New to Raw Food? Top Five Blog Posts to Get You Started

If you’re new to raw food and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! Here are my top 5 blog posts to get you started.

Is It Necessary To Go 100% Raw?
In this post I go through the different options for incorporating a raw diet. Explore the best way to bring more a more vibrant raw diet into your life.

13 Witchy Ways Green Smoothies Help You Feel Great All In Less Than 13 Minutes
Green Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to incorporate more raw into your world. Find out how and why green smoothies are raw magic!

Go Raw or Die Trying?
Often we feel we need to go all or nothing when trying new things. Find out how to make lasting healthy changes that will keep you going on your raw food journey.

21 Ways to Sneak More Vegetables Into Your Diet
Whether you’re a long-time raw foodist or just starting to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle, this post give you creative ideas to beef-up your daily vegetables intake.

9 Ways Raw Food Changed My Life
More than helping you to look and feel better, incorporating more raw foods in your diet can have surprising other benefits.

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Why You Should Eat a Raw Food Diet

This is a guest post by Ingela Johansson.

Maybe the benefits of raw food diet have you raising your eyebrows… The question is, are you ready to start eating a raw food diet and begin enjoying true raw food health?

You don’t have to eat a 100% raw food diet to reap the health benefits that come with it. The benefits of raw food diet run deep. Listen to your body, and do what feels best.

But do remember that the more natural foods you eat, the better it will be for your body, mind, and soul.

The Benefits of Raw Food Diet

So why should you start eating a raw food diet? You’re probably thinking about how hard it will be to transition and start getting used to a whole new menu. But I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that. The benefits of eating more raw foods far outweigh the hassle you have to go through in order to learn a few new tricks and recipes to make it work.

Did you know that most diseases are caused by unhealthy dietary choices?
It’s 100% true.

We don’t think about it when we eat food that isn’t healthy for us, but each time we put something like a candy or ice cream into our body we are hurting it. Our bodies are made for natural foods, because they provide the necessary nutrients for a healthy and vital life. Many who’ve suffered from illnesses and ailments have been cured when they embarked on a healthier diet because they finally allowed their body to start healing.

How to Transition & Enjoy The Benefits of Raw Food Diet

Incorporating raw foods into your diet can feel overwhelming when you don’t know anything about it. In reality, it is simple. Eat the fruits and vegetables that you desire, and eat as much as you want. When you’re new to eating a raw food diet almost anything is allowed, because it is a time of experimentation.

Try new things and see how they work for you. Check out some raw recipes, they are delicious!

Here are 3 simple ways you can get more raw foods into your diet.

1. Add Smoothies – I have always liked smoothies and found them to be an easy way to add more raw foods into my diet. You can start by drinking a smoothie instead of eating your usual snack between meals. Throw some bananas, spinach and berries into your blender and enjoy the ride.

2. Eat Fruit Before Your Meals – Eating fruit before your meals will decrease your appetite for cooked food, so if you’re planning to lose weight, this might be a good option for you. It is also good for reducing cravings. I sometimes get a craving for sweets after I’ve eaten cooked foods. This usually doesn’t happen if I eat fruit before my meal. Try it!

3. Have a Raw Day – One day of the week; immerse yourself into raw foods cuisine. Go to the your local store and buy a huge amount of organic fruits and vegetables. Having one 100% raw day per week can give your body a rest and let it heal and rebuild. Make it a day of relaxation where you take it easy and try new things.

Raw Foods Cuisine and Achieving Raw Food Health

Raw food health is not about following a strict diet, at least not for me. Like I said above, you don’t have to be 100% raw to get the health benefits raw foods give. Again, listen to your own body, and go at your own pace. Start small and make consistent changes. You will be amazed at where you land in a month or two. There are no rules, you can gain the benefits of raw food diet right now. You can make juices, smoothies, delicious raw brownies, or you can eat everything as they are. It’s completely up to you.

Now get out there and start enjoying the foods that will bring you vibrant health, energy, and joy.

Ingela Johansson is in love with natural skin care. If you want more natural anti aging tips, you can visit her blog, where you will find topics ranging from how to find an eczema cure to learning how to start removing age spots.

