I had another "first" in my plant-based journey on Monday.
I ate only raw food.
I don't think a year or so ago I would have known that it was possible to eat only raw food all day (which is pretty silly when you think about it), but lately I've been cramming in the fruits, veggies and water and I've been feeling great!
I'm not planning to become a fully raw vegan--first because I'm not a fan of labels (except for plant-based!) and second because I love me some cooked foods and baked goods! However, the more I learn and experience the benefits of nutrient dense foods, the more I want to continue incorporating raw fruits and veggies, and even fully raw meals, into my life. For the past month or more I've been eating mostly raw food until dinner and I've noticed such a difference. I used to always get an afternoon slump, but I've felt energetic all throughout the day. I've also noticed that my skin has improved, but we'll see if they are related.
Anyways, Monday was a fun experimental day of eating, so I thought I'd share it with you all! (Sorry for the iPhone photos!)
Cantaloupe is my current favorite fruit. I ate an entire melon for breakfast on Monday and it hit the spot! Cantaloups are one of the lowest calorie fruits and are very water rich so they digest very quickly. It's so easy for me to eat an entire melon in one sitting now, which I would have never considered in the past.
I hung out at a Whole Foods Market on the Upper West Side most of the morning/early afternoon. To start out I got a Gingerberry Kombucha. I had just tried Kombucha for the first time the day before and I loved it so much that I decided to try out a new flavor.
After some reading, I went and got a salad and some fruit for lunch. I packed my container with all the greens and toppings like cherry tomatoes, broccoli salad, beets, and peppers. For dressing I like to use Balsamic Vinegar.
I also tried a new variety of mango (lots of "firsts" lately!) called ataulfo. It was super juicy and delicious and I made a mess trying to eat it.
I walked the length of Central Park instead of taking the subway for part of my journey home. It was a gorgeous, warm day and people were out and about. Spring is just around the corner!
For some snacks I had a baggie of raisins (not pictured) and ½ of a red grapefruit. I want to like grapefruit so badly, but it's still too bitter for me. I used to not be able to stomach even 1 slice, so the fact that I ate ½ of a whole grapefruit is progress in my book.
I also had an apple after I got home!
Dinner was something completely foreign to me, but it was fun to try something out of my comfort zone: Raw Vegan Chili. Despite the brown blob you see in the picture, it was actually good! I do wish I had been able to put some avocado on top. I think some healthy fats were definitely missing from this raw vegan experiment.
After dinner I introduced Brett to the classic movie Hook (he was a deprived child) and had a big ol' bowl of banana ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce, cacao nibs and dried mulberries. Perfection. I used 3 frozen bananas to make the ice cream and then stirred in one chopped fresh banana for some texture. To make the chocolate sauce I just whisk together 1 tablespoon cacao powder 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of water. It's perfection. If you don't like the dark chocolate taste as much increase the maple syrup to 2 teaspoons!
And that's what I ate throughout my completely raw-vegan-one-day-experiment. I hope it gave you some ideas on how to incorporate more raw fruits and veggies into your diet.
One main that I experienced from this day of eats is just how much raw vegans have to eat to get in enough calories throughout the day. Vegetables and fruit are high in nutrients, but also low in calories, so I found myself needing to eat often...which is fine with me!
I also learned that I didn't feel deprived like I would have thought a year or so ago. I've grown to love fruits and vegetables, but it truly is amazing what we can create with raw foods: like chili and ice cream!
If you want to get more meal and recipe inspiration, check out Jenn's blog Peas and Crayons!