Trying a raw food diet? Find easy raw food recipes

Trying a raw food diet? Find easy raw food recipes

Posted 09.14.2009 in Articles by Dan

People on a raw food diet know that it isn't just chopped vegetables, but preparing a tasty nutritious dish with visual appeal rivaling an entree that's been prepared in oven or on stove can take a while.  We've searched and found several recipes that deliver the goods without requiring an afternoon to prepare. 
 
Imagine being served a plate of hand rolled raviolis, with cheese filling flowing out the sides, draped in a sun dried tomato sauce. The first bite explodes with flavor, and each bite after is just as delicious. When you ask your server what kind of pasta the raviolis are made of you are surprised to learn that they aren't even pasta at all, they're turnips. The "cheese" is actually a clever, heart-healthy combination of pureed nuts, garlic and lemon juice. 
 
Raw food diets' fundamental principle is simply that plant foods in their most natural state – uncooked and unprocessed – are the most wholesome for the body. The majority of raw foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and whole grains.  Some Raw diets include unpasteurized milk, yogurt and cheese made from raw milk.  Carnivourous Raw diets include carefully prepared raw fish such as sashimi, and tartare, finely chopped meat with seasonings like black pepper and Worcestershire sauce. 
 
Raw foodists believe consuming these foods in their natural state is the only way to absorb all of the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in the foods that are otherwise killed off in the heating process of cooking food. Because of this, the raw diet is beneficial in helping to build proteins, clear out toxins, and provide more healthy energy. Other benefits of eating raw food include a more youthful appearance, healthier skin, and improved digestion.
 
But with a list of benefits, there are also a handful of drawbacks to the raw diet as well. One downside of going raw is the cost of the lifestyle. Fully prepared raw foods can take time to prepare.  Quality natural ingredients can be expensive. Appliances necessary for raw food preparation such as blenders, dehydrators and Cuisinart-style food processors can require a higher initial investment in your kitchen.
 
The time required of preparing full blown raw diet meals can more than traditional dishes. Because many dishes require ingredients to be dehydrated, preparation can require a few hours. And eating out at restaurants can be quite a task because raw dishes are not common menu items. 
 
The upside to going to a raw diet yields the opportunity for lots of benefits, and is simple to do. The most extensive preparation for raw foods would include overnight soaking for nuts and grains to become digestible, or dehydrating fruits and vegetables to be included in recipes. Juicing and blending are popular options within the raw food diet that do not take that much time to prepare. 
 
Creativity is also not lost on raw food either, with lots of outstanding raw food dishes. Internationally recognized author Alissa Cohen has two extensive raw food cookbooks, Living on Live Food and Raw Food for Everyone, with tons of recipes. Her website www.alissacohen.com/raw_recipes.html even has some raw recipes, including the aforementioned raviolis. At www.rawfoodrecipes.com, members to the site post free, easy raw food recipes that don't much time or preparation like raw tacos that are prepared with lettuce shells that take ten minutes.  Russell James, the Raw Chef, has a plethora of raw food resources and free recipes on his website www.therawchef.com.  Among his most popular recipes are pomegranate cheesecake and clementine gelato. 
 
Raw food diets require discipline and preparation, but can yield great health benefits. Like with any diet, raw food diets need dedication and creativity to be successful, and with the right resources it has more to offer than just chopped fruits and vegetables.

For more information on the raw food diet and more recipes check out the following web sites:
  1. http://www.rawmazing.com
  2. http://www.therawtarian.com
  3. http://www.thebestofrawfood.com
  4. http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com  
  5. http://www.alissacohen.com
  6. http://www.therawchef.com   
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Raw drinks
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 12:24:53
Are there any types of raw alcoholic drinks? There are organic vodkas, but would those fit in with the raw diets?

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