The trend for uncooked food began in 2010 and quickly became known as “raw foods”. It is based on the belief that raw food preserves nutrients and improves enzymatic content. Sure, raw foods can be nutritious but cooking certain foods breaks apart fibers and cellular walls to release nutrients that otherwise would be unavailable from the same raw food. Cooking tomatoes, for example, increases by five-fold the bio-availability of the antioxidant lycopene.
Raw faddists claim that eating only raw food provides:
- Faster digestion (which leads to more energy)
- Help improve flow of urine and remove toxins more effectively
- More alkaline foods that help to heal the body
- Clearing of mucus in the intestines to allow for more absorption of vitamins and minerals.
This way of eating might work well for a few people who live in warm, tropical climates but for the majority of people, just incorporating some raw food into meals is ideal and definitely more in the warmer months of the year.
Raw Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles
- 3 – 4 medium zucchinis
- 2 avocados
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 3 – 4 cloves garlic
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds or pine nuts
- Sea salt + red pepper flakes to taste
- Spiralize the zucchinis and break/cut the noodles into smaller strands. Put them in a large bowl and set aside.
- Add remaining ingredients to a food processor and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour pesto over zucchini noodles and toss to combine. If you like them warmed, throw the noodles in a towel with a tiny bit of sprinkled salt to pull the water out. Let sit for a few hours wrapped in the tea towel. Blanch in 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil for a minute or so.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Enjoy with a sprinkling more of hemp seeds and/or nutritional yeast and enjoy! And be well.