Whats the big deal about Raw Living Food Diets?
Cooked food contains chemicals that are unknown to the human body si the body pounces on them creating an immune system response called leuocylocis. Over time this weakens the body and makes it sicks.
It is very difficult for many reasons to stick to a 100%, social being one of them. If however you just eat at least 51% in weight of raw food at every meal. This magic number allows your body to recognise enough of the food to digest it, rather than attack it.
When you eat cooked food, your body doesn’t recognise it:
it causes leukocytosis. This is where white blood cells are released into the stomach to deal with the “invader”. Your body doesn’t know the difference between cooked food and a virus. Having leukocytosis many times a day is the reason why our bodies can end up in a terrible auto-immune self-attacking state. Imagine the lift from your body’s load if half of your food was raw and you didn’t suffer from leukocytosis.
Is it not very expensive?
There is no doubt about that being raw is pricey. Between the amount of veg and fruit and raw powders you go through. But as the saying goes Health is your Wealth theres no doubt about it. By nurturing your body and mind you are saving on doctors and medicine bills, you are more productive and achieving more in your day
I am a big believer in organic and would never scrimp on this. Sprouting is very cheap. The powders are probably the pricest element of a raw diet, I buy in bulk from a local wholesaler and get wholesale prices, saving around 35% cost.
What equipment do I need?
Ideally a blender, juicer, sprouter(you can buy them in most health stores for around €15) and a dehyrator. You most likely don’t have a dehyrator and if so you can use your oven at a low heat. I would highly recommend buying one if you start getting into raw food.
What are the benefits?
Weight loss or gain if you are too skinny
Happiness & feeling of bliss
I know its difficult to believe this to be true but trust me. I go through periods that I am mostly raw and when I do its amazing the difference I feel. My body feels healthier and more flexible, my yoga asana practice greatly improves, I have buckets of energy, I am more positive and I genuinely feel very blissful.
Favourite Raw Living Books?
I am Grateful – Recipes & Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart with Orchid
Raw Magic by Kate Magic Wood
Evies’s Kitchen – Raising an ecstatic child by Shazzie
The Juice Master – Jason Vale
For thousands of years,, the South American cultures used Cacao because of its invigorating and health-giving properties. It is know as the “Food of the Gods”. It is the raw ingredient all chocolate is made from and is one of the most complex food substances on earth. It cpntains an abundance of natural compounds that have been shown to create feelings of wellbeing and bliss.
Extremely rich in antioxidants Cacao is known to help alkalise the body and as a result makes the body more flexible.
A fruit native of South America. It has a biscuit like flavour with a hint of vanilla. Healthwise, it is rich in minerals and vitamins, and gives slow burning complex carbohydrates, contributing to an energised, fulfilling and uplifting day.
Organic Cacao Butter
cold-extracted from the Raw Cacoa Bean
For thousands of years the Incans of Peru used Maca Root as a source of energy, nutrition and healing. It is considered an ‘adaptogen’ which means it can help your body to naturally adapt to stress. Its strengthening. Energising and libido enhancing effects are now widely praised!!
Organic Hemp Seeds
Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fiber as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals. It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats at around a three to one ratio.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil & Flakes
It is a vital source of energy and vitamins and because of these properties; it is also called “Tree of Life”. Coconut oil plays a very significant role in providing balanced and nutritious diet.
Organic Agave Syrup
A natural sweetener similar to honey and derived from the plant that is used in making tequila! agave nectar. This sweet syrup is an ideal alternative to sugar and offers health benefits -beyond being a natural sweetener - from weight loss to wound healing.
Organic Mesquite Powder
Packed full of beneficial nutrients including protein, anti-oxidants and essential amino acids.
