How To Find Good Raw Food Recipes

Although you might have the notion that the only people who use raw food recipes are those who dont like to cook, with each passing day you couldnt be farther from the truth! More and more people than ever before in recent times are abandoning their diets of canned, processed and boxed foods and opting instead to take advantage of the many delicious raw food recipes that are out there. Out where, you ask? On the Internet, of course. There are thousands of delicious and nutritious ideas floating around amongst hundreds of websites, with many more going live for the first time every day. When it comes to these foods, there are many benefits to choosing them for consumption as opposed to processed items, starting with nutrition.

It is now pretty much considered common knowledge that when foodstuffs are cooked they lose a huge majority of their vitamins and minerals, significantly swaying into the category of foods known as empty calorie foods. With empty calories, they provide the body with plenty of fat, but they also bring along way too many calories for the amount of nutrition they provide. Basically, empty calories mean high calories and little nutritional value. Unfortunately with people being busier than ever on a day to day basis, more and more of these foods are being consumed, whether it is in the form of junk food like candy, chips or soda pop or it is in the form of just eating canned vegetables as opposed to those that are fresh or even frozen.

When you get on the Internet to look for raw food recipes, you will see that there are many combinations of foods that you may have never thought of putting together, and you are also more than likely going to be very impressed with the huge variety of recipes that you find- not to mention new and easy cooking tips to implement into your new foods regimen! Make sure that when you begin you online search that you always have a pencil and paper handy (or even your computer printer!) so that you dont have to fumble around looking for raw food recipes that you think you saw on some website somewhere, but just are not sure what exactly that website was!

The whole idea is that there are tons of good raw food recipes that you are going to be able to find when you use the Internet, and you may find that there are some good books at your local book store, but you will always find a wider variety online- and you wont have to travel anywhere or fork out any money for the information, either!

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Savory Dinner Raw Food Recipes

Let me guess.  You’re new to a low fat raw vegan diet and while you love being able to eat pounds and pounds of fruit everyday, you’re having trouble satisfying your savory tooth at the end of the day.

Well, here are all of my favorite savory raw recipes. And don’t worry, they are all low fat, salt, spice, and condiment free.

Hope you enjoy…

Ridiculously Delicious Raw Pasta

Ingredients:

2 medium-sized tomatoes
1 Ataulfo (yellow) mango*
Handful of fresh cilantro
2 zucchini or yellow squash, spiralized

*Ataulfo mangoes are much creamier than the more common Kent or Tommy-Atkins varieties (and much tastier, in my opinion).

Directions

Cut the tomatoes into quarters and place into a blender.  Peel and chop the mango into large pieces, close to the size of the tomato quarters.  Place the mango pieces in the blender.  Chop the cilantro and place in the blender.

Lightly pulse. Don’t blend it too much or it will get bubbly and yucky.  Pour over the spiralized squash.

I especially like to eat this as a sauce over spiralized zucchini or yellow squash, but you could also use it as a dressing for any greens of your choice.  You could also just eat it on its own as a soup.

The mango-tomato-cilantro combo is just so delicious! 🙂

Salty Salt-Free Salsa

Ingredients:

24 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes (sweetest you can find)
16 ounces of celery (4-6 stalks)
8 ounces red bell pepper (1 pepper)
4 ounces sweet apple (Gala or Fuji, 1/2 apple)
1 handful cilantro
1 English cucumber, sliced diagonally*

*I prefer the English variety.  They are less watery than traditional cucumbers and have much more flavor.

Directions:

Cut half of the celery, red bell pepper, and all of the apple into medium-sized pieces.  You want each piece about the same size as the tomatoes.  Pulse half of the tomatoes and cilantro with the celery, pepper, and apple chunks.  You want a slightly chunky mixture, not a puree.

Dice the rest of the tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, & cilantro.  Stir blended portion with the diced portion and devour with cucumber slices or any veggie you like.

