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Our whole family has been vegan for most of the last 25 years. Our three kids grew up mostly vegan and continued that life style. And now we have two grandchildren who are (100% and 70% respectively) vegan.
Anyway, for the last three months I've turned to a mostly raw diet. I am up to 80%. dh eats whatever I fix and he is fine with it. Our kids are looking into it also and my older grandson is smitten with the idea. He asks lots of questions and loves to eat at grandma's house.
We have family dinners once a week with are 80% raw. So basically everyone is being lured into it.
My kids are 37,35,34, - with spouses.
Now, what we don't eat raw is whole rye bread (sent from Canada), brown rice, millet, whole wheat noodles, soups (although lots of raw things go in at the end), polenta, whole wheat pita bread, and maybe a few other things but that's about all I can think of.
Everything else we eat pretty much raw. But I do heat things up to make them 'seem' cooked. I heat no higher than 120 degrees if that high.
I found you don't have to have anything special or equipment to sprout. Any bowel and lid or plate that fits as a lid will do. Don't buy special seeds. All seeds, nuts, grains, legumes you can buy in the grocery story in the dried section, you can sprout. Lentils are excellent sprouted. So are all your beans, nuts, seeds, etc.
I put them into a bowel, cover with water and a plate, and let it set over night. In the morning I rinse and wash the bowel out real well the first time. Then I resoak some things like grains or legumes, things like seeds don't need soaking a second time.
After soaking, I drain them, rinse, and put them back into the bowel. It needs to be rinsed every morning and every night. Within two days little sprouts grow. You can eat them at any time after that.
I like my lentils after the sprouts have grown a bit longer. The longer the sprouts get the milder they taste. We set them into the sun and let the sprouts get green before eating.
Some thins like buck wheat groan we just soak and eat in a few hours. The turn mushy and don't seem to sprout. Quinoa doesn't seem to sprout either but is ready to eat after soaking for several hours.
What we mostly use is my cooked base and cover with raw things. And top off with lentil sprouts. Add a salad...Hmmmm....
We still drink (1 cup of) coffee and (a few) beer but do only sun tea.