I must apologize for the long absence. My life has changed drastically in the past few months and while it is definitely changing in exciting, unexpected and postive ways, I’ve had a lot of stress and some times of intense emotional struggling and darkness. These past few months have challenged me to really stay present and take care of myself, regardless of what is going on in my life, which has inspired me greatly. Welcome to my newest series, How to Raw Food. In this series I want to share a variety of tips and tools I use and have learned over the past eight years to make raw foods a permanent part of my diet and lifestyle, regardless of where I am or what is going on in my life. I hope this series is helpful for anyone interested in adding in more raw foods or even those who have been into raw foods for awhile but want to take their health to the next level. So onward we go, into How to Raw Foods…
Three Easy Ways to Eat Raw Food Every Day
Most of the leading health experts and doctors agree that adding more raw food into our diet is a key to thriving and feeling our best. From the added fiber, to the extra boost of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, there is no denying that incorporating more raw foods into one’s diet is beneficial in a variety of ways. While most people know this, many find it easier said than done. I’ve been eating a primarily raw vegan diet for the past eight years and I understand the challenges we all face on a daily basis to eat well. From the lack of resources, to a lack of time, a lack of know how, or simply the convenience factor, the odds can seem to be stacked against us at times when it comes to eating in a way that leaves us feeling truly nourished and vibrant. Fortunately, the last eight years have taught me a lot in how to maintain a mostly raw diet, in all circumstances. Today I want to focus on three easy ways to incorporate raw foods into your diet every day. When I refer to raw foods here, I mean the fresh stuff. Raw kale chips, chocolate truffles and nuts and seeds are amazing and have their place, but the surest way to reap the true benefits of raw foods are through eating them as intended, in their fresh, juicy, raw state.
1. Have a green juice or smoothie daily.
My favorite way to start any day is with a green juice. Greens are incredibly alkaline due to their chlorophyll content, and have a wide array of nutrients such as enzymes, vitamin K, vitamin C and magnesium. They assist in blood cleansing and liver cleansing, aiding your body in detoxification each time you consume them! My body craves them daily, as they leave me with a feeling of a deeply nourishing, sustaining energy boost to start the day. I believe eating and drinking an abundance of leafy green vegetables is one of the keys to vibrant health. Whether choosing a green juice or a green smoothie, your body will start the day alkalized and when our first choice of the day is one that leaves us feeling vibrant, it sets us up for good choices for the rest of the day. A delicious juice to try is my sweet green strawberry nectar.
2. Eat fruit for breakfast or as a mid morning snack.
Fresh fruit is the most convenient raw food there is. It requires no preparation unless you want to cut it up and can be transported easily. Fresh fruit is full of fiber, water and antioxidants, making it the perfect food for breakfast or a mid morning snack. My personal favorite is to chop up a variety of berries and mix them together in a (big) bowl and eat them with a spoon. Berries are one of the most fiber rich foods, contain high amounts of Vitamin C, are low in sugar, and have been studied extensively for their anti-cancer properties.
3. Have a green salad before dinner.
As I stated earlier, I believe leafy green vegetables are the key food to consume in abundance if you are seeking a truly outstanding level of health. A leafy green salad every night before dinner is one more easy way to get in leafy greens, while also supplying you with enzymes, fiber and a high water content to assist in the digestion of any food you eat after them. Salads are great because they can be as complex or as simple as you want. A simple salad could consist of spinach, shredded carrots, diced onion and avocado. Or you could opt for a fancier, more complex salad like my Maitake and Truffle Kale Salad.
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