Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sun-Dried Tomato Burger with Cashew Nut Sauce

I found this recipe on the web a long time ago and I don't even remember who created it. I am posting it here because I believe that it is worth a try.

For the burgers take: 
  • 100 g pecans - soaked over night
  • 100 g cashew - soaked over night
  • 75 g sun-dried tomato - soaked over night
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro
  • ½ Tsp curry powder
  • pinch hot chili powder
  • pinch of Himalaya salt 

Method:

Blend  all the ingredients in a food processor. Form little burgers and dehydrate at 105°F for about 4 hours at each side. When ready serve with cashew sauce and a tossed baby greens & sprouts salad.


Cashew Nut Sauce:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked over night
  • 1/2 c pine nuts, soaked over night
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp Himalaya salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp chives or spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 soft dates, pitted


Method:

Puree all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is formed.
The sauce can be stored in the fridge in a tightly sealed glass container for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


         



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mint Chocolate Nibs Smoothie

Do you remember After Eight chocolates? Well, this smoothie may not taste exactly like one, but it combines the taste of mint with chocolate into a nutritious smoothie.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 scoops supergreen powder
  • 2 scoops raw  protein powder
  • 2 scoops  of cacao powder
  • handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • dash of stevia to taste 
  • few drops essential food grade mint oil
  • pinch of sea salt - to enhance the taste

Method:
  • Place the ingredient, except the cacao nibs, in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Add the cocoa nibs and blend for about 20 seconds to break the nibs a bit. 
  • Pour into tall glasses and enjoy in good company!
Purchase organic ingredients whenever you can.

In radiant health - Passionately raw! - Dominique


         

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Super-Antioxidant Broccoli Crunch

Raw foodies and broccoli lovers find the most amazing ways to utilize this vegetable that other people only eat cooked, if at all, and broccoli crunch is one of them.

Nutritional value of broccoli cannot be underestimated. Rich in vitamins, minerals and carotenoids, this cruciferous vegetable has an amazing anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying quality. It helps improve digestion and supports cardio-vascular health.


In this recipe I used ingredients that would enhance the antioxidant action of broccoli. As always, feel free to experiment with ingredients and proportions.

Ingredients:
  • 4-5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup dried, unsulfured organic berries (I used blue berries, cherries, cranberries, and raisins)
  • 1/2 cup organic walnuts
  • 1 medium sized red onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet potato, grated
  • 1 small cup of organic Greek yogurt (I used Oikos)
  • 2 Tbsp organic honey
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • freshly grind black pepper
  •  pink Himalaya salt
Method:
  • Place broccoli, berries, onions, nuts, and grated sweet potato in a bowl.
  • Make dressing mixing yogurt, honey and olive oil. It should be smooth and not too liquid. Add spices to taste.
  • Transfer dressing to the salad bowl and mix well covering all other ingredients. Add more salt or pepper, if needed.
  • Cover the salad bowl and place in a fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Serve chilled as a main course or to accompany other dishes.
Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


         

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Fruitarian Diet

By David Wolfe

Fruit is the most beautiful food on the planet. The variety of fruits on Earth is so massive it boggles the mind. Often people ask me if I feel limited eating a raw-food/fruitarian diet. I always respond by telling them 99.9% of all food on Earth is raw plant food!


Fruit is our most natural food. It is the food we are attracted to most in its raw natural state. We define a fruit as a food which contains the seed(s) within it for regeneration and propagation of the plant.

A raw-food/fruitarian diet makes you beautiful and pure inside and out. It leads to the clearest use of your mind - it greatly enhances your mental abilities.

In my book: "Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet" I wrote: "Every fruit has its secret." Once you are completely cleaned out of cooked-food residue and toxicity, you become attuned to special powers available in certain fruits! The durian fruit has an extreme smoothness and cleanness to it in the way it is metabolized in your body. It makes everything run smoothly and clearly and warms up the body in colder weather. Dates too, may warm you up in cold weather. Dates are a great food for endurance and long walks. Apples are a "clean-out food," they clear everything out as they go through. Mangos transport you into the ecstatic state of summer fun. Bananas make you feel like a wild primate!

How To Eat Fruit And How Much? 

Ideally, it is best to eat just one type of fruit at a time (mono-diet) and to wait 45 minutes until the next type of food goes in. You might want to eat 5-10 bananas in the morning and nothing else or choose to eat cucumbers only for lunch!

My organization Nature's First Law distributes a laminated "Pearamid" chart which describes graphically and inspirationally the structure of a long-term fruitarian diet. The chart was created by Dave Klein the editor of Living Nutrition Magazine who has been an all-raw fruitarian for over 5 years.

When you are eating a mono-diet, your body will give you a clear signal when to stop eating. Your appetite will turn off or you will suddenly feel you have eaten too much. Typically the fruit will actually change taste on you and won't taste as good! At that point listen to your body and stop eating! If you combine foods, the signal as to when to stop eating is not as clear, and you must discipline yourself.

