I woke up this morning feeling like smoothie for breakfast. I know, I finished my cleanse/detox less than two days ago, so you’d think 2-3+ smoothies/day during those two weeks would’ve changed that, but no. One thing that I discovered during my cleanse, is how little I actually eat of RAW foods. I always try to cook my veggies ‘al dente’ so there’s still plenty of nutrients in them, but it’s not the same as getting 100% raw foods in your body. Wanna know if there’s a difference between eating cooked calories and raw calories?
I recently read this excerpt from “The Energy of Live Foods“, and Dr. Sir Gabriel seems to think so…
The Energy of Live Foods by Dr Sir Gabriel Cousens M.D., M.D. (H) D.D.
“There is a tremendous amount of extra levels of energy in live foods. One of the studies that most demonstrates this was done in Russia by Dr. Israel Breckman. The experiment was simple. He fed the same mice cooked food and live-food at different times. This was the exact same food and the exact same mice, the only difference was, the food was either cooked or uncooked. He measured the amount of energy and endurance the mice had when they were eating only live foods, and when eating the exact same amounts of food in its cooked state. The mice had three times more energy and endurance on the live-food than when they were eating cooked food. If nutrition were a simple matter of calories, there should not be any difference in endurance and power between eating the live and the cooked food. However, there clearly was a difference in the effect. This is because foods are not simply calories.”
What’s the difference? He goes on to say:
“Food has subtle nutrients, general nutrients, electrical energies, phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. The electrical potential for our tissues and cells is a direct result of the liveliness of our cells. Live foods enhance the electrical potential in our cells, between the cells, at the interface of the cell membranes, and at the interface of the cells with the microcapulary electrical charges. When cells have the proper microelectrical potential, they have the power to rid themselves of toxins and maintain their selective capacity to bring appropriate nutrients, oxygen, and hydrogen into the cell, into the nucleus of the cell, as well as to feed the mitochondria. This helps to maintain, repair, and activate the DNA. Professor Hans Eppinger, who was the chief medical director of the first medical clinic at the University of Vienna, found that a live-food diet specifically raised the microelectrical potential throughout the body. He discovered that a live-food diet increases selective capacity of the cells by increasing their electrical potential between the tissue cells and the capillary cells. He saw that live-food significantly improves the intra and extracellular excretion of toxins, as well as absorption of nutrients. He and his co-workers concluded that live foods were the only type of food that could restore microelectrical potential to the tissues. In essence we can say that by restoring electrical potential to cells, live-food rejuvenates the life force and health of the organism.”
Anyways, I found that interesting… SO, sorry to throw that down so early in the morning! On to my recipe! This smoothie was SO delicious, I think it might even be my new ‘favorite’, which is a pretty big deal considering I’ve literally tried hundreds (well maybe not hundreds) of smoothie recipes in the last few weeks…but in saying that, pumpkin pie is probably my favorite dessert of all time – so, I may be partial. I wasn’t sure how the RAW pumpkin would be, but the taste was amazing and it’s hard to believe that this smoothie is completely RAW!
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Smoothie
Dietary Info: GF/DF/PA/SF/V (and Vegan)
Serves 1 (535g, one large glass)
1.5 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 c. chopped RAW pumpkin (120g)
1/2 large carrot (50g)
1 Tbs. chia seeds (7.5g)
1 Tbs. ground flaxseed
122g chopped fresh pineapple chunks (about 3/4 cup)
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 c. ice
1 scoop warrior blend vanilla RAW protein powder
Blend and enjoy!
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 348, Fat 12g, Carb 39g, Protein 23g
Special Dietary Needs:
Gluten Free/Grain Free = GF
Dairy Free = DF
Sugar Free = SF
Paleo Approved = PA
Vegetarian = V
The above codes for specific dietary requirements will be found under each recipe title.