The list of raw foods is endless. It includes not only what goes into raw food cuisine, but raw vitamins and raw minerals, too.
Most times, when people think about eating a mostly or totally raw diet, it may be hard for them to think past a diet consisting mainly of salads. While salads and salad greens are important to raw foodists and definitely are raw foods, there are many more foods to choose from and to enjoy. This a partial list of raw foods. It's just enough to give you some ideas of the vast variety of raw food cuisine.
Before delving into a partial listing of some raw foods, it may be beneficial to define just what is raw food. A quick answer to the question “What is raw food?” is simply food that has not been heated over 118º F (or 48º C).
The list of raw foods, is divided into
two parts. Many, but not all
who eat a raw food diet, are vegetarians and/or vegans.
Always remember that all of your processed favorite foods all started somewhere with these basic raw foods. So eating raw is simply eating "back to the basics."
Here is a partial list of fruits, both specific and general, that are a part of the list of raw foods. These fruits are prepared and served fresh, frozen, juiced or gently dehydrated and are considered raw foods.
Berries (All types)
This is a partial list of vegetables that belong in the list of raw foods. These vegetables can be prepared in many ways while still being considered “raw.” Since most vegetables, need to be steam blanched before freezing, frozen vegetables technically are not considered “raw.” However, you can use the vegetables fresh, dehydrated and/or juiced.
Edible Fungi (All types of mushrooms)
Herbs of all types
Leafy “greens” (All types. Use for salads and any green smoothie recipe.)
Peppers (Both sweet and hot)
Sea vegetables (Commonly called sea weed)
Seeds (All types)
Spices (All kinds)
Grains (Only those grains that have not been heated during processing. An example is steel cut oats are raw, but rolled oats are not. The majority of grains are not considered raw.)
Legumes (Many times these are sprouted and the sprouts are eaten. Learn how to sprout seeds here.)
Using your imagination and some good, raw recipes, you can make many different dishes from this list.
These foods are raw because although they are processed, no damaging heat is used. The fermentation process uses beneficial bacteria and time to “cook” the foods. A partial list of raw fermented foods are:
Miso (fermented seasoning made from rice, barley and/or soybeans)
Soy beans (usually made into soy sauce)
Various kinds of vegetables
This list of raw foods used as sweeteners will vary upon the personal preference of the raw chef. Here is a partial list of commonly used raw sweeteners:
Dried cane sugar
Honey (Make sure it is raw by buying from a local beekeeper)
Maple syrup (Not technically raw, but accepted by some raw foodists)
Stevia (A very sweet herb)
you feel that for some reason you need to supplement your raw food diet
with more vitamins and minerals, you will want only the best. All
vitamin supplements are NOT the same. Since you're already convinced of
the benefits of a raw food diet, it's a natural choice for you to choose
Raw vitamins and raw minerals offer the maximum in nutrition. These are living-sourced supplements.
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