Pills and supplements, unhealthy fad diets, fewer meals—those all seem interesting, I suppose, but the truth is, they can be hazardous to your physical and mental well-being. Why put yourself through that? Try a safe raw food diet that provides the natural enzymes and nutrients to help your body reach optimal health.
I’m talking about uncooked, unprocessed food that includes fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and seeds. Food that is cooked (i.e., processed, microwaved, irradiated) loses a good amount of vitamins and nearly all of immune-boosting nutrients. Instead, delicious and irresistible raw treats are packed with everything you and your body needs to shed pounds and feel the most satisfied. You’re probably very familiar with the following recipes:
2 avocados, halved, peeled and seeded
2 medium on-the-vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
In a bowl, mix ingredients together (except for the tomatoes) and roughly mash with a fork or potato masher. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. Seed and dice the tomatoes then stir in the mixture.
Lettuce wraps with edamame and quinoa
1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 cup edamame, cooked and shelled
1 medium red pepper, seeded and chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1-2 carrots, shredded
8-10 leaves of bibb, butter or green leaf lettuce, washed and dried
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp water
1-2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cooked edamame, red pepper, green onions, cilantro and shredded carrots together. Next, combine the sauce ingredients in an empty jar and shake well. Pour about half the dressing over the quinoa mixture. Place a couple tablespoons of the mixture in a lettuce cup, top with a little extra drizzle of sauce, then wrap!
Arugula salad with mango and coconut
3 cups arugula
1 cup mixed greens
1/2 fresh mango, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
Sprinkle of walnuts
Sprinkle of dried coconut
Slice your mango and avocado and place on top of your greens, then garnish with walnuts and coconut. For the dressing, you can use fresh lime juice or a drizzle of oil-free balsamic.
Veggie nori rolls
1 nori sheet
2 tbsp hummus, tahini or cashew cheese
1/4 cup sweet pea shoots or sprouts
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 small Persian cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1/4 avocado, thinly sliced
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt for taste
Arrange the nori sheet on a work surface with the long edge closest to you. Spread the hummus in a thin layer over the nori sheet. Layer the pea shoots, carrots, cucumber sticks and avocado at the bottom one-third of the nori sheet. Sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt to taste. Gently but firmly, roll the edge closest to you toward the center of the nori wrap. With a sharp knife, carefully slice your roll and serve!
3 cups tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 tsp fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Mix the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, salt and pepper in a bowl, then serve!
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.