A raw food diet consists of eating uncooked, unprocessed foods for optimum nutritional value. Why not grow your own and take it one step further?
Why raw food?
The theory is that many foods lose some nutritional value when cooked or processed. Therefore, eating raw food, either primarily or exclusively, guarantees the highest nutritional value per serving.
What are the benefits of eating raw food straight from the garden?
Fresh picked food is higher in nutritional value than store bought produce.
Growing your own raw food puts you in charge of quality control.
You can customize your raw food garden to suit your tastes.
Who wants to cook in the summer anyway?
During summer gardening months, cooking is an option most people dread. The weather is hot. Cooking heats up the house even further. A raw food diet from the garden provides proper nutrition and keeps your family cool. Remember, even if you have central air, heat in the kitchen means more money spent to cool the house.
Raw food diets don’t have to be boring.
Plant with variety in mind to increase nutritional value. Use different garden vegetables, fruits and herbs each time you make a meal. You can even include edible flowers for garnishes and further variety. Getting all your required nutrients doesn’t have to be complicated either. Simply plant and eat a wide variety of colors as well.
Making it even simpler is a snap in season.
Many vegetables and fruits from the garden can be picked and eaten as is. In fact, a raw food diet is based on eating as close to nature as possible. There’s nothing better as a snack than fresh picked garden produce. As a small child, do you remember raiding the garden while outside playing? This practice kept you healthy then and will now as well.
Who doesn’t like a fresh, cool smoothie in the summer?
Make a delicious smoothie with garden fruits and vegetables as part of a raw food diet. Like salads, smoothies can provide variety to the raw food diet. There are an unlimited number of smoothie recipes online that can be adjusted to suit your personal tastes.
It’s not all about salads and smoothies.
Searching raw food recipes online will bring up surprising results. There are many soups, main dishes and even desserts made with raw food from the garden. You won’t starve on a raw food diet. In fact, you may grow to prefer it!
Supplementing the raw food garden.
You may not have the space or the time to grow everything you need nutritionally. That’s OK. Grow what you can and shop for the rest. And of course, it goes without saying that outside of gardening season, you’ll likely have to rely on the grocery store for fresh produce. Still, it pays to grow and eat your own quality food whenever possible.