Holiday gifts for raw foodies (and cooked vegans too)
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Here are some gift ideas, whether you’re buying for raw foodies, turning others on to the delights of raw food, or treating yourself to some well-deserved gifts:
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At only $8.99 (with free, fast online delivery), The Little e-Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes is a real value, with 64 pages of 50 awesome recipes ranging from appetizers to entrees to desserts, plus menu suggestions and color photos. This book is all-vegan and all-raw, written by Judy Pokras, a creative raw chef who’s been a journalist for decades and a raw foodie since 1992.
STOP GLOBAL WARMING GO VEGAN bumper sticker
For the small price of $4.49, this gift makes makes a big impact! You might even want to buy a pack of 10 or 50 and give them to lots of people, maybe your students, maybe politicians.
Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Chocolate Kit makes 12 delectable raw chocolates in minutes. Fun for adults and kids too. The package says to soften the chocolate in a bowl of hot water but you can also use a dehydrator set at 95 degrees Fahrenheit, $9.99.
KTec now makes a BPA-free blender jar for its Total Blender, which is a must, as BPA is a harmful chemical.
Zyliss Salad Spinner lets you spin your salads dry with just the press of a button.
The deluxe 9-tray excalibur dehydrator comes in black or white and makes it fun and easy to create raw cookies, crackers, pancakes, pizza crust, kale chips and more.
Ulimanna Chocolate Truffles are available in several flavors and are luscious–a wonderful holiday treat!
White Sapotes are exotic fruits that grow only in certain climates. Their insides are soft and creamy and sort of like vanilla custard. You can make an excellent raw ice cream by mixing peeled and seeded white sapotes with vanilla bean seeds. Mention the code word “Raw” to Dario when you order and receive a special bonus.
BOOKS for raw foodies, raw newbies and to help cooked carnivores transition, plus one book to inspire chefs
Living Raw Food: Get the glow with more recipes from pure food and wine by Sarma Melngailis. The wonderfully talented (and sexy!) actor, writer and director Owen Wilson says about Sarma’s recipes: “Whether you’re into raw food or not, Sarma’s [NYC] restaurant is really great.” And we agree! $23.10
Raw Food for Real People: Living vegan food made simple by Rod Rotondi, the chef and founder of Leaf Organics. It includes a recipe for the Mexican Corn Chowder that’s a crowd pleaser in his California restaurants, and a pomegranate dressing recipe that’s one of his own favorites. $16.47
There is a Cure for Diabetes by Gabriel Cousens, M.D. This book is simply brilliant, with a wealth of scientific information about why a raw vegan diet cures Type II diabetes. It makes a thoughtful and kind gift. $13.57
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw Simple recipes by a Hawaiian raw chef and two other writers. Note that the recipes contain some non-raw ingredients, like nutritional yeast and maple syrup. $11.53
The 7-Day Total Cleanse by Mary McGuire-Wien The author is a yoga teacher and yoga retreat owner. Her comforting book gives readers a regimen that will make them feel pampered and loved as they detoxify by drinking a wide variety of delicious juices and doing yoga poses. Although this book contains some cooked recipes, it’s mostly raw. $11.53
Return to Beauty: old world recipes for great radiant skin by Narine Nikogosian is a lovely guide for anyone who has the time and wants to make their own personal care products from fresh fruits and vegetables and other natural ingredients. Some of the recipes are raw vegan.
Eating Animals The acclaimed novelist Jonathan Safran Foer has written this non-fiction book about his path to going vegan. $15.20
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking is a good book to give to someone who’s transitioning from a SAD diet to a cooked vegan one. $11.53
Healthy Highways Nikki and David Goldbeck have produced a traveler’s guide to “healthy eating.” This 469-page guide covers 2,800 eateries and natural food stores throughout the US. It includes raw restaurants, but they’re not easy to pinpoint because the book doesn’t have a raw category. The closest category is “vegan.” $13.57
Food for Thought: The creative universe of elBulli’s Ferran Adria is a reflection on the worlds of avant-garde cooking and art. While this gorgeous book is not about raw foods, it makes an impressive gift for: raw food (and other) chefs, foodies of any persuasion and raw foodies looking for inspiration. Adria is a cutting edge artistic chef whose amazing food ideas and techniques might well give birth to the next great raw food chef. $29.67
PURE SKIN CARE FOR DISCERNING RAW FOODIES AND OTHERS
Simply Divine Botanicals’ You Glow Girl Glitter Butter is festive, glittery and wonderful! It’s nearly impossible to find a fun cosmetic item that’s made from pure ingredients like this one is. In fact, check out their entire line, as their products make loving and exciting gifts for any woman who cares about what she puts on her skin.
SanRe Organic When you use the code word RAW you’ll get 10 percent off the price of SanRe’s Siesta Sunset, Supple Sunshine or any other items they make. Siesta Sunset is a new product that helps to restore, smooth and deeply hydrate mature and dry skin without clogging sensitive pores. Supple Sunshine Organic Rosemary Lavender Day Cream is a sunscreen and moisturizer with a wonderfully light and smooth feel. I use it every day and get many compliments on my glowing skin!