Simple Raw Food Recipes
During my previous career in nutrition, I learned about the power of the raw, vegan diet. Although living this way full time is a big ask in many people's eyes, it is a great way to reset the body, replenish energy and lost nutrients, and generally detox. Eating this way for just a week is enough to clear up your skin, clear brain fog and physical fatigue, and remotivate you so that you get some fresh drive toward projects you were procrastinating on.
The team are vegans and on retreat we only serve vegan food. We don't mind what your diet consists of back home, but while you are on retreat with us, we only give you healthy food so that your body can better metabolise the plant medicines we use, and you can remain energised and clean throughout your stay. If this motivates you to continue once you return home, all the better! The great news is, you can even have delicious sugar-free, dairy-free desserts.
Here are a few recipes to get you started. See the superfoods page for a breakdown of some of the products that have gone into these recipes:
1 banana, 2 dates (fresh), ½ apple, ½ juiced lemon/ ½ juiced grapefruit, 1 small juiced orange. Add: Goji berries, chia seeds/gel, 1-2 tsp bee pollen, 1 tsp maca powder.
Optional Extras: Mango or peach or strawberries. Cacao.
Drink through a straw if possible to protect your teeth – and/or add xylitol or a natural sweetener like stevia or coconut palm sugar.
Also, green smoothies can be made with vegetables like kale, spinach and any other green leaves, carrot tops etc. Add a bit of fruit or natural sweetener, and some immune boosters like spirulina and/or chlorella. Power packed!
Chilled Superfood Porridge
Get some jumbo porridge oats and add a mixture of nut milk and coconut milk. First stir the milks in well and make sure that there is enough excess to allow the oats to soak it up without becoming dry. A thin layer of liquid over the top should suffice.
Stir in some chia seeds (remember these will soak up even more liquid so allow for that). Add blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple and banana - or whatever your favourite fruits are. Cacao nibs are also a good addition.
Soak overnight in the fridge, if necessary, stir up in the morning.
Raw Superfood Porridge
Soaked jumbo porridge oats, 1oz soaked raisins handful, 1 tbsp chia seeds, handful of goji berries: Mix together and soak overnight (preferably in distilled water).
1oz soaked raisins handful, 1 tbsp chia seeds, handful of goji berries: Mix together and soak overnight (preferably in distilled water).
Add: 1tsp Maca, 2 tsp Bee Pollen, ½ tsp Camu Camu extract and/or Acai, 1 tsp shelled hemp seeds, 1 tsp flax seeds.
Other sweetening options: Hemp milk, 1 teaspoon of carob, or agave syrup.
Superfood Fruit Breakfast
Chopped banana, 4 chopped dates, other chopped fruit (e.g. apples, lychees, nectarine, apricot, blueberries)
Add: Organic goji berries (wolfberries), 1tsp Maca powder, 2 tsp bee pollen (non vegans only), ½ tsp camu camu powder, 1 tsp shelled hemp seeds, 1 tsp flax seeds
One of the sweeteners above if needed.
Handful of wakame seaweed, soaked 1-3 hrs. You can find this in good health food stores or online.
Add: a large handful kelp noodles, rinsed & chopped (again, health food stores/online). OR beansprouts OR soaked, salted, ribboned cucumber.
Sauce: 1 tsp chili mustard, 1 tsp tahini, 1 tbsp red miso, 50ml sesame oil, 50 ml brown rice vinegar, sesame seeds.
Courgetti: 2 large yellow courgettes, 1 green courgette – ribboned with a potato peeler.
Sauce: Large bunch of basil, 60g pine nuts, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp agave, 1tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 large clove garlic, 1 tsp tamari sauce.
Put all in food processor and blend to a sauce.
Chop: 1 squash, half red onion, half beetroot, half avocado, black olives,
Sauce: Garlic mayo, Chilli mustard, ½ tsp Celtic salt
Add: Sprouted seeds, Lecithin
Superfood & Hemp Milk Chocolate with brazil nuts
50g cacao butter (melted on low heat), 50g raw crushed cacao nibs/powder, 1 dessert spoon coconut oil
Sieved cacao powder into melted cacao butter and coconut oil.
Add: A little hemp milk (keep consistency runny enough to poor into moulds), 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract, 3-4 tbsp agave, chopped brazils, chopped dates.
Pour into ice cube trays or chocolate moulds, decorate with soaked gojis, chia seeds, or bee pollen.
Put straight in the fridge.
1 x crushed garlic, ½ Lemon &, ¼ cup olive oil, 1tsp Celtic salt
1 x crushed garlic, ¼ cup olive oil, 1tsp Celtic salt, herbs
4tbsp olive oil, 1tsp ACV, 1tsp Tahini, 1tbsp nutritional yeast, 1tbsp Agave, 1/2tsp cumin, 1/4tsp turmeric, 1/2tsp celtic salt, dash ginger powder, dash cayenne
Ground flax, sunflower, poppy, sesame
1 tsp per person