If you eat lots of raw food, or know of someone who does then this list will help you pick the perfect gift this holiday season. This easy to follow raw food gift buying guide will come in handy this Christmas season.
One thing to keep in mind though, is that people who eat more raw food or are into environmental causes prefer to tread lightly on the earth. So only buy them something if you know they will appreciate the gesture. :)
Raw Food Books & Stocking Stuffers
Great Raw Food Books that make great Gifts
Alright, so I’m a huge book worm. If you’ve watched any of my more recent videos you know what my bookcase looks like. I personally love looking through raw recipe books for inspiration and to spice up my kitchen routines.
That being said, always check to make sure the person you are buying a gift for doesn’t already have the book you’re getting them. :)
Here are a bunch of great raw themed books that will be a sure hit this Christmas!
- RAWvolution: Gourmet Living Cuisine: Recommended by @CarlaRose as a great coffee table book.
- Living Raw Food: Get the Glow with More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine: Sarma’s new book is also another gorgeous photo filled recipe book.
- Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes: A great starting guide to raw with lots of yummy recipes.
- Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats: More dessert recipes, because honestly who can say no to raw desserts that are this good?
- Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow: The first book by Sarma and Matthew, a dazzling array of photos and recipes.
- The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.
- Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People: Simple raw recipes that taste great, what more could you really ask for?
- The Raw Gourmet: This is one of the classics, written before most other raw food books and still standing the test of time.
- Green for Life: This is the perfect gift for anyone who doesn’t currently eat a lot of leafy greens. A super short read that can truly change lives.
- Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts: Cafe Gratitude desserts are some of my favorite, and this book shares their recipes. Yum!
- Everyday Raw: Another great raw food recipe book by Matthew, that will tantalize your taste buds.
- I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude: This book is perfect for the Cafe Gratitude fans in your life. Or for those who have yet to experience the Cafe’s special vibe.
Dry Skin Body Brush
If you’ve read my post on the benefits of dry skin brushing then you’ll know that most raw food lovers will enjoy this gift.
Here’s the gist of it: dry skin brushing is great for removing toxins from the skin, allowing for lymph circulation, reversing cellulite, and getting smoother skin.
I recommend the Purest Palm Body Brush, it’s the one I use every day.
Salad On the Go Containers
This makes a great gift for anyone, regardless of whether or not they have kids. It’s a great container that you can bring with you whenever you travel, or even if you’re out and about for the day.
The lid allows you to store a salad dressing, and you can pack a delicious salad in the main compartment. Never worry about leakage or soggy salads again! Get the Aladdin Chill & Go for yourself, or for the health conscious friend who is often on the go.
A Case of Larabars
When I asked what makes a good gift for fellow raw foodies on Twitter, @LuvSchweetHeart recommended a case of Larabars. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and with so many flavors to choose from you can’t go wrong.
My favorite type of Larabar is the Cashew Cookie. It’s just got the best balance of chewiness and the flavor isn’t too overpowering. You can buy a whole case of Cashew Cookie Larabars online and have them shipped before Christmas!
Handmade Raw Chocolate Treats
Gnosis Chocolate offers a variety of handmade raw chocolate bars. You can order online, and have mouth watering chocolate in time for the holidays!
Shazzie’s Chocolate bars are full of superfood goodness, and are perfect if you live in the UK. There’s a flavor for the goddess in you and for the goddess in your raw food friend or partner.
One lucky duck treats are great if you live in New York City, but they also offer shipping. Why not treat your raw foodie with some delectable desserts and hand made cookies.
Nut Milk Bags & Sprouting Bags
I’m a big fan of making your own nut milks, and sprouting your own sprouts. If the raw foodie in your life has yet to explore these new ways to “cooking” then getting them a nut milk bag is the way to go!
You can buy the kind of Nut Milk Bag that I buy here, they are handmade in Vermont. I met the lovely lady who makes them, and it really made my day to know I’m helping local people every time I make some nut milk or sprout some mung beans.
