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Simple Raw Food Recipes: LYT Staff Favorites

May 26, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Simple Raw Food Recipes For Your Raw Food Cleanse

When we suggest simple raw food recipes for our clients we often hear, I don’t know what to make or it’s too time-consuming. So, we thought we’d share our easiest, tasty, light, and simple raw food recipes for your summer fun! Scroll down to view our favorite LYT-approved raw recipes.

You know by now that if it were up to us we’d have New Yorkers and the planet on a raw food cleanse – not forever, just as a detox.  We’re not saying you should never enjoy Momma’s home cooking but let’s be frank: in order to give your body a break from the sludgy build-up left behind by “comfort foods,” sugars, fermented gas, and cooked oils, you must take the raw-food-cleanse-leap! The more whole foods you consume, the healthier you will be! 

The Raw Food Transition Three-Step!

Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes!

* Step One: Consume more whole foods, 

* Step Two: Consume more raw food, such as those in our simple raw food recipes below.

* Step Three: Receive colonics to guarantee yourself a transformative detox raw food cleanse.

Perspective Is The Heart Of The Raw Food Cleanse

We understand that NYC makes it easy to grab-n-go and we say raw foods are just as easy in your busy day. A little more thought leads to profound results for your body. Instead of seeing your food as a quick-fix so you can get through the day, see your food as a lover. You don’t want some wimpy lover do you? You want a vibrant, fun, me-love-you, long-time-kind-of-lover. Right?

So embrace the idea of an avocado as a light meal or radishes as a crunchy spicy snack, or lovely cherry tomatoes and sliced red/orange peppers as a gratifying light lunch or snack or even a bowl of olives instead of chips. It’s possible!

The owners of LYT also offer group workshops that combine practical and spiritual guidance for those wanting to learn about simple raw food recipes, raw food cleansing, meditation and how to fill your heart with soul enriching practices. Whether it’s for weight loss or health maintenance, we are certain to have suggestions that’ll suit your raw food cleansing endeavors!

For even an even better way to cleanse your body and support your transformation, pair a raw food cleanse (with inspiration from our LYT-approved simple raw food recipes) with a colonic in New York City! It’s the best way to clear out toxins and buildup that can collect in your large intestine.  

LYT-Loved and Approved Simple Raw Food Recipes:

India Inspired Raw Salad

 

Ingredients:

4 leaves romaine lettuce

1 bunch spinach 

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1/2 squeezed lime

2 T shredded coconut flakes

1 T cumin powder

sprinkle of nutritional yeast – to taste

sprinkle of sea salt – to taste

splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

 

Preparation:

1. Wash greens and place in salad spinner to remove excess water.

2. Chop greens to desired size

3. Place in large salad bowl so you can toss easily 

4. Add oil and the rest of the ingredients and toss to mingle the ingredients evenly.

5. Serve!

Benefits of Spinach: 

*Keeps the colon regular! 

*Increases oxygen to the blood

*Rich in vitamins, K, A, C, & B6, magnesium, manganese, & folate

*Good source of protein, phosphorous, zinc, copper, selenium, niacin, & omega 3 fatty acids

*Rich in flavonoids which act as antioxidants


Super Creamy Dreamy Banana “Pudding”

Great For A Summer Breakfast!

 

 

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

sprinkle of cinnamon

 

Preparation:

1. Peel 3 ripe bananas

2. Break into small 2 or 3 inch chunks and place in closed container in freezer overnight or for a few hours until frozen solid

3. Remove from freezer and place the chunks in a Vitamix or other high speed food processor with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

4. Blend until smooth

5. Pour into bowl

6. Go bananas!

Benefits of Bananas: 

*High in potassium & can lower blood pressure which lessens chances of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. 

*Potassium prevents weakening of bones.

*Potassium neutralizes high amounts of sodium in the body and prevents calcium loss and helps calcium absorption.

*High in B6 helping reduce inflammation — warding off heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

 

Jicama Ceviche

JICAMA! High in fiber & a good source of magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.

 

Ingredients:

1 jicama

1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil

1/4 of finely chopped red pepper (adds a light sweetness to the tangy cilantro flavor)

1/4 cup of fresh lime juice

handful of chopped cilantro

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

pinch of black pepper

 

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for 1 hour in your refrigerator. Simple, refreshing, and flavorful.

