Raw Christimas Food


December 15, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Veganism


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Christmas Food

It’s Christmas already and it’s that time of the year when we think of family get-together and food and drinks in abundance. It is memory lane for most of us, enjoying friends, happy times and good comfort and traditional foods. But the weeks after the holiday season are usually equal weight gains, health problems from too many sweets and food.

Try to avoid

White sugar, white flour, dairy products, trans and saturated fats, refined carbs and excess calories are on the “no-no” list, and with the holiday times it feels as if the cakes, cookies and sweets will become obsolete. And we begin to feel deprived and panic stricken. After all, it is a long-time tradition.

What to do then ?

My answer is to make some raw food desserts and take them to the family and friends meals. Use walnuts, dried fruits, and avocados instead of white flour and white sugar. These fruits and nuts have a lot of flavor and nutrients that are really good for you and for loved ones. Oh yes … and they are easy to put together. Jenny Cornbleet has a book out called “Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People: Revised Edition”. In it there are desserts – cakes, cookies, fruit crisps, pies, tarts, puddings, mousses, shakes, and ice cream recipes all raw – for holidays and all meals. And guess what? They taste better than their sugar laden counterparts.

One recipe is for a “Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce” which calls for:

Ingredients

1 ½ cups raw walnuts
Dash of salt,
8 pitted medjool dates,
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder,
½ tsp vanilla extract,
2 tsp water.

Directions
For the raspberry sauce you use 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (thaw and drain if frozen) with ¼ cup pitted medjooy dates, soaked for 30 minutes and drained. Place the walnuts and salt in a food processor with the S blade and process until finely ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla … process until mixture becomes sticky. Add water and process briefly. Transfer to a serving plate and form a 5 inch round cake. Place the raspberries and dates in a blender and mix until smooth, pouring over the cake just before serving.

Off course that you do not have to give up all your comfort foods, just try to find a healthier recipe for it. You will find the dessert to be much tastier. But should you choose to nibble on a few old foods, do so in moderation, do not go overboard, and remember to wait and let your stomach digest properly before the next meal.

Enjoy and have a lovely Merry Xmas

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