It is dried at a temperature of 18°C preserving all the nutrients that are heat sensitive like the precious enzymes. Bee Pollen is often referred to as the most complete food in Nature. It is perfect for developing children.
tangy super berry, comes from South America. It is not only rich in flavour, but also nutrients. With an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as pectin, which can help to lower cholesterol, they are simply bursting with goodness. Mouth watering delicious, they add a dose of sunshine and surprise to a salad or breakfast cereal
Known is South America as Para todo, which means for everything. And it certainly is. It’s the best party ingredient for raw chocolates and cakes ever.
Brazilian ginseng has been used in South America for generations for a variety of purposes. Anecdotal evidence suggests it is beneficial as an aphrodisiac, as an energy enhancer, and as a general purpose supplement that promotes overall well-being. Recent studies are looking at the roots cancer preventative properties and its ability to fight certain types of cancer.
Is a small purple berry, typical of the Amazonian region. Its colour is due to the presence of protective antioxidant pigments (anthocyanins) that reflect the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Acai is extremely nutritious and ideal to take after physical exercise. It helps to replenish body’s nutrients and energy, whilst the antioxidants purge the body of toxic by-products(free radicals) caused by effort of muscles and metabolism.
Is a natural sweetener which is extracted from plants, fruits and vegetable. It has about 40% less calories than normal sugar but its sweetness intensity and texture is similar. Due to its very low glycemic index (13), is also suitable for diabetics. Xylitol has a remarkable capacity to protect against cavities, and is used in toothpastes for this reason. It is perfect for baking, chocolate making, deserts, smoothies and hot drinks.
Not only is chia the highest known vegetarian source of OMEGA 3, it is also high in Fibre, Protein, & Antioxidants.
My Favourite Recipes
I have spend a fortune of money and time experimenting with crazy raw recipes these are some of my top favourite recipes that I keep on remaking. I hope you enjoy too!! Please feel free to comment at the end of the page. If you do try any of them out I'd love to know how you get on...
I will add new recipes regularly
Yummiest Healthiest Breakfast Cereal Ever
I have yet to meet someone who has tried this cereal and has not liked it! I am always experimenting with different recipes and when my friends call around they are little nervous about trying my newest concoction!! But this one has won everyone over. Even my father sends in orders of the cereal! I’m not a big fan of dairy so I like it as it is but my hubby likes to put some yoghurt and fresh fruit on top.
Store in an airtight container – it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
200g or 2 cups buckwheaties(click here for recipe)
100g or 1 cup goji berries
100g or 1 cup bee pollen
100g or 1 cup dried cranberries(watch the sugar content of cranberries)/raisons or any dried fruit you fancy
100g or 3/4 cup of hulled hemp seeds
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp flax oil
2 tbsp agave nectar
4 tbsp lucuma
1 tbsp probiotic powder (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, put the buckwheat, gojis, pollen, cranberries and hemp.
Give it all a good mix together.
In a separate small bowl, pour the tahini, flax oil,, agave nectar, lucuma, salt and probiotics.
Stir it all up to a thick paste with a small spoon.
Pour the paste over the buckwheat mix and give it a really good mix, making sure it’s evenly coated.
I find using my hands is the only way to really get the paste evenly spread.
Super Duper Breakfast Bars
Tadhgy and I adore these and they are so handy if you are out and about and incredibly good for him. I tend to make a big batch and then freeze them. Not as nice when they are fresh though but handy to have them to hand in the freezer. Once in a container they store for 7 days in the fridge.
I limit the amount Tadhg has though as the flaxseed can be a little too much for his young tummy.
200g Raw Buckwheat
50g Dried Apricots
50g Raw Mesquite powder
50g Incan berries
50g Golden Flax seed powder (or seeds & grind yourself)
40g Lucuma powder
5g Maca Powder
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ Teaspoon Himalayan pink Salt
Soak the buckwheat in water for at least 20 minutes, if I have planned ahead I will leave these sprout for a couple of days.
Discard the water and rinse. Add the buckwheat to a high speed blender and blend to a smooth paste.
Add all the other ingredients and mix well by hand until you have a dough, smashing the raspberries but keeping them visible.
