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Easy Raw: Raw Diet 101

Mary Murray

Are you raw? Raw diets and cuisine are fast becoming the “it” way to eat—and for good reason. Raw foods are loaded with natural enzymes and maintain the inherent vitamins and nutrients often eliminated from cooking. Studies also show a raw diet can lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride concentrations plus help maintain blood pressure and prevent heart disease. For these reasons and more, we will provide recipes, tips, products and insights into trying and maintaining a raw diet with "Easy Raw."

 

Easy Raw 101

Interested in going raw? Here are the five basics of raw eating.

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For foods to be considered raw, they cannot be heated above 116 degrees Fahrenheit, while 105 degrees is a good temperature to dehydrate foods.

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Your new best friends: fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts and grains. Most raw foodies are also vegans, but raw fish, certain kinds of raw meat and raw, unpasteurized milk can also fit into the diet.

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Top raw cooking techniques include sprouting, juicing, blending and dehydrating.

Sedona food dehydrator

Sedona food dehydrator

Robot-Coupe Magimix food processor

Magimix Robot-Coupe food processor

4 Invest in some good tools, like the Sedona dehydrator ($380) and the Robot-Coupe Magimix food processor ($500). Williams-Sonoma locations (877-812-6235, williams-sonoma.com)
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Buy organic. Eating raw also means food cannot be genetically modified or exposed to pesticides or herbicides.

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Raw Dieting Pantry Essentials - Easy Raw: Raw Dieting Tips, Recipes & MorePantry Essentials

Committing to a raw-vegan diet often requires a pantry overhaul. In addition to a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, here are a few items you should always have on hand.

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Easy Raw: Dairy Swap  Replace those traditional dairy ingredients with those made from raw nuts, like this recipe for coconut-almond milk.Dairy Swap

Replace those traditional dairy ingredients with those made from raw nuts, like this recipe for coconut-almond milk.

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Easy Raw: Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia Seeds  We look at the powerful chia seed and serve up a recipe for chia seed pudding.Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia Seeds

We look at the powerful chia seed and serve up a recipe for chia seed pudding.

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Easy Raw: Protein Punch  Snack on our top five picks for foods that pack a protein punch and also fit within a raw diet.Protein Punch

Snack on our top five picks for foods that pack a protein punch and also fit within a raw diet.

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Easy Raw: Raw Crackers  Prepare some raw crackers for snacking and dip with this recipe from The Rawtarian blog.Raw Crackers

Prepare some raw crackers for snacking and dip with this recipe from The Rawtarian blog.

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Easy Raw: The Bee's Knees  Honey is not just good in your tea—it’s also good for your health. Local HoneyThe Bee's Knees

Honey is not just good in your tea—it’s also good for your health.

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Easy Raw: Festive Dessert  Try this recipe for raw vegan caramel slice from RD Raw Foodie.Festive Dessert

Try this recipe for raw vegan caramel slice from RD Raw Foodie.

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Easy Raw - Choose Your Potion: Juice & Smoothie Recipes  We look at juices and smoothies, and offer up some recipes to try.Choose Your Potion: Juice & Smoothie Recipes

We look at juices and smoothies, and offer up some recipes to try.

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Easy Raw: Cashew Cheese  Cashew cheese is a dairy substitute ideal for raw foodies.Cashew Cheese

Cashew cheese is a dairy substitute ideal for raw foodies.

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Easy Raw: Fermented Foods & Kombucha Tea Recipe  The practice of fermentation has been used to prepare and store food for thousands of years. Kombucha tea is a great probiotic addition to a raw diet.Fermented Foods & Kombucha Tea Recipe

The practice of fermentation has been used to prepare and store food for thousands of years. Kombucha tea is a great probiotic addition to a raw diet.

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EasyRaw: Sprout Salad Dressings  Use these raw salad dressings to top sprouts.Sprout Salad Dressings

Use these raw salad dressings to top sprouts.

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Easy Raw: Pack a healthy, raw lunch with these tips and recipe for Mock Tuna Salad. - Raw JuceRaw Lunchbox

Pack a healthy, raw lunch with these tips and recipe for Mock Tuna Salad.

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Easy Raw: In a raw diet, refined sugar should be avoided. Try using dates to give those recipes a touch of sweetness. - DatesThe Skinny on Sugar Substitutes

In a raw diet, refined sugar should be avoided. Try using dates to give those recipes a touch of sweetness.

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Swap out those traditional noodles with vegetables noodles. - Easy RawAlternative Noodles

Swap out those traditional noodles with vegetables noodles.

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Easy Raw - Raw & Vegan Carrot CakeRaw & Vegan Carrot Cake

Think you have to forgo delicious sweets and treats when eating raw? No way! This raw version of a carrot cake with “cream cheese” frosting will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Easy Raw - Raw Pumpkin Pie recipeRaw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Satisfy your pumpkin craving and impress friends and family with this raw vegan pumpkin pie recipe from the blog This Rawsome Vegan Life.

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