Eating for the sake of Energy; Energy foods
When I'm exhausted I turn to broccoli and nuts. First, they're so easy to prepare, or in the case of nuts just eat fresh from the grocery store. I prefer broccoli lightly steamed, and by lightly I mean that when I bite into the broccoli it's still very crunchy. Steaming broccoli to the point it falls apart in your hands or fork will kill a lot of the energy giving properties and benefits. And when I'm super tired I need those benefits as quickly as possible. A side of ranch dressing is a perfect compliment. Just be sure your dressing isn't loaded with additives. If you just need that hidden-valley taste here is a great raw ranch dressing recipe you can dip that energy giving broccoli in. And what a great way to avoid excess fat in and on your beautiful body!
Raw Ranch Dressing Compliment of Sunny Raw Kitchen
Soak time: 1-2 hrs
Preparation time: 5 Minutes
Number of Servings: 24 (or 3 cups)
1 1/2 cups nuts (cashew or mac or combo) soak them for a creamier dressing (1-2 hrs is fine, then drain)
3/4 - 1 cup filtered water for blending
3 tablespoons lemon juice (translates into approx 1/2 lemon)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons agave (or 3 soaked dates)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon garlic pwd
3 teaspoons onion pwd
1 teaspoon dill
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
And to add after it's done:
1/4 cup finely minced parsley
another 1/2 t dill, minced
Vitamix blend all ingredients till creamy and smooth except the last 2, then once blended, stir in the last 2 ingredients.
Thickens in fridge.
Thin to desired consistency if using as a dressing- or toss into wet lettuce leaves as is.
~ This yields quite a bit of dressing, so you might want to consider halving the recipe.
I like raw almonds. They are known to help reduce risk of heart disease and they have a very distinct, nutty taste that lingers. For those of you who haven't tried raw almonds you're missing out. Most people think of almonds as salted, roasted treats...and while those are delicious they miss out on getting your body the benefits. Be sure you get real raw almonds, not almonds that are touted as raw but have gone through processing. Real, genuine raw almonds are rich in magnesium, Vitamin E, protein, and antioxidants.
Finally, of course I recommend alkaline ionized water throughout the day.