Did you know that it was snowing in Colorado yesterday? Only a few days ago there was a snowfall in northern New Mexico. We are lucky in Roswell, but the weather is not what we normally experience at the end of May. We need some comfort food!
A hearty soup always sounds good, but raw food is a little tricky. To preserve all the enzymes you should keep the temperature below 118°F or 47°C. My lemon soup tastes best chilled, but you can also warm it up. Use kitchen thermometer if you don't want to ruin it.
1/2 small cauliflower, chopped
flesh of 1 1/2 lemon, roughly chopped (use more or less to suit your personal taste)
Pulse blend cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes grainy like cooked rice. You should be able to make at least two cups. Do not over process, or your cauliflower will turn into a paste.
Toss lemon, lemon zest, bell peppers, onion, and cashews into a bowl of a blender. Add water and blend until all ingredients are well combined.
Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and liquid aminos. Blend until velvety smooth.
Portion out the cauliflower "rice" into soup bowls. There should be enough soup to feed four people.
Pour out the soup into prepared bowls and gently stir it. Add freshly ground pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and leaves of lemon balm. Enjoy in good company!
Tip: To make this delicious soup I used organic, lemons from the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Sfusato Amalfitano, that are known for their mild, fruity, almost sweet taste. My lemons were not sprayed with chemicals, so it was safe to use the zest. make sure you are using organic lemons if you do not want to ingest poisonous chemicals. Wash your lemons before you grate the zest.
This delicious soup was inspired by the Greek lemon soup that my mother used to make quite often when I was a kid. The original soup is cooked with rice and chicken. Vegans can easily make a meatless version of it. Raw food lovers have to use their imagination to obtain similar taste and texture. Experiment. It's fun!
What a gorgeous day today! Perfect weather for the Earth Day activities. A nutritious purple smoothie sounds like a good idea this morning. Make a large batch, sip slowly and reflect on the most burning issue that concerns us all - the fate and future of our planet.
The color purple is linked to imagination and spirituality. It is associated with the crown chakra or the energy center located the top of the head. Known as Sahasrara, this chakra is a seat of cosmic consciousness. It allows us to open up to what lies beyond our personal preoccupations.
As humanity, we all need to look at things from the planetary perspective. The climate change debate, shrinking habitats of many species, scandalous waste of resources, pollution, deforestation, potable water shortage, and ever growing mountains of garbage, are problems that have to be addresses now and solved quickly.
We cannot wait for politicians to pass laws or for the industry to somehow catch up with the eco trend. We are all responsible for our actions. The change begins with us.
Whether you embrace the zero waste lifestyle, practice veganism, grow your own food, or simply buy organic produce and products, you are already doing your share. Spread the word and help others to modify their daily behavior. As consumers we have enormous power. Let your local council and businesses know. Demand change. Earth Day is a perfect moment to do so.
~ Earth Day Smoothie ~
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen açai puree
1 cup spinach
1/3 cup green superfoods powder
2 cups coconut water
pinch Celtic sea salt
pinch ground cloves (optional)
pinch cinnamon (optional)
a few drops of liquid stevia
3-5 ice cubes
Toss all the ingredients into a blender jar. Whiz until smooth.
Pour smoothie into chilled glasses, relax and enjoy in good company!
This simple smoothie is incredibly nutritious and really good for you. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, fiber, and other phytonutrients. Make it as often as you can. Use organic ingredients whenever you can.Your liver will thank you.
Hello Spring. What a spectacle! Gorgeous Super Moon in the sky last night to welcome the Spring Equinox and explosion of color on flowering shrubs and trees everywhere you look.
This is the perfect time for spring cleaning. As you pack away your winter stuff and prepare for a big household cleaning, pay attention to your body's needs. Some people experience springtime fatigue, others are struggling with weight to put on during the winter months.
A vibrantly colored, nutrient-rich salad might work as an instant mood enhancer and could improve your general well being. Your body needs vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, fiber, and other active compounds. Just pick locally grown, organic ingredients, whisk a dressing with a cold pressed olive oil, and you are ready to go.
For my salad I picked organic baby greens and heirloom beets. A simple dressing made with freshly pressed grapefruit juice and cold pressed organic olive oil from the Isle of Crete, was just perfect for it.
Beginning of spring is an ideal time for a detox cure. Some nutritionists suggest a total fast, others are less radical and claim that a weekend juice cleanse is enough to bring your body back to a perfect health. Listen to your body and pick the strategy that suits you best. Be gentle and remember that nothing can sabotage your efforts as much as strategies that are too rigorous or too impractical to follow in your daily life.
This is not your usual Chinese take out. It may look like a traditional stir-fried vegetarian dish, but it is perfectly raw to suit raw food lifestyle. It was inspired by the fragrant Cantonese cuisine and created specially for the celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
for the salad
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, julienned
1 kohlrabi, julienned
1 zucchini, julienned
1 cup Brussels sprouts, cut lengthwise into quarters
1 purple onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 cup bean sprouts (soy or mung bean)
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
3-4 bird chili peppers, thinly sliced
for the dressing
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 inch fresh ginger root, grated
3 Tbsp Nama Shoyu, raw, unpasteurized Japanese soy sauce
5 Tbsp cold pressed sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime
1/3 tsp crushed or ground Sichuan peppercorns (hua jiao)
pinch ground white pepper
for the garnish
1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
2-3 whole bird chili peppers for each individual bowl
1/3 cup peanuts (optional)
Toss all the salad ingredients into a large bow and mix gently.
