Sunday, January 5, 2014

Food for Life

One of the challenges we've set ourselves for the new year is to be more conscious of what we put into our bodies.
As they say 'good in...good out'.
A food movement that has piqued our interest these past few months is that of Raw Food.
Basically, the premise behind a Raw Food diet is to eat fresh, uncooked meals consisting of things such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spouts and cold processed oils.  
The belief is that when we heat foods over 40-49 degrees celsius, we can destroy valuable nutrients and enzymes (that help digestion).
Whether you choose to embrace this fully or, like us, simply imcorporate Raw Food meals into your days - we don't think you can go wrong in giving your body the freshest, easiest to digest food possible!

We 'cooked' these little guys up last week.....YUM!

Every Occasion Balls
You'll need:
*Food Processor or Blender
*1 1/2 cup raw Walnuts    *3/4 cup organic Raisins    *1 tablespoon raw Honey
*1 1/2 tablespoon Carob Powder   *pinch Salt    *Coconut Flakes for rolling (optional)

Pop Walnuts into a Food Processor or Blender and pulse till finely chopped
Add Raisins and blend further till well combined
Add Honey, Carob Powder and Salt - mix well
Keep mixing till forms a dough - roll into balls and coat in Coconut Flakes
Keep in fridge for up to a week (if they last that long!!)

What we loved: the taste (especially the hint of salt amongst the sweetness)
How they made for a filling snack during a busy work day
That there was NO processed sugar!
What we didn't love: walnuts aren't our favourite nut so next time we're going to try almond or hazelnuts!
Since we love chocolate we'll also add a little more Carob Powder next time too

While some of the ingredients may not be in your pantry, we found them easily at places like Wholesome House, The Grain Grocer and Eumarrah here in Launceston.
*recipe courtesy of 'Raw Food - a complete guide for every meal of the day' by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja

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