After doing much research, the man and I decided last January that we would do a raw food detox as a way to reset our bodies and eating habits after all the holidays and traveling. Eating raw can be done very simply, but then it can also be very boring and easy to not stay motivated to continue on the detox. Plus we are foodies and dinner is an important time of day for us because we make sure to spend it together and experience something fully enjoyable. (Try having a loving conversation over bland, distasteful, or undesirable food…the mood juuuust doesn’t feel quite right!)
That being said, I did a lot of research for our Raw Food Detox and continued it for our second detox of the year this July. I wanted to share one of the repeat dinner recipes because it is so good that I would eat it regardless of if I was detoxing or not. It is a take on polenta (cooked cornmeal).
What healthy choices do you make on a regular basis to help keep you on track? What are your goals for eating healthier this year? Share in the comments below!
For the polenta:
2 ½ cups raw corn
1 cup pine nuts or walnuts, soaked at least a few hours (DO NOT skip this!)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until they’re creamy, but a little coarse (you’re going for the same general texture as cooked polenta – smooth but a little grainy). Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the kale, mushrooms, and tomatoes:
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 ½ cup kale, finely chopped
3 tbsp finely shredded fresh basil
8 oz mushrooms sliced (make sure they are WELL rinsed!)
For the marinade:
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp salt
Dash of pepper
1 tsp agave nectar
Mix all of the dressing ingredients together by hand or in a small blender. Pour over the tomatoes, kale, mushrooms, and basil, and let them marinate for at least an hour. (I let them marinate overnight.)
Serve with the polenta on the bottom and marinated veggies on top. Amazing!
What do you think about incorporating more raw foods into your diet? What are some ways that you want to change your eating habits? I am running a group on healthy eating this month to teach people ways to naturally boost their metabolism and get the nutrients they need to stop craving cycles. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or leave your email or Facebook contact/name below!