« He Likes It Raw: Simon Scott | Main | Green Festival D.C. »

We Like It Hot - Bringing Warmth to Raw


A reader recently wrote into WLIR asking us for tips on how they could bring warmth to their raw dishes, (especially with the whether getting colder). Synchronicitly, on the same day, I noticed an awesome post by Raw Food Coach Karen Knowler on the very same topic!

How To Make Raw Food Taste HOT! by Karen Knowler

Today we're looking at 5 ways to make your food taste hot - all very different. There's bound to be at least one or two that will work for you. And over the weeks that follow I'll be sharing more recipes, tips and ideas to help you stay raw (or as raw as you want to be) during the colder months.

1: Hot spices

There are many ingredients that can add warmth to your meal, despite the fact that they are consumed in their raw state. When your body is fed foods that are cooked or that are too cold (from the fridge or freezer), it uses up energy to balance the temperature. Save your energy for something more exciting and add these raw spices to your meals (and thus your body):

  • Black & white pepper
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Chives
  • Cinnamon
  • Caraway
  • Parsley
  • Turmeric

Keep reading tips 2 - 5 at Karen Knowler's Website