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RAW ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

October 10, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

One of my favourite things about raw food is how there are no rules. You are the boss, and if you want to eat ice cream for breakfast, well you can : And not only is it guilt free, it actually is good for you !

While you will need to use cashew nuts for example to achieve a super creamy consistency, you can make lighter ice creams using fruits only. Any combination you can think of will work. The secret ingredient in this one is tamarind pulp which gives it a delightfully tangy flavour.

If you are wondering what on earth TAMARIND is, it is a fruit that is shaped like a long bean, inside which is a sour pulp containing many hard seeds. Tamarind tastes a bit like a date but is less sweet (and more sour), and is sometimes known as the Indian date. It is a good source of antioxidants, carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids and  B-vitamins.

For 4 :

1 pineapple

about 300g frozen mixed berries

2 bananas (cut in several pieces prior to freezing)

2 tbsp tamarind pulp (withouth the seeds)

a handful of fresh mint

Blender method

You can use either frozen fruits, or a combination of fresh and frozen. If using fresh and frozen fruits, put the fresh fruits in the bottom of the blender. If you are the happy owner of a high speed blender like the Vitamix, you will need to use the tamper to make the job easier. If your blender is not a high speed blender, you will want to thaw your fruits before putting them in your blender.

Champion method

Alternatively, you can process your frozen fruits through your Champion or similar juicer using the blank screen.

Eat straight away.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

September 21, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

The following foods are good for you, and they actually look like the organ they are good for ! Another logic for “you are what you eat”.

So for example, if you eat carrots, you will have good eyes …

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CARROTS EYES
Slice a carrot and it looks just like an eye, right down to the pattern of the iris. It is a clear clue to the importance this everyday vegetable has for vision. Carrots get their orange colour from a phytochemical called betacarotene, which reduces the risk of developing cataracts. Betacarotene also protects against macular degeneration, an age-related sight problem that affects one in four over-65s.
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WALNUT BRAIN
The gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain – and provide a clue to the benefits. Walnuts are the only nuts which contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. They may also help head off dementia and Alzheimers disease.
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TOMATO HEART 
A tomato is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a phytochemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers. It also helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.
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GRAPES LUNGS
Our lungs are made up of branches of ever-smaller airways that finish up with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli. These structures, which resemble bunches of grapes, allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream. A diet high in fresh fruit, such as grapes, has been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which appears to reduce the severity of asthma triggered by allergy.
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GINGER STOMACH
Root ginger often looks just like the stomach. And interestingly, one of its biggest benefits is aiding digestion. The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness. But the benefits could go much further. Tests on mice have shown that ginger slow down the growth rate of bowel tumours.
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BANANA (SMILE) DEPRESSION
Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face by eating a banana. The popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan. Once it has been digested, tryptophan then gets converted in a chemical neurotransmitter called serotonin. This is one of the most important mood-regulating chemicals in the brain and most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting levels of serotonin production. Higher levels are associated with better moods.
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MUSHROOM EAR
Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear. And guess what? Adding it to your diet could actually improve your hearing. Thats because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain vitamin D. This particular vitamin is important for healthy bones, even the tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain.
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BROCCOLI CANCER
Close-up, the tiny green tips on a broccoli head look like hundreds of cancer cells. Now scientists know this disease-busting vegetable can play a crucial role in preventing the disease. A team of researchers at the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 per cent.
Stay Healthy and Happy
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RAW VEGAN GLUTEN FREE DEHYDRATED CREPES RECIPE

September 18, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

I used to eat french crepes several times a week, and this is what I make when l crave them : raw banana, lemon and cinnamon leather. The lemon makes them not over-sweet, and the cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

For 4 crepes :

2 very ripe bananas (with brown spots)

4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

As easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

1. Blend the bananas with the lemon juice and the cinnamon. Pour onto a non stick dehydrator sheet and spread evenly.

2. Dehydrate at 42°C for 6 to 8 hours, or until you can easily peel the banana leather from the non stick sheet.

3. Flip onto the mesh screen and dehydrate further for a couple of hours until both sides are dry, but the leather is still perfectly pliable.

Cut into 4 squares to have 4 crepes.

Alternatively, pour the mixture onto 4 sheets to make 4 circular crepes.

Serve plain or garnished with berries, a berry sauce, a cashew creme filling or raw abricot ‘jam’.

Keep Smiling

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FAST BREAKFAST for tomorrow morning

August 24, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

This is what I made for myself almost every morning when I started eating RAW. I still have it once in a while, but only if I am going to be very active that morning, since it is a very rich breakfast / dessert / snack.

To make a scrumptious high energy and RAW breakfast for 2 hungry and active people, you will need :

2 bananas

2 tablespoons pollen

2 handfulls of mixed berries (fresh or frozen if out of season)

1 handfull of cashew nuts (ideally raw, certainly not roasted and salted), soaked overnight or at least 4 hours

about 10 pitted dates, soaked overnight or at least 4 hours

1 tablespoon RAW cacao powder

vanilla powder or extract

enough water to blend

Cut one of the bananas lengthwise, lay the 2 halfes on a small plate, preferably a cute one, living space for the chocolate pudding. Blend all other ingredients with enough water to obtain the desired thickness. Any blender will do, but using a high speed blender will give you a perfectly smooth result. At this stage, you can taste directly from the blender, but don’t eat it all. Pour half of the chocolate pudding onto the plate, between the 2 banana halves. Top the banana with pollen, and the chocolate pudding with berries. It’s ready. Repeat with the second small cute plate.

Go to sit in your garden, or on the floor. Enjoy.

This is so good it should be forbidden !!!

What is your favourite breakfast / snack / dessert recipe ?

Stay Happy

Till next time,

Would you like to use this article on your blog, website or in your newsletter ? You are welcome to do so, as long as you include the following text with it :

© 2012 RAW FOOD ETC Want to look good and feel great by including more RAW FOOD into your diet ? Get FREE healthy raw food recipes, articles and tips from https://rawfoodetc.wordpress.com/


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