Raw Food: What Can I Eat?

by Susan on October 23, 2009

Raw Food: CarrotsOne of the best things about writing a blog on raw food is getting comments and emails. It helps me to realize that when I send my raw food recipes and posts off into the blogosphere, YOU are out there reading and benefiting from them! So, comment and email away!

A lot of the questions that I get asked by email revolve around what you “can” and “can’t” eat. The first thing I want to say is that you can eat anything you want. I am not here to tell you what to do. I am here to provide you with healthy, nutrient dense options that are fun to eat! What you choose to eat is what is important. It’s all about being present and being empowered. If you are present, you will make better choices. Making better choices empowers you! When you are empowered, you make better choices and are more present! See how that works?

That being said, you want to make sure you are getting a balanced diet. If you have been here for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of green drinks and start almost every morning with them. I am assured that I get a big serving of greens, a healthy dose of fruit (you can combine greens and fruit) and what ever else I decide to throw in, be it a handful of nuts, chia, etc. It is a great way to start the day. I use organic greens in these.

Raw Food Recipes: Tomato SoupAs the rest of the day unfolds, I just pay attention to balancing what I am eating. Mostly I listen to my body. If I need something a little more filling, I will grab a piece of flat bread and top it with avocado, greens and tomato. Salads can be very filling, especially if topped with sprouted lentils, etc. As the weather gets colder, I am experimenting with warm soups, and heartier dishes like the potato pancakes. The zucchini wraps can be very versatile and used with a number of fillings. I often use tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and avocado. There are so many to choose from!

If I need a snack, one of Raw Food Recipes: Vegan Cheesemy favorites is the raw, vegan cashew cheese combined with a flat bread. Be aware that there is more fat in this because of the cashews so it will be higher in calories than an apple. Use common sense, be aware.

The same thing can be said for desserts. I have a sweet tooth and enjoy eating raw desserts. I do not eat them every day, and when I do eat them, I don’t sit down and eat a whole pie. Just because it is made from healthy ingredients, doesn’t mean it should be a substitute for your veggies!

I love your questions and comments so please keep them coming. I will keep the recipes and information flowing! One last note: I recently wrote for a local Minneapolis Food Blog, Simple, Good and Tasty. This blog focuses on local, sustainable and organic. You can see the article by clicking on this link: Simple Good and Tasty.

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Pam October 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Very nice post and photo!


Josh October 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

hi thanks for the post. i’m just starting out raw and am finding it easy to eat basic stuff but the more research i do the more i think i need to add things like cacao powder, goji berries, maca, hemp, bee pollen and chaga mushrooms. do you get into these? are these superfoods vital for a well balanced raw diet? right now i’m doing the basics. greens, sprouting, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. oh and i’m LOVING it!


Susan October 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I do add quite a few of the things that you mentioned in. Mostly because I am interested in keeping things varied and I am always interested in things that can add to what we are eating. Do I think they are absolutely necessary? No. But why not especially if you can get something out of them.


pure2raw twins October 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Great information. I totally agree. You need to find balance with yourself… I am still in the journey of finding that for me. Though, I have been increases my greens (smoothies) to help me get back to being balance. I love my greens!!


Eco Mama October 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

WOW. Gorgeous!!!
Eco Mama


Leighann Garber November 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

Oh gosh, that top picture looks good. I’m craving beets right now (when I learned about raw food, I ate big chunks of them all the time. They had something I was missing in other food). But I can only find some weird, packaged cooked or pickled ones here in France. yuck.


jerrine March 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Could you tell me whether the various marinades and rubs used in raw recipes do what is necessary to make foods such as sweet potato (that aren’t supposed to be eaten raw) safe?


Sarah April 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

I love your website! I’m so excited to try these amazing recipes :). Do you use maca? If so does it cause you any stomach upset?


Susan April 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

Sarah: I do put Maca in my green drinks. I haven’t noticed any problems, personally.


Sandrine July 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Hey Susan !
I’ve just discovered your blog and read a great part of it. And I love it ! Thank your for sharing so simple and delicous recipes, easy and non judgmental tips, and great pictures !
So I have included your blog in my blogroll in order to keep in touch with it :).


Lana October 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

Great post! Very inspiring.
I would appreciate it if you posted more recipes that include broccoli. Broccoli is so nutritious, but I have yet to find a recipe that I enjoy. I tried eating it as it is and I’ve mixed it into my smoothies, but it just doesn’t taste good to me. I like it cooked or steamed, but not raw. Your parsnip, mushroom, broccoli salad looks very good though! Going to whip up some of that sometime soon. But more broccoli recipes would make me happy! :)


Susan October 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

Lana. You can do a search on the site for Broccoli. There are quite a few recipes that will come up.


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