I have a legitimately good excuse for a lack of posts lately, despite the fact that we have internet at the house now (finally we have entered the 21st century!). The reason is this: raw food. Blame it all on raw food, because I have become slightly obsessed with researching the benefits and methodology of a raw foods diet, and therefore cooked foods have lost their luster to me. This slow transition is exciting and leaves me feeling
a little lost, because I feel I don’t even know where to begin!
The transition has been slow and fast at the same time. The seed of raw foods was planted inside me years ago by my sister Amylia, when she went from being a vegan to a raw vegan. At the time it didn’t intrigue me at all. I was a vegetarian for moral reasons at the time, and being young and dumb, health wasn’t really a priority to me, drinking and socializing was. I’m sure hearing about all of the benefits stuck with me in an subconscious way, helping me to become more open minded to the idea later on.
Years later, a coworker of mine tells me about how his raw food diet really helps his diabetes. Interest spikes, but not enough to make me feel like I could or should do it. Enter veganism and the food blog, where the idea of raw food is not foreign in the vegan food blog world. Curiosity ensues. And then more recently, our friend Mark goes raw and his passion for it is contagious! Shortly after coming into contact with Mark’s enthusiasm for raw foods, I become even more curious, curious enough to actually research it. The research leads me to thinking about how I could and should really do this. So yeah, I guess you could say that I caught the raw food fever.
So here we are. Within the past week, I have traded in old unwanted books for a fancy raw foods recipe book (Raw Food, Real World), attended a raw foods class at The Green Boheme, and purchased a dehydrator online. I also plan on investing in a juicer, a hardcore blender, and more raw food gadgets to make interesting things with.
Since raw foods are so new and foreign to me, I have all the basics to learn. Like making my own easy raw nut milk! I used this to make myself a tasty smoothie this morning.
Lightening Fast Almond Milk!
- 2 cups filtered water
- 2 heaping tablespoons raw almond butter
- Your most favorite blender.
- Blend ingredients until smooth. And that’s it!
This is a simplification of a recipe I found in Raw Food, Real World. I like it for it’s simplicity and quickness, and of course it’s tastyness. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t kill my blender! For a richer milk, add coconut butter or more almond butter. For chocolate milk, add raw cacao powder and raw honey/agave/stevia to sweeten. Switch it up with different nut butters and add ins, go on, get crazy!
I feel incredibly lucky to have The Green Boheme, a raw-vegan restaurant here in Sacramento. Although you won’t be able to attend their classes or eat their delicious food if you don’t live in or near Sacramento, if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a nice raw foods introductory pdf called Raw Curious. I highly recommend it! And if you are close enough to eat their food and take their classes, I highly recommend doing that as well! : )