Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Treats We all have a pronounced sweet tooth in this family so I was experimenting with some low-acid, sugar-free treats for our upcoming Alkalinity Challenge this week in the Raw Fusion Kitchen. These were ultra-simple to make and I decided to have them feature different superfoods: Blueberries, almonds, coconut and green tea […]
A lot of information is coming to light on how difficult it is for the body to digest grains. Most contain gluten or mycotoxins — both inflammation-causing villians that are associated with leaky gut syndrome and many auto-immune disorders.
Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut. For more details, I recommend that you read Dr. Mercola’s article and do some further research online.
The Paleo (aka Caveman’s) Diet rejects most grains because of these issues. I covered this topic briefly in a former blog called A Pinch of Paleo; Bread enthusiasts can get their “fix” with some non-grain recipes included in that article.
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Superfoods are foods that are exceptionally high in essential nutrients. Some examples of these that you may already know are blueberries, salmon, almonds, walnuts and organic apples.
These nutritional powerhouses are extremely popular with raw foodists, as they offer great taste and variety to the lifestyle, along with particularly potent vitamins and minerals.
Lucuma powder comes from a small fruit that grows in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It surpasses even chocolate and vanilla as the favorite ice cream flavor in most of South America—and even some European countries! High in phytonutrients, this superfood serves as a sweetener substitute easily metabolized with a very low glycemic index, making it a safe, sweet option for diabetes and hypoglycemia disorders. Naturally gluten-free, it is chock-full of fiber, antioxidants, carotene, minerals and Vitamin B3.
This is probably the most “demanded” of my demo dishes, along with Portobello Pesto Pizza. Easy-to-prepare and universally appealing, you can make this gem into any shape you desire, including brownies, truffle balls (which are lovely rolled in coconut flakes) or in the cake shape that I usually create, using a dinner plate as you’ll see me do in the video below.
Raspberries are a popular pairing with chocolate; you can use fresh raspberries, but why not amp up the nutrition with a homemade “jelly” that uses a marvelous superfood — chia seeds. You can usually buy these now in the bulk section of your local health food store as they’ve become much more popular and identifiable.
A staple food of the Mayan and Aztec empires, these tiny black seeds resemble poppyseeds (they also come in a white variety) and have more protein than flaxseeds or soybeans,. Chia seeds are a superior source of amino acids, fiber and antioxidants. A few teaspoons of chia gel with the main meal of the day will slow down sugar absorption, making this Superfood highly recommended for diabetics. They are also one of the best sources of Omega 3’s on the planet!..
Dr. LJ demonstrates how to make organic jam using the fruits you have at home! See more of Dr. LJ’s videos at eHow.com.