Food is usually central to these events. Many of our special meals and treats are foods that have been passed down by our ancestors through the family tree. These foods are often distinct to certain ethnic groups, as they were developed based on the climate and geography of their particular place in the world. We may have lost the historical significance of these foods and now see them as somehow tied to our identity.
Is it possible to retain the memories, the family warmth and laughter and make some adaptions to the food we eat to create healthier options for ourselves and those in future generations that we want to see live a long and healthy life. We begin to recognize that we are a long way from the farms of our ancestors, and we need to make smart choices to avoid the pesticides, herbicides, sugars, unhealthy fats, processed ingredients if we sincerely want to be healthy.
I am finding that it is possible to create traditions around healthier foods and the memories are just as rich and warm. This Easter my daughter and I enjoyed several healthy & delicious treats. One that we especially enjoyed was a fruit salad with a cashew cream sauce.
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Mix together chunks of seasonal fruits: watermelon, papaya, mango, organic strawberries.
Drop 2-3 drops of Young Living Tangerine or Orange essential oil into salad and mix well for a vibrant flavor. Add a spoonful of cream sauce. Use some Coconut Cashew Crunch as a topping.
This is absolutely delicious and makes a good fruit dip or topping for an apple pie.
1 cup raw cashews
1 large, very ripe pear - chopped
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla powder or paste or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional: add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and/or nutmeg powder OR 2 drops YL Orange or Tangerine oil.
1) Blend the cashew nuts to a flour-like consistency using a blender.
2) Add the pear and water; blend until creamy, adding more water if needed.
3) Add the vanilla, and spices or essential oil if using, and blend briefly.
Tip: Freeze and in a few hours you will have ice cream.
Adapted from Raw Food: A complete guide for every meal of the day by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja