There are lots of foods that I love to eat on a mainly raw food diet and 7 of them just so happen to begin with the letter C. Maybe you’ve tried them maybe you haven’t but I recommend all of them for the following reasons;
1. Coconut water – this low-calorie thirst quencher is a cupboard must-have. It’s chock-a-block with potassium, calcium, minerals and electrolytes which help to keep you hydrated. It also contains cytokinins and research has shown it has anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. (Factoid – did you know that coconut water was used in the 2nd World War as a substitute for blood plasma? True story!)
2. Cacao – Chocolate in it’s raw form! Yes it comes from the cacao bean which is the richest food source of magnesium, and is high in chromium, iron, calcium, potassium, sulphur, copper and zinc and contains over 300 chemically identifiable compounds. Bring on the raw chocolate!
3. Chia – I have expressed my enduring love for chia before because this little wonder food is a complete protein, contains high levels of omega-3, stabilizes your blood sugar and helps to keep you regular! Check out “7 Reasons to Love Chia”
4. Coconut oil – I am coconut oil’s biggest fan – this stuff ROCKS! It’s the only oil that won’t turn rancid when heated unlike the commonly used olive oil. Before you say, “isn’t it a saturated fat?”…yes it is. BUT, it’s one that our body can metabolise unlike other saturated fats found in things like margarine. It has numerous health benefits including helping prevent osteoporosis, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, boosts immunity and stimulates the body’s metabolism. Let’s also not forget that it’s an amazing moisturiser and nourishing hair mask!
5. Coconut butter – Different but just as good as the oil, the butter contains some of the coconut meat making it slightly thicker. It can be confusing as often the butter will melt to oil depending on the weather and temperature in your country. I use this coconut oil/butter to add to smoothies and raw cheesecakes etc.
6. Cinnamon – I love to add cinnamon to smoothies not just because it tastes great but it also helps to lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and has been shown to reduce the proliferation of leukaemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Gimme somma that!
7. Camu Camu – This Vitamin C packed superfood has anti-viral and immune-boosting properties as well as being a great source of minerals including iron, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, and beta carotene. I add it to smoothies or add to raw desserts.
Can you think of any more C’s you love? Did I miss any?