Raw Food – Energy boost

I have the time to cook today, but I chose to eat raw instead. It is not unusual for me to have a huge bowl of raw food for lunch. The taste? It’s very good. It all depends on how you prepare your raw food, really. Does it make me full and satisfied? Definitely, Yes. I can eat something else after eating a huge bowl full of mixed veggies, but most of the times I don’t need to, because this kind of ‘ultimate salad’ already meet my body’s nutrient and energy requirement, therefore I don’t crave for something else. Usually, my stomach is not ready for the next/last meal of the day until after 4-5 hours which is about the time for my light supper — with just pure, drinking water in between meals (no snacking, to give time for stomach to rest).

Anyway, the list below are a few of the combinations I used in making my energy boost salad mix. You can always put other vegetables of your choice, and what’s available in your area. Very seldom I put tofu to add to my protein (it’s not raw), and to add a different texture to my preparation. As a mostly-vegan vegetarian, some people ask me questions about my source of protein, other than beans. I tell them that I don’t worry about my protein intake because a lot of vegetables have already protein in it; broccoli, tomato, spinach, kale, turnip greens, asparagus, cabbage, brussels sprouts, to name a few (not really few).

As I mentioned in my raw food – detoxifying blog post, we have to be careful in combining fruits and vegetables as some vegetables are harder to digest… To avoid stomach gas and bloating. It also helps when we eat the right kind of food at the proper time of day. Chewing the food longer and properly, is highly recommended — which also aids in digestion and nutrient absorption (I have to remind myself of this all the time) 😀 Should you try to eat raw meal during the day, if possible choose organically grown produce to avoid unwanted substance in your food. We only want the best for our health, don’t we?

Classification: Vegan
Good source of fiber, protein, vitamins A, B, D, C, E, K, B12, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, biotin, phosphorous, potassium, and many more…

INGREDIENTS:

celery stalks, diced
lettuce leaves
parsley, chopped
olives
onion, diced
tomatoes, diced
jicama, diced (singkamas)
carrots, strips
raisins
mixed nuts (or a certain type of nuts)
ground sesame seeds (or flax seed)

More vegetables options: avocados, peppers, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn, other green-leafy vegetables, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts,

Dressing: (optional)
*T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon

2 T olive oil
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 T orange juice
1/4 t dried dill weed
1/4 t dried oregano leaves
1/4 t sea salt

Mix all dressing ingredients. That easy!

STEPS:

1. Wash all fresh vegetables thoroughly. Cut into desired shapes and sizes.
2. Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle some ground sesame seeds. Toss and serve with or without salad dressing.

Enjoy a healthy meal!

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