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When you are ready to put together a menu for a raw food diet you will find all you need to it is right at your fingertips. That’s right; the internet is your proverbial oyster. There are endless cookbooks and recipes at your disposal on the internet to pore over and make it just right. You will find you can comprise quite an array of dishes to fill a complete menu.
Menu planning for a Raw Food Dinner Party
Are you ready for the challenge? Put on paper some ideas and recipes for a raw food diet dinner party for your special guests. You will need to consider the tastes and textures of the raw foods you choose to make your menu a taste sensation! It could be fun tasting and tweaking recipes to please the palette of even the pickiest eaters.
The vast array of color available in a raw food diet will make your table look pleasing and inviting to all. A table set for a regular meal may look tempting with some variety of color in the vegetables chosen, but not as stunning as a table set for a raw food vegetable meal. For one when veggies are cooked, they lose important vitamins as well as their vibrancy of color to a degree. It will be exciting to see how people will be eager to sample each and every dish.
You can set a buffet setting and arrange the wonderful array of colors in a creative way. You can put out crudités in a variety of shapes with different kinds of dip at the start of the table along with other appetizer type foods. A large bowl of organic greens can be placed in the center for a base for individual salads your guests can put together. Different whole raw nuts can also be put in bowls surrounding the greens.
Some main course dishes you can use are Vegan Pizza, for which there are many good recipes online. Some organic spaghetti squash with a raw organic tomato sauce perhaps, or zucchini noodles sliced with a spiral slicer. Spring rolls made with cabbage leaves stuffed with fresh greens and whole fruits and nuts may be nice as well.
As with every good dinner party, dessert is the coupe de grass. There are so many to choose from. Of course fresh whole fruits are a gimme…but there are great recipes for cheesecakes, puddings, raw brownies, pies and tarts made with fruits and crusts made from raw nut bases…oh my!!! You can even make raw “ice cream” by freezing smoothies made earlier in the day. I believe they work well if you just add a little less water. As with the raw veggies, you can make your dessert table as colorful and appealing with the vast colors of whole fruits.
All in all, I’m sure that your guests will be both stuffed and pleased with the spread you created just for them. As we all know a Raw Food Diet is full of fiber and therefore very filling. You may want to put the desserts out a little later than you would with a regular food dinner party. Give the guests time to digest and make room for the yummy ending to a tasty meal.
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The sudden craze of people for raw foods has many reasons behind it. Eating raw foods has a number of benefits for all age groups of people. With anti aging raw food diet you can prevent your skin from premature aging and other complications which are common due to today’s pollution and stressed life. Then there are weight loss raw foods, medicinal raw foods, having more energy and much more.
The raw foods which prevent aging have gained more popularity among young people who intent to keep their skin intact, beautiful and glowing. How these raw foods prevent aging of your skin? It’s very simple to understand.
Cooked food lack in antioxidants and have more free radicals which interfere with the collagen and damage your skin. But most of the raw foods like citrus fruits, vegetables and herbs provide your body with required antioxidants. Antioxidants promote collagen and thus reduce the wrinkles and rid you of free radicals.
Talking of raw foods, they include fruits, vegetables and certain kind of herbs only; meat or animal fat can never be termed as raw food. Eating raw meat is quite harmful because they contain worms which can cause serious brain diseases. Before we discuss the raw foods which one should eat to prevent aging lets find out how enzymes too play a vital role in aging.
Our body has endogenous enzymes which help in digestion of food we eat. As we become older day by day the endogenous enzymes deplete and the aging process starts. So when we eat cooked food the endogenous enzymes act to digest it. With aging, the reduced enzymes get more stressed with eating and the body metabolism draws enzymes from other parts of the body to meet other demands including the one of your skin.
But when you eat raw food items you guard endogenous enzymes from depleting. Raw foods contain exogenous enzymes which don’t require much endogenous enzymes for digestion. Thus endogenous enzymes in our body are saved to a great extent and aging does not initiate.
Besides the enzyme factor, the cooked food lacks some of the essential nutrients and antioxidants which help to keep our organs healthy and well functioning. Our skin is not just a simple covering it is the largest organ of our body which needs proper care both external and internal.
