Just Raw: Wrap It Up!
Most of the time packing lunches for work and school will result in something better than what can be found in cafeterias. But what do you pack?
A good option is to create a wrap. Wraps are an easy way to give your family a healthy lunch without the bad stuff that comes with processed foods. Don’t think a wrap can be considered raw? Use vegetable leaves like lettuce or spinach for the wrap and nix the meat—fill your new and improved wrap with whatever your garden has to offer. There are also plenty of recipes online that teach you how to make your own wraps with a dehydrator. To give your wrap that extra oomph, try your hand at making a raw dressing like ranch, or add avocado to the mix. Check out a website we fell in love with, choosingraw.com, for some great raw wrap recipes as well as dressings and other tips you might need.
Every raw foodist will decide what foods they can add to their repertoire, but adding cheese or even fish to your wrap can also help give it a unique and savory taste. The key to making a great raw wrap is to focus on getting the most nutrients in each bite. Sometimes being on a raw diet can lead to a deficiency in vitamin B12 and lycopene, causing low bone mass. Some suggestions to up the nutrient level in your wraps are to add cabbage, figs, bok choy, tofu, legumes, or nuts. Also check out our recipe listed below from Annie Chun!
Annie Chun’s Papaya, Mango, and Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
1 green papaya, peeled and cut into matchstick strips
1 slightly firm mango, peeled and sliced into matchstick strips
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 package of Annie Chun’s Maifun Brown Rice Noodles (cooked, drained, and rinsed as directed for salad)
1 cup small-to-medium-sized prawns, cleaned and cooked
1 head of lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed (butter lettuce suggested)
5 - 6 tablespoons of Annie Chun’s Thai Peanut Sauce or new Gluten-Free Thai Peanut Sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Mix papaya, mango, cucumber, cooked rice noodles, and prawns in bowl. Add peanut sauce to noodle mixture and toss. Arrange whole lettuce leaves on large platter and divide noodle salad among lettuce leaves. Garnish with fresh cilantro (if desired).Wrap lettuce leaves to enclose noodle mixture and enjoy.