real raw kitchen: August 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

All N A T U R A L organic skin care

While I love my DHC products and I'm a little sad to part with them (for now) I want to give this product line a go. I've heard wonderful things about this line and it is organic, all natural, and made up of ingredients I can actually identify. 
I love love LOVE this product and I have never been so excited to wash my face. I have exceptionally dry skin (read: stingy skin that holds onto everything) so this has a way with my pores. The essential oils are combined in such a way that my skin can relax and let go of its dirty baggage but at the same time the oils are able to keep my skin clean. 

See for yourself what essential oils are present:
Here is a breakdown of the Key Ingredients:

Cucumber Juice: cucumber juice opens pores, which is essential for cleanliness; it also clears your complexion by cleaning the skin
Corn Germ Oil: this vegetable oil helps neutralize free radicals and reduce redness of the skin; it is also high in vitamin E and Zinc.
Willow Bark Extract: this is nature's Salicylic Acid, used traditionally for its astringency and anti-inflammatory characteristics
Yogurt: yogurt is chock full of enzymes and contains natural oils and fats, and zinc to nourish the skin; this can all help diminish pore size and improve the overall texture of the skin (and also help remove acne scars!)
Shea Butter: shea butter is a solid fatty oil made from nuts; it helps promote cell regeneration and circulation
Calendula Oil: this oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties proving to be a wonderful aid in healing
Tea Tree Oil: tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties ... an overall antiseptic
Vitamin B5: B5 is a common approach to fighting acne as it is known to lower oil production gently, without overdrying the skin (some also take B5 orally to help fight acne from the inside out, if that's what you're aiming for ... )
Vitamins C, E, and A: these vitamins, together, help reduce damage caused by free radicals; together these ingredients help promote natural cell turnover without harming you or your skin (Vitamin A is often mimicked by prescription strength medication: think Retin-A and Accutane ... YUCK)
Coenzyme Q10: this is an incredible anti-aging agent as it helps neutralize free radicals, essentially preventing the damage done by the sun, aging, pollution, and acne
Alpha Lipoic Acid: ALA is a "universal" antioxidant, helping dissolve toxic substances; it helps preserve the healthy parts of the skin while also cleaning up damaged tissue (i.e. acne scars); many people take ALA orally to help break up deep, cystic acne (though they also warn that it dries out the skin when taken orally)

Check for it online or at Whole Foods !

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

RECIPE: fettucini alfredo

This dish appeared at a rawfood potluck and I just HAD to recreate it, immediately. So here it is, in all its fabulousness ...

The Noodles
1 very large zucchini (per person)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Using a spiralizer on the smallest setting, attach the zucchini and spiralize into noodles. Put the noodles in a colander and sprinkle the sea salt, to mix. Let the water drain and soften the noodles. Place over a bowl to catch the water while you work on the creamy sauce. (Alternatively, you could use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons from the zucchini, which actually create more fettucini-like noodles)

Creamy Alfredo, all raw
1 handful of cashews
juice from half a lemon
coconut water to cover the blades of blender
1 shake of sea salt
1 clove of garlic (optional)
1-2 teaspoons agave

Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend to combine until a smooth sauce is created. 

I made this without the garlic and it was absolutely delicious. It resembled raw cheesecake as they are essentially the same ingredients. However, combined with the remaining ingredients (below) it really provides the delicious, creamy alfredo experience.

To Combine:
Alfredo Sauce
5-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of fresh basil leaves
1 cup sugar snap peas, chopped (optional)
handful fresh oregano
handful of pine nuts

Combine in a dish and serve. Delicious. So simple.