As one of the most popular diets today, the raw food diet consists of uncooked and unprocessed foods including raw vegetables, fruits, sprouted grains, and nuts. One of the biggest challenges of a raw food diet is tackling the prospect of eating out away from home.
- Choose A Raw-Friendly Location
The first step to guaranteeing a successful eating out experience is to choose the right restaurant. Restaurants with an abundance of salad choices or fruit and vegetable smoothies are a great place to start. In today’s digital world, it is easier than ever to look up restaurant menus prior to choosing a restaurant so that you can find a restaurant with a variety of raw food ingredients.
- Research The Menu Ahead Of Time
Once the location is chosen, it is advised to spend a little time perusing the menu to familiarize yourself with meal options. Arriving at the restaurant prepared and well-informed will help ensure a more positive experience. It is important to go beyond merely looking at the printed menu choices. By looking through all of the menu items to identify ingredients used in other dishes, you can expand your choices beyond the formal menu. For example, if the standard dinner salad on the menu looks too plain but you notice avocado used in another dish, the restaurant should be able to easily add some avocado to the salad to enhance the flavor and make the salad a main dish.
- Speak Up And Substitute
Lastly, do not be afraid to advocate for yourself. As a paying customer, you have the right to choose the ingredients that you want in your meal. Now is the time to be creative! Do not be afraid to ask for substitutions or additions to make your meal raw food compliant and appealing to your tastes.
With the right amount of research, preparation, self-advocation, and creativity, it is possible to eat a healthy raw food meal away from home and come away satiated and happy.