A third of American adults eat fast food daily, putting them at risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other problems. Making raw versions of your favorite fast food is an easy way to enjoy treats without the excess calories, fat, sugar or salt. Whether you follow a raw food lifestyle or you just want to swap a couple of meals a week, raw versions of fast foods can make delicious, and crucially, healthy meals.
Gluten free, vegan pizza
Create your own supersize Italian feast to truly make it feel like a takeout treat with this delicious pizza. Start by making your pizza base by blending together 3 cups of diced zucchini, 2 ½ cups tomatoes, ½ cup red onion, 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds, 1 teaspoon of garlic and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a little kick. Spread the mixture onto a 20” lined round pan and place into your dehydrator for 9 hours at 110℉. Next, prepare the sauce, which is just as easy. It’s 2 tomatoes, ¼ cup red onions, ¼ cup green peppers and 1 garlic clove blended and then spread on top of your base. You can then top it with anything you like, such as spinach, avocado and peppers. A sprinkle of nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor, as well as providing lots of extra vitamins.
Super simple French fries
This is a really easy recipe for raw French fries that’s great when paired with another raw fast food or as a side dish. All you need is 2 root vegetables that can be eaten raw, such as daikon radishes, jicama, turnips or kohlrabi. Cut them into the familiar thin and long shape of French fries. Put them in a bowl or dish, and season them with whatever you fancy, such as a sprinkle of salt, some onion powder and a pinch of paprika. Leave them to marinate for at least an hour before serving, but preferably longer, as they’ll absorb more flavor and taste better.
Banana pancakes with coconut cream and fresh fruit
These sweet treats are perfect for dessert, breakfast or just because you fancy them. They need to be prepared in advance to give them time in the dehydrator. The pancake is made from just one ingredient: bananas. Take 700g or 5-6, ripe bananas, chop them up with a knife, and spread them onto a dehydrator tray in a pancake shape, placing parchment paper underneath. Put them in the dehydrator for 12-18 hours at 115℉, until they are soft but can be easily peeled from the tray. To make the coconut cream, blend 1 cup of dates, 1 cup of water, ½ cup of fresh coconut meat and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla powder. Top or fill your pancakes with it, and add fresh fruit.
Fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy, and raw food doesn’t have to be boring. Merge the two together for delicious meals, sides and sweet treats that can benefit your health instead of harming it.