Food in the Raw

Posted on May 18th, 2012 by in Nutrition

Including some raw-plant foods in your daily diet gives you a naturally nutrient-rich boost to better health. Here are five swift tips to increase your intake of raw foods:

1. Get ready for raw by investing in a few sharp knives, wooden cutting board, blender, and dehydrator.

2. Wake up to a raw, morning smoothie by tossing some apple, pear, spinach, berries, avocado, and raw almond butter in a blender with water. Yum!

3. Invite some nutrient-rich greens to your lunch by enjoying a salad made with watercress, arugula, endive, and cilantro; sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and dress with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and chopped basil.

4. Munch on a piece of fresh, seasonal fruit for an afternoon sweet treat.

5. Dive into a nori roll loaded with grated carrots, radishes, cucumber, green onion, avocado, and ginger slices.

About Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN

Kathie is a leading educator, innovator, and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition. She is author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health. Kathie recently won the Making a Difference Award from Today's Dietitian. She is the Chief Nutrition Advisor for My Food Health, an online program that provides customized meal plans for individuals with various health conditions, and created My Foundation Diet, a gluten and dairy free elimination food plan. She also shares her passion for the power of food as a teacher of various Healthy Living Immersion programs at Kripalu.

2 Responses to “Food in the Raw”

  1. Kathy Parr May 21, 2012 2:19 am #

    Those are some ingenious tips about how to eat raw fruits and vegetables, indeed by less processing of foods, the nutrients are intact, therefore you can guarantee that you can get all the benefits of the said food.

    • KripaluEditor May 21, 2012 6:30 am #

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

      At my house we’ve been having coconut milk smoothies, with fresh fruit, raw hemp seeds, and non-dairy acidophilus mixed in. They taste delicious and are and really filling.


      ~Kim from Kripalu

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