Lisa Viger has been vegan and mostly raw for 10 years now. Her fresh, youthful face belies her age. She’s still rocking it at 50!
A number of health issues, lack of energy and general malaise Lisa on the path to ditching the canned and packaged foods and incorporating a mainly raw diet into her life. She says she is stronger and more flexible than she ever remembers being even in her 20s!
A few years ago, Lisa began writing a blog. She set out to set the record straight about the view of healthy food being way too expensive. A belief that is held for raw food in particular. When I got hold of a copy of the book and looked at her recipes even I could not help but be sceptical. Well, nuts are expensive, right?! And raw foodists use a lot of nuts. But each of the tasty looking dishes, smoothies and desserts cost less that $2.50 to make. Bringing the total well under her $10 a day total. This is not to mention the money that could be saved on healthcare costs in the future. Eating healthily and choosing organic really can pay dividends. The blog was hugely successful. A cookbook followed.
The cookbook is super useful, equally for ‘old hands’ and those new to cooking (or should I say uncooking..or better..preparing) foods. The first few chapters are dedicated to visual, storyboard techniques for preparing vegetables in exciting ways, making nut milks, sprouting and dehydrating. Yes, you will need a dehydrator for a few of the recipes, especially the raw breads and crackers but if you do not have one it does not detract from the book.
Containing over 100 recipes. I’ve a list of recipes to try. These are a few that turned my head!
Romaine Broccoli and Caramelized Onion with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Spicy Mango and Cucumber Soup with ‘Noodles’ (made from zucchini)
Beet Salad with Basil Nut Cream
Curried Chia-Kraut Crackers (for the day when I stop travelling and my dehydrator and I become reunited).
Pumpkin Pie (made with carrots!…but to taste like pumpkin)
There is even a Chocolate Chapter! Hoorah!
Lisa puts this all together with tips on reducing prep time, stocking your pantry and budgeting tips. If you are considering a new years resolution to eat healthier in 2015, it’s all here. You want the book, right?! We’ve got one copy of the book to giveaway. US entrants only. Try your luck.
Raw Food Cookbook Review & Giveaway
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