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I made this salad today, and the children enjoyed it. 


Strawberry, Peach and Spinach Salad

1 pint or so of strawberries, chopped as you like

3-4 peaches,  pitted and chopped, 2 for the salad and 1-2 for the dressing

3 cups of spinach


For the salad, mix the chopped strawberries, peaches, and spinach in a salad bowl.

For the dressing, blend the 1-2 peaches and several strawberries and pour over salad servings.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

These ingredients also make an excellent smoothie.  Just add 2-3 cups of water and blend.


Try this simple recipe, using what I call the Rip N’ Peel Method with no equipment requirement except your fingers.  NOTE:  I had to chop the bananas for this photo.  A whole banana just didn’t look right.

Raw foods should be simple and easy, at least most of the time anyway.

Fruit with mineral and chlorophyll-rich greens are a perfect combination.

Of course, these ingredients make a fantastic smoothie as well.

Remember, enjoy the textures and chew very well so your stomach doesn’t have to.

When I first begin my journey to raw, I made the mistake of imitating my favorite raw food dishes.  My journey began with the cumbersome-to-prepare high-fat raw cuisine.  In addition to feeling spacey and lethargic, I felt like I never measured up. 

Popular raw dishes include the nut-seed pate, raw pizza on flax nut-seed crust and cashew cheez, raw burgers with nut-seed bread, and flax crackers with hummus.  These dishes often contain a cup or more of oil.  Who would sit down and drink a cup of oil as a meal? 

To add more flame to the destructive fire, high-fat raw recipes attempt to copy the taste of SAD (standard american diet) food by including too much added salt, nama shoyu, tamari, and “healthy” oils.

I learned that being raw alone does not make it healthy.  Therefore, it’s important to keep a balanced perspective on your carbohydrate, fat and protein intake regardless of wheter you’re an uncooked or cooked vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore.

The Two Approaches to the Raw Food Diet

When it comes to raw foods, eating can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it.

Some raw food books say you need a high-power/high-speed blender, food processor, spiralizer, mandoline, dehydrator and oh yeah, a good set of knives, in order to get started. Others will have you soaking and sprouting seeds, grains, and peas on a regular basis.

While there is nothing “wrong” with having a fully equipped kitchen or soaking and sprouting, these lifestyle habits can be expensive and foreboding for newbies and even laborious for the experienced.

So before you buy your first spiralizer or soak a chickpea, you should understand the two main approaches to raw foods. They are LOW-FAT RAW and HIGH-FAT RAW. HIGH-FAT RAW includes your nut-seed pates, guacamole with flax crackers, oil-based salad dressings and other raw food items that may be hard to digest because they contain too much fat. LOW-FAT RAW includes your fruits, greens, vegetables, and small amounts of nuts, seeds, and fatty fruits.

These two approaches are not necessarily in opposition to one another, but it’s important to know the difference between the two, especially if you plan on successfully eating raw for a long period of time.

LOW-FAT RAW recipes…
• contain 5 or less ingredients.
• contain 5% fat or less.
• can take less than 5 minutes to make.
• follow food combining principles, and are therefore easier to digest and assimilate.
• require little to no equipment.

HIGH-FAT RAW recipes
• contain 5 or more ingredients.
• Can take more than 5 minutes to make.
• contain way more than 5% fat (usually 40%-60% of the calories are from fat).
• generally ignore food combining principles.
• require more equipment.

A diet high in fat, whether raw or cooked is not good for the body.

So, whether you are considering a 100% raw foods or simply increasing your consumption of raw and living foods, you will be happier and healthier for it.

What are Raw Foods?

Raw means more than just uncooked and unheated. Raw foods are “Nature’s finished products; they are ready to be consumed, as is”(Graham 233).

After all, a sweet peach needs no help from us to be sweet.

Raw foods are also known as living foods, life foods, sun-fired and sun foods. Whatever you choose to call it, raw foods, with everything left intact, are the healthiest foods we can feed our bodies.

Raw foods include fruits, vegetables, greens, sprouts, nuts, and seeds.

Graham, Dr. Douglas N. 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life, One Luscious Bite at a Time. Florida: FoodnSport Press, 2006.