Raw Vegan Recipes can be quick and simple or very time consuming and complex. I realized that most of the things I like to eat usually have less than five ingredients. The main three ways I like to create raw vegan recipes are salads, smoothies, and juices. It’s the most satisfying and simple way I have found to eat my meals, aside from washing, peeling, and eating. So easy!
Even though recipes are not my specialty, I do have some very easy ones I like to make. One fruit that gets used a lot is the banana. Bananas have always been a staple in my diet and when concentrating on all raw, the banana is essential to my daily meal planning. I have already mentioned the banana whip, which is just frozen bananas pushed through a juicer or blended in a food processor. Just Bananas and a little water make a delicious smoothie, frozen or fresh.
I also enjoy green smoothies, and I have a breakfast bowl that I like to make. My favorite green smoothie is made with banana, fig, and spinach. Most of the green smoothies I like have spinach, but I also love dandelion greens, chard, and Kale.
January 26, 2012
I caved and had a bagel today. I did have lettuce, sprouts, and tomatoes on it and I really don’t’ feel too bad for eating it. The biggest thing to me is continuing eating raw. In the past I would use this as an excuse to go crazy and eat whatever junk I wanted and tell myself “after this I will get back on raw” and the next day I would eat something else and say the same thing, this negative loop would continue until before I knew it, I was fully back on S.A.D.
Today I ate:
6 large Bananas
Bagel with lettuce, sprouts, and tomatoes
1 whole Pineapple
I haven't had pineapple since I started this challenge. I really like pineapple, but prefer it in a smoothie. Pineapple usually gives me heartburn, and I had a little discomfort, but not like earlier in this challenge.
January 27, 2012
I woke up today and had no thoughts of eating anything other than raw. This was huge given I had that bagel yesterday. Staying raw is important to me, but beating myself up over something less than raw is not healthy.
Not having a blender has forced me (in a good way) to focus on eating food as close to its natural state as it gets. One of my new favorite raw vegan recipes (as mentioned in a previous post) is lettuce and/or greens with banana slices. I guess this really doesn’t qualify as a recipe either but it works for me.
Today I ate:
4 medium Bananas
3 Romaine Leaves
5 Dandelion Leaves
½ large Papaya
1 Avocado, Cilantro, Roma Tomatoes, Lime Juice, Sea Salt
January 28, 2012
As far as recipes go, the most complex raw meal I have ever made was the burger on the cover of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. I made the burger, bread, mustard, and ketchup and ate it with onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. I remember having such an intense craving for it and once it was made and I had a few bites, I was done with it. There is something too concentrated about the taste for me. I have never craved such recipes again. It was time consuming and unfulfilling.
Once in awhile I will have pre-made raw vegan recipes at the health food store near my home, but now I know that eating enough fruit will curb the want for the pre-made meals, and I usually don’t feel that great after eating them anyway.
Today I ate:
8 large bananas
Dinner 6 medium Navel Oranges
Even though I am not a fan of creating my own raw vegan recipes, once in awhile I will visit the only restaurant dedicated to raw vegan in my area.
People have said to me that they could not eat a raw food diet because it takes too much time to prepare the food. I think they are referring to raw vegan recipes that are gourmet raw vegan recipes and not the more simple recipes that I have come to enjoy. I have found through this the Eating Raw Food Challenge that eating mono meals and easy recipes have actually saved me time in shopping for food, preparing food, and the clean up is so much easier that cooking food.
Challenge Days 1-2 - Raw Food Diet Plan
Challenge Days 3-5 - Healthy Detox Diet
Challenge Days 6-8 - Healthy Hydration
Challenge Days 9-11 - Raw Food Breakfast
Challenge Days 12-14 - Raw Nourishment
Challenge Days 15-17 - Going Raw
Challenge Days 18-20 - Raw Food and Health
Challenge Days 21-23 - Raw Food Supplies
Challenge Days 24-26 - Raw Vegan Recipes
Challenge Days 27-29 - Raw Food Weight Loss Diet