The Raw Food Revolution Diet

Zucchini Hummus

Recipe: Zucchini Hummus Summary: Makes 1-2/3 cups (5 servings)  Ingredients 1 small zucchini, peeled and chopped (1 cup/250 mL, firmly packed) 3 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil or olive oil 1-4 cloves garlic 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground cumin (optional) 1/8 tsp. cayenne 1/2 cup sesame tahini 1/3 cup sesame seeds, soaked 4 hours and drained Instructions Place in a blender the zucchini,… Read More »Zucchini Hummus

Garden Blend Soup

Recipe: Garden Blend Soup Summary: Makes 2 1/2 cups  Ingredients 3/4 cup hot water 1/4 cup orange juice, or 1/2 orange, peeled 3 to 4 cups kale, stem removed, chopped 1/2 apple, cored or 1/2 small cucumber, peeled 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, basil leaves or dill weed 1 1/2 tbsp. light miso 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 clove garlic 1/4 red jalapeño pepper or a pinch of cayenne 1/2 green… Read More »Garden Blend Soup

Raw for a Day

If you’d like a raw adventure, here’s an experiment to try. Turn your back on your toaster, microwave and stove and eat uncooked foods for a day. The menu below was developed for travelling or for those days when you need to cut preparation to a minimum. To meet recommended calcium intakes without milks or supplements, greens are in every meal, even breakfast! Figs, oranges, tahini and greens – lettuce,… Read More »Raw for a Day

A Caveman Diet?

Would a Paleo diet work in today’s world? Would it be an optimal way for everyone to eat? Although we might envision a past Garden of Eden or a tribe of hunter-gatherers for whom life was simple and food was unprocessed and free of additives and pesticides, how realistic is it for us to adopt the diet from the Palaeolithic Era? Well, it is unrealistic for a number of reasons.… Read More »A Caveman Diet?

Sprout Your Way to Health

Mung beans and lentils are seeds with the potential and life force to grow into large, strong plants. For this purpose, these little embryos contain a rich store of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, all ready and waiting for the right conditions of heat, moisture and oxygen to be present in order to grow. As soon as seeds germinate, chemical changes occur, including some that provide us with health… Read More »Sprout Your Way to Health

Should You Go Raw?

Yet when we look at the science, what do we learn about those who follow raw food diets? Do raw food enthusiasts fare as well or better than those on well-balanced vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets? Is a raw diet appropriate for children? Must we be 100 percent raw to enjoy the benefits? When our diet is centred on fruits and veggies, can we get enough protein, iron and calcium? When… Read More »Should You Go Raw?

Hurrah for Raw

In last month’s column, we explored by-products from cooking that can pose a threat to human health: HCAs (heterocyclic amines), PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), AGEs (advanced glycation end-products) and acrylamide. To help them achieve vibrant health, many people go raw or, at least, increase the proportion of raw food on their plates. Raw, vegan diets offer impressive advantages, such as helping overweight people lose weight and reducing the risk of… Read More »Hurrah for Raw

Veggies for Vitality

If the word “vegetables” doesn’t conjure in your mind sensations of colour, fragrance, delicious flavour and bountiful health, it’s time to update your attitude about these amazing foods. When we have a savoury dip, crackers, and salad for lunch, and build our dinner around veggies, we consume a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutritious compounds. More than any other group of foods, vegetables have proven their worth as cancer… Read More »Veggies for Vitality

Healthy Holiday Eating

Are you planning festive gatherings that will include food? Beyond the traditional fare, do you wonder how to nourish the range of dietary choices among your circle of friends and family? Does your group include vegetarians, vegans, raw foods enthusiasts, or someone whose health concerns require that he or she eat healthier food, instead of just loading up on cholesterol, fat, and sugar? Here are a few tips, plus two… Read More »Healthy Holiday Eating

Raw Food Revolution

The raw foods movement is making headlines. Why? Reasons include awareness about the environmental impacts of our food choices, interest in going organic and the desire to eat lower on the food chain. And across North America, people are viewing their expanding waistlines with horror. Centring one’s diet on raw plant foods offers a mighty appealing solution. Why is this a solution? One reason is that some of us consumers… Read More »Raw Food Revolution