Earlier this week Joanne Gerrard Young, raw food guru, holistic nutritionist, chef, and health blogger behind The Healing Cuisine hit headlines after revealing what Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady eat while on vacation. The foodie prepares meals for the outrageously good-looking couple and their powerful friends whenever they visit their vacation home in Costa Rica, a gig she’s had for five years.
The biggest thing we learned is that the couple sticks to a mostly raw diet when on vacation. “Since it’s so easy to do in Costa Rica, we do a 80/20 raw diet, with big colorful salads and lots of fresh veggies,” Young told Well and Good, adding that “G” eats lot of vegetarian meals.
She also said that “G” and Brady (T?) were on the verge of quitting desserts, but that she turned them back onto after-dinner treats with her super-healthy, raw recipes: “They didn’t want to do desserts anymore, for healthy eating purposes, but I shared all of my raw vegan desserts with them and they love them and have them all the time,” she said.
Obviously we needed to find out what these presumably magical desserts were, so asked Young to walk us through an easy recipe for raw avocado-based key lime pie. “Avocado is nature’s cleansing super fruit. It’s the perfect addition to any rich and creamy dessert,” she told us, adding that eating the buzzy food can even help you lose weight are are great for your healthy. “Although avocados are known to be high in fat, they actually help to boost metabolism after a meal so its perfect for dessert. Not only that, but eating avocado in the evening stimulates the HGH (human growth hormone) youth hormone releasers, helping us build lean muscle and keeping us younger. It contains no cholesterol and is high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that lowers cholesterol levels. The monounsaturated fats (good fats) found in avocados can help reverse insulin resistance to regulate blood sugar levels.”
Don’t know about you, but we’re sold. Keep scrolling to try Young’s raw avocado key lime pie recipe tonight.
For the crust you will need:
One cup of almonds (soaked, rinsed, and drained)
¼ cup of shredded coconut
Five dates (pitted, chopped)
A pinch of pink salt
Step one: Process almonds in a food processor and gradually add coconut. Add chopped dates and salt and process until it combined.
Step two: Press almond coconut crusts into individual tart shells or six-inch springform pan.
For the filling you will need:
Zest of two limes
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla
Step one: Blend together the avocado, syrup, and lime juice.
Step two: Stir in the lime zest by hand.
Step three: Top the crust with the filling and chill for one to two hours before you serve (or eat it yourself straight out of the pan, no judgement here.)