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Family Not on Board with Raw Foods?

Posted on February 25 2013 | (3) Comments
Category:Raw Kid-Friendly Foods

Family Not on Board with Raw Foods?

Many raw foodies often ask me how I persuade my family and friends to “convert” to the raw food diet.

The answer is…I don't. I don't try to convince anyone of anything. My approach is based on the simple truth that you can't change anyone who doesn't want to change. So I don't try.

Instead, when I eat with my family, I simply offer as an addition to the meal some of the tasty raw foods I enjoy. This does more to pique peoples' interest in raw food than any words ever could—and it leads to much better meals together!

Let me share a personal example that both illustrates my point and explains how I learned this. When I first discovered raw food, I talked to my parents repeatedly and with great enthusiasm about how healthy the diet was. But they just thought I was a little nuts, rigid, and obsessive.

Then one weekend when I was staying with them, my dad brought back some apples, grapes, and swiss chard from the farmer's market. I whipped him up a green smoothie for breakfast, and he said "Wow, that's good!"

So my advice is—don’t make an issue of your diet but instead take the opportunity to provide some of the dishes you love for others to taste. Family and friends who want to know more will ask you, and people who don't will simply enjoy your company and your food without giving it another thought.

Here are some of the dishes that are really people pleasing. I like to share these first with family and friends:

Blueberry Green Smoothie

Mock Sour Cream and Chive Dip

Zucchini Noodles Marinara

Mediterranean Kale

Chocolate Mousse

Which raw dishes have been a hit with your family and friends?

Previous Comments

On March 03, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Living with carnivores and junk-food junkies, eating healthy can be very challenging! Smoothies and most raw desserts go very well with my family! I also find it best not to go into detail about all the ingredients unless they ask! I just let them know there is no “strange” things added! And presentation can make a huge difference! Jennifer, thanks a million for your extremely helpful blog to making this daunting task seem so easy and fun!

On March 03, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Janice,

I agree—smoothies and desserts are the best place to start with family and friends!


On March 05, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

I often make the zucchini noodles with marinara sauce for friends, and they always remark how good it is.

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