Eating Raw Foods

When food is cooked above 118 degrees F for three minutes or longer, its protein has become coagulated, its sugar has become caramelized, its natural fibers have been broken down, which means it will take longer to move through the intestinal tract, 30% to 50% of its vitamins and minerals have been destroyed and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed. Cooked food depletes our body’s enzyme potential and drains the energy we need to maintain and repair our tissues and organ systems and shortens our lifespan.

Raw foods are easily digested, requiring only 24-36 hours for transit time through the digestive tract, as compared to 40-100 hours for cooked foods. This increases the threat of putrefaction and disease. When you eat cooked carbohydrates, proteins and fats, you are eating numerous mutagenic (carcinogenic) products causes by cooking.  Carcinogens cause cancer and other diseases.

Raw Foods….

  • Increase energy, vitality, and an overall sense of well-being
  • Cleanse the body of accumulated toxins and waste
  • Contain the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients
  • Help prevent disease through proper cellular regeneration
  • Help to alkalize the body
  • Decrease fat production thus minimizing unhealthy weight gain

I could go on and on with more statistics and facts, but let’s look at some yummy recipes and ways to eat raw instead.

BREAKFAST

 

Chia parfait

Ingredients:

4-5 Tablespoons of Chia seeds

1/2 to 1 cup almond milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup whole rolled oats

1 cup blueberries (or other fruit of choice)

1/2 cup walnuts (or other nut of choice)

a few slices of banana

Directions:

Mix the chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla and almond milk together.  Stir in blueberries and leave mixture in refrigerator over night.  It should become a thick texture by morning.  Layer the chia mixture with oats and nuts and top off with some fresh berries and banana.  Mmmm a raw, fancy and delicious breakfast.

LUNCH

 

Chickpea Salad Roll

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons tahini

2 teaspoons plain nondairy milk (try fresh almond or brazil nut)

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon tamari

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon kelp granules

1/4–1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup

pinch or two sea salt (or to taste)

freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)

1 cup cooked (or sprouted) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, and semi-smashed (see below)

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup diced apple

2–4 tablespoons diced green or red bell pepper

2 teaspoons capers (optional)

1–2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

For Serving:

swiss chard leaves (for rolling)

Directions:

1) In a bowl, whisk/stir together the tahini with the milk, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, tamari, mustard, kelp granules, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.

2) Mash/smash the chickpeas just slightly with the bottom of your measuring cup, and then stir in with mixture along with celery, apple, bell pepper, capers and parsley, if using. Stir through until well mixed. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

3) To serve, place several tablespoons of mixture in a full large chard leaf and roll, creating a raw ‘burrito’ or ‘sushi’. Repeat until mixture is used.

DINNER

Raw Nut Meat Tacos

Ingredients:

Lettuce leaves
Tomatoes
Avocado, Carrot, Cucumber
Salsa
Whatever you like on your tacos

Raw Nut Meat
Makes about 2 cups “meat”

1 cup almonds, soaked 2 hours
1 cup walnuts, soaked 2 hours
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
Dash garlic powder (or fresh garlic to your liking)
Dash cinnamon
Dash cayenne (for a spicy meat)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari (if you are soy-free use a dash of sea salt to season)

Directions:

Preparation

Nuts can be soaked together. After 2 hours drain nuts. Blend in a food processor (not blender) for about 20-30 seconds to get the nuts chopped well. Add the rest of the meat ingredients and blend, scrapping down the edges of the bowl a few times to incorporate all the ingredients. Blend until your preferred level of chunkiness. I like my meat crumbly and not a smooth paste. Season with salt if needed.

Pile the meat into the lettuce leaf with toppings and enjoy!

DESSERT

 

Raw Vegan Coconut Lime Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp non alcoholic vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place the nuts in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Once chilled, pulse the nuts, coconut, and lime zest in a food processor until the mixture is well combined but still a bit chunky. Be careful not to over process the mixture or it will become oily (chilling the nuts before processing helps to prevent this).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and combine well.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop or a big tablespoon, spoon rounds of dough onto a dehydrator tray and flatten them into round cookies, about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 24 hours or until the cookies reach the desired consistency.
  6. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

So see, you can eat raw all day long and enjoy it!

-Kristen

Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

 

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24 thoughts on “Eating Raw Foods

  1. By chia seeds, are you talking about the same chia seeds as in the hokey Christmas gifts that come out every year? I have to admit, in some of the recipes there are so many components that I am unfamiliar with that I get a little overwhelmed!! Maybe someday you can take me shopping to your favorite place and introduce me to some new products? I think Ashley and Sydney are in the same homeroom…how is she liking 6th grade so far?

    • Not sure what is in the hokey Christmas gifts…but Chia seeds are little black seeds that come in a bag. You can actually get them in bulk at some of the Publix or bagged at Publix…don’t even have to go to a health food store. They absorb and grow up to 7xs their size and you can make pudding and other great treats out of them. They are super healthy! I try to find recipes that don’t have too many “odd” ingredients to make sure people won’t get scared away but others are for the more adventerous type. Start out slow and easy and don’t get scared away. email me if you want more info. or recipes. Sydney is very happy that Ashley is in her class this year. She is loving 6th grade 🙂

  2. Love your Blog! New to it. I was at Kristan’s Raw and was introduced to you! I have already made one of your recipes and it is a keeper!!!! The breakfast with the chia seeds and blueberries. Wow the kids loved it and I also. From here on I’m going to keep a lg. pickle jar of this made up in the frig. to have on hand. I’m also going to try the other recipes for that day. :)Look forward to peeking in again. I want to try the oil pulling and you have me ‘almost’ convinced to do so with coconut oil. I don’t know why I’m hesitant.Prayers that your healing continues and congratulations on your good reports. 🙂

    • Thanks…glad to hear you are enjoying the blog. I love coconut oil, but if you need help some people add a couple of drops of oregano oil (great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil) to help out the taste. Let me know if you have any special requests that you would like to see in the blog 🙂

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  4. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    After all I will be subscribing for your feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!

  5. Wow, all sounds great! Gonna try it soon. Became a raw vegan 8/2/2014. Just juicing and smoothies. Sometimes I eat romaine lettuce and smear Rosarita refried beans on it, add avacado, tomatoes and red onions. Top it with red wine vinegar, sweet soy sauce, and sarachi. Try it and let me know what you think.

  6. In the recipe for the Chia Parfait – it calls for “1 to 1/2 cups almond milk.” Do you mean 1 1/2 cups or somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cups?

  7. The chia parfait looks so good I would like to make it but I can’t tell if the rolled oats cooked or raw? It doesn’t say.

  8. These are excellent recipes and as someone who in high school/college had “food issues” but am now 36 and a normal 5’2, around 105-112 healthy all muscle girl(& my weight does fluctuate b/w 5-8lbs.) and is a back to the health nut yet “foodie” girl I’ve always been…are there some more smoothies(& other yummy recipes that include chia seeds as well as quinoa that don’t have a million different ingredients(& not so many exotic ingredients) that I could use interchangeably with breakfast, lunch& dinner? I really want to try and stick to a Mediterranean type health/lifestyle plan because I know how clean it is and good for you. So any suggestions would be welcomed! Thank you very much!
    Sincerely,
    Lauren Webster
    Birmingham,AL

    • Hi…sorry it took a week to get back to you..I was on a mini-vacation with my family. There are a ton of great and simple recipes out there for chia seeds and quinoa. Two of my favorite resources are CookingQuinoa.net, Wendy has a great blog and tons of recipes, and ChoosingRaw.com. Check them out and sign up for their newletter to get great recipes sent to you each week. Hope this helps 🙂

  9. Awesome recipes here! I’m totally going to try out the chia parfait. Previously I’d just been adding chia seeds to my water, so boring compared to this! Cheers!

  10. I enjoyed reading your perspective on raw food preparation. Nice recipes. Will give them a try. I like doing organic and Vegan for most meals. I feel so much more energy when I do. Usually salmon or ahi tuna with vegies for dinner. Fruit for snacks. This plan helps me do well even with a low thyroid. Have you tried Garden of Life Raw Meal? It is amazing! Has a full days worth of vitamins and minerals from Organic Vegan sources. I add 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup almond milk and 2 tsp. spirulina. Energy for the entire morning. Hope you know there are many others in this fight and we are all cheering for you and each other! May you feel blessed for what you share 🙂

    • Thanks for taking the time to write. I think your plan is awesome and I too feel so much better and have more energy when I eat mostly raw and vegan. I LOVE Garden of Life products and will try your Raw Meal with blueberries, almond milk, and spirulina 🙂 sounds delicious!

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