What I like about raw food, apart from the lightness and energy it gives, that it can be ridiculously easy to make a meal. It is so quick and simple that you don’t have to prepare a whole batch at once (unless you want to) and prepare every meal as the time comes, so it is fresh. What I love even more is how fresh those meals taste. There is such a broad spectre of flavours to explore that you can virtually try new meals every day and even all three times a day.
With raw food you can go mono – which means eating only one type of vegetable or fruit for one meal, or you can mix and match whatever you want in smoothies, soups and salads. Smoothies, although not completely explored, are pretty much set to me; salads, I have eaten so many different salads in my life, raw and not-so-raw, that I am not too much interested in them. Raw soups, on the other hand, are very new to me and I am planning to explore them while the weather’s nice. It is much more pleasing to ear raw cold soups in summer weather than on cold winter days, right?
With my today’s recipe I am partly grateful to my friend, who made this a vegetable smoothie for our 3 Day Green Smoothie challenge. Now I am adapting this smoothie as a soup with a couple additions.
Cold Garden Vegetable Soup
For 1 serving:
- 1 medium to large Tomato
- 1/2 of a Cucumber, peeled
- 1/2 small Courgette, peeled
- 1/2 Bell Pepper, yellow or red
- 1 Avocado
- Sea salt, to taste (optional)
- Handful of bean and lentil sprouts (optional)
Chop all the ingredients into smaller pieces and blend in a food processor or with a hand blender, until smooth. Season with salt if you want. I found it nice without seasonings. Garnish with sprouts for some protein.
So I guess even this little recipe shows how easy it is to assemble a meal for lunch or dinner, it takes no more than 10 minutes. And it’s always fresh and full of precious vitamins and minerals. I am not sure yet myself how long I’ll stick to this High Raw Diet (we’re talking at least 85-90% raw!), but I love it and cannot deny the benefits of this diet and lifestyle. What I am not sure about as how to survive on a high raw diet in winters when you long for comfort foods while it’s all wet and grey outside and when there are not so many ripe fruits available in the markets. But I’ll worry about it as it comes. For now, even of just for summer, I am going to enjoy my new extremely healthy and nourishing way of eating.