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I am well aware that when I mention to people that I eat mostly raw foods, most of them imagine me in my kitchen sobbing while eating raw apples and gnawing on celery silently wishing I had a cheeseburger. And although I won’t lie I love to get down with simple raw veg and fruits, it is also true that with a little effort you can create raw vegan gourmet deliciousness that is guilt-free and puts the original recipes to shame. Last week made this raw chocolate mousse in literally five minutes, and I’m sure any chocolate pudding lover would agree that it tasted ten times better than any version that included dairy. The other great part about it is that if you are watching your figure you don’t have to worry about feeling like your tush is going to expand when you are done eating this. For this recipe as long as you have a high speed blender you are good to go, no food processor necessary. I used raw cacao with maca already added in the powder, but you can also add maca into your mousse seperately for an extra nutritional and libido boost. If you are a chocolate lover, you’ll enjoy this quick and easy dessert and get your cacao fix full on. -XoXo Raw Girl
Raw Chocoloate Mousse w/ Maca
Prep Time: 5 minutes, 1-2 Servings
1 Avocado (pitted & peeled)
3 Tbsp cacao powder (with maca or without, or add 1 teaspoon maca powder seperately)
1/3 cup raw agave nectar or 4 soaked dates
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup water (or less if you prefer thick)
Fresh berries for topping (optional)
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Pour into serving dishes, garnish with berries, and chill in the refrigerator for 15 -20 minutes or eat immediately if you just can’t wait! Enjoy!
Summer is here and it’s a great time to up your intake of fresh organic raw foods. Die hard veggie lovers know that in order to survive staying raw with a busy lifestyle you’ve got to master the art of creating interesting salads in between those fancy gourmet nights. I had lots of fun on Monday making a nontraditional summer coleslaw. Instead of mayonnaise, I used a tahini dressing, which gives it the perfect flavor, and rather than using only cabbage I worked in some kale. To top it off I sprinkled on some cranberries and pumpkin seeds, but you can also try pine nuts, raisins, or sunflower seeds. If you are headed to a summer barb-Q or party and need to bring vegan rations, this a great recipe to try. Best part about it? It tastes even better the second day. -XoXo Raw Girl
Ingredients: 2 Bunches Kale, 1/2 Green Cabbage, Dried Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds
Tahini (1/2 cup or so)
Lemon Juice (2 Tablespoons)
Garlic Cloves (2 cloves)
Agave Nectar (2 Tablespoons)
Sea Salt (3-4 pinches to taste)
Water (1/2 cup or less, pour in gradually)
Throughly wash and chop kale and cabbage add to large bowl. Top with pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Add dressing ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth and pour over veggies. Mix in dressing thoroughly and add more toppings if necessary. Serve & enjoy!
Romaine Cucumber Cleanser
1 head of Romaine Lettuce
4-5 stalks of Celery
Run all ingredients through a juicer. Strain, serve, enjoy!
When you think of romaine you may automatically assume it doesn’t have much nutrition to offer because it doesn’t have the deep green coloring of other super greens like kale. Do not be deceived, romaine lettuce actually does have some great nutritional benefits! Not only does romaine consist of 17% protein, it is a complete protein and contains all 8 essential amino acids! It also has 21% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium. Add it to a green smoothie with papaya, another calcium rich fruit and you’ll have a smoothie with way more calcium than in a glass of milk. Romaine also has 167% the daily recommended value of vitamin C. My favorite nutritional benefit of romaine that I never knew until now is that it has around 44% the daily allowance of omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial to our balancing our diets that tend to be high in omega-6′s, minimizing stress, and preventing inflammation related diseases. In addition to all this, throw in super servings of vitamin A & K, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Every veggie has its place, and romaine is definitely not a green vegetable to discard as useless. If you’ve relegated your romaine to wimpy salads or ignored it all together, I challenge you to give it another chance. It’s high water content also makes it a nice hydrating addition to juices and smoothies as a base. You’ll find a few more juices I’ve put together in the past with romaine as a main ingredient if you search the blog archives. Happy Juicing! -XoXo Raw Girl
Carrot Lemon Blast
1/2 head of celery
Juice all ingredients. Serve, strain, enjoy!
