Get the look and health you always wanted!
As a mother, daughter, wife helping my friends and family starting a raw food diet is becoming more and more frequent because everyone seems to want to lose weight, detox or just become healthier these days! And starting a raw food diet can become extremely stressful because this time you want “success”, right?
There are so many diets, theories, recipes, and books floating around that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. And NO ONE has the time or energy to sort through the countless number of websites trying to piece together the perfect diet for you.
You deserve to look and feel great!
And you can. But it doesn’t have to be time consuming, nor stressful – not with this website helping you! As you look through these pages, you’ll find the best, easiest and most irresistible raw food and vegan recipes, juices, smoothies, ideas, menus, shopping lists, tips, diet plans, videos, articles, kitchen equipment, and everything else you need to get the look and health you always wanted!
Quick, easy, healthy and delicious is the way to go whether you want to enjoy raw food regularly, every day or for a lifetime.
You don’t need special equipment and tons of time to make raw food. Check out these easy raw food recipes!
Raw food can seem a little bit intimidating, right? So many raw recipes call for special equipment and hours of preparation, it makes eating raw seem like something that’s just for folks with lots of time on their hands, but that doesn’t have to be true!
Sure, you can get yourself a food dehydrator and spend 8-12 hours making crackers, but if time is not your greatest commodity, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the raw food action! Many raw food recipes seem like they take a long time to make, but a lot of that time is what I like to call “passive cooking.” You’re not really involved – the ingredients are just soaking or marinating, but you can be asleep or at work while that happens.
Why even take the time to include more raw food in your diet? The answer is in the nutrients. When you cook food, it can destroy certain vitamins and minerals, and upping the raw, plant-based foods in your diet can even help prevent certain cancers.
When you think of raw food, you probably picture a lot of crudite and salads, but that’s not all that raw foodies eat! With a little bit of imagination, you can whip up all sorts of fun dishes from soups to pastas to tacos.
What is a Raw Diet?
Raw foodies generally agree that anything heated above 118F is not raw food, which is why a food dehydrator is a common tool in raw cooking. You cook the food at a very low temperature over a longer period of time to preserve the nutrients. In the spirit of keeping things simple, none of the recipes I’m listing require a food dehydrator.
You don’t have to eat a completely raw diet to eat more raw foods. Some folks strive to eat 50 percent raw, some go for 90 percent raw or even higher.
How much raw food you eat is really up to you, and so is how you get there. I’m a firm believer in small changes, so I’d try incorporating a few more raw dishes each week until you hit your goal. You’re going for a lifestyle change here, not a crash diet, and taking it slow sets you up for success.
Ready to try eating more raw food?
How To Make Smoothies
Would you like to know how to make smoothies from vegetables, fruits, super foods, wild plants, seeds, nuts, herbs and juices? Would you like to make irresistible raw pates, dips and soups? Here you’ll find STEP-BY-STEP instructions and everything you need to start blending.
Smoothies are a terrific way to boost your health.
Now, let’s get started!
How to make smoothies
- Wash the vegetables & fruits.
- Pre-cut the vegetables.
- Put food with the highest water content (i.e. apples) first.
- Make sure you add enough (purified) water for blending. This usually means that most food is covered with water. If you don’t use enough water, the produce, nuts or seeds don’t blend well.
- Blend long enough so your foods will be really smooth, but not so long that they get warm. (Unless you’d like to make a warm soup of course).
- You could warm up soups or drinks by blending for a few minutes.
Benefits of Blending
Once you know how to make smoothies you’ll be rewarded with the following benefits:
- Better absorption. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are hard to digest when raw. Today, people don’t have jaws that can break the cell walls of these foods into a creamy substance.
- If you use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendec blender, the blending will break the cell walls of the produce. Even the cells of tomatoes and carrots break. Thus, you’ll absorb the lycopen and beta-caroten easily. This way you make it easy for your body to absorb all the wonderful nutrients of the vegetables and fruits.
- A smoothie uses the whole food, no waste.
- Unlike juicing, with a smoothie you keep all the fibers of the food.
- Smoothies are a great way to eat your vegetables. Greens are the most alkalizing, mineralizing and healthiest foods. But not always the most palatable. By blending them, you can combine them with fruits or herbs for delicious tastes.
- Blending is the quickest and easiest way to prepare (large amounts of) raw food. Virtually no preparation time. You can make the most delicious smoothies in just minutes.
- No pans to scrub. Blenders are very quick and easy to clean.
- Smoothie recipes are easy to find and to follow.
- Because blending retains the fibers, smoothies stay well (in the fridge) for up to 24 hours. So you could make them the night before, or bring them along when you travel.
High speed blenders are the best if you want to learn how to make smoothies. They make the best quality and smoothest smoothies. They actually break the cell wall and thus increase the absorption of nutrients such as beta carotene. However, they are somewhat of an investment. The Blendtec and Vitamix cost 300-600 USD depending on the country where you live. Absolute worth it though. You’ll use them daily.
