12.10.2009

RAWesome knowledge


This week I attended a Raw Foods Workshop hosted by two talented, young, raw believers.  I say believers because it seems that we're hit by different 'ideal diets' left and right, where it's often hard to choose which combination best suits our nutritional and mental/spiritual/ethical needs, but these two presenters were true prophets of RAW!



Dustin and Disa introduced me to many new "Super Foods" like: raw cacao beans, spirulina, goji berries, maca, pink salt, etc, which they profess elevate your health and energy.

Raw Cacao and Goji Berries - each brings out the complex flavors of the other!

Raw food provides more readily available enzymes than cooked food, which keep digestion running smoothly and allows your body to instantly absorb many useful nutrients.  A 'voracious eater' in the crowd confessed that having a 16 oz "super food" smoothie in the morning kept him satisfied and energized for most of the day--not an easy feat considering our daily rituals of poor carb-riden breakfasts and continuous snacking!

Dustin and Disa both made their own favorite smoothies (check out Disa's Green Smoothie recipe below) and finally they asked the crowd to help them create a delicious raw soup which was named "Pollen Soup" after the studio where the workshop was held.


Pollen Soup - made of a variety of veggies and super foods
with a (spicy!) dehydrated veggie cracker made by Dustin





Disa's Green Smoothie recipe
40% greens, 60% fruit (pick greens and fruit combinations that are to your liking, we had spinach and mango/pineapple/coconut)
1 1/2 cup of water
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla powder
1/2 tbsp maca powder
1 1/2 cup coconut water
2-3 dates for sweetness
blend really really well to desired consistency.... yum!
Disa has replaced her energy-deficient breakfasts with this smoothie and claims it keeps you energized all morning long--she even gave her coworkers a demonstration on how to make this great smoothie after tiring of them asking "what's that green stuff?" every morning and some have joined her ritual.

Returning to the idea I mentioned above, I'm not about to go raw vegan all of a sudden. One of my main reservations is that many of these super foods are grown, harvested, packaged and shipped internationally, and as an environmentally conscious, farmer's-market devotee, I would have a hard time basing my diet on food that has to travel such a long distance (not to mention other possible ethical concerns out of reach).
That being said, this workshop enlightened me to be open to other dietary possibilities, and you should too, no matter what your current 'diet' is... mix and match to your liking! Not only will you learn more about food and nutrition, but you might even notice an effect on your health and wellbeing.  How rawesome would that be?

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