 

Guacamole Kimchi Wraps

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado-Sliced

Romaine lettuce or nori seaweed

Kimchi-Sanja’s (vegan kimchi)

OPTION: Alfalfa Sprouts for added decoration and trace minerals!

 

Preparation:

1. Place slices of avocado (or 2-3 tablespoons of guacamole) in a romaine leaf wtih 2 fork servings of kimchi. 

2. Roll up romaine leaf and enjoy the creamy, crispy and spicy flavors.

OPTION: If you enjoy nori seaweed, use this as the wrap and you’ll definitely want to use avocado slices instead of guacamole.

 

Avocado Mango Salad

 

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 ripe mango

2 T  fresh lime juice 

2 T of chopped cilantro

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

 

Preparation:

1. Slice avocado and mango.  

2. Place in a bowl with chopped cilantro, lime juice, and pinch of Himalayan sea salt.  

3. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes for juices to be released. 

4. Enjoy this sweet, creamy and slightly tangy dish as an afternoon meal.

 

Basil Salad Dressing:

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 oz of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves

 

Preparation:

1. Add ingredients in a blender and voi la!  

This refreshing basil-lemon is great over a bed of chopped kale and Arugula. Add shredded beet over your salad for a touch of sweetness.

 

Vegan Parmesan Dressing

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of Nama Shoyu

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

Nori seaweed – cut into strips

 

Preparation:

1. Place ingredients (except the nori) in blender until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

2. Drizzle over a chopped romaine salad with strips of nori seaweed for a Caesar-influenced taste.

 

Green Velvet Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup – 1 cup filtered water

3-5 leaves of fresh chard*

1 avocado

*Option: baby spinach or any raw green. It’s all about the flavor you crave!

 

Preparation:

1. Pour water into blender jar (start with a lesser amount, and add as you go. Add water slowly so you can control the thickness.)

2. Add chopped chard leaves (stems optional)

3. Scoop avocado into mixture. 

4. Blend & voila! 

This makes a pretty big smoothie (16oz) or just use half the avocado and fewer leaves for half the amount.

 

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Colonics Reduce Skin Issues

May 11, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

How To Get Rid of Acne: Natural Remedies to Decrease Inflammation, Irritation and Dehydration

Before you cleanse with Biore, peel with Dior, firm up with Chanel, and moisturize with Prevage, STOP! Learn how to get rid of acne at its roots. Your skin is your largest organ and can reflect disruption and poor health and unhappiness in your body. Sorry, there’s no easy way to say this. If you’re eating inflammatory foods you are provoking your symptoms. Eat to GLOW! Live to LOVE and LAUGH!  And cleanse with confidence to heal your skin once and for all NATURALLY!

Natural Remedies for Acne: Increase the Quality of Your Skin from the Inside Out

In our last post, we discussed what causes acne (cooked oils, dairy, etc.) and how a raw food diet can help reduce inflammation by alkalinizing the body. Use these natural food remedies for acne to help boost your skin’s overall health:

1. Fresh veggie juice supports your collagen, elasticity and hydration. No joke! Pure minerals and vitamins get absorbed immediately and begin to nourish and cleanse your body.

2. Fresh leafy greens, especially fresh vegetables and fruits (eat what’s in season), are all anti-inflammatory foods. Reduce inflammation in your body and reduce irritation and symptoms like acne, rashes, excessive oil, and dehydration. See the food-combining chart for more guidance.

3. Eat raw or cold pressed fats and oils – they lubricate body and beautify skin. Cooked oils clog your pores!

4. Drink raw organic aloe for intestinal support and use the gel from the leaf as a mask. Great for hydration, and its anti-inflammatory ingredients are wonderful natural remedies for acne.

5. Use dry brushing techniques to help remove excess mucus, toxins, and to stimulate your lymphatic system.

 

 

Colon Hydrotherapy Reduce Skin Issues: Apply Natural Remedies for Acne, Then Cleanse

 

Don't let a one ounce tastebud ruin your skin's glowing potential!

Don’t swim in the toxic pool! When you integrate the raw food principals, please know that you must help your body rid itself of the pollutants that have contributed to your acne and skin issues. Our cells have held our history of lollipops, pizza, burgers, alcohol, and deserts – that’s quite a burden. Colon hydrotherapy helps cleanse your colon so that your cells can be relieved of  excess waste and gas, leading to healthy vibrant-looking skin. Colonics Rock®!

