Apples are one of the most popular weight loss foods, as their pectin fiber helps keep you full. Sometimes one apple is all I need for lunch! It also combines better with other foods than most fruits do. Vegetables require different enzymes for digestion than fruits. When you combine the two, you create bad digestion. The only exception is apples, which have a neutral effect and can be blended with vegetables. Dried fruits such as raisins also combine better than fresh fruits.
In this totally raw Waldorf Salad, even the mustard used in the dressing will be raw, made from scratch! If you aren’t that ambitious, though, use stone-ground or Dijon mustard.
- 8 tbsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
- 4 oz. mineral water
- 3 oz. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. unheated honey
- 1-2 apples, grated
- 1-2 sprigs asparagus, grated or sliced in small pieces
- ½ cup sun-dried raisins
- ½ cup walnuts
- 3-4 cups lettuce and/or spinach
- ½ cup raw mustard
- ½ cup unpasteurized olive oil (or at least extra virgin olive oil)
- ½ cup unheated honey
- ½ cup water (adjust to taste; less makes the dressing creamier)
- Soak mustard seeds in water and lemon juice overnight.
- Add honey and blend in food processor with “S” blade until creamy. Keeps for months in the refrigerator!
- Toss salad ingredients.
- Top with honey mustard dressing.
- Blend in food processor with the “S” blade until creamy.
Susan Schenck is a raw food coach, lecturer, and author of the two-time award-winning book The Live Food Factor, which has gained a reputation as the encyclopedia of the raw food diet. She is also author of Beyond Broccoli: Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work. Get the first chapter of her book by signing up for the newsletter.