Curious about going raw, but afraid to turn off the stove?
If you’ve already made the step to go vegetarian, and then the step to go vegan, you may be playing around with the fantasy of going raw.
The success stories with the raw diet are inspiring. I’ve heard of cancer patients like author Kris Karr, who had over a dozen malignant tumors spreading from her liver to her lungs, that are now stable. Diabetes patients who were scheduled for amputations that went raw and cured their limbs/digits. There is powerful evidence that suggests that a raw vegan diet is the key to preventing chronic diseases.
That being said, the idea of cutting out all cooked foods is a little overwhelming. While I am sure that going raw would be rewarding, the social and financial tolls that come with a raw diet are a little hard to accept. But I was just reading a blog and I a came across a great idea. What if instead of going totally raw once and for all, we first experimented for 1 day a week.
Similar to Meatless Monday, this would be 1 day a week where we went all raw. But how do we do it on a budget?
Many raw recipes call for a food processor, dehydrator, or a spiral slicer. If you’re like me and you don’t have the money to buy these accessories right now, there are other options.
Here’s a menu for a day gone raw (on a budget)
Breakfast: Apple with granola and almond milk. Simple and delicious.
Lunch: (raw) Hummus and veggies with gazpacho. We all know salad is raw but we don’t want to rely only on salad. This is another great option.
Dinner - Zucchini “pasta” (pictured above) A lot of recipes say that you need a spiral slicer or a titan peeler or some other gizmo, but you can also cut long or short “noodles” using the “match stick" cutting method. This with a sauce made of tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, oregano, and green pepper diced/blended together makes a great beginner raw food dinner!
In between meals:
Snack - Raw Nuts are packed with protein, they keep your stomach full, and are a raw staple.
Dessert - Frozen Banana One of my favorite and simplest desserts. All you need to do is peel a banana, put it in a freezer bag, and eat it once its frozen. It’s so tasty you won’t believe it’s guilt free.