I never knew eating raw food came with so many options! The more I learn the more excited I get. My 21 Days of Raw also gives me an excuse to get new kitchen appliances and gadgets! I recently purchased a food processor which was LONG overdue. Every holiday I say, “I’ll get one next year.” Who would’ve thought incorporating raw foods into my diet would spark me to finally get one. Not only that, I discovered the food dehydrator! I never knew they existed until I started my detox, but I’m so glad I now own one! There are so many things you can make with a dehydrator including one of my favorite snacks, kale chips! You can also make dried fruit, jerky, fruit/veggie chips, etc.
Look what arrived!
I wasn’t sure which dehydrator to get so I researched and read reviews. The Presto Dehydrator (4-tray) seemed like it would be a great fit (for now). Raw foods are packed with nutrients and enzymes and when we cook them, we minimize their nutritional value. By using a dehydrator, raw food is dried at a low temperature and the nutrients and enzymes stay intact. I’m excited to make raw snacks because if you’re going to snack…they should be tasty AND enjoyed! Move over Lay’s!
What I’ve been snackin’ on!
I called several of my local healthy supermarkets looking for Dragon Fruit and finally found them at Whole Foods. They are quite interesting. They are also pretty pricey so if you’ve never had one, I suggest buying one and seeing if you like it. The jury is still out on whether I really like them or not, but they sure are “purrrdy”!
I tried dates for the first time and I actually love them! These are rolled in coconut (unsweetened) which makes them super spesh! Earth Fare has a variety including: dates rolled in almonds or coconut, and plain. They also satisfy my sweet tooth!
Go Raw—Pizza Flax Snax! These are nice little snack, especially if you have dip (ranch, french onion, etc.). Alone they are good—but for someone who never really munched on seeds, they can be a bit overwhelming. I did make a raw ranch dressing found here to go along with them. It turned out good!
Spicy Jalapeño Tomato Chips—I absolutely love these raw chips and I can’t wait to make my own in my dehydrator! Just Pure Foods has a line of healthy, raw snacks. Look for them in your healthy supermarket.
Laughing Giraffe Organics—Chocolate Snakaroons! They are another great snack that satisfies that sweet tooth. I also found them in lemon flavor.
Here’s what a typical lunch looks like. This lunch is from Earth Fare’s salad bar. I’ve played around with raw salad dressings too and I’m close to finding one that’s shareable. Stay tuned!
The Veggetti makes the perfect “zoodles”. I have prepared zucchini “noodles” by sautéing and topping them with marinara sauce and they really taste like noodles! After my #21daysraw, I definitely plan on making spaghetti and using them. On the flip side, they were a different experience for me raw. I never ate zucchini growing up and recently started being adventurous and found out that I like it! But, the zucchini was always cooked like my Zucchini Crisps found here. However, raw “zoodles” can be tasty if you add the right sauce! You can find a raw alfredo sauce here.
I’m over halfway way through my #21daysraw! There’s a great big world out there “in the raw”. I can’t wait to see what I discover next!
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