Hi There. I’m Sarah Quinney Author of the best selling book Raw Food 4 Kids, which came from my passion of raw plant based food that is fun and easy to prepare, creative, nutritious and most importantly food that the whole family will enjoy!
I am the founder of this website, a go-to website with the latest information on raw food and vegan-based recipes. The site features delicious recipes and a free e-book and Nutrition Chart so you can empower yourself with the tools to make healthy changes in your families diet. I look forward to connecting with you through my social media site and maybe joining me for one of my very popular Raw Food Challenges!
What are Raw and Living Foods?
Raw and Living Foods are foods that contain enzymes. In general, the act of heating food over 116 degrees F destroys enzymes in food. All cooked food is devoid of enzymes. Raw foods also have higher nutrient values than the foods that have been cooked.
Are we 100% Raw?
Both Hamish and I have been 100% Raw at stages in our lives – Sarah discovered Raw Food in 2008 and was 100% Raw for 2 years and Hamish has was 100% Raw since 2007.
At present; we aim to eat a 95% Raw Vegan diet. And you can follow what we eat over on our facebook page. But the % figure is really irrelevant as it is not about percentages its about including any amount of Raw Food in your diet, be it one meal or two meals or all three a day! Any amount of nutrient-dense live foods is going to be good for you and your children.
We made a decision to stick to all Raw in our home and if we were out and there isn’t a raw option we compromise and will eat a vegan or vegetarian meal. That doesn’t mean we eat a burger and fries. It means that if we are out we will choose a salad or salad wrap in summer. And soup in winter something like that.
We like to call ourselves Raw Foodies as we live and breathe Raw Food and at some stages we will be 100% Raw and others 90% Raw. Balance is the key and what works for us may not work for another family.
Is Issy Raw?
Issy is not 100% Raw. She does, however, have a high percentage of Raw Foods in her diet. Most days she will eat 2 out of three meals Raw. These include Raw Green Smoothies, chia seed puddings, raw granola for breakfast. Raw snacks etc, raw wraps for lunch and she always has some raw veggie on her dinner plate.
What food does Issy eat?
I steam veggies, but I will also include some raw veggies in her diet. Issy has always eaten her fruit raw.
I make Raw crackers and Raw Bread for her. As she gets older I find that she naturally gravitates towards RAW and asks for more of it. At 20 months she now asks for her Greenie (green Smoothie) most days!
She has been having Raw juice and smoothies since the age of 7 months. She nearly always has some form of green in her diet daily.
She eats chia seed puddings or raw granola for breakfast made with almond milk and fruit. Fruit as snacks. lunch is often sprouted bread with avocado and or nut butter. Dinner is steamed veggies with a vegetarian protein like temp-eh and occasionally she will have eggs. The only grain I really cook for Issy is Quinoa. But check out the recipe section as if not all, most of these recipes have been eaten by Issy.
I find that for children and for Issy it is not my goal for them to be 100% Raw its about getting more Raw into their diet. My instinct did not want to raise Issy all raw at such an early age, I feel that her digestive system is to immature to deal with so many raw foods, and to raise her as a 100% raw vegan I would have had to heavily supplement her diet, and I did not want to do this. I also explain this in my book Raw Food 4 Kids
Food that Issy eats include cooked quinoa, buckwheat noodles, eggs and only because we have a family member who has free range very much loved organic feed chickens we also feed her eggs, i will often buy her spelt wraps for her child care once a week – as its a no nut policy!
We also place a small amount of Raw Food on her dinner plate with her veggies. As she grows I will continue to include Raw Foods in her diet and we aim to bring her up high Raw. She does not eat any form of animal meat or fish or dairy by-product such as milk,
Is there just one type of raw foodist?
There are many subcategories of raw foodists. Some include:
- Raw Foodist – People who consume mostly Raw Food.
- Fruitarian – People who consume mostly fruits.
- Sproutarian – People who consume mostly sprouts.
- Juicearian – People who consume mostly fresh juice.
What are the benefits of raw food?
Glowing and clear skin, weight loss, increased vitality and longevity. Raw foodists also say they don’t get sick as often with ordinary illness likes colds and don’t need as much sleep. Their energy levels are higher and don’t feel sluggish after meals.
Why is it important to choose organic foods?
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When eating raw though it is important to select organically grown produce. Organic foods are grown naturally, and generally taste better as nature intended. Compared to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are grown using pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals that can be harmful to your body and especially your childrens growing body.
Where do raw foodies get their protein?
I have never heard of anyone ever having a protein deficiency.
The World Health Organization says humans need about 5% of their daily calories to come from protein to be healthy. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. On average, fruits have about 5% of their calories from protein. Vegetables and nuts have from 10-25% of their calories from protein. Sprouted seeds, beans, and grains contain from 20-50% of their calories from protein. Numerous scientific studies have shown the daily need for protein to be about 25-35 grams per day. So if you ate 2,000 calories per day, and ate raw plant foods that had an average of 10% of their calories from protein, you would get 200 calories worth of protein, or 50 grams. This is more than adequate to support optimal well-being.
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