Lavender-Cucumber Lemonade and The Raw Nutrition Conversation

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Todays blog wants to touch a bit on what a raw diet is and why is it good for us. Also, don’t let the word raw scare you, we eat raw food anytime we enjoy an apple or salad.  Relax, enjoy and eat more RAW.

Nowadays our fruits and vegetables are grown with mountains of  pesticides and a large quantity of the seeds now being cultivate are GMO ( genetically modified organism), due to the poor management of the earth, the soil has lost its natural nutrients and a lot of the fruits and vegetables we purchase at the grocery stores can not provide us with the proper amount of fiber, minerals, vitamins and enzymes for our body and mind to function correctly.

When we cook fruits and vegetable we are also diminishing the nutritional value of it, now if we combine, the shortage of nutrients and the heat from cooking , we are left with hardly any nutritional power in the foods we are ingesting.

What is a raw diet?

A raw diet is uncooked, unprocessed food that can be slightly warm no more than 118 degrees.  This includes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains.

We are pro Raw eating and raw nutrition, making sure the ingredients we buy are also fresh and as organic as possible; and what do I mean by organic? Anything that was grown with the least amount of pesticides and such pesticides should be themselves organic with the least amount of harmful chemicals.

Eating raw is a great tool for the proper functioning of our chemical process, eating Raw specially  if we are feeling sick, there s nothing a raw diet can not help improve.  From headaches to large tumors and stomach aches.  When we eat food without cooking the nourishment of each aliment is fully contained within and it is also easier to digest and quicker. Raw foods have large amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as carbs and proteins, the large amounts of fiber help us with elimination.

Also please note that we don’t have to be 100% raw  all we have to do is practice, practice, practice, as practice makes a master.
We would like to suggest eating more raw foods in our daily lives to help our bodies metabolism and our mind well being.

Somehow life has become so fast paced we have forgotten how to eat well.  Take time to regenerate the body and mind by incorporating raw dishes in your everyday diet.   salads, juices and any other raw form we can think off.
Following is an easy raw Recipe for a drink, excellent for our mind and body and at the same time refreshing to our taste buds.
Recently someone gave me a lavender tree and I adore the way the flowers smelled, immediately I wanted to make a recipe with it, anything!
For those of you who are familiar with the heat here in south florida you would know that we need to drink large amounts of liquid to keep hydrated, and what a better way to keep hydrated than with a lemonade.

Lavander-Cumcumber Lemonade

3 large lemons or limes

2 1/2  cups of water

1/3 cup of lavander flower and stems finelly chopped

1/3 cup of peel and seeded cucumber

1 tablespoon of agave

a pinch of Himalayan salt

Slightly warm up 1 cup of water and allow the water to be infused with the lavender flowers and stems for about 15 minutes
on a blender add the juice from the 3 lemons, cucumber, water, agave and salt; blend, adjust flavor to taste.
Strain to get rid of the pulp or leave as is.  Mix the lavender infused water to the lemonade and Voilá, serve over ice and enjoy.
Lavender is excellent for relaxation, it helps induce sleep and it calms the mind.
Lemons or limes are very alkaline and have vitamin c
Cucumber is a cancer fighting vegetable, loaded with water.
Agave is a syrup from a cactus that is use as a substituted for sugar. It does not increase the sugar metabolic index.
Himalayan salt is the correct choice when choosing a way to salt our foods.

Thanks for reading if you have any questions or would like to book a session to develop your own nutritional plan contact us via email at info@sandraclineliving.comthanks so much for your support and for reading, leave a comment or ask questions.

With Love Sandra

Sandra Fuentes
Sandra Fuentes

Sandra is Graduated from Le Cordon bleu, French culinary school in Miami, USA. Certified in Ayurveda therapies and Ayurveda cooking from the Chakrapani Ayurveda institute, Jaipur, India. Studied Thai cuisine in Chaing Mae, Thailand at the Thai Orchid Institute and has a Motivational Speaker and Life Coaching Diploma on Neuro-linguistic Programing from Global NLP training, in Miami, FL. Also a licensed Thai massage therapist while staying in Chaing Mae Thailand.

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