While following a raw food diet may feel too extreme for some people — especially those of us who enjoy incorporating a bounty of different kinds of meals into our diet — sometimes raw meals offer a nice refresher or detox after enjoying an indulgent meal (or two, or three). Proponents of raw foods diets have tips and tricks on how to save money on the diet, and how to successfully incorporate more raw foods into your life if you haven’t done so before.
If you feel like the idea of raw foodism is daunting, don’t worry — it’s actually pretty simple, and we’re here to help you implement more raw foods into your diet if you desire. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of America’s favorite types of foods and provided you with some recipe examples from our Food Monster App of how these dishes can be made raw.
This Raw Harvest Soup is beautiful and creamy. It’s full of fresh, nutritious vegetables that are good for your heart and soul.
This Raw Romesco Soup is inspired by Romesco sauce, which is a Spanish sauce made from red peppers and almonds.
This Raw Spinach and Carrot Soup is made creamy with avocado, which balances out the green earthiness of the spinach, while carrots add just a hint of sweetness, and parsley adds freshness. This soup can be warmed just slightly to keep it warm, but we recommend enjoying it on a hot day.
This Raw Pasta With Three Sauce Choices is satisfying, nutrient-dense, low-calorie, and raw in every sense of the word.
5. Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta
This Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta is so energizing. It is incredible how light and refreshed you can feel after eating a delicious pasta, no tired, and sluggish feeling.
This 5-Minute Basil Pesto Raw Zucchini Pasta is a super simple recipe that’s a breeze to make, so filling, and satisfying. To make your pasta base from fresh whole zucchinis, you will need a handy little piece of kitchen equipment called a ‘Spirooli.’ If you’re keen to expand your repertoire of healthy, gluten-free gourmet dishes then it’s well worth your time to hunt one down. Get your hands on the biggest bunch of fresh, local basil you can find, and blend up the creamy pesto sauce in 5 minutes or less. Enjoy!
This Raw Spaghetti With “Bolognese” Sauce is incredibly fresh, and you can easily have it ready in under 15 mins.
This Creamy Kimchi Zucchini Pasta is a kimchi lover’s dream! The luxurious sauce is made from a blend of raw cashews and kimchi and seasoned lightly with sesame oil and tamari — and of course, it’s topped with even more kimchi! Not only does it taste good, it’s good for your gut, since kimchi is a probiotic.
This Raw Lasagna With Cilantro Pesto is so colorful and bright, and features an array of delicious and fresh vegetables. You could eat the entire thing and still feel energized and healthy.
This Raw Mushroom Lasagna With Zucchini Cheese is made with mushroom meat, golden zucchini cheese, garlic herb tomato sauce, and eggplant/zucchini “noodle” layers. Don’t be warded off by the fact that there are four layers! This is a fairly simple recipe since once everything is prepped, you just have to assemble the layers and pop it in the oven or dehydrator.
Popsicles and Ice Cream
These Raw Coconut Milk Fruit Popsicles are going to make you so happy. They are almost too easy to make and almost too good to eat.
These Raw Coconut Blood Orange Ice Pops are actually super easy to make and even more fun to eat. The top portion is a creamy, homemade coconut ice cream while the bottom is made from frozen blood orange juice. The luxurious creamy vanilla ice cream is complimented by the sweet, slights sour flavor of the blood orange juice in a combination that is unbeatable on a hot day.
These Raw Strawberry Shortcake Nice Cream Bars are inspired by long lost childhood treats. The creamy strawberry and vanilla nice cream are coated with a crumbly shortcake shell and the stuck on a stick – just like the ice cream man served them back in the day.
This Raw Swedish Princess Cake is light and fluffy, made from coconut and almond flour and is covered with sweet strawberry chia jam, a layer of vanilla custard, whipped coconut cream, and raw marzipan.
This Raw Rainbow Chakra Cheesecake features natural, fruity, and delicious flavors begging to be devoured. This is a fun weekend project for when you have a bit more time, once it comes together it is absolutely worth the wait.
Want more fun, raw recipes like these? Our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook has you covered. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. We highly recommend checking it out!
Lead image source: Raw Mushroom Lasagna With Zucchini Cheese