First Raw Wednesday Giveaway!

Hello, friends!

I hope that raw Wednesday was great! And I’m so glad that the young coconut tutorial was helpful. I encourage you all to pick up your cleavers and try these out at home!

To end the second raw Wednesday in our series, Jenna and I would like to announce our first giveaway! The prize is one copy of Ani Phyo’s wonderful new dessert book, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts.


For those of you who don’t know Ani’s work, you can find a link to her first book in my Raw Foods 101 tab. Her first book, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, belongs in every aspiring raw chef’s library. It’s beautiful, informative, and stocked with absolutely delicious raw recipes. Best of all, it’s simple: what makes Ani so special is her easy approach to raw foods: all of her recipes demand minimal prep time, minimal kitchen appliances, and minimal stress.

Ani’s new book is a trim, adorable collection of her favorite desserts. Those of you who have experimented with raw desserts have probably noticed that most are fairly labor-intensive and extremely high fat. Ani’s are healthy, quick, and nourishing. I plan on doing a review of the cookbook soon, at which point I’ll have a chance to show you some of her recipes up close and personal, but in the meantime, it’s my and Jenna’s pleasure to offer one of you a copy! All you have to do is respond to this post with a comment telling us your favorite raw recipe thus far in the challenge. It can be a simple salad or one of your raw snacks: anything that has captured your imagination in these two weeks. Good luck!

In other news, Ms. Gina–aka The Fitnessista–is visiting new york with her friend Megan next week. We’re trying to put together a blog lunch!! If you’re interested in joining us, please shoot me an email, or visit Gina’s blog and leave a comment on this post! I would love to meet NYC bloggers and readers I haven’t met yet, and I’m very excited to meet Gina. Melissa of Fitness NYC will also be there. Let us know!

So you’ll notice that I’m not at the Animal Collective show. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling up to it tonight. This breaks my heart, since Animal Collective is by far one of my top bands, but sometimes you need to listen to your body: I’m still tired and very queasy, and I’m flying out at the crack on dawn on Friday. Sigh. I’m sure it’ll be a night to remember.

On that note, I’m off to rest. Good night, guys!


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  1. My favorite recipe so far is a recipe I saw on you tube by Ani Phyo. “Baja Tacos”. My goshhhhh I could not believe those tasted so delicious! Amazing ♥

  2. O my dear..hehe…I forgot to enter your giveaway bc I would truly loooooooooooove to win!!!! My favorite raw recipe of yours that I’ve made numerous times already (hehe) is: Raw chocolate pudding (aka “chocomole”)…it’s delish..
    Thanks darling and looking forward to seeing you at the Blogger lunch with the Fitnessista….
    The Healthy Apple

  3. I would looooooooooove to meet you ladies for a blogger lunch in NYC—yea yea yea!!! I’m so cited…and finally you and I can get together, hehe..
    Can’t wait…send me an email and let me know the details…can’t wait to see you….

  4. For me, it would have to be those raw donut holes (?) I’ve been seeing everywhere! YUM!
    <3 jess

  5. The cookbook looks amazing, and really, raw donut holes? Does it GET any better?! It is fun to try eating raw, especially since I don’t really like veggies (it’s a texture thing) and so I am really challenging myself!

  6. Can’t say I’ve experimented with raw much yet, but I do love a medjool and almond butter every now and then. Soo decadent!

    Thanks for the giveaway and sorry to hear you couldn’t make it to Animal Collective.. they are AMAZING (but I missed their show as well in Philly).


  7. loved the raw donut holes but definitely my favourite part of raw wednesdays or any day is green juice!!! love the energy jolt that comes with it 🙂

  8. I pretty much went out and got this the day it hit my bookstore. I <3 Ani, I was waiting for it for weeks!!

  9. My favorite raw dessert is Gina’s macaroons..but I also am addicted to green smoothies!

  10. I actually made my first raw meal today! It was Basil Cucumber Spring Rolls!! (Check it the pics out on my blog)
    It was fantastic but I would love to make chia spinach blueberry wraps next!

    Thanks soooo much!

  11. I recently tried Swell Vegan’s raw applesauce and loved it. Would like to expand my raw food horizons!

  12. I just bought Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen (and ALMOST bought her dessert book too, but was trying to stick to my budget!) and I have to say, I am in love! Out of the recipes I have made so far, my fav is the Cashew Coconut Pudding (but I have also had great fun making my own mylks, and dove head first into the bean-free hummus!) YUM! I would love to win this book and would use it all of the time! Thanks for offering another great giveaway Gena! You rock!

