LOTS OF RAW, ORGANIC VEGETABLES
Most people who get a vegetable box have one delivered – we usually have 4 boxes a week including lots of extra items. We love our vegetable boxes from Riverford and Abel and Cole our fridge is full of lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, celery, cucumber, carrot, brocolli, courgette, onions, peppers, cabbages, seasonal greens and other seasonal delights. We soak anything we eat raw or are going to dehydrate in a solution of water and apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes to remove any bacteria or parasites.
SOME COOKED, ORGANIC VEGETABLES
Although we eat a lot of raw vegetables we also cook some, which is great for mixing into a raw soup, sauce or risotto for extra flavour.
RAW, ORGANIC FRUIT
We love apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and also eat limited quantities of bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, melon and whichever other fruits we can get.
DRIED, ORGANIC FRUIT
We try to limit these as they contain a lot of sugar but like goji berries, figs, dates and apricots and they are a good source of non-haeme iron.
ORGANIC SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
These are invaluable for raw soups and sauces – we get the dried kind in bags from health food stores.
Our favourites are sea spaghetti and nori. We also eat arame and wakame and cook our rice with Kombu.
We still have cake and chocolate – just with a difference – we make our own with cacao butter, carob powder, lucuma, mesquite, purple corn flour, coconut butter, goji berries and hemp seeds. We like to add spirulina or chlorella to our raw cakes or smoothies.
This is a wonderful food with amazing water inside to drink which kids love.
RAW, ORGANIC NUTS
We use almonds a lot, which are alkalising and great for making milk. They are best grown without pesticides and purchased in their shells when they will keep for a long time. We also love pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts for special treats. Almonds and hazelnuts are the only alkalising nuts.
RAW, ORGANIC, UNHULLED SEEDS
We love chia seeds for smoothies, golden flax seeds for dehydrated crackers and sesame seeds for humous. We love to sprout sunflower seeds and dehydrate them with a little tamari.
LACTO FERMENTED VEGETABLES
We are currently experimenting with making our own lacto fermented vegetables such as Sauerkraut. These traditional raw foods have hugely beneficial probiotic qualities and help to populate the intestine with friendly bacteria.
We eat all sorts – some we sprout and eat raw, some we sprout and cook and sometimes we just soak and cook – we like all types of lentils, chick peas, red kidney beans, aduki beans, pinto beans, butter beans and more.
RAW, ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT
Great for dehydrated bars, crispy chocolates and also for sprouting and dehydrating for a breakfast cereal with almond milk. Also fantastic to mix with nuts and vegetables in a food processor to make dehydrated breads.
COOKED ORGANIC BROWN BASMATI RICE
Although basmati rice has slightly less nutrition than regular brown rice, it has a lower GI and we prefer the aromatic taste.
COOKED ORGANIC OATS
Cooked oats make up most of those available to buy in the UK as it stops them going rancid and raw ones are so expensive – we use them for porridge nut make sure we soak them in warm water overnight first.
We love to top many of our recipes with these cheesy tasting flakes which are a great source of B vitamins – they now make a blue box with vitamin B12 added, but this is synthetic B12 whereas the original orange only has natural B vitamins..
BARLEY MISO AND WHEAT FREE TAMARI
Although these contain soya, which we generally avoid, we do eat small quantities of soya in these products as they have great flavours. Unpasteurised Barley Miso is rich in iron and has probiotic properties.
We love them plain or in salads.
SPROUTED AND SOURDOUGH BREAD We sprout our own organic grains and either make Essene bread, sprouted flour tortillas. We also make spelt or rye sourdough bread from freshly ground grains.
SPROUTED BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES Sometimes we grind our own buckwheaties into flour to make cooked pancakes