Balanced Raw by Tina Leigh: A Review and Recipe
I’m often asked, “Lacy, what is that you’re eating?” Generally, I don’t eat your typical brown bag meals. This isn’t because I’m a health nut but actually because I’m a major foodie! I need to keep my healthy meals interesting.
I grew up eating fattening, canned foods the majority of the time and it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism that I started to care if what I was eating was actually healthy. This really turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In the past seven years, I’ve learned about all sorts of healthy diets that are not only good for me but are really a food lover’s dream!
In the past year, I discovered the “Raw” diet. Raw Foodism is defined as a diet consisting of uncooked, unprocessed and mostly organic foods; this may even include fish and meats.
I had been researching any raw recipes I could find online. I was thrilled when given the chance to review an actual book on the raw lifestyle.
About Balanced Raw – Tina Leigh
Balanced Raw, written by Haute Health founder, Tina Leigh, is a fresh approach to the raw lifestyle by creating a “balanced” diet to include both raw foods and some cooked foods for optimal digestion, nutrition absorption and weight loss. It includes a four-week program to help you ease into the lifestyle.
I found this book to be extremely insightful with all sorts of techniques to help achieve optimal results with this lifestyle. While what I learned will enhance my current diet, I discovered many things that I consider to be key points of this book.
Balanced Raw Key Points
- Some cooking methods are healthier than others such as steaming, boiling and simmering.
- Fermented Foods are ideal for a healthy gut. Foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and miso provide healthy pro-biotics.
- Consume cooked and raw food at every meal for balanced nutrition.
Tina Leigh includes a complete veggie/fruit chart with information on how to properly store and prep each food. She also recommends ideal kitchen appliances you will need.
In the beginning stages of the four-week program, it is completely normal to feel emotional and tired. You are entering a world free of preservatives, chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Give your body time to adjust itself and you’ll feel better than ever.
Lacy’s Favorite Balanced Raw Recipe
1 cup frozen mixed berries
2 cups spinach leaves
2 cups chopped kale leaves
2 cups coconut water
1/4 cup frozen pineapple bits
2 tablespoons chia seeds
In a blender, combine berries, spinach, kale, coconut water, pineapple and chia seeds. Blend on high for one minute until thoroughly combined and serve immediately.
NOTE: Smoothie may be blended, refrigerated in a glass and enjoyed within 24 hours, but for maximum nutrition potency, sip immediately.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their health. The recipes keep things interesting and the information inside is invaluable.This book was sent for consideration by the publisher. This is no way affects my review.