Raw Food Appliances Make Very Generous Gifts
When I surveyed Twitter, @NaomiNiles recommended kitchen appliances and tools, and I totally agree! Some of my kitchen appliances came as gifts and I couldn’t have been a happier little witch. :)
The Cadillac of Blenders: The Vitamix
The Vita-Mix or sometimes known as the Vitamixer is definitely a top of the line blender. I know several people who are asking for one from Santa, too.
I got my first brand new vitamix this year and I cannot see myself going back to my old blender.
Yes, it’s expensive. But if you’re spending money anyway, you might as well get something that will last. The vitamix comes with a crazy 7 year warranty, a 30 day no risk money back guarantee, and they’re even offering a 3 payment plan.
The best thing about my vitamix is that I can make green smoothies for skeptical people and they love them. The secret: no chunks!
The greens go down smooth, and I know I’m contributing to someone’s health without forcing them to gulp something down uncomfortably.
Also, I get this question a lot – the Blendtec and the Vitamix are very comparable blenders, and I definitely recommend you get whichever one you personally prefer. Either way, you’re getting a high end blender that’s going to last you for years to come.
Food Processors That Make Tasty Meals
That being said, after getting a blender, I think it’s a good investment to have a food processor. If you are shopping for a new raw foodie who doesn’t yet have a food processor, I recommend the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Food Processor.
Raw Food Dehydrator for Crunchy Treats
This is the cadillac of food dehydrators, it’s the Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator. I’ve had mine for a few years now and I love having it to make raw crackers, cookies, breads, kale chips, and other dehydrated snacks.
You can also buy them second hand, or opt for a cheaper smaller version. Most dehydrators don’t come with a temperature setting though, but the Excalibur does.
Fresh Juicer for The Juice Loving Raw Foodie
I’ve heard great things about the Breville Juice Fountain, and many raw foodies recommend it. One of the benefits is that it’s a good quality juicer, for a pretty fair price.
It also has a wider opening, so you don’t need to cut fruits or vegetables as small to get them juiced.
The juicer I own is the Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer. What I like about it is that you can use it to make green juice, and other treats like nut butters, raw fruit sorbets and ice creams, and baby food.
It’s got a heftier price tag, but because it uses a mastication system you’re actually getting more juice for your buck. Before I got this blender I always cringed when I saw how much juice was left in the pulp. Now the pulp is totally dry.
Pasta Making Spiralizer & Spiral Slicer
One of the easy and delicious raw recipes that gets a lot of raw foodies excited is raw pasta! This type of pasta is usually made from spiral sliced vegetables like zucchinis or spaghetti squash.
After using a spiralizer, you get angel hair pasta! Or at least something that imitates the texture and look of pasta, but tastes light and delicious.
The Homemade Icecream Maker
Okay, so you can make raw ice cream using a vitamix, an omega juicer, and a food processor. Why do you need a specialized icecream maker you ask? Well apparently, we raw inclined folks like to collect kitchen gadgets… Just kidding!
With a specialized ice cream maker you can blend up the raw ingredients you like, then add them to the ice cream maker to get fluffed up. This is very different from soft serve ice creams you can make with the vitamix, the juicers, and the food processors.
I rest my case. This is the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker.
(And no, this is in no way a hint to my boyfriend or family members. Ahem. Seriously, though.)
Raw Ingredients or Superfoods
Most raw folks love to create in the kitchen and these ingredients are so much fun to experiment with! If you’re not familiar with what types of raw ingredients or superfoods you should get the raw foodist in your family or friends circle, here’s a quick run down.
- Raw Chocolate or Cacao Powder
- Organic Maca Powder
- Organic Goji Berries
- Chia Seeds Aztec Superfood
- Organic Hemp Seed Protein Powder
- Spirulina Natural Powder
Gift Certificates to Raw Food Restaurants
If you live near a raw restaurant, or are planning to travel near one then gift certificates make a great gift! What better way then to try some fun new raw dishes than by eating out at a raw restaurant.
