Are There Must Have Pantry Ingredients For A Raw Food Diet?

Ask A Question
Free Subscription
The Raw Food Blog

Making Your Life Easier

Raw Weight Loss And Vitality

Savory Dressings And Sauces

The Raw Lifestyle Ebook

Raw Food Coaching

The Vitamix!

Product Suggestions

The Basics

The Raw Food Diet

Escape Disease

Weight Loss

Success Stories

Andrew's Recipes

Reader Favorite Recipes

Raw Food Videos

Food Choices

Which Raw Foods

Fruit List

Cooking Damage


Fruit Handling

Fruity Locations

Harmful Diets


The Raw Lifestyle

Mind Over Matter

Caring For Yourself

Body Care


Improving The World

Save The Earth

Organic Gardening

Structuring Society

The Joys of Movement

Born To Run

Odds and Ends

Meet Andrew

What's New

Article List/Sitemap

Become An Affiliate

Advertise On This Site

Amazon Store

Contact Andrew

Support This Site

Good Books


Are There Must Have Pantry Ingredients For A Raw Food Diet?

Reader Question: My fiancé and I are beginning our raw lifestyle journey and we would love to know a couple of pantry/fridge staples for going raw!!!

We already have a dehydrator and a juicer and we have an organic produce box delivered every week! Thanks for taking the time to help us with our transition!

Andrew's Answer:

A healthy raw food diet doesn't match particularly well with traditional ideas about food storage because healthy food will rot quickly in your cupboard. Generally speaking, if it doesn't rot in a week or two, you probably don't want to eat it.

There are plenty of raw gurus out there who suggest you buy their expensive vitamin pills, supplements and super foods, fancy exotic salt, and other items that will last for years in your cupboards, but these are a waste of your money and your health.

Fruit Boxes

Similarly, you want to avoid raw oils, and severely limit your intake of raw nuts and seeds, which can wreak havoc on your system by flooding it with fat.

A Different Paradigm Of Eating:

For optimal health, you want to eliminate or severely limit all dehydrated food, the stuff that lasts a long time. If nothing else, these foods will rot your teeth.

What do you stock up on instead? Fresh fruits and vegetables will be your mainstay, and require a new kind of shopping and storage expertise.

To save money and eliminate wasted time, you'll want to start shopping wholesale.

When you've got a large amount of produce in your house, you'll have to start thinking about ripening it so it's ready when you need it.

Storing fruit properly also takes some thinking.

Some Exceptions:

Dates partially dry themselves out on the tree, and they can last several months in a cool, dry environment. They can also be frozen for later use in smoothies, etc.

Ripe bananas can also be frozen and used for "banana ice cream," or smoothies.

Although many people people may balk at me considering them a staple due to their size, watermelons will store for a surprising amount of time. I've eaten watermelons a month after purchase and the they were still great. I'm not sure just how long they'll last, but I talked to one farmer who said two and a half months.

I once bought a truckload from a farmer at the end of September when the watermelon season was ending and got to extend their availability out a bit. It was a nice way to enter the fall.

Following Up:

Lack of oils getting you down? Learn how to make delicious low fat raw dressings and sauces that will spice up your salads.

Learn how to eat a healthy raw food diet.

Figure out what foods are harmful and which are healthy.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Got A Raw Food Diet, Nutrition, Or Food Prep Question? Ask Away!.

Receive the free Raw Food Health Journal

Keep up to date with new articles from this site.

Enter your E-mail Address

Enter your First Name (optional)

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you The Raw Food Health Journal.


Copyright © | All rights reserved. Website design by Cre8ve Online
Click here for the mandatory privacy policy and terms of use, which you agree to by using this site.

Raw Food Health Site Build It