It makes sense to think that eating all your food raw means your body is going to get more nutrients but it’s more complicated than that. There are steps involved to choosing the right foods, and getting the nutrients out of food in your stomach and delivered to the cells of your body. The soil the vegetables are grown in have been depleted of nutrients and need to be composted. A scientist said there may be usual cases when it’s easier for someone’s body to digest steamed vegetables rather than raw.
Food combinations are a vital component to getting the nutrition from food. Another scientist told me that the nutrients in salads need oil ingested with them in order for the body to get the nutrients. So the vinaigrettes are not allowing us to have the full amount of nutrients from the raw vegetables they are ingesting. Chewing the raw vegetables well so they are broken down before they reach your stomach is important. Be educated, get your body in good shape, take digestive tablets, find good sources for vegetables, and not think of avocados and olive oil based dressings as fattening. All good fats,in moderation of course, should not be thought of as fattening and therefore bad for you. A donut and a bag of french fries are bad for you and fattening because they are fried in saturated oils and they are made of white flour and white potatoes.
Mashed, scalloped and fried sweet potatoes was all I knew about when I ran across a recipe with raw grated sweet potatoes (who would have thought!). They look like grated carrots and will throw everyone off. You can grate the broccoli stems too. And try grated jicama.
Sweet Potato and Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
- mixed greens
- grated raw sweet potato (or yam)
- grated raw beet
Assemble salad ingredients of a plate and drizzle with dressing.
- 1/2 cup light olive oil (like Bertolli) or grapeseed oil
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Put all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.