Monday, October 2, 2017

Classic Fennel And Orange Salad On A Bed Of Greens

I hardly can believe that it is already October! Time flies. If I had any illusions that the summer would last forever, today they are all gone. The weather outside changed overnight... Only a visit to a local farmers' market is comforting. The produce is incredibly colorful and bountiful with late summer and early fall crops. 


A salad seems always like a good idea. Make one whenever you can lay your hands on fresh organic herbs greens, and edible flowers. Salads are easy to make and do not require expensive kitchen equipment. Sharp knife is all you need to chop up the ingredients. A simple dressing can be whisked in a bowl with the help of a fork, or shaken together in a mason jar. It really is easy to go raw and you do not even need to be a vegan.

~ Classic Orange And Fennel Salad On A Bed Of Greens ~

Ingredients: 

for the salad
  • 4 medium large fennel bulbs with fronds
  • 2 oranges
  • mixed wild herbs and greens (a bowlful per person)
  • handful of edible flowers for garnish

for the dressing
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil or cold pressed oil of your choice
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds, crushed or freshly ground
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Method:
  • Clean up the fennel bulbs and remove the fronds. Cut the fennel bulbs into thin slices. Chop up the feathery fronds. Peel and slice the oranges.
  • Wash the wild herbs and greens and arrange them on large salad platters.
  • Place sliced fennel and oranges on the bed of greens. Add chopped fennel fronds and edible flowers. 
  • In a small bowl whisk the dressing using all the dressing ingredients. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.Pour dressing over salad and serve right away. Enjoy in good company!


This simple salad will surprise you with an incredibly refreshing taste. If you like fennel you will definitely like it. I was lucky to get very sweet and juicy oranges and very young fennel bulbs. The greens were crunchy and slightly bitter in taste. The mixture turned out divine! This recipe serves two.


Tip: If you prefer your dressing to be a bit creamier, simply add a handful of cashew nuts that have been soaked in water overnight, and blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy and smooth.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2017


    



Friday, September 22, 2017

Raw Food Detox Express

Summer just ended and we are moving towards the weekend. What better excuse could you have to go on a detox?


Change of seasons indicates a new chapter in our daily lives. The days are shorter and not as warm as they were only a week ago. If you have nothing better to do this weekend, take some time to prepare your body for the coming cold season.

If you are a raw foodie, you are probably already doing the right things for you body. A short juice fast, accompanied by body brushing, oil pulling, and relaxation exercises, should not be very difficult for you. However, if you are new to raw food, you should take things slowly and consult certified nutritionist or natural health practitioner before you start a detox regimen. Transition to raw food may be a bit complicated for some people and detoxification may bring some unpleasant reactions. Proceed with caution.

In preparation for the quick weekend detox make sure that you have enough organic vegetables and alkalizing greens for juicing and light meals.

Fruits are very important in raw food diet, but during detox I suggest you reduce the consumption of very sweet fruit and opt for berries, instead. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are very nutritious and full of phytonutrients that will help your body deal with antioxidative stress as it is trying to get rid of accumulated toxins.

What to do during detox?

  • Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice or a spoon of apple cider vinegar. Skip the coffee! Drink plenty of water during the day to keep you kidneys active. Green vegetable juices will help you stay alkalized and hydrated. They will also help the elimination process.
  • Five to ten minutes dry body brushing with natural brush before the morning shower will activate blood circulation and help eliminate toxin through skin pores.
  • Tongue "scrubbing" and oil pulling are simple techniques that help remove dental plaque and keep your teeth clean and healthy. Any cold pressed oil will do. Coconut oil is probably the most pleasant to use. 
  • Detoxifying foot bath once a day not only allows your feet to rest, but helps draw out toxins though from your body. Adding magnesium oil, magnesium salts, Celtic sea salt, or baking soda will speed up the process. You may also add detoxifying herbs or essential oils. 
  • Do not skip the meals. Make light salads or juices. Snack on berries and raw nuts.
  • Yoga, Tai Chi Quan, Qi Gong, and meditation, are very good for relaxation. Take as much time as possible to stay active during the detox, but pay attention to you body. Jogging might not be the best idea if you body is busy getting into balance. 
  • Take power naps if you feel tired. Detoxification process can be challenging at times. 
  • Relaxing warm bath at the end of the day is optimal. 
  • Be careful what you put on your skin. If you are not sure that your face and body care is free of toxic chemicals, use virgin coconut oil as moisturizer.
  • Cup of calming herbal tea such as camomile, verbena, or holy basil, will help you sleep well during the detox.

The detox practice is a perfect chance to review your food related beliefs and behaviors. It also helps you switch your mood and organize your thoughts if you only take time to do so. Avoid toxic people and negativity. Shut the TV off, and switch off your electronic devices if you can. This weekend is for you.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2017

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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