- Cafe Gratitude in California, USA.
- Pure Food & Wine in New York City, USA.
- Grezzo in Maine, USA.
- Live Food Bar in Toronto, Canada.
- Rawlicious in Toronto, Canada.
- Raw Aura in Toronto, Canada.
There are tons of other raw restaurants out there too, so do a google search or look at Happy Cow to find ones in your area!
Gifts for Raw Moms with Kids
Kid Friendly Raw Recipe Book
This is the perfect gift for busy moms who want to include more raw foods into their kids’ diet. It’s hard enough being a mom, let alone trying to come up with raw recipes your kids will love.
With this ebook you’ll get your kids to join in the raw fun, and get recipes like Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, Froggy Delight Green Smoothie, and Alien Slime Smoothie. Yum!
Kid-Engineered Snack Containers
These little Munchkin Snack Catchers are great when you’re on the go with younger kids. You can easily feed your kids munchables like grapes, berries, nuts, and seeds, without making a mess!
Your children can take out as many of the small snacks as they want, and there isn’t as much of a chance of spilling grapes all over the floor.
Giving Goodwill by Adopting a Family in Need
Master J. Begin wrote this short piece about giving to someone in need this holiday season.
This Christmas is going to be a real Christmas for us! Our group has decided to adopt a couple of families that truly are in need and the entire team will pitch in by donating gifts and food so they can have a wonderful Christmas.
The concept is easy: get in touch with a local childcare agency or church and ask if they know of a family that could use help this Christmas. Find out the number of family members and their gender, and voila you have your adopted family.
This concept can be used in your workplace or in any group. It is making this Christmas so exciting and fun for us! Imagine a wave of giving taking place across the nation… And it becomes a blizzard of goodwill!
Green & Eco Friendly Gifts
When I asked about green and eco gifts, @DRumbold had some great suggestions! Here they are. If you’re planning on hosting or would like a lovely eco-friendly bouquet of flowers, then Harmony Hill Gardens is the place to go.
Dorinda also recommended Eco Friendly Apparel from Green Changes. They’ve got some nice t-shirts that I’m sure some raw foodies would enjoy.
And of course you should check out some of Dorinda’s recycled green handmade soap. It’s just gorgeous, and will keep even the most adventurous raw foodies squeaky clean.
Another great gift idea for raw foodies is to buy JoeyFiveCents’ repurposed vintage jewelry. There are also a slew of other great small handmade gifts available on Etsy. I personally need to restrain myself from visiting the Etsy site, since there’s so much goodness there.
Another great place to shop for green and eco products is Carla Rose’s Green & Chic online shop. She’s got a variety of beauty products and other environmentally friendly gifts for the raw foodie in your life.
What Do You Intend to Give This Holiday Season?
Even though this gift guide is all about the material gifts we can give each other, I want to remind us that giving and receiving can take place in other ways too.
Being there for someone through thick and thin, providing love and support, being a good friend or family member, these are all great gifts! These are gifts that cannot be replaced by material things.
So go ahead, let us know what you intend to give this holiday season… no matter what type of gift it is. And feel free to share this list with those who could use some inspiration.
It’s Earth Day! What did you do to celebrate and center?
I hosted a fun ustream event. :) You can watch the recording, and I highly recommend it because of the cool announcement about Cure Cravings Forever.
See you soon!
I’m off to enjoy the great weather outside, talk to you soon. :)
Make sure you check out the Cure Cravings Forever program before April 26th, 2010 because there are some time sensitive bonuses for you.
There are a lot of common reasons for going raw. To lose weight, solve a digestive problem, or heal your relationship with food. But here’s a list of 9 things that resulted from adding more raw food into my diet, in a question and answer format.
