What is raw food
A raw foods diet consists of unprocessed, raw, vegan and most often organic foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). To make the most of the food we eat, we want all the nutrients and enzymes from it. Foods cooked above 115 degrees Fahrenheit have lost up to 100% of their enzymes and over 80% of their nutritional value and thus become harmful to the body, whereas uncooked foods provide living enzymes and proper nutrition. Living foods contain large amounts of enzymes and water. These enzymes break down the nutrients for us, allowing them to be absorbed into our bodies far easier. As we get older, our natural enzyme store diminishes, making it all the more important to get additional enzymes from our food.
What a raw diet consists of
A raw vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans, sprouts, seaweeds and seeds combined in an infinite number of delicious ways. The raw food diet includes these foods in their unprocessed and uncooked state and omits most other foods. It also consists of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. A part of the raw food diet includes a limited amount of foods that have undergone some processing, as long as that processing does not involve heating the food over 115 degrees.
Raw food can be amazingly creative and can be enjoyed by everyone, from children to barbeque addicts. You can have soups (even warm ones), ice-creams, cakes, lasagna, great dips, shakes, granola, cookies, pizza and much, much more…
What are the benefits of eating raw
A raw food diet is the best way to keep your body properly nourished and to keep you feeling great! There are many benefits to eating raw foods, including weight loss, increased energy, clear skin, improved digestion and improved overall health. We have tried it and it really works!
An interesting fact is that in the Bible you can find quotes from Jesus talking about benefits of being a vegetarian and eating raw food:
“But I do say to you: Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything, which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything, which kills your bodies, kills your souls also. And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are. Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. (..) So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees. But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see diseases.”
Here are a few recipes to inspire you:
Butternut Squash Soup
3 cups Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 mango, cubed
2 teaspoons curry
4 cups orange juice
½ cup dates
1 plantain or banana, sliced
½ cup chopped mint
A pinch of minced jalapeno
1 mango, seeded, peeled and diced
In a blender, combine the butternut squash, mango, curry, orange juice, and honey or dates and blend until creamy. Garnish with plantain or banana slices, mint, jalapeno, and mango. Serve immediately after blending. Serves 4 people.
2 Tbsp raw agave syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 Tbsp Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce)
1/2 tsp seasalt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 oranges or blood oranges
1/2 cup coarsely chopped arugula
1 shallot, peeled, thinly sliced crosswise, and loosened into strands (1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp coarsely chopped mint leaves
2 Tbsp raw sliced or slivered almonds, for garnish
1 Tbsp raw sesame seeds, for garnish
1. To make Dressing: mix all ingredients together in bowl. Taste for balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, adjusting seasonings as necessary and set aside.
2. To make Salad: slice ends off oranges and grapefruit. Stand fruit on cutting board, and slice away skin from outside with knife. Cut fruit segments from membranes, and transfer to bowl; toss lightly with arugula, shallot, and mint then toss with dressing. Garnish with peanuts and sesame seeds and serve.
Makes: 24 slices
For the Crust:
2 cups raw macadamia nuts or almond
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried coconut
For the Cheese:
3 cups cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt (optional)
For the Raspberry Sauce:
1 bag frozen raspberries (or use whatever berries you prefer)
1/2 cup dates
To make the crust, process the macadamia nuts and dates in the food processor. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Press crust onto the coconut to prevent it from sticking. To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, gently warmed coconut oil (do not use microwave), vanilla, sea salt (if using), and 1/2 cup water. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.
Pour the mixture onto the crust and remove any air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table.
Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator.
Serve with Raspberry Sauce.
For more information on Raw food and recipes we suggest you to see:
The Science of Raw Food http://www.rawfoodlife.com/ A raw food diet is not just good for you – it’s also good science! You don’t have to take our word for it, have ‘faith’ or trust the latest nutrition guru. Science proves that cooking not only destroys nutrition and enzymes, but chemically changes foods from the substances needed for health into free-radicals and poisons that destroy our health!
Starting a Raw Food Diet http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/ Learn more about diets, theories, recipes and books without having to do all the time consuming and stressful research. Looking for organic, vegan, raw and living foods? We have selected the best raw organic foods, raw food books, equipment, beauty care, kitchen tools and much more to make your raw food journey the best ever!
Raw Spot Rawspot is a website that makes it super-duper easy to find raw-friendly restaurants, cafes, juice bars, groceries and farmers markets in your area. The entire site is community powered, which means that all the locations are added by visitors like you.
Raw Food Health http://rawfoodhealthwatch.com/ Modern nutrition has come to emphasize the various health benefits of eating raw foods (rawism), creating a wave of new interest in raw food diets. The anti-aging, weight loss, and skin care advantages to consuming a diet comprised mostly of raw foods have caused many individuals to adapt raw food diets at various levels, from moderate, to eating no foods cooked at a temperature above approximately 46 °C (115 °F).
Raw Food Explained www.rawfoodexplained.com/ “If your blood is formed from eating pure foods, your brain will function in a manner that will surprise you. Your former life will take on the appearance of a dream, and for the first time in your existence your consciousness awakens to a real self-consciousness.
Increase Your Raw Food Health http://www.rawfoodideas.com/ Find articles on health and nutrition news, views, recipes and the latest about healthy, organic, raw and living foods.
Living and Raw Foods http://www.living-foods.com/ The largest community on the internet dedicated to educating the world about the power of living and raw foods.
The Living Foods Institute The Living Foods Institute is an educational training center devoted to teaching people how to restore their health through detoxification and good nutrition. Our mission is to “Heal the World, One Person at a Time.”
The Raw Food Deli http://www.therawdeli.co.uk/ invites you to take a journey towards healthy eating. Find out how to prepare fresh healthy raw food that fills you with energy, balances your weight and tastes delicious. Our workshops have a friendly and casual atmosphere where you can learn as well as relax and meet people with the same interests.
Raw Food Community in New England www.rawnewenglandcommunity.com/phpbb2/ Find recipes, articles, testimonials and restaurants in the area.
Gone Raw http://goneraw.com/recipes share and discuss raw, vegan recipes from around the world. Why Raw Vegan? Because we love and appreciate our foods natural and fresh. We enjoy being creative and original as we manifest a lifestyle that is healthy and abundant for all.
SacRAWmento http://www.rawsacramento.net/ a community in Sacramento who have come together to promote healthy living and have created a repository of free raw food recipes on the web for anyone who is interested in starting a raw food diet.
Raw Britannia http://shazzie.com/love/recipes/ A list of books with over 500 unique raw food recipes with a sampling of recipes on this website.