Angelina Elliott Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Question #1: A) What are some raw food staples in your current diet?

Wild greens first and foremost, loads of fruits, vegetables, and a small amount of nuts and seeds. I also enjoy superfoods daily.

B) Are you 100% raw?

Yes, I have been 100% vegan raw for 12 years now.

C) How did you start?

I started when I was 15, but wasn't crazy about raw food, but loved juicing, so stuck with that and still do it everyday!

Question #2: What inspired you to create She-zen Cuisine, and how did you come up with that name?

I have been known as Celestial Raw Goddess for about 12 years now and with the help of nl casino online Tera Warner of THE RAW DIVAS, we decided to go in a new direction. I am all about Chinese herbs, life, the earth, being green, etc, so She-Zen represents that perfectly. SHIZEN means Mother Nature :-) SHE refers to the feminine divine linking me to women's health and my work with the raw divas.

Question #3: What is your book Alive in 5 about?

Alive in Five is all about making food that is easy peasy, fast, and tasty! How does it differ from other raw food books on the market?
The main thing about Alive in Five that differs from other books is that the recipes require very few ingredients and hardly any equipment! It provides you with a 5 day meal plan as well, which makes eating raw food easier especially for the beginner, who often has no idea where to begin!

Question #4: How did you get started with The Raw Divas, and what is that whole project about?

Tera and I fell in love after the first e-mail! When I was a guest years ago, we just decided we had to work together and we've been working together ever since! The Raw Divas are a group of amazing women who inspire, motivate, and honor others, helping them create the best life possible! Imagine all of this was started with one woman, Tera Warner, who had a dream to help the world and made her dream come true in under 5 years. There are now over 10,000 women participating in The Raw Divas programs. The Raw Divas are growing exponentionally and I am so happy to be a part of this growth.

Question #5: What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw foods?

Start by making raw food FUN. Focus on the positive and focus on your goal. Get your hands on a good recipe book, that is simple and straight forward. Clean out your cupboards little by little and replace those items with raw nuts, seeds, a healthier sweetener, coconut oil, olive oil, and a healthier salt choice like Himalayan salt or real salt. Join Meet-ups to find out where raw potlucks are in your area. Start an exercise program so you are more likely to stick with raw foods. Find support wherever possible. Just add raw to your existing diet and before you know it, you will be feeling more energetic than you ever thought possible and will be replacing more and more of your diet with raw food and this way, it won't be so intense. Think about it this way, you eat a salad or a piece of fruit even when you are eating cooked food and you don't even think about it, but in that moment, you were eating raw! :-))

Question #6 Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?

I would be happy to! This is a recipe from my book, Alive in Five and has been a favorite of everyone for years now. This is a classic recipe perfect for your holiday feasts and any day your family needs a healthy new twist on an old favorite!

Apple Pie Crust

1 cup raw walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla flavor by Frontier
cup pitted honey dates, soaked
tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

Filling Ingredients:
6 Granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 cup pitted and soaked honey dates
cup agave
1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

Directions for the crust:
Place the walnuts, vanilla flavor, dates, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor, and process until the mixture holds together and forms dough. Press into a 9-inch pie pan to form a crust.

Directions for the filling:
Place the apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and 1 Tbs. of the cinnamon, and toss until evenly coated. Place the dates, agave, and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon, and salt in a blender. Add a very small amount of filtered water, just enough to facilitate blending, and process until smooth. Add to the apples, and toss until evenly distributed. Spoon into the prepared crust. Slice, and serve.
For more amazing recipes, please check out Alive in Five

Question #7: What are your thoughts on fasting? Water and/or Juice.

I love water fasting. I've done three 40 day water fasts and work with Loren Lockman promoting the many benefits of water fasting.

Question #8: Do you take any raw supplements or super foods?

I take my tonics regularly and I do a lot of superfoods. Love them!

Question #9: Where do you see the raw food movement heading?

That's a tough question. When I started in this movement, everything was about hygenic foods and fruitarianism, there was no cacao, no superfoods, etc, so it seemed that it wouldn't last very long, however now with all of these marvelous additions to the raw food diet and with less emphasis on percentages, I see it growing exponentially! It is getting more and more mainstream all the time and I hear it is now a billion dollar industry.

Question #10: Can you please tell us about some of your current projects you're working on and/or developing?

I am working on a beauty program with Tera Warner, I am developing more tonics, rare tea blends, and working on a whole new line of my superfood soaps (the economy line). You can find out more by visiting my site
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