practically raw

by Lori and Michelle on March 25, 2012

hello friends!

yesterday we had a wonderful day. we managed to get many things checked off our list to-do, both personally and business related. though our to-do list continues to grow with new projects.

we finally got around to going to our local farmers market here and forgot how much we love going. we had stopped going there for awhile. no real reason why besides the cost factor. though now we are realizing it is so worth the extra bucks for local foods, especially our local greens and now duck eggs. we enjoyed a lovely local kale avocado veggie salad last night and it was delicious. the flavor of the kale was amazing!

raw almond bread

moving onto today’s post. remember our post from yesterday discussing inspiration. well we have a dear blog friend that inspires us everyday. it’s so inspiring for us to see a friend follow her passion and make a career out of it! Amber is not only an amazing raw foods chef, she is very similar to us in our way of thinking!

we love her open mind and attitude about foods and health. that is where practically raw fits in so don’t have to be perfect at something all the time. you just do what you can when you can.

we were asked to review Amber’s cookbook Practically Raw. we were so excited to take a look and make a few of her yummy looking recipes. we absolutely adore this cookbook. love how she dedicated chapters to hummus and kale chips!!! so awesome we must say.

practically raw cookbook

we browsed the cookbook making notes on what recipes we wanted to make first. then we realized it was just about everything in there. seriously it all sounded so good. and Amber does a great job of letting you keep the recipe RAW or cook it. so again you can do what fits for your lifestyle. don’t be afraid of trying new things. we love that the cookbook gives you that flexibility of raw or cooked, as we have learned our bodies do best with a little from both worlds!

raw banana bread

we finally decided to make her banana bread squares. we adore bananas. and loved banana bread growing up so making this raw version seemed perfect. and it was!! the bread texture was so soft and tasty. plus the recipe was super easy to make!

we loved every bite of this bread.  we ate this banana bread plain because it was that good as is. but putting some nut butter on top would be amazing as well.

raw banana almond bread

thanks again Amber for letting us review your cookbook! now if you are looking for some great and easy recipes that can be done either raw or cooked then this cookbook is for you! go out and get yourself a copy now.

we hope one day that our paths will cross and we get to meet the lovely Amber and make yummy raw foods together!

we already booked a few more recipes to make like her graham crackers, cashew-macadamia nut hummus, chocolate kale chips, and oh so much more.

Twins Question: what are your thoughts on cookbooks that provide raw recipes along with cooking options? do you like to incorporate some raw foods into your daily life? what is your favorite raw foods recipe?

till next time,

lori and michelle


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lindsay March 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

i love amber! such a great personality and zest for life. You can tell by her cooking too.
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Lori and Michelle March 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

totally agree Lindsay!

GetSkinnyGoVegan March 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

I want!!!! It’s great for raw virgins because a lot of peeps don’t have all the kitchen equipment and are not sure about making the investment.
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katie @KatieDid March 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

I think my body likes some raw foods when the weather is warm but in the winter I do much better with cooked veggies and raw seems to irritate my stomach. But I definetely try to keep an open mind with different eating styles and find ways I can enjoy different sorts of meals into the style that works for me. the ‘bread’ looks wonderful!
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Debbie March 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

I think this book is awesome! I love the fact that it provides flexibility for people. We all believe that more is better and this book definitely helps a busy person incorporate fresh food into their diet. Kudos!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

Thank you girls for the sweet review! I’m so glad you like the Banana Bread Squares. <3
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Lori and Michelle March 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Amber they were delicious!!! just perfect :) HUGS

Lisa March 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I like that there is a variety of cooking options so that it is not restricted to a certain diet! I think it’s a great idea to have a variety of raw and cooked in a families diet and that you get to experiment more that way! The almond banana bread looks so unique, not like normal banana bread so that’s pretty cool too!
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Lauren March 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

That banana bread sounds so good! I love a book with both cooked and raw, since that’s how I eat! :)
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Lori and Michelle March 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lauren you would love Amber’s book! we love eating both too.

Jessica Nazarali (@JessicaNazarali) March 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I came across Amber’s site from Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings and was pleased to hear that you are a fan of hers as well! Her recipes look great and not as fiddly as many raw recipes. I’m keen to try the banana bread!
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Ela March 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Awesome–I love that you did this–can’t wait to see her book myself. Glad you made it to the farmers market too–no farmers market here until June!

I think it’s really smart not to segregate raw and cooked, and to integrate the two of them together.
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Laury@TheFitnessDish March 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I LOVE the concept of this book! Not trying to be perfect, but doing your best to incorporate raw foods into your diet! It’s very practical!!
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hihorosie March 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Love Amber, love her laid-back style and way of thinking, too. This bread looks delicious!
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the delicate place March 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

oh wow those look like fruit leather! so fun! a part of me wishes i had a dehydrator but we just seriously do NOT have the counter space! i love our place but not the galley kitchen!

(what runs) Lori March 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

OMG I love Amber! I’m slightly obsessed… with all three of you! You are all my inspirations and I’m so blessed to have found amazing people to be motivated and inspired by.

Love you, girls!
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Runningahealthyfamilyinheels May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’m hoping I can get hold of this book in the uk. It looks good..

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