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10 Reasons to go Raw!!

Ever  wonder what the big deal is about this whole RAW FOOD MOVEMENT!  Well,  if you are tired of feeling like crap and relying on everyone else to take care of you, and want to take your lifestyle to the next level, look no further.  A raw food diet is filled with unlimited ways to eat your favorite foods! You won’t have to count calories or starve yourself.   With this lifestyle you can eat a lot;  And guess what?!  A RAW FOODIST is defined as someone who eats 75% or more of food that is cooked to 118 degree or less.  So don’t feel like you have to give up EVERYTHING.  That’s no fun right?  Just substitute some snacks and small meals and feel a HUGE difference.  You’ll slowly find yourself replacing bad habits with good ones.

Here’s the top 10 reasons people are making a switch to this alternative lifestyle.

10. You finally really get to see where you food comes from!

Food Revolutionist, Jamie Oliver asked some school children to name an assortment of common vegetables.  The results are scary!!!  How many fruit and veggies would you be able to identify.   Lets try out a few and see if you know what they are.

9. And how it grows!

The best way to know what you are putting into your body is if you grow it yourself.  It’s amazing watching things grow.  Whether you have a small patio, yard, or window sill, you can start growing your own herbs and salad.  You’ll save money and be able to use fresh herbs for your dishes.

8.  You will be more likely to purchase your food locally, and organically.  So you can save money, and won’t be eating as many pesticides.

Here is a family who went Organic for a month.  The results are astounding!

7.  You will learn how to prep your juices and meals ahead of time so you have fresh  quality meals ready to go always!! Plus doing things yourself saves you quite a bit of money.

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6.  You might just stop caring about Brand Names and keeping up with anyone.

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5.  So you can spend your money and time on better food and experiences.

4.  And you might even decide to start measuring success by happiness.

3.  Because we all deserve good food, peace, and happiness

2.  When you are taking care of yourself…  You are only as old as you feel.

1.  Because you are what you eat.  So eat beautifully.

Enjoy!

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**I am Chef not a Doctor** I have no medical training ** These statements have not been approved by the FDA**

 

 

 

 

Apple Spaghetti!

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An apple a day…  You know the saying!  The other day I was using my new zucchini spiral machine when I got this idea to run an apple thru it.  If you don’t have a spiral machine you can use a simple apple peeler or cheese grater for a similar effect.

 

In the end I had these amazing apple noodles!

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This recipe is just too easy not to share!

Apple Spaghetti

2-3 Granny Smith Apples
2 Tbsp raisins – (easy to make yourself)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 squeeze lemon juice

Don’t worry about being to precise on measurements.  With only four ingredients, so make it taste the way you like.  Want some extra spice?  Add a little more cinnamon.

Spiral or shred the apples.  You can peel most of the skin to make it easier.  Leave a little for color.  Mix in raisins and lemon juice then sprinkle cinnamon over the top.

That’s it!  Enjoy!!

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(Got grapes?  Put them out in the sun or in your dehydrator at 105 degrees until they turn into raisins!!  Yum yum!)

And just a reminder!!  Always shop Organic when possible.  Why?  Because you don’t want to eat pesticides!  Why?  Because it’s poison!

NO GMO!!!

Blueberry Ice Cream (3 Ingredients)

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Summer is just around the corner.  Time to get out that old bikini and flip flops.  Here is a recipe that is both simple and delicious.  Don’t feel guilty about this raw treat because if contains only 3 simple ingredients:  Bananas, Blueberries, and a few Dates.  Eat yourself into shape this year!

4-5 frozen bananas
1/4 cup blueberries
3 dates

Directions:  Freeze bananas in peel.  Once frozen very carefully slice off the peel (be very very careful).  Cut into three of four chunks and place in a high powered blender.  Add blueberries and dates.  Blend using ice cream settings, or any low setting,  scraping down the sides of the blender when needed.  Once the mixture is  smooth dish and serve.

Serves 2-3 people.  Store uneaten ice-cream in freezer until later use.

Enjoy!!

 

Street Fruit

Today I went looking for fruit.  One of the best things about living in Southern California is the street fruit.  I’ve been watching a lot of Dual Survivor and it got me thinking.  I could use basic survival skills to save money on some of my favorite fruits!!!

Here were the rules we followed:

1. Stay out of the neighbors fenced in yards:  We only pick fruit from trees on public property or hanging over fences or walls.

