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This series of articles is meant to supplement my previously published 2-part article series titled, “Extreme Raw-Fooding.” Reading that series is, in my humble opinion, somewhat essential in order to fully comprehend and appreciate the following information. Thus, I would highly recommend doing so if you haven’t already. Reason being: In this my eighth year of raw-fooding in this fashion, it has been my experience that most individuals do not have a total-picture approach to eating raw—which very crucially and essentially includes the consumption of raw animal proteins (i.e., raw meat, raw eggs, etc.). For many, many reasons the idea of eating raw animal proteins carries with it a deep negative stigma created from generations of misinformation surrounding concepts such as the myth of “the germ,” the vital role of bacteria, and others. Reading “Extreme Raw-Fooding” addresses those questions while also explaining the numerous benefits of eating our fats, proteins and carbohydrates in their raw, unadulterated state. Essentially, absorbing that information in advance will create a more natural context for the information in this new series.
Now, on to: “The Raw Smoothie”…
Over the years, I’ve had countless conversations with many people interested in the health benefits of raw-fooding. And when the conversation inevitably wanders its way to the fact that I’m not a vegetarian—that I do indeed consume pounds of raw meat every week—the response is fairly typical.
I’ve heard it many times, “You eat raw meat?!?!” This question is usually followed by a strange grimacing look and a simultaneous attempt to discover whether or not I’m joking. I’m very conditioned to that response now, and quite comfortable with it, as it has afforded me the opportunity to have many great conversations with many great people. And on the occasion that the other person is truly interested in the topic of raw-fooding as it relates to optimal physical health, it usually takes very little conversation at all to see the understanding light up in her or his eyes.
However, when it comes to raw-fooding in general, when it’s all said and done, regardless of the undeniable science, regardless of the decades of research, regardless of its ability to dramatically improve athletic recovery, regardless of the incredible cancer-curing, disease-thwarting statistics, regardless even of my own personal testament…the final factor—the final question in these dialogs is almost always this:
How does it taste?
To which I look them in the eyes and offer an enthusiastic, “Great!” And I mean it.
To be fair, jumping right into eating raw meat can be quite challenging for some (particularly the texture), which is why I recommend beginning with the “The Raw Smoothie.” This concoction is an awesome introduction into the world of raw-fooding. The reason it is so awesome is because you don’t even know you’re eating raw because the texture and the taste resemble that of soft-serve ice cream…no, I’m not joking, I said soft-serve ice cream.
Ingredients for “The Raw Smoothie”:
(NOTE: The following quantities will make 1-2 servings depending on your size and appetite. Feel free to adjust the amounts and ratios to fit your individual tastes and needs. ALSO, it is always preferable that all ingredients be organic whenever possible.)
- 6 raw eggs—preferably pastured
- 1 medium/average size raw avocado—flesh only, no shell! (You can easily find instructions for how to do this on the web.)
- 2 heaping tablespoons unheated honey—The honey must not exceed 93 degrees Fahrenheit during any phase of its creation or production. Like any other food, when cooked, honey becomes toxic. Producers can be contacted to discover the maximum temperature the honey reaches during processing and bottling.
- 1 cup raw fruit—such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, banana, etc. (Hint: The smoothie in the picture above is Strawberry/Raspberry.)
Instructions for making “The Raw Smoothie”:
- Simply place ingredients into your blender or food processor and hit the blend button…that’s it.
- For those who enjoy thicker textures, add some ice cubes or chips, or freeze your fruit ahead of time. If you freeze your fruit (which I like to do, even though it’s no longer truly “raw”), be sure to put that into the blender last which will prevent all the ingredients from freezing together before you hit the blend button.
- Poor, drink, enjoy.
It is always best to purchase and consume eggs (and all foods in general) that are organic—whenever possible. This is because organic foods are created without the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and a plethora of other industrial chemicals of the agriculture industry, the consumption of which can make us all very ill. Whenever possible, it is also best to consume fertilized eggs that came from chickens allowed to roam around on pastures out in the sunlight. Essentially, it’s pretty simple: The more natural the conditions are while the food is being raised—the healthier the food will be for our consumption.
Raw, high quality eggs are nature’s near perfect, compact, fast-food. They serve as an incredible source of proteins and fats for recovering and regenerating the body’s tissues. (Don’t be fooled by the processed, powdered supplements—eat the real thing!). In fact, raw eggs have been found to be one of the most quickly absorbed whole foods we can consume. All of this makes “The Raw Smoothie” recipe the perfect workout recovery formula because it is packed with fresh, raw proteins, fats, and carbohydrates just as nature intended them to be.
Unheated honey is not only nature’s perfect, natural sweetener, but more importantly it is also an incredible digestive aid as it is packed with enzymes. The term “unheated” in regards to honey essentially means that the honey must not exceed 93 degrees Fahrenheit during any phase of its creation or production. Like any other food, when cooked, honey becomes toxic. Producers can be contacted to discover the maximum temperature the honey reaches during processing and bottling.
Now, as I mentioned in Extreme Raw Fooding, “…cooked foods simply do not contain the adequate nutritional value needed for our bodies to mitigate the rampant ground, water and air pollution that we face every day. Without the right kinds of live, raw nutrition present to deal with that pollution, our bodies become collectors of it.” The good news is that “The Raw Smoothie” recipe contains the kind of nutrition that guards our bodies against the countless forms of industrial toxicity which cause all manner of disease (such as cancers) and are prevalent everywhere we go: land, air and water.
What it boils down to is this: Consuming “The Raw Smoothie” helps to build a healthier, stronger, and more vital body and mind, plain and simple. But perhaps most importantly of all…
It tastes delicious.
Please feel free to comment on this article about your experiences with “The Raw Smoothie”, and offer your own unique recipe alterations and ideas. For many other raw recipes, see references 2 and 3 below.
To read PART 2: The Raw Tartare, click HERE.
Here’s to your health!
References & Recommended Reading:
- Hittner, Noah (2014). Extreme Raw Fooding—The Final Word on Food as Medicine. http://www.NoahJamesHittner.com/ERF
- Vonderplanitz, A. (2005). We Want to Live—The Primal Diet (Expanded and revised in 2005). Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC.
- Vonderplanitz, A. (2002). The Recipe for Living Without Disease. Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC.
- Aajonus Vonderplanitz’s website: http://www.WeWant2Live.com
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Noah James Hittner is an independent Author and Musician from rural Wisconsin who has appeared on both radio and network television. His books and music inspire the mind and warm the heart. To contact Noah, or explore more of his work, visit: www.NoahJamesHittner.com.