By The Rawtarian

Raw food recipes for beginners are my specialty. I call them my simple, satisfying raw food recipes, which are perfect for beginners. But many people who love my recipes are not raw food beginners; they are simply busy people on the go who don't want to bother with too much fuss - just like me. Because of this, some avid rawfooders like to share my simple raw recipes with raw food beginners because my recipes are simple and taste great! But enough tooting my own horn, huh?

Eating raw has become increasingly popular as more people realize the many benefits associated with consuming whole foods in their raw state; but starting out can be daunting! Many recipes call for mysterious ingredients (think nutritional yeast, agave nectar, chia seeds, and on and on!) that most raw food beginners don't have in their pantries. While recipes that include such ingredients are great and I too use them, they are probably not where you want to start if you are searching for raw food recipes as a beginner.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your routine: Useful, but boring

If you are a real raw beginner who is just starting to dabble in raw recipes, think about how you can start adding more raw foods to your regular meals.

Salad is probably one of the easiest items to add, because it’s perfect as a side dish or as a full meal.

Start by adding a small salad to your lunch and dinner. And when it comes to salads please remember, people! The best salads only have a FEW ingredients! So don't put the kitchen sink in there - just be simple, like spinach, tomato and fresh basil, for example.

Similarly, breakfast can be a great opportunity to get some fresh fruit - whether it’s a smoothie or simply crunching down on an apple and some nuts.

For snacks, replace your granola bar or cookies with an orange or a banana. If you’re worried that these might not hold you over until dinner, then add some raw nuts and seeds. The complete proteins in the nuts will bind with the incomplete proteins in the fruit providing you with more protein, which will help you to feel full longer.

However, at this point you'll probably be lacking inspiration - and the only "raw" foods you'll be able to think of will be salads and raw apples. BORING!

Well then friend, you are now ready to try some raw food recipes for beginners.

Raw food recipes for beginners

So, where do you start? First, weed out those recipes that require crazy soaking times or dehydrators. If you are a beginner chances are you might have a crappy blender and a food processor - if you're lucky. So don't make anything too crazy. Start slow, yah?

Creating raw food recipes for beginners is where it gets fun. Why is it fun? Because you get to combine healthy ingredients, like dates, pecans, coconut and cocoa powder and make something amazing! Your friends will be impressed when they taste it and you explain that all that's in your raw recipe is whole, uncooked ingredients - no flour, refined sugar or dairy.

Here are some perfect recipes for raw beginners that are sure to turn out great:

OR CHECK OUT ALL MY FREE RAW RECIPES HERE!

Final tips for beginners

Here are a few more effective ways to keep raw cuisine simple when you're just getting started.

  • Make sure your cupboard is stocked with your staple ingredients. This way you won’t discover halfway through a raw recipe that you don’t have everything you need.
  • Make a list of the ingredients you use most often. Some of these might include: flax seeds, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, tamari (aka soy sauce), spices, dates (great base for desserts), nuts, seeds etc.
  • Also, be sure to always have spinach or lettuce on hand- you can never go wrong with a hearty salad for dinner when you don’t have time to prepare something. And salads can be very exciting too; add hemp hearts, tomatoes, raisins, coconut, cucumber, red pepper, and don’t forget some nutritional yeast- it’ll give it a great cheesy flavour!
  • Last, but by no means least, make sure to read the recipe from top to bottom before starting! You will find that many raw food recipes call for long soaking times, dehydration times, or day-before prep. Be aware of any extra prep work and make sure you have everything you need. Discovering that the almonds you need must be soaked over-night will likely mean you’re not eating that lovely concoction that you had planned!

These are just a few tips to help you master the art of making raw food recipes for beginners. Above all, remember to keep it simple!

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Hello I am just starting to investigate raw food , I am moving to India (Goa) in September , will I be able to get herbs, nuts ete there , I know fruit and veg won't be a problem regards Lynne
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Hi Lynne, I have no specific knowledge of the availability of raw food ingredients in India. Can anyone reading this provide insight?
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I have a 19 month old daughter who has primarily been eating smoothies as her main 3 meals a day since she turned one and my milk dried up due to being pregnant again. Now that I have my second child I have, for the last 2 1/2 months been pumping and adding to the smoothie breastmilk. Before that I made almond milk and also added banana and kale with a variety of other things depending on what I had on hand whether it be flax seed, flax seed oil, chia seed. And I just started adding hemp seed but it doesn't seem to sit well with the digestive track. Also, I give her any other fruit that she likes such as grapes, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, banana, pomegranate, raisens. But besides that and some natures path Cheerios organic or Ezekiel bread with almond butter (which she's picky about now), she really doesn't eat much else. I would love some suggestion on raw food for her? Ps. I have been feeding her the smoothies myself which I want to stop doing as I want her to be more independent.

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I'm also a sort of one diabetic. I used to believe that carbs were my adversary likewise, yet organic product is unique. Maple syrup in little amounts Acts in an unexpected way. Due to organic products I have sliced my long acting insulin down the middle and utilize less short acting. Standard sugar and granola bars and treats on the SAD eating routine respond awful in me. My sugar goes up and doesn't descend. I don't eat grain. Grain is my foe, yet natural products, juices, veggies and nuts and seeds are my dearest companions.