On a dehydrator tray(If you don’t have one you can using your oven with the door slightly open at the very lowest temperature, the results aren’t as good but it does the trick), mould the dough into a 10x20cm rectangle. Dehydrate at 46°C for four hours. Flip the whole bar over, cut into fingers(or any shape you like)separating and dehyrate for another two hours. By this time you should be able to separate the fingers and then dehyrate for a final hour before serving or storing.
1 tbsp Acai powder
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
110ml of fresh apple juice (definitely not the carton stuff you can buy as that is packed with loads of refined sugar)
½ tablespoon of lemon juice
Add the chia seeds to the apple juice and wait 20 mins.
Then add the acai powder, the agave and the lemon juice
Mix well and let it stand for 30 minutes.
Most oats sold commercially are steamed to stabilise them or they go rancid. If you want to be 100% raw you can buy them online:
they have a shelf life of 8 weeks but the difference in the flavour is suppose to be amazing. These are not certified organic and for easier life I just tend to buy standard Organic Oats in the supermarket.
The mixture will keep in the fridge for one week
250g or 2 cups of rolled oats, soaked overnight
50g or ½ cup of goji berries, soaked 1 hours
2 tbsp xylitol
500ml of water
2 tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp raisins (or any other dried fruit)
When draining the goji berries feel free to drink the water, its actually not bad!
Drain the oats and put them in the blender with the gojis, xylitol and water. Blend it up: it will seem really runny but will thicken once heated.
Put in a large pan and heat very gently over a low hear, keeping it under 46°C if possible (this is the temperature at which enzymes are destroyed and food stops technically being raw).
Stir in the raisins and gojis.
After about 5 minutes of stirring it should thicken nicely. Serve immediately.
Seeds & Dried Fruit Delight
Soooo tasty!!! These are great with nut milk poured over them in a bowl and are also good for dipping into when you’re a little bit peckish. You can of course vary it with whatever dried fruit and nuts you like. Serve about 30 portions.
Keeps for about 2 months in a sealed container.
250g Sunflower seeds
50g Salba or chia
50g Sesame seeds
100g Raisons or currants
50g dried banana
50g dried papaya or other tropical fruit
50ml agave nectar
Soak all the seeds and nuts in water overnight.
Rinse and drain them and leave for a further 12 hours to start the sprouting process. Rinse and drain the seeds again and add everything to a food processor, you’ll have to do this in 2 batches.
Process all the ingredients until it becomes a course meal.
Turn it out into lined dehyrator trays and dehyrate at 46°C for about 6 - 8 hours or until totally dry. (if you don’t have a dehyrator you can your oven at a very low heat with the door slightly open – possible use a thermometer to check the temperature.)
Leave to cool before storing in a sealed container.
Yogi Choccie Truffles
These are so ridiculously good!! These are for dark chocolate lovers!! With all the natural oxytogen(love hormone) from the raw cacao you will seriously feel all loved up!! Great to give you an energy boast. Stay away from at night time though as they may keep you awake.
No equipment needed.
1 x heaped cup of cacao (160gms)
5 x dessert spoons of mesquite
4 x dessert spoons of lecuma
4 x dessert spoons of maca
½ cup of shelled hemp seeds
½ cup of ground almonds or brazil nuts
100gms of cacao butter (grated or chopped)
5 x heaped dessert spoons of coconut oil
100mls of agave syrup
Mix the Maca, Lecuma, Cacao Powder, hemp seeds
and ground almonds together in a bowl.
Get a bowl of boiling water and place another bowl
inside it where you will melt you cacao butter. ( do not heat over a stove as this will loose its raw state and hence loose a lot of its goodness)
Once the butter is completely melted then pour 5
heaped dessert spoons of Coconut oil into the
butter and blend into the dry mixture along with the
agave syrup. (f the coconut oil is hard, you can also
melt this over water)
You can add anything else you like, maybe raisins, mint, orange peel or chilli, the options are endless!!!