Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snowy Days & Warming Raw Living Foods

I hope everyone is enjoying the amazing snow!!! the boys and i have been having sooo much fun playing and sledding in the snow. see pics above!! i love weather like this because it gives me an excuse to relax and just be cozy inside with my family. i love putting on my cozy pants and sweater and knowing that i will be snugly and warm all day. eating a primarily raw living foods diet can be tough for some people during the cooler winter months. when its cold outside you think about steaming cups of hot cocoa, hot soups and dense cozy foods like fresh warm breads and cereals or bowls of hot oatmeal. i look forward to my "warming" foods when i come in from a day of playing in the snow. here are a few ideas to stay warm and cozy during the snowy days of winter:

-take your food out of the refrigerator so it is at least room temperature before you eat it. i take my juices out of the refrigerator at least one hour before i want to drink them.

-prepare raw soups in your vitamix or any high-powedered blender and then warm them on the stove to below 118 degrees. my go-to winter hearty soup is blended zucchini, red pepper, tomato, lots of greens and sprouts as the base of the soup. i place it on the stove and add raw fermented sauerkraut and loads of sea veggies including strips of nori. finally, i add slices of avocado and a sprinkle of sea salt. this is such a satisfying warming soup.

-warm foods by blending them longer in the vitamix. when i make my nut milk shakes i blend them for a while to get them warm. this also make them frothy which i love!! my favorite right now is a combo of almond or cashew milk, sun warrior vanilla protein, a little maca and bee pollen. if i want a hot cocoa sensation i will add carob and place the mixture on the stove for a few minutes. this creates a thick rich satisfying drink!! sooo yummy!!

-right now i'm also loving "manna" bread. this is not a truly 100% raw product and it does contain wheat but it is made of sprouted grains, nuts, seeds and fruits. it is cake-like and very dense. i like to put it in the dehydrator briefly to warm it up. take your time and remember to chew your food well. my favorite is the sunflower seed!!!

-another meal that i had not eaten for a long long time but takes me back to childhood is a bowl of warm cereal with bread and jam. so i recreated this sensation with a healthy version. i used lydia's organic raw cereal with almond milk. i blended my almond milk with two dates and warmed it on the stove before pouring it over the cereal. i let it sit for a little to soften the cereal. then i spread some blended apricots on my raw seed bread. the best was dipping the bread and spread into the warm cereal. this was a fabulous meal that took me back to childhood!! of course this is not something i would eat daily because it is very dense and does not provide me with optimal energy. but wow it was satisfying at the moment.

-sprouted grain bread sandwiches can be a hearty meal in the winter. i warm the bread in the dehydrator and spread avocado on both slices. next sprinkle a little himalayan sea salt, dulse, kelp and sea lettuce. add loads of alfalfa sprouts and broccoli sprouts (or any sprouts you love) and strips of nori. i love this combo right now. i eat it will a big bowl of radishes,carrots and red peppers. sooo refreshing and filling.

-start everyday with a mug of warm water with lemon!!! have a cup of tea between meals or at the end of the day. teas to try include: goji, rooibos, pau d'arco and ginger.

so these are some ideas to keep you eating raw living foods even on the snowy cold days!!!

stay warm and be well, kelly

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