2. If it looks like someone’s personal garden… leave it be as well:  If you stand and stare at it long enough someone might come out and offer you some.

3. Don’t eat things you can’t identify:  You don’t want to poison yourself…

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In a mile in a half radius from my house, we were able to collect the following:

Figs.

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Pomegranate

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Avocados.

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Lemons.  +Meyer Lemons

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We also managed to find Kumquats, Loquats which I put into a fruit salad with Pomegranates.

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We also found some Pomelo grapefruits, and limes…

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It took us a few hours to collect two bags of fruit, saving us close to $25 at least!  Freshest thing you can eat!!!  8 7 6 5 4     10

Tips for next time:

1. Bring a fruit picker. And more bags!!

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Happy hunting!

 

 

Coconut Lime Mini Custards- Raw Vegan

Coconut Lime Mini Custards
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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted any recipes.  I’m going to do my best to keep up and post a few recipes a week.  This one has got me really excited!  Not only is it super easy, delicious, and inexpensive…  It’s pretty eco-chic as well!  **Note the lime peel bowls**  These babies are made with only five ingredients:

 

Ingredients:

2 avocados

5 limes

5 dates

1 coconut

1 inch vanilla bean

Directions:

Step One: Coconut Cream

*BE CAREFUL* Use a meat cleaver (KitchenAid 6″ Stainless Steel Cleaver with Sheath – Black)
and break open on top.  Strike top of coconut to create an opening. (I make a square)  Pour coconut water in a glass Mason Jar for later use.  Next use the meat cleaver to break coconut in half.  Once again… BE CAREFUL!  Scoop out the meat and run through your Champion Commercial Juicer G5-PG-710 – WHITE MODEL along with one date.  If you do not have a Champion Juicer, use your food processor and blend the coconut and date until smooth.  This process will take 5-8 minutes, so keep processing until completely smooth.  Then stir in vanilla until evenly mixed.  Pour into a candy mold and put in freezer for one hour.

Step Two: Lime Custard

Take avocados and slice them in half and remove the seed.  Slice dates and remove the pits.  Slice limes and juice.  Place all of these ingredients into a food processor, I use Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Brushed Chrome and blend until smooth.  Scoop into piping bag and fill lime shells with custard.

Once you have your lime bowls filled, take the coconut creams out of the freezer.  Top each dessert with a heart shaped,  or whatever shape you choose, coconut cream.  Let thaw for 5-10 minutes for best experience.

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Hope you enjoy!

 

**Remember to always use organic!!!  Say no to GMO!

 

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Raw Hummus

May Madness!! 31 Raw Recipes In 31 Days!!!  Recipe 5! This one is a staple in my diet!!  Not only is it super easy… each serving is packed with as much protein as you need.

Raw Hummus

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Prep:
Soak 1 cup raw chickpeas overnight

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil*
1/4 cup parsley
1 clove garlic
1 lemon-juiced
1 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp pepper

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until desired consistency.

*cold pressed

Slice sweet potato and other veggies to dip!

Cocoa Quinoa Crispy

May Madness!!!!  Recipe 2!

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Prep
1 cup quinoa- Soak overnight and drain.  Then dehydrate for 3-5 hours or until crispy.

*** If you don’t have a dehydrator you can use your oven.  Set all the way to lowest temp and crack open.  You will have to watch this carefully for a few hours until they are crispy.  They may lose some of their enzymes though due to the heat.  Click Here to purchase my favorite dehydrators.

1/2 cup cocoa butter
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp raw coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla
dash Himalayan salt

In a dehydrator or over a double boiler use a low temperature to melt cocoa butter.  If you don’t have a dehydrator place glass bowl over warm water on the stove.  Watch the temp with a candy thermometer.  Raw food should never be heated over 108 degrees.

Mix prepped quinoa  and the rest of the ingredients into the melted cocoa butter.

Place wax paper in a class casserole dish or cookie sheet and pour and let set in fridge.  You will want to score into squares before they get too hard in the fridge.

May Madness!!!! 31 RAWK BABY recipes- 31 Days!!!! Day 1

May Madness!!!!  31 RAWK BABY recipes- 31 Days!!!!  Day 1

Strawberry Delight

Who says you can’t have Chocolate for breakfast?!?!

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1/2 sup strawberries- sliced
1 banana- sliced
3 dates- chopped

Chocolate Drizzle:

This is soooo good!!!  Easy and delicious!!