Protein on a Raw Food Diet
by Yuri Elkaim
people would think of when they hear about protein in a raw food diet. No matter
what variety of nut you choose, there is plenty of protein to help build a healthy
body. If you want to include more nuts in your diet, it is relatively simple to do. Most
people enjoy a handful of nuts as a handy snack, but they can be turned into a milk
to be mixed into a morning smoothie; crushed to make a great addition to any
salad; or ground down and dehydrated to make great raw breads and crackers.

Salmon might not be a food item that you would consider when you talk about raw
foods in the first place, but remember that there are two great options to eat salmon
on a raw diet. If you want to eat it completely raw, you can consume it as a sushi or
sashimi. If you prefer a more firm texture for your meats, you can consume salmon
as a cold-smoked food. Either way offers great taste, some highly beneficial fatty
acids, and of course, a great source of protein. If you want to add more salmon to
your diet, you can make raw crackers and a "cheese" ball, and have a delightful and
high-brow snack when company comes over.

Beef is another food group that many people forget when they talk about raw foods,
but there are a number of raw options for beef that allow you get the flavor and the
protein of red meat, without resorting to the damaging effects of cooking it. Many
people enjoy raw ground beef with a liberal dosing of lemon juice to "cook" the
meats chemically rather than with heat; another option is to consume it as a
thinly-sliced Carpaccio. Of course, many people chose to not consume any animal
products or by-products, so this option is not perfect for everyone.

Sprouts are another often overlooked source of protein in a raw food diet. Sprouts
can be grown from alfalfa, broccoli, chick peas, wheat and many other food items.
Special care must be taken when eating sprouts, as nearly every grown food can be
sprouted, but not every sprout should be consumed by people. Check before you try
to grow your own sprouts. Also, there are concerns regarding E-coli contamination
with sprouts, which means that extra caution should be taken when purchasing,
growing, handling and storing your sprouts

About The Author

Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and author of the ebook, Eating for Energy. Visit to get
started with his FREE "Energy Secrets" e-course and discover what your diet has
been missing.
There is an oft-held perception about
the raw food diet that you are going
to have to deprive yourself of a lot of
different and important areas of a
healthy diet, and if you are the
athletic type, number one on your list
of concerns is likely protein. After all,
without a solid supply of protein in
your diet, your athletic endeavors will
suffer the consequences. But fear
not, there are plenty of ways to eat
raw, get the protein you need, and
keep your sporting engine running at
maximum capacity.

Nuts are the first food item that most
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