Thursday, 28 March 2013

A Few Simple Houmous Recipes

Why Not Make Your Own Houmous? 3 Simple Recipes

Here in the UK we spell Hummus as Houmous but the ingredients are usually the same.

A Bowl of Houmous
That is, the usual suspects of mashed chickpeas blended into a smooth texture with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic.

This food is typical middle eastern fare, however if you'd like to have a go at making some houmous yourself there are a few places you can find online that can help you get the balance of ingredients right.

WeWantRaw.com has an excellent recipe using Kalamata olives, red peppers and paprikas to hopefully result in a flavourful kick.

RealFoods.co.uk have a short, simple recipe reminding us that the main ingredient of houmous, namely chick peas, offers oodles of protein, calcium and iron. The recipe is also available in video format and they provide some helpful conversion tables so you can get the measurements correct.

ChoosingRaw.com has a nice variation on the houmous theme by adding in some sesame seeds, and they love serving the finished product with a salad bowl full of nice fresh greens and asparagus.

I'm getting hungry!

There you have it, there are now no more excuses to be houmousless this spring :)




Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Why Choose a Raw Food Diet?

A Checklist of Potential Benefits

It's late february, almost spring so let's be frank here and cut to the chase. Some consider eating raw to be bland, boring and tasteless. From those people I sometimes get asked the question:
"Why should I eat rabbit food?"
Often I can get into a fruitless back and forward discussion about the subject that just wears us both out :)

Rather than endure that, I think in the future I may just point them in the direction of this handy checklist, courtesy of  the experts at Rawfoodlife.com.

In it they list 9 points that illustrate why this diet lifestyle may be beneficial.

Looking around their site you'll find an abundance of informative articles and posts about eating raw.

A useful resource indeed!

Happy eating,

Jennifer



Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cabbage and Kale Salad

Fresh From the Kitchen at Rawmazing.com

A Chopped Red Cabbage 
We're in the midst of a deep winter here in the UK, sadly many people are bogged down - not only with snow but also with colds and flu. Therefore some look for healthier diets during this period in the hope it will boost their immune systems. 

So with this in mind I stumbled across this wonderful Kale and Cabbage salad put together by the team over at rawmazing.com.

Here's what they have to say about it:

".....We all know that cabbage is one of the cruciferous veggies that are so good for us and purple cabbage has an even higher concentration of  anthocyanin polyphenols, which are significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage......"

Ever since my school dinner days I've never been a fan of cabbage, but I'm sure this tastes great with the creamy honey mustard dressing they suggest.

If you're looking for cabbage and kale for this recipe may I suggest a scottish farmed kale and 
organic red cabbage from the pantry of Real Foods in Edinburgh? 

I hope you enjoy this simple yet nutritious recipe! 

Cheers, Jennifer

Introducing Dr. Richard Gerhauser

Blueberries - How To Make a Berry Smoothie

Here at "Raw Food Online" we love berries of all shapes and sizes, so much so that we decided to create a colourful cartoon infographic about them, well four of them at least. But, did you know that blueberries protect the brain from toxic stress?

Me neither but thanks to this chap from naturalfoodsdiet.org, Dr. Richard Gerhauser I do now.

Richard really knows how to present a good video, and he has coined a wonderful phrase "Let Food Be Your Medicine", so without wasting anymore of your time, I'll leave you in Dr Rich's competent company!

Warm regards, Jennifer Jeremiah