I’ve been craving more “whole” fruits and vegetables lately. However, the idea of eating a diced cucumber, “whole” apple or carrot stick just hasn’t been that exciting. I’ve been wanting to have a comfort-food approach to my veggies and fruit, probably because the weather is starting to cool and the season is changing. So, I thought about how I could make my basic “whole” fruits and veggies more comforting… more soft like, more mushy (without cooking them!).
I came up with a great option: Shredding! The simple act of shredding my produce did the trick! Ha! Who knew? Why stop shredding at cabbage for coleslaw, right? It was all about the texture for me and shredding was the answer.
It gets even more fun when you imagine the different produce that could be shredded! The shredded medley you see in this picture is shredded cucumber, carrot and apple. Fun!!! I also shredded zucchini and celery. The shredded celery was really good but not as practical because of the string that’s left behind. However, I ate that separately which was like chewing gum – haha – it took so long to break it down. And, that was fun, too! Beets would be great, as would radishes or pears, and even the stalk of broccoli would be terrific.
I love this because it presents fruit and vegetables in a new fashion. It’s a simple thing like this that can really change your feeling about Raw food during times of boredom or struggle. I think it’s cool… the same exact food, it’s just presented differently and it made all the difference in the world to me. This is the kind of thing that can do wonders for kids and family, too. If it’s a challenge getting them interested in vegetables and fruit, try offering them produce in a fun shredded fashion. Want a little extra pizazz? Sprinkle a tad of Himalayan crystal salt or some dried herbs on top.