Raw Food Detox {Review and Giveaway}

by Michelle M

Raw Food Detox reviewWith the new year, there are all sorts of resolutions, so many of which center around eating better.  I’m in that camp, not surprisingly.  I know what I need to do.  My biggest issue is that I need to eat more fruits and veggies and find ways that are fun to make them.  The Raw Food Detox: Revitalize and Rejuvenate With These Delicious Low-calorie Recipes to Help You Lose Weight and Improve Your Energy Levels, by Anya Ladra of Raw Fairies in the UK, is a great start to this.

Raw Food Detox is a cookbook, but it’s more than that.  I’m fascinated by the concept of raw foods because the less processed the better in my world.  But I’m new to it.  And it’s intimidating.  Anya Ladra has put together a great introductory textbook that shows you how to go through a detox if you so choose – with three variations – that includes what to eat and when.  Given that much of it requires eating every two or so hours, that part isn’t for me.  But I’ll take what I can.

I appreciate that the introduction of the book includes a listing of all the “powerhouse” ingredients that are used throughout the book and their benefits.  She also includes an index in the back of the book with suggestions on where to find some of the more unusual ingredients.  One thing I appreciate is that while doing a raw diet can certainly assist in weight loss, that isn’t the focus of the book.  It’s far more on the increase in energy and promotion of better sleep patterns and improvements in skin quality.  I can get behind that.

The book contains a ton of recipes for raw foods that I would likely never have thought of on my own.  I strongly appreciate that below each recipe is a note of what equipment is needed.  While I have a spiralizer (which is generally optional) and a blender, I don’t have a dehydrator, and I’m not likely to go buy one at the moment.  I know which recipes I can and cannot make with a quick skim.

And a lot of the recipes are fascinating.  I would never have thought to make a mango smoother with turmeric, but it sounds delicious.  The full color photos of each recipe provide a great visual and also help me decide if it is a dish I want to prepare or not.  The sweet potato and courgette (zucchini) salad with arame and bean sprouts is one I’ll be adding to my regular repertoire, although I’ll buy my sprouts rather than sprouting the beans myself.  I made the avocado and tomato salad with red pepper chili dressing, and it’s amazing.  It isn’t just salads though.  There are appetizers and main dishes and even desserts.  The brownie squares  are going on my list of items to make.

Personally, I love that I have a cookbook filled with items that I know are dairy free, so Little Miss can eat them without concern.  They are also gluten free, but many rely on nuts – because you need protein – so if you have a nut allergy in the house, this will be limiting, though there are still plenty of recipes that don’t include nuts.

You can enter to win a copy for yourself! Just leave a comment below, by following the instructions in the rafflecopter.

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In the interest of disclosure, Michelle received a copy of the book for review.  All opinions remain her own.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books contributor Michelle who loves spending time in the kitchen and is always striving to find a healthier way for herself and her two children.  Her husband is on his own.  See what she’s been cooking up on her blog Honest & Truly! or follow along on Twitter where she is also @HonestAndTruly.

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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne January 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Plenty of vegetable soups, salads and great grilled veggies.


2 Marnie Byod January 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm

That looks so great and delicious. What I really love when it comes to cooking is that I can explore even more and I am happy of course.


3 heather January 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

No fried foods thank you for the wonderful giveaway happy new year.


4 Anne W. January 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’m cutting way back on processed foods and sweets (other than fruit).


5 Denise M January 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

i am cutting out sugar and processed foods


6 DebbieKL January 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I am trying to make more of an effort to eat raw foods. I do believe they are best and would love to get some recipe ideas!


7 Leslie Galloway January 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm

We’re trying to eat more fresh veggies, and just more fruits and veggies overall.

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8 Charlene S January 14, 2013 at 3:03 am

Eating more fruits and veggies.


9 Heather! January 14, 2013 at 3:21 am

My NY resolution was to use more healthful ingredients in our meals, and to use fewer harmful ones. It’s a fairly simple step, but an important one, and it’s going well so far! This would certainly help support those efforts.

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10 amy v January 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

i’m trying to eat less processed foods!



11 Angela E. January 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

Fruits, veggies, homemade soups, and rice.


12 Heather Hayes Panjon January 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

Eating Fresh Fruits And Veggies


13 Brittany January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

I am trying to eat healthier by cutting out processed foods. Thanks for the chance to win.


14 angie January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

trying hard to eat better learning some of the best way to eat was the farmers way my grandparents ate when I was a kid


15 Rhonda C January 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Eating more raw foods, Nothing out of a box.


16 amyc January 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Eating more fruits and veggies and less sugar.


