February 2014

A day in the Life of a Raw Foodist

by Andrea Baines & Fergus o’Hanlon

Lots of people are curious about the raw food diet and lifestyle, even those who choose not to follow it.  So as we regularly get asked the questions “what on earth do you eat?” and “where do you buy your stuff?” we thought we would give you a sneaky view of what a “typical” day for us looks like!  As Saturday is the day we make our visit to the market we thought we’d take the camera along so you can see where we get some of our lovely fresh, organic produce!  (more…)

Dairy-Free “Cheese” Spread

raw cheese

This dairy-free “cheese” spread, or dip, is so versatile and makes a great savoury alternative to keep by in the fridge.

Very yummy spread on crackers, in a wholemeal pitta, with a salad or used as a dip with cut up veggie sticks.   (more…)

The 7 Wonders of the Raw Food World

If you already eat a high amount of fresh, raw and living foods you will no doubt have experienced some of the many incredible health benefits that come with that lifestyle.  But did you know that eating this way could also be the key to unlocking a side of yourself that is more magical and profound than any self-help book could ever teach you? These are what I call the “wonders of the raw food world”, and they are within your reach, if you wish them to be.   (more…)

Where to get Protein on a Raw Food Diet

protein rich vegetablesIf you’ve eaten a standard Western diet for most of your life, chances are you have been getting too much protein, and most of it probably from nutrient deficient foods that would not be easily assimilated by your body. But if you are transitioning onto eating more raw food and wondering where to get your protein on a raw food diet, here’s the rundown!  (more…)

How to let your body heal itself!

I read this recently, “Your body knows how to heal itself; your only job is to get out of its way.”

It makes so much sense.  Our bodies have an innate ability to take care of themselves, that’s how nature designed it.  Only trouble is we continuously throw the proverbial spanner in the works by piling lots of unnatural crap into it!  Eventually it’s just going to stop functioning efficiently.  The truth is that most of us take better care of our cars than we do of our own bodies! (more…)

Chocolate Energy Balls

Chocolate energy  balls

I love these nutty-chocolaty delights! They really keep the sweet tooth at bay without having to eat all those bad refined sugars and processed chocolate.  The raw cacao is a natural stimulant so will give you a lift, plus a good dose of magnesium!  The dates are high in fiber and will give you energy to burn. (more…)

Raw Courgette Pasta with Marinara Sauce

courgette pasta

This raw courgette (zucchini) pasta and marinara sauce makes a deliciously low fat alternative to regular wheat pasta and is so easy to make.  Because wheat pasta doesn’t really have any taste, it relies on the sauce to make it interesting.  You can use courgette in the same way by adding any sauce you wish for flavour and texture. (more…)

Raw Strawberry Sauce

raw strawberry sauce recipe

A deliciously fresh and zingy, raw strawberry sauce, ideal for pouring over most desserts or ice-cream!  You can make a sauce like this using any of your favourite soft fruits, such as raspberries or blueberries.  (more…)

Raw Lemon Cheesecake

raw lemon chees

First of all, let me say this raw lemon cheesecake recipe deserves the “OMG” factor!   The silky, creamy consistency and lemony taste is so incredible that you may never want to eat regular dairy cheesecake ever again…

This recipe is free from dairy, wheat, eggs and refined sugars.  (more…)

5 Easy ways to start a Raw Food Diet

So, you’ve heard about the benefits of eating a high raw food diet, you’d really love to try it but you’re a little daunted by the prospect of giving up all those much-loved processed, sugary, wheat and dairy-laden foods.  And naturally so, given our addictive natures! 

There are many easy ways to start a raw food diet, firstly by beginning to gradually swap some of the less healthy items for more whole foods, which won’t make it seem so overwhelming.  Everyone needs to find their own level with raw foods and it’s best to start off small and gradually build on it.  (more…)

Spinach, Strawberry & Sea Vegetable Salad

Sounds like a strange combination?  Well, this simple combination of spinach, strawberry and sea vegetables may surprise and delight you!  Sea vegetables (marine algae) are very underused in our Western diet, and yet are becoming more and more popular due to their high nutritional content and the fact that they are now available in very handy, ready to use packs!

Spinach, Strawberry & Sea Veg Salad

Which is good news, as here in Ireland with have an incredible natural resource off the west coast where the likes of kelp and dulse can be found in abundance.  These sea weeds are high in chlorophyll (detoxifies and oxygenates the blood), B vitamins (including B12) and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.  

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Chia, Chocolate & Goji Porridge

raw cacao nibs

This delicious raw Chia, Chocolate & Goji porridge makes a high protein super-food breakfast that should keep you well tanked up for hours.  I mean “tanked up” in the healthy, energy-fueled sense! 🙂  It contains raw cacao nibs which add a slightly bitter, crunchy texture, but you can also use raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder (which turns the milk very chocolaty!).

Goji berries are one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on the planet, high in protein, vitamin C and fiber. (more…)