Archive for March, 2013

Macadamia & Currant Easter Fudge

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I love fudge, and this quick and creamy concoction satisfies my chocoholic tendencies. Just in time for Easter! IMG_2306

½ cup young thai coconut meat
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)
½ cup agave nectar
½ tsp. sea salt
1 cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup roughly chopped raw macadamia nuts
¼ cup dried currants

Open the thai coconut, pour out the water, and scrape out the meat to make ½ cup. Combine coconut meat and next 4 ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender.  Add cacao powder and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl. Fold in nuts and dried fruit.

Line an 8×8 pan with waxed paper. Pour mixture in pan and spread evenly.

IMG_2282Freeze for several hours or refrigerate overnight. When firm, remove from pan and invert onto a clean surface. Cut into 25 square pieces. Refrigerate or freeze, and enjoy!

5 Reasons to Eat More Raw Food!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

5 benefits of eating raw foods:

High in fiber
Vegetables, fruits, seeds, and beans are fiber rich foods and are associated with a number of health benefits including: weight control, cardiovascular health, disease fighting phytochemicals, and digestive health among many more.
Weight loss
Raw foods are low in calories, so incorporating more raw foods in your diet can help aid weight loss and help detoxify our bodies. However, our caloric needs may not be met through fruits and vegetables alone. To make sure you’re maintaining a healthy weight on a raw foods diet, it’s important to consume plenty of  nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Vitamins and minerals
Certain vitamins in foods such as vitamin C and folate are destroyed by heat. Research shows that cooking foods like broccoli destroys its cancer fighting properties. And the advice that cooking tomatoes allows the body to more readily absorb lycopen? You can blend tomatoes for the same effect!
Cooling and hydrating—
Raw foods contain a high water content which helps cool down your body and keep you hydrated. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, pears, and leafy greens to stay energized during the summer months.
Increased energy
Since they are closer to their alive and natural states, raw foods can provide us with a higher quality of energy so we are ready to take on the day. And because of the high fiber content, eating raw veggies, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed,whole grains keeps your blood sugar and energy levels even throughout the day. No sugar spikes & crashes!

Raw foodists believe that heat destroys enzymes that are vital to our health, as well denatures other essential vitamins and minerals. The more raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be. Raw food doesn’t mean just boring salads! The possibilities are endless, and the techniques simple to master. Food2Live4 can teach you how to start your journey to better health through healthy eating. Visit our Classes & Events Page for upcoming class info!

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

If you have a dehydrator you can make this soup completely raw, but if you don’t, just roast the peppers in your oven or use organic roasted peppers in a jar.

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 30 minutes
2 cups roasted red peppers*
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey or agave
splash of olive oil
1 tsp. salt
pinch or two of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of water, or as much as needed to get a nice soup consistency

To “roast” red peppers in the dehydrator, deseed and cut into chunks. Toss with a little olive oil and salt and spread onto dehydrator trays. Dehydrate for several hours or until soft.

If you are using roasted peppers from a jar, drain the oil and vinegar off before combining all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.