WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Raw food

You may have heard of the raw food diet, but if you haven't investigated it, you might not know the meaning of the term. Raw food recipes consist of anything that is not cooked above 44°C (111 °F). Essentially, at this temperature the food you eat, according The Raw Food Kitchen, still has all of its enzymes intact, resulting in a healthier and more nutritious meal.

If you're looking for a new way to eat your fruits and vegetables, raw food cooking not only lets you play with texture and taste, but you'll also be able to make everything from snacks to dessert. And you won't be using a pan of any sort either — raw cooking uses blenders, food processors or dehydrators exclusively.

Sticking exclusively to a raw food diet can be very hard for newbies, particularly if you're not planning your meals in advance. But even opting for uncooked, unprocessed and often organic food once in a while can result in more fibre and vitamins in your diet. So why not try it out as a snack this week?

And in case you missed it, last week we packed dark chocolate.

WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:

Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chili powder
  • Cashews
  • Raspberry jam
  • Dates
  • Coconut
  • Maple syrup
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Nori rolls
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Garlic
  • Red onions
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Nut Butter
  • Honey
  • Cacao
  • Dates
  • Coconut oil
  • Quinoa
  • Pysllium husks
  • Zucchini
  • Chia seeds
  • Mixed herbs
  • Parsley

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  • Monday: Raw Chili Sweet Potato Chips

    Now, because raw food doesn't consist of "cooking" anything, these sweet potato chips are dehydrated instead. <a href="http://www.queenofquinoa.me/2012/03/alyssas-favorite-raw-snacks/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Queen of Quinoa here. </a>

  • Tuesday: Raw Raspberry Bars

    If you have a sweet tooth, try these raw raspberry bars made with jam, coconut and cashews. <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-raspberry-bars-recipe" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from The Rawtarian here. </a>

  • Wednesday: Raw Vegan Nori Rolls

    If you're a big fan of sushi, try this raw nori roll recipe made with cauliflower rice, guacamole and fresh vegetables. <a href="http://therawfoodsisters.com/2013/06/16/raw-vegan-nori-rolls/" target="_blank">Get the recipe from The Raw Food Sisters here. </a>

  • Thursday: Raw Caramel Candy Apple

    Everyone's favourite childhood carnival treat made the healthiest way possible. <a href="http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/02/oh-my-raw-caramel-apples-recipe.html#.Uv51q_ldXwg" target="_blank">Get the recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life here. </a>

  • Friday: Chia And Sprouted Quinoa Crackers

    This cracker recipe combines quinoa and chia seeds — talk about a superfood combination. <a href="http://therawfoodkitchen.com.au/recipes/chia-sprouted-quinoa-crackers/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from The Raw Food Kitchen here. </a>

  • NEXT: 5 dark chocolate recipes

Monday: Raw Chili Sweet Potato Chips
Now, because raw food doesn't consist of "cooking" anything, these sweet potato chips are dehydrated instead. Get the full recipe from Queen of Quinoa here.

Tuesday: Raw Raspberry Bars
If you have a sweet tooth, try these raw raspberry bars made with jam, coconut and cashews. Get the full recipe from The Rawtarian here.

Wednesday: Raw Vegan Nori Rolls
If you're a big fan of sushi, try this raw nori roll recipe made with cauliflower rice, guacamole and fresh vegetables. Get the recipe from The Raw Food Sisters here.

Thursday: Raw Caramel Candy Apple
Everyone's favourite childhood carnival treat made the healthiest way possible. Get the recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life here.

Friday: Chia And Sprouted Quinoa Crackers
This cracker recipe combines quinoa and chia seeds — talk about a superfood combination. Get the full recipe from The Raw Food Kitchen here.

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