KISS — Keep It Simple Silly
One of the main complaints about eating raw is that you actually need lots of time to prepare things (dehydrator, soaking or sprouting). While that is true to some degree, there are tons of recipes you can make well within the time it would have taken you to gather, prep and cook a full meal. All you need here are things that most of you will have at home — a blender and or a food processor. Lots of blenders can actually double as a food processor, by the way. Other basics would include a great knife and a cutting board!
When talking about KISS recipes . . . we need to keep in mind geography. While I live in the South, the fruits and vegetables will be different from those living in the North. Try to use what’s in season for your season. I was just up North and I found that the bananas and oranges were not as sweet as the bananas and oranges I get down here. On the other hand, the apples were much better tasting this time of year up North. I also like to use a lot of frozen fruit (which is getting mixed reviews on whether it’s as good and as healthy for you as fresh). However, this way I get to use strawberries when we’re not in strawberry season. It’s a personal choice and so far, the fresh fruit police have not come to arrest me. Plus — frozen fruit make really good smoothies. Don’t forget, you can buy organic frozen fruit. I just buy my regular grocery’s own brand.
So, the long and short of it is that my “typical simple day”, may not be exactly the same as your “typical simple day”. I’m using my day as an example — feel free to use what you have at hand or what your grocery or farm may be stocking now.
So, here’s a sample of one of my “simple days” . . .
To get your day started — just squeeze 1/2 lemon into a glass of water (you can use 1 whole lemon if you like). Some people insist of using hot water; some insist on using tepid water; some insist on using cold water. Whatever floats your boat — do.
Then I make a huge mug of caffeinated tea. See my post about the tea I make here.
Then I make a wonderful green smoothie. I usually make enough to bring the leftovers to work with me as a snack!
Then I make lunch — usually a huge salad consisting of spinach, arugula red, green, yellow and orange peppers, radishes, grape or cherry tomatoes and avocado. I also shred up red and green cabbage and add that as well. I love the flavor of raw cabbage — it’s got a very sweet, delicious flavor. I also use green and kalamata olives for added flavor and texture! A simple vinaigrette of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of sea salt and olive oil can be used as your dressing. I usually don’t use dressing . . . I personally love the flavor of fresh vegetables.
If I get hungry in between lunch and dinner, I usually snack on raw nuts and seeds or a grapefruit or dried fruits, etc.
Dinner could be a Zuchinni Pasta (see my pasta story here) and dessert can be fresh fruit or another smoothie. And you’re done for the day!!!
Starting a RAW diet can be a very daunting undertaking! Don’t be intimidated. Basically, what it is is buying fresh everything and assembling it! Nothing could be simpler. The most important thing, however, is that you have fun and