I have been treading very carefully in my approach to this parallel Raw universe. Well, first I will start in explaining a new lesson in raw foods that I am just now seeing. So, nearly a month ago to the date I started my dad on a 30 day juice feast. He’s surprised himself most, and inspired everyone around him in the dedication, commitment and courage he’s shown in sticking with the plan and avoiding temptation into the cooked abyss. Anyway, as he is now completing his journey, and beginning a new of a plant based, whole food diet, he’s already done a little shopping–happy to be able to go into the center aisles of the grocery again!
I won’t go into the brand of it, but one of his purchases, in all things earnest and true, was a raw energy bar. In his excitement to (A) be able to eat solid food, and in his apparent thoughtfulness in adhering to the specific ease-out, raw regimen I provided him, he dug right in to his new bar! It immediately made him feel sick, even in all its rawness. This brings me to my point. In every food lifestyle–vegan, vegetarian, raw, SAD–there is junk! This particular bar was laden with agave, and two other sweeteners, not to mention protein additives. Lesson: Even though it’s raw, it doesn’t have to be healthy. You always must read labels and investigate, no matter what your lifestyle choice.
Anyway, the parallel raw universe. Yes. And featured in the top half of my dinner plate above is a PERFECT specimen of live, raw fermentation. WOW! Move over cucumbers (pickles)–fermentation has a new name. And ironically, that name is exactly anything you want it to be. Given the right brine, and time to wait until the perfect taste is achieved, you can ferment anything! This happens to be a mixture of greens. SO. Good. Salty, crunchy, sour, sweet, pungent, astringent–very ayervedic–all in one bite. I chose to top some dehydrated Manna bread with the mixture, and am sure it will be my staple for every meal of the day until I run out and try something else. Lest I forget, let me give credit where credit is due! BAO Raw Slaw. A great example of packaged raw goods that is NOT junk and is completely delicious. At first sniff and bite, I knew I needed to learn more about fermentation and in quick order. Aside from the taste, the nutritional benefits of fermented live foods is unmatched! Let’s all say “probiotics” together! Amazing!