I wrote in the July, 2010 edition of the
TKC on the many benefits of eating a raw diet; eating fruits, vegetables and
other natural “live” foods uncooked. The theory being when we cook foods,
we destroy their nutrients along with their essential enzymes. I have been asked
several times since this article was written for some recipes to get started
with. So rather than saying “search the Internet”, I have listed a few ideas below.
I can’t stress enough the benefits of juicing, and this is my #1 method of getting raw foods
into the body. Fruits and vegetables should be eaten daily, along with juicing, to get
the full benefits from them. However, when we eat these healthy foods, many of the nutrients are not
absorbed; rather they are flushed right out of our system. This is mainly due to our
weakened digestive systems from all of the chemically-treated foods we’ve been subjected to
over the years. Juicing separates the nutrients from the fiber (in the pulp), allowing
our bodies to immediately absorb them. I start most days with a juice consisting of 4 or 5
carrots, 1 apple, 1 beet, 5 or 6 stalks of celery, 1 tomato, 2 cloves of garlic and usually two
greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, cilantro, dandelion, etc. (variety is good). This
makes about 2 glasses, which is more than enough for a good start to the day.
“I don’t have time to eat healthy.” How many times have we heard that one, or even used it
ourselves. Well perhaps here’s the quickest way to get your daily dose of veggies. Literally
throw your favourite fruits and veggies together (the more greens - the better) in the blender and make
a “green smoothie”. Use sweet fruits to flavour. Experiment - try cherries, blueberries,
pineapple, melons, watermelon in your smoothies. Younger kids will enjoy making and drinking these ones.
In the June, 2010 edition of the TKC, I wrote an article questioning “Is milk really good for us?” Some
claim as long as you drink the milk raw, not pasteurized, it does the body good. Well, I’ll leave that
decision up to you. But if you do want a healthy alternative, (and you don’t happen to have a goat in your
backyard), try making your own almond milk. It tastes great, and almonds are one of the best nuts for
you. Begin by pouring 1 or 2 cups of water into a blender (depending how much milk you want to
make). Add a handful of almonds. The more almonds, the thicker the drink. Some people soak
the almonds for a day first, before blending, to remove toxins from the nuts. Add 1 or 2 heaping
spoonfuls of raw honey. Blend and enjoy! The drink will be a little “nutty”, which is fine over
cereal, but you may want to strain it first before drinking. Add a spoonful of raw cocoa powder for a
chocolate drink. Bananas and a spoonful of cinnamon are a couple of additional options.
If you like this drink, make enough for a large pitcher, and seal it. It will keep for 3 or 4 days in the fridge.
And here are a few recipes for you to try. Many raw recipes take a lot of preparation, I’ve only included
some of the “quicker” ones. Use either a blender or food processor for each one.
Oat Meal Breakfast
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Healthy Salad Dressing
Blend all ingredients with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper.
Green Onion Dressing
Blend all ingredients until creamy.
Blend all ingredients with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Warm,
if necessary, to finger-hot.
South of the Border Soup
Blend all items. This should warm you up!
Mock Meat Loaf
1 beet, grated
2 - 3 white potatoes, grated
1 turnip, grated
1 onion, cut-up
3 celery stalks, with leaves
1 pound raw peanuts
Blend each item individually, then add to a large bowl. Mix together and refrigerate overnight.
Blend the veggies and garlic until shredded into fine pieces. Blend the nuts
separately, then add to veggies and garlic. Press into a loaf pan and refrigerate for an hour.
Cut the avocados into chunks, and pour lemon juice over it. Blend all other
ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spoon mixture into a lettuce leaf and wrap around mixture.
And don’t forget desserts!
Blend all ingredients together. Add more water to thin out,
if necessary. Top with a spoonful of honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten.
Macadamia Date Pie
Blend macadamia nuts until finely chopped, and transfer to a bowl. Blend dates
and orange juice and add to the macadamia nuts. Mix thoroughly with salt and vanilla extract.
Spread the crust out thinly on a normal size plate. Finely slice bananas or your favourite fruit on
top of the crust. Cover the fruit with another layer of the macadamia date mixture.