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  • Raw Living Book Review

    Raw Living

    When I first went raw almost two years ago, I really had no idea where to start. I had read about the benefits of raw food on several websites but it wasn't until I started to delve deeper that I began to understand the philosophy behind it. Raw food is simply about getting back to nature and eating whole foods in their natural form. This way, you consume the maximum amount of nutrients and enzymes and gain maximum energy. And quite honestly, who doesn't want more energy?!

    I have always loved food. Even before I started eating more raw food, I would often find myself spending hours in the kitchen coming up with new creations and more often than not, you'll find me drooling over a recipe book of some kind. So when I got asked to review Raw Living by Kate Wood, I jumped at the chance. Kate has been living the raw lifestyle for nearly 20 years and has raised her three sons as raw vegans (which let's be honest is no easy feat!). What I love about the book is that it very much caters to the mum who wants to feed her children super healthy food but doesn't have the first idea of where to start. We all have limited time these days and Kate makes it as easy as possible for you to transition to eating a superior diet packed full of foods with higher nutritional profiles than we are used to. The very first chapter is choc-a-block with info on how to feed your kids, your (possibly fussy) partner, how to cater for kids parties as well as laying out some sample menu plans for you to use for meal planning. Good start to a book I say! So, on to the recipes.

    The first thing I made was Beetroot soup. I made this because this is a challenge for me. Not the making but the eating. I don't mind beetroot grated in a salad or in a juice but the idea of beetroot soup doesn't appeal so I was intrigued to taste it and be converted. Fortunately it was a winner and super tasty so I can give this a big thumbs up. The other ingredients used in the recipe really disguises the earthier taste of the beet.

    There are literally dozens of suggestions of soups, breads, cakes, crackers, dips, snacks and breakfast recipes. I also really enjoyed the Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes, Coriander wraps and Love Burgers to name a few.

    One of the easiest ways to get friends and family into eating more living food is by introducing them to raw desserts. Most desserts can be made easily in 10 minutes by combining some nuts, dried fruit or sweetener, flavouring and some kind of fat like coconut butter or cacao butter. The person you are feeding won't know it's raw unless you tell them! And when you do, they'll have a hard time getting their head around the fact that it has no eggs, white sugar or flour!

    Next, I made the Superfood 'Cookie Dough' Balls from the guest recipe section only rather than roll balls, I made one big cake. This tasted good and was inhaled rather quickly by my hungry brother!

    If getting started with raw food, I recommend you have some raw recipe books on hand because if you're not sure how to create meals from scratch, you'll end up staring into your fridge wondering how to put all the delicious living foods together that you've just gone and bought. Trust me on this one - I have heard it hundreds of times!

    Having a plan of what you're going to eat and having recipes to stick to can make the difference between whether you succeed and experience the benefits with the raw food diet or get stuck on eating the same thing and getting bored. So if you don't have a recipe book yet, or want to add to your collection, I recommend buying Raw Living by the lovely Kate Wood.


  • Crackin Crackits

    Reishi Crackits

    One of the things people tend to find most difficult with going raw is adjusting to weeding out the biscuits and crisps that are for many people the epicentre of their everyday diet! At the beginning of transitioning to cleaner foods, it can often be tricky finding a substitute for that afternoon snack that is satisfying and healthy. So when I discovered Inspirals Crackits, I was delighted. I have tried a lot of crackers in my time and I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of dehydrated food. Yes, I have a dehydrator and I do use it occasionally but I prefer to eat the majority of my foods fresh and living.

    But sometimes, fresh food just doesn't cut it when you're looking for the crunch factor. And having some crackers in the cupboard as a snack can act as a saviour in times of need. I recommend having crackers stored in the cupboard for those times you want to snack on something so that you aren't tempted by the KitKat or the ginger nut biscuits in the cupboard that your kids/partner like to have from time to time. (I should know - I live in a household of meat-eating, milk-guzzling, sugar-craving addicts!) so I make sure I'm fully equipped with my raw goodies so I don't stray from my path.

    They come in 3 flavours, Ginseng, Reishi (above) and HoShou, although I've only tried the last two. I love that they are not only made from living foods but are packed with superfoods to increase longevity and vitality. The HoShou crackers are made with sea veggies which is a big bonus for me as I like to squeeze them into my diet wherever possible as they are so darn nutritious and fabulous for regulating the thyroid. They also contain spirulina and kelp which are extremely cleansing and detoxifying for the body.

    I love to spread Apricot Kernel Butter onto mine - how do you eat yours?

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