Raving for Raw

Okay, maybe it seems a little crazy, but the raw food movement seems to be gaining steam (not literally, of course). 

Whether or not you agree or think it's all a little bit hippy, it's proponents do have some science on their side. Health afficionados believe it's better to eat 'live' food (vegetables) because heating food can destroy the enzymes and nutrients. There's also no denying that eating raw food means you won't be chowing down on processed junk - if it's straight out of the ground (preferably organic), there's no danger of filling up on sugar. You're also far more likely to eat your quota of fruit and veg, and a far wider variety, by including one raw meal a day. Instead of the typical meat and three veg, the standard salad often has up to 6-8 ingredients - and variety is the spice of life!

But not sure where to start? We've rounded up some recipes from our favourite raw food bloggers - when you taste these meals, you'll barely even know you're eating raw!

The Raw Brownie from My New Roots

The Raw Brownie | My New Roots
Made with medjool dates and raw cacao, not only is this recipe raw, it's packed full of superfoods. Guilt free brownies for the win!

Raw Broccoli pesto recipe from Green Kitchen Stories

Broccoli Pesto | Green Kitchen Stories
So much goodness in one recipe - harness the cancer fighting properties of broccoli and transform a fairly average salad into something worth eating for lunch.

Raw chocolate fudge recipe from Elanas Pantry

Raw Chocolate Fudge | Elana's Pantry
It actually tastes like fudge, and not in a carob-tastes-like-chocolate kind of way.

Raw kale salad recipe from 101 Cookbooks

Raw Tuscan Kale Salad | 101 Cookbooks
Any health food blogger worth their salt is on the kale bandwagon, but add pecorino and a lemony dressing and we're sold.

Make sure the raw foods you do eat are as pesticide and chemical free as possible - stop off at the Northey Street Markets on a Sunday or head to Wray Organic for your weekly grocery shop.

Got any great raw recipes or tried a raw food way of life? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted by Cheyanne Proud at 09:16PM on 18th July 2012

This all looks amazing. I think I might have to look up some raw goodness recipes very soon!