We all have heard of the term eating “raw foods”, but what exactly is raw food and how can we benefit from it? According to Karen Knowler, a raw food coach, raw food is food that has not been heated above 117 degrees Fahrenheit. This means the food is uncooked and not “heat-treated”- which is thought to strip food of its vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and much more.
A Raw Food Diet
In today’s world, eating “healthy” is no longer a luxury but something consumers are demanding. Studies have found that following a raw food diet can help provide a better, healthier lifestyle. It is important to note however, that some raw foods are known to contain harmful toxins that we must watch out for. To avoid this possibility, we either must create our own organic garden or pick the organically grown foods in available in grocery stores (which should contain the “USDA Organic” seal). This is mostly regarding fruits, vegetables, sprouted beans, and seeds.
Having a raw food diet means you are eating foods that will be giving your body more of that pure “vital life force”. If you want to start yourself on a raw food diet immediately, start off slowly for the best results. To start out, incorporate 75% raw with your 25% cooked diet. This can be as easy as adding raw vegetables and fruits to your daily meals.
There are many benefits one can gain from a raw food diet such as:
• Weight Loss
• Obtain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease- fighting phytochemicals
• Increase in energy
• Cancer Protection
• Fights Anemia
• Lower BMI
• A stronger immune system
• Improved skin appearance
Recipes for Raw Foods
Juicing is a big thing when eating healthy foods, and you don’t need a fancy juicer to do it. You can use your blender to mix fruits and vegetables to create a wonderful juice to drink in the morning, and throughout the day. To get you started, here are two healthy raw food recipes you can try:
Spinach Apple Juice
-1 1/2 cups spinach
-1/2 grapefruit (Peeled, pit removed)
-2 green apples (Cut into eighths)
-1 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
-2 large stalks of celery
If you don’t want to drink your fruits and vegetables, you can always make it utensil-friendly. This is the perfect recipe for a quick and easy lunch.
-1 large bunch of fresh basil
-2 ripe avocados
-1/2 cup walnuts or hemp seeds
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-3 cloves of garlic
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Give raw foods a try; your body will thank you for it!