If you overeat raw food or fruit or even cooked food remember the reasons why most people overeat: suppressed emotional issues and a lack of deep breathing. If you overeat, go outside and take 10-15 deep breaths! Or breathe deeply at night instead of eating - if you have problems in that area.

Hybrid Fruit 

Unfortunately the quality of fruit available in most commercial supermarkets is less than excellent. The fruit is biologically weak: it has not picked up the minerals from the soil properly, its sugar are too high, if left to Nature the insects, worms, and bacteria would wipe it out quickly. Many fruits today have been hybridized: they have been genetically or biologically tampered with. For example, most orange trees are actually two orange trees in one. The roots are of one type and the stem and leaves are of another type. They are grafted together. This leads to a fruit which is has an improper balance - it is confused. The fruit may be seedless or the seeds may not be viable.

What to do? Seek out high-quality organic fruit grown from non-hybridized plant strains or better yet grow your own fruit trees from seed or even seek out wild fruits. The best way to determine if a fruit is too hybridized is to examine its seeds. If the fruit is seedless, do not eat it or at least be very frugal when eating it. Seedless fruit actually should not be eaten - you will become more and more sensitive to this as you become internally cleaner and cleaner. If the fruit has seeds, try planting them. If they grow, the fruit, even if hybridized, still has enough natural vitality to be excellent nourishment.

Farmers and biologists have noted that after several generations of hybridization a most interesting event occurs. The hybrid strain will either die out - it will have lost its vitality - or it will revert back into a more primal form - a seedless strain can suddenly start producing viable seeds! I had the most incredible experience the other day. I was juicing a pineapple for a friend and I discovered the pineapple contained seeds! This is the first time I had ever seen this. Pineapples are hybrid fruits many of us have eaten, at least occasionally, our whole life. How many times have you discovered seeds in the pineapple? After many generations of hybridization we see the pineapple reverting back and now seeding!

One final note: hybrid sweet fruit is still better for you than cooked food!

Is Fruit Too Sweet?

Most fruits on Earth are not sweet fruits! It is important to include in your fruitarian diet a host of non-sweet fruits such as avocados, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, cranberries, lemons, limes, squash, corn, zucchini, okra, etc. These foods provide heavier minerals and are soft on the body. Ideally, they should constitute at least 50% of your diet.

Tooth Trip 

Are fruits bad for your teeth? The internal condition of the body is the best indicator as to the health of the teeth. If teeth are bad, there is an internal disruption in the body, and we need to bring in more calcium in the form of green-leafy salads and green juices, as Dr. Shelton has pointed out in his great book: "The Science And Fine Art Of Nutrition."

There is a great misconception that fruits are bad on the teeth. Why the myth of poor teeth on a fruitarian diet? The clue I picked up from Johnny Lovewisdom's book: "Spiritualizing Dietetics: Vitarianism." He attacks nuts and seeds viciously as being the cause of teeth problems in fruitarians, not fruit. I've noticed that myself. Nuts leave an acid ash and are high in phosphorous which must be balanced with calcium (found abundantly and usable in greens). If you eat lots of nuts and seeds, you should also eat plenty of greens. If they are not balanced the phosphorous will eventually acidify the body and leech calcium from the bones, especially the jaw and teeth - the body is signaling the mouth to stop taking in food, especially the nuts and seeds. Another important point appropriate here is that raw animal foods too leave an acid ash and are high in phosphorous, just like nuts and seeds. If they are not balanced off with greens (calcium) they'll de-calcify the teeth over the long term.

For those interested, my organization distributes Johnny Lovewisdom's book: "Spiritualizing Dietetics: Vitarianism" and we will soon be carrying 6-7 of his other incredible books including his latest "Vitalogical Hygiene" the culmination of Dr. Lovewisdom's more than 60 years on a raw-food/fruitarian diet.



         



Friday, May 18, 2012

Kale Salad with Purple Onions and Beets

Kale is one of the healthiest cruciferous vegetables that can be eaten raw without any objection. To enjoy maximum nutrition and flavor from it you must learn to prepare it properly. Kale leaves  have hard fibers and veins and it is rather difficult or impractical to remove them all. To make kale more palatable you may have to "massage" it until it softens a bit.

As always, feel free to experiment with ingredients and proportions. Use your own intuition to prepare the most enjoyable and healthy food. Skip the feta cheese if you are vegan. And last, but not least. Purchase organic ingredients whenever you can.


Ingredients:
  • bunch of kale
  • 1 large beet
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • freshly grind black pepper
  • freshly grind pink Himalaya salt


Method:
  • Wash and dry kale leaves. Remove stalks and cut into thin slices.
  • Place cut kale in a large bowl. Add salt, lime juice and olive oil. Massage until the leaves are wilted and soft.
  • Peal the beet and cut into quarters. Cut each quarter into thin slices. Mix beet and kale in a bowl.
  • Peel the onion, cut in half. Cut each half into thin slices. Place in the bowl and mix well with the other ingredients. 
  • Cover the bowl and chill in a fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Short before serving, gently mix in pecans and feta cheese. Add pepper to taste.
Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


         

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pink Lady

For this delicious smoothie you can use any red fruit that is in season. I picked water melon and  strawberries. Coconut milk blended with antioxidant-rich red fruit gives this smoothie a lovely pink hue.

