Transitioning over to a raw, natural diet can be a daunting and tricky process, especially if you’re used to having meat in your diet. Suddenly it might be a little harder to think of meal ideas without the added convenience of meat or cooked food. Fortunately, there are still many selections and things you can eat, especially if you want to get creative. Here is a sample meal plan you can try for. These are basic, easy meal ideas, and not as restrictive as some of the more complicated meals that require specific portions and a lot of measuring.
Start with something nutritious but not too heavy. You want your breakfast to leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle your day. Try a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, along with a banana or two. Bananas are a great source of nutritional value, and they give you a much-needed energy boost. Meanwhile, oranges are high in vitamins, especially helpful during flu seasons.
When lunch time rolls around, stick to something easy. A strawberry and veggie salad will do the trick. Take your plain lettuce or spinach mixture and toss in some quartered strawberries, along with some carrot pieces, or even some sliced fresh pineapple. Many people have to eat lunch on the run, thanks to busy work or school schedules. Salads are quick and easy, and can be made that morning and put into a small Tupperware container. The fresh fruit adds enough flavoring that regular dressings, which are often high in fat, aren’t even needed.
Since we loaded up on fruits for breakfast and lunch, let’s stick with the vegetables for dinner. Have a hearty salad of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. Add some nuts in there for good measure and an added health bonus. Stick with something such as carrot juice (or water) to drink. If a salad isn’t enough to fill you up, add some celery on the side to munch on.
Snacks can be eaten between breakfast and lunch, and again between lunch and dinner. Enjoy some mixed nuts, such as walnuts, pecans or almonds. If you have a dehydrator, drying out some of those thinly sliced veggie pieces also makes for a great, healthy chip snack.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys having something sweet to eat before bed, a diet doesn’t have to stop you, and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. For a raw food diet, look to fruit smoothies. Specifically, a strawberry banana smoothie. Simply toss some raw, fresh strawberries and a banana or two into the blender with a cup of water and some ice. The more ice, the thicker the smoothie. More bananas will make it sweeter, while more strawberries will give it a slightly tangier taste.
The raw food diet leaves you with a large selection of food choices, and it’s easy to pick and choose and get creative by mixing and matching fruits and vegetables. Don’t be afraid to look up recipes online, or experiment yourself. You might be surprised at the interesting and tasty things you can come up with.