Okay, I have to admit that when I first started hearing about eating raw I was skeptical. But the more I read about it, the more I realized that I was already enjoying quite a bit of raw food. I love salads and munching on carrots and cabbage. And we keep a constant supply of fresh fruits like apples, oranges, grapes, cherries, strawberries, and bananas around the house. Did I mention the nuts? I love to get raw (not roasted or salted) cashews, almonds, and walnuts for snacking. So there it was. I was already eating raw and didn’t even realize it.
Of course if I was going to try getting at least 50% raw food in my diet like Dr. Mercola recommends, I needed more than salads, nuts, and fruits. The first book I picked up was Carol Alt’s The Raw 50. The first recipes I tried were breakfast drinks and I wanted to share a couple of my favorites with you.
“Simple Favorite Green Smoothie
1 head of organic romaine lettuce, shredded
With the blender on low speed, puree the lettuce and bananas, adding water as necessary for a smooth consistency. Pour the mixture into a glass and enjoy.” –This is a simple recipe using basic ingredients and it’s very filling.
Another of my favorite recipes calls for some ingredients that aren’t as readily available but it is SO worth hunting them down when you taste this delicious shake.
“Cashew Banana Shake
1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for about 2 hours and drained
1/4 ripe pitted and pealed avocado
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 teaspoon raw vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar or raw honey
1 cup crushed ice
2 tablespoons raw cacao
When you are ready for breakfast, blend the cashews, avocado, bananas, vanilla extract, salt, agave nectar or honey, and ice until they reach a milk-shake-like consistency. Pour the shake into a glass and serve. Add a little water (filtered and distilled if you have) to get the desired consistency, as this is one thick, creamy chake!
Add the raw cacao for an extra boost. For me, it brings back childhood memories of chocolate milk.” –I can usually find raw cashews and raw honey at my local grocery store. For the raw vanilla and cacao, I had to visit a Whole Foods Market. Here’s a tip: you can soak and drain the cashews the day before you want to make your shake and just store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I feel really good when I’ve had a raw shake for breakfast. They’re easy to make, delicious to drink, and they stay with me so I don’t get the mid-morning munchies.
I’ll wrap up this post, hoping you’ll give one of these recipes a try or hunt down some raw recipes on your own. There are some great people out there eating raw who want to tell you all about it.
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Going to bed with thoughts of breakfast in my head . . .