Shop For More Than Lettuce, Cucumbers and Tomatoes!
When you think of what foods should appear on a raw food list, your first thought would naturally be vegetables. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers are great raw foods but there are many more that you may not think of.
Where To Find The Best Raw Foods?
Assuming you are not growing your own food, then the farmer’s market is the best place to shop for raw foods. The food is the freshest. Wholefood supermarkets are another choice and are becoming very popular.
Although everyone loves a bargain and convenience, be careful when purchasing produce from your local supermarket. Who knows how the produce was shipped? The conditions needed to keep the food fresh during long transports are also the ones that can break down the nutrients. Too much refrigeration will definitely break down beneficial nutrients.
Try Some Of The Following Foods For A Versatile Shopping List:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Sun-Dried Fruits
- Barley and Wheat Grass
- Raw Honey
Remember to purchase nuts that are in the shell. Seeds such as sunflower seeds add a nice touch to salads. Sun-dried fruits such as dates are a special treat. Just make sure that they are organic and dried correctly. Nuts and seeds are
excellent sources of protein as well as providing heart health benefits.
Coconuts are a wonderful addition. You can use the milk in a variety of dishes as well as the meat in raw food bars. In many cultures, coconuts are used in healing. They are used for killing bacteria as well as improving digestion.
Be sure to include some of the seaweeds such as sea lettuce or dulse. There are over 21 varieties seaweed that are used in everyday Japanese and Chinese. The health aspects of seaweed are numerous including anti-aging and cell rejuvenation.
Raw honey is a great substitute for sugar. In addition to its taste, raw honey has been used widely used for its healing properties. To combat a cold, honey and lemon are a natural choice.
Barley grass is considered by some as the perfect food. It is a powerful antioxidant and is a source of more than 3 dozen vitamins and minerals.