This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked. Raw food is in fact packed full of simple proteins (amino acids) and other nutrients, which commonly are thought only to be found in animal products.
There are very few nutrients that can’t be found on a raw vegan diet (namely Vitamins B12, K2 and D). If you are vegan, supplementing these vitamins is an important consideration for your long term health. If you are happy to eat a few eggs a week and a little unpasteurized cheese (or have no intention of giving up animal products) then this needn’t concern you, unless you have a specific health issue that you are trying to heal.
If you ‘go raw’, the protein question is one that often gets asked by people who are sceptical of the health benefits of eating this way. It’s good to be able to give them an answer! Whether you are vegan or not, it is interesting to know which raw foods are high in which nutrients.
Protein: Sprouted pulses, Dark green leafy veg, Bee pollen, Seaweed and algae, Hemp seeds, Maca, Cacao, Goji berries
Carbohydrates: Fruit,Spouted pulses,Sweet potatoes,Squash, Sweetcorn, Raw buckwheat, Sprouted quinoa
Iron: Spirulina, Parsley, Spinach, Red fruit, Dandelion leaves
Omega Oils (EFAS/Essential Fatty Acids): Hemp seeds, Flaz/Linseeds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Spirulina
Calcium: Spirulina, Green leafy veg, Sesame seeds
After a life changing accident in 2004, Saskia decided to leave behind the world of fashion to focus on healing her body, mind and spirit through raw foods. The powerful effects of her own healing journey ignited her passion for passing on this knowledge to those seeking deep physical wellbeing and a greater sense of purpose and connection in life. Through her work as a raw food mentor and life coach she has helped many hundreds of people to experience vibrant health, energy, calmness, intuitive focus and shining self-confidence.
In 2008, Saskia created Raw Freedom as a way to share her passion and knowledge about raw food. Through her coaching programmes, workshops, retreats and books she shows you how eating a high raw diet is not about denying your pleasures but about giving yourself the gift of good health, clear skin, shining eyes, a body to feel great about and loads more energy. Raw Food is an amazing catalyst for change on all levels, increasing self-knowledge whilst vastly improving your physical and emotional experience of life. Saskia is living proof of the power of raw food.
Book: ‘Raw Freedom’. ‘Feel Great’ by Saskia Fraser