Green Smoothie Recipes
Try the best green smoothie recipe ever! We drink about two full blender jars of these drinks a day. They are healthy, easy and quick to make and absolutely delicious.
Each green smoothie recipe below is chuck full of healthy minerals (e.g. calcium and iron), vitamins, co-factors, life force, fiber. And very important, they are alkalizing. Green smoothies are critical for health.
To make these recipes, all you need are the ingredients and a blender. A high speed blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec is best because they break the cell wall. This way you absorb the nutrients easily. But if you’re just starting a raw vegetable diet, any other blender will do too.
All recipes serve about 2-3 people and can be kept for up to 12 hours as long as you add enough water (great when traveling).
- Two or three any fruits
- 1 bag of any frozen berries
- 2.5 cups pure water
- 1 teaspoon super foods of choice or
- 2 tablespoons any hulled seeds or nuts or
- small bunch of any green leafs or (wild edible greens) instead fruits.
- Put all ingredients in a high speed blender.
- Add enough water so that all ingredients are covered.
- Blend well.
- You may want to add a little more water if you like your smoothie thinner.
This is a great way to add (wild edible greens) to your raw food diet. You won’t even notice it. And I feel great that I give my family a smoothie full of important minerals, vitamins, healthy omega three fats, fiber, protein, enzymes, that is hydrating and easy to digest!
Raw Food Diet Conversion Chart
You are interested in a raw food diet. Now you have to decide what to eat. To help you with the transition from cooked to raw, here’s a raw food conversion chart.
The chart has the following categories:
Condiments and Spreads
Bad Better Best Sugar All forms:
– Corn syrup
– Rice syrup
Raw fresh fruits
Sweeteners All forms:
– Xylitol Stevia
Salt Table salt
Unrefined sea salt
Unrefined Celtic sea salt
Organic salt from plants:
Flour White flours from:
– Rice, etc.
Organic whole flours from:
– Brown rice*
– Other non – Spelt*
others stored grains
Buckwheat flourAmaranth flourSprouted grains
Bread From supermarket Home made
Sourdough (Yeast free)
Dehydrated flax crackersLettuce wraps Pasta White pasta Organic spelt or buckwheat
(Raw) spaghetti made from squash Fat Butter
Cold pressed coconut oil
Hemp seed oil
Flax seed oil
Whole hemp seeds
Whole organic flax Seeds
Meat Cold cuts
E-numbers free (EU)
MSG free, etc.
Vegan nut pate’s
Raw “meat” balls
made from nuts/seeds
Fish Farm raised fish Wild fish
salmon Krill Oil Eggs Conventional eggs Organic farm free eggs Egg replacers:
– Agar agar
– Flax seed
– Psyllium fiber
Organic raw goat cheese
Organic raw sheep’s cheese
Milk & Yogurt Milk, yogurt
Raw goat’s milk
Almond milk from store
Raw almond milk
Raw milk from nuts
Raw milk from seeds & grains
Home made Kefir
Raw coconut juice & milk
Bad Better Best Water Water from tap Plastic bottled water
Evian, Poland Spring, Fuji Water
Low mineral spring water
Bottled in glass
Thee Black tea Herbal teas Coffee Coffee
Coffee replacer Raw “hot” chocolate milk Soft Drinks Lemonade
Organic fresh juices
Freshly squeezed juice:
Green powder juice
Juice fresh from juice bar
super foods drinks
Coconut water (fresh)
Home made lemonade with stevia
3. Condiments and Spreads
Bad Better Best Tomato Ketchup Tomato ketchup
Organic, sugar free ketchup
Home made ketchup
Raw ketchup Mayonnaise From super marked Organic, no sugar added
Raw home made mayonnaise
Raw mayonnaise made from avocado
Raw mayonnaise made from nuts/seeds
Pasta Sauces From package
Mac n cheese
From health food store
Fresh Raw Tomato Sauce
Bread Spreads Cold cuts
Organic almond butter
Jam/Jelly 100% fruit
4. Special Treats
Bad Better Best Candy Candy from supermarket
Organic from health store:
Cookies, Cakes Cookies from super marked
Cakes from super marked
Organic from health store
Home made cookies
Home made cakes
Raw cookies & cakes
Raw cakes & pies
Bad Better Best Supplements
Supplements from some small companies Whole foods supplements
6. General Guidelines
Bad Better Best Resources Grocery store Health store Home made foods
Grown Conventional grown Organic foods
No pesticides, herbicides, chemicals
Local farmer’s/green market
Local and organic
Own garden, sprouts
Baked at low temperatures
Ingredients Many ingredients
MSG, flavor enhancers, etc.
Ingredients you can pronounce
All fresh ingredients