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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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27 – Stop the Criticism! Enjoy Life!

A wise woman once said that if you’re craving tons of chocolate (or anything), just go ahead and have it.  Pretty soon, you’ll be over it and move on.  I think this just happened to me.  After several days in a row of bacon and potatoes, I’m over them, and back to high raw.

Yay for choosing healthy delicious foods again!

WEEK 6 – High Raw

Watermelon!

I really like watermelon.  I have a new passion for it.  It so helps me to eat better when I run into raw foods I like just as much as unhealthy options.

We are back at apartments now while travelling.  We have a kitchen and a fridge, so we bought all these healthy things:  watermelon, pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime juice), the smoothie juices, and added some dark chocolate to the raw seed/nut mix we had from the other day.  I whipped up some eggs (cage free/organic, hormone free) with the pico de gallo – YUM!

Added some dark chocolate bites to the Raw Energy mix below.

Body happy again!

Washington D.C. 

We have been splitting appetizers for dinners and walking walking walking!  Today we walked and went on a bus tour in the rain!  I guess you do what you have to do to see what you want to see, despite the circumstances.  This was my fashion statement today 🙂

Williamsburg, VA

Amazing salads – Watercress salad with dates, blue cheese, candied almonds, and mustard dressing!

Beet salad with feta, candied pecans, mustard vinaigrette!

North Carolina on the beach

Bought kale and lots of greens, veggies and fruits.  The house we are staying at has a strong looking blender that I will be putting to the test with smoothies!

Yay for the blender in the house rental!!!

Mango Tango Smoothie

Couldn’t find raw cacao, so did the next best thing… coffee.

The view of the ocean from the house rental 🙂

A friend of mine posted this about Kale!  Have you had yours today?  I have 🙂

(I haven’t checked the validity of each of these claims, but I know Kale is a superfood!  If you know anything different, let me know!)

Digestion has been very happy!  Been having fruit smoothies every morning and a salad each day.  Besides that, just moderate amounts of meat, rice, and sweets 🙂

Here’s to moderation!

Love,

Jen

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9 – Raw Chips and Christmas Lists

Week 9Raw Chips & Christmas Lists

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Raw chips come jam-packed with great benefits!  You are doing yourself a favor by munching on these chips!

Start by buying a pack or two of chips to taste what flavors you like best.  You may be able to sample some at a health food store or raw food cafe.

Some flavors I have found & their benefits to these foods (benefits to foods as mentioned in Alissa Cohen’s book – see below):

  • Kale – reduces cataracts, cancer, muscular degeneration.
  • Beets – help eliminate kidney stones, intestinal, liver and gallbladder cleansers.
  • Flaxseeds – supply an essential fatty acid (ALA) which is converted by the body into the type of omega 3 fatty acids found in many fish.  Richest sources of lignins, which provide fiber, flaxseeds prevent constipation.
    • I always feel so good when I’m eating flax seeds, flax chips, etc.!!  I know what good I’m doing to my body.
  • Buckwheat – is in lots of these store-bought chips.  It has a high portion of all eight essential amino acids and lysine.  Additionally, buckwheat contains up to 100 percent more calcium than other grains.  Buckwheat is botanically not a grain but a fruit.  Use only raw buckwheat, not toasted (kasha) or whole buckwheat groats.

Party idea:  buy few different flavors and colors, and mix together for multi-color appeal.

I like eating my beets and kale best in Brad’s raw chips:  Brad’s Raw Chips Link

I have perfected making some versions of raw chips myself, and will show you how to do that in later weeks with a dehydrator.  This will bring the price down for you as well, as some of these chips may seem high priced at first.

NOTE – BE THINKING ABOUT A DEHYDRATOR AND/OR FOOD PROCESSOR FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.  You will enjoy them incredibly for the upcoming future recipes.  

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