The Best Way to Buy Health Recharging Food

Purchasing Raw Food on a Budget

The doorbell rang late yesterday afternoon. When I swung open the front door, I was greeted by my local postman who was clutching what looked to be a very heavy box.

The weight of the package was confirmed when he exclaimed, before even saying hello, “what is in this box!”

Are post-people even allowed to ask that? Privacy please!

To be completely honest, I didn’t even know what was in the box, myself. I didn’t remember ordering anything that would require a person to break a sweat when lifted.

I took the box, cradled between both of my arms, only to discover that I had to immediately put it down. It was too darn heavy for my noodly limbs!

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I waved good-bye to Mr. Postman, and I looked down at the package label: it read, Real Raw Food.

Gasp of excitement! My Honey ordered a treasure trove of raw food to restock our cupboards! These are always special days.

I never tear open a box addressed to my Love, even if I know it’s for both of us. I think opening a box from Real Raw Food is a special event — and it should be awarded to the one that placed the order.

So, I waited, and stared at the box.

When he arrived home, we both tore into our haul. The box was jam-packed with raw cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, dates, olives, almonds, buckwheat groats, dried apricots, goji berries, dried figs, bee pollen, vanilla powder, and so much more.

The box was filled to the brim with Real Raw Unadulterated Food!

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Beholding all of the new stash made me feel truly grateful that we take the time and effort to seek out and receive food that is nutrient dense, chemical free, GMO-free and RAW! These properties invite healing into a body trying to recover from illness.

Last night, as I stared at all of the raw food, I realized just how fed up I am with how processed mainstream food is. It is so hard to access food that hasn’t been altered. And, even if you find a great shop with stocked supplies, you pay a great deal of money just to get that health affirming food.

Why does great, healthy food have to be so inaccessible? Why do we have to pay so much for amazing, wholesome, unprocessed food? How can we make it easier to get the real food that we want and need for less?

Well…to answer this question, I would like to say that a new day has dawned, thanks to the internet.

You don’t have to comb your home town for shops that carry real, raw, healthy foods. You no longer have to feel cut-off from the opportunity of trying organic raw foods just because your local shops don’t carry anything your interested in. And, if you are unwell and unable to leave your house, all you have to do is pop online. All raw, organic foods can be purchased on the internet.

How to buy raw food online

At my house, we started to buy all of our raw foods, online, about a year and half ago. I love that we can just go to RealRawFood.com, choose what we want, and wait for it to arrive at our doorstep. Easy. Simple. Fabulous. And, cost effective.

We can also rest easy knowing that the quality of the products is bang on.

Of course, Real Raw Food is not the only online shop for fabulous raw food. We also use Upaya Naturals. Both of these online stores are Canadian based. And, since I’m Canadian, they work a treat for me.

If you are, however, in the U.S., a quick Google search brings up two raw food online retailers, namely: The Raw Food World and The Raw Guru. And, I can see two U.K. based raw food online stores, too: Real Foods, Funky Raw.

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The price difference

I did a very quick price comparison of some popular raw foods. Here’s what I found when I compared my shipment from Real Raw Foods to Amazon.com:

1. Raw Cocoa Nibs from Real Raw Foods are $14 per pound. On Amazon.com, Navitas Naturals raw cocoa nibs are $18 per pound.

2. Raw Cocoa Powder, I paid $15 per pound. On Amazon.com, Navitas Naturals is $16 per pound.

3. Hemp seeds were $11 per pound. Through Amazon they are $15 per pound.

4. Vanilla Powder was $16 for 50 grams. On Amazon it is approximately $22 per 50 grams.

5. You can’t buy Raw Almonds easily at all. The only ones that we know of come from Italy. We buy them through Real Raw Foods. You cannot buy Raw Almonds in a regular store.

So, there is a little bit of savings when you purchase raw foods from a dedicated raw food online retailer versus Amazon.com. I haven’t done the price comparison between online purchasing versus in store buying. But I can safely say that the prices in an actual shop would be even higher than Amazon.com prices. A physical location brings with it overhead expenses, and that drives cost up.

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Some of the things that we buy to stock our cupboards

Here is a list of 10 items we purchase on a regular basis, and what they are renowned for…

Raw Cocoa Powder contains a great deal of raw vitamins and minerals, and it contains a high concentration of antioxidants. Raw cocoa can enhance mood, and it may increase brain blood flow thus reducing fatigue and enhance cognition.

Goji Berries are typically sold as dried fruit. They can boost the immune system, reduce internal acidity, and protect liver function. They contain more antioxidants than blueberries, and protect the body against the aging process.

Bee Pollen reduces fatigue, contains a high concentration of B vitamins, helps to restore mineral deficiencies, and contains a great deal of antioxidants.

Maca Powder is an adaptogen, so it protects the body against stress. It can also reduce fatigue.

Lucuma Powder is made from a Peruvian fruit called Lucuma. You can use it as a sugar alternative.

Mesquite Powder is made from a fruit as well. It is also used as an alternative sweetener.

Vanilla Powder is finely ground vanilla pods. I love to use this in baked goods, smoothies, and almond, raw chocolate spread.

Hemp Seeds are a great source of plant-based protein, fat and fiber.

Chia Seeds are a wonderful source of plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acids. You can easily use them in baked goods as a binder. When you soak them in water, they form a gel-like consistency that holds a baked good together without using eggs.

Dried Figs and Apricots are a love of mine. But I don’t want to eat the conventional kind because they are coated in sulfites to maintain their natural colour. I say, who cares if dried fruit is brown — it still tastes amazing. I don’t need my dried apricots to be orange. Just give them to me natural.

We also buy….

Raw Almonds
Raw Buckwheat Groats
Raw Sesame Seeds
Raw Macerated Dates
Raw Medjool Dates
Raw Pecans
Raw Cashews
Raw Sunflower Seeds
Raw Cocoa Nibs
Sprouting Seeds
Organic Coconut Oil
Raw Shredded Coconut
Raw Cocoa Butter
Organic Olives

We love to have fun exploring new foods. There is just so much selection at the tips of our fingers now. Buying real raw food online is the best way to get health recharging food into your cupboards. I highly recommend giving online purchasing a go.

Now…if you’re wondering how we buy organic veggies and fruit without breaking the bank, please take a peek at this article that I wrote.

If you would like to learn more about Raw Superfoods, I highly recommend a book called Superfoods by David Wolf.

Before you go…please comment below to let me know if you are considering purchasing raw foods online. I would love to hear about the online retailer you choose.

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