Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

I simply cannot believe that it is already end of October. Thanks goodness the contemplation of all shades of yellow, orange and red in nature brings me back to may senses. It is, indeed, autumn. Still very warm outside, but the days are definitely shorter.


To satisfy my cravings I made fruity, spicy smoothie. I took everything that I could put my hands on in the market and juiced, blended and spiced until it tasted just the way I imagined it should. This actually is a recipe without a recipe. Depending on what fruits and vegetable you decide to use you may come up with a very different result. The good thing about raw food is that you cannot really go wrong. Experiment. It is such a fun!

Ingredients:

for the smoothie base juice
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 cup diced Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 red apples
  • 2 inch chunk fresh ginger root
  • 1 inch chunk fresh turmeric root

for the smoothie
  • 2 ripe bananas 
  • 2-3 ripe persimmons
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice (add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cold pressed flax seed oil 
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • 2 cups freshly made smoothie base juice 
  • 2-3 ice cubes  (optional)


Method:
  • Pass all the juice ingredients through a juicer. Save the pulp for other raw recipes.
  • Pour the juice to a blender. Add all the smoothie ingredients and blend until velvety and smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more juice or some coconut water.
  • Adjust the taste to your personal liking. Add one or two Medjool dates or a spoon of maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter. Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy in good company!


Tip: If you have a high speed blender you can skip the juicing part and blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add enough liquid, though. I took the juice as a base because I wanted to use the juice pulp for my new pumpkin spice raw cookies. I still have to experiment a bit to get it right. The pulp is also great as a base for a spicy raw soup. I am sure that you will come up with your own ideas. Have fun!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique 

Dominique Allmon©2015

         


Friday, October 23, 2015

La Joie de Citron or What A Pretty Yellow Mess!

I do not often write a product review, but some products deserve more attention than others. The market is full of products that really make our lives easier and the food preparation more enjoyable.


I recently bought a tiny citrus juicer that I can now take with me whenever I travel by by air. All people who travel by air know that there are certain liquid restrictions for passengers. One can only take a small amount of liquids that have to be presented for inspection at the airport security.

For years  I traveled with a bag of organic lemons or limes that I cut at home in halves in order to squeeze them into a bottle of water that I normally bought at the airport short before my flight. I mostly managed not to make a big mess, but I always had seeds in my bottle. With this tiny citrus juicer things are so much better:
  • you will be able to squeeze more juice out of your citrus fruit
  • the seeds will not fall into your water glass or bottle
  • you will not splash any lemon juice on your new cashmere sweater
  • your tray table will stay clean
  • you can measure the exact amount of juice you want to have in your water glass  or bottle
  • you will attract curious looks from fellow passengers and will engage in conversation about health and nutrition
  • you can do all the juicing at the airport terminal, before you board the plane, which means you can actually clean up the juicer before your flight
  • the juicer is very easy to use.

Most importantly, you will enjoy your flight even more with your refreshing, alkalizing drink. Your liver will thank you as well.


Most people understand the importance of hydration during the air travel, not many, however, know that hydration alone is not enough when you are at 30,000ft. Air travel may be hazardous to your health. Depending on the destination and the size of the aircraft you may be stuck for up to twelve hours with hundreds of people. People cough and sneeze and you are breathing recycled air that has very low humidity. Unless you brought your own food, you are eating food that has very little nutritional value. You have to sit for a long time and you are also exposed to a slightly higher dose of radiation.

All these factors make air travel a rather unpleasant experience if you cannot afford a first class fair every time you travel. But traveling first class does not change the fact that you have to take care of yourself during the flight.

Starting your day with freshly pressed lemon juice and drinking lemon juice during the day, whether you are on the road or not, is most beneficial and still underestimated by many people.

