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15 Easy Raw Food Recipes

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15 Easy Raw Food Recipes

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 Raw?

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? Here are 15 east raw food recipes to get you started!

{Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Samantha Celera}

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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8:57PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:05PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Awesome, ty!

9:10PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Many raw foods are wonderful. Am not a raw foodie but there are certainly raw foods that are a delight.
Agree with Heather Enid W., be very careful about mushrooms when foraging, as she says some of the wild ones need to be cooked otherwise they can kill you. There are many wild foods to find as long as one checks the local requirements as some wild garlic are scarce and shouldn't be taken but this depends on where you live. Some raw foods can be dangerous if eaten in large quantities, one woman ate 3 pounds of raw bok choy a day and ended up in a coma. Had she cooked it she would have had no problems. Who knew?

http://thyroid.about.com/b/2010/06/17/bok-choy-overdose-thyroid-goitrogen.htm

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/death-bok-choy-eating-put-woman-coma-article-1.448093

6:41AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

It seems drastic but it is a wonderful lifestyle change..I have slowly been introducing more raw foods into my diet, and find that I am feeling more energetic and healthy.I look forward to my "cocktails" and have found that I feel satisfied for longer and have fewer cravings for sugar.. My greatest weakness was tea...and for at least three days I had serious caffeine withdrawal. My advice is to do the changes gradually -There are aches and pains involved as you detox.This definitely is a case of no pain no gain initially...We also have diets loaded with sugar...Sugar causes a lot of inflammation in our bodies..amazingly the aches and pains also disappear..

11:06AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

2:01AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Thanks

8:21AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

yum! so many of those recipes sound so tasty and easy to make, thanks!

4:15AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

The pad thai requires juicing, so I wouldn't say it's easy or quick, but thanks for the recipes.
I've hardly been eating raw ever since WInter.

1:32PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

This last month Ive has SO many synchronisities pointing me towards raw food. I simply couldnt ignore it! Im on the path now and learning so many new recipes and yummyness...not to mention how amazing my digestion system has become!! :)

6:44PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

raw is the best. these recipes sound really good.

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