Raw foods, especially raw fruits and vegetables, are also cooling and hydrating, so summer is the perfect time to enjoy a raw meal!
The main components of the raw food diet are fresh fruits and vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and various herbs, spices and seasonings. Nuts and seeds are soaked to make them more digestible, and whole grains are generally sprouted.
Many people who rely mainly on raw foods use dehydrators to make breads and crackers and to dry fruits and vegetables. Another kitchen tool that is held in high esteem among raw food eaters is the powerful Vita Mix blender. It is used for making raw soups, bean and grain purees and juices that also contain the fiber of the fruits and vegetables.
If you don't feel like making the commitment to a completely raw meal, including a nice salad or cooling soup as part of the meal will give you the benefits of the live foods.
For example, you could enjoy my delicious Creamy Carrot Soup with Cherry Tomato and Corn Salsa as an opening to any meal or as a light lunch. The first time I made this soup, I made it with carrot juice, but not everyone has a juicer and I actually prefer to include the whole vegetable, fiber and all. Blend it well, until you get a nice creamy consistency.