As you know, I have been paying more attention to the amount of raw food I have been eating lately. Thankfully, the benefits of added Raw Food to your diet is becoming more widely known in the health community.
Today’s featured article is by Joyce del Rosario. Here is her list of the 8 Raw Foods to Add to Your Diet:
1. Coconut … is known to be one of the most effective natural hydrating foods there is, especially when eaten fresh and raw…
2. Leafy greens — Fresh leafy greens like kale, chard and spinach are full of vitamin C that boosts your immune system and also contain chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant, as well as fiber, enzymes and amino acids
3. Fermented vegetables … are super easy to digest, as the fermentation process ensures that the starches are pre-digested, which makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients…
4. Sprouts … are the best “live” food you could eat, and are thought to provide more vitamins, minerals and enzymes per calorie than any other food, cooked or raw.
5. Blueberries … are one of the best sources of antioxidants and are excellent for improving brain function…
6. Nuts — Raw nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and are even thought to reduce the risk of blood clots by improving the lining of your arteries….
7. Chia seeds — If you want a food that contains fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium, then the chia seed is going to be your new favorite snack….
8. Cacao — Raw cacao is a great mood booster due to the phyto-chemicals it contains, which explains why so many people turn to chocolate when they are feeling low….
Make sure to check out the original post from This Rawsome Vegan Life for recipes using these raw food ingredients!
I was surprised to find that I am eating many of them, myself! Hopefully, huckleberries are as good as blueberries — as huckleberries are very popular in the northern Rockies (Idaho state fruit!). And I need to study and share more info and recipes with fermented foods …. not a big item in my diet.
How many of these nutrient dense raw foods are you eating?