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Making Raw Fun FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Great ideas, tips and recipes!
December 15, 2013

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

Want to bring a gift to a holiday potluck that is sure to be a big hit? Make some chewy, sweet, irresistible nutballs! They are fast and easy to make, contain no sugar so everyone can enjoy them, and make fun finger food. You can make many different varieties with the recipe below!

We keep a wide variety of raw organic nuts on hand so we can make all kinds of great recipes. Almond pates are great to stuff peppers or un-sushi rolls. Cashews make some of the best creamy veggie dips or salad dressings. Sunflower seeds are a healthier alternative to croutons for your salads. And if you want to strengthen your bones, trade out your dairy products for homemade sesame milk, which is many times higher in bio-available calcium. Hint: keep your nuts in glass jars in the freezer until ready to use so they stay fresh longer.

We brought these nutballs to a fancy holiday party one year and they were so popular people were begging for the recipe! We rolled some in cacao powder, some in coconut, and some in finely chopped pecans and put them in fancy wine goblets as our gift. They are so good you will want to make a triple batch to keep some for yourself.


Equal quantities of nuts and dried fruit
Try 1 cup of pecans with 1 cup of gooey pitted dates
Or 1 cup of walnuts with 1 cup of dried apricots
Or 1 cup of almonds with 1 cup of raisins

Toppings could include cacao powder, dried coconut or finely chopped nuts or seeds.

It’s best to soak the nuts in water for a few hours first, then drain and rinse. Then put the nuts in the food processor and process as smooth as possible. Add an equal quantity of chosen dried fruit and process again until it forms a dough. Roll the dough into little balls with your hands and then roll in bowls of toppings to coat the outside of the balls. Yummy and fun!

Studies have shown that dieters who ate moderate amounts of nuts and seeds lost more weight than those who ate lower fat or even fat-free diets. Why? Because the body actually needs a certain amount of healthy fat from the diet to function optimally. And nuts, seeds and other whole foods such as avocados are your best source. So choose nuts in recipes like salad dressings instead of oils. For extra Omega 3 essential fatty acids, use ground flax seeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds – these are also amazing super foods!

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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