Raw food restaurants have increased in number over the past 10 years, as more people seek healthier diets and lifestyles. Raw food restaurants (also called “living food” restaurants) serve no cooked foods. Instead, they serve an assortment of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains–including uncooked desserts, raw pizza, living “lasagna” and more. Surprisingly, raw food tastes good–and best of all, it’s good for you. Feel free to visit soup and salad for additional information.
Currently there are 262 “living food” restaurants worldwide–however, this number also includes a handful of vegetarian restaurants that are partially raw (restaurants that serve both cooked and raw selections). Raw vegan restaurants use several tools to prepare food for customers: a food processor, a high-powered blender, juicers, and variable-temperature dehydrators, among others. Other common tools include a mandoline (for slicing vegetables and fruits), and a “spiralizer” for creating spaghetti-like noodles from zucchini and squash vegetables.
Absolutely no microwaves, ovens, or stoves are used. This is done to preserve the live enzymes presents in all uncooked food. Live enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked beyond 114 degrees Fahrenheit. Meals are prepared from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and sprouts. Local and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Eating fresh, healthy foods in their natural state (uncooked) has helped many people lose weight, recover from illness, and overcome allergies. Others find that uncooked, unprocessed foods provide large amounts of energy and nutrients.
The “raw” trend has picked up steam in recent months, spawning “gourmet raw chefs” and raw vegan cooking schools. Even classic chefs are visiting these unique restaurants to discover a cuisine that offers surprising diversity, flavor and texture. Eating naturally grown produce, fresh from the Earth, offers a wide array of benefits from natural weight loss to increased energy and longevity.