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Radiant RAWlean 05/18/11

Rolene Sher is an inspiring and energetic raw foodist who hosts the most fabulous raw food workshops which I had the pleasure of joining.

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I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Rolene Sher’s (or RAWlean as she’s probably more well know as) RAW food workshops, which focused on healthy lunchboxes plus super snacks for hikers and runners to munch on. Here, I was introduced to the many wonderful foods that are possible on a raw diet.

I have always thought that a raw diet consisted exclusively of fresh fruit and veg – which it largely does – but I had no idea about the possibilities that could be achieved using a dehydrator. (A dehydrator is a tool that uses low temperatures and a fan to dry food. It essentially removes the water from food, but it keeps the enzymes of your raw food intact.)

A raw food diet generally consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 46 degrees Celcius. The belief is that when food is heated above this temperature, it loses nutritional value.

RAWlene has been a raw foodist for four years and transformed her eating lifestyle with a positive approach that has seen her lose 39 kgs and heal her body from breast cancer. She runs workshops all over Cape Town and the rest of South Africa. Rolene brings an inspiring and positive energy that reflects the power of her lifestyle. Her workshops are not only about raw food preparation, they are also about understanding the connectedness of body, mind, heart and spirit.

Through her workshops, Rolene shares recipes and her food philosophy and great tasting food. (Veggie Buntch is thrilled that RAWlean joined our first cooking workshop on 5th May).

The RAWlean workshops cover a variety of foodie themes including breakfast, lunch and dinner, soups, salads and smoothies, raw desserts, soups, salads and smoothies, raw desserts, tasty tantalisers, summer salads and salsas, healthy lunchboxes and raw food snacks. Plus she has created two new workshops on how to be RAW and eat warm food in the winter – now that’s a challenge she says she is ready to share.

Rolene at a workshop with some great homemade muesli!

For more info on upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/RAWlean

But, without further ado, let me me share some of the pictures from the event, which gives you an idea of the diverse snacks and food that you can prepare.

Salad packed full of flavoursome sprouts. No dressing needed.

Almond and chocolate brownie before going into the dehydrator. If you have a sweet tooth, this will satisfy the craving without the guilt.

100% pure watermelon fruit leather. Amazingly chewy and super sweet.

Chewy flaxseed bars made with fruit puree, flax seed, dates, coconut flakes, almonds and apple.

Ridiculously tasty trail mix.

Crunchy cabbage chips.



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Anna thompson January 12, 2013 Reply

Where can I find freshly ground cashew butter in Cape Town. Kind regards and thank you, anna

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Laura Cooke – Editor January 12, 2013 Reply

Hi there,

Wellness Warehouse is probably your easiest option as they should stock Earth Products range. http://www.wellnesswarehouse.com/shop/?var=6923#page=page-1

I will ask around and see if there are some other places that stock fresh butter.

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Laura Cooke – Editor January 13, 2013 Reply

Hi Anna,

Consensus from the community is that Dischem and Wellness Warehouse are your best options.

Another option is Komati foods in Observatory – http://komatifoods.giddyupcms.com/OnlineCatalog/Nut_Butters-list.aspx

Hope this helps!

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