Everyone seems to be talking about raw foods. I’ve been hearing about it for a while, from a friend and various contacts; but it wasn’t something I was really sure about. How can raw food taste as good as cooked? How can you substitute all the things like butter and flour and still get something like a cake?
This evening my WI had a lady from a local cafe who do raw, vegetarian, vegan and organic food – things that I’d automatically avoid assuming it would all be beans and lentils, tasteless and cardboardy.
I have heard about the benefits of a raw or living diet; but I have to admit to being slightly sceptical, in the past I’ve done lots of exclusion diets to help my ME and none have made any difference, for better or worse. Diet has never affected my ME one way or the other, so I’ve stuck to a fairly balanced one; but know I could be better with more fruit and veg – I struggle to get up to five a day.
I went with an open mind and found the talk really interesting. I particularly liked the sound of making your own almond milk and having it in hot chocolate which sounded yummy! The lady also did a demonstration of a chocolate tart which contained avocado, dates and cocoa powder. The ladies on my table were as reserved as I was about the recipe; but we were all willing guinea pigs. It was actually really good, the filling was rich and creamy and could have been dairy. The fruit and nut crust was a little chewy and I must admit to thinking it would have been better in a nice shortcrust pastry! 😉 Not the point I know; but old habits…
The lady did say that she recommended people take it on gradually and that green smoothies/juices were her main recommendation. That was one of my resolutions this year which has sadly not happened – partly because the juicer was in the garage; but it’s out now, so there’s no more excuses. I’m going to try one this weekend and see how I get on.
It would be lovely if I could find foods that would give me a bit more energy. I don’t think I will ever be able to give up on the treats that I love; but I would happily add in some extra things into my diet. I’m off to Google Green Juice recipes without banana. I’ll let you know how I get on.