Monday, May 25, 2009

Eating in the Raw...

For a couple of years I have been fascinated with the concept of eating raw. We have a juicer
and try to make fresh vegatable juices on a regular basis. I love nuts and berries and veggies. I have tried eating raw til noon. I have eaten raw til dinner... and I have tried an all day raw diet.

So what does a raw diet mean? (This is taken from a raw foodist's blog)
What are raw foods?
Raw foods are foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees.

Why eat raw?
You’ve all probably heard the basic claim: heating food above 118 degrees destroys the natural enzymes in the food. We raw foodists maintain that keeping those enzymes intact makes a dramatic contribution to digestive health—and therefore to our energy and health.More efficient digestion means more energy for other bodily functions: cell repair, physical and mental activity, and immune function. This is why raw foodists so often claim to feel tons of energy. It’s also why they often notice the sudden absence of common health complaints, from mental fog to acne to routine colds. When we digest and assimilate food optimally, our bodies have the energy and capacity to be active, to recover from physical exertion (athletes, this means you!) and to maintain a tough immune system.

Could I be a raw foodist? Absolutely not! I think like everything else, you need variety. Variety and moderation. I do think that you gain more from foods uncooked and I have more energy and feel less bloated when I eat this way but sometimes a gal needs a steak... or salmon... or cupcakes... or a fahita and margarita (thank you for lunch today, B :))! So, try out eating raw for a meal or two or maybe a day...

Here are some fun raw recipes I have been playing with:

Raw Granola Bars
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
1/8 cup coconut or olive oil
1/8 cup flax seed, ground
1.5 cups oats
1/2 cup Go Lean Cereal
1/2 cup mixed almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, cranberries

Mix wet and dry ingredients in bowl, pat onto baking sheet and freeze. I cut into chunks and keep in freezer. *Different from store bought. Must be eaten out of refrigerator at once or will fall apart* Also, play around with the ingredients based on your likes and dislikes.
Spinach Kale Avocado Salad
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
Massage spinach and kale with one mashed avocado, greek yogurt and garlic.
Add juice of half a lemon and salt and pepper to taste.

Quinoa Salad
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped tomatoe
1 chopped cucumber
2 scallions, chopped
1 minced garlic clove
Juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup quinoa soaked in hot water (not cooked) 3 hrs

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve at room temperature.

Almond Butter Fiber Shake
This is my FAVORITE lunch after yoga!
1 frozen banana
1 scoop of almond butter
1/2 to 1 cup of soy milk
1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Fiber Cereal
Mix in blender with ice. *Best served in stainless steel coffee mug with straw*

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