Class Recap

Raw Foods

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, our little garden is producing so much beautiful food, today we picked tender baby lettuces. So today’s Cook Together celebrates the simplistic deliciousness of raw eating. A little vinegar, olive oil and fresh veggies goes a long way when using good ingredients.

Nutrition

Keri Romerdahl

Why it Matters

What is a raw food diet? It is an eating pattern that is mostly plant-based, with low protein and lots of healthy fats. Staples of this diet include vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. However, most people need a balance of macronutrients including protein, fats, and carbohydrates. The ideology behind raw food is that cooking over 116 degrees Fahrenheit destroys all the living enzymes that help digestion, and that cooking food also diminishes the vitamin and mineral content of food. Digestive enzymes are used by the body to break down foods for absorption into the body. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial for many chronic diseases due to their high phytonutrient and anti-oxidant content.

Putting into Practice

* Incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure adequate nutrient intake

* Summer is a great time to incorporate raw foods because more fruits and vegetables are in season

* This diet can require a lot of creative cooking and be time consuming

Takeaway

A raw food diet is not for everyone! Listen to your body first and foremost.

Recipes

Celery Salad with Olives, Avocado & Mustard

Garden Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Roasted Fennel & Onions with Chive Flowers

Fire Smoked Whole Chicken

Braised Beans & Peppers

Celery Salad with Olives, Avocado & Mustard

serves: 10

Garden Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

serves: 10

Roasted Fennel & Onions with Chive Flowers

serves: 10

Fire Smoked Whole Chicken

serves: 10

Braised Beans & Peppers

serves: