Nourishing the body can be a creative adventure. Today, I borrowed my mother's five tray dehydrator to attempt to make a few raw treats. Foods that are heated using temperatures below 115 degrees retain their enzymes, as well as their vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. This can be helpful when you are trying to eat more raw foods.
Eating a diet that is 51% raw gives a huge nutritional boost to the cells. While some foods are best eaten cooked in soups or other lower heat methods, raw foods, which most of us don't get enough of, are key to vibrant health.
Dr. Fuhrman states, "Eating lots of raw foods is a feature of a healthy diet. I always encourage people to eat more raw food. One of my common statements is — the salad is the main dish. Raw food is necessary for digestive efficiency, proper peristalsis and normal bowel function. Certain foods, especially fruit, avocado and nuts undergo significant change with cooking and are best eaten raw."
It can be a challenge to have raw food around the house without shopping regularly. In the winter months, fresh, organic produce is a bit more scarce. Dehydrating in season can be a great practice for having "living foods" available year round.
(Kale Chip recipe coming up...Read More)