Getting Enough Calories on a High Raw Diet
Posted on April 18 2013 | (8) Comments
Category:New To Raw Foods
Nutrition and calories are topics that frequently come up with regard to a raw food diet. So in this post from my New to Raw blog series, I’d like to talk about calories, raw food, and (for a change) cooked food, too.
Count Your Blessings, Not Calories
Raw food recipes have an abundance of nutrients to fuel your body, satisfy your appetite for a long time, and keep your blood sugar stable. They also have tons of taste, aroma, and texture to satisfy all your senses.
Not everybody wants to lose weight with raw food. And unfortunately, the sheer volume of raw food you need to consume in order to meet your body’s nutritional and caloric needs can make it difficult for some people to get enough calories when eating 100% raw food.
This is where healthy cooked foods come in.
What’s Cooking in a Raw Food World
As many of you know, I’m a flexible raw foodie. My approach to the raw food diet is that we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables, and that when you eat at least some of your fruits and veggies uncooked you're going to get a lot more vitamins, phytonutrients, and enzymes in your diet.
By focusing on raw foods, you'll also be automatically eliminating unhealthful cooked foods such as saturated fat, meat, dairy, flour, and sugar...along with the empty, unnecessary calories they deliver.
4 Cooked Foods to Enjoy & 1 Great Recipe
From a health perspective, including cooked foods in your diet isn't a problem as long you make good choices about the foods you choose for your extra calories. Complex carbohydrates are high in calories and nutrition. You get them from:
- Baked or steamed root vegetables - sweet potatoes, beets, winter squash
- Whole grains - brown rice, quinoa
- Beans – black, red, garbanzo
- Lentils – red, brown
Allocating 25% of my diet to eating these cooked foods will add to my caloric load, but still allow me to eat mostly raw.
My raw Zucchini Hummus recipe is lighter than the version you find in most Middle Eastern restaurants, and completely raw. When I feel like I need some extra calories, however, I make a traditional Garbanzo Bean Hummus, replacing the zucchini with 1 1/4 cups of cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and a quarter-cup of water.
The Next Step—Join My Online Course
This is the end of my New to Raw blog series, but the chance to begin something even better: a lifetime love affair with raw food.
You can also join my virtual classroom where raw food is the curriculum. In my online course, Ready for Raw, I’ll share my tricks for transforming food preparation from a task into a simple yet creative pleasure. You’ll receive:
- Step-by-step instruction
- Professionally produced videos
- Interactive Q&A sessions, and
- Lively online discussions
Sign up for my Ready for Raw online course, and school will be in session tonight.