I absolutely love it when I get reinspired to explore other avenues of off-white eating and living.
Raw food is my new candy, as inspired by a class I co-taught with A. last night at Wellspring in Woodburn. I thank all 12 guests deeply, for it was their committment to learning that invited me to reconnect with my raw food resources. I forgot how much fun it is to get out of the box with raw foods.
Raw foods just make me feel alive. In the spirit of raw foods, its all about eating close to the earth and not damaging nature’s nutritional wisodom by cooking food. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not becoming a raw foodist (75% raw food, no animal products), as can be demonstrated by my visit to the Little Roadhouse in Salem after class and a Key Lime martini to celebrate Matt’s return home. Hardly a committed raw foodie….
However, this being the dawn of spring, its a great time to rediscover (or simply discover) the joys of raw food…..and I’m not just talking about eating more salads.
I encourage you to consider including foods like raw nuts (soaked for 2 hrs to make them more digetable), sprouts in salads and on sandwiches, using raw veggies instead of chips for dipping, hummus and guacamoles, dehydrating foods and even making your own raw food crackers in the dehydrator, and adding green supplements to your diet like Amazing Grass or Nanogreens.
For those who want to go a little further, a great book is Raw food, Real World, which we used to inspire us in class.
To further entice your interests, our menu for class last night included:
Coco Loco blended beverage (coconut water/flesh, dates, limes, ice)
Broccomoli (a lower fat, ‘green’ guacamole)
Raw lasagna with cashew cheez and beet ‘pasta’
kale and seaweed salad with miso dressing
raw key lime pie with date and macadamia nut crust
And here are a few pics too! And below that a recipe! Enjoy
raw key lime pie (can you guess the secret ingredient?)
To whet your whistle, try this delicious and easy to prepare “mocktail”:
Coco Loco mocktail
2.5 cups coconut water (look at a health food store or in the asian section)
3/4 cup coconut flesh or coconut milk if you can’t crack a ‘nut’
1 cup ice
2-3 medjool dates, pitted
juice (and pulp if desired) of 1/2 lime
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend! Makes 3-4 mocktails.
Happy “off white” living,