Why is it never a bad idea to O.D. on lemons? Lemons are powerful citrus fruits that are effective as a food and as medicine. Ancient Egyptians believed that consuming lemons and lemon juice protected them from poisons and toxic substances. Although it’s easy to disregard lemons because they are so readily available, like that good old friend from back in the day, you always can call upon a lemon when you need it to combat a virus, a cold, ease digestion, and more. They contain vitamin C, citric acid, and B vitamins. The benefits relevant to clearing your skin include purifying the blood, cleansing the kidneys, and assisting in elimination of toxins. Lemon juice is one of the most highly antioxidant juices so drinking it helps to slow aging and deactivate free radicals. Lemon juice applied directly on the skin (would need to be diluted for sensitive skin) can help to reduce scarring, age spots, and gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells. Need to get more lemon juice in your diet? Add lemons to your daily vegetable juice, squeeze lemon over your green salad, or start the day with a tonic of filtered water with lemon juice squeezed in. -XoXo Raw Girl
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The best part of waking up? A fruit smoothie in your cup! A great way to get more fruit in your diet, especially in the spring and summer months is to blend up some yummy concoctions. They don’t have to be fancy to taste amazing, and are way better for you than store bought smoothies which in most cases are pasteurized, contain harmful preservatives, and even indigestible fibers (Naked juice was found guilty of this). It takes no time at all to put some fruit frozen or fresh in the blender add a little water and start a smoothie party at any time of the day. What I love about fruit is that unlike refined sugar, you get sweetness with substance in the form of nutrients and fiber. This weekend my smoothie was all about mangoes. If you need some good reasons to love mangoes, check out this past blog post: 6 Reasons to Get Down With Mangoes, The King of Fruit. -XoXo Raw Girl
Mango Citrus Cooler
3-4 cups frozen Mango
2 oranges (peel and remove seeds)
1 cup filtered water
Blend all ingredients, serve, enjoy!
Have you ever tried juicing broccoli? Although I love eating broccoli raw it is also a great addition to your daily dose of greens! Broccoli comes from the gangsta family of cruciferous vegetables with includes cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and the almighty kale. It has an awesome amount of calcium and vitaminK, in addition to vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and iron. Juicing broccoli can be useful for any sort of digestive disorder including indigestion, gastritis, or ulcers. It is also beneficial in preventing breast cancer because it helps to rid the body of excess estrogen, and has a high level of antioxidants which of course slow the aging process and prevent macular degeneration. -XoXo Raw Girl
2 Large Stalks of Broccoli
1 Head of Celery
3-4 Kale Leaves
Run all ingredients through a juicer. Serve, strain, enjoy!
Spring is here, and hopefully summer is around the corner real soon. This weekend in honor of the beautiful weather outside, I decided to whip up a delicious summer salad. If you are a raw foodie or not, it’s always great to lighten up your diet a bit when the weather gets warmer. For those not on the raw bandwagon, spring and summer is a lovely time to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, while also soaking in the wonderful energy of the sun. This salad was AMAZING, took no time at all to prepare, and the dressing was so tasty on it’s own, it doubled as dressing and smoothie. Below is the recipe, feel free to have fun with your versions and add in whatever fruit strikes your fancy. -XoXo Raw Girl
Sweet n’ Scrumptious Summer Salad w/ Orange-Strawberry Dressing
Green Kale, Spinach, & other Mixed Greens
1/ 2 Mango
Wash and dice all ingredients however you prefer them. Add all greens into salad bowl, add two capfuls of extra virgin olive oil, squeeze wedge of orange onto greens, and add a few pinches of sea salt to taste. Massage greens. Layer over greens all your toppings.
4 Basil Leaves
2 Tablespoons Agave or 3-4 Pitted Dates
Blend the ingredients together, pour over salad and enjoy! Remember this by itself makes a pretty awesome smoothie. Will experiment with other versions of this, but adding in a cucumber works well. -XoXo Raw Girl
4-5 Kale Leaves
1/4 Green Melon
Organic Pineapple Juice
(preferable if you run pineapple through the juicer, but you can also use store bought if you like)
Put all ingredients in the blender, blend, serve, enjoy!
-XoXo Raw Girl
Salads can get boring quickly especially if you stick to the romaine and lettuce model, so it’s imperative for a serious veggie lover to try new combinations and pack them full of a variety of textures and flavors that will leave you feeling satiated. I love a good Mediterranean Salad so I made one the other day and experimented with my own raw version of goddess dressing. Goddess dressing is my all time favorite but if I choose to consume a brand from the grocery store I immediately start sneezing because of the preservatives! To avoid the unnecessary toxins and keep it raw, below’s a version of the easy recipe you can whip up that worked really well. I used cilantro, which is a great detoxifier and added a lovely freshness to the salad, but you can also use parsley in it’s place and it will taste equally as good. -XoXo Raw Girl
Ingredients: Green Kale, Arugula, Mixed greens, Kalamata Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cucumber.
Wash all ingredients, dice up olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and add to salad bowl. For additional flavor-fulness add hummus and/or avocado on the side.
Raw Girl’s Cilantro Goddess Dressing
1/2 cup Raw Tahini or (regular tahini if vegan)
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Filtered Water
2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
6 Tbsp Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
Small Handful of Cilantro
Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend, and pour over salad. Enjoy!
My last post was about one of the dangerous ingredients in store bought nut milk, so I wanted to offer another basic recipe that you can make at home in addition to almond milk. Raw cashew milk is not only tasty, it is incredibly filling. If you’ve have never tried it, give it a go. After I made my cashew milk I had a little extra fun and made a strawberry banana smoothie. In one cup is the nut milk with some strawberry banana smoothie poured on top, and the other a plain smoothie. Have fun, get creative, and enjoy your preservative and stabilizer-free nut milk making! -XoXo Raw Girl
1 cup cashews
3 cups water
2 tablespoons agave nectar or grade B maple syrup
2 vanilla seeds or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (optional)