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Making Raw Fun! Recipes and great ideas!
November 01, 2014

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

Ever made a raw sauce, dressing or gravy that was just too runny or watery? How do you thicken it? Depending on the recipe, here are a few suggestions. Add a little psyllium powder or ground flaxseed and allow it to “gel.” Or add zucchini or yellow squash and blend it in. Or, for a creamier sauce, blend in some soaked nuts or seeds or nut butter. I would recommend cashews or sunflower seeds, as they have a milder taste. Avocados are also great thickeners that work for either a savory sauce or a sweet pudding. Just be prepared for the light greenish tint they may add!

If you don’t grow your own fresh herbs yet, it’s time to give it a try! Not only do they turn plain raw food into gourmet dishes, but they also add plenty of concentrated phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Then you can enjoy fresh cilantro in your salsa and guacamole. Add fresh oregano, basil and thyme into your zucchini spaghetti or gazpacho. You can even turn gardenburgers into meatballs by adding the Italian herbs plus fresh sage. All the above herbs are also great mixed into your salads with a simple light dressing. Mint leaves are delicious in fresh squeezed lemonade or with raw chocolate puddings or ice creams. And fresh dill added to oil and vinegar makes a yummy marinade for cucumbers! See my recipe below for another unbelievably delicious way to use fresh dill that will surprise and delight you!

How about a raw lunch or dinner recipe that will totally surprise your family! I personally really missed fish, and know that fresh raw Portobello or the smaller Cremini mushrooms seem to have that firm chewy texture similar to fish or chicken, so I put 2 + 2 together and marinated the mushrooms like I used to marinate fish and voila! It so delighted me that I closed my eyes in bliss and ate each bite like I was enjoying baked whitefish again! If you like fish, but want a healthier raw alternative, you’ve got to try this!

1 to 2 pounds Portobello or Cremini mushrooms,
cleaned, de-gilled, chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 lemons, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup fresh dill or 2 tablespoons dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon powdered kelp
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
Dash cayenne pepper or paprika

Set chopped mushrooms aside to be your “baked whitefish.” Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour over mushroom “fish” and stir well so all pieces are coated and absorb the sauce. Serve over a bed of chopped lettuce or over zucchini noodles or enjoy by itself with a side of green peas. Makes an impressive lunch or dinner, and really has a similar flavor and texture to fish!

It takes about 30 percent of your body’s energy just to digest your food? By practicing proper food combining, you can use less energy for digestion and have more energy to live life! Here are a few simple examples: avoid combining protein (like nuts, seeds) with starches (like grains, squash, root vegetables, peas, beans). Eat leafy greens or other vegetables with either one OR the other of these. Always eat melons alone and before other foods. Sweet fruits (like bananas, dried fruit) can be eaten with sub-acid fruits (like apples, pears, peaches, most berries, cherries, grapes). Sub-acid fruits could also be combined with acid fruits (like grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, cranberries). But avoid eating the acid fruits with the sweet fruits. This is just a brief overview, but getting started will not only help your digestion and boost your energy levels, but support your immune system and a healthier, cleaner, stronger, more disease-resistant body!

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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