 

Cold cucumber slices are great for reducing eye inflammation! Eating them clears toxicity from the skin and improves kidney health!

Please learn more about colonic sessions as natural remedies for acne at LYT NYC here 

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VEGAN SALAD DRESSING: Creamy Cashew Cilantro!

April 23, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

We know how tempting store-bought creamy salad dressings can be but this vegan option helps to decrease inflammation and prevent illness! So, we hope you enjoy this savory vegan recipe which is a cinch to make and is super satiating!

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1.  Juice of 1 Lemon

2.  1/2 cup water 

3.  1/4 tsp Sea Salt

4.  1 – 2 bunches of cilantro

5.  1 cup of raw cashews 

***Use organic when possible! 

*** Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups. 


Preparation:

 

1.  Pour juice of 1 lemon into Vitamix or high speed blender and add the water

2.  Wash cilantro and place into Vitamix w/ all other ingredients

3.  Blend on HIGH until creamy

4.  Drizzle over your favorite green leaves such as a combo of Romaine lettuce and spinach with sliced red pepper!

 ***This is a rich dressing so use it sparingly. Store the remainder in the fridge.

FOOD COMBINING TIP:

Nuts don’t combine favorably with fats (avocado/coconut), starches or proteins, so this works well as a lunchtime salad alone or can be followed by cooked non-starchy vegetables.

 

Variations:

 

1. Add a large chunk of fresh ginger or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the blender for some spice!

2. Add a splash of Hawthorne Valley Hot Pepper Sauce to the blender for some spike!

3. Add a dash of cumin powder once served for an exotic twist and a dash of color!

 

 

 

 

 

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Juice Cleanses: Are You Really Detoxing?

November 1, 2011 LYT By:
LYT

Detox! Detox! Detox!

In record numbers, people are going on juice fasts for the purpose of cleansing.  Okay, we didn’t take a survey, but it’s hard to deny that detoxing is all the rage. From health and beauty magazines touting the cleanses of celebrities like, Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce, to fresh green juice companies sprouting up everywhere, we have to face facts. Juice cleansing is more than a fad, it’s gone mainstream.

While getting the detox message out is good news, (especially to the world of Standard American Dieters), it seems an important truth about the cleansing process is getting lost in all the hoopla. And here at LYT, we find that a little troubling. So, since we have a bit of expertise on this subject, we want to take a quick, closer look at juice cleanses and detoxing.

Detox 101: Just the facts, folks!

Let’s say you went on one of the increasingly popular three to five-day cleanses promoted by many juice companies.  What’s the deal? Did you really detox? Well, the answer is….

Maybe.

Now, we know some of you might be angry.  “You’re telling me, I drank vegetables for five days for nothing?” Sorry to break it to you, but going on a juice fast alone does not guarantee ACTUAL detoxification will take place. Why?

Waste Removal: The Detox Guarantee

Take a look at the dictionary definition. “Detoxification: the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism.” The key word here is removal.  Something HAS to leave the body for de-toxing to take place. We repeat, HAS to leave the body.

What juice fasting accomplishes is simply the loosening of waste and poisons. And guess where that toxic gunk ends up? Yes, the colon. But, now that nasty stuff has to be eliminated or it will get reabsorbed into the tissue. So, unless you’re going to the bathroom an inordinate amount of times a day, doing a cleanse without colon hydrotherapy is not a sound idea. This is why people who fast without colonics frequently feel awful. The loosened poison is not leaving the body, so it’s swimming around their systems wreaking havoc.

Detox Cleansing: The Two-Step

So, if you’re thinking of doing a juice cleanse, the most important thing to know is that detox cleansing is a 2-part process:

1. Loosen the waste

2. Eliminate the waste

So, please remember, all you would be Detoxers. When embarking on a cleanse or as part of a lifestyle plan, always focus on this vital second step. And be sure to give us a call, because we’ve been doing colonics in New York City for over a combined 25 years.  At LYT, Colonics Rock® and waste management is our specialty.

Never forget, waste removal is the key to effective cleansing, without it, you’re just drinking juice.

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