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Raw foods are well known for their health benefits, so we thought it would be interesting to provide some ideas on how to add some raw food into your diet. This week’s Nutritional Boot Camp is compliments of Kristy and Debbie Thurber from

Debbie is a cancer survivor. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned her attention to her diet because she wanted to prevent her cancer from returning. StartingOutRaw features raw food and fantastic photography provided by Michael Thurber.

From StartingOutRaw: Vegan Detox Salad

“We have come up with a spring detox salad for this week. We put together a bunch of übercleansing ingredients and added some Asian flavorings and it came out very tasty. I just made up this salad on the weekend during a potluck. Our guests loved it. It’s definitely a salad that is customizable to your palette.

We had all these ingredients in our fridge, but you really don’t need every single ingredient to have a really good and cleansing salad. For instance, mom had some sprouted quinoa ready but you could use bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts or no sprouts at all. So have fun and happy detoxing!”

–Debbie and Kristy Thurber

Click the image below to watch Debbie and Kristy discuss this fantastic salad.


2 cups packed spinach
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1 carrot, julienned or shredded
1/2 beet sliced or shredded
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds or nuts of your choice
1/2 package kelp noodles
1/2 cup sprouted quinoa
1/4 cup raisins
Several sheets of seaweed such as Nori shredded
1 avocado diced

Place all ingredients together in a big bowl.


1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 to 3 tablespoons of brown rice vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Whisk all the ingredients together and and pour over salad. Let sit for a few minutes. It really doesn’t take very long, but it will get better the longer it sits.


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