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Three healthy raw foods.

escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

! want to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I've decided to eat three servings a day raw. I'm not interested in juicing or buying anything exotic or making a salad -- just straight produce. So far I've decided an apple and a carrot or two are good choices, but stuck on a third. I already have green vegetables at dinner, so that's covered. Any suggestions?

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    wattacetti RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 11:49 AM


    Edit: why not make the third item whatever is really seasonal?

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      escondido123 RE: wattacetti Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

      Not something I'd just pick up and eat plain.

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      magiesmom RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 11:57 AM


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        escondido123 RE: magiesmom Dec 4, 2013 12:00 PM

        You would just eat a wedge of cabbage out of your hand?

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          Ama658 RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 02:41 PM

          I love cabbage, so... Yes :)

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            magiesmom RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 04:26 PM

            I do that often, or I put it in a wrap or use it as a wrap.
            Why do you want the same ones each day? It is far mor healthful to eat a variety?
            And why can't you make say a kale salad?
            I guess your premise eludes me.
            Are you interested in what is seasonal?
            I never eat tomatoes for instance in winter , as they suck.

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              escondido123 RE: magiesmom Dec 6, 2013 02:11 PM

              I cook seasonally every night. I decided to keep three raw fruits/vegetables in the frig that I would know would be there and could be taken and eaten on the fly. No prep, no plate, no silverware. Three more servings of low cal, good for me food without having to think about it. Don't see what is so odd about that.

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                magiesmom RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 04:11 PM

                It seemed odd that they are all the same all the time.
                I would get bored to death.
                But clearly this plan seems good to you.

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                  escondido123 RE: magiesmom Dec 6, 2013 04:29 PM

                  They will only be a small part of what I eat -- just trying to have something quick to snack on that won't go bad quickly. If this was all I ate, it would bore me to death too. There's lots of interesting eating in the evening.

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                  Gio RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 06:52 AM

                  In that case I see Apples as one of the fruits. No need to keep them in the fridge. I buy local apples all winter long from the farms, but our local Whole Foods is selling Massachusetts apples right now so that's convenient. Kiwi could be another fruit. A third might be avocado or even dried organic apricots.

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                almond tree RE: escondido123 Dec 5, 2013 12:10 AM

                A wedge of raw cabbage with some lemon juice & chopped dill is quite tasty.

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                  EWSflash RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 06:08 PM

                  I would.
                  shred some cabbage into a bowl, add some chopped cilantro, and stir in some raspberry viniagrette. It's one of those things that's way better than the sum of its ingredients.

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                    debbiel RE: escondido123 Dec 7, 2013 12:30 PM

                    I sure would!

                2. juliejulez RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 11:57 AM


                  Red bell peppers are good raw, just have to slice them up.

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                    escondido123 RE: juliejulez Dec 4, 2013 12:00 PM

                    A banana is high on the list.

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                      Caitlin McGrath RE: juliejulez Dec 5, 2013 03:38 PM

                      Honestly, I will just eat a whole red pepper out of hand. Call it laziness, but all it needs is washing. Start at the bottom, work your way up and around the "core" (stem and seeds/membrane).

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                        juliejulez RE: Caitlin McGrath Dec 6, 2013 07:30 PM

                        Oh for sure! I was just thinking sliced would be easier/cleaner to eat on the go... no seeds etc to worry about flying all over the place after the first few bites.

                    2. linguafood RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 12:02 PM

                      Cukes. Tomatoes. Celery (you can always dip).

                      1. biondanonima RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 12:11 PM

                        Fruit is easy - vegetables can be a little more challenging. I second the idea of red (or yellow/orange) bell peppers. I know they're technically a fruit, but they function like a vegetable. Same with tomatoes and cucumbers. I love raw fennel - slice it up and eat it like carrot or celery sticks.

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                          tastesgoodwhatisit RE: biondanonima Dec 5, 2013 12:18 AM

                          As an aside -

                          From a culinary perspective, peppers are a vegetable. If you start splitting up by fruit, etc, you'll find that nothing is actually a vegetable - tomato, cucumber and peppers are technically fruit, lettuce and cabbage are leaves, broccoli and cauliflower flowers, carrots and beets a root, okra a seed pod, celery a stalk, and so on.

