Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 5 discusses the TOOLS you’ll need in your kitchen to help you complete your transformation.
Firstly, you WON’T need to make a huge investment when switching to a raw food lifestyle. In fact, you WILL end up saving money by cutting back on processed convenience foods.
When you first start eating raw foods, it’s important to keep in mind that it isn’t just about putting something healthy in your mouth. When you’re shopping for your food, make it a visual experience as well. Try to fill your shopping basket up with a variety of fresh foods, wonderful flavors and beautiful colors.
Did you know that the visual appearance of food is one of the first stimuli received by your brain before you’ve even tasted the flavor of the food? Reds and Greens go very well together on your plate and will ensure a good mix of red anthocyanins and green chlorophyll and without doubt good tools allow you to get maximum nutrients from your food.
It’s true, the visual appearance of your food can greatly influence the enjoyment of it. That is why it’s very important that your food looks appealing on your plate.
As you may recall me mentioning before, it’s a good idea to invest in a juicer, so that you can enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit juice. A juicer is much more powerful than an ordinary blender and can easily liquefy foods while retaining much of their nutritional value. However, I prefer NOT to juice as I believe too much fibre is lost in this process. It is, of course, your choice. Mine is to make smoothies in my Vitamix which ensures that I get to consume the necessary fibre as well.
If you don’t have a steamer, invest in one of those too, so you can lightly steam your vegetables. They are really inexpensive these days. While you are consuming a raw food diet, it is perfectly acceptable to steam or blanch your fruits and vegetables if you want eat them warm. Just be careful not to overcook them. Use a food thermometer and cook them no higher than 118 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t go above this temperature, you won’t be causing much damage to the digestive enzymes in the food.
Spiralisers are very popular among raw foodies and they’re really inexpensive to buy. If you want to reduce the time it takes to chop, grate, or grind, a food processor is a good investment as well. You can also use it to slice and puree sauces in seconds. It can be a real time saver!
A new cutting board is a good idea as well. You don’t want to use the same cutting board for all your fresh foods that you use to cut up chicken, fish or other foods. It’s a good idea to have one dedicated especially for your fruits and vegetables.
Storage containers specifically designed to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh are another thing that you will want to consider adding to your kitchen. There are many available at your local discount store or online, that can help keep your lettuce crisper and your fruit fresher, so you don’t end up throwing out more than you eat.
When you go shopping for new kitchen tools you will be amazed at how many specialty items you can find to make food preparation and storage more efficient and fun, so don’t be afraid to splurge on some great new gadgets for your kitchen.
Make sure you look for Step 6 soon. We’ll be talking about the difference between being a vegetarian and going on a raw food plan.
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Clare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias. Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business. The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia. She now assists Scott at his Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.