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What are some simple raw food recipes for a novice

Updated on April 14, 2011

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If I was making the transition to a raw food diet, I would start with one meal a day and reduce the amount of meat that I consumed in the other two meals.

The transition phase, for me, is important to make sure that I move from eating mostly cooked food with a few raw foods (apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, celery) each day and keep my blood glucose levels in line.

I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so raw food smoothie would be my choice.

Banana-Orange smoothie:


1 medium banana, peeled sliced

1 medium orange, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup orange juice,

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup seasonal berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

1 teaspoon raw carob powder


Add Ingredients to blender and process.

Pour into glass and yum.

There are other possibilities for raw food smoothies, use what you like.

Salads are incredibly diverse and you can choose from a wide array of ingredients. Fresh baby spinach, arugula, and romaine lettuce can be combined to make a delicious base for a salad. Shred the leafy greens into bit size pieces and place them in a salad bowl. Salads let you be creative so there is no need to make the bits equal size but you do want them to be chewable and not have to tuck them into your mouth.

Add raw vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and radishes, plus alfalfa sprouts. Make sure to cut the vegetables into bit sized pieces and add the sprouts last. Mix and you have a very healthy meal.

Lime and lemon juice can be trickled over the salad for a dressing. If you have a salad twirler put the ingredients in all but the lime or lemon juice, than trickle your choice of juice over and give it a spin.

These two dishes, smoothies and salads offer great diversity and as you adapt to this change you can begin to explore the possibilities by using foods that may be new to you, there is much to choose from so enjoy.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 4 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

    My wife is a big smoothie fan, I'll tell her about this recipe.

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You could subsitiute a fruit of your choice, thanks for stopping by.

  • Anamika S profile image

    Anamika S 9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    That recipe sounds yummy. But normally I avoid eating Banana in all forms.

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, that is what I had for breakfast this morning.

  • Die'Dre' profile image

    Die'Dre' 9 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

    Wonderful tips and recipes. Nice link to products. Yummm... I'm having a banana-orange smoothy for breakfast. I hadn't thought of adding flax seed. Thank you.

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I use flax seeds, in smoothies and hot cereals. Thanks for stopping by.

  • moonlake profile image

    moonlake 9 years ago from America

    Good way to start the New Year eating lots of raw food something I need to be doing myself. I love smoothies. I also add Flax seed to my smoothies you can't taste them and their really good for you. You can also add a little olive oil to your smoothie or salad which you need to have each day.

    Enjoyed your hub.

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    and a very Happy New Year to you. Thanks for stopping by.

  • C.S.Alexis profile image

    C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

    Very good suggestion to start slow and grow with it. Fruit smoothies are a great starting point too! Thumbs up Bob. Happy New Year to you also!