Choosing between raw foods and cooked foods – Providence Vegan

Chocolate Cookies (Recipe)
Image by Ruthieki
I don’t usually stray too far from my standard cookie recipes (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin), but I made this recipe the other day because I was craving cookies and I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. They were GOOD. Really, really good. Possibly my new favorite cookie of all time, even. They’re soft, a little cake-y, and really chocolatey (sort of like eating a brownie in cookie form).

2 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups (2 sticks plus 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temp. (don’t microwave!)
2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
2 large eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract

1. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
3. Add vanilla, mix to combine.
4. Gradually add flour mixture, and combine on low speed.
5. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
6. Heat oven to 350.
7. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball into sugar. Place on baking sheets about 1 ½ inches apart.
8. Bake until set, about 8 minutes.
9. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 45, or just short of three cookie-sheets worth.

I found that baking them for exactly 8 minutes in a properly pre-heated oven yielded perfect cookies. They were very soft and prone to falling apart while they were still hot, but once they cooled the texture was just right. Yum, looking at this picture makes me want to make these again right now… they only lasted about 2 days in my house, mostly since I was eating three for breakfast and three with every meal and three more as a bedtime snack.

Is your food dead or alive? That would be the question that the raw food movement is asking these days. The average person has spent most of his or her life consuming dead foods. From the time a baby is ready for more than just milk, he is introduced to dead food. What does this mean? Animals have to die so that we can eat them. Vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. go from life to death when cooked, especially over a certain degree of heat; some are even overcooked. Enter the raw food movement. It’s fast becoming a trend with many followers.
So what is raw food? Many believe that it’s just simply what it states, ‘food that is raw or uncooked’ and who wants to eat that? Further research into the definition of raw foodism states that it is uncooked, unprocessed food that is not heated beyond 118 degrees F. Food cooked above that tends to lose enzymes that the body needs.
Consuming a 100 percent raw food diet makes the body feel light. There’s also no need to count calories, therefore, you can eat to your heart’s content. Who wouldn’t be happy about that? The raw food lifestyle means a return to the garden; the way people were truly meant to eat. Plants, sprouted grains, nuts and seeds do supply some amount of the nutrients we need in addition to those our bodies already make.
Cooked food gives the body that satiated feeling it craves, but leaves us feeling heavy. People also tend to look for what pleases their palates: grilled, fried, roasted, broiled. Though there are some delicious raw food recipes, some folks would never even fathom giving up the old and trying something new and more healthy.
Finally, like any other lifestyle change, raw foodism requires preparation and planning to be successful. Purchasing some of the necessary tools will help maintain it. These include: a food processor, strong blender, juicer and a food dehydrator (the proverbial oven). All of these items are not needed to start the journey, but a future investment into them will help provide variety when it comes to making more recipes.
Gradually incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals will help make the transition smoother for those willing to try this lifestyle. Also, doing research is vital to any life decision a person can make.

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