Three Cool Raw Vegan Soups for the Hottest Days of Summer
Don't get me wrong: Around 80 percent of my calories come from raw foods these days. I'm a big believer; I attribute my awesome record of health and the fact that I've dropped 10 percent body fat over the course of the past year to my vegan and mostly raw diet. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, one of the world's leading authorities on plant-based nutrition and disease prevention, says a diet high in raw foods is "a key feature of an anti-cancer diet style and long life." I love raw foods. I just tend to lean toward improvised salads and smoothies because they don't require any planning.
But the scorching August temperatures and the way my body lotion melts instantly into a slick and sweaty film every time I walk out the door have made me crave some cool and nutritious raw recipes to try to negate the Miami heat. I turned back to the book specifically seeking soups that are best served chilled, and I found just what I was looking for. Here are three of my finds.
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The mint adds an extra-cool heat-beating factor to this soothing and immensely nutritious raw soup.
1/4 cup soaked raw cashews (place nuts in bowl, cover with 1/2 cup water, and let soak for 30 minutes)
3 cups unsweetened almond milk (make your own or buy at the store)
3 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 clove garlic
1 tsp sea salt
Drain cashews. Throw them and all other ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate for up to three days. (But most raw-foodists agree that raw vegetable blends are most nutritious immediately after they're prepared.)