Category Archives: Raw Reviews

Making Nut Milk

Thanks to the wonders of our new nut milk bag my oldest son has now progressed to making the almond milk for me each week. Using a cheesecloth was such a drag and a messy operation too. Hooray for nut milk bags!

At $7.95 per bag they might seem expensive but we would go through several packages of cheesecloth a month so we are saving money actually. To clean I just flip it inside out and rinse well under hot water and I hang it to air dry.

Making Almond Milk

nut milk jar

The Raw Transformation

raw transformation bookAttn: Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I love reading raw food books in general but I especially love reading books that share the personal journey to raw foods. Carol Alt’s book was my first raw food book and her story was so motivating!

A few weeks back I read another inspirational raw foods book written by Wendy Rudell called The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods. It is part memoir and part recipe book.

Rudell grew up in an unconventional household and her parents moved her to Trinidad when she was little. So she grew up in the sunshine, next to the ocean, climbing coconut trees. Then she went to college in Michigan for several years and she always felt something was missing from her life and after a vacation in Hawaii she found out what it was. She needed a simple life in warmth and sunshine with the ocean at her back and tons of raw tropical fruits to eat. Going raw felt like reclaiming a part of her childhood.

The book has lots of great info about what happens to your food when you cook it, the organic versus non-organic debate, and food combining. I am still not doing ANY meaningful food combining but the concept makes sense to me.

What I love most about her book is the collection of gorgeous pictures. They are fabulous full color pictures. The recipes are great too though! You might like Cherry Mango Cocktail, Coconut Thai Soup, and Shishkabobs with Teriyaki Sauce. The pictures of all these will have your mouth watering.

Funny story though…I have so many raw food books I seem to be losing track of what I have. I purchased a copy of The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods at Whole Foods a few weeks back and when I got it home I realized I already had it!!

So, I am giving away my extra copy to one of my blog readers. All you have to do is comment. For an extra entry you can Stumble, Twitter, or post on Facebook…just leave subsequent comments if you do extra credit. I will announce a winner on Earth Day, April 22nd. Good luck!!!

Review of the Vita-Mix 5200!

Hop on over to my other blog and read a full review of the Vita-Mix 5200 blender.

So what makes the Vita-Mix such a kick butt blender? The number one thing is that it makes healthy eating so much easier. Want a green smoothie? No problem. Not in the mood for store bought salsa…make your own with fresh ingredients in just 60 seconds. While your at it grind up some flax seeds, tomatoes, celery, a little lime, and cilantro and then spread the resulting pulp mixture onto a dehydrator tray or oven tray for homemade Mexican style crackers. Want some fresh juice? Throw the entire fruit or veggie in there skin, seeds, and all watch it get pulverized into juice. See? Healthy eating made easy.

Vita-Mix 5200