We are all greatly concerned with our health, with keeping fit and being in control of every aspect of our lives; and we actively search for the best way to achieve it. However, when we truly need it, it becomes increasingly difficult to choose a particular diet plan that is best suited to our needs. What should we keep in mind as we go about choosing a plan? Would it be better if we consult a physician? The latest catchword is to go raw – to eat as much of raw foods as possible. This may seem like going way back in time, but it is also accepted that our ancestors were far more ahead of us, when it came to life sciences, and lived healthier lives with lesser problems. After all, it was no young professional from the 21st century, who propounded the tenets of yoga or ayurveda! Thousands of people all over the world are turning vegetarian or, better still, vegan, having realized its benefits. And raw foods are one way of achieving health without spending too much. Can it also be made tasty? Well, read on to find out.
Raw Food Diet Recipes
1. Raw Spicy Burrito Recipe
- 2 very ripe avocados
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
- 2 tbsp onion, diced
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
- kernels from one ear raw corn
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 6-8 large lettuce leaves
In a fairly large bowl mash the avocados, making sure there are no lumps in them. Add the other ingredients into the bowl too and mix them well. Spread this mixture between the lettuce leaves and wrap them. Ta-da! There we are!
2. Green Smoothie
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of strawberries
- One-and-a-half cup of greens (whichever available)
- One cup sorbet (mango or strawberry)
- Half a lemon
Blend all the ingredients in the blender into a very smooth consistency. Strain the mixture using a muslin cloth, in case of any residue from the greens. Squeeze the lemon into this smoothie and serve chilled.
- ¼ cup moong dal (soaked in water for ½ an hour or more)
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- 2 green chilies chopped
- ¼ cup grated carrot
- ½ tbsp oil
- 1 tsp (each) of mustard, urad dal and asafetida
- 4/5 curry leaves
Mix the moong dal, coconut, cucumber, green chilies and carrot in a large bowl. Heat the oil on the stove and add the mustard, urad dal, curry laves and asafetida, in that order and let the tempering crackle for a few seconds. Add the tempering on to the moong dal mixture and stir well.