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Zucchini Hummus

Zucchini Hummus

Zucchini Hummus

2 large  zucchini peeled, sliced, 3 cups *

¼ cup  raw tahini

3 tbsp.  fresh lemon juice

1 clove  crushed garlic (1/4 tsp. garlic powder)

¼ tsp.  ground cumin

¼ tsp.  paprika

½ tsp.  sea salt

• * Sweat the zucchini first.  Slice, sprinkle lightly with sea salt.  Layer with paper towels and place a plate or something heavier as a weight to help release the extra water for about 30 minutes.

• Place all the ingredients into a food processor.  Process until smooth.

• Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator.  Keeps 5-7 days.

• Serve with veggies, flax crackers, on your favorite veggie burgers, etc.  Also great as a salad dressing, thin with purified water if too thick.

Restaurant Visit

Restaurant Visit

In The Raw, Highland Park, IL, has moved to the top of my favorite Raw Food Restaurant list.

I went there this past weekend.  Great food.  Great Atmosphere.  Great Service.  Great location.

I was at a talk with Dr. Cousens recently, and In The Raw was represented.  At their booth I bought one of every dessert they had; all were amazing!  I also found the restaurant opened in July.





Why are raw nuts and seeds good for you?

Why are raw nuts and seeds good for you?

Almonds:         Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc

Benefits the bones, brain, heart, lungs and alkalizing to the blood

Brazil Nuts:     Amino Acids, Calcium, Selenium

Beneficial to the thyroid

Cashews:         Copper, Magnesium, Tryptophan, Phosphorous

Beneficial to the heart, prevent gallstones, good antioxidant source

Chia Seeds:     Omega-3, Fatty Acid, Calcium, Potassium, Antioxidants

Increases endurance in athletes

Hazelnuts:       Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin E

Benefits teeth and gums and heart health

Hemp Seeds:   Omega-3, Amino Acids, building blocks of Protein

Macadamia:    Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc

Benefits the liver, improve anemia and aids heart health

Pecans:               B-complex, especially high in B-6

Benefits the nervous system, pregnant and nursing women

Pistachios:      Similar to almonds, but higher in Iron and B-1, Protein

Benefit the heart, liver, kidneys, and intestines

Pumpkin Seeds:  Omega-3, B-complex, Calcium

Great for the heart, dry skin and brittle hair

Sesame Seeds:  Vitamin E, Iron, high in Calcium

Beneficial in preventing osteoporosis

Sunflower Seeds:  Zinc, B-complex

Benefits the prostate, heart, intestines, nervous system and eyes

Walnuts:   Essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, Calcium, Potassium

Very beneficial to heart health

So how do you get your protein?

So how do you get your protein?

Here are 10 vegan sources:

1. Veggies.  One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of kale about 5 grams. One cup of peas, 9 grams.

2. Hemp. Toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein or sprinkle hemp seeds on your salad.

3. Non-Dairy Milk.  One cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein.

4. Nut Butter.  Almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.

5. Quinoa.  Quinoa delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.

6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein.

7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers 18 grams of protein!

8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.

9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh has about 30 grams of protein!

10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.



I had the opportunity to go to a great raw food restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, called Ecopolitan.  It was excellent.  The server was happy answering questions of those not familiar with raw food.  There were 7 of us, we all ordered something different.  Also tried soups and appetizers.  These items were all enjoyed for lunch.

A few days later, before leaving for Chicago, I stopped at Ecopolitan for a morning  juice, and a to-go order for lunch.  Just as good as eating at the restaurant.

The restaurant is in a great area, easily accessible and easy parking.  If you find yourself in Minneapolis I would highly recommend you stop by.

Raw Deal LLC

Raw Deal LLC

In Menominee, WI there is a great Raw Food Deli, just a short drive off of 94.  It is called Raw Deal LLC.  Every time I go to the Minneapolis area I have to stop there for lunch, dinner, or carry-out.

I was recently there and had a great dinner of pizza rollups, spinach quiche, a broccoli and cashew salad, and a piece of chocolate turtle pie.  There is no set menu.  Feel free to call ahead and they will tell you what they are serving on that day.  With every stop I have made I have never been disappointed.

Vanilla Macaroons

Vanilla Macaroons
Vanilla Macaroons
3 cups raw shredded coconut
3/4 cup cashew nut flour (grind raw cashews in blender or food processor to make flour)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tsp Himalayan Salt
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
~Melt the coconut oil in a dehydrator.
~Place agave, salt, vanilla and coconut oil in food processor, blend.
~Add cashew flour and mix well.
~Put mixture into a bowl, add the coconut and mix thoroughly.
~Drop the mounds onto dehydrator screens.  I have found I prefer using the two-tablespoon cookie scoop.
~Dehydrate for the desired amount of time, depending on how moist you would like the center;  8-10 hours at 115 degrees.  Makes approximately 20 macaroons.
~I prefer storing the macaroons in the freezer.  When they thaw they taste just like they did out of the dehydrator.