                        2. chowser RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 12:35 PM

                          Something w/ a lot of color like pomegranates. If you want veggies, those baby peppers in a variety of colors.

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                            nemo RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 12:47 PM

                            If you don't mind a little pickling, you can do a quick cucumber pickle or a giardiniera. I think the vinegar might be a healthy addition to the mix.

                            Also, snow peas or sugar snaps.

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                              Ttrockwood RE: nemo Dec 4, 2013 03:28 PM

                              +1 sugar snap peas and snow peas!

                            2. MVNYC RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 02:08 PM

                              Cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, bell peppers, avocado

                              1. tcamp RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 02:17 PM

                                Celery sticks. Citrus.

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                                  Ama658 RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 02:52 PM

                                  Zucchini sticks, cucumber slices, asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower florets, snap peas, grape or cherry tomatoes.
                                  Kiwi fruit, clementines, strawberries, blueberries (we buy them frozen and defrost in the fridge), melons or pineapple if you're ok with cutting it up, pears.
                                  I love raw, straight up veggies... :)

                                  1. boogiebaby RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 02:54 PM

                                    Bell Peppers (the mini ones are great for snacking)

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                                      c oliver RE: boogiebaby Dec 6, 2013 05:18 PM

                                      I like jicama with lime juice, chili powder and salt.

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                                        mcel215 RE: c oliver Dec 8, 2013 06:43 AM

                                        C., do you grate the jicama? Thanks.


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                                          RWCFoodie RE: mcel215 Dec 8, 2013 01:39 PM

                                          Your question wasn't directed to me, but for jicama, I peel it & cut into fat sticks or slices, then squeeze on lime juice, sprinkle with chili powder & kosher salt. Yummy & low cal, if high sodium.....

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                                            Ttrockwood RE: mcel215 Dec 8, 2013 07:12 PM

                                            I've grated it into a slaw or a salad but usually just peeled and cut into sticks like celery. I like it sprinkled with seasoned rice wine vinegar or salt and pepper

                                      2. DuchessNukem RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 03:09 PM

                                        I cut up carrots, celery, sometimes beets into nibble-size sticks or slices, trim snap or snowpeas, cherry/grape toms, sometimes broccoli or cauliflower; generally 3-5 items of this list are prepped on an evening and placed into a large re-used salad clamshell. We snack out of this for several days since it tends to be 4-6#.

                                        I recommend it since it's always handy and easy to scoop from, there's a variety of choices, and I can further chop and add items to whatever I'm cooking. Maybe worth trying?

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                                          MrsPatmore RE: DuchessNukem Dec 4, 2013 04:00 PM

                                          This is a great idea, thanks for mentioning it. I did this same thing for years. Fell out of the habit. That's one habit that I need to resume!

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                                            c oliver RE: DuchessNukem Dec 6, 2013 05:19 PM

                                            I've never heard of eating raw beets!

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                                              magiesmom RE: c oliver Dec 6, 2013 07:54 PM

                                              They are very nice, if they have not gotten old and woody.

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                                                DuchessNukem RE: magiesmom Dec 6, 2013 11:19 PM

                                                Exactly, magiesmom. Just a touch of sweet; a bit of that "earthy/dirt" flavor that some folks dislike; crunch and chew. Plus the rings for visual and that striking red (or gold beets are lovely too). I highly prefer raw beets to cooked or pickled.

                                                (An aside: beets in large quantity will colorifically affect one's output. Both pathways. I'm trying to be discreet here lol but....)

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                                                  magiesmom RE: DuchessNukem Dec 7, 2013 02:09 AM

                                                  I like them raw and cooked.
                                                  Chiogas with their stripes are so gorgeous also.

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                                              Gio RE: DuchessNukem Dec 8, 2013 06:56 AM

                                              I used to make a crudites tray each night for the young folks in my family to nibble on before dinner as they'd come into the kitchen "just starving" and wanting dinner.

                                            3. Ttrockwood RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 03:27 PM

                                              Once a week i prep a ton of veggies. This time of year i roast everything- cold roasted veggies can be a great snack! I recently roasted a mix of brussel sprouts, carrots, butternut squash and yellow beets with about 2TB olive oil and salt and pepper.

