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Raw Summer Salads

As the hot summer sun shines down on me, I crave and eat more raw food than any other time of the year. As my passion for clean eating deepens, it only makes sense to eat most, if not all, of my meals in its most natural state: RAW.

When I coach clients to start incorporating a clean eating lifestyle, I promote eating a diet that is 80% raw food. The most commonly asked question is: How do I eat that much raw? Individuals are afraid that they will become bored and not feel satisfied by eating so much raw food. However, once people start eating a diet high in raw food, they are even more satisfied than before, and they have a greater appreciation for food in its most natural state.

Here are some wonderful salads that you can not only eat in the summer, but these salads are great to serve all year long! They are full of variety, color and nutrients, and they will have your taste buds jumping for joy!

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Shaved Carrot Micro Green Salad – Kitchen Apparel

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Baby Kale Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing – Pickles & Honey

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Rainbow Raw Pad Thai – Oh She Glows

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Raw Empanadas with Chili Macadamia Filling – Young and Raw

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Watermelon Jicama Mint Salad – Rawmazing

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MoRAWccan Salad – Raw Food Recipes

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Clean Eating Summer School: Know the rules!

For those that have been reading my blog know that clean eating is a way of life. It’s not a quick fix diet, it’s not an intense program for you to lose 10 pounds in a week and it’s not temporary. It’s a lifestyle.

The pros of eating clean? You will start to feel better, lose weight naturally, your skin will glow, you will have sustained energy and you will start to love your life again! Who wouldn’t want that?!

Even though the concept of clean eating is very simple, taking the steps to start can be very intimidating to those that are new to the idea and concept. Here are my top rules that I live by for clean eating.

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1 – Clean Eating is a way of life! 

No Diet. No Miracle Pill. No starvation.

My motto is: Eat from the Earth. This translates to eating whole foods in their most natural state. Start slow and evaluate one meal at a time. Start with breakfast. Make a habit of eating a very “earthy” breakfast. Fresh smoothies, oats with a splash of pure maple syrup and nut butter, eggs with spinach or sprouted toast with nut butter and an apple are great choices. Eating foods in their most natural state not only taste better but they ARE better for you.

And remember: this is NOT a diet! Changing the way you eat can take some time. However, once you are used to a certain way you will never go back to your old eating habits again! 

2 – Be a veghead! 

I use the 80/20 rule – 80% produce and 20% other. Out of that 80% I eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables, too. The “other” could be plant based protein, grains, beans and legumes, oats, eggs or organic dairy. If you eat meat then your meat would fall under this 20% rule as well.

Why 80% produce? Fruits and vegetables are very nutrient dense and full of natural, soluble fiber. Not only are they best food for your body, they help reduce free-radicals and protect you from disease. Besides, fresh produce tastes amazing! 

3 – Shop the outer circle at your grocery store

Have you ever noticed that the inside of the store is filled with processed foods that are shelf stable? While every store is different, it’s safe to say that the outside of the aisles is where you want to do majority of your grocery shopping. This is where you will find all of that wonderful produce, bulk bin items (nuts, grains, dried fruits), meat and seafood and other fresh specialty items, like hummus and dairy.

I still venture in to the middle of the store. This is where my coconut and olive oil is, dried herbs, grains, beans and legumes are. I also frequent the frozen food department because this is where I stock up on my frozen fruit for smoothies and some frozen vegetables.  

4 – Bad Sugar! Get out of my food!

Eating clean isn’t about avoiding anything in particular. It’s about choosing simple, unrefined foods and enjoying them. I am a “glass is half full” kind of gal! Don’t think of what you CAN’T eat, think of what you CAN eat! 

I will be the first to admit that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. And when I start to consume too much of refined sugar then I start to CRAVE sugar even more! It is highly addictive and toxic. But this does not mean that I do not enjoy my sweets. I choose sweeteners that are fully natural and raw: dates, pure maple syrup, raw local honey and fresh ripe fruit.  

WARNING: most processed foods contain sugar, which equal cravings and addictions. If you want something sweet, eat cold raw dates (natures candy!), dark chocolate, plain Greek yogurt with honey or fresh cold fruit.  

5 – Hydrate Yo’ Self!

Staying hydrated is important whether you eat clean or not. It’s essential for proper body function and feeling healthy. I tend to find water a bit boring so I am always adding fresh fruit to my water, AKA Spa Water. Also, green tea is a staple in my kitchen. And if I am craving carbonation I pick up a bottle of sparkling water. (This is great for those that are trying to kick the soda habit!) 

6 –  Say what?! Only buy food with ingredients you can pronounce! 

A good general rule: If you can’t pronounce the name of a particular ingredient in the food you’re eating, say Buh-Bye! Highly processed foods are crammed full of chemicals and man-made ingredients that should not be consumed by humans, or any creature for that matter.

A Better rule: only eat what you know! Which takes me back to my entire concept on clean eating – Eat from the Earth!

Thank you for reading the first lesson in my Clean Eating Summer School.

Next time: Ok, so NOW what do I eat?

What are your questions regarding Clean Eating? Post a comment letting me know and I will try to incorporate it into my post!

XxOo  Tasha

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Woah… that was a long time!

Well hello clean eaters!

I wasn’t expecting such a long disappearance! My computer was having a new hard drive replaced for the past few weeks. And for what ever reason I wasn’t able to effectively blog from my iPad. Does anyone know how this is done? This would be a great tool to use when I am traveling!

I have a lot of great content that I am eagerly wanting to share with you! This week will be me catch up week… product reviews, announcements and some new and fun projects!

I am also writing some guides that will help those that are wanting to lose weight, start eating clean and just live a better and more positive life. I am so excited to share with all of you!

Upon waiting for my computer to be back in my hands, I have been doing  a lot of recipe searching, especially on the Whole Foods website! They have so many easy and healthy recipes!

Here are some of my favorites in my latest Cooking with Whole Foods!

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Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

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Mediterranean Veggie Burgers

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

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Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw

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Raspberry “Nice” Cream (raw ice cream, folks!)

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What are some of your favorite recipes for 4th of July?

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Rigatoni with Turkey Meatballs

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You all know that I eat fairly simple. I do like to add several spices to jazz up my dishes but the ingredient list is normally small and to the point. This dish is not only simple but it’s family friendly, clean and satisfying.

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This recipe can be created to your liking. When I create my turkey meatballs and turkey burgers I don’t really measure my ingredients – it’s been one of those things that I make so often that I know how it’s supposed to look so I just eye ball it. Just remember that they need to be moist and full of flavor!

Turkey Meatballs:

I combine Organic ketchup, Organic mustard, basil flakes, garlic powder, dried oregano, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix until well combined. ( I used the leanest grade of turkey so I added a bit of olive oil to a large pan to cook them in. )  Roll meat in to small meat balls – about 1-2 inches. Cook until well done.

Sautéed Vegetables:

In a sauté pan, add a tablespoon  of olive oil. Once hot, add a cup of diced yellow onion, sliced bell pepper ( I used an entire orange bell pepper ) and 4 cloves or minced garlic. Add a pinch of sea salt and some fresh ground pepper. Sautee until the veggies are soft. At the very end, add a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves and cook until soft and wilted.

Maninis Gluten Free Rigatoni:

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add your rigatoni and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. in a large bowl toss pasta with dried basil, a pinch of sea salt and a teaspoon of olive oil.  Add your sautéed vegetable mixture and toss thoroughly.

Now you are ready to dish! Simple, clean and very family friendly! I love cooking with turkey as it is very versatile and takes the place of greasy hamburger and sausage.

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