When you consider making the change to a raw food lifestyle, you are faced with having to change your 'cooking' abilities. Eating a raw food diet is not just a matter of 'not cooking' the things you previously ate, but it will require that you to learn a new way of food preparation and you will need a whole range of new recipes or you will find that you get bored with the diet after only a few days, after all; who wants to eat the same salad three times a day for several days?
Understanding precisely what you should eat is the basic knowledge you need. Simple said you need to make sure that 80% of your calories come from fruit, 15% from nuts and 5% from vegetables. This way it is easy to get enough calories (eating just vegetables will starve you) and in addition you will reach an optimal balance between the nutrients your body needs.
To get started and get an idea of the kind of meals you will eat once on the diet we provide some recipe suggestions.
Banana - kiwi smoothie
- In a mixer combine 2 banana's, 2 kiwi's and the juice of an orange.
- Add 2 ice cubes and mix again.
- Add ? cup of raw almond milk and mix again.
Papaya, mango crunch
- Clean one papaya, one mango and slice them in cubes.
- Take ? cup of raw hazelnuts and put them in a food processor, process only briefly so they are still chunky.
- Serve the hazelnuts with the fruit. To go all out you might add some raw whipped cream...
- In a blender juice 1 head of celery, add ? tsp of black peppercorns, 2 tsp of minced ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 dates, 1 chili pepper, 1 tsp of raw olive oil, some salt. Blend together. Add 4 small parsnips, and 3 shallots. Process well.
- Add ? cup of water and blend again.
- Cut 1 avocado's in half and remove the stones. Slice the avocado's in chunks.
- Cut an other avocado in half, remove the stone and mash up the fruit flesh, mix this with some garlic and salt, use some raw olive oil to make a smooth paste.
- Put some salad leaves in a bowl, add 2 thinly sliced shallots and the avocado chunks, serve with the avocado mash on the side.
Spinach nut pizza
- Create the dough by blending together: 1/2 cup of flax seeds, 2 tbs kamut flour, 2 tbs sesame seeds, 3/4 avocado, some celery juice (use enough to get a smooth pancake consistency) and some salt. Spread the batter on teflex sheets and dehydrate for 2 hours at 100 degrees, flip and again dehydrate for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile make the filling by blending together 1 cup of raw cashews, 1 cup pine nuts, 1 cup of almonds and some salt. Once blended add 1 cup of baby spinach, 1 clove of garlic, some cayenne pepper and 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix this until nice and thick.
- Fill the calzone by spreading the filling over one layer, brush the sides with some olive oil and put the second layer on top. Press together and dehydrate for 2 hours at 100 degrees. Serve, direct from the dehydrator while still warm and crispy, with some green salad.
Cut the top of 2 large, ripe tomatoes. Scoop out the pulp and drain off the juice. Put the pulp in a bowl and mix with 2 tsp mashed avocado, 2 tsp of chopped parsley and 2 tsp of mashed celery. Fill the tomato's with this mixture. Top with some chopped pecans and place on a bed of lettuce and sprouts.
For more information on the diet, recipe suggestions and information about the appliances you'll need to 'cook' raw visit our web site at: http://www.rawfooddietexplained.com/