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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)
If you walk into any grocery store and head to the dairy section, the shelves are populated by a plethora of dairy-free milks which started to become all the rage a few years ago. Veggie lovers now have the options to buy coconut milks, almond milk, hemp or rice milks, in addition to soy based dairy-free milks. In our fast paced world, having these options may allow you to breathe a sigh of relief, but unfortunately convenience on American grocery shelves most likely comes with a major health risk. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I knew something was fishy with some of those nut milks. A large majority of the almond milk available has the ingredient carrageenan, which is derived from red seaweed. At first glance, it may seem like carrageenan should be a healthy ingredient, as seaweed is a very nutrient dense food. Not the case. In fact, carrageenan has been proven by research to be linked to gastrointestinal issues, lesions, and colon cancer! Sigh. So much for an easy way to get nut milk!
Carrageenan comes in two forms: low molecular weight or “degraded,” and high molecular weight or “ungraded.” Degraded carrageenan has been shown to cause inflammation in the colons of rodents which resembles what in humans is called ulcerative colitis. Companies that process carrageenan claim that the food grade version is undegraded, but when tested every single sample was positive for degraded carrageenan and had amounts up to 25% of the cancer-causing carrageenan. Another alternative that can be used is guar gum, which is found in a lot of veg-friendly products. I’m not a huge fan of guar gum either, but it’s by far way less harmful than carrageenan. The latter c-word actually contains bonds that are foreign to human cells. When consumed it elicits from our body an immune response and inflammation which can be chronic and lead to cancer. We live in a toxic world my friends but there are brands that are taking care to avoid ingredients like carrageenan. Please read your labels carefully, and worst come to worse, carve out 10 minutes or less in the morning to blend your own almond or cashew milk. All you have to do is soak the nuts the night before and blend in the morning with water and a natural sweetener. For a little extra fun you can also add in cinnamon or cloves if you like. It may take a few extra minutes of your time but at the end of the day you’ll be cancer-free, and the only ingredients you have to worry about are nuts, water, and a whole lot of love. -XoXo Raw Girl
1 cup raw almonds soaked in water overnight
3 cups water
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 dates (optional) OR natural sweetener like grade B maple syrup or agave
Rinse the almonds several times, until the water is clear, Put the almonds, 3 cups filtered water, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 pitted dates (optional) in high speed blender. Start at low, increase to high, blend for 1 minute. If you have a mesh bag you can strain the milk—by putting blended mixture into the mesh bag, over a tall wide container or a narrow bowl and then squeezing out all the liquid. Serve & enjoy!