I admit it. I am a meat eater. Tradeoffs have been discussed in my neck of the blogosphere many, many times and this is one of those instances where I attempt to do things that help to offset; because even though it is not often there are times I still enjoy a roast beef sandwich. But like anything I attempt to eat this in simple moderation and because of that I have begun looking into a whole new world of amazing food opportunities.
One of our favorite foodie bloggers over here at Green Leaf Reviewer is Miss Muffin (formerly Wild Ginger) as she provides us with a world of vegan delights that never (and I seriously mean never) fail to impress. But lately I have been hearing a whole lot about this raw food craze and started to wonder if it might be possible to supplement my diet as a whole with something from this genre other than a salad.
Enter the book Raw Energy (124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body) by Stephanie Tourles.
Excuse me? Did someone say snacks? I was immediately intrigued as this is my greatest weakness when it comes to food. I will raise my hand right now, stand up and admit to being a junk food junkie.
So when I read that the snacks in this book are all natural yet include things such as cocoa powder, coconut, lemon, sea salt, agave nectar, blueberries and a myriad of other bold and delicious flavors I started making a shopping list.
Seriously how does Texas Tango Salsa, Mighty Maine Blueberry Muesli, Chocolate-Orange Vibration Bites or Cantaloupe-Coconut Crush Slush sound? In addition to these recipes there are about 165 more pages jam packed with yummy goodness.
What really made me the most happy, however, were the first 93 pages of this book. Not only did Tourles go into amazing detail about a plethora of snack essentials to stock the cabinets with she also discusses the benefits and energy enhancements to snacking raw. As a newbie to this type of eating I found her information invaluable.
It would be unfair for me to attach a Leaf Rating to this book as of yet, mostly because I have not made enough of the recipes within to properly do so in a fair and unbiased way, but what I will do is encourage everyone to pre-order it on Amazon** immediately!
Look for this to be rated in the next couple weeks!
**Please note the book I received seems to be an early edition as the book currently available for pre order on Amazon is titled Raw Energy 125 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body ISBN #978-1603424677.