The sound of a raw food diet may be pretty intimidating for many of us, but incorporating a few raw food meals into your weekly food plan is a good idea because they include low-calorie and high-fibre ingredients that our bodies need to maintain a healthy diet.
Many of these are vegan. But of course, you can always add those bits and pieces of nice and fresh raw fish if you want. And don’t worry, they all taste amazing, we promise! Check out some of our favourite raw food recipes below.
1. Five minute muesli
Start your day right with this five minute muesli – it’s a quick and easy breakfast recipe that makes 6 portions, and you can easily scale it up or down. It’s full of yummy goodness including nuts, goji berries, and cacao nibs. It also features lucuma powder, which is made from the dried fruit of the Lucuma tree - a subtropical tree found in South America that has a creamy, citrus flavour and is a source of fibre, calcium and vitamins B1, B2 and C.
2. Chocolate strawberry almond protein smoothie
If you’re running late for work and only have a few minutes to spare for breakfast, this plant-based breakfast smoothie should be on your list. You’ll have a gluten-free raw food meal in less than five minutes. It contains six healthy ingredients, and all you have to do is throw them in a blender, and it’s ready! You can even pour it into a spill-proof mug with a straw for your breakfast on-the-go.
3. Raw lasagna
Are you craving pasta but trying to stick to a healthy diet? Then this raw food lasagne recipe will surely satisfy your palate without the high-carb content. Thanks to the fresh layers of zucchini slices to replace the pasta, a cheesy cashew and almond layer, and a few other ingredients that combine together to work some zucchini lasagne magic. When you add some delicious avocado pesto to the mix, and the fact that there’s no cooking involved, what’s not to love!
4. Broccoli balls
These no-bake broccoli balls are super easy to make and can be ready in about 10 minutes. Better yet, you don’t even need a dehydrator (but a food processor will make life a lot easier). Basically all you need to do is process together broccoli and cashews until finely chopped then add onion, garlic, jalepeno, avocado oil, nutritional yeast and seasoning - then pulse until combined. Roll into balls and you're done. Healthy snacks don’t come much better than this!
5. Cauliflower rice with fresh peas and cumin
Have a light and flavourful dinner with this cauliflower rice recipe that doesn't need cooking and has a super low carb content. Simply, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it achieves a rice-like consistency (be careful not to over-do it or you’ll end up with mush). Toss in some fresh garden peas, pine nuts, aromatic spices and herbs, and you'll have a scrumptious, healthy dinner that’s full of nutrition and taste.
6. Cucumber avocado gazpacho
A soup that doesn't require cooking? Yes, it's possible with this raw food recipe. You'll get the nutrition from the refreshing cucumber and the avocado's creaminess. Then, add a little bit of vegan sour cream for that bit of zest and some fresh garden herbs and vegetables. It's simple, delicious, well-balanced, and you can whip it up for a deliciously light summer meal in less than 10 minutes.
7. Zucchini wraps with kale pesto sauce
This healthy wrap recipe is full of nutrients and very refreshing, too. Yes, it’s basically vegies and pesto but hey, pesto makes everything better right! They say you eat first with your eyes and this is one visual feast that you won’t forget in a hurry. When you see those vibrant colours, you’ll know they’re full of fibre, antioxidants, and much more healthy goodness! Get the kids involved so you can all have fun wrapping them up in thin slices of fresh zucchini.
8. Portobello mushroom burgers
Who says you can’t eat burgers raw? This mushroom burger recipe is taken to the next level, with dehydrated portobello mushrooms replacing ordinary buns. Stuff them with fresh garden greens, homemade cashew cheese and guacamole, and you’re ready to devour a filling dinner like no fast-food restaurant can serve. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your air fryer or even your oven on a very low setting.
9. Acai berry bowl
Of course, we can’t get away without a recipe or two for those low-calorie snacks and desserts. So enjoy some guilt-free indulgence with this acai berry bowl recipe that’s loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other vitamins and minerals. All these benefits come from raw ingredients of acai berry, flaxseeds, nuts, and other healthy items you can simply throw together in a blender, and that’s it!
10. Avocado fudge
And for our final entry, this no-bake avocado fudge is something that’s pretty hard to resist. Combine avocado with banana and chunky chocolate, and watch it disappear as everyone dives in for more. You can even serve it at parties or simply make it as your own low-calorie snack any time of the day. All you need is fifteen minutes to create this delicious masterpiece (plus 3 hours for it to chill in the freezer).
Try these raw food recipes now!
There you have it! We hope these recipes change your perception of raw foods. They are healthy, nutritious, and most of all, they taste amazing. And if you're in need of some financial assistance to buy some kitchen equipment to help make them - we’re here to help. Just take a look at our cash loans from $500 - $5,000 to find out how quick and easy it is to get your hands on some extra money. Once a loan is approved, the cash is usually in your bank account within a few hours – so you can start making these raw food recipes soon.