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Raw Recipes and Great Ideas - Making Raw Fun Newsletter
February 01, 2016

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

What A Great Idea
Do you bless your food? In some families, the practice of saying grace is their blessing tradition. In some Asian countries, they have sayings such as when you drink water, think of the one who dug the well, and when you eat an apple, think of the one who planted the tree. What a beautiful way to feel gratitude, not only for the blessing of the food in front of you, but for all the beings who assisted that food’s journey to you. That’s nourishment for both the body and the heart.

Fun In The Kitchen
Have you ever noticed that texture can affect how a food seems to taste? A mushy apple may be just as sweet as a crisp apple, but you like one over the other, don’t you? So how can you play with the idea of texture when making raw food more fun? Perhaps you roll the food in nuts or coconut. Perhaps you cut food in thin strips or at an angle instead of boring straight cuts. Or perhaps you purchase some garnishing tools, like a crinkle cut knife, or a melon baller, or some of those fancy cut knives that turn veggies into flowers. Do a search for images of food art and get inspired by what you can do!

This Recipe Rawks
What kind of a sweet treat can a raw foodist give to express love to their raw honey for Valentine’s Day? How about big, sweet, juicy strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce? Mmmmmm!

CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES

1 big box of fresh red, ripe, whole organic strawberries

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

½ cup raw cacao powder

¼ cup healthy sweetener of choice or pitted dates

¼ tsp vanilla

Pinch of sea salt

Wash strawberries thoroughly, remove stems and leaves, and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together until smooth and well combined or use a blender if adding dried fruit as your sweetener. Pour chocolate sauce into a bowl and dip strawberries in, then lay them down on a large plate or cookie sheet, not touching each other. Then put into the refrigerator so the coconut oil hardens the chocolate into a shell. This chocolate sauce is so yummy, when you’ve finished all the strawberries, I give you permission to lick the bowl! Yumm!

Didja Know?
Didja know that cacao powder is not the same as just crushed up raw cacao beans? No, they’ve actually processed cacao powder further and removed the cocoa butter from it first, before turning it into a powder. If you want the goodness of the whole bean, purchase whole cacao beans or better yet, smaller cacao nibs, and grind them into a powder in your own coffee grinder or high speed food processor. Just grind enough for what you will use right away, and keep the whole beans or nibs in the refrigerator so the oils within them don't go rancid.

Ask Angela
What would YOU like to know about the raw food diet for weight loss? Check the Frequently Asked Questions page at www.rawfood-weightloss-guide.com/raw-food-faq.html 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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