Saturday, April 11, 2015

Change your CARBS, change your LIFE

The Power of living Raw is not a fad, nor a DIET. It is a way of life and teaches you the body is the garden of your soul.
Let's talk about refined carbs, just so you know about whats what and how to fine tune your intricate machine, your garden, your temple, your body.

Healthy Carbohydrates

Your body requires a certain amount of carbohydrates to function optimally each day. Carbs help give your brain focus and nutrients for energy. Unfortunately, most of the nutrition is stripped from carbohydrates such as rice and other whole grains when they’re refined or they have been processed into ‘white’ flours  and grains. When you eating refined carbohydrates it can leave you feeling tired and lethargic as they quickly spike your blood sugar levels, and see your energy levels crash shortly after. You may feel full at the time, but after you can feel tired, my Bikram Bestie likes to call it a 'Food coma' 

By Consuming whole grains and plenty of vegetable sources of carbohydrates will top up your nutrients  into your meals, without the major energy slump!

Check out 7 delicious, nutrient-rich ways for you to transform your habits chuck out refined carbs and increase  the goodness of your favorite dish! After all you deserve 'GOODNESS'

1. Try lettuce cups instead of white flour tortillas 

Skip the flour tortilla for crisp and hydrating cos lettuce cup! Use fresh large leaves for wraps or taco shells, filling them with your favorite ingredients. Check out my Cos Tacos in my book Cooking with Chai for inspiration! Its the best for Friday night cook up a storm with friends, like Tapas.

2. WOW cauliflower pizza bases instead of white flour pizza bases

Add  extra veggies into this famous favourite by making the gluten free pizza base out of cauliflower! WOW! It is simple and yummy. Or check out the Raw Pizza in The Power of Living Raw, simple and fun to make. 

3. Try zucchini spaghetti instead of regular spaghetti

A Food Matters team favorite, we’re crazy for this fun alternative to regular spaghetti. Enjoy hot or cold. 
Try my Zucchini Pasta from my book The Power of Living Raw tasty Yum!

Zucchini Pasta and Rocket Pesto
Zucchini is a nutritious and healing vegetable. It is great for weight loss and easy to eat Raw. Try this recipe to replace the pasta and gluten in your diet. The texture is beautiful and very filling and satisfying. When you remove heavy foods from your diet, your energy levels will rise.
Serves 2
1 cup (6 oz/150 g) cherry tomatoes, quartered Sourdough, to serve (see recipe)
Balsamic vinegar, to serve

For the Pesto
1 cup rocket (arugula)
1 cup fresh basil
1⁄2 cup (2 oz/60 g) pistachio nuts, soaked in water for 2 hours 2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt
1⁄4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 zucchini (courgettes)

For the Pasta
2 zucchini (courgettes)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until chunky.
To make the pasta, spiralise the zucchini. Arrange in a large serving bowl, mix in the pesto, and add the cherry tomatoes.
Serve with gluten-free sourdough and balsamic vinegar.

4. Yummy sweet potato fries instead of french fries, 

Deliciously satisfying, swap regular French fries for Sweet Potatoes chips from The Power of Living Raw, with rosemary, it will boost your intake of vitamin A and fiber and keep you full longer.

5. Be daring, try  portobello mushroom “buns” instead of burger buns  

I have never been a burger girl, but what I do know most burgers are usually more bun than filling! Why not change it up by with tasty Portobello mushroom buns.  Brush two mushroom caps with a little coconut oil, place on some aluminium foil and bake in the oven (400 F) for 20 minutes, you may need to turn them, or use a  dehydrator, or marinade in olive oil and balsamic, recipe in Cooking with Chia. Simple and Easy!

6. Embrace  quinoa instead of white rice 

My fav Quinoa; is packed with plant-based protein, fibre and essential minerals. Wheat free. Add it to soups, salads, or even your breakfast seedy breakfast. See The Power of Living Raw for more inspiration.

7. Use almond meal for bread instead of refined white wheat bread 
Healthy fats are vital,  along with fibre and protein by using almond meal as a base to make homemade crisp breads and breads  instead of regular white flour. Transform your old habits to new exciting and healthy ones. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back!

Want to learn more and how to eat Vegan and healing?

Join The Body Work 3 Week Detox where you will get all the recipes and tips to get you started on a journey of discovery of health, vitality and longevity. 

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