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I like all the ideas about raw food recipes, because it is said that they are very healthy. The amount of vitamins and fibers in all the nuts, almonds and many more are legit very big. About your question whether there are raw products in India, I have to answer yes. It is a big country and it has a population of about 1,3 milliard people, so I am sure there are plenty of raw products. You can hire a health coach https://scottgoodingproject.com/online-health-coaching, in case you don't find the products you searched for, because he can help you choose a substitute for the product you needed. So good luck with your trip in India, and have a nice taste of raw products there.

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I am a diabetic. Many of the suggestions are loaded with sugar. Sugar is my enemy. Any suggestions how to avoid sugars in these above suggestions????

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I am a type one diabetic. I used to think that carbs were my enemy also, but fruit is different. Maple syrup in small quantities Acts differently. Because of fruits I have cut my long acting insulin in half and use less short acting. Regular sugar and granola bars and desserts on the SAD diet react horrible in me. My sugar goes up and does not come down. I do not eat grain. Grain is my enemy, but fruits, juices, veggies and nuts and seeds are my best friends.

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Hi Timm! Do you ever use Stevia as a sweetener?

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I have a huge question for you. Beings I am a Type 2 diabetic for 26 years & I curb my sugar, are fruit & vegy sugars react the same as regular white & dark brown sugar as far as sugar spikes?
I have a juicer now just to get a food prosser not to get things started. I do not have a weight problem, 5'8" & 138 lbs, a bit under weight.

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Hi Timm! No, those sugars are not the same. Because refined sugar hits your bloodstream super fast, whereas sugars inside fruits are kinda weighted down with fiber etc to slow it down.

Have you watched any documentaries about healing Type 2 Diabetes with food? This is an older one, but you can watch it for free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pjkC71exKU

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Maybe I need to explain what is going on. The diabetes gave me the problem of nerve damage in my feet & legs. I am just 65 years old. About two months ago, the nerve damage has exploded in my legs. Now I sleep with sever charlie horses. Can't sleep much. Plus my feet are starting to go numb & itching and my legs feel very tight, to the point I am not able to use the breaks on my car. I have stopped driving and feel stranded. I need you suggestions. I use milk thistle to detox my liver.

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Timm. A raw vegan diet is very healing to the body. Your leg cramps are due to lack of magnesium because you are peeing out your sugars too much. You need magnesium in your diet and calcium. I am diabetic type 1 myself. I was all about high fat low carb but becoming more raw vegan cut my long acting insulin in half. Fruit is not your enemy. Grain is. You need carbs to have energy and the fruit and veggies nuts and seeds will heal your body. Please commit for 1 month and if you see no improvement just go back to doing things the old way. I am wagering you will be transformed. No process food, no grain, no meat/dairy, no sugar. Only fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Your first week will be hell. But after that you will begin to feel amazing.

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Hi Timm,

This sounds awful. I am sorry that you are struggling with this. Re: diabetes, do you have Type 1 or Type 2?

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Type 2 since 1990 & was miss diagnosed for two years & the pins & needles was horrific now aching & some numbness.

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My first use was in 1992 when it was still green. Now it is refined today white color I have concerns. Most other alternative sweeteners are deadly long term usage.
Tell me your thoughts. Timm

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You can still get the green stuff - mostly at health food stores though :)

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I am living in my camper for the summer and I don't have a stove so I thought this would be a great time to try raw foods! However I have nut allergies :( I see most meal type recipes have nuts in them..... is there an alternative I could use?

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I have just started reading Joanna Blythman's latest book 'Swallow This' - all about what manufacturers do to our food - not the highly processed ready meals, but just ordinary everyday foods like cooking oils and yoghurt. I've only just started reading, but already the imperative to add more and more raw food to my diet is becoming quite strong. I think your recipes look really good although personally I find dates tend to spike my blood sugar and make me very sleepy for a while. I keep them for an evening treat so i can go to bed and 'sleep them off'!

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Hi Ruth! It's scary when you start reading these things, isn't it!! Glad you're adding more raw food to your diet. But not dates! :)

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Is a raw food diet good for someone who needs an anti-inflammatory diet?

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Hi Pat. Good question! You would have to talk to your doctor or nutritionist. They would know what types of foods are best for a person with this issue.

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Heya just stumbled upon your blkog via Yahoo after I entered in, "Raw food recipes for beginners " or something similar (can't quite remember exactly). In any case, I'm pleased I found it simply because your subject material is exactly what I'm searching forr (writing a university paper) and I hope you don't mind iff I collect some material from here and I will of course credit you as the source. Many thanks.
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Hey Seymour, I'd be honored! I'd love to read your paper when its done - email it to me if you can! <3

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I am very new to the idea of raw food eating. I know that some have gained weight doing raw food eating. I am very afraid of that. Can you do like the green smoothie for breakfast and lunch on a regular bases with a salad or one of your recipes for dinner, while learning to do this? I am very much about quick and simple.

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Hi Tracy,

Your plan sounds perfecto!

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Hello I am just starting to investigate raw food , I am moving to India (Goa) in September , will I be able to get herbs, nuts ete there , I know fruit and veg won't be a problem regards Lynne
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