5 Easy Raw Food Meals to Save Time in the Kitchen

This is a guest post by Laura-Jane the Rawtarian.

In North American culture, we are accustomed to eating because it tastes great, rather than eating for nourishment. When the average person hears the words “raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds” they cringe and picture dry carrots sticks and tasteless iceberg lettuce salads. In fact, to most people, the idea that healthy food can actually taste great and satiate sounds like a myth.

But if you’ve tasted any of the raw food recipes here at the this web site, you’ll know that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive!

Here are 5 easy raw food meals that save you time and taste great, too.

1. Raw pate

All raw fooders should have a standyby raw pate recipe in their raw recipe arsenal. And Nathalie’s Indian-inspired pate is one of the greats!

Raw pates are versatile, quick to make and, best of all, they keep well in the refrigerator. I make a batch of raw nut pate on the weekend so that I can easily pull together a raw meal quickly later in the week.

Raw nut pate can be served in collard wraps, in nori rolls, on raw crackers, on cucumber rounds, or, my personal favorite, eaten out of a small bowl with a crisp gala apple on the side.

2. Raw veggie burgers

If you have a dehydrator, raw veggie burgers are a great meal option. Make large batches of veggie burgers and be sure to dehydrate them thoroughly so that they can be kept in your pantry or refrigerator.

Raw veggie burgers are simply made by processing nuts, veggies and a binding agent (such as flax seeds), forming them into patties, and dehydrating them in a dehydrator.

I like to serve raw veggie burgers in romaine lettuce wraps. Serve with raw ketchup or raw mayonnaise for extra zip!

3. Your favorite raw salad

Every raw fooder should have a favorite raw salad that tastes great and is easy to prepare. My favorite salad recipe involves mesclun (wild greens) and tomatoes with a basic avocado and nutritional yeast dressing.

The trick to a good salad is to keep it simple. Don’t try to add every vegetable on earth into one salad. Keep it simple and enjoy just two or three flavors per salad.

Watch Nathalie make her Simple Raw Salad Recipe on video here.

4. Raw pasta and sauce

I love creamy tastes, and I absolutely love raw alfredo sauce served with zuchinni or kelp noodles.

Here’s my favorite alfredo sauce recipe:

  • 2 cups unsoaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon thyme spice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Simply combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth! This recipe keeps in the refrigerator very well.

5. Green smoothies

I drink green smoothies for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and dessert! They are one of the quickest and easiest meals to prepare, and they can be altered easily to fit your mood or what you have in your refrigerator.

I usually start my green smoothies with one banana, a heaping cup or two of baby spinach, and then I get creative from there. Lately, I’ve been loving making raspberry lemon green smoothies. They are so tangy! If you’re looking for tips on green smoothie making, check out 13 witchy ways green smoothies make you feel great.

And, of course, any proper raw meal should be followed by a raw vegan dessert! Try pumpkin pie, raw ice cream or a plate of divine, crisp, fresh fruit. Want more raw dessert ideas? Grab Nathalie’s free e-book 28 Desserts You Can Eat Every Day.

Laura-Jane the Rawtarian is a raw fooder who loves eating simple, satisfying raw food recipes and inspiring others to change their lives with the raw food lifestyle. Looking for ways to help friends and family go raw, she recently launched a comprehensive raw food diet plan to make going raw easier than ever. Laura-Jane loves eating raw chia pudding, and she always keeps a wide variety of nuts and fruit stashed in her purse!

Karen Knowler Shares Her Insights into the Raw Food Realm

This is an interview with Karen Knowler. Karen is currently undertaking a virtual book tour and we’re honored to have her share her wisdom with us! You’ll find links to her new book at the bottom of this article, so sit back and enjoy!

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1. What is the most important change you’ve noticed in yourself after going raw?

I’m not sure that it’s the most important change necessarily, but the biggest change I’ve experienced has been in my consciousness for sure.

