I’m pretty jazzed to share that in June I took my love of raw to a new level – I’m officially a certified raw foodie through Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Certification Course, her first graduating class…ever! Overall it was an incredibly interesting and entirely fun process, I learned a ton. And, I’m here to share it with you. By the way, I’m up for questions if you have some along the way, as well as suggestions for future blogs.
Here’s what I’m going to do with the knowledge: The first Friday of every month I’ll post a recipe with insight on how to use raw food for fuel, which is how I incorporate it into my life. It’s my hope that you’ll see this as a resource for tasty energy alternatives to those sports drinks that can cause a sugary spike or, even worse, blow out your adrenals.
By the way, I’m not an expert, nor am I fanatical. What I am is a girl who’s tried my share of fads and trends in diets. Over a six-year timeframe, I've slowly transitioned myself to 80 percent (to sometimes 90 percent) raw. Side note: I have an affinity for Southern fried chicken, deep fried okra, shortbread cookies and an amazing pizza made my authentic Italian hands….so I’m real-world about this. But I consider those foods rare treats, not regular cheats.
I’m continually amazed at how flavorful and delicious raw can be. Seriously, if you’re thinking granola made from granulated bedrock, then stay tuned for a chocolate pudding recipe made with avocados that will blow your mind. My husband, the unsuspecting guinea pig, thinks it tastes like chocolate cake batter. Yep, you read that correctly: it tastes like chocolate cake batter!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup agave syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Chopped pistachio nuts or Goji berries, for topping
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust for taste - more cocoa, sweetner or vanilla? Chill in a covered bowl for a couple hours. Stores in the fridge for 3-5 days but really, it won’t be around that long.
Now, to break it down into how it’s fuel for pre- or post-workout…
Raw cocoa is naturally a dark chocolate. Not only does it have antioxidant properties, it also contains magnesium and other essential minerals like calcium, zinc, iron and potassium as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, and it’s loaded with protein and fiber. Who knew, right? Best of all, it’s naturally caffeinated, so it serves as a physical performance boost before a workout. Also good to note: This could be the culprit if you have trouble sleeping after snacking on that late night chocolate…
There’s a lot of discussion about agave syrup these days, but ultimately it’s used here for its low glycemic profile to avoid sugar spikes.
This fruit is a fit food, with filling, healthy fats that are nutrient-dense. It's packed with potassium, calcium, folic acid, fiber and it’s carotenoid-rich, which helps protect the body’s immune system. Avocado is a brain- and heart-healthy food that also includes plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids that are the perfect post-workout anti-inflammatory agents.
There you have it – super easy, nutrient dense and particularly yummy. Really would love to know your thoughts if you give it a go…