Thursday, January 31, 2013

Raw Cacao Fudge with Goji Berries

There are so many ways to feel & express love, but there's no food that symbolizes love better than chocolate! Try making your own with our raw, organic chocolate ingredients - or we carry a variety of raw chocolate bars, truffles, cups & more ! These make excellent gifts for Valentine's day or if you love raw chocolate & you would just like to treat yourself!

Raw Cacao Fudge with Goji Berries

Ingredients
Directions
  • Melt the cacao butter in a double boiler and then pour into a blender.
  • Slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise. With a spoon, thoroughly scrape the insides of the beans and add to blender.
  • Blend until vanilla is totally broken down and mixture feels warm.
  • Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the salt, coconut syrup, and almond butter by hand.
  • Grind the cacao nibs in a coffee grinder until finely ground. Add to the large mixing bowl along with the cacao powder.
  • Fold the goji berries into the mixture.
  • Stir by hand until smooth and there are no pockets of cacao powder.
  • Line a baking sheet or pan with heavy waxed paper
  • Transfer mixture to the baking sheet or pan and use a spatula to get a smooth top.
  • Set in the fridge or freezer until fudge becomes hard. This will take about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the fridge or freezer and cut into the size and shapes you choose.
  • Feel free to get creative and substitute your favorite fruit or nuts or a combo of both! You could also try topping it with nibs or coconut! Mmm!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to Stay Warm & Raw this Winter

This week has been the coldest week we've experienced so far on the East Coast...so it's inspired us to create a blogpost with our favorite tips and tricks on staying warm and staying raw in the colder months. Staying raw during the winter will keep you more resilient to not only the cold, but also the winter blahs!

Eat Seasonally

The vegetables that are in season in the winter are usually the ones that take the longest to grow and are also the most warming. Some examples: most root vegetables (parsnips, turnips, carrots), sweet potatoes, winter squash, onion, garlic, & most nuts.
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.

Additional Tips:

•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!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Raw Smoothie Recipes to Rejuvenate your New Year!

     Now is the time to refresh, regenerate & transform your health for the new year. Make homemade smoothies for a fast, delicious & nourishing meal that will leave you feeling renewed & ready to take on anything the day brings you! We have compiled some of our favorite smoothie recipes here at www.NaturalZing.com using our fresh, raw, organic, non-gmo, vegan ingredients.
     Feel free to mix in or substitute your favorite fruits/ greens , nuts , seeds , natural sweeteners or use whatever fresh, in season produce you may have on hand. Add a raw organic nut butter, or some raw chia seeds if you'd like a more filling smoothie. Add a green powder if you don't have any fresh greens on hand like our raw/organic spirulina, or Vitamineral Green powder which has a little bit of all your greens!
Superfoods on Main 106 S Main Street Mt Airy MD
     Also, if you don't feel like making your own, and live in the Baltimore/ Washington Area - there is a new Smoothie shop in town called Superfoods on Main. It's located at 106 South Main Street in the historic district of Mount Airy, Maryland. In addition to made to order smoothies they also serve salads, teas, coffee & warm drinks, gluten-free/vegan items & they also sell our complete line of the Natural Zing products. Stop in for a smoothie, and go home with some superfood ingredients to make your own! (Bonus: 'Like' them on Facebook to print out a coupon for a free smoothie & 15% off your next order.)
     Enjoy the recipes!

Goji Very Berry Smoothie Recipe

When people ask us how they can start eating healthier, goji berries are one of the first foods we recommend! Most kids approve of them as well, & we all know getting kids to eat healthy can sometimes be a challenge. If you enjoy goji berries, you’ll love this smoothie recipe! Simply blend the following ingredients together in your VitaMix or BlendTec Blender:

-2 cups water
-1/4 cup raw, organic goji berries
-1 organic banana
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)
-1 tablespoon of raw, organic acai berry powder or raw, organic maqui berry powder
-a little raw, organic honey or stevia to sweeten to taste (optional)


Sweet & Spicy Cacao Smoothie Recipe

Try adding Cayenne to your cacao smoothies to warm you up in the cold winter months. The blend of chilli with chocolate is divine!! One of our favorites is:
-1 cup nut milk or coconut water
-¼ cup raw, organic almonds (soaked & peeled)
-1 tbsp raw, organic cacao (cocoa) powder
-1/8 cup raw, organic raisins or raw, organic dates ( for sweetness )
-1/2 tsp. cayenne
-pinch celtic sea salt
 Blend all ingredients & enjoy! This recipe is good hot or cold.

Green Smoothie with Spirulina Recipe

This smoothie quenches your thirst, & has the added benefits of Spirulina powder. It helps to support immunity in the winter months & tastes great!

-1 tbsp. raw, organic Spirulina Powder
-1/2 cup water
-1 cup organic romaine lettuce , torn
-1 cup organic spinach, torn
-1 cup organic cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
-2 cups organic pineapple, cut into chunks
-1/2 cup ice cubes
-your natural sweetener of choice! (We like coconut sugar & stevia with this recipe)

Blend all ingredients in your high speed blender & enjoy!