My diet is constantly changing as I learn more and more about nutrition and how the foods I put in my body help me to create not only a better inside but a better outside; and more still, how they help me to maximise my performance in the gym.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot around the benefits of a raw food diet and I’ve even been to interview a raw food company that has been inspiring a lot of my meals recently.
Now, I’m not saying you should cut out all cooked foods and go on a raw, plant based, vegan diet but I do believe adding raw foods such as juices and salads into your everyday diet to be super beneficial – start by swapping out one of your meals for a raw option, say a juice in the morning or a raw salad for lunch; and if you find it works you could even make the switch to the ‘raw til 4’ way of life.
Obviously the first thing eating raw foods does is to help strip away the overly processed foods from your diet as you will be eating a array of ‘real’ foods meaning you are consuming more nutrients and less chemicals. But, what you may not know is that certain foods lose some of their nutritional value once heated and that raw foods hold more water, meaning we stay fuller for longer.
The other upside of eating in this way is reducing your carbon footprint, eating more fruits and veg will decrease the amount of plastic and wrappers you inadvertently buy (just make sure you don’t go salad bag crazy – throwing apples straight into your basket isn’t going to hurt now is it?). It will also mean you are consuming less meat in your diet, which is something I am becoming increasingly passionate about as I notice we are getting further removed from what is on our plate and that many people even take meat for granted!
I’ve been making juices, standard salads & chia puddings for a while now, but the following recipe is completely new for me. Fully raw and fully paleo – here’s my Paleo Raw Pad Thai with Satay Sauce (serves 4)
For the Pad Thai:
- 2 cups Courgette (Julienned)
- 2 cups Carrot (Julienned)
- 1 Red Pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 cup Red Cabbage (shredded)
- 3 Spring Onions
- 1 inch grated Ginger
- 1 sliced red chilli (deseeded)
- 1/4 cup Cashews (roughly chopped)
- Hemp Seeds
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Juice 1/2 lime
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- ground cumin & ginger to taste
Simply mix the Pad Thai ingredients, then mix the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl, before mixing the two together ready to eat.
Top tip: Keep sauce and salad separate until ready to consume.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, we certainly did! If you’re interested in finding out more about a raw food diet be sure to do some further research and come back to My Big Fit Diary next week for my interview with the amazing Cowherds.