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.
For foods to be considered raw, they cannot be heated above 116 degrees Fahrenheit, while 105 degrees is a good temperature to dehydrate foods.
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.
Top raw cooking techniques include sprouting, juicing, blending and dehydrating.
Sedona food dehydrator
Magimix Robot-Coupe food processor
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Buy organic. Eating raw also means food cannot be genetically modified or exposed to pesticides or herbicides.
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.
Replace those traditional dairy ingredients with those made from raw nuts, like this recipe for coconut-almond milk.
We look at the powerful chia seed and serve up a recipe for chia seed pudding.
Snack on our top five picks for foods that pack a protein punch and also fit within a raw diet.
Prepare some raw crackers for snacking and dip with this recipe from The Rawtarian blog.
Honey is not just good in your tea—it’s also good for your health.
Try this recipe for raw vegan caramel slice from RD Raw Foodie.
We look at juices and smoothies, and offer up some recipes to try.
Cashew cheese is a dairy substitute ideal for raw foodies.
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.
Use these raw salad dressings to top sprouts.
Pack a healthy, raw lunch with these tips and recipe for Mock Tuna Salad.
In a raw diet, refined sugar should be avoided. Try using dates to give those recipes a touch of sweetness.
Swap out those traditional noodles with vegetables noodles.
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.
Satisfy your pumpkin craving and impress friends and family with this raw vegan pumpkin pie recipe from the blog This Rawsome Vegan Life.