Spice up your RAW
Anna Middleton shows us that there’s no need to ditch the raw diet once the cooler months creep in. We can keep healthy as well as warm.
With winter peeking its head around the corner and the temperature dropping, the last thing we may be thinking about is eating raw foods. It’s one thing to have salads, juices and smoothies when the sun is high in the sky and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, but what kind of recipes can we create for the cold months ahead? Not only do we need to bring comfort from what we consume, but also be able to ward off illness and maintain good energy levels.
Finding a raw balance
As our lymphatic system becomes more congested and slows down in the cooler weather, it’s beneficial to keep warm, rest well and remain hydrated. Incorporating plenty of herbal teas and medicinal foods in our diet helps boost our immune system and nurture our kidneys at this time of year. Medicinal mushroom extracts such as Chaga and Reishi can now be found with ease and are an extremely easy and nutritious addition to our diet. Yes, there are benefits from including raw foods in our diet over winter as they can keep our immune system strong to fight off colds and infections but it’s natural that we may not fancy eating something cold.
Ways to bring warmth
• If we choose to maintain a good intake of raw foods, there are many
• Avoid eating fruit & vegetables straight from fridge, leave at room
• Add a large chunk of ginger to fresh green juices.
• Add hot water to raw soups & sauces to warm them up.
• Mix raw and cooked foods together (e.g. raw curry sauce over
• Use warming spices such as chili, ginger, garlic, cayenne, coriander
Foods that create warmth
• Root vegetables (carrots, squash, parsnips, beetroot, sweet
Here is a small selection of some of the medicinal foods available to us and wonderful additions to our diet. Only very small quantities are needed... so a little goes a long way!
• Ashwaganda – reduces stress, boosts immune system and improves memory.
• Maca Root – immune system booster, increases energy, strength and stamina.
• He Shou Wu – nourishes our blood, as well as supporting our liver and kidneys.
• Reishi Mushroom – boosts immune system, builds energy and calms the mind.
• Turmeric – anti inflammatory, boosts immune system and nourishes the liver.
• Chaga Mushroom – amongst other benefits this is a powerful antioxidant which boosts our immune system
• Purple Corn Extract – contains CG3, a potent antioxidant.
Due to a lot of the new laws in the EU, it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about the benefits of some of the most natural and healing foods available to us. But these foods can really help support and nourish us without the need to radically change our diet. It’s a good idea to research the benefits of foods such as chaga and reishi and make up your own mind.
Maca Chaga Chai
25g shelled hemp seeds
Blend all ingredients together & adjust the sweetness to suit your taste.
Spiced Apple Tea
1 large jug
Place all ingredients in jug and fill with hot water.
Thai Noodle Soup
For the noodles:
Blend all ingredients together with 100ml hot water
Pour sauce over noodles & serve!
Anna Middleton, Holistic Nutrition Coach & Raw Food Chef. She offers consultations and gives workshops. www.annamiddleton.com