When on a raw plant-based diet, get your carbs from raw grains. Oats and buckwheat, rinsed well and soaked for 4 hrs, can be eaten uncooked. The groats of these grains are unprocessed and nutritious. Mix soaked groats with nut milk, flax meal, fruits, chia seeds, and spices. You can also blend them with flax meal and spices to make a creamy porridge and then add in your favorite toppings.
I’ve been eating an 80–90% raw diet over the past couple of weeks as I prepare to host a raw plant–based cleanse.
As the temperature here in the northeast gets warmer, it’s the ideal time to eat more raw and hence, cold, cool, or room temperature foods.
Fruits, veggies, and nuts are easy since they are commonly eaten raw. But since I am very active, I need carbs.
Can You Eat Whole Grains Raw?
While thinking of what raw foods I could eat other than the usual suspects, I remembered that some grains can be eaten uncooked after they are rinsed and soaked. And I also happen to enjoy eating whole grains.
Oats and buckwheat are two such grains. In their groat form, they are unprocessed and still raw. The groats for both soften after being soaked for at least 4 hours.
Oats’ first level of processing is steel cut. The next step is rolled oats, and then they are super-processed after that point.
Oats become chewy when soaked and make for a very hearty meal that can be mixed with whatever you would add to or top cooked oatmeal with, such as nut milk, flax meal, chia seeds, fruits, nuts, and spices.
Buckwheat is often toasted and made into kasha cereal or flour.
When soaked, buckwheat becomes gooey and has a slimy texture — which is normal.
You can also blend the groats with flax meal and spices to make a creamy porridge or cereal and then add your toppings. They are simple and quick to prepare.
Now you know you can have your grains raw too!