How Raw Food Can Help You Live Food Allergy Free

Food allergy
Banana Breakfast Sundae

This is a guest post by Jennifer Blanchard on food allergy.

You’ve seen the words everywhere: gluten-free, vegan. Maybe you know what they mean, maybe you don’t.
If you have food allergies, though, you know exactly what they mean. They mean freedom from the ingredients that cause your body harm. They mean a way for you to enjoy food without sacrificing your health.

Common Food Allergens

• Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, cream, etc)
• Gluten (wheat)
• Eggs
• Soy
• Peanuts
• Tree nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc.)
• Fish (flounder, bass, cod, etc.)
• Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp, etc.)

Dairy and gluten (wheat) are the two most common allergens. And the number of people with these allergies grows every day.
In fact, 60 to 70 percent of Americans have undiagnosed food allergies. That’s a ton of people walking around with no knowledge that their bodies are begging them not to eat certain foods. When you continue to eat foods that you’re allergic to, you wreck havoc on your body. And over an extended period of time (years and years and years), the damage from the allergens in your food can cause disease. Do your body and yourself a huge favor and find out now if you’re allergic to anything. Years from now when you’re happy, healthy and disease-free, you’ll be grateful you did.

How Raw Food Can Help with Food Allergy

There are so many benefits your body gets from eating raw food. And raw food is also great for people with food allergies (or for people who are transiting to not eating food allergens anymore) because raw food is naturally allergy-free. I don’t think there are too many people who can say they’re allergic to kale or bananas or onions (and if you are allergic to one of those items for some reason, there’s still plenty of raw goodness available for you to enjoy). Whether you’re attempting an elimination diet or in the process of removing your food allergens for good, I highly recommend adding raw food into your diet.

When I found out about my food allergies (dairy, gluten/wheat), I decided the only way I was going to survive was if I found delicious replacements for all the things I loved that I could no longer eat (like ice cream, milkshakes and bagels with cream cheese).
Take the time to discover if you have food allergies. And if you discover that you do, here are two of my “replacement” recipes that I hope will make your transition process a little bit easier:

Cookies and Cream Shake

“Cookies and Cream Shake”

(to replace my milkshake obsession)

Before I knew I was allergic to dairy, I used to drink a milkshake at least five nights a week. Now that I’ve transitioned my diet to dairy-free, I no longer crave shakes (thankfully!), but on the rare occasion when I want one, I make this “shake” instead.
The raw cacao gives it the perfect amount of chocolate and the crunch it gives is like crumbled cookies.

1 banana, chopped
Raw cacao nibs, to taste
Almond milk, enough to cover everything in the blender
1 tablespoon of raw agave nectar
½ cup of ice

How To Put It Together
1. Chop the banana (or break it apart with your hands) and place it in your blender.
2. Add raw cacao nibs (to taste).
3. Add the tablespoon of agave nectar (adding more or less to suit your taste).
4. Toss in the ice.
5. Pour almond milk over all the ingredients until everything is almost covered completely.
6. Blend until all ingredients are smooth and mixed. If you want a thicker shake, add more ice and blend.

Banana Breakfast “Sundae”

(to replace my bagel with cream cheese breakfasts)

Removing gluten/wheat from my diet was the best decision I ever made. Now I’m no longer walking around with stomach pain or a foggy head, and when I’m at work, I’m not asleep at my desk at 3 p.m. But breakfast is my favorite meal, so I wanted to make sure I still had something delicious to start my day with (now that my bagel and cream cheese fix was no longer feasible). I decided to combine my love of ice cream sundaes with my love of breakfast and this is what came out of it:

1-2 bananas, chopped
2 tablespoons of cashew butter
1 tablespoon of raw pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries

How To Put It Together
1. Chop the banana(s) and place them into a bowl.
2. Top with cashew butter, pecans and dried cranberries.
3. Fold together slightly.
4. Serve with a fork.

Substitute you favorite fresh fruit, nut butter, chopped nuts or dried fruit, or try different combinations every morning! How do you make living with food allergies more enjoyable?

Food Allergy
Photo Credit

Jennifer Blanchard is a certified holistic health and food allergy coach who’s allergic to dairy and wheat/gluten. Her goal is to help people with food allergies thrive in life and continue to enjoy food, regardless of the ingredients they can no longer eat.

Raw Christmas Dessert Recipe: Meet The Raw Snowman

Raw Vegan Christmas Recipes
Snowy the Raw Vegan Snowman

It’s a snowy winter holiday, and what’s a raw vegan gal to do? Make fun snow-people out of all raw ingredients of course!

This is a super simple, delicious, and fun activity that you can enjoy with your whole family. Once you get the hang of making snow men, you can also make snow families, and even venture out into making raw gingerbread houses.

This is also a great dessert to bring to events, just be sure to find a humane way of cutting our little snow friend.

Raw Snowman Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6-10 dates
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes

For decorations…

  • Grape stems for the arms
  • Pumpkin seeds for the eyes (substitute as necessary)
  • Goji berry for the nose
  • Chia seeds for the mouth
  • Mung (green) beans for the buttons
  • Extra sprinkles of coconut flakes for extra fun
  • Cinnamon stick to hold as a prop

How to Make this Raw Holiday Recipe

    How to make raw cashew flour
  1. Place dry cashews into a food processor, magic bullet, or high speed blender (like a vitamix) and process until it looks like flour. Or is finely chopped. It doesn’t need to be perfect here. Remove from food processor and set aside in a mixing bowl.
  2. In the same food processor, or blender add the lemon juice, the dates, and a few sprinkles of coconut flakes. (This is to help the machine process properly, and so that it doesn’t spin with all the food under the blade.)
  3. Put the lemon-date mixture into the cashew flour and mix together with a spoon. At this point you should have something that resembles dough.
  4. Take a handful of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat for a total of three balls.
  5. Take each ball and roll it in some extra coconut flakes to add that snowy white feel to it.
  6. Stack the largest cashew ball on the bottom, the medium one next, and the smallest one on top.

How to Make Raw Dessert Decorations

Raw Cashew Balls

Now you’ve got the makings for a great snowman! It’s time to add the finishing touches that are really going to make this little guy come alive. (Well, he is alive… it’s all live food. Haha.)

  1. Use grape stems for the arms, and simply push them into the sides of the trunk.
  2. Place 2 seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc) for the eyes. Notice how this actually gives the face some depth too.
  3. Add a goji berry for the nose.
  4. Use chia seeds for the mouth. This one was tricky, and I used a spoon to stick the seeds in a round shape. Another idea might be to use a toothpick or fork.
  5. For the buttons, push in a set of mung beans. You could use other nuts or seeds too.
  6. Just for fun, add a cinnamon stick in one of the hands. I figured a cinnamon stick looked like a rolled up “crazy carpet”. I used to slide down the snowy hills in those things as a kid, but maybe that’s just me.

How To Eat Your Snow-People

Okay, so it looks great but it’s a pretty big portion to eat all on your own. You can definitely slice this snowman, or even reshape it into balls or cookies.

You don’t need to dehydrate this dessert at all, and it will naturally dry out if you leave it out. If you’d like to preserve it, you can freeze it in a sealed container. Simply let it thaw out before you eat it.

And yes, I realize the irony of freezing a snowman and thawing it out before you eat it. ;)

What Other Holiday Treats Have You Got in Store?

What are you planning to make this holiday season? If you’re not sure you have everything you need to make this recipe, drop a hint to Santa about the Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy Holidays!
Love, Nathalie