Raw Caprese

 

 

 

Sliced tomato

Basil leaves

Young coconut meat

Sliced avocado – optional

Lemon juice – optional

 

Layer sliced tomato, basil leaves, and coconut meat. If you want, and a slice of avocado and/or drizzle a little lemon juice on top. Pop in your mouth and enjoy!!

Raw Pad Thai

It’s funny, I’ve been vegan for years. My preference for certain foods has pretty much remained consistent. I went mostly raw about 2 years ago, and suddenly, my tastes began to change! Foods that were not appealing to me, I suddenly started craving! What a culinary world that has opened up for me. Most recently, I have developed a passion for ginger. It helps with stomach issues, reduces muscle pain, has anti-inflammatory properties, and so much more! Check out this raw Pad Thai recipe from Oh She Glows. One of my new favorites! Always looking to make food prep easier, use your electric food shredder instead of the spiralizer. https://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/01/rad-rainbow-raw-pad-thai/

Milks!

I prefer to use cashew or hemp milk for most things because I can make it on the spot. No thinking ahead! For those of you who like to drink nut and seed milks, you’ll need to try them to determine if you like them straight up, but using them to make chia seed pudding, or on homemade raw cereal, or as a base for creamy soups, you may prefer a different blend. Here are my recipes and, as usual, some thoughts…

Hemp milk

½ cup Raw Hemp seeds – I prefer to use ones I purchase from the refrigerator section, if possible

1 ½ cups Water

Blend in the blender

Cashew milk

½ cup Cashews – you can soak for ½ to 2 hours, but if you have a high speed blender and need the milk right now, you can skip this…

1 ½ cups Water

Blend in the blender

Almond (or sunflower or macadamia nut or pumpkin seed or ????) milk

1 cup Almonds, soaked 8 hours or over night in 2 cups water (or raw sunflower seeds)

2 cups Water for blending – adding up to 2 additional cups of water as you blend; starting with less water helps to blend the almonds up better. Once they are blended to a creamy texture, add the additional water.

Blend in the blender

(Note: my food co-op isn’t selling raw sunflower seeds any more, they are steam pasteurized. I found raw sunflower seeds at a reasonable price at Azure Standard https://www.azurestandard.com/. They sell lots of good organic and non-GMO things.)

Now, none of these needs to be strained with a nut milk bag or mesh strainer, but you probably should if you want to drink them straight. If you are using them on raw granola or in chia seed pudding or the like, you can use them as is. The hemp milk and cashew milk will come out much creamier than the almond milk. The hemp and cashew milks can be whipped up in a sec, just when you need them. With the almond and some of the other milks, since they require pre-planning and need to be soaked, you can make a batch, then freeze in individual serving size jars and use when needed. Just set your container on the counter or put in the fridge overnight to thaw.

If you like your milk a little sweeter, add a bit of date paste to the recipe. Play with the amounts until you get the exact sweetness you are looking for. Start with less paste than you think you need and add until it is just right. You can also add a little vanilla bean if that is more your speed.

Don’t forget 2 tablespoons of cacao or carob powder for chocolate milk or a cup or 2 of strawberries for strawberry milk in each recipe!

As with all raw recipes, start with the basic recipe and adjust the amount of water or nuts/seeds until it suits what you like.

The cashew and almond milks have a milder flavor and go with anything. The hemp and almond milk has a unique, but good, flavor. You might find that the unique flavors don’t pair with your coffee as well but are better on your raw granola. Of course, this is my opinion and you might think otherwise. 😊

In love and good health!

The Alkaline Environment

Acid-alkaline balance is important to your body. An acidic environment is the perfect setting for illness and disease. Cancer can not survive in an alkaline environment. We want to keep our bodies at a slightly alkaline on the pH scale. A pH of 7 is neutral. Human blood should be at 7.35 to 7.45. The food we eat determines the how acidic or alkaline the body is.

Eating foods that assist the body in maintaining the alkaline environment help to reduce anxiety and depression, digestive problems, chronic pain, inflammation, kidney stones, and muscle wasting/spasms, promote stronger bones, and so much more!

Eating a mostly raw, whole plant food diet supports the alkaline environment your body needs to thrive. While all plant foods are good for this, yes, even lemons when metabolized have an alkaline effect on the body, greens have an excellent alkaline effect on the body. Another reason to snarf up those greens!!

Hardy Gazpacho

 

Squeeze of lemon juice

3-4 tomatoes

1 cucumber

1 red pepper

1 cup basil

¼ onion, or to taste

1-2 cloves garlic, or to taste

½ to 1 t. jalapeño chili

½ avocado

(Add water if you want a thinner consistency).

 

Chunk all ingredients except avocado, then put in the food processor. Process to desired consistency. Transfer to bowl(s). Cube avocado and garnish soup. May also chop other veggies to garnish if you want to be really fancy, and add a whole basil leave to the garnish.

 

Of all the ways I have made gazpacho over the years, adding the chili in this recipe is what makes it great. Eat up!!

Eating simply

Fancy food is fun but isn’t necessary to good health. In fact, it is easier on the body when the food we consume is simple. It takes less energy to digest, leaving more energy to do the work of cleaning and detoxification, absorbing nutrients, and giving you a spring in your step!

Variety is necessary in the food you eat overall, but the variety doesn’t have to be in one meal or even one day.

Why eat more simply?

Eating more simply doesn’t overstimulate the appetite. It is easier for the body to find its satiation point. When there isn’t so much going on in your mouth, your taste buds can really perk up and savor the flavor of the food. Then when you have had enough to eat, your taste buds can more easily play a role in telling you that you are satisfied.

Eating more simply stimulates the digestive response for that one food, rather than multiple foods. Different enzymes are needed to break down proteins, carbohydrates, fat, and sugars. If too much activity is happening in the digestive tract, acids can cancel out enzymes causing food to ferment or decompose, not digest.

When many different kinds of foods consumed at once, our body can tire trying to sort digestion times for the various foods. Again, causing some food to not get digested properly.

Best of all, eating more simply saves time and energy in the planning, preparation, and cleanup of a meal, making it easier to stick to a whole plant food diet when life is busy.

So don’t pressure yourself to make every meal gourmet. A simple meal of your favorite fruit or a blended soup with only a few veggies makes it quick and leaves you with plenty of energy to enjoy the other pleasures in your life too!