Raw Food

Bulk Buying by Liza

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We are all looking for ways to save money when shopping. Many of the products we buy are contained in single use packaging that costs money and natural resources to make. So when you buy in bulk, you often eliminate the need for packaging, which has a positive impact on the environment. It is believed that plastic packaging can lead to ingestion of synthetic chemicals over time, so buying in bulk might also help preserve your health. read more →

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Raw Key Lime Pie

Dale Pinnock Raw Key Lime Pie Only Natural
I think most of us now know that healthy eating is not all about denial and deprivation but this recipe once again proves that it is possible to eat delicious treats whilst doing your body (and mind) some good.  Plus the vibrant colour of this Raw Key Lime Pie is bound to be an attention grabber at any dinner table!  The recipe says serves 2-4, this would be 4 generous slices and you could easily devide this into 6 slices. read more →

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Westgate’s Aubergine, Sprouted Mung Bean & Fennel Salad

Salad Bar Only Natural Recipe of the Month

Anyone for Salad?

I’d say that Westgste Design’s brilliant food selection is a leading light locally when it comes to offering a wide choice of tasty food covering wholefood, vegetarian and vegan, gluten free and raw options. Darron’s keen sense of flavor combinations has never let them down. The unrivaled selection of super delicious salads has alway been a major draw for me with offerings as diverse as carrot and beetroot slaw, roasted cauliflower and chorizo, sweet chilli noodles and broccoli and feta salad.
(I can imagine nothing further from the Spartan collection of lettuce, tomato, cooked ham and a boiled egg which was the less appealing ‘salad’ of my childhood.) You can’t imagine my joy on discovering that the already great range on offer has just been increased. I’m talking about the new takeaway salad bar just opened on street level. If you haven’t tried it out it’s a must!
Darron was kind enough to share the following salad recipe with us in case you feel like a little kitchen creativity or it’s one of many you can pop into Westgate and take away any time!

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Medicinal Mushrooms, Ancient Healing for the Modern World

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The use of medicinal mushrooms for healing and health enhancement goes back millennia in eastern cultures but relatively little is known about their properties and benefits in the west. Until recently that is, as health scientists have taken a serious interest in their uses and beneficial properties. We’ve just taken on a range in the form of dried mushroom powders and, as we’re keen to recommend them where appropriate, have been doing our research. The Company’s called Om Organic Mushroom Nutrition and they’re based in California. Their remit is to organically grow and minimally process (low temperature drying and powdering) the most potent medicinal mushrooms on the planet. They sell them individually and in combinations. Here’s some information I found on the web on just three of them Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps.

Reishi

In China known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, “The Great Protector” and “The Herb of Good Fortune” Modern Science is now validating these curious names given to what is truly an extraordinary substance. Reishi is one of the most researched herbal substances on the planet. Terry Willard’s book “Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel” sums up for us what numerous Modern Scientific Studies have revealed about Reishi. The following properties are all attributed to this amazing mushroom.

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Featured Product – BeeActiv Raw Ivy Honey

Featured Product Beeactiv Ivy Honey

Ivy honey, a new honey for winter.

Featured Product Beeactiv Ivy Honey
Early medicinal texts have highlighted Ivy’s importance as a healer since the 10th Century. It found particular use in the reduction in swelling of the lungs, kidneys, spleen and liver as an anti-inflammatory. More recently, sheep and cattle farmers would feed ivy to “sick” animals. In fact sick animals would often choose to only eat ivy leaves. Nowadays, ivy is sold all over the world as a natural, safe and effective remedy for persistent cough.  
Now there’s a new way to benefit from ivy’s bronchial protective properties in a new honey in Only Natural – BeeActiv Raw Ivy Honey. Conan (academic, beekeeper and founder of the Company) explained some of the science to me.
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There have been many scientific studies into the healing and curative benefits of ivy. These have mostly centred around the use of ivy as either an anti-inflammatory or to treat respiratory diseases. The latter has gained the most acceptance in modern medicine. The positive response from users of ivy products is due to compounds naturally present in the plant. The plant saponins “Hederacoside-C” and “alpha-hederin” are believed responsible for this cough relieving efficacy. Importantly, new research into ivy honey has shown that the unique compound “Hederacoside C” is present in pure ivy honey from Ireland and the unique benefits of ivy honey are attributed to this.

The honey has been creamed and has a delicious flavour so, apart completely from helping with coughs and chesty conditions, spreading a little Hederacoside C on your toast in the morning makes for a rather tasty treat! A 227 gram jar retails for €12.95.

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Raw Milk, the Benefits!

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We had been looking for a supplier of raw unpasteurized milk and dairy products for some time and are delighted to have discovered The Fermoy Natural Cheese Co. (check them out on Facebook), who are now supplying us with raw milk and hopefully soon raw cheese, yoghurt and kefir. Anna Skrine who works with us as a naturopath and food intolerance tester is also an advocate of the benefits of raw milk and here’s Anna’s take on just why it’s so much more wholesome and beneficial than the pasteurized version:

Anna-Skrine-photoWonderful News – Live Raw Milk is now available in Only Natural!

Live Raw Milk is a wonderful food source, and delicious! It is how nature intended it to be, and is alive because the natural lactic acid bacteria are still in it; and it is they that help you both to digest the milk, and make it easy to assimilate (i.e. absorb) into the body and use the calcium in the milk. Live raw milk has natural probiotics, such as such as lactobacillus acidophilus. The fats in raw milk, which are in their natural form (and so again easy to use in the body), contain all the fat-soluble vitamins – Vitamin A, D, E and K. The milk fat also contains Omega 3, and CLA (Omega 6), which has anti-carcinogenic properties, and incidentally is often used in products used for slimmers. In fact, the fat is the most important part of the milk! Live raw milk also contains Vitamin C and B vitamins.

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January Recipe – Raw Tomato Sauce

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Our recipe this month has been provided by Diann, our raw food guru!  Diann will be running a raw food course – Live Raw, Live Vital – here at Only Natural commencing 7th January 2015 (places are limited so book now) and she has provided us with one of her staple recipes as a taster!

 

When made this keeps for up to five days in the fridge.  It’s a real “go to” to brighten up a courgette salad, or add to raw burgers or as a raw pizza topping (all of which will be covered on the course).  Its quick and easy and if you want a little extra kick you can add a pinch of Cayenne pepper to the mix (this will improve your circulation and strengthen and tone all your organs).

 

Ingredients

2 cups diced organic tomatoes

½ cup sundried tomatoes (soaked for at least four hours, but better overnight)

2tsp hemp oil

1 tbs apple cider vinegar

4-5 Medjool dates soaked for at least two hours  (you can use normal pitted organic dates either)

A dash of Braggs Liquid Aminos

A clove of organic minced garlic

Small piece of ginger finely chopped (About ½ to 1 inch to taste)

 

The aminos will be salty so go easy and adjust to taste.

Using dates as a sweetener is a natural low glycaemic option, it also provides added nutrients and roughage that you won’t find in sugar.

 

Put all the ingredients in your blender and give it a blitz.

Pour into a clean dry jar or bottle and store in the fridge.

 

With love, Diann

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Live Raw Live Vital – Raw Food course Jan ’15

Raw Food blogWe’re super excited to be hosting our first Raw Food Programme  ‘Live Raw, Live Vital’ in the New Year. The teacher is Diann Fletcher  Jones    (RPN/HDip AdEd /ED Practitioner /Living Food Instructor )  who recently completed her training to teach Raw/Living Food preparation with the Irish School of Herbal Medicine, and holds a “Living Food Instructors” Certificate. read more →

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