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.

Broccoli Shiitake Stirfry

Cook time: 20 minutes | Serves: 2

A stir fry is an easy way to throw together some leftover for a simple meal. I had some steamed broccoli and brown rice on hand so I decided to throw them together with some cayenne and paprika.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Prep Time: up to 1 day ahead | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 2

I love making soup purely with veggies, especially when I’m not in the mood to just eat them steamed or stir-fried. You can substitute the asparagus with any other hearty veggie you like, including broccoli, cauliflower or even cabbage. I like to sautee the asparagus but you can steam them if you like.

Dave’s Gourmet Korean Food

Dave, a former acupuncturist, created Dave’s Gourmet Korean Food – a line of vegetarian, vegan and msg-free line of traditional Korean banchan (side dishes) that are usually eaten as part of every meal with rice and a soup or stew.

He omits the shrimp, oysters, and clams that are used in kim-chi and makes fish-less fish-cake-like ‘tempeh‘ – a fermented bean patty.

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.

Green Peas Casual Food

On the corner of Sepulveda and Braddock (just south of Culver) stands a unpretentious, friendly, affordable and healthy eatery featuring vegan and vegetarian options while offering some real chicken and steak – hormones, nitrates and antibiotic free, of course – dishes so you can enjoy a meal with just about anyone.

Daiya Cheese

Last year, I found this wonderful cheese alternative product called Daiya, made primarily from tapioca and arrowroot flours and pea protein. Available in ‘Cheddar Style’ and ‘Italian Blend’, it melts and stretches just like the ‘real’ thing!