Not-So-Pretty Pistachio Dressing

Ingredients:

2 medium tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
1 oz pistachios
1 head romaine lettuce

Directions:

Coarsely chop tomatoes, half the cucumber, and pistachios and blend.  Spiralize the other half of the cucumber, chop the lettuce, and mix together with the dressing.  This is a very savory and hearty salad that I love to eat during the winter.

And you’ll know the reason for the name once you make the recipe. 😉

Go raw and be fit,

Swayze

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New Chinese ?Stealth’ Fighter Plane Sighted

Chinese state media on Wednesday reported on pictures that have been in circulation online apparently depicting a prototype of the Chengdu J-20, China’s first stealth fighter, performing high-speed taxi tests.

The photos look to be shot from near the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute, but the identity of the original photographer and his motives remain unknown. The report in the Global Times did not confirm the existence of the photos or their authenticity.

Defense analysts believe that it is the first glimpse of China’s answer to the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 fighter, a plane that is currently on combat missions in Afghanistan and can avoid detection by radar. The J-20, while not as agile as its American counterpart, is bigger and boasts a larger weapon bay. The plane is a mix of Chinese and Russian technology, with Russia having supplied 32,000-pound thrust 117S engines for use by the aircraft.

The photos, if authentic, present an impressive step forward for the Chinese air force. The problem with China’s military capability used to be its lack of long-range power projection capabilities. This aircraft, in conjunction with the surfacing of reports that China’s first aircraft carrier is near completion, may overturn those earlier assertions.

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, told The Guardian that his country harbored no such desire to compete with the United States militarily.

“We do not see ourselves as rivals to the United States. We believe the U.S. and China can work together in the region,” Liu said.

“When China carries out an exercise on its own territory there is a lot of attention, but when the United States comes all the way across the Pacific for exercises with its allies, no one speaks about it in the same way. There is a cold war mentality still. If you develop your defense capability, they [the Americans] are annoyed. But our defense construction is purely for self-defense. China’s defense expenditure is still the lowest among the five permanent members of the [UN] security council,” he added.

The United States has remained tightlipped over the issue.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is due to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in two weeks, while U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits China this Sunday.

This article was written by the China business and political blog, 2point6billion.com. 2point6billion.com was founded by Chris Devonshire-Ellis, who also founded the China business news site, China-Briefing.com.

Romantic San Francisco

San Francisco is one of those rare cities that has something for everyone. Some say it’s a city made for love. So if you find yourself on a romantic break and manage to find time to leave your hotel, here are some tips for hopeless romantics everywhere.

Wherever you’ve travelled from, make your first morning a lazy one. Make sure you dress comfortably (you’ll be able to freshen up and get dressed up for your evening out later) so you can wander round the area and plan for a mid-morning brunch at one of the many diners around. Many are designed to do what the locals live for; reading the paper and watching the world go by.

Take a stroll through a few neighbourhoods, take in a spot of window shopping (or actual shopping if you are in that sort of mood) and enjoy the sites from atop one of the very many hills that make up San Francisco. Why not stop off at one of the local bakeries and deli’s to pick up a picnic lunch and then jump on a tram to the Golden Gate Park and find the “Conservatory of flowers” to enjoy your romantic picnic surrounded by beautiful blooms. Afterwards spend some time to explore the rest of this amazing greenhouse, home to over 1,500 species of plant and breath-taking aquatic garden which really has to be seen to be believed.

If you need some rest and relaxation after all that walking then track down one of the many day spas that are dotted around the city. You and your loved one can relax and revive with a massage followed by a romantic Jacuzzi (not too romantic, they have rules about that sort of thing).

After all that relaxing it’s time to head back to your hotel where you can freshen up with a shower and get into your “out on the town” wear. Many of the hotels in San Francisco are in primary locations so finding a nice restaurant would enough nothing more than asking your concierge and a short walk.

If you’re really looking to impress your loved one, track down one of the few rooftop cocktail bars that offer amazing panoramic views of the city while you drink your favourite tipple.

If you’re still up for more, San Francisco nightlife offers up plenty of nightlife with its many clubs and bars, or you just might want to retire back to your hotel for an early night…

Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including Holidays and Hotels.

