The raw, living food, diet is a vegan, or animal product-free, diet consisting of plant foods that have not been heated above approximately 118% F. This food has all the life force energy from the sun and all its enzymes still intact when we eat it.
It consists of uncooked, and preferably organic, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Other foods are fermented foods (such as rejuvelac, sauerkraut, and kefir), sprouted legumes and grains, young grasses and sprouts, herbs, flowers, roots, and superfoods such as sea vegetables, bee pollen, and algaes.
So what do raw vegans eat?
There’s really no such thing as a typical raw food diet–Just like there’s no such thing as a typical cooked food diet. Everyone has different tastes, body types, lifestyles.
The food can be simple or it can be quite complex and “gourmet.” Just look at the pictures on any raw food restaurant website to see the stunning dishes of what can be created. It can be more fun and exiting to make fancier recipes if already like cooking food and have some time to spend time and experiment in the kitchen, but it is definitely not necessary and probably not the healthiest option if you’d prefer to eat a low-fat raw food diet.
Some raw foodists eat mono meals of one type of fruit until they are full, some create fruit salads mixed in with nuts and seeds and maybe some nutmilk. While some mix up their weekly breakfasts with fruit smoothies and fruit and green leafy vegetables (60% fruit, 40% greens can create a very tasty and nutritious smoothie!)
This can be a green soup/blended salad, a good sized salad with nuts and/or avocado and/or dressing, or a super smoothie.
Snacks can be fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or vegetables such as carrots, celery, tomato, cucumber, etc.
Dinner can be as simple as a large salad or raw soup, or it can be some fun gourmet dishes or sides such as raw pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, crackers, nut or seed pates, tacos, etc.
Desserts can be as simple as dried fruit or as creative as blueberry pie or mango ice cream! You can make cookies, cakes, pies, ice creams, brownies, and chocolate truffles out of all raw-vegan ingredients. The sky is the limit for raw food desserts.
This can be plain filtered, distilled or spring water, teas (heated herbal and medicinal teas are popular among raw foodists, fresh vegetable and or fruit juices (not bottled or pasteurized), coconut water; kombucha, Rejuvelac (a fermented wheat-berry drink great for building friendly bacteria)
There is a plethora of superfoods out there to choose from ranging from the popular superfood staples such as goji berries, hemp seeds, coconut oil and cacao, or raw chocolate, all the way to blue-green algaes, Marine Phytoplankton, and medicinal mushrooms such as Cordyceps. Many feel that because of the mineral depleted soil, not even organic product can supply all of our mineral, phytonutrient, and antioxidant needs. Superfoods tend to have a lot more bang for the buck compared to organic produce of the same volume and many superfoods are a fantastic sources of easy to assimilate protein as well.
In conclusion, raw vegans can eat a large variety of whatever they want–just like other people. The only difference is they prefer to build their meals and snacks out of mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some superfoods. Of course the differences in the diet will come from that individual’s body type, activity level, time, budget, lifestyle, and weight-loss goals. The most important things for long-term raw food success is that the diet is created with fun, balanced health, and sustainability in mind.