You can prepare this dish in advance, if you want, but toss in the dressing only just before serving. Adding kelp noodles provides additional texture and minerals, which will support metabolism. Creamy, yet light and nourishing, this is the perfect start to a raw food diet.
What is a raw food diet? If you’re stuck in a diet rut, it could be the incredibly healthy way to lose weight that you’ve been looking for.
Almond butter is a fantastic, protein-packed spread, rich in vitamin E, fibre and antioxidants. It is a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats, plus the minerals magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper. Almonds can lower LDL cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Pad Thai with Nut Dressing Recipe
Soaking time: 15 minutes
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Storage: will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days
2 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 courgette, julienned
½ red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
½ yellow pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
1 large handful kelp noodles (soaked for 15 minutes, then drained)
30g/1oz/½ cup unsweetened, dried, shredded coconut flakes
3 tbsp cashew nuts
handful of mung beans (optional)
1 small handful Thai basil leaves
1 small handful coriander leaves (optional)
For the Nut Dressing:
3 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp xylitol or yacon syrup
2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
2 tbsp melted coconut butter
1 tsp ground cumin
pinch chilli powder or flakes
1 To make the nut dressing, place all the ingredients in a blender and blend to create a thick sauce, adding as much as you need of 80ml/2½fl oz/⅓ cup water.
2 Place all the salad ingredients and noodles in a large bowl and stir in the dressing. Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 469kcal • Protein 11.2g • Carbohydrates 18.8g • Fat 40.3g (of which saturates 15.9g)
This delicious Pad Thai recipe could form part of a raw food diet – here’s just a few reasons why a raw food diet is the healthy and happy way to lose weight (hint, one of the reasons is you still get to have dessert).