Does anyone remember the Spa of Embarassing Illnesses on Channel 4? Raw Food was the diet of choice for the participants to help cure their conditions. With raw pasta and raw desserts, it was my first encounter with Raw. Since then doing the Raw Food Diet, I have seen some really amazing results! The results included: much clearer brighter skin, much more energy, improved digestion, weigth loss, stronger hair, better mental clarity and good restful sleep! If you have tried it we’d love some feedback about how you got on. If you haven’t…this is what the fuss is about.
What is The Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet, or Raw Foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks which are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic. Raw Foodists generally say that at least three-quarters of your food intake should consist of uncooked food.
The science behind eating raw food is that cooked foods lose natural vitamin and phytonutrient content in the cooking process: water-soluble vitamins (including B vitamins and vitamin C) are especially susceptible to depletion via heating . There are naturally some nutrients that are enhanced by the cooking process, too: lycopene in tomatoes, a cancer-fighting compound, released by cooking, and so is the phytonutrient content in broccoli.
How Do I Do Raw?
You don’t have to go crazy and try 100% raw to begin with. You can do it slowly by just starting at breakfast, doing fruit/veg smoothies. Then when you are comfortable with that, make your lunch raw, and so on. Here are some amazing raw smoothie recipes:
Lime In The Coconut Smoothie: 1/2 avocado, 1 lime, pit and skin removed (if you don’t have a VitaMix, just use lime juice), 3/4 cup pineapple, chopped, or 1/2 banana, chopped, 1 tsp agave, 1 cup water, 6 ice cubes. Method: Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Add more ice or water as needed, and enjoy.
Delicious Chocolate Dream : 2 Bananas, 1 small avocado, 1/4 cup raw cacao, 1/4 cup agave, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp lucuma powder, 2 tbsp maca, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup water -maybe more if you want the consistency thinner. Method: Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Add more ice or water as needed, and enjoy.
When you decide to do a bit more raw, and you need some help with recipes, try some of these from The Chimp’s Kitchen:
Beansprouts, Courgettes, Sliced red pepper, Shredded cabbage, Shredded carrot, Chives/ spring onion, Chopped nuts, 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp agave nectar/ honey, 1/2 red chilli, 1 garlic clove, Bunch of coriander, 1 lime
METHOD: Add the beansprouts and shredded ingredients to a large bowl. The sauce was made by placing half the avocado in a small blender and mixing with the agave/honey, chilli, garlic, coriander and lime. Top everything with the chives/ onions and chopped nuts.
Courgetti with Pesto
2 medium sized courgettes, Red onion, 1 beef tomato, 40g rocket leaf, 50g pine nuts, Handful fresh basil, 1 clove garlic, Pinch sea salt
METHOD: Grate the courgettes longways on a grater in order to achieve long, spaghetti-like gratings. If you have a Spiriliser utensil this will achieve the same effect. Courgetti is made! To make the pesto, combine the pine nuts, basil, garlic, sea salt and touch of water in a blender. Whizz together. Add more water, little bit by little bit, until the correct consistency is achieved. Slice the beef tomato and keep two large slices, chopping the rest into small chunks. Chop the red onion into small pieces. Stir in the pesto to the courgetti. Add tomato chunks and red onion. Sit the tomato slices on beds of rocket leaf and top with the courgetti.
Summer Berries Chocolate Mousse
1 avocado, 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey/ agave nectar, Vanilla, Berries (or any fruit or none at all), Water
METHOD: Chop up avocado and add to blender. Add small amounts of water to get the avocado moving around the blender and keep adding until a desired moussey consistency is acheived. Add water slowly and in small amounts. Add cocoa powder, agave nectar and vanilla. Blend. Transfer contents to suitable dish (if it doesn’t end up in your mouth first!).
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