Guest Benders: Lori + Michelle from Pure2raw

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 22, 2010

Hello everyone! Did your week start off on the right foot…or the left? 😉 Ever thought about what foot you start on first thing in the morning? [Mine is the left, in case you were curious!]

No matter what foot you started on, I hope you are healthy. I am currently battling a croup cough and sore throat — the two worst symptoms of being sick, IMHO! Hopefully it will ease up overnight and I will wake up with 100x more energy. It’s hard to be productive!

Good thing I have such fantastic Guest Benders to share their story! I first encountered the Pure2raw twins while reading about Gina’s adventures at 105degrees. I was so excited when they contacted me to write a guest post because their story is truly inspiring. Take it away, ladies!


Hello Eating Bender readers,

We would first like to thank Jenn for letting us be a guest on Eating Bender.  We are thrilled and honored to share our story.

We are the Pure2raw twins.  We are fraternal twins who happen to be best friends, roommates, and business partners. Our blog is where we share our journey of living the raw foods lifestyle. We are passionate about health and fitness and share it all on our blog. We also love to create and share recipes.

Lori and Michelle
Lori and Michelle
How did pure2raw come about?

Our journey to better health started at a young age. We have suffered from many health problems ranging from constipation, acne, hormonal imbalance, yeast problems, depression, and a constant battle of what foods to eat or not to eat. We were not fortunate enough to have a strong digestive system which led to many of these problems. And over the past years of eating poorly (the typical SAD diet) has caught up to us and we finally said enough is enough, we were sick of being sick. And decided to make changes!

As we got older we decided it was time for us take our health into our own hands since traditional medicine was not working.  We started looking into alternative treatments. Finding a more natural approach just seemed to fit us. Raw foods came into our lives about 2 years ago and for us has been the best thing! We have come to realize we had a sick colon, liver, and gut, and to heal we had to start from the inside, which is not always easy.

Transitioning into the raw foods lifestyle was not that difficult for us because we had already eliminated so much out of diet from process of elimination. We are now high raw foodists who eat gluten free, wheat free, peanut free, corn free, soy free, yeast free, egg free and dairy free! We DISLIKE explaining ourselves using such “limited” labels, because we are just two average girls trying to live a healthier life, like everyone else. :) And for us raw foods has help made us feel more alive and we want to help others who might have similar health issues.

We want to show others that eating what sounds like a limiting diet is not limiting at all. Eating a raw foods diet we have never felt deprived. We feel there are no rules that you have to be 100%….just incorporate more living foods into your diet 😉

One of our favorite things about being raw chefs is creating fun and delicious dishes. Lori became a certified raw vegan chef and counselor through the vegan network and Michelle attended 105 degrees, the first living foods culinary academy. We want others to enjoy delicious living healthy foods as much as we do.

Michelle with her two teachers at 105 Degrees Academy
Michelle with her two teachers at 105 Degrees Academy
Our latest business adventure has been opening an online store. We not only sell some of our most popular raw goodies but also have a line of gluten-free baked goods. Our bakery is called Twin Cakes Bakery, where we sell at local farmers markets and now online so others can enjoy healthier treats too.

We have a large product line, so we are constantly adding new products.  We specialize in gluten-free vegan treats and use natural sweeteners! Twin Cakes Bakery began as a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free bakery, then as we grew we received more request for other options like corn-free, sugar-free, and soy-free. Then as we started enjoying our new way of eating, we launched our Pure2Raw product line last year.  We aim to be a one-stop shop for moms, individuals, and athletes who may have multiple food allergies or just want a more natural sweet treat.

On Pure2raw we hope to inspire others to just to be more open-minded and realize labels do not truly resemble what that lifestyle is all about.  We show how we maintain a balanced life through eating well and exercise, and still having fun and enjoy life’s little pleasures.  We not 100% perfect, just realize our bodies thrive when we eat a more clean diet that happens to be mostly raw.

Please check out our blog for more about our story and Twin Cakes Bakery.

Have you tried raw foods? If so, what is your favorite raw food?? What are your views on “food” labels?? Like or dislike? Do they affect how you view others?

And before we go we will leave you with some food porn…

Michelle’s favorite quick simple meal:

Our Pure2Raw flatbread with lettuce and tahini
Lori’s favorite snack:
Pure2raw chocolate kremes…can never have too much chocolate 😉
Oh and we love our raw desserts:
Raw Smores Tart
Raw Smores Tart
Raw Raspberry Cupcake
Thank you again JENN!!!  We had fun and we hope your readers enjoyed our story. And thank you to all Eating Bender readers. Hope you have a wonderful day :)

The Pure2Raw Twins

Lori and Michelle


So inspiring and impressive! I would like to sincerely thank them for sending me some of my very own goodies to try from the Twin Cakes Bakery.

So far, I’ve had the chance to try all of their fabulous bite-sized treats. I’m in love!

First we have the Brownite Bites — these were so rich and smooth!

Then there are the Vanilla Kremes — a delightful take on macaroons!

And the chocolate version, Cocoa Kremes — again, heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth good!

Now I can’t wait to try the raw crackers! Thanks so much, ladies!


Have you checked out their online store? What goody do you most want to try?

I highly recommend the raw snack bites :)


1 megzzwinsatlife February 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

They are too cute!! I think I want to try the raw snack bites.. They look delish!!

2 eaternotarunner February 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

I really want to try the raw flatbread, it looks amazing!

3 Astrid February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

Awesome guest post! You girls are adorable and have made so many positive changes for yourselves. I am definately intrigued by all of your products and would be up for trying anything. Any chance you will be hosting a giveaway soon for your goodies? Or maybe would like to send a sample my way? Hehe, never hurts to ask!! That raspberry cupcake looks amazing.

4 Kristina February 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

I love how you guys describe your food choices – so many folks focus on the label – and it’s really just about what makes you feel the best you can!

5 Can You Stay for Dinner February 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I love this guest post! Thanks for sharing!

6 Jacquie February 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Yummm! Those snack bites look divine and would be a great way to have something sweet while being good to your body too. I agree with Kristina that it’s not about labeling your food choices, but purely how to treat YOUR body well and how YOU feel.

7 BroccoliHut February 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Ooh! Those vanilla kremes sound heavenly!

8 adrienmelaine February 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Great post- I’m heading to their page right now to check them out!

I have so many friends who get sick all the time and I know it’s because of their diet- they never seem to want to change that- I just don’t get it!

9 Karla February 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Feel better my dear Jenn! I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. Rest up and take it easy :)

I would love to try more raw foods–I haven’t much in the past. Pictures like these make it seem easy and super enjoyable!

10 Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce February 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

love their philosophy!! aw jenn hope you feel better, i was such a croupy kid!!

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