  13. My favorite recipe would have to be the raw doughnuts or “laraballs”! (Fitnessista shout-out)

  14. My favorite was a tasty “trail mix” that doesn’t aggravate my food sensitivities – raw cashews, goji berries, and flaked coconut. Just the right mix to make for a happy mid-afternoon!

  15. One of my top-of-the-list, absolutely adored by all, raw snacks/treats is my kale chips…. sweet, salty, crispy, light, DELICIOUS. Yum! Need to go buy some kale.

  16. Arrrggghhh… I probably can’t make the blogger/reader lunch but before I leave NYC in August I definitely want to partake in at least one of them! Please keep posting details

    My fave raw dessert… I read about “raw snickers” online and I just had to re-create it at home.. and man was it faboosh! who knew dates could taste so decadent…. mmmmm

  17. My fav would have to be the massaged kale salad with avocado and tomatoes. It’s like guacamole with a heavy dose of nutrient-bursting greens! Or a green smoothie. I have one everyday now!

  18. Three words: raw cashew hummus. Someone mentioned it in your comments and I’ve been itching to try it every since! Once I get a functional food processor… it’s on!!

  19. Oh yippee! Having just made one of the desserts in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen this week, I know this book will be awesome. My favorite raw-cipe is probably the Chedder Cheeze Spread that I made this week from One Week Raw (it’s a free raw cookzine). OMG, this stuff is soooo amazing! Oh, if I can pick two recipes, a Raw Cheezecake that I made from Vegetarian Times is also to die for.

  20. I really “need” this raw cookbook since I don’t know how to make anything raw except my currently favorite snack which is Raw Donut Holes. Yum!

  21. My fave raw recipe thus far has to be a smoothie – easy and delicious 🙂
    I definitely need a dessert recipe book, it’s even better that it’s raw!

  22. Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl is my absolute favorite. I could eat it for every meal. If I did, I’m sure I’d turn orange! 😉

  23. my favorite has actually been some fresh fruit…i almost forgot how good of a snack it can be!

  24. I haven’t specifically tried any raw foods recipes yet but would love to give it a try. I’m looking for some recipes that my husband might enjoy. If I start with the wrong thing he might not give it a second chance.

  25. The Collard Green wraps r awsome. And I don’t know if this would count but raw kale and romaine salads withapple cider vinigarette are starting to become one of my staples 2. Ur rightthey r yummy!
    P.S. Pick me Pick me!!!

  26. Chia pudding is my favorite raw snack. I love this stuff. It is so easy too. I do:

    1/4 cup of Cha-Cha-Chia
    1 1/2 cups of unsweetend almond milk
    1 stevia packet
    chopped strawberries and a handfull of blueberries
    I let this sit in the frdge for about 30 minutes and then I spoon myself out some! I sprinkle the top with Raw Cocao nibs and it is Awesome. Hope you enjoy!

  27. I bought a juicer right before the challenge and have been LOVING my juice breakfasts! My favorite meal so far is versions of the “pizza cheese” (your recipe) I’ve experimented with…yum, yum, yum! I haven’t tried raw desserts yet and my sweet teeth would be sooo grateful for that book!

  28. Ani Phyo’s book looks amazing! I’ve been adding more raw veggies in my meals. Nothing fancy just more greens, bell peppers, carrots, sprouts, tomatoes, etc. Much easier this time of year!

  29. I love zucchinis sliced in Julienne with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I love raw revolution bars, and chia pudding! So many recipes really 🙂

  30. I have been enjoying trying new foods after reading all these blogs. 🙂 I am barrowing my friends juicer…and am now planning on buying a better one for myself. Raw wed. have been fun…juicing veggies and fruit…eating raw revalation bars… and learning more about raw eats! Healthy, fun and oh so yummy! I am planning on making some chia pudding soon!!!

  31. Pizza Cheese is one of favorite recipes!! I cant wait to try more awesome raw recipies!!

  32. My favorite raw recipe is definitely the Pizza tasting Nut Butter!!! Mmmm! I just ordered Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and Raw Food Real World, I can’t wait to try other new recipes. 🙂

  33. My favorite raw recipe so far is definitely the classic gazpacho from Nathalia’s book. Even my boyfriend loved it

  34. i love the raw donut holes, and was lucky enough to get to try some when a friend made them!

  35. My favorite raw recipe right now is a dish from Nomi Shannon- avocado, oil cured olives and raw kraut! YUMM!!

    I love Ani Phyo! Her first book is a staple to my raw lifestyle!

    Feel better, Gena!

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