- Food and Cooking
Why Eat Raw Food?
Raw food is GOOD for you! People think it sounds weird but do your body a favor and try to add more raw food to your diet! Your body will thank you!!!
In my quest to eat healthier, I have tried a variety of diet changes and set goals and challenges for myself. One of the challenges that I set last year was to try a raw diet for 30 days. I almost lasted the full 30 days, too!
Although I didn't quite last the full 30 days, I did learn alot of new things about the benefits of eating raw food- and not just the fabulous food! (And let me tell you, there is a surprising amount of amazing food!) By the end of the first week, my skin was glowing - and I was not imagining it...people were complimenting me all the time...and I also felt GREAT! There was also the weight loss associated with it. You just feel lighter.
Having a strictly 100% raw food diet is hard to maintain for most of us...heck, I couldn't even last the full 30 days. But eating raw food provides our bodies with the live enzymes needed to facilitate a healthy body. Some even say that eating just 51% raw with each meal makes a huge difference in your health.
51%? Not really that hard to do, if you take a moment to think about it. Here are some examples! Delicious examples!
Breakfast: If you have cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, have a little less, and then add fresh fruit - bananas, berries, apples, etc. Add raw flax seeds after it has cooked and cooled. Flax seeds are sooooo good for you - full of fiber and nutrients and adds a nutty little crunch. Yum!!! If you don't want the crunch, just soak the flax overnight or keep soaked flax in your fridge, you can just add a spoon or two into your oats. Very good. One of my fave breakfasts when I was raw was to mash a banana with a tablespoon or two of raw almond butter and then add some raw honey to the mix (or raw agave nectar). This is so simple yet so awesomely fabulous. I want some now!!!
Lunch: Going at leat 51% raw at lunch is super easy- have a big salad! You can add raw nuts for some crunch, dried berries, etc. Experiment! There are even edible flowers to make your salads not only delicious but also beautiful. Whole foods sells packages of edible flowers in a variety of colors. Sprouts are also a great way to add crunch and health to your day.
Dinner: Like lunch, salad is a great dinner staple. Tired of salad or simply not a salad eater? Try making sushi without the rice. Yum! Chop your fave veggies into a chopped chunky salad. Try a large veggie platter with raw hummas, olives, etc. Use cold pressed olive oil or grapeseed oil, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper for a zesty dressing.
Dessert: There are so many amazing recipes outs there for eraw desserts, from ice cream to nutty cakes. I was so surprised by all of the options available. Here is a recipe for a raw mango pie that will have you swooning. With a nutty crust and a sweet, creamy filling, this dessert will satisfy your body and provide healthy nutrients.
A fresh and delicious healthy alternative to the standard desert - this pie will win over even junk food lovers despite being vegan (unless you choose to use honey) and raw...if you add cocao nibs to the crust you will get a delightful crunch and added boost of goodness...
Raw almonds 1/2 cup
Coconut, dried, unsweetened, 4 tbsp
Raw Golden Flax Seeds, 2 tbsp
Raw Pecans, 1/2 cup
Raw Honey or Agave Nectar, about 2 tbsp
1-2 TB Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh mangos - 2
Raw Cashews , 1 C.
Coconut Oil, 4 tbsp
Raw Honey or Agave Nectar, 1/4 c.
Stevia, 2 packets
dash of salt
Take the cashews that you will be using for the filling and soak in enough water to cover. Soak for at least 1 hour prior to making the filling.
Crust: Add nuts to food processor and process until finely chopped. Add remaining crust ingredients and process until well mixed. Oil a small pie pan lightly with coconut oil, and then press the crust mixure firmly into the pan. place in refridgerater while making filling.
Filling: Drain the soaked cashews and add to food process. Add all remaining ingredients into the food processor and process until smooth consitancy is reached. Pour the filling into the crust and refridgerate for several hours or overnight. This makes apx. 8-10 delicious servings.