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Making Raw Fun! Monthly Newsletter for Recipes and Great Ideas!
January 04, 2015

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

Have you tried those thin plastic cutting mats yet? We LOVE them! We get two in a package at the dollar store and not only do they last a long time, but they are handy for multiple purposes. Of course, we use them for cutting food. You can then pick up the whole mat and bend it into a funnel to slide your food into a blender, bowl or food processor. We also use uncut mats to put over our pretty placemats or tablecloths so they stay clean. And I have one on each end table by the couch to protect the wood from liquids in beverages. The plastic mats just wipe clean with a damp cloth. They are also easy to cut with scissors to line medicine cabinet shelves or to use as protective drawer liners. Or put them over wire closet or pantry shelves to keep items from falling through. Come up with your own ideas!

We have a lot of fun trying new foods as often as we can. Especially when you are first going raw, you might want to make of point of trying a new food every time you shop. Ditch the iceberg lettuce completely and build your salads with romaine, red leaf lettuce, different varieties of kale, dandelion leaves, arugula, endive, swiss chard or collard greens. Some are spicy, some are bitter, but each lends a unique flavor to your salads. Slice up a little daikon radish to go on top. Or try a new fruit, such as a pomelo or guava or starfruit. Seek out ethnic stores such as Asian markets and learn how to eat a durian, which tastes like a sweet custard. Or get a mamey sapote or a jicama at a Latin foods market. Your body will appreciate the new vitamins and minerals and may even start to crave some of these new foods if it provides something you’ve been missing in your diet.

Here in Florida, it is citrus season! Since oranges are abundant, take advantage of this great resource of Vitamin C and have something yummy, too! This recipe is so easy, you can make it in just minutes!

2 oranges
2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds

Completely peel and de-seed 2 oranges and cut in pieces. Grind 2 tablespoons flax seeds in a coffee grinder to a fine powder. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Now, you have a delicious and highly nutritious pudding! For another delicious alternative, try it with sesame seeds instead of flax seeds.

There are two raw foods that are not only delicious to eat, they are also extremely helpful as general purpose natural healing remedies. Those foods are honey and garlic. Mash just a little bit of fresh garlic and add to a tablespoon of the most natural raw honey you can find. I like to take it internally for a sore throat or cough, or apply it on a scratch, scrape or wound for an antiseptic, antibiotic, deeply healing salve. Entire books are written on the healing powers of both of these foods. Do some research and learn more about them.

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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