Do you want to eat more fruits and vegetables, but the cold weather is putting you off? Well you’re not the only one. Many people find it difficult to eat and drink cold foods in winter. But you can still enjoy all the benefits of raw food during the winter without having to drink freezing green juices or iceburg lettuce straight from the fridge. All you need is warming raw foods.
A few days ago I had a conversation with a lovely young lady during our Free Naturally You Planning Session (you can book your free session with me here). During which, she said she wanted to eat more fruit and veg.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me – Do you have a smoothie maker or blender?
Lovely Young Lady – Yes, I do.
Me – Do you make smoothies?
Lovely Young Lady – Yep
Me – Ok, so can you start making a smoothie every morning before work and have it with 2 pieces of fruit?
Lovely Young Lady – No
Me – Why wouldn’t you want to try that?
Lovely Young Lady – I can’t drink cold drinks and foods straight from the fridge in the mornings,
Me – Oh I see, you know you can have them warm, you don’t need to have them straight from the fridge, I very rarely have cold fruits and vegetables or smoothies and juices, even in summer. Here’s how you can warm them up…
I realised during this call that this is a challenge many people have, and I remembered that I had even created an infographic to help people with this very challenge, so I thought I’d share it again, with a bit more about these warming raw foods below.
Here are 13 ways to get more warming raw foods into your life this winter, to stay warm without cooking all your food:
- Ginger & Garlic – These circulation stimulating ingredients are spicy in natural, but not too strong if used in small amounts. Ginger can add warmth and heat to smoothies, juices and even sauces and desserts, while garlic can be added to most savoury sauces, crackers, snacks and soup recipes.
- Cayenne & Hot Peppers – If you really want to crank up your circulation and break into a slight sweat even, get a hot spicy kick by adding cayenne pepper or hot peppers to your raw foods. Whether it’s half a scotch bonnet pepper blended into a butternut squash and tomato soup or a sprinkle of chilli flakes or cayenne pepper on your salad leaves, you choose how much you can handle and go for it.
- Coconut, Nut & Seed Milks – These high fat drinks can be made with warm water to create a room temperature beverage that can be filling, nourishing and won’t drop your body temperature.
- Kale Salad – Kales leaves can be used to make a salad instead of the higher water content leaves (like spinach and lettuce), which you can finely chop, massage in some salt and olive oil, top with chopped tomatoes, cumin, cayenne pepper and dried herbs even, for a filling room temperature salad in minutes.
- Green Smoothies – If you’re used to green juices, then why not switch to green smoothies during the colder months instead, which you can add a tablespoon of coconut oil and a knob of ginger to, to warm them up more.
- Porridge & Granola – These are great breakfasts that you can make with warm water and add cinnamon, pimento, nutmeg and other warming spices too.
- Curries, Nut Cheeses & Pates – If you want something to add to your main meal or to snack on, a raw curry sauce, some nut cheese or seed pate is ideal. You can normally make them in bulk and keep them in the fridge, then take them out 10mins before use, so they get to room temperature before you eat them. You can make them with peppers or warming spices to add to the creamy warmth they already have.
- Coleslaw & Dips – Using a cashew or almond mayonnaise to pour over grated carrots, cabbage and white onions, gives you are rich warming side dish or in a bigger portion, an entree that is filling, warming and yummy.
- Soups warmed to hand heat – There are so many varieties or vegetables you can blend together with warm water, oil and seasonings to make a warm hearty soup, which can make you forget it’s even raw.
- Vegetable spaghetti – To replicate the cooked wheat spaghetti, you can use a potato peeler and a knife or a special spiraliser tool to create vegetable spaghetti, which you can then cover in a spaghetti sauce of your choice, from a raw tomato marinara or an oily pesto or even a creamy cashew or macadamia nut alfredo sauce, which can be so similar to the cooked version that it becomes a favourite.
- Dehydrated breads, crackers & snacks – To create really rich and flavoursome raw foods, you can use a machine called a dehydrator, to gently warm and remove the water from foods, in the same way raisins or dried mango are dehydrated, all without getting them hotter than 30 degrees celsius where nutrients start being destroyed . So again, who said raw food have to be cold?!?
- Root Vegetables – As these are less water rich than salad vegetables, they are a great choice in the winter, if you’re looking for something to grate into salads or blend into soups.
- Sprouted beans, lentils & grains – Possibly the most protein rich raw vegan food you can find are sprouts, so it’s great to eat more of them all year round, but as they are generally less water rich than most salad vegetable, just like root vegetables, they can be the basis of salads and sprinkled onto other foods for a room temperature nutrient booster.
I hope you found today’s article useful, please feel free to share it on your social networks or via email.
If you have any other warming raw foods you’d like to share, or any comments or questions, please post them in the comments below.
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Take care and stay healthy
The Naturally You Coach
About the Author: Leah Salmon, The Naturally You Coach, is a best selling author of 6 books, editor of The Naturally You Magazine, founder of Amun University, a whole foods and personal development coach, raw food workshop teacher and homeschooling mother of 6. Leah helps culturally focused mothers of colour create a nourished and fulfilled life, using personalised dieting planning with whole foods and her signature 7 step Naturally You Coaching program and M.A.M.A circle. Join her FREE mailing list in the yellow box on the right of the page to get a Free Top Ten Health Boosting Recipes Book