Raw Food and Winter

by Susan on October 12, 2009

We have been getting snow for the last 13 hours. I do live in Minnesota but seriously, it is way early for us. I think we are breaking a record for the most snow this early in the season. I love snow, and believe me, it is beautiful. It will probably be gone in a few days but for now, there is a winter wonderland outside of my front door!

When the weather turns cold, being raw and staying raw starts to present some challenges. As you know, I am not 100% raw. I try to be at least 80%. There are times where I am 100% and honestly, it is when I feel the best. But for social events, and especially in the winter, I cut myself some slack. It is interesting, my body always informs me that I have ventured off course and I always pay.

With that in mind, I have started experimenting with more recipes that are “warm” raw. I know that in the middle of the winter, when it is -30 out, I am not looking forward to a cold dinner. I also don’t want to give up all of the health giving benefits of eating raw. I do want food that is more substantial.

DSC_3421The answer? I start to put my dehydrator to use. You can warm up soups and “pastas”, make hearty mushroom burgers and rib sticking breads. Another winter technique that I like to use is to make food more savory. Using spices and herbs that we associate with fall and winter foods can be very satisfying. You can still have your squash with sage “cream” sauce and craisins. We will just use some different methods to keep the health giving nutrients as high as possible.

Keeping a high percentage of your diet raw is not difficult during the cold season. It just requires you to think differently than you are used to. I will be bringing you many warm raw recipes over the next few months. Have fun, learn some new things and choose health!

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Evita October 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Wow -snow already and they say Canada is so bad ;) I am in southern Ontario and no snow yet. I am not expecting any at least till the end of November, but seeing how this spring, summer and fall are, I am not holding my breath. It looks like 2009 was just one cold year.

Anyway about the raw, I am glad you are in a cold enviro and writing about it as I was wondering about that lately myself. I try to eat at least 1-2 full meals raw a day, but as the cold weather approaches it is as you say nice to have some warm food.

So I love learning from others what they are doing. For now I am still cooking any grains I eat, and some beans – but all fruits, veggies, nuts, etc are raw. I find too that it is definitely easier to eat raw in the summer, but we will see how this winter goes…

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Pam October 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Stay warm!

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Cyndi October 12, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I’m not happy to hear that you’ve got that much snow already!! I’m in Chicago (not far enough away from MN to not be freaked out by snow in October) and the weather has been unseasonably cool all year. I’ve been suspecting that we’d have an early and bad winter. Ugh.

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pure2raw twins October 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Great advice. I was just thinking about cold winter months… though my cold is not as nearly as cold as yours. HAHA> Though, I do plan to make my raw foods a little warm too.

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Ian October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Sounds good; can’t wait!!! I love the fall season for its flavors, aromas, and foods!

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Nadia October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I live in California now, but when I lived in Massachusetts (2 years ago) it snowed on October 15th! Although I live in a moderate climate, I do like to have some warm raw food! Thanks for the advice!

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GG October 13, 2009 at 4:11 am

I’m new to the raw movement and I found this to be a great, informative post! Thanks so much :)

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Heather October 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

A dehydrator is a great way to warm up your foods! This is wonderful advice, I have a hard time eating all raw when its cold. Especially with all the time I spend outdoors!

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Eco Mama October 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

You could always move to the west coast–we’d love to have you!

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celia October 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

i would just like to say “thank you so much!” it’s really funny how i found this article today, because it is really cold out, and keeps getting colder, and i am finding myself going less and less raw each day. but i’m sticking around(i just had a raw salad with lots of cayenne pepper)so thanks!

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Carol July 16, 2010 at 6:32 am

I am in Cape Town, South Africa………no snow right now and when it does it is normally only on the mountain tops. I am a recent raw foodie, really battling to come to grips with Winter now and I don’t have all the handy tools either, just a knife, a grater, a chopping board and a coffee grinder. I think the tools make all the difference as i can eat just so many salads on a rainy night!

Any recipes you can think of for a beginner, I am all ears (or eyes).

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Susan July 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

There are a ton of recipes on the site suitable for beginners. Just look through the archives and see what looks good to you! :-)

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