11 Oct 2014

CHOOSING RAW {cookbook review + smoothie recipe)

When the glowing raw vegan pioneer Gena Hamshaw asked me to review her new cookbook - titled Choosing Raw (her amazing blog has the same name) - I couldn't say no. Gena's recipes and website were a huge inspiration to me when I first started becoming interested in raw food and in blogging. She provides a plethora of easy, healthy, whole foods vegan recipes with a big focus on the importance of raw ingredients. It's no wonder she's so popular! What's not to love? When you look at her blog you can immediately tell she is dedicated to sharing the steps to a healthy and long life with anyone who wants to learn, and she makes it almost effortless for you. Her blog is a source for all things wholesome and plant-based: desserts, snacks, meals, drinks, raw, cooked, gluten-free, and more! You find it all at Gena's beautifully designed page: www.choosingraw.com. 

As much as I love her blog, her book is just as awesome! The subtitle is "making raw foods part of the way you eat" and I think that's a perfect summary of Gena's approach to (un)cooking. Her recipes are accessible to all kinds of people because she doesn't use weird ingredients, super fancy equipment, or mysterious and lengthy techniques. Many of her recipes use five ingredients or less yet taste delicious and fill you up with the highest quality foods around. I love that most her recipes are excellent choices to make with kids, teaching your young ones how to nourish themselves and have fun at the same time. If you are just beginning to explore eating healthier, this is the book for you! But this cookbook is also a fantastic buy for everyone else: passionate raw foodies, vegans, vegetarians, families, single people, couples, young, old, it doesn't matter. I can see every type of individual appreciating the goodness Choosing Raw has to offer. Not to mention the photography by Hannah Kaminksy! The full page colour pictures are enough to make me start drooling on the pages. 

I chose to make and share a recipe from the book called Plant Protein Shake (in the breakfast section), a spinach, hemp and banana based drink to start the day off right! The recipe is at the bottom of this post. I actually used kale from the garden instead of spinach but regardless it was delicious. Some other recipes I am planning to try? The Almond Pate Nori Wraps with Raw Veggies, the Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles, the Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more! I highly recommend you check this book out now! 

You can buy this cookbook on Amazon. If you still aren't sure it's worth it - even though it is - have a scroll through Gena's blog, Choosing Raw, and try a recipe or two. 

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