A Guide to the Best Raw Resources
If you’re looking to go raw or merely want to start reaping some of the health benefits by incorporating raw foods into your current diet, check out the list of raw resources below. I consulted with raw food expert Stacy Stowers to round up some of the best websites to purchase raw foods, get obscure raw ingredients at good prices, get raw recipes, and healthy eating advice. We've also included two incredibly informative raw reads and a few delicious raw restaurants from across the country.
Founded in 2007, Brad’s Raw Foods got it’s start when owner, Brad Gruno, decided there just weren’t any good crunchy raw snacks on the market and decided he would fill the void by creating his own chips. I love the Vampire Killer super spicy raw kale chips. Trust me, they are not like kale chips you’ve had before! But if kale chips aren't your thing, check out the rest of Brad's products, you wouldn't even know his other chips were raw from the taste and texture.
A great resource for raw snacks, One Lucky Duck sells products handmade made by the Chef’s at Pure Food and Wine, a top-rated raw restaurant in New York City. The chocolate cherry macadamia cookies are to die for. Chewy like a brownie, these cookies aren’t just raw, they’re organic and vegan too. You can also get somewhat obscure raw ingredients like goji berries and buckwheat groats in their online store.
Good for the raw foodie on a budget nutsonline.com sells raw nuts and seeds on the cheap. You can also get raw dates, figs, hemp, maca, spirulina, and more hard to come by ingredients at a fair price.
Pure Food and Wine
New York, New York
I had my first raw meal here and loved it! With a gorgeous, back garden it’s a great place to have a leisurely, upscale raw meal. I had the sweet corn and cashew tamales with chili spiced portabella, which was totally satisfying without being heavy. Can’t wait to try more!
One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway
New York, New York
Founded in 2005 by Sarma Melngailis, who is also the co-creator of Pure Food and Wine, One Lucky Duck, in addition to being an online retailer, is a café and juice bar where you can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or pick up fresh made raw, vegan, and organic snacks.
New York, New York
I haven’t been to Quinessence yet, but Stacy loves this small East Village restaurant. I found out about the 100 percent raw, vegan, and organic restaurant thanks to a Google Offer that popped up during Raw Week. That said, I will be going soon. You know a diet is catching on when there’s a Google Offer! Even raw foodies love a deal!
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
This juice bar also serves great raw snacks. Stacy’s Happy Shake is even on the menu! Be sure to drop her name if you stop in.
A fun and vibrant restaurant, you can get raw foods like the avocado herb sandwich and the viva burrito off the all-organic and vegetarian menu. Chocolatree is perfect for your non-raw friends too. Every item on the menu is marked with a handy “RAW” or “COOKED” to keep everyone happy and in the know. Not in the area? You can order their pies and other goodies online!
Karyn’s is committed to using the highest quality whole fresh foods and provides separate raw and cooked menus. But don’t worry, you won’t miss a thing by sticking with raw. Karyn’s serves up a raw pad Thai, basil ravioli, tamales, and more.
Founded three years ago, Beets Café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert. If you think there are any foods you can’t have on a raw diet, Beets will have you thinking again when you order their burger made of veggies, sunflower seeds, flax, and spices or the raw reuben. Finish your meal with Beets' signature dairy-free ice cream made of nut milk, dates, and agave.
California, various locations
Starting with just one restaurant four years ago, Café Gratitude founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart now has six thriving locations serving up 100 percent vegan and organic food. Café Gratitude focuses on local produce to create both its cooked and raw dishes. Each menu item is named by how you will feel like “I am Hearty” a raw, deep-dish pizza made with sundried tomato sauce, brazil nut parmesan, and cashew ricotta atop an onion sunflower crust.
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
By David Wolfe
Author David Wolfe focuses on the ability of living raw foods and other superfoods to maintain a healthy immune system and how our bodies' acid/alkaline balance affects weight loss. The author includes recipes packed with healing superfoods for the casual cook and the uber-health foody alike.
Crazy Sexy Diet
By Kris Carr
For a sassier take on not just raw food but how low glycemic, raw, and vegetarian diets affect our bodies, check out Crazy Sexy Diet. With chapters entitled Cupcakes, Coffee & Cocktails, every Fit Foodie is sure to relate.
The one raw resource that’s missing from my list is Stacy Stower’s recipe book! At the end of our week together I asked when I would be able to get a copy she told me, “people ask me for recipes all the time and some day soon I would like to share all of them in a book.” I want her too as well! In the mean time, I’ll be bugging her for my favorite recipes like her Thai peanut sauce so I can share them all with you!
Here are a few of Stacy’s go-to raw recipes she’s decided to share exclusively with SHAPE!
Do you have any favorite raw resources? Please share them in the comments below to help your fellow raw readers. And if you know about any more raw restaurants in NYC please tell me so I can expand my repertoire!
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.