Whisk the dressing. Adjust the taste to your personal liking. You may need to add some salt to your dressing since Nama shoyu has a very delicate flavor and is not as salty as most types of soy sauce.
Pour dressing over the vegetable and stir gently. The dish is ready, but you can place it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes for the flavor to fully develop.
Serve the medley in individual bowls. Garnish with cilantro, bird peppers, and peanuts. Enjoy in good company!
Tip: You can serve this Chinese vegetable medley with raw cauliflower "rice" or spiralized zucchini.
Millions of people all over the world celebrate today the beginning of the Lunar New Year. In Chinese calendar 2019 is the Year of the Pig. For many people this is the year to go vegan. My advice to all is: Keep your nutrition balanced and do not judge others. Whether your lifestyle includes animal protein or not, always remember to add as many fruits and vegetables to your diet as possible. Buy organic, locally grown produce whenever you can.
Wishing everyone a very happy start into the New Lunar Year
We are three weeks into a New Year already and I hope that your New Year's resolution to stay healthy is working for you despite the Polar Vortex and the almost unexpected return of winter.
I follow a few simple strategies and haven't had a cold since 2015. Healthy nutrition has always played a big role in my anti-aging health program and I can assure you that there is no better medicine than a tasty dish loaded with immune system supporting nutrients.
In a small bowl mix olive oil, Manuka honey and chili flakes for the dressing.
Transfer sauerkraut into a large bowl and loosen it a bit with a fork.
Add carrots, garlic, ginger, and onion. Mix well.
Add honey olive dressing and mix again. The salad is ready and you can eat it right away. Enjoy in good company!
Tip: Add fresh chopped parsley or cilantro, or use fresh turmeric and cumin for a different gustatory experience.
Why this salad is good for you
I used ingredients that are well known for their immune system support. In synergy they work magic.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut can help you maintain intestinal homeostasis and strengthen your immune system;
Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamin C that helps the body fight colds;
Ginger and garlic have proven anti-microbial properties;
Onions are well known for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin in onions helps fight free radicals and boosts immune system;
Chili peppers have antibacterial properties, help prevent inflammation and improve blood circulation;
Carrots are rich in beta carotene and pro-vitamin A that helps support impaired immune system;
Manuka honey has strong antibacterial properties and is also known to stimulate the immune system;
Olive oil is known to support immune system against bacteria and viruses. Fatty acids in olive oil help regulate inflammatory processes in the body and support immune system.
Prevention is better than cure. Simple foods in your pantry can help you stay healthy during the cold season. Also, keep in mind that stress negatively affects our immune system. Take some time out and pamper yourself.
Festive sugarplums! My last recipe of the 2018. It is quick and very easy to make, and you do not even need a food processor to make it. I used marc de champagne, edible glitter and 24ct edible gold to make these confections sparkle.
Toss dried fruit and nuts into a bowl of a food processor. Make sure all pits are removed. Pulse blend until ingredients are well combined but still slightly chunky. Add spices and brandy and whiz again.
Transfer the fruit and nut mass into a bowl. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for an hour or so for the flavors to mingle.
Remove the dough from the fridge and make the confections using a bit more than a teaspoon of dough for each. You should be able to make at least 32 small pralines.
In a small bowl toss together coconut sugar, glitter and gold flakes. Gently roll each ball in the mix making sure that it is well covered.
Place garnished sugarplums on a platter. Keep chilled till you are ready to serve them. Enjoy in good company!
Tip: If you do not have a blender, use very sharp knife to chop the dry fruit and nuts. Use your hands to knead the dough. Add spices and brandy and follow the recipe to the finish.
These sugarplums are absolutely delicious! You can make them for any festive occasion, with or without alcohol.
Another amazing year came to an end. I hope the new one will be just as good for me and my readers. Stay healthy and scatter joy wherever you go!
Happy New Year! - In radiant health, passionately raw - Dominique
I hope this post finds you in high spirits and a very good health. With at least one war ending humanity's dream of Peace on Earth came closer to realization.
Christmas is a perfect time for self-reflection. If all of us were able to calm our minds and find peace in our hearts, the world could become a very different place. It takes some doze of courage to end the narcissistic navel-gazing and the puerile obsession with the "self." The shift in consciousness is necessary if we truly want to live in a better world. Nutrition is a good place to start. Keep in mind that organic produce and conscious eating can help you rise your energetic vibration.
~ Christmas Smoothie ~
3 cups freshly made almond milk (remember to soak the almonds over night)
The time around Christmas is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of the year. The air is filled with joyous expectation, Christmas music and exotic scents...
