With health science documenting new benefits of eating food raw, more and more people are discovering the wonders of uncooked vegetables.
One medical study has show that eating raw food can reduce hypertension and lead to weight loss.
Other research has shown that raw vegetables are rich not only in vitamins and minerals, but also in enzymes, natural sugars and trace elements. They help stabilize and normalize natural bodily functions.
Listed here are ten veggies you will certainly want to include uncooked in your Paleo meals:
- Cucumbers – These make a great snack or salad item, extremely low in calories and high in vitamins A, C, and folic acid. The outer skin contains magnesium, silica, molybdenum, and potassium, too.
- Bell Pepper – Recommended varieties are red, yellow and orange. The green version is typically immature and can be difficult to digest.
- Broccoli Florets – An acquired taste for those used to the cooked variety. Chop them up in small pieces when starting out.
- Carrots – Can you say “beta-carotene?” Carrots are a super snack food, sweet from natural sugars and full of vitamin C, too.
- Celery – Chewing celery uses up more calories than it puts in. High in dietary fiber, it’s versatile for salads, as sticks on a veggie tray, or munched alone with a touch of sea salt.
- Leafy Vegetables – Not just for salads; they also make great wraps as a healthy substitute for tortillas or breads. Try raw spinach, as well as all varieties of lettuce and cabbage.
- Snap Peas – Another delicious addition to salads, these so-called “snow peas” are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
- Sprouts – It is easy to grow sprouts at home: bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts, lentil sprouts, and more. Try adding them to sandwiches as well as salads.
- Summer Squashes – These include both yellow squash and zucchini, which can be juiced as well as sliced, chopped, julienned, or coarsely grated for eating raw.
- Radishes – Whether sliced in salads or eaten whole, radishes bring the heat to eating food raw. Try daikon (Japanese long radish) for variety.
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