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Making Raw Fun! Great ideas, info, tips and recipes!
September 01, 2014

Here's your short and easy to read ezine full of raw food fun! Compliments of Raw Food Weight Loss Guide!

It’s worth it to take some time to figure out which raw foods you can make in large batches ahead of time and store for later use. Many recipes in raw food books list how long the food will last if refrigerated, often up to a week. I typically keep certain pre-made raw foods in the freezer, as well, such as burgers, tortillas, granola, spicy nut and seed mixes, dessert fruit and nut balls, etc.

Kitchen gadgets are always great fun. One that is particularly helpful for many raw foodists to transition from a cooked lifestyle to a raw lifestyle is a Dehydrator. When using it, keep the temperature below 105 degrees and the food you make will still be considered raw and retain all its vitamins, minerals, enzymes and live goodness. What can you make with a dehydrator? Raw vegan cookies, crackers, chips, breads, pizza crusts, tortillas, veggie burgers (see recipe below), onion rings, French fries, chick-un fingers, un-meatloaf, un-meatballs, pie crusts, granola, dried fruit or veggies, fruit roll-ups, crepes and so much more! If you don’t have a dehydrator yet, you can use your oven at the lowest setting, keeping the door slightly ajar. Keep a careful eye on the food, though, to make sure it doesn’t become too hot.

One of the foods I missed most when I went raw was burgers. But I soon discovered you can make a raw vegan version of burgers just like almost any other cooked food! What I love most about these burgers is that you can make a large batch up ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for spur of the moment raw food meals – just let them defrost or put them in a dehydrator again for a little while and they are ready to eat. The following is a very simple Live Gardenburger recipe from Victoria Boutenko (12 Steps to Raw Foods) that I have loved for years!

1 pound soaked nuts of your choice
1 pound carrots
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon healthy sweetener
1 tablespoon oil
1 to 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Sea salt to taste

Grind the nuts first in a food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue processing until well combined. Experiment with additional spices, such as onion powder, parsley flakes, dill weed, garlic powder or chili powder and cumin. Or add additional veggies such as mushrooms, red bell peppers or celery. Form into patties and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8 to 12 hours, or until relatively dry and firm. Serve with raw toppings and freshly made raw condiments, or crumble up and add to raw chili, raw pastas, burritos, etc.

What is so special about raw food? Uncooked fresh plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are abundantly full of the nutrition your body needs to run your body, give you energy, build and repair tissue, and heal or even reverse disease and symptoms of aging! In contrast, cooking food above approximately 105 degrees degrades or even destroys many of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes and life force energy of the food, making it much less nutritious and sometimes even harmful. Proteins are denatured and made less bioavailable by cooking, oils and fats are turned into dangerous trans fats, and toxic or carcinogenic compounds are formed such as acrylamides and glycotoxins. Many scientific studies have now proven the connection between cooked foods, especially animal proteins, and diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stroke, dementia and more. So stay raw and stay healthy!

What would YOU like to know about the raw food diet for weight loss? Check the Frequently Asked Questions page at to see if I may have already answered it. If not, feel free to submit your own question on that page, and I may feature it on my website with my answer!

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