When it comes to health, vitality, energy, disease management, weight loss, skin, bone, hair and gut health, there is one powerful word I can recommend to you. It's "RAW"!! Raw foods that have not been cooked or heat treated, retain all their beneficial nutrients and therefore you obtain more bang for your buck when you consume them. Raw foods contain live enzymes therefore you also obtain the essential good quality bacteria required for a healthy gut and immune system, which in turn increases the effectiveness of all your body systems. Results?? Yes. Unfortunately, when you mention raw foods to people they often refuse, thinking it is boring or tasteless. Not so. Here are some great tasty tips on how to increase the raw food intake into your diet in easy and yummy ways:
Here's a fantastic Italian Family Recipe I'd like to share with you as a super easy and tasty way of increasing your raw food intake through the use of salad.
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN PANZANELLA (TUSCAN BREAD SALAD)
5 ripe organic Roma tomatoes.
3 slices of organic sourdough casalinga bread (stale or toasted).
1/2 red onion very finely sliced.
Black olives - remove pips.
Bunch of Italian parsley.
Home made pesto (optional).
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Chop tomatoes into roughly even size pieces.
Tear or slice Casalinga bread into similar size pieces.
Thinly slice onion.
Remove parsley leaves from their stalk.
Add tomatoes, bread, onion, parsley and black olives into a salad bowl.
Toss through with 3 tablespoons of Everyday Cider Tonic, 6 - 7 tablespoons of the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
Allow Panzanella to sit for 20 minutes before serving so that all the flavours and juices combine.
Optional - I like to add a tablespoon of home made pesto on top for extra punch and flavour!!