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Planning Meals for a Raw Food Diet

Bestselling Learn Guitar on Android! Mahalo cooking expert Miranda Valentine tells you how to plan meals starting out on a raw food diet. Starting?out on a raw food diet can be tricky as you figure out what you like and don't like, what takes longer to prepare than other dishes and generally whether the raw food diet is for you. With a simple meal plan, you can get your new diet underway very easily. Planning Meals You Enjoy --------------------------------------------------------------------- The key to staying on any diet is to prepare and eat foods and dishes you enjoy. If you don't like what you're eating, you are much more likely to "fall off the wagon" and wave goodbye to your diet. The best raw food diet is fun, easy and balanced.c Fun Meals --------------------------------------------------------------------- Look for raw versions of the food and meals you enjoy like guacamole, pesto, salsa, ice cream, cakes, sashimi, cheese, salads and granola. Expand your diet by trying similar foods, like goji berries, raw chocolate, raw honey, maca and young coconuts, that also pack in the nutrients.c Easy Meals --------------------------------------------------------------------- Fortunately, since raw foodists don't "cook" their food, preparation for most meals will be easy. When you start the raw food diet, stay away from complicated recipes that call for food dehydrators, sprouting kits and any other technique you are unsure of.Instead, try making smoothies, raw salads, juices and simply eating raw foods as they come.c Balanced Meals --------------------------------------------------------------------- It can be easy to forget to include carbohydrates, fats and protein when starting on a raw food diet, but it is essential you have as balanced a diet as possible to keep you healthy and sticking to your diet.You can find carbohydrates in fruits, some vegetables like carrots and grains.Fats can be found in nuts, seeds, avocados and coconut butter.Sources of protein include germinated nuts, like almonds, seeds, grains and green leafy vegetables like kale. Hemp seed is a major player in the protein department as well.It's important to ensure your diet is full of necessary nutrients, so make sure you are eating superfoods like goji berries and blueberries, as well as green vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Try juicing greens and blending them with fruits or herbs.c Sample Menu --------------------------------------------------------------------- Here are a couple simple, sample raw food diet plan menu for a day:BreakfastFresh fruit, coconut water, flax meal, banana or apple and germinated nuts.Fruit smoothie with 4 to 5 cups of fresh fruit and green vegetables and one raw egg (optional).SnackRaw nuts and fresh fruit like an orange, apple or pear.LunchSuperfood smoothie, spinach, herbal tea, wheatgrass, sunflower seed cheese, coleslaw with avocado.Green leafy vegetable salad with celery, tomatoes, bell pepper, avocado and sunflower seeds. Salad dressing can be cold-pressed olive oil or freshly squeezed orange juice.SnackFour cups of berries, pineapple or three peaches.DinnerAvocado and carrot soup, tai lettuce wraps and green juice.Spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and orange segments with fresh vegetable juice.Dessert or Evening SnackTen raw pecans or walnuts and a bananaBeveragesAs much water as you want, plus freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.c?c Green Juice Recipe --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Put 1 pound of washed and peeled carrots, 1/2 a peeled lemon, a handful of red lettuce or carrot greens and 1 apple in your juicer.2. Mix and drink immediately.Health benefits of "green juice" include vitamins A, B and E, calcium, potassium and more.c Read more by visiting our page at:
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