Raw Food Recipes for Beginners


by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy

You have heard about the benefits of the raw food diet, and on an impulse, you went out and bought an entire grocery load of healthy vegetables, fresh fruit and other raw staples. But now, you have a table full of groceries and no ideas what to do with them. Sure, strawberries are easy enough to eat raw, but what should you do with that avocado? There are some great raw food recipes out there; you just need to know where to look.

Typing “raw food recipes” into a search engine will get you somewhere in the neighbourhood of four and a half million results - good luck slogging through all of those links to find a recipe you like!

Your first hint is to include the ingredients you want to use in your search parameters. For instance, let’s take that avocado you bought. If you want to use that, along with some fresh tomatoes, you can search for “raw food recipe avocado tomato”. Your results will turn up recipes with both those ingredients, and you can go from there. An avocado and tomato salad is the top suggestion from the search engine, but there’s also a dip made with limes and peaches, a soup recipe or two, and of course, guacamole recipes galore.

Your next best resource is your local health food store. Many independent health food and organic retailers devote sections of their stores to cookbooks and magazines. Check out their selection. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, ask them and they might be able to order something in, or at least point you in the right direction. If all else fails, your local big-box book store should have a pretty good selection of cookbooks and opinion books about the raw food movement. Again, if their selection is lacking, talk to a staff member ñ they can look up other titles for you, and order in newer books.

Last but not least, you can check online for local cooking clubs. You may find a group in your area that meets to share recipes, hold pot luck dinners, and encourage each other as they discover new aspects of the raw food diet.

These groups are great for new converts to raw foods ñ you can bounce ideas off of them, find out where to shop in your area, and talk endlessly about raw foods. This last one is key, as your non-converted friends and family may not be the most receptive discussion partners about the benefits of your new-found food interests.

After all, no one likes to be told that they’re not eating healthy enough, and they’re unlikely to have any recipes a lifestyle they donít choose to follow. That doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of your choice, just aware that it is your way, and not necessarily the best plan for everyone. But once you find some great recipes, don’t be afraid to cook up all those wonderful vegetables you bought, and invite people over for a raw dinner party!



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