1. How to Try New Fruits and Vegetables? Eat More Raw Food.
One of the interesting things that happened after I started eating more raw food, is that I started to try different things at the supermarket. I tried all kinds of new vegetables and fruits that I had never even heard of before. Some of my new favorites include durian, mangosteen, and persimmons.
I also rediscovered some of my old favorite fruits like strawberries and raspberries. I used to pick raspberries from my grandmother’s raspberry patch when I was a kid, and going raw really rekindled those good memories.
Photo by The Futuristics
2. How to Get Started Gardening? Eat More Raw Food.
I was never much of a gardener, but after going raw I realized that we are much more connected to nature and we think we are. Starting a garden was a revelation for me. I discovered how the earth we walk on every day is responsible for the food we eat. (Yes, even meat!)
Now I just love going through the garden and figuring out all kinds of tricks to get better results. Weeding the garden isn’t as fun as planting or harvesting, but it’s definitely a fun and enjoyable activity for me.
3. Want to Try Alternative Medicine? Eat More Raw Food.
At the same time that I decided to go raw, I also decided to explore the world of alternative medicine. Not so much by choice as by circumstance. With the magic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I was able to heal a lot of my internal imbalances naturally.
Chinese Medicine also places a lot of importance on the foods we eat as medicine themselves. Just like Hippocrates did, saying “Let Food Be Thy Medicine.”
4. How to Reduce Acne? Eat More Raw Food.
I’ve had acne since I was 10 or 11 years old. My parents and I thought it was just my hormones, and so I went on the birth control pill when I was young.
Back when I was a kid, my vegetarian martial arts instructor, used to tell me that food was causing my acne. Of course I didn’t want to believe it, so I continued to ignore this advice. Now that I’ve been raw, and the longer I stay raw, the clearer my skin looks.
5. How to Take Back Your Kitchen? Eat More Raw Food.
Before going raw I knew very little about cooking or preparing food for myself. I ate at a cafeteria in high school and University. I didn’t know how to feed myself so I resorted to lots of packaged and pre-made “foods”.
Going raw really taught me about nutrition and how to make food for myself, and for others. That’s really made a big difference for me, because I don’t have to look in the fridge and cupboards and wonder what you eat.
Photo by Sporkist
6. How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Eat More Raw Food.
Everything we do has an impact, and right now everyone is even more aware of the impact that their food choices are having on the planet. I learned that for 1 person eating a piece of steak, there are 49 people eating out of an empty bowl. If you don’t have steak, all 50 people could have grain in their bowls, including you.
Meat has many more hidden “side effects” than we like to think about when we’re having a nice dinner. All of these hidden steps cause so much environmental waste. It’s not time to waste, instead let’s be very efficient in our environmental choices right now.
7. How to Improve Your Grades? Eat More Raw Food.
I went raw during University, and I truly believe that raw food helped me get better grades. I was able to concentrate better in class, and to prepare meals quickly for myself. Starting my day off on the right foot and focusing really helped me to learn better, and I definitely got better grades after I went raw.
8. How to Make Doing Dishes Less Boring? Eat More Raw Food.
With raw food there are no greasy pans. Yes, if I want to make something complex I might need to use a bunch of different ingredients and appliances. But overall, there’s a lot less greasy pan scrubbing, and a lot more going outside to enjoy the sunshine happening for me.
9. How to Increase Your Self Confidence? Eat More Raw Food.
Now that I’ve educated myself about what’s healthy and what’s not, I feel that I have more control and understanding of what is going into my body. I no longer have to look at so-called experts to figure out what it is to eat.
Whether meat is good or meat is bad, or carbs are good and then carbs are bad. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. I make my own choices, and I listen to my body to find out if I need to make any changes to my diet.
What About You?
What has raw done for you? Anyone can answer, whether you’re just starting out on raw food are not. I want to find out about your experiences, because we’re all in this together.Read More