If you’re reading this article, then you care about your health. That’s awesome!
No matter where you are on your health journey, it’s important to remember, you can only do your best when it comes to your health, and if that means you can’t eat FullyRaw or even mostly raw 100% of the time, that’s OK.
We are all human, and we all live different lives and have different circumstances.
Don’t give up on your health goals, but don’t beat yourself up either. You can make small changes in your lifestyle that will make big changes in how you feel!
So, if you can’t go FullyRaw, or you’re just not ready to take that step, here’s what you can do:
Start everyday with A Fully Raw Fruity BREAKFAST 🙂
You’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I second that! As soon as you get up in the morning, have a big glass of water. Give that a chance to digest as you prepare your DELICIOUS breakfast! Give your body the jumpstart it needs after a long night of fasting by feeding it nourishing, hydrating, vitamin and nutrient dense, fiber rich, sweet, delicious fruit! Watery fruits are great for breakfast: mandarines, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi..etc. Make a green smoothie or juice for some added punch to help you get your day going!
Whole, raw, ripe, fresh: watermelon, bananas, strawberries, dates, mangos, grapes, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, prunes, peaches, apples, pineapple, oranges, mandarines, cantaloupe, papaya, cherries, nectarines, jackfruit, star fruit, coconuts…etc.
Keep that momentum going with a high carb, fruit filled LUNCH!
There’s no better way to beat that mid-day energy slump by pumping up with fruit! Don’t be shy, get those fruit calories in your belly! I love to get my big fruit meal in at lunchtime with a big smoothie or a big bowl of delicious fruit. Higher calorie fruits are great for lunch: bananas, mangos, dates, figs, grapes, peaches, oranges, cherries…etc.
Eat your DESSERT before Dinner!
Your mom always said, don’t spoil your dinner! But trust me, eating a quick real fruit snack before dinner will not ruin it, it will revitalize it! This fruity snack will not only be so satisfying, it will ensure you’ve gotten enough calories and carbohydrates for the day, so that you won’t be craving anything after dinner and be able to go to bed full and satisfied as well as giving you all the energy you need for the next day ahead. Remember, what you eat today, gives you energy for tomorrow too! Citrus and acid fruits are great to snack on before dinner.
Get your greens for DINNER time!
Okay so we’ve had our dessert all day long, it’s time to get a little savory and get those minerals and nutrients with a big salad for dinner. No matter what you eat in addition for dinner, always make sure you have your salad. Those nutrients are going to give your health that extra boost you’ve been looking for. Here’s where the raw stops. If you’ve heard of Freelee’s Raw Til 4 Program, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s where you keep part of your your mainstream meal habits and have a high carbohydrate, low fat, cooked, vegan dinner. This is the next best thing to a raw dinner. If you decide to do this, there are SO many options for healthy meal ideas!
Cooked Vegan Dinner Ideas:
Google search for recipes to make things that are new.
Experiment and get creative in the kitchen, let out your inner chef with these ingredients:
Greens: lettuces, collards, kale, beet greens, spinach, spring mix, romaine, arugula…etc.
Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, barley, wild rice, amaranth, buckwheat…etc.
Steamed or sautéed veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, asparagus…etc.
Steamed or sautéed or boiled root veggies: potatoes, squash, beets, carrots…etc.
Combine these entrees, or make a big portion for a whole meal…
Green salads- with tomato, cucumber, sweet peppers, olives…etc.
Berry salad- greens & strawberries with homemade blueberry or poppyseed dressing with pecans or walnuts
Veggie tacos – in tortillas or lettuce wraps: black beans, spanish rice, tomatoes, avocado, black olives, taco sauce, lime juice, cilantro…etc.
Sandwiches-grilled zucchini, onion, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, spinach or other greens on whole grain bread with spicy brown mustard
Curry sauce with vegetable medley over rice
Veggie soup with or without noodles or rice
Tomato basil soup
Potato & kale soup
Veggie & Bean Chili
Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
Homemade Guacamole or Hummus with cucumber slices
SO if you learned anything by reading this, remember this:
Every Day, Every Meal, Every Bite, Choose Health!
Everything you eat will either nourish or hurt your body, so make healthy choices and cherish your one and only body! 🙂
Let us know what your favorite Cooked Vegan Dinners you like to add to your healthy diet by Commenting Below. Help us out with your great ideas!
Happy Eating! 🙂