Before moving to Boynton Beach, Judy Pokras lived in Manhattan and admits that she became spoiled with all the places to eat healthy raw foods.
Raw food is something that is not heated above 118 degrees and Pokras said most residents would be surprised as to how many items that includes.
“Studies show that when food is heated above the high temp, it creates harmful chemicals that can cause aging and disease,” she said.
In an effort to help others find raw foods and create their own dishes, the author is now featured on www.amazon.com and available on the Kindle.
“It’s just better for your health,” she said. “My book has it all depending on your mood. It has snacks, dessert and entrees.”
Her e-book “The Little e-Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes” is ranked at around 30,000 out of almost 400,000 on the Kindle.
The book has 50 recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Brunch, available for $9.99 via Amazon.
“It is art you can eat,” she said.
Recipes range from cranberry sauce, apple pie a la mode, and squash pumpkin pie to anisette cookies, Thai coconut soup and borscht.
She said what drove her to write the book was the lack of raw food services in the area.
Vincent Dessberg, another proponent of raw foods, said he has known Pokras for six years.
“She is the single most knowledgeable person when it comes to raw foods nutrition,” he said.
Dessberg said he has been a vegan most of his life, but ate a lot of junk food.
“Processed food is just not healthy,” he said. “Raw food is really how we evolved to live.”
Dessberg said after trying the diet for six months, he lost two pounds a week and felt better than ever.
“I was 5 foot, 11 inches, [and] 200 pounds,” he said. “We in American think it’s normal to be overweight.”
He said the book from Pokras would benefit all residents because of how rare the raw food accessibility is in the county.
Pokras is also the founder and editor of RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com.