Feel free to experiment with ingredients and proportions. You may want to use pink papaya, red cherries, or raspberries. Use organic fruit whenever you can.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups ripe strawberries
  • 2 cups watermelon, seeds removed
  • juice of 1 pomegranate (or 1 tsp grenadine - contains sugar!)
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • pinch of pink Himalaya salt
  • ice cubes - optional
  • 1 tsp honey or dash of stevia - optional
 Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


         



Thursday, May 10, 2012

How to Reverse Energy Crash on a Raw Vegan Diet

By Young and Raw

I’m going to share with you one of the top reasons why you may be experiencing energy crashes through out your day even after juicing fresh vegetables and eating a raw vegan diet. It’s not at all what you’d expect, in fact you’ll find this reason is actually quite counter intuitive and has absolutely nothing to do with what you eat or drink.


Since we’re always talking about the benefits of a plant based, high raw lifestyle I thought it would be valuable to discuss something that has happened at least once to everyone in their lifetime. You may even be dealing with this problem on a regular basis. Energy crashes are frustrating, and they seem to happen at the most inconvenient time, almost out of the blue. One minute you’re feeling energetic and happy, the next minute, your whole body is "bend" over and you just want to go to sleep. It’s that feeling when you get up in the morning with energy and think to yourself “Oh goody, I have energy today, I wonder how long it will last” and before you know it, it’s gone.

If you’ve transitioned to a raw vegan diet, you’ve likely seen the end of these days where energy crashes dominated your life, but if you’re still experiencing them from time to time, there’s a surprising reason why it still may be happening. Let’s get to the bottom of this together:

In the event that you’ve read my personal story, you already know that I suffered from severe chronic fatigue for nearly a year before learning that I was inflicting this upon myself by my food choices. You also know that I reversed this by choosing to adopt a high raw, vegan lifestyle and eat a lot of fresh foods. Even still, energy crashes aren’t always caused by our diets, sometimes they are caused by our emotions, our passion, or in this case our lack thereof.

Thing to watch when you "crash"

1. What are you thinking in the moment that you crash? Is it something that lights you up inside, or something that turns you off. Be mindful of how your thoughts effect your physical body and practice exchanging thoughts that leave you feeling tired or empty with ones that make you feel excited, and full of life. The instant a negative thought creeps up on you, imagine it floating right out of the top of your head, and accept a new thought back in that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy!

2. Do your crashes tend to happen at the same time each day? What exactly is it that you’re doing at this time when you lose your spark. I find for myself, when I even think of doing something that doesn’t inspire me, my energy sinks to the floor and I start to feel tired. This is mental and emotional, nothing to do with diet. Make sure you’re getting enough calories, an array of nutrients and drinking enough water too!

3. Are you following your purpose? Going raw vegan definitely has a way of evoking a certain aspect of yourself that you may not have seen before. This includes an emotional cleansing, a discovery of new passions, desires and dreams. You see, when our bodies are clean, our minds are clean and this makes room for us to get to know ourselves on a deeper level. The breakdown happens when we expect food to change our life, rather than acknowledging that we have to take the action steps to make the change for ourselves. Food can act as a catalyst for you to find your purpose, but only you can go out and make things happen.

When we’re passionate and inspired, we tap into our own inner fire. An energy source that is ignited by following our purpose in life. Sometimes, energy crashes are a sign that you’re ready for the next phase, to take on a new dream or goal or to step deeper into your true self. If you’re secretly wishing you were somewhere else when you’re at work, if you’re not satisfied in your relationships, or with your own level of commitment to following your own dreams, explore this and you may just find your energy crashes disappear.

Over the course of your journey with food, start considering how your thoughts, feelings and actions impact your health in partnership with what you eat. Food can only heal us, if our thoughts and emotions are also in alignment.

Quick tips for reversing energy crash

1. Exchange your negative thoughts for positive ones.

2. Notice your environment when you have a crash and ask yourself if you’re really doing what lights you up inside. If not, start thinking of solutions that will create more inspiration in your life.

3. Participate in more activities that align with your passions. if you don’t know what you’re passionate about yet, start trying new things, meet new people, and pay more attention to how you feel in certain situations. If you feel happy, excited, joyful, and full or energy, these are all signs that you are doing something you are passionate about, if you’re feeling the opposite, it’s time to make a shift in a new direction.


         



Article courtesy of Young and Raw

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cucumber Mint Honeydew Detox Smoothie

Here is an easy detox recipe. This light, refreshing smoothie will cool your system and help detoxify your body. The ingredients are available whole year round. Use organic ingredients whenever you can.



Ingredients: 
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, peeled, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 large, ripe pear 
  • 1 scoop of green superfoods
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice 
  • 1/2 cup purified water or coconut water
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • handful of ice cubes
Method:

Place all ingredients in an blender and blend until smooth. You may want to adjust the amount of liquid according to your personal taste. Enjoy in good company!
      



Recipe adopted from Martha Stewart
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