Monday, October 18, 2010

Raw Food Recipes for Beginners - Super-Energizing Breakfast Smoothies!

One of the most common complaints I receive from people concerning transitioning to a raw food diet is how complicated the recipes are. So many contain ingredient lists a mile long and either requires a twelve-step process to make or twelve hours of dehydrator time. Few people have the time to plan meals twelve hours in advance and these complex recipes can be quite daunting for even the most experienced raw-foodies, let alone a beginner.

That being said, some of the most delicious recipes I have encountered are the least complicated you will come by. These raw food recipes for beginners have become staples to my daily diets and encourage great nutrition, amazing taste, while requiring very minimal preparation time.

One such recipe is my super-energizing breakfast smoothie. Called "green drinks" or "green smoothies" among many in the raw food community, this recipe provides amazing, mind-clearing energy through raw, all natural, core nutrients that can be found right in your refrigerator.

Greens are arguably the most essential component to our diets. From greens we receive vitamins, minerals, fiber, and proteins, so it is no wonder we experience a surge of energy when we supply our bodies with these core nutrients found in the most basic raw food recipes for beginners. As a society, we are recommended to consume a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruits a day but unfortunately, the standard American diet has less than 30% of Americans meeting that goal (26.3% according to a study done by the CDC in 2009).

These simple raw food recipes for beginners allow you to incorporate all of these essential energizing nutrients into your diet. One 14-ounce serving of a blended green drink can have three to four servings of fruits and vegetables each. Green drinks can be made with a variety of ingredients, the most popular being Spinach, Kale, Romaine lettuce, and Red Leaf lettuce. Numerous fruits can also be used including red or green grapes, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, oranges, and lemons, making green drinks incredibly versatile to personal tastes.

Transitioning to a raw food diet can be diet and creating raw food recipes for beginners can be difficult when switching cold-turkey. To make transitioning to a healthier lifestyle easier begin with one meal at a time. Start with breakfast, there is one raw food breakfast that not only tastes delicious but takes five minutes to make and will keep you energized all day long. When you have a good breakfast under your belt it will not only start your day off right but make your transition that much easier. Click here to check out the recipe that wakes me up and keeps me going every morning.

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