A raw food diet may feel like a commitment to raw carrots and sprouts. But a raw food diet can actually include many unique and tasty foods. Going raw even for just a month can do amazing things for your health and feelings of well-being. Raw foods help clean out the colon and can improve feelings of vitality. You may even notice changes to your skin and hair. Here is a list of all the foods you can eat on a raw food diet. Experiment with recipes and invest in a good raw food’s recipe book.
It’s not an accident that the first food on the list is a grain that you cook. It’s allowed on raw food diets because it is very easy on the digestion and has protein and a low glycemic impact on the body.
2. Sprouted Nuts and Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds provide a lot of protein, especially when you soak them in water for 3-4 hours. The best nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts and walnuts. Sunflower seeds, flax seeds and sesame seeds add a lot of taste and variety to salads, smoothies and entrees. Hazelnuts, hemp seeds and flax seeds are also excellent choices.
3. Sea Vegetables
Sea vegetables provide valuable minerals and taste. Nori sheets are great for making rolls. You can also combine a variety of seaweeds for a scrumptious salad if the dressing is right.
4. Raw Tahini
Tahini is almost like a peanut butter and comes in raw form. It’s high in fat, but a little goes a long way. It’s great for dressings and sauces.
5. Raw Almond Butter
This is one of the best ways to get protein when you’re following a raw food diet. Spread on top of apples or mix with tahini for a great sauce.
6. Raw Yellow Miso
Miso has a strong taste that is great when used for a salad dressing or raw sunburst squash soup. Use it very sparingly.
7. Lemon and Lime Juice
Great for recipes and dressings–these juices are a must for any raw food kitchen.
8. Land Vegetables
Any vegetable works on the raw food diet. Too much of the starchy vegetable category can be a problem in terms of blood sugar, but in moderation, vegetables like summer squash and pumpkin can work well in soups and entrees. The best vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, green kale, onions, garlic, shallots and leeks. Sunburst squash and tomatoes also work well.
Fruit is best eaten whole so that you can avoid big sugar spikes in the blood. Limit fruit juice to a half cup and make sure that no sugar is added. The most nutritious fruits are acai berries, blueberries, oranges, kiwi, strawberries and apples. All fruits provide excellent nutrition.
10. Avocado and Other Oils
Avocado is a healthy source of fat, and there are raw oils that can add a lot to your recipes. Aim for unprocessed quality oils, such as raw sunflower oil.