                                              Raw veggies this time of year can be more limiting, all the previous suggestions are great- i love a spiced salt mix on raw veggies, or the japanese seaweed sesame salt blends.
                                              This time of year citrus is great- clementines, tangerines and oranges.

                                              At the end of the day whatever veggies you enjoy the most and will eat are the right ones.

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                                                MrsPatmore RE: Ttrockwood Dec 4, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                More inspiration! Thanks for sharing. I love roasted veg also. Sometimes add a little balsamic.

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                                                ferret RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                Celery. Easy, crunchy, essentially non-caloric.

                                                I personally love red grapefruit (Texas, not Florida -- there is a difference).

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                                                  nothingswrong RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 03:55 PM


                                                  (All convenient)

                                                  There are few things as delicious as a RIPE JUICY PEAR!
                                                  I used to eat a pear every day in boarding school and I don't know why people don't eat them more often.

                                                  Kiwis are fun and portable.

                                                  As for raw veggies:
                                                  I second the rec for snap peas!

                                                  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                    Celery is a great choice
                                                    But I love tomatoes (cherry or not).

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                                                      ohmyyum RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 04:12 PM


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                                                        1sweetpea RE: ohmyyum Dec 4, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                        Any veggies that you'd find on a crudite platter. You can make a light dressing if you aren't a lover of raw veggies plain. It's also not a crime to quickly blanch any veggies in lightly salted water that seem just a little too crunchy when completely raw. They'll be bright in color and less than parcooked, if you take them out after about 30 seconds and shock them in ice water

                                                        As for fruits, you are limited only by availability in your area and season. If there isn't much that's affordable or ripe, don't hesitate to investigate high quality IQF fruits in bags in the freezer section.

                                                      2. fldhkybnva RE: escondido123 Dec 4, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                        Spinach, it cooks down to literally nothing.
                                                        Bell peppers - SO sits around chomping on them as a snack
                                                        Broccoli - I like to just nibble on raw broccoli

                                                        1. WhatsEatingYou RE: escondido123 Dec 5, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                          Clementines or mandarin oranges, you can get a box of them pretty cheaply and they are super easy to peel and eat, and very mess free.
                                                          Grapes, wash them all when you get home from the store and just keep in a bowl in the fridge
                                                          Pears if you get sick of apples.
                                                          Veggie wise I agree with cucumbers...or buy the smaller pickling cukes and you won't even have to slice them.
                                                          Cherry/grape tomatoes are easy too.

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                                                            escondido123 RE: WhatsEatingYou Dec 6, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                            I like your choices. Had wonderful grapes at a potluck lunch yesterday so will certainly add them to the mix. Thanks.

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                                                            MrsJonesey RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                            Jicama makes a great snack.

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                                                              magiesmom RE: MrsJonesey Dec 6, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                              Or kohlrabi

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                                                              femmevox RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                              I love to bite into a raw white turnip, especially a baby one.
                                                              Radishes are a nice wake up call.
                                                              Fennel bulb sliced is crunchy and licorice like.
                                                              And how about mango? If you have a ripe one, almost always satisfying...

                                                              1. ipsedixit RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 07:26 PM


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                                                                  melpy RE: ipsedixit Dec 7, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                  My Persian friend and I eat sweet onions like apple wedges by the bag full. Great dipped in a yogurt dip to cut the spice.

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                                                                    ipsedixit RE: melpy Dec 7, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                    Totally underrated.

                                                                    Mostly because, I fear, Americans are eating bad onions.

                                                                    Their loss.

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                                                                      nothingswrong RE: ipsedixit Dec 8, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                                      Bad onions?

                                                                      When I was 16, my parents sent me to reformatory school. One of the school's ideas of a good time for us kids was to drop us off in the cold forest with some camping gear and leave us for a few days. We had one staff member stay behind--a 30-something year old pot head with a thick red beard.

                                                                      Every time a new naïve girl joined our school (and thus the camping trips), he'd sit us all around the fire late at night and pull an onion from his backpack. He'd start on this long poetic stoner rant about how onions are basically just the apples of the vegetable world. And he'd end it by saying that if you pinch your nose and eat an onion, it's got this incredible apple flavor. It was a very believable story. And after a few days in the woods, we were always hungry enough to eat anything remotely edible.

