HOW TO HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!
I will be the first one to admit that cutting out sugar and sweet foods is not fun. I love sweets and even when I learned how damaging processed sugars are, I was still resentful about giving them up. Fast-forward 4 years and here I am, enjoying all the desserts that I love.
How is that possible? The key to having your cake and eating it too is in the ingredients, or as I like to call them – foods that love you back! Just like you don’t want to have a relationship with a person who abuses you, why would you want to have a relationship with foods that makes you feel bad afterwards?
To find out if the dessert is good for you, ask yourself the following 2 questions:
- Can I read and understand every ingredient on the label? It is crucial to read labels, because even if something says “all natural” on the front, it may not be the case once you read the ingredients. Not all sweets are created equal and conventional ones can often be full of ingredients that are not even considered “food”. Rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce them, how will your body know what to do with them? Your health is too important to sacrifice for a few minutes of taste. Don’t settle for less and choose foods that love you back.
- Is there any other benefit to this food besides its sweetness? Don’t settle for less. Choose foods that give you the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Get sweets that have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are naturally found in unprocessed and unheated foods. Do keep in mind that when foods are heated over 115 degrees, enzymes and vitamins can die. Anything that is considered “raw vegan” still has those nutrients intact and is a better choice than processed.
In this blog I want to introduce you to 3 healthy dessert companies that were started within the last 12 months by our local entrepreneurs. They are committed to bringing you the best tasting treats that are actually good for you. This way when you enjoy one of their desserts you are not only making yourself feel better, you are also supporting your own community. But don’t trust just my words. The proof is in the cake, the cookie and the truffle!
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When you are looking to experiment with new kinds of food, especially raw foods, it can get a little overwhelming. To help you get started, I interviewed the creators of RawVolution.com and the writers of their new book – RawVolution Continues.
If you live in LA (and if that’s the case, I am very envious!) you can drive down to their restaurant in Santa Monica and experience some of their foods before trying to make them. But if you don’t have such opportunity, don’t despair – Matt Amsden shared his tips on what’s most popular, what’s easy to make and what is sooooo worth the time to make it. To purchase the book, click here.
Z-Tip – look at the numbers under each recipe and you will find how easy or complex they are as each one is rated on a scale from 1 to 3. Thank you, Matt and Janabai for this great reference!
Those who love raw food, love it for two reasons – you get the most nutrition and it is easy to prepare. Case in point – smoothies! Turn to page 54, 63 or 62 to find some delicious recipes for super easy concoctions.
Wakame salad, one of my personal favorites is also very easy to create. I am happy to share the recipe below from page 151.
Another easy one is the Dragon Rolls from page 176. They are filled with nutrition, flavor and take little time to prepare.
If you have already experimented with raw foods, then try the super-tasty Sea Cakes with Cilantro Chutney from page 132. Make a lot at a time, so you’ll get more than just one meal.
For those who can’t imagine life without bread, don’t despair! Instead make the fabulous Focaccia Bread from page 125. Dip it in Olive oil or have it with a salad and you will feel satisfied. It is also great to be refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
When I talked to Matt, I also wanted to know what his personal favorite superfoods are. We all got our staple outfits in the closet and the same applies to pantry as our personal tastes reflect our choices. Try one or all of them, accessorize your meals with them and see how they fit you:
CREAMY WAKAME SEAWEED SALAD
FOR THE DRESSING
FOR THE SALAD
To make the dressing, in a high speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
To make the salad, combine the wakame, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds in a large salad bowl. Toss the salad with the dressing. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
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WORLD WATER DAY:
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