Whether one is vegan or not, there is a strong likelihood that we are already consume a small to significant portion of our food each day that is raw…and we are certainly not talking about meat. We are talking about fruits and veggies, seeds, nuts, and some grains. I have not really calculated how much of my normal diet is raw…but I figure it is somewhere in the 25-33% range. I do admire those who subsist on a totally raw vegan diet and there are some definite benefits to it. I decided that I was going to set aside one month to do a 100% raw vegan experience. So for this month of August I am going to be blending some drinks, eating raw out on the town, as well as trying out some raw food recipes at home and sharing my experiences here for you. I love little adventures…
The basic idea is to eat raw, whole foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees, providing the body optimal nutrition and living enzymes. Among the benefits of a raw foods diet are weight loss, more energy, better digestion, and major improvements in mental clarity. I guess we could all use a little more help in that area…smiles. I started out my first day with a great fruit-blended drink of watermelon, strawberries, apples, and bananas with a little spinach thrown in for good measure. I had a couple of snacks during the day of some hummus, carrots, and also some apple slices. I took a break and stopped by Go Raw Cafe…which is somewhere that I will definitely be visiting more of this month at one of their two locations. Their Eastside location is actually closer to my home and office but I was on the Westside and went to their restaurant in The Lakes.
It was a beautiful day to hang out and eat near the water and enjoy the goodness of the food in front of me. I love the raw “pizzas” at Go Raw Cafe and decided to have the Mediterranean Pizza. On a living, buckwheat crust was raw organic hummus, sprouted pumpkin seeds, greek olives, mixed greens, diced tomatoes, tabouleh, bell peppers, and sprouts. You just try and keep as much of that on the crust as you possibly can and then just go for it. What falls off you just get to enjoy with a fork. They are very enjoyable to eat. A half pizza consists of four pieces which is more than enough for one person.
There is no doubt that this is going to be a great learning experience for me and I know that they end result will perhaps be a high percentage of raw foods incorporated into my regular diet. I already know that I will never be completely raw vegan, but I figure that anything more than what I am already doing will be of benefit for me. Mental clarity….here we come.
Go Raw Cafe
2910 Lake East Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
2381 E. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV. 89123
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sun 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.