Our bodies are about 80% water and crave natural hydration in the form of fruits and veggies. Plants naturally distill water and by eating water rich plant-based foods or fresh cold pressed juices we’re eating living water rather than dead water that’s been sitting stagnant in a plastic bottle. Valuable enzymes, raw fiber, natural vitamins, easily absorbable minerals and photo chemicals are just some of the benefits of raw fruits and veggies. All fruits and veggies are more nutritious when eaten raw as heat degrades some key nutrients including vitamins C and B6.
Raw-foodists eat a diet that consists completely (or mostly) of foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and sprouted legume that are uncooked. That can be tough, even scary for some! But remember even adding some raw foods to your diet will reap benefits! The more raw you can go, the healthier for your system. Focus on eating more raw foods, rather than taking an all-or-nothing approach.
Get Creative On Going Raw:
Fresh cold pressed juice: Easiest way to eat raw in my opinion. Great way to get maximum antioxidants, enzymes and all that good stuff into your system. How easy it to eat 8 carrots, 2 apples and 2 oranges in one sitting? It will probably take some time to chew and chow that down. But juice all this produce and you can chug it down in 2 minutes!
Salads: Raw veggies and fruit can be tucked into a salad. Make salads enticing by appealing to the sense of taste, color and texture. Addition of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, herbs, lemon can make add to the visual appeal.
Smoothies: Another easy way to eat raw. Blend up some fresh produce and be creative with your concoctions. Just don’t add any sugar and spoil the natural sweetness of the fruit. Add super antioxidants like chia seeds, flax, nuts etc into your smoothies to give them a boost of healthy fat
Sprout vs. Cook: Eat your legumes sprouted rather than cooking them. To learn more about sprouting legumes, click here
Just eat raw: Bite into fresh raw veggies and fruit and experience them in their natural state without any preservatives or additives! Use natural dips like hummus, raw chutneys as a condiment to dip.
So What’s The Takeaway From This?
It’s absolutely not necessary to go 100% raw, and you can slowly start incorporating living food into your daily diet and find what works best for YOU. Juicing is an easy way to eat raw and because many foods are more nutritious when eaten raw, it’s a smart idea to work raw foods and fresh juice into your daily routine. Next time you want to chill, kick back, get yourself a book and a glass of cold pressed juice! Going raw was never easier and you body will thank you for it!
Author – Sunithi Selvaraj, RD
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