Raw foodism (or following a raw food diet) is the practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods.
Depending on the exact philosophy or type of lifestyle and results desired, raw food nutrition may include a selection of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products. It may also include simply processed foods such as various types of sprouted seeds, cheese, and fermented foods such as yoghurts, kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut, but generally not foods that have been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.
We have attended Neli’s Raw Food event at concept bar Zavod and we did a short interview with Neli Todorov, Belgrader who lives in Treviso (Italy). Neli graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and had a regular job, but in one moment she got interested in raw food and decided to express her creativity on a platter. Now, she is preparing raw food specialties on various events around Italy.
What stands behind the concept of raw food?
Raw food is the most healthy food. It is considered that cooked food loses vitamins and minerals, so raw food can be food that is cooked up to 43 degrees or dried bread, raw soup, vegetables and fruits. I personally like vegan nutrition.
How raw food effected your body and mind? Would you recommend it?
Yes, definitely. I feel much better and more positive and I don’t have any medial problems anymore.
When did you start to pay attention to raw food concept?
Two years ago I began to practice raw food nutrition. This concept appeared 10 years ago in USA and it’s very popular in Italy.
Do you thing that raw food is the future of cuisine?
Definitely, yes. This kind of nutrition has become very popular around the glob due to pollution and poor quality of food products. Raw food is the elixir of youth.
What is the name of your blog?
Neli’s raw food www.nelisraw.blogspot.com
What can readers find on your blog?
Recipes and photos of food specialties
SEA VEGAN SALAD
For this salad you will need a machine for cutting zucchini in spaghetti, or you can make an ordinary salad will be just as delicious.
1 handful of rucola
3-4 cheery tomatoes
1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast (rich in vitamin B)
2 teaspoons of cold pressed olive oil
handful of walnuts
2-3 cm wakame seaweed
1 teaspoon of vinegar from Umeboshi
1 teaspoon of kelp seaweed powder
Soak the nuts in water for 15 min. In order to encourage the production of useful enzymes and clean them from dust.
Wash wakame algae under running water and soak it in water for 5 min. to soften.
Wash all the vegetables and cut into spaghetti gourd, cut tomatoes in half.
Chop walnuts and algae wakame. Mix all the vegetables in a salad bowl and add the walnuts, algae and wakame kelp powder. Sprinkle brewer yeast and add the olive oil and vinegar of Umeboshi plums.
Mix everything well and the salad is ready to taste.
Fruits smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients.
3 Tbsp of chia seeds
4 Tbsp of Hemp Seed Flour
1 cup vegetable milk
1 teaspoon agave syrup
3 dried figs
In a cup of milk add chia seeds and let it sit for 2 hours. Blend milk, chia seeds, bananas, agave syrup and dried figs in a blender on high until smooth.
Decorate with sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
one cup buckwheat flour
7-8 fresh dates
1/3 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon of raw cocoa
½ cup raisins
3 Tbsp of coconut Oil
Ingredients for the chocolate glaze:
2 Tbsp agave syrup
2 Tbsp raw cocoa
Clean carrots and put in food processor. Chop dates into small pieces.Throw everything into the blender and puree until thick and creamy. Roll into balls using your hands, then cover with a layer of desiccated coconut. store in the fridge or freezer for two hours. Decorate with chocolate glaze.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.