January 05, 2012

Inspired by Raw

It may not always seem like it, but I actually eat most of my daily meals raw. I love starting my day with a green smoothie and prefer salads and other raw meals for both lunch and dinner. This is not just a summer thing either, but I enjoy raw meals throughout the year. Obviously the abundance of fresh produce in summer makes it much easier to stick to all raw foods and during the cooler months your body is asking for something warm. Listening and responding to these needs is an important part of mindful eating.

I'm a strong believer in the benefits of raw food. It has been said to raise energy levels, improve your skin and even aid physical illnesses. I also find raw food incredibly inspiring - it's amazing how much you can create by using fresh ingredients, like vegetables and fresh herbs, and seeds, nuts, sprouts, etc. The choices are endless!

Even if you're not keen to go all raw, consider replacing even one meal a day with a fully raw alternative. Green smoothies, soups like the ones below and salads are a great way to get your raw groove on.

”The food you eat can be either 
the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” 
Ann Wigmore


Raw Carrot Soup*
(Recipe adapted from here)
(serves 1-2)

2 small carrots
1 tomato
1/2 avocado 
fresh ginger, to taste
juice of 1/4 lemon or to taste
pinch of good quality salt
freshly ground black pepper
water

* Preferably use all organic ingredients.

1. Chop the carrots, tomato and avocado in small pieces. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add enough water to reach desired texture.


Raw Creamy Green Soup*
(Recipe inspired by Enlightened Eating)
(serves 1-2)

4 cups loosely packed baby spinach
1/2 avocado
1 celery stalk
4 tablespoons chopped green beans
1/2 bunch or about 5 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped shallots/green onions
juice of 1/4 lemon
pinch of good quality salt
1 cup water

* Preferably use all organic ingredients.
 
1. Chop the avocado and celery stalks. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Ingredients for raw kitchen:

  • nut or seed butters (almond butter recipe here, leave out the roasting bit for a raw version)
  • nuts (raw or soaked)
  • Seeds (raw, soaked or sprouted  - sunflower, pepitas, hemp, chia, quinoa)
  • grains (soaked) and legumes (sprouted)
  • sprouts (see my sprouting guide here)
  • dehydrated vegetables, seed crackers and breads, etc. (preferably made using a dehydrator) 
  • fermented and pickled foods

Books & Links

Davis, B. and Melina, V. Becoming Raw - The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets (2010)

Russell James

Ani Phyo 

David Wolfe

http://www.rawmazing.com

8 comments:

  1. So fresh and colorful- it's got to be energizing!

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  2. You must absolutely glow with a diet like yours! These soups look so beautifully healthy.

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  3. I absolutely LOVE that Ann Wigmore quote! I think I'll share it with my readers, too (with a link to you, of course!)

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  4. Very interesting! It lokis fabulous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. What fresh and beautiful soups. I must try both, maybe even togheter in the same bowl... ;)

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  6. Ohh, I love that quote! Beautiful recipes!

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  7. Ihanat keitot! Raakaruoka on kiinnostava juttu, mutta kylmistä ruoista alan herkästi palelemaan. Siellä ilmastossa saattaisi olla toisin :)

    Oikein onnekasta vuotta 2012 Maria!

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