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Raw…..What is it and Why??

What is Raw – Food that is!!!

and

Why Raw?

Check out my latest videos on a quick intro to Raw Foods

My next videos will go into more detail about Raw Foods, the basics, getting started especially since now is a good time to clean up our diet – it’s spring time!!

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Thanks
To Your Health
JB

Food for Thought

Just a few simple suggestions for anyone new who wants to start eating healthier and what to look for when shopping!!

Raw Beet Soup

Raw Beet Soup

Sometimes you feel like you need something to warm you up on damp days, ok it rains here alot on the West Coast of Canada!!!

This time I used beets, but I mix it up and use other veggies too. It’s quick and simple and oh so good for you!!  Beets are full of lots of good vitamins, minerals and nutrients so you know you’re eating something good here!!

Throw in your processor

2- 3 med size peeled beets

1/2 cup cashews (this will give it a more creamy flavor, you can omit it and just add more water)

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp celtic sea salt

1 – 2 cloves garlic

some chopped jalopeno (optional but I like a little spice)

spring water – start with about 3/4 cups and add more depending on how thick or thin you like your soup

I always recommend tasting things as you go to suit your tastes, as you are using fresh ingredients and they may taste different each time.

Blend until smooth, pour into bowls.

I topped mine with chopped parsley, cilantro and green onion.

Enjoy!!

Nut Pate

There are lots of different nut pates out there, and maybe this has been done before, but here is one that I made the other night when I was having a bunch of ladies over and it went over very well, and it was quick and easy to make!!

Nut Pate

1 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, and I did soak these for about 2 hours before hand

put in processor and mixed a bit

Added in 1/4 water to start (may need to add more depending on the consistency)

1 – 2 garlic cloves

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp sea salt

Mix well together.

Now, I had just made pesto in my processor and there was still some left in the processor, so I added about 1 tbsp of pesto, the nut pate did have a greenish color to it, but the taste was great.

I then put in on some raw crackers that I had made, with a little bit of pesto and a piece of black olive and they were scrumptious!!

The crackers that I made for this came out of the book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes
I just dehydrated these longer and scored them smaller to make crackers instead more like a bread.

Our Food

In our local grocery stores there are isles  and isles of ‘food’, over 47 000 items actually, but how much of it is really food????

As I have become more and more aware over the years, have tried to eat healthier, I have made a rule to myself to keep things simple when I have boughten package foods ( before I became raw and of course with teenagers now!!).

I use the KISS method, you know, Keep It Simple Silly, or Sweetheart of whatever you would like:)!!

Here are my guidelines that I follow……

–  If I have to learn ‘swaheli’ (is there really such a language??), just to learn how to pronounce the words, then I didn’t buy it!

– If I had to carry a dictionnary around to look up the word (and there really is no such thing as some of these words aren’t there!),  then I didn’t buy it and why is it so hard to find out what some of these words are, like the dozen or so different names for MSG????

–  If it has a shelf life longer than my dog’s life, another NO!

I kept it pretty simple, and for anyone starting out and going Raw is just to radical, just try these simple rules.  I will post again on where you can then proceed from keeping it simple to even eliminating more and still keeping it simple.

Eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated or hard, it’s just like learning how to ride a bike, it’s something new, but over time, the choices get easier and clearer and you will feel the benefits of it!!

You will probably also start to notice that you won’t be going down as many isles for so called ‘food’!!

Here’s to Your Health!!

JB

Raw Hummus


Raw Hummus

I love hummus, have always eaten lots of it, so when I came across a recipe for raw, I got excited.

The original recipe I found used zuchini, but what I found it was inconsistent as far as consistentcy.  Then I found another one with cashews which is nice but sometimes it nice to get more veggies in, so what I have done is combined them both.

I start with 2 smaller size zuchini

then I add the rest of the ingredients like regular hummus, and I have to admit, I am terrrible for measurements, I always do it for taste, but here goes!

juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon

1-2 garlic cloves

sea salt to taste

1 tablespoon raw tahini

blend it all in a processor,  now sometimes it will be too  soft, so then I add cashews till I get the texture that I want

maybe up to 1 cup.

You can eat right away or let sit for more flavor.

Enjoy!!

Getting Started in Raw Foods

What is Raw Foods?

– uncooked – it’s not heated above 118F / 42C

– it’s fresh and unprocessed

– organic as much as possible

Why not cooked foods?

Cooked foods actually destroys all the vitamins, nutrients, minerals, oxygen rich & enzymes which is the life force or ’spark of life’. It becomes dead food, then we need to supplement with usually factory processed vitamins etc and we are then just eating for the sake of eating and not living.  We are all born with enzymes, when we eat cooked foods we diminsh our supply of them as it takes enzymes to help digest our food, so with cooked foods, our bodies are using up our stores of enzymes, that is why we feel sluggish and tired after eating a cooked meal, it takes our energy.  When we eat raw foods, we feel good as the food comes with enzymes and can be digested much easier.

Raw foods are more alkalining which is highly beneficial for our bodies.  Acidic foods create an acidic environment which is much better for creating disease.

Benefits of eating Raw

-weightloss

– more energy

– healthy skin

– the ‘glow’

– detoxes

– need less sleep

– no arthritis

– increased flexibility

– better digestion

– no more headaches

– no more candida

– improved immune system

– prevent & even reverse diabetes or cancer

– reduce risk of heart disease

– no more allergies

– lower cholesterol

– few if any colds or flu

– clarity of mind

– no more PMS

– improved sex life

Isn’t that a good start???

It’s also better for the planet – no pesiticides, herbicides or other chemicals, so we are helping to contribute to a better, safer planet.

There are differences in raw food diets as you will see when you are researching them, some will use some ingredients like Bragg’s or Tamari and some won’t. Some will use raw milk or cheese, some won’t, some are into very simple foods and recipes and some are into more elegant raw cusine, some are 60%, or 80% or 100% raw.  It’s finding out what works for you, and where you are starting at and your health – everyone is different.  There is so much variation and that can be confusing or overwhelming at first, remember to have some fun with it too, and don’t be hard on yourself when starting out, we all transition differently.

What’s your why??

When starting with raw foods or anything for that matter, be clear on you why.  Is it to be healthier, loss weight, whatever it is, when you are clear about your why, it will be easier to stick to it!!

Raw Foods

– fruits

– vegetables

– leafy greens (not really a veggie)

– herbs

– spices

– nuts

– seeds

– sea vegetables

– edible flowers

– spices

– herbs

– oils

– natural sweetners

Kitchen tools to have

All you really need to get yourself started, besides enthusiasm is some good knives, a good blender and a processor.  I have a knack for picking up processors in almost new condition, at yard sales for like $10.  I like to have two in my kitchen.

As you get into using raw foods more, then you will want to invest in a Vitamix, a really good, horse power blender, a dehydrator for making crackers etc, my favorite is an Excalibur, Spiroli and a coffee bean grinder.