5 Raw Recipes that Are Not Salad

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A nice big salad does the body good. Not to mention, it's filling but can still keep you feeling light and ready to tackle your next task at hand. But, there's more to vegetables than just salad. A trend that has been circulating for awhile, and gaining more popularity by the minute, is the idea of going "raw until dinner." This is a great way to include more whole fresh foods into the diet. Plus, it's super simple to pull off and can serve as the transitioning phase for those of you who wish to become completely raw vegans. You may even discover a few advantages along your journey. Check out this list! Health (and other) benefits of going raw:

  • Increased energy

  • Better regularity and improved digestion

  • Clear skin

  • Post-meal feelings of fullness and satisfaction without feeling overstuffed and bloated

  • Less packaging-- the environment thanks you for having less trash! Read this article on composting to learn more

To go raw until dinner, there's really only two, maybe three steps. Step one: fruit-infused breakfast. Smoothies are a great start to a raw morning. Or, you can try out this lip-smacking good raw coconut yogurt. Step two (optional): fresh mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Raw snacking is downright dumb it's so easy-- just cut up some veggies or grab an apple or two. If you're looking for that perfect post-workout recovery snack, check out these babies. Now onto step three: lunch. Like I said before, salads are GREAT for raw diets. But then again, raw diets include way more options than just salad if you're creative.

So, here are 5 vegtastic raw recipes perfect for lunch (for an all day raw menu, check this link and for raw blender soup, check out these must try recipes)

1. Raw Zucchini Wraps
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And who doesn't love a good hummus wrap? Include some of this raw sprouted hummus and try not to get too excited about your lunch break.

2. Raw Tomato Red Pepper Soup
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There's actually a whole slew of raw soup recipes. Read this article for more yummy raw blender soup ideas.

3. Raw Vegan Sushi
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Need I say more?

4. Raw Zucchini Pasta (two ways!)
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Here's a raw take on the traditional pasta and marinara sauce meal

Or experiment with this mouth-watering creamy avocado cucumber sauce!

You can't go wrong with either and I suggest you make them both at one point or another. For even more raw fun, add in these savory raw no-meat meatballs and try not to go into food coma before dinner.

5. Raw Yam Burgers and Daikon Fries with Ketchup
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Yes, it's been done. And yes, they are delicious.

Recipe: Raw Yam Burgers and Daikon Fries with Ketchup
Recipe: Raw Yam Burgers and Daikon Fries with Ketchup

Once you enjoy these recipes during the day, feel free to have dinner and then start right back up on the raw track with these decadent raw desserts.

Drooling over this bonus raw carrot cake with cashew cream cheese frosting? We are too!