I am FINALLY getting around to answering a question that was asked several months ago…. ok, so I forgot about it :-) But it’s fun to think about and good information, so I decided to answer it here for everyone to read.
The original question was what makes up a raw food diet – what would a daily raw food diet be comprised of?
And really, the possibilities are endless ~ it can be as simple or as complicated as one wants it to be. Here are some examples of what it could look like:
A more medium-sized eater could have some pudding made of chia seeds or avocado/chocolate or raw granola/cereal with some added fruit, raw nuts, coconut and hemp seeds.
And a big morning eater could have a heavier breakfast of a raw cobbler with blended nuts and dates and a fresh fruit filling, or some soaked grains blended with fruit and nuts, a raw bagel with raw vegan cream cheese, or even a raw “tofu benedict“.
Lunch & Dinner:
I’m combining lunch and dinner because the types of dishes can be interchangeable for these meals. Some people like to eat a larger meal at night, and some like a bigger lunch and lighter dinner, so all of these options can be used according to one’s needs, and eaten in any combination. Someone who wants a larger meal can eat more of them :-)
- Salads (lettuce with veggies, or purely chopped veggies, or shredded veggies like a cole slaw)
- Raw blended soups
- Raw crackers or veggies with raw hummus or pate or dip
- Raw pasta with sauce
- Raw lasagna
- Wraps made of lettuce or collard greens
And everyone’s favorite ~ desserts:
The nice thing about raw food is that it’s so healthy and full of nutrients that something that might be considered a “dessert” is healthy enough for breakfast! So the same breakfast items of a raw cobbler or chia pudding or sweet fruit shake can also be used as dessert!
And there are other things that are more “desserty”, like raw chocolates, cookies, pies, cheesecakes, and very elaborate cakes. A few years ago, I went to a wedding that had a fully raw menu including a raw wedding cake that was absolutely phenomenal.
So there really is no limit to the creativity and spectrum of foods that can be included in a raw diet – this list just scratches the surface. I’ve added links to some of the raw food recipes that I have online, and to others that have tried and like. These links can be used as a beginning for ideas of other dishes, and there are tons more sites with recipes. Just get creative and have fun with it!