Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guest Post on Raw Foods on the Go

One of the simplest ways to enhance health is to integrate raw foods into your diet. Developing a raw food diet plan can help ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs. And bonus: Many of the best raw foods are vegetables with powerful cancer-fighting properties.

But what about those of us who are busy? What are the best ways to get raw foods on the go?

If you think about it, raw foods are the original “on the go” foods. Many fruits and vegetables lend themselves to easy snacking. Nuts, too, are perfect for busy lifestyles. Here are a few tips for enjoying raw foods on the go:

  • A single serving of raw vegetables is about the size of your fist. For greens like spinach or kale, a serving is 2 cups raw. A single serving of these powerful greens is only 200 calories, and both are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients. Kale contains indoles, which may prevent a certain type of lesion from converting to cancerous cells. Spinach and kale can be easily prepped in advance as a salad – perfect for after the gym, a mid-walk lunch break at the park, or while working at your desk.
  • Consider broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. These vegetables can help battle breast cancer thanks to a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol. Raw broccoli is a versatile, portable snack that’s perfect on-the-go – try dipping it in peanut butter for a protein boost.
  • Foods high in B vitamins, such as raw nuts and seeds, can help battle thyroid disorder – a serious medical condition. Raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts and macadamia also provide much-needed monosaturated fats. Raw nuts are a great snack when you can’t get away from your desk – stash ‘em in a desk drawer for a mid-day power snack.
  • If you incorporate nuts into your diet, make sure they’re raw and not processed in oils. Avoid nuts that or have added salt or sugar, too. While many people feel raw nuts lack flavor, your taste buds will begin to recognize subtle flavors when you reduce salt and sugar intake.

Whether you choose nuts, veggies, or other raw snacks, a few minutes of prep work before you dash out the door will make enjoying raw foods on the go quick and easy.
Guest post by Natural Horizons Wellness Centers, an integrative wellness center in Fairfax, Virginia specializing in holistic and alternative cancer treatments.

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