Treat Dad to Some “Raw” Love this Year


health fudgeAnyone who has been diagnosed with cancer learns real quick how important it is to eat foods raw and as close to their natural state as possible.

Living food. It is any type of food that has been grown in soil and harvested. It has not been cooked…at least not to the point that it destroys the enzymes that are for our benefit.

Not surprisingly, living foods provide life giving elements.

Raw living foods that can easily be added to your diet include raw fruits, nuts, veggies, seeds, sprouted grains of all sorts, and beans. They have not been processed, heated, nor cooked or altered in any way; they are close to their natural living state.

With Father’s Day coming up soon I thought I’d give you a couple of proven recipes that are sure hits with Dad’s and partners everywhere! They are easy enough for the kids to help.

Health Fudge:

Fudge is always a favorite…this recipe is easy enough to get the kids involved…

½ cup of walnuts or almonds
½ cup raisins
½ cup dates
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup carob/cocoa powder
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup desiccated coconut

Place nuts in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, add dates and raisins and blend until smooth. Add all other ingredients and blend until well combined. Press into dish or pan and chill covered for several hours to harden. Cut into squares.

What dad wouldn’t love some homemade ice-cream for dessert on Father’s Day?

How about:

Raw Vanilla Ice Cream: orange ice cream

2 cups raw cashews, soaked 4 hours, 2 cups coconut meat, 1 cup water, 1 cup agave nectar, ¼ cup coconut butter, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract or seeds of ½ vanilla bean and ½ teaspoon salt.

Puree all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.

Scoop the mixture into a container and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Every hour or so remove from freezer and mix well. Place back in freezer to chill. Repeat until desired consistency…5-7 hours.

To make in an ice cream maker: Chill the mixture in the freezer for hour or two until cold. Scoop the chilled mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Cashew Orange Ice Cream:

Add zest and juice of one orange to the above mix.

Macadamia Vanilla: substitute ½ cup macadamia nuts for ½ cup of the cashews and add an extra teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Note: You can then either drink these ice cream bases as a smoothie type drink or pour into ice-cube trays to make frozen chunks with a tooth pick in them to eat like sweets later or pour into a Tupperware container and pop in freezer.

For more exciting raw snack and treat recipes to wow Dad with:

100 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats