March 2014

Italian Nut Burgers

If you want something a bit “meatier” to get your teeth into for dinner or perhaps with a salad, these great little Italian flavoured raw veggie burgers are simple to make and will satisfy your taste buds for something savoury.  (more…)

Q&A Blog: Why am I not feeling good on the raw food diet?

question_makrs_cutie_mark_by_rildraw-d4byewlQ: “I’m eating about 80% raw but having savoury cravings and sometimes find that raw meals make me feel queasy.  I also still feel tired sometimes and don’t recover well from exercise, experience low mood and my brain can be foggy.  Any suggestions?”

 

Thanks to Richeal from Dublin for contacting us with your raw food questions!  And I’ve chosen to answer them in the very firstQ&A Blog” because I think there will be a few issues here that other people could relate to.   (more…)

10 Strategies for Eating a Balanced Raw Food Diet

by Andrea Baines

balanced dietEating a raw food diet doesn’t necessarily mean that you are eating a balanced and healthy diet. Although you are likely to be eating a more wholesome and superior diet to what you were before, it’s important not to fall into the trap of finding a few raw food recipes that you like and sticking to them week in week out.

 

Not only will you fall short in the nutrition department, but you’ll also soon become bored with your new lifestyle!

Because we all have different nutritional needs at different times of our lives, which could be due to age, stress, illness or levels of fitness and exercise, it’s only possible for me to offer a general idea of what a healthy and balanced raw food diet should look like.  So here are my top 10 strategies for making sure you get started on a variety of fresh produce that will nourish you from the inside and keep your diet fresh and interesting.

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Raw Food Kitchen Essentials Series – #2 The Food Processor

by Andrea Baines

In part one of this series we looked at The Blender, a fantastically versatile piece of equipment for any raw food newbie to make liquidised foods such as green smoothies, soups, sauces and much more.  This week we’re going to be traversing the merits of what I consider to be the “next best step” in your raw food experience, the Food Processor, and i’m giving you some cool tips below for choosing and using your machine.   (more…)

Raw Food Kitchen Essentials Series – #1 The Blender

You really don’t need any fancy equipment to eat healthy food.  A simple chopping board and knife will do very well.  However, setting up your raw food kitchen with the right essential tools will go a long way to help keep your diet varied and interesting, as well as cut down on preparation time in the kitchen.  And in this new series of blogs we are going to be looking at the most useful raw kitchen essentials, such as blenders, food processors, dehydrators, nut mills, grating tools and spiralizers.

Week one starts with the humble Blender.  But do you dust off the old one that got buried in the back of the attic, or should you splash your hard earned cash on a spanking new Vitamix?  Well, there a few factors that will help you decide how to you choose the to best suit your needs.   (more…)

Raw Chocolate Tart Recipe

We’ve all heard the good news that a bit of dark chocolate can be good for us, but did you know that  raw chocolate is actually a super-food?

Cacao, to give it its proper name, is made from unroasted cocoa beans and is one of the richest sources of magnesium, highly anti-oxidant and contains theobromine, a natural stimulant that can help to lift the mood!  And what I am most grateful for is that it “cured” my chocolate addiction! Seriously, when I started to eat raw chocolate, regular chocolate lost so much appeal!

Here’s my delicious Raw Chocolate Tart recipe, which is so rich you won’t even notice that it doesn’t contain eggs, cream, refined sugar or wheat.  (more…)

How to boost your Anti-Oxidant intake & slow the ageing process!

By Andrea Baines

We hear tv chefs mention them when they wilt some spinach in a frying pan, or throw a few fresh berries into a sugary dessert.  They are frequently added to skin creams, supplements, many processed foods and fizzy beverages.   But are Anti-oxidants just another over-used buzz-word touted by many companies to sell us their goods, or do they really matter?  Well, actually they do matter, but what matters even more is where you get them!  (more…)