Last month, some of us lucky folks had our lunch hour graced by Australian raw food chef (and dear lululemon friend), Kemi Nekvapil. All it took was one mouthful of her delicious recipes and we were singing her praises (and ready to invest in a Vitamix of our own). Between scoffing down “lulu lifts” (recipe below) I asked Kemi what she loved most about her raw lifestyle.
Five Reasons I Went Raw
1. Energy that keeps me going and going
Adding more raw to my plate means that I am eating live energy! What that gives me is a wonderful sense of wellbeing that has me jump out of bed every day. In fact because I have been eating this way for a while now, I am now a very enthusiastic long distance runner. (Yes, it gives you that much energy)
2. Good for you food that tastes good
It tastes so good. Mother Nature was not messing around when she decided to create her menu. The flavors of organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables are truly sublime. No additives or flavor enhancers are needed. Every fruit or vegetable, nut or seed has a very distinct flavor and texture to appreciate.
3. It's quick and easy
It is so quick. I use a blender, a food processor and a knife to create my recipes. I want them to be flavor filled and look great, but I also want them to be quick and easy.
4. Keeps me feeling young
As a woman of 38, I feel younger than I ever did at 18. Eating greens keeps you young and eating spinach is so much cheaper than Botox!
5. I found my calling
Being a raw foods presenter and chef is such a fulfilling calling. To be able to share the power of raw foods in a way that people respond to and knowing it makes a huge difference to people lives is very rewarding. It transforms not just how they feel but how they look at themselves and the world.
Get hooked on raw with 'lulu lifts'
Easy to make, Kemi designed these little energy balls just for us! They’re the perfect firecracker-of-a-snack when you’re feeling the need for a little pick-me-up.
• ½ cup cacao
• ½ cup brazil nuts
• ½ cup almonds
• ½ cup raisins
• 3 tbsp raw honey
• 2 tbsp flaxseeds
• a splash of vanilla extract
• water to bind
Place all ingredients (except raisins and water) into a food processor and process until combined. Slowly add water to bind the mixture. Fold in the raisons then roll into balls and refrigerate or freeze.
[Kemi’s note: Cacao is a natural stimulant. Because of this you may want to avoid giving it to children. You can replace it with natural cocoa powder or carob. You may want to add a little more honey if you use carob.]
This story originally appeared on the lululemon blog.