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.
- 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.
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
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.
Chickpea Salad Roll
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)
swiss chard leaves (for rolling)
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.
Raw Nut Meat Tacos
Avocado, Carrot, Cucumber
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 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)
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!
Raw Vegan Coconut Lime Cookies
- 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
- Place the nuts in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
- 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).
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and combine well.
- 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.
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 24 hours or until the cookies reach the desired consistency.
- Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
So see, you can eat raw all day long and enjoy it!
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