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Since receiving an Excalibur dehydrator for my birthday a few weeks ago, I’ve been using it daily and loving how easy it is to make tasty raw snacks.

Some of the goodies I’ve made so far include Nacho Kale Chips, Hazelnut Pear Granola, Cacao and Coconut Granola, potato/beet/sweet potato chips and several varieties of granola bars.

Cacao and Coconut Granola in progress (recipe here from Kelly Child)

A year ago, I joined a local raw food meet-up to meet other vegans (and almost-vegans) who are interested in learning more about the benefits of a raw food diet.  I’ve been inspired to include a green juice or smoothie most days, relegate the microwave to the basement and only use it rarely, try raw restaurants like the amazing Live Organic Food Bar, choose organic produce as much as possible and eat more fresh over cooked veggies.  I still eat plenty of non-raw foods like baking and pasta, but having learned so much about enzymes and nutrients that are lost in the cooking process, I’ve made a commitment to eating at least 50% raw every day.

I’m not a raw food expert, so to learn more about raw cuisine, check out great blogs like Kristen’s Raw or books like Raw Food for Real People by Rod Rotudi, Live Raw by Mimi Kirk, anything by Ani Phyo, Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.