Although I've both purchased and enjoyed her many crafts, she inspires me most through her diet. Rebecca and her entire family (hubby and 4 children) eat only raw foods (for more info on what it means to be on a raw food diet, check out Wikipedia). When I first talked to her, all I could think about was all the things she didn't eat - how do you live without baked bread, rice, potatoes... all those things you need to cook to eat. Oh, me of little faith.
Once I tasted some of the things Rebecca makes for her family, I was SOLD! She makes the most wonderful raw trail mixes, flax crackers (in a dehydrator), and (my personal favorite) dried dates stuffed with a variety of goodies like cocoa nibs, nuts, coconut, mint. She has dates that taste like almond joy candy bars and some that taste like thin mints. Rebecca is a genius. I mean, this stuff is really good eating!
So while Rebecca is working on a raw food cook book (which I'm really looking forward to), I've been experimenting on my own with raw trail mixes and those luscious stuffed dates. I'm not considering going 100% raw or anything, but I am experimenting and exploring some wonderful new recipes by thinking outside the culinary box.
Then out of the blue, my brother emailed me to rave about his family's juicer (juicing being a major staple of the raw food diet) - basically, you just toss all kinds of fruit and veggies into the juicer and end up with serious nutrition in a glass. That's when it occurred to me that this is yet another way to take advantage of extra fruits and veggies lurking in the refrigerator that can all too easily be forgotten. Thus far, anytime I have an excess of veggies, I make and can soup. Juicing is a second wonderful option for eliminating food waste (and have a wonderful healthy drink in the meantime). So, now I'm considering looking into a juicer for us as well.
So help me out here. Have you ever tried a raw food diet or juicing? Tell me a little about your adventures.
Do you own a juicer? If so, which one? What do you like/don't like about it?
Do you have any favorite recipes you'd be willing to share?