Citrus fruit in general comes with incredible health benefits and since it is so versatile, make sure you are using it daily:
  • Lemons are rich in flavonoids that have been shown to stop the division of cancer cells in many types of cancer. High in vitamin C, lemons have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lemons help improve digestion, support the liver function and help balance blood sugar and cholesterol. 
  • Limes like all the other fruits from the citrus family contain vitamin C that is known to be a very potent antioxidant. They also contain unique flavonoids called flavonol glycosides as well as compounds called limonides that have demonstrated strong anti-tumor activity since they stop proliferation of the cancer cells. Limes also offer protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and help improve liver function.
  • Pomelo (Citrus maxima) is a large fruit from the citrus family native to South and Southeast Asia. Like all the other fruits from the citrus family, pomelo comes with countless health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, fiber and potassium, pomelo is a useful home remedy since it can help boost the immune system, help improve oral health and digestion, can help manage weight and contain urinary tract infections, lower the blood pressure, and prevent various cancers. Pomelos contain carnitine pamitoyl-transferase - a fat-burning enzyme - that may help obese people loose weight.
  • Yuzu is a citrus fruit that was originally cultivated in the Yangtse River region of China. The fruit was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (around 710 A.D.) where it was grown as a culinary delicacy, as well as a medicine. To this day the whole ripe yuzu fruits are used for therapeutic baths. The aroma is very relaxing, but the essential oil of yuzu also contains a compound called nomilin that helps improve the blood circulation. Yuzu has three times as much vitamin C as lemon and the highest amount of bioflavonoids (vitamin P) among the citrus fruits.
And of course there are oranges, Mandarin oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and kumquats. I will write about these fruits at some other time, but right now I simply hope that you will use this information to improve your health and well being.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Disclaimer: To clarify one thing, I did not receive any money to write this review, and I actually own one mini citrus juicer. I bought mine in a store in Roswell, NM, but you can buy yours online, at amazon, for instance.


Dominique Allmon©2015

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


      

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kiwi Salsa with Green Onions and Pomegranate

I love Mexican food and the New Mexican variation of it. I make raw salsa as often as I can lay my hands on all the ingredients needed for in the recipe. It is quite amazing to know that with a little experience you can turn any fruit or vegetable into this exotic condiment. 


Like most of my October recipes I created this one with breast cancer in my mind. Full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other valuable phyto-chemicals this fruity salsa is a healthy addition to a cancer preventing diet.  Research shows that people who eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily are healthier and have lower cancer rate. 

Ingredients: 
  • 4-5 kiwis, peeled and cubed
  • 1 firm avocado, cubed
  • arils from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 minced jalapeno chili
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper

Method:
  • Toss all ingredients into a bowl and mix gently. Adjust the taste to your personal liking. If needed, add more lime juice, more salt or more pepper and mix again. 
  • Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2015

            

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Golden Good Morning Smoothie

This wonderfully light, golden smoothie will make your heart sing. I used very ripe fruits to make it and did not need to add any additional sweetener. In fact, I waited until my bananas got their brown spots.


Ingredients: 
  • water of 1 young coconut (mine produced almost 2 cups)
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 3 very ripe golden kiwis
  • pinch powdered turmeric
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 ice cubes, optional
  • 2 Tbsp dried mulberries for garnish


Method:
  • Toss all ingredients, except mulberries, into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour smoothie into tall glasses and garnish with dried mulberries. Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2015

         


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hormone Balancing Raw Cacao and Avocado Mousse

October! Let's begin with something delicious and healthy. If you like avocados like I do, you are probably eating them at least s few times a week. Their neutral taste makes them one of the most versatile ingredients a raw cook can use.


Ingredients: 

for the mousse
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalaya salt


for the crumble
  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt 


for the garnish
  • 2 ripe plums, pitted and sliced


Method: 
  • In a food processor pulse blend dates, almonds and nuts. Add salt and spices and blend again until well combined. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. If your crumble is too thick you may want to add a tablespoon of freshly pressed lemon juice. You can make it a day ahead and dehydrate it if you prefer. In fact, you can make granola-like bars and crush them for this recipe.
  • To make the mousse place all the mousse ingredients in a blender or a food processor and blend until creamy and smooth. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.
  • Place a generous amount of crumble at the bottom of chilled bowls or tall glasses. Portion out a thick layer of mousse. Garnish with crumble and sliced plums. Serve right away and enjoy in good company!


Avocados are a fantastic source of healthy, unprocessed, completely raw, fat, that is missing in most people's diet today. Avocados contain around 20 essential nutrients in addition to plant sterols, such as beta-sitosterol, that have anti-estrogenic properties. They are able to block the estrogen receptors in our cells and reduce absorption rates of the the "bad" estrogen. In this way, avocados help increase progesterone levels in women and testosterone levels in men, thus helping to reduce a chance for estrogen-dependent cancers such as the breast cancer and the prostate cancer.

Moreover, avocados help boost the body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other fruits and vegetables, such as the alpha and the beta-carotene, and lutein. They are rich in fiber, minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium; B vitamins and the vitamin E.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. 

         
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