Okay, sorry for the lack of posts but I’ve been on a bit of a raw food kick lately and I love it. If you are not familiar with the raw food movement or raw food lifestyle then I highly recommend looking into it. But for the sake of the blog let me just summarize for you. Raw food lifestyle is basically sticking to plant based foods that have not been cooked or heat pasted 117 degrees. Why would anyone want to do that you ask? Because when you heat the food you are killing all kinds of awesome things the food contains that makes your body happy. Things like enzymes, oxygen, hormones, vitamins and minerals. Eating raw means no hidden ingredients, nothing messed around with, just pure delicious fresh live food that we are designed to eat – living food for living bodies. There are thousands of websites, blogs, youtube channels, facebook pages, etc. on the raw food movement that can better explain the whole concept in vivid detail if you want to learn more.
Now, I know that seems extreme to some, but since I started incorporating more raw fruits and veggies into my diet I’ve seen a ton of benefits. I feel more energetic, sleep a little better, my eczema is practically gone, my face has cleared up and I feel full longer. I am adapting raw food around my lifestyle and have adopted more of a raw till 4 diet which is when raw foodies eat raw for most of their meals but eat cooked foods at dinner. This makes it easier for me since my family doesn’t eat raw. I am also learning a lot about nutrition and how combining the right foods together can have positive effects on how we feel inside and out. I hope this will encourage you to try eating more raw foods, even if it is just for breakfast or lunch.
This Pad Thai I made was a perfect example that you can still eat food you love and still stay fully raw. I adapted my recipe from here. I also made a cooked version for the boys by steaming some zucchini, carrots and onion. Tom liked the sauce, which was still raw, but said he would’ve liked some noodles and chicken with it. I guess raw food isn’t for everyone but hey, at least he’s not complaining about the veggies, so I consider that a small victory!
- 4 medium zucchini, peeled and spiraled
- 2 large carrots, julienned
- 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup edamame (removed from pod)
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (or sesame)
Pad Thai Sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup raw almond butter (or peanut)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari (soy will work, but it won't be fully raw)
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp organic coconut sugar
Prep all the vegetable. Add all veggies and chai seeds into a bowl, toss till well combined. Set aside.*
For the sauce add all the ingredients into a high power blender or food processer and blend until smooth. You can add more water if it is too chunky. It will thicken up once it settles so be patient. I also added 1/4 cup chopped zucchini I had left over from making my zoodles. It added a creaminess to the sauce.
Place the zoodles in a bowl and massage about 3 tablespoons of sauce into it (I used my hands for this so I could really massage it in there, but a spoon will work). Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
To assemble, take some zoodles and place in a bowl, top with a little more sauce, add a few slices of avocado and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
*I separated the noodle mix and steamed half of it for Tom and my dad. If you would prefer cooked vegetables then by all means steam away! But I encourage you to be brave and try it raw!