Food Allergies and Sensitivities: Do You Have Them?

Do you suffer from headaches, asthma, constipation, rashes, insomnia, depression, coughing, or foggy thinking? What about hearing loss, nausea, arthritis or paranoia? These are just a very short list of items from a huge list of symptoms that may be related to a food or chemical sensitivity.

Pretty vague, right? We agree—these types of symptoms can indicate all sorts of physical and psychological problems that we wouldn’t necessarily think of food being the cause. So how do you know if you’re suffering from a food allergy, or just have indigestion?  Continue reading

Back to Basics Part II: Spinach, Apple, and Fennel Salad

Last week I learned that there’s definitely truth to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If you missed my post you can read it here. Now that we know the myriad of health benefits of eating this fruit raw, it’s time to get in the kitchen and make a delicious dish using this sweet seasonal delight.

For this raw recipe challenge, I decided to try my hand at a tasty salad using Macintosh apples, which have long been a favorite of mine. Feel free to substitute any apples for this salad. You can see which varieties are grown near you using this interactive map. It’s best to buy local, organic apples if you can, from either a farmers market or a co-op. That local, organic apple hasn’t traveled as far, reducing your environmental impact, is more nutritious and wasn’t sprayed with pesticides. Continue reading

Late Summer Produce Recipes

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It’s after Labor Day, and summer is winding down. The kids have gone back to school, and people east of California, Arizona and Nevada are feeling a chill in the air. And if you’ve got a garden, you’re probably wondering what to do with all of that late summer produce that’s piling up in your kitchen. Continue reading

Back to Basics: Apples

Happy September! It’s time for back to school and shedding the indulgences of summer. That’s why we are getting back to basics here at Go Raw. For the remainder of this month we will highlight the benefits of a basic raw food each week. This week, we have chosen to profile the apple. On Monday I will post a delicious recipe using apples, so that as you begin to prepare your meals for the week, you’ll have a healthy head start! Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

This tiny little brown seed has taken the world by storm. According to the Flax Council, almost 300 new flax-based products were launched in 2010—and that’s just in the U.S. and Canada. Obviously, we’ve loved flax seeds from the very beginnings of our beginning, way back when Rob Freeland, our CEO and founder, started playing around with flax-cracker recipes and a dehydrator in 2002.

But why do we, and the rest of the world, love these little seeds so much? They’ve been around forever, cultivated as early as 3000 BC in Babylon, and loved by Charlemagne for its health benefits in the 8th century AD. Although he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it, here in the States we are consuming it all on our own accord, for all the good things it does for us. Continue reading

Can You Handle the Real Food Challenge?

With all of the challenges floating out there on the Internet, (hello, ALS ice-bucket challenge!) it’s hard to decide which ones to choose to do. Well, here at Go Raw we nominate you to try the Real Food Challenge. As a company we are all about eating raw, natural, and vegan foods and feel that this challenge goes along with our mission as a company to create sustainable food options.

Not only is this challenge good for you, but it also benefits our planet and communities as well. The goal of this challenge is to create healthy, fair, and green food systems through a national network of student food activists. In turn, this takes money away from industrial farms and gives it to local and humane food sources and creates opportunities for leadership development for emerging young students. Continue reading

Ways to Introduce Yourself to Meat Free Meals

 

Veggie burgers can be better than the real thing!

Even if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, a veggie burger can still be a delicious and healthy option next time you head for the kitchen or order at a restaurant. Going meatless can be beneficial to your health, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up all of the foods that you love. Eating a plant-based diet can completely change your overall health. They emphasize fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, which leads your body to function more efficiently. If you have any sort of health issues, switching to a plant-based diet can reduce the effects that they have on your body as well as the risk of developing any lifestyle-related diseases. Continue reading

Vegan Gluten-Free Mocha Banana Pancakes

A healthy breakfast using Go Raw almond milk.

As someone who strictly follows a gluten-free diet, I’ve learned it takes some creativity to adapt recipes accordingly. Though breakfast has long been my favorite meal, it is rarely one that is gluten-free friendly. On a weekend morning, I’ll find myself craving my once beloved glutenous fluffy pancakes. That’s why I recently decided to try my hand at concocting a gluten-free, vegan pancake recipe. I had been eyeing the delicious raw, organic almond milk we make in-house at the Go Raw L.I.F.E. Center in San Diego, California and soon deemed it a necessary ingredient.

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What is the Whole 30?

You can be a cookie monster with these healthy treats. They’re okay on the Whole 30!

The latest food lifestyle to take the United States by storm, is Paleo. And if you’ve heard of the Paleo diet, you probably know those who follow it don’t like it being called a “diet”. They see it as more of a lifestyle than a diet, where their eating choices are based on the diet humans ate before agriculture was introduced.

But in today’s world, many argue, you can’t eat like our ancestors. And nor should you, they say. Yet many people find that their health radically improves after following a Paleo diet, as many people do after adopting a plant-based diet. What’s the similarity? Getting rid of processed foods, refined sugars, additives and sometimes even alcohol.  Continue reading

Creative Kitchen Hacks that Will Improve Your Life

Cooking can be difficult and a nuisance at times, but there are a lot of clever tips and tricks that can make your time in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable and efficient. With these genius kitchen hacks you no longer have to dread making dinner for your family every night. If you’re looking for some inspiration in the kitchen, these tricks will help to get you started. And the best part? You can use things that you most likely already have in your kitchen cabinets. Continue reading