We’ve all heard the magical claims of “raw food equals weight loss”. And personally speaking, I’ve shed a few pounds eating raw foods. But I’ve also gained a couple eating raw foods. This isn’t because I’m a crappy magician. It’s because raw foods don’t have any mystic qualities that simply make the pounds just go poof and disappear. While that would be nice, the truth is, there is no easy fix. Weight loss doesn’t work like that.
Before you give me the evil eye, let me be the first to say that I LOVE raw foods. Any diet that incorporates copious amounts of fresh vegetables and fruit is going to be a superfantastic one in my book. And when practiced in a balanced matter, raw foods are a terrific contribution to abundant health.
I’ve had only liquids for a whopping three days so far. I saw this piece about Angela Stokes who did this for 92 days. That’s a loooong time! Doing what I do, it’s not easy to not actually eat anything, be we’ll see. Last time I tried this my energy spiked and it felt pretty good, so I’ll report back soon. For now, below is a recipie for a shake I drink almost every day (even when not doing this whole liquid-only thing). I LOVE cilantro, and below you’ll also find some reasons why that’s a good thing (now I sound like Martha).
I add some thawed E3-Live to mine (you can dump a few tablespoons in and barely taste it, and trust me, you don’t want to taste E3-Live unless you’re one of those rare folk that like the taste of wheatgrass, because that’s what it tastes like, funkiness multiplied!), as well as some tocotrienols (tasty), and top it off with a sprinkle of bee pollen. Yum. If I was a guy I might throw in some hemp protein for good measure.
More Love for Cilantro
Free radicals are everywhere – in the water we drink, food we eat, and in the air we breathe. The main defense to free radicals (coming from pollution, x-rays, radiation, chemicals, heavy metals) are antioxidants. Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, which it happens are great antioxidants. A Japanese investigator, Yoshiaki Omura, has made the revolutionary discovery that cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily. Reuters reports that cilantro contains a chemical which has been found to kill the Salmonella bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
I’m a pescatarian; I’ve not consumed meat for over 20 years — and with the exception of yogurt and the odd mouthful of ricotta cheese, I don’t do dairy. You know what this means? That I’m some sushi and a Yoplait away from a being a… vegan.
Ordinarily the “V” word is a no-go word at our modern, green lifestyle network. And I know why. “Vegan” just sounds scary — hardcore and militant, yet at the same time conjuring up images of sprouts, matted hair and bad hygiene. Or maybe that’s just me. Here at G Living we call everything Plant Based, because that is all Vegan really means.
Green Tea has been hailed as the holy grail superfood –- getting credit for everything from making you slim, gorgeous, smart, relaxed and cancer free. So, what’s the bad news? Well, aside from concerns over the fluoride and caffeine in teas, what good are all the antioxidants if they’re never even absorbed?
Recent studies have shown that most of the free-radical fighting catechins in green tea — the ones credited for most of these wondrous effects — never even make it to your bloodstream. In fact, only 20% of the antioxidant catechins survive after digestion because they’re unstable in non-acidic environments.
Ani Phyo of SmartMonkey Foods has joined GreenChefs and is now a featured Chef. Ani will be doing shows and adding recipes and personal Vlogs about her daily life as a G Chef. Check out her delicious Portabella Mushroom Steak with Mushroom Gravy Recipe. The great thing about Ani’s recipes is that they are all so simple and easy with very basic ingredients that most people can find in their local stores. Ani also has a new recipe book coming out this spring called Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, and you can buy her SmartMonkey Bars in select Whole Foods Stores and other health food stores or online.
Here are 3 Recipes from Ani that are quick and simple yet amazingly tasty:
Makes 4 servings
Tapenade is a rich olive spread popular in the Mediterranean. It’s quite easy to make at home. Measure out 1 cup of olives first. Then, pit them. Olives are easy to pit if you just push down onto a cutting board from above with your fingers. Plus the olive oil is great for your skin!
Whether you grow your own food or shop at your farmer’s market, eating what’s in season will assure you the freshest produce–picked at its peak and brimming with flavor.
July being the middle of the summer, brings us the most variety of fruits and vegetables at their peak or just coming into season. This is the time that the heirloom tomatoes, red bell peppers and cucumbers will start showing up at your market in abundance. I can’t even stop thinking about all the uses for jalapeno now. I want to put it in everything! Expect to see a lot of recipes from me soon with jalapeno and cucumber and tomatoes and other summer produce in season. : ) Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Before the avocado traveled north and become the popular fruit we know today, it had quite the slanderous reputation and was banned by the priests. It was known and used as an aphrodisiac sexual stimulant. The original Aztec name for the fruit was “ahuacatl” and means “testicle”, in reference of the avocados shape.
