Demi Moore, Angela Bassett, Lisa Bonet and Alicia Silverstone are just a few celebrities who like it raw.
While you may find the idea of a raw food diet difficult to digest, adding a few raw fresh dishes to your diet could be one of the easier ways to improve your daily diet. Raw food purists subscribe to the belief that eating raw foods lead to weight loss, clearer skin and increased energy and that it enhances your body's ability to prevent and fight diseases, especially chronic diseases. The foundation of the raw food diet is that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. Raw foodists say that raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes that are destroyed if the food is heated to above 116 Fahrenheit (47 Celsius/Centigrade). There are many ways to enjoy the health benefits of raw food. Some people eat only raw foods, while others include some cooked food for variety and convenience.
Tassili’s Raw Reality Restaurant in Atlanta recently offered a beginner class on preparing raw food and I had the pleasure of being in the audience. This class focused on the wonderful world of kale, and Tassili taught three recipes to make the most of your kale eating experience. If you ever visit the Atlanta area, be sure to visit and try the Spicy Kale Wrap and the Sweet Coconut Corn. Raw Reality’s Spicy Kale Wrap is a flavorful, healthy salad effortlessly blending kale, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, red onion and cayenne pepper is encased in a hearty, gluten free coconut wrap. The sandwich is also available in a mild version or with a whole wheat wrap. The Spicy Kale Wrap left me feeling full, satisfied and happy.
The three new kale recipes I walked away with are permanent additions to my healthy recipe collections, especially the Ginger Sesame Salad and the Sweet Kale Salad. Tassili was a brilliantly gifted teacher who took the time to talk about the healing divine power of enjoying food the way nature intended.
While I have no plans on converting to an all raw foods diet at this point in my life, I am glad I gained the knowledge about preparing a few raw dishes when I want to integrate more fresh, organic, healthful whole foods into my diet.
Tassili’s Raw Reality Restaurant, Here’s my twist on one of the recipes we received from the Raw Food Workshop:
Divine Kale Wrap
*makes one full wrap
Your favorite wrap or tortilla (my favorite is the Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas)
1/2 a bunch or 1 1/2-2 cups chopped kale
whole ripened avocado, cut in half and pitted
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced
3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
garlic powder to taste
cayenne red pepper to taste
pinch of salt
Wash and rinse kale. Chop and add to mixing bowl. Take avocado and scoop avocado flesh out and add to bowl. Use hands and fingers to mix the avocado with the kale, gently breaking up pieces of the avocado with your hands as you blend. Add remaining ingredients and season to taste. Eat as a hearty salad, or serve on your favorite wrap, pita or cracker.