                                                                      So then he'd "randomly" pick the new girl to test out the apple thing. And they'd do it with much coaxing. And after a couple bites, they'd start tearing up and some of them would puke.

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                                                                        ipsedixit RE: nothingswrong Dec 8, 2013 06:22 PM


                                                                        Bad onion.

                                                                2. Scrofula RE: escondido123 Dec 6, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                  If this is about health, then getting plenty of variety is much better than eating the same three things every day. Why not have a whole bunch of options and rotate through them based on availability and appetite?

                                                                  - ANY fruit
                                                                  - Tomatoes
                                                                  - Celery
                                                                  - Radish
                                                                  - Cauliflower
                                                                  - Bell peppers

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                                                                    escondido123 RE: Scrofula Dec 7, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                    Tomatoes are not in season and raw cauliflower has no appeal for me. I do eat a variety of vegetables at dinner time (last night it was a big bowl of green beans with olive oil and salt followed by pasta with kale and bacon) but was looking for those I could eat out of hand during the day knowing that together they provide a good variety of nutrients and that they keep well in the frig.

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                                                                      MVNYC RE: escondido123 Dec 7, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                      Cherry tomatoes are pretty much the only tomatoes I eat off season. Good for snacking and they still retain a lot if flavor

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                                                                    autumm RE: escondido123 Dec 7, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                    I like sliced cucumbers and pepper strips to nibble on while I'm sitting in traffic. I cut them up and stick them in containers while I'm doing dinner prep so I'm set for a couple of days.

                                                                    I've been loving the clementines recently. Pears would be a good switch up from apples if you want a bit of variety.

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                                                                      rasputina RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                      corn, I basically only eat corn raw now it's so good.
                                                                      fresh garden peas

                                                                      1. hotoynoodle RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                        has anyone mentioned daikon? i love it.

                                                                        grapefruit, tangelos.

                                                                        cruciferous vegetables can be a challenge to digest when raw and some vegetables become more bio-available when cooked. raw isn't always better.

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                                                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: hotoynoodle Dec 8, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                          <some vegetables become more bio-available when cooked.>

                                                                          Maybe that is the point. Eat to make you feel full, but you absorb nothing.

                                                                        2. ninrn RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                          Avocado, maybe? A little salt and lime juice, and you can just spoon it out of each half. Alternately, it's pretty good topped with some raw honey.

                                                                          Endive, the Belgian kind, or raddicchio, with a little shmear of cream cheese, goat cheese, salad dressing or hummus in the spears/cups.

                                                                          Roll a stack of Romaine leaves around cheese slices or lunch meat.

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                                                                            ipsedixit RE: ninrn Dec 8, 2013 06:23 PM


                                                                          2. greygarious RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                            The bioavailability of carrot's nutrients is much better if they are cooked. Ditto for the lycopene in tomatoes.

                                                                            Since you want things to eat out of hand, dried fruit should be considered but you need to limit the portion to what you'd eat raw - e.g, a couple of plums, which means two prunes, not a large fistful. If you make a point of drinking 8 or more ounces of water along with your portion of dried fruit, it will fill you up.

                                                                            Pears, like apples, have a lot of fiber. For less messy eating, Bosc pears are generally less drippy than other prominent varieties.

                                                                            I have a hard time eating celery plain, but a thin bead of ranch dressing down the gully, or dipping just the end before each bite, and it goes down easy.

                                                                            Melon, in season, can be cut into chunks to keep in the fridge. Ditto pineapple, which is always in supermarkets - I buy it, regardless of season, when it's perfumey.

                                                                            If you can make an exception to the out-of-hand rule, you can always shred whatever veg appeals to you and make slaws, which can be mixed with any salad dressing you like, or just sweetened vinegar and water. The vinegar keeps the slaw from spoiling, though the veggies do get soft after a few days. As a fermented food, vinegar is very healthy, and it lowers the glycemic index of the food it's eaten with. Since I try to have at least one portion of legumes daily, I often include cooked beans in my random slaws. It did not take long before I came to prefer accompanying a sandwich or burger with slaw than with chips or fries.

                                                                            1. pikawicca RE: escondido123 Dec 8, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                              red pepper
                                                                              sugar snaps
                                                                              grape tomatoes


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