Can you relate to an old pattern of thinking that the supermarket might actually run out of things just before Christmas?

Whilst this may have been true yonks ago – it seems that no matter how much pre-Christmas store-shelf-plundering goes on, they never seem to run out these days.

That said, here are my take on the 3 goodies it’s wise for us to make sure we’re well stocked with. That is if we’re keen to be able to get stuck in to the most popular raw, vegan, gluten-free goodies we’re likely to be on the menu.

  • Medjool dates – the organic ones are additive-free and rich in antioxidants, potassium, calcium, iron and Vit B3. They’re best when pre-soaked for a minimum of 3 hours (removes any dirt, and helps to activate the phytochemicals within…plus it makes them easier for blending; plus check out the link below**) These are a must for pretty much all mooses, cheesecakes, (all desserts in fact), smoothies and drinks.



  • Cashews or almonds – think versatile (these low GI beauties are handy for both savory and sweet creations). Cashews are rich in soluble fiber, manganese, zinc selenium, whilst almonds are also good for magnesium, vit E, fiber and unsaturated fats.

Always make sure you pre-soak (overnight is easiest).

They’re both so handy for making nut butters, cheesecake bases, salads, sauces, smoothies dips, and for marinating and dehydrating.

  • Karengo – a sea vegetable rich in B and C vitamins, proteins and low GI carbs.

Super tasty dehydrated and tossed on salads or on its own. And I just love it added to miso or as a light stand-alone snack. If it’s tricky to find, shredding raw nori sheets can be a handy alternative.


**Take away – Curious about the reasons to pre-soak? Check out this link


Fi head & shdrs blueFi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor, LifeStyle and Health Brand Ambassador. She lives in NZ and Indonesia with her husband Chris, relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.