paté and on top they put a cucumber mint raita.
Sounds delicious and was delicious. A cook can probably figure this one out but with my cooking abilities this feels like it’s a bit beyond my kitchen skills.
The next recipe for Pad Thai Kelp Noodles came from Holly Robinson. It was made with kelp noodles which you first rinse in water and then make a “peanut sauce.” The sauce was composed of one cup raw almond butter, 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, ½ cup water, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons Nama Shoyu, 4 teaspoons sesame oil, 2-3 garlic cloves and half of a jalapeno pepper. You then blend in a highspeed blender. The sauce is then poured over noodles and let sit for one hour to soften. When ready you simply garnish with scallions, cilantro, mint or bean sprouts as desired.
Now that looks like it will take a bit of knowhow but Holly is my kind of gal. No guesswork for this recipe as she gave the exact measurements for everything.
And last but not least was Kersten’s incredibly delicious Vanilla Drop Cookies. You start with two cups dry coconut shredded, ½ cup sesame tahini, ½ cup maple syrup, ½ cup coconut oil, one teaspoon vanilla flavoring, and ½ teaspoon of sea salt. Add all ingredients in a bowl, mix well, drop on to cookie sheet, cover for at least an hour. And voila – your cookies are ready.
The Take Away
I came away from this not necessarily with it being about the endless recipes and the chance to taste a variety of foods, but the sense that if I’m willing to take the time and scout through raw food recipe books or even create some of my own, that I can come up with foods I not only like, but love.
So often people think of healthy eating as boring, but any kind of eating can be boring if you don’t put some time and energy into preparing meals that your taste buds will enjoy. What I also found interesting was that there were things I liked and things I didn’t, which goes to show you that your recipes can come from what you enjoy.
So, my suggestion to you is find what you like and let your mind be the creator. Take those ingredients and blend, mix, mash, dehydrate, or combine them into something that you will want to make again. Not every “creation” will end up being a favorite, but I bet in time not only will you discover a host of new recipes, but you’ll find that spending time in the kitchen can be a lot of fun.
And if you are ever in West Palm Beach, stop by Hippocrates Health Institute. While they have the nine week Health Education Program, they also offer a three-week Life Transformation Program, one day visits, a salon and a health spa. In addition, they always have a host of upcoming programs and some of them are focused on food preparation. So, take advantage of all they have to offer, your palate and your body will thank you.
While I was at the Raw Food Party I took some pictures. So, take a look.
Just remember, you truly are what you eat and knowledge is power!