Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. - Hal Borland

As another year comes to its end I want to thank all of you for your patronage of my blog and wish you a spectacular New Year 2013. May all your dreams come true! May you stay strong in your resolve! May you enjoy good health and good fortune! With much Love, Light and Laughter - Dominique Allmon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to Stay Raw in Winter

Many people who made the transition to raw food during the summer worry that they will not be able to adhere to their new lifestyle during the cold winter months. 

When the days turn shorter and colder, our bodies naturally crave comfort foods. We chose hot chocolate instead of strawberry ice cream; we prefer steaming hot soup instead of lettuce and cucumber salad.

Our food choices are also motivated by tradition. All the baking, roasting and cooking during the holiday season, all the flavors and colors, make it difficult for many people to stay completely raw in winter. 

Availability of high quality fresh, raw produce influences our choices even more. Who wants to eat unripe grapes or tomatoes? But if you carefully look at what is in season now, you will realize that nature offers quite a bounty for us to enjoy raw: root vegetables, cabbages, pomegranates, citrus fruit. apples, pears, and persimmons. There is abundance of nuts and spices, honey, died fruit and sauerkraut. Just like in summer, all this produce can be juiced, turned to salads and slaws, or used in smoothies. You simply have to be a bit more creative during winter. 

You may also increase the amount of cooked foods you are willing to eat. Your meals may include 10-25% cooked foods like rice, potatoes, or beans, and you still will be eating more raw foods than most people you know. As I wrote before, you will enjoy the raw lifestyle if you are passionate and not fanatical about raw food.

To keep your body warm from inside out, simply add ginger and warming spices like cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and hot pepper to your smoothies and salad dressings. Use nut milk instead of coconut water as the base for your winter smoothies. Add raw protein powder to obtain creamy and more nutritious textures. Use honey and avocado to keep your immune system strong. And most of all, enjoy what you are doing and do not give up your resolve to stay raw even if it is a bit more difficult during the winter time. 

In radiant health - passionately raw! - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2012


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snow White Coconut Smoothie

It started snowing last night! Not much, but enough to fill the hearts with joy and forget all the grayness of late fall. And what is the best way to celebrate first snow if not with a snow white smoothie?

I made this simple smoothie with white ingredients that I had in my kitchen. But if you are naughty enough you may want to experiment a bit to create another version of this delicious, snow white smoothie: take plain yoghurt or almond milk instead of coconut milk, for instance. You may want to add some pineapple or a pear and some warming spices.

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tbsp orange blossom honey
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • pinch chai spices 
  • raw coconut flakes for garnish
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional since you do not really want to drink ice-cold drinks in winter)
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until you receive a wonderfully creamy smoothie. 
  • Wet the edges of tall glasses with a slice of lime or lemon and deep the glasses in coconut flakes. They should form a nice, white circle.
  • Pour your concoction into the glasses and enjoy in good company.

There are many ways to celebrate winter, but no matter what you do, never forget to keep your body warm and well nourished.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

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