The height of summer, when you want to lighten up and feel more energized, is a great time to try raw foods. Raw cuisine combines uncooked, unprocessed fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and grains in delicious (and surprising) ways to make an energizing meal. The idea is to enjoy food in its purest form and never heat it above 116°F, which is thought to destroy nutrients and enzymes that support digestion.
There's plenty of debate on whether uncooked food is truly more healthful than cooked, but there's no denying that whole foods do a body good. This delicious menu offers an easy introduction to raw cuisine: Soaked seeds and nuts replace cooked grains and dairy products, while sea vegetables, sunflower sprouts, and avocados add flavor, texture, and nutrients galore.