2. How do you help people who turn to raw foods as a way of dealing with an eating disorder?

When I first started coaching in raw foods, I did work with people who had eating disorders, but I learned pretty early on that everyone has a different reason for having an eating disorder, and also that the disorder can be minor or significant, simple or complex. As such, I learned that coaching people around eating disorders is a very specialized skill, one I do not have, and so I decided not to coach people around this as usually they needed counseling or therapy first. For those whose situation is minor and fairly straightforward, raw food coaching can work so long as the client is consistently honest about what’s going on for them and is genuinely ready and in a position to make progress.

Because eating more living food is such a powerful upleveling for every aspect of ourselves, sometimes it is not quite as easy for those with an eating disorder to handle as we would like to hope, as it will initially increase any emotional issues, meaning that they will have to be quickly and efficiently dealt with. The irony of this is that the lack of dealing with emotional issues is often what brought about the eating disorder in the first place. Having said all of this, with the right approach from both coach and client, raw food coaching can be a very powerful catalyst for major breakthroughs, but the client must be really ready to transform and go at the pace that suits them.

3. What inspired you to turn your passion for raw food into a business?

My career in raw foods actually began when I took over the running of The Fresh Network from its founder, Susie Miller, in 1998. Through running that organization, I got to see clearly what was needed in the market and over time I learned that coaching and teaching raw foods was my favorite thing to do and the thing I received the most positive feedback about. Since making a success out of my passions, I’ve moved into coaching and training others to do the same, which has been incredibly fun and rewarding.

4. Any words of advice for people just starting to transition to a raw diet?

Of course! First of all, work with the pace that suits you. Some people go raw overnight and stay there successfully, but this is by far the exception rather than the rule. Most people do best with the slow and steady approach, although that is not to say that the journey has to be slow or even feel steady! In my own journey I had times where I felt like I was running with it, and other times when I felt like I was actually going backwards. This is very normal. The most important thing is to have ongoing compassion and support for yourself as you make this switch and be really clear on why you are doing it.

5. What’s your current favorite raw recipe?

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Hmm! That’s always a really tricky question to answer as it changes all the time, like it does for many people. At the moment it’s my nori rolls. You can get the recipe and see me making them at Karenknowler.tv. They’re delicious, nutritious and super quick and easy to make. They’re a perfect lunch, but I enjoy them at any time of day, especially with sunflower greens. I think these will be one of my favorite recipes for life honestly.

Onto the book tour…

For more information about Karen’s new book Raw Food Made Simple, click here!

Please be sure to check out the other stops on the Raw Food Made Simple book tour, Russell James The Raw Chef, Steph Rice Fitness, and Yummy Plants.

If this is your first time at Raw Foods Witch, head over to the Library to get all sorts of goodies.

Get Ready for a Healthy Halloween

It’s my favorite time of the year: autumn and the Halloween season! I love going apple picking, walking along the pumpkin patch, and using lots of cinnamon in my food. This is what autumn is all about, baby.

To help you celebrate this great harvest time and the changing of seasons, I’m putting together a series of fun Halloween themed recipes that are simple, yummy, and fun to make with kids in toe.

Here’s the first one!

Orange Bell Pepper Jack-o’-Lantern

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What’s both fun and functional? Bell pepper jack-o-lanterns, that’s what! You can make them on short notice because it only takes a few minutes, and they serve as a great decoration too.

Bell peppers are high fiber, and contain a slew of goodies to combat all the not-so-healthy halloween candy circulating at this time of year. Notably: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid and Magnesium. All that, and a wicked smile!

The Simple How-to Instructions

  • First, cut off the top of the bell pepper and remove any seeds from the inside.
  • Next, use a small knife to cut the eyes, nose, and mouth like you would a pumpkin.
  • You can use the jack-o-lantern pepper as a decoration until your guests are ready to bite into them.

My favorite use for these is to fill the peppers with dip. If you’re going to be putting out some dip for vegetable crudites, why not use an orange bell pepper dressed up like a jack-o’-lantern instead?

Stay tuned for the next 2 Halloween recipes!

I’ve got 2 more great healthy, raw Halloween recipes that both adults and kids will love coming up in the next week and a half. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up to be notified by joining my free mailing list The Cue.

Love, Nathalie