Food Combining Basics – 4 Recipes You Should Never Replicate

If you are looking for amazing digestion, trying out random recipes on the internet may not be in your best interest.

Most of the raw recipes are simply thrown together without any thought given to whether or not they will digest properly.

But if it’s raw it’s healthy! Right…?

No, not at all.

If you aren’t following proper Food Combining principles, then it will be extremely hard for you to succeed in eating a raw food diet. The recipes may taste great, but they sure do digest like a brick!

To help you out get started in understanding how Food Combining works, I’m going to show you 4 recipes that are terrible for your digestion, and explain what the problems are with each.

1. Cashew-Date Rolls

Ingredients:
  • Cashews
  • Dates
Cashews-Date rolls seem to be a standard snack that TONS of people make. If you look in almost any gourmet raw food recipe book, chances are you are going to find these rolls as a recipe. Heck I’ve even seen some of these on sale at Whole Foods a few times. It’s crazy that these are so popular since sweet fruit (the dates) and overt fats/nuts/seeds (the cashews) digest terribly together! I guarantee that you will be gassy and feeling sluggish after having a meal of cashew-date rolls. Just don’t do it.

2. Banana-Orange Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
This is a smoothie that I have seen numerous people eat when starting to add more fruit into their diet. In almost any supermarket all throughout the year, you can find bananas and oranges. Since they are so readily available, it seems to be a no-brainer that putting them together would be a great idea. However, acid fruit (the oranges) and sweet fruit (the bananas) just don’t digest well together. You won’t feel as sluggish and slow as compared to eating the Cashew-Date Rolls, but you will most likely still feel quite bloated and definitely not your best.

3. Apple Pie

Ingredients:
  • Apple
  • Coconut
  • Date
  • Lemon
  • Walnut
  • Cinnamon
Yumm, Apple Pie! It may be tasty, but your stomach sure ain’t going to be happy with this recipe. There are a lot of problems as almost every ingredient doesn’t combine well. Here are the biggest issues with this recipe:

  1. As we know from the first recipe, dates and the walnuts do not go together.
  2. Coconuts are also a fatty fruit, so they are problematic with the dates too.
  3. The Lemon is an acid fruit, which does terribly with sweet fruit like the dates.
Cashew-Date rolls may have left you feeling gassy, but this apple pie is going to be a heck of challenge to digest! Putting this many different foods that don’t work together into one meal is truly a recipe for disaster.

4. Use Everything You Have Salad

Ingredients:
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Tomato
  • Dates
This is another example of a recipe that someone starting out on a raw food diet may make. Whatever you have left over, you just throw into your salad! That may sound appealing at first, but let’s just see what’s wrong with this one:
  1. Dates do not digest well with Avocados
  2. Oranges do not digest well with Dates
  3. Tomatoes do not digest well with Dates

This is a recipe I saw someone make on Facebook, and it did make me cringe. I’m all for having interesting salad recipes with great sauces, but not if it’s going to have this many issues! Try to keep your recipes as simple as possible and they’ll be much easier to digest.


I hope you’ve learned a thing or two from all 4 of these examples. Food Combining is a topic that I really believe to be essential if you want to succeed on a healthy diet. It may be a lot of work to memorize, but it is definitely worth it. If all of these rules for Food Combining are too much of a hassle for you, I recommend you check out my Food Combining Quick Check App. The App takes all of the work off of you, and simply let’s you know if your meal is properly combined in seconds. To find out more about the App, Click Here.

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Leave A Reply (5 comments so far)


  1. Nate
    11 months ago

    Do you have any sources for this, aside from linking to another article of yours that is also lacking sources?

    I’d like to see the science behind this, other than referencing the acidity level differences.


    • Robert Kornacki
      11 months ago

      For the science behind Food Combining, check out “Food Combining Made Easy” by Herbert Shelton.


  2. Dawn
    7 months ago

    Hi Robert, thanks for the information. It’s great what you are putting out. I know only too well of the combo abombo’s out there! but its taken me a while to learn and many people dont.
    Keep up the inspiration!

    Thanks Dawn


  3. Noel
    3 months ago

    Jeez it seems like those dates just shouldn’t be combined with ANYTHING. :)


    • Robert Kornacki
      3 months ago

      Haha yeah Noel, sweet fruit don’t combine with all that many foods compared to something like mangoes.

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