5 Ways to Eat a High Raw Dinner

Today I want to talk about five easy ways you can eat a high-raw dinner.

Now the reason I’m talking about dinner is this seems to be the biggest challenge for people when it comes to eating a healthy meal that’s high-raw. That’s because dinner is more of a social meal, and a time when we tend to want a little more comfort.

So first of all, let me say I usually don’t eat 100% raw at dinner-time. I might do that occasionally, but my regular strategy is to make breakfast and lunch either all-raw or as high-raw as possible and then give myself a little more wiggle room at dinner. So even if my dinner meal ends up being 25% raw, I’m still eating a very high raw diet overall.

So let me give you 5 super easy ways to include raw food at dinner-time. The easiest way to do that it to add a raw first course and that’s what all of these ideas do:

1. Fresh fruit before dinner—Sometimes I’ll snack on some berries or have an apple or orange before I start making dinner—and one thing I like about that is it seems to get rid of any sweet tooth I might have after dinner.

2. Leftover Breakfast green smoothie before dinner—this is also a great pre-dinner snack I’ll sip while making dinner.

3. A nice appetizer of some pretty crudités (cut up veggies)—I’ll set that out before dinner, and eat it by itself, with some olives, or with a raw dip (although making a dip is a little more work). Crudités and dip is a popular mainstream appetizer, so your family won’t think this is strange!

4. A first-course salad as a part of your dinner. Now with dinner I don’t do the kinds of big main-dish salads that I do for lunch (which would be more time-consuming when it’s just one part of dinner), so I’ll just make a really simple salad of two different kinds of lettuce with chopped parsley, tossed in a tiny bit of olive oil and lemon juice. When I’m feeling fancier, I’ll add a little bit of carrot or tomato or cucumber but you don’t even need it—just a simple fresh green salad is a great appetizer at dinner.

5. A raw soup as a first course. This is great when it’s warmer outside, and you’d enjoy a chilled or room temperature soup. One of my favorite raw soups is Cream of Zucchini Soup. This is a nice first course if you get tired of salad sometimes.

Here is the recipe:


Cream of Zucchini Soup

Yield: 2 cups, 2 servings

Delicious vegetable soup with potato, broccoli, green beans and parsley

Delicious vegetable soup with potato, broccoli, green beans and parsley

This recipe provides the perfect opportunity to use up those leftover bits of zucchini from Zucchini Pasta. Serve chilled, at room temperature, or warm.

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mellow white miso
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dill, or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • chef’s knife, 8-inch
  • measuring cups
  • citrus juicer or reamer
  • measuring spoons
  • garlic press
  • blender
  • rubber spatula

Put the zucchini, celery, 1/2 cup of the water, lemon juice, miso, garlic, salt, and cayenne in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth. Add the avocado and oil and process on medium speed until smooth. Add the dill and the remaining 1/4 cup of water to thin, if necessary, and process on medium speed briefly, just to mix. Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Cream of Zucchini Soup will keep for 2 days.

Per serving: calories: 140, protein: 3 g, fat: 12 g, carbohydrate: 5 g, fiber: 5 g, sodium: 365 mg


Including one of these 5 things as a first course in your dinner will get more enzymes in your diet, help digest the rest of your meal, energize you, and fill you up a bit so you eat less heavy cooked food.

You could try a different one each day of the week and even if the rest of your dinners are cooked, they will end up being about 25% raw, putting your whole day at 75% or more raw if you had an all-raw or mostly-raw breakfast and lunch.

Would you like to try one of these raw first courses at dinner this week? Let me know which one you’re planning to try!

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