Enzymes are proteins that catalyze reactions with an organism. Even if you have the best nutritional plan around, and supplement your diet with a host of vitamin supplements, without enzymes, the vitamins will not be absorbed into your system. The best source of enzymes from your diet comes from raw food, eaten in its original state with no processing.

Pros and Cons of Eating Raw

One of the most popular and talked about diets today is The Raw Food Diet! Just as any other diet the raw food diet follows a very specific philosophy on food and has some pros and cons.

Kind Kreme

Vegan, raw, organic, fair trade ingredients make this alternative to ice cream a dream come true! Check out one of their three locations and cool off with a healthy treat in Pasadena, Echo Park, or Studio City.

Digestive Juices in Nature

When we are young, our digestive enzymes function at their best by breaking down food into necessary proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, while also helping various metabolic functions in the body take place. Many studies have proven that these enzymes deteriorate as we age, typically around age 40, though food choices and lifestyles people live with today also promote the depletion of the number of enzymes much more rapidly. We’ve seen teenagers that have decreased enzyme production!

With low enzymes, even the healthiest foods are not effectively utilized by our bodies because they are not properly broken down. This lead to lack of absorption and then nutrient deficiency.

PatisseRaw’s Yummy Cheeezcakes!

I met Christina with PatisseRaw at the El Segundo Farmer’s Market last week and got a chance to sample all the wonderful flavors of the raw cheesecake.

The Strawberry Sublime and Raspberry Borealis burst with real fruit while the Chocolate Eclipse (don’t you love that name!?) did really melt and fade away nice and smoothly! They are in most Whole Foods so be sure to grab one the next time your sweet tooth aches for some lovin’!

Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4

I love chilled summer soups that are filling yet refreshing. I happened to have most of the ingredients required to make Healthy Bitch Daily’s awesome recipe of this soup and it was yummy! Stay cool and fed as the temperature starts to creep!

Rawesome Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4

Growing up, if someone asked what my favorite food was, I probably would have said “spaghetti”. My love of Italian pasta still lingers deep within but I rarely eat pasta. That doesn’t mean that I don’t eat tomato sauce… Not Prego and not Ragu, but I do sometimes buy organic pasta sauce in a jar out of convenience.

Breakfast Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 2-3

This is such an easy raw breakfast! Use any combination of nuts/seed you have at home. If you’re using sweetened nut milk, omit the honey. Make sure that you don’t over process the nuts or they will become more like nut-butter. This sweet and crunchy bowl of goodness is tastier and way healthier than cereal!

Rawnola Granola

One of my favorite raw snacks, Earthling Organics has a small but mighty-ly yummy line of granola and granola bars. The granola, ‘Rawnola’ are soft but crunchy nuggets of almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds and figs, flavored with agave, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and sea salt.

Lydia’s Organics Raw Seasoning

Lydia’s Organics’ all raw, organic, vegan Seasoning is a delicious, nutritious addition to any dish, dip, soup, salad and more.

The seasoning is made from nuts, seeds, vegetables, herbs, spices and sea vegetables. It is grain-less, gluten-free, oil-free and soy-free food. Use to season your salads, soups, and vegetables!