Monday, September 21, 2020

Raw Food Weight Loss Lifestyle (+Recipes!)

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Raw food eating is a very specialized diet. On this page, I include some raw food recipes which you can use to start eating a diet that is healthy, and actually helps you lose weight!

Along with growing your own vegetables, going raw is one of the Next Big Things in food trends. These days I hear of more and more people that I know who are changing over to a raw food diet.

No more hot meals?

If you live in a climate with cold winters, as I do, I think there is a lot to be said for hot meals. I think that children especially need the comfort of hot meals when the weather is cold and bitter. But you can still incorporate a lot of raw food into your diet even if you like a hot dinner on a cold day, as I do. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

I find that as time passes, I naturally crave more and more raw foods. Now, a large part of my diet is raw. I never sat down one day and decided, “I’m going raw”. It just happened gradually, over time. This is the best way to change your diet, if you are thinking of going raw. Do it gradually and naturally. Otherwise, it will be too difficult and you will probably give up. Having some raw food with each meal is a good starting point.

If you find that you want to incorporate more raw food into your diet, you might like to investigate some raw food recipes. A raw food diet involves a lot more than just ‘not-cooking’. You still need to prepare and blend your dishes and concoct nice flavours and combinations. Otherwise, you will become bored with your raw food diet and give up.

Then you could consider equipping yourself for a raw food kitchen, if you find you are really serious about going all the raw way! A good juicer is essential, not just for juices, but also for pastes and spreads. A good food processor is also essential. So is a hand blender. As you go further along the path of raw food, you may find that you need a dehydrator and some sprouting jars and trays. (There are other add-on gadgets that sometimes come in useful, but you won’t actually need them.)

Raw Food Recipes

Here are a few Raw Food Recipes to give you some idea of the possibilities involved in this diet lifestyle.

Raw Hummus

This is pretty much the same as normal hummus, except you use sprouted chickpeas instead of whole ones. It tastes equally delicious and makes for a beautiful spread. It is also a great accompaniment to a raw salad meal because it is so tasty and so nourishing.

  • sprouted chickpeas
  • tahini
  • crushed garlic
  • fresh lemon juice
  • finely chopped fresh coriander
  • cumin
  • (paprika to garnish)

You can hand mash this with a large mortar and pestle, or you can blitz it in the blender. Whichever way you choose, blend it well so that you have no lumps.

Cacao Sweeties

This is a raw food treat.

  • Raisins
  • Sultanas
  • Grated coconut
  • Peeled macadamia nuts
  • Peeled almonds
  • Carob chips
  • Chocolate powder
  • Fresh orange juice

Place everything in your blender, except the orange juice and whizz until all the lumps are completely gone. Gradually add as much juice as you need to keep the mixture moist and pliable. When it’s all nice and smooth, remove and shape into small sweets. Place on a tray and cover and leave to set in the fridge for an hour. Delicious!

Avocado Soup

One of the great things about a raw food diet is how creative and inventive you can be with it. Often, this throws up some mouth-watering ideas like this one.

  • Some lovely ripe juicy avocados
  • Grated coconut
  • Red pepper/capsicum
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh coriander
  • Cumin
  • Water

Blend everything until smooth. Garnish with a sprig of coriander and a sprinkling of paprika.

Veggie Burgers

(You need a dehydrator for this raw food recipe, so it won’t be for everybody, but it is a good example of how the raw food diet really works. You can still enjoy your burgers and you can still achieve a similar texture to cooked burgers. In fact, dehydrating is a way of getting the ‘cooked affect’ without destroying all the delicate enzymes and complex trace nutrients that raw food contains. So, even with a raw food diet, you kind of can ‘cook’, in a dehydrator. It just takes a day or two, rather than the fifteen minutes we are used to!)

  • Carrots
  • Red pepper/capsicum
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Cauliflower
  • Soaked almonds
  • Soaked sunflower seeds
  • Fresh coriander/parsley
  • Cumin

Blend everything until smooth. Shape into flat burgers. Place in dehydrator at 105 degrees for about ten hours. Flip and repeat.

If YOU are travelling along the raw food path for weight loss, I’d love to hear from you—-if you have any experiences of this subject, or raw food recipes that you would like to share, please do drop me a line using my Contact option on the Navigation Bar. It is such an interesting and specialised subject, I think my readers would like to read about your raw food journey!

Emily Murdoch
Hi I write about health and fitness for women! You may contact me at emily@cleanseplan.com

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