Life in the Raw

October 11, 2016

It is with great excitement that we introduce you to Cheryl Horton, a dear friend of ours, who owns her own cooking company called Life in the Raw. Late this past Summer, we met up with Cheryl in her kitchen to learn more about eating raw and also how to better maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food is one of the most important aspects of maintaining our health and it is vital that we nourish our bodies with the proper nutrients. Cheryl graciously showed us how it is possible to incorporate eating raw into our hectic lifestyles.

If we can do it, so can you! rawcherylCan you describe your business? Simply a grass roots business, working with one person at a time or in small groups. It’s about sharing ideas, health, and food nutrient information, and making the process of eating raw easy and doable. I strive to let people know that they are in control of their food and their health.

What do you have to say to people who are hesitant about eating raw? Typically people are hesitant due to a lack of information or preconceived notions. And for many the thought of fitting this into their lives and their family’s lives seems too much. I understand that! However, the benefits outweigh any time or effort put into eating in this health saving manner. I would say to them give me one day, one week, one month and I’ll show you how easy this is and how much better you will feel! Whether people add one raw meal a day to their lifestyles or go all the way like me, I promise they will see the difference in improved health, energy, skin, mental wellness and even weight loss.

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Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe

1.5 cups organic corn (fresh or frozen)

1 red bell pepper

1 large zucchini

1 heaping tsp garlic powder

1 heaping tsp onion powder

a dash of nutmeg

a dash of cayenne

sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

1/2 cup water

1-2 avocado (diced)

handful cherry tomatoes

Directions: In a Vita-miz (or blender) add corn, water, red bell pepper, zucchini, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne, onion, and garlic powder on high until creamy. Garnish with fresh avocado slices and cherry tomatoes. 

rawrecipeWhy did you go raw? I went raw to save my life. I know that sounds dramatic but I have been sick for many years! After dozens of diagnoses and many more scary possibilities I knew, I had to do something for myself. All the meds were making me sicker and killing my body from the inside out. My biggest discovery was Lyme Disease along with 3 tick borne co-infections. At the time of diagnosis, I was bedridden and could barely function. Today I am up and around and enjoying life with my family. I have a ways to go but I now know that this raw lifestyle will carry me forward for many years to come and from that I have been given the gift of sharing this information with others to help them heal themselves as well.rawsliderrawcornchowderWhat do you want people to know about eating raw? That eating raw is easy, simple and incredibly flavorful! That you can have simple everyday meals to elegant dinner parties – the possibilities are endless! Plus the desserts and snacks – well those alone are worth going raw!

How has eating raw benefited you? As I said before it has saved my life! it has given me the gift of knowledge about foods and the food industry. Knowing that healing is part of a full package of body, mind, and soul. That mother earth is more important than ever, roots, herbs, and plants are what will give us life. Eating raw has allowed my mind to be clear and free from constant chaos, combined with meditation and practicing a peaceful giving attitude my body now knows I truly do love it and it loves me back.lifeintherawrawcheesecake1 cheesecakeraw

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

For the crust:

2 cup raw pecans

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the filling:

2 cups raw cashews

1 cup peeled & diced zucchini

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions: Prepare the crust by placing the pecans in a food processor and grind them into a fine meal. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients and process until well combined. Line the bottom of an 8-inch pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, then press the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer to set, while you prepare the filling. In a food processor, process the cashews until they are a fine powder. Add in the zucchini, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, and sea salt, and blend again until a smooth and creamy batter is formed. Pour the filling into the frozen pie crust and allow to set for 8 hours or overnight. 

cherylraw1rawcheesecake  cheesecakeAre you interested in learning more about maintaining a raw food lifestyle or are looking for catering services?

Cheryl can be reached at


  • Penny D

    Cheryl is a wonderful raw cook. I can personally vouch for her corn chowder and her cheesecake. I”m also biased as we are friends, but I will admit to being truly skeptical when invited to lunch! It was all delicious and I was full. She provided raw food to my family after an emergency; I didn’t say what anything was and my 4 sons ate everything in the fridge. That is a true testament to raw food!

  • Scout

    Good points all around. Truly apripceated.

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