For many, a raw foods diet is a very strange thing and many people just seriously don’t know what to eat during a Dherbs.com cleanse.
What Kind of Lettuce Should I Use?
Always use Romaine, Green, or Butter lettuce.
These kinds of lettuce have more chlorophyll and nutrients in them compared to iceberg lettuce, which should never be eaten. Iceberg lettuce is grafted, man-made! It is called iceberg lettuce because it was made to grow in and withstand cold weather, even snow. Iceberg lettuce contains no nutrients whatsoever.
What Kinds of Vegetables Can I Add To My Salad?
As long as the vegetables are raw and eaten raw, you can add whatever you like to the salad, such as spinach leaf, carrots, radish, bok choy, parsley, cabbage, etc. Be inventive!
If you are strict in regards to not eating grafted foods, avoid eating carrots, which are grafted. However, know that most fruits and vegetables in the United States today are grafted. So if this is important to you, you may need to start growing your own vegetables.
What Kinds of Fruits Can I Add To My Salad?
When it comes to mixing fruits with vegetables, there are very few exceptions to the rule, because in accordance to the laws of fruit combining, fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together. The exceptions to the rules are tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and avocados.
The best tomatoes to use in your salad are organic Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and vine tomatoes.
The best olives to use are Kalamata olives. The worst are green olives with pimientos. Some commercial companies use synthetic pimientos, so know where your stuffed green olive comes from. Green olives’ brine contains many unhealthy ingredients including white salt.
Make sure your cucumbers are not waxed. If they are, cut off the outer skin before slicing them. Look for organic cucumbers too. Organic is always best!
Can I Add Nuts, Seeds, Beans, and Legumes To My Salad?
Yes. Consider adding soaked garbanzo beans, soybeans, red beans, and/or lentils to their salad. Others add sunflower seeds.
Again, be inventive and do what you like just making sure everything is raw. Soaked beans and lentils are still raw. As long as a thing is not cooked, it’s raw. To learn more about raw foods, read our article “What Is Raw Foods”
Lastly, make sure any seeds or nuts you use in your salad are unsalted, unless sea salt is used.
Can I Add Vegan or Vegetarian Cheese To My Salad?
No. Not in your salad while detoxing or performing a cleanse. Vegan and vegetarian cheeses are processed and therefore not classified as raw.
Can I Add Eggs To My Salad?
No. Eggs are not raw and plus, they derive from chickens. One of the purposes of detoxing is to remove animal by-products from the system. If you’re craving protein, there’s plenty of fruit and plant-based proteins to satisfy you.
Can I Add Salad Dressing To My Salad?
A helpful “detox” salad dressing recipe is to mix extra virgin olive oil (1 cup), apple cider vinegar (2-3 tablespoons), lemon juice (from half a lemon), sea salt (1/2 teaspoon), and/or herbal seasoning (season to taste) in a blender and mix for 30-60 seconds and then pour on your salad. There are a few commercial salad dressings that can be used during a detox:
- Follow Your Heart
- Na Soya
These salad dressing brands are usually available in good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Erewhon (Los Angeles, CA), Nature Mart (Los Angeles, CA), Simply Wholesome (Los Angeles, CA), Papa John’s (Long Beach, CA); Sevenanda (Atlanta, GA), New Frontier (Sedona and Flagstaff, AZ), PCC Natural Markets (Seattle, WA), and Natural Grocers (Northern California) to name a few. Make sure your commercial-bought salad dressing contains no eggs, distilled vinegar, sugar, salt, or MSG.
Can I use Herbal Seasoning or Spices on My Salad?
Of course. Herbal seasoning is made from herbs, but still read the ingredients on the label. Though not a seasoning or spice, but sea salt may also be used on your salad if you like. And so can Bragg Liquid Aminos. Avoid soy sauce!
Can I Add Croutons To My Salad?
No. Croutons are a refined grained and are processed. Avoid them until your cleanse is finished.
Can I Add Vegan Bacon Bits To My Salad?
No. Vegan versions of Bacon Bits (‘Un-Bacon Bits’) are processed and thus not raw. Avoid them while on your cleanse. You can eat as much salad as you like to get the job done while you’re detoxing or performing another Dherbs.com cleanse/regimen. Thank you for reading!