Ten Foods to Eat Raw
You don't have to be a raw foodist to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies daily. Not only are they convenient for on-the-go snacks, raw fruits and vegetables can also improve your health. A recent study has linked eating raw fruits and vegetables to a decreased risk of cancer. Aside from research, simply broadening the scope of your intake of fruits and vegetables will allow you to meet the minimum three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day. Enjoy these tasty foods without having to pull out a recipe.
The red pulp of the Caribbean papaya or the slightly sweeter yellow pulp of Hawaiian papaya both have similar nutritional value. The black seeds in their center are edible, but are not as pleasant as the pulp's soft flavor.
Stores may have roasted varieties, but if you can find the raw variety, go for it. You'll skip the added salt and possible steaming or additional processing used if you go for the raw variety. Toss with unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolatey sugar-free treat.
A little fresh lime juice will take away the aftertaste of raw celery. I like a few sticks of celery following dinner for a fresh crunch that cleans the palate. You can have it with any number of dips or cheeses as well.
While dried apricots still qualify as raw, fresh apricots are quite delightful if you find them ripened just right. Their taste is considerably sweet, but one can provide a day's worth of Vitamin A and packs a load of beta-carotene.
Although Popeye popped open cans, fresh spinach is just fine on its own. Eaten with dried cranberries and walnuts, it's a delightfully tasty snack. Get tons of Vitamin K from eating this which helps blood clot, which supports wound healing.
You may be tempted to take the prepackaged route to eating pineapple, but those usually have added sugar or fruit juice. Put in the hard work yourself or buy fresh cut chunks.
Salad bars typically display these julienne-style, but try them cut as fries and add a dash of cinnamon. Also known as Yambean, these pack lots of fiber and potassium. If you like a little spice, chili powder adds a nice kick to it as well.
Red, green, yellow, or orange, fresh bell peppers are a good fix for the munchies. Dip in hummus, salad dressing, or a vinaigrette or add to salads or meat dishes to add some nutritional value.
In addition to being added to salads, you can eat radishes sliced with a dash of soy sauce or ground ginger. You can also add thin slices to sandwiches or chunks to pasta salads for a slight spicy bite.
Cucumbers, like most vegetables have a low energy density, so noshing on them will help stave off hunger. Raw cucumbers are a great replacement chips. I like them with guacamole. Try Persian cucumbers for a more tender texture and sweeter taste.
Name your favorite raw fruits and veggies and ways to prepare them?
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