Thursday, January 24, 2013
How to Stay Warm & Raw this Winter
Most people don’t realize that they can eat squash, parsnips, turnips, and sweet potatoes raw. The trick is to process them in the food processor with the S-blade to achieve a rice like consistency or to process them longer for a smooth consistency. For example: parsnips or carrots make a nice rice substitute and sweet potato and pumpkin can be food processed to make a raw holiday pie. Another way to use these winter vegetables is to blend them in the blender to make a soup such as a creamy butternut squash soup using a nut milk as the base. Also, raw soup does not have to mean cold soup! If you have a Vitamix you can blend your soup long enough to warm it up & that helps too.
Use Warming Spices
Many spices have been highly valued in other cultures for their health & beauty properties for thousands of years! Some of these warming spices include: cinnamon, cayenne, curry, cloves, ginger, turmeric, cardamon, nutmeg, mustard, & black pepper. Tip: Both cinnamon and cardamom taste great in a fruit smoothie and our turmeric tastes great in a blended soup.
Eat More Warming Foods
Use your Excalibur to make dehydrated foods,which are more calorically dense & therefore they are typically more warming. You can also heat your foods in your dehydrator at 115 degrees for a couple of minutes to warm them up & keep the nutrients in tact. Whether you are making crackers, breads, or your favorite raw recipes we sell a variety of dehydrator sheets to help you make a delicious dish.
If you don't feel like making your own crackers/chips, we sell a variety of tasty flavor combinations including our new Lydia's Rawkin Beet Chips with spicy cayenne that will really warm your taste buds ups! Also try these warming foods:
*Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, and dates are especially warming)
*Nuts (especially macadamia nuts or raw nut butters)
*Fatty Seeds (pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds)
*Hot Peppers or Chiles
*Herbs (Maca, and Ginseng)
*Superfoods (Spirulina, & Moringa)
Drink Warm Teas & Beverages
Drink warm beverages: herbal teas & infusions, veggie broths, apple cider,
lemon water, ginger slices in hot water with honey, hot cacao drinks
made with raw nut milk, or try mushroom teas like chaga & reishi.
•Try using hot water instead of cold water in your smoothies & soups
•Warm your plates that you serve your food on
•Exercise & get your body warmed up & your digestion/lymphatic system moving
•Layer your clothing with organic cotton & hemp clothing
•Take a warm bubble bath- try adding ginger & sea salts to your tub
•Build a fire & light some candles
Let us know if you'd like to share how you keep warm in the winter months!