17 Christine January 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I am actually trying to eat plant-based so I would LOVE this!!!


18 Chava January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I would love to learn more


19 riTa January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I am very interested in this subject.
My sister-in-law is battling cancer and totally changed her diet and life style and lost much weight. Looks great, glows!


20 Daniel M January 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

trying to stay away from junk food


21 Sarah January 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Would love a chance to win this book, thanks for the giveaway.
Am gluten intolerant and am always looking for new good recipes!


22 Ginny January 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

Eating more fruits & veggies. I’m also tracking my eating on sparkpeople. Makes me think about what I’m eating. Do I really want to log that in?? LOL


23 June January 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

More fish and a lot less red meat in my diet.


24 Bluerose January 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

After a bad test result, I was scared into trying to cook from scratch more and cook with less sugar. We’re eating less processed foods lately.


25 Brandy Wilmoth January 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Yes I am! I’ve started using MyFitnessPal on my phone to keep track of my eating habits. It’s incredible when you realize how bad most foods are and how much of them you eat in a day!


26 Jessica T January 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I started counting calories


27 Laura Lane January 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Lots more veggies. Cutting out most processed foods.


28 screwnicolas January 16, 2013 at 6:19 am

Most of the times, trying to eat more fresh veggies! Avoiding heavy calorie intake foods!!


29 nichol tone January 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

I’m trying to eat hesalthy


30 Sadie January 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

We are trying to eat more green veggies and soups.


31 jenny stade January 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I have been trying to eat healthy. But i am also very interested in the “raw” food idea. :-)


32 Sarah January 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

We’re trying to introduce new foods, especially new veggies, into our rotation


33 Jen V January 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I am trying to add a lot more vegetables to my diet. I plan to start each day with a green smoothie.


34 Christine January 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

No fried foods


35 Cassandra Eastman January 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

We are watching what we eat much closer, not eating out. More fresh fruits and veggies and watching our carb intake!


36 Ttrockwood January 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I am maintaining my healthy vegan diet while adding fresh vegetble based juice from my new juicer to pack in more nutrients! This cookbook look so awesome!


37 Jill H. January 17, 2013 at 2:04 am

I am eating more fruits and veggies and less fried foods


38 HilLesha January 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

I’m starting to eat more organic food.


39 maria elena January 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

i am already vegan… so i want to go more RAW vegan.


40 Tamra H January 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

My husband and I are eating in a lot more often, eating more fruits and veggies, more whole grain. And most importantly for us, eating less!


41 Gina B January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Putting in more veggies – learning to cook main dishes with them, and my next challenge will be cooking with beans. All to reduce the meat!


42 Lori D. January 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

To stay away from junk food.


43 katie o. January 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Eating a larger variety of veggies. We’re already vegetarians, but the types we eat aren’t varied much. =\


44 Lynn Savage January 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

This year I’m cutting out processed foods and trying desperately hard to cut out fizzy drinks.


45 Randi Poole January 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I have been working with a trainer and making sure I eat small meals throughout the day as opposed to one large one


46 janice January 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I’m watching the amount of sodium I eat.


47 drina m. January 19, 2013 at 1:55 am

I am trying to eat less sugar.


48 Chuck January 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

My wife would want me to cut down on my salting everything that I eat.


49 Realia M January 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

more fruits and veggies for me


50 Serena Powell January 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I am trying to cut back on dairy products.


51 rebeka deleon January 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

i am trying to eat healthier than last year.


52 Danny Rubio January 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Healthy detox book = healthy life…

Thank you…

Single Dad Danny



53 Vera Khule January 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Upping the greens. No sugar or white flour at all.


54 Wendi P January 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I have been really cutting back on animal products and trying to more whole foods instead. It is all about retraining my taste buds. Thanks for the chance to win!


55 cassandra mccann January 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

no i have not


56 Ginger G. January 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’m including more veggies!


57 Don January 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

This detox book sounds like a good idea for me to try.


58 carol January 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

would love to know more about this


59 cathy henatyszen January 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I try to eat healthy all the time, so all I could do is add more good stuff


60 Melissa Eisenman January 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Cutting out the sweets! I already eat VERY well, so I am just cutting out that sometimes dessert after the kids go to bed!


61 Sarah Bjo January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I am trying to eat more real food, less processed junk


62 Garrett January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

More water, fruits & veggies in my diet.


63 Jason January 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I am eating more fruits


64 emily l January 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Im trying to cut back on processed foods and sodas. I’m all ready a vegetarian.



65 jacqueline January 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

trying to cut out sugars!


66 dawn cook January 25, 2013 at 12:29 am

trying to eat healthier and give up diet soda


67 Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

more organic
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