View Full Version : What can I drink while raw?
03-01-2008, 07:56 PM
I'm doing a 90 days raw foods feast. Other than water, rejuvelac, kombucha and smoothies, what can I drink? What about natural sodas like Izze? herbal tea etc..? I don't want to drink anything that will siginifcantly mitigate the effects of taking in 100% raw foods. If my foods are 100% raw and I drink herbal teas, fruit juices and Izze sodas, am I no longer 100%? Please reply. I'm thirsty and getting bored with my current offerings (lol)!
03-01-2008, 08:09 PM
I sometimes drink herbal teas. If you don't want them hot, just put the bags in cold water from the tap and make a "moon" version as opposed to sun tea. Just let it set overnight, add ice and whatever sweetner you use and you have iced tea. Also, try adding fruit to your water, like lemon, lime, strawberries or whatever. If I am really craving soda, I get carbonated water like 365 from Whole Foods or Peligrino or something like that and add the same as to plain water. It probably isn't the best choice but is better than succumbing to the craving for soda.
Hope that helps.
03-01-2008, 08:09 PM
I love water with flavored stevia. It's just like drinking the flavored bottled waters I used to drink before I found out how bad artificial sweeteners were.
My favorite drink is fresh lemon juice, grape stevia and water. May not sound good but its great!
The next time I make almond milk I'm going to add the root beer stevia and see if it tastes like a root beer float!
03-01-2008, 10:33 PM
Speaking of drinks, what sort of alcohol can you drink? I like the occasional glass of wine or two, and beer, but can abstain from that pretty easily. I guess no cocktails, either?
03-01-2008, 10:39 PM
I make soda with a few table spoons of lime juice, equal amount of agave and sparkling mineral water. Conceivably, you could do it with ginger, lemon juice, crushed mint, anything that takes your fancy!
03-02-2008, 06:42 AM
Opinion: Don't get focused on 'raw'. Think fresh, raw, unprocessed plant foods. The closer you are to this - the more vital and optimal (in my experience/opinion). Beyond that, ANY drink or food that helps you get closer to YOUR raw goal is a good thing. The posts above are spot on. If you want all-raw drinks: fresh juices, smoothies, and water should be fine.
-David Z. Mason
03-02-2008, 08:22 AM
I wouldn't recommend drinking ANY sodas that come in a bottle, even all natural ones like izzie.
Make your own soda out of natural sparkling water, juice, some raw sweetener (agave, stevia, honey, or blended up dates in water), and a tiny pinch of salt.
Herbal teas are also OK. Make sure you buy ones that don't contains artificial flavorings or lecithin. Just read the ingredients. Let the tea cool down to just slightly warm before you drink it. Drinking and eating hot foods actually kills your taste buds. As you eat raw and avoid hot foods/drinks, you will grow lots of new taste buds, and your raw food will taste amazing. This will make it much easier to stick to raw, as it will taste way better than any cooked food ever did.
Another nice drink is raw "hot" cocoa. Heat some water up to 100 degrees F, add some raw sweetener and some cacao and enjoy.
03-02-2008, 07:53 PM
I love to squeeze a whole lemon, add it to bottled water and add some agave to sweeten. It's yummy!
03-02-2008, 08:11 PM
A smoothie made with mostly green grapes is great too. Somehow, the grapes make it seem like drinking a soda with bubbles. I'm going to try it next with just water and lime and see if it tastes like 7up. :D
03-03-2008, 06:59 AM
03-03-2008, 09:12 AM
Any type of fresh juice, nut mylks and my all time favorite.....water. Really, when I'm thirsty I just want a good old drink of water.
03-18-2008, 11:26 AM
wine is raw. its best to get some organic wine. i know lots of people say "no alcohol." but i don't think its a big deal. its just like drinking vinegar. also, why would they serve wine at raw restaurants if it was so terrible?
03-18-2008, 11:49 AM
Yay Jackie! I am totally with you. Being that I am of Italian and French heritage, I have been drinking wine since I was around 5 or 6 (not a lot obviosuly) and it is absolutely raw. If you are personally uncomfortable with alcohol or feel it is bad for you then by all means, cut it out. If however this doesn't bother you, rest assured that you can enjoy a delicious sauvingon-blanc with figs and raw cashew cheese drizzled with a little honey and a tart cherry sauce.
Also, there are the milks: nut milks, seed milks, etc.
I also like to make sparkling sodas out of fruit juices and honey and sparlking water. Try juicing some pears and putting the juice in a glass pitcher, crush some mint leaves and 3 or 4 rosemary leaves and add sparkling water. If needed add a touch of honey or agave for sweetness. MMMMM, better than any soda and much much healthier. No heavy sticky syrups to clog your throat and pours and mucous ducts.
03-18-2008, 11:53 AM
You are fine with the occasional glass of wine, if it is organic all the better (not just because of the chemicals, but because the methods better reflect the natural way wine is meant to be made). I would stay away from beers...they are brewed at non-raw temperatures and really don't do much for the body, whereas wine has probiotics. Cocktails..well fortunately they have never been my thing, but I know Sarah Melngailis (sp?) from Pure Food and Wine does them. Just know your body and listen to it, if it is uncomfortable with something, don't do it!
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