When you hear the words “Graham Diet,” the first thing you think of is graham crackers, and no wonder. Reverend Sylvester Graham invented their precursor, “graham bread” back in 1829 as part of his diet plan to cure immorality and to promote good health.
Reverend Graham firmly believed that consuming alcohol, processed or refined foods such as white flour, spices, and any food coming from an animal caused impure thoughts and behaviors. Milk, cheese and eggs were allowed occasionally, but only if very fresh and unpasteurized. The diet focuses mainly on high fiber fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Here are seven snack ideas that can be consumed while following the Graham diet.
1. Peanut Butter and Apples
This is one snack that is full of flavor. Choose creamy or chunky peanut butter and dip sliced unpeeled apples into peanut butter thinned with a little extra virgin olive oil if necessary. Choose any variety you like from crisp sweet Fujis to tart Granny Smith apples.
2. Sprouted Wheat Bread with Avocado
Found in the freezer section of most grocery stores, sprouted grain bread is highly digestible and is made of sprouted grains, fresh yeast and a little salt. Toasted or dry, it’s great with mashed avocado slathered on top.
Buy organic popcorn and pop it in an air popper or in a heavy pot on the stove with a little coconut or olive oil. If you must season it, use sea salt sparingly, as spices are forbidden.
4. Fruit Smoothie
Blend a cup of frozen fruit with a little wheat germ or protein powder and water to make it smooth. You could add some organic Greek yogurt or a fresh egg if available.
5. Hummus and Vegetables
Buy fresh hummus if you trust the source or make your own with this recipe. Drain a 16 oz can of organic chick peas, reserving the liquid. In a jar, add the following and blend until smooth: peas, 3 to 5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 ½ tablespoons tahini, 2 cloves garlic (optional), ½ teaspoon sea salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil and ¼ cup liquid from the chick peas. Serve with bite-size dipping vegetables or whole grain organic pita.
6. Graham Crackers
Make sure you read the label carefully, being sure to purchase only those without additives and preservatives.
Nuts travel well, are packed with protein, and taste great. Eat only raw, unseasoned nuts or seeds such as almonds, pecans and walnuts to name a few. A quarter cup is an average size serving.
Keep it Pure and Natural
In keeping with Graham’s philosophy and to better follow the diet, it would be wise to read labels carefully and purchase only organically grown foods. Chances are you don’t have a cow or chickens at home, so your ability to follow this diet to the letter is limited. However, it is not impossible to find and purchase organic raw whole milk and dairy products from responsible farmers.