I have been asked many times how I manage to survive on a raw food diet and how I haven’t strayed back to what people dub ironically as ‘real’ food. Every time, I give the same answer: You can eat just about anything on the raw food diet; the only thing I’ve given up is cooking!
In this weeks blog I am going to share with you some amazing recipes that I use to concoct some of my favourite foods, that not only look and taste fantastic, but that are also good for you.
I am generally a cereal person when it comes to breakfast, so here are my suggestions about how to still have cereal, but a raw version.
Any of you eat Coco Pops for breakfast? If so these bars are an example of what you can do with a bit of ingenuity and still get that sweet chocolate fix. There is quite a bit of prep involved, but once their made they are great to grab when you’re on the go.
Porridge and fruit
If you are more of a traditionalist like myself then this is the way I would go; far less preparation and absolutely scrumptious.
Basically, put some oats in a bowl (traditional oats), pour almond milk on top, leave to soak for a few minutes while you prepare any fresh or dehydrated fruit you like, mix some ground flax seeds to the oats, add the fruit, drizzle on some honey and voila, a breakfast of champions.
And no, it doesn’t have to be salad, salad, salad!
Don’t get me wrong, I love salad. You can do anything with salad. I could write an entire blog about nothing but salad. But my purpose here is to show you people out there that there is so much more you can do.
I am going to start this section with a classic.
To start with it may sound impossible because bread is baked, therefore not raw, but there are numerous recipes for raw bread:
• Tomato herb raw bread
• Onion sunflower flat bread
• Raw carrot cumin wraps http://www.choosingraw.com/raw-carrot-cumin-wraps/
To name but a few.
Then, of course, add your own raw fillings; be it raw peanut butter and jam, raw salmon and cucumber, raw pesto and tomato.
Another lunch favourite…
One of my favourite soup recipes of all time is raw tomato and basil. Not only is it really easy to make it also takes very little preparation time.
Get a blender; add fresh ripe tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, basil, and celery. Mix it up and there’s your soup. If you want more flavouring I usually add onion powder, garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt. Done!
Here, I am going to go all out with my recipe choices, because I think evening meals are where people get stuck.
I love junk food just as much as the next person. Just not the kind full of additives and preservatives bought at greasy takeaways.
Here are some great ideas that sound like junk food but are actually healthy raw recipes.
Raw pizza with spinach pesto and marinated vegetables
Now there are many different toppings you can put on a pizza, but like the sandwich selection above, where there were a number of breads to choose from, for raw pizza, you have a choice of pizza bases. This is just the recipe that works for me.
I don’t know about you, but I love Mexican food. I personally find these easy to make; instead of using wraps I use large lettuce leaves. For the spicy sauce I mix olive oil, chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin powder, then pour this over my raw ingredients; peppers, onions and courgette and marinate for two hours. For the salsa I use chopped tomatoes, garlic, lime juice and chili peppers. You can even make raw sour cream.
Made with courgette instead of lasagne sheets, this raw recipe is delicious. Yet this recipe, with its nut cheese and nut meat layer, will only ever be a favourite for us nut lovers out there.
I stole this recipe because not only does it look absolutely mouth-watering, but it is so delectable, you’d hate to share it.
Peanut Butter Cookies
These are so moist they melt in the mouth. If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for a snack these would be perfect for you.
This is my favourite cake of all time. This looks shop bought and tastes even better. I would sit and eat the frosting on its own!
Can I eat as much raw food as I want?
Don’t forget that when it comes to eating, everything in moderation. You can’t live off cake and biscuits and expect to be healthy. The examples I have provided are healthier versions of what you can buy in supermarkets or bake with processed foods.
Although some of these raw recipes can seem a bit of a faff for some, don’t forget that there is no cooking time involved so once it’s prepared all you have to do it eat.
Where can I find raw recipes?
You’ll probably have noticed that most of these recipes have links to websites, the desserts especially. I am no baker. The reason for this is because I am not a master chef and I don’t want to take credit for other people’s culinary delights. I am a person who likes to lead a healthy life following a raw food diet. Like many people out there when I try something new, I like to follow a recipe. There are literally hundreds of raw recipes online and also in raw recipe books.
Some come on and try something new today.
Feel like there are some awesome recipes I’ve missed? Share your thoughts and ideas; I’d love to try some new meals.