How to Make your Life Raw-Mazing!

Posted by Jennifer Nemeth on

We have an all raw class coming up on Saturday, June 11th from 11:00-12:30pm. Learn how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet and enjoy raw chorizo, mango salsa, creamy chipotle ranch dressing, mushroom ceviche and baja cocoa loco shake for dessert! Click here for more details and registration.

What is a raw diet? 

During summer when the weather becomes warmer is the perfect time to try a raw diet. Raw foods are both refreshing and nourishing. Raw is defined as consuming fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and seeds in their freshest, unprocessed and uncooked state. This can also include sprouted grains and legumes. Believe it or not, a person can thrive on a raw diet as all macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins and minerals are present in raw foods needed for life.

There are many perks to switching towards a raw diet which can include: increased energy, weight loss, improved digestion, better skin quality and reduced risk for chronic disease. With the exception of lycopene in tomatoes, foods that are uncooked generally have more vitamins and minerals. Preparation can also be minimal as fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges and peaches are easy to-go foods.

How to Begin
A few weeks ago, my husband and I tried a "raw until 6pm" diet for a week. We had a fun time enjoying lots of fresh fruit, veggies, smoothies, banana collard wraps, broccoli salad, raw zucchini soup and the list goes on. Below I have included 5 days of what I had for breakfast and dinner during that week. A "raw until 6 pm" approach is a great way to get started. Another method is to include 2-4 servings of raw fruits and vegetables into every meal. A serving is a medium size piece of fruit, 2 cups of leafy greens and/or 1 cup of veggies or fruit. Generally, smoothies are a better choice over juicing as they retain all the healthy fiber. Trying a mostly raw of "high raw" diet can bring you many positive benefits. There is a great blog to explore called Fully Raw by Christina that can provide you with some great tips. On Facebook, our local friend and raw foods coach, Marina has an active group called Soul in the Raw.

Jennifer's "Raw Till 6pm" Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast- apple, fruit & veggie smoothie with hemp seeds
Snack - raw spirulina bar from Raw Revolution
Lunch - carrot, banana collard wraps with PB, cinnamon & chia seeds
Snack- another 1/2 of banana collard wrap, coconut water

Breakfast- apple, fruit & veggie smoothie
Lunch - broccoli salad with lemon tahini dressing & pumpkin seeds, watermelon
Snack - small peach & jicama

Breakfast- Apple with almond butter, overnight soaked oats with raisins, nuts & chia (note: not all oats are technically raw as some of them are steamed during processing)
Lunch - raw zucchini soup with salsa flax seed crackers, watermelon

Apple, carrot stick, overnight soaked oats with walnuts & berries
Snack- trail mix with nuts, raisins & goji berries
Lunch - 2 banana collard wraps with almond butter, cinnamon, dates & hemp seeds,
Snack - coconut water & trail mix with nuts, raisins & goji berries

Breakfast- Apple & almond butter, overnight soaked oats with walnuts & berries
Lunch- broccoli salad, raw quinoa salad, smoothie

** If you live in San Diego, a great local place to get the freshest fruits & vegetables is Specialty Produce on Hancock Street near downtown. We are planning another tour in the near future! Stay tuned!

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