I was a raw foodist for over a year. I felt so good! The cooking of food destroys nutrition, vitamins and enzymes, so eating raw is probably the healthiest way to eat. It is a diet rich in proteins, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. A raw diet is also low in "bad" carbs and is un-processed. Although most foods are eaten raw in this diet, heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature remains below 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
I know what's coming to your mind; "I cannot live on carrots and salads alone"! Well, the good news is: Raw foodists do not only eat salads! We can enjoy delicious meals that optimize our health by alkalizing our body. Ours body are designed to be alkaline. Although I am no longer 100% rawfoodist, I still eat that way a lot as it is not only good for me but it is also very flavorful. The recipe below is a perfect example of a fun, flavorful way to turn an old favorite into a healthy raw meal.
RAW MEXICAN TACOS
For the taco "meat":
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup sunflowers
2 tablespoons *Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 tsp oregano
1 pinch cayenne pepper
For the tomato/corn salsa:
2 large heirloom tomatoes, diced small (about 1 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup raw corn kernels, **removed from the cob
2 tablespoons red onion, chopped thin
1/2 to 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped very thin (optional~spicy)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped thin
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Sea salt to taste
For the tacos:
2 avocados, diced
1 taco meat recipe
1 tomato/corn salsa recipe
8 romaine lettuce leaves (pick the ones that are curved like a taco-shell)
In a food processor, grind the nuts. Add spices and liquid aminos until well mixed. It should have a ground meat texture. Reserve.
Combine all the ingredients from the tomato/corn salsa together in a bowl. Mix well. Reserve.
In the center of the lettuce leave spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the nut mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of salsa and 2 tablespoons of the diced avocado. Repeat with remaining lettuces.
Press the leaves together and eat like a taco.
2 tacos = 1 serving. This will make 4 servings
*Bragg liquid aminos can be found at wholefoods and most natural store, Nama Soyu, Tamari or Soy sauce could work as a replacement if not found
** To remove the corn from the cob, remove husk, but leave stem intact. Clean the corn, cut off the tip of the cob to create a flat end. With a chef’s knife, slice the corn as you rotate the cob.