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The Raw Food Movement: Ready For The Mainstream?

leaf cuisineThe ultimate fringe food culture sexes it up for the mainstream…
—from Raw Food Chat

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Earlier this morning I had an epiphany about Whole Foods, that hip, expensive place that’s pretty much the ONLY supermarket where I can buy organic, raw vegan foods in mass quantities.

Yes, I think its time has come, that the Raw Food Movement is ready for the mainstream.

Not Just A Fringe Group Anymore

Formerly a “fringe” group of vegans intent on going that additional step toward a 100% raw food diet, raw foodists (or raw vegans) are beginning to benefit as large health food companies like Whole Foods is really beginning to embrace the whole raw food movement completely.

I recently have been able to buy organic raw vegan meals at Whole Foods. Mainly courtesy of Leaf Cuisine. And, being a raw vegan who’s been having trouble creating my own raw gourmet dinners at home, it’s a blessing that now Whole Foods offers a more complete experience for the raw vegan, and not just organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Leaf Cuisine Does Good

Leaf Cuisine seems to be the main supplier of organic raw vegan meals, averaging between $5 to $10 per entree. Available meals include: Raw Vegan Pad Thai, Rawsagna (yes, a raw version of Lasagna!), Bombay Burrito, Veggie Sun Burger with Salsa, and Falafels with Tahini Sauce… all raw, vegan (vegetarian with no animal products), and 100% certified organic!

Raw Caesar’s Salad Dressing

One item that’s a “godsend” for raw vegans is Leaf Cuisine’s raw caesar salad dressing! I’ve tried it and it’s delicious, though it doesn’t really taste like traditional caesar salad dressing with the anchovies of course. I mean, where else can one get a raw vegan caesar’s salad dressing that’s certified organic?

Availability Of Raw Vegan Meals on the Rise

Anyway, knowing that there is a growing availability of raw food meals out there is very reassuring for someone like myself who’s been struggling with creating my own gourmet meals at home. Of course, nothing wrong with the big hearty garden salad. You can always add whatever raw ingredients you’re in the mood for at the moment. But it’s good to know there are more choices out there.

[ This post is my contribution to RBJ’s April Collaboration Project… in connection with Earth Day ]



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

10 COMMENTS
  1. Wendi Dee

    Wow! I usually shop at a local food co-op, but I’m going to call the local WF to see if they are carrying the raw meals here in Pittsburgh, as well! I hope they are!! Thanks for sharing the information!

    Nice blog, by the way. I found you by searching for “raw food” on Twitter. 😉

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi Dee
    XOXO

  2. Wendi Dee

    Wow! I usually shop at a local food co-op, but I’m going to call the local WF to see if they are carrying the raw meals here in Pittsburgh, as well! I hope they are!! Thanks for sharing the information!

    Nice blog, by the way. I found you by searching for “raw food” on Twitter. 😉

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi Dee
    XOXO

  3. tokyorose

    oh maaaan, i miss whole foods!

    actually, they opened a branch in london recently (if you thought they were pricey in the US, btw…), and i hand out shopping lists to anyone who happens to travel between there and here. but i’d love to have a browse myself, and check out what’s new since i lived in the US myself…

  4. tokyorose

    oh maaaan, i miss whole foods!

    actually, they opened a branch in london recently (if you thought they were pricey in the US, btw…), and i hand out shopping lists to anyone who happens to travel between there and here. but i’d love to have a browse myself, and check out what’s new since i lived in the US myself…

  5. Wendi Dee

    I called and had to talk with so many different people. Then the one guy said, “Hold on. We have a raw specialist here and he’ll know if we carry it, or not.” They have a RAW SPECIALIST?! I’m soooo going to visit Whole Foods again sometime soon, after shopping at the food co-op.

    Anyway, the specialist said they don’t carry it. He wanted to talk about all the raw foodist who work there, about how many raw foodists come into the store, etc., but no…they don’t carry any prepared raw foods. 🙁

    That’s okay. I’m headed to California before the end of the year and I’ll have access to soooo much more!

    Thanks for sharing the info!

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

  6. Wendi Dee

    I called and had to talk with so many different people. Then the one guy said, “Hold on. We have a raw specialist here and he’ll know if we carry it, or not.” They have a RAW SPECIALIST?! I’m soooo going to visit Whole Foods again sometime soon, after shopping at the food co-op.

    Anyway, the specialist said they don’t carry it. He wanted to talk about all the raw foodist who work there, about how many raw foodists come into the store, etc., but no…they don’t carry any prepared raw foods. 🙁

    That’s okay. I’m headed to California before the end of the year and I’ll have access to soooo much more!

    Thanks for sharing the info!

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

  7. Penni

    Great blog! I live in Tulsa, OK…so we are behind the curve apparently, but al least we have the only Whole Foods in the state! I’ll keep rallying for some Leaf Cuisine here in our neck of the woods!

    Thanks for the tip!
    Penni

  8. Penni

    Great blog! I live in Tulsa, OK…so we are behind the curve apparently, but al least we have the only Whole Foods in the state! I’ll keep rallying for some Leaf Cuisine here in our neck of the woods!

    Thanks for the tip!
    Penni

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