In my previous post you got a look at some of the raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds that you can start incorporating into your diet. After reading through that post again, I can’t help but have this image of just munching through tons of salads, nibbling on raw carrot sticks… and generally eating fairly boring food.
If you’ve got the same image in your head, I’ve got some good news: Eating raw foods does NOT have to be boring. All you need is a little creativity and some special kitchen appliances to create some damn good dishes.
Blender: If you’re drinking whey or egg white protein shakes, you may already be using a blender. You can use this same blender to make your protein shakes a bit more interesting, by adding oatmeal, peanut butter or bananas to the shake. Or you can make fruit smoothies (for breakfast or as you please). For example, make a strawberry-banana smoothie. You can add flax, oatmeal or just about anything else to the smoothie for extra taste, texture and nutrients.
Juicer: If you recall from way back in my earlier nutrition lessons, I mentioned that you should avoid any juices that have added sugars or other ingredients. Quite honestly that means you should avoid most juices, because most of them are processed. To keep it real, it can be a pain in the ass to find fresh juice.
Here’s your solution: Get a juicer. Not only can you make your own fresh orange juice, grapefruit juice and other fruit juices, you can also make vegetable juices (like carrot juice) and seaweed juices. You can even combine different fruits and vegetables. For example, you can use a juicer to create carrot-orange juice or strawberry-grapefruit juice.
Food Processor: Yes, you can do everything with a set of kitchen knives that you can do with a food processor. But the thing is, you can do it much faster with the food processor. In other words, a good food processor can save you a lot of time on cooking day.
Now, obviously, if you’re making just one meal, then it doesn’t make to much sense to bust out the food processor considering the amount of time it takes to clean the machine when you’re finished. For a small amount of food (a meal or two), any time savings you create over using a knife is lost in the time it takes to properly clean the machine.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great time saver… on the days when you’re doing some bulk cooking.
NOTE: By cooking, I’m referring to cooking your chicken breasts, lean red meat, eggs and other foods. Naturally, your veggies and other plant-based foods should be raw if you intend to follow these raw-food recommendations.
Food Dehydrator: When you cook nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies using high heat you rob the food of its beneficial enzymes and some of its nutrients. You can still “cook” the food using low heat. Another solid method is to dehydrate your food using a food dehydrator, since your oven probably doesn’t have a low enough temperature setting.
Snack idea: You can dehydrate fruits to make fruit chips, like apple or banana chips. Mix your dried fruits with nuts and seeds and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious snack.
That’s it for this one, next time you’ll find out what to do when you want to pack on some more lean muscle…