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Beat the Heat this Summer with Uncooking

Beat the Heat this Summer with Uncooking

Uncook some creamy herb wraps! (Photo courtsey of Michelle Pfennighaus, FindYourBalanceHealth.com)

Michelle Pfennighaus | WomenCo.

June 22, 2009

With summer approaching quickly, here in Boston we’ve had a good amount of sun and the kind of temperatures that beg you to open the windows and feel the breeze.

As the weather warms, I typically start craving different things. The outdoors, for instance! And instead of stews and soups, I want salads or sushi. Instead of Shiraz, I want sangria. You don’t have to practice Ayurveda or Macrobiotics to know that with a change of seasons it’s important to change your diet.

So as the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to experiment with raw foods.

Now there are two kinds of people: those who think raw foods sound boring (salads again, awww man!) and those that think raw food sound scary (raw what? wait, what does that mean? aughhh).

Well, I’m here to tell you that raw food does not need to be boring or scary and can in fact be quite delightful. Wait, there’s one more kind of person — the kind who IS a raw foodist and eats only raw vegan foods and swears by this lifestyle. Well, hello, you. If you are a raw foodist, please share in the comments your experience with raw foods!

Last summer I ate all raw for 2 months and it was an enlightening experience. What a great detox program — eat all you want and get super clean from the inside out. I could see why people want to eat raw all the time, but when the weather got cooler in New England, I felt instinctively it was time to start cooking my food again. Plus, I missed cookies.

So not everyone can or should make the commitment to eating 100% raw, but I like to think of it as just another food preparation method from which everyone can benefit.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is adapted from an excellent raw cookbook, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. I like it because it’s easy, fast, cheap, and tastes great on a hot day.

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