ElisabethHey there everyone, my name is Elisabeth Saucier. I grew up with friends and family calling me Zaza, hints why this site is strangely called ZaZa Raw. I started this site because of my unique nutritional needs (food allergies, stomach issues, etc), culinary expertise, love for fitness and the need for a challenge inspired the launch of Zaza Raw. As my kids were growing up we noticed certain foods were causing among other discomforts, stomach aches, ear infections, rashes and lethargy. Some reactions were much more obvious than others which complicated the discovery of the food allergies. One of the greatest comforts of motherhood is having healthy, happy children.

As my kids were growing up we also started to notice certain foods were causing among other things, discomfort, stomach aches, ear infections, rashes and overall lethargy. Some reactions were much more obvious than others which complicated the discovery of the food allergies. One of the greatest comforts of motherhood is having healthy, happy children and I wanted to provide this for my children as well.

While cooking raw, vegan and gluten-free food takes planning and time, it is worth the effort to see my children energetic and happy after each meal. I also wanted to instill in them a love of fitness and taking care of their bodies by exercising everyday to some extent. Once we started exercising more and identified/eliminated gluten, soy, and dairy, my kids and I needed to figure out how to navigate the daily challenges of a specialized diet and also began to have much more energy.

I also wanted my kids to be able to have birthday parties and share the joy of cupcakes and other desserts. When I discovered that raw food was gluten free, dairy free and amazingly good I began creating kid-friendly vegan, raw desserts. I spent a few years challenging myself to create healthier and more interesting raw desserts.

This site is a culmination of all the things I’ve learned about nutrition, fitness and leading an overall healthy lifestyle with raw and vegan foods.