Do you have to be a raw vegan to enjoy the benefits of raw vegan meals? NO!
Although being 100% raw and vegan might be the ultimate level of clean eating, the way I look at it is the more raw vegan meals I incorporate into my life brings me that much closer to the healthiest version of my self. We all know that eating more fruits and veggies will make you healthier and feel more energized but let’s be honest the though of changing your daily rhythm and eating habits that have been formed over many years can be overwhelming. So as my uncle Curt “The Raw Father” would say, let’s take a step in the right direction together and start making those deposits in your health piggy bank. Try these 5 way to include raw vegan meals in your every day diet.
Leave Fruit in plain sight: Out of sight, out of mind. Keep a bowl of fruit in the kitchen in plain sight. Make it easy, choices that you can just grab and go. Bananas, Apples and Oranges. At the office, no problem! Keep a bowl of fruit on your desk or workspace.
Smark Snacking: Unlike 10 years ago, there are plenty of smart snacking options. More and more National and Local grocery chains are incorporating raw vegan snacks into their isles. Have you tried dehydrated kale chips, dehydrated coconut chips or dehydrated onion rings? These are all available at your local health food store or specialty grocery store. Also consider baby carrots and fresh guacamole or a bowl of sugar snap peas. All of the above are raw and vegan.
Plan ahead: Convenience is king. Take that extra half hour to hour on a Sunday to prep a fruit salad for the week. Cut up melon, pineapple, grapes and strawberries. Who doesn’t like a nice cold fresh bowl of fruit? If its there you will be more inclined to have a serving or two for breakfast instead of the toast or english muffin you are accustomed to.
Smoothies: A blended smoothie is the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack. All you need is a cup or two of your favorite fruits and a cup of greens. My go to smoothie is as follows: 1 cup kale, 1 cup frozen bananas, 2 cup almond milk, .25 cups raisins and a dash of cinnamon. Just blend and drink, it takes only a few minutes to make and I just drink it right out of the blender. Pretty simple right?
Salad: Salad is one of the staples in a raw vegan meal and can be a great substitution for your normal lunch or dinner. The great part about a salad is that this is your opportunity for greens. Dark leafy greens provide the most nutrients while light cool crisp greens can be particularly satisfying on a hot day. Salads are widely available at restaurants and I’ve yet to experience a place that will not hold any meat or dairy off the salad for you. If your particularly hungry double it up. Greens are a great way to feel satisfied and curb that crash you get from eating carbohydrate filled processed foods.