Guest Post by Julie Pecarski
There are so many benefits to eating raw foods and it shouldn’t be a scary, time consuming process either. I have done raw food cleanses in the past and they can be time consuming and expensive. But you can make raw foods simple. In fact, follow my #1 nutrition rule: eat at least 1-2 salads a day and incorporate a green juice or a smoothie on a daily basis.
Here are 3 reasons to incorporate raw foods into your diet:
1) They are alive! Unlike packaged, processed items, raw fruits and vegetables contain enzymes, vitamins and minerals that have not been destroyed by heat or chemicals.
2) Energy. When I drink my daily green juice or smoothie every morning, I immediately feel a surge of energy as I am getting fresh, instant vitamins and minerals into my blood stream.
3) Fiber. Through the cooking process, fiber gets minimize and depending on the length of time cooking, they can also be destroyed completely. Fiber keeps us regular and wards off cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
Enjoy this simple, raw recipe that the whole family can enjoy!
- 2 cups buckwheat groats, soaked overnight and dried
- ¾ of unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup goji berries
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup North Coast Naturals Daily Cleanse
- 1 cup of soaked raw nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, etc)
- 3 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ cup of raw honey (* or maple syrup)
- seeds from ½ vanilla pod (*or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract)
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Melt coconut oil if necessary and mix with sweetener of choice, vanilla and sea salt.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- If using a dehydrator, dry per manufacturer's setting OR, if using an oven, pre-set oven to the lowest setting. It is important to keep the door of the oven opened so the moisture can escape.
- Split granola into two sheet pans lined with parchment paper and place into oven.
- Leave in the oven until fully dried which can take between 8-12 hours depending on the temperature of the oven.
~ Sprinkle on top of fresh fruit or oatmeal.
~ Serve with your choice of non-dairy milk.
~ Eat by the handful as a mid-day snack.
~ Our choice: serve with fresh fruit and a few dollops of coconut cream!
Julie Pecarski is the founder of Eat Life Balance, a holistic health and lifestyle solutions site. Eat Life Balance provides clean living recipes, nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice in an approach to guide readers into making small, simple changes in their eating habits, attitudes and mental balance. Julie is currently studying nutrition in Vancouver, BC.
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