Raw vegan restaurants are very hip places to eat in at the moment. Certainly this is what I’m finding as I travel through Los Angeles. There are tones of restaurants that cater to raw food diet in this city. And this suits me perfectly as I’m currently doing a raw detox.
This evening I treated myself and dined at a fabulous place called ‘Euphoria Loves Rawvolution’ . If you’ve never eaten at a raw foods restaurant let me share with you the type of choices you can expect to see on the menu. I ordered a ‘supreme’ which consisted of a housemade chilli Ancho wrap with caulihemp rice, walnut taco meat, guacamole, salsa and oregano cheese. As I’m obsessed with seeing what else can possibly be made without sugar, dairy or grains, I gave in to ordering a ginger, lemon cheesecake.
Despite being raw the food was incredibly tasty. Raw chefs are coming up with some amazing ways to use raw ingredients, including vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Raw food is food that is un-cooked, meaning it has never been heated above 115degF/45degC. When eating ‘raw’ all of the precious enzymes and nutritional goodies are left fully intact.
If a raw diet sounds like something you’d like to try, here are some tips to get you started.
Add in more raw food to your existing diet Instead of trying to go hardcore raw, a much better idea is to see how many ways you can ‘add’ in more raw food to your existing diet. For optimal vibrancy a good goal is to aim to eat between 40-80% raw foods.
Occasionally try one week of eating 100% Raw food This can be a very powerful detox and is effective in rebooting your system.
Finding the right balance There are stories around of extreme Raw Food ‘Junkies’ who have become ‘permanently high’ from only eating raw food. Cooked food will keep you grounded and centered and it’s important to find the right balance for you.
Popularity factor aside, there are both pros and cons of eating a raw vegan diet that you need to consider.
Unlike other fad diets the benefits of eating raw can’t be overlooked. I don’t know if it was the food, the location, the live music or the result of my detox, but my energy is at an all time high. Now that is definitely fuel worth taking note of!
Here’s an easy tasty raw recipe for you to try at home.
Raw Zucchini Fettucini Recipe
2 x Zucchini
Himilayan Rock Salt
2 large tomatoes
1 red capsicum
¼ cup Olive Oil
Basil and Oregano (fresh or dried)
Nutritional Yeast (or Parmesan Cheese)
* In winter I often slightly cook my zucchini in a pot of boiling water and heat the sauce in the saucepan too. Give both a try and see find what works for you.