Sunday, March 21, 2010

Raw Food-A Book Review

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Feeling very sluggish from the cold winter and an abundance of comfort foods, I was delighted to receive Raw Food, A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day" by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja, a team of Swedish raw food professionals. Raw foods consist of fruits, berries, vegetables, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, algae, sprouts, legumes, honey, cold pressed oil and spices. These foods are not heated above 104°F, a temperature which would destroy the enzymes which aid in digestion and absorption of food. Raw food is not a trendy diet, but a lifestyle change to attain a healthier life.

Well written with tantalizing photos of fresh produce, dried fruits and nuts, the authors begin with chapters explaining raw and living foods, the value of soaking nuts to activate the enzymes, steps for beginners to embark upon a raw food diet, kitchen supplies to facilitate the preparation of these foods and how to begin eating a raw food diet. There are recipes for each meal, plus snacks, such as workout shakes, side dishes and even desserts, all healthy and easy to prepare.

The Raspberry Coconut Smoothie pictured above is just one of many flavorful and enticing recipes featured in Raw Food. There are "pasta" dishes using fresh zucchini ribbons as in Zucchini Pasta with Marinated Mushrooms. A Yoga Salad with Pistachio Dressing chock full of raw vegetables like cabbage, spinach, arugula dressed with a soaked pistachio nut dressing made creamy with the addition of avocado. Basic recipes include homemade tahini, almond milk, creamy dressings, pestos, tapenades among others. Fruits pies with crunchy uncooked nut, date and spice crusts, mango lemon balm ice cream, chocolate mousse; all are healthy and flavorful!

Spring is upon us and not only should we clear the clutter in our homes and places of work, but also in our bodies. Raw Food is highly recommended. This review is my personal opinion of this book.

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