I often hear how “simple” eating raw is compared to eating cooked. I couldn’t agree more! There is just no comparison between a beautiful, simple breakfast of a whole cantaloupe and a SAD breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast, and a cup of coffee.
Talk about indigestion!
However, the low fat raw way of eating that I was referring to is not the norm. Instead, many raw foodists rely upon recipes modeled after their favorite foods, often called “mock” recipes. These recipes contain various ingredients such as nuts, seeds, salt, spices, onions, garlic, etc.
Are these meals really simple? Here are 3 guidelines for making simple raw recipes:
#1: The recipe has few ingredients
By few ingredients, I mean no more than 5 with the ideal being 1. Not only does this mean that you can actually taste and identify all of the ingredients, but you will spend far less time in the kitchen.
The ingredients should also be easy to find. You should be fine with a quick trip to your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
Many raw recipes contain more than 5 ingredients. They are made with all kinds of raw nuts, seeds, spices, and vegetables. Not to mention all the salt, pepper, and oil that is commonly used in a single dish.
#2: The recipe is easy to prepare
Each recipe should not take a lot of time nor equipment to put together. At most, you might need a blender or food processor. The *best* recipes only require opposable thumbs and take seconds to make!
Most raw recipes require a lot of your time and a bunch of expensive equipment. Many of the popular raw dishes require a dehydrator, which is rather expensive. And because it works at such a low heat (yes, HEAT), it can take all day. Not to mention all the prep time you have to do before, hand chopping veggies and herbs and whatnot.
#3: The recipe is easy to digest
This is probably the most important guideline and relies upon the first two. If your meal contains too many ingredients, it will be difficult for the body to digest it all. If your meal is difficult to prepare, it probably means that there are too many ingredients and the meal is very processed. These conditions also lead to difficult digestion.
As you have probably guessed, most raw recipes do not lend themselves to good digestion. They are just too complicated! Most of them are also full of fat, which slows down digestion.
Worst of all, these recipes break the most important food combining rule…
Sugar and Fat
In almost every raw recipe, you will find nuts mixed with dates or some other kind of fruit (usually dried). While this may taste good and create a suitable texture for many mock recipes, it is not good for digestion.
Simple sugars, like the ones found in fruits, are quickly digested by the body. It literally takes 30 minutes or less for your body to digest a whole fruit meal!
Fatty foods, like nuts and oils, take much longer to digest. Just a handful of nuts can take hours to be fully processed by the stomach and intestines.
When you eat these two foods together, the rate of digestion is slowed down by the fatty foods. Rather than getting through your system quickly, the fruit has to wait for the fat to be digested.
The result? The sugars ferment inside of you, leaving you bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable.
Putting these guidelines into action
A truly simple meal is one that has few ingredients, can be easily prepared and is easily digested. The perfect example is known as a mono-meal, or a meal of only one type of fruit. In this case, you have one ingredient, it can be as easy as peeling a banana, and it digests within 30 minutes.
Not to mention the sense of accomplishment after eating 12 bananas in one sitting. 🙂
However, many of you are brand new to raw and cannot fathom eating only one type of fruit at a time. You certainly do not have to! You can eat fruit bowls of various mixes or combine your favorite fruits into a delicious, easy to eat smoothie. You can even add greens to make a green smoothie! All these options still adhere to the 3 guidelines for making simple raw recipes.
Whatever option you choose, remember to keep things simple. By eating simple meals of sweet fruit, limiting your fat intake, and consuming moderate amounts of vegetable fruits and greens, you will receive the best nutrition and experience optimal digestion.
And what’s more simple than peeling a banana (or 10)? 🙂
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