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Learning Chinese In China

There are many benefits of learning a new language, especially when it is a language likeChinese. Going to China is a suitable way for the people to easily and effectively learn this language in China. People who plan to travel China to know more about the language or even those who just want to have the experience of learning a new language can opt for a training program to learnChinese in China. This course not only focuses on teaching the language to the people but also on getting them involved in various activities. The program helps you learn by following a schedule of 20 hours per week in a small group to facilitate good interaction.

LearningMandarinChinese in Chinais not a difficult task. It is a very widely spoken language and is one of the most popular modern languages. The reason for this popularity is that it is one of the six official languages recognized by the UN.

The course offered by online tutorial is useful for both beginners and for the people who have already studied the language. You will be guided throughout from registration to accommodation. All the teachers are qualified professionals and people with the same level of knowledge about the language are grouped together. The atmosphere is peaceful and cozy and it helps the students learn more about china. People interested in learning business vocabulary inChinese can enroll themselves in special classes as well.

The course offered by the online tutorial has now trained thousands of students from all over the world and has facilitated learningChineseinBeijing. It has received a lot of positive feedback from its past students. It is one of the most highly recommended schools as it provides excellent facilities, study materials, guides, coaching, social programs, internships and is recommended for those wanting to learnMandarinin china as well.

Learning a new language abroad is an unforgettable and satisfying experience. The course offered by the online tutorial is a service oriented program that provides assistance for the students by helping them learnChinese in Chinawhen they come to China on business or pleasure. It is aimed at making everyone to have wonderful learning experience. Enrolling yourself in this program is a great way to spend your time in China as it is sure to be an astounding and unforgettable experience.

Paid Summer Internships and Paid internships abroad it is a unique opportunity to immerse not only into Chinese culture but also into the working and business practices of Chinese or Beijing based international companies.

Recipes for Eating Lite: Chinese Chicken Salad and Tasty Lentil Soup With Chicken

One of the best ways to diet is to simply cut back and/or change your eating habits.  Forget about fad diets and watch what you eat.  This Chinese Chicken Salad makes a great lunch or lite dinner.  It combines protein with the salad items and it has enough substance to keep you from feeling hungry an hour after your meal.  The crunch is also a good thing.  With the crunch and the chewing required with this salad, it helps to slow down the eating which allows your brain to catch up to your stomach and realize you are no longer hungry.  If you prefer soup over salad, try this recipe for Tasty Lentil Soup with Chicken.  Lentils and chicken are both very healthy food options.  This soup is full of vegetables that are also healty and low in fat and calories.  Either of these recipes are good options to replace that greasy burger or other fast food.

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 1/2 tbsp Soy sauce

1 medium head of cabbage, shredded

6 chopped green onions

2 pkgs chicken flavored Ramen noodles

1/2 cup plain almonds, sliced

1/4 cup sesame seeds

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup rice or white vinegar

1 of the seasoning packets from the Ramen noodles

1 tbsp Splenda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place chicken breasts on foil and pour soy sauce evenly over chicken.  Wrap in foil to make a packet.  Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is done.  Remove from oven, cool enough to handle and cut into bite-size pieces.  Toast noodles and almonds in a non-stick skillet, stirring so as not to burn.  Add sesame seeds at last minute and brown lightly.  Mix together oil, vinegar, seasoning packet and Splenda.  Put cabbage, onion and chicken pieces into a large bowl.  Pour oil mixture over top of ingredients in bowl and mix well.  Add toasted noodles, almonds and sesame seeds.  Mix again.  Ready to serve. 

NOTE:  This makes enough for several servings.

TASTY LENTIL SOUP WITH CHICKEN

8-oz (1 cup) dried lentils, sorted and rinsed

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ chunks

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 medium yellow squash, diced

2 cups sliced carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 tbsp basil

4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

28-oz can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Heat olive oil in a Dutch-oven or large soup pot over medium-high heat.  Cook chicken with onion until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients, except cheese.  Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover and cook about a half hour until the lentils are tender.  Sprinkle with cheese when serving, if desired.

Enjoy!

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