Why Raw Living Foods?
Raw foods beautify the body, mind and spirit. They carry with them the vitality of health and life- the vibrant sun energy that nourishes all life on Earth. By taking these foods into your body, you can overcome any health challenge, you can improve your life in every way. For when your health improves, every other aspect of your life improves simultaneously. ~ David Wolfe.
So what is it that is so special about Raw Living Food?!
Raw living foods are whole and unprocessed and therefore they contain their full range of natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients in their natural form. These living foods are complete with all the enzymes necessary to turn food into energy that the body can readily use. A diet that includes plenty of fresh organic raw wholefoods can greatly contribute to achieving optimum health.
Enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats and fiber are the building blocks that our bodies need to function. These are all provided by our food and are involved in growth, repair and maintenance of the body. Studies have proven that when we heat and cook our food, we destroy many of these valuable enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Furthermore, at these high temperatures, pesticides and fungicides begin to break down and form toxic compounds in the body, which increases free radical production and escalates the possibility of illness and disease.
Raw living foods offer high-quality nutrition while naturally supporting both proper digestion and a well-functioning immune system. Eating these life-giving foods helps to alkalize the body, when the body is in an alkaline state, it is better able both to absorb nutrients and to expel toxins more efficiently. Whole raw foods are also rich in phytonutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants. The abundance of phytonutrients and the ready supply of living enzymes in raw food both also assist to reduce the risk of illness and assist the body to thrive in its natural state.
When referring to a raw living food diet, this generally includes foods such as ripe or dried fruits, fresh greens, vegetables and herbs, sprouted nuts and seeds, sea vegetables, sprouted alkaline grains such as buckwheat, linseed and quinoa, superfoods such as maca, cacao, goji berries, spirulina, hemp seeds and foods high in healthy fats such as avocado, coconut, olives and durian.
Far from a raw food diet being one of deprivation, raw plant-based foods are massively diverse and abundant and eating these foods provides the body with an unlimited variety of delicious food choices! With some clever and creative substitutions, it is easy to recreate any dish to resemble a raw (healthier!) version of the original- from raw pizza to raw tacos, to raw chocolate pie- anything is possible!
Simply incorporating more fresh living foods into your diet is a great step for everyone, no matter where you may be in your health journey. And the start of Spring is a time when our body is geared towards naturally detoxifying and moving towards a fresher, lighter, more hydrating diet as the warmer weather approaches.
Raw Sweet Potatoes Noodles with almond ginger sauce
This is a delicious, simple and fun raw recipe that uses sweet potato in place of regular noodles. The almond ginger sauce offers an Asian twist to this dish and offers plenty of flavour.
1 very large sweet potato peeled
¼ cup of alfalfa sprouts
2 tablespoons mung bean sprouts
6 cherry tomatoes halved
2 tablespoons cashews roughly chopped
1 tablespoon chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
1/3 cup almond pistachio butter by 99th Monkey (featured in the October Yoga Box )
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon rice syrup
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut milk
Use a spiralizer to make long noodles with the sweet potato. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a regular vegetable peeler to make long ribbons.
Place the noodles in a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix gently with your hands.
Place all the ingredients for the sauce in your blender and blend until smooth. Stir the sauce through the sweet potato noodles, massaging gently as you go. You may not wish to use all the sauce - use as much as you see fit. Extra sauce will keep in a jar in the fridge for 3-4 days, it’s a great dipping sauce too for rice paper rolls or raw sushi!
This dish is best left for an hour or two to marinate, but that is optional- you are welcome to enjoy right away!
This blog post was written by our amazing guest blogger Kelly.
Kelly is a passionate writer and raw/vegan chef who combines her love of writing with her forays into health and wellness. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively across the world in health resorts, detox centers, raw food restaurants and wellness retreats, sharing ways to live simply, mindfully and sustainably.Her work is regularly published in print media and online, as well as her own website, ‘Raw By Nature’ which offers vibrant nourishing recipes and information about plant-based living. A gypsy heart and lover of nature, Kelly finds inspiration in the world around her and translates her visions into whimsical stories and edible creations.
*This recipe is a sneak peek Kelly's my soon-to-be-released recipe book! Stay tuned for more details!