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Easy Raw Food Recipes Are Nutritious, Not Calorie-Free

Posted on September 19 2011 | (1) Comments
Category:Easy Raw Meals

The last two blogs talked about eating hearty portions of raw food to satisfy your appetite.  However, not all raw food ingredients should be consumed in large quantities.  That’s because raw food is healthy and nutritious, but that doesn't mean all of it is necessarily low-cal.  

Even though raw food uses healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocado rather than hydrogenated oils, these ingredients do have calories.  And these fatty foods can tip the scales on an otherwise low-cal raw food dish.  That’s what happens to people at salad bars, for example.  They start with a low-cal salad ‘base’ and then add avocado, a handful of nuts, some seeds, and an oil-based dressing.

Suddenly that low-cal salad is a calorie monster!

So the trick I use for keeping the fat content low is to limiting myself to EITHER half an avocado OR 1/4 cup nuts/seeds a day maximum.  And when I can, I use little or no additional oil.

A good example of a salad I enjoy in moderation is the Chopped Salad in Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People.  The ‘base’ ingredients are Romaine lettuce, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and cucumber.  And although the original recipe calls for a whole avocado, when I’m making salad-for-one, I just use half that amount...or less.  

That way I can enjoy it without feeling too guilty.

Next time, we’ll talk about another source for hidden calories:  dried fruit.

Related Recipes: Chopped Salad

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