The raw food diet includes uncooked, unprocessed, mostly organic foods. Main ingredients of the diet include raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. Some people also eat unpasteurized dairy foods, raw eggs, meat, and fish. Why would someone want to use raw food recipes? Many people believe that when food is heated it destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes. Since enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease, it is best to eat as many as possible. Many raw foodists believe that following a raw food diet can clear up headaches and allergies. This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com.
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While Marty and I do not follow a raw food diet exclusively, I do try to eat as many foods as possible in their raw, unprocessed form. I’m not into eating meat and eggs in their raw state but we do use raw organic milk and cheeses made from raw organic milk rather than the pasteurized variety. Another added benefit of following the raw food diet is that the diet tends to be lower in calories than the standard American diet. A plate of raw broccoli is much healthier than broccoli that has been steamed and covered in a cheese sauce.It’s also easier to prepare and doesn’t heat up the kitchen in the summer.
I’ve collected several raw food recipes in the collection above for you to try this summer. Many are fairly traditional foods you may already be eating. Just remember that to keep them as raw food recipes, you must not add things that have been heated/cooked so be careful of salad dressings and other sauces. I’m sharing a delicious cucumber salad with dill recipe that we enjoy every summer. I always have cucumbers growing in the garden so it’s a great way to use up those extras. My cucumbers aren’t up yet this year so I had to buy a few organic from the store.
- 4 cups very thinly sliced organic cucumbers
- ½ cup fresh chopped dill
- ½ cup chopped chives
- ½ cup very thinly sliced red onion
- ¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Slice the cucumbers and the red onion. I used my food processor.
- Toss the remaining ingredients together.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
Have you tried any raw food recipes?