Sticking to a raw food diet can be very challenging. Having a wide variety of quick, delicious snacks that you can whip up will keep you motivated and allow you to really enjoy being on a raw food diet. Here are 4 tasty snack recipes that you can add to your repertoire.
1. Nut Milk
Nuts are an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids. Nut milk is a great alternative to eating plain nuts. You still get a good serving of these basic nutrients. To make nut milk, you need:
- 1 cup of soaked nuts (preferably brazil or almond)
- 3 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice (i.e. honey, agave, maple syrup)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Combine the ingredients, blend, then strain. The left over pulp can be used for other recipes and should be stored in the freezer.
2. Guacamole Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Portabella mushrooms are a perfect for supplying your potassium intake when you’re on a raw food diet. One portabella mushroom contains even more potassium than a banana. They are also low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol. To prepare these stuffed mushrooms, all you need is:
- Portabella mushrooms
Remove the stalk and scrape out the brown contents of the mushroom cap. You can peel the top of the cap if you like. This will make the mushroom less bitter. Simply spoon the guacamole into the cap and garnish it with the tomatoes and sprouts.
Smoothies are perfect for a raw food diet. You can use any combination of your favorite fruits and vegetables. All you need to do is combine your fruits and/or vegetables in a blender. Blend until smooth. Then sit back and enjoy. Here are some suggestions:
Strawberry and Banana Smoothie:
- 3 cups of frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1.5 cups of water
- 3-4 celery sticks
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1-2 apples or pears
- 2 cups water
You can add water as necessary to get a smoother consistency.
4. Nori Rolls
Nori sheets are made of seaweed, which is a great source of calcium and iron. Nori rolls are also incredibly fun to make and can easily be incorporated into a raw food diet. There are so many different combinations of vegetables that you can use for the filling. Here is one example:
- 2 nori sheets
- 1 avocado (cut in
- 2 fresh tomatoes
- 1 cucumber
- A handful of rocket leaves
- 6 sundried tomatoes
Cut the avocado, tomatoes and cucumber into strips. On a clean cutting board, lay the nori sheets. Make sure you put the shiny side down. Lay the avocado along the edge (an inch in from the sides and ends). On top of the avocado, lay some tomato, followed by some cucumber and sundried tomatoes. Top it all off with some rocket leaves. Use a bit of water along one end of the nori sheet to moisten lightly. This will help to seal the roll. Start rolling either by hand or with a sushi mat.
Be creative with these suggestions. Add or swap different fruits and vegetables. This will add even more variety and choice to your raw food diet.