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Cynthia's Favorite (Raw) Vegan Things for May

Lately I've been eating more raw foods, so naturally, my new favorite vegan things are all raw, and of course organic and vegan. They're also from small mom and pop companies that are making a big splash in the raw food world. And two of the companies were started by women. Nice!

Raw foods are "living foods," meaning they are unprocessed, raw, vegan foods that have not been heated above 115*F. Foods cooked above 115*F lose their enzymes and a lot of their nutritional value. So raw foodists eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and grains. I highly recommend upping your daily intake of raw food. 

1. Wildbrine Red Beet and Red Cabbage Sauerkraut Salad

 

The reason Sauerkraut is good for you--if made with 100% raw fermentation and not vinegar--is that it introduces probiotics into your gut and strengthens your immune system. Probiotics are necessary for optimal health. As Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, "Bad digestion is the root of all evil" and "Death sits in your bowels." (Hmmm, was he talking about dead animals?!) At any rate, a healthy body requires a healthy gut. The sauerkraut on the shelf at your local grocery store isn't going to cut it. You need raw. It has to say "live" or "raw" on the package. Wildbrine is the best I've found so far. There are a couple other brands at Whole Foods that are good, but this one just tastes the most delicious to me. Introduce this ultimate superfood into your regular diet. I can't find the price online, but I think it's about $7.00. (I'm eating some right now! Oopsy, it stains.)

2. Two Moms in the Raw: Blueberry Granola Bars

 

I usually like my vegan granola bars smothered in chocolate, or, in the least, with chocolate chips. But the day my husband found these (he's the super healthy one in the family) I just happened to be starving and needed something quick at that moment. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! These are delicious. You feel like you're eating pure healthy goodness that your body is going to thank you for. They're not cheap. $10.00 for four. But you get what you pay for. Organic, Gluten-free, nonGMO. You can find them at Whole Foods or for cheaper online. 

3. Raw Foodz Ranch Revival Salad Dressing

 

Listen, if you're looking for a substitute for your traditional ranch dressing, this isn't it. There are other vegan ranch dressings out there that give dairy-laden ranch dressings a run for their money. But what this dressing has going for it is that it's very tasty and it's raw, organic, and packed with super foods. This is my new dressing. I put it on my spinach salads, and my husband, well, he pours it on everything--last night it was the lasagna. They retail from $7.00-$8.00.

Next time you're at the grocery store, don't forget to pick up some raw foods products! 

Happy Conscious Consuming!