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Raw Recipes and Great Ideas - Making Raw Fun Newsletter
April 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
I’m going to challenge you to think outside of the box – the refrigerator box, that is! Yes, you may have grown up with a house that has just one refrigerator. And everyone you know has only one refrigerator in their kitchen. But imagine for a moment that you could have two! As a raw foodist, this is the way to live! We got a cheap used second fridge and it’s great to have that extra space for big watermelons, boxes of oranges and grapefruits and apples, and those huge 25 pound bags of juicing carrots. Plus, we use the freezer to store nuts and bags of chia and hemp seeds, which are cheaper if bought in bulk.

Fun In The Kitchen
How do you organize your spices? Are they thrown in a drawer haphazard, some full, some empty, some 10 years old or older? Are they fresh and labeled in matching jars and alphabetized? Or, are they grouped by common use? Being a natural organizer, I used to think alphabetized spices were the most logical answer. Then I played with the concept of grouping and I’m now a groupie! Sweet spices together: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Allspice, Cardamom. Italian spices together: Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Italian Seasoning Blend, etc. Mexican spices together: Cumin, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Taco Seasoning Blend, etc. And all the peppers: Black, White, Cayenne, Chipotle, Chili, Paprika, and Lemon pepper. You can even put them in separate boxes so when you have an Italian recipe, you just pull out the Italian box. Fun and practical.

This Recipe Rawks
One vegetable I never got into was Asparagus. I don’t know why. Maybe because it’s just such a funny word. Like Rutabaga, Ha Ha! But I recently read an article about their amazing health benefits and had to give them a chance. And I discovered that 1) you can eat them raw, and 2) they are delicious! They have such a mild flavor that you can create any number of different recipes with them. Here’s an especially yummy one I created to get you started.

CHEEZY ASPARAGUS BITES

2 cups of fresh asparagus, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon onion powder

Sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste

Wash the raw asparagus, cut off the bottom ends, peel them like carrots if you like them more tender, and chop into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and stir until all pieces are coated. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. It’s great as a side dish, or in a salad.

Didja Know?
I first really “got” the whole concept of why raw food was healthier than cooked food when someone explained it to me like this: Take a dried bean and a canned bean. Put each in a little bowl of water and leave them on the counter for a few days. What will happen? The uncooked dried bean has life force in it and will start to sprout and grow a little plant. The cooked, processed, salted, dead canned bean will rot and get stinky and gross. Which kind of food would you rather put into your body?

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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