Raw vegetable recipes are the mainstay of a raw vegetable diet.
Teenage obesity would be a thing of the past if the typical American diet were based more upon raw vegetables than on fast foods.
The reality of the situation is that overweight boys and overweight girls do not eat enough raw health food. Therefore, they are left eating fast food and fast food is bad for you.
The fact that a healthy dinner should be your lightest meal of the day means that raw vegetable recipes are a natural for this evening meal. The less food on your stomach when you hit the sack for a long night sleep the less fat your body will store when you are inactive.
That makes sense.
Avoid A Spasm Of Enthusiasm
When you are making dietary changes, whether it is to eat a raw vegetable diet for weight loss or you just want to eat a healthy diet plan to improve your physical well being, please take your time.
If you enthusiastically pledge to consume nothing but a raw vegetable diet when you normally eat mostly cooked foods your efforts will be in vain.
By slowly introducing new foods into your normal diet you will acclimate your tastes to a new way of eating.
This is similar to the route you should take when beginning an exercise program.
Always discuss you plan with your doctor then begin slowly. Steadily increase your exercise regimen (or in this case, increasing your raw vegetable consumption) to allow your body and mind to adapt to your chosen lifestyle changes. Any sudden change in your established exercise or eating behaviors will be short lived.
Therefore, it is perfectly permissible to have some cooked foods included in your raw vegetable recipes. This raw vegetable recipe can be made beforehand and served with a nice healthy lunch or in the evening with your evening meal.
Raw Vegetables And Sweet Dressing Salad
6 slices of bacon
1 head of broccoli, broken into florets
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
2 carrots, julienne cut
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 cup Kraft mayonnaise with olive oil
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup crystalline fructose
Fry bacon until crisp in a skillet. Drain fat and crumble. Set aside.
Whisk the crystalline fructose, cider vinegar, and mayonnaise with olive oil together in a bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl toss the bacon, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, onion, and celery until well mixed.
Pour the sweet dressing over the vegetables.
Toss gently to coat the vegetables. Salad will taste better if allowed to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Toss again just before serving.
Ingredient Rationale Making The Recipe Healthier
The ingredients are what make your raw vegetable recipes healthy or not. If you add excess fat, sugar, or salt then your dish loses some of its healthy attributes.
The raw vegetables are OK because they give you raw food enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. It is what you put on the raw vegetables that will make or break the healthy aspect of your salad.
That is why you should use crystalline fructose instead of sucrose (table sugar). It is a healthier sugar because it is digested and absorbed by the body in a more “body friendly” manner.
The mayonnaise containing olive oil is healthier than a product containing trans-fats or a lot of saturated fat. The bacon has saturated fats but it is an allowable addition in moderation because it offers flavor to the dish.
There are always compromises that must be made in all aspects of life. This is one of those compromises.
Remember, you have to have flavors you are relatively familiar with so you can make a gentle transition into healthier eating. The last thing you want is to be offended by a recipe with a disagreeable flavor. That could cause you to abandon your attempts to establish a healthy diet plan.
Raw Vegetable Recipes Complement Good Meats
Any raw vegetable recipe of your choosing is an excellent accompaniment to meat-based entrees. Making those entrees healthier by applying the tenets of the Mediterranean diet will further move you toward healthier eating habits.
Meats are not inherently bad for you because they supply protein and essential fatty acids, which your body needs. However, your body only needs a piece of meat approximately the size of a pack of playing cards to satisfy your daily needs.
Most Americans eat much more protein than they need. Combining raw vegetables with each meal, reducing the amount of protein you consume, and replacing sugary, fat-laden desserts with fresh fruits or nuts will put you on the path to establishing a healthy diet plan.
Dale Heil, D.C.