The raw food trend is gaining steam like no other, which is fantastic news for our health. Most of us simply aren't eating enough fresh, whole foods (think back to the last time you actually ate 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day), and it's wreaking havoc on our health and digestive systems. But you don't have to go completely raw to experience the many benefits of raw food; in fact, these four simple ways to introduce more raw food into your diet immediately will make you completely forget that you're eating healthier at all.
Switching your snacks to raw food is the easiest way to introduce raw food into your diet right away. If you're eating 2-3 snacks a day, that's several servings of raw food right there. There are tons of options that take no preparation, making them the perfect go-to when you're itching for a snack: nuts, seeds, fruit and veggies dipped in homemade hummus or guacamole (find out the 12 health benefits of avocados here), and even raw cheese can make for a healthy snack that's miles better for you than the bag of chips from the vending machine when you get the afternoon slumps.
A super sneaky way to introduce raw foods into your diet without even noticing is to start making your own toppings, condiments, and dressings. Dressings are incredibly easy because you can essentially puree and blend up almost any fruit, vegetable, and oil and it will taste divine. Any sandwich, burger, wrap, or even meat dish can be dressed up with raw, gut-health promoting toppings like kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles without even batting an eye. Fresh salsas, pico de gallo, and even the fantastic ceviche are great ways to fill your plate with raw foods that feel like an indulgent treat.
Breakfast can be easily transformed to raw by substituting a delicious smoothie or smoothie bowl, raw muesli or granola, or even a mountain of fresh fruit. You'll get a blast of powerful nutrients and vitamins to start your day off strong and likely make better food choices throughout the rest of the day.
Salads aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they can be the simplest way to devour a ton of raw foods in one sitting. Big, hearty bowls of salad can be positively delicious if you make them right, and you might start to find you actually crave them more and more. When putting together your salad, try to play with textures and colours to craft the most appetizing bowl possible: crunchies like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and even kale give great texture, while colourful and seasonal veggies, fruits, and homemade healthy dressings make your salad so Insta-worthy and drool-inducing you won't want to wait to dig in.