Now it’s time to find out which foods replenish the skin and prevent aging. They are sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, green leafy vegetables, beans and others. There are certain food items which need to be soaked before consumption like almonds, brown rice and others. The other raw food items include fresh juice prepared from vegetables and fruits, salads and alike.
There are some Raw Foods which contain omega fatty acids like flaxseed oil, evening prime rose and others. You can eat them to keep your skin healthy and glowing. In addition to eating anti aging Raw Food Diet one must care for drinking plenty of water throughout the day as well. Water is the most natural cleansers which act against toxins in the body which too are responsible for breaking down the beauty of your skin.
Lara Greene has a passion for eating raw and contributes to a site about eating raw and the Raw Foods Diet for Wellness and Health at: RawFoodsTips.com Anti Aging Raw Food Diet Raw food and beauty.
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Have you bought the idea that a completely raw food diet is the ultimate, most logical, best diet for all humankind, no matter where they live in the world? (Like eskimos eating watermelon…)
It seems to me that it’s the implied idea transmitted by many raw-foodists, raw food website, books and seminars.
The idea is:
Raw Food is Good, Cooked Food is Evil, and the World Would Be a Better Place If Everyone Ate Only Raw Foods
OK, I may be exaggerating, but often that’s the general tone of many of the raw food gurus’ message.
Is it actually true?
Would it be possible that the resources required to transport those foods would actually make the Raw Food diet fairly unecological, considering the fact that eating a diet of bananas and mangoes in Northern Canada isn’t the most natural choice?
How much food do you need as a 100% raw food eater?
It’s fairly well-known that anyone deciding to eat only raw foods in a sustainable way (for health) needs to eat a tremendous quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In order to get enough calories from fruits and vegetables, without using too much raw fat (which would be detrimental for health), here’s the average amount of food that’s necessary:
For a 2000 calorie diet: 10 pounds a day (with peels and all)
For a 3000 calorie diet: 15 pounds a day (with peels and all)
I based those numbers on average consumption most 100% raw foodists go through in a typical day (those who are not on a detox program!).
So basically, 70 to over 100 pounds of food per week!
That’s a lot.
Where does your food come from?
If we would want to get a more accurate picture on the ecological impact that eating a large quantity of imported fruits would have versus a smaller quantity of local cooked, animal or grain foods, we would need to analyze a lot of variables. I haven’t been able to get an accurate estimate from the data that’s available.
But just knowing that most imported fruits come from fairly far away, and that large quantities are necessary on a completely Raw Food Diet, I can draw the obvious conclusion that eating this way is not necessarily the most logical, natural and ecological choice.
- Grapes from Chile travel a minimum of 4000 miles to get to you
- Bananas from Costa Rica travel about 2000 miles or more to get to you
- Mangoes from Mexico at least 1000 miles to get to you
- And so on…
All of the fossil fuels used to transport all of these foods leave an impact, which may offset or even counter-balance the possible environmental benefits of choosing a raw vegan diet (which requires less resources when produced locally), versus a local diet that would contain both raw, cooked, plant and possibly even animal foods.
It’s always been obvious to me that a diet of all raw foods in Canada makes less sense on many levels that one that includes some cooked foods, more local foods and fewer imported fruits.
There’s also the fact that these fruits are picked unripe in many cases, the acidity level is too high and the nutrient level too low.
So is the solution for all raw-food enthusiasts to move to the tropics? Certainly not!
My point is:
- There’s no need to demonize cooked food – A diet that includes both raw and cooked food makes a lot of sense on many levels. You don’t have to eat 100% raw. This is really an individual choice based on your health, your location, and your preference.
- A raw food diet can be unnatural – Eating 100% raw foods in the north can be unnatural and unsustainable. And for many more reasons that I can expand on in future articles, it’s certainly not a solution that can be proposed to the entire world!
- If you live in the north, follow the seasons – Many people, as summer approaches, have the desire to include more raw food in their diet. But in the winter, instead of freezing to death, they choose to incorporate more raw, cooked foods. That is perfectly fine, natural and even desirable for most people.
