Monday, 24 October 2011

Real Food Diets: Raw for Kids

This last year I have been trying different ways of eating to try and regain some of my balance, energy and overall health since bearing and rearing our 2 tinies. Over the next few months I'm bringing you a whole host of wonderful guest posts on a variety of Real Food Diets, from Raw to Paleo. Join me in this series and find the best real food for your mind, body and soul.

This week's post covers raw tea party treats for kids, young and old! Miss last week's? We heard from Mampoekie about the Paleo diet. Go check it out!

Raw Tea Party!
Eating raw is not just for adults: in fact it is probably one of the best possible diets a child could have. If you're feeling stuck for inspiration or are struggling with the concept of getting your child to eat raw, what better way to get you all in the mood than having a raw tea party?! Here are a few ideas to get you started :)

Raw Carrot Cake
From The Raw Chef

3 cup carrot, finely grated
2 cups pecans, ground in a food processor
1/4 cup raisins, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
Date paste**
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

** Make the date paste by grinding 1 cup soft dates and 1/2 cup orange juice in a food processor until smooth.

- Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Shape into individual cakes or press into one large cake, ready to be cut at the end.
- Place on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 8 – 12 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can simply place the cake into the fridge to set.

Carroty Cakey Goodness!
For the frosting
1 1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons agave
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Place in fridge to achieve a thicker consistency and spread on cake when you’re ready to serve.
- Garnish cake with nutmeg.

Raw Tea Sandwiches
From Rawmazing

2 beets
1 cucumber (half sliced, half diced)
1 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 cup cucumber, diced (use the other half of the cucumber from above)
1 tablespoon tarragon
Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

- Slice the beets and half of the cucumber into thin rounds.
- Place pine nuts, nutritional yeast, water, and lemon juice in food processor. Process until very well blended.
- Stir in the scallions, diced cucumber and the tarragon.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- You can either make little stacks with the beets and cucumbers, or just place a mound on top of a beet slice or cucumber slice.

Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream!
Raw Banana Ice Cream
From Choosing Raw
2-3 frozen bananas
2tbsp agave syrup
1tbsp cacao powder

- Process bananas in the food processor until light, fluffy and smooth. Either serve immediately (consistency will be softer) or freeze fully before serving in an ice cream maker / tupperware in the freezer.
- Make topping by combining agave and cacao and pouring over :)

This recipe can of course be adapted endlessly to incorporate different flavours, textures, chunks and bites... whatever you desire!

Happy tea partying!

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