No Vampires Allowed! Why you should be eating raw garlic & 5 ways to do it!

GARLIC.

I LOVE the stuff. Seriously. The more the better for me. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but savoury? That’s a whole ‘nother story.

I’m also nucking futs.

I eat raw cloves of garlic all the time. Before you x out, hear me out.

Raw garlic is one of the healthiest things you can possibly eat. It also happens to taste amazing!

Why am I obsessed?

Ok so garlic is full of vital nutrients, amino acids, & antioxidants. One of them being the amino acid Allicin, which is deactivated when cooked. This is what lends garlic it’s smell but has a tonnnnn of heath benefits including: improved circulation, blood pressure, & other caridovascular benefits. Read more here

Do note, allicin is only activated when cut or smash so chop chop before you pop it or use it! I always smash garlic anyways as it releases all the flavours!

It also contains taurine & lipoic acid which helps rebuild collagen… UM YES PLEASE. If you are a vegetarian, this is a great supplement to enhance collagen production – aka the best anti-aging tip!

Other benefits of garlic include: lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss, a great source of vitamins & minerals, fight the common cold, improves cholesterol, full of antioxidants, improves bone health… all while being delicious af. {source}

all right all right all right

if you like garlic, but aren’t too keen on popping garlic cloves in your mouth like candy, have no fear, here are my 5 top raw garlic recipes:

ONE }: A Checca Sauce

This is one of my favourite tips & I’ll do a full blown post on this very soon. A checca sauce is an uncooked sauce that is perfect for a spring pasta or zoodles. It generally uses uncooked tomatoes, basil, garlic, s&p, & olive oil mixed in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. When I do mine, I sub the greens with spinach & kale & if I’m feeling really frisky, I throw in 2 garlic cloves. I love this recipe by Giada too.

TWO }: The Best Damn Vinaigrette

Mixed with an acid, olive oil, & spices – minced or grated garlic is super easy to eat raw on a salad. I love this vinaigrette on a greek style salad, especially a traditional one without lettuce like this one. If you want a creamier salad, add kefir or greek yogurt to the acid + oil + spice mix. The fat from both the dairy & the olive oil will also tone down the sharpness of the garlic.

THREE }: My favourite cooking tip – Gremotata

Ok y’all know I am obsessed with gremolata. It’s the easiest way to elevate your cooking! Try this swirled in soups, mixed with some quinoa, or tossed in some pasta. It makes for a great sandwich spread too. The options are seriously endless & this is a weekly staple in my book… not to mention it takes 5 seconds to whip up.

FOUR }: Garlic Compunded Butter

So a compund butter is just softened butter whipped with herbs, then rolled & in the fridge til firm – see more here in depth. Toss this baby on some toasty crusted bread or mixed in mashed potatoes. If you want to add some extra health benefits, toss in some shredded lettuce… or better yet, make my greenz {aka my first blog post aka garlic + kale + garlic until coarse in the food processor} and mix THAT in the butter. YES PLS.

FIVE }: Guacamole!!!

Okay so this is one of my favourite secrets but I love to sex up a traditional guacamole. In fact, here’s my go to recipe for guac for 2 {and yes, it’s extra 😉 }: 2 chopped avocados, 1 chopped tomato, 1/2 small chopped onion, a handful of chopped kale & a handful of chopped spinach, 1 small serrano pepper minced WITH the seeds {you can use jalapeño if too spicy or derib & deseed it – the heat is from the seeds}, 1 minced garlic clove, pink salt, pepper, juice of one lime & a KISS of tequila all combined. If you really want to make me proud, throw in some hemp hearts, why dontcha?

If you’re like Erik & just cannot for the life of you even do garlic, I recommend these supplements… odor & taste free!

As far as to mask the taste… ah beauty is pain. But some things that will help is drinking milk afterwards {similar to how it helps with spicy foods}, eating apples with lemon juice &/or green tea brewed with peppermint leaves & lemon juice. The lemon juice will help neutralize!

Ok sold yet? Are you a garlic fiend like me?? If so, lmk other ways to use garlic!! Always looking for some fun but easy recipes 😉

On another note, Erik & I are off to LA tomorrow since he is speaking at USC {any excuse for an LA weekend is good for me}. Any fun places we must check out? tell, tell!

great chat, xx Shannon

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  • Shruthi R. Parker

    Glad to read about all the benefits! I literally put garlic in everything hahaha. Also – “nucking futs” that is amazing 😀

  • I’m garlic obsessed too! I’m glad to know its doing me some good! Thanks for all these facts I can pull out the next time someone tells me that I have garlic breath!!!! xo Sam

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  • AngeliePangilinan

    We love garlic, it’s a base of every filipino dish! However, can’t imagine eating it raw. 😮

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  • Margaret Rigney

    I am SO glad I’m not the only one who loves, loves, loves garlic! (Especially when it’s raw.) I also kind of have a thing with raw purple onions… 😛 Guess we lucked out with naturally loving these healthy things!

    Xx
    Margaret
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  • these are greaaaatttt tips. I am a serious garlic addict for the anti aging and immunity benefits. Between that and turmeric it’s almost always on my cutting board. Thanks for sharing these recipes girl!

    xo,
    Andi
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  • Alexandra

    Love this post! Definitely need to incorporate more garlic in my diet!
    xoxo, Alexandra
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  • Love this post ! Iam a big fan of garlic too and we use it in different recipies and sauces ! Love raw garlic .Xo Miki
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  • Amanda Maxwell

    So, I likely wont start snacking on garlic but I will add it to a few more recipes and integrate it more!!

  • Rosy Ferry

    You’re preaching to the converted, I love me some raw garlic, I usually add it to sauces and dips, I can’t get enough of the stuff 🙂

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  • I should really eat more raw garlic, It is so good for you!
    xo
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  • omg you’re coming!!! if you’re on abbot kinney pls hit me up sister!!!
    xoxo
    Krista
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    • Yes!!! We are in Venice & abbot Kinney today I’ll holla at you girl!! xx s

  • Nicole

    Super informative! what a wealth of knowledge! I love garlic, you had me at anti-aging!

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