Here’s a list of some additional tips to enable you to eat more ecologically and sustainably, while incorporating more raw fruits and vegetables in your diet, no matter where you live:
1- Freeze Berries and other Fruits in Season – Berries are some of the most nutritious and antioxidant-packed foods you can eat. To avoid the consumption of too much imported foods in the winter, I encourage you to freeze a huge quantity of ripe, local, organically grown (or wild) fresh berries when they are in season. I personally freeze a lot of wild blueberries, which are local. Then, use them throughout the winter in your recipes. You can thaw them in advance to avoid the negative effect of consuming cold foods.
2- Grow Sprouts – Grow some fresh, toxin-free sprouts such as clover and sunflower greens, to get a supply of cheap, fresh, local vegetables in the winter!
3- Avoid out of Season Fruits – Some fruits may be available in your store, but may actually be out of season in your hemisphere of the world. If you live in North America, the season for grapes usually ends in September or October. Grapes during the winter are imported from countries situated in the opposite hemisphere, such as Chile, where the seasons are reversed. Avoid that! Learn the seasons of different fruits and vegetables and choose to avoid foods imported from such far-away places.
4- Make Different Salads and Vegetable Dishes in the Winter – In one of my recipe books, I give different kinds of salads and dressings depending on the season. In the winter, I recommend salads made with cabbage, carrots and other root vegetables. In the summer, I incorporate more lettuce, tomatoes and fresh vegetables. You should do the same.
5- Shun Exotic Fruits – Exotic fruits such as durian, Thai coconuts and litchis can be great to try, but they inevitably come from faraway countries such as Thailand. In addition to leaving a huge ecological impact for being imported from so far, they are also heavily sprayed with toxic chemicals. Durians are particularly notorious for that. Try them for fun, but stick to fruits and vegetables as local as possible – at least from somewhere you could drive to.
Finally, I would like to encourage you to continue making the best choices for your health. Sometimes, that may sometimes mean:
- Eating fresher, locally grown commercial foods instead of less fresh, imported organic foods
- Eating ripe, local commercial food instead of unripe, imported organic foods
- And eating some cooked, warm “local” food instead of just cold imported fruits
Lookt at true consequences of your own choices, and realize that there’s not one size that fits all.
Frederic Patenaude is the author of the book “The Raw Secrets” and offers a free subscription to his ezine “Outrageous Health & Success” — available at http://www.FredericPatenaude.com
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You have probably heard this one time and time again – that the safest way to eat food is to cook them properly so as to kill any bacteria living on the produce. This is correct in a lot of ways because prevention, as we all know, is always better than cure. However, you should also know that eating raw foods offers a lot of benefits and advantages to the human body. The trick here is to choose the produce and the food properly, so as to make it safe and very nutritious for you.
With this being said, what can raw foods give you?
The very obvious benefit is that raw foods offer more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals primarily because there is no cooking involved, so all the nutritious elements of raw foods is preserved. We all know that cooking can decrease the vitamin and nutrient content of food, but if you eat raw produce such as vegetables and fruits, you receive 100% nutrition.
Because you receive 100% nutrition from eating raw foods, you will also feel full even if your intake was only a small amount compared to cooked vegetables. This helps you lose some weight and avoid extra calories and fat.
Another advantage that raw foods provide is that they are much tastier than cooked ones since you get the full taste and flavors of the produce. You need not add any sugar or salt to the raw food to enhance its flavors, but the natural taste of it is enough to give you a very delicious meal. This also helps your digestive system to easily break up the food.
When it comes to food preparation and cleaning up after, you will find preparing raw foods much easier than cooking them. There will be less kitchen mess as well as a reduced risk of getting burned; plus, anything inedible that you removed from the produce can easily go to the compost bin.
Lastly, eating raw foods is also environmentally friendly. This means that you are using only organic produce which did not make use of any artificial fertilizers or chemicals that can harm the soil and the air. The organic produce also did not make use of any packaging materials like plastic and paper wrappers that most processed foods need. Not only are you helping the environment by choosing organic Raw Foods, but you are also giving yourself a healthier lifestyle because of the nutrients and vitamins as well as minerals found in raw foods.
In the long run, eating raw foods will help you not only physically but financially as well. The healthier you become, the lesser need to visit your doctor.