There’s no better time to indulge in healthy raw foods than summertime. Colorful raw salads, luscious raw wraps, tote-able trail mixes and sweet smoothies to sip. But don’t stress about doing 100% raw. Simply add raw ingredients and recipes to your non-raw diet! Mix and match – do whatever it takes. The goal: to add more healthy raw foods to your family’s meals. You’ll feel the difference over time. More energy, less cravings, less mood swings and the best part is you’ll actually begin to crave raw foods. Salad cravings galore.
And to help get you started, here are my 20 Ingredients for Delicious Raw (or Mostly Raw) Meals. These are a few specific foods that I always keep on hand for delicious, easy, raw (or almost raw) meals any day of the week. Try one new ingredient – or try them all – you probably already have quite a few!..
When summertime rolls around I find myself naturally indulging in plenty of raw meals – and these pantry items help me create them!
note: I’m not a raw expert – this is just what works for me when trying to eat more raw foods. If you have any in depth questions, I encourage you to visit and consult one of the fab raw bloggers I linked to at bottom.
My Mostly Raw Food Pantry Staples: 20 Ingredients – slideshow
This slideshow is not meant to be 100% raw – but really a list of foods that will help you incorporate more raw foods and whole foods in your diet.
Trying Raw. Maybe you are looking to add more whole foods like grains, nuts and seeds to your diet – or simply up your green veggie intake – or even lose a few pounds. Raw foods can help. They are rich in living enzymes – whole food in its purest state. When you cook food, you are changing the molecular structure. Sometime destroying nutrients. A raw food diet is extremely nutrient dense – rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber – and yes even protein.
Protein? Legumes such as beans and lentils are an excellent source of protein and foods like soy beans and hemp seeds are complete sources of protein – that means that they contain all the essential amino acids. And pretty much all whole foods contain some protein. For example, one cup chopped broccoli contains 3 grams protein.
Raw Challenge. Eat one meal that is 100% raw and see how you feel. You’ll probably be filled with nutrient-dense energy and you may even want to start a one raw meal a day habit! Sometimes I’ll pair raw with ‘not raw – like a raw salad with a few slices of grain toast – or folded into a whole wheat wrap – or pair a morning muffin with a raw smoothie.
For most of us, summertime is a time to embrace health and wellness. Try raw this summer!
For some amazing raw recipes and some real raw advice – visit a few of my favorite raw websites:
* KristensRaw.com – or Kristen’s raw/green mommy blog
* Sarma’s Blog – Pure Food and Wine
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