Curious about whether a raw food diet can benefit your body and refresh your mind? Here are the basics.
Raw food diets usually are based on whole foods that are unprocessed and plant-based. Although many raw foodists are vegans, some eat raw cheese or drink raw milk. Advocates feel that it helps them lose weight or maintain their weight, cleanse their bodies and improve their immune systems.
Foods usually included on raw food diets include:
- Raw fruits. If you want to go with dried fruits for snacks, make sure that they are raw, such as Himalania Raw Goji Berries.
- Raw vegetables. For a treat, try raw kale chips, such as Alive & Radiant Kale Krunch.
- Seaweed, such as SeaSnax Raw Unroasted Seaweed.
- Raw food supplements, such as Garden of Life Perfect Food in Chocolate Cacao, which is rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals and probiotics.
- Raw nut butters, such as Raw Almond Butter from Woodstock Farms.
- Shake it up with a Garden of Life RAW Organic Protein diet shake–the vanilla flavor is great with raw fruits or veggies blended in.
- To flavor your vegetables, try raw apple cider, such as Bragg Organic.
- You can also use raw coconut butter, such as Artisana Raw Coconut Butter.
- Got a sweet tooth and feel like fruit just doesn’t do the trick to satisfy it? Allow us to introduce you to a raw food dessert delight: Raw Crunch Bars! They’re available in flavors such as cranberry and they’re perfect for snacks as well as dessert.
And a final note: Be cautious about raw grains and raw beans, as some can be dangerous to your health. Talk with a health care provider about this topic as well as before making a significant change to your diet, particularly if you have a condition such as diabetes.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.