After being back in the states, it’s easy to get a little carried away with all of the delicious foods America has to offer, but I can’t say that I feel as vibrant as when my diet is full of raw goodness. SO I am back in my kitchen, creating raw, vegan, and healthy (little to no added salt, processed sugar,or oil) recipes! Additionally, individuals recently have been asking me if I could give my recipes Weight Watchers point values, so I figured WHY NOT?! If you’re happy, and my food brings a smile to your face, and nourishment to your body then I’m happy :).
Another thing I’d like to mention is my personal philosophy on food. I believe there is such a thing as food for the mind, food for the body, and food for the soul. After going back and forth with being raw, vegan, a meat lover, a meat hater, a sweets lover and a sweets craver, I have found my balance. I am not 100% anything when it comes to food, (though I am still at least 80% raw), and I do not believe it is healthy to give up anything 100% forever. I have reached a point in my life where I am able to listen to my body.
I have found that before eating, it is helpful to ask myself if I am in the mood for something sweet or salty, crunchy or soft, hot or cold etc. After really listening to what my body is telling me, I have found I am always (ok 98% of the time) happy with my decision and feel no need to scavenge.
When I hear a calling for one of my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, you can bet your tuchus (behind in Yiddish) I will have one, because that craving, I believe, is food for my soul.
This week I hope you are able to:
- feed your mind – by reading, learning, or doing phone/online brain exercises
- feed your body – with at least 50% of your day comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables
- feed your soul – when you REALLY crave something you might consider to be a guilt inducing food – eat it, love it, enjoy it, and do not beat yourself up for your indulgence. I like to give my soul one day to be free (Shabbat), so pick your day, your hour, or your moment to really get in touch with your soul!
Life is good. Food is a part of EVERYONE’S life. You are on the right path, and EXACTLY where you are meant to be.
Below are a couple sweet recipes I made this week, and later this week you will receive some savory bites.
To feeling alive!
Chef Raw Raw
Raw Salted Chocolates – 1 point/Tbsp
A recipe I fell in love with when I was living in Tzfat, Israel. Tali and Hendy – this one is for you! Cacao is a great source of protein, anti-oxidants, sulfur, magnesium, and trace minerals. PLUS it’s an aphrodisiac! Bring on the love!
1/2 C cacao powder
1 oz cacao butter – melted
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp raw local honey
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp lucuma powder (optional)
sea salt crystals (optional)
Place cacao butter and honey in a small bowl and place in the dehydrator* to melt. Whisk together all dry ingredients in another medium sized bowl. Once the cacao butter and honey are melted together, remove from the dehydrator and slowly whisk in the dry ingredients until fully mixed. In a silicon/flexible mold (I use an ice tray from the dollar store with a pliable bottom), place a pinch of sea salt into each mold, or drop a raisin or 2 into the molds, and spoon in the chocolate mixture. Freeze for 45 minutes, then pop the chocolates out of their molds. Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. To feeling alive!!
*If you do not have a dehydrator, you can melt the cacao butter over a double boiler (bring a pot of water to a boil and holding another bowl over the boiling water allow the cacao to melt, removing the cacao from the heat every so often so it remains raw). Add the honey and whisk until they are both warm and smooth, then slowly whisk in the dry ingredients.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chocolate Cashew Frosting
3 points per cookie sandwich
Cookies – 1 point/cookie
2 C rolled oats – soaked for 4 hours, drained
1 C rolled oats – dry
2 C soaked, raw cashews- (if you’re not in a rush, dehydrate them after soaking and sprouting, then use-optional)
1/4 C cacao powder or cacao nibs
2 Tbsp honey
In a food processor with an S blade, blend the soaked oats, cashews and honey until forming a dough like consistency. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and by hand mix in the cacao powder/nibs and the dry oats.
Using a tablespoon, form small cookies and place on a lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours, flip and dehydrate an additional 4 hours.
Frosting – 1 point/Tbsp
3/4 C soaked cashews
1/2 C almond milk
1/4 C cacao
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp carob
1/4 tsp vanilla
In a high speed blender combine all ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag and refrigerate. Once the cookies are done dehydrating, cut a corner off of the ziplock bag and squeeze frosting onto one cookie. Make a cookie sandwich if you so desire. Enjoy!
1 Cookie sandwich = 3 points