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Ten Foods to Eat Raw


By +Carolyn Richardson on Dec 21, 2011 10:00 AM in Healthy Eating

You don't have to be a raw foodist to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies daily. Not only are they convenient for on-the-go snacks, raw fruits and vegetables can also improve your health. A recent study has linked eating raw fruits and vegetables to a decreased risk of cancer. Aside from research, simply broadening the scope of your intake of fruits and vegetables will allow you to meet the minimum three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day.  Enjoy these tasty foods without having to pull out a recipe.

Papaya

The red pulp of the Caribbean papaya or the slightly sweeter yellow pulp of Hawaiian papaya both have similar nutritional value. The black seeds in their center are edible, but are not as pleasant as the pulp's soft flavor.   

Almonds

Stores may have roasted varieties, but if you can find the raw variety, go for it. You'll skip the added salt and possible steaming or additional processing used if you go for the raw variety. Toss with unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolatey sugar-free treat.

Celery

A little fresh lime juice will take away the aftertaste of raw celery. I like a few sticks of celery following dinner for a fresh crunch that cleans the palate. You can have it with any number of dips or cheeses as well.

Apricots

While dried apricots still qualify as raw, fresh apricots are quite delightful if you find them ripened just right. Their taste is considerably sweet, but one can provide a day's worth of Vitamin A and packs a load of beta-carotene.

Spinach

Although Popeye popped open cans, fresh spinach is just fine on its own. Eaten with dried cranberries and walnuts, it's a delightfully tasty snack. Get tons of Vitamin K from eating this which helps blood clot, which supports wound healing.

Pineapple

You may be tempted to take the prepackaged route to eating pineapple, but those usually have added sugar or fruit juice. Put in the hard work yourself or buy fresh cut chunks.

Jicama

Salad bars typically display these julienne-style, but try them cut as fries and add a dash of cinnamon. Also known as Yambean, these pack lots of fiber and potassium. If you like a little spice, chili powder adds a nice kick to it as well.

Bell Peppers

Red, green, yellow, or orange, fresh bell peppers are a good fix for the munchies. Dip in hummus, salad dressing, or a vinaigrette or add to salads or meat dishes to add some nutritional value. 

Radishes

In addition to being added to salads, you can eat radishes sliced with a dash of  soy sauce or ground ginger. You can also add thin slices to sandwiches or chunks to pasta salads for a slight spicy bite.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers, like most vegetables have a low energy density, so noshing on them will help stave off hunger. Raw cucumbers are a great replacement chips. I like them with guacamole. Try Persian cucumbers for a more tender texture and sweeter taste.  

Your thoughts...

Name your favorite raw fruits and veggies and ways to prepare them?



Comments


I'm really enjoying raw cauliflower at the moment, in a salad it adds a really crunchy texture!



I love having a mixture of raw cauliflower plus raw carrot and raw red cabbage, sometimes with snow peas or sugar snaps - yum!



Baby carrots and zucchini have always been raw favorites of mine.


I used to hate cucumber, but I've found that Japanese cucumbers are actually enjoyable. Totally better pickled, but my sodium levels would be through the roof if I always ate them that way...



I'm a fresh veggie fanatic and one thing I love is broccoli and mustard!!! Yep especially a good mustard (like a horseradish one I love) and dip my veggies in! Carrots and broccoli are the best!!! Cuts out all those empty calories of ranch dip too!!!


Raw almonds, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers have all been staple in my 100 lb transformation.



@ ash7255

It is advised by Dr Andrew Weil that broccoli should NOT be eaten raw as it inhibits thyroid function, eat it lightly steamed, see

 

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA355093

 



That's true about the broccoli and thyroid.  If you have problems with thyroid function, you should not eat your spinach raw either, or other cruciferous veggies.  



My family (yes my kid's too) raw kale salad.   Dressing is lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.  Put on 10 minutes before you eat to let it really sink it to the kale.  Add some parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  Enjoy



I pack a container of 4 sticks of celery in my lunch every day. Also, a container mixed with 3 oz each of fresh Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Babt Carrots. It really gets me through those tough moments of hunger. No dips, no sauces, just the pure goodness of fresh.



Rutabaga and turnips are crunchy with a sort of mild, slightly sweet, cabbagy flavor.  Cut rutabaga sort of julienned, for instance.



Tomato chunks and low fat cottage cheese reminds me of a low-cal Caprese salad.



Regarding Raw Almonds:

I don't like the taste of raw almonds, so I buy them raw but then toast them lightly in the oven.  Put them on a baking trayin a single layer between 250-350 degrees for about 10- 15 minutes. Alternatively, if your oven is still warm from doing Christmas baking, put them in a warm oven too and leave them there while the oven cools.  How long you toast them is up to you and your preference for taste.



I buy the already chopped cabbages and brocolli for slaw, the add some baby spinach and toss them lightly with seasoned rice vinegar for a salad. Raw radishes are a delight but difficult to clean and cucumbers peeled and seeded are delish.

Even raw sweet potato that is cut into french fry like slices is tasty. 



Wow! Congrats on your 100 lb loss.  That is amazing!  I think the veggs relly help out.

 



My new favorite raw vegetable is fennel!  It adds a lovely sweet crunch to any salad or snack :)



I bought some jalpeno honey mustard at the Farmer's Market and I use it on everything.  It is yummy on vegetables.



Love breakfast smoothies in my Blendtec! It has been a great way to hid those veggies I know I need but have a hard time eating by themselves or raw.  This mornings recipe?... Carrots, tomato, bell pepper, apple, pear, grapes, banana and melon! Best part is it tastes like liquified melon and goes down smooth as water and I'm not loosing all the nutrients by cooking the food!



There ARE certain vegetables that should not be consumed raw by individuals with thyroid complications or low thyroid- spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and several others; carrots, jicama, peppers, celery, and many others however are delightful and fiberous raw.



Clementines, Carrots, Spinach, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Etc. Yum Yum Yum



Certain people have to be careful about some raw foods. Oxylates are not good for those with kidney problems. There is a lot of information on the net and it is better not to change your diet to large amounts of spinach e.g., without checking. Make changes slowly.



some fish and seafoods work too.



Original Post by: coachtod

Raw almonds, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers have all been staple in my 100 lb transformation.


to whom ever said that they dip their veggies in mustard is my new hero: I am so excited about that. I never ever would have dreamed up the combination but it sounds absolutely yummy I am goin home and try some tonight. I am a mustard fanatic and must have fifteen varieties in my fridge...................so thanx fellow mustard lover 



Another caution is to wash spinach extremely well.  The USDA finds that more than 25% of spinach samples tested positive for pesticide residues.  In fact, be sure to wash all produce before consuming it, either raw or cooked.



Zima tomatoes  so tasty



All veges need washing well, not only for pesticides, but human handling. I put white vinegar in water to wash my fresh fruit and veges. Supermarket trolleys also have almost as much bacteria as toilet door handles, so think of that as you toss your produce in.



Along with cutting your tomatoes up in your cottage cheese try adding green bell peppers and caroway seeds as well. Its great.

 

 



When I crave a snack, I fix a cereal bowl of carrots, sliced cucumbers (peel on), bell peppers, and sugar peas.  Fends off the munchies!

 



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Becareful if you decide to eat raw almonds.  I cracked a tooth doing this.



Becareful if you decide to eat raw almonds.  I cracked a tooth doing this.



mushroom is my favorite right now



Congrats on the 100 lbs Stardazer!! I would very much be interested, if you care to share, how long it took you to get rid of the 100 lbs, as well as other great tips, if you care to share. I have at least 100 if not more to shed.

Thanks, "T"  aka poolchick 57 Smile



Ditto on the mustard for dipping. I can't wait to try the horseradish mustard. In season we grow all types of tomates, but I especially love to snack on the grape, cherry or roma ones. There aren't too many veggies that I don't like. I guess my fav. of raw ones besides the tomatoes are celery, spring onions, all varitaties of bell peppers, cukes, baby carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, roman lettuce, red or green cabbage, radishes, water chestnuts and mushrooms.

I can't wait to try the raw sweet potatoes cut into pieces the shape of french fries..

After reading all these comments, I can't wait to get back on track of eating right.



I love raw asparagus, better then cooked. I don't cook it anymore.  Eat lots of jicama too.



Love them in smoothies


I love all sorts of raw fruits and veggies.  One of my latest favorites is kohlrabi. Its great on its own, with hummus.  I also like to cut into match sticks to top fish tacos.



The spinach you need to be careful with because of the oxalic acid it contains.  Better to be steamed first.  Here is a very good article that tells what veggies should be cooked first.  Hope this helps ladies!! 

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/think-raw-veggies-are -best-think-again/



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