Some of you were wondering what the best way to break the fast is.
Here are some basics to get you through an iftar as a rawfood champ.
Great way to break your fast is first to to drink two tall glasses of lukewarm, energized water with a pinch of sea salt per glass ( read more about it in my post ‘More energy to water’) or 2 tall glasses of lemonade. (read more about it in my post ‘What to do when life gives you lemons’).
If you are honoring Prophetic Sunna and like to break your fast also with one or three dates, be sure that you chew well until they liquefy in your mouth before you swallow them.
Savor every sip of water, every bite and the sweetness of the moment.
It is best to take a couple of minutes to pray and let the body absorb this liquid gold before the real feast starts.
Chances are that by now you are really hungry and you think you can eat a buffalo. My recommendation is that you eat a salad instead. You can make it the size of a buffalo, that is totally OK. It is really important that you do not sabotage your body’s hard day’s work of cleansing and repairing by eating complex, heavy processed food. You know what I am talking about.
So, to help you get truly excited about raw food Iftar, here are 7 basic building blocks that will help you piece together a super delicious, nourishing salad, that will work with and for your body.
1. Use any number of fresh veggies, especially the green leafy ones. Anything goes really, except potatoes (sweet potato can be eaten raw!), artichokes, eggplants. Green peas, chickpeas, quinoa and buckwheat can be eaten raw if sprouted (buckwheat can also be eaten after being soaked in water for 8h). Corn, mushrooms, sugar snaps, cauliflower, kale, spinach, asparagus and broccoli can and should be eaten raw.
2. Fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basilica, thyme, sage, dill and coriander not only give that fresh, aromatic taste to your salad, but also have wonderfully potent medicinal properties. Use them generously and confidently!
3. Naturally fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi and borsitj not only give your salad an edge, but are a great source of beneficial gut bacteria, those good guys that do the ‘ dirty’ job for you. Use them in bulk!
4. A combo of ground seeds, which I like to call ‘Magic Dust’, made up of hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and linseeds, give your salad a sophisticated upgrade with their protein, mineral and essential fatty acid content. You can grind 2 table spoons of each, put them in an air-tight glass jar and keep them refrigerated (otherwise they can turn rancid).
Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of this magic dust over your salad for a nutty flavor and incredible health benefits.
5. Cold pressed oils such as olive, pumpkin seed, coconut, sesame, sun flower and hemp are a liquid form of beneficial fats that your salad and your body need to run smoothly and make sense. Drizzle away!
6. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, Nama Shoyu , Tamari (soy sauce that is raw and unpasteurized), lemon and lime juice, give your salad that acidic, rich and tangy flavor respectively, which puts the finishing touch to your creation and enhances your food digestion. Do not be shy!
7. Last but not least, natural nuts – cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, pecans. Bursting with proteins, minerals and healthy fats. Go nuts!
Now, that the logistics are laid down, let us have some fun.
Here is the best salad dressing ever. It is creamy, spicy and super fresh.
I call it ‘Thunder Bolt’.
1 peeled orange
1 peeled lime or lemo
2-3 peeled cloves of garlic
1-2 cm piece of fresh ginger, scrubbed or peeled
1/2 of medium size chili fruit
2 dcl of Nama Shoyu or Tamari
2-3 table spoons cold pressed Extra Virgin olive oil
a handful of basil leaves
Throw all the ingredients in your blender (high-speed for best results) and blend until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Drizzle fearlessly over your own delicious piece of art!
I hope these tips will inspire you and give you confidence to make a leap into this rawsome world of tastes and creativity. Happy creating!