Embarking on a raw food diet may be exciting, overwhelming, intimidating, and energizing all at once, making it a monumental life decision. Once you decide to start your raw food diet, you will need to have your wits about you when creating your own raw food recipes. The fact of the matter is that cooking has become an activity so intertwined with today’s culture that it largely defines it; however, starting your own lifestyle and joining the raw food culture can be a fun and healthy adventure that is well worth the effort.
Making your own raw food recipes will probably be difficult at first, as second nature for many people in the kitchen is to turn on the stove or start some water boiling. As time goes by, the raw food lifestyle will become second nature. By following these ten tips, you will be able to create new raw food recipes easily, allowing you to constantly expand your options and explore new raw food combinations.
1. Think about the foods you like. Though creating recipes is partially about venturing out and trying something new, if you do not like the ingredients then you certainly won’t like the finished product. Make a list of the foods you love and think of new ways to combine them.
2. Understand your own eating personality. Are you the kind of person that wants a quick meal, or do you want to sit down and savor every bite? Do you prefer a simple dish to one that incorporates many ingredients? Knowing (and utilizing) the answers to these questions is vital to creating a recipe you will enjoy time and again.
3. Think about the nutrients and vitamins that you need to incorporate into your diet more often. Everyone should eat a well-balanced diet, and those that subscribe to the raw food lifestyle may find it harder than others. This being said, doing so is not impossible if you learn about the foods you eat and understand how to combine them to create a healthy meal.
4. Consider the ingredients that you already have. Stocking a kitchen is one thing, but stocking one with raw food ingredients is another. Think about keeping several key ingredients on hand, such as a variety of nuts, spices, fruits, and vegetables. Use what you have before going out to buy more ingredients, as raw food items often spoil quickly.
5. Consider the cooking tools that you already have. Though most kitchens are stocked with a stove and microwave, few are armed with a food processor or dehydrator. Know the limitations that have been set by your cooking tools and keep them in mind as you create your next recipe.
6. Think about the fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. Not only is eating seasonal food better for the environment and more cost-effective, it will make shopping easier and will encourage you to use ingredients that you may not otherwise consider.
7. Incorporate what you are craving. If the recipe you are creating will be prepared right away, make sure that you keep your current cravings in mind. Salty, sweet, bitter, and sour foods can be integrated into your recipe to satisfy your craving and make you feel full.
8. Try to create variations of your favorite recipes. If you already have a favorite meal, why not switch out a few of the ingredients to make it new?
9. Keep your time frame in mind. Though you may want something that is dehydrated, you may not have time to prepare it.
10. Reflect upon prior finished products. If you have created new recipes before, think about your previous experiences and tweak your approach accordingly. This will make the process easier and the end result more delicious.
Creating your own raw food recipe may seem daunting, but once you get the hang of it you will find it to be a wonderfully creative culinary outlet.