It is also a very busy and sometimes even stressful time. Gifts must be bought and packed; greeting cards written and mailed out on time; Christmas menu must be planned; and the time seems to run like mad. Some of us forget that nothing has to be super perfect and that we can actually enjoy this time of the year even more if we relax and keep our cool. Simplicity is the key and if you asked me, things are already perfect the way they are. A small sweet treat on top of that and nothing can ever destroy that pre-Christmas cheer.
I am sharing today one of my favorite sweet raw recipes. if you like gingerbread, you will like this.
1 1/2 cup filberts (hazelnuts), soaked in water overnight, drained and dehydrated
9 large Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water overnight, drained (save the soaking water)
1/2 Tbsp lightly crushed pink peppercorns and 1 tsp Celtic salt crystals, for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup hazelnut meal to keep hands dry
Toss filberts into a bowl of a food processor and whiz until nuts begin to form a sticky mass. Do not over process. Add soaked dates and blend until well combined.
Add all the other ingredients and blend until well combined. The dough should be soft, malleable, but not flowing. If it is too thick, add a little water from the dates. If it is too flowing, add a bit more cacao.
Transfer the dough into a clean bowl. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the dough from the fridge and begin forming pralines with clean hands. 1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough should be enough for each praline. Do not make them too big. Use hazelnut meal to keep your hands dry. The pralines will stick and the whole process may be a little messy, but don't worry, you can actually lick your fingers in the end. And believe me, you will!
Once the pralines are formed, you can now decide whether you want to make gingerbread cookies out of some. Simply flatten them with a back of a large spoon or a rolling pin. This done, you can now gently dehydrate them for eight hours or so.
Garnish the (remaining) pralines with crushed pink peppercorns and Celtic salt crystals. This is to imitate crushed candy cane. You could certainly use crushed candy cane, but I want you to make these as healthy as possible. You can also roll the pralines in raw cacao mixed with a little cinnamon and reishi powder.
Once all the pralines are made, with or without the garnish, you can either refrigerate or dehydrate them. I prefer the fresh, soft, chilled version. To make them last a bit longer, I place them on a tray in the freezer for 15 minutes or so, then transfer them into a flat glass container with a lid, and keep them refrigerated. Dehydrated pralines should be stored in a tightly closed glass container and eaten within a week or so. No matter which method you choose, enjoy these delicious treats in good company!
I hope you will like this recipe. If time allows, you can dip the pralines in raw chocolate ganache and let them dry on a rack. This step will transform these pralines into delicious truffles. There is a little more work, but it is worth trying. To make an "adult" version you could add a little rum or Marc de Champagne.
~ Wishing everybody a spectacular Holiday Season ~
Hello December! Let's have a healthy start and take the Celery Juice Challenge. The idea is very simple. All one has to do is to drink at least 16 ounces of a pure celery juice on empty stomach for a week or two, or as long as necessary for the body to start healing.
The idea for the Celery Juice Challenge comes form Anthony William who, many years ago, introduced the practice of celery juice drinking to countless people struggling from chronic ailment and auto immune diseases, including eczema and psoriasis.
1 bunch organic celery
Wash and cut celery into manageable pieces. Remove the leaves if you want your juice to taste less bitter.
Run celery through a juicer.
Drink the undiluted juice right away and wait at least 15 minutes before consuming anything else.
For many people drinking a straight celery juice in a challenge in itself. They complain that the taste is too strong and are tempted to mix celery with other herbs, vegetables or fruits to make it more palatable.
While blending celery with other ingredients is not "wrong," Anthony William suggests that these blends work differently than a pure celery juice.
Pure celery juice contains cluster salts and can help you
restore your hydrochloric acid in the stomach
restore and strengthen the bile flow
balance body pH
restore nervous system
detoxify your liver
cleanse the digestive tract
prevents formation of kidney stones
curb cravings for sweets
Celery juice contains many nutrients that are beneficial to skin, bones and joints: silica; vitamins K, A, C, B1, B2, B6, and folic acid; chlorophyll; minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and iron.
Celery juice may also help reduce inflammation in the body. It contains antioxidant flavonoid luteolin, as well as polyacetylenes known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-tumor properties.
Research shows that flavonoids luteolin and apigenin have the capacity to prevent cancer cells from spreading in the body. Compounds in celery such as flavonols, furanocoumarins, and phenolic acids are also known for their anti-cancer action. Compounds in celery such as flavonols, furanocoumarins, and phenolic acids are known to fight cancer cells in the body.
Celery also contains coumarins and phthalide, compounds known to reduce high blood pressure. The phthalide may also help reduce blood levels of LDL, known as the bad cholesterol.
As you see, the humble celery has an incredible healing potential so go and get some celery for juicing. Weekend is a good time to start your challenge, but do not let your work schedule prevent you from juicing. If juicing in the morning is not possible, you can make the juice in the afternoon. Just remember not to eat anything before and immediately after your glass of celery juice. Allow 20-30 minutes time for the juice to pass through your system.
If you are not used to juicing you may experience initial bloating and other digestive issues including loose stools or diarrhea. As you body adjusts and heals itself, these symptoms disappear. Remember to drink enough water during the celery juice challenge and never forget to wash your juicer after juicing!