Thursday, November 22, 2012

Raw Thanksgiving

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices. - Elizabeth Gilbert in "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia"
I actually wanted to post here a raw food menu for a Thanksgiving dinner, but my job took me all over the map in November and there was very little time to create something new in a short time that was left to me between the trips to Boston, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.

I know that this is a poor excuse for someone who enjoys high life while others have to slave off in an office or so, but I believe that my blog offers enough inspiration already and my readers can choose from the ever growing list of recipes. The most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. You do not always have to be perfect, but it will help if you are passionate about it.

If you are invited to a traditional family Thanksgiving dinner you may realize that there is very little raw food on the table unless, of course, other family members share you love for the raw lifestyle. I trust you are well prepared and will arrive with your own raw food dish that others can share and enjoy as well. Do not panic if this is not the case. You will not die or age at the spot if you pick a baked sweet potato or some roasted carrots.  Instead, simply be grateful that there is food on the table and that you are allowed to share it with people you love.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving - with Love Light and Laughter - Dominique


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Avocado, Elderberry, Pumpkin Seed Smoothie for Immune System Support

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, now is the time to take care of your immune system and prepare it for the winter. 

By preparing your immune system for winter and strengthening your immune response, you will be able to pass through the cold season without an infection and if you catch a cold, your symptoms will be less severe and you will recover much faster. 

Elderberry - Sambucus nigra

The simplest way to "winterize" your immune system is to add foods, herbs, and nutrients that support optimal function of  the immune system. Foods rich in zinc and vitamin C will help you mobilize your immune system to fight any infection. In addition, increase consumption of immune modulators such as ginger, garlic, honey, seabuckthorn, and elderberry. 

I created a smoothie that will help your body keep colds and flue at bay: Avocado is rich in zinc; Elderberry keeps viruses at bay by blocking the virus from entering the cell itself; Honey is a powerful immune system modulator; Pro-biotic yoghurt improves intestinal flora thus helping your immune system to regenerate and stay strong; Acerola is a vitamin C marvel.

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds - soaked over night
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup elderberry juice or 1/2 cup extract
  • 3 Tbsp honey - I used Korean ginseng honey for maximum immune support
  • 1/3 cup green superfoods powder
  • 1/2 tsp acerola powder
  • 1 tsp probiotic powder
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • dash pink Himalaya salt
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. You may add ice if you want to. I personally prefer not to when it is cold outside. As always, feel free to adjust proportions to your liking.
Enjoy in good company as often as you can!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Also of interest How to Prepare Your Immune System for the Winter


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