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31 – Hummus

 Hummus Recipe:

~ 25 – 30 ounces of chickpeas (I like to buy the ones in little boxes, instead of aluminum cans)

pour both in to your Vitamix (or other food processor/blender), pour the liquid of one of the boxes in as well

~ 1/4 cup raw tahini (or raw sesame seeds)

~ 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (first cold pressed/extra virgin, of course)

~ 1/4 cup lemon juice

~ 2 garlic cloves (this is a tinge spicy, use less if you need it mild)

~ 1 teaspoon cumin

~ Sea salt as desired

I place everything in my Vitamix and blend it on the Frozen Desserts program, and add the salt as needed afterwards.

Chop up raw veggies to dip (red, yellow, orange, green peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, etc.)

Also dip with the raw corn chips from my week 30 post.  So good!

The recipe will make more than the portion shown, but it goes super fast if you are in a household of several people, and this is all I have left 🙂 !

For 100% Raw Hummus:

Sprouted lentil hummus:

~ 3 cups of soaked sprouted lentils (using the liquid from the soak in 2 of the cups)

pour all in to your Vitamix (or other food processor/blender)

~ 1/4 cup raw tahini (or raw sesame seeds)

~ 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (first cold pressed/extra virgin, of course)

~ 1/4 cup lemon juice

~ 1 – 2 garlic cloves (this is a tinge spicy, use less if you need it mild)

~ 1 teaspoon cumin

~ Sea salt as desired

I place everything in my Vitamix and blend it on the Frozen Desserts program, and add the salt as needed afterwards.

Chop up raw veggies to dip (red, yellow, orange, green peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, etc.)

Also dip with the raw corn chips from my week 30 post.

This has a bit more of a raw taste to it, but you know you are doing your body good!  This bag of sprouted green lentils has the following:

~ 7 grams of dietary fiber,

~ 10 grams of protein,

~ 20% Iron (DV)

per 1/4 cup dry lentils!  Super nutritious!

Other options:  

1.  Either soak and sprout chickpeas or you can use zucchini (green or yellow) instead of the chickpeas.

2.  You can also buy raw hummus at health food stores, to give them a taste.

3.  My husband puts a lot of basil and rosemary from the garden into his hummus to bring out different flavors.  This is really delicious.

So if you have a favorite raw hummus, please do mention on the comments!

Some awesome health benefits of chickpeas – (according to Alissa’s book that I mention below)

“according to researchers, the mineral and protein content of chickpeas are of a level so high, that they
may actually lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Chickpeas also contain elements that prevent
the wrinkling of skin!”

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Live-Food-Alissa-Cohen/dp/0974896306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350757743&sr=8-1&keywords=alissa+cohen+living+on+live+food

Note to those starting to make hummus:  you can buy a small food processor if you only want to make a small portion, or just for one person.

My journey to high raw continues:

I made a spontaneous decision to take a big break from hair dyes and the chemicals, so…

this is the result.  A bold move to the pixie look and going natural for a while.

I just had a sense it was time to take a break from those chemicals, and then later I found some research on it, saying,

“The most problematic hair dye ingredient is a family of chemicals called Arylamines. Arylamines are a known risk factor for bladder cancer and have been found to cause cancer in experimental animals.”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022575_hair_color_chemicals.html#ixzz29rer1FW9

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I’ve been reading Alissa Cohen’s book again (link below)…

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Live-Food-Alissa-Cohen/dp/0974896306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350757743&sr=8-1&keywords=alissa+cohen+living+on+live+food

…and remembering all the reasons why raw seemed so good in the first place… people have been healed of so many problems, and just enjoy better health overall.

I’m getting more and more committed and inspired to be as high raw as possible.  I believe I will still allow for exceptions like parties, but I hope one day to just stay all raw, so the full detoxification process can happen.

UPDATE:

My new daily raw food blog, including what I’m eating each day and how it goes:

http://rawjenni.wordpress.com/

Love,

Jen

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23 – Love My Vitamix!

WEEK 23 

It has boosted me and my family to new levels of health.  The Vitamix definitely is making it easy to stay mostly raw.

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This picture below accurately describes how I feel about my Vitamix!

Second week of mostly raw:

Day 8 – I ate all raw all day today until dinner.  I wasn’t very hungry.  Had a banana with almond butter & honey for lunch.  Had my first cooked meal in about four days.  We’ll see how it fares digestion.

My quest for optimal family health…

Also noticing that if I leave a bowl of watermelon out on the table, everyone has some.  Watermelon makes a tasty dessert!  It’s sweet and delicious.  (As far as food combining, it’s better to have a couple hours after dinner, because it processes through the digestive tract quickly.)

Day 9 – Lost 5 pounds total so far!  Woo!  Husband lost 9 pounds so far!

We also drove past another fast food favorite yesterday when we were out of town, and we just ate our bars and drank our Vitamix drinks instead!  That’s huge progress for me at least!

Day 10 – Over-partied

Ate out Mexican last night with the family.  Didn’t overdo that, but the frozen yogurt with lots of toppings definitely made me feel sick.  My digestion slowed down drastically.  I felt disgusting, yuck.  Got back on track more today.  Did my peak 8 routine.

Day 11 – Progress!  

Husband gave up coffee now (of his own volition) and is drinking the chocolate drink I make instead 🙂

(See prior blogs about raw moccachino drink – I now blend it in the Vitamix and it’s super smooth!)

Started eating a Chia/Goji snack that has lucuma, camu camu and chia, and maca powder.  It’s pretty good for being a bunch of strange ingredients 🙂  It has chocolate after all!

http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/snack/cacao-goji.html is the link to their website to see more about it.

Day 12 – Benefits

Did some research of benefits on some of the ingredients we are using in our drinks and soups:

  • Kale – strongly anti-inflammatory
  • Almond butter (raw, unsalted) – moderately anti-inflammatory
  • Avocado – moderately anti-inflammatory
  • Onion & garlic – strongly anti-inflammatory!

According to Nutritiondata.com (full link below)…

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1844/2

Day 13 – I also want my eyesight improved.  I’ve heard some people stop needing their glasses after eating raw for a while.  Anyone else heard this?  I would love to naturally heal that!

I read in this link that a girl lost 40 pounds eating a High-Raw diet (not 100% even)!  Exciting!

http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/about/

Day 14 – Happy Birthday

Made a birthday meal for husband last night.  Daughter made filet mignon on the grill.  I added these things made in the Vitamix:

Key lime smoothie

Acorn squash soup with real maple syrup

Topped it off with some dark chocolate (not raw, but still pretty healthy).

The amazing thing is generally beef slows my digestion way down, but it did not this time.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the High Raw diet I’m on now, that I can get away with the occasional good piece of steak, etc?

Anyway, I’m feeling thinner again, but am waiting on the scale check.  So excited though 🙂

Tropical Sunrise smoothie

I made this delicious drink yesterday too with these ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • 1/2 an Orange (with pith – see below about this!)
  • Agave
  • Water & Ice

Wildly amazing great reasons to include the pith of oranges and citrus fruits in your drinks:

“The white part of the rind, including the pith, has nearly the same amount of vitamin-C as the flesh and contains sources of pectin. Pectin is a soluble dietary fiber with potential to lower serum cholesterol, relieve diarrhea, act as an immune system stimulant and as anti-ulcer agent.

The pith, part of the protection layer for the orange, contains high levels of fiber, anti-cancer agents and important bioflavonoids (an antioxidant). So next time when you have an orange, think twice about peeling off those healthy beneficial white piths.”

From this link below:

http://www.foodgenetics.com/2010/07/06/is-orange-pith-good-for-you/

 

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