Eating mainly raw food can seem daunting, but it’s actually pretty basic once you get the hang of it. Here are some of my favourite things that I eat regularly:
- Sprouted lentils, beans and legumes. They take about 5 days to sprout, and all you have to do is put them in a jar with a bit of water and rinse them a couple times a day. Then when they’re all nicely sprouted, I drain the water from them and eat them as-is with a fork. It’s a great lunch. It tastes, as Mr. Science noted, like fresh peas from the garden.
- Smoothies. Raw vanilla hemp protein powder, water, frozen organic banana, frozen organic strawberries, bee pollen, chia seeds and some organic dark leafy greens make for a very nutritious breakfast. My blender isn’t breaking down greens quite the way it used to, so sometimes there’s a chunky piece (ew!) – which means that I’m dreaming of one of these bad boys.
- Raw veggies. I’m a big fan of broccoli and multicoloured carrots! They have a nice crunch and it takes a while to get through a baggie of them.
- Grapefruit. Grapefruit can really make your mouth pucker, but I like the taste. I have grapefruit just about every day. It doesn’t need sugar or anything once you get used to it – and it’s surprisingly filling!
- Spicy nuts. These are one of my indulgences from Vita Health – a little packet of spicy pistachios can be pricey, but it’s a great once-a-week treat! I can have a little handful every day or two and it’s an all-raw snack.
- Apple with nut butter. Right now I’m on a peanut butter kick, but unfortunately the peanuts are roasted rather than raw. I’m trying to make the switch to raw almond butter. It might take a few tries before I prefer it over good old fashioned all-natural smooth PB
Sometimes I also have raw brownie (made with walnuts, unsulphured dates, raw cacao and cinnamon) and raw local cheese, but they haven’t been staples of my diet lately.
Something I am not enjoying is my daily morning shot of wheatgrass, because it tastes – well – grassy - but I’m starting to get used to it. I always chase it down with water.
I’ve been doing an awesome job eating raw throughout the day, but I’ve still been eating cooked meals for dinner. So my next step is to make a gradual transition to eating more raw foods in the evenings, too. This weekend I’ll be figuring out some good, easy raw meals to put together for the week ahead. If you have any suggestions, do share them in the comments section below!