Friday, June 20, 2014

Raw Food Equipment or What Do I Need to "Uncook" With?

What is Raw Food?
So many people are choosing the Raw Vegan way of life. What exactly is that? In essence, unprocessed, raw plant based foods that does not reach above 115° F. You will see different temperatures listed, but I tend to stay at this one. Typical foods included in raw food diets are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and legumes.
Please note: The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.
So you have decided that you would like to choose the Raw Vegan Way of Life.  Some people decide that that want to become 100% raw, while others, including myself are about 90% raw.  Whatever the reason you have chosen, different equipment to prepare meals, snacks, and desserts are usually required, some that you may already have.  A Raw Vegan does not live on salads, and nuts only.  Ingredients are combined to make great Green Smoothies, Zucchini Pasta, and more.

Raw Food Equipment:
Do not feel you have to run out and buy the best of everything.  Do this step gradually - that is what I am doing. You may be able to re-purpose equipment you are already using.

High Speed Blender:
So you have been making Pina Coladas and Daiquiris in your blender.  Time to step it up and start your day out with Green Smoothies.  I have a basic Ninja Kitchen 1100, and works great for smoothies, but it is not a juicer.  Two popular styles are the BlendTec or VitaMix.
VitaMix - there are several different models - see some of the choices:
BlendTec - several models to choose from as well:
Blendtec Home HP3A FourSide Blender, Black

Recipe for a Basic Green Smoothie:

In raw food circles, green smoothies are pretty well known. For the rest of the world, green + smoothie = Whaaat?!
Victoria Boutenko has a book called Green for Life that talks about nothing BUT green smoothies and their benefits. She certainly didn’t invent the green smoothie, but she has done so much to share the benefits through her travels and her book (translated into many different languages — I even gave it to my aunt in Hungarian).
The book is worth getting and shares many details, but I’ll do a quickie of summarizing it now. Green smoothies are GREAT to add into your diet, no matter what the rest of your diet is like. Tossing your greens into a blender does all the chewing we do not have time to do (and more) so that the cells walls are broken down and the body is ready to use it. And mixing it with fruit tricks our taste buds into not minding all the greens.
This isn’t just about getting big muscles like Popeye, either. The minerals in green smoothies can help rebuild our whole bodies so that we are strong from the inside out. And also — well — erm — our bowels become much healthier to boot (it’s like a healthy Drain-o for the body).
So here is the basic recipe:
–1-3 frozen bananas
–Some green leaves (like spinach)
–Enough water for the drink to blend
–As much ice as you need, depending on your preference

Other options:
For a fresh taste: basil, mint, parsley
The greens: spinach, kale, ANY green leaf… Use less in the beginning, more as you get used to it. Heck, you can even start with ONE LEAF if you hate greens and want to get into it slooooowwwwwwly.
Other great fruits to add: All of ’em
To make it like a mylkshake: Use almond (or another nut/seed) mylk, some soaked dates
To make it “savory”: Instead of sweet fruit, use tomatoes, a couple soaked dates and some herbs.

Recipe for the smoothie in my picture:
-1.5 frozen bananas
-5-6 strawberries
-a few sprigs of mint
-6 oz. (about 2-3 c) spinach
-.5 c water


Happy Blending!
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