YOU take the cake! Going RAW!

YOU take the cake! Going RAW!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 8 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

Starting this raw food diet at home is much easier in some ways than going to a retreat where foods are prepared for you. Although the raw food retreat is a wonderful way to have raw foods prepared for you morning, noon, and night by experts, what happens when you get home? I am enjoying the challenge of eating more vegetables and fruit as well as the changes in my health. The last two nights I had night school and I really had to plan to figure out what I would take to eat on the go or to have dinner before class. The reward for my efforts are starting to show in my ability to sleep all night again, my chronic neck ache is disappearing and my clothes fit better! :)
Another Raw win!
~Holly Jo

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 7 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Cracker Tips - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

Today, I finished the raw crackers in the dehydrator and found that I needed to spread the mix a little thinner on the parchment paper. Three trays would be perfect and the crackers would turn out a little more crisp. Here are a couple pictures of the final crackers.

For dinner I made Pure Energy Soup and a Spinach/Arugula Salad.

Here is a picture of all the vegetables that were used in the soup. I included a couple spicy red cayenne peppers in this soup recipe.

Pure Energy Soup
1 Heirloom tomato
1 large, sweet, red bell pepper
1 large, red, purple carrot
2 sprigs parsley
2-3 stalks celery
7 leaves of kale
1 stalk broccoli with florets
1/2 cucumber
1/2 to 1 avocado

Blend in blender until slightly warm. Hint: Add a couple spicy peppers for heat.

Recipe from Go Green and Get Lean!
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Spinach & Arugula Salad
Equal parts of arugula and spinach
orange segments
orange juice squeezed on top
cracked black pepper
edible flowers for decoration

Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 6 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Cracker Recipe - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

Using the almond pulp from the milk we prepared the other day, here is a cracker recipe to make dehydrated crackers. After making the almond milk, I stored the almond pulp in the freezer to use for today. The recipe is from Absolutely Abeba's Edible Treats Book on More Krazy Krackers and Kookies without Nuts. This recipe would also be good as a spread on a cracker, tastes very similar to tuna salad. In my You Tube video, I substituted green bell pepper for the red bell pepper and the almond pulp for the almond nuts. I also used parchment paper in place of the teflex sheets for my dehydrator. Raw Win! ~Holly Jo

Almond Brazil Nut Krackers
1 cup soaked almond nuts
1 cup soaked brazil nuts
2-3 tbs nama shoyu
1 tbs raw tahini
1/8 cut lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 red onion
1 tbs cumin
Dash cayenne

Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
Spread krackers on teflex sheets and score into 1" squares.
Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 105 degrees.
Flip krackers and remove Teflex sheet.
Contnue dhydrating 6-8 hours or until dry or desired krispness is obtained.
Will fill 3 trays.

To contact Absolutely Abeba's Krazy Krackers

Call or write to:
163 Pelton Center Way
San Leandro, CA 97577
(510) 351-3157

Day 5 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

The weekend was full of activity preparing raw food and taking trips to the local farmer's market and local farms to find the freshest, local and organic produce. I took a trip to Happy Dirt Veggie Patch farm to find another one of the rare tomatoes called the "Great White," finding one of these tomatoes is worth your effort for a taste bud extravaganza!

Here is a spinach salad that I prepared for lunch with tomatoes, strawberries, onions, sunflower sprouts with a dressing of tahini, olive oil and lemon juice.

Dinner for two includes a main course dish of the now famous "Great White" tomato along with cucumber, red pepper, sunflower sprouts, and green onions. This was like an antipasto plate complete with a tahini and garlic dipping sauce. In the center is an Asian style marinade of raw apple cider vinegar and raw agave nectar with cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots.

Raw win! ~ Holly Jo

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Day 4 - Raw in 28 Days -Make Almond Milk - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

For a "Raw Win" today, make Almond Milk! Here's how:
- 1 cup almonds
- 4 cups water
- 1 T honey
Soak the almonds overnight and rinse several times to remove the enzyme that helps to preserve the nuts for the squirrels :) not so much for us!
Add the nuts to the Vita-mix with 3-4 cups of water.
Add honey.
Strain into a mesh bag into a bowl or jar.
Drain into bag and squeeze the remainder of the milk into the vessel.

Raw Win!
~ Holly Jo

Day 3 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo

Today was a busy day with the car breaking down. So, I had to find raw food on the go. Luckily, had almond milk from yesterday and raw granola from the local-coop (Ashland Food Coop).

I created a rainbow salad from a stop at a local farm (Happy Dirt Veggie Patch) and fresh sprouts. Tonight a friend made a quick dish utilizing . . . raw corn, tomatoes, red bell peppers and avocado. Watch for how to make almond milk tomorrow.
Raw Win!
~Holly Jo

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Day 2 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo - Coconut and Almond Milk

Visited the local co-op this morning and purchased a case of young coconuts, red chard, adriatic figs, raw almonds, raw buckwheat groats, bananas, tomatoes, avocados and some raw crackers. Raw prepared foods are very expensive, so look forward to preparing some recipes on our own!


Coconut milk: A perfect food is the young coconut; they are packed with electrolytes and good fat. Acquire a large meat cleaver and make four or five circular cuts on the top or point of the coconut. Drink the milk inside as well as scrape out the meat to eat. You may also use the meat and juice in raw food recipes.

Almond Milk : Rinse and soak almonds overnight. Throw out the water after soaking. Blend the nuts in Vita-mix, use cloth bag to strain milk into jars. You may add a little raw agave nectar if you'd like!

~Holly Jo

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 1 - Raw in 28 Days - Raw Food Journey with Holly Jo - Green Drink

Today begins my journey in creating a habit of eating raw and living foods. I will share my experiences and recipes over 28 days.

Day 1
Recipe: Raw Green Fig Drink
Handful of red chard, half a basket of Adriatic figs, and cilantro blended in a Vita-mix 5000 blender.

Recipe: Tahini & Garlic Dip with vegetables

I used a mini Cuisinart and mixed three cloves of garlic, raw almonds, raw olive oil and raw tahini.

Here is my first day of eating raw food. Stay tuned for more adventure. After going to the farmer's market on Tuesday and meeting a couple influential people; I decided to create "Raw in 28 days" hoping to bring more health and vitality to my life.

~ Holly Jo

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why Raw in 28 Days? Holly's Testimony on Raw, Organic Food

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