Native to Central and South America and dating back to 8,000 B.C., the avocado (ahuacatl) fruit has become one of the most popular crops in California. Mexico is still the world’s leading producer of avocados, with Brazil and California as the second largest producers. Avocado trees from Mexico were first planted in the U.S. in 1871 in Santa Barbara. Today, with over 7,000 avocado groves in California, almost 90% of the avocados grown in the U.S. are harvested in Southern California, with San Diego County producing 60% of that. 1 avocado tree is capable of producing between 150-500 avocados per year. Despite there being over 500 varieties of avocados, only 8 of them are grown commercially in California. The most popular Hass variety is grown year-round in California and makes up for almost 95% of the avocados grown. The other varieties are Fuerte, Pinkerton, Zutano, Reed, Lamb Hass, Gwen and Bacon. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
If your dreaming of a rich, dense, smooth and creamy chocolate raw vegan cake, this is the one to try. This is the type of cake you can only eat a few bites of at a time, because it is that rich, but yet it is still surprisingly healthy. It has a silky velvety chocolate filling that has the denseness of a cheesecake, but without the tang. Just pure chocolate heaven. If you like that sort of thing, this will be heaven on a plate for you.
As much of a chocolate lover as I am, I have to say it was actually a little too rich for me. Next time I will probably try to make it a little lighter and with slightly less chocolate in it. Well worth trying again though. The entire G Living staff love this one and have requested I make this one again as soon as possible.
My favorite beverage just keeps getting better for you. Which should also make it more palatable to my co-workers, whose computers keep force quitting due to my constant kettle boiling. (Electrical circuitry at start-ups leaves a lot to be desired.) Yeah, so sorry about losing all of those unsaved changes to your edits/designs/documents, but look at all the benefits. To, er, me.
Here are seven reasons to sip the green stuff…
Nix cancer. The polyphenols or antioxidants help keep cancer at bay. Studies show that people who regularly drink green tea reduce the risk of developing “breast, stomach, esophagus and/or prostate cancer.”
How many mind-blowing experiences are there out there? I’m talking about experiences that excite and surprise you beyond your wildest dreams. Discounting illicit drugs — which while certainly mind blowing could result in the very real possibility of experiencing the inside of a cell — not that many. Sky diving, scuba diving, first viewing of 2001: A Space Odessey, the first listening of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, childbirth or certain acts leading up to that? Well for all you thrill seekers here’s a new one for you: a fruit that temporarily alters your taste buds, turning sour foods sugar sweet.
Dubbed the miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is appearing as the guest of honor at tasting parties all over the country – the gastronomically adventurous eager to ingest the small red berry which can allegedly turn lime wedges into candy, rhubarb into sugar sticks, lemons into lemonade, Tabasco sauce into donut glaze and rich stout beer into milkshake. The miracle fruit is native to West Africa “and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century”. The unusual reaction is due to a protein called miraculin “which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids”.
“Oh man, I don’t know which of Russel’s recipes I want to try first. I love stuffed vine leaves and these look so amazing. I’m not so much into nori and the salty soy sauce flavors, they’re ok sometimes. What I really love though is Mediterranean food. Hummus, pita, tabouli, couscous, olives, and especially dolmas! I have never come accross grape leaves though in the store, not even the canned kind. Maybe I haven’t been looking in the right isles or hard enough, or maybe you can only get them at special greek grocers or something. I would love to find the fresh organic grape vine leaves. I’ve been scouring the internet to see if there is a speciality source I can order from online. My search so far has turned out disapointing. All I can find is recipes or the canned kind. I guess you have to live near a vineyard and go beg them in the spring for their leaves. But anyways, if you can find some good vine leaves, this recipe looks worth trying." – Indulge
Stuffed Vine Leaves with Mint Cashew Aioli (raw)
Makes 16+ stuffed vine leaves
Time: 30 mins (once you’ve got the hang of rolling the things)
Ease rating: ***
Equipment: Knife, Food Processor
What you’ll need to do ahead of time: Pickle the vine leaves, soak the sun-dried tomatoes.
For the Vine Leaves:
3 Cups Cauliflower or Parsnip
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
3 Tsp Lemon Zest
2 TB Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1Tsp Sea Salt
5 Spring Onions
1 Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes, soaked for 2+ hours, then chopped into thin strips
Prevention. That’s the most commonly used buzzword when it comes to skincare. Washing your face with the proper soap prevents clogged pores. Using the right moisturizer prevents wrinkles. Great advice if you’re just starting out, but what about those of us who’ve already overzealously worshipped the sun or partied a bit too much during college? What then?
The most common answers to this question “a healthy diet”, “at least eight glasses of water perday” and “plenty of rest”. But can healthy eating, adequate hydration and lots of sleep undo the effects of sun damage and a few too many Marlboro lights?